Wanted: Advisers for Ecological and Poverty Alleviation Research Program

A U.K.-based research program focused on studying ecosystem functions and their potential role in sustainable poverty reduction is seeking candidates to be part of its international advisory committee.

The Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation is a seven-year, 40.5 million pounds (USD64.9 million) program backed by the U.K. Department for International Development, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Natural Environment Research Council. It is putting together a committee of approximately eight members to give independent advice on the technical and strategic aspects of the research program.

The International Program Advisory Committee is expected to include leading scientists and researchers as well as representatives from academic institutions, government bodies, U.N. agencies, civil society and the private sector.

The committee will be co-chaired by representatives from a developed and a developing country. At least 50 percent of seats in the committee are reserved for representatives from the south, with at least one member representing the regions covered by ESPA, namely South Asia, China, sub-Saharan Africa and Amazonia.

Ideal candidates for the advisory positions are organizations or individuals with strong backgrounds in environment science and research as well as in international development. Applicants must be prepared to make the necessary commitment to the program, including attending an annual meeting as well as special meetings during ESPA’s first year of implementation.

Successful applicants will be appointed for two years, with the possibility of renewal. Each member will receive a honorarium as deemed necessary. All expenses for travel and accommodation to perform advisory work will also be covered.

Interested organizations or individuals need to submit a cover letter outlining their interest in the ESPA program and a curriculum vitae of no more than four pages and detailing recent publications, current and past positions and current and past memberships to professionals bodies, among other qualifications. These requirements should be submitted to Paul van Gardingen through director@espca.ac.uk by Jan. 31, 2011.

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