Job title: Field investigator for environmental and economic data collection
Project title: Capacity development and networking on PES in Central Asia and Azerbaijan
Organization: Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia (CAREC)
Location: Office work in Dushanbe, field trip to Nature and History park “Shirkent”
Duration: 3 weeks
Estimated start date: February 1st, 2013
Water-related ecosystems in Central Asia provide multiple benefits to residing populations, including water quality and quantity, and are in increasing demand as local, national, regional and global economies expand. Currently, many of these healthy ecosystem services are underestimated or their value is not demonstrated and captured in the economic terms. Therefore, there is a growing need in the tools that would incorporate the values of ecosystems in decision-making through incentives. One of such incentive-based tools, which is being promoted and piloted in the region, is Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES).
The proposed project is expected to provide an added value to the two planned pilot projects in the nature protected areas of Tajikistan (Shirkent) and Uzbekistan (Ugam-Chatkal). It is concentrated on: A) estimating the economic value of water-related ecosystem services in Tajikistan, B) elevating PES results and benefits to the national level of decision-makers in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan; C) Feasibility assessment and trainings on PES in Azerbaijan. This investigator position is related specifically to the Tajikistan project component and focuses on water related ecosystem services.
The investigator will assist the international expert in collecting data on the field. Thanks to ready-to-be-used documentation prepared by the international experts, the investigator will have to conduct interviews with local population, experts and local business representatives. He/she will collect existing data among competent agencies or organizations in Tajikistan. He/she will present these data in a clear way for an easy use by the international expert.
The investigator will work in close relations with the international expert, the project manager in CAREC headquarter, the project coordinator in CAREC Branch in Tajikistan, national experts and natural park administration, and other relevant stakeholders.
Specific duties and responsibilities:
The key expert will be hired from February 1st to February 20th, 2013.
Please submit your CVs and any additional questions to Mrs. Malika Babadjanova with a copy to Simon Charré and Maryia Genina