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Research Associate – gender transformative approach in a living lab

Key Responsibilities

  • Collect and collate data and information to Support the development of a gender transformative conceptual framework for the living lab for food system transformation research.
  • Prepare relevant project reports and data sets  to facilitate process of structural development of the living lab, focusing on power imbalances, gender transformation and inclusiveness. 
  • Develop and managestakeholder profiles in terms of power and inclusion together with WP colleagues and living lab partners. 
  • Identify and adopt innovative tools for capacity building and leadership on gender, youth and social inclusion, such as mentoring and coaching and people2people training, training on inclusive facilitation and GTA. 
  •  In consultation with Mitigate+ gender experts, review inputs to ensure the inclusion and mainstreaming of  gender transformative agenda in the living lab approach
  • Coordinate and organize research activities, workshops, and conferences to facilitate organizational development, stakeholder integration and development of research agendas with PAR approaches.


  • Bachelors Degree in social sciences, development studies, gender studies, extension with a minimum of five years relevant experience
  • Background in promoting gender equality, gender transformative approaches, gender-responsive research and social inclusion
  • Experience in social research, participation, gender, qualitative research methods,
  • Facilitation and / or adult teaching skills
  • Experience with conducting participatory research, stakeholder mapping and stakeholder engagement in Kenyan context.
  • Experience in data analysis and interpretation for both basic quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Experience with use of software like R or STATA for quantitative data analysis, experience with NVIVO or similar qualitative research analysis software.
  • General experience in agriculture related value chains, food systems, climate change and mitigation is a plus.
  • Good communication and networking skills.
  • Passionate about promoting gender equality and social inclusion.
  • Ability to deal with resistance in a positive way, solution oriented.
  • Either based in Rift Valley or with sound work experience in Nandi County.
  • Fluency in English and Swahili, and preferably also Kalenjin.


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