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Economist for the assessment of the economic impacts of land degradation (Kenya)

Published: 9 December 2013

International Center for Tropical Agriculture - Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute (CIAT-TSBF) in Nairobi / Kenya is looking for an Economist for the assessment of the economic impacts of land degradation


We are looking for you:

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture - Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute (CIAT-TSBF) needs your expertise to extend its research agenda on assessing the economic impacts of land degradation. An important research institute with supra-regional operations, CIAT is a member of the CGIAR Consortium (, a renowned research network of 15 partners dedicated to agricultural research for development. Since joining forces with TSBF in 2001, an international team of more than 40 researchers has been carrying out work on tropical soils and land degradation at CIAT's regional office in Nairobi. Amid growing awareness of the economic consequences of global land degradation processes, CIAT-TSBF intends to intensify its research on assessing the economic impacts of land degradation and related counter-measures. The use of innovative incentive systems such as payments for ecosystem services will form part of this. In the process of intensifying its research, CIAT-TSBF envisages close cooperation with national and international partners, especially with the Economics of Land Degradation initiative (ELD,, founded in 2011, and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS,

Your job will involve:
  • Developing macro-economic models on the costs and benefits of measures for reducing land degradation
  • Supporting the evaluation of pilot projects
  • Feeding research results into international scientific dialogue
  • Intensifying and maintaining a supra-regional network of experts, especially with the partners from the ELD initiative (such as UNCCD and IFPRI), the IASS and national partners
  • Supporting the ongoing development and implementation of the research agenda on the economic impacts of land degradation

Your profile:
  • Doctorate in economics or other relevant subject specialising in the use of macroeconomic assessments in environmental and resource conservation
  • Several years' professional experience in developing and applying macroeconomic models in the area of natural resources, ideally in land degradation
  • Knowledge of innovative financing approaches, e.g. payments for ecosystem services
  • Experience in communicating research results
  • Readiness to engage in inter-institutional scientific cooperation
  • Fluent business English
  • Citizenship of an EU member state
What we offer:
  • Varied tasks with a high level of individual responsibility in an international environment
  • Collaboration with other development cooperation organisations
  • Thorough preparation for the assignment abroad
  • Local employment contract as an integrated expert for an initial period of two years with the possibility of an extension
  • Attractive monthly allowances and social security benefits in addition to the local salary


Please submit your application using our online portal, where you will also find further details about the job offer and the benefits we provide. If you have any questions, you can contact:




Matthias Brandes-Geiger


: +49 (0)69-719121-28


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