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Catalyzing Africa’s Economic Transformation

Call For Application – Director of research

About the Nkafu Policy Institute:

The Nkafu Policy Institute is a leading think tank at the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation, that seeks to catalyze Africa’s economic transformation through independent, in-depth and insightful policy recommendations that allows all Africans to prosper in free, fair, democratic and sustainable economies.Our mission is to conduct independent research and provide innovative solutions to the most pressing economic and social issues facing our communities. We strive to foster a culture of evidence-based policy-making and effective governance.

Position Overview:

The Nkafu Policy Institute is seeking a dynamic, visionary, and highly qualified individual to join our team as the Director of Research. The ideal candidate will be a bilingual (English and French) professional with a strong background in policy research, strategic leadership, and academic excellence. The Director of Research will play a pivotal role in shaping the Institute’s research agenda, leading high-impact research projects, and ensuring the quality and relevance of our research outputs. They must be ready for a challenge and focused on achieving sustained, long term and positive impact. This is a full-time position based in Cameroon. The Director of Research reports to the Executive Director of the Nkafu Policy Institute.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Research Leadership:
    • Develop and implement the Institute’s research strategy in alignment with its mission and goals.
    • Oversee and coordinate all research activities across various divisions including Economic Affairs, Health Policy and Research, Governance and Democracy, and Peace and Security.
    • Ensure that research projects are of high quality, rigorous, and relevant to policymakers and the broader public.
  • Team Management:
    • Lead, mentor, and manage a diverse team of researchers and analysts.
    • Foster a collaborative and intellectually stimulating work environment.
  • Strategic Partnerships:
    • Develop and maintain relationships with academic institutions, government agencies, international organizations, and other think tanks.
    • Identify and secure funding opportunities for research projects through grants, partnerships, and collaborations.
  • Dissemination and Impact:
    • Ensure effective dissemination of research findings through publications, policy briefs, conferences, and public engagements.
    • Advocate for the uptake of evidence-based policy recommendations by decision-makers and stakeholders.
  • Operational Oversight:
    • Oversee the Institute’s research budget and ensure efficient allocation of resources.
    • Ensure compliance with ethical standards and best practices in research.


  • Educational Background:
    • A PhD or equivalent advanced degree in economics, political science, public policy, international relations, or a related field.
  • Professional Experience:
    • At least 10 years of experience in policy research, with a strong track record of published work and thought leadership.
    • Demonstrated experience in leading research teams and managing complex research projects.
  • Skills and Competencies:
    • Bilingual proficiency in English and French (both written and spoken).
    • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication abilities.
    • Proven ability to engage with diverse stakeholders and influence policy decisions.
    • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Personal Attributes:
    • Visionary and strategic thinker with a passion for public policy and social impact.
    • Collaborative leader with the ability to inspire and motivate a team.
    • Commitment to the values and mission of the Nkafu Policy Institute.

Application Process:

Interested candidates must submit their applications online using the Application Portal. The following documents and information will be required to successfully submit their application:

  1. A cover letter detailing their interest in the position and relevant experience.
  2. A detailed curriculum vitae (CV).
  3. A sample of recent research work or publication.
  4. Contact information for three professional references.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

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