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Senior Researcher at Practical Action International: DEADLINE IS TODAY, APPLY NOW!

Position details

Date of expiry:25 April 2023
Location:Kathmandu, Nepal
Employment status:Permanent

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About the Senior Researcher role

The Senior Researcher will lead qualitative research and analysis exploring how institutions and actors have influenced climate change adaptation measurement approaches and the resulting impacts of measurement on national and international norms, policies and practices. The Senior Researcher will lead research into national planning processes on climate change adaptation in Nepal and other countries in the region working as part of an international project with collaborators at University College London and the African Research and Impact Network.

The Senior Researcher role will involve leading and designing semi-structured interviews, developing theoretical frameworks, observing national and international policy processes and adaptation programmes, analysing documents and engaging with a range of policy stakeholders.  The Senior Researcher will need to collaborate closely with the rest of the team to make the multi-scalar linkages between the research sites. This will involve attending annual retreats, write shops and undertaking collaborative coding.

About you

You have a Ph.D in Human Geography, Environmental Sciences, International Relations, Science and Technology Studies, Political Science or related fields and have  sound knowledge and working experience in climate change adaptation, national and international climate policy and UN negotiation process mainly in global goal on adaptation. Excellent knowledge on national adaptation plan, and priorities, climate change related institutions and their role. You have good understanding of gender and social inclusion and its linkages with climate change adaptation. You have proven experience in national policy making process on climate change, climate finance and climate change adaptation. You have sound communication and writing skills in English.

Why join Practical Action?

The opportunity to work for an organisation that is making a positive difference to the lives of people worldwide, a friendly and supportive culture, working with values driven and highly engaged colleagues, work life balance and flexible working – these are just some of the reasons we think Practical Action is a great place to work.

In addition, Practical Action offer the following benefits in addition to the Social Security Fund benefits in Nepal:

  • Annual holiday entitlement is 18 days in addition to public holidays
  • Agile working arrangements
  • Baby care room, flexible lactating hours for new mothers and appropriate arrangement for childminders

About Practical Action

Practical Action is a change making organisation that works in unconventional ways. It puts ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

Practical Action do things differently, so answers that start small can grow big – bringing people together in bold collaborations, using innovation and knowledge to build futures free from poverty and help shape a world that works better for everyone.

Additional information

Practical Action treat all applications for employment fairly regardless of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, caste, tribe, belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, caring responsibilities, sexual orientation, or disability.

Practical Action is committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks including criminal checks and terrorist financing.

To ensure that Practical Action meets its obligations of safer recruitment, appointment to posts within Practical Action will be subject to a satisfactory criminal check. Criminal checks will be conducted for all roles.

The successful applicant for Senior Researcher role must already have the right to both live and work in Nepal and should be willing and able to travel.

Closing date for applications: 25 April 2023

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