Governance and Institutions Analyst (Livelihoods)
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) seeks to enable sustainable and resilient mountain development for improved and equitable livelihoods through knowledge generation and regional cooperation.
ICIMOD is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge-sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Working in partnership with regional and international organizations, ICIMOD aims to influence policy and practices to meet environmental and livelihood challenges emerging in the HKH. ICIMOD provides a platform for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from the region and around the globe to generate and share knowledge, support evidence-based decision making, and encourage regional cooperation.
ICIMOD works through its six Regional Programmes: 1) Adaptation and Resilience Building, 2) Transboundary Landscapes, 3) River Basins and Cryosphere, 4) Atmosphere, 5) Mountain Environment Regional Information System, and 6) Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks. These regional programmes are supported by four Thematic Areas – Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, Water and Air, and Geospatial Solutions – and underpinned by the Knowledge Management and Communication (KMC) Unit. ICIMOD seeks to contribute to reducing poverty and vulnerability and improving the lives and livelihoods of mountain women, men and children, now and in the future.
The Livelihoods Thematic Area within ICIMOD focuses on promoting diversified and sustainable livelihood options in the HKH region and strengthening the social and governance dimensions in the work of ICIMOD and its partners. The Centre is looking for a highly qualified Governance and Institutions Analyst to be housed in the Livelihood Thematic Area under the supervision of the Theme Leader. The Analyst must have substantive knowledge and understanding of the drivers and nature of socioeconomic and political change, macro-economic trends and issues, public policy processes and multi-level governance arrangements, power relations, and institutional diversity and functioning in the HKH countries and region.
Responsibilities and tasks
The Analyst will be responsible for the following tasks and responsibilities:
- Review relevant official and non-official reports, policies, programmes, strategies, and published literature to identify and prioritize key issues of public policy and governance related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), disaster risk reduction (DRR), and ecosystems and biodiversity management in the HKH countries
- Apply appropriate methodologies to conduct political economy analysis, public policy analysis, and institutional analysis to reach a better understanding of inclusive development, adaptive governance, and sustainable resource management in the HKH countries and region
- Conduct stakeholder consultations and contribute to workshops to derive recommendations for strategies that can contribute to effective transboundary and regional collaboration on SDGs, DRR, ecosystems and biodiversity management, and resilience building
- Study and analyze the genesis, evolution, and diversity of institutions that are at the interface of society–nature relationships
- Contribute to integrating the perspective of gender and transboundary cooperation perspectives in public policy and institutional analysis
- Support the organization of national and regional workshops/events related to public policy innovations, good governance, and institutional strengthening
- Prepare reports and policy briefs based on literature review, analysis, and workshops/events
- Master’s degree, preferably in Environmental Economics, Development Studies, Sociology, Political Science, Public Policy, Public Administration, or related areas or related subjects with at least three years of relevant work experience is required. A first-level university degree in combination with six years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- At least 3 years of research experience in subject areas relevant to governance and institutions, of which some has preferably been gained in the mountain regions of Asia
- Good knowledge and understanding of the political economy, public policies, and governance arrangements in the HKH countries that are relevant to ICIMOD
- Ability to link policy to action for various ICIMOD programmes
- Good knowledge and understanding in the areas of gender and transboundary cooperation
- Fluency in speaking and technical writing in English
The duty station is Kathmandu. Frequent travel and fieldwork will be required.
Two years, with a probation period of 6 months, starting as early as possible, with a possibility of extension subject to performance and ICIMOD’s future funding levels
Method of application
Applicants are requested to apply online before 22 Jul 2019 through ICIMOD's online application system. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.