The Africa Research and Impact Network (ARIN) is a leading research-impact platform of over 200 researchers and policymakers with national focal points across 36 African countries. ARIN also draws from a database of over 3000 stakeholders from universities, think tanks, the private sector, and governments. ARIN’s mission is to promote research excellence and dialogue on best research and impact practices, by providing platforms for science-policy interface in Africa, building on evidence. ARIN recognizes that Africa is endowed with diverse researchers, innovation, and best policy practices that are not in the public domain yet are invaluable in the research and the development agenda of the continent. ARIN therefore provides a peer review platform where best research and impact practices from different African contexts, are shared, profiled, and leveraged to inform transformative policy action. Among the areas that ARIN has pioneered path-breaking research, are climate change, knowledge management, science technology and innovation. The network currently convenes research and policy platforms on climate action, drawing from the perspective of researchers on, adaptation, science and technology and innovation status in Africa. Through the same approach, ARIN assesses opportunities for science-policy interface, through contextual projects on research commercialization, innovation, knowledge translation and practice. For more information visit: https://www.arin-africa.org
VACANCY001_2023: POST-DOC CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT
ARIN is seeking to recruit a dynamic team to join the secretariat based at its headquarters in Nairobi.
ARIN seeks to recruit a Post-DOC Climate Change and Development for its climate change thematic area. The holder of this position will provide technical support to the ARIN network and scale up research towards climate change and development.
Overall Purpose of the Job
Research and mainstream evidence into public policies by strengthening government capacities, engaging with sectors to advance adaptation measures, adaptation financing and identifying sectoral support needs and opportunities as well as supporting governments in drafting of climate change negotiation positions and advisories.
- Manage and review the deliverables from team members and partners, ensuring that they adhere to ARIN’s vision and quality standards, particularly concerning sustainable development, gender equity and climate-resilience.
- Support ARIN stakeholders including governments and partners with technical advice on climate change and development with focus on resilience, gender equality, disaster risk reduction, energy and synergies with mitigation measures.
- Promote an ongoing dialogue with policy makers including various sectors and NDC offices of African countries and stakeholders involved in climate change work.
- Support the preparation of research proposals and related fundraising activities.
- Work closely and collaboratively with other scientists to design, implement, analyze and summarize innovative research.
- Publish results in high quality, peer-reviewed journals.
- Present results at conferences and seminars.
- Support the designing, conducting, writing, and disseminating of high-quality research and communicating research findings through research papers, journal articles, reports, policy briefs, and other outlets.
- Participate in networking with relevant researchers, policymakers, and civil society actors at national, regional, and international levels.
- Coordinate knowledge, management platforms including databases and publication linkages amongst others.
- To support productive global and regional dialogues, partnerships, institutional relationships and joint initiatives with select Africa regional focal points.
- Perform other related duties as may be assigned.
Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills
- A PhD degree in environment, natural resource management, climate change, conservation, development, or related sciences.
- At least five (5) years of verifiable work experience in climate change research.
- Proven experience in initiating and carrying out own research projects on issues related to climate change.
- Experience in international, multi-cultural setting and in interacting with researchers, policymakers, donors, and civil society across a wide range of contexts.
- Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
- A record of relevant publications.
- Excellent report writing, communication and project management skills.
- Demonstrated experience with successful formulation of project proposals.
- Knowledge of UNFCCC decisions, Sendai Framework, SDGs, NDCs and climate change related public policies and plans.
- Proficiency in the use of online communication tools and standard software.
- Proficiency in written and spoken English. French is an added advantage.
Terms of Employment
The position is based in Nairobi (Kenya) and is anchored to the ARIN climate change thematic area. This is a three (3) year flexible contract reviewed and renewed annually.
ARIN offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and comprehensive benefits. We are an equal opportunity employer, and strive for gender balance, diversity, and inclusion in all our recruitment.
Please send your application not later than 7th February 2023, to firstname.lastname@example.org with the position and reference number in the subject line. Interested candidates should attach: (a) a cover letter illustrating suitability for the above position against the listed qualifications, competencies and skills. (b) Detailed curriculum vitae, including names and contact information of three referees knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience. Both documents in English. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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