FuturAgua Project Coordinator
University of BC - Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences - Vancouver, BC

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Cover letters (translated into English and Spanish) and resumes (English version only) must be submitted via: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/staff.php.

As the Project Coordinator for the FuturAgua research project, the incumbent will work with Principle Investigators (PIs) to prepare and monitor the project's budget; develop and implement short and medium-term research plan; facilitate collaboration and communication between the research partners; and manage and participate in visits to Cost Rica. They will also advise the PIs on navigating the challenges and opportunities that arises when working with partners in Costa Rica.

Project Summary

Full Title: Enhancing Adaptation and Resilience to Drought in Dry Tropical Socio-Ecological Systems: The Guanacaste, Costa Rica.


A internationally-recognized groups of researchers, with expertise in climate and weather issues, water resources, ecosystem services, modeling and decision support, governance, stakeholder decision processes, psychology and rural development are engaged in a collaborative regional case study set in the arid region of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Research Summary

These researchers belong to Carnegie Mellon University (US), The University of British Columbia (Canada) and The Agricultural Research for Development (France), and work in partnership with The Center for Tropical and Agricultural Research and Education (Costa Rica).
The partners work closely with the civil society organizations in the region as well as the entities that manage water, giving particular focus to the community values and economic circumstance that influence water related decisions. Indeed, civil society organizations played an important role in project design. The research teams will be managed by the leading PI and will meet regularly to discuss progress, and will have close contact with civil society organizations throughout the project.

The research is developed through an effective set of four work packages: (A) characterization of current conditions, (B) impacts of changing climate and weather on resources, people and other drivers of change; (C) methods for and implementation of decision aids, the development of practical new heuristics, communication, and outreach; (D) project management. The partners, in collaboration with local leaders and managers, will ultimately create sets of alternative actions that could build specific kinds of resilience in water-oriented social-economical systems.

Under the direction and guidance of the project PIs, the Coordinator works with the PIs to complete the following duties:

Project and organization management

- Develops and/or implement project objectives, budgets, work plans and strategies
- Performs management duties with accountability and authority for the strategic direction of the project, and ensures grant requirements, schedules and deadlines are met
- Manages personnel and resources as needed
- Maintains awareness and knowledge of contemporary organizational development theory and methods, and provides suitable interpretation to Principal Investigators
- Manages project timelines.
- Manages field trips and the research team's visits to Costa Rica and reciprocal visits to Costa Rica.

Budget management

- Analyze financial information and data.
- Contributes to developing budget proposals for sources of outside funding


- Develops and coordinates short and medium-term research plans.
- Develops an overview of research tasks.
- Implement a research Consortium Agreement
- Contributes to research effort by participating in sub-projects. Analyzes information and drafts reports and performs and/or coordinates research activities
Knowledge transfer
- Oversees the creation, processing and distribution of information between investigators, to and from stakeholders, to granting agencies, and to the public; through the project website and other channels.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Desired Skills and Experience

Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Bachelor and a advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in environmental sciences preferred. Minimum of two years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. The contract will start in June 2014 and finish in August 2016, on a 22hours/week basis. The work, when in Canada, takes place at UBC (Vancouver) in a shared office at the Earth and Ocean Sciences-South wing building. The Research Coordinator will be based in Vancouver and will spend significant periods in Costa Rica, (timing and duration are to be determined). Willingness and ability to travel internationally is required. Fluency in English and Spanish. Knowledge of Central America environments and institutions Experience in governance and policy research with a focus on Latin America Experience in stakeholder engagement Experience in natural resource research, with experience in Latin America. Proven project coordinator skills Ability to effectively use GIS. Skills in negotiation, mediation and facilitation. Ability to engage with stakeholder. Ability to address and moderate interpersonal conflict by confronting issues and taking appropriate action. Ability to act as the "gel" between the stakeholders, researchers, students and professors: able to facilitate group cohesion, good communication (including feedback), motivation and assure inclusion. Knowledge of organisational development theory and group dynamics.

About this company

The Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a FuturAgua Project Coordinator position in one of Canada’s largest and most diverse earth sciences departments.

Please submit your cover letter and resume via: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/staff.php