This position supports the translation of research into use and establishment of a research into use platform. The role will include closely linking ongoing research within the Climate Resilient Economies (CRE) programme and the Africa Sustainability Hub to policy processes and development visions of African countries. The CRE programme at ACTS and the Africa Sustainability Hub has delivered several cutting edge research, policy influence and capacity building. We are increasingly interested in addressing the gap between research evidence and policy practice and the need to focus on the processes through which knowledge is translated into use. The intern will contribute to this process through advocacy for application of research findings and dissemination activities in the Knowledge Systems Innovation (KSI) Project and other related projects within the program.
In consultation with relevant KSI team members, assists in the synthesis of the research findings and uptake of research amongst key National Science, Technology and Innovation Commissions nationally, relevant donor organizations and other key stakeholders.
Draft in a very simplistic way user-friendly dissemination materials that synthesize KSI and other program’s relevant research for different audiences including academics, researchers, donor agencies, science granting councils and the media.
Follow-up and contribute to evaluation of uptake of the research results.
Any other duties and assignments that maybe given from time to time by the supervisor.
The candidate should possess a minimum of Master’s degree qualifications in Policy Analysis/ Public Policy or Science Communications.
Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated experience in innovation & sustainable development and a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in knowledge translation and policy engagement.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Team work and diversity in the team while upholding team spirit
Ability to work with limited supervision and meet deadlines
Writing skills and demonstrate ability to write in simple and non-technical language