Call for Applications: Visiting Scholars “Climate Change, Agricultural Trade and Food Security Project”

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  • April 2, 2015     Accra

    The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) is currently looking for three researchers to support the policy assessments component of its ongoing project on climate change, agricultural trade and food security in ECOWAS. More specifically, the selected fellows will:

    • Assist in calibrating empirical models to understand the nexus between climate change, agricultural trade and food security in ECOWAS;
    • Run the empirical models to determine the impact of climate change on agricultural production systems and food security in ECOWAS;
    • Develop and assess adaptation scenarios for alleviating the impact of climate change on agricultural production, agricultural trade and food security in ECOWAS;
    • Produce at least one working paper and a policy brief on the above issues.

    Who should apply?

    This programme is targeting applicants with advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in economics, trade, agriculture, climate change, environmental science or related field; a PhD is preferred. All candidates are expected to demonstrate excellent communication and writing skills in either French or English; a working knowledge of the second language will be an advantage.

    The programme is ideal for candidates with good knowledge of the General Algebra Modeling System (GAMS) as well a good understanding of economic and biophysical systems of agriculture; practical experience in policy analysis, climate change, crop yield simulations, land use and land allocation, hydrological systems, and/or trade will be an asset.

    Contract Terms


    UNU-INRA will provide a monthly stipend of around USD 1,500.00 to successful applicants. The stipend is a contribution towards travel, accommodation, and medical and other expenses. For all successful applicants, the Institute will provide a round trip ticket to and from the location of the programme.

    Duration of contract

    The successful candidate shall work at UNU-INRA Headquarters in Accra, Ghana or at one of its Operating Units based in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Namibia, Senegal and Zambia, for a fixed period of four (4) months for the above-mentioned programme.

    Application Procedure:

    Interested applicants should submit their applications, preferably by e-mail ( and must include the following:

    • A cover letter setting out how the qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position. (Please indicate clearly your availability in your letter)
    • A relevant scientific paper;
    • A curriculum vitae;
    • Full contact information of two referees.

    The deadline for applications is 30th April 2015.

    Female candidates are encouraged to apply.  (In recent years, four out of ten visiting scholars at the Institute have been female.)

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