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The BAOQUALITY research project ( aims to develop solutions for better and more efficient processing of baobab fruits in Malawi, Kenya and Sudan and thereby contribute to food security and economic development in Africa. The consortium comprises 17 partners from the science sector, business and civil society from Germany and the partner countries.

We are currently seeking a qualified expert to support these goals in the Faculty of Life Sciences, Kleve Campus, to be filled from 1 November, 2021

Research Associate as project coordinator in the international research project BAOQUALITY

 Reference Number 02/F2/21

German TV-L pay scale level EG 13, fixed-term contract until 31.12.2022 according to § 2 Abs.2 (WissZeitVG), part-time with 50 % of the average weekly hours of the full-time equivalent.


  • Coordinate and monitor project activities and progress in close collaboration with the project partners
  • Contribute to the research work and publications, and co-supervise Master students
  • Synthesize project findings across work packages in close collaboration with the project leader
  • Support the administration of project funds and reporting activities
  • Prepare and help to conduct stakeholder workshops and other knowledge management initiatives
  • Communicate project activities and results through appropriate communication channels
  • Help to build support for creating favourable frame conditions for sustainable baobab management in the target region
  • Support the acquisition of further third-party funds


  • An above-average Master degree in agricultural or business economics, natural resource management or a related discipline. A PhD/ doctoral degree will be of advantage
  • Proven competency in quantitative and qualitative empirical social research, proficiency in inferential statistical methods, and/or the proven ability to contribute to interdisciplinary research works
  • Strong motivation to conduct and publish high-quality academic research
  • Proven project management skills and/or experience in managing and coordinating an international research consortium
  • Great personal initiative and proactive behavior
  • Excellent team and interpersonal skills and the desire to work in an international environment
  • Excellent German and English language skills
  • Work experience in Eastern or Southern Africa and/ or on baobab management and utilization will be of advantage


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Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is committed to the professional development and advancement of women. Female candidates are expressly welcomed and encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Gender Equality Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz NRW), in cases of equal suitability, aptitude and professional experience, female candidates shall be given preferential consideration over male candidates for vacancies in areas with proportionally fewer female employees, provided there are no specific, overriding reasons for giving preference to a specific male candidate.

In the event of equal suitability, preferential consideration will also be given to disabled candidates or candidates recognised as such by virtue of Section 2 (3) of the German Code of Social Law, Book IX (SGB IX).

Please submit your application through the following link: and add the usual application documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, diplomas, job references, proof of qualifications and, if applicable, proof of severe disability) in a single PDF file.


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