Senior Scientist on Climate Change and Environmental Services Policy

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), generates science-based knowledge about the complex role that trees play in agricultural landscapes and uses its research to ensure that policies and practices benefit the poor and the environment. Their vision is an 'agroforestry transformation' in the developing world—a massive increase in the use of trees on landscapes by smallholder rural households to ensure security in food, nutrition, income, health, shelter and energy, and a regenerated environment. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) conducts research in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The Position:
ICRAF Vietnam program focuses on climate change adaptation and mitigation through agroforestry and also supports multi-functional landscapes with trees for environmental services. The senior scientist will, during 2010-2011conduct research and gradually take up the leadership of ICRAF Vietnam program in October, 2011. The senior scientist will be based in the region and will undertake the following duties and:
1. Research tasks: Participate in designing research activities, provide back up to national partners involved, synthesize findings, understanding of policy processes, sharing and managing information, raising public awareness, and fundraising for research in Climate Change and Environmental Services in Vietnam. Specific activities are:
- Together with the country coordinator, the scientist will provide technical coordination of fieldwork of the on-going projects on rewarding upland people for environmental services, reducing emission from deforestation and degradation (REDD), and reducing emission from any landuse (REALU). The tasks include developing research design, research team building and providing back up and research inputs to partners and collaborators. The senior scientist will participate in research as the principle investigator in the Bac Kan, Bach Ma National park and Dak Nong/Dak Lak research and take the lead in report writings.
- Contribute to producing scientific publications and other publication materials on the topics of REDD, environmental Services, in line with ICRAF’s work on climate change and environmental services, and assist both the Country Coordinator and the Southeast Asia Coordinator in peer reviews, policy brief publications, and synthesis publications that cover the region.
- Lead and support the exploring of new funding opportunities for Vietnam and Southeast Asia (SEA) region in the field of Environmental Services, REDD, and REALU. The work would involve the strategic development of concept notes, work plan, fund raising and proposal development with other staff in SEA.
- Link Climate Change and Environment Services research activities in Vietnam with those in SEA and globally: the scientist will work closely with regional and global teams on planning and implementation of ICRAF’s Medium Term Plan(3 yearly planning) and reporting Vietnam activities to ICRAF SEA Regional Office and to Global Project Leaders.

2. Coordination task:
- Assist the ICRAF country coordinator and the SEA Regional Coordinator in the research strategy development and implementation, partnership building and management activities (including budget); research and survey design and oversight; and recruiting and managing consultancies.
-  By October 2011, assume full responsibility for the ICRAF Vietnam program by taking the role first as ICRAF Country Deputy Coordinator.

The Requirements:
- PhD in Forestry, Ecology, Environment Services, Political sciences, Geography or closely related fields.
- A minimum of five years post-PhD research and outreach experience in development issues.
- Multi-disciplinary experience in research on policy issues, related to forestry and agricultural production, natural resources, the roles of the state, civil society, markets and trade.
- Proven leadership skills
- Strong team-building and networking skills.
- Knowledge and experience working in Southeast and East Asia, particularly in Vietnam.
- Excellent written and spoken English, working level knowledge of Vietnamese is essential

Terms of Offer
ICRAF is an equal opportunity employer and we offer a very competitive compensation package. Depending on professional background and experience, the indicative annual net base salary is starting from US$ 36,000. We also provide benefit include off-shore pension, health insurance coverage, annual vacation, home leave travel and when applicable, dependency allowance
and education allowance.
The appointment will be for an initial period of three (3) years with nine (9) months probation period, with potential for extension and renewable subject to assessment of performance and availability of funds. ICRAF offers a collegial and gender-sensitive working environment, believe that staff diversity promotes excellence, and strongly encourages applications from qualified women.

Applicants are invited to send a cover letter illustrating their suitability for the above position against the listed qualifications/competencies/skills and a detailed curriculum vitae, with names and addresses of three referees (including telephone, fax numbers and email address). All correspondence should be addressed to the Human Resources Unit, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Southeast Asia Regional Programme, P.O. Box 161, Bogor, Indonesia; Tel +62 251 8625415; Fax +62 251 8625416; OR via email: [email protected]. Applicants should indicate “Application for Senior Scientist on Climate Change and Environmental Services Policy, Vietnam” on their application letters OR email submissions. Applications will be considered until October 15, 2010.
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Job Details
Organisation Name: 
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
Application Deadline: 
Fri, 2010-10-15