Junior Research Associate

World Agroforestry

Job Category

Nationally Recruited Staff
Terms of offer

This position is remunerated on Local Terms and the duty station will be in Nairobi – Kenya. The appointment will be for an initial period two (2) years renewable, subject to a six (6) months’ probation period.



Job Description

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
  • Contribute to providing technical and strategic support to the design and implementation of the UPA work program.  
  • Provide meaningful insights into Kenya UPA-related scene, identify, and approach potential partners and contribute to in-depth scoping exercise.
  • Support establishment and maintenance of partnerships with organizations relevant to the UPA project in Kenya. 
  • Participate in qualitative research for innovations: social, organizational, technological, product/services, business models and marketing etc., for sustainable UPA, including a focus on missing links/gaps for successful implementation as well as on possible resistance.
  • Engage in hands-on qualitative research on the ground, establish and refine research tools, questionnaires, assessment tools, MEL, analyze data, establish and refine participatory tools, write reports and publications.
  • Engage in networking activities on the ground, including the establishment of a local consortium (“steering committee”) and expert pool.
  • Facilitate the exchange of expertise with the overarching advisory board, Nairobi local steering committee and expert pool and the TMG teams.
  • Support design, implementation, analysis and writing of research protocols.
  • Undertake literature reviews to support UPA research work.
  • Support monitoring of progress of UPA research assignments and coordination of information between partners.
  • Support in strategically positioning the project in the relevant (policy) debates through various types of publications and events.  
  • Support outreach activities (social media, website, blogs, etc.)
  • Contribute to the further strategic and scientific development of TMG Research. 
  • Assist in organization of events and workshops.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by line manager.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in any of the following areas: agriculture, environmental studies, urban planning, community   development or similar.
  • 3 years of relevant working experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and be able to organize their work using software tools, like MS Excel and Word.
  • Willingness and ability to personally conduct research in the informal settlements.
  • Demonstrated experience and analytical tools in the field of qualitative research
  • Knowledge of office management systems and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of office equipment, like printers and fax machines.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (MS Excel and MS PowerPoint, in particular).
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize work.
  • Attention to detail and problem-solving skills.

Job Summary

To provide technical support to implementation of Climate Resilient Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Project (hereafter referred to as UPA) in Kenya for TMG Research.

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