Associate Researcher - Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan, Deadline: April-10-2011 ( Expired )

Recruitment of Associate Researcher on Sustainable Consumption and Production

1. Number of staff to be employed
One Associate Researcher on Sustainable Consumption and Production (one year, renewable contract)

2. Outline of the Group
The Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) team of IGES is made of young and dynamic policy researchers with a track record of combining science-based policy research with creative stakeholder engagement to achieve practical policy results. The goal of the group, focused on the rapidly developing region of Asia and the Pacific, is to contribute towards realising sustainable patterns of consumption and production. Special attention is given to the flows of materials through society, activities by consumers and producers, and the environmental impacts associated with material flows. The research of the SCP group is based on life-cycle thinking and explores how actors, institutions and policies can influence society’s utilisation of materials and make it more sustainable. Research in the group is currently allocated to four components: policies for sustainable consumption in developing Asia, governance for sustainable resource circulation in Asia, sustainable waste management with multiple benefits, and chemicals management for sustainable product and material life-cycles. More information on the SCP group can be found at:

3. Duties and Responsibilities
IGES seeks a highly motivated and talented individual to its SCP team. Tasks for the future employee will mostly be under the research component on policies for sustainable consumption. This component focuses on emerging consumption patterns and lifestyles in Asia and explores how these can be reconciled with ecological constraints while meeting the needs of the poor. It aims to promote a wider recognition of the need for changing consumption patterns and lifestyles, and to identify effective approaches to that end.
A new project under this component aims to identify barriers to energy efficient housing in Asian cities and to make policy recommendations on how these barriers can be removed, as well as what sort of incentives can be provided to stakeholders at each stage. The project takes a life-cycle approach and looks at the design, construction and use phases.
The future employee will have the following functions and responsibilities:
(1) Work with project coordinators to plan, conduct research, provide consultancy to stakeholders, write reports/publications, as well as manage related administrative tasks on projects related to:
  • 1) Policies for SCP in developing countries, at national, regional and international level;
  • 2) Removing barriers and providing incentives to energy efficient housing in Asian cities, and measuring impacts of energy efficiency policies on climate change.
  • (2) Contribute to the SCP team’s other research and activities when necessary.
  • (3) Assist in overall management and operations of the SCP group.
4. Qualifications
- Should have a minimum Masters Degree, or equivalent, in environmental studies, development economics, political science, social sciences or other related or relevant field;
- Have a strong interest in multidisciplinary applied policy research and interested in combining research and active involvement in policy making processes;
- Knowledge of economic, social and development issues in Asian countries;
- Work experience at a research institute, university, think-tank, governmental agency, private company or international organisations is desirable;
- Knowledge of or experience in energy efficient buildings, and measuring potential benefits is of advantage;
- Familiar with quantitative analysis and life cycle assessment is desirable;
- Excellent level of written and spoken English, ability to make oral presentations and write publishable reports
- Ability to take own initiatives, and work towards concrete targets
- Ability to plan work-related tasks well and to meet strict deadlines
- Ability to work independently as well as in a multi-cultural team
- The applicant should be willing and able to travel abroad extensively

5. Term of employment
12 months (starting from May 2011), renewable, subject to employee performance and availability of project funding

6. Place of work
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
2108-11, Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa, Japan

7. Work Conditions
- Type of Employment:Fixed-term employment
- Hours of work:9:30-18:00
- Holidays:Saturdays and Sundays, summer holidays (three days), the end and the beginning of the year (29, 30, 31 of December and 2, 3 of January) and national holidays.
- Annual vacation:Annual vacation (paid leave) will be 10 days after 6 months have passed (in addition to holidays) in accordance with the Labour Standard Law of Japan.
- Salary:Monthly payment
Salary is determined by IGES regulations, taking into consideration the employee's occupational history, expertise and experience. For this position, the base salary will range from 230,000 to 350,000, plus bonus.
- Allowances:Allowances (overtime, commuting, housing, end-of-term, retirement) will be provided and travel expenses for relocation/return trips will be covered in accordance with the internal rule of IGES.
- Insurance:Insurance (health, employee pension, unemployment and workers’ accident compensation) will be partly covered by IGES.
See original posting at
Associate Researcher - Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan, Deadline: April-10-2011 ( Expired ) Associate Researcher - Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan, Deadline: April-10-2011 ( Expired ) Reviewed by KHMER-INSIDER on Monday, March 07, 2011 Rating: 5