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Post Doctoral Fellow on mitigation options and poverty reduction

The Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems Program (SAMPLES) aims to quantify greenhouse gas balances and identify low emissions agricultural practices in smallholder farming at whole-farm and landscape scales. The Postdoctoral fellow will support SAMPLES by leading research on the integrated assessment of smallholders’ mitigation options.

About the Organizations
The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), International Centre for Forestry Research (CIFOR), and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) are research institutions in the CGIAR that generate science-based knowledge about the complex roles trees, forests, and livestock plaay in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. The three centers are collaborating to explore opportunities for reducing emissions while also improving food security and livelihoods of the rural poor. This work contributes to the CGIAR research program on Climate change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

The Project
The Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems Program (SAMPLES) aims to quantify greenhouse gas balances and identify low emissions agricultural practices in smallholder farming at whole-farm and landscape scales. SAMPLES engages in four activities: the identification of global and regional agricultural mitigation priorities, methods development, testing of climate change mitigation options, and capacity building. Research has been established in pilot sites for mixed crop-livestock systems in Kenya and intensive rice systems in the Philippines; initiatives for additional sites are underway in India, Mexico and Central America. Expertise is needed now to integrate greenhouse gas emissions and household livelihood data to test the viability of mitigation options for farmers in each location.

Job Description
The Postdoctoral fellow will support SAMPLES by leading research on the integrated assessment of smallholders’ mitigation options. The successful candidate will lead the development and testing of tools and approaches to quantitatively assess and prioritize farming practices that contribute to both GHG reductions and farmers’ livelihoods at fields, household, village, and landscape levels. This will require the use of remote sensing and geographic information systems, geostatistics, participatory research methods, and optimization modeling. The successful candidate would collaborate with project partners and other stakeholders to develop the final tools and approaches.

Expected outputs are (1) peer-reviewed publications using spatial and trade-off analyses to identify mitigation options at the current SAMPLES sites and (2) tools and approaches for implementing integrated assessments at future SAMPLES sites. The fellow´s duties will first and foremost be to conduct novel impactoriented research, including obligations to publish journal articles, present SAMPLES-related work in scientific forum globally and support use of research outputs by relevant entities. To a limited extent, the Postdoctoral fellow will supervise MSc and PhD students, and may also help coordinate research activities and scientific networking across projects, programmes, and institutions.

Key responsibilities

  • To integrate and analyze datasets derived from household surveys, field and laboratory measurements to describe baseline and modeled changes in greenhouse gas emissions and removals at multiple spatial scales.
  • To develop methods and tools that can be used by researchers at other SAMPLES sites to identify research priorities and trade-offs.

Qualifications and experience

  • PhD in Agronomy, Agro-ecology, Environmental Sciences or related field.
  • Extensive modeling experience with programming skills.
  • Experience with integrated assessments and GIS / database applications.
  • Knowledge of nutrient cycles, specifically carbon and nitrogen, and smallholder farming systems in tropical developing countries.
  • Proven experience working in an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural team.
  • Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Good written and spoken English. Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish will be considered advantages.
  • Computer competency including remote sensing, GIS and R.
  • Field experience in the tropics will be considered an advantage.

Terms of offer
ICRAF, CIFOR, and ILRI are equal opportunity employers and offer an exciting, collegial and gender sensitive working environment. We believe that staff diversity promotes excellence and strongly encourage applications from women. This is an international position with generous terms and available for two (2) years, with the second year subject to favorable review after a nine (9) months’ probation period, continued relevance of the position and the availability of resources. The Post-Doctoral fellow will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

How to apply
Go to ICRAF Application page and submit a cover letter, CV including publications, 1-3 articles, and contact details for three referees. Applications will be considered until 3 February 2014. Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted. Contact: Todd Rosenstock, t.rosenstock[at]cgiar.org or Mariana Rufino, m.rufino[at]cgiar.org for more information.