Call for Junior Researchers: Strengthening leadership & influence of women in politics (Rift Valley Institute)

Call for Junior Researchers: Strengthening the leadership and influence of women in politics in Kenya

Application deadline 25 September

The Rift Valley Institute seeks 3 current or recent MA, MSc, or PhD graduates to
conduct 11 weeks of field research from 10 October to 23 December 2016.

Project leaders are a team of Kenyan and US academics and activists working on
a research project funded by the East Africa Research Fund (EARF) on behalf of
the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DfID). The main objective of the study is to map the representation of women in the Government of Kenya following the enactment of the 2010 Constitution and introduction of the two third gender rule; and test the hypothesis that increased representation of women in government has a positive influence on human and economic development outcomes at both county and national levels in Kenya.

Researchers will be paid a stipend and all expenses will be covered upon participation in the team process, meeting reporting deadlines, and justification of expenses…

Researchers will be required to contribute to two streams of research:

  • Data mapping of the number of women represented in decision-making roles in the GoK at both county and national level. This will be achieved through a review of grey literature and a comprehensive telephone survey of women elected to positions in county and national political structures.
  • County level research on the barriers and enablers to increased representation of women in decision-making roles in the GoK and political structures at county and national level. This will be achieved through conducting field research in three counties (Kisumu, Kilifi and Nyandarua).


  • Arrange and conduct interviews with key informants at county and national level;
  • Arrange and conduct focus groups;
  • Gather relevant reports and data from county offices and other stakeholders;
  • With other Junior Researchers, conduct national telephone survey of women in government positions;
  • Participate in training workshops in Nairobi;
  • Recruit and manage local fixers to facilitate interviews;
  • Create database of key contacts.

Person specification

  • Experience and knowledge of Kisumu, Kilifi and Nyandarua counties highly desirable;
  • Current or recent MA, MSc of PhD student in Political Science, Public Administration, Gender, Development or similar;
  • Experience conducting qualitative research independently and part of a team;
  • Ability to travel for extended periods;
  • Commitment to pursuing an academic or research career;
  • Confident, self-starter able to establish connections with relevant stakeholders and work for periods without supervision.

Application procedure

Applications should be made online by completing the application form here:

The application deadline is 25 September 23:59 EAT.

Interviews will take place on 3 October in Nairobi. Successful candidates will be notified on 5 October and are expected to begin immediately.

Coming via British Institute in Eastern Africa:

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