Data Scientist

  • Contract
  • Kenya
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Salary: TBD

African Population and Health Research Center

The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is a leading Africa-based, African-led, international research institution headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. APHRC conducts policy-relevant research on population, health, education, urbanization and related development issues in sub-Saharan Africa.

APHRC seeks to recruit a Data Scientist to work in the Data Science and Evaluation (DSE) Theme within the Research Division.


The Data Scientist will be responsible for using novel data science tools including machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) to address APHRC’s research questions. They will be expected to expand the use of advanced analytics and data science in the DSE and APHRC.

The Data Scientist will:

  • Identify data sources for research needs, compile, collect, very relevant structured and unstructured data for analysis;
  • Building Machine Learning and predictive models, ML algorithms to address data-driven research questions;
  • Apply pre-processing steps including feature engineering, model selection, training and tuning for effective results;
  • Work closely with data engineers, managers to produce data in to usable formats;
  • Analyze data for trends and patterns, and find answers to specific questions;
  • Set up data infrastructure, develop, implement and maintain databases;
  • Generate information and insights from data sets, and identify trends and patterns;
  • Prepare and support monthly reports and scientific publications;
  • Create visualizations of data from the Center e.g. research generated data on micro portal;
  • Train DSE members in robust data science techniques; and
  • Contribute to report and manuscript writing, knowledge translation products, grants, and ethics review board applications.

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience

  • PhD in data science, applied mathematics, computational science and engineering, applied statistics or other related field. A master’s degree in any of the following mathematics, statistics or computer science.
  • A minimum of seven years of professional experience in data analytics, computer science or statistics; with at least one-year’s postdoctoral experience.
  • Programming skills. Knowledge of statistical programming languages like R, Python, and database query languages like SQL, Oracle, Hive, Pig is desirable. Familiarity with Scala, Java, or C++ is an added advantage.
  • Statistics. Good applied statistical skills, including knowledge of statistical tests, distributions, regression, maximum likelihood estimators, etc. Proficiency in statistics is essential for data-driven activities.
  • Machine learning. Good knowledge of machine learning methods like k-Nearest Neighbors, Naive Bayes, SVM, Decision Forests is essential.
  • Strong math skills (Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra) to support predictive performance or algorithm optimization techniques.
  • Data wrangling. Proficiency in handling imperfections in data is a critical aspect of this role.
  • Experience with data visualization tools like R shiny, matplotlib, ggplot, d3.js.ArcGIS, QGIS, PowerBi, Excel, Tableau to visually encode data and generation of dashboards for interpretation.
  • Good communication skills to describe findings to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, has attention to detail and a strong analytical mind.
  • Demonstrates ability to work both independently and to work collaboratively with internal and external team members, and stakeholders.
  • Ability to multi-task, work accurately and effectively to deadlines; has good self-assessment of timing of tasks and ability to set deadlines; have organizational and time management skills to manage and prioritize workload.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of technical and analytic challenges, and learning new approaches and topics.

This position is classified under Internationally Recruited Positions (IRP), Grade VI in our scales.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application in English, and include:

  1. A letter of application;
  2. A statement of research interests and goals (1-2 pages); and
  3. CV with contact details of three referees

through our recruitment portal Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be required to have a Police Clearance Certificate. Cover letters should be addressed to:

The Human Resources Officer

African Population and Health Research Center, Inc

APHRC Campus, Manga Close, off Kirawa Road, Kitisuru

P. O. Box 10787-GPO, Nairobi


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