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  • Posted: May 6, 2024
    Deadline: May 20, 2024
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    In Kenya, the Council leads research and develops programs to reduce maternal mortality; build protective health, social, and economic assets for adolescent girls; reduce HIV transmission; respond to sexual and gender-based violence; address disrespect and abuse in maternity care; assess various service integration models; assess whether reproductive health ...
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    Post-Doctoral Fellow, GIRL Center

    POSITION SUMMARY: 

    • The Population Council is seeking a Post-doctoral Fellow focused on adolescent research related to digital access, use, agency, literacy, and harms. The Council is embarking on a bold new Strategic Plan and global research agenda that aims to improve health and development outcomes by asking and answering strategic research questionsto tackle pressing social, economic, health, and climate issues worldwide. The Council’s global and interdisciplinary research brings expertise in demography, epidemiology, biomedical research and product development, economics, public health, sociology, and science communications working across sexual, reproductive health, rights and choice, adolescent health and wellbeing, gender equality, and climate and environmental justice. Colleagues across the Council conduct rigorous science, generate high quality evidence and innovative data products, and communicate evidence strategically to influence social, economic and health policies and investments at national and global levels.
    • The Post-doctoral Fellow will have the opportunity to learn about and operationalize the Center’s research agenda. They will also learn about the greater needs, challenges, and players within the adolescent space. They will conduct innovative, rigorous, and relevant research on digital access, use, agency, literacy, and harms among adolescent populations. The Fellow will work under the leadership of the Director of the GIRL Center and the supervision of a GIRL Center researcher, in collaboration with other researchers to support the Council’s research agenda on adolescents. The fellow will be closely mentored by senior GIRL Center staff to ensure they build pertinent research skills and contribute effectively to the Center’s research agenda. The Fellow will also be responsible for disseminating research findings, project development and management, and contributing to or leading fundraising efforts. This fellowship is limited to citizens of an African country.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    Contribute to the Center’s innovative and policy/program-relevant research agenda:

    • Work with the Center’s leadership to define, lead, conduct, and manage cross-country research on the topic of digital access, use, agency, literacy, and harms
    • Assess the current research gaps and conduct research to address these issues through various techniques (e.g., systematic reviews/meta-analysis and secondary analyses of existing data sets, including from experimental studies).
    • Collaborate with collaborating researchers to develop and execute research that aligns with Council priorities.

    Contribute to the development of the Center and the Council’s growing research program:

    • Develop and manage technical partnerships with internal and external stakeholders to mobilize resources for the Center.
    • Produce academic and non-academic publications that effectively communicate the Center’s research to internal and external audiences.
    • Support or lead the fundraising for research grants, including identifying and liaising with donors and contributing to proposal development.
    • Represent the Center and the Council at external meetings.
    • Manage and organize key events under the auspices of the Center.
    • Perform related duties as assigned by the Center’s leadership.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • We understand that there are many paths to acquiring expertise and experience and strong candidates may not have every qualification listed here. We encourage applications from individuals with diverse and/or nontraditional backgrounds who bring passion, skills, and experience in many or most of these areas.

    Qualifications:

    • PhD in economics, demography, public health, sociology, or other social sciences/relevant disciplines
    • 3-5 years pre-doctoral work experience in a research organization
    • Track record as lead writer and/or co-author on scientific publications and grant applications

    Experience:

    • Fluency in quantitative data management and analysis (using STATA or other data analysis software) and demonstrated analytic capability using large, complex, and multiple datasets, including comparative analyses
    • Strong knowledge and application of quantitative research design and methodology and on the topic of digital access, use, agency, literacy, and/or harms.
    • Experience in supporting or writing research grants and proposals (track record of winning research grants is desirable)
    • Experience conducting own research studies and managing project from start to completion
    • Experience in interacting with external partners (e.g., policy makers, researchers, advocates, donors, practitioners) to use data and evidence to effect change
    • Experience working with under-resourced populations, especially marginalized women and girls

    Skills:

    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders (strong record of scientific writing/publications is desirable)
    • Excellent time management and organizational skills
    • Highly developed skills to influence and persuade; ability to quickly and effectively build relationships with team members and stakeholders
    • Excellent computer proficiency (e.g., MS Office – Word, Excel and Outlook, other software)
    • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary assistance to internal and external stakeholders
    • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments within given parameters
    • Strong attention to detail, with a proven ability to handle multiple responsibilities at one time, successfully prioritize tasks and meet deadlines

    Other:

    • Flexible, self-motivating with a team player attitude
    • A strong interest in building capacity of research staff
    • Result-oriented and committed to excellence
    • Fluency in English (verbal and written). French language skills a plus

    Closing date

    6 May 2024

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    Proposal Development Technical Lead Consultant

    POSITION SUMMARY: 

    • PC--Kenya is seeking to hire a Proposal Development Technical Lead Consultant (Implementation Science) for an upcoming USAID opportunity in East Africa. This position will support the capture effort and technical design for proposal development for the opportunity. This Activity will focus on identifying programmatic needs to drive adoption, utilization, and impact of research results.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Lead proposal preparation work pre-release of the solicitation, gathering key documents;
    • Identify potential partners and staff from East Africa development implementers and local partners;
    • Work in collaboration with core proposal team members, including a dedicated proposal writer, to develop a responsive, technically sound and competitive proposal;
    • Write programmatic sections of the proposal in close collaboration with the Lead Technical Writer; review technical drafts and ensure overall quality of the proposal submission;
    • Lead on technical design through to final proposal submission, including research, partnering, and supporting writers of all proposal sections;
    • Review technical drafts, develop win themes, and support developing partner scopes of work, and
    • Support the collection of budget numbers for inclusion in technical proposal/review

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Master’s Degree in Degree in Public Health, Biostatistics, Health Economics or relevant social science discipline, PhD preferred;
    • 8+ years of professional, progressively more responsible management experience of international public health program phases (design, implementation, monitoring, reporting, and financial management) is required;
    • Experience as a principal investigator in research protocols including implementation science preferred;
    • Knowledge of the landscape in the region with international donor experience required, USAID program experience required;
    • Experience in proposal writing is preferred;
    • Professional written and spoken fluency in English is required. Understanding of local languages is preferred.

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    Proposal Writer

    POSITION SUMMARY: 

    • PC-Kenya requires the services of an experienced technical proposal writer to work with in-house subject matter experts (SMEs) to develop and finalize proposal writing for upcoming potential opportunities. The ideal candidate will have at least 5-6 years of relevant experience within international development, FCDO and USAID contexts, including in technical writing for proposals and other products.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • In collaboration with SMEs, from capture to proposal development, drives technical proposal writing processes;
    • Interprets donor solicitation requirements and develops outlines in collaboration with proposal leader and SMEs;
    • Coordinate and support aspects of technical proposal preparation, including gathering inputs from staff, preparing drafts and incorporating reviewer comments;
    • Work with proposal teams to review solicitations, determine technical strategies and approaches, develop outlines, write and edit proposals;
    • Support the design of the technical approach, ensuring it responds to donor requirements and programmatic contexts;
    • Contribute to identifying and reviewing background materials to use in writing technical proposals;
    • Organize and synthesize technical research and ensure it is adequately reflected in the final draft of proposal;
    • Integrate technical content from different sections into one cohesive, responsive and persuasive proposal that is in “one voice”
    • Perform substantive edits of proposal drafts prior to submission including changes to overall structure, content, organization, and flow;
    • For certain proposal efforts, serve as lead technical writer for overall technical proposal or contributing writer for assigned sections.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Masters degree in a relevant field;
    • Minimum of 7-10 years of experience writing proposals and other communication products within the international development context, including at least five years’ writing and editing technical proposals for global and bilateral USAID-funded proposals;
    • Experience writing and editing proposals and communication products for global health, research, and MEL desirable;
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;

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    We are seeking an individual to fill the position described. If you know of a qualified candidate or are interested in applying for this position, please send resume and cover letter to: jobs-nairobi@popcouncil.org by 20th May 2024.

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