afidep-African Institute for Development Policy

Director of Education and Skills Development (1 position)

The role entails leading the Institute’s Transformative Education and Skills Development thematic area. It involves the development of the Transformative Education and Skills Development thematic area through generation and implementation of knowledge translation and capacity building programmes and promoting the use of the evidence in decision-making processes at national and regional levels. The role will develop programmes, carry out resources mobilisation, provide leadership in programmes implementation and publishing for the thematic area.

Main responsibilities:

Providing leadership in:

  • Conceptualisation, design, and implementation of research, capacity building and policy engagement programmes in Transformative Education and Skills Development.
  • Conducting research evidence synthesis and translation into policy-oriented advocacy materials.
  • Promoting the application of research findings in decision-making processes at national, regional and international levels.
  • Scientific writing for various research knowledge consumers and publishing policy-oriented research in journals.
  • Engaging policymakers to promote the application of research evidence in decision making processes.
  • Building capacity in translation, dissemination, and use of research evidence for policymakers and other stakeholders at national and regional levels.
  • Proposal writing and fundraising.

Academic qualifications

Ph.D. (in Education, Development Policy, International Development, International Relations)


  • At least five (8) years’ post-doctoral experience in policy research and advocacy in Education and Skills Development or a related field
    At least three (5) years at a senior level in a research environment.


  • Transformative educational pedagogy
  • Transferable skills/soft skills training/implementation
  • Mentorship abilities
  • Good scientific writing skills for publication in peer-reviewed journals


  • In-depth knowledge of African education landscape
  • Current emerging issues in African education
  • Pedagogical approaches in education
  • Transferable skills

Additional information: This position will be for a period of 3 years, renewable depending on performance, continued needs of the Institute and availability of funding. A competitive remuneration package will be offered commensurate with qualifications, skills and experience.

To apply: Please send (1) one-page cover letter; (2) CV of not more than 5 (five) pages-including 3 (three) relevant referees; (3) 1 (one) page motivation statement detailing career goals and interests. These positions will be interviewed on a rolling basis until the right candidates are identified. Application letters should have the title of the position as the subject as well as subject of email for email applicants. Only qualified applicants shortlisted for interviews will be contacted. Applications will be considered on a continuous basis until the right candidates are identified.


Nairobi Address: Finance and Administration Manager

African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP),

Westcom Point Building, Mahinga Mairu Avenue (Off Waiyaki Way), Westlands Nairobi

P.O. Box 14688 00800 Nairobi, Kenya



Malawi address: Finance and Administration Manager

African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP),

Area 6, plot # 6/3 Off Maula Prison Road

P.O. Box 31024, | Lilongwe 3, Malawi,






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