Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation Job Vacancy: Research Assistant – Lodwar, Kenya

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August 19, 2016

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June 19, 2019



Research Assistant for Turkana Obsevatory- REACH Kenya Programme “Improving Water Security for the Poor”

University of Oxford is leading a consortium of institutions in Africa
and Asia that is carrying out research related to the UK-DFID (UK
Department for International Development) funded programme termed
“Improving Water Security for the Poor (IWSP)”, which aims to improve
water security for the poor by delivering world-class science that
transforms policy and practice. The impacts and implications of the work
will support wider regional initiatives to improve water security for
millions of poor people. In this regard, the University of Oxford,
United Kingdom and the University of Nairobi, Kenya, entered into a
collaborative framework agreement to initiate the research programme
entitled ‘REACH: Improving Water Security for the Poor’ in Kenya.

this collaboration, the University of Oxford together with the
University of Nairobi are establishing Water Security Observatories for
‘small towns and fragile lands’ in Turkana County and ‘water secure
institutions’ in Kitui County for research purposes as well as building
science-practitioner partnerships with county governments, the Ministry
of Water and Irrigation, UNICEF, and other agencies for research
execution and up-take for policy. The Institute for Climate Change and
Adaptation (ICCA), University of Nairobi, is the executing agency for
the REACH Programme in Kenya.

The REACH Kenya Programme seeks to
recruit a Research Assistant for its Turkana Observatory which is
headquartered in Lodwar, Turkana County, Kenya.

Key Responsibilities:
to the REACH Country Director and working under the supervision and
direction of both the Director and the Administrative and Finance
Officer, the Research Assistant will:

  • Manage daily operations of the Turkana office 
  • Provide support in administrative and logistical issues to ensure the
    effective running of the REACH programme Team, including planning and
    organising for field visits, accommodation and local travel

  • Maintain a record of local expenditures and assist in procurement of services and goods under the programme
  • Assist researchers in fieldwork and data collection
  • Arrange for and coordinate appointments and meetings in the field
  • Liaise with the County authorities to ensure programme compliance with licensing laws and environmental regulations
  • Compile project reports as and when required
  • Attend programme meetings and prepare the minutes.
  • Routinely collect data and relevant information for programme purposes, academic articles, publications, and presentations
  • Provide other research and management support as required and directed
    by the REACH Country Director and/or the Administration and Finance
  • Carry out any other assigned duties.
  • A minimum of Bachelor’s degree in the sciences field from a recognized university
  • Advanced ICDL (International Computer Driving License) or Equivalent
  • At least six months experience working as a Research Assistant
  • Working knowledge of climate change and/or water issues; Competency in
    Remote Sensing and GIS; and knowledge of the County will be added
  • Note that preference will be given to locals from the
    region who speak the local language, and that women are encouraged to

  • Team player
  • Computer literate
  • Outstanding analytical, organizational and research skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills to discuss and document research progress
  • Ability to work independently
  • High capacity to learn, work under pressure and manage different priorities
  • Excellent judgement skills, able to make decisions and accountable
  • A track record of work experience demonstrating the skills required for this position
Terms and Conditions of Employment:
Contract of Employment is offered on a consultancy basis for a one year
period from 5th September 2016, concluding 31st August 2017. This may
be extended by mutual agreement between the post holder and ICCA on an
annual basis, for a period of up to three years.
For the purposes of
this work, the Research Assistant will be registered as self-employed
and responsible for the payment of all taxes and self-employment
contributions that s/he incurs.

Title: Research Assistant (Turkana Observatory) 

University: University of Nairobi
Programme: REACH Kenya Programme
Location of office: Lodwar
Grade: Research Assistant
Hours: Full time
Stipend: GBP400 per month (gross)
Duration: One year, renewable, starting 5th September 2016
Reporting to: Country Director & Administrative and Finance Officer
Vacancy reference: RKP-RA-T01

Additional information:
position offers a consolidated gross monthly stipend as indicated, and
will be less withholding tax. The Research Assistant will be liable to
paying any necessary taxes. No other benefits (e.g. medical, house
allowance, etc) are associated with this position. Operational and
logistical costs related to the programme will be covered.

How to apply:
in both soft and hard copies, including cover letter with a motivation
statement, two/three page CV, copies of certificates, and three
references, be submitted and received on or before midnight (East
African Time) on Sunday 21st August 2016.

Candidates shortlisted for interviews will be contacted by COB on Wednesday 24th August 2016.

also note that interviews will be conducted in Lodwar town, Turkana
County, on a date between 29th August and 2nd September 2016.

Applications should be delivered to:
Country Director – REACH Project
Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA)
College of Biological and Physical Sciences (off Riverside Drive)
University of Nairobi
PO Box 30197-00100, Nairobi.
Examination Centre, West Wing First Floor Room 109
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