(Senior) Health Economist

  • Competitive
  • Luxembourg
  • Contract, Full time
  • European Investment Bank.
  • 21 Feb 18 2018-02-21

The successful candidate will join the Life Sciences Division, which covers the health sector, pharmaceuticals, medical technology and the wider life sciences industries. This Division supports and actively develops the Bank’s strategy with respect to its lending programmes on Knowledge Economy and Health.

The EIB, the European Union's bank, is seeking to recruit for its Projects Directorate - Innovation & Competitiveness Department (INCO) - Life Sciences Division (LS), at its headquarters in Luxembourg, a:


(Senior) Health Economist


This is a full time position at grade 5/6


The term of this contract will be 1 year. As this is a temporary replacement assignment, no extension or conversion of the contract is foreseen.

Panel interviews are anticipated for mid March 2018.



PJ provides advice and independent opinions to the EIB’s decision makers on the quality and risks of investment projects. It plays an important role in advising promoters on the development and implementation of projects either directly or through external consultants. PJ is also involved in policy formulation for the EIB to respond to EU policies.



The Health Economist will assess, within multi-disciplinary teams, the viability and sustainability of projects in accordance with the EIB's procedures. Upon approval of these projects, s/he will also have an active role in the monitoring of the project until its completion. The Health Economist will also provide technical assistance to promoters with a view to deliver technically sound and bankable investment projects. Requests for this technical assistance may be originated from the European Investment European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH).


Operating Network

The successful candidate will join the Life Sciences Division, which covers the health sector, pharmaceuticals, medical technology and the wider life sciences industries. This Division supports and actively develops the Bank’s strategy with respect to its lending programmes on Knowledge Economy and Health.



The Economist will also be expected to promote the understanding of the main issues and challenges of the health sector to key decision makers in the Bank and to present the Bank’s contribution to the interested outside world, including the European Commission, other national and international bodies and peer groups concerned within the sector. As part of a multi-disciplinary team and in particular liaising with the Department’s other expert staff, the duties will include:


  • Ensure techno-economic assessment and monitoring, within multidisciplinary teams of investment projects and programmes in the relevant sectors, including compliance with EU and Bank's environmental, social and procurement policies, to the required quality standards.
  • Deliver technical advisory services in support of projects and investments, as well as capacity building and horizontal matters (e.g. institutional frameworks, methodologies, good practice guides), in the field of health care. 
  • Provide high quality project development support throughout all stages of the project cycle (from pre-feasibility to financing) in order to qualify for the Bank´s financing. Provide upstream or policy advice on market studies, sector strategies, and project screening when necessary.
  • Provision of relevant input in sector studies (including methodology, strategy and sector perspectives) and investment reports including the broader economic and financial aspects, to provide the Bank with analytical tools to evaluate the policy settings in different countries and regions leading to the identification of business and lending priorities.
  • The successful candidate is expected to display maximum flexibility to support other sectors within the division or department.
  • Track the evolution of the sector, including active representation at selected sectorial events, and liaise closely with EU institutions and international organizations on health policy/sector questions.  


  • University degree (Master or higher degree) in public health, business administration, health sciences, or other relevant fields. Specialization in health economics and health care financing is highly desirable.
  • Minimum of 8 years of professional experience in the health sector covering the main aspects of the project cycle (feasibility, design, development, management and operation).
  • Solid understanding of current trends, challenges and issues related to the health sector both from public and private sector point of view;
  • Professional experience in providing advisory services gained with a consultancy, corporate, research institute or financial institution is necessary.
  • Experience in the design, procurement, and project implementation of large scale hospital projects will be an asset;
  • Experience in more than one country would be an advantage.
  • Excellent written and spoken English and a good command of French (*). Knowledge of other EU languages would be an advantage. 


  • Achievement Drive: Continually keeps an eye on performance, focusing on improving it, showing drive and determination to meet short and long-term goals.
  • Change Orientation: Adapts to differences and changes in the environment; takes a flexible approach to reach outcomes.
  • Collaboration: Works cooperatively as part of a team; works collaboratively with peers across organisational boundaries based on a genuine interest in and an accurate understanding of others and their individual perspectives and concerns.
  • Organisational Commitment: Is willing to commit to an organisation whose mission is to support Europe and is open to diversity, and to align her/his own behaviour with the organisation’s needs and intrinsic values, acting with integrity in ways that promote the organisation’s mission, policies and rules.


(*) There may be certain flexibility on this requirement, but limited to particularly suitable candidates who may not yet be proficient in French. If selected, such candidates will be hired on the condition that they build up rapidly knowledge of French and accept that their future career in the EIB may be subject to the attainment of sufficient proficiency in both of the Bank's working languages.

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