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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.)

Project Manager – Governance Expert

AFIDEP is looking to recruit a qualified and experienced Project Manager for a new Governance Project that will produce, analyze, and disseminate high quality research on transparency, accountability, governance and human development issues. The Project Manager will play a key role in managing and improving the project’s research, quality control, and dissemination processes.

Main Responsibilities

The Project Manager, based in Nairobi-Kenya, will lead the design and implementation of a governance research project that will collect and disseminate evidence on key governance and accountability indicators in African countries annually. The Manager will be responsible for the following:

● Recruit and virtually manage teams of in-country contributors and respondents.

● Perform detailed, high-intensity quality control over the resultant data points (in the thousands), including fact checking and editing.

● Provide capacity building, training, and detailed feedback and guidance to researchers and contributors.

● Lead the compilation and analysis of multiple country data, and provide final country scorecards for publishing and dissemination.

● Oversee the research dissemination and engagement with key stakeholders to promote the use of the research in improving governance and accountability in African countries.

● Coordinate all logistical tasks associated with the research project (including contracts management, payments management, and deadline management).

● Manage relationships with project contacts and partners.

Qualifications and Requirements

Masters’ degree in political science, public policy, development studies, international relations or other development-oriented field with at least five years practical experience in governance research and programming, and project management. A PhD would be an added advantage. The following factors will strengthen an applicant’s candidacy:

● Demonstrated command of transparency, accountability, governance and development issues in Africa at the regional, national, sub-national, and/or sector levels is required.

● Excellent written and spoken English is required; working knowledge of French is desirable. Bilingual candidates will have an added advantage.

● Resourcefulness performing online research and disposition to provide guidance toothers.

● Experience in project management, including tracking contracts, payments, deadlines, workflow design, and virtual management of large teams of researchers.

● Excellent writing and editing skills, preferably with experience in both short and long form (from blog posts to position papers).

● Exceptional attention to detail, ability to perform on tight deadlines, and proven ability to communicate clear and concise instructions.

● Proven ability to set priorities, manage time effectively, handle multiple on-going tasks.

● An ardent planner, with a strong sense of urgency and commitment to quality and timelines.

● Hands-on data management and analysis skills using Excel and other digital tools, and will also have a wealth of experience in project management, including managing large multi-country projects.

● A commitment to AFIDEP’s vision and mission.

How to Apply

• Please send a motivation letter indicating your suitability for this position and a detailed CV, which should include three relevant referees to hr@afidep.org not later than 21st May 2021.

• 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.

DATA ANALYST INTERN

AFIDEP is looking for suitably qualified persons to work in the Malawi office as a Data Analyst (Spatial analysis emphasis) for 6 months, with strong possibility of extension or longer-term contract depending on performance. Reporting to the Project Leads, the Data Analyst intern will support the statistical and spatial analysis of nationally representative secondary data.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Data Analyst (Spatial Analysis)

The key responsibilities will include:

  1. Interpret proposals for secondary data analysis into data analysis plans
  2. Download and prepare data for analysis (DHS, MICS, or PMA data)
  3. Create derived variables and conduct statistical analyses including spatial analysis
  4. Create heat maps using spatial analysis, and geo mapping
  5. Present analyses and Interpret the results
  6. Create research summaries for non-statistician audience

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Data Analyst (Spatial Analysis Emphasis)

  • Masters’ degree in statistics or a quantitative discipline (econometrics, spatial epidemiology, demography etc)
  • Advanced data analytical skills
  • Advanced knowledge and experience of using statistical software (Stata, R, SPSS, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of GIS software (Arc GIS or QGIS)
  • Experience of conducting spatial analysis and heat maps
  • Should possess excellent scientific writing skills
  • Personal drive and ability to respond to issues efficiently;
  • Ability to work as a part of a diversified multicultural and multifunctional team
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

To apply: Please send CV and motivation letter via email to: HR.malawi@afidep.org no later than 07th May 2021.

The subject of your email should state: Data Analyst. Only short-listed candidates will be acknowledged.

 

Field staff

AFIDEP is looking to recruit qualified and experienced persons to fill the positions listed below to collect quantitative and qualitative data for the methodological piloting component of an ongoing  project.

  1. Quantitative Research Assistants (12) positions
  • A first degree in Social Sciences, Nursing, Public Health or closely related field
  • Some experience in conducting surveys on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights
  • Experience with electronic data collection (CSPro will be an added advantage)
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • If applying to be based in Makueni: proficient in Kamba and Kiswahili languages (verbal and written)
  • Applicants based in Mombasa: proficient in Swahili (verbal and written)
  1. Qualitative Research Assistants (12) positions
  • A first degree in Social Sciences, Nursing, Public Health or closely related field.
  • Experience and skills in qualitative research work
  • Ability to facilitate in-depth interviews and focus group discussions
  • Have experience in note taking during qualitative interviews
  • Have experience in transcription of audio-interviews
  • If applying to be based in Makueni, proficient in Kamba and Kiswahili languages (verbal and written)
  • Applicants  based in Mombasa, proficient in Swahili (verbal and written)
  1. Quantitative Field Supervisors (2) positions
  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, Public Health, or other related fields
  • At least three years’ experience in research including coordinating quantitative data collection or research activities related to sexual reproductive health rights and using electronic data collection
  • Experience in spearheading community mobilization to maximize study participation
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working in either Makueni or Machakos Counties will be an added advantage
  1. Qualitative Field Supervisors (2) positions
  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, Public Health, or other related fields
  • At least three years’ experience in research including coordinating qualitative data collection or research activities related to sexual reproductive health rights
  • Experience in spearheading community mobilization to maximize study participation
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working in either Makueni or Machakos Counties will be an added advantage

How to apply:

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 hr@afidep.org not later than 5th  April, 2021 with the title “TEAM UP PROJECT as the subject line.
  • 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.

Terms of Reference: Consultancy for a Landscape and Political Economy Analysis in Ghana

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 The project will be implemented at both regional level (i.e. the sub-Saharan Africa region), and at national level in two countries (Burkina Faso and Ghana), where there is ongoing research on gene drive mosquitoes for the control and elimination of Malaria in Africa.

Project’s Landscape and Political Economy Analysis in Ghana

During the project’s inception phase (Nov 2020-May 2021), AFIDEP will conduct a landscape and political economy analysis in Ghana to generate the information needed to refine and concretize the design of the project and its interventions. 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.

Role, Tasks and Deliverables

Overall, the consultant will conduct of the project’s landscape and political economy analysis in Ghana. Specific tasks and deliverables are outlined as follow (note that timelines are tentative are dependent on when contract is agreed upon). Task Approx. number of days Output/Deliverable Timeline when output is expected

Task Approx. number of days Output/Deliverable Timeline when output is expected
1. Adapt the existing regional study protocol for the landscape and political

economy analysis for the Ghana study

3 Study protocol Mar 12, 2021
2. Review and revise study protocol, following feedback from project team 3 Final study protocol submitted for Ethics clearance Mar 18, 2021
3. Conduct literature review (to enrich regional level literature review with

Ghana-focused literature)

3 Literature review Mar 23, 2021
4. Map interview respondents 1 List of interview respondents Mar 24, 2021
5. Conduct interviews (25-30 interviews) 15 Interview notes Apr 19-May 18,

2021

6. Conduct data analysis and report writing 10 Study report May 31, 2021
7. Host a (virtual) validation meeting to discuss results emerging from study’s regional component 2 Report of validation meeting Validation meeting held by Jun 4, 2021
Revised research study report with inputs from validation by Jun 9, 2021.
8. Map key stakeholders for project

consultations in Ghana

1 List of stakeholders May 31, 2021
Total number of days 38

Qualifications and requirements

Successful candidate will have a relevant PhD and a minimum of 5 years’ hands-on experience in designing and conducting research. The PhD should be in any of these fields: Health Policy, Entomology, Vector Biology, Development Studies, Political Science, or Global Health. 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.

If you meet the minimum qualifications and are interested, please submit your CV and brief application letter for consideration to: hr@afidep.org, gloria.koima@afidep.org with a copy to: rose.oronje@afidep.org. Please indicate the daily rate of your consultancy fees in the application letter.