Knowledge Translation Officer

Global Health Corps
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The Knowledge Translation Officer (KTO) will work closely with African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) staff working on a combination of its core areas of focus, depending on individual interests. The position will entail carrying out translation research, engaging with policymakers to promote uptake of practical evidence in decision-making processes, and strengthening institutional and individual capacity for evidence-informed decision-making.

AFIDEP is an African-led, regional non-profit policy think tank that seeks to bridge the gaps between development research, policy, and practice in Africa. Our vision is to make research evidence matter in African-driven development by ensuring that African governments and other development actors have access to and consider the most relevant and robust evidence whenever they make decisions to improve policies and interventions chart the directions that countries should take to spur rapid, inclusive, and sustainable socio-economic development. Our work seeks to strengthen leadership and capacities for evidence informed policy-making and fortify the practical evidence and technical assistance that decision-makers use to enable African countries move beyond rhetoric to action. Our current areas of focus are population change and sustainable development, education, skills development, and health system strengthening with a focus on reproductive, maternal, child, and adolescent health.

This position is part of the Global Health Corps fellowship. Global Health Corps (GHC) is a leadership development organization focused on building the next generation of diverse, disruptive global health leaders. Founded in 2009, we competitively recruit talented professionals (ages 21-30) from a range of sectors and backgrounds and place them in high-impact roles within partner organizations — including Clinton Health Access Initiative, Partners in Health, Planned Parenthood Global, and Government Ministries in Zambia, Rwanda, and Uganda — working on the front lines of health equity in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the US, and Zambia.

Coordinate the implementation of translational research projects including secondary data analysis, model scenario modeling, policy and program analysis and audits, and systematic review and synthesis of evidence
Promote application of research findings in decision-making processes at national, regional, and international levels
Write analytical research reports
Contribute to capacity building and knowledge generation/synthesis activities
Contribute to proposal writing
Develop and disseminate policy-oriented advocacy materials
Write papers on ecosystem of evidence use and subject areas of focus for publication in journals and policy oriented outlets

Skills and Experience
Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required:
Bachelor’s degree*
Preferred: Bachelor\’s or master’s degree in public health, health economics, population studies or development economics, education, governance, or development communications and related areas
Minimum of three years of professional experience in quantitative/qualitative research*
Demonstrated excellent writing and communication skills in English*
Relevant training in knowledge translation and policy analysis work, i.e.: scientific writing, synthesizing research evidence into outputs that are usable by policymakers, developing policy-oriented advocacy materials, and monitoring and evaluation of policies and programs*
A track record in coordinating research programs and partnerships
Demonstrated experience in use of scientific software (Endnote, SPSS, Stata, Nvivo) for data analysis and management
Professional fluency in French or another official language
Analytical and critical thinking
Ability to work with minimal supervision, results-oriented, accountable, and attention to detail
Excellent organizational skills and ability to work under pressure
Understanding of key policies and stakeholders in the development, specifically population, health, and communications in Malawi