Research Assistant - Environmental Anthropology ( Re-advertised)

The Natural Resources and Environment Centre (NAREC) in the Faculty of Science at the University of Malawi, Chancellor College is implementing a 4 Year project titled Building Research Capacity for sustainable water and food security In drylands of sub-Saharan Africa (BRECcIA) funded by the Research Council of the United Kingdom (RCUK) under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) programme. The GCRF Research Councils UK Collective Fund is ‘one of the most ambitious international research programmes created with £225 Million being invested across 37 interdisciplinary projects’ to address a range of world problems. BRECcIA comprises 6 Universities located in 4 countries (Malawi, Kenya, Ghana and the UK), as well as partnerships with 8 international organizations and is being led by the University of Southampton, UK. The main project focuses on climate change and its social and environmental impacts on water and food security in the drylands of Ghana, Malawi and Kenya; and on building research capability and capacity in those countries.

NAREC is seeking to engage a highly self-driven, output oriented Research Assistant (RA) with excellent language and communication skills (both verbal and written) to work under BRECcIA Co-Investigators (Co-Is) and post-doctoral researchers (Post-docs) in undertaking research in the following area:


Environmental Anthropology



You will have an MSc (or have equivalent professional qualifications and experience) in environmental anthropology. You will have both quantitative and qualitative skills (ethnographic fieldwork, interview techniques, sampling, surveys and questionnaires) to design and carry out field-based projects, to work closely with Co-Is and post-docs to write research reports in areas ranging from Food security to Hydrology. You will have field experience in rural areas, preferably in topics related to those outlined above.


The RA will work closely with an interdisciplinary team of researchers at NAREC at the University of Malawi and partner Universities in the UK (University of Southampton and Kings College London at the University of London), Ghana (University of Ghana), Kenya (Kenyatta University, University of Nairobi, Technical University of Kenya and Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology)) and International Institutions (Waternet, Leadership for Environment and Development in Eastern and Southern Africa (LEAD-SEA), International Institute for Environment and Development and Agrhymet Regional Centre). The RA will also liaise with stakeholders to develop and carry out research, write research reports and journal papers, and develop teaching and training materials. There will be opportunities to travel locally and internationally to participate in project meetings and workshops, and to develop knowledge and professional skills set in: Trans-, multi- and interdisciplinary research projects; collaborative and partnership working; policy-influence; and international development issues. As a capacity building project, the RA will also be expected to broaden their experience and skills in research management by undertaking training courses within the project specifically about research management (not just research skills). Previous experience of working on water and food security challenges in sub-Saharan Africa would be advantageous. The position is for three years.


The University of Malawi is an equal opportunities employer.


Application procedure:

An application letter clearly stating the position you are applying for, accompanied by your detailed CV and copies of certificates should be sent not later than 27 July 2018 to:


The Registrar,

Chancellor College,

P.O. Box 280



Attention: The Technical Lead, GCRF-BRECcIA Project, Natural Resources and Environment Centre (NAREC)

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Cosmo Ngongondo


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Chukwe R.

12th of July, 2018 8:50:31 am

Location: Zomba

Employment Type: Full-time

Salary: N/A

Job deadline: 27th July, 2018

Company: Chancellor College - Natural Resources and Environment Centre (NAREC)

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