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Post-doctoral Research Fellow - Early Childhood Development & Nutrition

VACANCY – Post-doctoral Research Fellow (Early Childhood Development & Nutrition) 
The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental research organization committed to conducting high quality and policy relevant research on population, health, education and development issues facing sub-Saharan Africa. APHRC seeks to recruit a Post-doctoral Research Fellow with expertise in Early Childhood Development (ECD) and nutrition to work in the Health Challenges and Systems Program within her research division.
 
Major Responsibilities:
  1. Lead and contribute to proposal development;
  2. Engage in evaluations of interventions with young children and families in early care and education;
  3. Participate in the design of scientific research and training tasks within the Program;
  4. Lead and contribute to the implementation of projects including project design; project management including field work management, data management and analysis, scientific writing, and reporting to donors; and,
  5. Lead in policy engagement and dissemination of research findings to appropriate audiences.
Qualifications and experience:
  1.  PhD in Nutrition Studies, ECD, Public Health or closely related fields. The fellowship should be taken up within two years of completion of doctoral degree;
  2. Strong writing skills and good record of publications on relevant areas in sub-Saharan Africa;
  3. Experience and strong interest in the areas of nutrition (especially maternal, infant and young child nutrition), ECD, Public Health;
  4. Proven experience in conducting household surveys and/or health facility-based surveys;
  5. Strong quantitative skills (managing, analyzing and interpreting data), with extensive familiarity with Statistical Packages (e.g. STATA, SAS or SPSS); and
  6. Computer literacy in Microsoft packages (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
Desirable:
  1. Has both ECD and Nutrition qualifications and expertise, especially in maternal, infant and young child nutrition;
  2. Experience and familiarity with a diverse set of health and social science data sets;
  3. Expertise in qualitative methods, with familiarity with common qualitative analysis software package (e.g.NVivo);
  4. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and ability to work in a culturally diverse team; and,
  5. Experience in developing proposals and attracting research grants.
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply through our recruitment portal http://hrs.aphrc.org
This fellowship comes with an attractive, internationally competitive remuneration package including employer paid medical, travel and life insurance cover. Allowances toward in-relocation, and dependents’ education are provided. Preference will be given to nationals of sub-Saharan African countries, and females are particularly encouraged to apply. 
The position will be open until a suitable candidate is identified. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. 
(APHRC) is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the protection of children.
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