Opportunity for a researcher on environmental issues

Research Assistant / Research Associate Apply before June 17, 2015 Liberty Institute is seeking a suitable person to undertake research and analysis on issues related to environment, forest and wildlife. A key focus will be on the nature and types of conflict between local communities, and other stakeholders, over land, forest and wildlife resources.The objective is to explore ways of reducing the conflict potential between communities, and institutions and officials entrusted to manage the natural resources. Depending on the candidate’s experience and expertise, and depth of interestand understanding in these issues, the position could be negotiated either as Research Assistant or Research Associate. The responsibilities will primarily involve: Compiling relevant information Structuring the information in a database Summarising the information in briefs and reports Updating the website Undertaking in-depth research Necessary capacities: A level of awareness and appreciation of the relevant issues Capacity to search for information, particularly on internet Excellent communication skills, particularly to summarise and analyse information Excellent computer skill Please send your resume, along with a letter of interest, by June 17, 2015. Background: A glimpse of the initial information gathered in this regard may be seen at http://empoweringindia.net/?page=issue. Please select “Human Wildlife Conflict” in the drop down list below the logo, on the left side of the banner, then click on “View”. You would see the list of items in the pop-up box on the right side of the screen. Liberty Institute, New Delhi Email:...

Opportunity for a Research Fellow

Apply before June 17, 2015 Liberty Institute is seeking a suitable person to undertake research and analysis on legal aspects related to land and property rights. The Institute wants to undertake a couple of research projects, to be completed by the end of 2015, as part of an effort to better understand the nature of the land related conflicts, and come up with possible legal and policy suggestions that might help reduce the scale and scope of such conflicts. The Research Fellow will be expected to deliver two papers, one, that will undertake an analysis of the emerging case laws at the state and national levels in recent years on the Forest Rights Act 2006. The second paper will document the evolution of constitutional and legal perspective on property rights, as well as shifting judicial thrust over the past six decades. The aim of both the papers is to analyse the legal trends, and try to come up with some indication of the direction it may take in the future. Depending on the candidate’s experience and expertise, and depth of interest and understanding in these issues, the terms could be negotiated. The position will be that of a consultant on a contract for this research project. The responsibilities will primarily involve: Undertaking in-depth research and analysis Interviewing appropriate experts and scholars Drafting the research papers Seeking comments from independent experts Finalising the papers for publication Necessary capacities: A level of awareness and appreciation of the relevant laws and judicial processes 5-7 years experience in legal and policy research Excellent research and analytical writing skills Please send your resume, along...

Opportunity for a project manager or a project coordinator

Liberty Institute A non-profit organisation based in New Delhi, is seeking an appropriate person for the position of Project Manager or Project Coordinator for the Right to Property initiative. Deadline May 15, 2015. Liberty Institute is an independent think tank dedicated to empowering people by striving to enhance the scope of political, economic and civic freedoms. Recognition and respect for property rights is the keystone of any free society. In partnership with other organisations and individuals, the Institute is aiming to build the capacity of rural communities to document their claims over land and local resources, under the Right to Property initiative. www.RighttoProperty.org   Project Manager / Project Coordinator The position includes the following tasks and duties: Build and nurture a network of grassroots organizations and village community leaders to expand the reach of the Right to Property initiative on Forest Rights Act (FRA) Develop information and training modules for partners at different levels – civic activist, NGO, Community leaders Coordinate and organize workshops aimed at appropriate target groups to take forward the Right to Property (RTP) initiative Find and reach out to civic activists and NGOs who may be working on FRA, or may have an interest in this issue Identify and coordinate with relevant government officials particularly at the panchayat, block and district levels Ensure smooth administration of the initiative, along with its accounts and other documentation Coordinate with the IT vendors to ensure that the platform functions smoothly Oversee the data processing, and ensuring quality of the data, and generate relevant reports Develop an understanding of the FRA, and other aspects of land and property rights...
Patnagarh Property Rights Workshop

Patnagarh Property Rights Workshop

Property Rights Workshop Implementing the Forest Rights Act 2006  15-16 April 2014 Patnagarh, Balangir dist. Orissa Organised by: Zindabad Sangathan, Balangir & Liberty Institution, New Delhi in partnership with Friedrich Naumann Foundation  Tentative Agenda   Date Time Programme Schedule DAY 1 15.04.2014 11 am to 1.30 pm Inauguration & IntroductionFores right act implementation and  challenges. 1.30 to 2.30 pm Lunch 2.30 to 5 pm Experience sharing of FRA and discussion.Use of GPS/GIS to map and document claims. 5 to 6 pm Tea 6 to 7 pm Group Discussion 8 to 9 pm Dinner DAY 2 16.04.2014 9 A.M to 1.30 P.M Field visit: Community forest  resources mapping by GPS at Ganjaudar village G.P. , Block Turekela, Tahasil Kantabanji (about 40 km from Patnagarh) 1.30 to 2.30 pm Lunch 2.30 to 3.30 pm Map preparation by GPS 3.30 to 4.30 pm Action plan and conclusion 4.30 to 5 pm Vote of thanks   Venue: Marwadi Dharmashala Patnagarh, Balangir district, Orissa Local coordinator: Shri Trilochan Punji, Zindabad Sangathan, mobile: 099378 66507 Liberty Institute, New Delhi, mobile: 9810416662 www.InDefenceofLiberty.org Right to Property...
Dediapada taluk Field Visits

Dediapada taluk Field Visits

Property Rights Workshop Assessing the Implementation, Institutions and Impact of Forest Rights  Field Visits to Villages in Dediapada taluk in Gujarat 28-29 March 2014 Organised by: ARCH, Gujarat and Liberty Institute, New Delhi, in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation Programme Schedule: March 28: 8.30 am:                     Departure from Baroda for Dediapada 12 noon to 2 pm:       Assessing the economic possibilities of community forest rights, in Dediapada town 4 to 6 pm:                    Evaluating the technical capacity of community leaders in using tools to map land claims and document rights, in Malsamothe village 9 to 11 pm:                  Roundtable discussion on GIS related technical issues and their adaptability in the rural context Night halt at the forest rest house in Malsamothe village March 29: 9 to 11 am:                   The impact on agricultural land and common resources following the recognition of rights, in Sagai village 12 noon to 2 pm:       Local Institutions and management practices to effectively implement the community rights, in Dabka and surrounding villages 3.30 pm:                      Departure from Dediapada for Baroda   Resource Persons: Ambrish Mehta and Trupti Parekh of ARCH Prof Ranendu Ghosh of DA Institute of Information & Communication Technology, Gandhinagar Barun Mitra, Liberty Institute, New Delhi Emily Curtis, advisor on participative use of GIS Liberty Institute, New Delhi Tel: 011-28031209. Email:...
Sheopur Forest Rights Act Training Workshop February, 2014

Sheopur Forest Rights Act Training Workshop February, 2014

Forest Rights Act Training Workshop Organised by the Collectorate, District Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh In collaboration with the Right to Property initiative of Liberty Institute (New Delhi), and ARCH Vahini (Gujarat) 15th to 17th February 2014 The objectives of the three day workshop is to improve understanding of the legal and procedural aspects of FRA. Also to appreciate the challenges on the ground, and to learn the significance of use of GPS / PDA instruments, and the role of satellite imagery in implementing the FRA. DAY DATE TIME PROGRAMME DAY 1 15 Feb 2014 11 am to 11.30 am Inauguration and Introduction 11.30 am to 12.30 pm Forest right act Implementation and  challenges – sharing experiences 12.30 pm to 1.00 pm FRA in the context of Right to Property in the Indian Constitution 1.00 to 2.00 pm Lunch break 2.30 to 3 pm Experience of ARCH in Gujarat 3 to 4 pm Use of GPS/GIS in FRA 4 to 5 pm Practical operation of GPS 5 pm to 6 pm Break 6 pm to 7.30 pm Group Discussion 8.00 pm Dinner DAY 2 16 Feb 2014 9 am to 3.30 pm Field visit – mapping of community forest  resources and individual plots by GPS at Hanumankheda, and other villages 1.30 to 2.15 pm Lunch break 2.30 to 3.30 pm Preparation of maps by GPS 3.30 to 4.30 pm Break – Return to Sheopur 4.30 to 5.30 pm Documentation of the claims and evidence Day 3 17 Feb 2014 9 am to 1 pm Processing of GPS data from the field visit and assessing the information on satellite imagery 1 pm...