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Wanted: research partner to examine the emerging artisanal copper value chain and the role of Chinese businesses in Tanzania

In January 2015, IIED and CIFOR started the research project “Africa China Informal Resources Trade” exploring the role of Chinese actors and/or markets in Africa’s informal natural resources extraction and production. The project addresses two key development challenges and opportunities concerning Africa’s natural resource governance today: the growth of the informal commodity trade and engagement with China.

The project aims to: “identify opportunities and challenges for poverty alleviation, sustainable resource use and governance associated with the growing China-Africa informal commodity trade– particularly in light of the growing informal economy in sub-Saharan Africa – and whether China is unique in its socio-economic and environmental impacts vis-à-vis other foreign actors”

The research focuses on three sectors: agriculture (Zambia and Zimbabwe), timber (Zambia) and mining (Tanzania). The project duration is from January 2015 to January 2018. It is funded by the Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department of International Development (DFID) of the UK.

Mining package:

We are currently seeking a research partner in the mining research package, which is managed by Dr. George Schoneveld of CIFOR, Nairobi. The mining package specifically examines the emerging artisanal copper value chain and the role of Chinese businesses in Tanzania. The research includes value chain analysis, political economy analysis and social and environmental impact analysis of the trade.

We are seeking a research partner (possibly a team of a senior and junior researcher) who will dedicate about 60 days a year (for the senior researcher) and 60 days a year (for one or two junior researchers) to undertake fieldwork and produce field reports.

Specific activities: 

  • Undertake scoping activities in Katavi and Mbeya region
  • Conduct key informant interviews with relevant stakeholders from the public and private sector following semi-structured approach
  • Conduct structured surveys with X number (tbc) of ASM pitholders, miners and traders
  • Conduct focus group discussions with rural communities 
  • Insert data into dataset
  • Write field research reports

Duration: November 2015 to April 2017

Location: 2 separate sites in to be determined locations

Qualifications and experience required:

  • Post-graduate degrees and extensive research experience in related fields (natural resource governance, geography, political economy, environmental policy) 
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; fluency in Swahili/local languages preferred
  • Experience in working with/for international organizations

Please contact Dr. George Schoneveld (g.schoneveld@cgiar.org) and Xue Weng (xiaoxue.weng@iied.org) asap with a cover letter and a CV if interested.

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