PhD Student Search - REACH Programme - Water and Sanitation Infrastructure

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Date and time: 
Thu, 2016-11-03 12:52

The Organization

REACH is a seven-year global research programme (2015-2022) led by Oxford University with University of Nairobi as one of its international consortium of partners and funded with UK aid from the UK Government to improve water security for the poor by delivering world-class science that transforms policy and practice.

Improving water security is an important pathway to sustainable growth and poverty reduction. However, better evidence is needed to guide institutional and infrastructure investments which unlock growth opportunities and help people move out of poverty.

The REACH programme will improve water security for over five million poor people by:

  • generating new evidence on water security through an innovative, interdisciplinary, risk-based approach
  • establishing science, practitioner and enterprise partnerships to ground research in approaches that will benefit the poor
  • building capacity and networks for the next generation of water managers and scientists in Africa and South Asia.

The Position:

Practice-based approaches in water resource management research have been piloted in a number of situations in Africa.  This assignment is meant to conduct an analysis of water and sanitation infrastructure status and inform investment and operational projection under different climate change scenarios.

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

  1. Review existing information on water and sanitation
  2. To advance theoretical approaches and new risk-based methodologies
  3. To generate new metrics, tools and approaches suitable at operational scales and time-frames for water security and poverty, policy, planning and management.


  1. Must be a member of staff at the school of engineering.
  2. A self-motivated person with a bachelors’’ degree in engineering, a masters’ degree related to computer modelling for resource management, with capacity to analyse the natural-resource-stakeholder interface. 
  3. Familiarity with multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary approach to research. 
  4. Strong command of English.  
  5. Ability to work with minimum supervision

Terms of Offer

REACH is will offer supervision and all operational costs directly related to the research work.  The fellowship will be for a period of four (4) years expected to commence in December 2016.

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 BSc and 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 15th November 2016 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 November 2016 at the REACH (Kenya) Office, University of Nairobi.



Expiry Date: 
Fri, 2017-11-03 12:52
Contact Person: 

Prof. Daniel Olago - Country Coordinator REACH Kenya

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