IWMI – International Scientist Scholarship 2010 – Africa
International Scientist Scholarship 2010 in Livestock and Water Resources Specialisit in International Water Management Institute of West Africa
The International Water Management Institute (www.iwmi.org) is a non-profit, scientific organization engaged in research and capacity building activities for developing countries. Our mission is to overcome poverty through better management of land and water resources. Working with diverse partners and supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (www.cgiar.org), IWMI seeks to translate its research findings into actionable recommendations for policymakers, resource managers and poor rural communities. IWMI is based in Sri Lanka and has regional offices in 12 countries in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
If you possess both a PhD in Water Resources Management, Agro-ecology, or Ecosystem Sciences, and a sound knowledge of the interface between the livestock, crops and water resource management, with at least five years experience of agricultural/environmental research and development in developing countries, then you could be the person we are seeking for a joint-appointment with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).
The research will focus on identifying solutions that enhance environmental and livelihood benefits of integrated water, livestock and crop management strategies and mitigate negative effects, such as land and water degradation and conflicts.
This is an internationally recruited position for an initial appointment of three years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual
performance and the availability of funding.
• implement research at local, national and regional scales to understand livestock-water interactions and system functioning and productivity, and provide solutions that enhance the synergies and minimize trade-offs between livestock and diverse other water uses in the context of livelihood and environmental dimensions
• integrate the research on biophysical issues with findings on social, policy and institutional dimensions to generate new knowledge on the sustainable management of water and livestock resources that would minimize negative externalities like conflicts and resource degradation.
• use this knowledge to develop, with policy makers, communities and development / natural resource partners, technical, policy and institutional interventions to improve the productive use of water, resilience and adaptive capacity of coupled human – livestock – environment aspects of (agro-)pastoral and mixed crop-livestock farming systems
• engage in mobilizing resources to support this research and contribute to capacity building and communication of research findings.
You must possess:
• a PhD in Water Resources Management, Agro-ecology, or Ecosystem Sciences
• a sound knowledge of the interface between the livestock, crops and water resource management
• at least five years experience of agricultural/environmental research and development in developing countries
• a systems perspective especially related to issues of water productivity and sustainability in the context of agro-pastoral and mixed crop livestock systems
You must know about:
• quantitative applied research methods, and strong quantitative and analytical background
• analysing water productivity in agricultural systems, including field based application of water balance models
• processes impacting on livestock systems evolution in Africa
You must have:
• a good publications record with strong written and oral communication skills in English and at least a sound working knowledge of French
• a good track record of field based research, with some experience in developing and managing partnerships
• proven skills to work in multidisciplinary teams and to obtain positive results from working in diverse partnerships at a range of scales including research, extension, and development and in public, private and civil society.
• experience in working with and building the capacity of students
Process: Complete Application Form + attach your résumé + attach your letter which addresses IWMI’s requirements shown above with names and email addresses of 3 professional referees, to be contacted if you are short-listed. Please submit your application on-line at: www.iwmi.org/About_IWMI/Vacancies/
Closing date: 6th October, 2010
127, Sunil Mawatha, Pelawatte,
Battaramulla, Sri Lanka.
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