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Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area – DAPA

Opportunity for self-sustained internship with the Gender & Climate Change team

The Gender & Climate Change team at the Decision and Policy Analysis Area (DAPA) of the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) is seeking a self-sustained (outbased) master student for a 6 month (part time) internship.

CIAT is an international research center, one of the fifteen global centers of the CGIAR.  The center is located in Cali, Colombia and works on international projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America

 The Gender & Climate Change team

Understanding unequal social relations, particularly gender relations, is critical to achieving global targets in agricultural research for development. These disparities have important implications for the vulnerabilities of men and women to the effects of poverty, land degradation and climate change.

The Gender & Climate Change research group performs strategic research to explain how gender disparities or gender relations affect innovation, agricultural productivity and sustainability.

One goal of this research is to provide information to other researchers, as well as international policy makers, to design research strategies and/or policies to reduce gender inequalities so that both women and men farmers are capable of more efficiently adapting to climate change.

The intern will gain experience in international research for development, and will be actively encouraged to use the internship as a stepping stone to further education at the masters or PhD level. Furthermore s/he be offered co-authorship on the final documents and reports written and/or revised


The intern is expected to work on a minimum of two reports compiling literature and background information on gender, agriculture and climate change in the CCAFS sites. These background reports will serve as a foundation for researchers working on gender or including a gender component in their research to review and prepare their research design according to the specific location.

The intern is expected to compile, organize and structure the information available as well as communicate with the Gender & Climate Change team at CIAT and the local partners in the specific sites to receive local input and/or validation of the work.

At the end of the internship he/she is expected to complete a minimum of 2 regional reports (West Africa and South Asia).

The intern will ideally be out-based and has to be a student at a University to be able to be considered for the internship. The internship will not be paid, however an official contract as Visiting Researcher will be offered.


  • Excellent English skills, including strong capabilities in writing. Knowledge of Spanish and/or French is a bonus, but not essential.
  • Due to administrative issues, the intern cannot be of Colombian nationality
  • Current master’s student in any of the following disciplines: Economy, Geography, Agricultural Science, Environmental science, Development Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Women’s studies, Social Communication, or other related subject matters
  • Interest in applied research for developing countries
  • Interest in gender and climate change issues.
  • Ideally be out-based (positioning at CIAT’s HQ might be negotiated, but preference will be given to out-based interns).

Review of applications will begin on August 21st, 2015 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Applicants should send an email to Manon Koningstein (m.j.koningstein@cgiar.org) with a CV and application letter outlining your motivation.

More information is available at the following links about CIAT,  DAPA, CCAFS, and the CIAT/CCAFS Gender & Climate Change team or here.

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