Job Opportunities

1.     Associate Research Scientist

The APHRC seeks to recruit an Associate Research Scientist to work in the Maternal and Child Wellbeing Unit within the Research Division.


  1. Begin to define own area of research interest through developing proposals, concept notes and publishing in the area;
  2. Mentor junior staff including postdoctoral researchers and research officers;
  3. Represent the Center in high-level national and regional forums;
  4. Initiate and lead research proposals in the program and manage relevant budgets;
  5. Oversee the review and translation of research tools;
  6. Oversee/lead development of field and training manuals;
  7. Ensure ethical approvals and research permits are obtained;
  8. Ensure the recruitment, training and supervision of field interviewers;
  9. Oversee fieldwork in the execution of the research projects to ensure timely implementation of field activities;
  10. Ensure community mobilization and education of the community in relation to the research project is done;
  11. Conduct literature reviews;
  12. Lead and contribute to scientific paper writing;
  13. Lead the development of project reports;
  14. Lead and participate in dissemination of research findings and policy dialogue with appropriate audiences;
  15. Contribute to institutional publications (i.e. lay dissemination materials such as policy/research briefs and fact sheets) in relation to the projects one is working on;
  16. Oversee data cleaning and analysis;
  17. Monitor project budgets and expenditure;
  18. Contribute to proposal development in the program; and
  19. Prepare project progress reports to donors.

Qualifications and Experience

  1. PhD in Public Health, Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology or other relevant areas; a minimum of 2 years’ post-doctoral experience.
  2. Demonstrated skills and expertise in both quantitative and qualitative data analysis and related statistical software.
  3. Demonstrated experiences in mental health research, with peer-reviewed publications on the subject will be an added advantage.



2.     CARTA Project Coordinator

APHRC’s flagship program, The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is
an Africa-based, Africa-led initiative, which seeks to rebuild and strengthen the capacity of African
universities to produce well-trained and skilled researchers and scholars in Africa by Africans. The
program addresses an important challenge facing the African academy i.e. the scarcity of a robust
research and training infrastructure capable of offering the type of vibrant and sustained doctoral
training necessary to attract, train and retain the continent’s brightest minds.

CARTA has been engaging in discussions around strengthening the capacity of institutional-based
facilitators to independently carry out the CARTA interventions in their respective institutions. In
this respect, CARTA applied and received an award for the NORHED project iCARTA –
Institutionalization  of  Advanced  Research  Training  in  Africa  2021-2026.  iCARTA  prioritized
Training  of  Trainers  (ToT)  workshops  for  the  Joint  Advanced  Seminars  (JASes),  Supervisors
Workshops  (SW),  and  the  Faculty  and  Administrative  Staff  (FAS)  Seminars.  This  project  will  be
implemented by three CARTA partner institutions (University of Rwanda, University of Malawi and
Makerere  University,  respectively),  on  behalf  of  the  entire  CARTA  network.  In  addition,  CARTA
received  a  one-year  mitigation  grant  by  Sida  to,  among  other  activities,  strengthen  institutional
facilitation  capacities  as  we  adapt  to  the  new  normal  resulting  from  COVID-19.  CARTA  also
engaged  a  virtual  learning  expert  to  facilitate  ongoing  transition  of  CARTA  to  blended  learning

CARTA therefore seeks to recruit a Project Coordinator to coordinate course review, transition
to blended and ToT development activities. S/he will also coordinate the CARTA activities in the
Virtual Learning Academy and in the partner institutions that will be implementing the ToT course.


  1. Provide  administrative  support  to  the  process  of  review  of  courses  and  development  of  ToT courses through:
    1. Coordination of meetings, including town halls and team meetings;
    2. Ensure  documentation  of  resolutions  made  at  meetings,  taking  charge  personally  or ensuring there is appropriate representation when the meetings conflict;
    3. Liaison  with  the  team  coordinators  and  administrative  officer  on  administrative  and logistics matters of the process;
    4. Carrying  out  follow-ups  with  team  members  on  the  review  and  ToT  development processes;
    5. Liaison with external experts who will be supporting the project; and
    6. Compilation of outputs of the course review and ToT development processes.
  2. Coordinate  the  ToT  and  local  training  activities  at  the  partner  implementing  institutions according to the NORHED plan, in collaboration with the institutional-based coordinators:
    1. Monitor implementation of ToT and local training activities at partner institutions and coordinate  the  Monitoring  and  Evaluation  activities  related  to  the  NORHED  activities, liaising with the M&E officer to ensure collection of complete data about the required indicators;
    2. Be the liaison person between the implementing institutions and the CARTA Secretariat; and
    3. Report on ToT and local training activities to the Program Managers.
  3. Coordinate the Virtual Learning Academy activities that relate to CARTA including:
    1. Coordinate  participation  of  CARTA  representatives  in  the  Phase  I  of  the  transition  to blended to inform the framework of competencies;
    2. Coordinate the participation of CARTA facilitators in the needs assessment of Phase I of the transition to blended;
    3. Coordinate participation of CARTA facilitators in  Staff Academy capacity building activities;
    4. Compile the outputs of the course development;
    5. Liaise  with  consultant  and  IT  support  to  load  the  generated  courses  in  the  APHRC Training Academy;
    6. Liaise  with  consultant  and  IT  support  to  coordinate  the  establishment  of  the  CARTA Community of Practice; and
    7. Manage the CARTA Community of Practice.
  4. Support further institutionalization of CARTA interventions at partner institutions:
    1. Support fundraising to facilitate institutionalization activities at CARTA partner institutions; and
    2. Liaise with CARTA focal persons and university representatives to promote and support institutionalization activities at CARTA partner institutions.
    3. Research  on  impact  of  CARTA  training  interventions  and  institutionalization  activities  of  the CARTA program.

Qualifications and Experience:

  1. Doctorate degree in Education related fields.
  2. Experience and strong interest in research, research capacity strengthening and
  3. instructional/curriculum design.
  4. Demonstrated prior experience in curriculum development, training, and implementation.
  5. Hands-on experience coordinating different short course training workshops.
  6. Experience  with  various  training  methods  (including  virtual,  in-person  training,  and blended offering) and up-to-date with new training methods and techniques.
  7. Strong writing skills and good record of publications (at least 3 lead author publications in  peer-reviewed  journals  and  over  5  conference  presentations  in  defined  area  of interest).
  8. Computer literacy in Microsoft packages (e.g. MS Word, MS PowerPoint, & MS Excel).


  1. Familiarity with postgraduate training in health and/or social science related fields.
  2. Strong research quantitative skills and quantitative skills.
  3. Experience with e-learning platforms.
  4. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and ability to work in a culturally diverse team



3.     Program Coordinator

APHRC seeks to recruit a Program Coordinator to work in its Research Capacity Strengthening Division  to  support  the  management  and  coordination  of  the  Training  Program.  This  is  an opportunity  to  join  an  existing  team  dedicated  to  conducting  research-related  short  course
training focusing on postgraduates and early-career researchers.

Major Responsibilities:

  1. Support  the  curriculum  development  process  for  select  courses  (i.e.  lead  the  planning, content and method development, testing, implementation, and course evaluation);
  2. Support the recruitment of facilitators and/or participants, instrument development, data collection, data analysis, and report preparation;
  3. Support facilitation of sessions during short course training (i.e. serve as lead trainer in at least  one  training  area  e.g.  Grants  Proposal  Writing,  Impact  Evaluation,  Implementation
  4. Research, Mixed Methods Research, Systematic Review & Meta-Analysis, Scientific Writing, or others);
  5. Conduct formative assessment (e.g. training needs assessment prior to training to identify skills  and  knowledge gaps  to  be  addressed) and  summative  assessment (e.g.  end  of training/follow up evaluation survey to assess effectiveness and impact of the training on
  6. participants and/or institutions);
  7. Communicate with APHRC unit heads to identify the center’s training needs and map out development plans;
  8. Manage  the  curriculum  database  and  training  records  and  maintain/update  in-house training materials and equipment;
  9. Contribute to program sustainability by supporting training-related proposal development;
  10. Contribute to scientific writing based on data collected routinely as part of training M&E;
  11. Lead  in  policy  engagement  and  dissemination of  best  practices to  appropriate  audiences; and
  12. Support marketing of APHRC short course offerings to potential individuals and institutions.

Qualifications and Experience:

The  ideal  candidate  will  have  up  to  2  (two)  years’  relevant  post-doctoral  experience  facilitating research methodology workshops and possess strong analytical skills (quantitative or qualitative):

  1. PhD in Education or Public Health (preferably with emphasis in curriculum & instruction) or related field.
  2. Experience  and  strong  interest  in  research  capacity  strengthening  and  instructionaldesign.
  3. Demonstrated prior experience in training curriculum development and
  4. implementation (e.g., experience in facilitating short course training to graduate
  5. students, or other practicing researchers).
  6. Hands-on experience coordinating different short course training workshops.
  7. Experience  with  various  training  methods  (including  virtual,  in-person  training,  and blended offering) and up-to-date with new training methods and techniques.
  8. Strong writing skills and good record of publications (at least 3 lead author publications in  peer-reviewed  journals  and  over  5  conference  presentations  in  defined  area  of interest).
  9. Computer literacy in Microsoft packages (e.g. MS Word, MS PowerPoint, & MS Excel).
  10. Strong  quantitative  skills  (managing,  analyzing  &  interpreting  data),  with  extensive familiarity with quantitative statistical packages (e.g. Stata, SAS, or SPSS).


  1. Expertise in mixed methods research approaches.
  2. Experience with e-learning platforms.
  3. Excellent  interpersonal  and  organizational  skills  and  ability  to  work  in  a  culturally diverse team.
  4. Ability to facilitate training sessions in French.



Method of Application

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their cover letter and CV through our recruitment portal by August 23, 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  Cover letters should be addressed to:

The Human Resources Officer

African Population and Health Research Center, Inc

APHRC Campus, Manga Close, off Kirawa Road, Kitisuru

P.O. Box 10787-GPO, Nairobi


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