Project Research Assistants Needed

Led by the Director of Centre for Climate Change and Development, Professor Chukwumerije Okereke, The The Climate Change and Development Centre, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Nigeria and her partners – Techno Oil Limited and Africare – have won a small grant from the DFID funded Modern Energy Cooking Services -Technology Research Innovation for International Development [MECS-TRIID] for the implementation of a 6-month research project titled “Enhancing LPG Access for Semi-Urban Populations in Nigeria.”

Using two towns in South-East region of Nigeria (Okpanku, Aninri LGA Enugu State and Arondizuogu, Ideato North, LGA, Imo State) as pilot cases, the project seeks to establish the extent to which a fee-for-service delivery model offered via women cooperative groups can enhance wide and sustained adoption of modern energy cooking services based on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) among semi-urban populations in Nigeria.

The project will procure and distribute branded 6kg cylinders to two women groups – one each in Okpanku, and Arondizuogu on a use and pay basis. Training and awareness programmes will be provided to the beneficiaries and the larger communities on the household energy services and the use of LPG. The broad objective is to establish the extent to which cylinder recirculation model based on the ‘use and pay’ approach can encourage women in these two communities to move away from health and environmentally damaging ‘dirty cooking’ towards cleaner cooking with Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

The Project Management Team is in need of two [2] Project Research Assistants [PRAs] to undertake baseline survey as well as data collection and analysis on perception, attitude and behavior change regarding household cooking in the two study locations.

Please note that this is a temporary, short-term remunerated assignment that will last for six months. There is no offer of permanent employment or contract.

Candidates from these two project case study locations and surrounding communities will be preferred. Prospective candidates must be available to start work immediately.

Prospective Candidate Profile
First degree or final year from social sciences or humanities
Strong interest in issues of climate change, SDGs, environmental sustainability, and or behavior change
Strong analytical and writing skills
Strong knowledge of the two case study communities
Job Description
Candidates will be required to monitor and follow up on the 50-100 women who will be participating in the scheme to collect vital data required for the research project
Candidates will be able administer and analyze questionnaires
Write and submit weekly and/or monthly project reports summary as maybe required
Perform ancillary services related to the successful execution of the project
Expression of Interest
Interested candidates should please send their updated CVs and cover letters to and copy
Please kindly note that applications will be evaluated on a first come first served basis until the suitable candidates are chosen as the project is expected to take off from the second week of September 2019