RFP: Evaluation and Communication Consultant, Sustain Ontario

Sustain Ontario is inviting qualified consultants with experience in northern and indigenous communities, youth and food systems to support the evaluation of the Growing Out: Evaluation and Impact Youth-Grown Tools program and to help train youth participants in culturally and demographically appropriate evaluation methods as participant-researchers.

This is a project designed to build the youth food, environment and employment sector capacity in just and meaningful ways. Indigenous youth, youth leaders and youth participants from diverse backgrounds, and the partner organizations will work together in two different regions of Ontario, as co-creators of an evaluation plan, indicators of success, and culturally and demographically appropriate evaluation tools. A core team of youth participant-researchers along with the staff of the partner organizations will be trained as evaluators and appropriate tools and methods will be co-created. Examples of the types of methods anticipated include, but need not be restricted to surveys conducted with phones and tablets, storytelling, photovoice, and focus groups. These core participants, once trained will collect data on the experience of youth in food sector projects throughout the province. Finally, the consultants will assist in the co-creation with the youth of a ‘Sharing the Impact’ pl an and over the period of three months, the youth, youth leaders and partners will co-create a variety of pieces, including video to share the impacts uncovered.

The consultants must be comfortable and proficient in working from an indigenous perspective, and a diversity framework to co-create just and meaningful tools to implement across the youth food sector. This will securely place the evaluation and impact youth movement on a strong foundation. All the partners will share the templates, manual, evaluation tools and sharing the impact tools through events, online, webinars, blogs, and with the 100’s of organizations and thousands of people in our collective networks. Each partner is rooted in the firm belief that, through a facilitated shared expertise process, we will co-create evaluation and impact tools that will resonate with youth, youth leaders and organizations in the food, environment and employment sector across Ontario.

Project Timeline: May 2017 – March 2018
The budget for this project is $20, 000, excluding HST.

Please submit one (1) electronic copy of your complete proposal (including scheduling, hours needed, and project budget) before 5pm on May 15th, 2017 to:
Phil Groff, Executive Director
Sustain Ontario
301-253 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, ON M4K 1N2

Job Posting: Tenure Track Faculty Position in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
Trent University

Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2017 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Trent University invites applications for a tenure-track position in the School of Environment at the Assistant Professor level in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS) beginning July 1, 2017. Candidates must have a doctoral degree in Sustainable Agriculture or related discipline, a strong teaching background, and a demonstrated research record with the ability to generate research funding from NSERC/SSHRC and/or other funding agencies. Candidates will be expected to support undergraduate teaching in the growing SAFS Program and the newly established School of the Environment.

Trent has adopted a broad definition of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, encompassing, for example, academic study in nutrient sustainability and pollution reduction in relation to agricultural activities; impacts of atmospheric pollution and climate change on crops; novel food products, biomaterials and biofuels; heritage crops and conservation of genetic resources; sustainable pest control; use of manures, biosolids and soil amendments; agricultural policy and business and organic/sustainable farming practices. The School of the Environment offers an engaged and pedagogically innovative approach to undergraduate environmental education in Trent University’s highly regarded environmental programs.

Applicants are invited to visit and for more information. Please send electronic applications, including a letter of application, curriculum vitae (including confirmation that you can legally work in Canada), a teaching portfolio (including a summary of any teaching evaluations), samples of research, and the names of three references that may be contacted to Please note that applications will only be accepted in PDF format via email.


Application deadline: Until filled

The Director of the Climate Change Agenda will be in charge of contributing to IDDRI’s strategic orientations, developing and coordinating the implementation of the Climate Change Agenda’s programme of work within the framework of the five year strategic plan, and representing IDDRI in both policymaking and scientific forums and networks at the national and international level.

The Director will work under the supervision of the Director of Programmes, in charge of coordinating the annual action plans, and in close cooperation with the Coordinator of the Strategic Action Programmes, Scientific Director and the Communication and Development Director.

Moreover, the Director will also be responsible for coordination and interaction with IDDRI’s other Agenda Directors (biodiversity, governance and oceans) and the Directors of the Strategic Action Programmes and their respective teams. She/he will also be in charge of ensuring the effective integration of the climate change issue across IDDRI’s overall strategy.

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Post-Doc Position: COMMUNITY FOR GLOBAL HEALTH EQUITYUniversity of Buffalo

The Global Health Equity Community of Excellence is pleased to announce an exciting post-doctoral opportunity at the University of Buffalo for outstanding candidates interested in the connection between global health equity and planning/policy. The post-doc will join a newly formed university-wide Center that includes the School of Architecture and Planning, the School of Public Health and Health Professions, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Applications are being accepted immediately, and reviewed on a rolling basis. Please see the information below for further details.About the position
Applications are invited for an outstanding postdoctoral scholar to join a university-wide interdisciplinary research initiative on Global Health Equity. Joining an interdisciplinary team of faculty, post-docs, graduate students, and research staff across multiple schools, including the Schools of Public Health and Health Professions, the School of Architecture and Planning, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the selected postdoctoral scholar will focus her/his research on addressing global health inequities by harnessing the power of non-health disciplines including architecture, applied economics, engineering, international development, social work, urban, regional and rural planning and policy, and related disciplines to address challenging global health inequities. The candidate will develop a research portfolio working under the guidance of faculty mentors in the School of Architecture and Planning, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the School of Public Health and Health Professions.

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Research Grant Competition: BCFN YES!
Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation, Italy  

Deadline for research proposal submissions: June 28th, 2017
Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation analyzes the major issues related to food and nutrition, health and sustainability, producing high scientific content to enable people to make informed decisions about the food they eat. How can we ensure healthy and sustainable food for future generations is a very complex question, and the answer lies in the commitment of different stakeholders with different backgrounds and expertise. 
The BCFN considers young researchers an essential resource to address these issues with concrete solutions and impact. For this reason, it has launched the sixth edition of BCFN YES! Young Earth Solutions, an international competition for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers under 35, from all over the world and from any educational background.

This year, three research grants of € 20,000 will be awarded in favour of innovative proposals to promote environmental, economic and/or social sustainability in agro-food system. The research proposals can be submitted by individual researchers and multidisciplinary teams, until June 28th, 2017. More information is available on