The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) envisions a more equitable world where forestry and landscapes enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR is a non-profit, scientific institution that conducts research on the most pressing challenges of forest and landscape management around the world. Using a global, multidisciplinary approach, we aim to improve human well-being, protect the environment, and increase equity. To do so, we conduct innovative research, develop partners’ capacity, and actively engage in dialogue with all stakeholders to inform policies and practices that affect forests and people. CIFOR is a CGIAR Research Center, and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Nairobi, Kenya; Yaoundé, Cameroon; Lima, Peru; and Bonn, Germany.
PhD on gender, policies and climate change
In 2009, CIFOR started a multi-donor funded Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (GCS REDD+) in 13 countries. This GCS REDD+ is a 6-year global comparative research project on first and second-generation REDD+ activities in selected countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America. The project is designed in several modules, i.e., national initiatives around policy processes and strategies (Module 1), sub-national demonstration activities, monitoring and reference levels, carbon management at the landscape level (incl. adaptation and mitigation synergies and multi-level governance) and knowledge sharing. The overall goal of the project is to provide REDD+ policy makers and practitioner communities with the information, analysis and tools they need to ensure effective and cost-efficient reduction of carbon emissions with equitable impacts and co-benefits such as poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation – the ‘3E+’ criteria.
The aim of the research in Module 1 is to identify how opportunities and potential barriers related to governance, institutions and the political economy of forests in national REDD+ policy arenas, can be addressed through policy design and implementation. The project will use comparative research to analyze the country specific circumstances and factors that explain varying 3E outcomes from the national policy processes.
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is offering a 3-year PhD position in the context of CIFOR’s global comparative study on REDD+ (GCS). As part of the Module 1 research team, the successful candidate would be expected to work mainly on gender, policies and climate change in West Africa.
Duties and responsibilities
Objectives of the Assignment
The objective of this research is to provide lessons for gender sensitive REDD + policy design through analysis of existing and past interventions, policies and measures and their impact on gender relationships, adaptive capacity and the resulting changes in ecosystem management. The research will include the development of a gender sensitive approach and framework that informs, future, planned and ongoing interventions in the context of climate change.
We expect the candidate to provide insights into the effective integration of gender in REDD+ implementation, by analyzing potential differences between currently applied and required gender assessments, and evaluating options to close these gaps. The work should contribute to a deeper understanding of the gendered dimensions of climate change and forests, including the linkages between adaptation and mitigation, and to provide guidance for the design and implementation of gender sensitive climate change policies and measures.
Scope of the Assignment
1.Provide a literature review to approach and analyze evolution of gender relationships in the context of policy interventions with a particular focus on climate change.
2.Develop a framework for analysis (including the design of a set of gender-relevant indicators) to analyze livelihoods and ecosystem services, such as income, social capital, access and rights to resources (natural resources, information, finance, etc.), as well as decision-making behavior, and indicators related to the provision of forest ecosystem services.
3.Identify existing major interventions, policies and measures related to the forestry sector.
4.Conduct case studies to analyze and assess the impact of interventions on gender relations and resulting changes in local livelihoods and the provision of ecosystem services by applying the developed framework.
5.Develop a gender sensitive approach that informs future, planned and ongoing interventions in the context of climate change.
6.Publish in peer-reviewed journals.
Education, knowledge and experience
-An MSc degree in gender studies and/or development studies, political science with a gender focus.
-Research experience in climate change, natural resource management and forestry.
-Proven ability to design and conduct institutional analysis, including gender analysis, household surveys and impact analysis (related to external interventions) is necessary.
-Experience and willingness to work in West African countries with a significant amount of fieldwork.
-Strong English and French skills are fundamental.
Personal Attributes and Competencies
-Excellent analytical skills.
-Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experienced in working with multicultural and multidisciplinary research teams.
-Have initiative and capable of working independently as well as in a team environments.
-Competency in personal organization, priority setting and managing multiple tasks.
-Values the sharing of information and continuous improvement in a cooperative atmosphere of constructive evaluation and learning.
Terms and Conditions
-The PhD position will be supported by CIFOR for up to 3 years.
-The PhD research will be conducted mainly at the CIFOR’s West African Regional Office (WARO) in Ouagadougou under the supervision of Dr. Houria Djoudi and Dr. Maria Brockhaus.
The candidate will also be expected to spend some time at CIFOR’s Headquarters in Bogor, Indonesia, and to engage in intensive fieldwork, and international exchange and meetings.
Application processThe application deadline is 08 Dec-2013
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.