ICCA/ ACC Search for Post Doc Fellows

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Fri, 2018-05-25 13:05

POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW SEARCH - ACACIA PROJECT (KENYA)

POSITIONS ARE IN: (1) BIODIVERSITY AND (2) WATER RESOURCES

  1. The Project Advancing Capacity to Address global Challenges through Investment corridors in Africa (ACACIA) is an ambitious new four-year project funded by the RCUK Global Challenges Research Fund programme on Capacity Development. Development corridors have tremendous potential to support economic growth in Africa, yet face significant challenges including positive and negative development impacts, traversing so-called “under-utilised” lands, vulnerability to climate change, and lack of appropriate research capacity in the region.  

 ACACIA aims to addresses these challenges through engagement with decision makers and developing capacity within research institutions, researchers and other stakeholders in eastern Africa, China and the UK. The research is targeted to generate decision relevant evidence and feed it into key decision-making processes in order to improve the sustainable development outcomes of investments in development corridors.

The project is focused on corridors in eastern Africa, particularly those in Tanzania and Kenya. The consortium is led by the United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEPWCMC), and comprises five universities (Cambridge, London School of Economics, Nairobi, Sokoine University of Agriculture and York) and three boundary agents (World-Wide Fund for Nature (Tanzania), the African Conservation Centre (ACC) based in Kenya and the China National Centre for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC) of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). In Kenya, the project is being coordinated by the Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA), University of Nairobi, Kenya, and the African Conservation Centre (ACC), Nairobi, Kenya.

 

The Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA), University of Nairobi, PO Box 30197- 00100, based in Chiromo Campus off Riverside Drive, undertakes teaching and action-oriented collaborative research under the themes: Climate Risk Management and Food Security; Water, Environment and Ecosystems; Policy and Communication; Technologies for Adaptation, Human Dimensions and Health, and; Green Growth and Sustainable Development. The project Co-Lead for Kenya is Prof. Daniel Olago.

 

The African Conservation Centre (ACC) is a Kenyan Non-Governmental Organisation working in East Africa to conserve environment and biodiversity through collaborative application of scientific and indigenous knowledge, based in Nairobi, PO Box 15289-00509 and the project Co-Lead for Kenya is the Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Lucy Waruingi.

 

 

  1. THE POSITIONS

The University of Nairobi and African Conservation Centre in Kenya, wishes to recruit two (2) postdoctoral researchers, on a full-time 100% FTE basis for a period of two years, renewable once, starting 1st July 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter. These two positions, specified below, will provide research and technical input to the ACACIA project.

 

Position 1: Post-Doctoral Fellow

Title

Post-Doctoral Fellow - Biodiversity

Organization

African Conservation Centre Nairobi

Location

Nairobi, with fieldwork visits to LAPSSET and SGR corridor areas

Stipend

An attractive package will be offered

Hours

Full time

Contract Type

Two years, renewable once

Restrictions

Open to Kenya citizens only

Reporting to

Lucy Waruingi & Prof. Daniel Olago

Starting Date

1st July 2018

Additional Information

The ACACIA project will offer supervision and all operational costs directly related to the research work. The Fellow will be based in the ACC office in Nairobi and will also have affiliation with the ICCA

 

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will be based in the ACC Nairobi office and will be engaged in the following research activities:

  • Assembly, review and analysis of existing information and data on biodiversity/ecological systems within Kenya and in particular in the Kenya development corridors.
  • Carrying out well-designed biodiversity inventories and surveys to gain a better understanding of the natural, climatic and anthropogenic risks to/pressures on biodiversity and ecosystems and dependent livelihoods.
  • Using a suite of scenarios, project impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems in relation to related livelihoods, development and climate-related risks.
  • Contributions to and authorship of top-quality peer reviewed manuscripts in leading journals.
  • Dissemination of 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.

 

REQUIREMENTS: ESSENTIAL

  • Hold a PhD degree
  • Knowledge of biodiversity and ecosystems and the biodiversity-livelihoods nexus
  • Experience of undertaking high quality research in decision-support system, ecosystem service planning process, environmental sciences, conservation planning and/or sustainable development
  • Desire to learn and explore new intellectual territory
  • Knowledge of sustainable development, climate change mitigation and adaptation, East African environmental and developmental policies
  • Experience of using a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) platform in landscape research
  • Motivation and ability to work collaboratively in a large transdisciplinary project including multiple disciplines, cultures, languages and environments
  • Willingness to undertake field and stakeholder-based research
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and to coordinate and oversee research assistants

DESIRABLE

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

 

Position 2: Post-Doctoral Fellow – Water Resources

 

Title

Post-Doctoral Fellow - Biodiversity

Organization

Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation, University of Nairobi

Location

Nairobi, with fieldwork visits to LAPSSET and SGR corridor areas

Stipend

An attractive package will be offered

Hours

Full time

Contract Type

Two years, renewable once

Restrictions

Open to Kenya citizens only

Reporting to

Lucy Waruingi & Prof. Daniel Olago

Starting Date

1st July 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter

Additional Information

The ACACIA project will offer supervision and all operational costs directly related to the research work. The Fellow will be based in the ACC office in Nairobi and will also have affiliation with the ACC

 

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will be based in the Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA), University of Nairobi and will be engaged in the following research activities:

  • Assembly, review and analysis of existing information and data on water resources within Kenya and in particular in the Kenya development corridors.
  • Carry out well-designed hydrocensus and other surveys to gain a better understanding of the climate change-water-livelihoods-development nexus and the water sector value chain. Using a suite of scenarios and risk assessment approaches, project climate and development impacts on water resources as well as related livelihoods, natural and built infrastructure, and other risks.
  • Contributions to and authorship of top-quality peer reviewed manuscripts in leading journals.
  • Dissemination of 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.

 

REQUIREMENTS: ESSENTIAL

  • Hold a PhD degree
  • Strong on water resource assessments and links to livelihoods, ecosystems and infrastructure development
  • Experience of undertaking high quality research in decision-support system, ecosystem service planning process, environmental sciences, conservation planning and/or sustainable development
  • Desire to learn and explore new intellectual territory
  • Knowledge of sustainable development, climate change mitigation and adaptation, East African environmental and developmental policies
  • Experience in water resource modelling and use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) platforms in research
  • Motivation and ability to work collaboratively in a large transdisciplinary project including multiple disciplines, cultures, languages and environments 
  • Willingness to undertake field and stakeholder-based research
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and to coordinate and oversee research assistants Desirable
  • Experience of reporting and presenting research findings to a variety of audiences  Familiarity with multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary approaches to research

 

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

 

Applications should be submitted through email only and should be received on or before midnight (East African Time) on Friday 1st June 2018. The email address is: hr@acc.or.ke Applications should be addressed to: The Co-Leads – ACACIA Project, Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA) and African Centre for Conservation (ACC) Nairobi, Kenya Women are strongly encouraged to apply. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and interviewed on a date to be specified to them in June 2018 either at the ACC or the ICCA offices in Nairobi.

Expiry Date: 
Thu, 2019-09-26 13:05
Contact Person: 

Prof. Daniel Olago

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