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  • Posted: Feb 13, 2020
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    The World Agroforestry Centre, is an international institute headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and founded in 1978. The Centre specializes in the sustainable management, protection and regulation of tropical rainforest and natural reserves.
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    Assistant Scientist-Water & Sanitation

    Primary Duties And Responsibilities

    Research, policy and capacity development tasks

    • Coordinate the Centre’s research on water and sanitation, including water planning and management and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene).
    • Conduct research on WASH and gender outcomes in rural and urban contexts in Africa.
    • Conduct research on WASH governance within the broader context of water management planning at municipal, basin wide and national levels.
    • Support the Natural Resources and Ecosystems programme team in research design, data collection and archiving, data analysis, writing of publications, and dissemination of findings through seminars, workshops, conferences, and other public outreach activities.
    • Support colleagues at SEI Africa on activities such as proposal development, partnership building, capacity strengthening and in identifying, analysing and proposing actions by SEI to respond to emerging challenges and opportunities on water, WASH, land and ecosystems, at the global, regional and national levels.
    • Contribute to formulation and implementation of the Natural Resources and Ecosystems Programme’s work plan, including budget, design, development and implementation of research projects within themes that further the aims and objectives of SEI.
    • Support the SEI Africa Centre to develop and maintain a contact network of researchers, decision-makers and partner organizations in Africa relevant to SEI’s work on water, sanitation and gender.
    • In collaboration with the SEI Africa communications team, undertake outreach activities that include teaching, presentations, dialogues and briefings, articles for specialist publications and interaction with the media as appropriate.
    • Identify funding sources, lead or contribute to fundraising, and seek to secure funding for projects on WASH.

    Project specific tasks

    • Support the implementation of the project on “Gender and social outcomes of WASH interventions” by conducting systematic reviews and engagement with local stakeholders;
    • Contribute to the Centre’s engagement in the SEI Initiative on “Water beyond boundaries.
    • Work on existing and new projects as per general tasks.

    Requirements

    • Master’s degree or equivalent in water management, natural resources management, environmental studies, sociology, gender studies, geography, economics, public policy, or interdisciplinary studies with water and sanitation and/or gender relevant qualifications.
    • A minimum of 5 years of relevant progressive research and policy engagement experience in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
    • Research background in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and/or gender studies, preferably applied research that links with policy action and decision-making in African context
    • Demonstrated publication record in both refereed and non-refereed publications.
    • Demonstrated experience in leading qualitative research projects
    • Background and/or experience in gender in water and natural resource management.
    • Experience in preparing articles and other publications.
    • Experience in communicating scientific information to a range of different audiences.
    • Experience in project/research design, implementation and management.
    • Experience and background in data processing and analysis using qualitative methods, or mixed methods approaches.
    • Proven experience in fundraising and writing of research grant proposals .

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    Associate Scientist-Water & Oceans

    Primary Duties And Responsibilities

    Research, policy and capacity development tasks

    • Lead the Centre’s research on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), water-energy-food (WEF) Nexus, Water and Sanitation (WASH), and Oceans and Blue Economy.
    • Lead and coordinate water systems modelling and analysis using the WEAP (Water Evaluation and Planning) tool and other water management tools to quantify current and projected water demands across different sectors, considering drivers of change, including climatic variability.
    • Lead Centre’s engagement in key policy processes, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development (2018-2028), the United Nations Decade for Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), the African Ministerial Conference on Water (AMCOW), among others, at the national, regional and global levels.
    • Lead and coordinate internal and external capacity building initiatives, including coordinating training and providing technical support for users of SEI’s Decision Support Tools (DST) for water planning and management (WEAP, ReVAMP).
    • Lead projects, including coordinating project teams, and contributing to research design, data collection and archiving, data analysis, writing of publications, and dissemination of findings through seminars, workshops, conferences, and other public outreach activities;
    • Provide thought leadership on water and oceans, by identifying, analysing and proposing actions by SEI to respond to emerging environment and development issues related on water, oceans and ecosystems, at the global, regional and national levels.
    • Contribute to formulation and implementation of the Natural Resources and Ecosystems Programme’s work plan, including budget preparation, programme design, knowledge management, and implementation of research projects.
    • Work with the Communications team to undertake outreach activities that include media appearances, public presentations, science-policy dialogues, media briefings, and preparation of articles for specialist publications as appropriate.
    • Supervise postgraduate students and contribute to teaching and training at universities that have partnership arrangements with SEI.

    Centre development

    • Provide guidance to early career research staff in the research process and career development and contribute to SEI’s staff research development program.
    • Contribute to strengthening the relationship between the Centre and other partners through joint research, policy engagement and capacity development activities.

    Project specific tasks

    • Lead and coordinate the implementation of the project “ Applying the Water-Energy-Food Nexus to Promote Ecosystem Based Adaptation in the Ewaso Ny’iro North River Catchment, Kenya.” ;
    • Lead the Centre engagement on the project “ The Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP).” ;
    • Lead the Centre’s policy engagement in support of the Sustainable Blue Economy (SBEC), the United Nations Decade for Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), and engagement with the regional and continental processes, including the African Ministerial Conference on Water (AMCOW);
    • Work on existing and new projects as assigned and as per general tasks.



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    Requirements

    • Ph.D. degree and 3 years work experience, or a Masters degree and 7 years work experience in Hydrology, Engineering (Water or Agriculture Engineering), Geography, Natural resources management, Environmental Science, Ocean Science, Aquatic Science, Public Policy, or interdisciplinary studies with Water and/or Oceans relevant qualifications.
    • Research background in water management, WEF (water-energy-food) nexus), ocean and ecosystems management, preferably applied research that policy andlicy and decision-making in African context.
    • Track publication record in both refereed and non-refereed publications.
    • Experience in water systems analysis, and water modelling in a GIS environment, including strong ability and skills in using WEAP and other water management tools.
    • Research, policy and capacity development experience in water, oceans, ecosystems and related areas;
    • Knowledge and understanding of policies on water, oceans and in related sectors
    • Experience in communicating scientific information to a range of different audiences.
    • Experience in project/research design, implementation and management.
    • Proven experience in fundraising and writing of research grant proposals

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