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University of Nairobi Masters Students – Call for Applications for Support in Research on Development Corridors - DCP Project (Kenya)


  1. The Project

The Development Corridors Partnership (DCP) Project is an ambitious four-year project funded by the RCUK Global Challenges Research Fund programme on Capacity Development, and is currently in its second year. Development corridors have tremendous potential to support economic growth in Africa, yet face significant challenges including positive and negative development impacts, traversing so-called “underutilised” lands, vulnerability to climate change, and lack of appropriate research capacity in the region. DCP aims to address 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 (UNEP-WCMC), 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.


DCP Project Website:


  1. The Positions and Research Areas

The DCP project at ICCA, University of Nairobi, wishes to select and support two (2) students who are already enrolled in a Masters degree programme, have completed formal taught course units, and who are interested in writing a thesis/dissertation that focuses on any one of the following areas:

  1. Climate change projections and potential impacts on water resources in the Development Corridors
  2. Spatial and temporal variations in quantity of water supply sources in the DCs
  3. Spatial and temporal variations in quality of water supply sources in the DCs
  4. Case study of environmental flows in the DCs
  5. Water governance challenges and options in the DCs.

In relation to the above, the student will be affiliated to the DCP project which is hosted 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 the selected research topic in the Kenya development corridors.
  • Take part in field surveys.
  • Contributions to and authorship of journal papers.
  • Participation in workshops or exhibiting work at other appropriate events, and providing material for the project web site.



  1. Essential
  • Bachelors degree in water resources management, hydrology or closely allied fields
  • Enrolment in a Masters degree programme at the University of Nairobi
  • Completed the coursework component of the Masters degree programme
  • Desire to learn and explore new intellectual territory
  • Willingness to undertake field and stakeholder-based research
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Commitment to complete the dissertation/thesis within the specified timeframe (see (c) below).


  1. Desirable
  • Strong GIS skills
  • Knowledge in climate change, remote sensing or hydrological modeling
  • Motivation and ability to work collaboratively in a large transdisciplinary project including multiple disciplines, cultures, languages and environments
  • Experience of reporting and presenting research findings to a variety of audiences
  • Familiarity with multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary approaches to research 


  1. Duration
  • The duration of the engagement will be 6 months. 



  1. How to apply

Applicants should submit their applications to the email indicated below.

Applications should include the following: (1) cover letter – to include your department, registration number, degree being undertaken and stage, and contact details (email and phone) (2) a strictly 500-word concept note well aligned to any one of the proposed research themes above (3) A two-page CV (4) certified copies of BA/BSc degree certificates (5) one 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 7th June 2019.


The email address is: Dr. Catherine Sang <>


Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and interviewed on a date to be specified to them in June 2018 at the ICCA offices in Nairobi.

Expiry Date: 
Fri, 2022-06-10 11:17
Contact Person: 

Prof Daniel Olago, Dr. Catherine Sang

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