Bioversity International is hiring a Research Fellow, Climate Action (internationally recruited position based in Nairobi, Kenya) : Apply Now!!

Job Description

The Organization

The Alliance of Bioversity International and International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) delivers research-based solutions that harness agricultural biodiversity and sustainably transform food systems to improve people’s lives. Alliance solutions address the global crises of malnutrition, climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation.

The Alliance works with local, national and multinational partners across Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, and with the public and private sectors. The Alliance is part of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future, dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources and ecosystem services.

Background of the position

We are seeking a Research Fellow to support climate-smart agriculture scaling as part of the Accelerating the Impact of CGIAR Research for Africa (AICCRA) project funded by the World Bank. This position will provide support in facilitating scaling efforts within the AICCRA Theme 2 “Climate-Smart Technologies and Practices”. It will be instrumental in coordinating scaling activities with AICCRA Country and Thematic Clusters, in an inclusive manner, building capacity of project staff and partners, fostering partnerships, and advancing the project’s objectives while concurrently engaging in rigorous academic research as well as monitoring and evaluation aligned with and boosting/enhancing the AICCRA project’s goals. 

The ideal candidate will provide technical guidance to advance the science and practice of scaling within AICCRA and more broadly across the Climate Action lever of the Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT. The ideal candidate will also play a crucial role in project management and reporting for AICCRA and contribute to fundraising on an as need basis.

Key duties & responsibilities

Scaling Coordination:

  • Co-develop and support implementation of a new scaling strategy/framework to scale project interventions across diverse geographical regions in Africa, placing particular emphasis on ‘responsible’ dimensions such as social inclusion and accounting for environmental trade-offs while also supporting adherence to the World Bank’s ‘Environmental and Social Safeguards’.
  • Coordinate with project stakeholders and partners, including researchers, policymakers, NGOs, and communities, to contribute to the effectiveness of scaling activities and through knowledge exchange, facilitate the sharing of lessons learned to maximize impact and sustainability.
  • Support monitoring and evaluation of scaling initiatives, gathering feedback and insights for continuous improvement, particularly in relation to the new framework.

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  • Conduct independent research aligned with and advancing the overarching goals of the AICCRA project, i.e. on participatory, community-led innovation methods.
  • Design and execute research as well as M&E methodologies, including data collection, analysis, and interpretation that can contribute to AICCRA’s repository of approaches in the “Learning Zone”.
  • Publish findings in peer-reviewed journals and present at relevant conferences, contributing to the academic discourse on climate change research in Africa.Support project teams in the integration of research findings into scaling strategies and programmatic activities.
  • Stay up to date with the latest developments in climate policy and science, including emerging trends, challenges, and opportunities, and integrate this knowledge into research projects and initiatives.

Project Management:

  • Assist in project planning and reporting related to scaling activities.
  • Track progress against milestones and deliverables, ensuring alignment with project timelines and objectives and suggest adjustments as relevant.
  • Support cross-functional teams in coordinating activities and addressing challenges related to scaling and research integration.

Outreach and Capacity Strengthening:

  • Lead and work with a team to organize and conduct capacity strengthening of African institutions, policy makers, students in fostering climate policy and investment action. This includes developing training materials, developing university/student curricula, organizing, and leading training events, and evaluating the effectiveness of capacity strengthening activities.
  • Communicate research findings through various channels, including blogs, policy briefs, discussion papers, social media, popular media, among others.


  • A master’s degree in a relevant field such as environmental science, climate change, development studies, or a related discipline. A Ph.D. candidate or holder is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in project coordination, preferably in the context of climate change research or development projects in Africa.
  • Strong research background with experience in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
  • Proven experience in working with gender and inclusion research tools and methodologies
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage effectively with diverse stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, multicultural environment.
  • Familiarity with the theory and application of monitoring and evaluation frameworks and tools is an asset.
  • Proven commitment to advancing climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts in Africa.
  • Strong English and at least intermediate French language skills are an asset.

Terms of employment

This is an internationally recruited position based in Nairobi, Kenya. The initial contract will be for two years subject to a probation period of six months and is renewable depending on performance and availability of resources.

This position is graded at BG08 level, in a scale of BG01 to BG14 (BG14 being the highest level according to the Alliance job classification framework policy). We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits including but not limited to insurance, retirement plan, staff training and development, paid time off and flexible working arrangements.

The Alliance Bioversity-CIAT is committed to fair, safe, and inclusive workplaces. We believe that diversity powers our innovation, contributes to our excellence, and is critical for our mission.

Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority. We encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes,

national or regional origins, ages, disability statuses, sexual orientations, marital status, and gender identities. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


Applicants are invited to visit here to get full details of the position and to submit their applications. Applications MUST include reference number 103642:  Research Fellow – Climate Action as the position applied for. Application and CV should be saved as one document using the candidate’s last name and first name for ease of sorting.

 Applications closing date: Friday, 6th May 2024

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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