The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization that carries out policy-relevant research on population, health, education and development issues facing sub-Saharan Africa. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, APHRC also supports research capacity strengthening efforts in sub-Saharan Africa and the engagement of policy-actors with research evidence.
This exciting opportunity will lead the vibrant and creative Research Capacity Strengthening (RCS) arm of APHRC towards an increasing profile and reach across Africa in four key areas:
1) Build and expand formal partnerships with universities to improve graduate training in general, and doctoral training in particular, in the broad areas of APHRC’s work
2) Foster opportunities to support individual and institutional research capacity through fellowships, internships and training workshops
3) Conduct training workshops to enhance the capacity of African policymakers, program implementers, and the media to utilize relevant scientific evidence
4) Oversee implementation of training programs, including planned graduate academic offerings, in collaboration with partner universities
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Strategic Leadership
Provide overall direction and guidance to the organization’s various research capacity strengthening programs and ensuring synergies across these programs
Lead the RCS team in setting priorities and in resource mobilization
Lead the Center’s Board discussions on the RCS Division
Communication & Stakeholder Engagement
Manage and nurture the network of partners on the RCS programs at national, regional and international levels
Work with Director of Policy Engagement and Communications to enhance effectiveness in policy engagement and communication in the Division
Work with Director of Research to enhance provision of individual and institutional capacity building for research staff and engage APHRC researchers in RCS programs
Lead the translation of the organization’s strategic plan into annual work plans for the RCS Division
Work with HR to recruit and retain staff for the division
Work with the Internal Auditor to identify and manage risks in the division
Work with Director of Operations to ensure proper budgeting and overseeing divisional expenditure in line with contractual obligations with funders.
APHRC is seeking an accomplished leader with the following attributes:
A PhD in any of the social or health science disciplines and at least 10 years of post-qualification experience in an academic or research institution, five of which must be at a senior management level
Experience developing and managing graduate training programs
Extensive experience working in sub-Saharan Africa
Strong organizational, writing and verbal communication skills
Excellent networking skills
Excellent and demonstrable research productivity, including publications and grants
Good understanding of financial management
High level of personal integrity, transparency, professional discretion and an ability to interact effectively with diverse partners acting as a role model for others
Good interpersonal relationship skills including ability to build and lead a cohesive team in achieving the overall goals of the division
APHRC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however those from the African continent will be given priority.
Applications should consist of a full CV and covering letter. These can be uploaded at www.perrettlaver.com/candidates, quoting the reference number 2534.
The closing date for applications is 12:00 p.m. CST on Friday 10th June 2016.