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Consultant - PhD Student - Poverty and Water Security REACH Programme Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation

PhD Student - Poverty and Water Security REACH Programme (Kenya)

Title: PhD Student
Based at: University of Nairobi
Institute/Department: Department of Geography & Environmental Studies or Institute for Development Studies
Location: Nairobi, with fieldwork visits to Turkana and Kitui
Stipend: £400 per month
Hour: Full time
Contract type: Fixed-term (3 years)
Restrictions: Open to Kenya citizens only
Reporting to : Dr. Maggie Opondo
Starting Date: 1 February 2017

Additional information:

The REACH Programme will offer supervision and all operational costs directly related to the research work. The position is supported by a grant from the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID).

The student will be based in University of Nairobi and will be engaged in the following research activities:

• Assembly, review and analysis of existing information and data on poverty assessments and monitoring. 
• Carry out well-designed socio-economic and poverty baseline surveys to gain a better understanding of the poverty-climate change-water insecurity nexus. 
• Using a suite of socio-economic and cultural scenarios affecting water insecurity. 
• Contributions to and authorship of top-quality peer reviewed manuscripts in leading journals. 
• Disseminate research findings by presenting results at conferences, participating in workshops or exhibiting work at other appropriate events, and providing material for the project web site and the sponsors, DFID.



• Hold a relevant BA/BSc. and MA/MSc. degree that is admissible in the University of Nairobi's Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, or the Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation 
• Knowledge of socio-economic and poverty baseline surveys 
• Proven research skills in analysis of poverty-climate change-water insecurity nexus 
• Desire to learn and explore new intellectual territory 
• Motivation and ability to work collaboratively in a large transdisciplinary project including multiple disciplines, cultures, languages and environments 
• Demonstrated strong communication skills, both oral and written 
• Ability to work with minimum supervision 

• Experience of reporting and presenting research findings to a variety of audiences 
• Familiarity with multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary approaches to research

How to apply: 

Applications should include the following: (1) cover letter, (2) a 500 word motivation statement related to the proposed studentship research theme (3) A two page CV (4) certified copies of BA/BSc and MA/MSc degree certificates, (5) two academic and one non-academic references.

Applications should be submitted and received on or before midnight (East African Time) on Friday 6th January 2017 and should be sent by email to:
Applications should be addressed to:
Country Director - REACH Programme,
Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA),
University of Nairobi

Women are encouraged to apply.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and interviewed on a date to be specified to them in January 2017 at the REACH (Kenya) Office, University of Nairobi.

Job Email id:reachkenya(at)


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