Friday, August 28, 2009


EMPLOYMENT: Technical Adviser, Environment and Natural Resource Management (IFAD)

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has a vacancy for the position of Technical Adviser, Environment and Natural Resource Management. The Technical Advisory Division provides quality assurance support to IFAD’s portfolio of country programmes (comprising loans, grants and associated activities) as regards to technological, institutional and policy aspects. This Division also supports IFAD investment in developing and applying a knowledge base on pro-poor, community-led rural development. [more information]

Deadline: September 19, 2009

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: CSO Representatives to the UN-REDD Programme

The United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme) is a collaboration between FAO, UNDP and UNEP. The UN-REDD Programme is seeking nominations for four Civil Society Organization (CSO) representatives to serve on its Policy Board – one representative of a northern CSO and one representative of a CSO that operates in each of the three UN-REDD Programme regions (Africa, Asia & Pacific, Latin America & the Caribbean). [more information]

Deadline for nominations: September 11, 2009

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009


CALL FOR PAPERS: UNU-WIDER Project Conference on African Development: Myths and Realities

The UNU-WIDER Project on “African Development: Myths and Realities” looks at the reasons put forward for Africa’s disappointing development record, attempting to differentiate between myth and reality. It also seeks to determine the relative priorities that need to be given to factors that have in reality most contributed to this record, providing a blue print for public policy into the 21st Century. Substantive papers on African economic development as related to this topic are invited for a conference to take place in Accra, Ghana, December 10 to 11, 2009.

Deadline: October 15th, 2009. [more information]

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EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities with UNU-WIDER

The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-Wider) is accepting applications for visiting scholars and PhD interns.

Visiting Scholars

The UNU-WIDER Visiting Scholars Programme is intended to give qualified scholars an opportunity to undertake research on topics related to development and/or global economic issues, to participate in UNU-WIDER activities, and to contribute to UNU-WIDER publications. It is also designed to aid the dissemination of UNU-WIDER research and to contribute to the UNU-WIDER outreach programme.

[more information]

PhD Internships

The UNU-WIDER PhD Research Internship Programme aims to provide PhD (doctoral degree) students registered at a university and similar research institutions the opportunity

  1. to utilise the resources and facilities available at UNU-WIDER for their PhD thesis research
  2. to produce papers suitable for publication in the Research Paper series and elsewhere
  3. to work jointly with UNU-WIDER researchers in areas of mutual interest.

[more information]

Deadline for applications (both positions): September 30, 2009

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The Modern Agriculture in Central and Eastern Europe (MACE) Project seeks papers for its Green Week Scientific Conference on the topic of Challenges of Education and Innovation. The conference will take place January 13th and 14th, 2010, in Berlin, Germany and will particularly address the following:

Deadline for full papers: October 16th, 2009. [more information]

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EMPLOYMENT: Social Scientist, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Analysis of Impacts of Livestock Disease and its Mitigation. Nairobi, Kenya

ILRI seeks to recruit a professional for its Livestock Market Opportunities Research Theme. The Social Scientist will contribute to on-going and new research on:

  1. Social and livelihood impacts of animal disease, and its reduction through public and private sector action, at household, community and industry level;
  2. Development and use of new methods for the analysis of social and economic impacts of livestock-related policies at local, national and international levels.
  3. Analysis of the public and private organisations and actors that influence animal disease control, and identification of incentives and mechanisms to improve disease outcomes

Screening of applications will begin 28 August 2009 [more information]

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Monday, August 24, 2009


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EMPLOYMENT: 2 Positions in Multiple-Use Services Project

Winrock International has posted two vacancies for staff on a MUS Programme in Tanzania. Multiple-Use Services (MUS) is a consumer-oriented approach to water service delivery that takes people’s multiple domestic and productive water needs as the starting point for planning, financing, and managing integrated water services. Existing approaches to water service delivery typically focus on providing water for a single use – for example, drinking or irrigation. MUS has significant advantages over single-use services: it generates greater income, health, and other benefits and enhances sustainability.

MUS Project Lead

Technical Coordinator

Deadline: September 1, 2009

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Friday, August 21, 2009


AWARD: Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value

The Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value will be awarded to an individual, NGO, or business which has demonstrated innovation in improving access to and management of water, improving the lives of farmers and rural communities, or bringing improved nutrition to populations suffering from nutritional problems. The Prize will be awarded for the first time in April 2010.

The nomination period opened on 1 July and will close on 31 October.   [more information]

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Thursday, August 20, 2009


EMPLOYMENT: Latin America Coordinator (RRI)

The Rights and Resources Initiative is now accepting applications for the position of Latin America Program Coordinator. The Washington-based Coordinator will ensure the strategic planning and implementation of collaborative activities with RRI Partners in Latin America designed to advance the tenure rights of forest dwellers and alleviate poverty in forest areas. Strong candidates will possess substantial experience with rural communities on issues of environment and development, human rights and livelihoods, and will demonstrate the capacity to deliver high level policy oriented work related to forest tenure and rights.

Applications will be accepted until September 4th.

[more information]

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EMPLOYMENT: Vacancies at the International Potato Center (CIP)

Regional Leader – Sub-Saharan Africa

Location: Nairobi, Kenya; Deadline: Screening of applications will begin on 3 September 2009 and continue until the post is filled

[more information]

Impact Specialist – Sweet potato for Profit and Health Initiative

Location: Nairobi, Kenya; Deadline: Screening of applications will begin on 31 August 2009 and continue until the post is filled

[more information]

Tags: employment, CGIAR, Africa

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship

Bioversity International is pleased to announce the 2010 Call for Research Proposals for the Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship. The Fellowships Fund aims to encourage the conservation and use of plant genetic resources in developing countries by awarding Fellowships to outstanding young researchers to carry out relevant innovative research at an advanced research institute outside their own country for a period of three months to one year. One of the two Fellowships is supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Australia.

Deadline for applications: 8 November 2009. [more information]

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: African Participation in Climate Adaptation Events

To increase regional capacity on climate change adaptation, the CCAA program  provides financial assistance to institutions that facilitate African attendance at relevant regional and international events.

Applications are invited for small grants to support events taking place between November 1, 2009 and May 31, 2010.

Completed applications must be received by September 15, 2009. [more information]

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009


EMPLOYMENT: Theme leaders for Climate Change Program (CGIAR)

The CGIAR Challenge Program "Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security" is seeking well qualified candidates for the six positions of Theme Leader. Theme Leaders will provide continuity of vision and intellectual leadership for their given Research Theme, and share responsibility for integrating Theme research into the overall CCAFS. The six Themes are:

  1. Diagnosing vulnerability and analysing opportunities
  2. Unlocking the potential of macro-level policies
  3. Enhancing engagement and communication for decision-making
  4. Adaptation pathways based on managing current climate risk
  5. Adaptation pathways under progressive climate change
  6. Poverty alleviation through climate change mitigation

Deadline for applications is September 10, 2009. [more information]

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PUBLICATION: KIT Dossier on NRM and Land Tenure

The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) has published a new dossier on natural resource management and land tenure within the context of decentralization and governance. The aim of the KIT programme on rural decentralization and local governance is to further decentralization and governance in support of sustainable social and economic development. A specific objective is to develop knowledge on the way local governance institutions relate to, and are involved in land governance, land use, and decision-making on the management of natural resources. This dossier deals with the management of natural resources and the governance of land, which determine access to and control of assets that play a key role in rural livelihoods and often also in power relations. Due to population growth, depletion of resources, poor land potential and climate change, pressure on land and natural resources is growing, resulting in competing claims. The emergence of local governments in rural areas is changing the institutions that influence access, control and management, and thus the sustainable use of these resources.

Find the Kit here

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Thursday, August 13, 2009


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: IFSA 2010 Symposium in Vienna

Next year, the 9th European IFSA Symposium (4-7 July 2010 in Vienna) will address a wide range of issues related to "Building sustainable rural futures - The added value of systems approaches in times of change and uncertainty". There are now 28 Workshops to choose from that cover a wide range of topics (e.g., learning processes, food systems, energy production), but also focus on different aspects within these topics (e.g., research results, project design, doctoral education, knowledge transfer) and have different formats (e.g., discussing YouTube films, exchange between practitioners, 'classical' presentations of research results).

The deadline to submit an abstract to the convenor(s) of a workshop is 15 October 2009. [more information]

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Legal Empowerment and Customary Law

The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Development at Leiden University (VVI) are seeking submissions for an edited volume on the links between customary legal systems and legal empowerment, particularly on how engagement with customary legal systems may promote legal empowerment. The publication aims to enhance knowledge and understanding among academics, policymakers, and donors regarding the functioning of customary legal systems, and in particular their strengths and weaknesses, as tools for legal empowerment.

Send a brief biography and an abstract of no more than 300 words by 15 September 2009. [more information]

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009


CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: IUFRO Conference on Gender and Natural Resources

The IUFRO unit “Education, gender and forestry” will organise a conference on gender education at UBC1, Vancouver, co-sponsored by Faculty of Forestry of UBC, the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies at UBC and the Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany. The topics of the workshop are:

No deadline. Apply as soon as possible. [more information]

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Monday, August 10, 2009


PUBLICATIONS: Landmarks for Sustainability/ Guide to Organizational Change

Landmarks for Sustainability

Landmarks for Sustainability is a high-impact, quick-reference guide to many of the most critical events and initiatives that have shaped our world, and the sustainable development agenda, over the past 20 years and more. These include high-profile historic events — such as the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Rio Earth Summit, the anti-globalisation protests in Seattle and Genoa and the collapse of Enron — as well as more subtle but no less important developments, such as trends in fairtrade, ethical codes and sustainable investment.

Free to view/download: Introduction and Chapter 3: Climate change


The barefoot guide to working with organisations and social change This is a practical do-it-yourself guide for people wanting to learn about and facilitate organisational change. It was developed in South Africa by an international team of practitioners and activists and includes tried-and-tested concepts, approaches, cases and activities. The guide offers a perspective on the importance of supporting local sovereignty of local organisations and social movements for meaningful social change. It provides a range of approaches to self-understanding of such organisations as well as to understanding the role of people wanting to facilitate organisational change. It gives particular attention to relationships and power dynamics during this process. It includes tools for learning about how organisations move through various phases of development, how change can be facilitated and the challenges faced in bringing about and sustaining change.

Free download

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Thursday, August 06, 2009


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Wednesday, August 05, 2009


EMPLOYMENT: Faculty, Environment and Development (ATREE)

The Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) is looking to recruit faculty in the broad area of Environment & Development, specifically in the programmatic areas of:

The deadline for receiving applications is September 15, 2009. [more information]

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Monday, August 03, 2009


CALL FOR PAPERS: Innovation and Sustainable Development

The International Symposium on Innovation and Sustainable Development (ISDA 2010) to be held in Montpellier on 28 June-01 July 2010. The ISDA website is available in English, French and Spanish.

What current changes imply for research is a question that must be addressed collectively. This is why we invite you to join us in this symposium to reflect upon future choices, design appropriate scientific agendas, and help renew actions and policies so that innovation systems can better achieve sustainability.

Deadline for the submission of papers is on 15 September. [more information]

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The Think Tank Initiative invites applications from eligible organizations in Latin America and South Asia that are committed to using research to inform and influence social and economic policy. The Initiative will provide multi-year core funding and technical support to successful think tanks. Think tanks from the following countries are eligible to apply: Latin America: Bolivia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru South Asia: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Deadline: September 28, 2009. [more information]

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