Monday, September 19, 2011


EMPLOYMENT: Call for Social Science Researchers, The Responsive Forest Governance Initiative

The Responsive Forest Governance Initiative (RFGI) is an Africa-wide comparative environmental governance research and training Programme of CODESRIA, IUCN and The University of Illinois. RFGI focuses on Enabling Responsive and Accountable Decentralization, in forestry to strengthen representation of forest-based rural populations within local-government decision making. RFGI aims to enhance and help institutionalize widespread responsive and accountable local governance processes that reduce vulnerability, enhance local wellbeing, and improve forest management with a special focus on developing safeguards and guidelines to ensure fair and equitable implementation of the Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and climate-adaptation interventions. More information about RFGI is available here (pdf).

RFGI is setting up multidisciplinary social science research teams on forest resource governance in several African countries. Members of these research teams work fulltime for the entire duration of their contracts.

  1. RFGI: Call for Social Science Research Candidates (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Uganda and Mozambique). In Burkina Faso, Ghana, Uganda and Mozambique we are seeking young researchers as members of a four-person research team that will conduct in-depth field research on REDD’s effects on rural rights, recourse and representation. Researchers will be hired full-time for the first 18 months and half time for the last 6 months of this period. Deadline 10 October 2011. [More information/en Francais]
  2. RFGI: Call for Social Science Research Candidates (Cameroon, DRC, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania). In Cameroon, DRC, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and South Sudan we seek more established researchers who will develop single case studies building on their on-going in-depth research. Researchers will receive support for supplementary field research, transport to and from research methods, mid-term and findings meetings, and a lump sum payment for the delivery of an RFGI working paper in the comparative framework of the RFGI program. Deadline 10 October 2011. [More information/en Francais]
  3. A call for self-funded Social Science Research Candidates (all other countries).  In all other countries in Africa and in other regions of the world we invite researchers to the RFGI team who can bring their own funding and contribute comparative case studies. These researchers are invited to participate in our methods trainings, research meetings, and to contribute to our working paper publications and special journal issues. RFGI will provide letters of support for these researchers, integrate them into our research meetings, provide feedback on their written products, and include their working papers and articles in our peer-reviewed publications. Deadline for non-funded research proposals is due 10 November 2011 (due one month after calls 1 and 2, above). [More information (pdf)]

For RFGI Program Description see: For further information write

Deadline: October 10, 2011

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