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Assistant Scientist Climate Change

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Job status: Inactive
Job category: Local Position
Duty station: Garoua, Cameroon
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The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) envision a more equitable world where trees in all landscapes, from drylands to the humid tropics, enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR and ICRAF are non-profit science institutions that build and apply evidence to today’s most pressing challenges, including energy insecurity and the climate and biodiversity crises. Over a combined total of 65 years, we have built vast knowledge on forests and trees outside of forests in agricultural landscapes (agroforestry). Using a multidisciplinary approach, we seek to improve lives and to protect and restore ecosystems. Our work focuses on innovative research, partnering for impact, and engaging with stakeholders on policies and practices to benefit people and the planet. Founded in 1993 and 1978, CIFOR and ICRAF are members of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food secure future dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources.

CIFOR-ICRAF is looking for a

Assistant Scientist Climate Change



Duties and responsibilities

  • Provide technical lead in the project component on climate change adaptation: Inventory, assess and value farmers’ local knowledge and practices in relation to climate change and climate change adaptation; Contribute to the development, adaptation, diffusion and use of tools to evaluate and predict the effect of climate change and climate change adaptation strategies on major production systems in the project area (cotton and cereals); Promote agrosylvopastoral practices for climate change adaptation through the climate-smart village approach; Build capacities of farmers and pastoralists to adopt climate change adaptation practices and strategies
  • Provide technical lead in the project component on Climate Information Services: Diagnose existing knowledge and capacities for climate information delivery in Cameroon in general and in the project area in particular; Assess needs and preferences for climate information of local actors, including both service providers, and end-users (farmers and pastoralists); Contribute to the development and implementation of the PICSA (Participatory Integrated Climate Services for Agriculture) approach in pilot sites
  • Assist project coordinator in daily project management, partner relations and reporting
  • In collaboration with other scientists, produce publications, such as technical reports, technical sheets, training manuals, blogs and journal articles
  • Contribute to resource mobilization

Education, knowledge and experience

  • •Solid theoretical background (MSc level) in agriculture, environment or climate change sciences, with minimum 3 years’ practical experience in dryland agrosylvopastoral systems. •Strong analytical skills and proficiency in statistical software •Experience with participatory research and design of advisory services, including strengthening climate change related knowledge and skills of technicians and farmers. •Basic knowledge on gender-sensitive research and project development. •Experience with project management, as well as development and management of partnerships will be appreciated. •Willing to work in rural areas and travel extensively in often remote areas. •Proficiency in French and good working knowledge in English, knowledge of Fulfulde will be an asset.

Personal attributes and competencies

  • •Excellent oral and written communication skills •Ability to work independently, as well as in multicultural and plural-disciplinary teams •Ability to work under pressure and deliver on time.

Terms and conditions

  • •This is a Locally Recruited position. CIFOR-ICRAF offers competitive remuneration in local currency commensurate with skills and experience.

Application process

The application deadline is 15 Jan-2023
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.


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