Population and Climate Change Fellow

A Population and Climate Change Fellow is being sought by Population Action International, initially for a one year period, with possibility for extension.  PAI is a not for profit organization working to improve individual well-being and preserve global resources by mobilizing political and financial support for population, family planning and reproductive health policies and programs.  PAI strives to create a world in which every person has a right and access to sexual and reproductive health, humanity and the natural environment exist in balance, and fewer people live in poverty.

PAI has a long history of researching, analyzing and advocating population and environment linkages. With the emergence of global climate change as a priority for the both the environmental and development community, PAI is approaching its third year of a program of research and advocacy surrounding the linkages between population and climate change.  The Population and Climate Change Science Fellow will provide expertise to a cross-departmental team engaged in research and advocacy to strengthen the evidence base on population and climate change relationships and promote climate change solutions that account for population issues.

The Fellow will conduct original research on climate change and its links with population and reproductive health/family planning and contribute to communicating scientific findings to policy audiences. The Fellow will work closely with PAI research staff in defining and carrying out an ongoing, policy-relevant research agenda on the importance of population and demographic factors for climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Fellow will also advise advocacy and communications staff in the climate change aspects of their work, and present PAI research to external audiences including policymakers, the media, and other organizations. The Fellowship is a one-year appointment with the possibility of extension.

To be considered for this Fellowship, successful applicants must:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of climate change science, data and models
  • Have a strong working knowledge of IPCC reports and processes
  • Have a strong interest in exploring linkages between the social and physical sciences, and in bridging the science-policy interface
  • Have an interest in demographic issues and trends, particularly in the developing world, and a commitment to achieving universal access to reproductive health; relevant experience and/or education preferable
  • Exhibit good communication skills, both verbally and in writing, and the ability to engage with non-scientific audiences
  • Demonstrate integrity, problem-solving ability, good judgment, flexibility, and leadership qualities
  • Possess an advanced degree, with a preference for a PhD, and at least five years of experience in climate change science research

PAI is a family friendly organization, offering a competitive benefit package.  Resumes with cover letter and salary requirements can be faxed to (202) 728-4177 Attn: Rachael Murray Rakestraw or e-mail to RMR@popact.org. EOE.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Last date to apply: Apr 1, 2010