Postdoctoral researcher in social science (qualitative), in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Apply by 25 May 2022

We are seeking a motivated and qualified person for the position of Postdoctoral researcher in social science (qualitative), with theWater & Land Resource Centre (WLRC)at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

Please see the full job advert here.

The Postdoctoral Researcher (He/She) will work within the REACH Social Science team at the Water and Land Resource Centre (WLRC) and be required to: 

  • Individually lead and design social science research using qualitative methods, closely aligned with REACH research priorities to understand water security inequalities, especially in the Awash basin in pre-selected woreda(s): o Design data collection tools using qualitative methods; 
    • Undertake qualitative analyses; 
    • Frequent within-country travel to field site(s); 
  • Support with logistics of qualitative research led by senior researchers in WLRC and the University of Oxford, including hiring and training data collectors / enumerators; 
  • Advance research methodologies, ideas and materials independently and in collaboration with academic colleagues for high-quality research publications and presentations in public forums or academic conferences; 
  • Participate in workshops, meetings, and events for REACH; 
  • Engage with REACH’s research impact agenda including participation in the development of stakeholder engagement activities; 


The successful candidate will have:

  • PhD degree in social sciences/sociology/anthropology/development studies/international development or relevant field; 
  • Proven experience in leading qualitative data collection; 
  • Awareness of key issues and ideas within the social development agenda in Ethiopia; 
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research results, and represent the research group. 
  • An established publication record. 
  • [Desirable] Knowledge of Afaan Oromo and/or Afar languages, in addition to Amharic. 

To apply, applicants are required to submit:

  • Latest Curriculum Vitae including the names and contact details of at least two referees. 
  • A cover letter addressing how the applicant meets the requirements listed above. 

Applications should be addressed to before 25 May 2022: – 

  • Professor Katrina Charles, Email:; & 
  • Dr Catherine Grasham, Email:; & 
  • Dr Solomon Gebreyohannis Gebrehiwot, Email:; 

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. 

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