Post-doctoral research scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)

Expiration date

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Company / Organization

International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)
CCAFS and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society invite applications for a post-doctoral researcher to examine gender and climate services.

Applications are now invited for a postdoctoral position at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), the Earth Institute of Columbia University in Palisades, NY to work on the Flagship 4 (Climate Services and Safety Nets) of the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) grant.

The project seeks to examine gender and climate services to understand how climate services and agricultural insurance can meet the differing needs of women farmers; incorporate those insights into efforts to scale up climate services; and test the degree to which these services can be gender transformative by improving control of resources and participation in decision-making. Current evidence will be synthesized, and new knowledge and evidence will be generated to inform the design and implementation of gender-equitable services.

CCAFS is currently undertaking a review of gender and climate services research to chart the next steps for its research and programming. The Postdoctoral Research Scientist will carry forward the results of the gender and climate services review to explore the ingredients and factors for developing gender-transformative climate services that empower women, increase their control of productive assets, and improve their participation in decision making. The research will require travel in East and West Africa and possibly South Asia.

Minimum qualifications:

Ph.D in a social science; preferred disciplines include sociology and rural sociology, anthropology, agricultural education and extension, ICT4D studies, development studies, gender studies or geography.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Training or experience in: gender analysis in agriculture, environment or natural resources management. 
  • Training or experience in rural sociology, agricultural information and extension services, climate information services, and information and communications technology (ICT) for development is desirable. 
  • Evidence of course work in Gender Mainstreaming, Gender in Development Planning and/or Gender Equity and Equality. 
  • Experience living overseas and working in rural communities in a developing country. 
  • Experience integrating field-based social science research into policy action or adaptive project monitoring and evaluation, and integrating qualitative and quantitative methodologies, are desirable.
  • Knowledge of French is desirable.

The successful candidate will form part of IRI's multidisciplinary team of scientists engaged in its mission to enhance society's capability to understand, anticipate and manage the impacts of climate in order to improve human welfare and the environment, especially in developing countries. The IRI is a catalyst for the research, creation and provision of science-based outcomes that address climate risk. Our approach is based on collaborative partnerships with local, national, regional, international, public and private institutions facilitating the open exchange of ideas, information, and technology between many disciplines and regions.

The position is located in Rockland County, NY at the Lamont Campus of Columbia University and will be for 1 year, with continuation pending funding and progress.

How to apply:

Submit your application, curriculum vitae, a statement of interest (up to 2 pages), and contact information for three references.

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