Thursday, June 27, 2013
This Week’s Posts
EMPLOYMENT: Consultancies with the International Land Coalition. ILC is looking for 2 consultants related to specific aspects of the ILC Strategic Framework: (1) Women’s Land Rights and Gender Justice, and (2) Global Policy. Deadline: June 30, 2013
EMPLOYMENT: The Hunger Project Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist. The Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist is accountable for coordinating and overseeing THP’s M&E activities worldwide and focuses on achieving high quality impact assessment for participatory, gender-focused, capacity-building activities in rural villages across Africa, South Asia and Latin America. Deadline: open
TRAINING: Net-Map Certification Training in Washington, DC. Net-Map is an interview-based mapping tool that helps people understand, visualize, discuss, and improve situations in which many different actors influence outcomes. A Net-Map certification course will be held in Washington, DC, on 16-17 August, 2013. Deadline: open
FUNDING: Gender Innovation Lab of the World Bank’s Africa Region Gender Practice. GIL has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest seeking organizations and teams with projects in Africa designed to increase women’s, or men and women’s, agricultural productivity, entrepreneurship, employment, and economic voice and empowerment. Deadline: July 8, 2013
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Scaling-Up Strategies to Secure Community Land and Resource Rights. An International Conference to Take Stock of Current Efforts, Identify Promising Strategies, and Catalyze New Alliances and Action. Deadline: July 15, 2013
PUBLICATION: Land tenure and fast-tracking REDD+: Time to reframe the debate? The Global Canopy Programme has released a new analytical paper: "Land tenure and fast-tracking REDD+: time to reframe the debate?"
PUBLICATION: The Wealth of the Commons: A World Beyond Market & State. This book, edited by David Bollier and Silke Helfrich, brings together a collection of essays on the commons.
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Scaling-Up Strategies to Secure Community Land and Resource Rights
An International Conference to Take Stock of Current Efforts, Identify Promising Strategies, and Catalyze New Alliances and Action:
This international conference will bring together the wide diversity of stakeholders — governments, local communities, Indigenous Peoples’ organizations, private investors, food and resource companies, and conservation organizations — that have a direct, common, and urgent interest in clarifying and securing the ownership of these lands and resources. Together, these leaders will share experiences on leading strategies to recognize and secure local land rights, including mapping and other technical interventions, legal and policy reforms, international standards and accountability, and innovative financial mechanisms to support real action and progress. The conference will aim to increase the profile and prioritization of community land rights as a global concern, catalyze new ideas and alliances, and secure commitments to take these strategies forward in coming months and years.
The conference is being convened by Rights and Resources Initiative, the International Land Coalition, Oxfam International, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, who have come together to explore with aim of provoking an urgent up-scaling of efforts to promote community land rights. The Conference, organized with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation will take place September 19-20, 2013, at Victoria-Jungfrau Hotel in Interlaken, Switzerland.
Deadline: July 15, 2013
FUNDING: Gender Innovation Lab of the World Bank’s Africa Region Gender Practice
The Gender Innovation Lab (GIL) of the World Bank’s Africa Region Gender Practice has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest seeking organizations and teams with projects in Africa designed to increase women’s, or men and women’s, agricultural productivity, entrepreneurship, employment, and economic voice and empowerment.
In partnership with units across the World Bank, aid agencies and donors, governments, nongovernmental organizations, private sector firms, and researchers, the GIL carries out rigorous impact evaluations and designs gender-innovative interventions in the areas of agricultural productivity, entrepreneurship, employment, and economic empowerment, in Africa. GIL aims to build the evidence base on how to close the gender gap in earnings, productivity, assets, property rights, and agency.
GIL’s aim is to increase take-up of effective policies and programs that can address the underlying causes of gender inequality in Africa. GIL aims to do this by producing and delivering a new body of evidence on what does and does not work in promoting gender equality, to decision-makers in both governments and the private sector. This new evidence will deepen capacity for gender-informed policy-making, and will help guide investments and policymaking towards supporting effective programs and policies that promote women’s economic and social empowerment.
The existing body of evidence, synthesized in the 2012 World Bank’s World Development Report (WDR), which focused on gender and equality, does a good job of laying out women’s underlying and primary constraints. Following on this, the next step is to develop and test practical interventions and policy solutions for alleviating these constraints. This will involve tweaking existing interventions to enhance their effectiveness, testing whether interventions successful in one setting are similarly successful when replicated in a new setting, establishing the comparative cost effectiveness of competing interventions, and, when needed, coming up with new interventions. GIL’s work places a particular focus on the underlying causes of “sticky” domains of gender inequality that persist even in the presence of economic growth, including constraints in the domains of markets, institutions, and households, which limit women’s achievement in terms of economic opportunities, agency, and endowments.
All GIL impact evaluations are collaborations between project teams that have a project they would like to test, external researchers who are interested in the research question, and Lab staff who have significant impact evaluation, sectoral, regional, and gender expertise. Since its founding, GIL has undertaken more than 20 impact evaluations.
Deadline: July 8, 2013
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
PUBLICATION: Land tenure and fast-tracking REDD+: Time to reframe the debate?
The Global Canopy Programme has released a new analytical paper: "Land tenure and fast-tracking REDD+: time to reframe the debate?"
With a global agreement on REDD+ needed by 2020 to ensure that it has a significant impact on mitigating climate change, there is a need for rapid impact on improved tenure security to enable implementation of efficient and equitable REDD+. By drawing on examples from Papua New Guinea and Nepal, the paper illustrates the need for policy makers in tropical forest countries to look beyond the reform of tenure laws and to alternative policy options as a means to achieve the enabling conditions for REDD+.
The paper’s key points:
- Legally defensible and enforceable land tenure rights for forest owners are a key enabling condition for effective and equitable REDD+ implementation following a global agreement in 2020.
- However, reform of land tenure legislation will not achieve this in most forest countries before 2020.
- Where legal reform is attempted, limited political will, poor regulation, high cost and limited enforcement could undermine its effectiveness and sustainability.
- For rapid impact policy makers should focus on alternative policy options that create REDD+ enabling conditions without a wholesale reform of legal frameworks.
- Mapping national laws and policies across sectors (e.g. agriculture, mining, forestry, energy, and environment) can help identify perverse incentives, loopholes and conflicting priorities that may combine to exacerbate the drivers of deforestation.
- Interim measures, such as moratoria, can then be implemented to halt unsustainable development while government policies or priorities are re-assessed.
- Government engagement of large civil society networks with national forestry initiatives can fast-track improved tenure security for forest owners while working within existing legal frameworks, and also creates strong additional enabling conditions for REDD+.
PUBLICATION: The Wealth of the Commons: A World Beyond Market & State
This book, edited by David Bollier and Silke Helfrich, brings together a collection of essays on the commons:
Over the past few years an explosion of innovative activism, scholarship and projects focused on the commons has been gaining momentum around the world. This growing movement consists of activists fighting international land grabs and the privatization of water; commoners collectively managing forests, fisheries and farmlands; Internet users generating software and Web content that can be shared and improved; and urban dwellers reclaiming public spaces.The Wealth of the Commons brings together the most vibrant strands of this burgeoning international work into a single volume, revealing the significant potential of the commons as a new force in politics, economics and culture.
The book is available for purchase and all the individual essays are freely available on the book’s website.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
EMPLOYMENT: Consultancies with the International Land Coalition
The Secretariat of the International Land Coalition (ILC), based at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome, carries the responsibility to provide support to the Coalition in the implementation of the Strategic Framework 2011-2015. ILC is looking for 2 consultants related to specific aspects of the Strategic Framework: (1) Women’s Land Rights and Gender Justice, and (2) Global Policy.
The Women’s Land Rights and Gender Justice consultant will work under the supervision of the Programme Officer, Gender & Women’s Land Rights. Areas of responsibility include supporting the ILC Women’s Land Rights Initiative, contributing to ILC’s work on gender justice, a other tasks. Full description available here.
The Global Policy Consultant will work under the supervision of the Programme Manager, Global Policy, in collaboration with the other members of the secretariat and regional coordination units. His/her work will relate to Strategic Objective 2: Influence global and regional land-related processes and systems, and Strategic Objective 3: Build the world’s leading knowledge network on land governance, contributing to substantive improvements in the monitoring, sharing, and uptake of land‑related knowledge in favor of pro-poor land policies and governance. Full description available here.
Both positions are based at ILC Secretariat in Rome, Italy.
Deadline: June 30, 2013
EMPLOYMENT: The Hunger Project Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
The Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist is a full-time position at The Hunger Project (THP) Global Office under the supervision of the Executive Vice President. The Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist is accountable for coordinating and overseeing THP’s program Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) activities worldwide. THP’s Senior M&E Specialist focuses on achieving high quality impact assessment for participatory, gender-focused, capacity-building activities in rural villages across Africa, South Asia and Latin America.
Working closely with Global Office and worldwide staff, the Senior M&E Specialist will identify program evaluation needs and priorities; establish protocols; analyzes, interpret, and communicate results to key stakeholders including program and partner country staff, current and potential investors, as well as the Global Board of Directors. The Senior M&E Specialist will provide technical leadership to field staff to ensure that THP’s M&E systems are based on THP’s theory of change and fully integrated into all THP programs activities worldwide.
- Act as primary point of contact for Global Office (GO) technical support and guidance to THP’s Program Country M&E Officers in the areas of Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation (PM&E) methods, design of baseline studies, refinement of indicators, and the development of data collection tools (forms, surveys, etc.) for evaluation.
- Assist the field in the identification of evaluation needs and supporting the design and implementation of practical tools in order to promote organization-wide efforts in M&E and Performance Management.
- Manage the online M&E database, and work with key stakeholders to ensure the system is streamlined, accessible and contextually relevant across all THP operations.
- Develop and implement systematic and participatory evaluation tools such as Most Significant Change for qualitative story methodology.
- Develop, in coordination with Programs, Finance and Advancement, a system to ensure that the program planning, including inputs and targets, is aligned with the overall program monitoring frameworks while providing the appropriate tools for fundraising and communications worldwide.
- Synthesize and analyze program data for summary and thematic reports on M&E findings.
- In coordination with field staff, develop and track appropriate indicators and set targets for program interventions.
- Create and maintain a community of practice among THP’s M&E staff by encouraging open dialogue and sharing of best practices.
- Foster and coordinate partnerships for independent, external assessments to attain good quality, third-party evaluation studies.
- Assist the Advancement Department in producing timely and accurate proposals and reports.
- In partnership with field staff, create and maintain M&E procedure manuals and evaluation policies.
- Coordinate, develop and facilitate training materials and presentations for capacity building of M&E staff.
- Keep abreast of the latest developments in M&E and network with other organizations for best practices and technical assistance.
- Facilitate and monitor budget processes for M&E.
Monday, June 24, 2013
TRAINING: Net-Map Certification Training in Washington, DC
Net-Map is an interview-based mapping tool that helps people understand, visualize, discuss, and improve situations in which many different actors influence outcomes. By creating Influence Network Maps, individuals and groups can clarify their own view of a situation, foster discussion, and develop a strategic approach to their networking activities.
A Net-Map certification course will be held in Washington, DC, on 16-17 August, 2013.
You want to understand the politics of a reform, manage the people side of your business, evaluate complex projects or do engaging qualitative, quantitative and visual network research?
The most engaging part of a Net-Map training that is open to everyone is the diversity of participants. And because we will work with your own case studies, we all learn from each other AND everyone can focus on your core interest. It helps that we are planning to teach a small group (up to 12 participants) with two trainers.
Course size is limited so we recommend that you sign up early.