Deadline: December 10, 2021
Closed Job

The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is an African-led and Africa-based  international research institute committed to conducting high quality and policy-relevant  multidisciplinary research. Our researchers address critical development issues and challenges facing sub Saharan Africa (SSA) in areas such as education, population, health, aging, urbanization, and wellbeing. Our  goal is to generate evidence for meaningful action, engage with policymakers in the region to disseminate  our research findings, influence policy decisions, and improve the quality of life in Africa.

APHRC would like to hire an editor and designer for the review of the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan. The editor will  be responsible for making the document functional for its readers. They shall examine the overall structure  and help with the organization of the content. The editor should help authors fill in blanks and eliminate  repetitions, and design and finalize its production.


The Center celebrated its 20th anniversary as an independent organization in 2021. After 20 years, the Center has matured in its operations and governance while its stature and profile have grown significantly. APHRC is now a well-established, recognized, and respected leader in research and policy influence in Africa. The 2022-2026 Strategic Plan was thus developed in a context of great achievements, some gaps and enablers of success that will be essential in the coming years. The 2022-2026 Strategic Plan articulates the Center’s vision to be a transformative force on the continent, building on 20 years of experience in evidence generation, and the promotion of its use to guide decision making for Africa’s development.

Scope of work

The independent contractor will provide high-quality copyediting and proofreading services to APHRC. In  particular, the incumbent will perform the following tasks;

  1. Copyediting of the 2022-2026 strategic plan consisting of 12 chapters. This assignment will incorporate substantive language editing, which aims at improving the overall  coverage and presentation of the product, its content, scope, length, level and organization. The editor may  also suggest improvements for the author(s) to make or may (by agreement with the author(s)) rewrite  and rearrange the material. Copyediting should include all graphs and appendices.
  2. Review language usage, grammar, clarity, and typos for consistency (using American English and  adhering to APHRC’s house style guide, which will be shared with the report). This also includes  checking the numbering of illustrations, tables and notes, and any cross-references to them, as well as  the consistency of bibliographical references.
  3. Return edited document in track changes mode, plus a clean copy (changes accepted).
  4. Executing and finalizing document layout, and design for print.

APHRC shall provide any additional briefing information concerning this assignment if needed.

Deliverables and reporting

The incumbent will work on this specific assignment with the Communications Manager as directed by the  Research and Policy Engagement and Communications Directors.

The consultant will provide a professionally edited publication within the timelines agreed jointly with the  project team.

Required skills and experience

  • A degree in the area of Communication, Journalism, English literature or related field.
  • At least eight (8) years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in writing/editing of reports and publications.
  • Knowledge and capacity to provide high quality reports in line with APHRC writing style and reporting guidelines.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Good knowledge of development and programme issues, especially within population and health.

How to Apply

If you meet the criteria above and are interested in this opportunity, please email consultancies@aphrc.org and copy procurement@aphrc.org with the subject, Editing and Designing of the Strategic Plan . Attach  a cover letter, CV and an indicative budget. Please note that APHRC will hold full copyrights of all edited  documents, any use shall require permission from APHRC. The application deadline is Friday, December 10, 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications 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

Website: www.aphrc.org


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