icipe Postdoctoral Fellow (Socio-Economics and Gender) Job


Vacancy: Postdoctoral Fellow (Socio-Economics and Gender)

Ref. No. IRS/137/102015

Location: icipe – Mbita Point Field Station in western Kenya
Duration: 3 Years
icipe – African Insect Science for Food and Health is a world-class research centre with a mission to alleviate poverty by ensuring food security, improving health, protecting the environment and building the capacity of researchers and communities across the developing world through the application of insect sciences.

Employing more than 500 national and international staff, icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with outposts in Ethiopia and on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya.

icipe has a proud reputation and history of delivering world-quality science that has made crucial contributions to African food and health policy, delivered development outcomes to rural communities and has been at the forefront of building Africa’s biological research capacity.
The Centre’s research activities span the African continent with partnerships linking research organisations, not only across Africa, but also the globe.
In addition, more than 100 graduate students and a number of postdoctoral fellows contribute to icipe’s research portfolio annually.icipe is seeking to recruit a proactive and results-oriented postdoctoral fellow in the field of social science/economics and gender to work in the Push-Pull Programme (www.push-pull.net).

The position is tenable at icipe-Mbita Point Field Station in western Kenya, and will entail conducting socio-economic and gender research in Push-Pull Programme in eastern Africa.
The position is for an initial fixed-term contract of 3 years, after which further employment is subject to performance and the continued availability of funds.
The successful candidate will receive icipe’s internationally competitive salary and benefits, including comprehensive health and life insurance, paid vacation, and assistance with relocation shipment.
Only shortlisted candidates meeting the itemised requirements will be contacted.
  • Designing and implementing quantitative and qualitative social science and gender research using participatory methods and approaches in agricultural research and development.
  • Conducting socio-economic and gender studies, undertaking field surveys and data collection related to the main components of the project in each of the four countries while incorporating gender issues in the study designs.
  • Assessing the multidimensional (social, economic and environmental) impacts of push-pull on the livelihoods of resource-poor farmers, especially women.
  • Conducting ex-ante and ex-post impact assessments as well as monitoring and evaluation of the push-pull technology projects, while mainstreaming gender in the planning and implementation of projects.
  • Assessing adoption patterns of push-pull innovations, including technology diffusion dynamics and associated drivers of technology adoption.
  • Translating findings into R4D priorities and implications, including the development of strategies, options and recommendations to set research priorities, guide policy decisions, facilitate adaptations and stimulate scaling up and out of Push-Pull technology.
  • Strengthen the impact culture within the project and beyond through better articulation of impact pathways.
  • Publish and communicate research findings through internationally recognised forums, and contribute to the dissemination of research findings to stakeholders.
Requirements / Qualifications
  • PhD in agricultural economics, development economics, or a related social science field from a recognised institution.
  • Strong skills in data management, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis using relevant economic models and using SPSS and STATA.
  • Established publication record in international peer-reviewed journals.
Core Competencies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
Other desirable attributes
  • Good partnership and interpersonal skills and team player, including ability to work with different nationalities, disciplines and educational levels, as a member of a diverse work team.
  • A high degree of personal organisation, and the ability to multi-task and work under pressure.
Reporting: This position reports to the Principal Scientist and Programme Leader of the Push-pull programme or his designee.

The selected candidate should be available to start as soon as possible.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted up to 23rd October 2015, or until the position is filled, whichever is earlier.
Interested applicants should submit:
(a) a confidential cover letter,
(b) detailed CV with names and addresses of 3 referees (including e-mail addresses, fax numbers), and
(c) a statement illustrating suitability against the listed qualifications/competencies/attributes.
Candidates are required to apply online through: http://recruit.icipe.org
icipe is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equity, teamwork, and respect for diversity. Women are encouraged to apply.