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Recruitment of Research Fellow - Gender and Development Specialist

The Bureau of Integrated Rural Development (BIRD), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana invites application for the position of a Research Fellow in the field of Gender Studies, or Gender and Development. The post holder will be engaged by KNUST but will be based at BIRD and will contribute to development of research and grants proposals, teaching and consultancy services. The research fellow will also contribute to his/her own research activities and also support a programme of research including collaborating with other team members, and undertake other tasks as directed by the Director of BIRD. BIRD values demonstrated excellence in research in a highly competitive environment. We seek an individual who is prepared to contribute to rigorous research - primarily in rural development issues utilising gender theory and practice. The ideal candidate will have proven experience in conceptualising, developing and implementing research projects/ programmes, with field research experience in Ghana and/or developing countries. S/he will have a record of high-quality research outputs and experience in communicating research to diverse audiences.


  1. Minimum of a PhD in Gender Studies, Gender Mainstreaming, Gender and Development or related field, with application to rural development and a minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience
  2. A proven professional record on rural development related gender research extending to study design, quantitative and qualitative analytic methods.
  3. Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, especially those necessary to communicate effectively to relevant academic and non-academic audiences using a range of media
  4. Experience in leading and developing a programme of research including ability to design and manage both qualitative and quantitative research in gender and rural development issues in Ghana and other developing countries
  5. Experience in applying gender theory in designing research, and the development and implementation of an evidence-based gender equity and women’s empowerment research strategy
  6. A strong publication track record including both scientific and policy papers in reputable journals
  7. Ability to manage open academic research and associated activities and to contribute to ideas for new research projects and research income generation
  8. Previous experience in grant and general proposal writing, design and conduct large household surveys in Ghana and other developing countries
  9. Proficient in quantitative and qualitative data analysis software (e.g., SPSS, Stata, R, NVivo, ATLAS.ti., MAXQDA)
  10. Ability to innovate and work effectively with scientists and research institutions on a global scale Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, especially those necessary to communicate effectively to relevant academic and non-academic audiences using a range of media

How to Apply

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online via (HERE!). You will be required to upload a cover letter indicating how you meet the job qualifications, certificates and CV as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 5:00pm (Ghana Time) on 15th June, 2024 can be considered.

About BIRD

The Bureau of Integrated Rural Development (BIRD) is one of the four research centres of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi.

BIRD offers a comprehensive multidisciplinary research, training, consultancy and advisory services in rural development. BIRD has both national and international reputation as one of the foremost University-based institutions for development with special expertise in rural development, project planning, and management and has excellent reputation for training. BIRD is proud of its practical contribution to rural development and its training programmes.

BIRD has worked in all the 16 regions of Ghana and has thorough knowledge of the 260 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs). BIRD prides itself with a good track record of effective community mobilisation, project initiation and implementation as well as monitoring and evaluation. BIRD has played a fundamental role in the economic and social development in rural areas in Ghana over the past 42 years and our aim is to enhance the development efforts of government, international development agencies, grassroot organizations, and private individuals. BIRD is seeking to recruit four (4) Research Fellows to join its team of enthusiastic staff.