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The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) is an African-led, non-profit research and policy institute established in 2010 to help bridge the gaps between research, policy and practice in development efforts in Africa. We contribute to the realisation of the SDGs by enabling the formulation of sound development policies and programme interventions. We work to promote and entrench a culture of evidence use in development efforts in Africa. Specifically, we:

  • Strengthen institutional and individual capacity for demand and use of evidence, as well as promoting interactions between researchers and policymakers.
  • Provide practical evidence to enable governments move from rhetoric and policy documents to action in addressing various sustainable development goals.

Our focus areas: Population Dynamics and Demographic DividendHealth and Well-being, Transformative Education and Skills Development, the Environment and Climate Change, and Governance and Accountability.

AFIDEP seeks to recruit dynamic and competent professionals to develop and grow our work through the following positions. (Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.)

THE LIGHT Consortium PhD Studentship Opportunity: Research Uptake to Maximise Research Impact

The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) is a regional non-profit research and policy Institute established in 2010 to help bridge the gaps between research, policy and practice in development efforts in Africa. Our primary purpose is to contribute to sustainable development through using evidence and advocacy to strengthen political commitment and resource allocation for development issues; informing the design and implementation of effective interventions; and strengthening governance and accountability structures for tracking development challenges in Africa. AFIDEP is registered as a Non-Governmental Organisation in both Kenya and Malawi (where it has offices) and as a non-profit institution in the USA with 501(c)3 status. For further details about AFIDEP and its work refer to www.afidep.org. AFIDEP is seeking to recruit a PhD candidate for the LIGHT programme to be based either at their Nairobi or Lilongwe office.

The LIGHT Consortium: (Leaving no-one behInd: transforming Gendered pathways to Health for TB) is a UK Aid-funded programme that seeks to deliver transformative, cross-disciplinary research across a consortium of partners based in Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda and the UK to reduce the number of people affected by tuberculosis (TB) in sub- Saharan Africa. This will enable rapid deployment of new tools for TB control (vaccines, new drugs and shorter drug regimens, diagnostics) that are expected to come online in 2025.

The LIGHT Consortium’s approach is to direct its efforts towards formative research with TB/HIV priority groups in key settings for interventions, development and testing of those interventions, building capacity and skills, and policy engagement.  The Consortium is working in densely populated urban settings, with young adults in youth forums, and through men-centered health services, aiming to reduce general transmission among the wider population of women and children.

 The LIGHT PhD Programme

PhD students will be integral to the conduct of LIGHT Consortium’s research and it will host five PhD studentships, one within each of our four African partner countries (Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda) and one within the Consortium’s Research Uptake team based at AFIDEP in Nairobi, Kenya or Lilongwe, Malawi.

The Consortium will offer five, full-time, four-year studentships. Available funding will include programme fees at the off-site student rate, contribution to research support costs and stipend.

PhD Project: Research Uptake to maximise research impact (AFIDEP)

A key priority of the LIGHT Programme is to maximise the impact of its research in 6 policy spaces: global and African regional policy, in the UK and in each of its partner countries (Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and Malawi) by enabling and supporting the policy environment and health systems to improve access to quality, equitable and sustainable health services and medical products. The PhD policy candidate will specifically deliver and test a theory of change for research uptake, measuring baseline versus intermediate outcomes at both supply and demand sides. The successful applicant will help develop and test the evidence uptake model to be implemented by the core LIGHT Research Uptake team. This model will comprise capacity building, stakeholder engagement, knowledge generation and translation, and strategic communication. The PhD candidate will use operational research techniques to carry out a mixed-methods longitudinal intervention case study, or use other appropriate methodology, where the intervention will be the research uptake model.

COMPETENCY CRITERIA WHERE MEASURED
Essential   
MSc or MA in a relevant discipline (e.g. social sciences, public policy, political science, communications, knowledge translation) from a reputable university Application/Interview
Able to be based in Nairobi, Kenya or Lilongwe, Malawi during the course of the PhD fellowship Application/Interview
Able to travel to partner research countries (UK, Nigeria, Uganda) Application/Interview
A proven competence as an independent social researcher Application/Interview
Excellent presentation skills (scientific writing and speaking) Application/Interview
Experience in training or supporting junior staff Application/Interview
Desirable  
Proven strong background in public health sciences and tuberculosis Application/Interview
At least one first-author publication in a peer-reviewed journal Application/Interview
Experience of working with research institutes in Africa Application/Interview
Proven experience with research uptake/ policy engagement, mixed-methods / case study designs and/or implementation sciences Application/Interview

How to Apply

More information about the project and guidance on completing your application can be found here: https://www.lstmed.ac.uk/study/courses/research-degrees/light-consortium-phd-studentships . Please ensure you read the guidance thoroughly before applying.

 This studentship will be in collaboration with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), who will be the awarding body of the PhD. All applications must be submitted on the LSTM online system via MyLSTM. If you have not previously applied for an LSTM programme, or registered for MyLSTM, you will first need to register.

Recruitment timeline:

Opening date:               12th November 2020

Closing date:                  10th December 2020

Shortlisting:                    Week commencing 11th January 2021

Interviews (virtual):     Week commencing 25th January 2021

Notification date:        Week commencing 1st February 2021

Proposed start date:   May 2021

 

Gene Drive Mosquitoes Research Expert (Preferably Bilingual) - Health Technologies Advocacy Project
About the project.pdf

The successful candidate will join the Institute’s multi-disciplinary team as Project Manager to lead the design and implementation of a new project, the Health Technologies Advocacy Project. The project will create an African driven advocacy platform (the Health Tech Platform (HTP)). The platform will facilitate informed, objective, transparent, and balanced discussions on development and use of transformational technologies and tools to address key health challenges in sub-Saharan Africa. The Platform will be multi-faceted, operating at national, regional and global levels with multiple layers of conversations and advocacy happening simultaneously among a wide range of stakeholders. The overall purpose of the project is to ensure that Africans are involved in driving conversations about the need for transformational technologies and tools, their design, development, testing, and uptake by governments, other development actors, and communities, including youth and women. The initial focus of the project will be the ongoing research on gene drive mosquitoes and mosquito gene editing technologies for the elimination of Malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, and will be implemented at regional level as well as at national level in two countries to be confirmed, namely, Burkina Faso and Uganda or Kenya. This is a full-time position which will report to the Director of Public Policy and Communications.

Main Responsibilities

  • Lead a multi-disciplinary team of research, policy, communications and advocacy experts in the conceptualization, design and implementation of the Health Technologies Advocacy Platform.
  • Design and conduct a range of analyses to inform the design and implementation of the project at different stages of implementation (including landscape and policy analyses, political economy analyses, and reviews of existing research and other evidence, relating to the health technology of focus).
  • Build and nurture strategic partnerships and relationships with key stakeholders at the global, regional and project country levels.
  • Steer project planning, coordination and management, working closely with multi-country groups to implement and track progress against the project’s workplan.
  • Manage country and regional partners involved in the delivery of the project in various countries and the sub-Saharan Africa region.
  • Oversee the implementation of the project’s monitoring, learning and evaluation (MLE) plan, facilitating regular discussions on the testing of the project’s theory of change.
  • Manage and oversee data and information collected under the project.
  • Prepare regular project implementation reports and lead regular meetings with the project’s funding partner to discuss progress and lessons.
  • Document and publish lessons from project implementation through global, regional and national conferences, and journal articles and other publications.
  • Contribute to development of the Institute.

Qualifications and Requirements

The successful candidate will be a senior research expert in mosquito gene drive and gene editing technologies with a relevant PhD and more than five years’ experience. The candidate will also have a good understanding of public policy and political processes in Africa at the regional African Union level, sub-regional economic community levels, and at national level in his/her country. Preferably, the successful candidate will be bilingual with advanced proficiency in English and French.

  • Strong research design and implementation skills, demonstrated by a research track record.
  • Skills in policy analysis and evidence synthesis and translation, including using systematic reviews and rapid reviews to distil messages for policymakers and other non-scientific audiences.
  • Policy engagement with senior policymakers and other policy actors.
  • Management and coordination of research, capacity development, or advocacy programmes and partnerships.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English and French.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with effective team management skills.
  • Excellent scientific writing and presentations skills with a track record of scientific publications and conference presentations.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with ability to analyze situations, identify existing or potential problems and recommend solutions
  • Prior experience working in sub-Sahara Africa is preferred, and experience working in any of the two project countries will be an added advantage.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to relevant global and regional events as well as to project countries.

How to Apply

  • Please send a motivation letter indicating your suitability to this position and a detailed CV which should include three relevant referees to hr@afidep.org not later than 30th November 2020.
  • Applications should include the title of the position as the subject of the email.
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

AFIDEP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Expert - Health Technologies Advocacy Project
About the project.pdf

 

The successful candidate will join the Institute’s multi-disciplinary team as a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Expert for a new project, the Health Technologies Advocacy Project. The project will create an African driven advocacy platform (the Health Tech Platform (HTP)) to facilitate informed, objective, transparent, open and balanced discussions on development and use of transformational tools and technologies to address key health challenges in sub-Saharan Africa. The overall purpose of the project is to ensure that Africans are meaningfully involved in driving conversations about the need for transformational technologies and tools, their design, development, testing, and uptake by governments, other development actors, and communities, including youth and women. The initial focus of the project will be the ongoing research on mosquito gene drive and gene editing technologies for the elimination of Malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, and will be implemented at regional level as well as at national level in two countries to be confirmed, namely, Burkina Faso and Uganda or Kenya. This is a full-time position which will report to the Project Manager.

Main Responsibilities

The main responsibility of the MEL Expert will be to spearhead the design and implementation of the project’s monitoring, evaluation and learning framework/plan. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Design and oversee implementation of the project’s MEL framework; update the framework as necessary during the life of the project.
  • Identify appropriate indicators at the process, output, outcome and impact levels of the project.
  • Train all project staff and key partners in their role in project monitoring, evaluation and learning.
  • Lead and coordinate project monitoring and evaluation activities and processes, including development of tracking tools, and regular tracking of project activities and results through data collection, analysis and report writing.
  • Provide regular updates on project progress against key results to the Project Manager and the project team and partners.
  • Coordinate regular project learning meetings that discuss emerging data from project monitoring and evaluation, ways of incorporating these data into the design of project interventions to enable learning and ongoing improvement.
  • Manage a repository for data collected for the project MEL
  • Anticipate and support project reporting requirements.
  • Contribute to institutional development, including the design and implementation of AFIDEP’s institutional level monitoring, evaluation, and learning.

Qualifications and Requirements

The expert will have a Masters’ degree in Economics, Statistics, Monitoring & Evaluation, Development Studies, or a related field. A minimum of five years’ experience in senior roles designing and implementing MEL systems in donor-funded development programmes.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative research, analysis and evaluation skills.
  • Highly developed conceptual, analytical and innovative problem-solving ability.
  • Good appreciation of qualitative methods in monitoring and evaluation.
  • Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor tasks.
  • Computer literacy and competency in use of Microsoft Office software.
  • Proficiency in common statistical software, including Stata, SPSS, etc.
  • Experience with electronic data capture and analysis platforms.
  • Ability to independently and proactively work as a team member with minimum day-to-day oversight.
  • Strong interpersonal, writing, and oral presentation skills in English; French fluency is desirable.
  • Willingness and ability to travel, including travelling to project countries to evaluate project interventions.

How to Apply

  • Please send a motivation letter indicating your suitability to this position and a detailed CV which should include three relevant referees to hr@afidep.org not later than 30th November 2020.
  • Applications should include the title of the position as the subject of the email.
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

AFIDEP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

Communications Officer (Bilingual) - Health Technologies Advocacy Project
About the project.pdf

 

The successful candidate will join the Institute’s multi-disciplinary team as a Communications Officer for a new project, the Health Technologies Advocacy Project. The project will create an African driven advocacy platform (the Health Tech Platform (HTP)) to facilitate informed, objective, transparent, open and balanced discussions on development and use of transformational tools and technologies to address key health challenges in sub-Saharan Africa. The overall purpose of the project is to ensure that Africans are meaningfully involved in driving conversations about the need for transformational tools and technologies, their design, development, testing, and uptake by governments, other development actors, and communities, including youth and women. The project will employ multi-pronged advocacy approaches and tools to meaningfully engage a wide range of stakeholders including policy makers, scientists, academics, ethicists, gender experts, media/journalists, and civil society actors on the need and widespread use of transformative technologies to address various health challenges. The initial focus of the project will be the ongoing research on mosquito gene drive and gene editing technologies for the elimination of Malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, and will be implemented at regional level as well as at national level in two countries to be confirmed, namely, Burkina Faso and Uganda or Kenya. This is a full-time position which will report to the Project Manager, with a dotted-line to AFIDEP’s Policy Engagement and Communications Manager.

Main Responsibilities

The main responsibility of the Communications Officer will be to lead the design and implementation of the project communications and advocacy strategy in Francophone Africa. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Lead the design and implementation of the project’s communications and advocacy strategy for the project in Francophone regions and countries.
  • Identify and facilitate the project’s involvement in important policy and advocacy dialogues in specific countries and at the Francophone regional levels.
  • Expand project links with critical national and regional policy and other stakeholders (government technical working groups, advocacy networks, regional bodies and networks).
  • Prepare and publish regular newsletters, stories, blogs and other IEC materials to share the project’s experiences, and/or generate interest around the project’s activities.
  • Translate project’s advocacy products developed in English into French.
  • Produce and publish multi-media products based on the project’s work (including videos, podcasts, photo-stories, infographics, animations, etc.).
  • Develop media materials based on evidence generated by the project including media releases, media kits, Op-Eds, etc.
  • Establish and sustain links and contact with relevant journalists in specific Francophone countries and regions to facilitate publishing of project’s stories in diverse media channels.
  • Manage the project website, ensuring that web content related to the project are well presented and up to date on the website.
  • Contribute to managing the project’s social media accounts (i.e. Facebook, Twitter and You Tube), ensuring regular and quality content.
  • Engage social media influencers to run social media campaigns on specific project related issues.
  • Implement a monitoring, learning and evaluation (MLE) plan for the project’s advocacy activities in Francophone Africa.

Qualifications and Requirements

The candidate will have a Masters degree in Communications, Development Communications, Media, International Relations, and more than five years of relevant experience in a development context.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Science communications specialist with the ability to synthesise and package information in concise, easy to understand formats from complex, technical research
  • Advocacy: Develop and deploy effective advocacy strategy that includes but not limited to: Ability to conduct policy analysis, monitoring and public accountability; organise policy dialogues and related events; coordinate and conduct capacity building exercises for stakeholder groups; Identify opportunities and organise advocacy campaigns/events
  • Media Engagement: Experience in developing and executing successful media engagement strategies to build and sustain good media relations, ensure successful media campaigns for the project, build journalist’s skills in objective, accurate reporting of Health-Tech issues
  • Communications: excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills with ability to convey technical arguments in clear and vivid prose
  • Negotiation and networking: ability to negotiate, form and sustain credible strategic alliances.
  • Knowledgeable:  sound knowledge of regional and pan-African development issues; public policies and laws; proven skills in translating research and evidence into effective advocacy.
  • Technical skills in publications production and design; web design and management; multimedia production skills in video, photography, social media use and other digital communications tools and platforms. One must have good knowledge and technical skills with the Adobe suite of applications, and website content management platforms.
  • English-French translation skills.

How to Apply

  • Please send a motivation letter indicating your suitability to this position and a detailed CV which should include three relevant referees to hr@afidep.org not later than 30th November 2020.
  • Applications should include the title of the position as the subject of the email.
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

AFIDEP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

Consultancy for a Research Officer - - Health Technologies Advocacy Project

About the Project

African leaders recognize that technology is key to accelerating the continent’s development trajectory as envisioned in the African Union (AU)’s Agenda 2063 and long-term national development strategies. The emerging complex transformational technologies such as genetically modified mosquitoes, mRNA/DNA vaccines, RNAi, drones, and artificial intelligence have high potential to change the trajectory of disease and general well-being if they are successfully developed and effectively deployed. However, there is a wariness in adopting the technologies because of a lack of understanding and buy-in by the public, local scholars, policymakers, and other development actors during the development and deployment of the technologies. The challenge is compounded by lack of clear policies and regulatory pathways on how to deploy the technologies at scale and proliferation of concerns leveled against them in the media and through influencer channels.

Led by the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), the Health Technologies Advocacy project aims to create an African driven advocacy platform —the Health Tech Platform (HTP)— to facilitate informed, objective, transparent, gender inclusive, open and balanced discussions on development and use of transformational tools and technologies to address key health challenges in sub-Saharan Africa. The overall purpose of the project is to ensure that Africans are meaningfully involved in driving conversations about the need for transformational tools and technologies, their design, development, testing, and uptake by governments, other development actors, and communities, including youth and women. The project will employ multi-pronged advocacy approaches and tools to meaningfully engage a wide range of stakeholders including policymakers, scientists, academics, ethicists, gender experts, media/journalists, and civil society actors on the need and widespread use of transformative technologies to address various health challenges.

The primary outcome that the project seeks to realize is: Increased African leadership in promoting discourses and actions on the development and use of transformative technologies and tools (TTs) for tackling health challenges in Africa. Three intermediate outcomes will contribute to the realization of the primary outcome, namely:

  1. Increased understanding, commitment and action by policymakers to facilitate the development and use of transformative technologies/tools for tackling health challenges at national and regional levels in Africa
  2. Increased voices and engagement of African scientists, media, development experts, and CSOs in discourses to promote development and use of transformative technologies/tools for tackling health challenges in Africa at national, regional and global levels
  3. Strengthened advocacy capacity of African Institutions in promoting discourses and actions on the development and use of transformative technologies and tools for tackling health challenges in Africa

Project’s Landscape and Political Economy Analysis

During the project’s inception phase (Nov 2020-April 2021), AFIDEP will conduct a landscape and political economy analysis to generate the information needed to refine and concretize the design of the project and its interventions. The landscape and political economy analysis will have both a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa, and a country-level focus in Burkina Faso and Uganda. The analysis will seek to understand attitudes and interests of different stakeholders in gene drive mosquitoes and other transformative technologies/tools to be identified; map key players and. influencers; and assess potential bottlenecks and opportunities for promoting open, balanced and evidence-based discourse and action on specific transformative technologies/tools as described in the study design and methodology section below. The results of the landscape and political economy analysis will inform the refinement of the project’s interventions.

Research Officer Consultancy – Role, Tasks and Deliverables

Overall, the Research Officer role is a full-time, short-term (3-months) consultancy to support the conduct of the project’s landscape and political economy analysis, as well as coordinate the consultations to be conducted with key stakeholders during the inception phase. Specific tasks and deliverables are outlined in the table below.

Qualifications and requirements

Successful candidate will have a minimum of a Masters degree and more than 5 years’ hands-on experience in designing and conducting research. The Masters degree should be in any of these fields: Health Policy, Entomology, Vector Biology, Development Studies, Political Science, or Global Health. PhD holders with relevant qualifications and experience will be preferred. Essential requirements (skills and experience) for this Consultancy include: excellent skills in qualitative research design and methods; excellent qualitative interviewing skills; extensive experience in designing and conducting qualitative research; and demonstrable experience in writing high quality research reports.

AFIDEP needs to fill this role as soon as possible (by Nov 20, 2020 at the very latest). If you meet the minimum qualifications and are interested, please submit your CV and brief application letter for consideration to: hr@afidep.org, with a copy to: elizabeth.ndegwa@afidep.org. Please indicate the daily rate of your consultancy fees in the application letter.

 

Task

 

Output/Deliverable

 

Timeline when output is expected
 

1. Prepare the study protocol for the landscape and

political economy analysis

Study protocol Nov 28, 2020
2. Design study tools

 

• Literature review framework

• Interview guide

Nov 28, 2020
3. Conduct literature review Literature review Dec 12, 2020
4. Map interview respondents

 

List of interview respondents (regional, country specific)

 

Dec 12, 2020

 

5. Conduct interviews for the regional component of the

study

Interview notes

 

Dec 13, 2020-

Jan 31, 2021

6. Lead data analysis and report writing for the regional

component of the study

Regional study report

 

Jan 25-Feb 20

 

7. Host a virtual validation meeting to discuss results

emerging from study’s regional component

Report of validation

meeting

March 6, 2021

 

8. Coordinate the conduct of the study in Burkina Faso &

Uganda (country consultants will be identified to conduct study in these project countries)

Country study reports

 

 

Dec 1, 2020-

Feb 28, 2021

 

9. Map key stakeholders for project consultations

(regional, country specific)

List of stakeholders

 

Nov 28, 2020

 

 

10. Schedule and coordinate regional level consultations on project with key stakeholders

 

Brief meeting reports from consultative

meetings

Dec 1, 2020-

Feb 28, 2021