Demand for agricultural commodities, and the resulting complex supply chains, are major drivers of global deforestation and degradation. Transformative supply chain transparency linking sites of production to their social/ecological footprints and dependencies, and tracking risks and opportunities across all actors in the value chain, are a prerequisite for achieving sustainable production and deforestation goals. The fellow position will leverage our partnership with the Trase Initiative (https://trase.earth) to deliver unprecedented transparency across supply chains. The fellow will enable CI to expand existing engagement with the Trase Initiative, linking directly to corporate partner sustainability commitments and on-the-ground actions in key CI production landscapes and seascapes. The fellow will help to deliver vital conservation and sustainable production outcomes by leading and supporting the exploration of commodity supply chain case studies.
Based in Conservation International’s Moore Center for Science, the successful candidate will be highly interdisciplinary and work as part of a multi-institutional team towards developing and achieving objectives. The position has the potential to contribute both to ongoing global science initiatives and engagement as well as global-to-local scale implementation of sustainable agriculture, agricultural dependencies, and transparent supply chains.
- Responsible for day-to-day management, implementation and success of the project, working closely with scientists from Conservation International’s Moore Center for Science (MCS), together with additional colleagues in CI and beyond, reporting to the lead of the Global Synthesis team in MCS.
- Explore opportunities and data requirements for mapping supply chains for Latin American coffee, Indonesian and Amazonian palm oil, West African cocoa, and aquaculture.
- Engage with supply chain actors (from producers to importers) to help inform deforestation free commodity policies and practice.
- Explore opportunities and challenges of transparency in the context of exporting country national policies.
- Support engagement with external partners (e.g. academic, NGO) working in related fields of research.
- Work in collaboration with colleagues from CI’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business, Center for Oceans, and Field Divisions, engage with in-country stakeholders and international importers to implement project activities that enhance countries’ abilities to meet deforestation free commodity production initiatives.
- Lead the development of peer-review publication(s) emerging from this work and other duties as assigned by supervisor.
- Model landscape and ecosystem service dynamics linked to commodity production landscapes.
- The position will be in CI’s Moore Center for Science (MCS).
- Travel for up to 2 months may be required.
- PhD in environmental science, environmental economics, other relevant social science.
- Training or experience in at least one of the following disciplines: international trade, sustainable agriculture, production systems, supply chains, spatial science, agro-ecology, land use change modeling.
- Research and formal training in interdisciplinary conservation science.
- Excellent quantitative and analytical skills working with large data sets and geospatial data.
- Proficiency in GIS, remote sensing, and statistical software, including ENVI, ArcGIS (QGIS), R.
- Experience with scientific models and application of model results to solve landscape goals, including experience with connectivity and modeling software such as Circuitscape, Marxan, and InVEST.
- Demonstrated ability to think at the global system-level to solve complex conservation problems.
- Highly resourceful, independent, but also able to work as part of a broader multi-institutional team of multidisciplinary actors.
- Excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to engage a wide range of audiences across fields of research, policy, business, and agricultural communities.
- Experience working with NGO, government, and producers in tropical countries.
- Past experience in working in conservation and/or agriculture.
- International research experience, preferably in Central/South America, Indonesia, or West Africa.
- Understanding of private or public sector deforestation policies and goals.
- Spanish language skills.
- Complex understanding of land use change dynamics in the neotropics linked to agricultural frontiers.