Wednesday, August 28, 2013
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Gates Foundation Program for Emerging Agriculture Research Leaders
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks proposals for agricultural research with the potential to increase the sustainable productivity of smallholder farmers in developing countries. With this call, we are looking for projects led by MSc and PhD scientists at national agricultural research institutions and universities in sub-Saharan Africa, working in collaboration with other researchers internationally (either within Africa or beyond the continent).
Deadline: September 30, 2013
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: World Congress on Agroforestry
The 3rd World Congress on Agroforestry will be held in Delhi, India, 10 - 14 February 2014, co-hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. It will shape the next steps in the field of integrative science, transformative change in landscapes, tree improvement, innovative tree-based value chains, debates on global and local sustainability, reform of land and tree tenure and holistic education.
Building on the legacy of the 2nd congress in 2009, the 3rd World Congress on Agroforestry 2014 will act as a springboard to accelerate the impacts of agroforestry, build people's livelihoods, increase the vitality of the landscape and drive the adoption of large-scale innovations.
Submissions are now being accepted for WCA 2014 abstracts and posters through the dedicated abstracts portal. These will be displayed on-site at the Congress in Delhi from February 10-14, 2014 at the Kempinski Ambience Shahdara hotel where the majority of the conference will take place.
Deadline: September 30, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
EMPLOYMENT: International Land Coalition Administration and Planning Officer
The International Land Coalition (ILC) is a global alliance of civil society and intergovernmental organisations working together to promote secure and equitable access to and control over land for poor women and men through advocacy, dialogue, knowledge sharing and capacity building. The Secretariat of ILC, hosted by 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.
The Administration and Planning Officer is responsible to manage the ILC administrative functions. This includes, but is not limited to, responsibilities in the development and administration of the ILC budget to ensure that the ILC secretariat can effectively provide and access the services needed to support the implementation of its relevant Strategic Framework within the available resources and in compliance with the work programme.
Under the direct supervision of the Director, ILC Secretariat, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
As Administration Officer:
- Manage the administrative systems and procedures needed to support the effective and efficient implementation of the annual / multi-year programme of work.
- Administer/supervise the financial transactions and reporting for grants including grants to LC from donors and grants from ILC to third parties including members, partners and others
- Identify, coordinate and manage administrative services in support of ILC¿s governing bodies, including the Biennial Assembly of Members, and for external / international events convened under ILC’s responsibility, as well as providing direct support to the Director in governance-related functions.
- Administer all Human Resource processes and contracts including ILC staffing and consultants.
As Planning Officer:
- Prepare, under the guidance of Director and in close collaboration with the Programme Officers of the Secretariat, the Work Plan and Budget of the year making sure it responds to the objectives of the current Strategic Framework.
Deadline: September 16, 2013
EMPLOYMENT: World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Post-Doctoral Fellow, BIODEV Program
The World Agroforestry Centre’s Building Biocarbon and Rural Development in West Africa (BIODEV) Programme aims to
demonstrate the multiple developmental and environmental wins that result from a high value biocarbon approach to climate change and variability in large landscapes principally in Mali, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
The The Programme will also build local institutions and capacity to be able to sustain the benefits in the sites and will establish linkages with related initiatives to jointly build national and regional capacity to scale up the approaches into other programmes and projects. The themes of the Programme are very closely linked to Finland’s international development priorities and are closely aligned with the priorities expressed in its national poverty reduction and climate change adaptation strategies. Furthermore, the Programme aims to generate critical information that can fill
the global knowledge gaps on how to better link climate change mitigation and adaptation thrusts and how to make these actions work effectively to enhance the livelihoods of rural communities.
The candidate will work on site level activities to support monitoring plans for integrated sustainable development of biocarbon and sustainable energy at small-scale.
- Implement the work agenda of at project site
- Collect information on drivers, trends, opportunities and constraints of climate change at project sites in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone.
- Identify carbon mitigation strategies opportunities including those related to more sustainable energy strategies
- Synthesis of likely climate change scenarios and their potential impacts on ecosystems on livelihoods.
- Carry studies on degree of synergies between biocarbon, livelihood and environmental services.
Deadline: September 15, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
This Week’s Posts
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Resilience and Development: Mobilizing for Transformation. The Resilience 2014 conference will take place in Montpellier, France, May 4-8, 2014. It is organized by the “French node” of the Resilience Alliance network (CIRAD - CNRS - IRSTEA- INRA), Agropolis International and their partners of the campus of Montpellier. Deadline: September 8, 2013
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Gender, Water and Development. The Water Research Commission of South Africa, in partnership with the Department of Water Affairs of South Africa, AMCOW, SADC and the Women for Water Partnership, are hosting a conference on gender and water on February 19-21, 2014. Deadline: September 15, 2013
FUNDING: Global Development Network’s Global Research Competition (GRC). Themes for the 2013 round of the GRC are (1) Inclusive and Sustainable Growth; (2) Food Security; and (3) Political, Economic, and Social Transformations. Deadline: September 20, 2013
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference. The conference will take place on March 3-7, 2014 to examine the thoughts and actions related to a nexus approach. Deadline: September 27, 2013
EMPLOYMENT: CIFOR Postdoc in Socio-Economic & Spatial Data Analysis for Tropical Forest Conservation. A postdoctoral position to support monitoring and evaluation of tropical forest conservation initiatives is available in North Carolina. Deadline: open
EMPLOYMENT: University of Edinburgh Postdoctoral positions in Agriculture & Rural Development and in Tropical Land Use Change. These positions are part of an interdisciplinary project entitled Abrupt Changes in Ecosystem Services and Wellbeing in Mozambican Woodlands (ACES), which will examine how woodland loss is changing ecosystem services and wellbeing of the rural poor in Mozambique. Deadline: September 12, 2013
EVENT: The Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2013 Congress (LOCS 2013). The Congress will take place from October 30 to November 1, 2013, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The topic for LOCS 2013 is “Connecting Leaders – Accelerating Action – Gateway to Solutions”.
PUBLICATION: Reshaping women's land rights on communal rangeland. A paper from a special issue of the African Journal of Range & Forage Science on “aligning policy with the socio-ecological dynamics of rangeland commons.
ONLINE RESOURCE: Land Matrix Global Observatory. This is a tool that promotes transparency in land transactions and supports open data and open source communities focused on land deals. The thoroughly updated dataset allows tracking of large scale land acquisitions, from negotiation to implementation.
ONLINE RESOURCE: Land Matrix Global Observatory
The Land Matrix Global Observatory is a tool that promotes transparency in land transactions and supports open data and open source communities focused on land deals. The thoroughly updated dataset allows tracking of large scale land acquisitions, from negotiation to implementation.
Since the launch of the Beta version in April 2012, the Land Matrix partnership has received a substantial number of reactions, most of which expressed appreciation for the initiative, though some noted concerns. It provides valuable lessons on the challenges and successes of promoting open data on practices that are often shrouded in secrecy and have led to improving the Land Matrix and its database.
The modifications and improvements to the database structure and its contents explain the significant difference between earlier estimates of total large scale land acquisitions (83.2 million ha for 1217 land deals) provided by the Land Matrix and the new estimates (32.5 million ha for 753 concluded land deals). The database now differentiates between intended, concluded and failed deals. In addition, the platform reports the implementation status of each deal, including if a project actually becomes operational and eventually starts producing. Finally, each piece of information is directly related to its source, allowing the filtering of deals by the type of source and enabling users to themselves judge the reliability of the information.
The new dynamic interface offers multiple technical enhancements and innovations, including allowing users to download the entire unfiltered dataset - a significant step towards achieving truly open data. An advanced crowdsourcing function enables any user to submit details on land deals, from a single deal to sharing entire datasets.
Visit the updated Land Matrix here.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Resilience and Development: Mobilizing for Transformation
The Resilience 2014 conference will take place in Montpellier, France, May 4-8, 2014. It is organized by the “French node” of the Resilience Alliance network (CIRAD - CNRS - IRSTEA- INRA), Agropolis International and their partners of the campus of Montpellier. Building on the first two conferences (in Stockholm & in Phoenix), Resilience 2014 will create an arena for exchanges and discussions articulating concepts & practices of adaptation, transformation and development.
The objective of Resilience 2014 is to explore and reinforce the multiple links between resilience thinking and development issues. The concepts of Adaptation, Transformation and Development are central and common to several research communities, including Resilience in social and ecological systems, Ecological Economics, Environmental Change, Farming Systems (among others). Focusing on resilience – the capacity to deal with change and continue to develop – but firmly rooted in the belief that a diversity of approaches can inform each other, the conference will offer the opportunity to articulate and debate their specific paradigms, concepts and methodologies. Complex problems require a diversity of approaches that can inform each other, generate a constructive debate, and eventually lead to more suitable solutions. The term resilience is being used more widely in policy circles and policy debates, yet these meanings may be at odds with scientific interpretations of resilience that emphasize change and transformation. During this conference the diverse perspectives on resilience held by representatives from government, large international organizations, the business sector and other major actors from various countries will add to the academic debate on the challenges facing social development.
Deadline: September 8, 2013
FUNDING: Global Development Network’s Global Research Competition (GRC)
The second phase of GDN’s Global Research Capacity Building Program is the annual Global Research Competition (GRC). In this stage social science researchers from developing countries and transition economies, and the best performing researchers from the Regional Research Competitions (RRCs) are invited to team up with peers from around the world to collaborate on joint research projects.
Applications for the GRC grants are invited from cross-country/inter-regional teams of up to four early-career researchers (one principal researcher plus one or more research collaborator). GDN leverages an advanced online platform to support the cross-country/inter-regional team formation.
Each year, the competition focuses on diverse research themes which originate from the policy research priority areas defined by GDN's Global Research Agenda and are in line with GDN's future Global Research Projects. The nature of the research themes are such that they encourage collaboration amongst researchers and are of relevance to more than one region.
Themes for the 2013 round of the GRC are:
- Inclusive and Sustainable Growth
- Food Security
- Political, Economic and Social Transformations
Deadline: September 20, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference
The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and collaborators will host the Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference on March 3-7, 2014 to examine the thoughts and actions related to a nexus approach. The co-Directors of the conference will be Jamie Bartram, Director of The Water Institute, and Felix Dodds, Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute, with support from an International Advisory Committee. The conference will bring together scientists and practitioners working in government, civil society and business, and other stakeholders focusing on the questions of how and why the nexus approach is, and can be, used on international and local levels.
Abstracts are now being accepted for poster and verbal presentations via the Conference website.
Deadline: September 27, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
EMPLOYMENT: University of Edinburgh Postdoctoral positions in Agriculture & Rural Development and in Tropical Land Use Change
The University of Edinburgh seeks to appoint two Postdoctoral Research Associates, one in Agriculture and Rural Development and the other in Tropical Land Use Change. These positions are part of an interdisciplinary project entitled Abrupt Changes in Ecosystem Services and Wellbeing in Mozambican Woodlands (ACES).
ACES will examine how woodland loss is changing ecosystem services and wellbeing of the rural poor in Mozambique. This 3-year, £2M interdisciplinary project is funded by the Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Programme.
PDRA position details and application procedures can be accessed via the University of Edinburgh Job Vacancies’ web portal: https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk Enter the vacancy refs 017822 or 017782
Deadline: September 12, 2013
EVENT: The Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2013 Congress (LOCS 2013)
The Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2013 Congress (LOCS 2013) will take place from October 30 to November 1, 2013, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The topic for LOCS 2013 is “Connecting Leaders – Accelerating Action – Gateway to Solutions”.
Cities in Sub-Saharan Africa are the fastest growing in the world. Across Africa, these urbanisation trends present multiple new development opportunities and challenges at the local level, severely increasing pressure on the essential services, infrastructure and natural systems which underpin economies and social well-being. Security and access issues pertaining to water, energy and food are projected to be exacerbated through climate change, most affecting the vulnerable within society. These challenges call for innovative solutions – A transition in Africa towards embracing urbanization, responding to change and harnessing opportunities.
The City of Dar es Salaam, together with ICLEI Africa, is hosting a world-class Pan-African congress in October to identify and showcase innovative solutions and opportunities to the challenges of rapid urbanization, and realistic responses to climate change at the local government level.
The Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2013 Congress (LOCS2013) will provide a unique opportunity for national government, business, development partners, research agencies, organisations and NGOs to engage directly with relevant African local leaders and experts in the context of building urban climate resilience.
EMPLOYMENT: CIFOR Postdoc in Socio-Economic & Spatial Data Analysis for Tropical Forest Conservation
A postdoctoral position to support monitoring and evaluation of tropical forest conservation initiatives is available in North Carolina, pending finalization of research contract. The post-doc will support two research projects funded by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR): (1) impact evaluation of forest management certification, and (2) development and proof-of-concept of national and sub-national social safeguard information systems for REDD+. For both projects, the primary responsibility of the post-doc will be to compile and analyze spatial data on forest cover and other biophysical conditions in conjunction with socio-economic data. Data analysis will include matching and spatial econometric models. The post-doc will need to communicate and coordinate with research partners in multiple institutions and countries, and is expected to co-author manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals.
Requirements for the position include excellent GIS and database management skills, familiarity with econometric matching methods and spatial econometric models, and demonstrated technical writing and communication skills. Experience with applied economic research and econometric packages in R and STATA are highly desirable. Foreign language skills (French, Indonesian, Portuguese, Spanish) would be helpful. Qualified candidates from developing countries (broadly defined), women, and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply
The post-doctoral researcher will be supervised by Dr. Erin Sills (NC State) and also work with Dr. Pam Jagger (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and CIFOR scientists and associates. The position offers opportunities to engage with the extensive network of environmental, resource, and development economists, as well as social-ecological systems researchers, in the Research Triangle of North Carolina (e.g., CenRep at NC State; the US Forest Service; the Carolina Population Center; and the Triangle Working Group on REDD+). The post-doc will be based primarily in the Research Triangle, with travel to Sub-Saharan Africa and possibly other research sites.
The appointment is for one year, with preferred starting date by 1 October 2013. Salary is commensurate with experience (click here for description of university benefits).
Application will require cover letter, CV, graduate transcripts, contact information for three references, and a research writing sample. To express interest or for further information, contact Dr. Erin Sills (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Pam Jagger (email@example.com).
Monday, August 12, 2013
PUBLICATION: Reshaping women's land rights on communal rangeland
Here’s a paper from a special issue of the African Journal of Range & Forage Science on “aligning policy with the socio-ecological dynamics of rangeland commons”:
This paper aims to contribute to the debates on communal rangelands and analyses the gendered dimension of land rights and land access in the rural areas of Namaqualand. The actual gender relations within rural communities and the emergence of strategies that are being pursued in communal land processes are obscured and often ignored in policies about communal rangelands, which overemphasise ‘the ecological and economic impact’ and the balancing of these dimensions. As active, primary users, women play a central role in livelihoods supported by communal rangelands yet their access to land is mediated through their relationships with men, effectively circumventing women's land autonomy. A wider debate is necessary to advance the largely superficial policy considerations of women's position in relation to communal rangelands land and their social exclusion on the basis of traditional control of land, forms of access and claiming of use rights. The paper discusses the complexity of land rights under communal land tenure and argues that, despite traditional and policy barriers, women in traditional systems of male-dominated land rights have had some success in accessing communal rangelands. Greater policy impetus is necessary to leverage equitable and independent land access for women amidst debates about management of communal rangelands.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Gender, Water and Development
The Water Research Commission of South Africa, in partnership with the Department of Water Affairs of South Africa, AMCOW, SADC and the Women for Water Partnership, are hosting a conference on gender and water on February 19-21, 2014.
We call for proposals for both paper presentations and other forms of engagement from researchers, policymakers, activists and practitioners who work in the arena of gender and water infrastructure, access, use, governance and management. With this spread we want to reflect the diverse roles played by community members and leaders, civil society, policy makers, researchers and practitioners in the intersect between gender, class, race and water.
With this conference we have the following specific objectives:
- To enhance networking and collaboration, especially the sharing of ideas, research findings and methodologies that will enhance the promotion of gender equity in the water and development sectors.
- To facilitate dialogue on practical empowerment of poor women and men in relation to water.
- To facilitate exchange of information and dialogue between different role players in gender, water and development, in particular between development practitioners, researchers and policy makers.
- To identify and foster partnerships for future research collaboration, action and policy implementation.
- To inform and strengthen the operationalisation of policies for gender equity in water management, in particular the AMCOW gender strategy and other gender strategies developed by Regional Economic Communities and others.
- To identify robust gender and water management strategies based upon action research.
- To incorporate the mentorship of a new generation of young researchers and activist scholars across the above mentioned institutional sites.
- To create a vibrant community of practitioners by enabling gender and water collaboration across the African continent and other continents.
- To create energetic discourse and cross-learning between relevant sectors and sub-sectors.
The expected outcomes are therefore implementation and practice-based and the format of the conference aims to maximise participation, knowledge sharing and to facilitate the building of networks and bridges to enhance future collaboration. The intention is also to find innovative and creative ways to address problems and to ensure the future roll-out, buy-in and ultimate success of implementation of policies, procedures and programmes that mainstream gender in the water sector.
Deadline: September 15, 2013
Thursday, August 08, 2013
This Week’s Posts
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: CLIFF/CCAFS Funding for Training of PhD Students from Developing Countries. The Climate Food and Farming (CLIFF) Research Network is a collaborative initiative of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Universities of Copenhagen and Aarhus. The Network aims to build the capacity of young scientists, generate novel climate change research on smallholder farming systems, and facilitate South-South knowledge exchange. Deadline: August 19, 2013
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Impact of Development Interventions in the Areas of Agriculture, Climate Change, and Property Rights & Land Policy. 3ie (International Initiative for Impact Evaluation) invites proposals for systematic reviews that investigate the impact of development interventions in the areas of agriculture, climate change, and property rights and land policy. Deadline: August 30, 2013
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: SDC & SNSF Calls for Thematic R4D Modules "Ecosystems" and "Food Security". The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Swiss National Science Foundation have issued a joint call for proposals for the thematic research modules "Sustainable management of ecosystems for the provision of ecosystem services" and "Innovation in agricultural and food systems for food security". Deadline: September 13, 2013
EMPLOYMENT: Project Manager and Program Associate Positions at EcoAgriculture Partners. EcoAgriculture's Policy program works to increase the adoption of integrated landscape management by influencing key policies, markets, and institutions, improving the conditions for ecoagriculture through direct advocacy and through the dissemination of policy analyses, options, and recommendations. Deadline: open.
EMPLOYMENT: Chief Technical Advisor, Gola Rainforest, Sierra Leone. The RSPB is seeking a dynamic and experienced project manager specialist in natural resources management to provide technical and operational support to the Programme to deliver its objectives. Deadline: August 23, 2013
EMPLOYMENT: World Water Council Project Officer. The project officer will undertake a variety of tasks involving background analysis on water management issues, development and implementation of activities in programmatic areas, external relations and communication, and administration and finance. Deadline: August 25, 2013
TRAINING: Center for Sustainable Development Course in Development, Adaptation & Nonprofit Management. The Center is offering a blended learning, 2-month diploma program. The program will take place from September 2-October 31, 2013 and include a 5 day live workshop in Antigua, Guatemala: September 30 - October 4, 2013.
PUBLICATION: Making Sense of Gender, Climate Change & Agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa: Creating Gender-Responsive Climate Adaptation Policy. A new Future Agricultures working paper by Christine Okali and Lars Otto Naess.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: CLIFF/CCAFS Funding for Training of PhD Students from Developing Countries
The Climate Food and Farming (CLIFF) Research Network is a collaborative initiative of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Universities of Copenhagen and Aarhus. The Network aims to build the capacity of young scientists, generate novel climate change research on smallholder farming systems, and facilitate South-South knowledge exchange. Each year, starting in 2011, CLIFF has provided small grants to support graduate student research and participation in international training events and conferences. The activities have resulted in a linked network of emerging scientists that improve the quality of each other’s research, collaborate on new proposals, and speed-up the pace of their scientific development.
In 2013, we invite applications from students from developing countries, currently enrolled in PhD programs, to become part of the CLIFF Network. Selected students will be sponsored for short-term (3-4 month) scientific training and research stays at CGIAR centres or affiliated research institutions1. During their tenure at the host institutions, students will learn approaches used in the Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems (SAMPLES) research programme to evaluate smallholder farming systems in terms of system level livelihood and environmental outcomes at whole-farm and landscape scales.
The techniques that may be studied include (but are not limited to) remote sensing, economic surveys, and measurement of greenhouse gas emissions from soils. Precise training will depend on the student’s and host institution scientists’ interests. Applications are invited for training and travel grants of up to 12,000 USD. The travel grants will be used to support living and research costs at the host institution.
Deadline: August 19, 2013
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
PUBLICATION: Making Sense of Gender, Climate Change & Agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa: Creating Gender-Responsive Climate Adaptation Policy
A new Future Agricultures working paper by Christine Okali and Lars Otto Naess:
Attention to gender and climate change has increased steadily over the last decade. Much of the emerging policy-focused literature resembles to a considerable degree the gender and environment literature from the 1990s, with the nature of women’s work being used to justify placing women at the centre of climate change policy. However, in contrast with the portrayal of women in earlier literature as knowledgeable guardians of the environment, the women at the centre of gender and climate change policy are typically portrayed as vulnerable, weak, poor, and socially isolated. Arguably, this is a reflection of the politics of gender rather than the reality of the men and women who regularly experience and deal with changes of various kinds. We argue for a more realistic and nuanced framing of gender that is built on an acknowledgement of social complexity, and an understanding of social, including gender relations, in specific local settings. Such a framing would provide a more valuable starting point for understanding the way in which both women and men, together and separately in their different, and changing roles, shape the outcomes of external interventions. This shift does not mean that targeting vulnerable women to meet short term needs is not valuable. Rather, the intention is principally, to minimise the risks of policy failure resulting from the adoption of often erroneous but popular assumptions about the different roles that women and men play, and must continue to play, to achieve food security in the face of climate change.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: SDC & SNSF Calls for Thematic R4D Modules "Ecosystems" and "Food Security"
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) have issued a joint call for proposals for the thematic research modules "Sustainable management of ecosystems for the provision of ecosystem services" and "Innovation in agricultural and food systems for food security".
The thematic research module studies how ecosystems can be used sustainably for reducing poverty and how negative environmental influences can be reduced within the context of sustainable development. The module primarily addresses the following four topics:
- The drivers of ecosystem change
- Appropriating the economic, social and environmental value of ecosystems and ecosystems services
- Ecosystems, ecosystem services and climate change
- Integrated planning and management of ecosystems
The module "Agricultural production systems and food security" investigates how global food security could be increased by improving political, economic and social conditions and by sustainably enhancing agricultural production. The module will feature research on the following three topics, in particular:
- Sustainability of agricultural and food systems, natural resources and resilience
- Agricultural innovation, extension and research into use
- Governance and policies for the future world food system
CHF 14.1 million are available for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects per research module. Researchers from Switzerland and their partners from Africa, Asia and Latin America may submit their pre-proposals until 13 September 2013 via the mySNF platform. The evaluation of the proposals will be based on external reviews focusing on scientific quality and developmental issues and will be conducted by a review panel of international experts (one for each module).
Deadline: September 13, 2013
EMPLOYMENT: Project Manager and Program Associate Positions at EcoAgriculture Partners
EcoAgriculture's Policy program works to increase the adoption of integrated landscape management (ecoagriculture) by influencing key policies, markets, and institutions, improving the conditions for ecoagriculture through direct advocacy and through the dissemination of policy analyses, options, and recommendations. The Landscapes and Leaders program works to strengthen the management of ecoagriculture by improving the capacities of landscape leaders in diverse organizational sectors and levels to plan, implement and evaluate landscape initiatives (programs, projects, activities) and by advancing the development and application of useful knowledge, information and tools.
The Project Manager (pdf) will join the senior team (composed of Program Directors and Senior Program Managers) in the management of a recently initiated project that aims to strengthen the capacity of civil society to scale up integrated landscape management in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.
The Program Associate (pdf) will primarily provide support to EcoAgriculture's Policy and Landscapes and Leaders programs. Responsibilities will include research and writing on topics such as national policy, landscape governance, finance mechanisms and capacity development to support integrated landscape management, and strengthening national policy-makers and landscape leaders capacities for integrated landscape management, among many others.
Deadline: open (review of applications will begin on August 11, 2013).
Monday, August 05, 2013
EMPLOYMENT: Chief Technical Advisor, Gola Rainforest, Sierra Leone
The Gola Rainforest National Park Programme is an exciting long-term initiative supporting the management of the Gola Rainforest National Park, the second only National Park in Sierra Leone and a global priority for biodiversity conservation. The RSPB is seeking a dynamic and experienced project manager specialist in natural resources management to provide technical and operational support to the Programme to deliver its objectives. You will have skills and experience in planning, budgeting, implementing workplans, and monitoring and evaluation, as well as building capacity in these areas. You will also have a strong background in community-based natural resources management/community-based natural resources management/protected area management, be practically minded, and be passionate about conservation.
Deadline: August 23, 2013
TRAINING: Center for Sustainable Development Course in Development, Adaptation & Nonprofit Management
The Center for Sustainable Development is offering a blended learning, 2-month diploma program. The program will take place from September 2-October 31, 2013 and include a 5 day live workshop in Antigua, Guatemala: September 30 - October 4, 2013.
Join participants from over the world for an intensive training program to design, fund and launch a real project in your country, and spend 5 days with us in the land of eternal spring—Guatemala—fully developing your project design prior to launch. During the 2 month blended training program you will participate in:
- Distance Learning: Participatory Needs Assessments. 4 Weeks. Conduct participatory needs assessments with a community in your own country in preparation for the Guatemala workshop—guided through distance learning by CSDi staff.
- A Face-to-Face Workshop. Full Project Design and Development. 5 Days. Upon arriving in Guatemala, you will use your needs assessments to begin the development of a complete, fundable, launchable project with the workshop leader.
- Project Launch: Community Capacity Building: 4 Weeks. Return home to your country and launch your project with the continued guidance of your CSDi workshop leader.
This training program will provide participants with 3 specialized sections designed to help you best meet your program needs:
• Section 1. Designing & Funding Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change Projects
• Section 2. Designing & Funding International Development Projects
• Section 3. Designing & Funding Nonprofit Projects in Developed Nations
What you will get out of this training program
This two-month training program will provide a system of building block activities for you to use on the ground in developing and implementing successful, sustainable projects. Based on use by participants from 147 different countries, the techniques illustrated in these training courses use a step-by-step progression to lead participants through problem assessment, project design, donor presentations, implementation, and community engagement.
EMPLOYMENT: World Water Council Project Officer
The World Water Council is an independent, international organisation that promotes sustainable water management throughout the world. The World Water Council is now moving forward in three strategic directions: water security for essential human needs, water security for economic development and water security for environmental sustainability.
Under the general supervision of the Executive Director, the project officer will undertake the following tasks in order to implement these strategic directions:
A. Background analysis on ‘climate and water-related disasters’, ‘water, demography and urban development’, ‘water and green growth’ and ‘integrated water resources management’
- Carry out background analyses to underpin the Council’s work on ‘climate and water-related disasters’, ‘water, demography and urban development’, ‘water and green growth’ and ‘integrated water resources management’;
- Prepare background materials for Council engagement in ‘climate and water-related disasters’, ‘water, demography and urban development’, ‘water and green growth’ and ‘integrated water resources management based on existing and potential initiatives.
B. Development and implementation of activities related to ‘climate and water-related disasters’, ‘water, demography and urban development’, ‘water and green growth’ and ‘integrated water resources management’
- Initiate and lead the further implementation of Council’s work on ‘climate and water-related disasters’, ‘water, demography and urban development’, ‘water and green growth’ and ‘integrated water resources management’;
- Ensure a continuity between the 6th and the 7th World Water Forum for these subjects
- Support steering committees and expert groups assigned to lead this initiative;
- Prepare all briefings, reports and other materials required for the Councils’ work on ‘climate and water-related disasters’, ‘water, demography and urban development’, ‘water and green growth’ and ‘integrated water resources management’.
C. External relations and communications
- Communicate effectively with targeted stakeholders, Council members, partners and staff on Council’s initiatives on ‘climate and water-related disasters’, ‘water, demography and urban development’, ‘water and green growth’ and ‘integrated water resources management’;
- Produce clear and concise written outputs in English for use at all levels, including for publication;
- Provide regular input to update the Council website and publications on ‘climate and water-related disasters’, ‘water, demography and urban development’, ‘water and green growth’ and ‘integrated water resources management’.
D. Administration and finance
- Work effectively as part of cross-secretariat teams to deliver outputs to a high standard and on time;
- Manage and track budgets for specific activities ensuring that budgets are adhered to and that rigorous financial accountability is maintained;
- Supervise effectively and efficiently external inputs into programme activities, including by consultants and interns, and ensure that high quality products are delivered by third parties;
- Develop and use a detailed and time-bound personal work-plan to guide activities and to deliver results;
- Contribute to the team spirit and ethos of the WWC Secretariat and build and maintain strong relationships with members and partners.
Deadline: August 25, 2013