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Health System Strengthening Researcher

  • Post-graduate education
  • Research, academy
  • Expert (non-managerial)
  • Full Time
  • Temporary
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Job Summary

Required Qualifications & Experience:

  1. PhD in social, health or behavioral sciences, including demography, biostatistics, epidemiology, public health , or other related discipline (PhD in International/Global Health is preferred)
  2. Demonstrated experience and knowledge of health systems strengthening, with knowledge of health system in Africa
  3. Demonstrated experience with refugee and humanitarian assistance; health systems management and health sector reforms; equity and fairness in distribution of health services; or health policy and resource allocation
  4. Excellent scientific writing skills (journal articles, technical reports) and good quantitative or qualitative skills (experience with mixed methods will be an advantage provided one is very strong in quantitative or qualitative methods)
  5. Experience in managing relationships across large, international organizations
  6. Rank is open and successful candidates may be appointed at postdoctoral (0-3 years), Associate (3- 5 years), Research Scientist (5-8 years) or Senior Research Scientist (10+ years) levels depending on experience and track record.

Preferred Qualifications & Experience:
  1. Experience in developing global public health program to train health professional (e.g., MPH or coursework in Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Environments; Analysis of Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Environments, etc.)
  2. Experience playing leadership role in health policy, health planning, financing management and evaluation
  3. Familiarity with health systems in Somalia
  4. Experienced in evidence generation (experience with systematic review is a plus)
  5. Experience working with or in partnership with Ministries of Health
  6. Experience managing donor grants, and fundraising,
  7. Fluency in Somali language.

Method of Application
Interested candidates are invited to apply and include: letter of application; a statement of research interests and goals (1-2 pages); and CV with contact details of three referees through our email address. 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

NB: Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. APHRC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the protection of children.


  1. Lead in setting direction and coordinating activities to set up a health systems training hub for health workers and practitioners working in FCAS
  2. Undertake a scoping exercise to identify players and actors and learning needs
  3. Conduct desk review of existing programs and interventions (e.g. via systematic review) to identify gaps and opportunities in the existing body of evidence that could inform establishment of program of work on HSS in the unique FCAS context
  4. Collect primary data from development partners, NGOs, program implementers and communities on key elements of a responsive health system in fragile context
  5. Lead the development of tools and methodologies for training the community of practitioners and for collecting various forms of data
  6. Contribute to institutional publications (i.e. lay dissemination materials such as policy/research briefs and fact sheets)
  7. Represent the Center at high - level national, regional and international forums, including relevant technical working groups and expert committees.

General Information

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Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Temporary
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Research, academy
Seniority: Expert (non-managerial)

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required skills: Grant and fund management; Quality management; Data collection; Programme management; Training program planning; Public health; Research planning; Quantitative methods
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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African Population and Health Research Centre

Non-profit, social work

APHRC is a leading pan-African research institution headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, that conducts high quality policy-relevant research on population, health, education, urbanization and related development issues across Africa. APHRC actively engages policy makers and other key stakeholders to achieve measurable policy impacts and ensure decision making across the continent is informed by rigorous evidence-based research.

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