The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT; www.ciat.cgiar.org) works to increase prosperity
and improve human nutrition in the tropics through research based solutions in agriculture and
environment. CIAT is a member of the CGIAR Consortium (www.cgiar.org), a global partnership that
unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future. Headquartered near Cali, Colombia,
CIAT has regional offices in Vietnam (Asia) and Kenya (Africa), with staff posted in other countries as well.
To meet growing demands for research-for-development solutions at a greater scale and within a period
that is commensurate with rapidly changing global challenges, The International Center for Tropical
Agriculture (CIAT) and Bioversity International (Bioversity) are establishing an Alliance. Bioversity is a
global research-for-development organization whose vision is that agricultural biodiversity nourishes
people and sustains the planet. Bioversity delivers scientific evidence, management practices and policy
options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and
nutrition security. Both organizations are members of the CGIAR System Organization.
CIAT is offering a postdoctoral researcher position for a motivated scientist working on data needs for
assessing progress on national commitments made in the Paris Agreement. The objective of the research
is to improve national reporting, explore new data sources and increase transparency accuracy,
completeness, consistency and comparability between national reports and between GHG inventories
and scientific assessments towards the global stocktake. The successful candidate will conduct research
on nationally determined contributions; measurement, reporting and verification procedures; and
traditional and emerging data sources to support national reporting. Work with leading experts in the field
through a collaborative project will be part of the job.
This position will be located in CIAT’s headquarters in Palmira, Colombia.
- Examine the information needed to track progress towards different types of NDCs and explore
current experiences and the associated challenges relevant to reporting this information. Identify
issues and options for how this information could be reviewed and how this review could facilitate
- Identify key linkages between Articles 4, 6 and 13 of the Paris Agreement related to reporting and
reviewing information to track progress and ensure an internally and internationally consistent
progress tracking system.
- Reconcile forest and AFOLU sinks and sources across data sources and connect with emissions
hotspot data and new data sources. This work would be based on the new 2019 IPCC guidance
and results of the assessment in the IPCC Special Report on Lands and advance the analysis to
include novel remote sensing-based approaches (as third pillar to vegetation models and GHG
inventories) and better reconcile different data sources.
Requirements and Qualifications
- PhD in forestry, soils, agriculture or a related field
- Strong background on land-use change, climate change policy, carbon accounting, and
greenhouse gas inventory
- Knowledge in the areas of carbon modelling and dynamic global vegetation models is a plus
- International experience in agricultural research and development would be considered a plus.
- A track record of peer-reviewed publications in related topics is expected.
- A demonstrated ability to elaborate high quality publications meeting international standards.
- Full English language communication skills, both written and oral.
Terms of employment
This internationally recruited position will be based at CIAT’s headquarters located in Palmira, Colombia,
reporting directly to Dr. Louis Verchot, who will supervise the research at CIAT and the project will be
implemented in close collaboration with Wageningen University (Prof. M. Herold and Dr. Niki de Sy). The
initial contract will be for up to two (2) years, subject to a probation period of six (6) months, and is
renewable depending on performance and availability of resources.
CIAT offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits.
CIAT is an equal opportunity employer, and strives for staff diversity in gender and nationality.
Applicants are invited to send a cover letter illustrating their suitability for the above position against the
qualifications, competencies, skills together with a detailed curriculum vitae, including names and
addresses of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work
experience. All correspondence should be addressed to the CIAT Human Resources Office, to Tomás Solís
(email@example.com) and should clearly indicate “Application:
Closing date for applications:
Until a suitable candidate is identified.
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