Knowledge Translation Officer

Organization: African Institute for Development Policy
Location: Lilongwe, Malawi
Eligible Citizenship: Malawi
Application Code: M01-Nat
Job Function: Knowledge Management, Research
Issue Area: Health Systems Strengthening / Healthcare Access


Founded in 2009, the African Institute for Development Policy (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. We work to translate and enable the utilization of evidence in policy-making, primarily in the fields of population change and sustainable development, and health systems strengthening in Africa. The ultimate impact of our work is to contribute to the realization of sustainable socio-economic development in sub-Saharan Africa through three main approaches: synthesis and translation of research evidence; enabling the utilization of research evidence in decision making; and strengthening capacity in research evidence synthesis, translation and utilization. In line with these three objectives, we dedicate our efforts to strengthen the commitment and capacity of political leaders, policymakers, and program managers in addressing Africa’s population change, sustainable development, and health systems strengthening challenges.

Position Overview

The Knowledge Translation Officer (KTO) will work closely with AFIDEP staff on the population change and sustainable development initiatives, health systems strengthening projects, or communications and knowledge management teams, or a combination depending on individual interests. The position mainly entails carrying out research, generating and synthesizing knowledge, identifying gaps and opportunities; and providing evidence and practical solutions that can enable policy makers to address inequalities and barriers to access in delivery of population, sustainable development, and health programs and interventions.


  • Coordinate the implementation of research projects including data collection and collation, data analysis, and systematic evidence and policy reviews
  • Promote application of research findings in decision-making processes at national, regional, and international levels
  • Write critical research reports
  • Contribute to capacity building and knowledge generation/synthesis activities
  • Contribute to proposal writing
  • Develop and disseminate policy-oriented advocacy materials

Desired Skills and Experience

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required
  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, population studies, economics, communications sciences, social sciences, or related field*
    • Preferred: Master’s degree in above fields
  • Strong qualitative and/or quantitative research skills*
  • Demonstrated excellent writing and communication skills in English*
  • Minimum of three years of relevant experience in research; program management; knowledge translation; policy engagement, including scientific writing, synthesizing and translating research evidence into outputs that are usable by policymakers; developing policy-oriented advocacy materials; and monitoring and evaluation of policies and programs
  • Relevant training in research and policy analysis work
  • A track record in coordinating research programs and partnerships
  • Understanding of key policies and stakeholders in the field of development, specifically population, health and communications in Malawi
  • Demonstrated experience in use of scientific software (Endnote, SPSS, Stata, Nvivo) for data analysis and management
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Additional official language such as French is an added advantage
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, results-oriented
  • Strong accountability and attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work under pressure

Fellowship Logistics

During the fellowship year, all fellows are provided with:

  • A living stipend of $650/month
  • Housing and utilities
  • Health insurance
  • A professional development grant of $600
  • An award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year
  • Travel costs covered to and from placement site, training and retreats

*Note: The living stipend and the completion award may be paid out in USD or local currency, as determined by the placement organization.

Living and Working in Malawi: Fellows are provided with basic housing and a utilities stipend during the fellowship year. GHC coordinates housing for fellows in shared apartments or houses that meet GHC's safety standards. Fellows at AFIDEP will be housed in Lilongwe, an urban city and capital of Malawi. National fellows have the option to remain in their own housing and receive a supplemental housing stipend.

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