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Program Officer, Communications Officer and Program Assistant Jobs in Kenya: African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)

As part of its contribution to strengthening institutional and professional capacity to enable African researchers to fully participate in defining and implementing priority population and health programs in the continent, the African Population & Health Research Center (APHRC) has developed several research capacity strengthening initiatives including the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA).

CARTA is a network of nine universities and four research institutions from West, East, Central, and Southern Africa and selected northern partners. CARTA seeks to foster the development of vibrant and viable research hubs at African universities through the provision of a collaborative PhD training program in public and population health; faculty and staff training programs; and the strengthening of institutional infrastructure to support rigorous research.

CARTA seeks to recruit a Program Officer, a Communications Officer and

a Program Assistant.

CARTA Program Officer

The Program Officer will oversee CARTA’s training and development programs. S/he will report to the CARTA Program Manager.

Closing Date:
 23 April, 2010

Roles and responsibilities:

In collaboration with the Program Manager:

  • Develop strategies and plans for CARTA’s training and development programs;
  • Formulate policies, procedures and schedules to support CARTA’s training and development program, as well as evaluate and measure the effectiveness of these programs;
  • Determine training priorities based on assessed needs and available resources;
  • Coordinate design, delivery (including identifying facilitators), and evaluation of training programs;
  • Develop the administrative structure to support training programs and initiatives;
  • Monitor and support PhD supervisors and mentor;
  • Coordinate students’ evaluation; and
  • Carry out other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
Qualifications and Experiences:
  • Doctoral degree (Ph.D., DrPH) in public health or the social sciences;
  • Demonstrated experience in research and scholarly activities;
  • Teaching experience at the graduate level is preferred;
  • Willing to participate in development of teaching materials and scholarly interaction (including virtually);
  • Candidate should be committed to research capacity strengthening/ teaching, including participation in student advising, recruitment, and retention.
CARTA Communications Officer

The Communications Officer will oversee CARTA-related communication and IT activities including library support to PhD students enrolled in the CARTA program. S/he will report to CARTA’s Program Manager.

Closing Date:
 14 April, 2010

Overview of role:
  • Develop and implement CARTA’s communication roadmap and strategy;
  • Coordinate preparation, production and dissemination of communication materials (newsletters, annual reports, website, brochures, policy briefs, etc) to achieve maximum program impact and visibility;
  • Circulate CARTA publications to relevant audiences and participate in mass media engagement to ensure visibility of the CARTA program;
  • Identify and seek potential opportunities for funding CARTA’s Communications and Policy Engagement work;
  • Manage CARTA’s library, journal subscriptions, and acquisition of literature from web-based electronic databases;
  • Run training workshops for students and staff to enable them to exploit online resources;
  • Manage and update the content of CARTA’s website (including the development and management of virtual portals hosting CARTA documents, as well as training modules, and materials); and
  • Carry out other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
  • Masters degree in Communications, Library Sciences, or Information Sciences;
  • Expertise with web development tools and desktop publishing;
  • Proficiency using online databases for electronic scientific literature retrieval;
  • Skills or interest in electronic and news media as well as graphics/visual communication;
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to translate complex technical writing into simple messages for general audiences;
  • Computer literate with proficiency in MS Office Suite, and Desk-Top Publishing software.
CARTA Program Assistant

The Program Assistant will provide effective and enabling administrative and program support to CARTA program staff.

Closing Date:
 14 April, 2010

Roles and responsibilities:
  • Assist in program administration by assembling and preparing necessary documentation;
  • Maintain an effective record and filing system for contacts, program activities, correspondence and documents for quick and easy reference by program staff;
  • Assist in scheduling appointments and travels for CARTA program staff;
  • Draft routine correspondence;
  • Provide support in production of reports and publications;
  • Manage conference and workshop logistics by preparing draft budgets, making travel and hotel bookings, sending invitations, preparing workshop materials and arranging for per diems;
  • Coordinate partnership issues and help keep track of commitments in partnership contracts;
  • Collect and input to the M&E metrics/indicators programmatic progress of the CARTA programme.
  • Assist with program financial management, including assisting with monitoring of the program budget expenditure;
  • Identify action points during meetings and follow up with concerned parties to ensure that action is taken and report to the relevant staff; and
  • Assist in proposal development process taking responsibility for administrative sections of proposal developed by CARTA.
Qualifications and Experiences:
  • First degree in business/ public/ personnel administration or the social sciences;
  • 2 years of relevant experience in a busy office environment, preferably an NGO;
  • Good planning, financial and organizational skills;
  • Good computer skills;
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal); and
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
Candidates who meet the requirements above should submit their applications enclosing a detailed CV, quoting current and expected remuneration and providing contact details of three referees (at least one of whom must be a current/former employer) to the address below.

Online applications should be sent to jobs @ with the position applied for written on the subject line. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

The Human Resources Manager
African Population and Health Research Center
P.O. Box 10787-00100 GPO, Nairobi

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