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The World Agroforestry Centre is seeking a Social Scientist / Adaptation Specialist

March 14th, 2012

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health.

About the position

Even the most ambitious mitigation policies will not prevent climate related impacts to rise over the course of the century. Appropriate adaptation strategies and risk reduction measures to climate variability and change will therefore be increasingly important. With agriculture’s strong weather dependence, smallholder farmers are especially vulnerable to weather extremes. Future changes in weather patterns and rising temperatures will likely be even more detrimental.

It is therefore necessary to identify current and future vulnerabilities to climate variability and change and develop scientifically sound and robust adaptation strategies in the context of agroforestry systems that mitigate climate impacts. It is also necessary to devise the limits of adaptation and identify complementary safeguards and transition pathways that allow for a ‘soft landing’.

The main purpose of the position will be to:

  • Learn from existing community and farmer practices to identify and map current and future vulnerabilities to climate change;
  • Analyze impacts of development projects and develop robust adaptation strategies and climate smart practices with special focus on agroforestry systems and derive possible transition pathways;
  • Identify the limits of adaptation to weather extremes in agroforestry systems and devise opportunities for complementary safeguard systems;
  • Establish the costs and benefits of investing in improved management systems; and
  • Develop possible implementation strategies for up- and outscaling.

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How to apply

 Applications for the position must include:

  • A cover letter illustrating your suitability for the position against the listed requirements and salary expectations
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • The names and addresses of three referees, including telephone, fax numbers and email addresses.

All correspondence should be addressed to the Human Resources Unit, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), PO Box 30677, Nairobi, Kenya OR via email: icrafhru@cgiar.org and should indicate “Social Scientist / Adaptation Specialist” on their application letters and email submissions.

Applications will be considered until 31 March 2012 or until a suitable candidate is identified and selected.Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.

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