John Muchira

John Muchira

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

ABOUT John Muchira

John Muchira is a postdoctoral research scientist in the Education and Youth Empowerment unit at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), with training in international development education, educational policy, program evaluation, language education and entrepreneurship education. John holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a specialization in Sociocultural & International Development Education Studies from Florida State University (FSU).

John’s research interests are mainly in youth employment and private sector growth in Africa, job readiness, linkages between social networks and entrepreneurial development, entrepreneurship education and training, impact of curricula reforms on educational achievements and learning outcomes, the potential in the agricultural sector in East Africa, the need for technical training among the youth population, and strategies to combat challenges facing Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in developing African economies.

In his capacity as a research scientist, John continues to offer insights on young people’s transitions from school to work through evidence-based decision making processes, enhancing business-led entrepreneurship development, while reinforcing strategic partnerships with local and international institutions and other stakeholders working within the education and youth development sector as well as publicizing results of the research projects in multiple platforms.

John has 9 years’ experience as an instructor and researcher at various universities in the United States. Previously, he worked as research assistant for three years in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice-president of Academic Affairs in the Critical Thinking Initiative project while serving as a board member in the Quality Enhancement Plan at FSU. Immediately prior to joining APHRC, John was a lecturer in the department of African & African American Studies, and an Adjunct Professor of Education at the University of Kansas.