The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is a leading Africa-based, African-led, international research institution headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, engaged in multidisciplinary, policy-oriented research.
Our aim is to inform decision-making with evidence generated by and for Africans to drive improved population health and wellbeing across the continent, in line with global targets including the Sustainable Development Goals and the ability of African countries to harness the Demographic Dividend to drive economic growth and social change.
We are seeking a seasoned communications professional or campaigner interested in deepening their engagement with evidence to drive change, in both policy and practice. The right candidate will be able to quickly understand how to translate both APHRC-generated and other research into action, to identify where there are opportunities to fill gaps in service delivery and improve implementation of existing policies, while also championing improved allocation of resources in order to meet service delivery needs.
There are unique opportunities in this role to lead in the implementation of both a regional and nationally contextual approach to convening stakeholders in and out of government to reach evidence-informed solutions to some of the biggest challenges impeding development, including access to sanitation; stronger and more resilient health systems; and equitable access to health services for all.
To understand the policy environment and identify entry points for where evidence can be used to improve service delivery, increase resource allocation and expand implementation of existing policies
To develop and execute an advocacy strategy predicated on that evidence
To work with an array of civil society stakeholders and amplify their voices with communications and advocacy technical support to achieve shared goals
To drive the production of innovative knowledge translation materials that will assist in the achievement of the advocacy goals
To develop a framework for monitoring and evaluation of the advocacy work being conducted by APHRC and its partners that demonstrates a familiarity with outcome mapping and articulates a strong theory of change
To mentor other members of the Policy Engagement and Communications team and share knowledge in order to deepen the team’s understanding of how to conduct effective advocacy campaigns that achieve results
Skills and Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Policy or related field; Master’s degree desirable
At least five (5) years of post-qualification work experience in communications, writing and content creation, preferably at an international organization.
Project or campaign management experience
Familiarity with developing, executing and evaluating the impact of a theory of change; some experience with monitoring and evaluating attribution of impact desirable
Excellent editing and writing skills as well as ability to translate technical ideas into accessible messages
Familiarity with approaches for planning, executing, and monitoring impact communications strategies
Facility with convening networks of civil society stakeholders
Demonstrated willingness to work as part of a team
Networking, interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills coupled with resourcefulness initiative and maturity of judgment
How to Apply
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply through our recruitment portal http://hrs.aphrc.org and should include: Your cover letter should include an example of a theory of change related to one of the six signature issues in the APHRC Strategic Plan, which is available on the APHRC website.
Please include one reference of someone who can speak directly to your ability to manage a complex and varied workload. Applications will be considered up to May 24, 2018.