Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Job openings at IDS: Climate Change and Disasters Group

Research Positions: IDS Climate Change and Disasters Group
Full time positions

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global institution for research, teaching and communications on international development, based at the University of Sussex.

We have a number of opportunities in the Climate Change and Disasters Group, representing a major expansion of the Institute's research on climate change.

* Research Fellows - Climate Change and Development (Grade 7-8: depending on experience) Ref 268.
* Research Fellows - Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Team (Climate Change and Social Protection) (Grade 7-8: depending on experience) Ref 265.
* Knowledge Sharing Officer - Adaptation Knowledge Sharing in Africa (Grade 6: depending on experience) Ref 267.
* Research Officer - Children in a Changing Climate (Grade 6: depending on experience). Ref 269
* Research Officer - Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (Grade 6: depending on experience). Ref 270.

The Group currently focuses on five thematic areas: International climate policy, pro-poor climate and disaster governance, climate change and social exclusion, organisational change and climate change knowledge services. The Group is engaged in a range of activities including policy-related research, advisory work, capacity-building, networking and developing innovative and accessible knowledge services.

Candidates with experience in linking work in climate change and social protection are particularly encouraged to apply for the research fellow posts within the Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Team.

For all the positions, you will need to be flexible, willing to travel and able to manage a complex portfolio of projects with sometimes-conflicting priorities and deadlines. You will need to be both a team player and able to work independently, with excellent communication skills.

IDS offers attractive salaries, favourable holiday allowance, a flexible working ethos and membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. The post is based in Brighton, Sussex.


For further information and to download an application form please log on to

Alternatively to receive an electronic or hard copy please email Human Resources, hr@ids.ac.uk or call our confidential answer phone
01273-678682 [Int +44 1273-678682]

IDS values diversity and is committed to equal opportunities; applications are welcome from all suitably qualified candidates who meet the stated criteria.

Call for Good Practices for Public/Private Partnerships for DRR


The UN/ISDR secretariat has issued a call for good practices and lessons learned that link disaster risk reduction and public private partnership. We are seeking examples of projects and initiatives across humanitarian, environmental and development sectors that promote positive changes to how public-private partnerships have strengthened resilience to disasters.

The resulting publication will potentially prove valuable for addressing future public-private partnerships in disaster risk reduction. We invite you to share with us your initiatives at community, national, regional or international levels. Guidelines for submissions are attached in English.

Submission deadline: all contributions should be sent by 31 May 2008.
Submit questions to Stefanie Dannenmann at dannenmann@un.org

Examples of already published Good Practices:

Gender Perspective: Working Together for Disaster Risk Reduction Good Practices and Lessons Learned, 2007

Towards a Culture of Prevention: Disaster Risk Reduction Begins at School Good Practices and Lessons Learned, 2007

Building Disaster Resilient Communities Good Practices and Lessons Learned, 2007

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

From the Prevention Web Team:

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is the main global forum on
disaster risk reduction.

At its first session in June 2007, it brought together representatives of
governments, UN agencies, regional bodies, international financial
institutions, civil society, the private sector and the scientific and
academic communities to raise awareness on disaster risk, to share
experience and to guide the ISDR system with a view to supporting countries
to implement the Hyogo Framework for Action.

The second session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is
scheduled to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, during the week of 15 - 19
June 2009.

Further information on the 2009 session will become available in the coming
All relevant information on the Global Platform will be found at

Children, Youth and Environments Journal

Colorado's Children, Youth and Environments Journal (a strong, specialized resource in itself) has an issue out on children and youth, and vulnerability to disasters. It's well worth checking out; of note is the compiled resource list.

Gender, Climate Change and Natural Disasters

From Science Alert Australia/New Zealand, this is an article on gender, climate change and 'natural' disasters. It was circulated through the NGOFL-L Digest. While the findings in the report are not new, and often echo debates we have held for a decade, it brings back into discussions issues of gender and disasters...it also makes us ask why we have been having these discussions, without little follow-up in the form of action...