Wednesday, August 31, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI/CCAFS Program Coordinator. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a Program Coordinator for its Environment and Production Technology Division to support the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Theme Leader. Deadline: September 26, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Policy and Impact Scientist, West and Central Africa. The position is based in Bamako, Mali, and will require frequent travel within the region, including Guinea, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Niger and Burkina Faso. Deadline: September 30, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: CIAT Researcher in Bioinformatics. The researcher will be part of a multidisciplinary team working on genetic improvement of beans, cassava, forage grass species and rice. Deadline: September 30, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute. The Institute has no formal programs or departments. Research is collaborative and spans the physical, natural, and social sciences. Deadline: November 1, 2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ESRC-DFID Joint Scheme for Research on International Development (Poverty Alleviation). The purpose of the scheme is to provide a more robust conceptual and empirical basis for development, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Deadline: September 27, 2011

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: On-the-Job Research Capacity Building for Sustainable Agriculture in Developing Countries (OJCB). UNU-ISP will support the capacity building programme planned and implemented by leading scientists, which mainly consists of on-the-Job training (OJT) for capacity building for young researchers in developing countries. Deadline: October 10, 2011

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Sustainability: Enabling a Transdisciplinary Approach. The papers may pursue (inter-)disciplinary perspectives such as management, governance, communication, ecology, environmental chemistry or sustainable infrastructures. Deadline: October 31, 2011

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Equator Prize 2012. The Equator Prize 2012 will recognize 25 outstanding local initiatives that are working to advance sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Deadline: October 31, 2011

PUBLICATIONS: New Publications from the Global Water Partnership. Two recent papers on “Social Equity and Integrated Water Resources Management” and “Towards Integrated Urban Water Management.”

PUBLICATION: Community managed forests and forest protected areas. A new paper offers an assessment of the relative conservation effectiveness of community managed forests and forest protected areas across the tropics.

ONLINE RESOURCE: Focus on Africa: Land Tenure and Property Rights. A website developed by World Resources Institute and Landesa is an online educational tool that presents lessons learned on various aspects of land tenure and property rights in Africa.

 

PUBLICATIONS: New Publications from the Global Water Partnership

The Global Water Partnership released two new publications at Global Water Week that may be of interest to CAPRi readers.

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Sustainability: Enabling a Transdisciplinary Approach

Abstracts are invited for the Leuphana Sustainability Summit, 29th February – 2nd March, 2012 on the topic of “Sustainability: Enabling a Transdisciplinary Approach”. The papers may pursue (inter-)disciplinary perspectives such as management, governance, communication, ecology, environmental chemistry or sustainable infrastructures. Fields of sustainability practice:

  1. Biodiversity and pollination services  – from basic and applied science to stakeholders and policy
  2. Global Sustainability - Driving the transitions: Research and Institutional Development for Global Sustainability
  3. Education – Education for Sustainable Development
  4. Corporate Sustainability - Transdisciplinarity in Corporate Sustainability

More information.

Deadline: October 31, 2011

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EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI/CCAFS Program Coordinator

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a Program Coordinator for its 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.  The position has a main focus of program/project management with some research support duties included.

More information.

Deadline: September 26, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

 

PUBLICATION: Community managed forests and forest protected areas

A new paper offers an assessment of the relative conservation effectiveness of community managed forests and forest protected areas across the tropics.

This paper assesses the role of protected and community managed forests for the long term maintenance of forest cover in the tropics. Through a meta-analysis of published case-studies, we compare land use/ cover change data for these two broad types of forest management and assess their performance in maintaining forest cover. Case studies included 40 protected areas and 33 community managed forests from the peer reviewed literature. A statistical comparison of annual deforestation rates and a Qualitative Comparative Analysis were conducted. We found that as a whole, community managed forests presented lower and less variable annual deforestation rates than protected forests. We consider that a more resilient and robust forest conservation strategy should encompass a regional vision with different land use types in which social and economic needs of local inhabitants, as well as tenure rights and local capacities, are recognized. Further research for understanding institutional arrangements that derive from local governance in favor of tropical forest conservation is recommended.

Available here.

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: On-the-Job Research Capacity Building for Sustainable Agriculture in Developing Countries (OJCB)

UNU-ISP is pleased to announce that applications are now available for On-the-Job Research Capacity Building for Sustainable Agriculture in Developing Countries (OJCB). This programme is funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, and coordinated by UNU-ISP.

UNU-ISP will support the capacity building programme planned and implemented by leading scientists, which mainly consists of on-the-Job training (OJT) for capacity building for young researchers in developing countries.

The purpose of this programme is to:

  1. Develop capacity for agricultural research in developing countries.
  2. Disseminate new agricultural technologies that are adaptable to local conditions and to local farmers.
  3. Ultimately contribute towards increasing world food production through promotion of sustainable agriculture in developing countries.

Each capacity building programme is planned and implemented by a leading scientist (host scientist) who is engaged in research related to sustainable agriculture in developing countries.

The programme consists of:

  1. OJT for young researchers in developing countries (trainees) under a host scientist.
  2. Guidance for creation of an action plan to be implemented by the trainee after the OJT.
  3. Follow up implementation of the action plan by the trainee.

The OJT, which is the main component of the programme, should be conducted for 1 to 3 months in principle, but it is extendable within the limit of the budget, depending on the proposed programme.

More information.

Deadline: October 10, 2011

 

FELLOWSHIP: Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute

The Omidyar Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute offers you:

The Omidyar Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute is unique among postdoctoral appointments. The Institute has no formal programs or departments. Research is collaborative and spans the physical, natural, and social sciences. Most research is theoretical and/or computational in nature, although some research includes an empirical component. SFI averages 15 resident faculty, 95 external faculty, and 250 visitors per year. SFI's research themes and interests of its faculty and current fellows can be found at http://www.santafe.edu/research.

More information.

Deadline: November 1, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: CIAT Researcher in Bioinformatics

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture  – CIAT, is  one of the 15 not-for-profit Centers funded by various countries, private foundations, international and regional organizations that make up the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

CIAT is seeking applications for  a Researcher in Bioinformatics. The position offers an outstanding career opportunity for a researcher interested in genomics in the context of international agriculture. The researcher will be part of a multidisciplinary team working on genetic improvement of beans, cassava, forage grass species and rice. The position will be based in CIAT Headquarters (Palmira, Colombia).

More information (pdf).

Deadline: September 30, 2011

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ESRC-DFID Joint Scheme for Research on International Development (Poverty Alleviation)

The Department for International Development (DFID) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are pleased to announce a third call for applications under Phase 2 of their strategic partnership to provide a joint funding scheme for development research. Both sponsors have a strong commitment to commissioning world class research and ensuring that the resulting evidence is useful to practitioners and policy makers worldwide.

The purpose of the scheme is to provide a more robust conceptual and empirical basis for development, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This second phase of the joint scheme has a total budget of £23 million and consists of three annual calls for proposals. £7 million is set aside for this third call.

The second phase of funding retains the overall 'poverty alleviation' theme from the first phase, and applications under this broad heading will still be eligible. However, ESRC and DFID have identified three thematic areas for this call where work will be of particular interest. These areas are:

As well as research excellence, researchers must identify the potential impacts of their research on policy and practice and actively consider how these will be maximised and developed. Previous research includes: work on gender based violence that informed the design of a micro credits scheme in East Africa; research that suggested a change in focus from primary to secondary school attendance for conditional cash transfers in Mexico which was then used to inform a pilot; demand led research on TB stigma which contributed to new training materials and guidelines in Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

More information.

Deadline: September 27, 2011

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EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Policy and Impact Scientist, West and Central Africa

The position is based in Bamako, Mali, and will require frequent travel within the region, including Guinea, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Niger and Burkina Faso. You will guide ICRAF’s work in the following ways:  

The successful applicant will have:

Personal attributes and competencies

More information.

Deadline: September 30, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Equator Prize 2012

The Equator Initiative is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2012, which will recognize 25 outstanding local initiatives that are working to advance sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.

The 25 recipients of the Equator Prize 2012 will each receive US$5,000, with 10 selected for special recognition and a total of US$20,000.

Representatives of winning communities will participate in the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which will be held in Brazil in June 2012.

In order to be eligible for the Equator Prize 2012, nominees must:

More information.

Deadline: October 31, 2011

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ONLINE RESOURCE: Focus on Africa: Land Tenure and Property Rights

A website developed by World Resources Institute and Landesa is an online educational tool that presents lessons learned on various aspects of land tenure and property rights in Africa.

The Focus on Land in Africa website is aimed at informing and educating develop practitioners, donors, and policymakers in both developing and industrialized countries about the relevance of land rights. It features modules highlighting the land tenure experiences and lessons from six sub-Saharan countries – Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda – which are conveyed through a series of interactive slideshows, maps, timelines, diagrams, and publications. All are designed to educate users and deepen their appreciation for the role that land rights play in shaping livelihoods and development trajectories in Africa. The modules aim to encourage greater consideration of land rights in the design and implementation of development projects and policies, so as to improve their outcomes and ultimate success.

Visit the website as it continues to grow. Your feedback on how the Focus on Land in Africa site can be enhanced is invited.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Nutrition Officer, Nutrition Security and Policy Group. The incumbent will provide support to policies, programmes and activities aimed at improving food and nutrition security among vulnerable population groups. Deadline: September 9, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Postdoctoral/Research Fellow, Ghana Strategy Support Program. IFPRI seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Fellow to work under Ghana Strategy Support Program (GSSP) for a two-year, fixed-term, renewable appointment. Deadline: September 10, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Research Opportunites at the WorldFish Center. The WorldFish center is accepting applications for the positions of Gender Specialist, Innovation and Impact Specialist, and Aquaculture Value Chain Development Specialist. Deadline: September 12, 2011

SCHOLARSHIP: Identification and evaluation of locally‐evolved land management innovations in rural West Africa (University of Bonn). The objective of this proposed research is to identify and evaluate locally‐evolved land management innovations which support adaptation to climate change in the West African Sudanian Savannah region. Deadline: August 31, 2011

SCHOLARSHIPS: Food Security Center (FSC) Scholarships for Postdoctoral Researchers and PhD Students. FSC at the University of Hohenheim, Germany will awards up to 17 scholarships for postdoctoral researchers and PhD students for a period of 4 to 6 months. Deadline: September 30, 2011

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: The Nature and Use of New Socioeconomic Pathways for Climate Change Research. A workshop on will be held November 3-4, 2011, hosted by the Integrated Science Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Deadline: September 16, 2011

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Scientific Symposium on Food & Nutrition Security Information. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is organizing an international scientific symposium to examine emerging trends in measuring food and nutrition security information and link evidence based information more closely to decision-making processes. Deadline: September 16, 2011

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Ethical Aspects of Large-scale Land Acquisition in Developing Countries. The project ‘Large-scale land acquisition and sustainable development’ and the Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics call for abstracts for a special issue on ‘Ethical Aspects of Large-scale Land Acquisition in Developing Countries’, to be published in 2012-2013. Deadline: September 25, 2011

TRAINING: Ecology and Economics (INSEE & SANDEE). The workshop will primarily entail discussions on methodological and philosophical foundations for analysing the trans-disciplinary interface of ecology and economics, and will be deliberated on a dialogue mode between the PhD candidates and the resource persons. Deadline: August 26, 2011

PUBLICATION: REDD+, Governance, and Community Forestry. The Forest Governance Learning Group brought together 12 experts from India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Vietnam, and the UN-REDD Programme to discuss how community forestry strengths and shortcomings can influence the further development of REDD+.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS: Food Security Center (FSC) Scholarships for Postdoctoral Researchers and PhD Students

In 2012, the Food Security Center (FSC) at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany awards up to 17 scholarships for postdoctoral researchers and PhD students for a period of 4 to 6 months. The application deadline is September 30, 2011. Selection is carried out on a competitive basis and the decisions will be communicated up to December 19, 2011. Regarding the details of the different scholarship programs, the application process and the requirements, please consult FSC’s webpage (www.foodsecurity.de – go to “Scholarships”).Only completed applications using FSC’s application form will be considered.

More information.

Deadline: September 30, 2011

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Ethical Aspects of Large-scale Land Acquisition in Developing Countries

The project ‘Large-scale land acquisition and sustainable development’ (www.landgrab.de) in collaboration with the Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, calls for abstracts for a special issue on ‘Ethical Aspects of Large-scale Land Acquisition in Developing Countries’, to be published in 2012-2013:

The phenomenon of so-called „land-grab“ has lately received considerable media attention. The term encompasses public and private investment in purchase or (long-term) lease of large-scale agricultural land in Africa, East Europe, Central and South East Asia. Whether this phenomenon represents much-needed investment or a foreign “land grab” remains a matter of dispute: Opponents point out that land targeted by Large-scale land acquisition (LaSLA) is neither unused nor underutilized. Thus, they argue, LaSLA will lead to detrimental effects for local communities as well as in regard to the environment. Some authors even count nature conservation issues as one driver of ‘land-grab’. On the other hand, proponents claim that - given certain conditions - LaSLA can result in capital influx, infrastructure investment, technology transfer and job creation. They therefore conceive of LaSLA as offering a possibility for a win-win-situation, allowing to simultaneously exploit so called ‘underutilized’ agricultural potential, thereby contributing to an essential increase in global agricultural commodity production as well as producing much needed rural development in developing countries.

Besides the obvious ethical questions regarding the acceptability of the phenomenon in the light of its consequences for the respective local population, LaSLA evokes several interesting questions for environmental ethicists:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: September 25, 2011

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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: The Nature and Use of New Socioeconomic Pathways for Climate Change Research

A workshop on “The Nature and Use of New Socioeconomic Pathways for Climate Change Research” will be held November 3-4, 2011. It will be hosted by the Integrated Science Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

The goals of this workshop are to agree on the general nature of a set of basic socioeconomic development pathways, and to prioritize new work on developing extended versions of these pathways that would improve their usefulness for evaluating mitigation strategies, adaptation options, and residual impacts. In addition, the meeting will further explore how such socioeconomic development pathways can be used in conjunction with climate model simulations to generate integrated scenarios useful for carrying out climate change research.

The meeting will bring together researchers involved in the development or use of scenarios from the fields of integrated assessment modeling; social and economic development; assessment of impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability; and climate modeling. It will build on previous meetings that have facilitated the development of this new set of scenarios and a conceptual framework for employing them.

Due to size constraints for the meeting, participation may have to be limited. Anyone interested in attending is therefore asked to submit an abstract (for possible presentation) or paragraph describing interests in the meeting, through the online submission system.

Submissions before September 16 will receive full consideration. Beyond that date, submissions will be considered as space allows.

More information.

Deadline: September 16, 2011

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

 

PUBLICATION: REDD+, Governance, and Community Forestry

The Forest Governance Learning Group brought together 12 experts from India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Vietnam, and the UN-REDD Programme to discuss how community forestry strengths and shortcomings can influence the further development of REDD+. This booklet summarizes their responses to nine timely questions and provides recommendations for future steps:

Download here.

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Scientific Symposium on Food & Nutrition Security Information

Ten years after the 2002 International Scientific Symposium on the Measurement of Food Deprivation and Undernutrition, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is organizing an international scientific symposium to:

Abstracts should be related to one of the following topics:

More information.

Deadline: September 16, 2011

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Nutrition Officer, Nutrition Security and Policy Group

Under the overall supervision of the Director, AGN and the direct supervision of the Senior Officer, Nutrition Security and Policy Group, the incumbent will provide support to policies, programmes and activities aimed at improving food and nutrition security among vulnerable population groups. In particular, the incumbent will:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: September 9, 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 under Ghana Strategy Support Program (GSSP) for a two-year, fixed-term, 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 Accra, Ghana.

The Fellow will be responsible for:

More information.

Deadline: September 10, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Research Opportunites at the WorldFish Center

The WorldFish Center is an international, nonprofit research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger by improving fisheries and aquaculture. WorldFish is one of 15 members of the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The WorldFish Center is committed to meeting two key development challenges: 1) improving the livelihoods of those who are especially poor and vulnerable in places where fisheries and aquaculture can make a difference and 2) achieving large scale, environmentally sustainable, increases in supply and access to fish at affordable prices for poor consumers in developing countries.

The WorldFish center is accepting applications for the following three research positions”

More information and online application for all 3 positions is available here.

Deadline: September 12, 2011

 

TRAINING: Ecology and Economics (INSEE & SANDEE)

The Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE) is orgnasing its biennial conference on 20-22 October, 2011 at the Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad.

INSEE in collaboration with the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) is organising a one day Inter-disciplinary training workshop for PhD students working in the broad area of Ecology and Economics.

A limited number of candidates will be selected for this workshop. The workshop will primarily entail discussions on methodological and philosophical foundations for analysing the trans-disciplinary interface of ecology and economics, and will be deliberated on a dialogue mode between the PhD candidates and the resource persons.

If you are a PhD student already enrolled in a recognized academic institution in India, and would like to attend this workshop, kindly send us your application by e-mail. The application must include the following documents (in MSword or pdf format):

  1. Letter of interest (one page) -- what do you expect to learn from such a training and how would it be useful for your research ?
  2. CV indicating the institution where you are registered for your PhD,
  3. A 2-3 page document indicating the title of your thesis, an abstract of your objectives / hypothesis, and the current stage of your thesis work.

The workshop will cover 3AC travel and accommodation for the entire period of Conference Oct 19-23, 2011 for the selected participants.

Please send your application to General Secretary INSEE conference email: (inseesec@gmail.com) with subject heading: "Application for PhD workshop."

Deadline: August 26, 2011

 

SCHOLARSHIP: Identification and evaluation of locally‐evolved land management innovations in rural West Africa (University of Bonn)

The Center for Development Research of the University of Bonn, Germany offers a doctoral scholarship on “Identification and evaluation of locally‐evolved land management innovations in rural West Africa”.

Climate change forces West African landholders to adapt to changing conditions. Exposed to severe weather variability landholders in West Africa have shown exceptional innovation potential in the past. Locally evolved innovations have developed under prevailing constraints and are locally adapted. Therefore, their dissemination potential is often higher than that of other externally developed innovations promoted by the often failed transfer‐of‐technology model.

The objective of this proposed research is to identify and evaluate locally‐evolved land management innovations which support adaptation to climate change in the West African Sudanian Savannah region.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: August 31, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: UN Women (UNW) Programme Specialist, Gender and Governance in Fragile and Conflict Affected States. The Programme Specialist will be responsible for knowledge management, policy support, and management of the governance-related advocacy and programming of the Peace and Security Cluster. Deadline: August 19, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Postdoctoral Research Position in Genetic Resources Policy University of Illinois at Chicago. The individual would work primarily on two biodiversity related projects, one that seeks to strengthen national capacities to implement the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, and another that examines the movement and use of genetic resources between the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) Centres, CGIAR partners, and other end users. Deadline: September 6, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Research Fellow, Agricultural Transformation Program Coordinator (Ethiopia). The position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and reports to the Director of the Development Strategy and Governance Division. Deadline: September 17, 2011

INTERNSHIP: EcoAgriculture Communications/Journalism Intern. The intern will have a demonstrated foundation in journalism and communications and a strong interest in agriculture. The intern will work directly with the Director of Knowledge Sharing and Policy Advocacy to manage a new blog for the Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature Initiative. Deadline: August 31, 2011

FELLOWSHIPS: Junior Research Fellowships at UNU-EHS, Bonn Germany. Applications are being accepted for the positions of Water Quality Researcher and Vulnerability and Adaptation Researcher. Deadline: September 6, 2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Review of and strategy development for climate change communications and social learning in climate change. CCAFS has an open call for proposals for a review of and strategy development for climate change communications and social learning in climate change. Deadline: September 15, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: Natural Resources Forum, a United Nations Sustainable Development Journal. 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 new series on the themes of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development at its 20th and 21st sessions, over the 2012-2014 period. Deadline: November 15, 2011

EVENT: Digging Deeper: Water, Women, and Conflict. The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program is hosting a discussion on the root causes of conflict and the practical connections between gender-based vulnerability, water access, and conflict-affected areas.

PUBLICATION: Mapping hotspots of climate change and food insecurity in the global tropics. A new report from CCAFS.

PUBLICATION: REDD+ and Tenure. A Review Of The Latest Developments In Research, Implementation And Debate

 

PUBLICATION: Mapping hotspots of climate change and food insecurity in the global tropics

A new report from CCAFS:

This study was coordinated by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) to identify areas that are food insecure and vulnerable to the impacts of future climate change, across the priority regions for the CGIAR centres.  The research was undertaken by a team of scientists from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). The study relied on maps:  first, of variables that indicate the different aspects of food security (availability, access and utilization), and second, of thresholds of climate change exposure important for agricultural systems.  Vulnerability was assessed using a domain approach based upon the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) framework of vulnerability as a function of exposure, sensitivity and coping capacity.  Nine domains were identified; for each domain, areas of the tropics were classified by high or low exposure, high or low sensitivity, and high or low coping capacity.

Available here.

 

PUBLICATION: REDD+ and Tenure

A Review Of The Latest Developments In Research, Implementation And Debate:

Unclear and/or insecure forest tenure has been identified by many as an indirect driver of deforestation and forest degradation. Consequently, reforming tenure is considered an important measure in order to control deforestation. Clarifying tenure is also seen as a way of promoting equitable REDD+ implementation. By clarifying tenure it will be harder for governments or powerful external actors to reap the benefits of REDD. Clear and secure tenure can also protect poor forest dwellers and local communities from exclusion or even eviction from forest lands and provide them with greater leverage in national REDD+ processes.

Available for download here.

 

FELLOWSHIPS: Junior Research Fellowships at UNU-EHS, Bonn Germany

During the past few years, United Nations University-Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) has developed into a leading international vulnerability research institute. It has been conceived and created to assess the vulnerability and coping capacity of societies facing natural and human-induced hazards in a changing environment. The Institute spearheads research, capacity building and policy-relevant advisory activities relating to the broad interdisciplinary field of 'risk and vulnerability'. The overall goal of its research is to raise public and political awareness and to assist Member States to implement the principles of “living with nature, living with risks” within the context of sustainable development. Next to environmentally-induced migration, vulnerability assessment, with particular emphasis on the social and environmental components, risk management and adaptation strategies to climate change and hazard events are the priority research areas of the institute. UNU-EHS has been engaged in PhD-level education since 2004. UNU is to become a degree-awarding postgraduate university. Hence, Master’s and PhD programmes, to be developed in close cooperation worldwide with leading universities will be priority activities in the years to come.

UNU-EHS is accepting applications for the following two positions:

Deadline: September 6, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Postdoctoral Research Position in Genetic Resources Policy University of Illinois at Chicago

The Science, Technology and Environment (STE) Policy Lab in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to conduct social science biodiversity research and assist with policy implementation in the area of genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA).

The individual would work primarily on two biodiversity related projects, one that seeks to strengthen national capacities to implement the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, and another that examines the movement and use of genetic resources between the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) Centres, CGIAR partners, and other end users.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: September 6, 2011

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Review of and strategy development for climate change communications and social learning in climate change

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) has an open call for proposals for a review of and strategy development for climate change communications and social learning in climate change. The objective of this call is to review both the current approaches to climate change communications and social learning that are applicable to the developing world and to develop a strategy for future CCAFS engagement in this area.

The review is expected to consider the following key points:

The expected outputs include a review paper and a database of existing approaches. The project will be responsible for identifying and securing relevant publications and sets of information from development organisations and the academic literature, where appropriate.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: September 15, 2011

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EVENT: Digging Deeper: Water, Women, and Conflict

Please join the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program for a discussion of Digging Deeper: Water, Women, and Conflict, featuring:

Around the world, poor women are responsible for finding water for their families and farms. Women and girls procuring water in conflict zones are frequently victims of violence. USAID and the Wilson Center are seeking deepen the understanding of the root causes of conflict and the practical connections between gender-based vulnerability, water access, and conflict-affected areas. Join us as three experts share insights from field work and research on water access in conflict-affected areas and ways to build peace and stability through water projects.

Monday, August 29
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
5th Floor Conference Room
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC USA

Please RSVP to ecsp@wilsoncenter.org with your name and affiliation.

More information.

 

INTERNSHIP: EcoAgriculture Communications/Journalism Intern

EcoAgriculture Partners (EcoAgriculture) is an international non-profit organization that strives to bring about a world where rural landscapes are managed to improve rural livelihoods, conserve native ecosystems, and sustainably produce food and fiber. The organization does so by providing training, research, policy solutions, and support to farmers, communities, and organizations at the local, national and international levels. We see ecoagriculture not as an abstract concept, but as a widely-applicable blueprint for sustainable development and a solution to global challenges such as food security, persistent poverty, climate change, ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss.

EcoAgriculture seeks to hire a Communications/Journalism Intern to join our committed team in our Washington, D.C., headquarters from early September to late December 2011. The intern will have a demonstrated foundation in journalism and communications and a strong interest in agriculture. The intern will work directly with the Director of Knowledge Sharing and Policy Advocacy to manage a new blog for the Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature Initiative.  This position is offered as 20 – 40 hours per week as mutually agreeable by EcoAgriculture and the applicant.

More information.

Deadline: August 31, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: UN Women (UNW) Programme Specialist, Gender and Governance in Fragile and Conflict Affected States

The Programme Specialist on Gender and Governance in Fragile and Conflict Affected States will be responsible for knowledge management, policy support, and management of the governance-related advocacy and programming of the Peace and Security Cluster. This will include, management, monitoring and on-going fund-raising of the global programme: 'Gender and Democratic Governance: Delivering Services to Women'. The Programme Specialist will provide overall leadership, strategic guidance, coordination, management, quality assurance and technical oversight to the Programme; and directly support and monitor the implementation of the cross-regional components of the programme involving various countries. These include components related to technical assistance, monitoring, knowledge-sharing, advocacy and resource mobilization, and results-based reporting

The Programme Specialist, under the supervision of the Chief of the Peace and Security Cluster of UNWOMEN, will take responsibility for fulfilling these tasks in close collaboration with the UNWOMEN Sub-regional offices and in consultation with Geographic Sections and other relevant sections.

More information.

Deadline: August 19, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Research Fellow, Agricultural Transformation Program Coordinator (Ethiopia)

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Fellow and IFPRI – Agricultural Transformation (ATA) Program Coordinator for a two year, fixed-term, renewable appointment.  The position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and reports to the Director of the Development Strategy and Governance Division. Grade level will be determined by demonstrated expertise and experience.

IFPRI is providing technical support to Ethiopia’s Agricultural Transformation Agency, a newly established government agency charged with promoting agricultural transformation by supporting existing structures of government, private-sector and other non-governmental partners to address systemic bottlenecks and deliver on a priority national agenda to achieve growth and food security. IFPRI’s support includes technical research, capacity building and policy communications activities. Key research and capacity strengthening activities will be carried out with a broad array of agricultural sector stakeholders, including the Ministry of Agriculture, concerned regional government departments, key Ethiopian research institutes and universities, and selected private sector and nongovernmental organizations.

More information.

Deadline: September 17, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Natural Resources Forum, a United Nations Sustainable Development Journal

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 new series on the themes of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development at its 20th and 21st sessions, over the 2012-2014 period:

Articles submitted should be relevant to policymaking, and should address the topics from a sustainable development perspective, i.e. treating economic, social, and environmental aspects in an integrated way. Articles centered on the evaluation of global, national and local policies and programmes are encouraged.

Angles of interest include cross-cutting themes such as poverty eradication, changing unsustainable patterns of consumption and production, protecting and managing the natural resource base of development, application of integrated planning and policy tools for decision-making, institutions for sustainable development, sustainable development in a globalizing world, and sustainable development of small islands developing states, Africa, or other regions.

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: NRFORUM@un.org

Deadline: November 15, 2011

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Friday, August 05, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Gender Equality Expert, the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). FARA is seeking to recruit a gender equality expert to provide technical support, lead and facilitate the process of gender equality mainstreaming at the FARA Secretariat and among its constituents as well as within FARA programmes. Deadline: August 19, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities with the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF). ICRAF is accepting applications for the positions of Senior Economist (Bogor, Indonesia) and Drylands Agroforestry Scientist (Nairobi, Kenya). Deadline: August 31, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Project Manager Mangrove Capital. Wetlands International is seeking an experienced and innovative Project Manager for Mangrove Capital, an exciting new partnership initiative on mangrove conservation, focusing initially in Indonesia but with relevance to the whole tropics. Deadline: September 7, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Junior Professor for Rural Sociology, University of Hohenheim. The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences invites applications for a Junior Professor for “Rural Sociology” at the Institute of Social Sciences in the Agricultural Sector. Deadline: September 30, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa. CODESRIA announces the 2011 session of its Advanced Research Fellowship Programme and to invite interested scholars based in African universities or research centres to submit applications for consideration for an award. Deadline: August 15, 2011

CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES: Understanding the Social and Economic Impacts of Environmental Policies (SANDEE). This call seeks to support research on policies to improve environmental quality. Low carbon growth policies are of particular interest, but concept notes can cover a range of environmental problems. Deadline: August 31, 2011

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: “Water for Life” UN-Water Best Practices Award. The purpose of the Award is to promote efforts to fulfill international commitments made on water and water-related issues by 2015 through recognition of outstanding best practices. Deadline: September 30, 2011

PUBLICATION: Safeguarding Food Security in Volatile Global Markets. A new publication from FAO collates the latest thinking on the potential for achieving food security in volatile global markets. Much rests on the concept of "global governance" - building consensus on optimal policy choice and enhancing policy coordination.

PUBLICATION: Markets and Rural Poverty: Upgrading in Value Chains. A new Earthscan/IDRC publication explores the place of poor people within a rich variety of value chains, focusing upon lagging, rural regions in Africa and Asia, and how they can “upgrade” within such chains.

 

PUBLICATION: Safeguarding Food Security in Volatile Global Markets

A new publication from FAO.

[T]his volume collates the latest thinking on the potential for achieving food security in volatile global markets. Much rests on the concept of "global governance" - building consensus on optimal policy choice and enhancing policy coordination. Global governance has important implications for shaping a more stable market environment; for instilling greater confidence, predictability and assurance in the international arena; for guaranteeing access to food for low-income countries and for better equipping governments to deal with the challenges ahead.

But governance has a role within geographical boundaries. There are a host of initiatives that countries at risk can promote. These are principally directed towards building resilience and lowering vulnerability through investing in productivity for a diversified set of crops supported by incentive frameworks, instilling greater efficiency in domestic food systems and protecting those most at risk through safety nets. Enacting such measures will not only address the root cause of vulnerability, namely poverty, but would constitute a major step towards tackling the problem of hunger and malnutrition that still aicts one billion people in the world today.

Download here.

 

PUBLICATION: Markets and Rural Poverty: Upgrading in Value Chains

A new Earthscan/IDRC publication:

This book explores the place of poor people within a rich variety of value chains, focusing upon lagging, rural regions in Africa and Asia, and how they can “upgrade” within such chains. Upgrading is a key concept for value chain analysis and refers to the acquisition of technological capabilities and market linkages that enable firms to improve their competitiveness and move into higher-value activities.

The authors examine a range of evidence to assess whether the “bottom billion” people, living mainly in the rural areas of low-income countries, can improve their position through productive strategies and, if so, how? They propose an innovative conceptual framework of value chain upgrading for some of the most marginal producers in the poorest local economies. They demonstrate how interventions can improve poverty and the environment for poor people supplying a wide range of services and agricultural and food products to local, regional and global markets. This analysis is based on empirical research conducted in Senegal, Mali, Tanzania, India, Nepal, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The main focus is on poverty, environment and gender outcomes of upgrading interventions, and represents one of the key challenges of contemporary development economics.

Available here.

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: “Water for Life” UN-Water Best Practices Award

Nominations are now open for the second edition of the ‘Water for Life’ UN-Water Best Practices Award. The nomination period is open from 30 June to 30 September 2011.The United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action “Water for Life” 2005-2015/UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) and the UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) organize the “Water for Life” UN-Water Best Practices Award.

The purpose of the Award is to promote efforts to fulfil international commitments made on water and water-related issues by 2015 through recognition of outstanding best practices that can ensure the long-term sustainable management of water resources and contribute to the achievement of internationally agreed goals and targets contained in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.

The Award is open to projects or programmes achieving particularly effective results in the field of water management or in raising awareness in water issues.

More information.

Deadline: September 30, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Junior Professor for Rural Sociology, University of Hohenheim

The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences invites applications for a Junior Professor (W1) for “Rural Sociology” at the Institute of Social Sciences in the Agricultural Sector.

The successful applicant should demonstrate clear potential to strengthen and to further develop research and teaching in the area of rural sociology and extension. The candidate is well experienced in using and developing appropriate scientific methods and willing to apply them in rural sociology studies. Good teaching skills are required, and the applicant is expected to teach in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of Agricultural Sciences both in English and in German. Successful acquisitions of third party funding and interdisciplinary collaborations including significant contributions to the Scientific Centers of the University are expected.

Initially, the appointment is limited to a four year period, but can be extended after positive evaluation to six years in total with tenure track option on level W3.

The University attempts to increase the number of female scientists and strongly encourages women to apply.
In case of identical qualifications, disabled applicants are given preference

Candidates with an outstanding doctoral degree and publications of high international recognition are invited to send their applications together with the usual credentials including C.V. and letter of motivation to the address below by September, 30 2011.

Dean
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences (300)
Universität Hohenheim
70593 Stuttgart, Germany

Website: https://agrar.uni-hohenheim.de/

Deadline: September 30, 2011

 

CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES: Understanding the Social and Economic Impacts of Environmental Policies (SANDEE)

Environmental policies are implemented to achieve multiple objectives and have economic and social implications. Economists often recommend the use of market-based policy instruments as they can improve environmental performance and lead to lower compliance costs as compared to other environmental regulations. However, ease of implementation, political economy considerations as well as distributional effects can influence policy choices and lead to trade-offs among the goals of economic efficiency, growth, poverty reduction, and environmental effectiveness. In addition to policy choice, enforcement and implementation of environmental policies can be limited by a weak regulatory system.

This call for concept notes encourages theoretical and empirical research using economic methods that examine the:

  1. effectiveness and economic and social costs and benefits of existing environmental policies; identifies who would likely bear the costs or realize the gains from alternative policy approaches;
  2. impact of environmental policies on innovation, technological change, employment, trade and competitiveness and consumer or corporate behavior in both formal and informal sectors;
  3. enforcement of existing regulations, the extent to which they are effective in achieving compliance, barriers to effective implementation and the role of provincial versus national institutions in policy implementation;
  4. the effectiveness of voluntary approaches, public pressure and information disclosure programs in inducing corporate social responsibility and public policy execution;

This call seeks to support research on policies to improve environmental quality. Low carbon growth policies are of particular interest, but concept notes can cover a range of environmental problems. Research using analytical tools and empirical methods with primary or secondary data appropriate to the research question are encouraged; use of standard/off-the-shelf methods such as computable general equilibrium or linear programming models are less likely to be funded. The results of this research are expected to inform policy-makers, the academic community, and public interest groups.

More information.

Deadline: August 31, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Gender Equality Expert, the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa1 (FARA) is a continent-wide forum of stakeholders engaged in African agricultural research and development. FARA is seeking to recruit a gender equality expert to provide technical support, lead and facilitate the process of gender equality mainstreaming at the FARA Secretariat and among its constituents as well as within FARA programmes. The aim is to have a clear gender equality mainstreaming strategy that shall be developed through participatory processes and which will be harmonized with existing gender equality strategies of the SROs (ASARECA and CORAF/WECARD).

More information (pdf).

Deadline: August 19, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities with the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF)

The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry or ICRAF) is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health.

ICRAF is accepting applications for the following two positions:

Deadline (both positions): August 31, 2011

 

FELLOWSHIP: Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa is pleased to announce the 2011 session of its Advanced Research Fellowship Programme and to invite interested scholars based in African universities or research centres to submit applications for consideration for an award.

Objectives The CODESRIA Advanced Research Fellowship Programme is designed to contribute to the reinforcement and promotion of a culture of concentrated and extended reflection among African scholars. It is particularly targeted at a younger generation of post-doctoral African scholars interested in carrying out advanced research on any aspect of the African social reality, historical or contemporary. The programme is open to candidates from all disciplines of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Through the programme, support is offered to scholars interested in charting new research directions or extending on-going research to new heights, the expectation being that this will contribute immensely to enriching the state of knowledge about different aspects of the historical and contemporary experiences of Africa. Candidates are free to determine the theme on which they wish to work and to specify their preferred methodology for doing so. In identifying candidates whose applications should be supported, emphasis will be placed on the potential for their proposals to lead to the production of new/original insights. The fellowships will be awarded to cover a period of one year, at the end of which a report of publishable quality shall be submitted for evaluation. Each report is expected to be between 50,000 and 80,000 words long and if accepted for publication will be included in the CODESRIA Book or Monograph Series. For the year 2011, the Council will be awarding ten fellowships of a maximum value of USD 8,000. As part of the award, all laureates will be invited to participate in a two-day orientation workshop.. The orientation workshop is an integral part of this grant and will be paid for by CODESRIA without impacting the grant amount indicated above.

Eligibility To be eligible, candidates are expected to be holders of a doctoral degree in any of the social sciences and humanities. The doctoral degree should have been obtained within five years of the date of submission of the application. All applicants are required to be affiliated to an African research institution.

More information.

Deadline: August 15, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Project Manager Mangrove Capital

Wetlands International is seeking an experienced and innovative Project Manager for Mangrove Capital, an exciting new partnership initiative on mangrove conservation, focusing initially in Indonesia but with relevance to the whole tropics.

The project will bring together and mobilise dispersed knowledge and experience about mangrove values and will enable government and private sector partners to better manage their mangrove forests.

The successful candidate will manage a complex, multi-partner international project and leverage new partners and resources for pilot applications in the field. S/he will organise cutting edge action research on mangrove services and values, contribute to the design of new approaches for mangrove management and restoration and facilitate the integration of research findings into coastal policies and practices.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication and organisational skills and a relevant scientific track record on natural resources management, with a keen interest in coastal ecosystems. Based in the Wetlands International headquarters in the Netherlands, this position requires regular travel to the project areas.

More information.

Deadline: September 7, 2011