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Internships and Job Vacancies at APHRC

Internships and Job Vacancies at APHRC

Internships and Job Vacancies at APHRC,

Internships and Job Vacancies at APHRC

Jobs at African Population And Health Research Center (APHRC)

The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is leading Africa-based, African-led, international research institution headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and conducting policy-relevant research on population, health, education, urbanization and related development issues on the continent.

AI Software Engineer

Duties/Responsibilities

The AI Software Engineer will be responsible for creating deployable versions of all Machine Learning models and integration of these into products for improving health and well-being. They will join APHRC’s multidisciplinary team to help in shaping new strategy and showcasing the potential for AI through early-stage solutions.

The AI Software Engineer will:

  • Develop ML models alongside DSE’s data engineers, data analysts, data scientists and provide provide end to end AI solutions;
  • Build Code Infrastructure from ML models developed by data scientists in DSE using advanced technologies;
  • Package ML models into usable products by researches and policy makers;
  • Create End Point APIs from the ML algorithms. These will include products such mobile applications, web services, chatbots, CDSS etc.;
  • Develop the development of platform for data sharing;
  • Provide updates on breakthrough artificial intelligence technologies with the potential to transform the Center’s research environment, the research staff or policy makers’ experience and influence policy development and decision making;
  • Work closely with DSE data engineers, program and data managers to produce data into usable formats for analysis;
  • Prepare and support monthly reports and scientific publications;
  • Support data managers in the use of the metadata software programs;
  • Develop training curricula and training materials;
  • Attend DSE technical and progress meetings; and
  • Contribute to report and manuscript writing, knowledge translation products, grants, and ethics review board applications.

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience 

  • PhD in Data science, Applied Mathematics, Computational Science and Engineering, Applied Statistics. Master’s degree in Computer Science, Data Science, Software Development, or other related field.
  • At least three years of experience formulating and strategizing AI solutions; with at least one-year’s postdoctoral experience.
  • Solid understanding of common programming languages used in AI, such as Python, Java, C++, and R.
  • Advanced knowledge of statistical and algorithmic models as well as of fundamental mathematical concepts, such as linear algebra and probability.
  • Experience working with large data sets and writing efficient code capable of processing large data streams at speed.
  • Proven experience in applying AI to practical and all-inclusive technology solutions.
  • Hands-on knowledge in machine learning, deep learning, Tensorflow, Python, NLP.
  • Understanding of functional design principles, object-oriented programming principles, basic algorithms.
  • Expertise in REST API development, NoSQL design, RDBMS design.
  • Proven expertise in using deep learning, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), computer vision, chatbots, and robotics to help the internal teams promote diverse research outcomes and drive innovation is a must have.
  • Understanding of website scripts such as XML, Javascript, JSON.
  • Understanding of ETL framework and ETL tools including Alteryx and Microsoft SSIS.
  • Digital marketing analytics tools including Google 360, Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager and Adobe Marketing Suite.
  • Experience with data visualization tools like R shiny, matplotlib, ggplot, d3.js.ArcGIS, QGIS, Tableau to visually encode data and generation of dashboards for interpretation.
  • Good communication skills to describe findings to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, self-driven, has attention to detail with a strong analytical mind.
  • Demonstrate ability to work both independently and to work collaboratively with internal and external team members, and stakeholders.
  • Ability to multi-task, work accurately and effectively to deadlines; has good self-assessment of timing of tasks and ability to set deadlines. Organizational and time management skills to manage and prioritize workload.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of technical and analytic challenges, and learning new approaches and topics.

Deadline: March 31, 2023

Data Scientist

Duties/Responsibilities

The Data Scientist will be responsible for using novel data science tools including machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) to address APHRC’s research questions. They will be expected to expand the use of advanced analytics and data science in the DSE and APHRC.

The Data Scientist will:

  • Identify data sources for research needs, compile, collect, very relevant structured and unstructured data for analysis;
  • Building Machine Learning and predictive models, ML algorithms to address data-driven research questions;
  • Apply pre-processing steps including feature engineering, model selection, training and tuning for effective results;
  • Work closely with data engineers, managers to produce data in to usable formats;
  • Analyze data for trends and patterns, and find answers to specific questions;
  • Set up data infrastructure, develop, implement and maintain databases;
  • Generate information and insights from data sets, and identify trends and patterns;
  • Prepare and support monthly reports and scientific publications;
  • Create visualizations of data from the Center e.g. research generated data on micro portal;
  • Train DSE members in robust data science techniques; and
  • Contribute to report and manuscript writing, knowledge translation products, grants, and ethics review board applications.

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience 

  • PhD in data science, applied mathematics, computational science and engineering, applied statistics or other related field. A master’s degree in any of the following mathematics, statistics or computer science.
  • A minimum of seven years of professional experience in data analytics, computer science or statistics; with at least one year’s postdoctoral experience.
  • Programming skills. Knowledge of statistical programming languages like R, Python, and database query languages like SQL, Oracle, Hive, Pig is desirable. Familiarity with Scala, Java, or C++is an added advantage.
  • Good applied statistical skills, including knowledge of statistical tests, distributions, regression, maximum likelihood estimators, etc. Proficiency in statistics is essential for data-driven activities.
  • Machine learning. Good knowledge of machine learning methods like k-Nearest Neighbors, Naive Bayes, SVM, Decision Forests is essential.
  • Strong math skills (Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra) to support predictive performance or algorithm optimization techniques.
  • Data wrangling. Proficiency in handling imperfections in data is a critical aspect of this role.
  • Experience with data visualization tools like R shiny, matplotlib, ggplot, d3.js.ArcGIS, QGIS, PowerBi, Excel, Tableau to visually encode data and generation of dashboards for interpretation.
  • Good communication skills to describe findings to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, has attention to detail and a strong analytical mind.
  • Demonstrates ability to work both independently and to work collaboratively with internal and external team members, and stakeholders.
  • Ability to multi-task, work accurately and effectively to deadlines; has good self-assessment of timing of tasks and ability to set deadlines; have organizational and time management skills to manage and prioritize workload.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of technical and analytic challenges, and learning new approaches and topics.

Deadline: March 31, 2023

Post-Doctoral Research Scientist (SRMNCAH)

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Working with the project team to ensure the successful implementation of the Kenya Abortion Survey;
  • and other assigned projects;
  • Coordinate the Kenya Abortion Survey project activities, including planning and supporting training, data collection, analysis, and reporting;
  • Oversee/lead the development of field and training manuals;
  • Oversee the review and translation of research tools;
  • Oversee fieldwork of the proposed research project to ensure the timely implementation of field activities;
  • Support proposal writing and other fundraising activities within the Unit;
  • Ensure ethical approvals and research permits are obtained;
  • Oversee data cleaning and analysis;
  • Lead the development of project reports;
  • Participate in the dissemination of research findings and policy dialogue with appropriate audiences;
  • Monitor project budgets and expenditure;
  • Prepare project progress reports; and
  • Lead and contribute to the development of manuscripts on abortion from this study and other topics within APHRC.

 Qualifications, Skills, and Experience 

  • PhD in Public Health, Community Health, or any related field with a specialization/focus on sexual, reproductive, maternal, and adolescent health and abortion research in Africa.
  • At least one year of post-doctoral research experience conducting research on sexual and reproductive health, especially on abortion, in Africa.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing research projects.
  • Skills in quantitative and qualitative methods, including experience in data analysis with familiarity in Stata.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and ability to work independently in a team.
  • Extensive experience and expertise working in abortion research (both quantitative and qualitative) and abortion policy in Africa.
  • At least four years working and engaging with stakeholders on the topic of abortion, and with knowledge of the post-abortion care landscape.
  • Demonstrable ability to write and publish scientific papers based on one’s publication history on sexual and reproductive health and/or abortion.

Deadline: March 31, 2023

Post-Doctoral Research Scientists in Impact Evaluation – 3 Positons

Duties/Responsibilities

The Post- Doctoral Research Scientists will apply novel basic and advanced rigorous impact evaluation methodologies to design and conduct impact evaluation undertakings within and beyond the APHRC.

Technical leadership and support

  • Leading the design and implementation of development-related impact evaluations and research studies;
  • Support researchers at the Center in adoption of impact evaluation designs in research studies including complex impact evaluations based on modern practices such as Interrupted Time Series (ITS), Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs), cluster-randomized designs,  step-wedge designs among others;
  • Develop and deepen innovative approaches to impact evaluation e.g., through training of researchers at the Center in IE methodology, developing and writing papers that utilize IE methodologies in peer-reviewed journals, engaging with IE communities of practice to strengthen the Center’s visibility in IE practice, etc.

 Fundraising for IE sustainability

  • Lead the resource mobilization for IE projects to ensure that the Center sustain its IE mandate to the foreseeable future;
  • Support proposal writing and other fundraising activities geared towards leveraging funds to broaden the current mandate of the Data, Science & Evaluation Program;
  • Actively collaborate with and contribute to the work of other Program Areas at APHRC at the Centre’s to strengthen the impact evaluation mandate.

 Management of Impact Evaluation Projects

  • Establish, monitor, and update work plans and budgets for Impact Evaluation projects;
  • Oversee mobilization of evaluation teams, including organizing and managing team planning meetings and overseeing all necessary logistical preparations for field data collection;
  • Identify, recruit and train the research assistants; support teams technically; assist in orienting consultant team members to procedures for working with APHRC;
  • Assure high-quality deliverables and evaluation reports;
  • Support development of IEs including background and supporting research for ongoing/upcoming IEs and oversight of survey development;
  • Manage IE datasets throughout the evaluation life-cycle from coordination of local data collection partners to data management and cleaning to preliminary analysis;
  • Serve as a responsive point of contact for clients, ensure contract compliance, and support contract reporting requirements;
  • Support the impact evaluation team to develop, review and finalize evaluation analysis plans, evaluation frameworks, and contribute to drafting of work plans, data collection tools, and field monitoring tools for each IE activity;
  • Work with Project Evaluation Team to provide timely updates and reports on evaluation activities as needed;
  • Participate and/or support the dissemination of findings;
  • Carry out any other functions that may be assigned to you from time to time by Senior Management at the Centre.

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience 

  • PhD in Economics, Public Health, Epidemiology, Statistics, Health Economics, Population and Reproductive Health, Development Economics/Politics or Public Policy and other related disciplines, with specialization in Impact Evaluation of development projects, preferably public health.
  • Advanced skills in econometrics/statistics, quantitative methods, and qualitative methods.
  • Ability to conduct large-scale surveys in developing countries and handle large datasets using standard econometric statistical software programs (STATA, SAS, R, Python, etc.).
  • At least 3 years of work experience in project evaluation and impact analysis is essential.
  • Demonstrated experience in in-depth impact analysis methods, and experimental and quasi-experimental methods applied in impact evaluation (RCT, Instrumental Variable regression, propensity score analysis, and interrupted time series, etc.).
  • Experience designing and implementing one or more of the following: implementation research, process evaluations, formative/process/summative research, qualitative and mixed-methods research.
  • At least two (2) publications or technical reports (or a doctoral research thesis) that utilized IE methodologies/approaches.
  • Excellent written, presentation, and communication skills; ability to present arguments and analysis in a structured and succinct manner.
  • Strong quantitative skills and ability to work with large data sets.
  • Ability to work independently; self-starter and highly motivated.
  • Strong theoretical and applied statistical knowledge in particular for the design of IEs.
  • Proficiency in English language is required.
  • Working knowledge of East, Southern, Northern, and West African regions is desirable.
  • Experience in simulation and optimization modelling, and economic evaluations is a plus.

Deadline: March 31, 2023

Researchers – 6 Positions

APHRC seeks to recruit six Researchers to work within our Human Development Theme. 

Responsibilities (dependent on level appointed):

  • Provide leadership to scientific research teams or projects in an area related to early childhood development (ECD), education and/or youth empowerment;
  • Contribute to policy engagement and the theme’s strategic planning activities;
  • Lead and contribute to proposal development and fundraising for research projects in the Theme;
  • Mentor young researchers, and facilitate sessions in the Center’s training programs as needed;
  • Secure and manage the necessary human, financial and material resources in the Theme, project or program;
  • Represent the Center at high level national, regional and international forums, including relevant technical working groups and expert committees;
  • Contribute to institutional publications including and not limited to lay dissemination materials such as policy/research briefs and fact sheets; and
  • Oversee data quality and analyses.

 Qualifications and Experience:

  • PhD in educational psychology, developmental psychology, early childhood development, sociology of education, education administration, education management, economics, tests and measurement, linguistics, teaching methods, comparative and international education, technology education, special education, curriculum studies, gender studies with a focus on education, policy studies with a focus on education, statistics with application in education, development studies, youth and community studies or any other related discipline;
  • Experience working in a research institution, conducting research, leading or managing research programs or projects;
  • Experience with conducting impact evaluations of ECD and/or education interventions will be an added advantage;
  • Fluency in English; being multilingual (English and French) will be an added advantage;
  • Excellent scientific writing skills;
  • Good quantitative or qualitative skills, experience with mixed methods will be an added advantage provided one is very strong in quantitative or qualitative methods;
  • Strong proposal writing skills and track record of winning research grants.

Successful candidates may be appointed at postdoctoral (0-2 years after PhD), Associate Research Scientist (3-5 years after PhD), Research Scientist (6-11 years after PhD) or Senior Research Scientist (12+ years after PhD) levels depending on experience and track record. The above positions come with an attractive, internationally-competitive remuneration package including medical, travel and life insurance cover. Allowances toward in-relocation (for those recruited from outside Kenya) and dependents’ education are also provided. Nationals of sub-Saharan African countries are highly encouraged to apply.

Deadline: March 31, 2023

Communications Intern – Extended

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Assist in implementing communications strategies focusing on bringing evidence to decision-makers;
  • Assist in developing strategic relationships with critical national and international media to ensure comprehensive coverage of the APHRC work (local and international radio, television, print, and online);
  • Assist in developing press and communication materials for media events;
  • Assist in researching, writing, and editing in-house publications, including blogs, articles, report summaries, case studies, and human-interest stories;
  • Assist in producing and disseminating communication materials, including brochures, posters, infographics, audio-visuals, and policy documents;
  • Assist in organizing event for journalists to sensitize and create awareness on APHRC’s work;
  • Assist in procurement of outsourced communications related services such as graphic design, videography; and
  • Perform any other tasks required to advance the project and the division’s objectives.

Qualifications, experience and skills:

  • A first degree in Communications, Journalism, Film Production, Public Relations, Development Communications, or related field. Should have graduated in the last six (6) months or otherwise be presently enrolled in the final academic year of the aforementioned degree program.
  • Strong proficiency in the Adobe Suite (particularly Premiere Pro, InDesign/ illustrator) or an equivalent.
  • Demonstrable experience in graphic design, video production and photography.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, verbal and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to work independently in mobilizing media coverage and producing quality communication material.
  • Networking, interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills coupled with resourcefulness, initiative and eager to learn

Deadline: March 3, 2023

Administrative Assistant Intern – Extended

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Support the Medical Oxygen project as guided by the project manager and respond to queries in his absence;
  • Schedule appointments for the Program Manager and other members of the team as necessary;
  • Coordinate meetings of the program, including preparing documentation and taking minutes as necessary;
  • Identify action points during meetings and follow up with the concerned parties to ensure accomplishment;
  • Assist in proposal development process taking responsibility for administrative sections of proposals developed and ensuring all application requirements are met;
  • Coordinate conference and workshop logistics by preparing draft budgets, making travel and hotel bookings, sending invitations, preparing workshop materials and arranging for per diems and other reimbursements; and
  • Perform any other tasks required to advance the project and the division’s objectives.

Qualifications, experience and skills:

  • Diploma in Business Administration or related field; should have graduated in the last six (6) months or otherwise be at an advanced stage of their study program.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite.
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of French will be a plus.
  • Good planning, financial and organizational skills.
  • Ability to assess priorities and manage competing demands with minimum supervision.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Deadline: March 3, 2023

How to apply

Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application through our recruitment portal in English, and include:

  1. A letter of application;
  2. A statement of research interests and goals (1-2 pages); and
  3. CV with contact details of three referees

 

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