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Job / Economist / Interdisciplinary Social Scientist / Ongoing field-based projects in Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda



Job / Economist / Interdisciplinary Social Scientist / Ongoing field-based projects in Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda


WOOD HOLE, Massachussetts, December 3, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Economist / Interdisciplinary Social Scientist – Africa Program, Job # PDNL01

SUMMARY:The Woods Hole Research Center’s Africa Program is seeking an economist or interdisciplinary social scientist for a postdoctoral or research associate position supporting the Program’s work on “Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation” (REDD) in the Central African context.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will have a major role in carrying out the socio-economic dimensions of the Program’s ongoing field-based projects in Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda focused on defining the drivers of deforestation, refining spatial-predictive models of deforestation and associated carbon emissions, contextualizing the environmental and economic debates surrounding REDD, and informing the development of national REDD policies. Relevant activities are likely to include

  • conduct and analysis of field-based economic and social surveys;
  • integration of surveys with models to improve estimates of deforestation and associated carbon emissions;
  • estimation of REDD program costs and incorporation of these into supply curves for emission-reduction options;
  • interaction with government and civil-society groups to understand controversies and help design workable approaches to REDD;
  • participating in, and in some cases leading, the preparation of publications describing these efforts for the professional literature.

The successful candidate must be willing to spend considerable time in Africa conducting the field-based and in-country-interactive parts of this work.


Education and work history: Ph.D. in environmental and/or natural-resource economics or interdisciplinary social science with a significant economic component, plus relevant field experience in Africa.

Skills required: Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English; interest and ability in cross-disciplinary communication and collaboration and in linking scientific findings with policy.

Skills desired: Working knowledge of French is highly desirable and knowledge of an African language would be an asset.

Application deadline: December 22, 2008, or until position filled.

Start: February 2009.

Salary Range: $50,000 to $70,000 with benefits.

**** Application Instructions: To apply, send cover letter referencing Job # PDNL01, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to




SOURCE : Wood Hole Research Center


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