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  • Organization: APHRC - African Population and Health Research Center
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  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Population matters (trends and census)
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-15

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Due Date: 2019-02-15

The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization that carries out high quality, policy-relevant research on population, health and education issues facing sub-Saharan Africa. Our goal is to generate evidence for meaningful action to improve the lives of all Africans.

APHRC is recruiting for an exciting new role for an experienced and motivated professional ready to take a lead in supporting the development and coordination of a program of activities geared to strengthening capacities and policy architectures on aging and older populations in Africa.

The right candidate for this program officer position, within APHRC’s aging and development unit, will be able to take initiative in connecting, informing and fostering exchange among relevant research, policy practice and advocacy constituencies working on issues of aging in Africa; in identifying and engaging funding and partnership opportunities for-, and coordinating activities toward- the establishment of a regional training hub on gerontology and aging, and the review of the AU Plan of Action on Ageing; as well as managing routine communication and arrangements for the operation of the IAGG Africa region and an associated Africa-Middle East Academy of Geriatrics.

She or he will be comfortable with tight deadlines, and adept in setting relevant priorities and working in a self-directed and proactive manner, while knowing when and where to seek advice and counsel where needed.


  • Master’s degree in Gerontology or a related social science field
  • At least five (5) years of post-qualification work experience in the field of aging in Africa, including engagement with policy, practice and academic constituencies
  • Experience of managing projects, events and stakeholder engagement
  • Familiarity with training approaches and initiatives on global aging
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills
  • Familiarity with the development of concepts for research or other projects and with the search for- and engagement of funding opportunities
  • Demonstrated willingness to work as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask and work in a self-directed and self-driven proactive manner without supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to actively reach out to and forge strategic connections and partnerships with a spectrum of stakeholders

Key Responsibilities 

  • Support the development and coordination of an Africa-region program of capacity building and training in geriatrics and gerontology
  • Support the development of plans and mobilization of resources for the establishment of an Africa region training hub on aging and gerontology for policy makers, planners and scholars at APHRC
  • Support the planning and coordination of Africa-Middle east Academy in geriatrics training initiatives
  • Develop ideas and support the planning of further capacity-strengthening initiatives at regional and national levels
  • Support a formal review and revision of the African Union Plan of Action on Ageing
  • Liaise with the African Union Commission on the development of plans and arrangements for the review of the AU Plan of action on ageing
  • Support the coordination of- and report on all review-related arrangements, including the convening and work of an AU Plan review group
  • Collect- and collate qualitative information relevant to the review from AU Member States and civil society stakeholders
  • Participate in the development of plans and mobilization of resources for further policy strengthening initiatives at regional or national levels
  • Undertake and support the fostering of IAGG Africa Region internal and external communication and exchange
  • Establish a comprehensive database of institutions and individuals actively engaged in research, advocacy, practice or training on aging in Africa
  • Coordinate and support the management of IAGG Africa region internal and external communication with relevant actors, stakeholders and the public
  • Provide administrative and technical support to the organization of the IAGG Africa region 2020 conference

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply through our recruitment portal

Applications will be considered until February 15, 2019. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Cover letters should be addressed to:

The Human Resources Officer

African Population and Health Research Center

P.O. Box 10787 – 00100 GPO, Nairobi

For more information about APHRC visit

APHRC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the protection of children

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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