Consultancy: Water & Climate Knowledge Broker for Sub-Saharan Africa (Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor (UPGro))

Skat Foundation

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The UPGro Knowledge Broker team is looking for support for increasing the impact of academic research on groundwater in Sub-Saharan Africa, see below and attached profile.

Download the job description: UPGro Africa Water and Climate Knowledge Broker 19Feb

Project Description

Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor (UPGro),  is a seven-year international research programme (2013-2020) which is jointly funded by UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).  Over 130 of the world’s best researchers from 43 organisations across Africa and Europe are focused on improving the evidence base around groundwater availability and management in Sub-Saharan Africa. The goal is to ensure that the hidden wealth of Africa’s aquifers benefit all citizens and the poorest in particular. UPGro projects are interdisciplinary, linking the social and natural sciences to address this challenge.

There are five “Consortium” research projects working across West and East Africa.

Skat Foundation is the Knowledge Broker for UPGro charged with maximising the academic and development impact of the research through connecting and communicating with research users.

Role Description

“Water Resources & Climate Knowledge Broker” is an exciting opportunity to be at the cutting edge of Interdisciplinary African groundwater research and to connect and engage with a wide range of organisations and individuals globally and across Sub-Saharan Africa specifically.

We are looking for an out-going, influential individual who is interested in strengthening evidence-based decision-making and raising the profile of groundwater in the wider debates around the future of climate and water in Sub-Saharan Africa.

This role is suitable for a mid-career or senior water resources specialist with a strong background in climate change and poverty

The position will be part of the UPGro Knowledge Broker team, reporting to the Team Leader, and can be home-based. Travel to meetings and conferences may be required and time and travel costs will be paid for as required.