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Fortune Gomo
Postdoctoral Research Assistant , University
Dundee, United Kingdom
Environmental and water management expert with 5 years of international research and work experience. Currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the United Kingdom, seeks long term appointments. Can relocate.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
Professional Experience:
I have 5 years of extensive work experience in water and environmental resources management. In my current role as Postdoctoral Research Assistant, I'm working on a project entitled, 'Tackling water-health interactions in rural Malawi', being carried out in partnership between University of Dundee's Department of Geography and Environmental Science and School of Dentistry and Medicine and Fisherman's Rest, an NGO in Malawi. My role includes assessment of drinking water quality parameters including fluoride, iron, hardness, alkalinity, pH, conductivity, chloride, and sulfites; geospatial analysis of variability in water access and security in the study area; capacity building and supervision of the Fisherman's Rest team in Malawi; assessment of water-health linkages between water fluoride and dental fluorosis in school-going children in schools surrounding boreholes and other groundwater sources.

Prior to my Ph.D., I worked for 2 years on the Power2Flow Project with Delft-IHE, which looked at strategies for environmental flow implementation in the Zambezi river basin without detriment to the hydropower sector. In this role, I developed a basin-wide water-resources simulation model for the Zambezi river basin to test new reservoir operating policies for the implementation of environmental flows using WAFLEX, a model used to analyse upstream-downstream interactions, dam management options, and water allocation and development options. While on the Power2Flow project, I was responsible for coordinating and liaising with project partners in preparation for stakeholder engagement and data collection in the Zambezi river basin. I also worked for an environmental Consulting Company in Harare, for almost two years from February 2009 to September 2010, where I was a Projects Assistant, and was responsible for coordinating various consultancy projects.

Throughout my career, I have demonstrated my strong written and verbal communication skills, throughout my career. In my current role I have the responsibility to attend and contribute to on-going project discussions, progress meetings and interacting with other project work packages; and contribute to technical workshops, and present project research findings in various platforms e.g., conferences, seminars, fact sheets, blogs, and publications. I also provide the whole project secretarial support, including preparing whole project progress presentations, taking down minutes during project meetings, and compiling project update briefings. While on the Power2Flow project, I was responsible for coordinating and liaising with project partners in preparation for stakeholder engagement and data collection in the Zambezi river basin; and while working for WATENN Consulting, it was my responsibility to attend and contribute to weekly progress meetings for consultancy projects, prepare meeting agendas and keep minutes, as well as compile and distribute post-meeting reports. This role required a strong ability to communicate common goals to a diverse team. I was also responsible for liaising with clients at different stages of their projects, and report project updates as well as write consultancy project reports. All through my research career, I have been responsible for writing research and project outcomes as project reports, journal publications, and blogs. I have also presented my work at local and international conferences, thus demonstrating both my written and verbal communication skills. I can work both independently and in teams, as I have worked in dynamic teams throughout my career. I have found that both independent and team working have their advantages. I like working independently when there is a task that needs to be completed as this allows for more focus on the completion of the task at hand. On the other hand, working as a team allows for a diversity of ideas, and promotes creative thoughts and ideas; and has the potential for producing a more creative outcomes.
I hold a PhD in Geography and Environmental Science from the University of Dundee, with a specialist focus on water resources management. My PhD looked at understanding the challenges of water-energy-and food for better decision making in the Zambezi river basin, with a greater focus on Malawi. I also hold a Master of Science in Water Management from IHE-Delft, Institute for Water Education, in The Netherlands, and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science and Health from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Zimbabwe.
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