Thursday, April 17, 2014
This Week’s Posts
CALL FOR COMMENTS: REDD+ Practical Guide to Participatory Governance Assessment. The UN-REDD Program invites comments on its draft guide to the Participatory Governance Assessment (PGA). Deadline: May 1, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: CIFOR Director of Governance Research. The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is seeking a visionary and dynamic Director of Governance Research. Deadline: April 30, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: FAO Senior Forestry Officer (Team Leader). The officer will be responsible for planning, organizing and coordinating the technical and operational delivery of the Department’s work on forest products and industries in the context of the organization’s strategic framework and related forestry priorities. Deadline: April 30, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: 2 Program Officer Positions with The African Forest Forum (Nairobi). AFF is recruiting for the positions of Senior Programme Officer (SPO) and Programme Officer for the “Strengthening Sustainable Forest Management in Africa” project, to be based at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Deadlines: May 6th (Senior Programme Officer) and May 10th (Programme Officer), 2014
EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Project Manager, HarvestChoice and Africa RISING. IFPRI seeks a qualified candidate to fill the position of Project Manager at the Environment and Production Technology Division for a two-year, fixed-term, renewable appointment. Deadline: May 14, 2014
PUBLICATIONS: CAPRi Working Papers on PAR for Carbon Projects, Institutions for Climate-Smart Agriculture, and Gendered Impacts of a Dairy Project. We have published several new CAPRi Working Papers over the last few months that you may find interesting.
PUBLICATION: Gender, control, and crop choice in northern Mozambique. A new IFPRI Discussion Paper.
ONLINE RESOURCE: JPS Virtual Special Issue: Peasants and Politics. The Journal of Peasant Studies is celebrating its 40th anniversary by publishing virtual special issues, starting with the 40 Classics in Peasant Studies. The articles will be free to access until 30 June 2014.
PUBLICATION: Gender, control, and crop choice in northern Mozambique
A new IFPRI Discussion Paper:
Women play an important role in the agricultural production process in developing countries, yet their role in making decisions about what to grow and the resulting implications for household welfare remain poorly understood. This paper studies women’s empowerment in northern Mozambique as it relates to agriculture, considering in particular the factors that lead to women’s managing the plots that they nominally control. Women control about 30 percent of the plots in the data but manage only about 70 percent of those plots. Using a unique panel dataset, the study finds that women are more likely to manage plots when households have historically had access to off-farm labor, typically completed by men. When women manage plots, they tend to grow crops with less complicated production techniques and are less likely to grow the area’s main cash crop. However, conditional on historical access to offfarm labor, their farm incomes are the same as those among men.
EMPLOYMENT: CIFOR Director of Governance Research
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is seeking a visionary and dynamic Director of Governance Research.
The new Director will be responsible for the development, management, delivery and scientific quality of CIFOR’s engagements in governance research. This includes institutional arrangements, public and private finance, gender, legal frameworks, law enforcement, land and forest tenure reforms, collaborative forest and landscape management, and climate change — all of which will be addressed from a cross-sectoral and broad development perspective.
The Director will ensure coordination with CIFOR’s portfolios on livelihoods and environmental research as well as with relevant CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs). S/he will manage a team at HQ and supervise the scientific work of researchers globally. As a member of CIFOR’s senior management, the Director will also fulfill center-wide roles, such as managing strategic partnerships, convening conferences and representing CIFOR at key events.
Duties and responsibilities:
- Contribute to the overall leadership of CIFOR as a member of the senior management group, including strategy development and resource mobilization and the maintenance and development of relationships with strategic partners.
- Be responsible for planning, budgeting, expenditure management, delivery and reporting for the Governance research portfolio, including delegation of budget holder responsibilities and CRP components leadership as necessary.
- Lead, manage and enhance the performance of a multidisciplinary and multicultural research team at headquarters.
- Support the scientific performance in the Governance field of CIFOR scientists and CIFOR-associated experts stationed outside headquarters.
- Lead the development of partnerships for Governance research.
- Provide strategic direction and lead the development of research methods relevant to the Governance research portfolio to be deployed across CIFOR’s priority research components, and be responsible for assuring the quality of new research initiatives and publications.
- Contribute to the management and implementation of CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and the components and activities led and/or coordinated by CIFOR, notably those relating to the management of conservation of forest and tree resources as well as the impacts of trade and investment on forests and people.
- Identify and support progress along impact pathways to ensure the relevance of research to target policy arenas and practitioner communities.
- Foster collaboration with other CIFOR research domains, regional offices, and partner organizations.
- Represent CIFOR in relevant international forums.
Deadline: April 30, 2014
ONLINE RESOURCE: JPS Virtual Special Issue: Peasants and Politics
The Journal of Peasant Studies is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013-14. Part of their series of initiatives to commemorate the anniversary of JPS is the publication of virtual special issues, starting with the 40 Classics in Peasant Studies. The second in the series is JPS 40: Peasants & Politics. This collection highlights some of the key articles that have been published in the journal over the past four decades on peasant politics.
The articles share one common feature: they all remain extremely relevant, especially in the context of today’s massive, worldwide revival of critical agrarian studies. We hope academics will find the virtual special issue useful in their courses. We hope students of contemporary critical agrarian studies and critical environmental studies, among others, will find it useful in building their theoretical foundations. We hope policy practitioners will find it relevant in informing policy debates. We hope agrarian, food and environmental activists will find it relevant in their political struggles.
The articles will be free to access until 30 June 2014 via this URL:
PUBLICATIONS: CAPRi Working Papers on PAR for Carbon Projects, Institutions for Climate-Smart Agriculture, and Gendered Impacts of a Dairy Project
We have published several new CAPRi Working Papers over the last few months that you may find interesting. Please see the abstracts below and share with any colleagues who may be interested. Browse the full selection of CAPRi Working papers here.
CAPRi Working Paper 113: Development of a participatory action research approach for four agricultural carbon projects in east Africa. Seth Shames, Quinn Bernier, and Moses Masiga.
This paper describes an action research process undertaken with four African agricultural carbon projects—CARE's Sustainable Agriculture in Changing Climate Initiative in Western Kenya; World Vision's Assisted Natural Regeneration Project in Humbo, Ethiopia; Vi Agroforestry's Western Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project; and ECOTRUST's Trees for Global Benefits in Uganda—to explore their institutional changes as project managers and communities work to build local capacity for project management. It describes the research protocol as well as the process by which it was collaboratively developed by researchers and carbon project managers. The paper also reports the results of the field work in each of the projects, which will be used to identify actions that they will implement in the next step of the action research process. The tools were generally successful in gathering the desired data, although modifications could allow future efforts to target questions to interviewees more effectively, include additional stakeholder groups such as government agents and project service providers, develop capacity for local-level data collection and analysis, and focus additional attention on local-level innovations and landscape-level coordination. The research yielded diverse topics for action across projects, as the projects are structured differently and are at different stages of development. Common themes included the need for partnership development, enhanced training of trainer programs, improvements in the sense of community ownership of projects, and stronger foundations for collective action throughout project and community institutions. [download here]
CAPRi Working Paper 114: The six "ins" of climate-smart agriculture: Inclusive institutions for information, innovation, investment, and insurance. Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Quinn Bernier, and Eric Haglund.
This paper reviews the central role of institutions for climate-smart agriculture (CSA), focusing on the role of institutions in promoting inclusivity, providing information, enabling local level innovation, encouraging investment, and offering insurance to enable smallholders, women, and poor resource-dependent communities to adopt and benefit from CSA. We discuss the role of state, collective action, and market institutions at multiple levels, with particular attention to the importance of local-level institutions and institutional linkages across levels. [download here]
CAPRi Working Paper 115: The gendered impacts of agricultural asset transfer projects: Lessons from the Manica Smallholder Dairy Development Program. Nancy Johnson, Jemimah Njuki, Elizabeth Waithanji, Marinho Nhambeto, Martha Rogers, and Elizabeth Hutchinson Kruger.
This paper looks at the gendered impacts of a development project that provided improved dairy cattle and training as part of a broader effort to develop a smallholder-friendly, market-oriented dairy value chain in Manica province, Mozambique. The project targeted households, registered cows in the name of the household head, and, initially, trained registered cow owners in various aspects of dairy production and marketing. Subsequently training was expanded to two members per household to increase the capacity within households to care for cows, a change which resulted in a significant number of women being trained. Using qualitative and quantitative data on dairy production and consumption and on gendered control over income and assets, the paper explores how men and women participated in and benefited from the project. We find that despite being registered to men, in practice dairy cattle are in some cases viewed as jointly owned by men and women. Beneficiary households dramatically increased dairy production and income, with men, women, and children all contributing labor. Women’s incentives for participation in dairy are less clear. Despite their recognized rights and responsibilities related to dairy cow management, women exercise relatively little control over milk and milk income as compared to men. Various explanations related to monetary and nonmonetary benefits of MSDDP and dairying for women are explored, along with their implications for women’s level of effort and overall project outcomes. [download here]
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: FAO Senior Forestry Officer (Team Leader)
Under the supervision of the Director of the Forest Economics, Policy and Products Division (FOE), the incumbent will be responsible for planning, organizing and coordinating the technical and operational delivery of the Department’s work on forest products and industries in the context of the organization’s strategic framework and related forestry priorities. In particular, the incumbent will:
- provide strategic, managerial and technical leadership, guidance and support to the Team on forest products development, marketing and trade, including wood and non-wood forest products; wood energy; small and medium scale industries and forest harvesting and engineering;
- plan, implement, monitor and report on the technical, operational and financial delivery of the Team’s contributions to FAO’s strategic objectives and provide input into the FAO corporate Programme of Work and related processes;
- supervise the team members’ work and performance, including the development of work plans and yearly performance evaluations;
- promote interdisciplinary work by the team and strengthen synergies and collaboration with other Departments and decentralized offices in the context of the implementation of FAO’s strategic framework;
- provide advice to FAO member countries to strengthen their capacity for sustainable development, production, marketing and trade of forest products, especially in the context of a green economy, and to develop sustainable forest industries;
- foster, strengthen and manage strategic partnerships with relevant institutions at international, national and local levels, including the private sector, NGOs and donors dealing with matters related to forest products and industries;
- serve as the Secretary of the FAO Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries, prepare meetings and lead the implementation of activities agreed by FAO and the Committee;
- participate in relevant Organization-wide, cross-Departmental committees, project teams, and working groups and provide technical leadership on internal and external technical networks;
- lead or participate in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy;
- perform other duties as required.
Deadline: April 30, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Project Manager, HarvestChoice and Africa RISING
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to fill the position of Project Manager at the Environment and Production Technology Division for a two-year, fixed-term, renewable appointment. Under the direct supervision of the team leaders of HarvestChoice (http://harvestchoice.org) and Africa RISING (http://africa-rising.net) projects, the Project Manager will assist and manage operation, representation, and research outputs of the projects. This position is based at IFPRI headquarters in Washington, DC.
- Data Management
- Oversee the quality and relevance of HarvestChoice and Africa RISING M&E project knowledge products, including data and tools, and provide guidance to relevant team members as necessary.
- Catalog and geo-reference CGIAR’s research activities, in close collaboration with the focal points of Consortium Research Programs across CGIAR and the Consortium Office; Managing the research activity database and web-based tools.
- Organize and summarize large amounts of technical documents; perform a range of program coordination and data management activities; build and implement data collection plans.
- Project Management
- Manage contracts and relations with external developers and collaborators of HarvestChoice and Africa RISING; communicate with project partners on project goals, requirements, and scheduling of deliverables
- Manage project calendar and planned milestones, deliverables, activities to alert responsible staff and collaborators to ensure timely delivery of products and reports.
- Develop and manage project-related presentation materials.
- Respond to internal/external project information requests.
- Maintain project meeting minutes and related materials.
Deadline: May 14, 2014
CALL FOR COMMENTS: REDD+ Practical Guide to Participatory Governance Assessment
The UN-REDD Program invites commonts on its draft guide to the Participatory Governance Assessment (PGA).
The PGA is one of several tools developed by the UN-REDD Programme that countries can use to address governance challenges related to their REDD+ processes. The PGA is an inclusive and multi-stakeholder process that aims to produce robust and credible governance information as a first step in addressing weaknesses in governance and eventually, as a basis for policy reform.
Formulated in response to UN-REDD Programme partner country demand for practical guidance on Participatory Governance Assessments (PGAs), the purpose of this guide is to outline the main steps of a PGA process, while allowing flexibility for variances across regions, countries, peoples, communities and circumstances. The guide also draws on lessons, challenges and practical solutions drawn from the experience of the four PGA pilots within the UN-REDD Programme to date: Ecuador, Indonesia, Nigeria and Vietnam. The intended primary users of this guide are national stakeholders who are or who will be engaged in a PGA process, including civil society, government, academia and private sector actors in general, and PGA coordinators in partner countries in particular.
The draft is available here in English, French, and Spanish. If you wish to comment you may send them to Tina Sølvberg, UN-REDD Programme: email@example.com by Friday, May 1st.
EMPLOYMENT: 2 Program Officer Positions with The African Forest Forum (Nairobi)
The African Forest Forum (AFF) is an association of individuals who share the pursuit and commitment to the sustainable management, use and conservation of the forest and tree resources of Africa for the betterment of the socio-economic wellbeing of its people and for the stability and improvement of its environment. The purpose of AFF is to provide a platform and create an enabling environment for independent and objective analysis, advocacy and advice on all relevant policy and technical issues pertaining to achieving sustainable management, use and conservation of Africa’s forest and tree resources as part of efforts to reduce poverty, protect the environment and promote economic and social development.
The African Forest Forum is recruiting for the positions of Senior Programme Officer (SPO) and Programme Officer for the “Strengthening Sustainable Forest Management in Africa” project, to be based at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
- More information on the Senior Programme Officer position (pdf)
- More information on the Programme Officer position (pdf)
Deadlines: May 6th (Senior Programme Officer) and May 10th (Programme Officer), 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
This Week’s Posts
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of the Commons. The Award, created to honor and develop the legacy of Elinor Ostrom, aims to acknowledge and promote the work of practitioners, young and senior scholars involved in the field of the commons. It will award work already done, for scholars as well as practitioners. Deadline: May 25, 2014
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: International Photo Competition on “Forest–Agriculture Interface through a Gender Lens”. CIAT’s Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) gender integration program is taking a different look at science by publishing a photo book. The photo book will reproduce the best 100 photos and accompanying storylines submitted to the 2014 International Photo Competition. Deadline: May 31, 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS & PARTICIPATION: Roskilde University Seminar on “Beyond Landgrabbing”. Roskilde University is hosting a seminar on “Beyond landgrabbing: New perspectives on large-scale land acquisitions in Africa and South-East Asia on May 20, 2014. Deadline: open
CALL FOR PAPERS: Transforming Capacity for African Development. The African Development Bank and partners plan to host a high level conference on “Transforming Capacity for African Development” in the fourth quarter of 2014. Deadline: May 2, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Post-Doctoral Fellow - Ecological-Economist / Decision Analyst. The World Agroforestry Centre seeks a post-doctoral fellow to contribute to their work on decision analysis. Deadline: April 30, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Senior Social Scientist–Livelihoods. The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development is hiring a Senior Social Scientist to work on their Livelihoods Thematic Area. Deadline: May 4, 2014
PUBLICATION: Pursuing gender equality in land administration. A policy brief from the Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS).
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of the Commons
The Award, created to honor and develop the legacy of Elinor Ostrom, aims to acknowledge and promote the work of practitioners, young and senior scholars involved in the field of the commons. According with Ostrom’s large legacy the scope of the Award aims to be broad, including academic and applied work on traditional commons (forests, water bodies, pasture lands, fisheries, etc.), local commons, interlinked commons (forests and watersheds, fisheries and coastlines, etc), global commons, knowledge, cultural and virtual commons.
The Ostrom Prize will award work already done, for Scholars as well as for Practitioners.
Only members of the International Association for the Study of the Commons or of one of the Institutional Supporters of the Award (here is a list of the institutional Supporters) may nominate. The nomination process will be divided into two phases: the pre-screening process and the assessment process.
Deadline: May 25, 2014
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: International Photo Competition on “Forest–Agriculture Interface through a Gender Lens”
The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) gender integration program is taking a different look at science by publishing a photo book. The photo book will reproduce the best 100 photos and accompanying storylines submitted to the 2014 International Photo Competition, titled “Forest–Agriculture Interface through a Gender Lens”. Science has a stronger impact when we communicate our research findings — both successes and failures — to a wider audience, which we can reach by using a range of media. We believe that photos break down language barriers and connect people, whether they are farmers, middle-class urban families, public enterprises, donors or policymakers. In our photo book, we will acknowledge and showcase your extraordinary efforts in capturing images that reveal successes and failures in integrating gender into forestry, agroforestry and smallholders’ activities.
Deadline: May 31, 2014
PUBLICATION: Pursuing gender equality in land administration
A policy brief from the Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS):
Ensuring gender equality with respect to land rights is hailed as a key element of the recent land reforms, but actual results in this respect are limited. Achieving gender equality requires a comprehensive focus on land, family and other laws, including customary, pertaining to land and on their implementation on the ground.
This DIIS Policy Brief summarises the findings from a series of reports made to review progress made and the challenges remaining to achieve gender equality with respect to land rights. On that basis, it proposes the following five recommendations for policy and practice:
- Ensure that provisions ensuring non-discrimination in family law and customary law accompany recent provisions for gender equality in land legislation.
- Strengthen the focus on comprehensive implementation and enforcement of land legislation. In doing so, draw upon the lessons learned by civil society organisations in their efforts to promote gender equality in land administration and dispute resolution.
- Explore and institutionalise ways to enhance the effective accessibility to women of statutory as well as customary land administration and dispute resolution institutions at all levels – irrespective of their social and economic status – e.g. through promoting female representation in customary as well as statutory land administration and dispute resolution institutions.
- Monitor and measure success of land administration institutions at all levels in terms of their contribution to achieving gender equality in land administration, e.g. through ensuring the registration of gender-disaggregated data.
- Document and analyse the social, economic and political impacts of gender (in)equality on land access and land administration on a regular basis.
EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Post-Doctoral Fellow - Ecological-Economist / Decision Analyst
The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry or
ICRAF) seeks a post-doctoral fellow to contribute to their work on decision analysis.
Working within the decision analysis team of ICRAF’s Science Domain on Land Health and supporting Information Systems Research across the CGIAR Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), the incumbent will contribute to the development and application of probabilistic decision analysis methods for improving intervention designs, better targeting research to where information values are high, and identifying priority metrics for impact assessment.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Compile literature data on ecological-economic costs and benefits of agricultural interventions, including agroforestry
- Work with multi-disciplinary stakeholder-scientist teams across centres and regions on construction of probabilistic decision analysis frameworks and models
- Assist with subjective probability elicitation from subject-matter experts
- Communicate decision modelling processes and insights to stakeholders, including on intervention costs and benefits, trade-offs, reducing intervention risks, high-value research, and priority impact metrics
- Contribute to ICRAF’s communication products and resource mobilization efforts
- Publish in peer-reviewed journals
- Supervising MSc and PhD students
- Training of stakeholders and scientists in decision analysis
Deadline: April 30, 2014
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Senior Social Scientist–Livelihoods
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. ICIMOD is currently hiring for a number of positions based in Kathmandu, Nepal. They are hiring a Senior Social Scientist to work on their Livelihoods Thematic Area.
The Livelihood Thematic Area focuses on promoting diversified and sustainable livelihood options in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region and strengthening social dimensions within the work of ICIMOD and its partners. In order to enhance the social and development relevance of its work, ICIMOD’s Strategic Framework and Mid Term Action Plan III (2013 – 2017) have provided strong direction to promote transdisciplinary work. The Centre is looking for a highly qualified Social Scientist who has sound understanding of social systems, social analytical tools, approaches, and methods and experience in integrating social dimensions into natural and biological sciences research.
Responsibilities and tasks:
- Conceptualize and operationalize social analysis and social research frameworks in the context of mountains in order to find holistic and integrated solutions;
- Provide frameworks for social analyses that can be implemented across regional programmes;
- Develop theories of change from a social science perspective for regional programmes as part of ICIMOD’s impact pathway process;
- Communicate foundational social science concepts, frameworks, and theories of change in language that is accessible to colleagues from other disciplines and that thereby promotes true transdisciplinary research approaches in the Centre;
- Look for larger social science-related research questions in the areas of ICIMOD work and means of answering them in collaboration with regional programmes;
- Write position papers on emerging issues for the Centre;
- Integrate social dimensions, i.e. equity, social inclusion, poverty, and vulnerability, into emerging environmental and developmental issues;
- Mentor young staff to strengthen their capacity in transdisciplinary research and their ability to develop innovative solutions, ideas, and frameworks;
- Strengthen rigor in social analysis by promoting and guiding both quantitative and qualitative social science research and, wherever possible, seek to deepen the practical implications and policy relevance of ICIMOD-sponsored research by combining qualitative and quantitative approaches;
- Provide inputs in project and programme development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation in order to strengthen the social dimensions of ICIMOD's programmes and projects. Contribute to the development of the strategic plan of the Livelihoods Thematic Area by identifying potential long-term livelihood strategies that strengthen current programmes and projects;
- Train and build capacity of junior team members, partners, field researchers on social research methods and implications; and
- Reach out to social scientists in regional and global universities and research partners to strengthen ICIMOD’s current network (including the Himalayan University Consortium) and to develop opportunities to involve student researchers and their professors in longer-term collaborative field research and analysis.
Deadline: May 4, 2014