Thursday, August 31, 2006


VACANCY: Research Scientist – Fisheries Institutions and Policy (WorldFish)

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The WorldFish Center is undertaking a global search for a talented researcher and leader to join the growing team in the Greater Mekong regional office, based in Cambodia to work with Regional Director(s) to design and lead applied research projects addressing institutional and policy changes affecting communities reliant upon small-scale fisheries.

Perhaps you know someone with the right combination of skills and interests: practical experience addressing questions of policy and institutional development in natural resources management, with a proven ability to communicate and collaborate with a range of government and civil society partners, backed by a solid record of publications as an analyst. And a passion to make a difference. While experience in fisheries and aquatic resources is certainly an advantage, it is not a requirement.

Applications should reach WorldFish by 30 September 2006. Serious candidate who would like to learn more about the position can contact Blake Ratner, Regional Director, Greater Mekong, WorldFish Center with queries at

For more information see position announcement.


Wednesday, August 30, 2006


A Workshop on Collective Action & Property Rights for Poverty Reduction

When: 26 September 2006, 9:00-3:00 PM Where: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Conference Room 4B, 2033 K St., NW, Washington DC 20006, USA

This workshop will present new findings from a collaborative research project that aims to contribute to poverty reduction by identifying policies and practices that enhance the ways in which collective action and property rights are used to build secure assets and income streams for and by the poor. With sites in 7 countries in East Africa, South Asia and South East Asia, the research project involves 25 national agricultural research center collaborators, 4 CGIAR centers, and 2 German universities. This one-day workshop will bring together project leaders, researchers, and collaborators from participating organizations and institutions to discuss and share their ongoing research findings, including opportunities for influencing policy and improving practice.

For more information go to

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006


VACANCY: East Asia Programme Officer - Indochina and the Mekong (Oxfam)

Work with people against poverty! Oxfam Hong Kong (OHK) is a member of Oxfam International (OI) and an independent development and relief agency based in Hong Kong. Oxfam is looking for talented, high calibre staff to join our anti-poverty work.

S/He will be responsible for the strategic management and development of OHK's development programme and humanitarian work in Cambodia and Burma, with some responsibilities on regional projects in southeast Asia. S/He is expected to develop country programme strategies, identify and appraise of suitable development programmes, manage grants, develop and manage partnerships with local organizations, coordinate responses to disaster events, undertaking regular monitoring and evaluation. S/He is expected to play a substantive role in ensuring effective OHK advocacy policies, positions and responses on various national issues. S/He is expected to report on broad development and programme issues to the Hong Kong media and general public, to Oxfam Hong Kong's internal units, and partner agencies. S/He is also expected to work with relevant Oxfam affiliates to promote a coherent, collaborative Oxfam International work in the countries.

Closing date for applications: 8 September 2006.

For more information go to:

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RESEARCH GRANTS: International Foundation for Science (IFS)

A new application period is now open and IFS calls for applications for Research Grants from young scientists in developing countries. Details of eligibility criteria, areas of scientific research covered and application forms are available on the IFS website at

Application deadline: December 31, 2006

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CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference on Management of Natural Resources, Sustainable Development and Ecological Hazards

The First International Conference on Management of Natural Resources, Sustainable Development and Ecological Hazards will be held in Bariloche, Argentina from 12 - 14 December 2006.

Last Date for abstract: As soon as possible

Contact email/website: Zoey Bluff,;

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Water, ecosystems and sustainable development in arid and semi-arid zones

The international conference on Water, ecosystems and sustainable development in arid and semi-arid zones will be held in Urumqi, China from 9 - 15 October 2006.

Last Date for abstract: 10 September 2006

Contact email/website:,;

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ONLINE RESOURCE: Building Vibrant Learning Networks

Have you ever wondered what capacities or characteristics make learning networks "tick?" Have you ever tried to strengthen a learning network but not known where to start? Have you ever wished you knew how to make the highest value investment in a learning network? Over the past several months, learning network experts and practitioners have been coming together to explore the answers to these very questions in a USAID and SNV-funded research initiative conducted by Pact's Capacity Building Services Group (CBSG). Pact is now asking for your support in testing out a framework for measuring network viability by responding to six simple survey questions below. The performance framework is based on findings from early phases of research that brought to the surface expert views on the critical factors that lead to the success of learning networks.

Visit the Pact web site to input scores for each of the six factors as they apply to your own network When you click on Receive your Score, the website will calculate your total, and provide basic feedback on the viability of your network. When you submit your scores, an email will be sent to the CBSG so that consolidated results can be generated.

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This is the brand new Outcome Mapping Learning Community Website, developed in close collaboration with users of Outcome Mapping from across the world. Whether you are starting out on your journey with Outcome Mapping, or are a seasoned traveller, we hope the site will be a virtual hub for you to share experiences, contact other users of Outcome Mapping, and have fun!

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CALL FOR PAPERS: International workshop on community based adaptation to climate change

Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh, Date: 11 - 16 January 2007

If you wish to present a paper or poster please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to the workshop secretariat along with your registration form by 15 September 2006:

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PUBLICATION: Field Guide to the Future: Four Ways for Communities to Think Ahead (CIFOR, ASB, ICRAF)

By Kristen Evans, Sandra J. Velarde, Rocio P. Prieto, Sheila N. Rao, Sandra Sertzen, Karina Davila and Wil de Jong Edited by Elena Bennett and Monika Zurek, Foreword by Doris Capistrano

Coming in September 2006

"Field Guide to the Future" is a practical, step-by-step manual describing methods that can help communities think ahead and prepare for changes in their environment and natural resources. These four methods are: Scenarios, Visioning, Pathways and Projections.

"Field Guide to the Future" is for communities who depend on natural resources and all of us who work with them. The authors have collaborated with communities in the management of forests, land, and water in many parts of the world, but particularly in tropical forest margins. In this manual they share their experiences and lessons learned about methods that can help communities prepare for the future.

"Field Guide to the Future" is a collaborative effort between the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the ASB system-wide program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Secretariat of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA).

To request your copy, please email Sandra Velarde at: Spanish and French translations will be available later this year. Please contact Sandra if you are interested in receiving them.

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FELLOWSHIPS: Kathryn Fuller post-doctoral fellowships in conservation science

World Wildlife Fund is announcing the opening of its 2007-2008 Kathryn Fuller Fellowship competition. Two post-doctoral fellowships will be awarded for a two year period to individuals with outstanding research proposals that are of fundamental and immediate importance to global biodiversity conservation. Fuller Fellows can be based at any institution, including at World Wildlife Fund, and will co-advised by one academic and one WWF mentor. Fellows are provided a stipend of $50,000 per year, as well as a $15,000 annual research allowance. Applicants should have received a doctorate degree between January 2002 and January 2007.

The deadline for applications is November 15, 2006. Offers will be made in the spring of 2007, with fellowships to begin in the fall of 2007. Contact: Tel: 1-202-778-9742,

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VACANCY: Consortium for the Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN) Coordinator (CIP)

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a Coordinator for the Consortium for the Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN). CIP seeks diversity and gender balance in its staff. Women and citizens of developing countries are particularly urged to apply.

The new Coordinator will direct the successful implementation of the Charter of Navigation of CONDESAN and achieve the following objectives: (a) stimulate and support dialogue, communication, cooperation and collaboration among the partners; (b) facilitate the work of the various components of the Consortium (CONDESAN Initiatives, the Technical Committee and the Board of Directors) and the adequate communication amongst them; (c) work to achieve the objectives of the various projects of CONDESAN in accordance with rigorous quality standards; (d) ensure the financing of CONDESAN and of the projects requested for the implementation of the Charter of Navigation; (e) coordinate the regular management of CONDESAN in accordance with the standards and procedures of CIP and the orientation of the Board of Directors; (f) strengthen the collaborative relationships between CONDESAN and other programs and projects of the CGIAR, starting with those of CIP and CIAT.

The review of applications will commence on 18 September 2006 and continue until the position is filled. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged but only short-listed candidates will be subsequently contacted.

See or for the full announcement.

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SCHOLARSHIPS for PhD Students in Agricultural Sciences (University of Hohenheim)

The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Hohenheim is offering at least 7 - 10 scholarships for Ph.D. students in its postgraduate studies. The programme starts in 1 January 2007. The scholarship is granted normally two years.

The following "Promotionskollegs" are involved: Soil resources and landscape ecology, Plant production, plant nutrition and quality assurance, Plant breeding, phytosanitary, and biotechnology, Animal sciences and biotechnology, Agricultural and environmental engineering, Economic and social sciences of the agriculture and food economy, and Tropical agricultural, food and resource sciences.

For further information refer to our homepage, and follow the link "Promotion" or go to Applications with curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, a short project description and if possible a letter of recommendation of a professor should be sent until 30 September 2006 to the 1. Vice Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences (300), University of Hohenheim, 70593 Stuttgart, Germany.

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VACANCY: Scientist, Water-Livestock Research (ILRI)

ILRI seeks to recruit a highly qualified and innovative researcher to join the water-livestock research team under the ILRI/ IWMI partnership on integration of livestock production with efficient water resources development and management especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The work to be undertaken is interdisciplinary in nature and requires "systems thinking" involving social, economic and biophysical sciences to ensure that animal production uses water and nutrient resources effectively and in a sustainable manner to improve livelihoods of the poor.

The priority research topics include: a) developing livestock-water management approaches that minimize degradation of natural resources, b) providing animal feeds through more efficient and productive use of agricultural water c) contributing to reduction of conflict between livestock keepers and other users.

Closing date 23/9/2006 For more information got to: or download the pdf file: or at:

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006


CAPRi Working Papers 51 to 54 Online!

CAPRi Working Papers 51, 52, 53, and 54 can now be downloaded from the CAPRi Website ( To download them click on the links below the respective paper abstract. In addition to being the first with a newly designed cover page, these are the first papers from last year's CAPRi workshop on Gender and Collective Action to come out as Working Papers.

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