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Job Type: full-time permanent position
Posting Date: 1 Oct 13
Closing Date: 31 Dec 13
Conservation International (CI) helps societies sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the benefit of humanity. The Research Economist will lead the economic component of complex, interdisciplinary projects in a direct effort to address environmental and conservation issues n in support of this mission.
Reporting directly to the lead of the Economics group of the Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science and Oceans (hereafter ‘MCSO’), this position is responsible for performing advanced, innovative, quantitative, original, environmental science and environmental economics research on a variety of scales: site, regional and global. He/she will provide high level conceptualization of research and manage project teams to deliver high quality research results and impactful publications.
TheResearch Economist collaborates closely with the lead of the Economics team, CI’s Chief Scientist, and MCSO staff (who have deep expertise in biodiversity, ecosystem services, environmental economics, climate change, spatial planning, monitoring systems and other fields in a variety of ecosystems and socioeconomic contexts) and works hand-in-glove with staff of CI’s multiple divisions in fostering healthy, sustainable societies around the world.
Conduct in-depth research as it relates to:
Application of environmental economic methods for ecosystem services assessment, particularly as it relates to:
1) valuation of ecosystem services – using standard market and non-market techniques, and working towards integration of biophysical and economic assessments;
2) scaling up of economic valuation results from site-scale analysis to regional, national scales and global scales, as appropriate, using economic principles and statistical techniques such as spatial econometrics;
3)assessment of project investment decision/siting particularly with respect to its impact on the provision of ecosystem services, using techniques such as cost-benefit analysis, as well as assessment of mitigation, offsets alternatives and compensation mechanisms, as applicable;
4)natural capital accounting, specifically as it relates to experimental ecosystem services accounts and the economic assessments compatible with such approaches;
5) natural resource management, such as those with a focus on climate mitigation and adaptation, with a focus on benefits, risks and cost-effectiveness of interventions.
6) Assessment of implications of analysis to policy and decision-making processes, as appropriate.
Conduct original research
•Lead economic component of collaborative and transdisciplinary research implemented by MCSO staff with respect to research design, analysis , interpretation of findings, and preparation and submission of reports and papers. Areas of research currently implemented include but are not limited to:
•Environmental economic accounting and Experimental Ecosystems accounts (EEA), particularly as it relates to integration of biophysical and economic assessments, economic valuation methodologies compatible with accounting standards, and scaling up of valuation results from site to national levels of assessments;
•Environmental and social impacts resulting from investment decisions/siting (e.g., major roads, business siting), particularly as it relates to identification and valuation of ecosystem services, impacts on values given alternative scenarios, equity issues, and cost-benefit analysis of alternative interventions.
•Human dependency on ecosystem services and vulnerability to changes, particularly as it relates to assessment of the environmental, economic and social values of ecosystems, sustainability of resource use, coping and mitigation strategies, cost-effectiveness of interventions.
Communicate findings, achievements, and synthesis, build capacity
•Publish results in reports and peer-reviewed journals and other recognized forms of intellectual productivity.
•Communicate results of research to key audiences and to the public via a variety of media (presentations, technical reports, scientific papers, and/or blogs as appropriate).
•Support and lead (as appropriate) capacity building on approaches to valuing the benefits of nature to human communities and economies, particularly with respect to the subset of values that are captured through economic valuation.
Guidance and support:
•Support theMCSO and other CI divisions on the economic dimensions of a range of issues and projects implemented CI programs, specifically as it relates to economics approaches/methods for valuation and related analysis, environmental economic accounting, land use planning, and related topics.
•Create or identify opportunities for collaboration with other economic researchers, as well as colleagues from the MCSO, and other CI divisions on economic analysis for proposed or ongoing projects;
•Engage with academic and research organizations to identify and pursue key partnerships, collaborators, and funding opportunities.
Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
•This position is based in Arlington, VA, USA.
•International and domestic travel to 30%
•Ph.D. in economics or a closely related field with 4 years experience in environmental or natural resource economics – such as standard economic methods used in economic decision-making including market/non-market valuation, welfare analysis, mechanism design, policy and institutional evaluation, public choice theory/methods;
•Advanced proficiency in data collection, compilation, analysis and innovation in the designing and developing of concepts, applications, and technologies, specifically through the use of spatial analytic and statistical tools;
•Demonstrated ability to conceive and plan original research in environmental or natural resource economics, to think critically and synthetically across key related fields such as policy, ecology, social science, and development, and to consider the policy needs and implications of the results;
•A minimum of 2 years of experience in leading projects and management of multidisciplinary teams examining questions in environmental economics and planning relevant to conservation and development issues;
• Ability to work to multi-task and work on multiple projects;
•Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and ability to clearly communicate research to an audience of a diverse background;
•Experience in publishing research in technical report and peer reviewed journals;
•Ability to work effectively with individuals from a variety of disciplines, cultures, and backgrounds;
•Ability to fundraise, including high level contributions to grant proposals to scientific groups, foundations;Demonstrated ability to work in highly collaborative and cross-organizational environments, create and cultivate innovative partnerships with academic and research institutions;
•Sense of humor, ability to have fun, and interest in building a strong culture.
•Proficiency in Spanish, French, or Portuguese.
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