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Fellowship Position – Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania: Navigating socially accepted trade-offs for equitable green growth

We are seeking a Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellow to take a leading role in a joint project with WWF Tanzania, exploring socially accepted trade-offs for equitable green growth in Tanzania's agricultural growth corridor

The successful candidate will be involved in conducting collaborative research assessing the interlinkages, potentials and trade-offs between sectors around the growth of commercial agriculture in the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT). The focus of the project is trans-disciplinary and will require combination of desktop, field work, conceptualisation, as well as social data collection and analysis, participatory and social-ecological modelling or other emerging priority areas of research in partnership with the project’s collaborative research team.

Main duties and responsibilities

Develop a collaborative research program and methods to generate a better understanding of interlinkages, dependencies and potentials between sectors around the growth of commercial agriculture; Support the development of methodologies for the identification of more socially acceptable trade-offs and overview of risks in the context of commercial agriculture; Undertake social data collection, participatory and social-ecological modelling, and the elicitation of stakeholder perceptions to understand the potential benefits and impacts of commercial agriculture on social, environmental, and economic pillars across sectors and the “equitable green growth” implications; Support multi-sectoral decision-making process through identification of issues, policy formulation and assessment and monitoring and evaluation; Support capacity built within SAGCOT and with key long-term partners in participatory tools to navigate trade-offs among sectors with the growth of commercial agriculture; Conduct research and publish scholarly papers.

Additional mentoring through the Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellowship

The successful candidate will be enrolled in our Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellows' Programme, with exciting opportunities to work across the conservation science and policy interface in collaboration with WWF, leading scientists and practitioners.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD and demonstrated research experience in the area of sociology, political science, economics, natural resource management, ecology, geography or environmental science;
  • Demonstrated expert knowledge on the social dimensions of conservation and in conducting stakeholder research;
  • Experience in cross-sector stakeholder engagement, especially in developing countries;
  • An ability to establish effective relationships and to represent and promote academic discipline at the university and with project partners and stakeholders and the wider community level, including industry, government and professional bodies;
  • Evidence of an established record of contribution to research in the form of peer-reviewed publications in the international literature;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.

APPLY

Interested applicants shall send their applications letters, accompanied by comprehensive curriculum vitae, including a list of list of three referees; to Sustainable Consumption and Production Lead, mvirahsawmy@wwfint.org – not later than Friday 13th May 2016 at or before 4.30 pm.

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Luc Hoffmann InstituteFellowship Position – Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania: Navigating socially accepted trade-offs for equitable green growth