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, education and developmental issues facing sub-Saharan Africa.
Research in the Health Challenges and Systems Program focuses on critical health systems needs and challenges; global environmental change and its health impacts; and infectious and non-communicable diseases.
APHRC seeks to recruit a Senior Research Scientist to lead its HCS program.
Define and drive the strategic direction of the Program
Provide leadership in the implementation of projects, define resource needs and allocate staff time, and ensure that resources are used effectively, including reviewing of project expenditure reports
Ensure that all project deliverables are met according to expected standards and in a timely manner
Lead the program in fundraising for new initiatives
Review and sign-off performance appraisals of staff under the Program
Ensure cohesion and shared vision amongst program staff
Ensure projects in thematic areas are efficiently managed
Support the planning and implementation of country and regional research uptake and policy influence actions
Support junior researchers in the program to write scientific papers
Disseminate research findings using scientific and non – scientific avenues
Establish and maintain relations with key partners and institutional donors
Secure and manage the necessary human and material resources in the program
Represent the Center in high – level national, regional and international forums including relevant technical working groups and expert committees
Qualifications and Experience
PhD in Public Health or a related discipline and at least seven years of post-doctoral experience in an academic or research institution
Actively engaged in research with a focus on any of the HCS Program’s thematic areas of health systems, non-communicable diseases, infectious diseases, and the environment and health in developing countries, in general, and sub-Saharan Africa, in particular. Candidates whose research focus is on non-communicable disease will have an added advantage
Well-grounded in research methods and have very strong quantitative skills
Proven experience in leading and managing large scale household surveys or working with large datasets
Strong writing skills and a very good record of publications on health issues in developing countries
Strong track record of fundraising for research projects
Proven ability to work effectively with funding agencies
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
Experience in providing leadership in an academic or research institution.
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply and include a letter of application, statement of their research interests and goals (1-2pages) and CV, through firstname.lastname@example.org by 8th July 2016. Cover letters should be addressed to:
TMP Worldwide UK Ltd
NB: If no suitable candidate is identified by the deadline, applications will be considered until the position is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.