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Research award: Agriculture and Food Security

Deadline: September 6, 2017 

Please note that all applications must be submitted online.

IDRC is one of the world’s leaders in generating new knowledge to meet global challenges. We offer a number of research awards providing a unique opportunity to enhance research skills and gain a fresh perspective on crucial development issues. These one‐year, paid, in‐house programs of training and mentorship allow award holders to pursue their research goals and work in one of IDRC’s dynamic program or division teams.

The Agriculture and Food Security (AFS) program supports research that generates new options for equitable and productive agriculture to improve food and income security in developing countries. Research shows that appropriate food security interventions can improve household food security as well as the nutritional well‐being of vulnerable members of the population. The AFS program works with organizations to intensify and diversify small‐scale agriculture, improve nutritional quality, and increase income by developing, disseminating, and using innovations (technological, institutional, political, economic, and social) without adversely impacting societies and the environment. AFS supports research across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

AFS is looking for a research award recipient to conduct research on the opportunities and benefits of climate smart agriculture to smallholder farmers in the context of the climate change/agriculture/water nexus. The research will contribute to knowledge on how climate smart agricultural practices and technologies and water management practices can contribute to adaptation, resilience and/or mitigation for smallholder farmers. The research will pay particular attention to field-tested best practices, bottlenecks, and pathways for reaching and benefiting more smallholder farmers in agri-food value chains through climate smart agriculture interventions.

The successful candidate will allocate 50% of his/her time for a research project relating to the above themes under the guidance of a senior program officer. The awardee will be expected to prepare a research plan, provide progress updates during the year, and present his/her findings at the end of the year. The other 50% of the successful candidate’s time will include contributions to program operations, which may include synthesizing and disseminating project outcomes and results; participating in program and project development, monitoring, and evaluation; supporting program communications and research dissemination activities; and preparing internal and external reports. The successful candidate will support the AFS program to develop a climate smart agriculture agenda and position the work of AFS in the context of climate change adaptation, resilience, and mitigation.

Applicants should clearly outline their qualifications for this position, and explain how this opportunity will advance their career goals.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, you must meet the requirements stated in the IDRC Research Awards 2018 call page.

Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • General interest in research on food security issues in developing countries; 
  • Specific interest and some experience in the economics of smallholder farming systems; 
  • Specific interest and some experience in climate smart agriculture; and
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Please note that doctoral and postdoctoral candidates, or those who have already completed a PhD or Postdoc, should not apply.

It is highly desirable that the candidate is enrolled in (or has recently completed) a master’s program related to one of the following areas:

  • Agricultural economics, with a focus on agribusiness; 
  • Natural resource management with a focus on climate smart agriculture and/or water management;
  • Rural sociology/rural development with a focus on agriculture and/or climate change;
  • Business administration/management with a focus on agricultural entrepreneurship 

Your research proposal should demonstrate:

  • The intention to explore linkages between the role of climate smart agriculture research results and innovations and food security;
  • Have a clear commitment to AFS’ methodological building blocks (e.g., multi-stakeholder participation, transdisciplinary approaches); and
  • Recognize the dual nature of the position (applied research activity and general program support).

Language requirements:

  • Applicants must be fluent in English
  • Proficiency in French is an asset

This position is located at IDRC’s head office in Ottawa, Canada.


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