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CONSULTANCY OFFER 
Ecosystem services in inland valleys in West‐Africa 
Ref: CONS/02/RD/2013/09 
The  Africa  Rice  Center  (AfricaRice)  is  seeking  a  highly  qualified  Consultant  in  Ecosystem 
services in inland valleys in West‐Africa to be based at AfricaRice, Cotonou 
About AfricaRice 
AfricaRice is one of the 15 international agricultural research Centers that are members of the 
CGIAR  Consortium.  It  is  also  an  autonomous  intergovernmental  association  of  African 
member countries. 
Responsibilities 
Under the immediate supervision of the Remote Sensing and GIS Specialist, the consultant is 
part of a multi‐disciplinary research team working to sustain and improve the productivity of 
rice‐based systems in Africa in line with AfricaRice’s mission and mandate. 
S/he is expected to provide a comparative analysis of ecosystem services in inland valleys in 
Benin, Mali, Sierra Leone and Liberia at various scales (national, regional, local). The following 
steps are foreseen: 
 An  assessment  of  ecosystem  services  delivered  by  the  inland  valleys  (provision, 
regulation, cultural); 
 An assessment of their importance/value at different scales. 
The  process  of  ecosystem  service  assessment  and  valuation  must  be  developed  and 
implemented  in close consultation  and collaboration with  the  national partners,  AfricaRice 
scientific staff and the regional work package coordinator. 
Typical  tools  for  implementing  the  ecosystem  services  assessment  framework  are  surveys, 
existing data sets, structured interviews, etc. 
The consultant is expected to deliver: 
 An implementation plan, developed in close collaboration with national partners, that 
includes 
 Theoretical framework 
 Survey design 
 Interview design 
 Data requirements 
 Time planning 
 Training of surveyors 
 Approach for analysis of results 
 Data bases of survey results and interviews; 
 Report on ecosystem services assessment and valuation in 4 rice sector development 
hubs; 
2
 Scientific  publication  submitted  to  an  international  peer‐reviewed  journal  (such  as 
Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment or Agricultural Systems) 
Expected time frame 
  2013 2014
  Nov Dec  Jan  Feb  Mar Apr  Ma
y 
Jun  Jul 
theoretical framework                   
survey/interview design     
survey implementation     
database creation     
data analysis     
report writing     
preparation of manuscript     

Qualifications/Selection Criteria 
Education:  minimum  level  of  Master  in  Ecosystem  Services/Environmental  Sciences  or  a 
related field. 
Work  Experience:  proven  working  experience  in  the  domain  of  ecosystem  services 
assessment. 
The consultant should have a good scientific publication record. 
Language 
Fluency (orally and in writing) in either English or French is required. 
To apply for this position, please send your applications: 
To: AfricaRice‐HR@cgiar.org with the vacancy reference in subject: CONS/02/RD/2013/09 
Or to the following address: Head, Human Resources Unit, AfricaRice, 01 B.P. 2031, 
Cotonou, Benin Republic 
Applications will be considered until Friday, October 18, 2013. 
AfricaRice is an equal opportunity employer. AfricaRice believes that staff diversity 
promotes excellence in its operations and particularly welcomes applications from women 
and developing countries. 
AfricaRice thanks all applicants but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 
To learn more about AfricaRice, please visit our website at 
www.AfricaRice.org 

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Announcement consultant ecosystem services in inland valleys in west-africa

  • 1. 1 CONSULTANCY OFFER  Ecosystem services in inland valleys in West‐Africa  Ref: CONS/02/RD/2013/09  The  Africa  Rice  Center  (AfricaRice)  is  seeking  a  highly  qualified  Consultant  in  Ecosystem  services in inland valleys in West‐Africa to be based at AfricaRice, Cotonou  About AfricaRice  AfricaRice is one of the 15 international agricultural research Centers that are members of the  CGIAR  Consortium.  It  is  also  an  autonomous  intergovernmental  association  of  African  member countries.  Responsibilities  Under the immediate supervision of the Remote Sensing and GIS Specialist, the consultant is  part of a multi‐disciplinary research team working to sustain and improve the productivity of  rice‐based systems in Africa in line with AfricaRice’s mission and mandate.  S/he is expected to provide a comparative analysis of ecosystem services in inland valleys in  Benin, Mali, Sierra Leone and Liberia at various scales (national, regional, local). The following  steps are foreseen:   An  assessment  of  ecosystem  services  delivered  by  the  inland  valleys  (provision,  regulation, cultural);   An assessment of their importance/value at different scales.  The  process  of  ecosystem  service  assessment  and  valuation  must  be  developed  and  implemented  in close consultation  and collaboration with  the  national partners,  AfricaRice  scientific staff and the regional work package coordinator.  Typical  tools  for  implementing  the  ecosystem  services  assessment  framework  are  surveys,  existing data sets, structured interviews, etc.  The consultant is expected to deliver:   An implementation plan, developed in close collaboration with national partners, that  includes   Theoretical framework   Survey design   Interview design   Data requirements   Time planning   Training of surveyors   Approach for analysis of results   Data bases of survey results and interviews;   Report on ecosystem services assessment and valuation in 4 rice sector development  hubs; 
  • 2. 2  Scientific  publication  submitted  to  an  international  peer‐reviewed  journal  (such  as  Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment or Agricultural Systems)  Expected time frame    2013 2014   Nov Dec  Jan  Feb  Mar Apr  Ma y  Jun  Jul  theoretical framework                    survey/interview design      survey implementation      database creation      data analysis      report writing      preparation of manuscript       Qualifications/Selection Criteria  Education:  minimum  level  of  Master  in  Ecosystem  Services/Environmental  Sciences  or  a  related field.  Work  Experience:  proven  working  experience  in  the  domain  of  ecosystem  services  assessment.  The consultant should have a good scientific publication record.  Language  Fluency (orally and in writing) in either English or French is required.  To apply for this position, please send your applications:  To: AfricaRice‐HR@cgiar.org with the vacancy reference in subject: CONS/02/RD/2013/09  Or to the following address: Head, Human Resources Unit, AfricaRice, 01 B.P. 2031,  Cotonou, Benin Republic  Applications will be considered until Friday, October 18, 2013.  AfricaRice is an equal opportunity employer. AfricaRice believes that staff diversity  promotes excellence in its operations and particularly welcomes applications from women  and developing countries.  AfricaRice thanks all applicants but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  To learn more about AfricaRice, please visit our website at  www.AfricaRice.org