APHRC Data Scientist Jobs in Kenya

APHRC Data Scientist Jobs in Kenya

  • The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is a leading Africa-based, African-led, international research institution headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

  • APHRC generates and supports the use of evidence for meaningful action to improve the lives of all Africans through:

  • Research that emphasizes health and wellbeing;

  • Capacity strengthening that deepens the skills of African researchers, scholars and institutions within the continent; and

  • Policy engagement and communication that supports greater influence of evidence in policy – and decision-making across sub-Saharan Africa.

  • The APHRC seeks to recruit a Data Scientist within the Research Capacity Strengthening (RCS) Division, to work on a large scale initiative whose goals are to transform the Research and Development (R&D) ecosystem in Africa through:

  • Designing and running a matching service between universities/research institutes based in all the regions of Africa and funding agencies for R&D.

  • Configuring and running Africa-wide platform-based capacity-building for universities/research institutes based in all of Africa’s regions, to increase their capabilities to do more and perform better on a sustained basis along the spectrum of implementation research.

  • Designing and developing prototypes in selected countries, to link country decision-making systems with national research systems for adoption/scale-up of R&D innovations.

  • Strengthening the African innovation-research ecosystem by developing and deploying connectors – platforms that have cross-cutting benefits to researchers and decision makers.

  • The overall responsibility of the Data Scientist is to maintain and update an existing database with institutional level information and to lead the development of a prototype for a research data repository.

  • S/he will also contribute to the day-to-day running of the whole initiative.


  • Conduct tracking and sourcing of sector specific R&D data from across Africa for updating a regional data repository;

  • Develop an interactive data platform complete with a data archiving protocol/architecture, programming the protocols, data cleaning etc.;

  • Create automated systems for data harmonization and consistency checks;

  • Data cleaning and harmonization including conducting all the required consistency checks for data from various partners
    and studies;

  • Contribute to the development of scientific data standards;

  • Documentation of data sets from various partners according to agreed guidelines on data documentation, archiving and sharing;

  • Perform basic and advanced statistical analyses;

  • Facilitate discussions on data extraction, access and sharing protocols with project partners;

  • Participate in learning forums with stakeholders to inform regional and global discourses on R&D capacity in Africa;

  • Support efforts to enhance project visibility;

  • Write technical reports on data issues; and

  • Participate in grant writing.

    Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor's or Master’s degree in computer science, statistics, economics, machine learning, or other related technical disciplines.

  • At least five years (for Bachelor degree holders) or three years (for Master’s degree holders) post qualification experience in managing, mining, processing, cleaning and quality assessment of data from diverse studies.

  • Experience in data management using relational databases such as MySQL or other is essential.

  • Experience in data documentation using software such as NESTAR or other is essential.

  • Experience in data analysis using STATA, R, SPSS or other statistical software.

  • Knowledge of a programming language such as Python, Perl, R, JAVA, or equivalent.

  • Experience working with longitudinal studies and handling large data sets is desirable.

  • Experience in visualizing/presenting data for stakeholders and the use of relevant data science tools kit.

  • Ability to regularly report and synthesize emerging information.

  • Good written communication and presentation skills.

  • Bilingual language skills (French and English) will be an added advantage.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; APHRC Data Scientist Jobs in Kenya

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