Senior Research Fellow/Research Fellow in Applied Anthropology

University of Botswana Okavango Research Institute

Senior Research Fellow/ Research Fellow in Applied Anthropology (Contract Position)





Applications are invited for the position of Senior Research Fellow/Research Fellow at the Okavango Research Institute (ORI). The Institute is based in Maun in the North Western part of Botswana and specializes in natural resources management, sustainable natural resource use and conservation in the world-famous Okavango Delta and the Kgalagadi (Kalahari) region. The Institute has a good library (a branch of the University Library in Gaborone) and excellent research laboratories. The Institute attracts significant international funding and is becoming generally acknowledged as a global research leader in natural resources management. Additional information on ORI including its Strategic Plan can be found on

Duties: The successful candidate will be expected to; (i) conduct inter-disciplinary research in applied anthropology, which generally encompasses physical/biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology. Specifically, the suitable candidate must be willing to conduct pro-poor development research in community health, gender issues, rural livelihoods and other cognate subject-matter; (ii) write papers in international peer reviewed journals; (iii) regularly attending national and international conferences. Although the duties are primarily research, the successful candidate will be expected to develop and teach courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels. S/he will also be required to perform all other duties as assigned by the Director/Deputy Director.

Requirements for Senior Research Fellow: The candidate should have/be; (i) a PhD degree in Anthropology or related fields with a focus on Applied Anthropology; (ii) a minimum of 10 pieces of research products (e.g. articles, book chapters, peer reviewed conference proceedings etc.) published by recognized publishers; (iii) seven (7) of the ten (10) publications above must be articles in refereed/ accredited journals indexed in internationally recognized indexing databases; (iv) the remaining three (3) publications could be journal articles, book chapters, peer reviewed conference proceedings etc. published by recognized publishers. An academic book may  be equivalent to a maximum of four (4)articles in refereed/accredited journals, depending on the quality and standing of the publisher; (v) sustained research output: a minimum of 5 peer reviewed publications (e.g. journal articles, book chapter, peer reviewed conference proceedings, etc.) every two years shall constitute sustained research output; (vi) scholarly presentations at national and/ or international conferences; (vii) the candidate must be first author in at least half of the required journal publications, depending on disciplinary expectations; (viii) publications are spread nationally and/or internationally and across journals; (ix) some research impact, including but not limited to citations, h-index, patents, policy applications, peer reviews, publications that are prescribed texts in other institutions etc. (required, at least 1 of these); (x) recognized as being of at least national research standing (e.g. reviewer for refereed/ accredited national and regional publishers; editorial board member of at least a national publisher in a relevant field; invitation as keynote speaker at national and/ or international conferences. (required in at least 1 of these). The following will be added advantages; (i) sustained research activity: on-going internally and/ or externally-supported research (e.g. funded/commissioned); (ii) Research awards and other forms of research recognition, where appropriate and (iii) examiner/moderator/assessor for undergraduate and/or postgraduate projects nationally.

Research Fellow: Applicants should: (i) possess a PhD degree in Anthropology or related fields with a focus on Applied Anthropology; (ii) show evidence of engagement in research (i.e., proof of submitted manuscripts and/ or published journal articles, book chapters, peer reviewed conference proceedings, etc. in reputable outlets). The following will be considered as added advantages: (a) university teaching experience or equivalent, (b) a publication record (journal articles, book chapters, peer reviewed conference proceedings, etc.) in the field of climate change adaptation, (c) evidence of governance and social engagement at departmental/faculty/university level (e.g., member/ secretary of a committee/task group/board, participation in departmental/faculty administration and committees, departmental/faculty representative to other bodies, etc.).

For the Senior Research Fellow position, the curriculum vitae should contain a detailed list of published works, clearly specifying titles of publications, ISBN numbers (for books, book chapters and conference proceedings), dates of publications, names of publishers, name/s of co-authors if any and number of pages. The works should be categorized into books, book chapters, refereed journals, non-refereed works, consultancies, and practical media projects.

Remuneration: The University offers competitive salaries and benefits commensurate with experience and qualifications.

How to Apply: Letters of applications are to address the stated qualifications and provide any other information to assist the University to determine your suitability for the position. You should quote the vacancy number of the post applied for; provide current CVs (including telephone, telex and telefax number and e-mail), certified true copies of educational certificates, transcripts and names and addresses of three referees.

Applicants should inform their referees to (i) quote the Vacancy Number(s) and Position(s) applied for and (ii) submit their references directly to the below address before the stipulated closing date. Send your application to: The Human Resources Officer, Okavango Research Institute, Private Bag 285 Maun, Botswana, Tel. 6817228; Fax. 6861835: E-mail:

Hand delivered applications should be submitted to Human Resource Officer (Admin Building ORI). 

NB: Please note that applications with incomplete information shall not be acknowledged. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted     

Closing Date:    Open Until Filled