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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.)

Finance Intern

AFIDEP is looking to hire a finance intern for a period of 6 months. The job holder will be tasked with ensuring that finance processes and record keeping is safeguarded. It is also an opportunity to assist the intern get on the job training.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Among other tasks, the finance intern will be tasked with the following:
  • Input of data into the Navision system. This data includes but is not limited to timesheets, staff accountability reports, Project work plans and budgets
  • Assist in reviewing payment documents for completeness and accuracy
  • Assist in maintaining a proper filling system for all payment documents and ensure accounting records are updated, reliable and according to AFIDEP accounting policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Retrieving of documents for audit and ad-hoc requests
  • Ensuring prompt re-archiving of documents after completion of audit and ad-hoc requests
  • Support the Administration department in procurement and logistics
  • Any other responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time

Qualifications for the Finance Internship

  • Bachelor Degree in Finance or Accounting
  • CPA part 2
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Excel and word
  • Good skills in using financial software applications. Hands on experience in Accounting software preferably Navision ERP System
  • Proficiency in English.
  • 1 -2 years’ experience in a similar role in an INGO

Internal Contacts

  • All staff in the Finance and Administration Department

Working Conditions

  • This position is based in Nairobi.

Critical Competencies

  • Attention to detail
  • Effective Time management skills
  • Team player
  • Organization skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Able to work with limited supervision
  • Be able to demonstrate high level of integrity

HOW TO APPLY: Candidates meeting the above qualifications MUST email:

1) A motivation letter illustrating their suitability against the listed qualifications/competencies and skills

2) Updated CV including three relevant referees

Applications should be sent to hr@afidep.org not later than 19th July 2020 with the title “FINANCE INTERNSHIP NAIROBI” as the email subject. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Note availability is from 2nd August, 2020.

AFIDEP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

PROJECT INTERN – (Six months Engagement)

AFIDEP is looking to engage a Project Intern to provide support in the day-to-day project administration of the Evidence Leaders in Africa project (ELA).

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Project Intern will be tasked with the following:

  • Conducting routine administrative work, including but not limited to preparing correspondence, preparing minutes and meeting
  • Taking part in literature review and document synthesis
  • Monitoring of project activities and ensuring that action points are implemented accordingly
  • Analysis of meeting/training evaluations and assisting in writing meeting reports
  • Tracking project activities and preparing periodic reports on the same.
  • Assist with the logistics for organizing meetings

Qualifications, skills & experience:

  • Holder of a bachelor’s degree in social sciences
  • At least two years’ experience conducting research e.g. field data collection, data entry, data analysis, report writing etc.
  • Proficient user of MS Office (particularly Excel, Word and PowerPoint).
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Skills in data analysis software’s such as SPSS, STATA, NVivo is desired.

HOW TO APPLY: Candidates meeting the above qualifications MUST email:

1) A motivation letter illustrating their suitability against the listed qualifications/competencies and skills

2) Updated CV including three relevant referees

Applications should be sent to hr@afidep.org not later than 21st June 2020 with the title “PROJECT INTERNas the email subject. 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.

RESEARCH ANALYST – SHORT TERM ENGAGEMENT

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 seeks to engage a dynamic and experienced Research Analyst for an initial period of three months with a possibility for extension for another three months, to join our research team in an exciting project on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Kenya.

The candidate should have advanced skills in qualitative and quantitative data analysis with demonstrable experience in producing research reports, scientific publications and policy-oriented products and conducting policy analysis.

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA

Qualifications & experience

  • The candidate should have a PhD in Demography, Public Health or related field in the Social Sciences. A Master’s degree with proven track record in conducting research and publishing in peer-reviewed journals will also be considered.
  • Demonstrated experience in working on adolescent sexual and reproductive health issues in Kenya both from the research and policy perspectives.
  • Strong background and minimum two years experience in conducting both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.
  • Minimum of two years practical experience in project management
  • Demonstrable experience in conducting critical policy and political economy analysis
  • Proven track record in writing policy briefs and other policy products andpublishing in journals

 

Skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to engage with collaborators from diverse cultures
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Ability to analyse qualitative and quantitative data from both academic and policy products
  • Ability to work independently with an output based mindset

 

Additional information: The position will be offered on a short term period for three months with a possibility for extensions for another three months based on performanfe and needs of the organization. Competitive remuneration will be offered commensurate with qualifications, skills and experience.

Application Instructions:

Candidates meeting the above qualifications should email:

1) A cover letter illustrating their suitability against the listed qualifications /competencies and skills;

2) Current CV including three relevant referees.

 

The cover letter and the email should have the title of the position “RESEARCH ANALYST – SHORT TERM”as the subject.

Applications should be sent to hr@afidep.org not later than 22ND June 2020 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.

Research and Policy Analyst- Demography Emphasis

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 looking to recruit two experienced and energetic persons for their Malawi and Kenya offices to fill in the position below:

1. Research and Policy Analyst – Demography Emphasis (1 position based in Kenya, 1 position in Malawi)

This position seeks a dynamic and experienced postdoctoral researcher to join our research team in an exciting project on traditional methods of contraception in West and East Africa, specifically in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, and Democratic Republic of Congo. While the position is based in either Kenya or Malawi, the successful applicant should expect to liaise with researchers in other offices of AFIDEP and to collaborate partners in different countries.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Demography or a quantitative degree with formal training in demographic methods. The position is at the level of Research and Policy Analyst on AFIDEP’s pay structure.

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA

Qualifications

PhD in Demography, Social Statistics, Epidemiology, or Economics

Formal training in technical demography (including life tables, demographic rates, proximate determinants of fertility, multiple decrement tables etc).

Experience

  • Policy engagement, evidence synthesis and knowledge translation
  • Minimum of two years practical experience in project management
  • Minimum of two years’ experience of research including conducting surveys, mixed methods, analysis of data and reporting
  • Proposal development, and managing researchers
  • Competent user of statistical software and understanding of qualitative software

Skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to engage with collaborators from diverse cultures
  • Excellent communication and writing skills including scientific writing, policy briefs and popular stories (e.g. blogs)
  • Organisational skills and ability to track project deliverables

Desirable criteria

  • Use of Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing Software
  • Budgeting of projects
  • Developing and implementing policy engagement interventions
  • Delivery of face-to-face and virtual training workshops for adult learning
  • Monitoring and evaluation of projects.
  • Knowledge of French will be an added bonus

HOW TO APPLY: Candidates meeting the above qualifications MUST email:

1) A motivation letter illustrating their suitability against the listed qualifications/competencies and skills

2) Updated CV including three relevant referees

Applications should be sent to hr@afidep.org not later than 23rd June 2020 with the title; ““RESEARCH & POLICY ANALYST – Demography Emphasis” as the email subject. 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.

Projects Administrative Officer (Re-advertisement)

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 looking to recruit two experienced and energetic persons to fill in the position of Projects Administrative Officer, one based in the Kenya Office and the other based in the Malawi office. The position is for an initial fixed-term of 2 years, renewable, based on performance, relevance of the role, and availability of funds.

Job purpose: In Kenya, the role will report to the Director of Public Policy & Communications, and in Malawi, the role will report to the Director of Research & Head of Malawi Office. The role will entail providing support including administration, monitoring project budgets and tracking project implementation, and coordination of project team meetings, under the respective offices of the two Directors, all in a bid to enhance efficiency and service delivery both to the Directors, internal and external clients. The holder of this role will be effective at planning, coordination, communication, and monitoring in their work, and should be able to work well under pressure.

Key Accountabilities

1. Projects Management and Administration

  • Track the implementation of all projects under the Director’s leadership and provide early alerts on implementation challenges.
  • Identify synergies between projects to maximise efficiencies in time and cost.
  • Create and maintain a database of all project documents.
  • Liaise with Finance to monitor project budgets and provide quarterly reports of burn rate.
  • Maintain project calendars, coordinate meetings, and follow-up on actions points.
  • In consultation with project managers and project coordinators, prepare consolidated monthly reports on the projects and PowerPoint presentations as required.

2. Administrative support to the Director office

  • Work closely and effectively with the respective Director to keep her well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, following up appropriately.
  • Manage an extremely active calendar of appointments; assist in composing correspondence.
  • Make project travel arrangements as and when required; compile documents for meetings; complete travel expense reports.
  • Provide technical and administrative support for the Director’s effective contribution to Board functions and meetings, as well as, to the Senior Management Team functions and meetings.

Qualifications and Experience

Essential

  • Masters’ degree in social sciences or development studies with at least 3 years’ work experience in a project officer role, or project management.
  • Project management training, with hands-on skills and experience in using project management software.
  • Practical hands-on experience in project management in an international organization implementing multiple projects.
  • Budget tracking.
  • Proficient user of MS Office (particularly Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Knowledge of best practices and industry standards for project management.
  • Knowledge of international development or a demonstrated interest in poverty-related issues.
  • Experience in proposal writing, finance or accounting knowledge is an added advantage.

Core Competencies and Skills

  • Advanced communication and writing skills in English (skills in French desirable).
  • Excellent organizational skills, multi-tasking, and administration.
  • Meticulous and effective at planning and monitoring work, and be able to work well under pressure.
  • Excellent interpersonal and effective team management skills, and collaboration across multiple functions and teams.
  • The ability to understand and support the needs of diverse projects across an organization.
  • Technological skills for digital databases management.

HOW TO APPLY: Candidates meeting the above qualifications MUST email:

1) A motivation letter illustrating their suitability against the listed qualifications/competencies and skills

2) Updated CV including three relevant referees

Applications should be sent to hr@afidep.org not later than 30th June 2020 with the title either “PROJECTS ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER – AFIDEP KENYA” or “PROJECTS ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER – AFIDEP MALAWI” as the email subject. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. This is a re-advertisement. Candidates who had initially applied should not re-apply.

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

PRE-QUALIFICATION OF SUPPLIERS TO SUPPLY AND DELIVER VARIOUS GOODS AND SERVICES FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2020 & 2021 - KENYA

Background

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 Organization 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.

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Request for an Institutional Development Consultant

“Optimizing AFIDEP’s Organizational Structure and Effectiveness for Strategy 2024”

  1. Introduction

The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) is a registered international Non-Governmental Organization which aspires for an Africa where evidence is used consistently to transform lives. AFIDEP seeks to promote a shift from a culture of low evidence use in decision-making, to a setting where policy and programme actors actively seek and routinely use evidence so that the right investments are made towards the transformation of people’s lives for the better. We achieve this by synthesizing and translating evidence, analysing data, and strengthening capacity in evidence use for stronger political commitment to sustainable development, good use of resources, and greater accountability. We aim to contribute to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s Vision 2063, particularly in the following thematic areas of focus:

  • Population Dynamics and the Demographic Dividend;
  • Health and Wellbeing;
  • Governance and Accountability;
  • Transformative Education and Skills Development; and
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Gender equality (cross-cutting)

AFIDEP’s vision is an Africa where evidence is used consistently to transform lives.

AFIDEP’s mission is to promote the use of evidence in the design and implementation of development policies and programmes.

The Institute has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya with an office in Lilongwe, Malawi. Our current staff number is 42, with 23 staff members based in Nairobi and 19 based in Malawi.

For more information about the institute visit our website www.afidep.org

  1. Purpose

AFIDEP recently launched its 2020-2024 Strategic Plan (hereafter referred to as Strategy 2024), which outlines ambitious yes achievable targets for the institute’s growth and its impact. We believe this is possible as AFIDEP has seen tremendous growth in the last decade since its establishment. In only two years, for example, AFIDEP has nearly doubled in size including its annual operating budget, and we expect more growth during the strategic plan implementation period. The new strategic plan has come up with a new organogram that we are yet to fully implement, and as we plan to open a third office in West Africa, we need to define how the Institute’s different offices will relate to each other. As the Institute experiences this rapid growth, we recognize the need to improve our organizational structure and operational efficiency to ensure that we consistently deliver high-quality products in line with the expectations of our funders and clients. We are therefore seeking a consultant expert in NGO management and strategic operations to advise on how AFIDEP can better organize itself and= its resources to meet its targets and achieve the objectives of the 2020-2024 Strategy.

The main purpose of this assignment is to assess AFIDEP’s current organizational structure and practices against the ideal structure and practices the Institute needs to effectively implement its 2020-2024 Strategic Plan and position itself for longer-term growth and impact in enabling evidence to transform lives across Africa.  The assignment is expected to produce actionable recommendations on how to refine the Institute’s organogram, operational efficiency, and working arrangements and interlinkages across its various offices.

  1. Activities

This includes, but is not confined to the following:

  1. Review the current Strategic Plan and other relevant institutional documents
  2. Engage senior management and selected staff in AFIDEP’s Nairobi and Lilongwe offices in order to understand current organizational structure and practices and get recommendations on areas that need improvement
  3. Assess skills and capacities of the Institute’s key teams (Senior Management Team, Research and Policy Analysis Technical Staff, Communications Team, Administration, Finance, & HR Staff)
  4. Assess organizational structures of similar organizations for benchmarking
  5. Produce Organizational Effectiveness Assessment Report titled Optimizing AFIDEP’s Organizational Effectiveness and Structures for Strategy 2024” with recommendations and action plan
  1. Qualifications and experience:
  • At least a masters’ degree in Institutional Development, Business Administration, Economics, or Business Administration
  • 8 years’ experience in Institutional Development
  • 5 years’ experience in supporting development of strategic plans for NGOs in the development field.
  • Hands-on experience of institutional development and restructuring implementation.

In your proposal, you should;

  1. Describe your capability to provide the expected service, giving specific examples of similar assignments that you have undertaken previously.
  2. Describe your technical approach, a project work plan, including proposed deliverables. Ideally, we would like the exercise to be completed in no more than two months after signing the contract.
  3. Provide a resume, stating our qualifications, list at least five clients where you have provided similar or related service to (including their contact details).
  4. Detailed line-item budget for implementation of this consultancy.

 

  1. Evaluation criteria
Criteria Max Points
I Relevant past experience of advising NGOs on organizational effectiveness 20
II Understanding of AFIDEP and similar organizations 10
III Qualifications and backup expertise 10
V Technical approach and workplan 30
VII References: (Trustworthiness, timeliness, inter-personal skills, ability to deliver) 10
IV Financial proposal 20
TOTAL POINTS  100 

 

  1. Deliverables
    1. Key Issues Report after activities 4i to 4iv for discussion with SMT
    2. Draft Organizational Effectiveness Assessment Report with recommendations and action plan for discussion with staff and SMT
    3. Draft report entitled “Optimizing AFIDEP’s Organizational Effectiveness and Structures for Strategy 2024 with recommendations and action plan for discussion with SMT and the Executive Committee of the AFIDEP Board of Directors
    4. Final Report entitled “Optimizing AFIDEP’s Organizational Effectiveness and Structures for Strategy 2024” with recommendations and action plan

 

  1. Submissions
  • Submit tenders (electronic or in hard copy), no later than June 19th 2020 to

 Procurement Committee,

African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP)

Wing A, 6th Floor Westcom Point building Royal Offices,

Mahiga Mairu Avenue – Off Waiyaki way, Westlands,

P.O. Box 14688 00800,Nairobi – Kenya.

procurement@afidep.org

  • This is a restricted competitive tender.
Request for an Institutional Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Consultant
  1. Introduction

The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) is a registered international Non-Governmental Organization which aspires for an Africa where evidence is used consistently to transform lives. AFIDEP seeks to promote a shift from a culture of low evidence use in decision-making, to a setting where policy and programme actors actively seek and routinely use evidence so that the right investments are made towards the transformation of people’s lives for the better. We achieve this by synthesizing and translating evidence, analysing data, and strengthening capacity in evidence use for stronger political commitment to sustainable development, good use of resources, and greater accountability. We aim to contribute to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s Vision 2063, particularly in the following thematic areas of focus:

  • Population Dynamics and the Demographic Dividend;
  • Health and Wellbeing;
  • Governance and Accountability;
  • Transformative Education and Skills Development; and
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Gender equality (cross-cutting)

AFIDEP’s vision is an Africa where evidence is used consistently to transform lives.

AFIDEP’s mission is to promote the use of evidence in the design and implementation of development policies and programmes.

The Institute has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya with an office in Lilongwe, Malawi. Our current staff number is 42, with 23 staff members based in Nairobi and 19 based in Malawi.

For more information about the institute visit our website www.afidep.org

  1. Purpose

AFIDEP recently launched its 2020-2024 Strategic Plan (hereafter referred to as Strategy 2024), which outlines ambitious yes achievable targets for the institute’s growth and its impact. Strategy 2024 highlights the need for the Institute to have robust Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) systems and practices to ensure effective performance management and documentation of the impact that the Institute’s work is having towards improving the wellbeing of Africans.  In order to streamline the MLE function, the Institute decided to form a MEL Unit, which is not operationalised.

AFIDEP is seeking to recruit a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist with experience in developing institutional MEL frameworks to review AFIDEP’s systems and processes to ensure that they are able to support the ambitious Strategy 2024.

  1. Activities and deliverables

The main purpose of the exercise is to draft an institutional M&E framework to support the monitoring and evaluation of AFIDEP’s Strategy 2024. Specifically, the Consultant will:

  1. Review AFIDEP’s existing MEL systems, tools practices, and indicators and make recommendations for improvement including (b) below.
  2. Draft an institutional framework for MEL, drawing on best practice in the industry, and prepare associated guidelines for sharing with the AFIDEP Staff, SMT and the Board.
  3. Propose a structure for a new MEL Unit to lead the implementation of the new institutional M&E framework.
  4. Produce Final Report entitled “AFIDEP MEL Systems”

 

  1. Qualifications and experience:
  • At least a masters’ degree in Monitoring and Evaluation, Economics, Quantitative Social Sciences, or Business Administration
  • 8 years’ experience in M&E including 5 years in institutional M&E development or review
  • 5 years’ experience in supporting development of strategic plans for NGOs in the development field.
  • Hands-on experience of M&E implementation.

 

  1. Evaluation criteria
Criteria Max Points
I Relevant past experience of advising research thinktanks MEL systems 20
II Understanding of AFIDEP and similar organizations 10
III Qualifications and backup expertise 10
V Technical approach and workplan 30
VII References: (Trustworthiness, timeliness, inter-personal skills, ability to deliver) 10
IV Financial proposal 20
TOTAL POINTS  100

 

  1. Deliverables
    1. Key Issues Report after reviewing AFIDEP’s MEL systems for discussion with SMT
    2. Draft MEL Unit and system report with recommendations and action plan for discussion with staff and SMT
    3. Draft report entitled “AFIDEP MEL framework and systems” with recommendations and action plan for discussion with SMT and the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee of the AFIDEP Board of Directors
    4. Final Report entitled “AFIDEP MEL framework and systems” with recommendations and action plan
  1. Submissions
  • Submit tenders (electronic or in hard copy), no later than June 19th 2020 to

Procurement Committee,

African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP)

Wing A, 6th Floor Westcom Point building Royal Offices,

Mahiga Mairu Avenue – Off Waiyaki way, Westlands,

P.O. Box 14688 00800,Nairobi – Kenya.

procurement@afidep.org

  • This is a restricted competitive tender.
Population, Environment, Development Technical Director

Background

AFIDEP seeks to recruit a Population-Environment Development (PED) Technical Director to provide technical leadership for Focus Area 2 of an upcoming USAID funded Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health (PACE) – Population-Environment Development (PED) – PACE 2 PED programme. The PACE 2 PED programme has two primary areas of focus: (1) strengthening individual and institutional capacity in advocacy, and policy communications and negotiations; and (2) increasing commitment for cross-sectoral approaches to integrated population, health, environment, climate change, natural resources (biodiversity conservation, fisheries, forests, etc.), resilience, food security, livelihoods and security programs.

Job Purpose

The successful candidate will have exceptional technical leadership, interpersonal skills and experience needed to lead the programme’s efforts in Focus Area 2: increasing commitment for cross-sectoral approaches to integrated population, health, environment, climate change, natural resources (biodiversity conservation, fisheries, forests, etc.), resilience, food security, livelihoods and security programs. The candidate will:

  • Provide technical leadership and management to ensure that the multi-regional, multi-country, multi-partner programme’s PED activities and deliverables are technically sound, quality, timely, and align with USAID’s priorities
  • Review progress and contribute to Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) of the programme’s Results Area 2 activities, including South-South learning
  • Oversee and facilitate scale up of integrated family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) PED programmes in the applicants’ core countries and support promotion of similar integrated programmes in other countries/regions
  • Represent AFIDEP and the PACE 2 Programme with key stakeholders at national, regional and global levels, including USAID, other development partners and donors, multilaterals, government ministries and departments, civil society, and private sector, among others
  • Establish seamless communication and coordination among all the key stakeholders

Minimum requirements

  • Minimum eight (8) years of experience working in integrating population, health, environment, and development, including FP/RH
  • Demonstrated technical skills and expertise relevant to this project which include – but are not limited to – advocacy, communications, monitoring and evaluation, health policy, youth, gender, private sector engagement, or equity.
  • Understanding of USAID, PACE 1’s interventions, and PACE 2’s objectives, particularly in Results Area 2
  • Experience conceptualizing, implementing, and monitoring cross-sectoral programmes, particularly in the intersection of FP/RH, population, health, environment and development
  • Experience cultivating and nurturing strategic partnerships with development, state and non-state actors (including civil society, religious/traditional leaders and private sector) and implementing organizations at regional, national and in-country levels
  • Experience working in a senior technical position for USAID-funded programmes
  • Demonstrable relevant technical expertise in FP/RH, population, health and environment (PHE), and/or population, environment and development (PED)
  • Familiarity with the United States government policies, regulations, and legislative requirements
  • Excellent communication skills – written and oral proficiency in English. Proficiency in French will be an added advantage
  • Excellent planning, organizational, multi-tasking, and decision-making skills
  • Ability to travel in Africa, Asia, and the United States

Academic qualification

  • Master’s degree or higher in public health, international relations, environmental science or policy, economics, administration, or related discipline

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

1. A motivation letter illustrating their suitability against the listed qualifications, competencies, and skills

2. An up-to-date CV including three relevant referees

Applications should be sent to hr@afidep.org not later than June 19 2020 with the title “Population Environment Development Technical Director PACE 2 PED’’ as the subject line. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Applications will be considered on a continuous basis until the position is filled.

This position is contingent on the Funder approval and funding.

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

Advocacy and Policy Communications Director

The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) is an African-led, 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 vision is for an Africa where evidence is used consistently to transform lives. Specifically, we: 1) strengthen institutional and individual capacity for demand and use of evidence, as well as promoting interactions between researchers and policy makers, and 2) provide practical evidence to enable governments move from rhetoric and policy documents to action in addressing various sustainable development goals in five focus areas: Population Dynamics and Demographic Dividend, Health and Well-being, Transformative Education and Skills Development, the Environment and Climate Change, and Governance and Accountability with equity and gender equality as a cross-cutting theme. We are registered as a Non-Governmental Organisation in both Kenya and Malawi and as a non-profit institution in the USA with 501(c)3 status.

Background

AFIDEP seeks to recruit an Advocacy and Policy Communications Director to provide technical leadership for Focus Area 1 of an upcoming USAID funded Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health (PACE) – Population Environment Development (PED) – PACE 2 PED programme. The PACE 2 PED programme has two primary areas of focus: (1) strengthening individual and institutional capacity in advocacy, and policy communications and negotiations; and (2) increasing commitment for cross-sectoral approaches to integrated population, health, environment, climate change, natural resources (biodiversity conservation, fisheries, forests, etc.), resilience, food security, livelihoods and security programs.

Job Purpose

The successful candidate will have exceptional technical, leadership and interpersonal skills and experience needed to lead the programme’s efforts in Focus Area 1: strengthening individual and institutional capacity in advocacy, and policy communications and negotiations. The candidate will:

  • Provide technical leadership and management to ensure that the multi-regional, multi-country, multi-partner programme’s capacity strengthening activities and deliverables are technically sound, quality, timely, and align with USAID’s priorities
  • Review progress and contribute to Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) of the programme’s Results Area 1 activities, including South-South learning
  • Oversee and facilitate capacity strengthening activities, including trainings, workshops, and technical support on advocacy and policy communications and negotiations on family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) and integrated PED approaches
  •  Represent AFIDEP and the PACE II Programme with key stakeholders at national, regional and global levels, including USAID, other development partners and donors, multilaterals, government ministries and departments, civil society, and private sector, among others
  • Establish seamless communication and coordination among all the key stakeholders

Minimum requirements

  • Minimum eight (8) years of experience working in population, FP/RH, health and development advocacy, policy and communications or another relevant field
  • Demonstrated technical skills and expertise relevant to this project which include – but are not limited to – advocacy, communications, monitoring and evaluation, health policy, youth, gender, private sector engagement, or equity.
  • Understanding of USAID, PACE I’s interventions, and PACE 2’s objectives, particularly in Results Area 1
  • Experience conceptualising, implementing, and monitoring capacity strengthening programmes, particularly in advocacy, and policy communications and negotiations including that related to FP/RH and PED
  • Experience cultivating and nurturing strategic partnerships with development, state and non-state actors (including civil society, religious/traditional leaders and private sector), and implementing organisations at regional, national and in-country levels
  • Experience working in a senior technical position for USAID-funded programmes
  • Demonstrable relevant technical expertise in FP/RH, population, health and environment (PHE), and/or population, environment and development (PED)
  • Familiarity with the United States government policies, regulations, and legislative requirements
  • Excellent communication skills – written and oral proficiency in English. Proficiency in French will be an added advantage
  • Excellent planning, organisational, multi-tasking, and decision-making skills
  • Ability to travel in Africa, Asia, and the United States

Academic qualification

  • Master’s degree or higher in public health, international relations, environmental science or policy, economics, administration, or related discipline

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

1. A motivation letter illustrating their suitability against the listed qualifications, competencies, and skills

2. An up-to-date CV including three relevant referees

Applications should be sent to hr@afidep.org not later than June 19 2020 with the title “Advocacy and Policy Communications Director’’ as the subject line. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Applications will be considered on a continuous basis until the position is filled.

This position is contingent on the Funder approval and funding.

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

Terms of Reference – Chief of Party

AFIDEP seeks to recruit a Chief of Party (CoP) to provide overall technical oversight and strategic leadership for an upcoming USAID funded Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health (PACE) – Population-Environment Development (PED) – PACE 2 PED programme. The PACE 2 PED programme has two primary areas of focus: (1) strengthening individual and institutional capacity in advocacy, and policy communications and negotiations; and (2) increasing commitment for cross-sectoral approaches to integrated population, health, environment, climate change, natural resources (biodiversity conservation, fisheries, forests, etc), resilience, food security, livelihoods and security programs.

Job Purpose

The successful candidate will have exceptional technical, leadership and interpersonal skills and experience needed to successfully implement this multi-region, multi-country, multi-partner programme. The candidate will:

  • Provide strategic direction on project management to ensure that the programme targets and deliverables are technically sound and align with USAID’s priorities, ensure compliance, and lead review of progress
  • Lead and motivate the project team to effectively and efficiently deliver a high quality programme on time and cost effectively by creating and sustaining a positive organisational culture that strives for excellence
  • Ensure compliance with the USAID and Partner regulations
  • Represent AFIDEP with key stakeholders including USAID, other development partners, government ministries and departments, civil society, and private sector, among others
  • Project a positive image of AFIDEP and the programme by cultivating and curating tangible relationship to ensure the project goals are achieved
  • Mobilise resources from other funding sources to extend programme activities for sustainability
  • Lead development of knowledge, evidence uptake, advocacy, and communications products to showcase impact and promote the programme
  • Support implementing partners in designing and operationalising their project work plans and budgets
  • Support the monitoring, evaluation and learning lead to develop and deploy a robust MEL system that effectively monitors, evaluates, and supports decision making
  • Support the finance, grants, and operations lead develop a robust system to manage the financial aspects including performance management to ensure accountability, accuracy and timely reporting
  • Support contracting and management of partners at national and community levels
  • Establish seamless communication and coordination among all the key stakeholders for effective implementation of interventions
  • Represent AFIDEP in key and influential government, development partners and other technical working groups, taskforces etc
  • Lead development, implementation and monitoring of security protocols and procedures to ensure staff and partners’ safety

Minimum requirements

  • Over 10-year experience leading implementation of similar programmes, preferably in population dynamics, health (reproductive health/family planning), environment, climate change, natural resources, and security, including developing programme work plans, budgets, and managing staff and consultants
  • Understanding of USAID and PACE 2’s objectives for an integrated programme
  • Experience cultivating and nurturing strategic partnerships with development, state and non-state actors (including civil society, religious/traditional leaders and private sector), implementing organisations at regional, national and in-country levels
  • Demonstrable experience managing complex, cross-country, cross-regional, multicultural teams to achieve results. Ability to understand and support the needs of diverse projects across organisations
  • Experience working in a senior management position for USAID-funded programmes
  • Demonstrable relevant technical expertise in reproductive health/family planning, population, health and environment (PHE), and population, environment and development (PED)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with the United States government policies, regulations, and legislative requirements
  • Excellent communication skills – written and oral proficiency in English. Proficiency in French will be an added advantage
  • Excellent planning, organisational, multi-tasking and decision-making skills
  • Ability to travel in Africa, Asia, and the United States

Academic qualification

  • Advanced degree in public health, environment, social sciences, international development, natural resource management or related field with over 10 years of experience in a related field of study

HOW TO APPLY:

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

  1. A motivation letter illustrating their suitability against the listed qualifications, competencies, and skills
  2. An up-to-date CV including three relevant referees

Applications should be sent to hr@afidep.org not later than 8 June 2020 with the title “Chief of Staff PACE 2 PED’’ as the subject line. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Applications will be considered on a continuous basis until the position is filled.

This position is contingent on Funder approval and funding.

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

Projects Administrative Officer

AFIDEP is looking to recruit two experienced and energetic persons to fill in the position of Projects Administrative Officer, one based in the Kenya Office and the other based in the Malawi office. The position is for an initial fixed-term of 2 years, renewable, based on performance, relevance of the role, and availability of funds.

Job purpose:
In Kenya, the role will report to the Director of Public Policy & Communications, and in Malawi, the role will report to the Director of Research & Head of Malawi Office. The role will entail providing support including administration, monitoring project budgets and tracking project implementation, and coordination of project team meetings, under the
respective offices of the two Directors, all in a bid to enhance efficiency and service delivery both to the Directors, internal and external clients. The holder of this role will be effective at planning, coordination, communication, and monitoring in their work, and should be able to work well under pressure.

Key Accountabilities
1. Projects Management and Administration

  • Track the implementation of all projects under the Director’s leadership and provide early alerts on implementation challenges.
  • Identify synergies between projects to maximise efficiencies in time and cost.
  • Create and maintain a database of all project documents.
  • Liaise with Finance to monitor project budgets and provide quarterly reports of burn rate.
  • Maintain project calendars, coordinate meetings, and follow-up on actions points.
  • In consultation with project managers and project coordinators, prepare consolidated monthly reports on the projects and PowerPoint presentations as required.

Administrative support to the Director office

  • Work closely and effectively with the respective Director to keep her well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, following up appropriately.
  • Manage an extremely active calendar of appointments; assist in composing correspondence.
  • Make project travel arrangements as and when required; compile documents for meetings; complete travel expense reports.
  • Provide technical and administrative support for the Director’s effective contribution to Board functions and meetings, as well as, to the Senior Management Team functions and meetings.

Qualifications and Experience
Essential

  • Masters’ degree in social sciences or development studies with at least 3 years’ work experience in a project officer role, or project management.
  • Project management training, with hands-on skills and experience in using project management software.
  • Practical hands-on experience in project management in an international organization implementing multiple projects.
  • Budget tracking.
  • Proficient user of MS Office (particularly Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Knowledge of best practices and industry standards for project management.
  • Knowledge of international development or a demonstrated interest in poverty-related issues.
  • Experience in proposal writing, finance or accounting knowledge is an added advantage.

Core Competencies and Skills

  • Advanced communication and writing skills in English (skills in French desirable).
  • Excellent organizational skills, multi-tasking, and administration.
  • Meticulous and effective at planning and monitoring work, and be able to work well under pressure.
  • Excellent interpersonal and effective team management skills, and collaboration across multiple functions and teams.
  • The ability to understand and support the needs of diverse projects across an organization.
  • Technological skills for digital databases management.

HOW TO APPLY:
Candidates meeting the above qualifications MUST email:
1) A motivation letter illustrating their suitability against the listed qualifications/competencies and skills
2) Updated CV including three relevant referees

Applications should be sent to hr@afidep.org not later than 18th May 2020 with the title either “PROJECTS ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER – AFIDEP KENYA” or “PROJECTS ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER – AFIDEP MALAWI” as the email subject. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Applications will be considered on a continuous basis until the position is filled.

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

Health Systems Research & Policy Analyst

We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to fill the following position of HEALTH SYSTEMS RESEARCH AND POLICY ANALYST to be based either at our Nairobi, Kenya headquarter office, or Lilongwe, Malawi branch office.

Job Summary and Purpose:

The successful candidate will join the Institute’s multi-disciplinary team to contribute to efforts promoting the use of research and other forms of evidence to strengthen health system policies and programs across Africa. The position is suitable for a mid-level non-medical candidate or a medical doctor seeking to develop expertise and/or pursue a career in health systems strengthening or health policy research as well as practical expertise in supporting use of research in health policy and practice. The successful candidate will conduct translational research and other forms of health systems strengthening research, design and implement interventions targeted at researchers and policymakers to strengthen their capacity for enabling evidence use in the public sector, and actively promote evidence uptake in decision-making processes at national and regional levels across Africa.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Lead the conceptualization, design and implementation of research, capacity building and policy engagement programs
  • Conduct systematic reviews
  • Conduct secondary analysis of qualitative and quantitative data to answer defined policy questions
  • Conduct policy and stakeholder analyses
  • Translate evidence into policy-oriented advocacy materials and accountability tools
  • Policy engagement to promote uptake of evidence in decision-making processes at national, sub-national, regional, and international levels.
  • Manage projects, including internal and external reporting
  • Grant writing and fundraising
  • Publish work in peer-review journals and other relevant publications

Qualifications:

  • Recent PhD (within past 2 years) in Public/Global Health, Epidemiology, Health Economics, Health Systems Research, Health Policy and Planning, or related field.

Skills:

  • Strong qualitative and quantitative research skills (proficiency in software like STATA, Nvivo, SPSS desirable)
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English (French proficiency desirable)
  • Strong interpersonal skills with effective team management skills
  • Self-initiated and ability to work without a lot of supervision
  • Excellent organizational/administrative skills

Experience:

  • Management and coordination of research programs and partnerships
  • Scientific writing and journal publications
  • Successful ethics committee submissions
  • Engagement with policy makers (experience in Malawi health policy networks desirable)
  • Experience conducting health policy research, such as policy and stakeholder analyses
  • Knowledge translation
  • Grant writing and fundraising

Additional information:

The position is an initial contract of 2 years renewable depending on performance, relevance and availability of resources. A competitive remuneration package will be offered commensurate with qualifications, skills and experience.

Application Procedure:

Applications with cover letter and CV should be sent to hr@afidep.org with the title: “Health Systems Research & Policy Analyst” as the email subject. Applications will be considered on a continuous basis until the position is filled.

Deadline for sending in applications is COB, 6th March 2020

AFIDEP is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.