The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) of Columbia University invites applications for a Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist position, to lead the ‘Climate Services and Safety Nets’ Flagship of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS). The position will be located at the Lamont Campus of Columbia University.
The primary responsibilities will be to: 1) Provide continuity of vision and leadership for the Flagship grant, and share responsibility for integrating Flagship research into the overall CCAFS program and into CCAFS regional programs; 2) Ensure overall Flagship coherence and deliver on the Flagship grant outcomes; 3) Provide intellectual leadership in developing the knowledge, methods, capacity, and evidence needed to design interventions that help smallholder farmers to implement climate-resilient livelihood strategies; 4) Build strong cross-regional coherence and synergies and provide expertise to ensure quality of outputs and outcomes; 4) Seek out additional sources of funding to complement the Flagship grant. Appointment will be at the RS or SRS level commensurate with experience.
Climate Services and/or Safety Nets
This position is located in Rockland County, NY at the Lamont Campus of The Earth Institute at Columbia University.
May 1st, 2019
The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) grant is a major collaborative endeavor among CGIAR international agricultural Centers and numerous partners. CCAFS was launched in 2011 and will continue at least until the end of 2021. For further details, please consult: https://ccafs.cgiar.org/
The overall goal of CCAFS is to catalyze positive change towards climate-smart agriculture, food systems and landscapes, and thereby contribute to poverty alleviation, food and nutritional security, and natural resources management. CCAFS currently focuses on five regions – Latin America, West Africa, East Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia. Research is closely linked with partner activities to stimulate policy and farm-level change. CCAFS works with implementing partners, local organizations, and climate risk management service providers to build field-based evidence and to understand how to strengthen institutions and services through better use of climate information. It also works with policy partners to understand what works for coordinated policy and governance, as well as with large agencies and companies driving implementation, to understand what works for investment to reach scale.
The Flagship Leader will be appointed by International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) and will report to senior management in IRI as well as being accountable to the CCAFS for meeting programmatic objectives of the grant. This position is assisted by a full-time program manager.
Appointments are made on a fiscal year basis and are eligible for renewal each July 1, contingent upon performance and funding.
Columbia University benefits are offered with this Officer of Research appointment.
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.
Deadline to apply: Search will remain open until May 1 or until a suitable candidate is found.
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Where to apply: Prospective candidates must apply online through the Columbia University website.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer —Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.
For additional information about the position, please contact Alison Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org.