A. Project: Water and Land Resources Management
B. Position: Research Scientist
C. Location: Nanyuki, Laikipia County, Kenya
D. Thematic Area: Water and Land Resource Management and Governance
E. Type of Contract: Individual Contract
F. Estimated Starting Date: December 1, 2023
G. Application Deadline: November 24, 2023
H. Duration of initial Contract: Two year with possibility of renewing for another period of 3
years depending on performance.
The candidate that meets minimum requirement set in this notice are encouraged to apply. CETRAD does not discriminate and welcomes applications from all qualified and interested persons.
Terms of Reference - Research Scientist, Water and Land Resources Management
CETRAD is a Bilateral Institution between the Government of Kenya (through The Ministry of Water, Sanitation, and Irrigation (MWS&I)) and the Government of Swiss Confederation, through the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Berne, acting on behalf of the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC). CETRAD’s mandate is to assess the potential and utilization of natural resources in the ASALs and related socio-ecological landscapes through research and training and eventually contribute to building integrated data and information base, as well as human capacity to support sustainable development in the same context.
I. Objective of the assignment:
Sustainable use of natural resources is crucial for maintaining the basis for sustainable livelihood. The water sector is facing multiple challenges such as population growth, urbanization, poverty, climate change and natural resource degradation that negatively impact on water resources and ecosystem services in general. The water and land resource governance department addresses these challenges with the main aim of influencing policy dialogue on Integrated Water Resource Management and Governance (IWRM/G) at different levels and across scale, while also focusing on access to water by the poor, ensuring environmental services and at the same time minimizing related conflicts. At CETRAD our goal under this thrust is to ensure that the water and land governance and management are improved and related conflicts minimised. This is achieved through promoting evidence-based decision-making processes and providing information and knowledge to support design of powerful products for policy and practice, which influence /inform the national and international debate and collective action.
J. Scope of work and responsibilities:
The specific duties and responsibilities of the ideal candidate for this position will include, inter alia:
K. Management Services:
The Research Scientist, Land and Water Resources Management will report to the Director CETRAD and be part of the team involved in broad areas of:
L. Qualification of the Suitable Candidate:
Master’s or PhD degree in any of the following areas: water resources management and governance, natural resources management and governance, environmental studies, Agricultural sciences, Geography, sustainable development, water/environmental engineering, or a related field. This must be an earned degree from a recognized university.
Experience and Competencies:
Fluency in English language
M. Application process:
Interested individuals must submit the following:
A cover letter specifically addressing how the applicant meets the requirements listed above. Latest Curriculum Vitae including the names and contact details of 3 referees from recent previous jobs.
Please submit your application, through The Director CETRAD, to [email protected] on or before COB 24 November 2023. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.