Post-Doctoral Research Scientist

Deadline: June 21, 2024

The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is a premier research-to-policy institution, generating evidence, strengthening research and related capacity in the African research and development ecosystem, and engaging policy to inform action on health and development. The Center is Africa-based and African-led, with its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, and a West Africa Regional Office (WARO), in Dakar, Senegal. APHRC seeks to drive change by developing strong African research leadership and promoting evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) across sub-Saharan Africa.

APHRC is seeking to fill the position of Post-doctoral Research Scientist and above to work for its regional office based in Dakar, Senegal.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development of information systems and provision of analytical methodological support and advices to researchers.
  • Lead and contribute to proposal development and fundraising for research projects in the unit.
  • Provide statistical advice and support to researchers developing proposals and writing scientific papers.
  • Lead the development of study protocols and tools and ensure ethical approvals and research permits are obtained.
  • Oversee/lead development of field and training manuals.
  • Lead the data management and data analyses of the assigned project.
  • Lead and collaborate with the institutional partners to ensure quality deliverables.
  • Ensure ethical approvals and research permits are obtained.
  • 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.
  • Contribute to the development of different project reports.
  • Contribute to institutional publications including and not limited to lay dissemination materials such as policy/research briefs, fact sheets and scientific papers.
  • Contribute to policy engagement and the unit’s strategic planning.
  • Contribute to cultivation of relations with key institutional donors.
  • Represent the Center at high level national, regional and international forums, including relevant technical working groups and expert committees.
  • Define own area of research interest through developing proposals, concept notes and publishing in the area.
  • Perform other duties as required assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • PhD in in Statistics, Data Science, Econometrics, Demography, Public Health, Sociology or equivalent in related disciplines with strong quantitative components.
  • Have 3-5 years of relevant post-doctoral experience.
  • Experience working in a research institution, conducting research and managing research projects.
  • Strong proposal writing skills with a good track record of winning research grants.
  • Proven quantitative skills, with extensive familiarity with related analysis packages (e.g. STATA, R, SAS, or SPSS).
  • Scientific writing skills and a record of publications on relevant topics in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Experience working on health facility data, health systems data, or family planning will be an added advantage.
  • Experience working in Francophone West Africa.
  • Interpersonal and organizational skills to work in a culturally diverse team.
  • Fluent in French and English (written and spoken).

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application in English, and include:

  1. A letter of application
  2. A statement of research interests and goals (1-2 pages)
  3. CV with contact details of three referees

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply through the below link:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.