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

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