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Economist / Social Scientist Job in Kenya - World Agroforestry Centre

About our organization

The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry or ICRAF) is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods.

As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health.

The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors.

To learn more about our organization, please visit our

About the position

We are looking for a Kenyan national who has experience in conducting strategic research in at least one of the following areas: value chain analysis, enterprise development, quality assurance systems, and/or innovative extension approaches.

The job specifically includes the following duties and responsibilities:

1. Conduct research focusing on
  • Value chain analysis for agroforestry tree products,
  • Consumer studies,
  • Standards and certification,
  • Enterprise development, and/or
  • Innovative extension approaches
2. Project development and fundraising

3. Supervise graduate students

4. Initiate and manage partnerships with a range of different national and international stakeholders (public sector, private sector, NGOs, etc.)

  • Citizen of Kenya
  • PhD, Agricultural Economics or a related Social Science,
  • Strong publications record, including peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Research experience in developing countries on at least one of the following themes, i.e. value chain analysis, consumer studies, standards and certification, enterprise development or innovative extension approaches.
  • Skills in quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Ability to work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Strong English skills, both written and spoken
Terms of offer

The World Agroforestry Centre is an equal opportunity employer and offers a collegial and gender-sensitive working environment.

We believe that staff diversity promotes excellence and strongly encourage applications from qualified women. This position is to be stationed in Nairobi, Kenya.

The appointment will be for an initial period of three (3) years, renewable subject to nine (9) months probation period, assessment of performance, continued relevance of the position and availability of resources.

How to apply

Applications for the position must include:
  • A cover letter illustrating your suitability for the position against the listed requirements and salary expectations
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • The names and addresses of three referees, including telephone, fax numbers and email addresses.
All correspondence should be addressed to the

Human Resources Unit,
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF),
P.O Box 30677, Nairobi, Kenya

or via email:

and should indicate “Application for Economist/Social Scientist” on their application letters and email submissions.

Applications will be considered until 25 March 2011 or until a suitable candidate is identified and selected.

Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted

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