Programme Researcher - Human Right to Food Initiative

Heinrich Boll Stiftung, Kenya

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
27th April, 2018

Job Description

Our client The Heinrich Böll Stiftung (hbs) is a German Political Foundation affiliated with the Green Party in the German Federal Parliament. The hbs Regional Office for East and Horn of Africa based in Nairobi acts as a people-centric green think-tank. We facilitate inclusive dialogues, offer expertise and, in partnership with like-minded people and organizations, develop innovative perspectives along the core themes: Gender Democracy, Sustainable Development and Regional Dialogue.

What are we looking for?

Heinrich Böll Stiftung is looking for a full-time Programme Researcher for the Human Right to Food Initiative (HRFI). The HFRI is a programme that implements an innovative communications and influencer-led approach to the problem of chronic food insecurity in Kenya.

In this context, the Programme Researcher would be responsible for carrying out and coordinating research-based tasks as well as generating evidence-based knowledge necessary to support HRFI programme activities. The role requires both an ability to synthesise pre-existing publicly available information as well as conceptualising and implementing HRFI-specific research assignments. The ideal individual will have diverse research, knowledge generation and information gathering experience and is as comfortable at their desk as they are doing field work. The successful candidate will be self-inspired to achieve social justice and democratic accountability in the country.  

Position is open to Kenyans only. Salary bracket is KES 2.6 Million to KES 2.87 Million annual salary plus benefits

Key roles and responsibilities


  • Provide overall, evidence-based guidance on the political orientation and prioritisation of HRFI programme activities.
  • Provide strategic analysis of longer term trends.
  • Contribute to the HRFI programme strategy by identify opportunities and needs from deep contextual understanding of political dynamics in Kenya,


  • Be the custodian of all facts and figures published by, or closely affiliated to, the HRFI.
  • Actively monitor and synthesise published research from local and international institutions insofar as it’s relevant to the HRFI programme strategy and present analysis at monthly team status meetings. This would include sourcing information from academic studies, but also mapping information trends from alternative sources such as blogs or media articles. 
  • Source and supply data for HRFI publications. For example, a Regional Food Atlas. 
  • Conduct adhoc research assignments deemed necessary by the HRFI team to close identified knowledge-gaps.
  • Carry out regular stakeholder and partner mapping tasks in targeted parts of Kenya or mapping of prominent actors within certain sectors / topic-categories.
  • Work with the programme team to write evidence-based blog articles and mainstream media submissions as well as fact-check articles authored by external individuals for the HRFI.
  • Work with the Programme Coordinator to develop data-driven design briefs for HRFI communications content.
  • On receipt of a detailed brief, support the HRFI project partners with information and evidence for various activities or public-facing engagements and fulfil a fact-checking / editing function if partner materials are readily available. 

Education and professional background

  • Masters Degree in Research, Political Science, Economics (Cooperation and Human Development), Environment, Health, Climate Change and Adaptation, Agricultural and Applied Economics, or related fields.
  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in an international organisation working in Kenya or the region.

Experience and skills-set

  • Recognising research problems | critical thinking | knowing current work in field | research methods | critical reviewing | documenting and reporting
  • Understanding the research context | complying with ethical requirements | following good research practice | understanding research funding and evaluation | justifying research methods | understanding academic and commercial exploitation
  • Organising your work | information management | using information sources | data storage & IT
  • Academic writing | presenting to non-academics | creative academic presentations | promotion of public understanding | knowledge-sharing and mentoring
  • Building relationships and continue to invest in established networks | working in a team within a diver multi-cultural setting | giving and receiving feedback

Person profile

  • A passion for social justice and a demonstrated commitment to the goals or priorities of the hbs
  • Highly motivated, pro-active individual able to work under minimal supervision
  • Ability to prioritize and act on initiative
  • Believes in creative and innovation, flexibility and open-mindedness.

How to apply

Send your application including a cover letter and a detailed CV highlighting relevant experience, details of current and expected salary, contact details and professional referees by close of business Friday 27th April 2018 to

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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