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The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is a leading Africa-based, African-led, international research institution headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. APHRC conducts policy-relevant research on population, health, education, urbanization and related development issues in sub-Saharan Africa.

The APHRC seeks to recruit an Associate Research Scientist to work in the Maternal and Child Wellbeing Unit within the Research Division.


  • Begin to define own area of research interest through developing proposals, concept notes and publishing in the area;
  • Mentor junior staff including postdoctoral researchers and research officers;
  • Represent the Center in high-level national and regional forums;
  • Initiate and lead research proposals in the program and manage relevant budgets;
  • Oversee the review and translation of research tools;
  • Oversee/lead development of field and training manuals;
  • Ensure ethical approvals and research permits are obtained;
  • Ensure the recruitment, training and supervision of field interviewers;
  • Oversee fieldwork in the execution of the research projects to ensure timely implementation of field activities;
  • Ensure community mobilization and education of the community in relation to the research project is done;
  • Conduct literature reviews;
  • Lead and contribute to scientific paper writing;
  • Lead the development of project reports;
  • Lead and participate in dissemination of research findings and policy dialogue with appropriate audiences;
  • Contribute to institutional publications (i.e. lay dissemination materials such as– policy/research briefs and fact sheets) in relation to the projects one is working on;
  • Oversee data cleaning and analysis;
  • Monitor project budgets and expenditure;
  • Contribute to proposal development in the program; and
  • Prepare project progress reports to donors.

Qualifications and Experience

  • PhD in Public Health, Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology or other relevant areas; a minimum of 2 years’ post-doctoral experience.
  • Demonstrated skills and expertise in both quantitative and qualitative data analysis and related statistical software.
  • Demonstrated experiences in mental health research, with peer-reviewed publications on the subject will be an added advantage.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application and include:

  1. A letter of application;
  2. A statement of research interests and goals (1-2 pages); and
  3. CV

through our recruitment portal by August 19, 2021.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted; shortlisted candidates will be required to have a Police Clearance Certificate. 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


APHRC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the protection of vulnerable persons