NGO Jobs in Kenya - APHRC

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Advocacy/Policy Manager
The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is a leading Africa-based, African-led, international research institution headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and engaged in multidisciplinary, evidence-informed policy research. Our research contributes to the body of evidence about the critical barriers preventing optimal population health and wellbeing among the most vulnerable of Africa’s urban poor: the six in 10 people who live in the informal settlements, or slums, that crowd the continent’s urban centers.
Our aim is to inform decision-making with evidence generated by and for Africans to drive improved population health and wellbeing across the continent, in line with global targets including the Sustainable Development Goals.
APHRC is recruiting for an exciting new role for a seasoned communications, political science or campaigning professional ready to lead in the execution of a pivotal piece of our 2017-2021 strategy: driving our evidence-to-policy model.
The right candidate for this manager-level position will be able to design and develop pathways to increase the use of evidence by civil society campaigners demanding accountability from those who make decisions, as well as by decision-makers themselves, at the sub-national, national or even regional levels. She or he will be comfortable with tight deadlines requiring thoughtful translation of research findings into forward-looking recommendations that can lead to smarter policymaking, improved resource targeting and better service delivery – ultimately achieving impact by transforming the lives of communities.
This role will be evenly divided between two portfolios of work: improving coverage of safely managed sanitation services for urban populations; and achieving a more equitable and inclusive approach to quality sexual and reproductive health care for adolescents, women seeking safe abortions and sexual and gender minorities. Both portfolios address sensitive, often contentious topics in sub-Saharan Africa, even as the failure to address the challenges in reaching these marginalized populations is stalling meaningful social and economic development.
Key responsibilities of the role include developing advocacy strategies built on policy research around issues related to the two portfolios, as part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers and communications professionals. Strong networking skills deployable at both the grassroots and decision-making levels will be critical, as there is a considerable amount of training and skills transfer inherent in the role.
The best candidate will have an exceptional ability to set priorities and identify areas that require further research. She or he will have strong writing and presentation skills, and be highly organized. Familiarity with policy tracking tools is essential.

Responsibilities:

·         build and manage relationships within existing networks, technical working groups, regional economic committees and other decision-oriented bodies, both in and out of government
·         prepare relevant briefing materials articulating strategic opportunities, key messages and possible entry points for engagement in policy and budgeting discussions at national and regional levels, for internal and external use
·         understand existing global policy instruments and where there are gaps in their domestication to national contexts
·         understand evidence needs and gaps in knowledge that are preventing smart decision-making and provide suggestions as to how to fill them
·         develop briefing papers for use in consultations by both internal and external stakeholders
·         synthesize and interpret current trends in the field and in policy circles, and facilitate opportunities to engage with those trends and key actors
·         deliver effective training and capacity strengthening modules in using evidence to drive advocacy and achieve policy change for a variety of audiences
·         oversee production of innovative and compelling knowledge translation materials
·         participate in the creation of a monitoring and evaluation framework for advocacy efforts in the two domains that demonstrates a familiarity with outcome harvesting and other advocacy-oriented learning tools

Qualifications

·         Master’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Policy or related field;
·         At least five (5) years of post-qualification work experience in policy review or analysis, communications, and writing and content creation, preferably at an international organization.
·         Project or campaign management experience
·         Familiarity with developing, executing and evaluating the impact of a theory of change; some experience with monitoring and evaluating attribution of impact desirable
·         Excellent editing and writing skills as well as the ability to translate technical ideas into accessible messages
·         Familiarity with approaches for planning, executing, and monitoring impact communications strategies
·         Demonstrated willingness to work as part of a team
·         Demonstrated ability to multitask and work without supervision
·         Stellar skills in problem-solving, writing, editing and meeting deadlines
How to Apply
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply through jobs@aphrc.org with the email subject line as ‘Advocacy and Policy Manager’. Your cover letter should include an example of a theory of change related to one of the signature issues in the APHRC Strategic Plan, which is available on the APHRC website, and a plan for how you would leverage APHRC evidence in a multi-level advocacy strategy to reach decision-making bodies at the national and African Union level around that particular issue.
Your written submission should be no more than 2,000 words. Please indicate at the bottom the length of time it took to develop your submission.
Applications will be considered up to October 5, 2018.

Communications Manager
Closing date: 05 Oct 2018
This role reports to the director of the Policy Engagement and Communications division, and oversees the unit responsible for all internal and external communications; APHRC’s media and social media strategy; our brand and its use; knowledge management products including our website; and a host of creative products from short films to annual reports.
The role requires a strong background in producing, editing and delivering written and multimedia collateral on tight deadlines, with an exceptional ability to multitask. The right candidate will be an outstanding mentor, able to both supervise and delegate with authority, and be a nimble and innovative user of knowledge to drive change. The role also requires the ability to deliver both ad hoc and organized training and technical support in writing, editing, public speaking and presentation, to help highly technical and specialized research professionals improve their ability to effectively reach a variety of lay audiences.
A wide network of media contacts is an asset to the role.
Responsibilities:
·         Serve as institutional editor-in-chief, supporting copy and content editing for a variety of products across six research units as well as for Center-wide promotional and visibility products
·         Mentor and guide a team of communications officers
·         Lead media outreach including development and implementation of media strategy that includes pitches, field visits and responding to ad hoc media requests
·         Direct in-house training on public speaking and presentations for research staff
·         Oversee development of visibility products including promotional brochures, website content, newsletters and annual report
·         Contribute to development of innovative multimedia products including infographics, short films and animations
Qualifications
·         Master’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing or a related field
·         At least seven (7) years of post-qualification work experience in communications, writing and content creation, preferably at an international organization
·         Excellent editing and writing skills as well as ability to translate complex scientific facts into accessible messages for general audiences
·         Visual media skills including use of still and video camera; ability to develop video storyboards and basic editing to a professional standard
·         Some knowledge of graphic design and desktop publishing, including Microsoft Publisher, and Adobe or Corel suites
·         Experience in using social media channels and extending their reach
·         Experience of creating and editing digital media and publishing across a variety of platforms including but not limited to Storify, Prezi, Slideshare and YouTube
·         Familiarity with approaches for planning, executing, and monitoring communications strategies
·         Excellent existing network of media contacts
·         Excellent verbal communication and ability to train and mentor
·         Demonstrated willingness to work as part of a team
·         Networking, interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills coupled with resourcefulness initiative and maturity of judgment
·         French language skills highly desirable

Communications Officer
Closing date: 05 Oct 2018
The right candidate to join the Synergy Unit within the Policy Engagement and communications(PEC) division has laser-sharp attention to detail, is an engaging and competent writer, innovative user of new media, videography and social media platforms, and is a disciplined adherent to deadlines.
Whether it’s a blog, a press release, a short film or an annual report, the right candidate will use his or her communications skills to support APHRC efforts in bridging the evidence to policy gap, to ensure that our research in population dynamics, health, education, aging and urbanization has maximum impact at the national, sub-regional and global levels.
These positions report to the manager of the Synergy Unit and are based in Nairobi. A portfolio of three samples of written work, one showing tracked changes edits from one version to a second, revised version, must accompany the application. Those applications that do not include writing samples will not be considered. Please ensure that your cover letter includes two paragraphs on your motivation for applying for the position.
Responsibilities:
·         Develop and implement communications strategies for cross-cutting, pan-African research programs
·         Generate print and multimedia content to support visibility of programs including blogs, policy briefs, infographics and short films
·         Maintain an up-to-date, comprehensive understanding of and familiarity of with the body of APHRC’s research and recommendations, signature issues and policy platforms to be used in development of new collateral for increased cohesion
·         Lead on planning for stakeholder convening’s, research uptake events, and related activities
·         Conduct trainings in communications and knowledge translation for researchers and stakeholders
·         Contribute to resource mobilization efforts
·         Manage and inventory repository of knowledge management tools at Center level.
Qualifications
·         Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Policy or related field; Master’s degree desirable but not necessary
·         At least four (4) years of post-qualification work experience in communications, writing and content creation, preferably at an international organization
·         Excellent editing and writing skills as well as ability to translate complex scientific facts into accessible messages for general audiences
·         Visual media skills including use of still and video camera; use of editing software including FinalCut Pro desirable
·         Experience in using social media channels and extending their reach
·         Experience of creating and editing digital media and publishing across a variety of platforms including but not limited to Storify, Prezi, Slideshare and YouTube
·         Familiarity with approaches for planning, executing, and monitoring communications strategies
·         Demonstrated interest in some or all of the research topics APHRC touches, and a willingness to work as part of a team
·         Networking, interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills coupled with resourcefulness initiative and maturity of judgment
Useful additional skills
·         Experience in data visualization
·         Experience of using email distribution systems such as Mailchimp, ConstantContact, Salesforce, Pure360
·         Experience of using a contact database
·         Experience of using website CMS.
How to Apply:
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply and include their letter of application, portfolio of their work and CV, through our recruitment portal http://hrs.aphrc.org by October 05, 2018. No applicant will be considered without all requested materials. We regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Cover letters should be addressed to:
African Population and Health Research Center, Inc
APHRC Campus, Manga Close, off Kirawa Road, Kitisuru
The Human Resources Officer
P. O. Box 10787-GPO, Nairobi
APHRC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the protection of children
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