PhD Student Search - REACH Programme (Kenya) [in Climate-Hydrogeology]
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Date and time: 
Wed, 2016-11-02 11:17
Location / Venue: 

Department of Geology

REACH is a seven-year global research programme (2015-2022) led by Oxford University with University of Nairobi as one of its international consortium of partners and funded with UK aid from the UK Government to improve water security for the poor by delivering world-class science that transforms policy and practice.

Improving water security is an important pathway to sustainable growth and poverty reduction. However, better evidence is needed to guide institutional and infrastructure investments which unlock growth opportunities and help people move out of poverty.

The REACH programme will improve water security for over five million poor people by:

  • generating new evidence on water security through an innovative, interdisciplinary, risk-based approach
  • establishing science, practitioner and enterprise partnerships to ground research in approaches that will benefit the poor
  • building capacity and networks for the next generation of water managers and scientists in Africa and South Asia.

More information on the REACH Programme can be obtained from:

The Position: 

Title PhD Student
University University of Nairobi
Department  Geology
Location Nairobi, with fieldwork visits to Turkana and Kitui Counties
Stipend £400 per month
Hours Full time 
Contract type Fixed-term (3 years) 
Restrictions Open to Kenya citizens only

Reporting to

Professor Daniel Olago, Dr. Gilbert Ouma
Starting Date 1 December 2016
Additional information

The REACH Programme will offer supervision and all operational costs directly related to the research work. The position is supported by a grant from the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID).

The student will be based in University of Nairobi and will be engaged in the following research activities:

  • Assembly, review and analysis of existing information and data on climate, surface hydrology and hydrogeology of the study sites to advance the scientific understanding of the variability of the groundwater resource
  • Carry out well designed geophysical surveys to gain a better understanding of the aquifer geometry and characteristics
  • Using a suite of physical, geochemical and isotopic approaches, elucidate the climate-surface water-groundwater interactions and link climate to groundwater recharge and quality variation.
  • Contributions to and authorship of top-quality peer reviewed manuscripts in leading journals.
  • Disseminate research findings by presenting results at conferences, participating in workshops or exhibiting work at other appropriate events, and providing material for the project web site and the sponsors, DFID.



  • Hold a relevant BSc. and MSc. degree that is admissible in the University of Nairobi's Department of Geology
  • Knowledge of hydrometeorology, hydrogeology, and geophysical surveys
  • Proven research skills in analysis of climate, surface water and groundwater data
  • Experience in working with relevant models
  • Desire to learn and explore new intellectual territory
  • Motivation and ability to work collaboratively in a large multi-stakeholder project including multiple disciplines, cultures, languages and environments
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision


  • Experience of reporting and presenting research findings to a variety of audiences
  • Familiarity with multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary approaches to research 

How to apply

Applications should include the following: (1) cover letter, (2) a 500 word motivation statement related to the proposed studentship research theme (3) A two page CV (4) certified copies of BSc and MSc degree certificates, (5) two academic and one non-academic references.

Applications should be submitted and received on or before midnight (East African Time) on 15th November 2016 and should be sent by email to:


Applications should be addressed to:

Country Director - REACH Programme,

Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA),

University of Nairobi


Women are encouraged to apply.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and interviewed on a date to be specified to them in November 2016 at the REACH (Kenya) Office, University of Nairobi.

Expiry Date: 
Sat, 2019-11-30 (All day)
Contact Person: 

Prof. Daniel Olago