African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) is Looking for a Post-Doctoral Fellow -Kenya: Apply!

AFIDEP is a regional non-profit research and policy Institute whose mission is to institutionalize a culture of consistent use of evidence in public policy formulation and implementation to address various development challenges in Africa. The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) is an African-led, regional non-profit research policy institute established in 2010 to help bridge the gaps between research, policy and practice in development efforts in Africa.

Our work focuses on five thematic areas namely: Population Dynamics and Demographic Dividend, Health and Wellbeing, Transformative Education and Skills Development, Environment and Climate Change, and Governance and Accountability. The Institute is registered as a Non-Governmental Organization in Kenya and Malawi where it has offices and in the USA as a 501c3 non-profit organization.

AFIDEP is looking to recruit a Post-Doctoral Fellow to join our research and policy to work on the generation and translation of evidence, and policy analysis and engagement, in our various thematic areas. The position is based at AFIDEP’s Nairobi office.


  • Take part in the conceptualization, design and implementation of research, capacity building and policy engagement programmes.
  • Conduct research evidence syntheses and translation into policy-oriented advocacy materials and accountability tools.
  • Conduct systematic reviews of research and related forms of evidence.
  • Conduct secondary analysis of various data sets to answer defined policy questions.
  • Promote the application of research findings in decision-making processes at national, regional, and international levels.
  • Scientific writing for various research knowledge consumers and publishing policy-oriented research in journals.
  • Engage policymakers to promote the application of research evidence in decision-making processes.
  • Develop capacity in translation, dissemination and use of research evidence for policymakers and other stakeholders at national and regional levels.
  • Contribute to proposal writing and fundraising.


  • PhD in Demography, Population Studies or related field.
  • At least two (2) years post-doctoral experience in policy research and advocacy in the development sector or a related field.
  • Experience in the management and coordination of research programmes and partnerships, and monitoring and evaluation of programmes.
  • Experience in multidisciplinary approaches aimed at results for sustainable development. In-depth knowledge of current emerging issues in African development.
  • Excellent writing skills, including policy-oriented reports and scientific papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals; Programme management skills.
  • Deep and strategic thinking, with close attention to detail.
  • Evidence translation and policy/programme analysis.
  • Policy engagement with senior policymakers.
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative research and analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with effective team management skills.
  • Demonstrable mentorship abilities.
  • Strong adaptability skills to changing research evidence environment.


To apply for this position, please submit a detailed CV and cover letter to [email protected] including the position title “Post-Doctoral Fellow – Demographer” on the subject of the email by 19th April 2024. In your cover letter, please highlight your relevant experience and qualifications, and explain why you are interested in this position. Your CV should include three relevant referees. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

AFIDEP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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