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[EmergingEthnoNetwork] F CIFOR Vacancy announcement : Post Doctoral Fellow, Trade & Investment Impacts and Trade-Offs of REDD+ [1 Attachment]

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Subject: CIFOR Vacancy announcement : Post Doctoral Fellow, Trade & Investment Impacts and Trade-Offs of REDD+
Join CIFOR and make a difference
Post Doctoral Fellow (Ref.: 1254)
Trade & Investment Impacts and Trade-Offs of REDD+
Forests and Governance Programme
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) advances human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. CIFOR is a CGIAR Consortium Research Center. Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, and we have offices in Asia, Africa and South America.
CIFOR is looking for a Post Doctoral Fellow,
Trade & Investment Impacts and Trade-Offs of REDD+
Under the leadership of the Scientist, Forests and Governance Programme, the Post Doctoral Fellow will supportComponent B. Trade and investment impacts and trade-offs for REDD+ of the USAID RDMA project "Economic Choices and Trade-Offs of REDD+ in the Asia Region".
Research under this project component will:
1.      Identify the main regional (Southeast Asia) trade and investment processes driving large-scale land acquisition for food/fibre/energy.
2.      Produce better understanding of the anticipated social and ecological impacts of proposed investment projects and schemes, and their implications for REDD+.
3.      Provide inputs for enhancing policy options and social and environmental safeguards to strengthen local tenure rights and economic benefit sharing, and advance responsible investment practices that enhance environmental and livelihood outcomes.
The scopes of the research are:
Sub-component 1: Assessment of regional trade and investment flows
The objective of this sub-component is to generate a broad overview of the regional (Southeast Asia) trends in food/fibre/energy commodity trade and investment, with more in-depth exploration of their implications for deforestation and forest degradation. This work will involve analyses using both internationally accessible data and national statistics in local languages. Partners with appropriate expertise will provide analytical input about the financing of investments and their implementation on the ground based on the business network analysis – Profundo and CIRAD respectively.
Sub-component 2: Assessing country specific investment processes and impacts with implications for REDD+
This sub-component will involve work at two different scales. Some work will be conducted at the national level in Lao PDR to carry out macro assessment of the legal and institutional arrangements for investments, as well as to compile a spatially explicit inventory of these investments. At the sub-national or landscape level, the research will focus on sites where specific investments are located in each of the selected landscapes. Work at the sub-national level scale will focus on assessing the policy and institutional factors shaping the expansion of crop and timber plantations – and mining operations if relevant – under different business models (e.g. infrastructure development, land use planning and tenure arrangements, fiscal and economic incentives linked to food and energy security) and their implications for stimulating growing integration to global value chains and international finance. It will also explore the implications of this process on land use trajectories, access to land and economic benefits, and carbon emissions.
Following the sub-national or landscape level review, the research will focus the analysis on a few select investments, depending on the locale, in order to undertake more in-depth assessment of the past investment experience (when possible), but mainly of the current socio-economic and
ecological impacts and trade-offs. The latter relates to the socio-economic versus ecological costs and benefits that result from the expansion of such investments. Work will contribute to determine under which conditions socio-economic costs (e.g. land displacement, loss of livelihood sources) can be minimised while benefits (e.g., jobs, income generation) are maximised with the lowest effect on deforestation and forest degradation. Local partners in Lao PDR will be engaged in fieldwork and analysis under this sub-component.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Post Doctoral Fellow is expected to:
·        Oversee the implementation of the project in Lao PDR. The Post Doctoral Fellow will be based in Bogor, Indonesia, but will undertake extensive duty travel to Lao PDR. He/she will develop the collaboration with the host country institutions (NAFRI and/or others) and supervise data collection at the national and sub-national level.
·        Lead the compilation of the paper (to be published in a journal) reviewing large-scale land acquisition for food/fibre/energy in Southeast Asia. The paper will review the investment/trade flows, networks of corporate actors and the financing behind large scale food/fibre/energy projects in Southeast Asia. The work will entail coordination with Profundo on the input about the financing of investments, with CIRAD about the operational dynamics behind the "deal-making" and implementation of investments, with ICRAF-China about the Chinese data on regional investments, and with CIFOR about a general inventory of investments in the region.
·        Lead the development of the Lao PDR country paper (to be published in a journal) reviewing large scale land acquisition for food/fibre/energy in the country, examining the impacts of these investments, and assessing their implications for REDD+.
·        Run country workshops (end of Year 1 and end of Year 2) in Lao PDR to present interim findings (end of Year 1) and final recommendations (end of Year 2).
·        Contribute to the regional (Southeast Asia) REDD+ conference to be organized by CIFOR in 2013.
Details of duties, assignments and objectives will be further discussed and detailed in the staff member's annual performance contract.
Education, experience and technical skills
·        PhD in an appropriate discipline (e.g. forest economics, natural resource economics, etc.)
·        Familiar with forests, REDD+, trade and investment issues.
·        Good quantitative and qualitative skills.
·        Has experience in working on collaborative research with multiple partners and working in developing countries, especially in Southeast Asia.
·        Good writing skills and good publications record.
·        Fluent in spoken and written English. Ability in one or more international language(s) will be an advantage.
Personal attributes and competencies
·        Excellent analytical and synthesis skills.
·        Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experienced in working with multicultural and multidisciplinary research teams.
·        Excellent facilitation capacity.
·        Good management and organisational skills, has experience in project management.
·        Values the sharing of information and continuous improvement in a cooperative atmosphere of constructive evaluation and learning.
We are looking for people who share our mission and our commitment to professionalism, innovation, impact and collaboration.
Terms and conditions
·        This is an internationally recruited position. CIFOR offers competitive remuneration commensurate with skills and experience.
·        The appointment is for three years with a possibility of extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position and available resources.
·        The duty station will be at CIFOR HQ in Bogor, Indonesia, with extensive travel to Lao PDR.
Application process
·        The application deadline is 28 October 2012.
·        We will acknowledge all applications, but we will contact only short-listed candidates.
Please send your letter of interest and CV in English, including contact information for three referees, to:  
Human Resources Department, CIFOR 
Please indicate the position and its reference number in the email subject line.
CIFOR is an equal opportunity employer. Staff diversity contributes to excellence.

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