Job Vacancies of Associatiate Research Scientist-Health Economist (APHRC) At Senegal

African Population and Health Research Center

The African Population and Health Research Center is the continent’s premier research institution and think tank, generating evidence to drive policy action to improve the health and wellbeing of African people.

As a progressive African-led global research center invested in creating legacy impact, our work is centered in three integrated programmatic divisions:

Research: Our teams orient their research agendas to global and continental development priorities bringing independent evidence to the forefront of decisions supporting improved growth and development in the region. The center’s research priorities fall within six thematic units: Aging and Development; Education and Youth Empowerment; Health and Systems for Health; Maternal and Child Wellbeing; Population Dynamics and Sexual Reproductive Health and; Urbanization and Wellbeing in Africa. Anchoring the six is our Data, Measurement and Evaluation Unit providing internal support for robust data systems and outward looking technical assistance in program evaluation and data use.

Research capacity strengthening: Through strategic partnerships, the Center strives to nurture African research leadership by building a critical mass of researchers to meaningfully engage with policy actors in developing, reviewing and implementing policies and programs relevant to the continent’s development.

Policy engagement and communications: The Center builds relationships with key decision-making bodies at the national, regional and global levels to encompass engagements with government and non-government entities, as well as academic, advocacy and research institutions: all in service to our agenda of ensuring contextual, relevant and localized knowledge as a driver of change. Our goal is to become a continental model for robust, policy-oriented, rigorous research that emphasizes synergy and collaboration.

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

The APHRC seeks to recruit an Associate Research Scientist – Health Economist to work in the West Africa Regional Office (WARO) in Senegal.


  • Contribute to the development of information systems and provision of analytical methodological support and advices to researchers;
  • Lead and contribute to proposal development and fundraising for research projects in the unit;
  • Provide statistical advice and support to researchers developing proposals and writing scientific papers;
  • Supervise and mentor junior staff to contribute to the design of proposals for grant applications, scientific writing analytical support and/or information systems development;
  • Supervise and mentor junior staff to conduct literature reviews;
  • Ensure the recruitment, training and supervision of field interviewers;
  • Oversee/lead development of field and training manuals;
  • Ensure ethical approvals and research permits are obtained;
  • Oversee fieldwork in the execution of the research projects to ensure timely implementation of field activities;
  • Ensure community mobilization and education of the community in relation to the research;
  • Contribute to the development of project reports;
  • Contribute to  institutional  publications  including  and  not  limited  to  lay  dissemination  materials  such  as policy/research briefs and fact sheets;
  • Contribute to policy engagement and the unit’s strategic planning;
  • Contribute to cultivation of relations with key institutional donors;
  • Represent the  Center  at  high  level  national,  regional  and  international  forums,  including  relevant  technical working groups and expert committees; and
  • Define own area of research interest through developing proposals, concept notes and publishing in the area.

 Qualifications and Experience

  • PhD in  Statistics,  Data  Science,  Econometrics,  Demography,  Public  Health,  Sociology  or  equivalent  in  related disciplines.
  • Have 3-5 years of relevant post-doctoral experience.
  • Strong writing skills and good record of publications, which utilize defined analytical methodologies.
  • Experience in developing proposals. Evidence of previous successful grants will be an advantage.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing research projects, including experience in conducting, coordinating and managing surveys.
  • Proven experience in conducting desk reviews.
  • Strong quantitative skills (managing, analyzing and interpreting data), with good familiarity with quantitative statistical packages (e.g. STATA, R).
  • Expertise in qualitative methods, including familiarity with qualitative analysis software packages (e.g. NVivo) will be an advantage.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and ability to work in a culturally diverse team.
  • Experience working in Francophone West Africa.
  • Must fluently communicate and write in English and French.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application in English and include:

  1. A letter of application;
  2. A statement of research interests and goals (1-2 pages); and
  3. CV

via email to [email protected] with the subject ‘Health Economist’ by September 14, 2021.Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Cover letters should be addressed to:

The Human Resources Officer

African Population and Health Research Center, Inc

Immeuble Diallo Lô, 5e étage Lot 325-327 CICES VDN, Dakar Sénégal

APHRC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the protection of vulnerable persons

DEADLINE:  September 14, 2021

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