Kenya: PhD Student [ Poverty and Water Security] – REACH Programme (Kenya)

Organization: Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 06 Jan 2017

Title : PhD Student

Based at: University of Nairobi

Institute/Department : Department of Geography & Environmental Studies or Institute for Development Studies

Location : Nairobi, with fieldwork visits to Turkana and Kitui

Stipend : £400 per month

Hours : Full time

Contract type: Fixed-term (3 years)

Restrictions: Open to Kenya citizens only

Reporting to : Dr. Maggie Opondo

Starting Date: 1 February 2017

Additional information

The REACH Programme will offer supervision and all operational costs directly related to the research work. The position is supported by a grant from the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID).

The student will be based in University of Nairobi and will be engaged in the following research activities:

  • Assembly, review and analysis of existing information and data on poverty assessments and monitoring.
  • Carry out well-designed socio-economic and poverty baseline surveys to gain a better understanding of the poverty-climate change-water insecurity nexus.
  • Using a suite of socio-economic and cultural scenarios affecting water insecurity.
  • Contributions to and authorship of top-quality peer reviewed manuscripts in leading journals.
  • Disseminate research findings by presenting results at conferences, participating in workshops or exhibiting work at other appropriate events, and providing material for the project web site and the sponsors, DFID.



  • Hold a relevant BA/BSc. and MA/MSc. degree that is admissible in the University of Nairobi’s Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, or the Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation
  • Knowledge of socio-economic and poverty baseline surveys
  • Proven research skills in analysis of poverty-climate change-water insecurity nexus
  • Desire to learn and explore new intellectual territory
  • Motivation and ability to work collaboratively in a large transdisciplinary project including multiple disciplines, cultures, languages and environments
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision


  • Experience of reporting and presenting research findings to a variety of audiences
  • Familiarity with multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary approaches to research

How to apply:

Applications should include the following: (1) cover letter, (2) a 500 word motivation statement related to the proposed studentship research theme (3) A two page CV (4) certified copies of BA/BSc and MA/MSc degree certificates, (5) two academic and one non-academic references.

Applications should be submitted and received on or before midnight (East African Time) on Friday 6th January 2017 and should be sent by email to:

Applications should be addressed to:

Country Director – REACH Programme,

Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA),

University of Nairobi


Women are encouraged to apply.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and interviewed on a date to be specified to them in January 2017 at the REACH (Kenya) Office, University of Nairobi. h