The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is a premier research institution and think tank exploring questions of population health and wellbeing. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, with a West African office opening in 2018 in Dakar, Senegal, the Center seeks to drive change with evidence led by an experienced and growing cadre of research leaders from across sub-Saharan Africa. Our teams orient their research agendas to global and continental development priorities, driven by the belief that Africa and African-generated evidence must be at the forefront of decisions supporting health, wellbeing and development on the continent.
The Center was established in 1995 as a fellowship program within the Population Council to nurture African research leadership and increase the contributions of African scholars to the global body of knowledge. Following a 2001 headquarters agreement with the Government of Kenya, APHRC became an autonomous regional institute. Over the last 17 years, our reputation has become synonymous with research rigor, leadership and influence.
The Centre’s vision is to transform lives in Africa through research and its mission is to generate evidence, strengthen research capacity and engage policy to inform action on population health and wellbeing. To achieve our mission, APHRC brings together a multidisciplinary team of over 50 international scholars currently from ten African and three non-African countries to lead the development of priority research and evaluation programs and enhance the use of evidence for policy formulation and program improvement in sub-Saharan Africa. Of the 135 staff complement, 31 have PhDs in diverse fields such as anthropology, biostatistics, demography, epidemiology, social and public policy, education, health economics, health promotion, public health, and sociology. Another 30 have Masters Degrees.
Our Board of Directors is representative, drawn from across the globe and from an array of research-related sectors including development, academia and private sector. In addition, our partnerships extend across sub-Saharan Africa, with bodies including universities, technical agencies, civil society groups and government ministries as well as national bureaus of statistics. Our vision is to transform lives in Africa through the robust and replicable evidence generated by African researchers.
Core areas of work
Generating scientific knowledge aligned to the local and global development agendas on population health and wellbeing.
APHRC’s priority research areas include population dynamics and their impact on health and development; improving maternal and child health; improving sexual and reproductive health and rights across the life course; the impact of rapid urbanization on health and wellbeing; the challenges inherent in developing strong and resilient health systems; the roles and influences of older people in the region’s development; and increasing access to quality education.
Developing and nurturing the next generation of African research leaders.
Over the last seven years, APHRC has trained close to 1,000 individual researchers, university faculty, graduate students, government employees, development program implementers, and other research stakeholders. Since 2008, we have been running two doctoral training programs, which have graduated over 200 PhDs, with another 150 continuing with their studies. Our Research Capacity Strengthening Division is working to nurture a generation of new research leaders for the continent, through partnerships with universities to strengthen doctoral training, individual fellowships and internships, short courses for research practitioners and conducting research on higher education in Africa.
Engaging with decision-makers using evidence to drive optimal development and implementation of policies and programs that will have a transformative impact on lives in Africa.
We are at the forefront of African-led credible and contextual evidence generation for policy and action on a number of emerging issues, including but not limited to wellbeing in urban slums; mitigating the magnitude and impact of unsafe abortion; improving teacher performance; and developing relevant models for long-term care for the growing population of older people in Africa. The Policy Engagement and Communications team are skilled communicators, advocates and knowledge translators who work with our research teams and other policy actors holistically to translate evidence into policy and practice.
APHRC is a 501(c)(3) organization registered in the State of Delaware and New York. As a US-registered organization, there are a few formalities for employing a consultant in the USA. The Center wants to have fundraising representation in the USA that can help tap into funds that are difficult to access from a long distance. Cultivation of new funders from a distance takes a long time especially in cases where targeted funders do not routinely travel to meet partners in other continents.
The location of a fundraising office is sometimes dictated by the presence of High Net-worth Individuals or the presence of a majority of the anticipated funders in a particular state. APHRC’s current funders are concentrated in California but this initiative seeks to bring entirely new funders. Our preference is for a consultant based in one of the East Coast states. APHRC’s current needs are unrestricted support and the development of a training and residential facility for its training program. A case for support for the training and residential facility is available.
The consultant will contribute to the strategic leadership and direction, leading major donor, planned giving strategies in order to maximize unrestricted and restricted revenue, and deferred gifts to APHRC in a cost effective and time-efficient manner. S/he will design and execute strategies to cultivate, solicit, and steward donors and prospects and to analyse and adjust techniques as necessary.
The consultant will report to the Deputy Executive Director and will work in collaboration with the broad constituency of APHRC including the board of directors based in USA, as well as APHRC’s senior program staff.
The assignment will run for 15 months from November 2018 to February 2020 with possibilities of extension subject to demonstrated performance. The consultant should be a USA citizen/resident and will spend one week at APHRC headquarter offices in Nairobi to undergo orientation.
The duties and responsibilities of the consultant will include the following:
Provide dynamic and effective thought leadership for business development efforts towards ensuring increased financial revenue, and other modes of individual gifts that support impactful delivery of APHRC’s mandate and mission;
Oversee and guide development and implementation of business development engagement and revenue strategy activities, targeting on US-focused individual giving;
Lead and support APHRC’s fundraising efforts by personally cultivating and soliciting high-level, high-impact partnerships that call for a level of seniority/technical competence where director-level participation is relevant or appropriate;
Inspire, motivate and challenge APHRC Board and Executive Leadership team through active fundraising mentorship, fostering an environment that supports new ideas and innovative approaches to partnership development and relationship management;
Lead and drive the development and success of a consistent global “one team” approach to the strategic relationship planning, outreach and management of individual giving and maximizing those relationships to support APHRC’s mission and mandate;
Work with APHRC’s senior leadership, program staff, and relevant colleagues across the Center to create compelling cases for philanthropic investment and engagement opportunities for donors at the highest levels;
With the Deputy Executive Director and senior program staff, lead the development and implementation of standards, tools and procedures towards a best-in-class approach to USA giving.
Work plan & Budget
A 30-50% level of effort that will be programmed depending on the anticipated activities.
This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to excel in a demanding and fast-paced environment. The consultant will have proven successful track record of cultivation, solicitation, and management of high-yield, high-value multifaceted donor partnerships and;
Demonstrated ability to write clearly, insightfully and persuasively.
A strong network of international donor contacts, relationships, and a record of accomplishment in fundraising.
An outstanding ability to track donor trends that contribute to business development outcomes.
Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
A passion and ability to work with multicultural teams for sustained periods.
10 years’ relevant work experience with progressively increasing responsibility.
How to Apply
Interested candidates are encouraged to send their application, which should include their detailed profile, via email with the subject line: “USA Fundraising Consultant” to firstname.lastname@example.org and copy email@example.com.