Research and Policy Associate


African Institute for Development Policy


Lilongwe, Malawi







Role Overview

The Research and Policy Associate will work closely with African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) staff on projects in our priority focus areas, depending on the interests of the Associate. The Associate will conduct focused research, evidence synthesis, and translation; engage stakeholders, such as policymakers, to promote consideration and utilization of evidence in decision-making processes; and participate in capacity development activities.


  • Coordinate the implementation of research and/or policy projects, including secondary data analysis, scenario modeling, policy and programme analysis and audits, and rapid reviews and synthesis of evidence
  • Promote the application of research findings in decision-making processes at national, regional, and international levels
  • Write analytical research reports and contribute to authoring research papers
  • Contribute to capacity building activities
  • Contribute to proposal writing
  • Develop and disseminate policy-oriented materials, including policy briefs

Skills and Experience 

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required

  • Master’s degree in health economics, development economics, demography, public health, statistics, data science, education, governance, environment, or related field*
  • Strong qualitative and/or quantitative research skills*
  • Excellent English writing skills with experience in scientific writing, synthesizing research evidence into outputs that are usable by policymakers, or developing policy-oriented advocacy materials*
  • Demonstrated experience in the use of scientific software for data analysis and management, such as Endnote, SPSS, Stata, NVivo, or Atlas.ti*
  • Experience designing and implementing research and/or conducting policy analysis
  • Experience in program management and/or monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience working in or with the public sector (e.g. governments)
  • Working proficiency in French or another official language
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, results-oriented, accountable, and attentive to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to work under pressure

About the Organization

Established in 2010, the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) is an African-led, non-profit research and policy institute. Its mission is to promote the development and institutionalization of a culture of evidence utilization in the public sector, and to bridge the gaps between research, policy, and practice in development efforts in Africa. We contribute to the realisation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) by enabling the use of evidence in the formulation of development policies and programmes. To do this, we undertake activities in three areas: 1) enabling governments and other stakeholders to address individual, institutional, and systemic barriers to the use of evidence in decision-making; 2) translating evidence and promoting its utilization in decision-making; and 3) strengthening the capacity of researchers and knowledge intermediaries in evidence translation and policy engagement.

Our research addresses specific questions to provide evidence that is relevant to the policy process and program implementation. Our priority focus areas are: population change and the demographic dividend, social and human capital development (health, transformative education, and gender), inclusive economic growth, environment and climate change, and governance and accountability.



Monitoring and Evaluation / Quality Improvement, Policy, Research



Education / Health Education, Health System Strengthening, Maternal and Child Health

Stipend, Benefits, and Logistics

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