Research Associate, Young ICIMOD Professional Programme – ICIMOD


The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving eight regional member countries in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Mountains are important global ecosystems facing especially rapid socioeconomic and environmental changes, particularly the impacts of climate change. Our aim is to influence policy and practices to meet the associated challenges emerging in the HKH region. To do this, we bring together top researchers from the region and around the globe to generate and disseminate state-of-the-art knowledge in the physical and social sciences, including traditional knowledge, for evidence-based decision making; and we provide a neutral meeting point for transboundary research, knowledge sharing, and collaboration. Working through Regional Programmes across four Strategic Thematic Areas – Water and Hazards, Ecosystem Services, Livelihoods and Geospatial Solutions – and supported by integrated knowledge management, we seek to improve the lives and livelihoods of mountain women and men, now and for the future.
In order to strengthen our research capacity and provide valuable career opportunities to young scientists from Afghanistan, Bhutan, and Myanmar holding Master’s or PhDs in relevant fields, ICIMOD has opened four Research Associate positions, one in each the following thematic areas: 
The conservation and sustainable management of water are of paramount importance for the people living in the Hindu Kush Himalayas and have ramifications for the prosperity and stability of the entire region and beyond. Water is not only the single most important resource and source of wealth, but also the source of catastrophic hazards. ICIMOD’s integrated approach is aimed at contributing to the management and sustainable use of water as part of the greater mountain ecosystem. ICIMOD works to monitor and assess ice and water resources, promote community resilience and preparedness for disaster risk reduction, ensure the sharing of upstream-downstream benefits, and provide information and tools for better risk management.
Ecosystem Services
Mountain poverty is exacerbated by environmental change, and livelihoods in the mountains are more susceptible to environmental and economic change than those in the plains. ICIMOD monitors ecological and socioeconomic changes, it analyses the consequences for the livelihoods of mountain people and downstream inhabitants, and helps mountain people facilitate the development of appropriate policies and innovative and equitable compensation mechanisms for ecosystem services, including fresh water and carbon sequestration. ICIMOD also works with the people of the region to conserve and manage biodiversity as a natural heritage and a resource for livelihoods and economic resilience.
Sustainable Livelihoods
New economic growth, shifting population dynamics, and climate change have taken place so intensely and rapidly that established adaptation mechanisms of the people of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region are losing their efficacy. The result has been an increased risk of poverty and further marginalization for mountain populations. This thematic area provides innovative livelihood options that are needed to enhance the socioeconomic sustainability of mountain communities and to ensure that livelihoods and poverty reduction issues are systematically integrated into ICIMOD activities. 
Geospatial Solutions
ICIMOD provides integrated and innovative solutions that integrate geo-information and remote sensing data to support informed decision-making for sustainable mountain development in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. The geospatial team develops geo-based solutions, and customizes international knowledge for regional use through strategic alliances and partnerships. The goals are pursued through innovation and technology transfer, capacity building and scaling up, development of mountain-specific applications and decision support systems, and provision of a clearing-house mechanism for geo-information and earth observations.
One year, of which the first three months are probation, with a possibility of a one-year extension depending on the scope of the research and subject to ICIMOD’s future funding levels.

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