Location:                                WASCAL Competence Centre in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Duration of contract:            3 years fixed term renewable contract

WASCAL seeks to hire Regional Thematic Coordinator to consolidate its position as a leading  Regional Research Partner Institution in West Africa and to expand into new areas of work relevant to climate science, climate services and societal impacts. The Regional Thematic Coordinator will be responsible for WASCAL Research Theme 2 which is Risk and Vulnerability to Climate Extremes.  The position will be based at the WASCAL Competence Centre in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and will report to Director of Competence Centre/Head of research management and service provision. 

WASCAL is a research and education-focused institute designed to provide knowledge and climate services that should help tackle the climate change challenge and thereby enhance the resilience of human and environmental systems. It does so by strengthening the research capacity and infrastructure in West Africa related to climate change by pooling the expertise of ten West African countries and Germany. The West African countries include: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d‘Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo and Cape Verde.

WASCAL has its headquarters in Accra, Ghana, the Competence Centre in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and 12 graduate schools (PhD and MSc. Programs) in 12 host universities in across West Africa.

The WASCAL Research Program is aiming to  (i) develop qualitative and quantitative tools and models for linking bio-physical and socio-economic processes and feed-backs; (ii) use these models and tools to develop and analyse impact scenarios of climate change including the assessment of alternative land use options as a means to help society cope with the vagaries of climate change, both in climate trends as well as climate variability and extreme events and (iii) facilitate collaboration with research and donor institutions and organizations in West Africa to commonly identify constraints to adaptation and mitigation strategies in land use and how to master these.

The Regional Thematic Coordinator undertake the following duties among others:

  • Project Management and Administration (50%)
  • CES Provision (35%)
  • Research (15%)

Project Management and Administration (50%)

  • Program/Project management and grant management         
  • Supervise and coordinate the provision of support services to project managers and deliver relevant scientific inputs as needed
  • Establish documentation for project   commitments  (i.e. agreements, contracts, etc.)
  • Provide active guidance to project coordinators and partner institutions regarding research plans sampling strategies, training,          field work programming and measurement methods and other methodologies for reaching expected outcomes
  • Monitor and evaluate program/project performance against contract requirements, keep tracks of deliverables, and other performance goals, participate in the analysis and reporting for impact assessment
  • With consortia leaders, elaborate outlook budgets for the program and proposals to donors       and contractors, coordinate and schedule meetings and workshop among team members, and plan and coordinates regular   advisory board and steering committee meetings
  • Lead the drafting and the submission of grant proposals and coordinate recruitment and manage integration of a new staff members as needed
  • Act as the primary administrative point of contact for internal research staff and as the principle operational liaison for other research organizations, funding agencies and regulating bodies

CES Provision (35%)

  • Synthetize output from programs and or projects and identify salient results
  • Lead the development of climate and environmental information relevant for WASCAL member countries sectors and communities as well as regional political bodies
  • Identify, develop and implement ways of improving access to, and use of CES for sectors, communities and regional political bodies
  • Develop tools, approaches and products for effective delivery of CES and integration to day-to-day activities with support from the data management department
  • Establish training guidelines on technical aspects of CES, organize stakeholder engagement workshops and prepare communication materials for dissemination

Research (15%)

  • Provide scientific analysis and interpretation to support the timely delivery of the results and output
  • Contribute to knowledge products (reports, briefs, data products, scientific publications)
  • Carry out research, when relevant (e.g. in the framework of a project), and deliver science that can be used in practice by the West African adaptation community
  • Assist with reviews of knowledge products written by other RTCs

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Hydroclimate Scientist with background in both climate and water balances as well as surface runoff.
  • Good ICT and modeling skills
  • Ability to work in a flexible manner
  • High Decree of initiative and self-motivation
  • Good track record in resource mobilization and research proposal development
  • Experience in developing training materials and organizing and conducting trainings
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experience in working and interacting effectively with a variety of stakeholders, and demonstrated ability to collaborate well across disciplines and with key collaborative institutions and agencies
  • Research experience in interdisciplinary working environments
  • Strong publication and record in peer reviewing journals
  • Fluent spoken and written English, and conversant with French
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to generate new ideas and implement them
  • Ability to work as part of a dynamic and multicultural team
  • Work experience in West-African countries and willingness to travel is of an advantage

Application procedure:

Applications including a covering letter (no more than two pages) with a statement of motivation, and highlighting the candidate’s experience against the criteria listed above (desired skills and experience), and a curriculum vitae including a list a publications, with names addresses and e-mail addresses of three professional referees should be emailed to Please indicate “Research Theme 2” in the subject line.

The successful candidate will be appointed for an initial term of three (3) years.

Applications will be closed four weeks after publication. Applications will be acknowledged, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please visit for further information.

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