Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Aga Khan University (AKU)

Job Summary

The job holder will provide research support to an interdisciplinary team of researchers consisting of faculty, post-doctoral fellows, junior researchers and project assistants funded by the IDRC/AKF-C grant.

  • Minimum Qualification: PHD
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 8 years

Job Description/Requirements

Post-doctoral Research Fellow - Term Appointment ( 1 year renewable)
Entity
Institute for Human Development
Location
Nairobi, Kenya

Introduction
Chartered in 1983, Aga Khan University (AKU) is a private, autonomous and self-governing international university, with 13 teaching sites in 6 countries over three continents (www.aku.edu). An integral part of the Aga Khan Development Network (www.akdn.org), AKU provides higher education in several disciplines, carries out research pertinent to the countries and operates 7 hospitals (soon 8) and over 325 outreach clinics, all at international standards. It has almost 2,500 students and 14,000 staff. The University is both a model of academic excellence and an agent of social change. As an international institution, AKU operates on the core principles of quality, relevance, impact and access.

Understanding and supporting the development of people in the day-to-day contexts in which they live and experience their multiple worlds are fundamental to any society’s hope of attaining a high quality of life and well-being for its citizens. The Institute for Human Development is dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge with direct relevance for policies, programs, and practices that enhance life experiences at all stages of human development.  In its foundational years, the Institute seeks particularly to become a visible instrumental force, locally as well as globally, for advancing knowledge about the earliest years of children’s development and for harnessing such knowledge for the purpose of shaping policies and interventions that ensure a strong start in life for all children wherever they may live.

The job holder will provide research support to an interdisciplinary team of researchers consisting of faculty, post-doctoral fellows, junior researchers and project assistants funded by the IDRC/AKF-C grant.

Responsibilities
  • Lead and contribute to the implementation of an integrated ECD intervention and evaluation activities
  • Contribute to proposal development, grant writing, and strategic planning
  • Support the project and project team in stakeholder/community engagement and communication activities
  • Lead with designing, planning, and supervising data collection activities
  • Support with data management and analysis
  • Contribute to scientific writing for publication and production of reports (donors, review boards etc)
  • Support with scientific communication and engagement in different fora (conferences, technical meetings and policy makers)
  • Offer mentorship and training to project junior researchers/assistants
  • Support with any other departmental activities when needed
Requirements
Educational Qualifications
A PhD degree (or comparable research doctorate) in a behavioral, social and health sciences that contribute to the knowledge base on children’s development in the earliest years of life (defined here as birth to age 8 years).

Relevant Experience
  • Strong scientific writing skills and good publication record (as first author)
  • Experience and strong interest in the field of ECD and implementation science
  • Experience with conducting evaluations of interventions will be an added advantage
  • Background in mixed methods research (or expertise in either quantitative or qualitative approach)
  • Proven experience in implementing community-based research (household surveys, interviews, workshops and focus group discussion)
  • Demonstrable experience working with frontline health workers, community health volunteers, and family caregivers
  • Working knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative statistical software
  • Demonstrable experience of supervision and mentorship of research teams
Personal Characteristics & Behaviours
  • Good leadership skills and competency to manage teams
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills and a meticulous approach to documentation
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and meet tight deadlines
To Apply

​Interested candidates should submit a Cover letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae, names and email contacts of three professional referees, telephone contact, e-mail address and copies of relevant academic certificates to The Manager, HR Academic, Aga Khan University’s Campus Nairobi, Kenya. P. O. Box 30270-00100 or by email to hr.universityke@aku.edu.

Your email application should make reference to IHD – PDF. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

 

Applications should be submitted latest by December 24, 2020

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