Population Council Associate Jobs in Kenya

Population Council Associate Jobs in Kenya


Position Summary:

  • The Population Council, Kenya has a large and growing portfolio of work to test innovative solutions and scale up successful strategies to improve the well-being of adolescents and young people, accelerate positive demographic trends, and strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations to adapt to environmental shocks and stressors.

  • The Associate will lead a portfolio of working on adolescence, including a range of research studies (longitudinal, cross-sectional and operations research). They will be involved in research uptake work to ensure that evidence generated is accessible to and used by a range of audiences. They will also be responsible to grow the portfolio of adolescent work through resource mobilization activities.

  • They will be expected to work at very high research standards, with energy and commitment to the growth and success of the overall program. The Associate will be a nimble self-starter with the capacity to contribute to the development and implementation of, and to provide technical leadership for, ongoing and new research programs related to adolescence, with a particular focus on girls.

    Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead, manage and grow the PC Kenya research portfolio on adolescents, with a particular focus on girls, in Kenya and East Africa, including designing and managing large-scale research activities.

  • Supervising secondary analyses and systematic reviews on adolescent related topics.

  • Enhance the utilization of research findings by working with partners to identify mechanisms for ensuring adaptation and scale-up of interventions with proven effectiveness.

  • Oversee and ensure quality of multiple projects, including proposal and study tool preparation and review, technical and financial reporting, ethics review and training of young researchers and research assistants.

  • Provide intellectual leadership in disseminating and communicating the Council’s research results at national, regional and international levels through presentations, preparation of reports, and publications of papers in high-impact peer reviewed journals.

  • Build strategic partnerships with government and civil society groups to enable the uptake of emerging evidence.

  • Lead fundraising activities by maintaining relationships with key donors and developing proposals for new research activities in Kenya and other sub-Saharan African countries.

  • Contribute to regional and global evidence synthesis, communicating and convening about adolescents.

  • Supervise mid-level and junior staff.

  • Other duties as may be required by the position.

    Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in social sciences (sociology /anthropology), public health, education, or demography.

  • Minimum of five years’ relevant post-doctoral professional
    experience.

  • In-depth, substantive knowledge of thematic areas related to adolescent girls (including SRH, education, economic strengthening, SBGV, etc.), as well as evidence of being a well-respected and credible leader in such fields.

  • Experience with management of research studies, data collection and publication of papers in peer-review journals.

  • Track record of successful fundraising for adolescent related research.

  • Strong understanding and application of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

  • Ability to lead, motivate, and supervise a team working on both intervention and research activities.

  • Excellent diplomatic, representational, problem solving, management, and interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent written and oral English-language communications skills, including top quality writing and presentation skills.

  • Ability to represent PC Kenya with high-level donors, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, civil sector society, and organizational counterparts, and to discuss program activities, lessons learned, opportunities, and challenges in a compelling and articulate way.

  • Understanding of bureaucratic systems in Africa and a demonstrated ability to work with all levels of national and international staff within a complex research and technical assistance organization.

  • Willingness to travel within Kenya, regionally and internationally as needed.

    How to apply

  • Qualified candidates should send their resume and cover letter to:

  • jobs-nairobi@popcouncil.org by 30th November 2021.

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. This is a national position and only Kenyan nationals will be considered. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. The Population Council, Kenya is an equal opportunity employer.

  • The Population Council, Kenya (PC Kenya) seeks to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable and marginalized populations in East Africa and other countries in the region. We support the design, testing and scale-up of interventions on sexual reproductive health and rights, develop sustainable program solutions that respond to girls’ educational needs and build their social, economic, and health assets; reduce HIV transmission; prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence; assess various service-integration models; and strengthen evidence for programs related to unintended pregnancy.


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