Call for applications

Research Coordinators - ERAIFT

The UK Research and Innovation’s Global Challenges Research Fund is funding the UKRI GCRF Trade, Development and the Environment Hub, led by the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). This research hub is bringing together over 50 organisations from 15 different countries to help make trade sustainable for people and the planet.

Together, these partners from industry, trade agencies, research, governments and civil society will study all stages of various supply chains, revealing damaging links and potential ways to make lasting change. ERAIFT will be involved in research looking at the trade in wildmeat. Across the project trade in various commodities will be investigated in Brazil, Cameroon, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Indonesia, Republic of Congo, and Tanzania.

The Postgraduate Regional School for Integrated Management and Planning of Forests and Tropical Territories (ERAIFT) is a Regional School, under the auspices of UNESCO (Category 2 Center). The originality of the School is its intersectoral and interdisciplinary, participatory, global and integrated approach, a systemic approach. This is the educational and conceptual basis of ERAIFT.

WCS uses science to discover and understand the natural world. This knowledge helps us engage and inspire decision-makers, communities, and millions of supporters to take action with us to protect the wildlife and wild places we all care about. WCS scientists study what wildlife species need to thrive. With this knowledge we invest in abating threats to wildlife within their most important strongholds and the corridors that connect them. We target large, iconic, wide-ranging species because of their intrinsic value and because they are vital to ecosystem health. By saving them, we protect all other biodiversity that shelters under their conservation canopy. Over the past century, WCS has established long-term conservation presence in the last wild places across the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania, built strong and trusting partnerships, and acquired a depth of knowledge that ensures effective conservation action. We protect these last wild places because they are intact, biodiverse, most resilient to climate change, and bastions for large, iconic wildlife species.

WCS operates the largest and longest standing field conservation program in Africa. Our projects span the natural diversity that is Africa—from the rich tropical forests of Nouabalé Ndoki deep in the Central Congo Basin to the remote and rugged savannahs of Ruaha in southern Tanzania. We work from the vertical slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes in Rwanda to the stunning land and seascapes of Antongil Bay in Madagascar. WCS protects some of the continent's most ecologically intact wild places like Niassa in Mozambique, while conducting groundbreaking research on some of the continent’s most iconic species, including forest elephants and Grauer’s gorillas. WCS is committed to conserving Africa’s wildlife through powerful partnerships designed to benefit people and nature, and has selected the best places to achieve long-term conservation success.

The project is city-focused due to the wide-ranging impacts of urban consumption on ecosystems, and wildlife in particular. WCS and ERAIFT are interested in what people eat in cities, where this food comes from, and how sustainable current consumption is in the long-term. We want to understand trends, i.e. how things are changing in Congo, and the effects this may have in the future.   

In the framework of a major UK government funded research project, ERAIFT has funding to establish an urban wildmeat research unit. This is a 3 year project. ERAIFT will be recruiting two research coordinators to oversee quantitative and qualitative aspects of research relating to the wildmeat trade in Kinshasa, with activities also anticipated in Brazzaville and Pointe Noire. This list of research themes is indicative and will likely evolve during the implementation of the research. Building on and in collaboration with research conducted over many years by the Wildlife Conservation Society. One or two positions available, either two part-time or one full-time.

The working language of the GCRF Trade Hub is English.

Qualitative assessments

-          Understand drivers of demand for wildmeat in urban areas, including profiling of consumers and their motives

-          Profile wild meat trade actors, their motives and trade dynamics

-          Understand political, economic and physical barriers to alternative animal protein production

-          Assessing the political and institutional barriers to law enforcement efficiency 


-          Track economic indicators of change in wild meat and substitute trade dynamics

-          Determine the availability and origin of alternative animal proteins in urban and peri-urban areas (beef, chicken, fish etc)

-          Evaluate the impact of demand reduction interventions


-          The research coordinators will not be expected to do all of the investigations themselves, they will have oversight of students, consultants and other experts from within the broader GCRF hub.

Level of investment can be negotiated between a full-time and a part-time position. Salary negotiable.

The successful candidate will report to the Trade Hub Senior Research Coordinator, Theodore Trefon.

Professional profile

-          Proven social science background is required, i.e. sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology, marketing, human geography

-          Interest in understanding the wildmeat trade and consumption

-          Cultural sensitivity in terms of research methods

-          Minimum Master’s degree, preferably PhD

-          Experience in research coordination, either of large-scale social surveys or qualitative interviews, focus groups, participant observation

-          We are looking to recruit one research with a strong background in qualitative research, and one in large-scale quantitative surveys to work together on the different research topics.

-          Value chain analysis 

-          Track-record of publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals in relevant fields

-          Language abilities – fluency in English and French preferable, and solid working knowledge of Lingala.  


-          Physically present at ERAIFT in the new wildmeat research group

-          Coordination of research teams

-          Quality control over data collection

-          Responsible for the report writing based on data provided by support staff

-          Liaising with a postdoc working jointly between ERAIFT and the University of Oxford

-          Will be hired by ERAIFT (either as staff or consultants) and will conform to all ERAIFT policies and regulations


-          Will report to two senior research coordinators based at ERAIFT and WCS


-          Report writing

-          Publication of results in peer-reviewed journals

Selection process

1) written exercises

2) interviews

Six months consultancy

Availability – candidates should be available for work in January 2020

Application deadline – 30 December 2019

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