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Request for Expression of Interest - Consultant Researcher, Dunga Beach, Kisumu County

Closing date 3 August 2018

Request for Expression of Interest

Consultant Researcher, Dunga Beach, Kisumu County


With support from a global healthcare company, the University of Cambridge will be exploring how the use of clean, green cooking fuel can improve health and socio-economic outcomes in the village of Dunga Beach on Lake Victoria. Over an eighteen month pilot study, households will access a Kenyan-made biodigester technology to generate biogas from locally available organic material - reducing (and possibly eliminating) their need to collect and burn firewood. The pilot project will be subject to rigorous evaluation including a baseline study to assess the situation before households receive the technology, followed by six monthly evaluations after it is up and running.

Services required

Coordinated by CISL’s Programme on Inclusive Development, a Cambridge-led academic team will be convened to conduct robust socio-economic baselining and evaluation of project outcomes, allowing lessons to be drawn as to what works, what doesn’t, and how the project could be scaled to communities elsewhere.

A consultant researcher is needed to work alongside a senior University Researcher to deliver the baseline and M&E programme. Over a period of 18 months, and in close collaboration with the supervisor, Dr Alexandra Winkels, the consultant researcher will be responsible for:

  • Study design;
  • Carrying out field research in collaboration with a local researcher;
  • Analysis and reporting.

The consultant researcher should have experience in qualitative research methods and household level studies. Ideally they will also have experience undertaking such studies in sub-Saharan Africa and will be educated to PhD level (or near completion)  in the fields of international development, geography, public health, sociology, anthropology, or a related subject.

Successful candidates will be advised of remuneration.


Duration: 88 days over the period August 2018 to January 2020, phased as follows:


Days required


Research design and baseline study 40 days August 2018 – January 2019 (front loaded)
Monitoring and evaluation 48 days May 2019 - January 2020


How to respond

If you would like to find out more about this role, please contact Dr Jake Reynolds, University of Cambridge:

If you wish to apply for this role please send a summary (maximum two pages) to the above email address by 3 August 2018, noting:

  • Relevant experience and capabilities which suit you to the role;
  • The names of two people who may be contacted as referees for your work.

Should you be successful, you may be invited to complete a second round of application for this role.


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