Nairobi Jobless Graduate Who Carried Placard Pleading for Job Lands Well-Paying NGO Opportunity

Caliph Kirui, a determined graduate who gained attention for taking his job search to the streets with a placard, has now secured a well-paying job at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC).

Kirui was armed with a BSc in Microbiology & Biotech from the University of Nairobi and an MSc in Public Health from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

He graduated in December 2022 and embarked on an intense job search.

Having faced challenges in securing a position aligned with his qualifications, he decided to take an unconventional approach.

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He hit the streets of Nairobi with a placard detailing his qualifications.

His story went viral, catching the attention of Catherine Kyobutungi, the Executive Director of APHRC.

Kyobutungi reached out to Kirui, offering him an internship opportunity at the Chronic Diseases Management Unit (CDM) within APHRC.

Despite no open positions at the time, Kirui expressed his interest, went through an interview process, and commenced a three-month internship.

Following the successful completion of his internship, Kirui took on roles as a field interviewer and a temporary research officer at APHRC before eventually securing a permanent position with the organization.

In a previous interview with, Kirui expressed gratitude for the unexpected turn of events.

“It’s my last card, I have been trying several places, but the response was not forthcoming,” said Kirui.

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