Field Interviewer(s): Transnational Water Partnerships in Kenya

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Field Interviewer(s): Transnational Water Partnerships in Kenya

We are currently seeking social scientists to conduct and analyze a series of interviews in Kenya for the SFB700/D1 research project “Partnerships for Sustainable Development in Areas of Limited Statehood: Impact, Conditions for Success, and Meta-Governance”. This project explores the conditions for the success of transnational partnerships for sustainable development in fragile areas. The current project phase focuses on analyzing the impact of these partnerships and on investigating the assessments of relevant actors. As part of this phase, key actors in two fragile areas in Kenya (Kibera and the Lake Naivasha region) will be asked to assess:

  • the impact of partnership projects and their success conditions in fragile contexts in Kenya,
  • the lessons learned and the respective change management needed for better governing these partnerships in the future.

The D1 research project is part of the collaborative research center “SFB 700: Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Research Activities

The researcher(s) will conduct a series of about 25-30 in-person interviews in Nairobi and the Naivasha region, each lasting about 1 hour. The interview questions will be provided by the project team. The interviewees will be persons in

  • Kenyan partnership offices/contact persons of three water partnerships, namely:
    • Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)
    • Global Water Partnership (GWP)
    • Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS)
  • their local implementing partners,
  • local service providers and companies,
  • local community based organizations (e.g. water users’ associations) and other stakeholders affected by the projects of the three water partnerships,
  • state agencies, and
  • donor organizations’ representatives in Kenya that work with the three partnerships.

While an initial list of interview partners will be provided by the project team, additional contacts should be identified by the interviewers. All interviews are to take place between October 1st and November 30th 2015. The interviews must be well-documented (if possible digital recordings), and are to be qualitatively evaluated. This analysis will follow a template developed by the project team and result in 2-3 page written evaluations for each interview.


  • Academic background in social sciences with focus on qualitative methods
  • Experience in conducting scientific interviews, preferably in Kenya or a similar context
  • Knowledge of transnational partnerships and/or water governance issues
  • Knowledge of Kenyan government structure
  • Fluency in English is required, knowledge of Swahili is a strong plus for the local interviews.

Please send your offer to Lili Mundle (lili.mundle(at), Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, by August 31, 2015. It should include:

  • a cover letter
  • a CV
  • credentials/diplomas/certificates
  • a list of publications and/or work samples


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