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Research Assistant, CIFOR, Burkina Faso

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ACFAO is a three year FFEM-funded project of CIFOR, implemented in Mali and Burkina Faso. The primary goal of the project is to contribute to mainstreaming ecosystem based adaptation into national development policies and projects. The Research Assistant will report to the Coordinator of the ACFAO project.

JobTitleResearch Assistant
CompanyCIFOR, Bogor Barat, Indonesia
Company ProfileThe 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
RegionWest Africa | Burkina Faso
Duration24 months
Job DescriptionResearch Assistant is expected to contribute to forests and climate change research activities in Burkina, including:
1) Participate in research:
Contribute to research/fieldwork necessary to achieve the project field base objectives;
Assist in the processing of databases related to the project and perform data analysis;
Conduct literature search and review on ecosystem based adaptation, synergies between adaptation and mitigation, etc;
Contribute to the planning and implementation of research activities related to synergies between adaptation and mitigation;
Assist with the preparation and publication of research results/reports;
Assist in other research activities as required.
2) Assist in project management:
Assist in managing contracts and agreements with research partners, consultants and interns;
Contribute to the development of project proposals;
Assist in organising workshops, training or field work as required;
Assist in project monitoring and evaluation;
Assist in reporting (minutes, translation, etc.);
Contribute to maintaining appropriate communications with key stakeholders and partners, including local and national government agencies, environmental and development NGOs;
Other duties as required by the project.
Education (min)University Undergraduate Degree
Language (min)English | Spanish | Kiswahili
Advert Datestarted on 18 Feb 2013 | ending on 19 Apr 2013