Tailored opportunities: Research fellowships on assessment of gender responsive resilience to climate change of biophysical and socio-economic systems

What?

Fellowships will be awarded to undertake in-depth studies using appropriate methodology to assess, in selected countries, measures on how to increase the resilience of biophysical and social-economic systems, taking into account relevant gender and marginalized groups interests. The research tasks will be developed within the following context:

1. Gender-sensitive resilience and adaptation measures and/or strategies to adverse effects of climate change and variability on forests, trees outside forests and people who depend on them. The following are some key research questions to consider in this regard: a. What kind of livelihoods, disaggregated by gender and marginalized groups, are obtained from different biophysical and socio-economic systems in the selected study sites? b. How vulnerable are the sources (forests and trees outside forests) that supply the identified livelihood support identified in (a) to climate change and climate variability? c. What are gender-sensitive resilience and adaptation measures and/or strategies employed and/or could be employed to address the adverse effects of climate change on the forest and tree resources that women, youth and marginalized groups depend on in the selected study sites? d. What conditions enable or constrain the enhancement of adaptive capacity of women, men, youth and other marginalized groups who depend on forests and trees outside forests in the selected study sites?

2. Developing and/or strengthening existing capacity for implementing gendersensitive resilience measures in selected biophysical and socio-economic systems. Key research questions could include the following: a. What are the capacity needs in the study sites, disaggregated by gender, for co-designing, planning and implementation of measures and/or strategies to increase adaptation and resilience of women, youth and marginalized groups, to adverse effects of climate change on the forest and tree resources they depend on? b. What is the level of engagement and institutional arrangement of different partners in the selected country, and more specifically in the study sites, in implementing relevant adaptation and resilience measures? c. What are the benefits (to who?) and challenges associated with the engagement of identified partners in the implementation of the measures and/or strategies? d. What are the promising forest-based resilience and adaptation measures for each gender groups in selected biophysical and socio-economic systems?

3. What are the promising institutional frameworks to support effective implementation of gender-sensitive resilience and adaptation measures to adverse effects of climate change and variability that are also relevant to other marginalized groups.

Research fellowships will be provided to a total of 6 postgraduate students (4 PhD and 2 MSc), at least one for each forest type and from 6 countries who are based in African institutions as well as those working in relevant forestry-based research institutions to support their doctoral or master’s studies at an African university.

Who?

a) Applicant must be a citizen of an African nation. b) Proposed fellowship project and activities must be clearly related to, and likely to advance people and forest adaptation to climate change in Africa within the thematic focus area selected. c) All application materials must be complete and received by the AFF Secretariat on or before the application deadline. d) All applicants must be supervised by a faculty member with expertise in the thematic focus of the fellowship.

Specific eligibility criteria

Prospective research fellows must: a) Have a master’s degree for PhD studies or bachelor’s degree for MSc studies, plus 2 or more years of professional experience related to forest management, climate change or environmental policy and planning. b) Be enrolled in a university as a graduate student and must have completed course work in a relevant field at the time of application.

The application package: a) An institutional support form or letter that confirms the applicant’s university/college formal endorsement of his or her ability to participate in the research fellowship with the name of a potential main research supervisor indicating his/her willingness to supervise and guide the student research from inception to completion. b) A research proposal description with clearly defined research questions/objectives, methodology on the research area and targeted tasks that can be completed within the fellowship period and explaining how the supported research activities will contribute in achieving the overall study’s outputs as well as how the results will support the resilience and adaptation capacity of different gender groups. results. Evidence must be provided that the proposal has been accepted for that level of study by the university/college. c) A budget estimate showing the approximate cost related to each research activity.

When?

Applications must be received by the Secretariat before or by 06 December 2019

How?

Applications must be submitted as follows: a) Complete the AFF Fellowship application form “Assessment of gender responsive resilience to climate Change of biophysical and socio-economic systems with particular emphasis on gender responsiveness and marginalized groups depending on critical ecosystems for their livelihood”. b) Attach all the supporting documents and submit by email to: d.mutta@cgiar.org, h.bouda@cgiar.org and v.oeba@cgiar.org with a copy to exec.sec@afforum.org

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“Transforming the African research landscape Through Networking” ConnectUs Future Africa with several clicks. Miss it Not!

Project background

ConnectUs is a visualised network of researchers and research expertise across Africa.

ConnectUs is an initiative of ASLP fellows to connect African scholars and their institutions, with the aim of creating a platform for them to work together to re-shape Research in Africa.

Why join?

Become part of the network committed to transforming the African research landscape, with whom you can interact. Become visible to other researchers and funders through the website and our communication channels. Receive information about transformational opportunities in science development.

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How to join ConnectUs

1) use this link https://www.futureafrica.science/index.php/profile/connectus and use Mekonen, Dawit Gebregziabher as ConnectUs Referee rather than the default Smeetha Singh, Just click of Smeetha Singh and you will find space just below it where you can type the first few alphabets and it pop up and click that as referee  2) Complete the form and submit 3) Await approval of your profile and log-in details for access to your profile

For more information about the Future Africa please visit this link

https://www.futureafrica.science/index.php/about-us/future-africa-ethos

Sharing our experiences from the “Science Advice and Science Leadership Workshop for Early Career Scientists and Policy Makers” held in Addis Ababa from October 31 to 2 November, 2019

The aforementioned opportunity was posted as one of the “Tailored Opportunities” in “The African Academic/Researcher” blog By Dr. Mulubrhan Balehegn. Hailekiros Shibhato (Ph.D.) and Dawit Gebregziabher (Ph.D.) were among the many applicants for this opportunity. Finally, we were fortunate enough to be informed that we are selected for the workshop. We have confirmed to participate and attended the workshop. As a result, we are glad to share our experiences with our wider network.

The future scientific development in Africa requires interdisciplinary, interconnected and international teams to contribute to evidence-informed policy formulation and implementation. Cognizant of this fact this workshop was organized to gather international teams with diverse fields of studies from Africa and the rest of the world. The main theme of the workshop was to “ensure effective and efficient policy formulation and implementation, providing scientific evidence with policy decision making”. This workshop was organized by “The Ethiopian Young Academy of Sciences (EtYAS), the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS), the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA), Global Young Academy (GYA) and the African Science Leadership Program (ASLP) of Future Africa, University of Pretoria”

From this workshop, we have clearly understood that science development capacity in Africa will be achieved not only through the technical training of people but also through the leadership quality fit for leading the dynamic and ever-changing environment. We have gained the leadership role that we can play in the science advice space and personal strategy for our continued engagement. The resource persons for this workshop were leading experts from around the world. Some of the panel discussions were: • Transitioning from careers at the bench, science policy, and science diplomacy • The Use of Scientific Evidence in Developing Teacher Policies in Africa • How can Science Advice to Governments Help Unlock Research for Development in the Global South? and • Experiences in Language Policy Making in Ethiopia

We had also a number of activities shared by the facilitators such as how to become an active listener, how to generate divergent ideas and how to converge them. How to develop one idea and develop the project accordingly. Receiving feedback for your group project and provide feedback for projects of other groups. Finally, after considering the comments from the participants from the other group, the group will develop an action plan to address one issue by mentioning that sub-activities (what), when it will be implemented and who will be responsible to address this action. Moreover, it was also a great opportunity to share peer-to-peer experiences and continued networking among the participants, who represented Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania, South Sudan, and Canada.

Tailored Opportunities: African Science Leadership Programme (ASLP) Call for applications 2020

What?

The programme is an initiative of the University of Pretoria in partnership with the Global Young Academy, funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. It serves early- to mid-career researchers in range of fields of science. This programme is designed to enhance leadership skills; team development, engagement and collaboration of early to mid-career researchers to enable them solve complex issues that Africa and the global community are facing at the grass root level in the era of changing climate. This programme argues that speed and quality of science development capacity in Africa and other developing countries depend not only on technical training of individuals but also on their quality of leadership to lead change. ASLP will focus on collective leadership skills that will help fellows contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Who?

Applicants should have PhD degree or equivalent qualification; • A faculty or a continuing research position at a research institution; • Active in research and teaching at an African institution of higher education or research; a sustained record of outstanding scientific outputs; • Interested in translating or communicating their research results for impact in society; demonstrate leadership ability in research and beyond; • Interest in role of research in addressing complex issues affecting society • Interest in collaborations across disciplines and sectors (e.g Industry, government etc) • Commitment to participate in all the activities of the fellowship; and intent to share what is learned in the programme with their broader networks

When?

The deadline of the application is 20 December 2019, 01 February 2020 outcome letters sent to applicants. 19 March 2020 Arrival of fellows, to begin training on the 20th

How?

All applicants have to provide two support letters by academic referees. One of the two referees has to commit to be involved in future communications and mentorship in case of selection of the applicant into the programme. This referee will be informed about the progress of the fellow and should be willing to support the fellow if he or she requires it.

Benefits?

The programme will cover the costs incurred during the workshop (training, relevant travel, meals and accommodation). However, it does not cover visa, vaccination & local travel expenses. For more information, please visit this link:

https://www.futureafrica.science/index.php/what-s-happening/news/165-call-for-applications-aslp-2019

Tailored opportunities: PhD position – Hydrology, Meteorology, Earth- and Climate Sciences at Forschungszentrum Jülich Jülich, Germany

What?

This position is nested in the European Long-Term Ecosystem Research (eLTER PLUS) Horizon 2020 project, aiming at improved transdisciplinary understanding of the multifaceted environmental system in order to develop appropriate mitigation measures to these critical Grand Challenges. Further informatoin on the project can be found here: https://www.lter-europe.net/elter

The work involves the set-up of a coupled continental scale surface-subsurface hydrologic model with a global dynamic vegetation model for the pan-European domain and decadal time periods. In addition to available time series from the eLTER network, we will use remotely sensed time series of vegetation, land surface, and subsurface states like from the SMOS, SMAP, MODIS, Sentinel and GRACE satellite missions.

Your main tasks include:

  • Development of a European terrestrial ecohydrological model and assess the impact of climate extremes on water-related ecosystem services.
  • Simulation of hydrological processes, mass and energy fluxes resulting from in-situ data and other measurement data.
  • International collaboration and project meetings, publications in international journals and conferences.

Who?

  • Masters degree or equivalent in environmental sciences or engineering
  • Focus on hydrology, earth sciences and climate sciences is an advantage
  • Experience in programming, data analysis, Linux-based operation systems and high performance computing is also advantageous.
  • Ability to work both independently and together in an international, interdisciplinary team across institutes.
  • Very good communication and organizational skills
  • Fluent in English

When?

Open till filled

How?

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Tailored opportunities: PhD position to investigate the dynamics of flowing stream networks at Lausanne, Switzerland

What?

The networks of headwater streams dynamically expand in response to rainfall events or snowmelt, and they contract during extended dry periods.  Understanding these stream network dynamics can help us to gain important insights into water storage variations and streamflow generating processes.  This PhD project aims to identify physiographic and hydro-climatic factors that control stream network expansion and contraction in headwater catchments.  The project will combine traditional hydrological field work with cutting-edge technologies such as wireless sensor networks for real-time hydrological monitoring and on-site water sample analysis for high-frequency water quality monitoring.  A coherent theoretical framework will be developed which translates spatial information about the flowing stream network into hydrologic process understanding.

Your Responsibilities

  • Extensive fieldwork and lab work during the snow-free seasons of the first two years of the project
  • Perform statistical analyses of GPS, hydrologic and hydrochemical data
  • Use environmental tracers (stable water isotopes, solutes) to quantify flow pathways and source contributions to the flowing stream network
  • Report regularly to the collaborators and present research results at scientific meetings
  • Publish in international peer-reviewed journals

Who?

  • A Masters’ degree in a topic related to Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Earth System Science, Environmental Engineering, Geography, Environmental Physics or related relevant disciplines
  • Experience with field and lab work, good sense of direction
  • Programming skills (using e.g., Matlab, Python, Fortran or R)
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills in English; kn

When?

The application deadline is November 1st 2019

How?

Please send a cover letter describing why you are interested in the position, your CV, copies of relevant diplomas, two names of possible referees, and a writing sample in one single pdf file to jana.vonfreyberg19@usys.ethz.ch.

For further information, please contact Dr. Jana von Freyberg via e-mail: jana.vonfreyberg19@usys.ethz.ch.

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