ICRAF CTCN Capacity Development Research Associate Jobs in Kenya

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is a center of scientific excellence that harnesses the benefits of trees for people and the environment. Leveraging the world’s largest repository of agroforestry science and information, we develop knowledge practices, for farmers’ fields to the global sphere, to

ensure food security and environmental sustainability.

ICRAF’s headquarters are based in Nairobi, Kenya, and we operate six regional programmes in SubSaharan Africa, Asia and Latin America. Our vision is an equitable world where all people have viable livelihoods supported by healthy and productive landscapes. Our mission is to harness the multiple benefits trees provide for agriculture, livelihoods, resilience and the future of our planet, from farmers’ fields through to continental scales

ICRAF is the only institution conducting globally significant agroforestry research in and for all the developing tropics.

Knowledge produced by ICRAF allows governments, development agencies, and
farmers to use the power of trees to make farming livelihoods more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable at scales

Under the functional supervision of the CTCN Regional Manager overseeing Africa regional portfolio and the academic and administrative supervision of ICRAF’s Head of Capacity Development Unit, and in close collaboration with relevant CTCN team members, the Capacity Development Research Associate is expected to support the delivery of CTCN’s activities by delivering the following:

Output 1:

  • Conduct an analysis of the existing CTCN network members from Africa and prepare a network members’ engagement strategy. Based on this strategy, develop and propose
    activities/schemes for their meaningful engagements with the CTCN and the Nationally Designated Entities from the region.
  • Conduct an analysis of African NDCs and prepare at least one analytical report/working paper;

    Output 2:

  • Conduct a landscape mapping of climate stakeholders in Africa including key regional
    climate initiatives and organizations and develop an effective engagement and outreach strategy for CTCN activities, and propose actions to implement the strategy;

    Output 3:

  • Support the preparation and organization of CTCN capacity-building programmes and events in Africa (including but not limited to Regional forums and workshops, CTCN Incubator Programme), covering both logistical and substantive aspects;

    Output 4:

  • Support CTCN communication activities in the region and identify opportunities
    to raise the awareness about CTCN in the region;

    Output 5:

  • Support the engagement of potential and existing network members through reviewing new network membership applications from the region; and

    Output 6:

  • Support the delivery of CTCN technical assistance in Africa, as needed. Tasks
    could include:

  • Supporting the review of all new Requests to the CTCN for Technical Assistance
    related to
    the region, including analysing the relevance of each Request to national
    planning processes (e.g. NDC/NAP/TNA/TAP);
  • Supporting the review of Technical Assistance requests, response plans and
    deliverables and perform research on ongoing activities and projects to identify
    synergies and avoid duplication of efforts.
  • Supporting the monitoring of results and
    impacts of Technical Assistance
  • Identifying key sectoral and technological areas where CTCN can support developing
    countries in the region.
  • Any other tasks assigned by functional/ administrative supervisor

    Qualifications/special skills

    Academic qualifications:

  • Master’s degree, preferably in environmental sciences, business administration, international development or related disciplines

    Work experience:

  • At least 2 years of experience in the field of climate policies/environment/energy and/or
    technology transfer for developing countries;
    Understanding and experience with UN programmes, their development and implementation activities is an advantage.
  • Understanding and experience in international climate technologies, knowledge sharing or capacity building for developing countries is an asset.

    Language requirements:

  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required; fluency in French would be an asset;

    Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to synthesise information in a clear and well-structured manner;
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet tight deadlines;
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks effectively and on time;
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work in a dynamic team.
  • Performance indicators:
  • Timely submission of outputs (interim and final versions)
  • High-quality level in terms of analysis and recommendations provided

    Work location

  • ICRAF Campus, United Nations Avenue, Gigiri, Nairobi

    Expected duration:

  • 6 months

    How to apply


  • A cover letter illustrating your suitability for the position.
  • Detailed and up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  • The names and addresses of three referees, including telephone numbers and email

    Send via email to: icrafcdu@cgiar.org cc: i.ingumba@cgiar.org Indicate “Application for
    Capacity Development Associate” on the application letter.

    Applications will be considered until 15th August 2018 or until a suitable candidate is identified.

    Please note that only shortlisted applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.

    For more information and job application details, see; ICRAF CTCN Capacity Development Research Associate Jobs in Kenya

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