Main purpose of the positions
To establish the definitive database on the impact of field-level agricultural practices on food production, adaptive capacity, and climate change mitigation.
The livelihoods of hundreds of millions of rural families depend on farming. In many cases, farmer manage their crops, livestock and trees in ways that have not changed for decades. The practices—particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa—often result in low yields, which jeopardize food security, nutrition, health and economic development. With so much riding on agriculture, transforming how agriculture is practiced and how food is produced is critical to future rural livelihoods.
Many levers are used to try to shift agricultural production, including policies, services, products and more. Although they act in different ways, all aim to affect farm- and field-management practices and technologies, a broad category that includes activities such as adopting drought-resistant crop varieties, reducing stocking rates of animals, changing harvesting and postharvest storage techniques, and many more. Regional and national policies are constructed around such practices, investments are structured to catalyze adoptioin of them, and the private sector develops products to deliver them. Implementation at massive scale is the key to transformative agricultural change.
The vast number of practices available and the equally vast range of possible results from using them create challenges in identifying what will work in which locations. Indeed, this has always been the central question for agricultural research. Given the need to transform agriculture, it is imperative that everyone has the best information available if we wish to design efficient and effective policies, programs and products.
We have assembled the largest database of the performance of agricultural technologies called ERA (Evidence for Resilient Agriculture). The Research Fellows will work on improving and expanding this database with the ERA team.
The Research Fellows will be part of a team that will work with the ERA team to extract data from pre-identified papers and do data analysis as appropriate. This will yield an even more robust database of the available information. Data will be extracted according to a well-established protocol. We will conform, as much as possible, to the guidelines set out by the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence to ensure transparency, credibility, and legitimacy of the work. Successful candidates will collaborate with the other consultants and project leads. The expected deliverable is quantitative data extracted from literature that will be form the basis of decision support tools and gap analysis to prioritize investments in research and development. The Consultant team will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.
To compile data through ERA Web interface from research on agriculture and economics literature including, but not limited to, the following fields: livestock nutrition, agronomy, forestry, economics, rural sociology, and horticulture.
Qualifications and experience
- At least an MSc in one of the following or related field: Agronomy, Agroecology, Environmental Sciences, Livestock Science, Landscape Ecology, Policy, Agricultural or Development Economics, International Agricultural Development, Horticulture, or related field.
- Knowledge of issues related to (and preferably research on) climate change mitigation and/or climate change adaptation.
- Desire (experience preferred) working in an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural team.
- High proficiency in the English language.
- Hard working and attentive to detail.
- Positive attitude.
- Willingness to travel internationally if not a resident of Kenya.
- Knowledge and capacity in R is a plus.
Terms of offer
ICRAF is an equal opportunity employer and offers an exciting, collegial and gender sensitive working environment. We believe that staff diversity promotes excellence and strongly encourage applications from women. These are positions are available for between six months and one year based on performance and continued relevance. The fellowships will be expected to start in January 2020 or before.
How to apply
Submit a cover letter that describes your experience and career goals, CV or resume and contact details for three referees to http://smis.worldagroforestry.org/content/fellowship-and-internship-application.
Applications will be considered until 15 December 2019 or until all positions are filled. Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.