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Title: Programme Director, SANDEE

Organisation: South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics

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The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) is a regional network that brings together researchers and decision makers from different countries in South Asia to address environment and development problems. By providing funds, training, and mentorship, SANDEE enables individuals and institutions to undertake research on the interlinkages among economic development, poverty, and environmental change.  SANDEE builds on research results to disseminate practical information that can be applied to development policies. SANDEE is hosted by The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). More information about SANDEE can be found at www.sandeeonline.org.

SANDEE is seeking a Programme Director who can provide leadership in developing research programmes on regional environmental and development challenges faced in South Asia and liaise with researchers, donors, and policy makers to identify and broadcast pragmatic solutions. This is an excellent opportunity for an innovative research leader or research manager to advance key priorities for regional research and capacity building. The Programme Director will be responsible for developing strategic areas of research, identifying new partnerships across countries and managing complementary research and training activities.

Responsibilities and tasks

Technical support for research and training
  • Provide technical supervision to researchers on different aspects of environment and development economics
  • Liaise effectively with SANDEE research advisors to ensure high-quality research products
  • Undertake technical editing of research reports and policy briefs
  • Provide oversight to training workshops, including curriculum design and selection of instructors and participants
  • Initiate new research and training activities, in consultation with the SANDEE governing Board by identifying experts, dissemination fora, and potential researchers
Policy dialogue and dissemination
  • Establish contact with representatives of national and international agencies and governments to identify ways in which SANDEE research can contribute to critical policy concerns
  • Disseminate research results by helping researchers organize dissemination workshops, presenting results of SANDEE activities at national and international for a, and developing meta-analyses and books that draw lessons from SANDEE case studies
  • Oversee the production of the SANDEE annual report and newsletters; may produce articles for publication
Programme management
  • Coordinate with donors and governments to raise funds for SANDEE; is responsible for the programme’s revenue generation strategy;  plan and review SANDEE’s budget and oversee the budget and accounts process
  • Supervise SANDEE staff and programmes and prepare the annual Programme of Work; provide oversight on administrative and financial aspects of research grant cycles and training activities
  • Report annual activities, manage programme evaluations, and liaise with the SANDEE governing Board
  • Promote contact and working relationships between SANDEE activities and those of ICIMOD   

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D in an applied economics field with research or policy interests in environmental or development economics.
  • At least 7–10 years of experience as a lead researcher or research manager working on environment and development issues.
  • Interest and experience in the environmental development challenges faced in South Asia.
  • Experience with fundraising.
  • Ability to write well, communicate effectively, and work in multi-cultural settings.


  • Research skills:  High-quality technical skills related to empirical research on various environment and development related topics with publications in well-ranked journals
  • Management skills: Experience in programme management, including strategic planning and decision making, financial overview, and personnel management
  • Fundraising: Experience with fundraising from regional and international donors
  • Networking: Ability to identify relevant partners, build new linkages, and effectively network with researchers and other stakeholders
  • Communication: Ability to write effectively and present, discuss, convince, and influence different levels and target groups with tailored messages


3 years of which the first six months are probation.

Starting Date

Preferably from June 2013


Salaries and benefits are competitive compared to other regional organizations; remuneration is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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 is committed to gender mainstreaming at the organisational and programmatic levels.

Method of application

Applicants are requested to apply online before 20 March 2013 through ICIMOD's online application system.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.