Friday, August 17, 2012
This Week’s Posts
EMPLOYMENT: Statistician, International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC). ICAC welcomes applications for the position of statistician for its Secretariat. The mission of the ICAC is to assist governments in fostering a healthy world cotton economy, and the statistician contributes to the achievement of that mission by providing transparency to the world cotton market. Deadline for registration: August 20, 2012
EMPLOYMENT: USAID Management and Program Analyst (Food Security/Land Tenure). The incumbent will be located in and work directly with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), at their headquarters offices located in Washington, D.C., but will require 30%-40% travel, including to developing countries, sometimes under strenuous conditions in remote locations. Deadline: August 27, 2012
EMPLOYMENT: Surveys Portfolio – Principal/Senior Consultant. Oxford Policy Management is looking to recruit a survey specialist to lead development of their survey work, including advising developing countries on their survey programmes, supporting the design and implementation of surveys by colleagues within OPM, and strengthening OPM’s intellectual capital and reputation in this area. Deadline: September 17, 2012
FELLOWSHIP: Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship 2013. Two fellowships, for up to US$ 20 000 each, are available for 2013 to carry out research, from 3 to 12 months, on a wide range of biophysical, economic and social themes related to the conservation and use of plant genetic resources in developing countries. Deadline: November 11, 2012
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Exploring the emerging impacts of open data in the South. The Web Foundation and IDRC invite research proposals that build an evidence base on how open data initiatives are contributing to key areas of governance in developing countries. Deadline: September 10, 2012
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Panels, Papers, Posters and Videos for IASC 2012 Conference in Kita Fuji, Japan. The title of the conference is “Commoners and the Changing Commons: Livelihoods, Environmental Security, and Shared Knowledge.” It will take place from June 3-7, 2013. Deadline: September 30, 2012
EVENT: The 2nd Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change “Hunger for Action” (Hanoi, Vietnam). The conference will be held from 3 to 7 September2012 and will address the question of to share experiences and demonstrate how early action on Climate-Smart Agriculture can act as a driver of green growth. Deadline: August 20, 2012
PUBLICATIONS: Efficient Policy Options to Reduce Deforestation. Two papers use lowland Bolivia as a showcase to examine policy options to reduce deforestation on the ground.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
PUBLICATIONS: Efficient Policy Options to Reduce Deforestation
Two papers use lowland Bolivia as a showcase to examine policy options to reduce deforestation on the ground:
Despite the ongoing international discussions on a REDD+ mechanism, there is still little research on efficient policy options to reduce deforestation on the ground. A systematic approach to identify such policy options is developed in two recently published scientific articles, taking lowland Bolivia as a showcase.
The study finds that in Bolivia, the largest share of deforestation is attributable to the expansion of mechanized agriculture, followed by cattle ranching and small-scale agriculture. These three land use categories are then thoroughly analyzed to understand their specific dynamics of expansion into forests, with a focus on typical agents, economics and possible patterns of future expansion.
Though a vast majority of pilot projects under REDD+ is currently targeting smallholders, the study finds that for a significant reduction of deforestation, those land uses causing the largest clearings should be targeted as a priority - particularly cattle ranching, since its expansion threatens Bolivian forests in many different locations and improvements could be achieved at relatively low costs.
A variety of specific solutions is identified to reduce the expansion of each of the three main land uses into the Bolivian forests while minimizing the trade-offs between forest conservation and development. Proposed measures applicable to cattle ranching, for example, include the stimulation of higher stocking densities and a focus on large and illegal clearings. The most important task applicable to all land uses is by far the enforcement of land use legislation.
The study shows a systematic way to identify specific measures to reduce deforestation under different settings of land uses and agents. But a general conclusion probably valid for many tropical forest countries is that a focus should be put on legal enforcement, strengthening relevant institutions and tackling those land uses causing large-scale deforestation.
Full papers available here.
EMPLOYMENT: USAID Management and Program Analyst (Food Security/Land Tenure)
The Development Resources and Disaster Assistance Division (DRDAD) is responsible for coordinating USDA participation in technical assistance, training, and development programs undertaken on behalf of developing nations. This position will be administratively assigned to FAS/OCBD/DRDA/RDNR. The incumbent will be located in and work directly with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), at their headquarters offices located in Washington, D.C., but will require 30%-40% travel, including to developing countries, sometimes under strenuous conditions in remote locations.
USAID leads the implementation of the Presidential food security initiative, Feed the Future (FTF). This Advisor position is located in USAID’s Bureau for Food Security, Office of Country Strategy and Implementation, Technical Support Division (USAID/BFS/CSI/TSD). Among its technical implementation responsibilities, BFS/CSI is tasked with providing technical support to USAID Feed the Future Focus Country missions, as well as to missions in countries aligned and affiliated with Feed the Future, in agriculture, nutrition, gender, poverty reduction and natural resource management issues. CSI/TSD works to achieve these objectives in collaboration with a wide range of partners in Washington and in the field, in other USAID bureaus and other U.S. Government agencies. Working closely with USAID’s Natural Resource Management Office’s Land Tenure Unit, the incumbent will work with regional and national organizations and field missions, and coordinate with both senior staff and technical staff in the agency and interagency to develop programs, policies and strategies to increase the poverty-reducing impact of FTF’s agriculture and economic resilience investments.
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position and be able to be security cleared for assignment. This is an excepted service appointment not to exceed 5 years.
Deadline: August 27, 2012
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Exploring the emerging impacts of open data in the South
The Web Foundation and IDRC invite research proposals that build an evidence base on how open data initiatives are contributing to key areas of governance in developing countries.Research partners will be invited to form part of an international research network over the course of 2013.
The project will fund a series of detailed case studies that examine the emerging impacts of specific on-going open data initiatives that address key development themes. Cases could look at:
- Open data in local and national budgeting processes
- Open data for legislation processes and elections
- Open data in judicial systems
- Open data for smarter cities
- Open data for the delivery of privately provided public services
- Open data for the regulation of markets (e.g. extractive industries)
- Open data for the welfare and empowerment of marginalized groups and communities (e.g. data for small farmers)
- Open data and international development
Deadline: September 10, 2012
FELLOWSHIP: Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship 2013
Two fellowships, for up to US$ 20 000 each, are available for 2013 to carry out research, from 3 to 12 months, on a wide range of biophysical, economic and social themes related to the conservation and use of plant genetic resources in developing countries. This year’s Vavilov-Frankel Fellowships call focuses on the following themes:
- Use of agrobiodiversity as an instrument for climate change adaptation
- Research to enhance the conservation of genetic resources of a tree species important to the livelihoods of the rural poor
- Sustainable diets for improved nutrition and health
- Policy research in support of implementation of the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
- Gene discovery in crop wild relatives
- Facilitating better use of genebank materials
- Researching neglected and underutilized species for food and nutrition security
- Applying economics to agrobiodiversity conservation, sustainable use and policy analysis
- Management of Musa diseases through a better understanding of specific host-pathogen interactions and co-evolution
The fellowships are supported by Pioneer Hi-Bred, United States and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Australia.
Deadline: November 11, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
EMPLOYMENT: Statistician, International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)
The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) welcomes applications for the position of statistician for its Secretariat. The mission of the ICAC is to assist governments in fostering a healthy world cotton economy, and the statistician contributes to the achievement of that mission by providing transparency to the world cotton market.
The statistician develops estimates of world cotton supply and use; keeps abreast of developments in the cotton industry and related sectors; prepares frequent reports and presentations analyzing cotton market trends; and answers requests from member countries and the general public.
This position is based in Washington, DC, but involves domestic and international travel. The working language of the Secretariat is English. A competitive salary will be offered, commensurate with knowledge, training, and experience. Benefits include retirement contributions, and health, life and disability insurance. Moving expenses are partially covered.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Maintaining the main database of the ICAC via research, collection and cleaning of data on production, consumption, trade and stocks of raw cotton by country.
- Maintaining numerous datasets on cotton supply and use, and prices, by country and for the world.
- Analysis, compilation, presentation and dissemination of statistical data.
- Preparation of weekly, monthly, bi-monthly and annual reports on world cotton supply and use.
- Written and oral presentations to the Standing Committee in Washington, to each Plenary Meeting and to world cotton industry organizations as requested.
Deadline: September 30, 2012
EVENT: The 2nd Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change “Hunger for Action” (Hanoi, Vietnam)
The 2nd Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change will be held from 3 to 7 September2012 in Hanoi, Viet Nam and will include a high level session on 6 September. Co-organized by Viet Nam and the Netherlands, in close collaboration with other partners, including FAO and the World Bank, the conference will allow global leaders, practitioners, scientists, civil society and the private sector to share experiences and demonstrate how early action on Climate-Smart Agriculture can act as a driver of green growth.
Key Objectives of the Conference are:
- Determine effective strategies and practices to scale-up the implementation of Climate-smart Agriculture1(CSA) as a driver of sustainable development and green growth and share information, experiences and good practices to this end among public, private and civil society stakeholders;
- Mainstream CSA within broader development goals;
- Address drivers and constraints of CSA development, with a particular focus on priorities for improving the enabling environment and for increasing private investment in agriculture and rural development at all levels and scales through the value chain;
- Promote a landscape approach, including enhancing linkages between agriculture and forestry;
- Take stock of implementation of CSA since November 2010.
Deadline for registration: August 20, 2012
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Panels, Papers, Posters and Videos for IASC 2012 Conference in Kita Fuji, Japan
The title of the conference is “Commoners and the Changing Commons: Livelihoods, Environmental Security, and Shared Knowledge.” It will take place from June 3-7, 2013.
The commoners of the Onshirin federation of 11 villages holding access rights to the north slope of Mount Fuji (Kita Fuji), along with Japan's Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), eagerly welcome participants to the first IASC meeting to be held on a commons and the first to be sponsored by commoners. This wonderful venue at Kita Fuji on Mount Fuji, a majestic peak that is also the emblem of Japan and a potential World Heritage Site, is actually the location of one of Japan's most valiant struggles to maintain legal rights and a functioning commons in the face of hostile pressures and massive social, economic, and political change.
The conference committee suggests proposals along the following themes:
- Commons and Social Capital for Livelihood Security in Crisis
- Commercialization and the Commons
- Urban Commons
- Collisions in Law and Culture
- Mobile Resources and Fluid Spaces
- Equity and Distributive Justice within the Commons
- State-Society Relations and the Protest Politics of Commons
- Commons and Complexity
- Commons as Local Energy Sources and Carbon Storage affecting Climate Change
- The Global Digital Commons
- Biodiversity and Genetic Resources as Commons
- Cultural Commons with Non-Consumptive Uses
- Campaigning On the Commons: Practical Lessons and Strategy
- Advancing Research on the Commons: Methods, Comparable Data, and Theoretical Research Frontiers
Deadline: September 30, 2012
EMPLOYMENT: Surveys Portfolio – Principal/Senior Consultant
Oxford Policy Management is a leading specialist consultancy in the field of international development, with a thriving practice in the fields of economic development, social policy, public administration and public expenditure management in many parts of the developing world. A significant part of OPM’s work involves conducting household surveys in the developing world, for country governments and for other clients, particularly international development partners. OPM has a strong reputation the design, implementation and analysis of household surveys and other quantitative studies such as service delivery surveys, business surveys and quantitative evaluations.
The Surveys Portfolio is responsible for supporting and undertaking household and other sample surveys. It provides support to the design, implementation and analysis of surveys, both to clients and to colleagues within OPM. The current team consists of two staff members, and draws on regularly on a number of associate external consultants.
OPM is looking to recruit an experienced survey specialist to lead the development of our survey work. This will include advising developing countries on their survey programmes, supporting the design and implementation of surveys by colleagues within OPM, and strengthening OPM’s intellectual capital and reputation in this area.
The role will include:
- Managing and undertaking surveys of various kinds, particularly household surveys using probability samples.
- Supporting the design and implementation of surveys conducted by colleagues or by clients in the developing world.
- Working with staff from other teams to support winning and implementing projects with a survey component.
- Promoting and supporting quality control procedures and good practice guides for OPM staff and external clients.
- Leading staff in sampling procedures and other survey techniques.
- Building capacity in survey analysis software and other tools among clients and colleagues.
- Developing and managing protocols for OPM’s proposed survey data archive.
Deadline: September 17, 2012
Thursday, August 09, 2012
This Week’s Posts
EMPLOYMENT: SEI Senior Policy Researcher – Climate Change Mitigation Policy in Forestry, Land Use and Agriculture. Stockholm Environment Institute seeks a senior-level researcher to build upon and expand SEI’s climate change mitigation research in the forestry, land use and agriculture sectors. Deadline: open
EMPLOYMENT: Program Officer - Ag Policies & Statistics, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has a vacancy in the Global Development Program (GDP). Deadline: open
EMPLOYMENT: FAO Technical Officer (Natural Resources - Global Environment Facility). The incumbent will be responsible for providing assistance to the technical divisions, relevant Interdepartmental Working Groups (IDWGs) and Decentralized Offices in the design and preparation of projects for financing by GEF, adaptation or other environmental funds. Deadline: August 17, 2012
EMPLOYMENT: FAO Forestry Officer (REDD+), Sri Lanka. The incumbent will provide support to the implementation of the REDD+ programme. Deadline: August 24, 2012
EMPLOYMENT: Ford Foundation Program Officer, Enhancing Livelihood Opportunities for Rural Poor – Indonesia. The program officer will be responsible for developing, monitoring, and coordinating grant making activities to improve the livelihoods of rural households in Indonesia. Deadline: August 30, 2012
EMPLOYMENT: UNEP Program Officer. The overall objective of the UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. Deadline: September 1, 2012
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Host Organizations for Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows (2013-15). The Congressional Hunger Center announces that host organization applications are now being accepted for the 7th class of Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows, which will serve October 1, 2013 - August 31, 2015. Deadline: September 12, 2012
PUBLICATION: Climate change, water stress, conflict and migration. The presentations from the conference on climate change, water, conflict and migration, held on 21 September 2011 in The Hague, the Netherlands, have been bundled as papers and are available for download.
PUBLICATION: Climate change, water stress, conflict and migration
The presentations from the conference on climate change, water, conflict and migration, held on 21 September 2011 in The Hague, the Netherlands, have been bundled as papers. The table of contents is listed below and the publication is freely available for download.
Climate change, conflict and migration: the water context
– Karin Thomas, Marguerite de Chaisemartin and Michael van der Valk
Climate change, water stress, conflict and migration
Taking stock of current insights through a vulnerability lens
– Leon Hermans
Climate change, water stress, conflict and migration
Climate change-induced migrations
A research and capacity-building agenda from a human security perspective
– Rolain Borel
Water stress, conflict and migration in South Asia
– Major General ANM Muniruzzaman (retd)
Environment, climate change and human displacement
From literature, through empirical evidence to policymaking
– Tamer Afifi
Letter to the Netherlands Chief Negotiator UN Climate Talks, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
– Marius Enthoven
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Host Organizations for Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows (2013-15)
The Congressional Hunger Center (CHC) announces that host organization applications are now being accepted for the 7th class of Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows, which will serve October 1, 2013 - August 31, 2015. You are invited to apply to host a Leland Fellow.
CHC plans to recruit up to 15 skilled and talented individuals for this 7th Class of Leland Fellows. Fellows are highly qualified, ambitious, and motivated individuals. Successful fellowship candidates usually hold advanced degrees and have at least one year of experience working in a developing country; all possess tangible skills, expertise, and other qualifications. We look for host organizations that are committed to providing a substantive workplan, supervision, guidance, and mentoring to a Leland Fellow. Fellows should not be considered interns or consultants, but integral members of the host organization staff.
Fellows usually spend their two-year fellowship with a single organization, first in a field office in Asia, Africa, or Latin America and then at headquarters during the second year. In this way, fellows obtain substantive experience in both programmatic as well as policy work. Ideally, fellows have the opportunity to apply what they learned in the field to help inform the development of sound organizational and governmental food security policies.
Deadline: September 12, 2012
EMPLOYMENT: Ford Foundation Program Officer, Enhancing Livelihood Opportunities for Rural Poor - Indonesia
The program officer will be responsible for developing, monitoring, and coordinating grant making activities to improve the livelihoods of rural households in Indonesia. The goal of the livelihoods work is to reduce poverty in rural areas by assisting poor and marginalized households to access financial, business development, and organizational development services that have the potential to improve the productivity of their income-generating activities and access to markets for goods and services.
Under the direction of the Foundation’s Representative in Indonesia and the Director of the Financial Assets in New York, the new Program Officer will develop grant making and other activities to implement three strategies to achieve the goals of this work: research and development of effective, viable, and scalable livelihood solutions, that could include financial products, business and organizational development services, and new ways to access markets; building and strengthening the infrastructure, including intermediary organizations, networks, and government agencies, for the delivery of livelihood development services; and supporting advocacy with public and private agencies and organizations to promote livelihood development strategies. The new Program Officer also will be expected to keep abreast of the issues, institutions, and key individuals concerned with these issues, provide intellectual leadership in the field, and work closely with other Program Officers throughout the Foundation, both in the Indonesia office and in other Foundation offices, whose work relates to the central mission of the portfolio.
Deadline: August 30, 2012
EMPLOYMENT: FAO Forestry Officer (REDD+), Sri Lanka
Under the direct supervision of the FAO Representative (FAOR) in Sri Lanka, the technical guidance of the Director FOM, (with the technical backstopping of the Forestry Department and FAO forestry experts), and in close collaboration with UN-REDD Project Management Unit (PMU) and the National REDD+ office, the incumbent will provide support to the implementation of the programme. In particular, the incumbent will:
- Provide technical support on forest monitoring and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) components for REDD+ Sri Lanka Country Programme;
- In consultation with Sri Lanka PMU, support the national system for Measurement, Reporting and Verification and support appropriate institutional and procedural arrangements;
- Tailor methodologies for REDD+ MRV adapted to the country circumstances;
- Support the development of national definitions of forest and forest classifications, mapping of national forest and forest stratification;
- Work closely with partners in the UN-REDD Programme and REDD+ to ensure coordination and complementarities in the design and implementation of the national programme, in synergy with regional and international initiatives;
- Advise and assist Sri Lankan Consultants on forest monitoring system, GHG inventory, and Forest Inventory and related activities;
- Participate in the regular consultations and activities undertaken throughout the UN-REDD programme implementation to ensure coordination;
- Provide technical support and input to the communication and awareness raising materials produced by the UN-REDD Programme (e.g. brochures, website);
- Organize the training of national staff involved in MRV and forest monitoring activities;
- Develop and prepare the support materials for training and other awareness programme activities;
- Participate in national, regional and international meetings relevant to the tasks above and report back to the national section on the main conclusions and discuss possible adjustments with respect to the national approach adopted;
- Facilitate regular meetings of the National MRV Team;
- Submit brief periodic progress reports (quarterly and annual) and a general report at the end of the assignment;
- Perform any other relevant tasks as required
Deadline: August 24, 2012
EMPLOYMENT: FAO Technical Officer (Natural Resources - Global Environment Facility)
The incumbent will be responsible for providing assistance to the technical divisions, relevant Interdepartmental Working Groups (IDWGs) and Decentralized Offices in the design and preparation of projects for financing by GEF, adaptation or other environmental funds. In particular, the incumbent will:
- provide assistance to project proponents in the identification, development and implementation of project proposals that address national priorities of the recipient countries and match the Strategic Objectives, programme priorities and operational procedures of FAO, GEF and other environmental funds;
- participate in the design and assist in coordinating the preparation and approval of project proposals for GEF financing;
- participate in multidisciplinary missions to assist governments of developing countries in the identification and formulation of projects for financing by the GEF, Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), Special Climate Change
Fund (SCCF) or other environmental funds;
- provide backstopping in the quality control function at all stages of the GEF project cycle;
- assist in the monitoring of FAO-GEF portfolio and supervise implementation of assigned projects, troubleshoot and make recommendations for improvement;
- keep abreast of new developments and requirements in the GEF-managed funds;
- contribute to the preparation of the annual Project Implementation Review (PIR) and to FAO’s reporting to the GEF Secretariat and GEF Council;
- assist in the training of FAO technical staff in headquarters and Decentralized Offices on GEF strategies, priorities
and procedures, trends and issues;
- perform other related duties as required.
Deadline: August 17, 2012
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
EMPLOYMENT: SEI Senior Policy Researcher – Climate Change Mitigation Policy in Forestry, Land Use and Agriculture
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) seeks a senior-level researcher to build upon and expand SEI’s climate change mitigation research in the forestry, land use and agriculture sectors. The position will be based in the SEI U.S. Centre office in Seattle, which focuses on climate change policy with a particular interest in the role of energy, land use, and consumption in mitigating global GHG emissions.
The Senior Policy Researcher will lead research activities that assess and advance the contribution of forestry, agriculture, and other land use to climate change mitigation. Areas of focus will depend in part on the successful applicant’s particular strengths, but are likely to include several of the following topics: terrestrial carbon cycling, bioenergy and biocarbon potentials, life-cycle assessment, emissions accounting frameworks, AFOLU policies, REDD+, and carbon markets.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Plan, develop and implement innovative research projects addressing policies and actions to enhance biological carbon sequestration and reduce GHG emissions from agriculture, forestry, and other land use management.
- Maintain and build relationships with existing funders and partners; find and secure new funding opportunities.
- Manage, mentor, and collaborate with staff researchers, provide regular guidance and feedback to colleagues, and monitor the quality of the research process.
- Explore joint research opportunities and collaborate with colleagues at other SEI centres.
- Review and manage project outputs from the research team, including publications and other materials, to ensure they meet the project objectives and SEI quality standards.
- Present externally and raise the profile of SEI research.
EMPLOYMENT: Program Officer - Ag Policies & Statistics, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has a vacancy in the Global Development Program (GDP):
The Agricultural Development Department focuses on a key outcome – sustainable productivity growth for smallholder farmers – that is essential to achieving the impact that we seek: poverty reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Productivity growth for smallholders depends upon improved seeds and other technologies, incentives to adopt these improvements through functioning input and output markets, and an improved policy environment.
The Program Officer (PO) will be a leader and a team player in the implementation of these goals, with a specific focus on work of the Agricultural Development Team notably around Agriculture-Environment Interactions, and the natural environment's intersection with our Agriculture strategy. The PO will work closely with the full Agricultural Development 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 grants and partnerships around Agriculture-Environment interactions. She or he will provide research and analysis in support of grant making, strategy development, donor coordination and communication and advocacy. Furthermore, she or he will support the Agricultural Development Team in a cross-cutting function by providing tools and resources to the team to foster the environmental sustainability of the Team's grant-making. He or she will also be a spokesperson and public advocate for our grants, portfolio and strategy.
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.
EMPLOYMENT: UNEP Program Officer
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations systems designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. The overall objective of the UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities. This post is located in UNEP/DTIE at the Paris duty station. Under the supervision of the Chief, Energy Branch, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:
- Supporting the preparation of the Renewable Energy Network for the 21st Century (REN21 reports and issue papers: a) Identify contacts and collaboration partners in different parts of the world; b) Carry out research activities on renewable energy related issues and related political and socio-economic topics; c) Managing of review processes for publications; d) Liaising between the publication authors and REN21 members to ensure that the knowledge available within the REN21 network is accurately reflected; e) Drafting of issue papers on renewable energy related subjects; f) Proofreading of reports and issue papers.
- Increasing the visibility of REN21: a) Prepare articles on REN21 products and renewable energy for international publications and different on-line media as well as the REN21 website; b) Prepare presentations on REN21 products and different renewable energy related topics.
- Support the Executive Secretary of REN21: a) Prepare for meetings of the REN21 Bureau and Steering Committee; b) Represent REN21 at international meetings.
- Coordinate input from UNEP to REN21 and vice versa and in supporting activities that allow UNEP clean energy programme and REN21 to be mutually supportive to the benefit of both and their respective missions.
- Perform any other duties assigned.
Deadline: September 1, 2012
Thursday, August 02, 2012
This Week’s Posts
EMPLOYMENT: IWMI Coordinator–Gender, Poverty, and Institutions. 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. Deadline: August 26, 2012
SCHOLARSHIP: The Economies of the Commons, Right Livelihood College. The RLC Campus Bonn offers scholarships for PhD students from developing and transition countries for the International Fall Academy on “The Economies of the Commons: Reshaping Economic Education”, September 19-23, 2012. 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. Deadline: August 10, 2012
TRAINING: Research and Writing Workshop in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Economic Research Group and the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics are jointly organizing a Research and Writing Workshop in environmental and natural resource economics on October 6th - 9th in Dhaka. Deadline: August 30, 2012
TRAINING: Mainstreaming gender equality: concepts and instruments. The ITC-ILO is launching the 8th edition of the workshop "Mainstreaming gender equality: concepts and instruments", 5-16 November, Turin, Italy. Deadline: September 21, 2012
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Governance and Sustainable Development: Building Commerce and Communities. 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. Deadline: September 15, 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.
PUBLICATION: Paying for Watershed Services (IIED). A new document from IIED argues that Payment for Watershed Services (PWS) schemes are an effective tool in the developing world.
PUBLICATION: Paying for Watershed Services (IIED)
A new document from IIED argues that Payment for Watershed Services (PWS) schemes are an effective tool in the developing world:
Payments for watershed services (PWS) are an increasingly popular conservation and water management tool in developing countries. Some schemes are thriving, and are pro-poor. Others are stalling or have only mixed success. Most rely on public or donor finance; and other sources of funding are unlikely to play a significant role any time soon. In part, financing PWS schemes remains a challenge because the actual evidence for their effectiveness is still scanty — it is hard to prove that they actually work to benefit both livelihoods and environments. Getting more direct and concrete data on costs and benefits will be crucial to securing the long-term future of PWS schemes.
TRAINING: Mainstreaming gender equality: concepts and instruments
The ITC-ILO is launching the 8th edition of the workshop "Mainstreaming gender equality: concepts and instruments", 5-16 November, Turin, Italy.
This practical workshop is designed to meet the needs of those who need to get up-to-speed with gender mainstreaming and gender tools. It will appeal to those responsible for designing and implementing development policies and programmes, and wish to make sure that they truly advance gender equality priorities, at organizational, national and international level.
The participation fees (3,250 euros) cover tuition as well as full board and lodging (13 nights).
A few partial fellowships covering up to 35% of the course costs are available for nationals from developing countries:
- Application form available here
- More information available on the course flyer
- Please read carefully the enrolment procedures by clicking here
Some reduction in cost may be available for organizations sending 3 or more staff. Please contact them directly for more information.
Deadline: September 21, 2012