Knowledge Translation Officer


ORGANIZATION NAME: African Institute for Development Policy


Position Overview

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.



JOB FUNCTION: Data Analysis / Statistics, Knowledge Management, Research

ISSUE AREA: Education / Health Education, Health System Strengthening, Maternal and Child Health


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.


  • 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

Stipend, Benefits, and Logistics

Living Stipend

GHC fellows receive a living stipend that varies based on location and placement organization. The annual review of stipends takes into consideration the cost of living, peer organization and fellowship salaries, and the compensation package for full-time employees at placement organizations.

For Africa-based positions
The living stipend may be paid out in USD or local currency, as determined by the placement organization. Stipend amounts are post-tax. The monthly stipend in each country is:

  • Malawi: $650
  • Rwanda: $650
  • Uganda: $550
  • Zambia: $700


For US-based positions

The living stipend amount is pre-tax for US-based fellows. The monthly stipend in the US is $1140.


Comment on advertised Job

Nanchy P.

6th of January, 2018 11:00:35 am

Location: Lilongwe

Employment Type: Full-time

Salary: $650 per month

Job deadline: 16th January, 2018

Company: Global Health Corps

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