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Scientist- Restoration of Rangeland Health and Earth Observation


  • Organization: ICRAF - The World Agroforestry Centre
  • Location: Nairobi
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Environment
    • Outer space and satellite technology
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date: Closed

Reference number: 202420
Job status: In-progress
Job category: Global Position
Duty station: Nairobi, Kenya
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The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) envision a more equitable world where trees in all landscapes, from drylands to the humid tropics, enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR and ICRAF are non-profit science institutions that build and apply evidence to today’s most pressing challenges, including energy insecurity and the climate and biodiversity crises. Over a combined total of 65 years, we have built vast knowledge on forests and trees outside of forests in agricultural landscapes (agroforestry). Using a multidisciplinary approach, we seek to improve lives and to protect and restore ecosystems. Our work focuses on innovative research, partnering for impact, and engaging with stakeholders on policies and practices to benefit people and the planet. Founded in 1993 and 1978, CIFOR and ICRAF are members of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food secure future dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources.

CIFOR-ICRAF is looking for a

Scientist- Restoration of Rangeland Health and Earth Observation


Under the supervision of the head of Spatial Data Science and Applied Learning Lab (SPACIAL), the International Scientist – Restoration of Rangeland Health and Earth Observation will work as part of the Restore4More project, leading research on restoration rangeland health in the nexus of biodiversity, water, and climate. The primary geographical focus will be East Africa, but with contributions to work being conducted across rangelands globally. The Restore4More project works towards large-scale, long-lasting, and effective land restoration in drylands for increased climate change adaptation and mitigations, and water and food security. This position is critical for this agenda and will part of a transdisciplinary team. Key aspects of the role will be to lead a unique combination of structured field data collection at scale and experiments, including the use of earth observation, modelling, and participatory action research. The position will also supervise scientists, interns, and students.

Duties and responsibilities

1.Conduct transdisciplinary research with key stakeholder groups using a co-learning and knowledge exchange approach. This will include using a unique combination of field data and experiments, earth observation, modelling, participatory action research and mixed methods.

2.Contribute to on-going projects across the global CIFOR-ICRAF portfolio with research design, data analysis and development of scientific publications.

3.Contribute to the development of decision support systems such as interactive dashboards and online platforms.

4.Represent CIFOR-ICRAF at conferences and/or meetings from a technical remote sensing / data science perspective.

5.Supervise scientists, students and interns as needed.


  • PhD in ecology, soil science, water science or related field.
  • Minimum 3 years of research experience.
  • Background in spatial data science and earth observation.
  • Some experience in machine learning and AI is a plus.

Education, knowledge and experience

•PhD in ecology, soil science, water science or related field.
•Minimum 3 years of research experience.
•Background in spatial data science and earth observation.
•Some experience in machine learning and AI is a plus.

Terms and conditions

•This is a Globally Recruited position. This is a Globally Recruited position. CIFOR-ICRAF offers competitive remuneration in USD commensurate with skills and experience.
•The duty station will be in Nairobi, Kenya CIFOR-ICRAF Offices.

Application process

The application deadline is 15 Apr 2024
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.

This vacancy is now closed.
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