Senior Scientist: Climate Change and Development

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Location: Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
Employer: World Agroforestry Centre
Application deadline: CLOSED
Contact: Human Resources

About this position

Can you strengthen the Centre’s leadership on climate change mitigation and adaptation for poor rural communities through agroforestry bio-sequestration? If so, then an exciting opportunity exists for you in the World Agroforestry Centre Nairobi, Kenya.

The successful candidate will guide our work in the following ways: 

  • Analysis of issues and policy regarding the carbon market as it relates to smallholder agroforestry systems, with emphasis on funding streams for expanding small holder agroforestry in ways that have unique leverage in combining poverty alleviation with climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Develop new opportunities to create agroforestry investments through climate change mitigation with adaptation in collaboration with ICRAF team members and through collaborating partner institutions.
  • Engagement across the Centre’s Global Research Projects for research and the successful up-scaling of agroforestry in the context of both climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Creating and managing partnerships, particularly with respect to the complementary strengths among a range of institutions that are necessary to make investments in smallholder agroforestry for mitigation and adaptation successful.
  • Communicating the outcomes of research and field experience in this area to a broader international audience at the interface of climate change negotiations, agricultural development, national and sub-national decision makers and the society.
  • Original research in the area of the position’s focus, carried out individually and through collaboration with other ICRAF researchers and partners.

The successful applicant will have:

  • PhD in development, economics, agronomy or other related fields
  • At least 10 years of increasingly responsible positions in an environment or development context.
  • Extensive field experience in tropical developing countries.
  • Extensive experience in proposal development and fund raising, ideally with a donor background.
  • Good track record of international publications.
  • Solid background in environmental policy, climate change and development.
  • Demonstrated fundraising of smallholder development-oriented research projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in conception and management of development-oriented research projects.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders at international, national and sub-national levels, including smallholders, private sector and policy makers.
  • Excellent command of English; additional languages desirable.
  • Management of bio-carbon projects or carbon finance experience an asset.

Terms of offer

We offer a collegial, diverse and gender-sensitive working environment, and we strongly encourage applications from qualified women. This position is remunerated on international terms.  The appointment will be for an initial period of three (3) years, subject to a nine (9) months probation period.    

How to apply


  • A cover letter illustrating your suitability for the position, and your salary expectations.
  • A detailed and up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  • The names and addresses of three referees, including telephone, fax numbers and email addresses.

Address these to: The Human Resources Unit, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), PO Box 30677, Nairobi, Kenya OR send via email to: Indicate “Application for Senior Scientist Climate Change and Development” on the application letter. Applications will be considered until 14 October 2011 or until a suitable candidate is identified and selected. Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.

To learn more about us, visit our website:

The World Agroforestry Centre is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health.

The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors.