Vacancy: Social Scientist Specializing in Gender

August 19, 2014

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), in partnership with the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) is seeking a Social Scientist who specializes in gender.

Tasks will involve:

  • Providing support in establishing and expanding agricultural research team skills, so that they can better analyse, process and document gender mainstreaming issues
  • Providing support in restructuring internal procedures with a focus on gender mainstreaming
  • Providing support in setting up a knowledge management system on the subject of gender

For the full posting, including details on how to apply, click here: Gender Social Scientist

Vacancy: Gender Program Coordinator, CGIAR Program on Dryland Systems

August 18, 2014

The CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems (DS) is seeking a Gender Program Coordinator to be based in Amman, Jordan, at ICARDA. The core tasks of the Gender Program Coordinator include:

  • Provide leadership to the design and implementation of social science research, including the gender strategy, and particularly lead and coordinate the DS gender component.
  • Participate in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating research activities that include and promote social inclusion as well as gender equality and local community empowerment.
  • Provide leadership and facilitate effective capacity building in social science research, consideration of gender equity and social inclusion in the activities of DS.
  • Build effective collaboration with partners in order to maximize potential synergies.
  • Internalize effectively lessons learnt from past programs/experiences, and disseminate evidence for influencing policy and practice.
  • Facilitate cross-regional exchange of knowledge and documentation of tested and new approaches with potential for scaling up in the area of social science research and gender integration in agricultural research.
  • Publish research outputs in ISI peer-reviewed journals and other forms of publications.
  • Lead and participate in fundraising activities to support social science research and strengthen the Center’s contribution to the CGIAR research programs.

For more information on the Dryland Systems CRP, click here.

For more information on the posting, as well as details on how to apply, click here: Gender Program Coordinator

Vacancy: Gender Research Associate Scientist

August 15, 2014


The International Potato Center (CIP) seeks an experienced social scientist, knowledgeable in the analysis of gender in agricultural development contexts, to coordinate implementation of the Gender Strategy of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas for Food Security and Income (RTB).


The Program: 

The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) is led by the International Potato Center (CIP) with Bioversity International, the International Center for tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (Cirad) and includes a wide spectrum of research for development stakeholders. This collaboration, with its combined scale and capacity, will increase the ability to advance research, share knowledge, and enhance uptake to increase research and development impacts. The purpose of RTB is to exploit the underutilized potential of root, tuber, and banana crops to improve nutrition and food security and foster greater gender equity especially among some of the world’s most poor and vulnerable populations.

The position: 

You will help the RTB Program to widen the contribution of RTB crops to food security and poverty reduction in ways that equitably benefit rural women and men.

You will provide expert input on gender issues to teams including social and biological scientists, enabling them to strengthen the gender- responsiveness of their research for the development and uptake of new RTB technologies and practices. You will collaborate closely with gender focal points in each center and build a team to mainstream gender. You will be inventive and innovative in finding novel ways to efficiently collect, analyze and communicate gender-disaggregated data to inform and orient the Program’s work. As part of learning-through-doing in RTB, you will support and back-stop targeted research activities on gender in relation to RTB farming and food systems.

The position will be based in Lima (Peru) and involve work in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The gender research coordinator will form part of the Program Management Unit, based in the lead Center and report to the RTB Program Director.


Working closely with the gender focal points, and other managers and scientists in the RTB participating Centers, you will guide and coordinate the following:

  • Gender action plan; in alignment with the existing RTB gender strategy
  • Gender capacity strengthening plan
  • Integration of gender‐responsive approaches and methods across the research cycle
  • Support and backstopping of ongoing strategic and integrated gender research
  • Mainstreaming of gender in planning, monitoring, evaluation and budget of the RTB program
  • Including gender as an integrative part of communication and knowledge management in RTB
  • Exploration of synergies in gender research with other CGIAR Research Programs via interaction in the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network

We are seeking candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Post-graduate qualification, preferably PhD, in Sociology, Development Economics, Anthropology, Gender Studies.  Publications in relevant fields are desirable.Relevant work experience in gender research and analysis of at least 5 years, including fieldwork in Africa, Asia or Latin America. This would be preferably in the context of agricultural research or natural resource management including both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Capability to motivate managers and scientists at all levels of responsibility to actively mainstream gender into research.
  • Knowledge of design of projects or programs and experience with M&E
  • Good interpersonal skills. Experience working successfully in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams and developing effective partnerships for research. Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English. Knowledge of Spanish or other languages is desirable


International position with a three-year term with six-month probation period, with the possibility of renewal. CIP prides itself on its collegial and supportive working environment, which allows space for personal and professional growth.


Applicants should apply by email, sending a letter of motivation, a full C.V., and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to: The reference name of the position should be clearly marked in the subject line of the email message. Screening of applications will begin on August 25st and will continue until the post is filled. All applications will be acknowledged, however only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Learn more about RTB by accessing our web site at

CIP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women and professionals from developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply

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Vacancy: ICRISAT Principal Scientist/Senior Scientist -Rural Sociology (West and Central Africa)

August 7, 2014

ICRISAT is seeking applications from a dynamic and highly innovative Rural Sociologist to undertake applied sociological research in sub-Saharan Africa on rural food production of cereal and legume crops by small holder farmers in collaboration with a team of economists and bio-physical scientists. The Principal/Senior Scientist (Internationally Recruited Staff) will be based in Niamey, Niger and will work within the Research Program on Markets, Institutions and Policies.

ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. Covering 6.5 million square kilometers of land in 55 countries, the semi-arid tropics is home to over 2 billion people, with 650 million of these being the poorest of the poor. ICRISAT and its partners help empower those living in the semi-arid tropics, especially smallholder farmers, to overcome poverty, hunger, malnutrition and a degraded environment through more efficient and profitable agriculture. ICRISAT, established in 1972,  is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see

The Job:

  • Design and implement sociological studies of decision making processes regarding food security within agriculture households and communities. Especially provide sociological insights (by gender) into household decision making, seed variety dissemination, and labor practices, which will inform the delivery strategies in target countries
  • Provide sociological perspective in the design of village level studies in WCA and in particular  sociological input in the development of the proposal to resume the longitudinal household panel data in Niger and Burkina Faso.
  • Document how technological interventions and policy decisions are impacting agriculture, livelihoods, poverty, natural resource and ecosystems in semi-arid tropics.
  • Identify the key sociological constraints regarding the adoption of technologies and innovations that are impacting agricultural productivity of dryland cereals and grain legumes.
  • Evaluate the social, cultural, and economic factors that encourage farmers to adopt new technological innovations and knowledge.
  • Work effectively with a team of multi-disciplinary scientists to understand the drivers of change in village economies of the semi-arid tropics crop-livestock systems and identify opportunities for developing smallholder agriculture across the two regions where ICRISAT targets – Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
  • Bring a social perspective to research priority setting and targeting, and in particular to contribute to team designed baseline and market studies.
  • Evaluate social, technological and/or institutional innovations for the revitalization of semi‐arid agriculture through smallholder competitiveness, income growth and diversification.
  • Work within the cereal and legumes value chains in WCA to improve smallholder access to input and delivery systems.

The Person:

  • PhD in rural sociology or related social sciences, with 7-10 years of experience with community-driven development, rural livelihoods, institutional development, gender and poverty analysis, and/or food security with relevant work experience in developing countries.
  • A proven record of experience in implementing and analyzing field surveys and research in a developing context.
  • Proficiency with both qualitative and quantitative approaches to social science research.
  • Strong quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa (preferably WCA) will be an advantage.
  • Fluency in English and French: Excellent communication skills.
  • Conceptual and report writing skills and a record of international peer‐reviewed publications.
  • Computer and word processing skills; experience with an analytic software, such as SPSS, is an asset.

The Reward:
This is an internationally recruited staff position with an attractive and competitive salary and benefits package payable in US dollars. The position is initially for three years, and extendable depending on performance of the incumbent and funding availability. An attractive compensation will be offered for the right candidate.

How to apply:

Please apply latest by 31st August 2014.  The application should include the reference name of the position (Principal/Senior Scientist-Rural Sociology), a letter of motivation, a full Curriculum Vitae (with age, nationality, marital status), and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. Screening of applications will begin in September 2014, and will continue until the post is filled. All applications will be acknowledged, however only short listed candidates will be contacted.

To apply please click here.

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer and is especially interested in increasing the participation of women on its staff. ICRISAT has a flexible approach to international appointments and welcomes dual-career couples.

Vacancy: Gender and Social Inequality Research Leader at CCAFS

July 29, 2014

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is searching for a Gender and Social Inequality Research Leader.

The Research Leader on Gender and Social Inequality will coordinate work across all of CCAFS Regions and Themes. The incumbent will provide expert input on gender and social inequality to diverse teams and stakeholders, and will work with gender specialists in most of the 15 CGIAR Centers as well as in partner organisations. The successful applicant will be expected to publish research results in top social science and interdisciplinary journals, as well as lead the effort to make strong gender and social inequality-related contributions to CCAFS outcomes and impacts on food security, poverty reduction, adaptive capacity and emissions reductions. The aim is to develop gender-sensitive, equitable and sustainable approaches to agriculture under climate change, render them accessible to women and men farmers, and, most importantly, to empower women and marginal social groups.

For more information on the position click here and to apply click here.

IFPRI Research Brief: Community-Based Legal Aid and Women’s Land Rights

July 16, 2014

Improving women’s ability to securely access land is recognized as an effective means to increase gender equality and advance other key social and economic development goals. Despite progressive laws in many African countries, gender disparities commonly persist in women’s access and ownership of land. Although legal empowerment of women can help to strengthen their claims to land, developing country governments commonly lack the capacity to offer legal services. Civil society is increasingly stepping in to fill the wide gap in legal service provision, with the aim of empowering marginalized groups and individuals to exercise their legal rights. Although legal aid has wide application, this brief focuses on the consequences of regulating services provided at the community level to support women’s land rights.

For the full research brief, written by IFPRI researchers Lucy Billings, Ruth Meinzen-Dick, and Valerie Mueller, click here.

Call for Applications: AWARD Fellowships

July 15, 2014

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)

Call for Applications for 2015 AWARD Fellowships

The majority of those who produce, process, and market Africa’s food are women, but only one in four agricultural researchers is female. The AWARD Fellowship is equipping African women scientists to bridge that gap (Photo: Mike Goldwater). AWARD is a career-development program that equips top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills, through tailored fellowships. AWARD is a catalyst for innovations with high potential to contribute to the prosperity and well-being of African smallholder farmers, especially women. AWARD Fellows benefit from two-year fellowships focused on fostering mentoring partnerships, building science skills, and developing leadership capacity. Fellows stay in their institutions, continue their research, and travel to AWARD training courses held in various locations in Africa.


Women agricultural scientists who are citizens of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, or Zambia, who have completed a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in one of the disciplines listed below, or other agriculture-related fields, are eligible to apply. Applicants must be resident in Africa throughout the two-year fellowship period.

Agricultural economics

Agricultural engineering


Animal and livestock sciences

Aquatic resources and fisheries

Biodiversity conservation

Crop science



Extension education

Food science and nutrition

Forestry and agroforestry


Molecular biology (plant/animal breeding)

Natural resources management

Plant/animal virology

Soil science

Veterinary sciences

Water and irrigation management


Fellowships are awarded on the basis of intellectual merit, leadership capacity, and the potential of the scientist’s research to improve the livelihoods of African smallholder farmers. This is the last round of fellowships offered by AWARD under its current grant funding.

Apply: For the electronic application form and more information, click here.

Deadline: August 8, 2014    Applications received after the deadline and incomplete applications will NOT be accepted.

Winners will be notified by December 31, 2014. Successful candidates must be available to attend one of the three five-day AWARD Mentoring Orientation Workshops to be held in February/March 2015 in Kenya. Specific dates to be announced. AWARD is generously supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. AWARD is a preferred service provider of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and is hosted by the CGIAR’s World Agroforestry Centre.


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