The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is working towards building a healthier India. It is helping to address the limited institutional and systems capacity in India by strengthening education and training, advancing research and technology and facilitating policy and practice in the area of Public Health. PHFI is headquartered in New Delhi with national presence through its constituent units of regional Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPHs) and Centers of Applied Research in core public health themes. The Foundation, established in 2006 as a public private initiative, is governed by an independent board comprising of senior government officials, eminent Indian and International academic and leaders, civil society representatives and corporate leaders. For more information, please visit the website

Project Brief:

India, home to the largest number of adolescents (10-19 years) of any country (approximately 250 million), is often referred to as having a unique demographic dividend. However, adolescents in India are vulnerable to a range of health risks, particularly a dual nutritional burden (malnutrition and anaemia as well as overweight/obesity), and substance abuse. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India (MoHFW, GoI), launched the National Adolescent Health Programme Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) in 2014 to address these health risks and improve their health conditions. MOHFW has introduced several strategies and one of the major strategies is community-based services (Peer Educator [PE] programme and Adolescent Health Days [AHDs].

  • Focus of this research is PE progarmme and the main objectives of this project are to :
    Describe the process of implementation, and context of Peer Educator (PE) Programme under the RKSK during COVID-19, in two Indian states.
  • Understand peer educators’ engagement during COVID-19 pandemic and adolescent’s response to PE engagement in community and accessing the health system.
  • Understand the resource use and implementation cost of peer educator programme and its variations across two states of India.
  • Identify key components of PE intervention which work to improve health system access and community engagement of adolescents during COVID-19 for informing building back better response and for scaling up (Research to Policy and program action) of adolescent health programmes in other states of India.

The major activities involve:

  • Review the literature on costing and cost effectiveness analysis of PE interventions to improve adolescent health conditions.
  • Review, collect and collate secondary data on cost of PE interventions in two states of India- Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.Prepare the report on costing of PE interventions.
  • Prepare the report on costing of PE interventions.
  • Help team lead in preparing the costing tools.
  • Monitor the data collection process and conduct interviews with state, block and district level health officials for obtaining cost data.
  • Analyse and tabulate cost data collected from two states of India.
  • Tabulate and analyse cost and budget data (related to PE interventions, performance reports and other health output data related to PE interventions)
  • Review available evidence on costing and cost effectiveness studies on adolescent health interventions and synthesize it.
  • Support in report and manuscript writing.
  • Participate in project review meeting.
  • Consult with State Government officials and other stakeholders time to time to collect data.
  • Coordinate the arrangements of workshops, meetings and dissemination activities.
  • Support the core team in developing costing analysis report.
  • Travel to Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh based upon the current COVID-19 situation and requirement.
  • Document the project activities and provide report.
  • Any other activities as required by the Supervisor.


  • Post-Graduate Degree in Public Health / Health Economics/ Economics with specialization in Health Economics/ Post Graduate Diploma with public health management with specialization in health economics.


  • Candidates having health economics background will be preferred.


  • 1-3 experience working in health systems and health financing and policy.


  • Strong Research and quantitative skills.
  • Writing, documentation and presentation skills are preferred.
  • Experience and expertise in handling data related to costing of health care interventions and large scale secondary level data (s NFHS, DLHS) would be preferred.
  • Strong Knowledge in MS (Word and Excel)
Process to Apply:

Interested and eligible candidates may send their updated CV to and fill the application form – Please mention the exact Position Code (PHFI-CNST-100) in the email subject line.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview.

Last Date of Receipt of Applications: 25 February 2021


  • Candidates are requested to refer PHFI website for position description & process for applying. Please note only those applications will be considered which are received as per instruction written on PHFI website.
  • Candidates should have an excellent academic record, good communication skills, a commitment to high quality graduate / post-graduate education.
  • Mere eligibility will not entitle any candidate for being called for interview.
  • Persons employed in Government/Semi-Government Organization or Educational Institutions in India must apply through proper channel.
  • PHFI reserves the right to fill or not to fill any or all available positions.
  • The requirements of minimum qualification and/or experience may be relaxed in the case of candidates with outstanding credentials.
  • No correspondence will be entertained from candidates regarding any delays, conduct & result of interview and reasons for not being called for interview.

“PHFI reserves the sole right to alter/modify/cancel the entire selection process or the position or the vacancy or to disqualify any candidature at any stage of the selection process”.

Women are encouraged to apply!

Code: PHFI-CNST-100
Location: Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Duration of Position: 6 Months or co-terminus with the project, whichever is earlier
Last Date: February 25, 2021

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