Thursday, April 28, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Oxfam America Researcher, Agriculture. The Researcher will contribute to Oxfam’s advocacy and campaigning for food justice in a resource-constrained world, focused on enabling small-holder farmers to realize their right to food and sustainable livelihoods by promoting more and better investment in agriculture and effective and coherent policies to address the causes of food insecurity. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Senior Officer, Agricultural Innovation and Society (GFAR). The incumbent will lead the planning and implementation of programmes and policies under the GFAR strategic objective of transforming and strengthening agricultural research for development systems. Deadline: May 9, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Bioversity International Genetic Resources Policy Specialist. The Genetic Resources Policy Specialist will be based at Bioversity’s Headquarters in Rome, Italy and will report to the Head of the Policy and Research Support Unit. Deadline: May 30, 2011

FELLOWSHIPS/SCHOLARSHIPS: Carbon sequestration, biodiversity and social structures in Southern Amazonia. Positions are located at nine universities and two Helmholtz Research Centres in Germany. Deadline: May 10, 2011

CALL FOR RESEARCH CONCEPT NOTES: Economics of Natural Resource Use and Environmental Change. SANDEE requests research concept notes in the areas of natural resources and environmental economics. Deadline: May 30, 2011

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger. The prize is awarded to Africans who exhibit exceptional leadership, exemplifying courage, vision and commitment to the well-being of the African people. Deadline: May 31, 2011

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Groundwater Resources Management: Adaptation Measures to Water Scarcity. The Second UNESCO-UCI 2011 Conference will evaluate the progress made in groundwater management since the First Conference in 2008. Deadline for abstracts: June 1, 2011

TRAINING: Net-Map Summer School in Vicenza, Italy. Net-Map is an interview-based mapping tool that helps people understand, visualize, discuss, and improve situations in which many different actors influence outcomes.

E-CONSULTATION: FAO Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and Other Natural Resources. The zero draft of the FAO’s “Voluntary Guidelines” is now available for review and comment through an e-consultation. This consultation is open to all interested parties. Deadline: May 16, 2011

PUBLICATION: Statutory recognition of customary land rights in Africa. A recent FAO Legislative study now available for download.

PUBLICATION: Costing Adaptation through Local Institutions. The study aims to highlight how adaptation by households to climate change and climate variability is shaped by institutions, and how governments, through local institutions, can support adaptation that addresses the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable households.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Oxfam America Researcher, Agriculture

The Researcher will contribute to Oxfam’s advocacy and campaigning for food justice in a resource-constrained world, focused on enabling small-holder farmers to realize their right to food and sustainable livelihoods by promoting more and better investment in agriculture and effective and coherent policies to address the causes of food insecurity.  S/he will work to ensure the policy agenda is supported by accurate and current research and data.  The Researcher will engage with consultants to produce research, monitor commissioned research projects, synthesize research, and provide data needed for advocacy activities.  S/he will also conduct research as needed and possible.

Oxfam America’s in-house research, which contributes to the production of publications and informs strategy development, consists of:

  1. Commissioning research
  2. Conducting targeted research
  3. Coordinating research, drafting and production of papers
  4. Providing data and statistics and checking facts as necessary to support advocacy activities
  5. Communicating existing and external research through the writing of policy and advocacy materials
  6. Contributing to defining priorities and directions for advocacy work

More information.

Deadline: open

 

PUBLICATION: Costing Adaptation through Local Institutions

The Costing Adaptation through Local Institutions (CALI) synthesis report is based upon work that has been commissioned by the World Bank as part of the work program on the role of local institutions in climate change adaptation.

The Costing Adaptation through Local Institutions (CALI) study aims to highlight how adaptation by households to climate change and climate variability is shaped by institutions, and how governments, through local institutions, can support adaptation that addresses the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable households. The main objective of the study is to provide recommendations regarding adaptation options for households in rural regions and facilitate the necessary institutional support.

This cross-country comparative study, supported by the Bank-Netherlands Partnership Program (BNPP), sought to understand the determinants of adaptive capacity at local level through a comparative analysis of village-level data from Ethiopia, Mali and Yemen. While communities in semi-arid areas may face similar levels of exposure to climate hazards where livelihoods generally depend critically on natural resources, the study suggests that sensitivity to hazards and adaptive capacity vary significantly, both in degree and in kind. The role of local institutions is explored to understand how external support either has or has not supported adaptive practices in the past, and data were gathered to understand the costs of adaptation through local institutions. Drawing on previously unavailable empirical data across country contexts, the findings offer valuable insights into the appropriate targeting of support for climate change adaptation in developing countries.

Download the report (pdf).

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger

The Africa Prize is awarded to Africans who exhibit exceptional leadership, exemplifying courage, vision and commitment to the well-being of the African people. It focuses on individuals working in areas such as public policy, innovation, agriculture, education and health whose leadership and policies contribute to the sustainable end of hunger at the national, regional or continent-wide level.

The Prize seeks to generate heightened awareness within the world community of the many African leaders who are making bold decisions and taking the necessary actions to resolve the pressing agricultural, economic, political and social issues facing the continent. Nominations for the 2011 Africa Prize may be submitted in English, French or Portuguese by completing an online form found at www.africaprize.org. Any individual may nominate. Criteria and details about the Prize and The Hunger Project can also be found at www.africaprize.org.

The Africa Prize was first awarded in 1987. It includes a cash award of US$100,000 to further the laureate’s work for the well-being of Africa’s people. The Prize is awarded by The Hunger Project, a global non-profit organization working to empower women and men in 12 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America to end their own hunger and poverty. The 2011 Africa Prize will be presented at a gala award ceremony on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City.

More information.

Deadline: May 31, 2011

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CALL FOR RESEARCH CONCEPT NOTES: Economics of Natural Resource Use and Environmental Change (SANDEE)

SANDEE requests research concept notes in the areas of natural resources and environmental economics. Research topics can cover a variety of issues, ranging from the economics of climate change (mitigation and adaptation) to pollution management; valuation of environmental services to ecotourism; and, coastal and urban management to fragile mountain concerns. Research on macro considerations such as trade and the environment, comprehensive wealth and income accounting and evaluation of economic and environmental policies will also be considered. While SANDEE's focus is on environmental management, proposals have to include a strong economics component . Multi-disciplinary projects with a robust economic focus are encouraged. Institutional affiliation is required for receiving support. Concept notes will be evaluated on their academic merit and policy significance.

SANDEE will collect proposals throughout the year. However, to be considered for our next research competition, please send concept notes by May 30th, 2011. The average grant size in recent years has been 20,000 USD for one to two year projects. Larger grants will be considered only if a multidisciplinary team of natural and social scientists are involved and there is a clear identification of roles and tasks. Please upload concept notes on SANDEE's website at http://www.sandeeonline.org/research_workshop_application_form.php For any additional queries, please contact us at application@sandeeonline.org.

Deadline: May 30, 2011

 

FELLOWSHIPS/SCHOLARSHIPS: Carbon sequestration, biodiversity and social structures in Southern Amazonia

Positions are located at nine universities and two Helmholtz Research Centres in Germany. Research locations will be in the cities of Cuiabá and Sinop in southern Amazonia, Brazil. The program will start 1st of June 2011 or later. One to three year fixed-term contracts are offered which are subject to final authorization by BMBF.

The globally significant land use frontier of southern Amazonia, Brazil, is extremely dynamic and experienced an increase of deforestation, pasture and cropland. This development is accelerating along the Cuiabá-Santarém highway, which is associated with further major carbon losses and greenhouse gases (GHG) releases. Global interest in curtailing these emissions is high as the relevance of the affected ecosystems for carbon storage and GHG-cycling is of global importance. The main goals of this transdisciplinary approach are viable C-optimized land management strategies to mitigate GHG-emissions and maintain ecosystem services under changing climate conditions, by considering all main socio-economic drivers.

Therefore, for our bilateral carbiocial-program, we seek candidates with an excellent degree in geography, ecology, agronomy, soil and social sciences with high motivation and affinity to Brazil. The applicant will have an excellent command of the English language, good communication skills and willingness to integrate in an international research environment. As applicants from all countries are encouraged, German is not required, but would be welcome as some additional skills in Portuguese. Research locations will be in the cities of Cuiabá and Sinop in southern Amazonia, Brazil.

The specific positions are listed here.

Deadline: May 10, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Bioversity International Genetic Resources Policy Specialist

The Genetic Resources Policy Specialist will be based at Bioversity’s Headquarters in Rome, Italy and will report to the Head of the Policy and Research Support Unit. He or she will contribute to Bioversity’s research and capacity building agenda by:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: May 30, 2011

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Groundwater Resources Management: Adaptation Measures to Water Scarcity

The Second UNESCO-UCI 2011 Conference on ‘Groundwater Resources Management: Adaptation Measures to Water Scarcity – Science and Policy Responses’ will evaluate the progress made in groundwater management since the First Conference in 2008. It will also explore the areas where further progress can and should be made as well as identify the needs for legal, institutional and policy instruments and their links to science. The conference is scheduled for 30 November – 3 December 2011, Irvine, California, USA.

The Conference results will be presented at the 6th World Water Forum (March 2012, Marseille, France) and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) or Rio +20 (June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

More information (pdf).

Deadline for abstracts: June 1, 2011

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EMPLOYMENT: FAO Senior Officer, Agricultural Innovation and Society (GFAR)

Under the general supervision of the Executive Secretary, GFAR, the incumbent will lead the planning and implementation of programmes and policies under the GFAR strategic objective of transforming and strengthening agricultural research for development systems. This entails transforming the capacities and operational basis of agricultural research-for-development (AR4D) institutions and engaging civil society partners and the private sector more effectively with public-funded actors, for which the appointee will act as focal point in the GFAR Secretariat. In particular, will:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: May 9, 2011

 

PUBLICATION: Statutory recognition of customary land rights in Africa

A recent FAO Legislative study, a book by Rachael S. Knight titled Statutory Recognition of Customary Land rights in Africa, is now available for download.

Given the recent trend of granting vast areas of African land to foreign investors, the urgency of placing real ownership in the hands of the people living and making their livelihood upon lands held according to custom cannot be overstated. This study provides guidance on how best to recognize and protect the land rights of the rural poor. Protecting and enforcing the land rights of rural Africans may be best done by passing laws that elevate existing customary land rights up into nations' formal legal frameworks, thereby making customary land rights equal to documented land claims.

This publication investigates various over-arching issues related to the statutory recognition of customary land rights. Three case studies of land laws in Botswana, Tanzania and Mozambique are analysed extensively in content and implementation, concluding with recommendations and practical considerations on how to write a land law that recognizes and formalizes customary land rights. It cautions lawmakers that even excellent laws may, in their implementation, fall prey to political manipulation and suggests various oversight and accountability mechanisms that may be established to ensure that the law is properly implemented, the land claims of rural communities are protected, and the legislative intent of the law is realized.

Download here.

 

TRAINING: Net-Map Summer School in Vicenza, Italy

Net-Map is an interview-based mapping tool that helps people understand, visualize, discuss, and improve situations in which many different actors influence outcomes. By creating Influence Network Maps, individuals and groups can clarify their own view of a situation, foster discussion, and develop a strategic approach to their networking activities.

The first Net-Map Summer School is being offered on 20-21 and 27-28 of June, 2011, in Vicenza, Italy.

The first Net-Map summer school in Europe is open to anyone who is interested in getting a better understanding of complex issues that involve many different actors with different goals and power. You will learn Net-Map by using your concrete case studies, so that you can apply it to your context right after the training. Each participant is entitled to a 1 hour Skype/phone consultation for their future Net-Map project, redeemable within 6 months of the training. You will also learn how to enter the data in a social network analysis software and gain understanding of most important social network analysis measures. You do not need prior knowledge of social network analysis. The summer school will take place in Vicenza, a beautiful Italian town, part of UNESCO’s World Heritage, very close to Venice.

More information about Net-Map, including a helpful video, here. Details on the summer school available here.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

 

E-CONSULTATION: FAO Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and Other Natural Resources

The zero draft of the FAO’s “Voluntary Guidelines on responsible governance of tenure of land and other natural resources” is now available for review and comment through an e-consultation. This consultation is open to all interested parties through this internet site from 18 April to 16 May 2011.

The zero draft is based on an inclusive consultation process held during 2009-10 which was carried out in partnership with UN Agencies, countries, civil society and the private sector. Global and regional concerns regarding tenure governance were identified through an inclusive process of consultations. Regional consultations were held in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Jordan, Namibia, Panama, Romania, the Russian Federation, Samoa and Viet Nam. These regional consultations brought together almost 700 people, from 133 countries, representing the public and private sectors, civil society and academia. Four consultations, held specifically for civil society in Africa; Asia; Europe and Central and West Asia; and Latin America, were attended by almost 200 people from 70 countries, and an additional private sector consultation drew over 70 people from 21 countries. The findings of these consultations are reported here.

The zero draft is also consistent with international and regional instruments, including the Millennium Development Goals, that address human rights and tenure rights.

Comments to the zero draft will inform the preparation of the first draft of the Voluntary Guidelines which will be submitted for review and finalization at a plenary session led by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) from 25 to 28 July.

More information.

Deadline: May 16, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Junior Professor, Livestock Nutrition and Rangeland Management in the Tropics and Subtropics. The appointee will conduct innovative experimental and/or modeling research in livestock nutrition and rangeland management in the context of agricultural production systems. Deadline: May 2, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Senior Project Coordinator, Sustainable Food Security through Community-based Livelihood Development. The incumbent will establish the operational structure to implement the Sustainable Food Security through Community-based Livelihood Development Programme. Deadline: May 4, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: ICARDA Marginal Water Management Scientist/Specialist. The main responsibilities will include conducting a research program that promotes sustainable irrigated agricultural production based fully or partly upon marginal-quality water resources. Deadline: May 8, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Postdoctoral/Research Fellow – Ghana Strategy Support Program. The program has a focus on strategy and policy issues in relation to agriculture, the food system, rural change, and poverty reduction. Deadline: May 14, 2011

SCHOLARSHIP: PhD in Biodiversity and Society at the Georg-August-University Göttingen. The aim of the PhD programme is to discuss the protection and use of biological diversity from the social scientific point of view. Deadline: June 4, 2011

AWARD: Communication Platform to Connect Vulnerable Communities with Climate Change Solutions. The Challenge seeks ideas for communication solutions and technologies that can create local “market intelligence” to engage public and private sector partners. Deadline: June 12, 2011

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Belpasso International Summer School on Environmental and Resource Economics. The theme of this Summer School is Extremes: Natural Disasters in Changing Climate. Deadline: 15 May, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: Natural Resources Forum Special Issue on Institutions for Sustainable Development. This special issue seeks to take stock on progress made since the Earth Summit in 1992 in the area of institutions for sustainable development at all levels. Deadline: July 15, 2011

ONLINE RESOURCE: Land Portal: The gateway to land information. The Land Portal aims to improve transparency, land rights monitoring, and the identification of information gaps for better land governance.

PUBLICATION: Water Scarcity and Management. A new study by Veolia Water and IFPRI assesses water stress to identify countries and regions where water scarcity will put economic development and food production at risk.

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: Land Portal: The gateway to land information

The Land Portal, an online platform to find, share, and collaborate on land information, was launched this week at the annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty. Created by the International Land Coalition (ILC) and Landtenure.info, the Land Portal aims to improve transparency, land rights monitoring, and the identification of information gaps for better land governance.

The Land Portal is the result of a broad partnership with more than 40 land-concerned organizations. The site is designed to provide information that is useful to a variety of players working in or contributing to economic and social development, including government institutions, civil society leaders, multilateral organizations, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, academic and research organizations, and media.

More information.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

 

PUBLICATION: Water Scarcity and Management

A new study by Veolia Water and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) assesses water stress, measured as water use in excess of 40 percent of available resources, at river basin and country levels, to identify countries and regions where water scarcity will put economic development and food production at risk.

The key findings of the analysis show that current water management practices will put at risk approximately $63 trillion of the 2050 projected global GDP, and that approximately 4.8 million people (52 percent of the world population) will live in water-stressed areas by 2050. But if sustainable behaviors and practices are adopted, more than 1 billion people and approximately $17 trillion of GDP could escape exposure to risks and challenges coming from severe water scarcity.

To assess the impact of water on economic growth, IFPRI and Veolia Water analyzed what economic growth levels can be sustained at today's water management efficiency and to what extent gains in efficiency and water productivity can sustain higher levels of growth. Four scenarios were developed representing four different levels of water management efficiency, and were assessed against three levels of economic growth to examine in each case the impact of growth on water scarcity and food scarcity.

Access the publication here.

 

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Senior Project Coordinator, Sustainable Food Security through Community-based Livelihood Development

Under the general supervision of the FAO Representative (FAOR) and the Emergency and Rehabilitation Coordinator in the Sudan, the supervision of the Chief, Emergency Operations Service: Africa, Latin America and Caribbean (TCEO), and in consultation with the relevant FAO headquarters Lead Technical Unit (LTU), and close collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the incumbent will establish the operational structure to implement the Sustainable Food Security through Community-based Livelihood Development Programme, manage, administer and oversee its implementation in line with FAO’s rules and procedures and provide technical assistance. In particular, the incumbent will:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: May 4, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Belpasso International Summer School on Environmental and Resource Economics

The Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Catania, the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) and the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), with the sponsorship of the Municipality of Belpasso, are pleased to announce the Belpasso International Summer School on Environmental and Resource Economics for postgraduate students. The 2011 Summer School will take place from the 4th to the 10th of September at Belpasso, a city in the Province of Catania, Sicily, Italy. The theme of this Summer School is Extremes: Natural Disasters in Changing Climate.

The Summer School is targeted to postgraduate students. Admission is conditional on the presentation by each student of his/her doctoral work; therefore PhD students who want to apply normally need to be advanced in their PhD to have produced at least one substantive chapter, but not to have completely finished their thesis. Application is restricted to 2011 EAERE members, both European and non European citizens. Given the highly interactive activities planned at the Summer School, the number of participants is limited to 20. There is no participation fee. All applicants can apply for a scholarship.

More information.

Deadline: 15 May, 2011

 

SCHOLARSHIP: PhD in Biodiversity and Society at the Georg-August-University Göttingen

The Land of Lower Saxony sponsors excellent young PhD students in the course of their work towards a doctoral degree. These funds support the PhD programme “Biodiversity and Society – social dimensions of the protection and use of biological diversity” directed by the Göttingen Graduate School for Social Sciences (GGG) under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Rainer Marggraf from the Department for Agricultural Economics and Rural Development.

Research on biodiversity is a core academic element at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen. The aim of the PhD programme is to discuss the protection and use of biological diversity from the social scientific point of view.

More information.

Deadline: June 4, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICARDA Marginal Water Management Scientist/Specialist

The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) is an international autonomous, non-profit, research center based in Aleppo, Syria, supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ICARDA is committed to the improvement of livelihoods of the resource-poor in dry areas by enhancing food security and alleviating poverty through agricultural research, and the equitable use and conservation of natural resources.

The main responsibilities of the Marginal Water Management Scientist/Specialist will be to:

      1. Assessment of marginal water resources quality and availability for agriculture.
      2. Development/adaption of interventions for agricultural production based on irrigation with diverse water resources.
      3. Environmental impact assessment through monitoring of contaminants in soils, crops, and groundwater under urban treated wastewater irrigation systems.
      4. Promotion of safe and productive use of treated wastewater in agriculture.
      5. Conjunctive use of marginal-quality water resources with other water sources.
      6. Characterization and community-based management of salt-affected soils. g) Modification and/or development of crop diversification options for salt-affected environments.

More information.

Deadline: May 8, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Junior Professor, Livestock Nutrition and Rangeland Management in the Tropics and Subtropics

Universität Hohenheim’s Faculty of Agricultural Sciences invites applications for the position of Professor (Level W1) for "Livestock Nutrition and Rangeland Management in the Tropics and Subtropics". The appointee will conduct innovative experimental and/or modeling research in livestock nutrition and rangeland management in the context of agricultural production systems. The candidate will teach undergraduate and postgraduate coursework units mostly in English; supervise undergraduate and postgraduate student research projects; contribute to development of curricula; contribute to administrative and faculty service; and foster links with the Scientific Centres of the University, especially the Centre for Agriculture in the Tropics and Subtropics. The appointee will be expected to establish collaborative links not only within the Faculty and University but also with key research establishments and providers nationally and internationally.

More information.

Deadline: May 2, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Postdoctoral/Research Fellow – Ghana Strategy Support Program

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Fellow to work  on the Ghana Strategy Support Program (GSSP) for a two-year, fixed-term, exempt, renewable appointment. The program has a focus on strategy and policy issues in relation to agriculture, the food system, rural change, and poverty reduction. The position reports to the Director of the Development Strategy and Governance Division (DSGD) and is based in Washington, DC. Final grade level will be determined by demonstrated expertise and experience.

The Fellow will be responsible for:

More information.

Deadline: May 14, 2011

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Natural Resources Forum Special Issue on Institutions for Sustainable Development

Natural Resources Forum, a United Nations Sustainable Development Journal, a quarterly journal issued by the Division for Sustainable Development of the United Nations calls for papers for a special issue on institutional framework for sustainable development, to be published in 2012.

This special issue seeks to take stock on progress made since the Earth Summit in 1992 in the area of institutions for sustainable development at all levels. It looks as well to provide a view of the obstacles and bottlenecks to the further implementation of sustainable development principles or tools. Among others, angles of interest can include:

Articles should contain original material and should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length. Contributions to the journal are accepted at the NRFs manuscript submission site at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/nrf. Questions and comments can be addressed to: Natural Resources Forum A United Nations Sustainable Development Journal. e-mail: NRFORUM@un.org

Deadline: July 15, 2011

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AWARD: Communication Platform to Connect Vulnerable Communities with Climate Change Solutions

The World Resources Institute (WRI), a global environmental think tank, and InnoCentive, the world leader in Challenge Driven Innovation, announced a new Challenge and $10,000 prize for solutions to help local communities communicate what they need to adapt to changing climate conditions. The Challenge seeks ideas for communication solutions and technologies that can create local “market intelligence” to engage public and private sector partners.

More information.

Deadline: June 12, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Tetra Tech ARD Opportunities. Tetra Tech ARD is a leading service provider in Land Tenure and Property Rights (LTPR) for the United States Government with current vacancies for a post-conflict and disaster management specialist and a land administration and market development specialist. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow, Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security. This position will support the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Theme Leader for Theme 4.3: Refining frameworks for policy analysis. Deadline: May 13, 2011

SCHOLARSHIP: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Graduate Scholarship. A Scholarship/Fellowship fully finances the candidate’s education in the Master in Public Management programme.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Global Water Partnership Steering Committee. GWP is looking for looking for a non-water professional with global experience and vision in development to become a member of the GWP Steering Committee. Deadline: April 28, 2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Multilateral Investment Fund (IADB). The Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank will make grants for knowledge transfer from successful MIF projects to new recipients in Latin America and the Caribbean. Deadline: open, on a “first-come, first served” basis

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: DFID-ESRC Growth Programme. The programme will fund world class scientific research on issues relating to inclusive economic growth in Low Income Countries, with high potential for impact on policy and practice. Deadline: May 26, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference on Innovative Approaches for Agricultural Knowledge Management. The primary objective of is to facilitate the deliberation and confluence of ideology and experiences in order to understand, develop and share innovative knowledge management strategies for agricultural development. Deadline: May 31, 2011

TRAINING: Capturing Lessons from the Field: the Writeshop Process (IIRR). The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction is offering a training course in “Capturing Lessons from the Field: the Writeshop Process” to be held in the Philippines from June 13 – 24, 2011.

PUBLICATION: Free, Prior, and Informed Consent in REDD+. Using relevant examples from a range of locations and sectors, this manual provides a basis for developing country-specific guidance on employing FPIC in REDD+ processes.

ONLINE RESOURCE: International Conference on Global Land Grabbing Website. The conference website offers valuable resources to those interested in this topic.

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Global Water Partnership Steering Committee

Global Water Partnership (GWP) is looking for looking for a non-water professional (from high level educational or applied research establishment, international organization, international NGO, private sector or other similar organization) with global experience and vision in development to become a member of the GWP Steering Committee (SC).

More information.

Deadline: April 28, 2011

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PUBLICATION: Free, Prior, and Informed Consent in REDD+

The principle that indigenous peoples and local communities have a right to give or withhold their Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) to developments affecting their resources is not new. However, experience using FPIC in REDD+ implementation is still limited in the Asia-Pacific region. Using relevant examples from a range of locations and sectors, this manual provides a basis for developing country-specific guidance on employing FPIC in REDD+ processes.

Download here.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference on Innovative Approaches for Agricultural Knowledge Management

The primary objective of the Conference (November 9-12, 2011,New Delhi, India) is to facilitate the deliberation and confluence of ideology and experiences in order to understand, develop and share innovative knowledge management strategies for agricultural development. The major themes of the Conference are given below:

  1. Agricultural Knowledge Generation, Refinement and Dissemination
  2. Capacity Development for Agricultural Knowledge Management
  3. Use of ICT for Agricultural Knowledge Management
  4. Networking for Agricultural Knowledge Management
  5. Current Agrarian Issues and Agricultural Knowledge Management

More information (pdf).

Deadline for abstracts: May 31, 2011

 

TRAINING: Capturing Lessons from the Field: the Writeshop Process

The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) is offering a training course in “Capturing Lessons from the Field: the Writeshop Process” to be held in the Philippines from June 13 – 24, 2011.

Development organizations face the challenge of documenting the results of their work. Funding organizations and other stakeholders demand significant results from development interventions. One of the many ways to showcase these results is through stories that describe how development projects have significally affected peoples’ lives. Unfortunately, many development professionals have difficulty capturing these results through writing and even if they do know how to write, many find it difficult to focus on the essential and meaningful aspects of their experiences. This 2-week course shall focus on nonfiction story telling and in organizing and facilitating a writeshop. The writeshop process, pioneered by IIRR, is a tool for learning and sharing important lessons from the field.

More information.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: DFID-ESRC Growth Programme

The Department for International Development (DFID) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are partnering in a new programme on economic growth in developing countries. The DFID/ESRC Growth Programme will fund world class scientific research on issues relating to inclusive economic growth in Low Income Countries (LICs), with high potential for impact on policy and practice.   

There will be three themes under the call. Applications which are not deemed to address these themes sufficiently will be rejected as ineligible. The themes are: 

Applicants should indicate in the Summary section of the form which theme they will be applying under: ‘Agriculture’, ‘Finance’ or ‘Innovation’.

More information.

Deadline: May 26, 2011

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EMPLOYMENT: Tetra Tech ARD Opportunities

Tetra Tech ARD (www.ardinc.com) is a leading service provider in Land Tenure and Property Rights (LTPR) for the United States Government. Its LTPR work includes land policy, land tenure (legal) reform, conflict and dispute resolution, land market development, land reform and resettlement, land administration, land use planning and natural resource property rights and governance. Gender and issues related to vulnerable populations cross-cut the sector.

POST-CONFLICT AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST – ASSOCIATE. Tetra Tech ARD has an immediate opening for a qualified specialist to work in areas of post-conflict and post-disaster situations on assessment and design of program interventions. This specialist will have knowledge and experience in areas of rule of law, conflict management and mitigation, formal land dispute resolution, alternative land dispute resolution, resettlement, formalization and other interventions that help create stability and restore livelihoods in the wake of conflict and disaster. This person will be an active member of Tetra Tech ARD’s LTPR Sector and may be located in either our Burlington, Vermont or our Arlington, Virginia officeThe person occupying the Virginia based office will play a strong networking role with Tetra Tech ARD’s partners and other Washington, DC based organizations. More information.

LAND ADMINISTRATION AND MARKET DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST – ASSOCIATE / SR. ASSOCIATE. Tetra Tech ARD has an immediate opening for a qualified specialist in the following areas: land administration law and regulations, land market development, public sector capacity building, change management, decentralization, property formalization, and land administration including surveying, mapping, demarcation, titling/registration, land information management systems, GIS and land use planning. This person will be an active member of Tetra Tech ARD’s LTPR Sector and may be located in either our Burlington, Vermont or our Arlington, Virginia office. The person occupying the Virginia based office will play a strong networking role with Tetra Tech ARD’s partners and other Washington, DC based organizations. More information.

* U.S. citizenship or a valid U.S. work permit is an absolute requirement.

Deadline: open

 

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow, Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow for the Environment and Production Technology Division. This position will support the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Theme Leader for Theme 4.3: Refining frameworks for policy analysis. This is a two-year, exempt, renewable appointment depending on performance and funding based at IFPRI headquarters in Washington, D.C. Final grade level will be determined by demonstrated expertise and experience.

CCAFS (www.ccafs.cgiar.org) is a new major collaborative endeavour between the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research and the Earth System Science Partnership, research communities, and their respective partners. Its research is aimed at overcoming the additional threats posed by a changing climate to achieving food security, enhancing livelihoods and improving environmental management in the developing world.

Part of the science leadership of this theme is based at IFPRI. Theme activities will be carried out globally and at locations initially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

More information.

Deadline: May 13, 2011

 

SCHOLARSHIP: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Graduate Scholarship

The Scholarships/Fellowships are offered on a competitive basis to recognise outstanding MPM candidates who have clearly demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and are committed to public service. A Scholarship/Fellowship fully finances the candidate’s education in the Master in Public Management programme.

Due to the prestige of the Scholarship/Fellowship, not all awards will be made unless there are candidates of sufficient merit. In addition to meeting the stringent criteria for entry into the MPM programme, all Fellows/Scholars should also demonstrate exceptional academic ability and professional distinction.

Fellows/Scholars may not concurrently hold any other scholarship, fellowship or award without the prior approval of the School. 

There is no bond or obligation for the Fellow/Scholar to be employed by NUS or in Singapore.

Note 1: Each Fellowship provides for the following expenses:

More information.

Monday, April 11, 2011

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: International Conference on Global Land Grabbing Website

The International Conference on Global Land Grabbing, organized by the Land Deals Politics Initiative ( LDPI) in collaboration with the Journal of Peasant Studies and hosted by the Future Agricultures Consortium at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, took place on April 6-8. The focus of the conference was on the politics of global land grabbing and agrarian change. Papers addressed some of the most urgent and strategic questions around global land grabs.

For those interested in this topic, the conference website will be a valuable resource where you can access the program and participants’ list, download papers and presentations, and check out the short summary reflections on each session.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Multilateral Investment Fund (IADB)

The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF for FOMIN in Spanish) of the Inter-American Development Bank will make grants for knowledge transfer from successful MIF projects to new recipients in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Objective

The Promoting Knowledge Management through Learning Communities Program finances the transfer of knowledge between an institution that has already successfully completed a MIF project and at least two beneficiary institutions. These beneficiaries will adapt the methodology/model developed in the original MIF project to their own needs, incorporating the relevant lessons learned.

The program is designed to be demand-driven, so proposals must be submitted by the beneficiary institutions requesting the knowledge transfer from the successfully completed MIF project.

Projects to be financed through this Program will work like service contracts - MIF is essentially providing financing to institutions as "consultants" in order for them to transfer their knowledge to others via a service contract.

This Program will contribute to the development of strong MIF partner institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean by leveraging the wealth of knowledge accumulated by MIF executing agency partners in the region. It will support learning communities and clusters of MIF partner executing agencies in sharing knowledge through the financing of up to 20 pilot projects, over a four year period, which are aimed at the replication and scaling up of MIF successes.

Project proposals should therefore support the objectives of the Program by seeking to:

More information.

Deadline: Submissions can be made any time of year, on a “first-come, first served” basis

Thursday, April 07, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Postdoctoral Fellow – Water Management (AfricaRice). The Fellow will be stationed at AfricaRice’s temporary headquarters in Cotonou, Benin and will work under the supervision of the project coordinator of the SMART-IV project. Deadline: April 30, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Consultancies in Land Policy and Land Management. The GIZ Sector Project “Land Policy and Land Management” is seeking qualified consultants for various short term assignments. Deadline: June 1, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Policy Innovations for Environmental Markets. The person appointed will undertake research and teaching on some aspect of the legal, financial, economic and institutional frameworks of environmental markets and their role in environmental policy.  Deadline: May 6, 2011

SCHOLARSHIPS: Workshop on “Reverse Degradation by Innovation: New Pathways of Sustainable Natural Resource Management”. The workshop will thematically focus on innovative practical solutions to limit or reverse environmental degradation in the nexus between local human development, national policies and global environmental challenges. Deadline: April 20, 2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Research project on gender, climate change, agriculture, and food security (CCAFS). The CGIAR Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security has issued a call for competitive small grants proposals. Deadline:  May 1, 2011

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Research Papers and Case Studies on Land Tenure and Forest Carbon Management (REDD and REDD+). The Land Tenure Center of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is hosting a special workshop on Land Tenure and Forest Carbon Management. Deadline: May 1, 2011

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS/APPLICATIONS: IHDP Scientific Committee Membership. The International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) is currently looking for three candidates with a scientific background and experience in either anthropology, behavioural sciences/economics or sociology to become members of the Scientific Committee. Deadline: May 15, 2011

FUNDING: Development Innovations Ventures. Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) aims to institutionalize further in USAID the serendipitous process by which great ideas are conceptualized, developed, refined to meet real-world operational challenges, tested, and ultimately scaled up to change the world in fundamental ways. Deadline: July 21, 2011

NEW JOURNAL: Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice. A new, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access journal on extensive livestock production systems throughout the world.

PUBLICATION: REDD Integrity: Addressing governance and corruption challenges in schemes for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD). A recent U4 report examines some of the challenges in implementing REDD.

 

PUBLICATION: REDD Integrity: Addressing governance and corruption challenges in schemes for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)

A recent U4 report examines some of the challenges in implementing REDD.

Donor-backed programmes for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) intend to financially reward individuals, communities and countries that cut carbon emissions from forests as part of a global climate regime. But countries with the highest volumes of deforestation – and therefore a focus of REDD support - are also those with some of the poorest scores on established indicators of governance. Addressing challenges related to governance and corruption is an acknowledged goal among major donors supporting REDD, and actions are being taken intended to improve and monitor forest governance performance in REDD host countries. Yet despite recognition of the importance of practically addressing and analysing forest-linked governance and corruption challenges for REDD, detailed explorations of these issues have to date been scarce and potential policy approaches are still in their infancy. This U4 Report aims to add nuance to discussions on how donors might approach challenges of governance and corruption with special reference to REDD schemes. It offers a state-of-the-art review of literature on REDD, forest governance, and corruption, and draws evidence from fieldwork in three countries either embarking or about to embark on their path towards REDD implementation: the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, and Tanzania.

Available here.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Consultancies in Land Policy and Land Management

Having started a new phase since February 2011, the GIZ Sector Project “Land Policy and Land Management” is seeking qualified consultants for various short term assignments. The aim of the project is to improve the integration of poverty-reducing and conflict-sensitive land policy and land management approaches into development cooperation. Topics that are covered include the following:

More information.

Deadline: June 1, 2011

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Research project on gender, climate change, agriculture, and food security (CCAFS)

The CGIAR Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has issued a Call for Competitive Small Grants Proposals on “Research project on gender, climate change, agriculture, and food security”.

The complex and dynamic relationships among climate change, agriculture and food security and how they affect men and women differently are not well understood. Due to scarce gender-disaggregated data, there has been limited research on how men and women adapt to climate variability and change to maintain food security in agricultural systems, as well as the incentives, constraints and opportunities women farmers have to pursue farming practices that reduces emission of GHG’s. How climate risk affects the livelihoods of men and women, and the type of climate information that will assist both men and women in making ‘climate smart decisions’ are also areas of research that have not received enough attention. Therefore, CCAFS is searching for scientists who are interested in conducting research on gender issues related to the climate change, agriculture, and food security nexus. Our main objectives are to work with institutions based in CCAFS’s initial priority geographic areas of East Africa, West Africa, and Indo-Gangetic Plains, and researchers who are citizens of Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Bangladesh, India, or Nepal to:

  1. Demonstrate and contribute to understanding the linkages between climate change and gender more specifically, while developing policy-relevant findings on climate change, agriculture, and food security more generally.
  2. Build research capacity of women scientists in partner institutions and increase their representation in agricultural research.

More information.

Deadline:  May 1, 2011

 

FELLOWSHIP: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Policy Innovations for Environmental Markets

Applications are invited for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in 'Policy Innovations for Environmental Markets' within the Department of Land Economy in the University of Cambridge, available from 1 October 2011.  This post presents an excellent opportunity for an outstanding early career researcher to gain substantial research and teaching experience within a leading university department.

The person appointed will undertake research and teaching on some aspect of the legal, financial, economic and institutional frameworks of environmental markets and their role in environmental policy.  Applicants should have completed a PhD in a relevant area within law or the social sciences.  A record of publication in international peer-reviewed journals and/or university level teaching would be an advantage.

More information.

Deadline: May 6, 2011

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

 

SCHOLARSHIPS: Workshop on “Reverse Degradation by Innovation: New Pathways of Sustainable Natural Resource Management”

RLC Campus Bonn and Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, offer scholarships for PhD students from developing and transition countries to participate at a workshop on “Reverse Degradation by Innovation: New Pathways of Sustainable Natural Resource Management”, May 30 – June 1, 2011, in Bonn, Germany.

The workshop will bring together researchers and PhD students from developing and transition countries with ”Alternative Nobel Prize“ winners. The workshop will thematically focus on innovative practical solutions to limit or reverse environmental degradation in the nexus between local human development, national policies and global environmental challenges. Case studies of innovative projects and approaches will be presented and analysed in a cohesive transdisciplinary way. The main workshop objectives are to:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: April 20, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Postdoctoral Fellow – Water Management (AfricaRice)

The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) is seeking a highly qualified Postdoctoral fellow – Water Management to join its Sustainable Productivity Enhancement Program.

The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) is an association of 24 African member states and one of the 15 international Centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The Center’s mission is to contribute to poverty alleviation and food security in Africa, through research, development and partnership activities aimed at increasing the productivity and profitability of the rice sector in ways that ensure the sustainability of the farming environment. The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) ex WARDA is temporarily headquartered in Cotonou, Benin.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be stationed at AfricaRice’s temporary headquarters in Cotonou, Benin and will work under the supervision of the project coordinator of the SMART-IV project. The Postdoctoral fellow will:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: April 30, 2011

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Research Papers and Case Studies on Land Tenure and Forest Carbon Management (REDD and REDD+)

On October 21-22, 2011, the Land Tenure Center (LTC) of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, together with the Translinks program of USAID, is hosting a special workshop on Land Tenure and Forest Carbon Management. The workshop will bring together a group of leading social scientists and expert practitioners to address land tenure issues within REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) and REDD+.

The workshop goal is to guide international interventions and policy so as to improve the efficacy and equity of REDD projects, particularly in areas where land tenure is overlapping, uncertain or contested. We also hope to advance forest change research so as to better incorporate governance factors and land tenure issues. The workshop will yield (1) a special section of a leading peer-reviewed journal featuring research papers from the workshop, and (2) a compendium of case studies published as a report for international agencies and policy-makers, including USAID.

Given these distinct outputs, two distinct invitations have been extended:

More information.

Deadline: May 1, 2011

Monday, April 04, 2011

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS/APPLICATIONS: IHDP Scientific Committee Membership

The International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) is currently looking for three candidates with a scientific background and experience in either anthropology, behavioural sciences/economics or sociology to become members of the Scientific Committee.

IHDP is an international, interdisciplinary science programme dedicated to promoting, catalysing and coordinating research, capacity development and networking on the human dimensions of global environmental change. Its mandate is to provide international leadership in framing, developing and integrating social science research on global environmental change and to promote the application of its key findings.

More information.

Deadline: May 15, 2011

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NEW JOURNAL: Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice

Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice is a new, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access journal on extensive livestock production systems throughout the world. It investigates pastoralism from a variety of disciplinary perspectives across the biophysical, social and economic sciences. The journal is affiliated with the World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism, IUCN, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Climate Change and Dryland, and the Odessa Centre UK.

The journal is now accepting submissions and we would like to encourage you to submit your next research article, short report, book review, or commentary to the journal.

More information.

 

FUNDING: Development Innovations Ventures

Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) aims to institutionalize further in USAID the serendipitous process by which great ideas are conceptualized, developed, refined to meet real-world operational challenges, tested, and ultimately scaled up to change the world in fundamental ways. DIV brings together diverse innovators from academia, the private sector and NGOs to identify, develop, and transition to scale promising approaches to pressing development problems around the world. All projects must contribute to one or more development goals, such as improved incomes, health, education, environment, and governance for people in the developing world. There will be a special focus in the USAID initiative areas of food security, science and technology, global health, Afghanistan/Pakistan, entrepreneurship, and climate change.

More information.

Deadline: July 21, 2011