Thursday, June 30, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities with ILRI’s Poverty, Gender and Impact Team

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality livestock science, communications and capacity building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development. ILRI’s Poverty, Gender and Impact team is currently inviting applications for the two positions below.

Deadline: July 22, 2011

 

PUBLICATIONS: Land Inequality and Decentralized Governance in LDCs (UNU-WIDER)

The UNU-WIDER project on Land Inequality and Decentralized Governance in LDCs has produced several working papers that may be of interest to CAPRi members.

More information about the project on Land Inequality and Decentralized Governance in LDCs here.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: ILC Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Consultant

The International Land Coalition (ILC) is a global alliance of civil society and intergovernmental organisations working together to promote secure and equitable access to and control over land for poor women and men through advocacy, dialogue, knowledge sharing and capacity building. ILC currently has a vacancy for the position of Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Consultant.

The Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation (PME) Consultant is responsible for coordinating the operationalization, implementation and monitoring of ILC’s quadrennial Strategic Framework. In line with the Strategic Framework, he or she will lead the process of developing ILC’s multi-year and annual programme of work and budget, as well as the implementation of the monitoring and evaluating system and regular tracking of progress.

More information.

Deadline: August 15, 2011

 

FUNDING: Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW)

FLOW is a new fund initiated by the Dutch Foreign Ministry to strengthen the rights and opportunities for women and girls worldwide. Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen has reserved 70 million Euros for this fund.

FLOW will focus on three priorities: security (including violence against women and UN Resolution 1325), economic empowerment (with an emphasis on food security, land, water and economic rights) and political participation. In these three priorities female leadership is seen as an important instrument.

NGOs that meet the criteria as specified in the application documents are welcome to apply for a FLOW grant.

More information.

Deadline: July 29, 2011

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: King Hassan II Great World Water Prize

The King Hassan II Great World Water Prize is an international award jointly established by the Government of Morocco and the World Water Council, in memory of his Majesty King Hassan II of Morocco's distinguished leadership and encouragement of cooperation and sound management of water resources. The award was created in March 2000, with the aim of having a political tool at the disposal of both institutions to stimulate awareness and reflection.

The Prize is awarded to an institution, organization, individual or group of individuals in honor of outstanding achievements in any aspects of water resources such as scientific, economic, technical, environmental, social, institutional, cultural or political. The award is presented every three years in conjunction with the World Water Forum, during a special ceremony. The award winner receives a prize sum of US$ 100,000, a trophy and a certificate.

The theme for the Prize is "Cooperation and solidarity in the fields of management and development in water resources." The 4th edition of the King Hassan II Great World Water Prize will be held in Marseille in March 2012 during the 6th World Water Forum.

More information.

Deadline: August 31, 2011

 

CALL FOR CONCEPT PAPERS: USAID Gender and Food Security

The United States Government (USG) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking concept papers first and then full applications from prospective partners to implement activities that create opportunities for women’s leadership and gender equality in addressing food security needs. These activities will contribute to the body of knowledge and effective tools for comprehensive integration of gender issues throughout USAID/USG development, humanitarian and transition work.

More information.

Deadline: July 6, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: CIAT/CCAFS Post-doctoral fellow, Palmira, Colombia

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture - CIAT, is seeking a qualified Post-doctoral Social Scientist for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), to conduct comparative analysis of the effect of social, gender and generational differences on adaptive learning of small-scale producers, traders, processors and retailers in response to climate change-induced environmental stress. In addition, the candidate is expected to support CIAT’s social and gender analysis related to all other Institutional programs and initiatives. The position will be based in CIAT Headquarters (Palmira, Colombia).

More information.

Deadline: July 29, 2011

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Women as Agents of Change, the Commonwealth Foundation–Deadline Extended

The Commonwealth Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a Special Grants Fund for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Commonwealth Associations (CAs) to undertake strategic and innovative projects that will promote the Commonwealth theme for 2011, ‘Women as Agents of Change’. This year, the theme celebrates the significant contributions that women make to development and their relatively untapped potential as agents of change.

Grant applications for up to £20,000 are invited from registered CSOs and CAs across the Commonwealth from 1 June -1 July to undertake projects lasting between three to six months which meet at least two of the following criteria:

  1. Foster collaboration and learning between women’s organisations in more than one Commonwealth country;
  2. Involve collaboration with national women’s machineries (NWMs) and governments in promoting women and girls’ social, economic and political empowerment;
  3. Showcase the achievements of women in addressing social, economic and political change at national or regional levels.
  4. Projects which will have an impact on women at a regional level;
  5. Bring together women from different geographical, social and ethnic background to promote national and regional priorities.

More information.

New Deadline: July 15, 2011

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Emerging drivers of land change in tropical ecosystems

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) invites abstracts and Town Hall proposals for review and consideration to the 2011 Fall Meeting program. CAPRi members maybe in especially interested in Session GC20: Regional Climate Impacts 11. Emerging Drivers of Land Change in Tropical Ecosystems

Urbanization, shifts in consumption and the consolidation of global markets are influencing new modes of agricultural expansion in tropical areas. Large scale capitalized farming is becoming a prominent driver of land changes in some of the last agricultural frontiers in the world. The purpose of this session is to identify these and other emerging drivers of land change in the tropics and examine tradeoffs between agricultural production and the maintenance of ecosystem services. We welcome submissions that take a multi-scale approach to analyzing factors influencing new dynamics of land change in tropical areas and their implications for agriculture, biodiversity, carbon, climate, and hydrology, among others.

More information.

Deadline: August 4, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: World Bank Environmental Economist, Climate Change (Vietnam). The internationally recruited Sr. Environmental Specialist will have primary responsibility for the management and technical supervision of all the VNCLIP activities. The candidate would particularly be expected to take a strong leadership role on the low carbon growth component, and also be responsible for reporting to the Bank and donor on progress with VNVLIP implementation. Deadline: June 30, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: IFC Senior Water Specialist. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector investment arm of the World Bank Group, is hiring a Senior Water Specialist. Deadline: July 17, 2011

FELLOWSHIPS: ICRAF Women’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. In an effort to further the balance of Gender Diversity among the scientists, the World Agroforestry Centre is announcing the second round of the Women’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme. Deadline: July 31, 2011

SCHOLARSHIP/FELLOWSHIP: IDRC Research Awards. These awards focus on research carried out in one or more developing countries. Most research awards positions are for 12 months and are based at IDRC’s head office in Ottawa, Canada. A few take place in one of IDRC’s six regional offices. Candidates must conduct their research in areas corresponding to IDRC's research priorities. Deadline: September 12, 2011

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Land policies in East Africa: Technological Innovations, Administration and Patrimonial stakes. Makerere University’s College of Business and Management Sciences (COBAMS) and Center for Population and Applied Statistics (CPAS) are hosting an international conference on “Land policies in East Africa: Technological Innovations, Administration and Patrimonial stakes” on November 3rd and 4th, 2011, in Kampala, Uganda. Deadline: June 30, 2011

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Groundwater Resources Management: Adaption Measures to Water Scarcity. The Second UNESCO UC Irvine Groundwater Conference will take place from 30 November to 3 December 2011, in Irvine, California, USA. Deadline for abstracts: September 1, 2011

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: USAID Public-Private Partnerships. USAID invites interest from prospective partner organizations to form innovative Global Development Alliances that contribute in a significant manner to achievement of results for USAID‘s key initiatives while also contributing to the key interests of private-sector partners. Deadline: September 30, 2011

PUBLICATION: Federal Constitutions: The Keystone of Nested Commons Governance. A forthcoming article in the Alabama Law Review focuses on how constitutions in federal systems of government have the potential to entrench a natural capital commons across local, national, and global scales, affecting everything from local land use and forest management policies to international climate change negotiations.

PUBLICATIONS: Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa. The Oakland Institute has published a new series of investigative reports on land deals in seven African countries: Ethiopia, Mali, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Zambia.

PUBLICATION: FAO/World Bank Framework for Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance. FAO and the World Bank have unveiled a new guidance framework which can help countries assess the governance of their forest resources.

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PUBLICATION: Federal Constitutions: The Keystone of Nested Commons Governance

A forthcoming article in the Alabama Law Review focuses on how constitutions in federal systems of government have the potential to entrench a natural capital commons across local, national, and global scales, affecting everything from local land use and forest management policies to international climate change negotiations.

The constitutional structure of a federal system of government can undermine effective natural capital management across scales, from local to global. Federal constitutions that grant subnational governments exclusive regulatory authority over certain types of natural capital appropriation - such as resources appropriated by private forest management or other land use-related economic development activities - entrench a legally defensible natural capital commons in those jurisdictions. For example, the same constitution that may legally entrench poor forest management practices by private landowners in the southeastern United States may complicate international negotiations related to forest management and climate change. Both the local and international issues may remain unaddressed because the national government is not constitutionally empowered to guide subnational policy formation and therefore may not bind subnational governments to certain types of international agreements related to private forests. Though there are around 160 unitary systems of government worldwide, compared to 25 federal systems, approximately 46 percent of the world’s land base is contained within the boundaries of federal nations. For certain types of natural capital, like forests, the numbers are even starker. Though federal systems comprise approximately 13 percent of the world’s governments, they maintain control over 70 to 80 percent of the world’s forests - a resource crucial for combating climate change.


Ultimately, national constitutional incapacity to participate in subnational natural capital management in federal systems may legally entrench three natural capital commons, one nested within another: 1) private individuals may rationally appropriate natural capital within the state commons in the absence of state government rules guiding sustainable resource appropriation; 2) state governments may rationally appropriate natural capital within the national commons because the national government is not constitutionally empowered to guide resource appropriation within states; and 3) national governments may rationally appropriate resources within the global commons because subnational governments constrain federal system participation in legally binding global governance of resources. This article introduces and describes the operation of nested natural capital commons created by certain federal structures and establishes a foundation for studying how keystone constitutions in federal systems may be fortified to allow more effective natural capital management across local, national, and global scales.

Available here.

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: USAID Public-Private Partnerships

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) invites interest from prospective partner organizations to form innovative Global Development Alliances (GDAs) that contribute in a significant manner to achievement of results for USAID‘s key initiatives while also contributing to the key interests of private-sector partners. The Agency is particularly interested in innovative approaches that can have a significant impact on a major development challenge. Alliance partners are expected to bring significant new resources, ideas, technologies, and/or partners to address significant development problems and challenges in countries where USAID is currently working. Successful proposals will bring at least a 1:1 resource leveraging to address Agency initiatives or other significant development challenges within USAID‘s manageable interest and will clearly articulate the unique value that the private sector brings to a particular development challenge or Agency initiative, such as helping to increase the scale, efficiency, effectiveness and/or sustainability of an initiative. Proposals which involve corporate resource partners that demonstrate a longer-term commitment to a GDA activity after USAID support ends will be seen as more competitive.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: September 30, 2011

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PUBLICATIONS: Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa

The Oakland Institute has published a new series of investigative reports on land deals in seven African countries: Ethiopia, Mali, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Zambia. The reports are based on the actual materials from these land deals and include investigation of investors, purchase contracts, business plans and previously unreleased maps.

More information.

 

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

The Second UNESCO UC Irvine Groundwater Conference will take place from 30 November to 3 December 2011, in Irvine, California, USA. The conference will cover the following themes:

More information.

Deadline for abstracts: September 1, 2011

 

SCHOLARSHIP/FELLOWSHIP: IDRC Research Awards

IDRC offers these research awards annually to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing master’s or doctoral studies at a recognized university or having completed a master’s or doctoral program at a recognized university.

As a research award recipient, you will undertake a one-year paid program of research on the topic you submitted when competing for the award. During part of the time (often around 50%), you will be trained in research management through hands-on experience with your chosen program. You will work under the mentorship of a program officer.

These awards focus on research carried out in one or more developing countries. Most research awards positions are for 12 months and are based at IDRC’s head office in Ottawa, Canada. A few take place in one of IDRC’s six regional offices. Candidates must conduct their research in areas corresponding to IDRC's research priorities.

The IDRC research awards aim to provide exposure to research for international development through a program of training in research management and grant administration under the guidance of IDRC program staff. They are designed to provide hands-on learning experiences in research program management, and in the creation, dissemination, and use of knowledge from an international perspective.

More information.

Deadline: September 12, 2011

 

PUBLICATION: FAO/World Bank Framework for Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance

FAO and the World Bank have unveiled a new guidance framework which can help countries assess the governance of their forest resources. The ability to demonstrate good governance in forestry is becoming increasingly important for countries wishing to participate in emerging climate change mitigation schemes.

The framework provides countries with a comprehensive checklist they can use to identify and address problems in governance of forest resources. It can also be used to help ensure that efforts to reduce emissions from forests in developing countries are properly managed.

More information here. Download the publication (pdf) here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Land policies in East Africa: Technological Innovations, Administration and Patrimonial stakes

Makerere University’s College of Business and Management Sciences (COBAMS) and Center for Population and Applied Statistics (CPAS) are hosting an international conference on “Land policies in East Africa: Technological Innovations, Administration and Patrimonial stakes” on November 3rd and 4th, 2011, in Kampala, Uganda.

This conference aims at promoting scientific exchanges involving researchers and stakeholders dealing with land issues. Participants will be invited to share their work and experiences in order to assess land strategies and policies within a comparative framework. This conference was initiated by Ugandan and French researchers from the Institute of Research for Development (IRD, France) and the University of Makerere (Kampala, Uganda). Many local and international researchers in East Africa have documented land-related issues and wider scientific exchanges are expected to stem from this meeting.

The conference will explore the following themes:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: June 30, 2011

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Monday, June 20, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: World Bank Environmental Economist, Climate Change (Vietnam)

The main duties and responsibilities of the Internationally Recruited Sr. Environmental Specialist (Climate Change) are:

  1. Have primary responsibility for the management and technical supervision of all the VNCLIP activities. The candidate would particularly be expected to take a strong leadership role on the low carbon growth component, and also be responsible for reporting to the Bank and donor on progress with VNVLIP implementation.
  2. On adaptation studies, the candidate would manage and supervise work to be done under VNCLIP but would be able to count on technical assistance from other Bank technical experts. Parts of the adaptation work are expected to focus on environmental economics and this specialist would play a lead role in providing analytical expertise and oversight to this work.
  3. Contribute to mainstreaming of climate change into lending and supervision operations of the Bank. The candidate would not however substitute for normal Bank responsibilities of project preparation and supervision.
  4. Participate actively on the Climate Change Development  Policy lending operations being financed as part of the Support Program to Respond to Climate Change (SP-RCC), and in particular the related Technical Assistance activities.
  5. Participate in country policy dialogue on climate change issues.
  6. Maintain effective communication with counterparts from MONRE and line ministries, (and donor community and NGOs as and when required or needed) on both VNCLIP and on climate change issues generally.
  7. Pro-actively seek and promote global expertise and knowledge in the implementation of  VNCLIP and the Climate Change dialog with government.

More information.

Deadline: June 30, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: IFC Senior Water Specialist

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector investment arm of the World Bank Group, is hiring a Senior Water Specialist.

The Senior Water Specialist will have several functional responsibilities.

Water sector advisory program portfolio management:

Client Support:

Knowledge Management and Thought Leadership:

Relationship Management with stakeholders in water agenda :

More information.

Deadline: July 17, 2011

 

FELLOWSHIPS: ICRAF Women’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is committed in developing a diverse and strong pool of research scientists, both for strengthening its own institute and for the increasing needs of the developing world.  The first round of the Women’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme which attracted five female scientists in various fields of research study came to a close in the 1st quarter of this year (2011).  In an effort to further the balance of Gender Diversity among the scientists, the World Agroforestry Centre is announcing the second round of the   Women’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme.

Women postgraduates are expected to hold a Doctoral degree in a field related to agriculture, agroforestry, biodiversity, biometrics, capacity building, climate change, ecology, economics, environmental policy, forestry, genetic resources, geography, hydrology, impact assessment, institutional strengthening, land degradation, marketing, natural products, natural resource management, or sociology.

More information.

Deadline: July 31, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT Scientist or Senior Scientist, Adoption and Impact Assessment Economist. As a member of the CIMMYT Socioeconomics Program and in collaboration with public, private, local and international partners, the succesfull candidate will undertake strategic adoption and impact studies across target regions. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow Positions in Agricultural Science, Technology, and Innovation. IFPRI seeks 2 qualified Postdoctoral Fellows or Research Fellows for positions based in New Delhi and Washington, DC. Deadline: June 30, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: University of Hohenheim Post-Doctoral Appointment for Scientific Co-Worker in Gender and Nutrition. The successful candidate will work on gender and nutrition issues with flexibility that can absorb the right to food and adequate nutrition, food security, sustainable livelihoods, local food systems, public health and nutrition, the role of civil society, and civic agriculture. Deadline: July 1, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Regional Science Officer Positions with CCAFS. The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has announced two Africa-based vacancies. Deadline: July 1 and 15, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: CIFOR Senior Scientist, Landscape Ecologist. The Center for International Forestry Research is looking for a visionary Senior Scientist, Landscape Ecologist, to work under the leadership of the Programme Director to develop, facilitate and manage research projects at various sites globally. Deadline: July 31, 2011

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: ICID WatSave Awards. ICID is inviting nominations for the WatSave Awards 2011 from individuals/ team working in the area of irrigation, drainage and flood management. Deadline: June 30, 2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Women as Agents of Change, the Commonwealth Foundation. The Commonwealth Foundation has launched a Special Grants Fund for Civil Society Organisations and Commonwealth Associations to undertake strategic and innovative projects that will promote the Commonwealth theme for 2011, ‘Women as Agents of Change’. Deadline: July 1, 2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Farms of the Future Project. This call is open to all types of organizations, or individuals, and strong preference is given to research groups with proven track record in sociology or anthropology and rural development. Deadline: July 15, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: Water Alternatives Special Issue on Water Grabbing. Deadline: June 30, 2011

SECOND CALL: Survey on Gendered Farming Systems for Sub-Saharan Africa. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) are issuing a second call for participation for a survey to gather information for a “gendered map” of agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa in order to better understand how to target water management and other agricultural interventions to women and men farmers.

PUBLICATION: The role of foreign investment in Ethiopia’s smallholder-focused agricultural development strategy

 

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow Positions in Agricultural Science, Technology, and Innovation

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks 2 qualified Postdoctoral Fellows or Research Fellows for its program on agricultural science, technology, and innovation (ST&I) policy in its Environment and Production Technology (EPTD) Division. These are two year, fixed-term, exempt, renewable appointments.

Deadline: June 30, 2011

 

PUBLICATION: The role of foreign investment in Ethiopia’s smallholder-focused agricultural development strategy

The Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI) has released a new working paper. LDPI Working Paper 2 examines the role of foreign investment in Ethiopia’s smallholder-focused agricultural development strategy.

Recent foreign agricultural investment in Africa has generated a great deal of interest and criticism, with western media warning of a neo-colonial ‘land grab’. This paper moves beyond this narrow assessment by examining the political and social dynamics of foreign agricultural investment in Ethiopia, a country which has figured prominently in recent debates. The paper links macro-level analysis regarding the types of projects and their role in the Ethiopian economy to case studies of investments at the micro-level, which examine changing patterns of land use and implications for displacement, employment and technology transfer. The paper concludes that the expansion of foreign investment in Ethiopia is part of a government move towards an export-led development strategy. As such, macro-benefits in terms of increased foreign exchange earnings come at the cost of increased micro-level risks to those living in the vicinity of new investments, in particular, politically marginalised pastoral populations in remote regions.

Available here (pdf).

 

EMPLOYMENT: University of Hohenheim Post-Doctoral Appointment for Scientific Co-Worker in Gender and Nutrition

The Gender and Nutrition Department engages theoretical and practical approaches to nutrition security and sustainable food systems in the local, regional and international arena. Our teaching and research emphasize nutrition and health, social justice, gender analysis, human rights, engaged civil society, and food and identity. Our interdisciplinary group employs quantitative, qualitative, and anthropometric methods in the classroom and study investigations. We collaborate across disciplines, sectors and levels. The Chair of the Department of Gender and Food/Nutrition also directs the campus Research Center for Gender and Food/Nutrition.

Work responsibilities: The successful candidate will work on gender and nutrition issues with flexibility that can absorb the right to food and adequate nutrition, food security, sustainable livelihoods, local food systems, public health and nutrition, the role of civil society, and civic agriculture. Responsibilities include: a) teaching and student supervision, b) research program leadership, c) research and publication preparation, d) grant writing, e) networking activities.

Eligibility: Social science desirable, and/or from disciplines like agriculture, nutrition, geography, planning, law, economics, and development studies. PhD or equivalent necessary. The candidate is expected to collaborate with the Gender and Nutrition Department research, teaching, and writing projects.

Requirements: Fluent speaking, reading, and writing in English; German would be a strong added advantage. Teaching experience, basic knowledge of international human rights system and conventions, especially the right to adequate food. Not required, but would be of advantage: strong skills in statistical analysis (e.g. SPSS); spatial analysis (e.g., GIS) and qualitative research analysis (e.g. NVivo).

Applications will be reviewed starting 1 July 2011. Please send: Letter of interest, CV, writing sample/s, 2 references with contact information to Kathleen.Heckert@uni-hohenheim.de.

Job availability: Full-time appointment (1.0, 39.5 hours per week) available from 1 August 2011.
Appointments will be made for one year, with the possibility of extension.

More information on the Center on Gender and Food/Nutrition.

Deadline: July 1, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Regional Science Officer Positions with CCAFS

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has announced two Africa-based vacancies.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Women as Agents of Change, the Commonwealth Foundation

The Commonwealth Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a Special Grants Fund for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Commonwealth Associations (CAs) to undertake strategic and innovative projects that will promote the Commonwealth theme for 2011, ‘Women as Agents of Change’. This year, the theme celebrates the significant contributions that women make to development and their relatively untapped potential as agents of change.

Grant applications for up to £20,000 are invited from registered CSOs and CAs across the Commonwealth from 1 June -1 July to undertake projects lasting between three to six months which meet at least two of the following criteria:

  1. Foster collaboration and learning between women’s organisations in more than one Commonwealth country;
  2. Involve collaboration with national women’s machineries (NWMs) and governments in promoting women and girls’ social, economic and political empowerment;
  3. Showcase the achievements of women in addressing social, economic and political change at national or regional levels.
  4. Projects which will have an impact on women at a regional level;
  5. Bring together women from different geographical, social and ethnic background to promote national and regional priorities.

More information.

Deadline: July 1, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT Scientist or Senior Scientist, Adoption and Impact Assessment Economist

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) seeks a highly qualified agricultural economist to join our international team of scientists working on improving the livelihoods of maize and wheat farmers in the developing world. As a member of the CIMMYT Socioeconomics Program and in collaboration with public, private, local and international partners, you will undertake strategic adoption and impact studies across target regions. You will lead the targeting of innovations and analysis of adoption and impacts of various interventions at the global level, and preferably be based at the CIMMYT office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Posting at any of the other major CIMMYT locations in India, Nepal, Mexico or Zimbabwe is negotiable.

The job will require that you:

More information.

Deadline: open

 

EMPLOYMENT: CIFOR Senior Scientist, Landscape Ecologist

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 is one of 15 centres within the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), headquartered in Bogor, Indonesia, and with offices in Asia, Africa and South America. CIFOR is looking for a visionary Senior Scientist, Landscape Ecologist.

Under the leadership of the Programme Director, the Scientist will develop, facilitate and manage research projects at various sites globally. 

The Scientist will:

Details of duties, assignments and objectives will be further discussed and laid out in an annual performance contract.

More information.

Deadline: July 31, 2011

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: ICID WatSave Awards

ICID is inviting nominations for the WatSave Awards 2011 from individuals/ team working in the area of irrigation, drainage and flood management. Awards for innovations from across the world are given to recognize outstanding contributions to water saving/conservation in agriculture and are given in four categories viz. (i) Technology, (ii) Innovative Water Management, (iii) Young Professionals, and (iv) Farmer. The ICID WatSave Awards for the year 2011 will be presented at the 62nd meeting of the IEC scheduled to be held in October 2011 at Tehran, Iran.

More information.

Deadline: June 30, 2011

 

SECOND CALL: Survey on Gendered Farming Systems for Sub-Saharan Africa

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The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) are issuing a second call for participation for a survey to gather information for a “gendered map” of agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa in order to better understand how to target water management and other agricultural interventions to women and men farmers.  

This survey is an important tool for gathering the invaluable knowledge of gender and farming system experts and pooling this information in a centralized public resource. Documentation of gendered farming system knowledge online with the help of GIS tools can reach new audiences across the globe in a way that traditional publications have not; and we hope that this database will influence bilateral and multilateral program funding and CGIAR research.

If you consider yourself knowledgeable about a farming system in a country, state or district in Sub-Saharan Africa, we encourage you to fill out this 20-minute survey. Even if you cannot answer all the questions in the survey, we encourage you to fill in as much of the survey as you possibly can.

The survey can be accessed IN ENGLISH at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MRKR6RN.

Pour une version FRANCAISE: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZTTJ27T.

For survey participants who are interested to learn more about these topics, we are pleased to send a copy of the book “Household Decisions, Gender and Development: A Synthesis of Recent Research.”  To request the publication after completing the survey or if you need a hard copy of this survey, please contact Zhenya Karelina at: Z.Karelina@cgiar.org

To those who have already filled out the survey during the first round, we thank you very much and would be interested in hearing feedback about your experience with this activity. Please also contact us if you would like to obtain the book. 

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this important activity!

Please share this survey link with your colleagues.

Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Julia Behrman and Zhenya Karelina

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Chers collègues,

L’Institut International de Recherche sur les Politiques Alimentaires (IFPRI) et l'Institut international de gestion de l'eau (IWMI) mettent en place un questionnaire afin de rassembler des informations pour réaliser  une « cartographie des genres » dans le domaine de l’agriculture en Afrique sub-saharienne. Ici, il s’agira de mieux comprendre comment adapter les interventions concernant le management de l’eau et autres interventions agricoles en fonction de la cible : les fermiers et fermières.

Cette enquête est un outil important pour pouvoir rassembler les connaissances des experts en matière de genre et de système fermiers, et les centraliser au sein d’un outil public. La documentation sur le système fermier par genre mis en ligne en association avec l’aide de l’outil GIS permettra à un nouveau public d’avoir accès à ces informations à travers le monde, ce que les publications traditionnelles ne permettent pas. Nous espérons que cette base de données influencera les financements des programmes bilatéraux et multilatéraux et les recherches du CGIAR.

Si vous considérez avoir des connaissances en ce qui concerne un système fermier dans un pays, un état ou une région de l Afrique Sub-saharienne, nous vous encourageons vivement à remplir ce questionnaire de 20 minutes. Même si vous ne pouvez pas répondre à toutes les questions de ce questionnaire, nous vous encourageons à répondre au maximum de questions possibles.

Vous pouvez accéder au questionnaire là : http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZTTJ27T.

Pour les participants désirant en savoir davantage sur ces sujets, nous proposons de vous faire parvenir une copie du livre  « Household Decisions, Gender and Development: A Synthesis of Recent Research. » Pour demander ce publication, après avoir répondu au questionnaire, merci de bien vouloir contacter Zhenya Karelina à l’adreess suivante: Z.Karelina@cgiar.org

Pour ceux qui ont déjà répondu au questionnaire lors de la première session, nous vous remercions et nous aimerions recevoir votre retour sur cette expérience. N’hésitez pas a nous contacter également si vous souhaitez obtenir le livre.

Nous vous remercions de prendre le temps de participer à cette enquête !

N’hésitez pas à partager ce lien avec vos collègues

Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Julia Behrman and Zhenya Karelina

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Farms of the Future Project

This call is open to all types of organizations, or individuals, and strong preference is given to research groups with proven track record in sociology or anthropology and rural development. The objective of this project is to work with the analogue tool that Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has developed (read more: www.ccafs.cgiar.org/our-work/research-themes/progressive-adaptation/climate-analogues). This project will address the following working hypothesis: by identifying and connecting analogue sites, research can: 1) enable farmers to better envision how their site-specific agricultural future might look, and 2) permit targeted on-the-ground testing of cropping systems'/technologies' climate resilience. In sum, the project hopes to learn the potential for the climate analogues tool/methodology to improve farmers' adaptive capacities and preparedness for eventual transformation adaptation. CCAFS will provide the validated climate analogue tool and help identify the specific locations to be studied.

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Deadline: July 15, 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Water Alternatives Special Issue on Water Grabbing

This special issue will focus explicitly on instances of “water grabbing”, where powerful actors are able to reallocate to their own benefits water resources already used by local communities or feeding aquatic ecosystems on which their livelihoods are based, as well as processes of contestation and resistance. It will in particular focus on how material, discursive, administrative and political power is mobilised to enable such water reallocation and on the impacts of the latter on local livelihoods, rights, gender, class and other social relations. The call is focused on two generic situations:

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Deadline: June 30, 2011

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Thursday, June 09, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Director, CIAT Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Research Area. The goal of TSBF is to contribute to human welfare and environmental conservation in the tropics by developing adoptable and suitable soil management practices that integrate the biological, chemical and socioeconomic processes that regulate soil fertility and optimize the use of organic and inorganic resources. Deadline: June 30, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: OWSDW Postgraduate Fellowship for Women Scientists. The OWSDW Fellowship supports female students from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) who wish to pursue postgraduate training leading to a PhD at centers of excellence in developing countries. Deadline: July 31, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: Balancing Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability in Greater Mekong Subregion. The GMS conference on this theme will be held on 15-16 November, 2011. Deadline: Deadline: June 30, 2011

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: CPWF’s Third International Forum on Water and Food. The forum will be an opportunity to expose, further explore and debate the experimental nature of the innovation research-for-development approach adopted by CPWF, making it increasingly accessible for adaptation and replication. Deadline: July 15, 2011

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: African-European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development. PAEPARD supports the establishment of innovative partnerships of African and European stakeholders that engage in agricultural innovation and collaborative research to address shared challenges and opportunities of the partners involved. Deadline: July 15, 2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: BMZ Small Grants for International Agricultural Research. The Small Grants Program aims to fund innovative projects with high potential for development impact, promote the development of new research partnerships, and provide German agricultural research institutions with funding to initiate cooperation. Deadline: August 31, 2011

TRAINING: Net-Map Level 1 Certification Course in Washington, DC. Net-Map is a method that helps identify stakeholders, their formal and informal links, their goals and influence and is very powerful in examining the structural reasons for success and failure of collective action and in getting an in-depth understanding of the context in which this is happening.

PUBLICATION: Enclosure of the commons. A recent edition of AGENDA was published in collaboration with India Infochange and focuses on detailing how market forces, infrastructure development and archaic rules of land acquisition are squeezing the poor off the lands, forests,waters and coasts on which their survival and identities depend.

PUBLICATION: Writeshops: A tool for packaging and sharing field-based experiences. IIRR has released a three-volume publication on various ways to use writeshops to capture experiences and translate them into a form that others can understand.

 

PUBLICATION: Enclosure of the commons

A recent edition of AGENDA was published in collaboration with India Infochange and focuses on the theme of “Enclosure of the Commons”, detailing how market forces, infrastructure development and archaic rules of land acquisition are squeezing the poor off the lands, forests,waters and coasts on which their survival and identities depend.

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PUBLICATION: Writeshops: A tool for packaging and sharing field-based experiences

CAPRi found the writeshop process extremely valuable in the development of our recently published sourcebook. Now IIRR has released a three-volume publication on various ways to use writeshops to capture experiences and translate them into a form that others can understand.

In recent years, development practitioners and organizations have come to discover and recognize the writeshop as an effective methodology for the documentation and distillation of project learning. A writeshop is a participatory and highly intensive process which involves bringing together authors, editors, artists, and desktop publishing specialists to produce a publication in a relatively short time. Writeshops are characterized by critical reviews and revisions, involving peers and a diverse range of stakeholders and users. Writeshops have been found particularly useful in helping field workers and practitioners document their experiences, making field-based evidence more widely available.

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FELLOWSHIP: OWSDW Postgraduate Fellowship for Women Scientists

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSDW) [Formerly the Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS)] is an international autonomous organization based in Trieste, Italy. Both sandwich and full-time fellowships are available.

The OWSDW Fellowship supports female students from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) who wish to pursue postgraduate training leading to a PhD at centers of excellence in developing countries. The fellowship supports research projects in the natural sciences. The minimum qualification of applicants is an MSc degree (or equivalent) or an outstanding BSc honors degree in a field of the natural sciences.

Deadline: July 31, 2011

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: BMZ Small Grants for International Agricultural Research

The main objective of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in funding International Agricultural Research for Development is to provide a strategic instrument for enhancing research in organizational, methodological and technical innovations concerning sustainable agricultural development, focusing on the impact of research on the poor population in developing countries.

Research support addresses policy issues, the social, environmental and technological dimensions of research, the training of professionals and the out- and up-scaling of information. Funding is provided to the International Agricultural Research Centers (IARC) supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and two Non-CG International Agricultural Research Centers and – in the Small Grants Program – German agricultural research institutions.

Various funding mechanisms are applied, namely (i) Project Funding, (ii) The PostDoc Program, (iii) Integrated Experts in collaboration with the Centrum für Internationale Migration und Entwick-lung (CIM), and (iv) The Small Grants Program.

The present guidelines are addressing Small Grants only. The Small Grants Program is aiming at:

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Deadline: August 31, 2011

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: CPWF’s Third International Forum on Water and Food

The CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) will hold it’s 3rd International Forum on Water and Food in South Africa, November 14-17, 2011. The forum will be an opportunity to expose, further explore and debate the experimental nature of the innovation research-for-development approach adopted by CPWF, making it increasingly accessible for adaptation and replication.

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Deadline: July 15, 2011

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: African-European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development

PAEPARD invites innovative partnerships to apply for support.

The Platform for African-European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD) supports the establishment of innovative partnerships of African and European stakeholders that engage in agricultural innovation and collaborative research to address shared challenges and opportunities of the partners involved.

Aspiring partnerships are hereby invited to apply for support to establish their partnership and formulate collaborative ARD proposals. Successful partnerships established through this process will benefit from support from PAEPARD through the training and coaching of their innovation-facilitators. The latter will help facilitate and coordinate the partnership.

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Deadline: July 15, 2011

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Balancing Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability in Greater Mekong Subregion

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries, through the GMS Working Group on Environment (WGE) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are organizing a GMS Conference 2020 on 15-16 November 2011 to benchmark economic developments of the decade spanning 2001 - 2010, its impact on growth, the wider distribution of economic benefits to the poor in the Subregion, and its overall effect on the environment in order to take a hard look at the next ten years 2011-2020 on emerging challenges of climate change and the need for appropriate responses.

Papers are especially invited on the following themes relating to countries of the GMS:

More information on the conference here. Download the call for papers (pdf) here.

Deadline: June 30, 2011

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TRAINING: Net-Map Level 1 Certification Course in Washington, DC

A 2 day Net-Map Level 1 Certification Course is being offered on the 4th and 5th of August in Washington DC. Net-Map is a method that helps identify stakeholders, their formal and informal links, their goals and influence and is very powerful in examining the structural reasons for success and failure of collective action and in getting an in-depth understanding of the context in which this is happening.

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Friday, June 03, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Director, CIAT Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Research Area

The Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility (TSBF) Research Area of CIAT operates as an integral part of the CIAT research program and is housed at the ICRAF Campus, Nairobi, Kenya. The goal of TSBF is to contribute to human welfare and environmental conservation in the tropics by developing adoptable and suitable soil management practices that integrate the biological, chemical and socioeconomic processes that regulate soil fertility and optimize the use of organic and inorganic resources.

TSBF focuses on two major programs namely: Integrated Soil Fertility Management and Sustainable Land Management. These programs are executed through TSBF’s presence in Kenya (Nairobi, Maseno), DR Congo (Kinshasa, Bukavu), Rwanda (Kigali), Mali (Bamako), Zimbabwe (Harare), and Malawi (Lilongwe), covering the East and southern African savannas, the Central African humid forest, the West African Sahel, and the East and Central African mid-altitide Impact Zones. TSBF’s presence in the West African Sahel and the West African Savanna and humid forest Impact zones is facilitated by ICRISAT (Niger) and IITA (Nigeria).

More information (pdf).

Deadline: June 30, 2011

Thursday, June 02, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Ecologist/Soil Scientist. The scientist will be responsible for implementing land health surveys and greenhouse gas measurements in land management projects in Africa. Deadline: June 10, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: ICRISAT Scientist-Agroforestry and Tree Domestication. The Scientist will be a member of the multi-disciplinary research team of ICRISAT, to develop crop-tree-livestock based systems in collaboration with ILRI-ICRAF. Deadline: June 10, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: IWMI Postdoctoral Fellow, Climate Change. This position reports to the Regional Program Leader of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and will be based at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI’s) New Delhi Office in India. Deadline: June 15, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities with IFAD. The International Fund for Agricultural Development is accepting applications for several positions that may be of interest to CAPRi members. Deadlines: June 15 to July 24, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Gender and Climate Change Expert. The Gender Expert will contribute to enhancing and strengthening ICIMOD’s capacities to address gender and climate change issues in mountain development and dissemination of knowledge on gender and sustainable development. Deadline: June 19, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Research Positions at WorldFish Center. WorldFish seeks three researchers with interests in climate change impact, and adaptation or mitigation policies and practices applicable to developing countries. Deadline: June 22, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: Climate Change and Conflict. The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes invites academics from the social sciences, practitioners, policy makers and policy researchers to submit abstracts and subsequent papers that consider issues related to climate and conflict challenges and interventions in Africa, and the development of climate change adaptation and mitigation measures that are conflict sensitive. Deadline: June 10, 2011

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The Crawford Fund Derek Tribe Award. The award is made biennially to a citizen of a developing country in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the application of research in agriculture or natural resource management in a developing country or countries. Deadline: June 29, 2011

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Second Global AgriKnowledge Share Fair. FAO, IFAD, WFP, and Bioversity International in partnership with regional and international partners are jointly organizing the second global knowledge share fair from 26-29 September 2011 at IFAD headquarters in Rome. Deadline: July 1, 2011

PUBLICATIONS: Commercial Pressures on Land (ILC). The International Land Coalition (ILC) has recently released 7 new reports in its ongoing series of publications on commercial pressures on land.

PUBLICATION: A Study of National Governance Structures for REDD+. Noragric Report No. 59 conducts a comparative study of different potential national governance structures for REDD.

The Tirana Declaration: Securing land access for the poor in times of intensified natural resources competition. The Declaration was issued by the organizations represented at last week’s conference held in Tirana, Albania and organized by the International Land Coalition.

 

The Tirana Declaration: Securing land access for the poor in times of intensified natural resources competition

The Tirana Declaration was issued by the organizations represented at last week’s conference on “Securing land access for the poor in times of intensified natural resource competition”, held in Tirana, Albania and organized by the International Land Coalition. It reads, in part:

We echo the assertions made in the Kathmandu, Lima and Kigali Declarations calling for land governance to better meet the needs of marginalised land users.

  • In particular, we are struck at this moment in history by the intensified and increasingly unequal competition for land, water, forests, rangelands, biodiversity and other natural resources.
  • We note that land and other natural resources are increasingly scarce and under threat due to a number of factors, including population growth, migration, changes in consumption patterns, climate change, land degradation, corruption and other forms of poor governance. Moreover, this is taking place in a context in which the control of land is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few, while at the same time, a growing number of rural and urban poor are left with small and fragmented lands. This fosters conflict and food insecurity, and exacerbates poverty.
  • We believe that people-centred land governance is essential to address the needs of land-users and the discrimination of small-scale producers, especially women, and also indigenous peoples, pastoralists, fisher folks, users of common pool resources and holders of shifting and overlapping rights, the land poor and landless workers.

Read the whole Declaration, including commitments, by clicking here. (Spanish and French translations available.)

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Second Global AgriKnowledge Share Fair

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Food Programme (WFP), and Bioversity International in partnership with regional and international partners are jointly organizing the second global knowledge share fair from 26-29 September 2011 at IFAD headquarters.

The second global share fair will be a compelling, exciting and “out-of-the-box” event, offering participants creative and innovative learning and sharing opportunities, thus equipping them to better influence future rural development activities. Building on the success of the first global knowledge share fair, this three-day event provides a forum for participants to learn and share their knowledge, experience and innovations on emerging trends relating to agriculture, food security, price volatility, climate change, changing demographics and other rural development related issues.

Proposals are invited on the following specific themes:

The full concept note and call for proposals, along with other information, is available here.

Deadline: July 1, 2011