The aim of the Data Collection Consultant in Armenia is to support the HFI Senior Data Analyst in reviewing the available data systems in Armenia, including liaising with in-country partners and economists to determine a) the status quo of the data collection system, and b) the feasibility to collect key indicators across the socio-economic, health, and financial data domains. The Consultant will work to understand the current data collection that is ongoing for the program and support ARCS in filling in gaps in the current dataset to match the data needed for the impact measurements both in the indicator framework (measuring impact to the donor) and in the impact study by HFI. The Consultant will also support the finalization of the existing dashboard used to analyze data for the indicator framework. For the economic impact study, the data should include biometric health data, participant interactions with the health care system, as well as sample size and a control group if possible. With the cohort, the timed points of data measurement will also be needed to track health status over time and level of proven participation in groups. This can be undertaken for both the self-support groups (SSGs) and healthy ageing (HA) groups, allowing for HFI to calculate a more comprehensive cost-effectiveness of the program in diabetes control and medication adherence but also its preventative impact on the healthy ageing group. All of this data will help calculate both the direct and indirect costs associated with the health care needs. Specific activities for the Consultant will include weekly standing calls with the HFI Senior Data Analyst and with ARCS project team when relevant, construction of a codebook, and generation of dataset for the health outcomes analysis. Further, additional literature searches, liaising with relevant organizations that may hold additional data for analyses, will be conducted. Daily activities will include dataset cleaning, handling missing data, and creating standard descriptive data tables.
The Consultant will refer to the HFI Senior Data Analyst, but also work in close cooperation with ARCS program team. The work will be preformed in English, but there may be a need for translation of few key documents and tools to/ from Armenian, including e.g. final results from the economic impact study.
- Relevant educational background, preferably with a master in the field of Quantitative Science, Health Science, Statistics, Health Economics, or a similar field and possess a similar professional experience in collection and assessment of large sets of quantitative data;
- Working knowledge in dataset management, descriptive analysis, Excel, STATA, and R, as well as working experience with health data and with multi-disciplinary teams;
- Practical experience and skills in methodologies as literature and health data search; experience in manuscript publishing is a plus;
- Excellent communication and liaison skills, as well as excellent command of English language;
- Full proficiency in computer use.
The applicants should provide the following information and documents with glued envelopes to: Paronyan 21/1, Yerevan, Armenia, to Hayarpi Karapetyan:
- Copy of registration and Tax registration, Statute and a CV of the consultant; banking information (for organizations only);
- Brief description of previous data collection and dataset generation work implemented by the organization/ consultant that is most relevant for this assignment;
- Application, including description of the proposed approach to this task;
- Proposed budget, with all taxes (and budget narrative).
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The contract period is full-time for 2 months for the initial data collection and assessment, with possibility of smaller follow-up tasks in 4 months following this for about 1-2 hours per week. The consultancy task will be conducted from Yerevan, Armenia and the consultant should have permission to take up work in Armenia.
For more information or questions on the consultancy, please contact ARCS Head of Social-health department, Kristina Ispiryan at: email@example.com
The Armenia Red Cross Society (ARCS) and the Danish Red Cross (DRC) is currently implementing a program from 2019 to 2022 in three provinces in Armenia: Aragatsotn, Gegharkunik and Ararat. Target results include to engage 2,160 people with diabetes in self-support groups, and to reach additional 9,000 vulnerable elderly people via healthy ageing groups and other activities. However, there is interest in scaling up the program, both in length and population, in turn requiring increased financial support.
Early prevention and continued primary care access for patients suffering from pre-diabetes or diabetes is key in optimizing health outcomes, increasing longevity, and in offering economic benefits to payors and insurers as healthcare. Similar early detection and prevention programs have shown that costs for diabetes care can be greatly reduced via strong primary care. While several health economic studies and WHO investment cases have highlighted this benefit, the active translation of this knowledge when building out healthcare systems in resource poor settings has been lagging.
Specific to the ARCS program, the Health Finance Institute (HFI) has been hired to calculate the direct and indirect costs of diabetes prevention and care and assess if the program can lay the groundwork for future pay for success initiatives, such as social impact bonds, at a larger scale. First step to move from pilot to large scale program are to conduct an economic impact analysis of current and projected impact.