Tuesday, March 04, 2014
FELLOWSHIP: 40 Chances Fellows Program in Social Entrepreneurship
The 40 Chances Fellows program will fund four 40 Chances Fellows with the most innovative social enterprise plans that use strategies built on the principles of 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World. These social enterprises must seek to address issues of hunger, conflict, or poverty and may be established in any one of the following four countries where the Africa Governance Initiative has a strong presence: Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Malawi.
Each strategy must involve local leadership and management into the operations of the social enterprise by integrating local place-based ownership and relying on locally driven design, development, and deployment in its programs or services. In addition, these enterprises should fill gaps in existing value chains, or otherwise combine a variety of complementary and existing efforts into a comprehensive and integrated approach to solve the intended challenge.
Each of four fellows will receive $80,000 in start-up funds and $70,000 for living and transportation expenses (a total of $150,000) for one year.
Deadline: May 31, 2014
PUBLICATION: Investing in locally controlled forestry in Mozambique
A new publication from IIED.
This report summarises a strategic assessment of the potential of different options for investing in locally controlled forestry (ILCF), with a strong focus on local enterprise development. It looks in particular at the Province of Niassa in Mozambique. This assessment has its origins in mutual engagement by both SIDA and IIED in a dialogue process on ILCF. The process brought together more than 400 investors, local right-holders and forest experts from across eleven different locations, to advance understanding on ILCF. IIED’s long-standing support to the forest sector in Mozambique provided an opportunity to explore what options for ILCF existed in Mozambique, in part to inform Sweden’s new country strategy for Mozambique.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 6th International AESOP-Sustainable Food Planning Conference
This is a multidisciplinary call focusing on urban food systems and the role of urban agriculture, focusing on design, policy, and agricultural innovations and implementations. It will take place on 5-7 November, 2014 in Velp/Arnhem, the Netherlands.
The 6th AESOP conference aims to bring together scientists, practitioners, decision-makers and entrepreneurs to discuss and exchange current knowledge, practical projects and implementation of urban food production in relation to global food systems. Where and how can space be found to realise a sustainable food supply in cities? This is not only a pure spatial question. It requires also social innovation, new finance models, extraordinary concepts, and ‘a good reason’, which can be found in ecological, financial or health benefits. Also what are the innovations and challenges for conventional food systems planning that may work with or against urban agriculture? Finally, the way decisions are taken can make or break local initiatives and therefore deserves attention.
Deadline: April 15, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
This Week’s Posts
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: European IASC Meeting: The Use of Commons in a Changing Society. Abstracts are invited for the third European International Association for the Study of the Commons meeting: “From Generation to Generation – the use of commons in a changing society”. The meeting will take place on 16-19 September, 2014, in Umeå, Sweden. Deadline: April 1, 2014
FUNDING: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Grants. The foundation provides grants for conservation and development in selected regional ecosystems of the developing world. Deadline: April 2, 2014
AWARD: The International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management. The award is an internationally recognised prize acknowledging leadership in the implementation of the principles of sustainability in watershed management. Deadline: April 30, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: IRRI Gender Specialist. The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is seeking a project scientist to lead its gender research in India. Deadline: March 8, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: Two Research Fellows to work on resource conflict in Burma and Cambodia. These opportunities are through the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD) of Chiang Mai University and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague, Netherlands. Deadline: 15 March 2014
EMPLOYMENT: FEEM/CMCC Research Position in Climate Change Policy and Governance. Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change announce a job opening for motivated and talented researchers on climate change policy and governance. Deadline: March 31, 2014
PUBLICATION: Can integrated agriculture-nutrition programs change gender norms on land and asset ownership? A new IFPRI Discussion Paper looks at evidence from Burkina Faso
PUBLICATION: Can integrated agriculture-nutrition programs change gender norms on land and asset ownership?
A new IFPRI Discussion Paper looks at evidence from Burkina Faso:
There is a high degree of interest in the potential for agricultural programs to be designed and implemented to achieve health and nutrition objectives. Policymakers have often looked to the experience of civil society organizations in designing and implementing such programs, particularly in different social and cultural contexts. For the past 20 years, Helen Keller International (HKI) has implemented homestead food production programs in Asia and recently has started to adapt and implement these programs in Africa south of the Sahara. The goal of these programs is to improve the nutritional status of infants and young children through a number of production and nutrition interventions. These interventions are targeted to mothers under the presumption that increasing women’s access to and control over productive assets and enhancing women’s human capital to improve production and health and nutrition care practices will translate into improved nutritional status for their children. However, there is very little evidence documenting the ways in which HKI’s homestead food production programs influence women’s access to and control over productive assets and enhance women’s human capital in ways that may improve nutritional outcomes. This paper uses a mixed-methods approach to analyze the impact of HKI’s Enhanced-Homestead Food Production pilot program in Burkina Faso on women’s and men’s assets and on norms regarding ownership, use, and control of those assets. Even though men continue to own and control most land and specific assets in the study area, women’s control over and ownership of assets has started to change, both in terms of quantifiable changes as well as changes in people’s perceptions and opinions about who can own and control certain assets. The paper also discusses the implications of such changes for program sustainability.
EMPLOYMENT: FEEM/CMCC Research Position in Climate Change Policy and Governance
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change announce a job opening for motivated and talented researchers on climate change policy and governance. FEEM is a leading research institute on sustainable development (www.feem.it) and CMCC is a research institution that manages and promotes scientific and applied activities in the field of international climate change research (www.cmcc.it).
The research activities will be performed within the project “International Center for Climate Governance”. He/she will be involved in the management of the ICCG Observatories focused in the following aspects of climate change governance:
- the role of institutions, interests, and alternative models of governance for the control of climate change;
- the evaluation of climate and energy policies at international, European and national level;
- best practices tackling climate change.
The desired qualifications are:
- a Master and/or a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics, Political Science, Public Policy and/or International Relations. Applications from candidates who are close to the Ph.D. completion are also accepted;
- Proven experience of analytical and research abilities in the field of climate change policy and governance at international, European and national level;
- Technical ability to use Content Management Systems and Web tools;
- Good communication skills and experience of using social media;
- Excellent knowledge of the English language.
The initial appointment is for 12 months starting in late Spring 2014 and can be renewed. Gross salary is competitive and will be based on qualification and experience.
Deadline: March 31, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: IRRI Gender Specialist
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is seeking a project scientist to lead its gender research in India. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity for an early to mid-career level professional with experience in empirical research in developing countries. The successful candidate will work closely with and support multidisciplinary research teams working on gender issues in India and will undertake empirical research aligned with IRRI’s gender strategies.
This position is based at IRRI Country Office in India.
Roles and responsibilities
- Work closely with senior gender specialist and the GRiSP director on the design and implementation of GRiSP gender strategies.
- Conduct empirical research on gender issues including research design, hypothesis formulation, data collection, analysis and interpretation on issues related to gender differences in rice farming to assess technology adoption and impact assessment.
- Mainstream gender across the program, integrate gender into all stages of project activities and incorporate gender differentiated indicators into the monitoring and evaluation plans.
- Develop partnerships for purposes of joint advocacy and knowledge generation, transfer and sharing.
- Enhance technical capabilities of partners and collaborators to use advanced tools and methods for gender research through training and collaborations.
- Publish research results in high-quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals.
- Represent IRRI at international workshops, conferences and meetings.
- Mentor young staffs and graduate students.
Deadline: March 8, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
FUNDING: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Grants
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation provides grants for conservation and development in selected regional ecosystems of the developing world. In year 2014, the Foundation invites letters of inquiry (LoIs) for grants supporting conservation and sustainable development in the Nile River Basin/Lake Victoria Watershed. The deadline for submitting Letters of Interest (LOIs) is on April 2, 2014. More information here.
Deadline: April 2, 2014
AWARD: The International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management
The International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management is an internationally recognised prize acknowledging leadership in the implementation of the principles of sustainability in watershed management. Every year US$150,000 is awarded by an international jury to either one, or across several, projects. The award is a result of Swiss Re Foundation’s commitment to water protection projects in the face of a grave need for sustainable access to clean water supplies in developing and emerging countries.
NGOs, private, scientific or public institutions and similar bodies are invited to participate.
Deadline: April 30, 2014
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: European IASC Meeting: The Use of Commons in a Changing Society
Abstracts are invited for the third European International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) meeting: “From Generation to Generation – the use of commons in a changing society”. The meeting will take place on 16-19 September, 2014, in Umeå, Sweden.
The aim of the IASC European Regional Meeting 2014 is to further strengthen the network of European researchers studying commons. The conference is open to researchers and practitioners in the policy domain who work on natural resource management and who want to contribute to discussions on management regimes and governance in a changing society.
The overall theme for this regional meeting is ”From generation to generation – the use of commons in a changing society”. Northern and indigenous commons are particularly emphasized. Rapid changes are occurring across the North primarily driven by climate change, rapid economic development and a new geopolitical situation. Indigenous peoples’ traditional use of natural resources is especially challenged, while they are gaining political and legal recognition. The conference will review how local societies deal with the required institutional change, taking into account both national and international contexts. Across panels and keynotes, the conference aims at contributing to the on-going development of theory and methods concerning the commons.
The overall theme for the conference is how to meet the changing society still using resources in a sustainable way. Conference participants are encouraged to contribute with papers on one of the sub-themes. They also welcome contributions of posters on one of the sub-themes.
The sub-themes of the conference are:
- Management of Northern Commons and Indigenous Commons in Transition
- Rural and Cultural Commons in Europe
- Multi-level Governance of Local and Global Commons
Deadline: April 1, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: Two Research Fellows to work on resource conflict in Burma and Cambodia
The opportunities below are two-year positions through the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD) of Chiang Mai University and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague, Netherlands.
The Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD) of Chiang Mai University, a vibrant academic research hub on issues around agrarian transformation, resource conflict and development are calling for applications for two (2) Research Fellows starting June 2014, and will work for two years. Preferably the applicant should have a doctorate, but we are open to accepting applications from senior PhD candidates in case the qualification requirements are met. One Research Fellow will work on Cambodia and the other on Burma/Myanmar.
The Research Fellows will work for two years in a large consortium project with nine institutional members and jointly anchored by RCSD of Chiang Mai University and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague, the Netherlands. The joint project coordinators are Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti of RCSD and Dr. Saturnino M. Borras Jr. of ISS.
The 4-year research project is called ‘Climate change mitigation policies, land grabbing and conflict in fragile states: understanding intersections, exploring transformations in Myanmar and Cambodia’. It is funded through the Climate Change Management and Conflict and Cooperation (CCMCC) joint program of the Dutch research council NWO and the Department for International Development (DFID). The research project is a collaborative undertaking between academic and civil society groups and as such it will have academic and CSO advocacy components.
For details about the project, please see short summary further below.
Profile and Tasks:
The successful candidates are those with excellent track record in solid academic research work and publication. They should have a great ability to work with grassroots civil society organizations, should have a deep understanding and appreciation of the importance of the work of civil society activists, and should have a great appreciation of the relevance of bridging world-class academic work and grassroots activism.
The successful candidates are expected to be able to anchor the bulk of the academic research in each country (Cambodia, Burma/Myanmar), with two regional sites for each, working closely with the joint project coordinators. They are expected to be able to work well and productively with other PhD and MA students and other interns working in the project. They are expected to be able to work very well with grassroots civil society organizations. They are expected to take the lead in formulating and drafting some academic papers for publication in leading international journals, either as sole author or in collaboration with other consortium members depending on the research work circumstance.
- A recently completed PhD – or a PhD candidate in her/his later stage of candidacy -- in the social sciences (development studies, environmental studies, geography, anthropology, political science, sociology, etc.);
- Great appreciation of, and ability to work with, grassroots rural social movement organizations and NGOs
- Evidence of publication capacity, including an emerging publications track record and clear research and publications plans;
- Deep familiarity with either Burma/Myanmar or Cambodia; knowledge of the local language an advantage
- Ability to work in an inter-disciplinary and international team;
- Willingness to be based for the most part of the research period in the Burma/Cambodia, and/or in Chiang Mai.
Appointment and Fellowship: RCSD Chiang Mai University will offer a fixed temporary contract of two (2) years, with a fellowship award fixed at US$1,500 per month, with additional US$300 mobility fund per month.
Applications and more information: Applications, accompanied by a detailed Curriculum Vitae and the names of three Referees, should be addressed to Ms. Chanida Puranapun (email@example.com). Short-listed candidates will be requested to supply samples of published output and at that stage their referees will be contacted. More information about the vacancy can be obtained from the project co-coordinators: Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Saturnino M. Borras Jr. (email@example.com). A Selection Committee composed of the project consortium representatives will deliberate and decide on the applications.
Deadline: 15 March 2014.
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Friday, February 21, 2014
This Week’s Posts
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Equator Prize 2014. The Prize will recognize twenty-five local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Winners will each receive $5,000 (USD), with several selected for ‘special recognition’ and an additional $15,000 (USD). Deadline: March 22, 2014
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The World Food Prize. The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world. Deadline: May 1, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: WRI Natural Resource Policy Specialist, Central Africa. The World Resources Institute seeks a Central Africa Natural Resource Policy Specialist to lead its policy analysis, capacity-building, and outreach activities in ROC and DRC. Deadline: open
EMPLOYMENT: Secretary of the FAO-Water Platform. The incumbent will serve as the Secretary for the FAO-Water Platform, being responsible for its planning, organization and operational management. Deadline: February 28, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: International Water Association Program Officer. IWA is recruiting a full-time program officer to be part of its programs team supporting the development, implementation and dissemination of various projects. Deadline: March 5th, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT Social Scientist: Gender and Sustainable Intensification. The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center is seeking an enthusiastic, pro-active, resourceful, and outcomes-oriented gender specialist to join their interdisciplinary team of scientists working to improve the livelihoods of resource-poor wheat and maize farmers in the developing world. Deadline: March 7, 2014
PUBLICATION: JPS Articles on Food Sovereignty. Some papers from the September 2013 conference on “Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue” are now available online.
PUBLICATION: Afforestation and Reforestation Projects under the Clean Development Mechanism. The UNFCCC secretariat has recently published the Afforestation and Reforestation Projects under the Clean Development Mechanism - A Reference Manual.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The World Food Prize
The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world.
The World Food Prize is a $250,000 award formally presented at the Laureate Award Ceremony in mid-October, on or around World Food Day, in conjunction with the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium.
Nominations are sought of an individual or individuals having demonstrated exceptional achievement in any field involved in enhancing food production and distribution and increasing food availability and accessibility to those most in need. Any academic or research institution, private or public organization, corporate entity, or governmental unit may submit a nomination for The World Food Prize until May 1.
Deadline: May 1, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: International Water Association Program Officer
The International Water Association is recruiting a full-time programme officer to be part of its programmes team supporting the development, implementation and dissemination of various projects. The programmes officer will support the thematic programme: Water, Climate and Energy, with a particular emphasis on a new project working towards achieving carbon neutral water and wastewater utilities, as well as the wider urban water cycle. Furthermore, the incumbent will also provide support to projects and activities related to the utility member segment of IWA.
The successful incumbent will have a master’s degree or equivalent in water management, environmental engineering, or other relevant field. S/he will have excellent communication (written and oral), research and analytical skills, with experience working in an international organisation and Latin America countries. S/he will have a good background in project design, implementation and evaluation and also experience in mobilising financial resources with donors. S/he will have knowledge of energy efficiency and production in water and wastewater utilities as well as addressing greenhouse emissions in the urban water sector. S/he will have the ability to coordinate and organise groups of experts in supporting energy and carbon reduction in water and wastewater utilities. The successful incumbent will speak fluently in English and Spanish.
Duty station: The Hague, The Netherlands
- Master’s degree or equivalent in in water management, environmental engineering, or other relevant field;
- 5+ years professional experience in the water and sanitation sector in related public entities, non-for profit organisations or private companies, with some international experience (i.e. working on projects or partners from multiple countries);
- Experience in coordinating inputs from a wide-ranging group of experts, distilling and synthesising inputs into documents;
- Sound knowledge of addressing energy efficiency and production in water and wastewater utilities, and greenhouse emissions in the urban water sector;
- Strong communicator – in English and Spanish – with excellent networking and facilitation skills;
- Ability to multi-task, effectively prioritize and work accurately under time constraints;
This is an exciting opportunity for a proactive, entrepreneurial, early career professional to be part of a global organisation working to support a growing network of water professionals.
To be considered for this position, please submit your resume, cover letter and two references to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: March 5th, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: Secretary of the FAO-Water Platform
Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Director-General/Coordinator for Natural Resources, DDN, the supervision of the Director, NRL, and in collaboration the Platform’s Focal Points at Headquarters and in the Decentralized Offices, the incumbent will serve as the Secretary for the FAO-Water Platform, being responsible for its planning, organization and operational management. In particular, the incumbent will:
- lead the coordination and streamlining of water-related work across the Organization, including Headquarters and Decentralized Offices, and serve as the main resource person for supporting, overseeing and ensuring the Platform’s coherence and operational effectiveness for the provision of up-to-date services to FAO’s Member Countries and Partners;
- provide technical support to the FAO units participating in the Water Platform, ensuring that water issues are fully integrated across FAO’s activities and initiatives under both regular and field programmes, in particular regarding activities related to natural resource perspective studies for sustainability of agricultural production, climate change and food security;
- help develop FAO’s strategic vision for water in line with the Organization’s strategic objectives, priorities and collaborative mechanisms;
- lead and coordinate the formulation of multi-sectoral approaches and tools to integrated water management for food production, taking into account the multiple uses of water interactions, including mechanisms to ensure cooperation and benefit sharing of stakeholders and considering natural resources sustainability, health and environmental concerns;
- build strong relationships with other water stakeholders, including UN-Water, specialized agencies as well as with relevant international and national bodies, providing visibility for “one” FAO as the lead organization on water for food and agriculture within the UN system;
- develop effective operational mechanisms for coordination and collaboration among FAO units involved in the Platform and direct linkages with FAO’s Strategic Objectives Coordinators for a coordinated, diversified and visible FAO water programme at the normative and operations levels;
- facilitate the establishment and mobilization of multi-disciplinary teams on cross-cutting water issues of concern to FAO for the implementation of the Platform’s work plans and support the organization of events addressing such issues, including through the provision of coordinated FAO input;
- produce periodical reports on the Platform’s achievements and future perspectives with due consideration to the expectations of the Platform’s external stakeholders and member countries;
- plan, organize, and participate in communications and outreach activities in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, partners, and other entities;
- develop work plans, background working materials and reports pertaining to the Platform’s activities and operations, including the management, the task forces and the ad hoc working groups of the Platform as well as widen the Platform’s visibility supported by systematic and organized knowledge synthesis, information collection and dissemination;
- facilitate the mobilization of extra-budgetary resources for implementation of the Platform’s strategic vision and work plans;
- perform other related duties as required.
Deadline: February 28, 2014