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Research Fellow (André Hoffmann Fellowship) - Biological Sciences

Date: 14-Sep-2022

Location: Kent Ridge Campus, SG

Company: National University of Singapore

Introduction

The Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions (CNCS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) invites applications for the André Hoffmann Fellowship to work on the initiative “Unlocking Natural Capital Markets in Asia-Pacific”.

 

About the Fellowship Programme

The André Hoffmann Fellowship for the Fourth Industrial Revolution offers early-career academics the opportunity to work at the intersection of society, science and technology through a joint appointment between the World Economic Forum and the NUS Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions.

The two-year Hoffmann Fellowship term is co-hosted evenly between the World Economic Forum and the Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions. Fellows are expected to commit full-time to the role.

With joint guidance from a Forum director and a faculty supervisor at the National University of Singapore, the Fellow will help build and drive intensive collaborations among Forum and NUS to deliver specific action-oriented outcomes through:

•    Developing and executing initiatives to bring technology to bear on solving important global challenges
•    Engaging Forum Partners – including leaders from the private sector, governments, international organizations, civil society and faculty from diverse academic disciplines – to build selected initiatives
•    Researching key issues and the potential to harness Fourth Industrial Revolution innovations to provide solutions
 

About the World Economic Forum’s Centre for Nature and Climate

The Centre for Nature and Climate seeks to safeguard our global commons. The vision is a net-zero, nature-positive, circular economy that enables a resilient and regenerative planet for humans and all other species. The mission is to convene key stakeholders and act as an enabler at scale for the systems change required for the socio-economic and ecological transition. 

The Centre develops multistakeholder partnerships to accelerate action, scale solutions and support policy for a net-zero and nature-positive transformation. It provides a trusted and vibrant platform to progress towards the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by enabling its community to: 
•    Keep on the pulse of issues and trends on the nature and climate agenda 
•    Build connections and drive momentum across industries and regions
•    Scale innovation and public-private initiatives to shape a better future

There are five priority areas of focus in the Centre: 
1.    Accelerating climate action for net zero
2.    Fast-tracking towards a nature-positive economy
3.    Regenerating food, ocean and water systems
4.    Advancing resource circularity
5.    Enabling market mechanisms through innovative finance and technology
 

About the Initiative

Unlocking Natural Capital Markets in Asia-Pacific is an initiative within the World Economic Forum’s Centre for Nature and Climate. The initiative aims to bring together corporates, investors, academics, experts, development banks and multilateral players to identify what it will take to create a market for natural capital and ecosystem services. In the immediate term, it aims to learn from the experience of carbon markets and build out a parallel for market mechanism for nature positive and biodiversity. To do so, there is need for credible and robust measurement and monitoring methodology using technology to support the nature and biodiversity outcomes of select projects. While there is significant data on carbon capture of conservation projects, there is equal need to establish comparable and transparent metrics for nature, biodiversity and other ecosystem services. 

The initiative is looking to hire a Fellow who will work closely with the Forum’s Head of Nature Action Agenda in addition to the Centre for Nature and Climate’s Sustainable Finance Director in Singapore  and Professor Koh Lian Pin at the NUS Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions for the next two years, identifying and applying technology solutions to projects and landscapes in support of the build-out of financing market mechanisms that have conservation, preservation and restoration outcomes. 

The NUS Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions (CNCS) and the World Economic Forum are looking for a Hoffmann Fellow contributing to this initiative while jointly reporting to the Head of Nature Action Agenda with dotted line to Sustainable Finance Director in Singapore at the World Economic Forum and to the Director of the NUS Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions (CNCS).

The role will be based in Singapore (Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions, National University of Singapore) while jointly working with the World Economic Forum in Geneva and Singapore. 
 

Duration and Location of the Fellowship

•    The André Hoffmann Fellowship is two years in duration and Fellows are asked to commit full time to the role.
•    The Hoffmann Fellow will be working in collaboration with the Forum, the C4IR and the Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions. Depending on the locations, they will split up their time accordingly. 
•    The Hoffmann Fellow is expected to travel to the Forum’s Headquarters in Geneva for at least one week during the first four months of the Fellowship as part of the onboarding process. After that, the Hoffmann Fellow is expected to travel to Geneva a couple of times during the two years to meet and work with the Geneva based team. 
•    The Forum's Director of Nature and Climate Finance in the Centre for Nature and Climate, who is based in Singapore, will meet with the Fellow on a regular basis at the NUS campus to support the integration of the Fellow and advance the initiative.
•    A successful candidate for the Hoffmann Fellowship is aware of these fellowship residence requirements and agrees to abide by them.
 

Responsibilities

•    Engaging Forum and academic institution Partners – including leaders from the private sector, governments, international organizations, civil society and faculty from diverse academic disciplines – to build new initiatives
•    Researching key issues and the potential to harness Fourth Industrial Revolution innovations to provide nature-based climate and biodiversity financing solutions
•    Identify and develop Monitoring, Reporting and Valuation (MRV) for nature-based climate solutions (including biodiversity credits) projects in Asia-Pacific
•    Lead the build out of a community of practice in Asia-Pacific in the nature-based climate solutions space, including academics/universities, project developers, scientists. 
•    Researching key issues and the potential to harness Fourth Industrial Revolution innovations to provide nature-based climate and biodiversity financing solutions
•    Where applicable, play the role of an expert in Forum projects related to Fourth Industrial Revolution for conservation, restoration and sustainable use of biodiversity
 

Qualifications

Qualifications / Discipline:
•    Masters or PhD (or have the PhD conferred by the time the appointment commences) in the natural sciences discipline, business/finance, law or engineering 
Skills:
•    Excellent command of spoken and written English, proficiency in other languages is advantageous 
•    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
•    Ability and active willingness to collaborate and jointly shape initiatives 
•    Ability to work in a highly demanding, fast-paced environment 
•    Self-starter with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
•    Strong project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously 
•    Strong organizational skills 
•    Comfortable with change and ambiguity 
•    Proficient with recent digital platforms 

Experience:  
•    Early to mid-stage of academic career 
•    Proven understanding of the issues of financing for nature-based climate solutions, natural capital and ecosystem service valuation 
•    Demonstrated interest and/or experience in working on the nexus of technology, finance and policy issues 
•    Demonstrated ability to work across different cultures and with high level officials and executives
•    Experience working in or collaborating with the public or private sector (preferred) 
•    Experience in the area of monitoring, reporting and verification (preferred) 

Interested applications should submit the following via email to cncs@nus.edu.sg with the subject “Application for Hoffmann Fellowship” by 18 September 2022.
•    Letter of application
•    Curriculum vitae, with a complete list of publications
•    At least one sample of published work 
•    A research statement (maximum 2 pages) of no more than 800 words, explaining the candidate’s research experience, most impactful publications and aptitude in relation to the job description 
•    Contact information for three referees 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

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More Information

Location: [[Kent Ridge Campus]]

Organization: [[National University of Singapore]]

Department : [[Department of Biological Sciences]]

Employee Referral Eligible: [[No]]

Job requisition ID : 16929