afidep-African Institute for Development Policy

Knowledge Translation Scientist (3 positions)


  1. Education and Skills Development
  2. Health Systems Strengthening – Health Economics /Public Health
  3. Population Change and Sustainable Development
  4. Knowledge Translation and Policy Analysis

The roles entail providing leadership in design and implementation of programmes in knowledge translation, capacity building in evidenced-informed decision-making and policy engagement at regional, national, and sub-national levels across Africa. The candidates should have a PhD in either of the following: Population Studies (Demography), Education, Health Economics, Development Economics, Policy Analysis and Knowledge Translation. They should also have strong qualitative and quantitative research skills; a record of peer-reviewed journal publications and successful grants proposal writing; and hands-on experience in policy analysis, knowledge translation and policy engagement.


Main Responsibilities

  • Lead the conceptualisation, design and implementation of research, capacity building and policy engagement programmes
  • Conduct systematic reviews of research and related forms of evidence
  • Conduct secondary analysis of various data sets to answer defined policy questions
  • Conduct policy and programme 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
  • Proposal writing and fundraising
  • Publishing in policy-oriented journals and other relevant forms of publications


Qualifications, Skills and Experience


  • Candidate should have a PhD in either of the following; Population Studies (Demography), Education, Health Economics, Development Economics, Policy Analysis and Knowledge Translation


  • Strong qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English (additional skills in French desirable)
  • Strong interpersonal skills with effective team management skills
  • Strong adaptability skills to changing research evidence environment
  • Monitoring and evaluation of programmes


  • Minimum of 2 years’ postdoctoral professional experience
  • Management and coordination of research programmes and partnerships
  • Scientific writing and journal publications
  • Evidence translation and policy/programme analysis
  • Engagement with senior policymakers
  • Experience in proposal writing and fundraising


Additional information: The above positions will be offered on two-year contracts that are renewable depending on performance and availability of funding. A competitive remuneration package will be offered commensurate with qualifications, skills and experience.

To apply: Please email: 1) A cover letter; 2) CV including three relevant referees; and 3) One-page motivation statement detailing career goals and interests. The cover letter and the email should have the title of the position as the subject.

All applications should be submitted to:

Finance and Administration Manager,

African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP).


Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Applications will be considered on a continuous basis until the positions are filled.








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