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Senior GIS Coordinator for the Senegalese Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System Project (IFPRI)
Applications accepted until position is filled
Dakar, Senegal

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Senior GIS Coordinator for its country Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (SAKSS) project for a one-year, fixed-term, exempt, renewable appointment. The position reports to the Office Head, East and Southern Africa Regional Office and is based in Dakar, Senegal.
IFPRI is currently working with the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) to establish SAKSS nodes in 12 African countries. Country SAKSS nodes provide policy-relevant analyses, data, and tools to improve policymaking, fill knowledge gaps, promote dialogue, and facilitate benchmarking and review processes associated with the implementation agenda of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).
The successful candidate will work closely with ReSAKSS nodes in east, southern and west Africa to coordinate IFPRI’s capacity strengthening support to enable country SAKSS nodes to i) acquire necessary geographic information systems (GIS) and economic analysis tools and platforms, ii) develop the IT infrastructure for GIS, iii) develop GIS and economic analysis expertise, and iv) conduct GIS and economic analysis activities.


ARCOS Small Grants Program
Application cycles: 1 April - 15 May and 1 August - 15 September
ARCOS is happy to announce that in the framework of the project termed “Stakeholders Engagement for Informed Decision-Making, Threats Mitigation and Sustainable Freshwater Services Management in the Great Lakes Region of East and Central Africa” implemented by ARCOS in collaboration with its Partners and with funding support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, a special call for proposals is addressed to all NGOs operating in the Great Lakes Region for projects seeking to addressing threats affecting freshwater ecosystems in this region.


Program for Emerging Agricultural Research Leaders
Pre-proposal deadline: 7 September 2014
Full proposal invitation: November 2014

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks proposals for agricultural research with the potential to increase the sustainable productivity of smallholder farmers in developing countries. Sustainable productivity includes tackling the underlying social and economic determinants of productivity, such as gender equity, environmental issues, and healthy, diverse diets.  With this call, we are looking for projects led by MSc and PhD scientists at national agricultural research institutions and universities in sub-Saharan Africa, working in collaboration with other researchers internationally (either within Africa or beyond the continent).  The 2014 PEARL call is restricted to proposals relevant to staple crops grown in Africa (please note we hope to offer future competitive opportunities for livestock research, but livestock-related proposals will not be considered in the current call).


History, Politics, and Social Engagement in Southern Africa
27 December 2014 - 17 January 2015
Lusaka, Zambia
History, Politics, and Social Engagement in Southern Africa is a three-week course to be held in Lusaka, Zambia. The course is designed to give students an opportunity to learn about the history and politics of southern Africa and at the same time get immersed in community engagement, projects, and culture in the host country. The course will also feature trips to Zambian historical and cultural attractions to enable students to experience African society and cultural life. It will in addition feature a trip to a game park to expose students to challenges of wild life conservation and learning at a service site. The main objective of this program is to enhance and reinforce academic learning by providing students the opportunity to actively engage with institutions/organizations related to the politics, history, and social activities of Zambia. Cost of the program is US$2,300 which includes: airport transfers, accommodation, orientation, excursion transfers, excursion accommodation, all museum admission fees, two meals a day, and one weekend excursion.

National Geographic Young Explorer Grant (ongoing)

Young Explorers Grants (YEG) offer opportunities to individuals ages 18 to 25 to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects consistent with National Geographic's existing grant programs, including: the Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE), the Expeditions Council (EC), and the Conservation Trust (CT).

National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration Grant (ongoing)

The National Geographic Society awards grants for scientific field research and exploration through its Committee for Research and Exploration. All proposed projects must have both a geographical dimension and relevance to other scientific fields and be of broad scientific interest.
Applications are generally limited to the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology.

International Geospatial Society (IGS) Free Memberships

At its recent meeting, the GSDI Board of Directors passed a motion that allows individuals in low and very low income nations to join the International Geospatial Society (IGS) by providing specific information of value to the global community in lieu of annual cash dues. To join, simply add your professional profile to the growing interconnected network of geospatial specialists across the globe. Benefits of membership in IGS are listed at For further information, contact Harlan Onsrud (, Executive Director, GSDI Association.





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