Tuesday, August 19, 2014


EMPLOYMENT: Consultant to Support Global Policy and Technical Functions of ILC


The ILC Secretariat has just opened a new consultancy vacancy for support to the Global Policy and Technical Functions of the ILC.  Full details are available here.


EMPLOYMENT: Gender Specialist


We are looking to fill a gender specialist position at CIMMYT funded by the German Government through GIZ and the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM). Following the CIM standard procedures the position is open to EU citizens. The Vacancy Announcement will be posted on http://www.devnetjobs.org/ shortly.

The candidate will:
• Provide support in establishing and expanding agricultural research team skills, so that they can better analyse, process and document gender mainstreaming issues
• Provide support in restructuring internal procedures with a focus on gender mainstreaming
• Provide support in setting up a knowledge management system on the subject of gender


EMPLOYMENT: Gender Research Associate Scientist


The International Potato Center (CIP) seeks an experienced social scientist, knowledgeable in the analysis of gender in agricultural development contexts, to coordinate implementation of the Gender Strategy of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas for Food Security and Income (RTB).

The position: The candidate will help the RTB Program to widen the contribution of RTB crops to food security and poverty reduction in ways that equitably benefit rural women and men.

The candidate will provide expert input on gender issues to teams including social and biological scientists, enabling them to strengthen the gender- responsiveness of their research for the development and uptake of new RTB technologies and practices. The candidate will collaborate closely with gender focal points in each center and build a team to mainstream gender. The candidate will be inventive and innovative in finding novel ways to efficiently collect, analyze and communicate gender-disaggregated data to inform and orient the Program’s work. As part of learning-through-doing in RTB, The candidate will support and back-stop targeted research activities on gender in relation to RTB farming and food systems.

The position will be based in Lima (Peru) and involve work in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The gender research coordinator will form part of the Program Management Unit, based in the lead Center and report to the RTB Program Director.

See here for further details.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


PUBLICATION: Bundles, Duties, and Rights: A Revised Framework for Analysis of Natural Resource Property Rights Regimes

In their 1992 paper, Schlager and Ostrom presented a property rights framework characterized by nested, cumulative attributes. It has become arguably the most ubiquitous framework for analysis of natural resources and property rights. We revisit their contribution and discuss how the framework could evolve to address increasingly complex situations, with particular attention to institutional change. We devote increased attention to duties and liabilities associated with right allocation, tying the framework to a broader property rights literature. We conclude with an application to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), illustrating how revisions to the framework facilitate contemporary institutional analysis.

The paper, by Christopher S. Galik and Pamela Jagger, is available here and will be forthcoming in Land Economics.

Visit the  Forest Use, Energy, and Livelihoods Lab at the University of North Caroline (FUEL) for more publications.



The third Global Soil Week will take place in Berlin from 19 to 23 April 2015

Several initiatives and political processes related to soils and land will converge in 2015. The negotiations for the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be in full swing. The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. And the United Nations Climate Change Conference will work towards achieving a global agreement on climate. All of these events are a special opportunity to raise awareness about the important role of soils and land for sustainable development.

The 3rd Global Soil Week 2015 invites all stakeholders to join forces to encourage sustainable soil management and responsible land governance at global, regional and local level and jointly put soils and land on the new sustainable development agenda.

Follow this link to submit your contributions form and help to put soils and land on the new sustainable development agenda!

Friday, August 08, 2014


EMPLOYMENT: Post-Doctoral Research Fellows

The International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) research network is seeking two to three postdoctoral research fellows to join its research team at the University of Michigan. The fellows will support IFRI research projects on forests and forest-dependent livelihoods in less-industrialized countries. In particular, the fellows will be closely involved in a new project funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) to evaluate the impacts of forest-sector environment and development programs.

The postdoctoral research fellows will report directly to Professor Arun Agrawal, coordinator of the IFRI research network. The fellows will work as part of an interdisciplinary team of faculty, postdoctoral researcher fellows, and students based in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, and some research colleagues outside UM.

Responsibilities of the research fellows will be to:

- Coordinate research in one or more of the following five countries: Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, and Nepal

- Contribute to data-collection, analysis, and writing

- Travel internationally, including time in remote rural (forest and agricultural) landscapes

- Mentor graduate students

- Collaborate with partner organizations, including academic, NGO, donor, and development agencies

- Help with meeting research and outreach deliverables to DFID

The division of responsibilities between the two research fellows will depend on the skill-set of the applicant pool, but all applicants should offer some to many of the following skills, knowledge, and experience.

More information available here.


EMPLOYMENT: Senior Social Scientist

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Senior Social Scientist to lead gender and livestock research and a team of scientists within the Livelihoods, Gender, Impact and Innovations Program under the Integrated Sciences unit.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The selected candidate will be responsible for the following tasks:

Key responsibilities

Lead ILRI’s research on gender and livestock across the thematic areas of value chains, markets, and the environment to improve the impacts of ILRI’s work on livelihoods. Specifically;

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV and a supporting letter in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to psangalang@sri-executive.com on or before 28th of August 2014.


EMPLOYMENT: Gender Program Coordinator

ICARDA are seeking an individual with extensive experience in gender mainstreaming in complex agricultural programs. The successful candidate will have proven expertise in gender context, ideally in a research or development setting. He/she will lead research on the social aspects of agricultural system research for development including gender aspects. He/she will lead, facilitate and support capacity building in social science research including mainstreaming gender in all program activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the general supervision of the Director of the Program, the Gender Program Coordinator will perform the following duties:

See website for more details and to apply.


EMPLOYMENT: Senior Project Officers for the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems

As part of its input into WLE, Village Focus International (VFI) is currently recruiting two Senior Project Coordinators (SPCs) who will shape, manage and communicate the results of a suite of research for development (R4D) projects related to pressing food, water and energy issues in the Greater Mekong Basin—which encompasses the Irrawaddy, Salween, Mekong and Red river basins. The role will offer opportunities to convene and present research findings and will require excellent partnership and communications skills. While each SPC will be responsible for coordinating WLE Greater Mekong work in two of the programme’s focal basins, they will be expected to apply their respective skills across the whole programme.

If you think your skills, experience and qualifications are relevant to this position, please refer to the full job description, terms and application procedures here: http://wle-mekong.cgiar.org/vacancy-announcement-spc/


FELLOWSHIP: The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program


The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security graduate research grant supports exceptional graduate students who are interested in developing a component of their graduate research in a developing country setting and in collaboration with a mentor from an International Agricultural Research Center (IARC) or a qualifying National Agricultural Research System (NARS) unit. U.S. citizenship is required, and applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. graduate program at the time of application.

More information on the program website.

Monday, August 04, 2014


EMPLOYMENT: Principal Scientist/Senior Scientist -Rural Sociology

ICRISAT is seeking applications from a dynamic and highly innovative Rural Sociologist to undertake applied sociological research in sub-Saharan Africa on rural food production of cereal and legume crops by small holder farmers in collaboration with a team of economists and bio-physical scientists. The Principal/Senior Scientist (Internationally Recruited Staff) will be based in Niamey, Niger and will work within the Research Program on Markets, Institutions and Policies.  See full details and application instructions here.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Employment: Senior climate change and research advisor (Rwanda)

Chemonics seeks a senior climate change and research advisor for the ongoing USAID-funded Rwanda LAND Project. The advisor will support programming and climate change adaptation activities related to land use and management. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include: 

Full details and application instructions here.




Power in Institutions and Institutional Analysis of Common-Pool Resources

For the International Association for the Study of Common Property (IASC) 15th Biennial Meeting, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in May 25-29, 2015


Gustavo Garcia Lopez and Eric Coleman

Common pool resource (CPR) management institutions have important power asymmetries both within groups of resource users and between local users and state actors. Understanding how the institutions used to manage CPRs ameliorate or reinforce such power asymmetries is a foundationally important task for the social sciences. While scholars from diverse disciplines have studied how power permeates social relations, more work is needed to clarify these concepts, develop theoretical understandings of the role of power, and to test these theories through empirical analysis within the context of CPR theory. Therefore, we are soliciting  proposals for a special session organized during the 2015 IASC biennial meeting. We are interested in organizing two panels.

See the full call for further details.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014




The program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi) , part of the CGIAR Research Programs on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM), Water, Land, and Ecosystems (WLE), and Forests, Trees, and Agroforestry (FTA), is accepting abstracts on the topic of “Institutions for Ecosystem Services” that will be presented at an international research workshop on October 27-29, 2014 at the International Food Policy Research Institute’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The call is open for researchers and partners participating in PIM, WLE, and FTA projects.

Abstracts must be received by August 6, 2014.

Read more about the workshop and the abstract submission here.

Monday, June 23, 2014


PUBLICATION: Implications of community-based legal aid regulation on women’s land rights

A new IFPRI Research Brief

Improving women’s ability to securely access land is recognized as an effective means to increase gender equality and advance other key social and economic development goals. Despite progressive laws in many African countries, gender disparities commonly persist in women’s access and ownership of land. Although legal empowerment of women can help to strengthen their claims to land, developing country governments commonly lack the capacity to offer legal services. Civil society is increasingly stepping in to fill the wide gap in legal service provision, with the aim of empowering marginalized groups and individuals to exercise their legal rights. Although legal aid has wide application, this brief focuses on the consequences of regulating services provided at the community level to support women’s land rights.

Available here