Terms of Reference

Title: Team Leader - Rangeland Resources Management/Rangeland Specialist
Action AreaRangeland Resources Management (RRM)
: Environmental Change and Ecosystem Services (ECES)


ICIMOD is a regional knowledge development and learning centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas (HKH) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan. We're working to develop an economically and environmentally sound mountain ecosystem to improve the living standards of mountain populations -– now, and for the future. In line with its current Strategic Framework, ICIMOD is strengthening its capacity to develop new approaches to meet the growing challenges in the region posed by climate change and globalisation.

ICIMOD has developed its Medium Term Action Plan (MTAP, 2008-2012) in conjunction with a new five-year strategic framework organised around three programmes – Integrated Water and Hazard Management (IWHM), Environmental Change and Ecosystem Services (ECES), and Sustainable Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction (SLPR) – supported by a strong knowledge management cross-cutting programme and specialists in gender, equity, governance and economics, working together on programmes designed to help people adapt to climate change and improve their livelihoods while protecting the environment. The ECES is focusing on strategy and policy issues in relation to natural resources, with a clear focus on ecosystem services and increasing benefits to mountain people and downstream population. Rangelands are the largest ecosystem in the HKH region and are the source of livelihoods for pastoralists and mountain communities who depend on them for a wide array of provisioning, supporting, regulating, and cultural services. The RRM work of ICIMOD has gained high priority in the past; and more so recently in the light of a changing environment and a shifting socio-economic paradigm for both pastoralists and their environment in the HKH region. ICIMOD is therefore looking to strengthen itself by employing an outstanding individual to further ICIMOD and its capacity in this field.

Role of RRM Team Leader/Rangeland Specialist

The Team Leader RRM/Rangeland Specialist is responsible for the overall design, planning and implementation of the Rangeland Resources Management Action Area. S/He is aware of the lessons learned and the best practices applicable in the HKH as well as knows the stakeholders in this sector. H/she organizes proper distribution of responsibilities within the AA, develops the AA program and is proactively taking initiatives and integrates innovative ideas. S/He is responsible for the annual planning and contributes actively to the ECES strategic programme and is in a position to think and act in the interest of the institution as a whole.

Reporting and Supervising

The Action Area Team Leader RRM/Rangeland Specialist  will be reporting to the Programme Manager of the Environmental Change and Ecosystem Services (ECES) programme in all aspects of program development and implementation for the AA whereas in all institutional matters to the Director General. S/He supervises all staff of the Action Area and will administer and manage the regional action research and upscaling projects in the field of rangeland resources management.

The main responsibilities of the RRM Team Leader/Rangeland Specialist are

  1. Manage the Action Area (AA) operations (program and staff) and a portfolio of action research and upscaling projects; ensure the interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach of the AA team in line with the centre’s policies; provide intellectual and managerial leadership for the Action Area (AA) team and for subject areas related with her/his specialized knowledge.
  2. Take leadership in the development and implementation of a regional rangeland resources management programme within ICIMOD. ICIMOD’s work in the past in RRM has been strongly developed in partnership with national institutions and organizations of the HKH. A decade long RRM programme of ICIMOD has been recently reviewed both externally and internally, and now new direction of the programme is being conceived. It is anticipated that the incumbent will develop and implement programme in the new direction to meet the recent challenges of globalization and climate change.
  3. Develop proposals and take leadership in the implementation of regional projects in the field of RRM.
  4. Develop and maintain a constructive dialogue with stakeholders in the region and beyond in the field of RRM, and in doing so foster partnerships with national, regional and global stakeholders for strategic collaboration in RRM.
  5. Carry out research and knowledge development and compilation in the field of RRM keeping in view the target recipients who are policy- and decision makers since ICIMOD’s work aims at bridging the gap between research, policy and practice.
  6. Be a team player within ICIMOD to support other AA-based activities and promote organization’s goals and objectives working closely with colleagues within and outside the ECES programme to contribute to a constructive and professional working environment and to the development of ICIMOD as a fully integrated mountain development centre.

Qualifications required

The thrust of ICIMOD projects are often of transboundary and regional nature, and the AA Team Leader shall have a good understanding of the regional dimension of RRM as well as the positioning of this work in a global context. The position requires a person with a regional overview. In fostering RRM work within ICIMOD, the incumbent has to take particular consideration of marginalized and vulnerable groups as well as need to know how to mainstream gender perspective in RRM. Without neglecting the importance of ‘technical’ solutions, the RRM Team Leader should spearhead ‘social inclusion, special attention to traditional knowledge systems and a people perspective’ in ICIMOD’s programmatic work.

The minimum qualification required for this job is a postgraduate degree, preferably Ph.D., in rangelands or natural resources management. 

  • 5 years of minimum work experience in the field of RRM, of which part preferably has been gained in the HKH region.
  • Experience in research, and a documented record of publications in the field of RRM.
  • Ability to prepare project proposals, progress reports, skills in project planning, providing training lectures in RRM, negotiation skills with Government/Research officials and performance assessment.
  • Strong managerial and administrative experience in project management, project monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Experience of working in multi-cultural and interdisciplinary teams.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English.

Remuneration: Salaries and benefits of ICIMOD are highly competitive compared to other regional organizations; remuneration is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Duration: 3 years, of which the first six months is probational, and subject to future funding levels of ICIMOD. Starting date is as early as possible.

Gender and Equity Policy: Qualified and eligible women candidates and those from disadvantaged backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. ICIMOD implements a gender fair policy and is supportive of working women. It operates a day-care Centre at the campus and a Gender Resource Centre and is committed to gender mainstreaming at the organizational and programmatic levels.

Applications together with complete curriculum vitae and the names and contact addresses of three referees should be sent by 12 September 2010 to

HRD Officer
GPO Box 3226
Kathmandu, Nepal

Tel: (977-1) 5003222    
Fax: (977-1) 5003299 / 5003277

ICIMOD is committed to gender equity and has a strong interest in recruiting women. Only short- listed candidates will be notified.