Research Scientist (Forest Catchment and Hydrology)

Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI)

Job Summary

The Institute wishes to recruit dynamic, result-oriented and self driven persons to fill the above vacant position.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 2 years

Job Description/Requirements

Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) is a State Corporation established in 1986 with obligation to undertake forest research, generate and promote improved technologies for sustainable management, conservation and development of forest and allied natural resources.



a) Duties and Responsibilities

• Plan and study relationships between rainfall, soil water and water use by tree species in different agro-ecological zone;
• Develop and coordinate multi-disciplinary research on ecosystem-based management, land-use, biodiversity,climate change and hydrology;
• Study and analyze the relationships between Forest ecosystems /plants and hydrology;
• Identifying knowledge gaps in hydrology for specific forest ecosystems and developing strategies/technologies to mitigate the gaps in order to improve their ecological integrity;
• Conduct assessments and evaluations of forest hydrology in different ecosystems to guide management and conservation initiatives;
• Collect, process and analyze data;
• Compile technical reports and findings;
• Supervising the implementation of dissemination activities that include Open days, field days, ASK shows, Radio and TV Talks;
• Supervise and mentor junior staff and students on attachment in hydrology
• Proposal writing to seek for funding from within and outside the Institute;
• Collaborate with other Scientists in the Institute and other partner institutions locally, regionally and internationally to implement various interdisciplinary research activities;
• Disseminating research findings in local and international fora that include seminar, workshops, congress; and
• Any other duty as assigned from time to time.

b) Requirements for Appointment
i) Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum aggregate ‘C+’ (C plus) or its equivalent qualification from a recognized institution;
ii) At least an Upper Second Honors in Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, Ecology, Soil Science or its equivalent from a recognized institution;
iii) Master’s degree in Forest hydrology/ Watershed Management or Natural Resources, Forestry, Environmental Science or related field with strong bias in hydrology or its equivalent from a recognized institution;
iv) Should have published at least two (2) Journal papers in the relevant journal;
v) Strong planning and time management skills with the ability to prioritize tasks and meet strict deadlines;
vi) Strong verbal and written communication skills, including excellent presentation skills with the ability to engage audiences locally, regionally and globally;
vii) Working experience in the same field is an added advantage;
viii) Being a member of a professional body will be an added advantage; and
ix) Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognized institution.

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