The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an alliance of over 200 national diabetes associations with two million members in more than 160 countries and territories. For over 60 years, IDF has been at the vanguard of global diabetes advocacy. The Federation is committed to raising global awareness of diabetes, promoting the exchange of information about the different types of diabetes; give education support for people with diabetes and their healthcare providers, and encouraging activities towards finding a cure for the different types of diabetes.
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) wishes to appoint an outstanding individual to lead work on health economics and related areas within this high achieving global organisation. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to contribute to policy, devise innovative programmes and work closely with IDF’s expert volunteers. The demand for action to tackle diabetes is now high on the international agenda and IDF has entered a new phase with led by a newly elected Board strongly motivated by its mission to help people living with diabetes.
Works under the supervision of the Director, Policy and Programme, who reports to the Chief Executive Officer.
Leads a small team and works closely with IDF volunteers.
Leads IDF’s work in epidemiology and public health in order to establish the epidemiological evidence base for diabetes.
- Guides and coordinates the collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data on the burden of diabetes globally, the public health response, and on effective and feasible interventions in countries at different levels of economic development.
- Has managerial oversight of IDF’s high-profile and authoritative Diabetes Atlas.
- Represents IDF at high profile professional events making presentations on Epidemiology and Public Health and maintains contacts with a network of academic specialists.
- Provides support where relevant to IDF Task Forces.
- Develops new programmes and projects in collaboration with colleagues from External Relations and Policy and Programmes Department.
- Writes policy papers and academic articles in the appropriate field.
- Is the line manager of the Diabetes Atlas Coordinator and Junior Professional Officer, providing intellectual guidance on their work and monitoring the quality control of their work. May have responsibility for managing other staff as projects require.
Scope of responsibility
- Collection, analysis, interpretation of data on diabetes
- Presentation of data to a variety of audiences
- Support and collaboration with several Taskforces and the Board
- Development of programmes and projects in collaboration with colleagues
- Relationship with organizations outside IDF
- Management of team members
- Representation of IDF at high profile professional events
Knowledge and complexity
- Knowledge level of Masters in epidemiology and/or public health
- Qualified experience of 7 years (as health professional in a discipline relevant to health care for people with diabetes, or have completed the epidemiology/public health training on diabetes)
- Good working knowledge of the global epidemiology of diabetes, major risk factors and strategies for prevention of the condition and its complications
- Knowledge of project management
- Excellent oral and written knowledge of English
- Provide leadership of a major programme area
- Advise on the design of studies into the epidemiology of diabetes and its complications
- Keep up to date with relevant scientific literature
- Communicate effectively with health professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including clinical, health economic, diabetes education and health services research
- Design major innovative programmes
- Is bound by timelines for project submissions and deadlines for the production of Diabetes Atlas
- Calls on the manager in case of major personnel issues, and politically sensitive relationships with external organisations
IDF is seeking a candidate with:
- Highly-developed skills in the analysis and presentation of epidemiological data, including written reports, papers and oral presentations
- Demonstrated experience in the critical interpretation and informal synthesis of published epidemiological data and of studies on the prevention of diabetes and its complications
- High level communication skills and a track record of working in a consultancy role in an international environment
- Proven leadership skills
- People management experience
How to apply
Interested applicants are requested to send a CV and motivational letter by email to Mrs Annelies Van Herck, HR Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, marked “Health Economist” by April 12, 2013.