Thursday, October 24, 2013


EMPLOYMENT: Natural Resource/Agricultural Economist, Earth Innovation Institute

Earth Innovation Institute is looking to hire an economist to conduct policy and economic analysis is support of state and national-level strategies to support the transition to a Low Emissions Rural Development Model.

Earth Innovation Institute catalyzes innovative, large-scale transitions to low-emissions rural development in tropical regions by promoting policies, market transformation, and sustainable farming, forestry, and fisheries systems that improve rural livelihoods and enhance the capacity of the planet to support life. Through targeted, regional interventions, we seek globally significant increases in farm production, forest cover, fisheries yields, and rural household wellbeing while decreasing emissions of heat-trapping gas.

Born in the Brazilian Amazon with a staff that has been working in unruly forest frontiers while designing and testing sustainable farming, forestry and fisheries management systems for decades, Earth Innovation Institute drives the transition to low-emission rural development through cutting-edge research that identifies potential synergies among policies, market trends, and rural sectors, by designing regional transition strategies that are supported by businesses, governments at multiple levels, communities and civil society, by creating novel alliances among institutions, and by building local institutional capacity. . We are now working with local partners to design and/or implement transitional strategies for low-emission rural development in Brazil (Mato Grosso, Pará, Acre, São Paulo States, national), Indonesia (Central Kalimantan, West Papua), Colombia (national), Mexico (Chiapas State), Peru (the Pachitea Watershed), Kenya (the central montane region), Paraguay, and Ghana.


Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Economist will conduct policy and economic analysis in support of state and national-level strategies to support the transition to a Low Emissions Rural Development model. The Economist will focus work in select tropical regions delivering innovative, quantitative and original research in support of inter-disciplinary solutions to challenges of environmental sustainability and natural resource scarcity. The Economist will contribute to Earth Innovation Institute’s work under the “Forests, Farms, and Finance Initiative” currently focused on Central Kalimantan, Brazil (Mato Grosso) and Colombia and the “Southern NGO Alliance” focused on Brazil, Mexico (Chiapas) and the Peruvian Amazon.


  • Lead economic component of collaborative and inter-disciplinary research program;
  • Compile economic data and perform analysis of agricultural commodity supply chains, with a focus on palm oil, soy, sugar cane, and beef; additional research will be conducted on forest and fisheries enterprises;
  • Research financing solutions from domestic and international sources to promote sustainable pathways in agricultural productive sectors within target regions;
  • Compile and analyze economic data in order to deliver and present reports to varied stakeholders, including government, businesses, investors, multi-lateral agencies, and civil society organizations;
  • Formulate recommendations or plans to aid in market interpretation of and solutions to existing economic barriers to sustainability for agricultural commodity production and sustainable use of forests and fisheries.


  • PhD in natural resource, agricultural, forest or environmental economics;
  • At least 2 years experience in land and natural resource economics, agricultural economics, sustainable supply chains, and/or land-use in tropical regions;
  • Proficiency with relevant quantitative economic analysis approaches (e.g. econometric analysis, rent modeling, spatially-explicit cost functions);
  • Professionals with practical experience working with farm sectors, commodity supply chains and/or public agricultural and natural resource policies in tropical or developing nations highly desired;
  • Track record in publishing research as policy briefs and peer-reviewed journals;
  • Demonstrated capacity to write competitive grant proposals;
  • Excellent communication skills (both writing and verbal);
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from a variety of disciplines, cultures, and backgrounds;
  • Working knowledge of Portuguese, Spanish, and/or Bahasa Indonesia desired;
  • Requires ability to travel.

Position: Full time, exempt

Location: San Francisco, CA

Application deadline: October 30th, 2013 or until filled

Desired start date: ASAP

Compensation: based on qualifications and experience with competitive benefit package.Application Instructions: Please send cover letter referencing Job# 2307FHDCN13, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 references Please reference Job# 2307FHDCN13 in the subject line of the email.

Deadline: October 30, 2013

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