Graduate Research Internship

The  Namibia  University  of  Science  and  Technology  (NUST)  was  recently  awarded  the  European  Union  Grant Project Horizon 2020 SteamBioAfrica (Grant Agreement 101036401).
Innovative Large-Scale Production of Affordable Clean Burning Solid Biofuel and Water in Southern Africa:Transforming Bush Encroachment from a Problem into a Secure and Sustainable Energy Source (SteamBioAfrica) Project:  SteamBioAfrica will adapt, tailor, and advance the results from the Horizon 2020 project SteamBio (Grant agreement  636865). SteamBio demonstrated innovative continuous Superheated Steam (SHS) processing of  agro-forestry  biomass  into  clean  burning  solid  biofuel. This  was  recognised  by the  EU  Innovation Radar as a market ready innovation with three SMEs identified as key innovators, bringing these innovations to SteamBioAfrica. Across Southern Africa, invasive encroachment by bush and other woody species, aggravated by climate change, is creating environmental, social, and economic damage.
NUST  is  the  Namibian  lead  institution  on  this  European  Union  funded  project  and  will  serve  as  the  country coordinator  and  one  of  the  work  package  leaders.  Total  funding  is  EUR  642,860  for  NUST  and  EUR  3,322,598 towards Namibia. The project has multiple Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) focused on research and development which will lead to various research reports and multiple journal publications of which NUST is the task leader.
The SteambioAfrica Project is seeking a graduate to join the team as a Graduate Research Intern.

Key Performance Areas:
Assist  with  the  Market  Analysis  and  Value  Chain  Development  (MAVCD)  research  by participating  in  the background research process and baseline data collection; Assist with MAVCD communications by contributing to project technical and annual reports; Lead local data collection by coordinating interviews with stakeholders and carrying out social analysis; Assist with regional MAVCD work by coordinating with other regional project partners and stakeholders; Assist with scientific publication by contributing to various scientific reports and journals; Assist with  general  marketing  by  contributing  to  articles,  relevant  event  and  media  creations;  Assist  with  research logistical and administrative matters as assigned by the Principal Investigator.

Education Requirements:  
A Bachelors Degree (NQF7) or Bachelors Honours Degree (NQF8) in Business Management or Logistics and Supply Chain Management or related field.  

Knowledge and Skills Requirements:

  1. Knowledge of Market Assessment and Value Chain Development theory and application in relevant areas
  2. Experience in administering questionaires and collecting data is essential.
  3. Experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  4. Knowledge of and experience conducting statistical data analysis is advantageous
  5. Excellent oral and written English communication, computer and interpersonal skills.

Application Procedure
Suitably  qualified  individuals  with  a  record  of  achievement  and  proven  capacity  to  conduct effective  and  high-quality research can apply by submitting their motivation letter and a detailed CV via email to  
Please enter the title of the position (Graduate Research Intern) in the e-mail subject line.

Terms and Conditions:

  1. Applicant must be a Namibian citizen.
  2. Applicant must be in possession of a valid passport or be able to obtain one upon selection.
  3. Applicant  must  be  willing  and  able  to  travel  to  various  locations  in  Namibia,  and  if  necessary  to  South Africa and Botswana.
  4. The Graduate Research Intern will be appointed for 12 months.

Contact: Ms Paulina Haikola, Project Manager. Email: Phone: +264 61 207 2403
Closing date: 25 November 2021

Closing Date:

SteambioAfrica Project_Graduate Research Internship_2021.pdf