IIP Placements in Nepal
Location: Pokhara, Nepal
Bioversity International undertakes, encourages, and supports research and other activities on the use and conservation of agricultural biodiversity, especially genetic resources, to create more productive, resilient, and sustainable harvests. Its aim is to promote the greater well-being of people, particularly poor people in developing countries, by helping them to achieve food security, improve their health and nutrition, boost their incomes, and conserve the natural resources on which they depend. The organization is active in over 100 countries worldwide, with more than 300 staff working from some 20 country offices. It is one of the 15 centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Bioversity’s headquarters are located just outside Rome, Italy, in Maccarese. This year, Bioversity is offering placements in their headquarters office, as well as, in their offices in China, Costa Rica, France/Uganda, Malaysia, Nepal, and Uganda. Bioversity staff includes specialists in agriculture, forestry, information science and technology, socioeconomics, law and policy, finance and administration. Through the IIP internship program, Bioversity offers invaluable on-the-job training under the guidance of established experts in genetic resources, communications, and policy and law practices that encourage the production of public goods. IIP interns will be assigned to research projects and will learn to work as part of a project team and will gain a broad understanding of issues in international agricultural research for development, in particular regarding sustainable conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity for food and agriculture. IIP interns will typically gain experience in carrying out desk studies, literature searching, compilation and analysis of information, database work, and writing reports, papers, and public awareness materials. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern in Nepal.
- Compilation of short stories based on research output and assistance in the writing of articles and improving the website for the GEF project on "on-farm and in-situ conservation of tropical fruit tree diversity" and also on launching new projects in Nepal:
The IIP intern for this project will: produce and compile short reports/briefs/stories that reflect the major outputs achieved for public awareness purposes; assist in writing project related popular articles; assist in improving the project web content management and managing web blogs; assist national partners in editing good practices of conservation and sustainable use practices; and engage in a short field research to bring out farmer’s innovation. The IIP intern will be working at Bioversity’s Sub Regional Office for Asia, The Pacific and Oceania (APO) which is located in Pokhara, Nepal. Pokhara is the second largest city of Nepal with population of 264,991 inhabitants and is situated about 200 km west of the capital Kathmandu. The IIP intern will contribute to the work of the ongoing project entitled: “Conservation and Sustainable Use of Cultivated and Wild Tropical Fruit Diversity: Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods, Food Security and Ecosystem Services” in South and South East Asia. The Asian region is endowed with rich diversity in tropical fruits species with considerable often underexploited, potential for socioeconomic and environmental benefits. The project’s objective is to improve the on-farm and in situ conservation and use of tropical fruit genetic diversity (for mango, citrus, rambutan and mangosteen) by strengthening the capacity of farmers, local communities and institutions through the Community based Biodiversity Management (CBM) approach. The second GEF project “Integrating Traditional Crop Genetic Diversity into Technology: Using A Biodiversity Portfolio Approach to Buffer Against Unpredictable Environmental Change In The Nepal Himalayas” will be launched soon. The project aims to mainstream the conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity in the mountain agricultural production landscapes of Nepal to improve ecosystem resilience, ecosystem services and access and benefits sharing capacity in mountain ecosystems. IIP candidates with interests in the socio-economics of rural development and/or natural resource management and anthropology are encouraged to apply. Skills in quantitative and qualitative research would be an asset, as would the ability to write scientific articles for a non-scientific audience.
International Water Management Institute
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
IWMI is an international scientific non-profit organization that undertakes world class research to help improve water management in developing countries. IWMI’s major outputs are the results of the scientific research. How this science is communicated is critical to overcome the looming global water crisis. IWMI must continually be evaluating the effectiveness of its science communications. The interns will be place in pairs. Each intern pair will conduct research that will include: defining the main products/activities, target audiences and aims of the different products/activities; setting up the methodology, based on face-to-face interviews, for assessing these; undertaking this analysis (travel in the allocated country may be required), analyzing the results, and participating in a workshop, presenting these results and making recommendations for future marketing and communications. IIP candidates with interests in communications, science, agriculture, environmental studies, or development are encouraged to apply. Experience conducting surveys, interviews, and data analysis would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Intern 1: Wrote software in the R programming language to help manage input and output to and from the SWAT water modeling package; Drafted policy briefs from lengthy research reports to present to public officials; Helped write the text for an informational guide. Intern 2: Wrote new Office brochure; reached out to government/NGO/press officials for a TV launch/publicity event; edited subtitles for their English TV series; data entry and basic linear regressions on excel; organized a file system for Office data.