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Post Doctoral Fellow Economist, CIFOR, Brazil

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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. We are one of 15 CGIAR research centres. Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, and we have offices in Asia, Africa and South America. CIFOR is looking for a Post Doctoral Fellow, Economist The Post Doctoral Fellow will perform economic analysis of sub-national REDD+ projects and national policies and measures for CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (GCS REDD+). Under the supervision of Dr. Sven Wunder (CIFOR Brazil Office) and Dr. William Sunderlin (CIFOR Headquarters in Indonesia) in the Forests & Livelihoods Programme, the Post Doc will deliver research articles/papers related to study and contribute to the development of a wider research agenda on forests and climate change, with a focus on REDD+.

JobTitlePost Doctoral Fellow Economist
CompanyCIFOR, Bogor Barat, Indonesia
Company Profile

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is a nonprofit, global facility dedicated to advancing human well being, environmental conservation and equity. We conduct research that enables more informed and equitable decision making about the use and management of forests in less-developed countries.

Our research and expert analysis help policy makers and practitioners shape effective policy, improve the management of tropical forests and address the needs and perspectives of people who depend on forests for their livelihoods. Our multidisciplinary approach considers the underlying drivers of deforestation and degradation which often lie outside the forestry sector: forces such as agriculture, infrastructure development, trade and investment policies and law enforcement.

We envision a world where:

* forests are high on the political agenda
* people recognize the value of forests for maintaining livelihoods and ecosystems
* decisions that influence forests and the people that depend on them are based on solid science and principles of good governance, and reflect the perspectives of developing countries and forest-dependent people.

Categoryenvironment | nature conservation | science | other
RegionSouth America | Brazil
Contractfull-time
Duration12 months
Job Description

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. We are one of 15 CGIAR research centres. Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, and we have offices in Asia, Africa and South America.

CIFOR is looking for a Post Doctoral Fellow, Economist


The Post Doctoral Fellow will perform economic analysis of sub-national REDD+ projects and national policies and measures for CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (GCS REDD+). Under the supervision of Dr. Sven Wunder (CIFOR Brazil Office) and Dr. William Sunderlin (CIFOR Headquarters in Indonesia) in the Forests & Livelihoods Programme, the Post Doc will deliver research articles/papers related to study and contribute to the development of a wider research agenda on forests and climate change, with a focus on REDD+.

General duties and responsibilities

Primary responsibilities:

• Support the collection, compilation, and analysis of the opportunity, implementation and transaction costs of, on the one hand, REDD+ projects, and on the other, of REDD+ policies and measures in the GCS REDD+ project countries
• Support two GCS REDD+ sub-programs working at different scales; working collaboratively with and serving as a liaison between associate researchers based in the GCS countries, the US, and Europe
• As part of this team, consolidate data and build on models and methods under development
• Help develop an easy-to-use system for estimating costs of other REDD+ projects operating in the voluntary carbon offset market or future national or nested REDD+ systems, including tools for assembling and analysing data and projecting costs
• Draw on the cost analysis to evaluate alternative benefit sharing rules in terms of their impacts on incentives to participate, income distribution, and livelihood security of poor forest-dependent populations.

The Post Doc Fellow is also expected to:

• Draw on or develop her or his own area of expertise, e.g. applying theoretical insights and analytical methods from other areas of public economics such as natural resource and infrastructure concessions, public finance and subsidy reform, payments for environmental services, protected areas or regulatory environmental policies
• Independently and collaboratively develop research articles and reports, contribute to GCS management tasks, communicate with partners, help develop grant proposals, etc., as requested.


Requirements

Primary requirements:
• The candidate must by the start date have completed all requirements for a PhD in economics or a related field of applied economics (agricultural economics, environmental economics, natural resource economics, development economics, forest economics, etc.) or business (including accounting or finance as applied to environment and natural resources)
• Strong background in a relevant field of economics (e.g. public, development, natural resources, environmental) and experience with applied economic research methods (e.g. econometric analysis or cost-benefit analysis)
• Fluent in spoken and written English and Portuguese. Ability in spoken and written Spanish will be preferred.

Desirable requirements:
• Familiarity with REDD+ and/or with related fields of public economics (e.g. transaction costs, liability and risk-sharing, natural resource and public works concessions, public utility regulation, performance/results-based funding)
• Knowledge of and experience with programming methods to develop user-friendly interfaces for models
• Experience relevant to forest conservation and/or low-carbon development in Brazil, including fieldwork.

Personal attributes and competencies:
• Excellent analytical and synthesis skills
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experienced in working with multicultural and multidisciplinary research teams
• Ability and desire to work with an interdisciplinary, international, and geographically dispersed research team is critical
• 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.

Terms and conditions
• CIFOR offers competitive remuneration in US dollars commensurate with skills and experience.
• The appointment will be for a period of one year with a possibility of extension up to three years contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position, and available resources.
• The duty station will be at the CIFOR Office in Rio de Janeiro, with travel to research sites.

Application process
• The position will be opened until a candidate is identified.
• We will acknowledge all applications, but we will contact only short-listed candidates.

Please send your letter of interest and CV, including contact information for three referees.


To learn more about CIFOR and the full description of the position, please visit our website at http://www.cifor. org.



CIFOR is an equal opportunity employer.
Staff diversity contributes to excellence.

Education (min)University PhD
Language (min)English
Advert Datestarted on 02 May 2013 | ending on 01 Jul 2013