Tuesday, May 22, 2012
EMPLOYMENT: World Agroforestry Centre Economist/Adaptation Specialist
The World Agroforestry Centre (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.
The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors.
The main purpose of the position will be to: a) learn from existing community and farmer practices to identify and map current and future vulnerabilities to climate change; b) analyze impacts of development projects and develop robust adaptation strategies and climate smart practices, with special focus on agroforestry systems and derive possible transition pathways; c) identify the limits of adaptation to weather extremes in agroforestry systems and devise opportunities for complementary safeguard systems.
- Assess vulnerabilities of smallholder farmers to current and future climate risks by learning from community and farmer practices
- Develop robust adaptation strategies and climate smart practices with special focus on agroforestry systems and derive possible transition pathways
- Identify limits of adaptation to different climate shocks and devise opportunities for complementary safeguard systems
- Develop multi-institutional project designs and contribute to fundraising and knowledge dissemination
- Develop and disseminate methods for analysing vulnerability and adaptation strategies to climate change within ICRAF and partner organizations
- Prepare reports, guidelines and scientific papers.
Deadline: June 30, 2012