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 issues in population health and wellbeing impeding Africa’s development in order to provide strong direction and recommendations to policy- and decision-makers at all levels.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES
In launching its 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, APHRC has broadened and deepened its commitment to ensuring that evidence generated by African institutions is used to inform strategic decision-making across sub-Saharan Africa. We have identified signature issues that are cross-cutting and reflect our vision of transforming lives of Africans through research.
The signature issues we have identified are equally key to the development agendas for Africa, from the Sustainable Development Goals to the continent’s own far-reaching Agenda 2063. They also align with the African Union’s push to promote a four-pillared roadmap setting the course for countries to achieve a Demographic Dividend and reap the benefits of an economic boom that could wean them off dependence of foreign assistance.
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 among the stakeholders with whom we engage.
We are looking to transform impact data, lessons learned, and best practice findings into useful and accessible products 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 will be the basis for an APHRC bespoke toolkit for how research, civil society and government are able to effectively 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 first review and evaluate existing tools for policy engagement and communications. This review will lead to the development, in collaboration with the team, of a customized and substantive APHRC-branded toolkit for use by APHRC and its partners.
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 incorporate an overarching knowledge sharing strategy to ensure that the policy and communications tools are user-friendly and accessible, to ensure that anyone will be comfortable using them with their target audience to conduct strategic communications and policy engagement activities.
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, 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 existing 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.