Tuesday, July 31, 2012

 

SCHOLARSHIP: The Economies of the Commons, Right Livelihood College

The Right Livelihood College (RLC) Campus Bonn offers scholarships for PhD students from developing and transition countries to participate in the International Fall Academy on “The Economies of the Commons: Reshaping Economic Education”, September 19-23, 2012, in Bonn, Germany.

Background

The Right Livelihood College (RLC) is the global capacity building initiative of the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize" (www.rightlivelihood.org). The RLC Campus in Bonn promotes cooperation and exchange between winners of the “Alternative Nobel Prize”, scientists and PhD students in fields of poverty alleviation, socio-economic justice, and environmental sustainability (www.rlcbonn.de). It is hosted by the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, and supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

International Fall Academy 2012

In cooperation with the Alanus University for Arts and Social Sciences (www.alanus.edu), the International Fall Academy 2012 will take place from September 19-23, 2012, at ZEF in Bonn and Alanus in Alfter near Bonn. The international Fall Academy will bring together winners of the “Alternative Nobel Prize”, scientists, policy makers, activists, and students from different disciplines who are working on, both in theory and practice, economic alternatives for more just livelihoods and sustainable environments worldwide.

The International Fall Academy will target the following objectives:

The Fall Academy scholarships will cover all costs for international and national travel, hotel accommodation, catering, and working materials. The Fall Academy will be embedded in a variety of social and cultural side-events in Bonn.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: August 6, 2012

 

TRAINING: International Training Course on Addressing Household Food Security in the Context of Changing Climate and Environment (IIRR)

The course will be held on September 10-21, 2012 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The 12-day course will provide the participants with an opportunity to understand the concept of food security and systems, the persistence of poverty in urban and rural areas in the wake of the recent food and economic crises, the alarming state of malnutrition in the community as resulting from lack of access to productive assets and the global policies and treaties affecting food security.

By the end of the course, the participants shall have:

  1. Articulated the working concepts, principles, tools and interventions on food security;
  2. Increased awareness on global, national and local food issues affecting forest dwellers, smallholder farmers and fisherfolks;
  3. Described strategies for the active mobilization of food security stakeholders;
  4. Identified best practices to strengthen and sustain food security projects; and
  5. Developed an action plan to improve current food security efforts or introduce new initiatives on food security.

Course Highlights

More information (pdf).

Deadline: August 10, 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

 

PUBLICATION: Securing Women’s Tenure and Leadership for Forest Management (RRI)

New research released by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) shows that despite more understanding, more resources, and policy recommendations, women continue to be largely marginalized and ignored or exploited in community based resource management processes throughout Asia.

This new research links analyses on the status of forest tenure rights and gender rights across South and South East Asia.  The suite of analyses demonstrate that exclusion and inequality on gender grounds are still rife and complicated by the intersection of cultural and social norms, economic pressures, and inadequate legal and institutional frameworks. Authors of the studies call for emerging programs and policies to combat climate change or encourage sustainable development to incorporate lessons learned.

Download the full report or its individual components here.

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Governance and Sustainable Development: Building Commerce and Communities

Sustainable development involves a complex and intricate relationship between commerce and communities. With increasing calls for greater accountability and efficient management of sustainable development, there are also greater demands for more effective governance in this area. The overarching aim of the conference is to provide a forum for stimulating debate and exchange of ideas by exploring the latest developments in the governance of sustainable development from a variety of perspectives including environmental sustainability, social enterprise, corporate governance, legal pluralism, and social investment. The conference will appeal to academics, professionals from both business and non-profit entities, and policy makers.

Papers are invited that provide greater clarity on factors affecting sustainable development (including in-depth case studies) on the following 4 major themes:

More information.

Deadline: September 15, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012

 

TRAINING: Research and Writing Workshop in Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Economic Research Group (ERG) and the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) are jointly organizing a Research and Writing Workshop in environmental and natural resource economics on

October 6th - 9th in Dhaka. The aim of this workshop is to build research capacity in the area of environment and resource economics. Bangladeshi researchers interested in the field of environmental and natural resource economics and wishing to improve proposal writing techniques should apply for this workshop. The faculty for the workshop will include International and local experts who also familiarize participants with research trends in South Asia.

The workshop will provide practical training and guidance to participants and help them to improve their concept notes and research proposals. A total of 12-14 participants will be selected to ensure individual attention to each researcher. Participants will initially present their research concepts to peers and receive comments. Reading some new research papers and informal consultation with the experts for revisions will follow this. The candidates will have to present a modified version of the research concept again, which might help them to shape a complete proposal for submitting to SANDEE.

Eligibility:

Your application must include:

The quality of the concept note will be the main criteria of candidate selection for the workshop.

Venue & Duration:
The workshop will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The workshop will be fully residential and organizers will provide accommodation and meals for the duration of the workshop, necessary course materials and reasonable travel claims on the basis of actual expenses.

For further queries or clarifications, the candidates are advised to contact the given email addresses and also visit http://www.sandeeonline.org or http://www.ergonline.org/

Deadline: August 30, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: IWMI Coordinator–Gender, Poverty, and Institutions

The vision of the CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Water, Land and Ecosystems (CRP5) is “a world in which agriculture thrives amongst vibrant ecosystems, and those engaged in agriculture live in good health, enjoy food and nutritional security, and have access to the inputs and resources they need to continuously improve their livelihoods.” This vision implies a multitude of, as yet, unidentified factors involving gender, poverty and institutions that, if handled correctly, will substantially improve the development impact of research. For this, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) seek a Coordinator who will ensure specialist input into the Program.

The Coordinator, reporting to the Program Director (CRP5), will be responsible for supporting research within the CRP on Water, Land and Ecosystems to ensure that it addresses significant gender, poverty and institutional factors that could improve overall development impact. The Coordinator will ensure that there is a consistent strategy for including research on gender, poverty and institutions within the Strategic Research Portfolios (SRPs) of CRP5, and ensuring that integration of these topics with the biophysical research is carried out where and best appropriate. To do so, the Coordinator will work collaboratively with designated focal persons in the other CGIAR centers that are involved in CRP5. A key feature of the position will be in shaping the strategic research direction to enable SRPs to increase their development impact. The position will be based at the headquarters of IWMI in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: August 26, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: WWF Technical Advisor, Protected Areas Management, Carbi Project. This position will act as Technical Advisor for the Protected Area component of the project, covering the Quang Nam and Thua Thien Hue Saola Nature Reserves as well as the Bach Ma National Park extension in Vietnam, and the Xe Sap National Park in Laos. Deadline: August 10, 2012

SCHOLARSHIP: Makerere University Female Scholarship Foundation (FSF). The goal of the foundation is to increase the enrolment, retention and improve the academic performance of female under graduate students at Makerere University with specific emphasis on sciences and giving priority to applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds and under-represented geographical areas in Uganda. Deadline: August 17, 2012

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Land Grabs and Food Sovereignty in Africa (CODESIRA). The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is launching a call for proposal for all interested researchers and academics in its Multinational Working Group (MWG) on a theme titled: “Land grabs and food sovereignty in Africa”. Deadline: August 31, 2012

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS & PROPOSALS: Land and South African Society in 2013, in Comparative Perspective. The Land Divided Conference will take place at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, March 24-27, 2013. Deadline: August 31, 2012

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Gender and Land Governance Conference. The conference, organized by the International Development Studies Group (Utrecht University) in collaboration with LANDac, is scheduled to take place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from January 14-15, 2013. Deadline: September 14, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: Natural Resources Forum Special Issue on Forests. NRF, a quarterly journal issued by the Division for Sustainable Development of the United Nations, calls for papers for a special issue on forests, to be published in 2013. Deadline: September 30, 2012

PUBLICATION: Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance: A user's guide to a diagnostic tool. PROFOR has released a publication designed to be a toolkit for forest Governance, consisting of a set of indicators and a protocol for scoring them.

PUBLICATION: Payments for Environmental Services in Costa Rica: from Rio to Rio and Beyond. A new brief from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) looks at the success of Costa Rica’s PES scheme.

 

 

 

PUBLICATION: Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance: A user's guide to a diagnostic tool

PROFOR has released a publication designed to be a toolkit for forest Governance entitled Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance: A user's guide to a diagnostic tool.

The full document is available here (pdf). Background on the development of the toolkit here.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Gender and Land Governance Conference

The conference is scheduled to take place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from January 14-15, 2013. Details below.

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Land, and the natural resources it holds, is under unprecedented transformation due to multiple factors including population increase, globalization, climate change, urban expansion, post-conflict readjustment, and other social and economic developments. Such conditions have ushered in an era of new pressures on land and ignited contentious debates on equitable access and pro-poor land policy throughout the world. While for decades development “experts” advocated for a formalization of property rights through land registration and titling, more recently, much attention has focused on the negative implications of land liberalization policies. Subsequently, increased recognition of the potential for customary tenure and communal natural resource management systems has grown. This shift towards a customary land rights paradigm, however, has taken place without sufficient attention to the gendered drivers and implications of tenure change.

On January 14-15, 2013, the International Development Studies Group (Utrecht University) in collaboration with LANDac (the Netherlands Academy on Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development - www.landgovernance.org), will convene a 2-day conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands, aimed at drawing scholars and policy makers together who have been paying particular attention to gender dynamics in land governance processes. We are at an important juncture where many countries are experimenting with legislative change in land governance. It is imperative for the aims of social justice, equity, and poverty alleviation that gender perspectives inform these reforms. The conference will include plenary panels of guest speakers from across academia and public policy, and a series of academic papers.

The call for contributions is broad based, multi-disciplinary, and across the career stage. Research from all regions are welcome, as are works set in rural, urban, or semi-urban settings. Papers can address the gendered dimensions of various types of land reforms (i.e. land administration processes, land privatization, land development, large-scale land acquisitions, land grabbing, land investments and upgrading schemes, and land redistribution and resettlement, among others). We also encourage contributions that address more methodological concerns with integrating a gendered perspective in land governance. This may include work on gender and the policy-making process in land reform, measuring and monitoring land policy impacts, and how to engage in gender-sensitive participatory methods in land reform, among others. Furthermore, contributions can engage with more theoretical insights or be more focused on policy matters, for example, in show casing innovations in gendered informed land policy.

We hope that the conference will be a first step in a series of academic outputs. We aim to solicit selected contributions from the conference for an edited volume or special issue initiative as well as for the basis of a summer school teaching program.

Please submit proposed abstracts of up to 250 words to: genderlandconference@gmail.com. Please include your contact details and save your abstracts with author name followed by GenderLand_2012. (e.g. Smith_GenderLand_2012). The deadline for abstract submissions is September 14, 2012.

For more information please contact the organizers:

Dr. Caroline Archambault (Utrecht University/University College Utrecht) or Prof. dr. Annelies Zoomers (Chair LANDac, IDS, Utrecht University) at: genderlandconference@gmail.com.

Deadline: September 14, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: WWF Technical Advisor, Protected Areas Management, Carbi Project

WWF is one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with almost 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

WWF-Greater Mekong (WWF-GM) is seeking to recruit a well-qualified and experienced candidate to fill the position of: Technical Advisor, Protected Areas Management, Carbi Project.

This position will act as Technical Advisor, Protected Area Management for the Protected Area component of the project, covering the Quang Nam and Thua Thien Hue Saola Nature Reserves as well as the Bach Ma National Park extension in Vietnam, and the Xe Sap National Park in Laos. This position involves the development and implementation of best practice management systems for the Protected Areas. The Technical Advisor will be responsible for the coordination of the project activities and budget across the PA landscape, ensuring synergy, continuity and quality assurance. The position has a strong focus on capacity building and mentoring of WWF, government and partner staff. Monitoring and evaluation of outputs against actual outcomes also forms a key component of this position.

More information.

Deadline: August 10, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Natural Resources Forum Special Issue on Forests

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 special issue on forests, to be published in 2013.

Articles submitted for this special section should be relevant to policy-making, and should address forests from a sustainable development perspective, i.e. treating economic, social, and environmental aspects in an integrated way. Angles of interest can include: • Analysis of the forestry sector’s structure and implications for the sharing of benefits from forests across developed and developing countries, as well as within receiving countries

More information.

Deadline: September 30, 2012

 

PUBLICATION: Payments for Environmental Services in Costa Rica: from Rio to Rio and Beyond

A new brief from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) looks at the success of Costa Rica’s PES scheme.

Costa Rica has shown how a small developing country can grab the bull of environmental degradation by the horns, and reverse one of the highest deforestation rates in Latin America to become the poster child of environment success. Key to its achievement has been the country’s payments for environmental services (PES) programme, which began in 1997 and which many countries are now looking to learn from, especially as water markets and schemes to reward forest conservation and reduced deforestation (REDD+) grow. Within Costa Rica too, there is a need to first reflect on how the contexts for, and challenges facing, PES have changed; and continue building a robust programme that can ensure the coming decade is as successful as the past one.

Available here.

Monday, July 23, 2012

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Land Grabs and Food Sovereignty in Africa (CODESIRA)

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is launching a call for proposal for all interested researchers and academics in its Multinational Working Group (MWG) on a theme titled: “Land grabs and food sovereignty in Africa”. MWG is one of the flagship research vehicles that is employed by CODESRIA to promote multi-country, multi-disciplinary and inter-generational reflections on critical questions of concern to the African social science research community. Each MWG will be led by two coordinators who have different specializations and possibly constitute a gender mix. The size of a single MWG should utmost be fifteen researchers. An independent selection committee will screen the proposals and select those that have a relatively better quality and depth. The life span of the project will be 18 months during which time all aspects of the research process should be completed and the final manuscript submitted for publication in a CODESRIA book series.

CODESRIA calls for the submission of research proposals on one of the following sub-themes, or other related issues in regional, national or sub-regional contexts in Africa:

More information.

Deadline: August 31, 2012

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS & PROPOSALS: Land and South African Society in 2013, in Comparative Perspective

The Land Divided Conference will take place at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, March 24-27, 2013.

2013 is the centenary of South Africa’s notorious Natives Land Act, a foundational piece of legislation in the edifice of twentieth-century segregation and apartheid. Its devastating legacy is still evident in the country’s divided countryside and deeply racialised inequalities. It is also a year before the 2014 deadline that the ANC government set for itself in the mid-1990s, of redistributing 30% of commercial agricultural land into black ownership – a target that most analysts agree cannot be met. Land reform continues to figure in national economic policy (such as the New Growth Path) and in political rhetoric across the ideological spectrum. What does all of this mean for the present and the future?

The answers do not lie in easy slogans and opportunistic politics. The centenary of the Land Act presents a major opportunity for researchers in academia, civil society and the state to reflect on the significance of ‘the land question’ in South African society and what can be learned from other contexts and different ways of thinking about land as a social, economic and natural resource.  Land reform cannot be reduced to agricultural policy, nor can the social meaning of land be understood in narrowly economic terms. The complex intersection of issues shaping relationships to land at the start of the twenty-first century demand fresh analyses and new ways of thinking. Much can be learned from addressing the issues in comparative perspective and drawing on theories and insights from other parts of the region and globe.

Academics, postgraduate students and researchers from government and civil society are invited to submit proposals for panels (to run in parallel sessions) and/or research papers. Proposals for other media, such as documentary films, posters, performances, etc., are also welcomed for consideration.

The following topics have already been identified for panels for which abstracts are specifically invited:

  1. The origins and impact of the Natives Land Act: Continuities, contestations, conceptualisations
  2. The ‘homelands’ and customary law
  3. The property clause and land reform
  4. The interface between research and policy in the land sector

More information.

Deadline: August 31, 2012

 

SCHOLARSHIP: Makerere University Female Scholarship Foundation (FSF)

The Makerere University Female Scholarship Foundation (FSF) was launched in November 2010 as a continuation of the Makerere University Female Scholarship Initiative (FSI). FSF is pleased to announce opportunity for undergraduate scholarships for 2012/2013 Academic Year.

The goal of FSF : “To increase the enrolment, retention and improve the academic performance of female under graduate students at Makerere University with specific emphasis on sciences and giving priority to applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds and under-represented geographical areas in Uganda”.

Eligibility:

More information.

Deadline: August 17, 2012

Thursday, July 19, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Program Officer - Program Advocacy. The Global Policy and Advocacy (GPA) Program seeks to understand and shape the public policy debates affecting the Foundation's work, build support for its major program and policy objectives, and develop partnerships and alliances that can advance the Foundation's policy objectives nationally and globally. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: Agriculture Policy Manager at ONE. ONE is looking for a Policy Manager to support their agricultural development and food security agenda. Deadline: July 31, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Theme Leader, Water. The Theme Leader will be an expert in his or her field and will be responsible for leading research activities and guiding staff members in the Thematic Area, assuring quality results, integration with other Thematic Areas, and impacts in regional member countries. Deadline: August 19, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: Sustainable Irrigation and Drainage: Management, Technologies and Policies. The 4th International Conference on Sustainable Irrigation and Drainage will take place from 11 – 13 December, 2012 in Adelaide, Australia. Deadline: open

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Dissertation Research Fellowships on Gender and Agriculture. IFPRI and its partners announce a call for applications for Ph.D. dissertation research fellowships on the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI). The purpose of the Index is to understand why women in developing countries face persistent obstacles and economic constraints to inclusion in the agriculture sector though they play a critical role in agricultural growth. Deadline: July 31, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: Sustainability Practices in Higher Education Institutions – Mapping Trends & Good Practice at Universities Round the World. This book that aims to unite theory and practice of sustainable development at higher education institutions. Deadline: August 15, 2012

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) Systematic Review Call 5. 3ie is inviting proposals for systematic reviews to strengthen the international community's capacity for evidence-based policy making. Several of the call’s 15 systematic review questions pertain directly to collective action, property rights, and gender. Deadline: August 31, 2012

SCHOLARSHIP: 2012 Mäler Scholarship in Environmental Economics, Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics. The institute is now accepting applications from researchers affiliated with four environmental economics networks-CEEPA, EEPSEA, LACEEP, and SANDEE-who are interested in spending time at the institute during 2012-2013. Deadline: August 15, 2012

AWARD: Global Water Forum Emerging Scholars Award 2012. This award is an opportunity for early-career scholars and practitioners working in water-related fields to publish a brief article that presents their research, projects, or opinions to a global audience. Deadline: August 27, 2012

PUBLICATION: Protecting Community Lands and Resources Evidence from Liberia, Mozambique and Uganda. A new report released by Namati and the International Development Law Organization details an effective and cost-efficient process to help rural communities work together to protect their lands and natural resources—a potential solution to the global land grab.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Sustainability Practices in Higher Education Institutions – Mapping Trends & Good Practice at Universities Round the World

Expressions of interest are now being requested for this a book that aims to unite theory and practice of sustainable development at higher education institutions. The volume, edited by Walter Leal Filho, Ulisses Azeiteiro, Sandra Caeiro, and Charbel Jabbour, will be published by Springer.

Environmental and sustainability performance are issues that used to be more associated with industries and corporations in the private sector also within corporate social responsibility. But in the last decades organizations in the public sector in particular educational institutions are also interested in being engaged in what is called “Campus sustainability” or “Campus greening”. Considering the societal role of higher education institutions, they have the mission to carry out research, teaching and the creation of settings that allow developing new competencies that lead to more sustainable practices. The aim of this book is to provide a contribution to the state of the art about the current sustainability practices and guidelines applied in higher education institutions. The first chapters will introduce current sustainability assessment methodologies and the role of universities in promoting sustainability. Subsequent chapters will present several international examples of sustainability assessment tools specifically developed for higher education institutions, such as the AISHE – Auditing Instrument for Sustainability in Higher Education, the GASU – Graphical Assessment of Sustainability in Universities tool, the STARS – Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, the STAUNCH – Sustainability tool for Auditing Universities Curricula in Higher Education, Sustainability Report Card. Other integrated tools not specifically developed for Universities will also be discussed like the ecological footprint, corporate social responsibility, sustainability reporting and GRI - Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines, eco-labelling, and sustainable construction and greenbuilding. A final chapter will discuss the current status of environmental and sustainability practices in higher education institutions and outline future prospects.

Expressions of interest should relate to primary research initiatives and projects, or revision of the state of the art, which can be formulated as book chapters in a relatively short time. They should entail a 200 words abstract with all contact data from the authors. Please send them by the the 15th August 2012 to: scaeiro@uab.pt , ulisses@uab.pt.

Deadline: August 15, 2012

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Sustainable Irrigation and Drainage: Management, Technologies and Policies

The 4th International Conference on Sustainable Irrigation and Drainage will take place from 11 – 13 December, 2012 in
Adelaide, Australia.

The purpose of the conference is to provide examples of how irrigation can become more sustainable. Papers are invited under the list of topics provided. Papers should focus on the implications of the findings for improving the sustainability of irrigation, whether this be drainage, irrigation techniques, economic modelling, governance structures for irrigation management, irrigation technology, reuse of water or many other aspects. The conference will include plenary sessions of specially invited papers from both developed and developing countries providing examples of how irrigation can become sustainable. Lessons will be drawn from the past, present and future.

More information.

Deadline: open

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

 

PUBLICATION: Protecting Community Lands and Resources Evidence from Liberia, Mozambique and Uganda

A new report released by Namati and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) details an effective and cost-efficient process to help rural communities work together to protect their lands and natural resources—a potential solution to the global land grab. The communities, located in Liberia, Mozambique, and Uganda, have all survived long years of violence and upheaval only to find their lands coveted by foreign investors and local elite.

Findings from the field work include:

Read the executive summary (pdf) here.

Download the full report (pdf) here.

 

AWARD: Global Water Forum Emerging Scholars Award 2012

The Global Water Forum is an online resource operating under the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance at the Australian National University. GWF publishes open-access articles by leading researchers and practitioners concerning local, regional, and global water challenges.

GWF invites you to participate in the Global Water Forum Emerging Scholars Award. This award is an opportunity for early-career scholars and practitioners working in water-related fields to publish a brief article that presents their research, projects, or opinions to a global audience. Participants are required to:

More information.

Deadline: August 27, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Program Officer - Program Advocacy

The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation is looking for a Program Officer for Program Advocacy.

The Global Policy and Advocacy (GPA) Program seeks to understand and shape the public policy debates affecting the Foundation's work, build support for its major program and policy objectives, and develop partnerships and alliances that can advance the Foundation's policy objectives nationally and globally. Because the Foundation's resources alone are not enough to solve the challenges ahead, GPA also supports advocacy efforts to engage diverse stakeholders and promote innovative solutions that advance our program goals. GPA is composed of our country offices in India, China; our Europe team based in London and our US & Canada team based in Washington, DC; our country representation in Nigeria, Ethiopia, and South Africa; a Program Advocacy team; a Policy Analysis & Financing team; and our Charitable Sector Support team. We work in close partnership with grantees, our colleagues in the Global Health and Global Development Programs, the CEOs office, and Foundation Communications to build the environment in which all people have the opportunity to lead healthy and productive lives.

The Program Officer (PO) will be a leader and a team player in the implementation of these goals, with a specific focus on the foundation Nutrition strategy, and its links with our Agriculture strategy. The PO will work closely with the full Global Policy and Advocacy team, the Nutrition team and with the Agriculture team to develop and execute an advocacy strategy, forge new partnerships, and develop grants.

The PO will play a critical role in managing high impact and complex partnerships, grants, coalitions, and advocacy campaigns. She or he will provide expertise in developing policy and advocacy strategies; conducting research and analysis to drive investment decisions; and drafting high level briefs for foundation leadership. The PO will bring a depth and breadth of experience in and knowledge of donor and developing country governments' development activities and mechanisms, and technical expertise in evidence based, results oriented advocacy.

More information.

Deadline: open

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) Systematic Review Call 5

International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), in partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is inviting proposals for systematic reviews to strengthen the international community's capacity for evidence-based policy making. This is the fifth call for proposals under 3ie's Systematic Reviews programme. Successful teams will be notified in October 2012.

For this call, 3ie along with CIDA, USAID and MCC have developed a list of 15 systematic review questions in the sectors of agriculture, infrastructure, business development, governance and education. These policy relevant questions look for answers on crucial aspects like the impact and effectiveness of development interventions, gender effects, barriers to efficacy of programmes, and the applicability of evidence to other contexts.

The following questions seem particularly relevant for CAPRi:

More information.

Deadline: August 31, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Theme Leader, Water

Water is one of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development’s (ICIMOD) four strategic Thematic Areas. ICIMOD fosters regional and transboundary dialogue to promote integrated water and land management and acts as a resource centre for information on water resources. The centre analyses the demand and future availability of water coming out of the mountains; water related hazards including floods and droughts; the potential impacts of climate and anthropogenic change; development of hydropower, and the role of hill and mountain irrigation in providing food security. The Thematic Area focuses on solutions at a variety of scales, from community to national policy level. It also addresses transboundary issues, especially within the water-food-energy nexus, including benefit sharing and building community resilience.

The Theme Leader will be an expert in his or her field and will be responsible for leading research activities and guiding staff members in the Thematic Area, assuring quality results, integration with other Thematic Areas, and impacts in regional member countries. S/He is expected to be familiar with the international development agenda and research, and to be aware of the strategic issues related to water resources, particularly in the HKH Region. The Theme Leader is also part of the organization’s management team and must ensure the adequate representation of water issues within ICIMOD’s programmes.

Responsibilities and Tasks:

  1. Intellectual leadership and innovation: Provide intellectual leadership on identified research priorities for strengthening the Water 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 water. 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 HKH 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.
  5. Advocate transdisciplinary cooperation and teamwork within ICIMOD by proactively coordinating with the Regional Programmes, supporting other Thematic Areas, and encouraging integration of ideas and disciplines within ICIMOD and among partners.

More information.

Deadline: August 19, 2012

 

SCHOLARSHIP: 2012 Mäler Scholarship in Environmental Economics, Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics

The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics (www.beijer.kva.se) is pleased to announce a new round of the Mäler Scholar competition. The institute is an international center of excellence at the interface of ecology and economics. It is based in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden and has a small staff of researchers who work on a variety of ecological-economics issues.

The institute created the Mäler Scholarship in 2009, in honor of Professor Karl-Göran Mäler's long-standing contributions to environmental economics around the world. The scholarship is funded by a grant from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. It is intended for researchers from environmental economics networks in developing regions of the world who are enrolled in a PhD program or already have a PhD and have completed at least one network-funded research project. It allows researchers to spend up to 6 months at the institute preparing manuscripts from their existing research projects and developing new projects in collaboration with Beijer researchers. It covers travel costs to and from Stockholm and provides a monthly allowance for lodging and meals. For information on past recipients, please visit http://www.beijer.kva.se/sida.php?id=44. The research focus of the applicant during the stay should relate closely to at least one of the Beijer Institute's research programs (http://www.beijer.kva.se/sida.php?id=31). We particularly encourage applicants willing to use empirical methods (e.g. behavioral experiments, valuation) to study and quantify linkages between ecosystem dynamics (for example potential regime shifts) and economics in their home country.

The institute is now accepting applications from researchers affiliated with four environmental economics networks-CEEPA, EEPSEA, LACEEP, and SANDEE-who are interested in spending time at the institute during 2012-2013. Applicants should e-mail a document containing the following information to Christina Leijonhufvud (Beijer administrator; chris@beijer.kva.se) by August 15, 2012:

Please note that this material should be included in a single document, not three separate ones. Applications must be from individuals. Group applications will not be considered.

The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Box 50005
104 05 Stockholm
Sweden

Deadline: August 15, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: Agriculture Policy Manager at ONE

ONE is looking for a Policy Manager to support their agricultural development and food security agenda.

Under the banner of our multi-year campaign THRIVE, ONE’s agenda on agricultural development and nutrition covers increased and more effective aid and generating sustainable domestic and private sector financing. We also work to address underlying causes to food insecurity and engage in international processes such as the G8, G20, African Union and other food-security specific forums to achieve our goals.  The Policy Manager will work with colleagues across the organisation to provide policy analysis and guidance in support of the THRIVE campaign.

Principal duties and responsibilities:

  • Support ONE’s work on agricultural development, food security and nutrition
  • Represent ONE in external meetings with a food security focus, including high-level meetings as appropriate.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders working on agricultural development, food security and nutrition.
  • Undertake research and policy analysis relating to ONE’s THRIVE agenda in relation to the  policy process in the country of location and that country’s role in international policy processes
  • Prepare documents on key THRIVE issues - for ONE’s website, for blog posts, for talking points, and for briefings for senior policymakers and principals
  • Work closely with colleagues in the Global Policy team to ensure all of ONE’s other policy issues are reflected in our agriculture work as appropriate
  • Work with ONE’s communications, advocacy and campaigns teams to deliver organization-wide activities on agricultural development and nutrition
  • Any other duties as appropriate to the role

More information.

Deadline: July 31, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: World Economic Forum: Grow Africa and New Vision for Africa. The World Economic Forum's New Vision for Agriculture and Grow Africa teams are expanding and they’re hiring for the two positions below, based in Geneva and New York City. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: Vacancies with CIMMYT. The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center has two Africa-based vacancies. An Agricultural Economist for Adoption Pathways and Impact Evaluation will be based in Eastern or Southern Africa and a Senior Scientific Program Officer for Socioeconomics and Policy will be based in Nairobi. Deadline: July 30, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: Senior Poverty Economist, Office of the Vice President of Indonesia. The Senior Poverty Economist will lead the Unified Database for Social Protection Programs. Deadline: July 31, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: Professor and Director Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Institute (TACO-AN). Cornell University invites applications for a tenure-able Full Professor with responsibility for establishing a long-term research and education institute supported by an endowment designed to help reduce poverty and malnutrition in rural India.  Deadline: August 1, 2012.

FELLOWSHIP: Mekong Program on Water Environment and Resilience (M-POWER). The main objective of this research fellowships program is to build capacity of people interested in improving research-based knowledge and policy for the fair and sustainable management of water resources in the region. Deadline: August 9, 2012

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: CODESRIA Call on Land grabs and food sovereignty in Africa. The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is launching a call for proposal for all interested researchers and academics in its Multinational Working Group (MWG). Deadline: August 31, 2012

PUBLICATION: The Effects of Rural Land Right Security on Labour Structural Transformation and Urbanization: Evidence from Thailand. A new UNU-WIDER Working Paper by Thanyaporn Chankrajang.

PUBLICATION: The Gender Regime of Land and Labor Rights in Subsistence Farming in the Chiweshe Communal Area, Zimbabwe. A PhD thesis on gendered land rights in Chiweshe communal area in Zimbabwe

PUBLICATION: Landscapes for People, Food and Nature: The Vision, the Evidence, and Next Steps. A paper that aims to explain the rationale for the ‘whole landscape’ approach, describes its main elements, and summarizes the existing evidence on the prevalence and effectiveness of the approach.

 

PUBLICATION: The Effects of Rural Land Right Security on Labour Structural Transformation and Urbanization: Evidence from Thailand

A new UNU-WIDER Working Paper by Thanyaporn Chankrajang.

This paper attempts to contribute to the understanding of the impacts of secure rural agricultural land rights on labour structural transformation from agriculture to non-agriculture as well as on urbanization, with a specific focus on Thailand. Using province-level panel data and instrumental variable strategy, partial land right entitlement (known in Thailand as SPK4-01 titling) is found to have a positive impact on labour movement towards the non-agricultural sector. In particular, approximately 27 per cent of this impact can be explained by enhanced farm productivity. This, in addition, implies that the reduction of the opportunity costs of off-farm employment, which is also a predicted positive impact of titling on non-agricultural employment, should account for the rest of the overall impact on labour structural transformation Although SPK4-01 titling alone is found to have no significant effect on urbanization, its impact depends significantly on within-province transport infrastructure. More specifically, rural land right security increases urbanization more in provinces with poorer road networks. In other words, secure land rights lead to urban concentration and urban non-farm diversification only when it is relatively costly to commute within the province.

Available here.

 

PUBLICATION: The Gender Regime of Land and Labor Rights in Subsistence Farming in the Chiweshe Communal Area, Zimbabwe

An interesting PhD thesis on gendered land rights in Chiweshe communal area in Zimbabwe available online. The title is “Time to farm: A qualitative inquiry into the dynamics of the gender regime of land and labour rights in subsistence farming: an example from the Chiweshe communal area, Zimbabwe”:

In the context of multiple stressors such as land shortage and food insecurity, the thesis deals with gendered land and labour rights as a social aspect of food production in subsistence agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. Using the Chiweshe communal area in Zimbabwe as an example, it identifies, investigates and draws conclusions on higher-order social processes of gender, power and incremental institutional change in a local context. To that end, it investigates how access to and control over land and labour rights are governed by gender and how that determines men’s and women’s social goals in production and reproduction as well as their strategies for meeting the goals and the opportunities for achieving them.

Using a qualitative method of inquiry based on interviews and observations with maize peasant farmers, men and women, an empirical material is constructed and interpreted. Using constructivist grounded theory, men’s and women’s social goals and strategies in production and reproduction are identified, mapped out and analysed. Drawing on gender theory and new institutional theory, which recognise power and discursive signs of institutional change in rules, norms and values, it uncovers layers of social complexity in the dynamics between female and male land rights as well as between male land rights and female labour in the gender regime. In so doing, it shows how power relations emerging from unequal land and labour rights are enacted in cooperation, competition and conflict within polygyny, between spouses and between co-wives.

The findings show how land, besides being a natural resource for food production, is an important social, cultural and intergenerational symbol, especially for men. This has implications for women and for their position and room of manoeuvre in food production. It also shows how the gender regime is subject to incremental institutional change through gendered agency, mainly from within the regime but accelerated by land scarcity as an external process. To conclude, the gender regime of land and labour rights has implications for how gender is enacted in everyday strategies, constructed in terms of female and male identities and configured in terms of masculinity and femininity. In the end, it is argued, these conditions affect food production and, in its extension, also food security.

Download the full paper (pdf).

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

 

PUBLICATION: Landscapes for People, Food and Nature: The Vision, the Evidence, and Next Steps

Landscapes for People, Food and Nature is a collaborative Initiative to foster cross-sectoral dialogue, learning and action. The partners involved aim to understand and support integrated agricultural landscape approaches to simultaneously meet goals for food production, ecosystem health and human wellbeing. The initiative has released a report on “The Vision, the Evidence, and Next Steps”.

This paper explains the rationale for the ‘whole landscape’ approach, describes its main elements, and summarizes the existing evidence on the prevalence and effectiveness of the approach. The analysis highlights recent movements to scale up these approaches, identifies the barriers to doing so, and concludes that action is needed to:

  • Expand, improve and widely share best practices for implementing such strategies in different contexts—as well as evidence about the benefits and costs of integrated landscape approaches.
  • Vastly expand the network of technical assistance, professional training and education needed to support the efforts of local ‘landscape leaders’ and policy makers to develop and effectively implement successful landscape initiatives; and
  • Shift the enabling environment of policies, incentives and investment priorities from one that separately pursues distinct sectoral priorities to one that identifies and promotes new sources of synergy in rural landscapes.

In late 2011, our organizations joined forces to launch the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative (www.landscapes.ecoagriculture.org). Its aim is to strengthen and scale up multi-stakeholder whole landscape initiatives around the world that are seeking to increase agricultural production, ensure food security, restore and sustain healthy ecosystems, protect biodiversity, and guarantee access of local people to water and other resources needed for health and prosperity. We welcome this paper as a stimulus to widespread dialogue and action.

Download the report (pdf).

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: CODESRIA Call on Land grabs and food sovereignty in Africa

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is launching a call for proposal for all interested researchers and academics in its Multinational Working Group (MWG) on a theme titled: “Land grabs and food sovereignty in Africa”. MWG is one of the flagship research vehicles that is employed by CODESRIA to promote multi-country, multi-disciplinary and inter-generational reflections on critical questions of concern to the African social science research community. Each MWG will be led by two coordinators who have different specializations and possibly constitute a gender mix. The size of a single MWG should utmost be fifteen researchers. An independent selection committee will screen the proposals and select those that have a relatively better quality and depth. The life span of the project will be 18 months during which time all aspects of the research process should be completed and the final manuscript submitted for publication in a CODESRIA book series.

CODESRIA calls for the submission of research proposals on one of the following sub-themes, or other related issues in regional, national or sub-regional contexts in Africa. Authors of selected proposals will be invited to participate at the CODESRIA MWG methodological workshop.

More information.

Deadline: August 31, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

 

FELLOWSHIP: Mekong Program on Water Environment and Resilience (M-POWER)

The Mekong Program on Water, Environment and Resilience (M-POWER), with the support of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) through the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF), announces its call for concept notes from professionals, researchers, government officials, and others interested in the water resources of the Mekong Region, their management and future.

The main objective of this research fellowships program is to build capacity of people interested in improving research-based knowledge and policy for the fair and sustainable management of water resources in the region. A complementary objective is to ensure research fellows gain experience from at least one other country in the region, in addition to their home country.

This call for concept notes will follow a three-step process. Concept notes will first be evaluated. Short-listed applicants will then be coached to develop a full proposal by attending a required Research Planning Workshop. A research fellowship grant will only be offered if a short-listed applicant joins the workshop and subsequently submits a high-quality, approved Research Plan.

More information.

Deadline: August 9, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: Professor and Director Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Institute (TACO-AN)

Cornell University invites applications for a tenure-able Full Professor with responsibility for establishing a long-term research and education institute supported by an endowment designed to help reduce poverty and malnutrition in rural India.  The founding director will conduct research and lead a multidisciplinary research and training program focused on the design and evaluation of innovative interventions that link agriculture, food systems and human nutrition, including the impacts of nutrition and agriculture policies on poverty and nutritional status. The goal of the institute is to enhance individual and institutional capacity in the areas of agriculture, nutrition and rural development. The institute will support multidisciplinary action research and educational programs conducted by collaborative teams from Indian universities, government and non-governmental organizations, and Cornell.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The TACO-AN Director will be an internationally recognized expert who will lead and direct this India-based research and education program.   The director will develop a comprehensive framework and strategic plan, establish program priorities and directions, and be responsible for program implementation.  The director is expected to provide engagement opportunities for Cornell faculty and Indian colleagues from several disciplines through the administration and selection of projects for funding.  S/he is expected to seek synergistic linkages with proposed or on-going projects of other groups or organizations that are consistent with the TACO-AN program objectives.  The director as a tenured faculty member will report to his/her department chair and will consult with an established international advisory board. The donor and the President of Cornell University provide ultimate programmatic and financial oversight for the endowment.

The TACO-AN Director will be a faculty member based in Ithaca, NY at Cornell University appointed in either the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences or the College of Human Ecology.  The appointment will be in an appropriate academic department depending on the interests and expertise of the successful applicant.  The director is expected to work closely with an India-based associate director to identify appropriate research problems in India, develop collaborative partnerships and funding opportunities, support Cornell research activities, network with Indian educational and development partners, and facilitate communications with program collaborators and beneficiaries in India.  

The successful candidate will devote half of his/her time to research and 50% effort to TACO-AN administration, which includes mentoring, teaching and advising students involved in the program as well as program leadership. In addition to responsibility for financial and programmatic management, the director will be expected to leverage the endowment’s funds by obtaining external research and training funding. Program management responsibilities will include:  1) managing the TACO-AN competitive grants program designed to bring new faculty and students into the program, and 2) monitoring and evaluation of TACO-AN program components. Because TACO-AN offers the opportunity to do long term longitudinal research, the director is expected to anticipate and plan new activities and programmatic themes as appropriate. The director will be expected to promote the TACO-AN program within and through Cornell. In addition, it is expected that the appointee will devote half of his/her time to research on agriculture, food and nutrition using a systems approach.

Qualifications:

Candidates for the Director are expected to have a strong background and expertise in agriculture and food systems, population health, and nutrition in resource limited settings and a PhD, MD, DVM or equivalent degree.  International experience is required and experience in India is desirable.

Application procedure:

Submit electronically a letter of application, curriculum vitae, selected reprints, academic transcripts, statement of research goals and plans, and names and addresses of three references to Renee Hoffman at rmh6@cornell.edu.    

Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer. 

Cornell actively encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

Review of applications will begin August 1, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.

 

EMPLOYMENT: World Economic Forum: Grow Africa and New Vision for Africa

The World Economic Forum's New Vision for Agriculture and Grow Africa teams are expanding and they’re hiring for the two positions below, based in Geneva and New York City.

Deadline (both positions): open

 

EMPLOYMENT: Vacancies with CIMMYT

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has two Africa-based vacancies.

Deadline (both position): July 30, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: Senior Poverty Economist, Office of the Vice President of Indonesia

The Office of the Vice President of Indonesia has a vacancy for a Senior Poverty Economist to lead the Unified Database for Social Protection Programs. See the terms of reference below.

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The Government of Indonesia has committed to accelerating poverty reduction over the next five years, from 14.1 percent in 2009 to 8-10 percent by 2014. Presidential Regulation (No. 15/2010) established the National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction (Tim Nasional Percepatan Penaggulangan Kemiskinan, TNP2K) to lead the coordination of the national poverty reduction strategy. With Vice-President Boediono as the chair, TNP2K includes all government agencies responsible for the planning, financing and implementation of poverty reduction programs. The TNP2K Secretariat, housed in the Office of the Vice-President, is responsible for (i) drafting policies and programs, (ii) setting targets, (iii) developing a unified database for targeting social programs, (iv) carrying out monitoring and evaluation of those programs, and (v) conducting analyses and providing technical and administrative support for TNP2K.

The Poverty Reduction Support Facility (PRSF) is designed in response to the Vice President’s request for Australia to provide support for TNP2K. The goals and objectives of PRSF are aligned with TNP2K, the Presidential Regulation 15/2010, and are consistent with the overarching goals of sustainable poverty alleviation within the 2008-2013 AusAID Country Strategy under the Australia Indonesia Partnership. AusAID has contracted GRM International as Managing Contractor for the implementation of PRSF.

The Unified Database for Social Protection Programs (UPSPK) at TNP2K includes the poorest 40% of households in Indonesia; it is the largest database of its kind in the world. The primary data source for the unified database is the Pendataan Program Perlindungan Sosial (PPLS), a survey of 25 million households conducted by the Indonesian Bureau of Statistics (BPS) in July 2011. Agencies involved in social protection efforts are encouraged to access and use the unified database as a basis for determining which households are eligible. The development of the system is led by the TNP2K Secretariat, in close partnership with the Indonesian Bureau of Statistics (BPS), government ministries involved in social protection, and the World Bank.

Extensive research and monitoring activities will continue to improve the quality of the Unified Database for Social Protection Programs and to facilitate evidence-based policy decisions related to the Government of Indonesia’s poverty reduction strategy. TNP2K is leading research efforts to ensure improvements in the data collection and poverty estimation (proxy-means testing) strategies used in the future, including during the next round of data collection/updating expected in 2014.

We are seeking a Senior Poverty Economist to lead the Unified Database for Social Protection Programs (UPSPK) research activities. He/she will be responsible for coordinating, supervising and undertaking policy-oriented research aiming to inform the future development of the unified database and provide recommendations to improve its implementation and the effectiveness of its use by social protection programs. The position is a long-term assignment, subject to an initial probationary period. His/her key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Activities to Support the Unified Database for Social Programs
    • Oversee the extraction of beneficiary data from the unified database, based on the needs of national social programs and local governments.
    • Contribute to the development of a complaint system for the unified database and data updating mechanisms.
  2. Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Activities
    • Develop plans to monitor the use of the unified database and evaluate its accuracy and effectiveness, including its use by different social protection programs.
    • Identify the needs of Indonesia’s main social assistance programs and provide technical support to facilitate their use of the database.
    • Support technical improvement and analysis related to issues of poverty/vulnerability measurement.
    • Conduct research relevant to targeting and poverty reduction issues in Indonesia, such as estimating impacts of social programs on poverty reduction and producing models/simulations of impacts of shocks on poverty.
    • Supervise and conduct research to inform and facilitate future updates of the unified database, including poverty measurement and analysis, simulations on proxy-means testing models and analysis of alternative targeting methods.
    • Prepare presentations, briefs and reports to present research results and provide inputs to inform strategic policy-making on issues relevant to poverty reduction.
  3. Other
    • Manage the research, monitoring and evaluation team and coordinate with the project operations/MIS teams, TNP2K working groups and other partners as needed.
    • Provide on-the-job training to new staff and personnel.
    • Other tasks as necessary.

Accountability/Reporting:

Consultant will report directly to the Project Manager and will consult with the Policy Advisor on research and technical issues. The Consultant will be expected to work full-time during regular business hours based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Occasional field trips to other parts of Indonesia may be required.

Key Qualifications:

  1. Ph.D. in Economics with a focus on development/poverty economics.
  2. Minimum 5-7 years experience relevant to economic development/poverty/social protection and a record of research/published work.
  3. Demonstrated strong analytical and econometric skills and proficient knowledge of STATA. Able to interpret and present economic/statistical information to both technical and nontechnical audiences.
  4. Experience in designing and conducting research, evaluations, surveys and/or pilot projects , relevant to poverty and targeting issues.
  5. Proven record of strong client relations, with ability to work in sensitive situations and challenging policy environments.
  6. Able to provide effective day-to-day management of staff.
  7. Able to prioritize and manage time efficiently. Can handle multiple tasks effectively and meet deadlines.
  8. Excellent communication skills are essential; willingness to acquire basic Indonesian skills is desirable.

Applications can be sent to (adama.bah@tnp2k.go.id) before July 31st 2012. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Deadline: July 31, 2012

Thursday, July 05, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Central African Forests and Institutions (CAFI). The CAFI Project is an interdisciplinary, multi-year study of forests and governance in the Congo Basin seeking to understand the relationships between the governance improvement efforts of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), industry, and government in the region and their effects on forest and logging concessions outcomes in Central Africa. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: Consultancy to Support the International Land Coalition’s Rangeland Observatory. The Rangeland Observatory is a pilot project designed to mobilise a network of organisations to actively contribute to building a global observatory with quantitative and qualitative data on land and investment in rangelands. Deadline: July 11, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: Global Water Partnership Senior Network Officer. The 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. Deadline: July 13, 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. Deadline: July 29, 2012

SCHOLARSHIPS: Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance (DAAD). This programme is designed to further qualify future leaders in politics, law, economics and administration according to the principles of Good Governance and to prepare them in a praxis-oriented course for their professional life. Deadline: July 31, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Development Review Inaugural Issue. The Development Review is an international Journal aimed at bringing the voices from the grassroots. It is a scholarly open access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary,  journal focusing on theories, methods and applications in the development sector. Deadline: July 15, 2012

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Promote Access to Land in Bangladesh (European Commission). The European Commission (EC) announced a Call for Proposals 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. Deadline: July 29, 2012

PUBLICATION: ILC Briefing Note on Women's Legal Empowerment: Lessons Learned from Community-Based Activities. The briefing note captures lessons learned from five community-based projects promoting the legal empowerment of rural women.

PUBLICATION: Emerging Land Issues in African Agriculture: Implications for Food Security and Poverty Reduction Strategies. The paper was presented as part of Stanford University’s Global Food Policy and Food Security Symposium Series.

 

PUBLICATION: ILC Briefing Note on Women's Legal Empowerment: Lessons Learned from Community-Based Activities

The briefing note captures lessons learned from five community-based projects promoting the legal empowerment of rural women. The note elaborates on the following lessons:

  1. Never underestimate women’s enthusiasm to learn!
  2. Prioritise capacity building targeted at women
  3. Recognise the importance of accessible information
  4. Pay attention to perceptions of gender equality
  5. Address different levels appropriately
  6. Be aware of the role that CSOs can play
  7. Follow through to move from empowerment toward emancipation
  8. Encourage horizontal learning and collective action
  9. Bear in mind the complexity of land tenure security

The briefing note is available here in English, French and Spanish.

 

PUBLICATION: Emerging Land Issues in African Agriculture

The paper, Emerging Land Issues in African Agriculture: Implications for Food Security and Poverty Reduction Strategies, was presented as part of Stanford University’s Global Food Policy and Food Security Symposium Series, January 12, 2012.

Despite the fact that sub-Saharan Africa in 2012 contains much of the world’s unutilized and underutilized arable land, a significant and growing share of Africa’s farm households live in densely populated areas. Based on two alternative spatial databases capable of estimating populations at the level of one square kilometer and distinguishing between arable and non-arable land, we find that in at least four of the 10 countries analyzed, 25% of the rural population resides in areas exceeding 500 persons per square kilometer, estimated by secondary sources as an indicative maximum carrying capacity for areas of rain-fed agriculture in the region. The apparent paradox of a large proportion of Africa’s rural population living in densely populated conditions amidst a situation of massive unutilized land is resolved when the unit of observation moves from land units to people.

A review of nationally representative farm surveys shows a tendency of (1) declining mean farm size over time within densely populated smallholder farming areas; (2) great disparities in landholding size within smallholder farming areas, leading to highly concentrated and skewed patterns of farm production and marketed surplus; (3) half or more of rural farm households are either buyers of grain or go hungry because they are too poor to afford to buy food; most households in this category control less than one hectare of land; and (4) a high proportion of farmers in densely populated areas perceive that it is not possible for them to acquire more land through customary land allocation procedures, even in areas where a significant portion of land appears to be unutilized.

Ironically, there has been little recognition of the potential challenges associated with increasingly densely populated and land-constrained areas of rural Africa, despite the fact that a sizeable and increasing share of its rural population live in such areas. Inadequate access to land and inability to exploit available unutilized land are issues that almost never feature in national development plans or poverty reduction strategies. In fact, especially since the rise of world food prices after the mid-2000s, many African governments have made concerted efforts to transfer land out of customary tenure (under the control of traditional authorities) to the state or to private individuals who, it is argued, can more effectively exploit the productive potential of the land to meet national food security objectives. Such efforts have nurtured the growth of a relatively well-capitalized class of “emergent” African farmers. The growing focus on how best to exploit unutilized land in Africa has arguably diverted attention from the more central and enduring challenge of implementing agricultural development strategies that effectively address the continent’s massive rural poverty and food insecurity problems, which require recognizing the growing land constraints faced by much of its still agrarian-based population. The final section of the paper considers research and policy options for addressing these problems.

Full paper available here.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

 

SCHOLARSHIPS: Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance (DAAD)

This programme is designed to further qualify future leaders in politics, law, economics and administration according to the principles of Good Governance and to prepare them in a praxis-oriented course for their professional life. The programme offers very good graduates with a first university degree the chance to obtain a Master's degree in disciplines that are of special relevance for the social, political and economic development of their home country. With the knowledge and experience acquired in Germany the scholarship holders should later contribute to the establishment of democratically oriented economic and social systems aimed at overcoming social tensions. In addition, the training at German institutions of higher education should especially qualify the scholarship holders as partners in political and economic cooperation with Germany. With this programme, DAAD intends to contribute to the support of Good Governance and civil society structures in selected partner countries and regions.

The scholarship scheme is open to candidates from Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia as well as from countries in the Middle East (see list of countries).

More information.

Deadline: July 31, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: Consultancy to Support the International Land Coalition’s Rangeland Observatory

The International Land Coalition is a member-based coalition that brings together diverse intergovernmental and civil society organisations with the common mission of working together to promote secure and equitable access to and control over land for poor women and men through advocacy, dialogue, knowledge sharing, capacity building, and empowerment. ILC promotes people-centred land governance that can strengthen the livelihoods of poor women and men. ILC believes that a long-term approach based on local and global innovation is crucial to ensuring secure and equitable access to land, and sustainably reducing hunger and poverty through stronger, more resilient livelihoods. Tenure of common-pool resources, particularly in rangelands, is an established focus of ILC’s work.

Over the past five years, commercial pressures on land have increased tremendously. The land Matrix project of ILC, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Centre for Development and Environment at the University of Bern, CIRAD and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has documented deals and expressions of interest amounting to over 200 million Ha globally since 2000, or eight times the size of the United Kingdom. These are acquisitions of over 200ha that involve a conversion of land use from community use or provision of ecosystem services to commercial production. In many cases, such land is made available by governments to investors on the assumption that such land is unused or underutilized.

Rangelands are particularly vulnerable to such perceptions. The emerging data in the Land Matrix suggests that 20% of the recorded deals are in ecosystems defined as shrub and grassland. Moreover, the data demonstrates as well that investors target productive land with good access to water, high soil fertility, etc. In rangeland ecosystems, in which mosaics of water points or more productive areas may enable the use of a much wider area by herders, losing access to key points in the landscape may result in the whole landscape becoming unusable to herders. Increased demand for land has greatly accelerated the longer-term trend of conversion and fragmentation of rangeland ecosystems, and magnifies challenges to the viability and resilience of pastoral production, land management and livelihoods.

Background

The Rangeland Observatory is a pilot project designed to mobilise a network of organisations to actively contribute to building a global observatory with quantitative and qualitative data on land and investment in rangelands. This will provide an information base which in turn can be used to create opportunities for more informed and participatory decision making on tenure, land use and investments in rangelands, and the trade-offs involved. The project links monitoring of trends in rangelands use and conversion with securing land rights for rangeland users.

The Rangeland Observatory project has the following objectives:

  1. To mobilise a network of global, national and local organisations with an interest monitoring land acquisitions and tenure securitisation in rangelands, and using data generated to inform policy dialogue
  2. To begin building a web-based database of land acquisitions and securitization of tenure rights in rangelands, linked to the land matrix and OLA
  3. To publically present emerging information, with a particular focus on best practice and recommendations for policy-makers, key change agents and other practitioners.

The initial phase of the project is twelve months, after which a proposal for a second phase will be proposed.

This announcement is to invite applications for a part-time consultant to provide coordination support to the establishment and implementation of the Rangelands Observatory project .

Responsibilities

The consultant will carry the following responsibilities during the contract period:

  1. Develop a workplan and detailed budget for the project, based on the components of the project document
  2. Coordinate implementation of project activities as per the workplan during the contract period, ensuring high standards
  3. Establish partnerships with organisations and individuals who are interested in collaborating in the project, at global, regional and national levels. Priority will be given to members and partners of ILC listed in the project document
  4. Pay particular attention to ensuring gender disaggregation and the needs of women in data collection and policy dialogue
  5. Ensure the linkage of the project with the wider Land Observatory project, including development of tools, participation in joint activities and sharing of lessons and experiences
  6. Ensure the linkage of the project with the Securing Rangelands Learning Initiative and other activities relating to rangeland tenure
  7. Provide reports to donors as requested

Expected skills and competencies

The Consultant will have:

Terms

The consultancy will be offered on a retainer basis for an average of 12 days/month from 15 August 2012 for a period of one year. The contract may be renewed or extended based on availability of funds and satisfactory performance. The consultant will report to the Programme Manager Global Policy in the ILC Secretariat. Office space will not be provided and the location is to be decided by mutual agreement. Regular travel will be required.

Application deadline and procedure

Interested candidates should send their Letter of Intent and Curriculum Vitae (CV) to ILC Secretariat (l.angelucci@landcoalition.org )

The position is open to all nationalities, and ILC offers equal opportunity for both women and men.

Deadline: July 11, 2012