Ethnobotany- Research Assistant

  • Summer
  • Remote
  • $19/hour CDN / Year
  • Mar 28, 2024

Tearfund Canada

As an Ethno-botany research assistant, you will play an essential role in a growing, dynamic, international nonprofit and will be expected to give it your all, take initiative, and take Tearfund to new heights.
You will work directly with the Program Manager (East Africa) to strategically grow the understanding and
capacity of Tearfund Canada and its implementing partners in ethno-botanical applications in East Africa.
Alongside other staff in the organization, and alongside implementing partner staff, you will balance ethnobotanical desk-research and analytical skills with collaboration to produce excellent results.
As part of the internship, you will refine your skills and have a defined set of goals which will regularly be
evaluated. You will have weekly meetings with your supervisor to learn where you can improve your expertise
and be well-positioned to meet future career goals.

Overview of Activities
The Ethno-botany Research Assistant is responsible for reviewing and analyzing existing data on ethno-botany
from Tearfund and from the implementing partners in Ethiopia and Kenya.
We are looking to hire a dependable ethno-botany research assistant to work on various Tearfund projects.
The researcher’s duties include and may not be limited to:
● Learn and deepen your understanding of the role of ethno-botany in nature-based solutions in
international development from our partners in the Global South
● Learn and deepen your understanding of the role of ethno-botany in creation care, nature-based
solutions and improved livelihoods, and the role of the church and government in ethnobotany at
local, regional and national levels
● Literature review of current and historical ethno-botanical data and uses in East Africa
● Connect with implementing partners for ethno-botanical data, reports and analysis
● Research, identify, and help build strategy for ethno-botany applications, including identification,
propagation, preservation, multiplication, uses, value-chains, and community-led benefits of ethnobotany.
● Write briefs and reports of findings
● Present findings to various stakeholders internally and externally
● Prepare and deliver presentations and communicate effectively internally and externally
● Work collaboratively with the Tearfund Canada Team, gathering and sharing ethno-botany stories of
Creation Care and Livelihoods impact in the Global South
● Provide ethno-botany support to the Program Manager (East Africa)
● Any other duties as assigned by your supervisor

Skills and Responsibilities
The successful Ethno-botany Research Assistant candidate will have various prerequisite skills and
responsibilities required for the duties of this job, including:
● A passion for God’s natural creation and how it can be sustainably used to restore biodiversity and
improve livelihoods
● A passion and ability to listen and learn and a systems thinker
● Ability to perform literature review, interpret research specifications and develop a workplan that will
meet the goals
● An effective, cross-disciplinary desk-researcher, reviewer and analyst with the ability to anticipate
research questions and issues for further research and resolution
● An excellent writer and presenter
● Excellent in verbal and written communication and interdisciplinary collaboration internally and
externally
● Must be detail oriented and organized in research approaches
● Approach each situation with positive and constructive energy
● Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Dropbox are required
● Proven track record of being highly motivated and driven to perform and follow through
● Follow a strict code of ethics and always protect confidential information

Qualifications
● Fully aligned with the vision, mission, and values of Tearfund Canada
● Completed or working towards a degree/diploma in ethno-botany, ecology, environmental science,
biodiversity, economic botany or similar
● A team player, who is also self-driven, entrepreneurial and able to work independently without
supervision
● Able to get things done. Willing to roll-up sleeves and do what is needed. Will seek out the answer if
doesn’t know how to do something

Application
To apply, kindly email us your cover letter and resume to hr@tearfund.ca. Your cover letter should include a
description of the following:
1. Why you are the right fit for this position
2. Your related education and experience
3. How you would integrate faith with this role

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