LATEST JOBS AT AFRICAN POPULATION AND HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER (APHRC)

  • Full Time
  • NAIROBI

Company Details

The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is an African-led and Africa-based international research institute engaged in multidisciplinary, evidence-based policy research. Our researchers address important issues and challenges facing Africa in areas such as education, health, population, aging, urbanization and wellbeing. We engage with policy makers in the region to disseminate our research findings to influence policy decisions and improve the quality of life in Africa.

1. ECONOMIST

DEADLINE:  July 31, 2021

The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is an African-led and Africa-based international research institute engaged in multidisciplinary, evidence-based policy research. Our researchers address important issues and challenges facing Africa in areas such as education, health, population, aging, urbanization and wellbeing. We engage with policy makers in the region to disseminate our research findings to influence policy decisions and improve the quality of life in Africa.

APHRC seeks to recruit an Economist to work in its Education and Youth Empowerment unit. The candidate will work primarily in a partnership project between APHRC and the Center for Global Development (CGD)—a US based organization whose mission is to reduce global poverty and improve lives through innovative economic research that drives better policy and practice by the world’s top decision makers.

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Major Responsibilities

  • Lead the design of aspects of research projects or research projects in a way that allow high quality economic analyses including costing analyses.
  • Design and lead research teams in the EYE unit (this may include coordination/ supervision of preparatory work, data collection, analytical work and reporting for research projects in the unit).
  • Support economic analyses and/or costing analyses for various projects in the EYE unit on a need by need basis.
  • Contribute to scientific writing, and production of technical reports, journal articles, policy briefs and blogs.
  • Liaise with partners and/or collaborators to ensure unit deliverables are met.
  • Contribute to the education policy dialogue and sector policy including making recommendations on strategies and policy options.
  • Interact with APHRC clients at the funding and policy levels, organize and manage policy development and evaluation papers in collaboration with other researchers and our partners.
  • Make significant contributions to global, regional or sub-regional or national signature issue studies.

Experience and skills

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  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and ability to work in a culturally diverse team.
  • Proven sense of initiative, results orientation, team work and leadership qualities, including ability to work effectively across sectors.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to speak persuasively and to present ideas clearly and concisely to different stakeholders.  Should speak and write well in English language; ability to speak and write in French language is an added advantage.
  • Experience in education sector knowledge (early years of education, primary, secondary, tertiary education, and private/public education systems).
  • Strong quantitative skills (managing, analyzing and interpreting development related issues as well as costing analysis, e.g. cost effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis).
  • Demonstrated experience of working with statistical packages (E.g. R, STATA, SAS, SPSS, etc.).
  • Experience and familiarity with generating, use and analyzing education datasets – primary/secondary data; small and huge datasets is an added advantage.
  • Strong skills in economic analyses of education policies and/or emerging phenomenon.
  • Strong practical experience and skills in impact evaluation designs of education and/or youth training interventions.

 Qualifications

  • PhD in Development Economics or closely related field.
  • Good record of publications on relevant areas in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft packages (e.g. MS Word, MS PowerPoint and MS Excel) among other essential packages for a researcher.

Successful candidates may be appointed at postdoctoral level (0-2 years after PhD), Associate Research Scientist (3-5 years after PhD), Research Scientist (6-11 years after PhD) or Senior Research Scientist (12+ years after PhD) levels depending on experience and track record.

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Interested candidates are invited to submit their application in English, and include:

  1. A letter of application;
  2. A statement of research interests and goals (1 page); and
  3. CV with contact details of three referees

2. TERMS OF REFERENCE – FACILITATORS FOR THE APHRC TRAINING PROGRAM

DEADLINE:  December 31, 2021

The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is an African-led and Africa-based international research institute committed to conducting high quality and policy-relevant multidisciplinary research. Our researchers address critical development issues and challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in areas such as education, population, health, aging, urbanization, and wellbeing. Our goal is to generate evidence for meaningful action, engage with policymakers in the region to disseminate our research findings, influence policy decisions, and improve the quality of life in Africa

The Training Unit in the Research Capacity Strengthening (RCS) Division seeks to build a database of prequalified highly skilled facilitators for engagement in our short course offerings over the next 2 years (2021-2022). The courses will be offered face-to-face, via virtual platforms (e.g., zoom), or blended depending on need. Successful candidates will be shortlisted for 2 years and will be engaged based on specific ToRs for specific training. Whenever engaged, the successful candidate(s) will be expected to be present (including virtually if the course is not offered in-person) throughout the period of the workshop. The candidate is also expected to participate in a 2-hour Training of Trainer (ToT) session that precedes the workshop

The following is a list of short courses from which applicants should identify the ones to facilitate:

Course

  1. Advanced Research Methods
  2. Effective Supervision of Postgraduates
  3. Grant Proposal Writing
  4. Impact Evaluation
  5. Implementation Research
  6. Introduction to Statistics for Health Research
  7. Mastering Qualitative Research Methods
  8. Mixed Methods Research
  9. Monitoring and Evaluation
  10. Multilevel Modeling (HLM)
  11. Policy Engagement & Communication
  12. Qualitative Data Analysis Using NVivo
  13. Quantitative Data Analysis Using R/Stata
  14. Research Conceptualization
  15. Research Governance and Management
  16. Scientific Writing and Publishing
  17. Social Network Analysis
  18. Survey Design
  19. Survival Analysis
  20. Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Scope of Work

  • Prepare training curriculum including course materials and share with Training Coordinator at least a week prior to the workshop
  • Facilitate course sessions during the length of the workshop
  • Be present during the workshop to serve as an expert resource to participants
  • Review and provide feedback to participants during individual/group exercise and feedback sessions
  • Provide a short (~ 2 pages) reflective report post-training

Required Skills & Experience

  1. High level training in the course focus area (e.g., for Quantitative Data Analysis & Visualization Using R Software, a PhD level training in biostatistics, health, or relevant field of study is required)
  2. Demonstrated prior experience in delivering a similar course (e.g., experience in facilitating similar or closely related course, or teaching similar content as part of a university course)
  3. Experience conducting short course training for diverse adult audiences (e.g., graduate students, post-docs, early career researchers, or other practicing researchers)
  4. At least 10 publications in peer-reviewed journals and over 20 conference presentations (e.g., for a course such as Scientific Writing & Publishing and Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis)
  5. Demonstrated excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English
  6. Demonstrated experience in health-related research is an added advantage

 

3. PROGRAM COORDINATOR

DEADLINE:  July 31, 2021

The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is a leading Africa-based, African-led, international research institution headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya and with a West Africa Regional Office (WARO) in Dakar, Senegal. APHRC conducts policy-relevant research on population, health, education, urbanization and related development issues in sub-Saharan Africa.

APHRC seeks to recruit a Program Coordinator to work in its Research Capacity Strengthening Division to support the management and coordination of the Training Program. This is an opportunity to join an existing team dedicated to conducting research-related short course training focusing on postgraduates and early-career researchers.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Support the curriculum development process for select courses (i.e. lead the planning, content and method development, testing, implementation, and course evaluation);
  • Support the recruitment of facilitators and/or participants, instrument development, data collection, data analysis, and report preparation;
  • Support facilitation of sessions during short course training (i.e. serve as lead trainer in at least one training area e.g. Grants Proposal Writing, Impact Evaluation, Implementation Research, Mixed Methods Research, Systematic Review & Meta-Analysis, Scientific Writing, or others);
  • Conduct formative assessment (e.g. training needs assessment prior to training to identify skills and knowledge gaps to be addressed) and summative assessment (e.g. end of training/follow up evaluation survey to assess effectiveness and impact of the training on participants and/or institutions);
  • Communicate with APHRC unit heads to identify the center’s training needs and map out development plans;
  • Manage the curriculum database and training records and maintain/update in-house training materials and equipment;
  • Contribute to program sustainability by supporting training-related proposal development;
  • Contribute to scientific writing based on data collected routinely as part of training M&E;
  • Lead in policy engagement and dissemination of best practices to appropriate audiences; and
  • Support marketing of APHRC short course offerings to potential individuals and institutions.

Qualifications and Experience:

The ideal candidate will have up to 2 (two) years’ relevant post-doctoral experience facilitating research methodology workshops and possess strong analytical skills (quantitative or qualitative):

  • PhD in Education or Public Health (preferably with emphasis in curriculum & instruction) or related field.
  • Experience and strong interest in research capacity strengthening and instructional design.
  • Demonstrated prior experience in training curriculum development and implementation (e.g., experience in facilitating short course training to graduate students, or other practicing researchers).
  • Hands-on experience coordinating different short course training workshops.
  • Experience with various training methods (including virtual, in-person training, and blended offering) and up-to-date with new training methods and techniques.
  • Strong writing skills and good record of publications (at least 3 lead author publications in peer-reviewed journals and over 5 conference presentations in defined area of interest).
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft packages (e.g. MS Word, MS PowerPoint, & MS Excel).
  • Strong quantitative skills (managing, analyzing & interpreting data), with extensive familiarity with quantitative statistical packages (e.g. Stata, SAS, or SPSS).

Desirable:

  • Expertise in mixed methods research approaches.
  • Experience with e-learning platforms.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and ability to work in a culturally diverse team.
  • Ability to facilitate training sessions in French.

This position comes with an attractive, internationally-competitive remuneration package including medical, travel and life insurance cover. Allowances toward in-relocation (for those recruited from outside Kenya) and dependents’ education are also provided. Nationals of sub-Saharan African countries are highly encouraged to apply.

 

4. RE-ADVERTISEMENT- CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST SEED GRANTS -COMMUNITY ORGANISED GROUPS

DEADLINE:  August 1, 2021
HealthyFoodAfrica (HFA) is a research & innovation project aiming at more sustainable, equitable and resilient food systems in 10 African cities. The project is a collaborative effort by 17 partners in Europe and Africa, funded by the European Union Horizon2020 programme. HFA aims at improving nutrition in Africa by strengthening the diversity, sustainability, resilience & connectivity of food systems. APHRC is implementing the HFA Food System Lab in Nairobi (HFA FSL-Na). The HFA FSL-Na aims to test the feasibility and effectiveness of innovative urban farming in Korogocho and Viwandani informal settlements of Nairobi.

This call for proposals aims at receiving applications from capable Community Organized Groups that are interested in carrying out the implementation of the project activities in any of the project implementation areas.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application through our recruitment portal https://aphrc.org/vacancies/.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted; shortlisted candidates will be required to have a Police Clearance Certificate. Cover letters should be addressed to:

The Human Resources Officer

African Population and Health Research Center, Inc

APHRC Campus, Manga Close, off Kirawa Road, Kitisuru

P. O Box 10787-GPO, Nairobi

Website: www.aphrc.org

APHRC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the protection of vulnerable persons

To apply for this job please visit aphrc.org.

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