VIA Water Vacancy: Postdoctoral research position on innovation in the African water sector

Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f) 1 FTE/2 years

This position will help VIA Water (in cooperation with UNESCO-IHE and the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA)) to validate its processes, and explore and analyse how and under which conditions the VIA Water programme projects and their respective products, services and systems contribute to the fostering of innovations in the water sector.

The major aim of the research is to study and define key factors of success and failure for (social) water innovations in African countries. Special attention should be paid on the character of the change agents, main applicants and the partnerships. The developed insights will allow for better informed and empirically grounded decisions in policy making (both in Africa and in the Netherlands), and guide investment and project management in the water sector in Africa.

You can find the full vacancy here: vacancy_announcement_viawater_postdoc_2016.pdf(293.52 KB)

Please find more background information in the following document: background_information_on_postdoc_position_via_water.pdf(427.96 KB)

Applications (in English) should respond specifically to the requirements, and can be sent until 07.10.2016 including curriculum vitae, motivation letter and the names and contact details of two contactable referees (all together as one PDF file with your family name as the filename), to UNESCO-IHE, attn. Human Resource Management (E:, PO Box 3015, 2601 DA Delft, The Netherlands, stating vacancy-number 16-RE-02. For more information you can contact Willemijn Nagel, Programme coordinator and Knowledge manager ( or take a closer look at this VIA Water website and the background document.

The nominated candidates will be invited for an interview (through Skype) at 24.10.2016.

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