Tuesday, June 26, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Theme Leader, Livelihoods

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is searching for a Theme Leader for Livelihoods, one of ICIMOD’s four strategic Thematic Areas. This thematic area focuses on promoting diversified and sustainable livelihood options in the greater Himalayan region with an emphasis on livelihood development and policy issues in relation with poverty and vulnerability in mountain areas. Topics addressed include high-value mountain products and services and development of their value chains; the opportunities and challenges of labour migration; and sustainable mountain tourism. This Thematic Area also provides expertise in issues of economic analysis, governance, gender, and inclusive development and equity in support of ICIMOD’s goals.

The Theme Leader, Livelihoods reports to the Director Programme Operations on all aspects of Thematic Area leadership and coordination of the Livelihoods theme with the Regional Programmes. S/He reports to the Director General on all institutional matters. S/He supervises and mentors all staff of the Livelihoods Thematic Area and contributes to the management of regional action research and upscaling and mainstreaming of projects in the field of sustainable livelihoods and poverty reduction. The Theme Leader is responsible for generating and leading innovation initiatives in the area of livelihoods.

Main Responsibilities

  1. Intellectual leadership and innovation: Provide intellectual leadership on identified research priorities for strengthening the Livelihoods Thematic Area by identifying relevant sectors, formulating research questions, and leading research teams in specific action research and studies. Encourage and mentor team members to conduct research, document results, and write scientific articles for peer-reviewed journals and other publications. Lead innovation: Propose and manage innovative research on important emerging issues in the field of livelihoods. Ensure proper validation and dissemination of research outcomes to other ICIMOD programmes, the scientific community, policy and decision makers, and other stakeholders and partners.
  2. Human resource management: Take leadership and responsibility for managing human resources in the Thematic Area, including team development and capacity building activities, mentoring staff members on thematic issues, and fostering an encouraging, positive, flexible, and professional working environment. Coordinate with the Regional Programme Managers and the ICIMOD Directorate in the allocation of budgets and human resources to the Regional Programmes, as well as in performance management of staff in the Thematic Area. 
  3. Communication, collaboration, and partnership development: Establish and maintain partnerships and constructive dialogue with stakeholders in the region and beyond (government officials, NGOs, research institutions, donors, etc.) for strategic collaboration to contribute to ICIMOD’s work in promoting the mountain perspective and integrated mountain research and development in the greater Himalayan region. Maintain an active dialogue with partners and policy makers, and contribute to bridging the gaps between research, policy, and practice with a strong focus on impacts at multiple levels. Contribute to the capacity building of partners through the organization of workshops, training, and collaborative research.
  4. Fundraising and resource mobilization: Lead and contribute to resource mobilization activities to secure programme implementation, e.g., write concept notes and proposals; develop and maintain dialogue with donors; promote ICIMOD research, development, and capacity building activities; and explore co-funding opportunities with regional member countries.

More information.

Deadline: July 29, 2012

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Promote Access to Land in Bangladesh (European Commission)

The European Commission (EC) announced a Call for Proposals, Promote Access to Land in Bangladesh - Civil Society Component, to fund a project to modernize the land records management system of Bangladesh to make it beneficial for all sections of the community -- especially the poor. Eligibility for grants extends to nonprofit organizations in the EU and in OECD/DAC countries (including Bangladesh), and to international organizations. The maximum grant is €1.5 million, subject to co-financing requirements. Reference EuropeAid/132648/L/ACT/BD.

More information.

Deadline: July 29, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: Global Water Partnership Senior Network Officer

The Global Water Partnership (GWP) is a worldwide network and an intergovernmental organisation, supporting countries and regions in their vision for a water secure world and their mission to support the sustainable development and management of water and related resources worldwide. GWP has a network of over 2600 partner organisations, with 13 Regional Water Partnerships and 80 Country Water Partnerships.

A Senior Network Officer works across the GWP Network, developing one of the thematic areas in the 2009-2013 GWP Strategy and works with one or more regions, focusing on the crucial role of water in national and regional economic development. He/she is a dedicated professional with at least 10 years of experience, and the following knowledge, skills and aptitude:

The position is based at the GWP Secretariat in Stockholm, Sweden, with international travel.  English is the working language of the Secretariat, and knowledge of other international languages is an asset.

More information(pdf).

Deadline: July 13, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

 

CALL FOR INPUT: Social Entrepreneurship to Reduce Conflict over Natural Resources through Collective Action

A CGIAR research initiative is looking for social entrepreneurs with insights into how to promote collective action to reduce conflict over natural resources.

Seeking social entrepreneurs

How do social entrepreneurs promote collective action to reduce conflict over natural resources? We are seeking innovative practitioners with experience enabling collaborative efforts by civil society groups in developing countries to address conflict or competition over natural resources such as water, land, forests, and fisheries.

If you have such experience and would be interested to participate in a 60-minute interview, please let us know. Similarly, if you would like to help by putting us in touch with others who fit this description, we’d love to have your suggestions.

The interviews will contribute to a CGIAR research initiative that will compare experiences, identify practical lessons, and share these among researchers and practitioners in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Individuals who agree to be interviewed will have an opportunity to review and confirm their own observations, and the option to join in subsequent exchange with fellow practitioners to help refine lessons. Interviews may be conducted in English, Spanish, or French.

For further information, please contact Yoni Blumberg at J.Blumberg@cgiar.org

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: CIAT Post-Doctoral Fellow, Food security and Ecosystem Services. CIAT seeks a visionary and dynamic post-doctoral social scientist to lead the food security and participatory appraisal component of the project “Managing ecosystem services for food security and the nutritional health of the rural poor at the forest-agricultural interface” in Colombia (and Malawi). Deadline: June 29, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: CIFOR Post Doctoral Fellow, Gender. The Gender Post Doc Fellow will be part of a core cross-centre team with responsibility and oversight for the integration of gender into the CGIAR Research Programme on Forest, Trees and Agroforestry. Deadline: June 30, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: Post-Doctoral Position, Institutional & Behavioral Economics Group, Leibniz-ZMT GmbH. The working group “Institutional & Behavioural Economics” at ZMT is looking for an economist or a scholar in a related discipline. The appointment is for a three-year period with possible extension. Deadline: July 15, 2012

INTERNSHIP: Rights and Resources Initiatives Global Programs Internship. RRI seeks an intern to support the Global Programs, with term of employment from June – November 2012 with the possibility of extension. Deadline: open

CALL FOR INPUT: Social Entrepreneurship to Reduce Conflict over Natural Resources through Collective Action. A CGIAR research initiative is looking to interview social entrepreneurs with insights into how to promote collective action to reduce conflict over natural resources.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference: Complex Architectures, Multiple Agents. The Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference will be held 28-31 January, 2013, at the United Nations University Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Deadline: July 1, 2012

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Water Alternatives Special Issue on Trends and Developments in Rural Water Supply Services Delivery. Water Alternatives will publish a special issue on trends and developments in rural water supply services delivery, highlighting challenges and changes to the hitherto mainstream approaches to rural water supply. Deadline: July 15, 2012

PUBLICATION: Land Governance in Africa (ILC). A new publications from the International Land Coalition looks at how historical context has shaped key contemporary issues relating to policy on land.

PUBLICATION: Selected Taylor & Francis Group Articles from African and African Studies Journals. The Taylor & Francis Group, which publishes several leading African and African Studies journals, has collated a selection of top articles which engage with Africa on a number of key themes and have made them free to access online for a limited time. Available through August 31, 2012

PUBLICATION: A Think Piece on the Gender Dimensions of Land Grabs in Africa. ActionAid has released a new paper on gender and international land deals.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Post-Doctoral Position, Institutional & Behavioral Economics Group, Leibniz-ZMT GmbH

The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) GmbH in Bremen is a member of the Leibniz Association, which is supported by the German Federal and State Governments. Through its research, Leibniz-ZMT GmbH contributes to developing science-based strategies for sustainable use of tropical coastal systems (www.zmt-bremen.de).

The working group “Institutional & Behavioural Economics” at ZMT is looking for an economist or a scholar in a related discipline to support our team. The appointment is for a three-year period with possible extension. Salary will be according to the German TV-L 13 for a full position.

Duties include publishing in international peer-reviewed journals, writing project proposals, and helping with the supervision of PhD students in the field of institutional, behavioural, or ecological economics. Furthermore, engagement in interdisciplinary research activities of the Center is required. We offer the opportunity to join a highly motivated working group in an interdisciplinary, international, and expanding research institute, which focuses on problems of the marine and coastal environment in the tropics.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: July 15, 2012

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

 

PUBLICATION: Land Governance in Africa (ILC)

A new publications from the International Land Coalition looks at how historical context has shaped key contemporary issues relating to policy on land.

This study outlines the main contemporary debates on land within Africa, and the frameworks and contexts that influence the framing and reform of land policy. The land question is placed within a historical context, which examines the changing frameworks of land administration across the continent and the influences of past policies on the present. This helps in identifying the economic, political, and social factors that have shaped the land question in different sub-regions. It also shows the evolution of debates and their often circular nature; recurring debates include customary versus statutory tenure, user rights, historical claims on land, individual property rights, and the need to create land markets for productive investments, as well as the relative efficiency of smallholder versus large estate agriculture and the need to protect livelihood interests of poor rural people.

Beginning with customary land tenure systems in the pre-colonial era, the study charts the evolution of land tenure and governance in different countries and regions during colonialism, independence, and the economic liberalism and structural adjustment policies of the late twentieth century. It examines the barriers to land access faced by groups such as women, pastoralists, tenants, and migrants, and questions the role of land titling in improving access to land. It also examines contemporary phenomena such as the upsurge in foreign investment and “land grabbing” for the production of food crops and biofuels, and for investment and speculation.

Recent initiatives in attempting to implement pro-poor land reforms have resulted in an increased awareness of the dynamics of customary land management, their political implications, and the need to create innovative institutions that facilitate dialogue among multiple interest groups. These are major achievements that need to guide future developments of land forums, policy debates, and new policy initiatives.

Available here.

 

PUBLICATION: Selected Taylor & Francis Group Articles from African and African Studies Journals

The Taylor & Francis Group publishes several leading African and African Studies journals and is committed to disseminating and showcasing African research in the global online environment in a variety of subject areas, from
the arts to zoology, economics to the environment, mathematics to music.

To show their support for Africa Day they have collated a selection of top articles which engage with Africa on a number of key themes, shown below, and have made them free to access online from the 25th May – 31st August.

See the full selection of available articles here (pdf).

Available through August 31, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Water Alternatives Special Issue on Trends and Developments in Rural Water Supply Services Delivery

Water Alternatives will publish a special issue on trends and developments in rural water supply services delivery, highlighting challenges and changes to the hitherto mainstream approaches to rural water supply. In addition, the special issue will seek to create a better understanding how political economy influences changes in rural water supply. They invite papers that could be published as part of this special issue. Specifically, they seek both papers which provide a theoretical background to the changing approaches towards rural water supply and papers based on empirical study of service-delivery focused approaches. Potential topics would include, among others:

More information.

Deadline: July 15, 2012

 

PUBLICATION: A Think Piece on the Gender Dimensions of Land Grabs in Africa

ActionAid has released a new paper on gender and international land deals:

This paper was commissioned by ActionAid and serves as a think-piece to build our understanding of the gendered implications of the recent wave of large-scale land acquisitions and investments, particularly in Africa. It aims to provide a basis for further development of policy proposals and recommendations that address the issue from a developmental and gender equality perspective. Understanding the implications for rural women’s land rights and rights to development and a livelihood is essential for the design of meaningful policy demands that tackle negative impacts of large-scale land acquisitions and actually work for women.

The paper builds on joint work by ActionAid and its local partners in Southern Africa and in the Netherlands through the Women’s Land Rights (WOLAR) project, funded by the MDG3 Fund. Therewith it is informed by the growing engagement of rural women’s networks and associations from Southern Africa with the land grabbing agenda. It also draws on valuable desktop and field research, conducted by Nidhi Tandon in an unpublished report from 2011 titled ‘From Under Their Feet. Women and the land grab threat. Findings from Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.’

Available here (pdf).

 

INTERNSHIP: Rights and Resources Initiatives Global Programs Internship

Rights and Resources (RRI) seeks an intern to support the Global Programs, with term of employment from June – November 2012 with the possibility of extension. They are looking for a dedicated individual who will take initiative, demonstrate responsibility, and become an integral part of a small and passionate team.  

The Intern will have the opportunity to become closely involved in programs and function of the coalition, learning about the work of RRI in human rights, forest tenure, poverty alleviation, livelihoods security, and conservation. This is an excellent opportunity for a dedicated and enthusiastic individual to gain experience in this sector of human rights, development and conservation, while contributing to the development of an international coalition.

The individual will report directly to the Tenure Analyst.

Responsibilities

More information.

Deadline: open

Monday, June 18, 2012

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference: Complex Architectures, Multiple Agents

The Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference will be held 28-31 January, 2013, at the United Nations University Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

Today, a multitude of agents plays a significant role in earth system governance, ranging from traditional state actors to international organizations, civil society organizations, science networks, city coalitions, or business associations. At the same time, the overall governance architecture, from local to global levels, is becoming more complex as a consequence of ever increasing needs for governance and policy-development.

This complex architecture with multiple agents is the core research problem to be discussed at the Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference. The conference will bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines as well as practitioners from diverse backgrounds to address the nexus between the analytical problems of agency and architecture in earth system governance, and will also consider the other analytical problems identified in the Earth System Governance Science and Implementation Plan. The timing of the Tokyo Conference, half a year after the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (“Rio+20”), will make these discussions especially pertinent and timely. The conference may open up new and fruitful areas of science-policy interaction and strengthen the interface between science and policy in earth system governance.

Abstracts are invited on six interrelated clusters of questions:

  1. Earth System Governance Architectures in the 21st Century
  2. Climate and Energy Governance Architectures
  3. The Nexus between Architecture and the other “A’s” in Earth System Governance:
  4. Political Dynamics in the Interface of Agency and Architecture
  5. Methodological Challenges to Complex Architectures and Multiple Agents
  6. Special Conference Stream on Nuclear Safety and Post-disaster Governance

More information.

Deadline: July 1, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: CIFOR Post Doctoral Fellow, Gender

The Gender Post Doc Fellow will be part of a core cross-centre team with responsibility and oversight for the integration of gender into the CGIAR Research Programme on Forest, Trees and Agroforestry (CRP6). Under the supervision of the CRP6 gender cross-cutting theme coordinator, the gender post doc will be responsible for ensuring that gender is adequately integrated into CRP6 research and that mechanisms and structures needed to improve the quality and volume of gender-responsive research in the CRP6 are developed and implemented. He/she will also be responsible for ensuring that activities identified for integrating gender analysis into existing research and strategic gender research are implemented in a timely and effective manner. The position will be based at the Center for International Forestry research headquarters in Bogor, Indonesia but may involve travel to locations where CIFOR (and partners) conduct research.

Duties and Responsibilities

More information.

Deadline: June 30, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: CIAT Post-Doctoral Fellow, Food security and Ecosystem Services

CIAT seeks a visionary and dynamic post-doctoral social scientist to lead the food security and participatory appraisal component of the project “Managing ecosystem services for food security and the nutritional health of the rural poor at the forest-agricultural interface” in Colombia (and Malawi). This is a project supported by the ESPA initiative and executed by a multi-institutional consortium (named ASSETS www.espa-assets.org) of which CIAT participates. In addition, the candidate is expected to support CIAT’s social and gender analysis related to CIAT’s Decision and Policy Analysis (DAPA) research area (http://dapa.ciat.cgiar.org). The activities of the scientist will contribute to the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (http://www.cifor.org/crp6) and to the CGIAR Research program on Water, Land and Ecosystems.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: June 29, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

Ruth Meinzen-Dick: Elinor Ostrom's trailblazing commons research can inspire Rio+20. With the passing of longtime CAPRi friend and collaborator Lin Ostrom this week, Ruth Meinzen-Dick contributed a post to the Guardian’s Poverty Matters blog in which she argues that the late Nobel laureate's work on the commons offers valuable lessons for the Rio+20 agenda.

EMPLOYMENT: ILRI Senior Social Scientist and Team Leader. ILRI seeks to recruit a Senior Social Scientist and Team Leader to play a key role within the Markets, Gender and Livelihoods Research Theme in leading ILRI’s evolving and expanding portfolio of research addressing Poverty, Gender, Impact and Innovation throughout the institute. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: Manager, Climate Change Programme, Training Department, Geneva. UNITAR's Climate Change Programme develops methodologies, executes training, supports learning strategies, and facilitates knowledge sharing with the goal to strengthen capacities in developing countries to implement the UNFCCC. Deadline: June 21, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Senior Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Officer. The successful candidate will be based in Bangkok and will plan and co-ordinate the implementation of and provide technical support to the integration of gender, equity and rural employment dimensions into FAO’s overall programme in the region. Deadline: June 28, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: CIAT Post-Doctoral Fellow: Gender & Social Effects on Land Use, Livelihoods & Environmental Outcomes. CIAT seeks a visionary and dynamic post-doctoral social scientist to conduct comparative analysis of the effect of social, gender and generational differences on land use, livelihoods and environmental outcomes of smallholder farming in the tropical forest margins. Deadline: June 29, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: ICARDA Senior Irrigation and Water Management Specialist. The main purpose of the position is to lead ICARDA’s research and capacity development work on full and supplemental irrigation and water harvesting in the Dry Areas. Deadline: June 30, 2012

FELLOWSHIP: Conservation and Use of Forest Genetic Resources in Sub-Saharan Africa (Bioversity). The purpose of the Fellowship is to give talented African scientists working on forest genetic resources an opportunity to develop their capacity through interaction with, and mentorship by a scientist at Bioversity International. Deadline: July 1, 2012

SCHOLARSHIPS: DAAD Scholarships for Postgraduate Courses with Special Relevance to Developing Countries. The German Academic Exchange Service provides scholarships in Germany for international students for a range of postgraduate courses at German Universities which aim at providing academically educated young professionals from developing countries with further specialized studies. Deadline: July 31, 2012

TRAINING: Conflicts Over Commons Summer School Series on Fisheries. The series will center on a specific common pool resource (CPR) each year, starting with the 2012 summer school on fisheries. Broadly, the focus of the events will be on the dynamics leading to unsustainable outcomes and the conflicts among stakeholders, but specific themes will be devised for each CPR.

PUBLICATION: Final Report from the 2011 African Women’s Land Rights Conference. The purpose of the conference was to “re-energize the struggle for women’s land rights and access to justice and reparation as fundamental human rights and the basis for women’s empowerment, and improved food security and social justice in Africa”.

PUBLICATION: JPS Special Issue on Green Grabbing: a new appropriation of nature? The special issue of the Journal of Peasant Studies was guest-edited by James Fairhead, Melissa Leach and Ian Scoones.

 

Ruth Meinzen-Dick: Elinor Ostrom's trailblazing commons research can inspire Rio+20.

With the passing of longtime CAPRi friend and collaborator Lin Ostrom this week, Ruth Meinzen-Dick contributed a post to the Guardian’s Poverty Matters blog in which she argues that the late Nobel laureate's work on the commons offers valuable lessons for the Rio+20 agenda.

Rather than depending on a single, monolithic governance structure, Ostrom's work shows the importance of drawing on the strengths of many different institutions working together – government agencies, user groups and private actors – and co-operating at multiple scales. When asked about lack of progress on climate change agreements, she replied that, rather than waiting for a grand global agreement, we need to look for action at all levels, from our own homes to our schools, cities and nations. As she emphasised throughout her career, and in the last piece she published, a solution to the problem of climate change will not arrive in a single-stroke panacea, but will require experimentation at multiple levels and diverse approaches.

The global effort to bring the Earth's environment back into balance can be no more than the sum of local efforts, and collaboration at any level must be based on techniques we have learned through centuries of experience building co-operation at the local level. In effect, the institutions that generate local environmental co-operation are not merely helpful – they are essential components of any larger environmental achievement.

Read the whole thing.

 

PUBLICATION: JPS Special Issue on Green Grabbing: a new appropriation of nature?

The special issue of the Journal of Peasant Studies was guest-edited by James Fairhead, Melissa Leach and Ian Scoones.

Across the world, ‘green grabbing’ – the appropriation of land and resources for environmental ends – is an emerging process of deep and growing significance. In recent years there has been a veritable explosion of scholarship examining the neoliberalization of environments, nature and conservation, drawing partly on older traditions of ecological/green Marxism and critical political ecology. The contributions to this Special Issue are indebted to this work, but also move beyond it, locating the discussions in a particular concern for the implications of changing agrarian relations resulting from these multiple and diverse appropriations of nature.

Access all 18 articles here.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

 

TRAINING: Conflicts Over Commons Summer School Series on Fisheries

Conflicts over Commons Summer School Series will center on a specific common pool resource (CPR) each year, starting with the 2012 summer school on fisheries. Broadly, the focus of the events will be on the dynamics leading to unsustainable outcomes and the conflicts among stakeholders, but specific themes will be devised for each CPR. Scholars from Boğaziçi University (Istanbul) and the University of Manchester, as well as guest speakers, will be delivering the lectures. Representatives from NGO’s and related industries will also take part, in order to incorporate a broader information base in addressing issues related to common pool resources, and to formulate better informed solution proposals, grounded in real world issues faced by CPR sectors.

The events will provide an exclusive forum to examine how common pool resource problems are affecting various stakeholders; deliberate on sustainable management arrangements, challenges and best practices; debate on the ways to make higher education institutions a part of the solution to address the evolving environmental, social and economic issues; and elaborate on institutionalized ways to incorporate civil society and industry input to academic research on environmental issues and sustainable development questions. They will also provide excellent networking opportunities both within academics and between academics and actors from the industry.

This year’s summer school will take place at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, between August 27th-September 2nd, 2012.

More information.

Deadline: June 22, 2012

 

FELLOWSHIP: Conservation and Use of Forest Genetic Resources in Sub-Saharan Africa (Bioversity)

The Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo (ASO) Fellowship is awarded annually by Bioversity International to a young forest genetic resources scientist in Sub-Saharan Africa. The purpose of the Fellowship is to give talented African scientists working on forest genetic resources an opportunity to develop their capacity through interaction with, and mentorship by a scientist at Bioversity International.

The Fellowship, of an amount up to US$ 10,000, should address a topic announced in this call and be completed within 12 months. The 2012 Fellowship is targeting research on the following priority topics:

  1. Understanding status of and threats to genetic resources of priority forest tree species
  2. Methods and approaches for conserving genetic resources of important tree species

The research outputs of the Fellowship will contribute to:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: July 1, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: ILRI Senior Social Scientist and Team Leader

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Senior Social Scientist and Team Leader to play a key role within the Markets, Gender and Livelihoods Research Theme in leading ILRI’s evolving and expanding portfolio of research addressing Poverty, Gender, Impact and Innovation throughout the institute.

Key responsibilities

  • Livelihood outcomes of innovation in livestock systems among producers, other value chain actors and their communities;
  • Gender implications of livestock development and strategies to achieve equitable development using livestock and improve livelihoods of women and their families;
  • Poverty analysis and impact assessment;
  • Innovation systems analysis to understand and design strategies for improving and accelerating uptake of livestock knowledge and technologies for improved livelihoods;

More information.

Deadline: open

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

 

PUBLICATION: Final Report from the 2011 African Women’s Land Rights Conference

The purpose of the The African Women’s Land Rights Conference was to “re-energize the struggle for women’s land rights and access to justice and reparation as fundamental human rights and the basis for women’s empowerment, and improved food security and social justice in Africa”. The conferences final report is now available online:

Despite development of land policy reform at continental, regional and national level women’s tenure in land remains legally insecure as a result of the existence of discriminatory laws, multiple land law regimes operating simultaneously, and gender-neutral statues. The land reform discourse fails to take into account women’s socially and legally constructed disadvantages and confer equal land right to women and men in form but not in substance. There is need for a deeper understanding of the complexities at stake for women land rights in the context of increasing land grabs, climate change, a gendered analysis of the impact of land reforms, a deep knowledge and understanding of the different tenure systems and their impact on women’s ability to access, own and control land and how women’s land rights can be protected in the context of land grabs; and the role that common land management systems which traditionally protect access rights for the poor, women, pastoralists, and others can be restored. The complexity of tenure systems requires complex policy solutions, which should be tailored to respond to cultural, political and ecological demands at multiple levels. The implementation and impacts of land tenure reforms should be evaluated at multiple governance levels in order to identify constraints, craft solutions, and to ensure that reforms are securing the rights and livelihoods of women, the poor and marginalized groups.

Land reform and giving legal recognition to women’s rights to land is often the first step necessary to promote gender parity in land and property rights. The battle for women’s land rights does not end with the enactment of the laws providing for equal rights to women and men. It begins with the challenges of implementation and what is needed to change culture of practice, a task that is more difficult than enactment of law, and which greatly affects whether or not rights are realised.

The full report and more information about the conference are available here.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS: DAAD Scholarships for Postgraduate Courses with Special Relevance to Developing Countries

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides scholarships in Germany for international students for a range of postgraduate courses at German Universities which aim at providing academically educated young professionals from developing countries with further specialized studies.

These degree courses, which consist of one to two years of concentrated study, provide academically-trained young professionals in leading positions from developing countries with the opportunity to engage in postgraduate education and training in their particular field or profession.

Postgraduate courses are offered in the following fields:

More information.

Deadline: July 31, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: CIAT Post-Doctoral Fellow: Gender & Social Effects on Land Use, Livelihoods & Environmental Outcomes

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) seeks a visionary and dynamic post-doctoral social scientist to conduct comparative analysis of the effect of social, gender and generational differences on land use, livelihoods and environmental outcomes of smallholder farming in the tropical forest margins. In addition, the candidate is expected to support CIAT’s social and gender analysis related to CIAT’s Decision and Policy Analysis (DAPA) Research Area. The activities of the scientist will be fully within and funded by the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (http://www.cifor.org/crp6 ).

Activities and Responsibilities

More information (pdf).

Deadline: June 29, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICARDA Senior Irrigation and Water Management Specialist

The main purpose of the position is to lead the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)  research and capacity development work on full and supplemental irrigation and water harvesting in the Dry Areas.

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

Main responsibilities:

More information.

Deadline: June 30, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Senior Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Officer

The successful candidate will be based in Bangkok and s/he will plan and co-ordinate the implementation of and provide technical support to the integration of gender, equity and rural employment dimensions into FAO’s overall programme in the region. In particular, the incumbent will:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: June 28, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: Manager, Climate Change Programme, Training Department, Geneva

UNITAR's Climate Change Programme develops methodologies, executes training, supports learning strategies, and facilitates knowledge sharing with the goal to strengthen capacities in developing countries to implement the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and to advance a green, low emission and climate resilient transition. The current cornerstones of the Programme comprise: applied research and knowledge-sharing through a global network of Centers of Excellence; servicing a One UN approach to climate change learning and skills development which supports country-driven strategies to strengthen human resources, learning and skills (UN CC:Learn ); and development and execution of tailor-made courses that address priority learning needs in partner countries.

Accountabilities:

Under the supervision of the Associate Director, Environment Unit, the incumbent:

More information.

Deadline: June 21, 2012

Thursday, June 07, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Bard College Research Scholar – Gender Equality and the Economy Program. The program’s goal is to stimulate analytical thinking and empirical research so as to inform key economic concepts, models, and indicators from a gender perspective. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: IWMI Researcher–Water Management and Institutions. The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) seeks a scientist who is practiced in the analysis of social and physical interaction of water processes to be based in Cairo, Egypt. Deadline: June 10, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: Vacancies at CIMMYT for Policy Economist and Agricultural Economist. The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center seeks a Policy Economist and an Agricultural Economist for South Asia to join their international team of scientists working on improving the livelihoods of maize and wheat farmers in the developing world. Deadline: June 15, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: Program Officer, Africa Forest Forum/World Agroforestry Centre. The African Forest Forum (AFF) is an association of individuals who share the pursuit and commitment to the sustainable management, use and conservation of the forest and tree resources of Africa for the betterment of the socio-economic wellbeing of its people and for the stability and improvement of its environment. Deadline: June 20, 2012

SCHOLARSHIP: Pan African University (PAU) Full Master Scholarships. The Pan African University (PAU) has launched a new call for application for a full master scholarship in three of its regional institutes in East Africa (Kenya), Central Africa (Cameroon) and West Africa (Nigeria). Deadline: June 30, 2012

FUNDING: Pathways to Increased Market Access for Smallholder Producers Implementing Sustainable Agriculture Practices (US Dept of State). Proposed activities should build on existing initiatives or ongoing collaboration with local communities, cooperatives and/or regional networks supporting sustainable agricultural practices. Deadline: June 15, 2012

TRAINING: MS and PhD Programs in Agroforestry at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU), Bangladesh. The university welcomes applications from foreign students. Deadline: July 1, 2012

EVENT: Land Use in Transition: Potentials and Solutions Between Abandonment and Land Grabbing. The IAMO Forum 2012 on this topic will take place from 20-22 June 2012 in Halle (Saale), Germany.

PUBLICATION: Water Alternatives Special Issue on “Water Grabbing”. The open access journal Water Alternatives  has a special issue titled “Water Grabbing? Focus on the (Re)appropriation of Finite Water Resources.”

 

EMPLOYMENT: IWMI Researcher–Water Management and Institutions

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) seeks a scientist who is practiced in the analysis of social and physical interaction of water processes. If you have at least 3 years’ post-PhD experience conducting systemic analyses of irrigated agriculture and/or river basin management and can use approaches that combine the technical understanding of water management and farming systems with consideration of institutional or policy dimensions), then you fit our profile perfectly. Your research portfolio will be to conduct original research on water management and institutions, mostly in the Nile Delta in Egypt. You will be based at the IWMI office located at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in Cairo, Egypt. You will report to the Principal Researcher based in the Cairo office.

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Deadline: June 10, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: Program Officer, Africa Forest Forum/World Agroforestry Centre

The African Forest Forum (AFF) is an association of individuals who share the pursuit and commitment to the sustainable management, use and conservation of the forest and tree resources of Africa for the betterment of the socio-economic wellbeing of its people and for the stability and improvement of its environment. The purpose of AFF is to provide a platform and create an enabling environment for independent and objective analysis, advocacy and advice on all relevant policy and technical issues pertaining to achieving sustainable management, use and conservation of Africa’s forest and tree resources as part of efforts to reduce poverty, protect the environment and promote economic and social development.

The position

The African Forest Forum is recruiting for the position of a Programme Officer to be based at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, or at some other location, reporting to the Executive Secretary through the Senior Programme Officer.

Duties and responsibilities

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Deadline: June 20, 2012

 

PUBLICATION: Water Alternatives Special Issue on “Water Grabbing”

The open access journal Water Alternatives  has a special issue titled “Water Grabbing? Focus on the (Re)appropriation of Finite Water Resources.”

Recent large-scale land acquisitions for agricultural production (including biofuels), popularly known as 'land grabbing', have attracted headline attention. Water as both a target and driver of this phenomenon has been largely ignored despite the interconnectedness of water and land. This special issue aims to fill this gap and to widen and deepen the lens beyond the confines of the literature’s still limited focus on agriculture-driven resource grabbing. The articles in this collection demonstrate that the fluid nature of water and its hydrologic complexity often obscure how water grabbing takes place and what the associated impacts on the environment and diverse social groups are. The fluid properties of water interact with the 'slippery' nature of the grabbing processes: unequal power relations; fuzziness between legality and illegality and formal and informal rights; unclear administrative boundaries and jurisdictions, and fragmented negotiation processes. All these factors combined with the powerful material, discursive and symbolic characteristics of water make 'water grabbing' a site for conflict with potential drastic impacts on the current and future uses and benefits of water, rights as well as changes in tenure relations.

Access the articles here.

Monday, June 04, 2012

 

EVENT: Land Use in Transition: Potentials and Solutions Between Abandonment and Land Grabbing

The IAMO Forum 2012 will take place from 20-22 June 2012 in Halle (Saale), Germany.

Land use is receiving increasing attention due to its manifold repercussions on human well-being and the environment. Achieving the sustainable production of food and feed for a growing population will be a key priority for humanity in the years to come. However, land use changes threaten the provision of ecosystem services and are among the most important drivers of global environmental change. Land use changes are also responsible for a large share of global greenhouse gas emissions and drive habitat change, which threatens biodiversity.

Land use changes are particularly pronounced in many transition economies, where the legacies of the rapid and drastic institutional and socioeconomic changes sent land use systems onto new trajectories. The IAMO Forum 2012 will provide a platform to discuss cutting-edge research about the main trends, drivers, and outcomes of land use in transition economies of Eastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union, and East Asia.

The overall aim of the IAMO Forum 2012 is to improve our understanding of land use change in transition econ-omies and to stimulate debates and discussions. The conference will provide a rare platform for building net-works among scholars with similar geographic and the-matic foci, as well as for introducing innovative approaches in land change science, including methodological innovations, new empirical applications, and cross-cutting themes.

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FUNDING: Pathways to Increased Market Access for Smallholder Producers Implementing Sustainable Agriculture Practices (US Dept of State)

The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), Office of Environmental Policy at the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announces an open competition to support an initiative in CAFTA-DR and other Pathways partner countries geared toward increasing market access for smallholder farmers or producers implementing sustainable agriculture practices. This activity is in support of Pillar IV, Promoting Sustainable Business Practices and Environmental Cooperation, of the Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas Initiative. Pathways to Prosperity links 15 Western Hemisphere countries committed to democracy and open markets in an initiative to promote inclusive growth, prosperity, and social justice.This effort looks to promote the sharing of best practices and to equip small farmers or producers in at least three Pathways countries with tools to access markets for goods produced using sustainable agricultural practices. Proposed activities should build on existing initiatives or ongoing collaboration with local communities, cooperatives and/or regional networks supporting sustainable agricultural practices. Applicants must have significant experience working with small farmers or producers, and/or rural communities in the Western Hemisphere, and are encouraged to partner or engage with other institutions to leverage available funds. Eligibility is limited to non-profit/nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) subject to section 501(c)(3) of the U. S. tax code, foreign not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions, and to public international organizations. Proposals should demonstrate creativity, substance, and a commitment to promoting regional and local activ ities that will continue well past the timeframe of the cooperative agreement. Subject to Congressional approval of funds, DOS will award a cooperative agreement for up to 247,500 U.S. Dollars (USD). The initial period of performance will be for 18-30 months.

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Deadline: June 15, 2012

 

SCHOLARSHIP: Pan African University (PAU) Full Master Scholarships

The Pan African University (PAU) in collaboration with its regional Institutes has launched a new call for application for a full master scholarship in three of its regional institutes in East Africa (Kenya), Central Africa (Cameroon) and West Africa (Nigeria). Applicants shall be, talented and enterprising young graduates with strong leadership potential, seeking to undertake study programmes for award of Masters degrees in any of the following PAU Institutes.

  1. PAU Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI), located at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya.
  2. PAU Institute for Life and Earth Sciences (PAULESI), located at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.
  3. PAU Institute for Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences (PAUGHSS), located at the University of Yaoundé II in Cameroon.

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Deadline: June 30, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: Vacancies at CIMMYT for Policy Economist and Agricultural Economist

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) seeks a Policy Economist and an Agricultural Economist for South Asia to join their international team of scientists working on improving the livelihoods of maize and wheat farmers in the developing world.

The Policy Economist will work under a regional effort to enhance food security and incomes for the poor by improving postharvest management of food grains. Reducing postharvest losses plays a vital role in achieving food security and increasing incomes because it helps farmers to maintain healthy and nutritious grains throughout the year and to sell their surplus when prices are attractive. The Policy Economist will lead the regional effort to review and identify the policy constraints and formulation and promotion of harmonized policies conducive for effective post-harvest management of food grains. Rooted in a strong culture of high-quality agricultural economics and policy research, the CIMMYT Socioeconomics Program has a team of qualified and motivated scientists operating in different regions and working closely with biophysical scientists.  The position will report to the Director of the Program and will be based in one of the regional offices in Eastern and Southern Africa. [more information]

As a member of the CIMMYT Socioeconomics Program and in collaboration with national and international partners, the Agricultural Economist – South Asia will undertake socioeconomics research on strategies for sustainable intensification of cereal based farming systems in South Asia. S/he will lead the targeting of innovations and collection and analysis of socioeconomic and value chain data to study options for technology adoption, sustainable productivity and income growth in cereal systems throughout the South Asia region. The position will be based at the CIMMYT regional office for Southern Asia (New Delhi, India). Posting at other locations (Katmandu, Nepal or Hyderabad, India) may also be considered. [more information]

Deadline (both positions): June 15, 2012

 

TRAINING: MS and PhD Programs in Agroforestry at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU), Bangladesh

The Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU), Bangladesh has been offering higher education in Agroforestry (MS and PhD) since 1996 under the Department of Agroforestry and Environment. This is a course based education system. The admission for Autumn Term, 2012 has been advertised and the last late of application is July, 1, 2012. Interested persons may learn more about the university through their website. Guidelines for foreign students available here (pdf). Interested persons may contact: Dean, Graduate Program, BSMRAU, Gazipur-1706, Bangladesh. E-mail: giash1960@gmail.com.

Deadline: July 1, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: Bard College Research Scholar – Gender Equality and the Economy Program

The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College invites applications for a Research Scholar in the Gender Equality and the Economy (GEE) program. The program’s goal is to stimulate analytical thinking and empirical research so as to inform key economic concepts, models, and indicators from a gender perspective. Particular emphasis is placed on new knowledge that improves our understanding of the persistence and reconstitution of economic inequalities and poverty—especially in its gendered forms—and on policy recommendations that are instrumental in eradicating them in developing and developed countries. Bringing into focus the nexus of paid and unpaid work, the program promotes the rethinking of economic objectives and the reevaluation of outcomes from the standpoint of improving the standard of living and reducing entrenched gender inequalities. GEE research is concentrated in two principal areas: the gender dimensions of macroeconomic issues and economic policy; and gender equality, poverty, and well-being in national and international perspective.

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Deadline: open