Wednesday, March 31, 2010


CALL FOR PAPERS: Climate change, food security and resilience of food and agricultural systems in developing countries

The objective of the 117th European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) Seminar, “Climate change, food security and resilience of food and agricultural systems in developing countries: Mitigation and adaptation options”,is to bring together agricultural economists and other scientists working in the field of rural and agricultural development in developing and transformation countries in order to analyze the impacts of climate change on food security, and to evaluate relevant options for adaptation to and mitigation of climate change in the food and agricultural sector. Apart from climate change, theoretical and empirical research on the resilience of food and agricultural systems are also welcome. [more information]

Deadline: April 15, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Two Program Director Positions at CIFOR (Bogor, Indonesia)

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) advances human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. CIFOR currently has two vacancies for Program Director positions based in its Bogor, Indonesia headquarters.

The Director, Forests and Livelihoods Programme will lead research and outreach on how forests contribute to sustainable livelihoods. The Director will manage a team of scientists to bring together and expand existing research in CIFOR on the role of forest products and services as safety nets and as a means to improve human wellbeing.

The Director, Forests and Governance Programme will lead research on how society can make more informed and democratic decisions that support sustainable forests and livelihoods. The multidisciplinary programme currently includes research on decentralisation and devolution, forest finance and law enforcement, and collaborative forest management.

Deadline: April 16, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Postdoctoral or Research Fellow, Food Security, Nutrition, and Poverty Analysis

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Fellow in the Development Strategy and Governance (DSG) Division for a two year, fixed-term, renewable appointment. The Fellow will conduct research on food security, nutrition and poverty analysis at household, sub- national and national levels in support of regional and country development strategies. The successful candidate will join a research team to advance cross-divisional research on food security and nutrition related issues and provide policy options to improve food and nutrition security in developing countries. [more information]

Deadline: Open

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Post-doctoral Research Assistant in Climate Impacts Modeling, University of Leeds

The Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science at the University of Leeds School of Earth and Environment is seeking an enthusiastic individual who would work well in a team of researchers as part of a major international programme aimed at overcoming the threats posed by a changing climate food security. The programme is funded by multiple donors, though the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and in partnership with the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP). The programme is intended to run for a ten-year period and consists of six themes. The focus of this post is the theme “Adapting to progressive climate change.” [more information]

Deadline: May 7, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010


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Wednesday, March 24, 2010


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Small Grants Thesis Writing at African Universities

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is pleased to announce the twenty second competition under its Small Grants Programme for Thesis Writing. The grants are designed to contribute to the development of the social sciences in Africa, and the continuous renewal and strengthening of research capacities in African universities through the funding of primary research conducted by post-graduate students and professionals. In this connection, candidates whose applications are successful are encouraged to use the resources available under the grants to cover the cost of their fieldwork, the acquisition of books and documents, the processing of data which they have collected and the printing of their thesis/dissertation. As the Council has a strong interest in encouraging African researchers to engage one another on a sustained basis, recipients of the small grants will also be supported to order books and journals produced by African scholarly publishers, including CODESRIA itself. They will also be encouraged to apply to attend CODESRIA research methodology workshops. [more information]

Deadline: June 18, 2010


TRAINING: Disaster Risk Reduction, Vulnerabilities and Capacities in the Context of Climate Change

The objective for the second edition of the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Disaster Risk Reduction (CDRR 2010) is to propose a continuing education course to professionals and specialists from both Southern and Northern countries who already have significant experience in disaster risk reduction or a connected field such as climate change adaptation or development. The course will be held in Switzerland and India and thus offers a unique chance for sharing the different standpoints and experiences of Europe and Asia regarding the risk issue.

The course will be organised in 2 parts, each consisting of 2 weeks of full-time study:

More information available here.

Deadline for applications: May 30, 2010


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Ester Boserup Conference 2010

Ester Boserup was one of the pioneers of an integrated theoretical approach to questions of development and sustainability. 2010 marks the centennial of her birth. The Ester Boserup Conference 2010 "Long-term trajectories in population, gender relations, land use, and the environment" wishes to pay tribute to her work and to her intellectual heritage. [more information]

Deadline: June 28, 2010

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Friday, March 19, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Poverty, Gender, and Youth (PGY) Program Coordinator, Population Council (Guatemala-based)

Through the Poverty, Gender, and Youth (PGY) program , Population Council staff members seek to understand the social dimensions of poverty, the determinants and consequences of gender inequality, the disparities that arise during adolescence, and the critical elements of a successful transition to adulthood in developing countries. Program activities include developing and evaluating innovative programs—especially those related to empowerment, health, education, and livelihoods—to address the needs of the poor, women and adolescents in particular. [more information]

Deadline: April 16, 2010


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Pastoralism and Climate-Change Adaptation in Africa (deadline extended)

The Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA) programme of the IDRC (Canada) and DFID (UK) is organizing a conference on "Pastoralism and Climate-Change Adaptation in Africa", to be held 24-28 May 2010 in Egerton College, Kenya. The goal of this conference is to explore options and strategies in climate change adaptation and mitigation by vulnerable pastoral communities in arid and semi-arid lands, including scientific advances and global best practices in climate change adaptation, novel indigenous approaches in animal management and adaptive breeding by vulnerable communities in the dry lands. [more information]

Deadline for abstracts: March 31, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010


This Week’s Posts


TRAVEL GRANTS: AAEA Support for Economists from Africa

You can help Applied & Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) support an economist from Africa by nominating them to receive a travel grant to attend the 2010 Joint Annual Meeting. The AAEA Foundation will provide funding to offset travel costs for those selected. The nominees should be professional economists from Africa who are currently working in the field of agricultural, development, environmental, food and consumer, natural resource, regional, rural, and associated areas of applied economics and business. [more information]

Deadline: March 22, 2010


FUNDING: South-South Annual Research Grants

The South-South annual research grants aim to promote collaboration among researchers from the South and to stimulate analytical empirical studies on topics of relevance for their countries. Special attention will be given to projects involving the elaboration of alternative methodologies, the generation of new empirical data and the critical questioning of dominant theoretical paradigms. Altogether 9 (nine) proposals will be selected with a maximum grant of USD 10,000 per project. The resources allocated would be freely utilized in activities related with the research: information collection, data processing, books purchase and related expenses. Resources cannot be used for project designing or for direct or indirect costs of the supporting institutions.

The Collaborative Tri-continental Program was launched in 2005 by the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA) with the purpose of enhancing the production of knowledge suitable for fostering high quality social science research to build a Southern perspective on critical issues, with the aim of feeding these into global debates. [more information]

Deadline: May 30, 2010


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management

The International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management was launched by Swiss Re in 2002. It expresses the company's commitment to planning, evaluating and realisation of water-related projects and aims to promote awareness and the efficient use of this precious resource.

The International ReSource Award is worth USD 150 000 in total and is granted to one or several projects selected by an international jury. The ReSource Award is an internationally recognised prize for leadership in implementing the principles of sustainability in watershed management. It is conferred annually. The prize money is awarded exclusively for project implementation activities and not for building up or strengthening the organisations that are submitting an application. [more information]

Deadline: April 30, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow, IFPRI

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Fellow in the Development Strategies and Governance (DSG) Division for a two year, fixed-term, renewable appointment. The Fellow will serve as the manager of an IFPRI project that supports the Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative (GHFSI) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Africa and provides support to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP). This position will be based in Washington, D.C. and reports to the Director of IFPRI’s Development Strategy and Governance Division. The final grade level will be determined by demonstrated experience and track record of publications. [more information]

Deadline: April 17, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Bio-Innovate Program Manager, ILRI

Bio-Innovate is a new multidisciplinary competitive funding mechanism for biosciences and product orientated innovation activities in Eastern Africa. It will focus on delivering new products through bioscience innovation systems involving a broad range of actors, including scientists, private sector, policy makers, NGOs and other practitioners. It will use modern biosciences to improve agriculture and conserve the environment through improving crop productivity and resilience to climate change in small-scale farming systems; improving the efficiency of the agro-processing industry to add value to local bio-resources. The program will also develop sound policies for commercialising products from biosciences research; and investigate innovative delivery systems. [more information]

Deadline: April 9, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Professorships Linking Agriculture and Health Research for International Development

Applicants are sought for two new Professorships to provide vision and leadership to the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) as it develops an innovative programme to link agriculture and health research for international development as part of the new LCIRAH initiative. The positions offer outstanding opportunities to make innovative and lasting contributions in an emerging field of study. 

One post, under the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), will focus on health links into agriculture and the other, under the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), on agricultural links into health. [more information]

Deadline: April 23, 2010


FUNDING: UN-HABITAT Urban Youth Fund Call for Applications

Youth-led organizations in developing countries working to improve the lives of young people and their communities can now seek financing for their projects through the UN-HABITAT Urban Youth Fund. The Fund will provide grants for innovative projects that promote employment, good governance, shelter and secure tenure.

Only applicants aged 15-32 from cities in developing countries can qualify for a grant. Support will be provided primarily for those working to improve slum conditions and to raise opportunities for young people growing up in poverty. Projects encouraging gender equality or involving partnerships with the government or the private sector are particularly welcome. Small development initiatives are eligible for grants of up to USD 5,000, and larger projects up to USD 25,000. [more information]

Deadline: April 15, 2010

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INTERNSHIP: Decision and Policy Analysis Program (DAPA) of the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

The Decision and Policy Analysis Program (DAPA) of the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) is seeking English speaking recent graduates for 6-12 month internships.   CIAT is an international research center, one of the fifteen global centers of the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research.   Located in Cali, Colombia and working on international projects in Africa, Asia and Central and Latin America, the DAPA program evaluates the effects of climate change, evaluates technology and knowledge gaps, critically analyses environmental and agricultural policy in Latin America, and considers barriers to market access for small, rural producers in developing countries.

The interns will gain experience in international research for development, and will be actively encouraged to use the internship as a stepping stone to further education at the masters or PhD level. [more information]

Deadline: open

Friday, March 12, 2010


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Economics of Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Conservation

The Belpasso International Summer School on Environmental and Resource Economics is targeted to doctoral and post-doctoral students. This year’s summer school will be held September 12-18 in Belpasso, Sicily, Italy. Admission is conditional on the presentation by each student of his/her doctoral work; therefore applicants normally need to be advanced in their PhD to have produced at least one substantive chapter, but not to have completely finished their thesis. [more information]

Deadline: May 1, 2010


EVENTS: Fourth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) is pleased to announce the fourth Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change to be held in London on April 6, 2010. The Dialogue series is designed to foster critical reflection and learning on forest governance, the rights of forest communities and Indigenous Peoples, and forest tenure in the context of global action to combat climate change. REDD+ emerged as one of the rare points of consensus from the confusion in Copenhagen. The draft decision document made some progress on the recognition of the rights of Indigenous Peoples and environmental and social safeguards and six developed country governments also pledged 3.5 USD billion in quick-start finance for REDD+. While the UNFCCC process has yet to finalize the overall architecture and safeguard frameworks, interested governments are gathering outside of the UN process - in Paris (March 11) and then again in Oslo (May 27) to begin operationalizing elements of the Copenhagen Accord on REDD+, and concerns are growing over the transparency of the process outside the UNFCCC, as well as over the fate of safeguards, standards and consultations. [more information]


FELLOWSHIP: Rothamsted International Fellowships

Rothamsted International (RI) is a non-profit-making charity working towards sustainable agriculture in developing and emerging countries. They aim to share research excellence in agricultural and environmental sciences for the benefit of world-wide agricultural and environmental sustainability. Visiting RI Fellows make use of the current, state-of-the art, facilites and expertise at Rothamsted Research, the oldest agricultural research station in the world.

RI offers two Fellowship schemes. Both Fellowship schemes are directed towards mid-career researchers in agricultural sciences. The Rothamsted International Fellowship Scheme (RIFS) is open to scientists from all developing countries and successful applicants spend their placements with Research groups at Rothamsted Research. The African Fellows Programme (AFP) is specifically for scientists from sub-saharan Africa and Fellowships are spent at European Research Institutes. Our Project management services aim to assist in agricultural capacity building, and we expect these and the Fellowships to lead to long-term partnerships, collaborations and capacity building with and in the Fellow's home countries.

The Deadline for the RIFS is May 7, 2010. Although the January deadline for the AFP has already passed, the website notes that pre-proposals can be submitted at any time and will be considered at the next closing date.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


This Week’s Posts


TRAINING: BIARI 2010: Climate Change and Its Impacts: Resilience and Adaptation to Changes in Precipitation

Brown University is accepting applications to participate in its unique professional development initiative: the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI). This new program is designed to provide needed professional development opportunities for young faculty in the early stages of their research and teaching careers. BIARI 2010 will be held from June 13th to June 26th, and will convene 30-40 young scholars. The theme of this year’s event is “Climate Change and Its Impacts: Resilience and Adaptation to Changes in Precipitation”. [more information]

Deadline: April 1, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: New Opportunities at ILRI

The Africa-based, globally-networked International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) helps reduce poverty, hunger and environmental degradation by enhancing livestock agriculture in developing countries. ILRI positions its work at the dynamic interface of poverty alleviation and sustainable livestock livelihoods. Our staff work in partnerships and alliances with hundreds of organisations in developed and developing countries, including some of the finest universities and research institutes in the world. ILRI’s headquarters are in Nairobi, Kenya, with a second principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Our staff are also based in 7 partner institutions in other parts of Africa and in Asia and Latin America. We employ more than 700 staff from about 40 countries and are one of 15 centres sponsored by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

ILRI currently has vacancies for the following positions:


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Reminder, IASC Conference: Sustaining Commons: Sustaining our Future

Abstracts for papers, panels, posters, and videos for the 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) are due by March 31st, 2010. The conference will be held in Hyderabad, India from January 10th to 14th, 2011 on the theme of “Sustaining Commons: Sustaining our Future". See the original post for more detail.


EMPLOYMENT: Research Economist, IWMI

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) seeks to recruit a highly qualified scientist in the field of research economist to be based in IWMI East Africa and Nile Basin Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and report to the Head of Office. The purpose of this job is to provide economic expertise, contributing to research projects pertaining to land, water, agriculture, and livelihoods in East Africa and the Nile Basin. More information available here.

Deadline: April 4, 2010

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Development Research Economist positions at African Development Bank

The African Development Bank places research and knowledge sharing at the center of its activities, as sound economic analysis has the potential to play an important role in the transformation of African economies towards sustainable development and poverty reduction. In 2007, the AfDB established a Development Research Department as part of the Bank’s reform process. The Department's activities focus on devising and undertaking a program of research and analysis on priority social and economic development issues that support the Bank's policy and operations agenda.

The Department comprises about 25 researchers in two Divisions. The Research Partnerships Division is seeking to strengthen its team of analysts by recruiting a Principal Research Economist and a Senior Research Economist with expertise in the areas of finance, trade, and regional integration. More information about both positions available here.

Deadline: March 31, 2010


CALL FOR PAPERS: The Economics of Food, Food Choice and Health

The first joint seminar of the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), "The Economics of Food, Food Choice and Health", will be held on September 15-17, 2010, in Freising, Germany. They invite an international scientific audience in the fields of agricultural and food
economics, behavioural and health economics and marketing.

Topics and exemplary themes for presentations:

The complete call for papers and more information about the seminar are available here.

Deadline for abstracts: March 31, 2010


SCHOLARSHIP: Governance of Natural Resources by Smallholders in the Brazilian Amazon

The Institute of Silviculture at the University of Freiburg is seeking candidates for two 3 years-PhD-scholarships available within the EU-funded research project "Governance of Natural Resources by Smallholders in the Brazilian Amazon" (Governança de Recursos Naturais por Pequenos Produtores Rurais da Amazônia). The PhD grants amount to about 1,075 EUR per month. In addition travel costs for field work in Brazil are funded. The topics of PhD research will be negotiated with the successful candidates and should be related to the context described below:

A significant proportion of the forests in the Brazilian Amazon is formally dedicated to poor smallholders including settlers and traditional communities. To effectively use the economic potential of these forests as well as other natural resources represents an enormous challenge for the families in the context of rapidly advancing agricultural frontiers dominated by powerful actor groups. In this situation, the families need to reorganize their strategies for using natural resources and have to find ways of getting these strategies formally acknowledged. As conventional expert driven approaches for market integration suffered from major incompatibilities with local realities, it is worthwhile to explore opportunities for the promotion of local initiatives developed by the smallholders themselves in accordance with their interests and capacities. But, little is known about how to make use of this potential. In this situation, the project brings together smallholders, governmental agencies and development organisation to work about local governance systems for the use of natural resources in the two municipalities Medicilândia and Porto de Moz located in the State of Pará in the Eastern Amazon.

Candidate's profile:

  • MSc (equivalent) degree
  • Good knowledge of English (compulsory)
  • Working knowledge of Portuguese (or at least Spanish)
  • Preferably with some field experience in the Amazon basin
  • Preferably with some background in tropical forestry, community forestry, rural development and transdisciplinary research
  • Fulfils faculty requirements for studies at PhD level
  • Willingness to travel frequently and to remote areas
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Preferably Brazilian citizen

Please, send or email a detailed letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of at least two references to Dr. Benno Pokorny using the contact information here.

Deadline: March 31, 2010

Monday, March 08, 2010


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The ATSE Crawford Fund Fellowship

The Crawford Fund Fellowship has been set up to provide further training for an agricultural scientist whose work has shown potential. This prestigious Award provides an opportunity for the successful candidate to spend a period of focused study and training in Australia, with resulting benefits to the Awardee as well as to their country’s agriculture and Australia. Candidates should be below the age of 35 and from a selected group of developing countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu or Vietnam).  The training will take place at an Australian institution and will emphasize the application of knowledge to increase agricultural production in the Fellow's home country. [more information]

Deadline: April 12, 2010


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The Yara Prize for a Green Revolution in Africa

The Yara Prize honors work that increases food productivity, security or availability through improvements in food systems, advancements in sustainable agriculture and development of local markets. The prize aims to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. The prize was launched in 2005 and consists of a USD 100,000 grant, a glass trophy and a diploma. Winners are chosen by The Yara Prize Committee. The Yara Prize can be awarded to any individual or identifiable group of individuals, as well as to established institutions, associations, organizations or government bodies with a formal and recognized judicial and organizational structure, contributing to the overall goals of the prize. [more information]

Deadline: April 1, 2010


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Women's World Summit Foundation Prize for Women's Creativity in Rural Life

Awarded since 1994 by WWSF Women's World Summit Foundation - an international, non-profit, humanitarian NGO, serving the implementation of women’s and children’s rights and the UN development agenda - the Prize ($ 1000 per laureate and $ 3000 for specific African women’s organisations), honors women and women's groups around the world exhibiting exceptional creativity, courage and commitment for the improvement of the quality of life in rural communities (354 prizes awarded so far). The Prize aims to draw international attention to laureates' contributions to sustainable development, household food security and peace, thus generating recognition and support for their projects. While rural women are vital in providing examples of sound practice in their communities, they still do not have full access to tools needed for development, such as education, credit, land rights and participation in decision making. By highlighting and awarding creative development models, innovations and experiences enhancing the quality of rural life, WWSF participates in addressing the eradication of rural poverty, gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment. [more information]

Deadline: March 31, 2010

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Friday, March 05, 2010


FELLOWSHIP: Research Fellow Partnership Programme for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources (RFPP)

RFPP aims at generating development relevant knowledge, training young scientists and establishing research partnerships in the fields of agriculture, forestry and natural resource management in international development. These objectives shall be achieved by supporting doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships as well as by promoting internships. RFPP projects shall be embedded in research partnerships between a CGIAR center (or equivalent) and a Swiss research institution. Citizens from developing countries or countries in transition up to the age of 40  and Swiss residents under the age of 36 are eligible. [more information]

Deadline: March 31, 2010


SCHOLARSHIP: Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP), Regular Program.

Each year, the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program awards scholarships to individuals from World Bank member countries to undertake graduate studies at renowned universities throughout member countries of the Bank. The JJ/WBGSP scholarship provides annual awards to cover the cost of completing a master's degree or its equivalent. The awards are given for one year and, provided that the academic program is longer than one year, may be renewed for a second consecutive year or a portion thereof, subject to satisfactory academic performance in the first year and the availability of funds. There is an absolute two year maximum limit on JJ/WBGSP awards. [more information]

Deadline: March 31, 2010

Thursday, March 04, 2010


This Week’s Posts


FELLOWSHIP: CANADA-HOPE Scholarship Program- Fellowship Awards

The CANADA-HOPE Scholarship Program is dedicated to improving the health of people in developing countries by further strengthening international collaborative efforts between researchers. The program will enable promising scientists and clinicians from South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa to be mentored by prominent Canadian researchers. Value and term: The maximum amount awarded for a single grant is $174,000 for four years. Funding start date: July 1st, 2010.

The scholar must have a mentor in a related field at an eligible Canadian institution and the sponsorship of an eligible institution in sub-continental South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan) or in sub-Saharan Africa. The scholarships are intended for men and women of high intellectual promise who may be expected to make a significant contribution to their own countries following their return from study in Canada. [more information]

Deadline: 31 March, 2010


FELLOWSHIP: Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP)

The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) is pleased to announce the Ninth round of fellowships in Kenya for the Academic Year 2011/2012. During this round, the program will offer fifty-one (51) Masters Fellowships in East Africa tenable in any part of the world, including Africa. Seventeen (17) Masters Fellowships will be offered to applicants in Kenya. Each fellowship covers tuition fees, health insurance, subsistence allowance, travel and other related expenses. IFP will provide full support of up to three (3) years of formal post- graduate study.

The program provides opportunities to individuals from diverse backgrounds, social groups and communities that have traditionally lacked systematic access to higher education. Fellows are selected on the strength of their academic achievement, leadership skills and social commitment. Upon completion of their studies, the fellows are expected to enhance their leadership skills in fields that further the Ford Foundation’s goals of strengthening democratic values, reducing poverty and injustice, promoting international cooperation and advancing human achievement.

More information here.

Deadline: March 12, 2010


FUNDING: IFAR 2010 Fellowship Program Call

IFAR is a results-oriented foundation that supports partnerships, collaboration, and awards as a means of fostering scientific excellence in agriculture and related fields. IFAR’s mission is to: recognize and promote scientific excellence involving the work of international agricultural research centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and their partners; promote science through professional development; and give priority to Africa and South Asia. In support of its mission, IFAR annually provides small grants to professionals from national agricultural research systems in developing countries (NARS). Nominations for these awards must be sponsored by one or more CGIAR Centers (see for a full list of Centers), and the work programs proposed by applicants must be closely linked with the program of a CGIAR Center. Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with Center scientists when preparing their project proposals for submission to IFAR. [more information]

Deadline: March 10, 2010

Wednesday, March 03, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: President, Zamorano University, Honduras

The Board of Trustees of Zamorano University is conducting a search for the University’s 11th president who will take office by January 2011. Founded in 1941, Zamorano is a private, undergraduate, non-profit international agricultural university specializing in production agriculture, sustainable management of natural resources, rural transformation to reduce poverty and the enhancement of global competitiveness of agribusiness. Zamorano alumni are employed in production agriculture, agribusiness, food technology, conservation, government and academia. The institution is registered in the United States as a non-profit corporation and has International Mission status in Honduras. Accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is in process. [more information]

Deadline: April 16, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Senior Social Scientist, The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy seeks a broadly-trained, experienced social scientist with expertise in qualitative and quantitative methodologies and monitoring and evaluation of conservation and/or development projects, preferably in a transnational or multinational setting.

The Senior Social Scientist will support the effective integration of social science approaches, methods and tools into the development and evaluation of the Nature Conservancy’s conservation strategies. The position will accomplish this by: (1) working with specific field projects and field staff in a consulting capacity; (2) developing guidance documents, handbooks, and tools to assist practitioners throughout the Conservancy; (3) leading training workshops and sessions; (4) participating in and leading working groups.

For more information and to apply for the position, go to this website and search for job ID #11835.

Deadline: April 2, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Director, International Foundation for Science, Sweden

The International Foundation for Science (IFS) is a non-governmental organisation with the mandate to contribute to the strengthening of capacity in developing countries. IFS awards research grants and provides capacity enhancing supporting services to young scientists, working on research projects relevant to the sustainable use and management of biological and water resources. Since 1972, IFS has provided close to 7,000 research grants in more than 100 countries.

Currently IFS has a secretariat of 20 staff located in Stockholm, Sweden, and a regional office in Kampala, Uganda. The secretariat is led by the Director who reports to the Board of Trustees. The Director has overall responsibility for implementing the strategic goals of the organisation, managing the secretariat and overseeing day-to-day operations. [more information]

Deadline: April 12, 2010


ONLINE RESOURCES: Community Based Adaptation Exchange & Livelihoods Connect

Eldis has developed several interesting online resources including the Community Based Adaptation Exchange (CBA-X), and Livelihoods Connect.

CBA-X is a shared online resource designed to bring together and grow the CBA community. It provides a site for the exchange of up-to-date information about community-based adaptation, including news, events, case-studies, tools, policy resources, and videos.

Livelihoods Connect aims to provide researchers, policy-makers and development practitioners with up-to-date, diverse and credible information on the application of livelihoods approaches to development, research, policy and practice. These information resources cover a range of frameworks, principles and methodologies covered by the term ‘livelihoods approaches’ – principally multi-disciplinary, multi-level, people-centered, asset-based approaches to development.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Marketing Specialist, ICRAF

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), carries out research to generate science-based knowledge about the complex role that trees play in agricultural landscapes and uses its research to ensure that policies and practices benefit the poor and the environment. ICRAF’s activities in the West and Central Africa Region (WCA) with Regional Office in Yaoundé, Cameroon are carried out in the Sahel, Upper Guinea and in the Humid Tropics zone. The Humid Tropics node (WCA/HT) has offices in Cameroon, DRC and Nigeria. The node's activities focus on participatory tree domestication of high-value indigenous fruit trees and medicinal plants with particular emphasis on marketing of derived products. The team consists of 40 permanent staff members and collaborators from partner institutions. ICRAF is looking for a Marketing Specialist to be based in Yaounde, Cameroon.

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Coordinator, the marketing specialist will have the following responsibilities:

More information available here.

Deadline: March 5, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Forage Genebank Manager, ILRI

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Forage Genebank Manager who will be responsible for ensuring the safe custodianship of ILRI’s collection of forage resources to meet commitments under the ILRI’s agreement with the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). [more information]

Deadline: March 26, 2010


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The Arab Water Academy PhD Program on Water Governance and Policies

The Arab Water Academy in Abu Dhabi invites applications for its scholarship programs to pursue doctoral studies. The program focuses on the institutional and policy dimensions of water management in the Arab world. Successful candidates are expected to begin the program in fall 2010 and will be expected to finish their theses in three to four years. Admissions and scholarship applications are available for download here.

Deadline: April 20, 2010