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TERMS OF REFERENCE- POLICY ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIES CONSULTANT

Closing Date: December 31, 2020

DEVELOPING STRATEGIC POLICY ENGAGEMENT PLANS BASED ON THE OUTPUTS FROM THE SIGNATURE ISSUE POLICY LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS

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.

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Background

Our teams orient their research agendas according to global and continental development priorities, driven by the belief that Africa and African-generated evidence must be at the forefront of decisions supporting improved growth and development.

APHRC’s priority research areas are Health Systems for Health (HSH); Data, Measurement and Evaluation (DME); Population Dynamics and Reproductive Health (PDRH); Urbanization and Wellbeing in Africa (UWB); Maternal and Child Wellbeing (MCW); Aging and Development and; Education and Youth Empowerment (EYE). Our research explores how improving outcomes in the above areas are linked to development and growth on the continent, and how those improved outcomes can help to shape policy, advance domestic resource mobilization, and enhance implementation of best practices at the national level.

We have seen evidence of our impact at national, regional and continental levels, with APHRC research being used in the setting of policy at the African Union, within regional economic communities, and in national and subnational decision-making and allocation of resources.

Therefore, APHRC seeks a consultant/agency to build on the gains made, through a consultative process with the various units ensuring the development of unit-specific and contextually viable policy engagement and communications strategies for different units based on the outputs from the signature issue policy landscape analysis.

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Purpose

The consultant will be responsible for coordinating and leading the delivery of unit-specific policy engagement, advocacy and communications plans. Working collaboratively with unit leads, the consultant will lead to the formation and development of engagement strategies to ensure that APHRC’s technical analyses across the stated units are used to influence policy decisions in partner countries.

The duration of the consultancy is for an initial three months. The post holder will work closely with APHRC partners, other relevant stakeholders/allies in the listed research areas and with the Policy Engagement and Communications (PEC) division.

Scope of Work

The consultant will work in close coordination with the Executive Leadership Team and Signature Issues Taskforce and will be expected to develop seven policy engagement, advocacy and communications strategies for each research unit, drawing on the Center’s signature issues policy landscape analysis. In particular, the incumbent will perform the following tasks:

Policy and advocacy Engagement:

  • Collect and analyze evidence of policy and practice opportunities, outcomes and the effectiveness of the Center’s policy and advocacy engagement approaches;
  • Guide the unit teams in the mapping of the current practices on policy and advocacy engagement processes for the multiple thematic policies and strategies with recommendations for improvement;
  • Formulate policy and advocacy engagement strategies to promote the uptake of technical policy analyses in national policy processes and dialogues;
  • Development of an engagement plan with key stakeholders at all levels, state agencies, civil society organizations, etc. The engagement plan will have its own M&E plan to track progress, resulting from the developed strategy’s implementation.

Communications:

  • Work with the unit teams to identify target audiences; (i.e.: line ministries, CSOs, local governments, local communities, media, academia, the general public, etc.)
  • Identify the communication objectives for each targeted audience (stakeholder mapping) at the regional, national and local levels;
  • Assess the communication capacities of all stakeholders;
  • Identify the communication products and activities tailored to each audience, using the APHRC signature issues;
  • Specify appropriate communication channels, dissemination methods and media such as video, print, web/online media, infographics, traditional media, and social media, among others, to effectively communicate key messages to specific stakeholders.
  • Carry out communications training for APHRC internal stakeholders.

Deliverables

  • Seven policy and advocacy engagement and communications strategies for each research unit, that includes a robust monitoring, evaluation and learning framework for tracking progress

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced university degree (Masters ore equivalent) in international development, development, public policy, communications, or a related field;
  • At least five years of relevant experience in policy, advocacy or communications working with government, multilateral organizations and/or NGO/civil society organizations;
  • Hands-on experience/knowledge with policy engagement or advocacy efforts on international development issues, and an affinity with the topics of population and/or health;
  • Demonstrated experience in the conception, design and management of policy engagement strategies;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work on complex issues in politically sensitive environments;
  • Aptitude to work with flexibility and strategic thinking both individually and as part of a team.

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

TERMS OF REFERENCE – POLICY ENGAGEMENT CONSULTANT

DOCUMENTATION OF APHRC’S MODEL OFPOLICY ENGAGEMENT

The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is a leading Africa-based, African-led, international research institution headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, with a regional office in Dakar, Senegal. Our researchers are contributing to the body of evidence about critical issues in population health and wellbeing, impeding Africa’s development to provide strong direction and recommendations to policy- and decision-makers at all levels. APHRC also aims to enhance the use of the evidence generated by decision-makers for policy and programming at the local national and regional level.

  1. Background

APHRC seeks the services of a policy engagement, knowledge translation and evidence informed policy making specialist or institution to define, give form and document the APHRC model of policy engagement.

Purpose of the assignment

This assignment follows APHRC’s goal to engage with various stakeholders and policy actors to influence policy in order to transform lives on the African continent. The purpose of this assignment is therefore to provide APHRC with an opportunity to understand the effective means of policy engagement in enhancing evidence-informed decision-making and devise ways to institutionalize this engagement through a model that can be applied in similar situations.

The consultant will interview APHRC staff involved in policy engagement work about what they understand the APHRC model of policy engagement to be and how APHRC staff members have or are implementing policy engagement activities. The consultant will consequently develop a conceptual framework underlying the policy engagement work at the Center.

  1. Scope of Work and Methodology
    1. Case studies
    2. Desk reviews
    3. Literature review
    4. Focus group discussions
    5. One on one interviews
  2. Essential Skills and experience
    1. Proven experience in carrying out similar assignments.
    2. Post graduate degree or equivalent in public policy, knowledge translation, social research, communications for development or a closely related field.
    3. A minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in policy informed research, knowledge translation and or policy engagement
    4. Understanding of the social and policy environment in Africa.
    5. Proven experience and knowledge of the working with think tanks and research institutions.
  3. Outputs/ Expected deliverables
    1. Detailed methodology – to be approved before commencing the full assignment
    2. Inception report on the consultancy with a proposed work plan
    3. Literature review report
    4. Draft conceptual framework
    5. Convene and facilitate a workshop with APHRC staff and senior management to validate the draft conceptual framework.
    6. Final technical report
  1. APHRC responsibilities:
    1. APHRC shall provide relevant information relevant to policy engagement activities including unit reports and dissemination strategies / plans
    2. Provide logistical support for any internal stakeholder convening to validate the draft report.
    3. APHRC shall provide guidance and high-level administrative support such as making available relevant documentation and tools in addition to scheduling all the relevant meetings.
  2. Language Requirement:
  • This assignment will be undertaken in English
  1. Contract Duration
  • The period of performance for this assignment is 30 working days.
  1. Application procedure

If you meet the criteria above and are interested in this opportunity, please email consultancies@aphrc.org   and copy jgichuki@aphrc.org  with the subject: Documentation of the APHRC’s model of policy engagement. Attach the items listed below.

  • Suitability statement that express commitment to availability for the entire period of the assignment.
  • Cover letter of no more than one page
  • CVs of consultant/s, proposed for this assignment
  • An indicative budget

For more information about APHRC visit www.aphrc.org

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

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