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African Research and Resource Forum (ARRF) 

Announcement for Sabbatical Research Opportunities

The African Research and Resource Forum (ARRF) is a research, data resource, reflection and discourse organization devoted to the enhancement of thinking on African governance and development. 

ARRF is a non-partisan, non-governmental, non-profit regional forum for scholars, researchers, opinion leaders and individuals to interact and share ideas. Its core activities are research, debate, analysis, publication and dissemination of research findings. ARRF links scholars, researchers, opinion leaders and public service functionaries to interact and share ideas. 

The Forum also facilitates capacity building for institutions and individuals, supports policy advocacy and provides consultancy and advisory services intended to encourage a culture of utilizing research findings for development initiatives. ARRF invites applications for Two (2) Sabbatical Research Fellowships running from July to September 2012, supported by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). 

The Fellowships are three (3) months each, mainly by desk analysis, library research and very limited field work. Research activities will focus on the following themes:
i) Natural resource management in the East African Community
In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to the resources shared by EAC Partner States such as the waters of Lake Victoria. 

But as partner states ‘discover’ new resources within their boundaries, research ought to heed the call to study regional dimensions in the management of these natural resources based within the boundaries of individual partner states. 

To start with, what might be the effects of burgeoning national wealth, or prospects for it, on regional integration? 

Further, in considering regional dimensions for management of national natural resources, what will be the opportunities under current levels of integration and what would be the challenges? 

This sabbatical opportunity offers the chance to the selected researcher to conduct a study addressing such questions and others along the same lines. 

The study should lead to some pointers on the kind of institutional systems that may be required for regional dimensions in the management of national natural resources in the EAC.
ii) The Challenges and Prospects in the Implementation of the Common Market Protocol: 

The case of EAC 

The East African Community Common Market protocol was signed by Heads of State in 2009 and was expected to enter into force on 1st July 2010, following ratification by all the five Partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda). 

The establishment of the common market is supposed to lead to significant benefits in terms of efficiency and welfare gains and cost reductions. 

In a single market there are no tariffs between member countries and there are common external tariffs against countries outside the community. 

A common market is a strong form of integration involving the establishment of a common system of taxation, common laws relating to employment, trade and a free movement of factors of production as well as goods and services.

The removal of internal market barriers in countries forming the community and the harmonization of national regulations are expected to lead to an increase in trade and reductions in cost. 

Two years after the creation of the EAC single market, it is imperative to take stock and evaluate how far the Community has come to achieving its objectives, the obstacles to progress and to suggest ways to improve implementation. 

The ARRF fellowship programme is intended to provide opportunity to selected researchers to review progress with implementation, assess the challenges to implementation and recommend policy options/measures to address these challenges. 

This program provides a modest allowance to cover the costs of accommodation, transport and other living expenses for sabbatical fellows. In addition, the program supports frequent travels to visit the EAC secretariat and other EAC Partner States for discussions. 

Required Qualifications
  • Have a PhD degree in a relevant field. Those with Masters Degrees and more than 5 years research experience in relevant areas will also be considered.
  • Have significant academic and research experience related to the proposed field of study of not less than four (4) years.
NB: The sabbaticals are open to researchers from policy research institutes and academic institutions from the East African Community (EAC). 

How to apply: 

Interested candidates should submit their applications by courier service, email (all soft copies should be in MS Word) or dispatch together with detailed Curriculum Vitae, copies of both academic and professional certificates, two letters of reference from current and/or past supervisors, research proposal in one of the research topics, letter from employers supporting a candidate’s leave of absence while on sabbatical and day time telephone/cell phone numbers to: 

The Chief Executive Officer 
African Research and Resource Forum (ARRF) 
Mt. View Estate, Off Waiyaki Way 
P. O. Box 57103-00200 
Nairobi, Kenya

To be received not later than Friday, 20th July, 2012. 

The African Research and Resource Forum will only respond to shortlisted applicants.

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