The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization that carries out high quality, policy-relevant research on population, health and education issues facing sub-Saharan Africa.
APHRC is looking for a dynamic, motivated and creative individual to join its Policy Engagement and Communications (PEC) division. The right person will take an innovative and strategic approach to helping APHRC bridge the evidence to policy gap, to ensure that our research in population dynamics, health, education, aging and urbanization has maximum impact at the national, sub-regional and global levels.
The position reports to the PEC Director and is based in Nairobi. A portfolio of 3-5 samples of relevant written work must accompany every application. Those applications that do not include writing samples will not be considered.
Oversee the implementation of APHRC’s policy engagement strategy
Drive development of new ecosystem approach to policy engagement
Develop policy landscaping and mapping in order to optimize opportunities for engagement in support of research outputs
Work with, and through, national, regional and international networks to facilitate engagement with APHRC’s research evidence
Strengthen APHRC’s work through media networks and associations
Identify networking and engagement opportunities with relevant audiences at all levels and coordinate relationship-building for researchers and policymakers in international and sub-regional forums
Coordinate resource mobilization efforts to enhance policy engagement activities and opportunities for further outreach into policy communities to understand how policy-makers use evidence to drive decision-making
Generate series of policy outlook white papers to support the ability of research programs to interrogate wider policy-relevant research questions
Develop and execute policy engagement training for research and research capacity strengthening programs.
Skills and Qualifications
Master’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Policy, Political Science or related field
At least seven (7) years of post-qualification work experience in communication, writing and content creation, policy analysis, landscaping and mapping, preferably at an international or research organization
Excellent editing and writing skills as well as ability to translate complex scientific facts into accessible messages for general audiences
Demonstrable track record in policy engagement, including landscaping, mapping and trend analysis
Familiarity with communication approaches for planning, executing, and monitoring communications strategies
Excellent existing network of contacts at sub-regional level
Excellent written and verbal communication
Demonstrated willingness to work as part of a team
Networking, interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills coupled with resourcefulness initiative and maturity of judgment.
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply and include their letter of application, portfolio of their work and CV, through our recruitment portal http://jobs.aphrc.org by 1 April, 2016. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
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