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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.)

Research and Policy Associate

AFIDEP seeks a dynamic and experienced post-graduate researcher to join our project entitled “Leaving no-one behInd; transforming Gendered pathways to Health for TB” (LIGHT). The project is generating new evidence and will promote its uptake to improve diagnosis and access to care to reduce TB mortality and morbidity among men, women and children in Nigeria, Malawi, Kenya and Uganda.

The successful candidate will be based at AFIDEP’s office in either Lilongwe in Malawi or Nairobi in Kenya.

 Qualifications & Experience 

  • The candidate should have a Master’s degree in Public Policy, Public Health, Implementation Science, Health Economics or other social sciences
  • Demonstrable experience in working on public health issues
  • Minimum five years’ experience in conducting both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.
  • Minimum of five years practical experience in project management
  • Demonstrable experience in conducting critical policy and programme analysis, including applying gender and political economy analyses
  • Proven track record in writing policy briefs and other policy products and publishing in journals


  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to engage with collaborators from diverse cultures
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Ability to synthesise, translate and promote evidence uptake to address health issues
  • Ability to work independently with an output-based mind-set

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 not later than 05th March 2021
  • Applications should include the title of the position as the subject of the email.
  • Due to volumes of the applications we receive, 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 Associate - Lilongwe

AFIDEP is looking to recruit qualified and experienced persons to fill the position of Communications Associate reporting to Policy Engagement and Communications Manager.

The position will be based at the Institute’s office in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Key Responsibilities

  • PEC strategy: Contribute to the design and implementation of AFIDEP’s policy engagement and communications strategy.
  • Branding: Contribute to the development of a recognizable AFIDEP brand as a leading policy institute in promoting and enabling evidence uptake in development efforts in all sectors, and supporting evidence synthesis and use; Expand AFIDEP’s partnerships and facilitate participation in key policy platforms.
  • Publications: Create, design, edit and produce content for various institutional and technical publications. Write stories and blogs based on AFIDEP’s programmes and projects for publishing in newsletters, AFIDEP website, and other development blogs websites; Prepare content and produce AFIDEP’s IEC materials, mainly in relation to programmes in Kenya, and Eastern and West Africa.
  • Media and multi-media: Implement a robust media engagement strategy that includes to establish and sustain links and contact with relevant journalists in Kenya and Eastern and West Africa to increase awareness of AFIDEP’s work among journalists; Develop media materials based on evidence generated by AFIDEP including media releases, media kits, Op- Eds, etc.; Produce and publish multi-media products (including videos, podcasts, photo- stories, infographics, animations, etc.) in a timely fashion.
  • Online presence: Management of AFIDEP website and social media accounts. Contribute to managing the AFIDEP website, ensuring that web content related to our programmes in Kenya and the Eastern and West African regions are well presented and up to date on the website (includes developing content for website). Contribute to managing AFIDEP’s social media accounts, ensuring regular and quality content emanating from our work in Kenya and Eastern and West Africa.
  • Keep abreast of other emerging social media and web 2.0 tools, taking advantage of these to extend the reach and impact of AFIDEP’s work.

Capacity development in science communication and evidence-informed decision-making

  • Contribute to capacity building programmes for AFIDEP staff in science communications and evidence uptake.
  • Contribute to the Institute’s capacity building programme in evidence-informed decision- making.

Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation of Communications Programme

  • Implement a monitoring, learning and evaluation (MLE) plan for AFIDEP’s policy engagement and communications (PEC) programme in Kenya, and Eastern and West Africa.


  • A Masters’ Degree in Communications, Media or International Relations, with more than 5 years’ experience in science communications.
  • Communication: 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

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 not later than 05th March 2021
  • Applications should include the title of the position as the subject of the email.
  • Due to the volumes of applications we receive, 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


ICT Assistant - Lilongwe

AFIDEP Seeks to recruit a dynamic and proactive individual for the position of ICT Assistant. The Position is based in our Malawi office and the successful candidate will be responsible for the support of all users  and resources for both offices both remotely an onsite.

Job Purpose

  1. Manning the IT help desk and responds to user requests for assistance;
  2. Installing and configuring desktop computers, laptops and peripherals such as printers, scanners and related hardware;
  3. Providing first line technical support, answering support queries via phone, email and in person
  4. Support users in the use of computer equipment and Office applications
  5. Initiating user rights changes or system set ups as per request.
  6. Installing and configuring computer hardware, operating systems and applications.
  7. Carrying out routine software and hardware maintenance
  8. Servicing and fixing ICT equipment.
  9. Troubleshooting system and network problems, diagnosing and resolving software/hardware
  10. Tracking work in progress, recording issues and solutions.
  11. Maintaining User account management i.e. user creation, password management etc;
  12. Troubleshooting issues with end point/client equipment, including hardware, network and peripherals; undertaking repairs and corrections where required;
  13. Managing hardware warranty and contracted vendor liaisons for computer and peripheral equipment;
  14. Conducting computer equipment Inventory documentation and maintenance;
  15. Performing any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
  16. Escalating complex issues where necessary

Academic qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology/Computer Science or its equivalent
  • At least Three (3) years’ experience in ICT end-user support.
  • A certificate in A+/N+, ITIL is an added advantage.

Minimum requirements

  • Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines
  • Ability to act with integrity when under pressure
  • Ability to explain technical issues to non-technical users
  • Problem solving skills
  • Be a team player
  • Ability to adapt to change
  • Ability to apply new technical innovations on assigned tasks
  • Ability to work long hours in the evenings and over weekends


Candidates meeting the above Essential and some of the Desirable qualifications and experience can send the following:

  • A motivation letter illustrating their suitability against the listed qualifications, competencies, and skills
  • An up-to-date CV including three relevant referees
  • Applications should be sent to not later than 26th February 2021with the title “ICT Assistant’’ as the subject line. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.