The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is a leading Africa-based, African-led, international research institution headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and engaged in multidisciplinary, evidence-informed policy research. Our researchers are contributing to the body of evidence about the critical barriers preventing optimal population health and wellbeing among the most vulnerable of Africa’s urban poor: the six in 10 people who live in the informal settlements, or slums, that crowd the continent’s urban centers. Central to our mission of using research to transform the lives of Africans through research is a commitment to capacity strengthening – both in grooming the next generation of research leaders and in cultivating a culture of evidence to inform policymaking and advocacy.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES
In launching its 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, APHRC has broadened and deepened its approach to increasing uptake of evidence generated by African institutions to inform strategic decision-making across sub-Saharan Africa. We are pursuing three objectives to achieve our goal of demonstrating where research evidence can contribute to the decision-making process:
to promote a culture of evidence at all levels of government, improving usage of evidence through innovative sharing of research findings
to nurture strategic relationships and partnerships predicated on evidence
to cultivate greater recognition and visibility of APHRC in the implementation of regional and global development agendas
Our commitment to knowledge management and learning is a critical component of our evidence generation and knowledge translation model, because we recognize that institutionalizing a culture of evidence requires stronger capacity – both within APHRC and the stakeholders with whom we engage.
We are looking to transform impact data, lessons learned, and best practice findings into useful and accessible information that can contribute to APHRC’s monitoring of the ways it both uses and shares its evidence to policy and knowledge translation model. Developing, adapting and adopting a range of tools is critical to this mission, for use across our areas of interest, at all levels. These tools, as the basis for an APHRC bespoke toolkit for how research, civil society and even government ministries can engage in the policy process, to achieve sustainable finance and responsive policy architectures to respond to pressing issues of population health and wellbeing.
SCOPE OF WORK
APHRC is seeking a specialist in knowledge management and learning to drive a review and evaluation of our tools for policy engagement and communications, to work with the team in order to create a more substantial toolkit for use by APHRC and its partners. Whether its researchers, civil society, or government stakeholders, we want audiences at every level to learn something from these tools that improves their ability to drive change and be more effective in their advocacy, engagement and strategic communications work.
These tools will be used to support dialogue and skills-transfer both internally and externally, across a variety of platforms that align with our research objectives and desired outcomes. They will be standardized for ease of adaptation to specific contexts and audiences, and will incorporate signature elements of the APHRC model of policy engagement and knowledge translation. Each of the tools will incorporate an M&E function to help with lessons learned, to monitor uptake, and to assess impact such as a feedback mechanism for users. The toolkit will be available on an open source platform.
The consultant’s deliverables will culminate with the development of an overarching knowledge sharing strategy to ensure that the policy and communications tools are user-friendly and accessible, so that no matter who delivers them, they will add a layer of depth and comprehension to the target audience’s efforts to carry out strategic communications and policy engagement activities. This strategy will be aligned with the APHRC Strategic Plan for 2017-2021 and identify where these tools can be used in helping APHRC articulate its position on our signature policy issues.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
The right candidate will have most of the following:
6+ years demonstrated experience in knowledge management, learning, communications and/or monitoring and evaluation
Master’s in communications, knowledge management, or public health preferred
Previous international experience with capacity-strengthening of civil society and/or research
Demonstrated experience in strategy development for complex projects
Up-to-date knowledge of KML technologies and standards, and an understanding of the constraints and benefits of different approaches and technologies
Familiarity with the international public health sphere
Impeccable interpersonal and management skills to support team development and promote cross-team collaboration in highly complex structures involving multiple teams, stakeholders, and client groups
Excellent attention to detail and track record of producing high quality documents
Strong planning, management, facilitation, interpersonal, and communications skills
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit your application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and copy email@example.com by January 24, 2018 indicating the application title as the subject of the email. Your application should include: CV and cover letter which must include detail of how you would approach the evaluation of tools for policy engagement; a cost estimate and expected timeline for delivery of work, for a consultancy to last no longer than six months. You must be able to produce a valid Kenyan work permit.