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Review volunteer research and write summarizing report on charcoal production from non-timber forest products

PNUD Brasil

16 Jan 2018 This opportunity is no longer available Share
16 Jan 2018 This opportunity is no longer available Share
Task
Background and objectives
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Volunteers from around the world wrote reports on charcoal production from non-timber forest products in their regions. Now, one volunteer is required to review those reports, consolidate the findings and write a summary report on the subject. The reports were written in English, French and Portuguese, which means the volunteer must have a good working knowledge of all three languages.The task must be completed in 8 weeks. The volunteer is expected to work 6-10 hours per week and present progress reports every 2 weeks. During the first week of assignment, the volunteer will receive guidelines for the task from the Project's team, which can be consulted at any time. In recognition of the volunteer's work, a certificate of completion will be issue and the volunteer's name will be mentioned as contributor in the knowledge products in which their research is used.
Research
Policy, regulation, planning and education and capacity building
Pig iron, steel and ferroalloy are all part of our lives. These materials are used to manufacture engines, cars, planes, household appliances and even cell phones. Nowadays it is impossible to live without iron and its products. To produce iron, coal (a fossil fuel) is indispensable, not only because it generates energy, but also because it transforms ore extracted from the earth into iron suitable for industrial processes. Brazil is the only country in the world that still maintains a significant production of pig iron, steel and ferroalloys with the use of charcoal (renewable energy). Between 2005 and 2016, for example, about 25% of the pig iron was produced with charcoal in the country. The Siderurgia Sustentável (Sustainable Iron&Steel) Project was designed to encourage the sustainable production of charcoal and its use in the Brazilian industry. To this end, the Project is: (i) supporting the creation of a strategy to foster sustainable charcoal production; (ii) strengthening technology and human capacity; and (iii) implementing a mechanism to support new investments in the sustainable production of charcoal and its use in the pig iron, steel and ferroalloy industries.
Volunteers: 1 needed
6-10 hours per week / 8 weeks
Academic or professional experience in at least two of the following areas: forestry, renewable energies, wood energy, charcoal production, climate change, public policy analysis. Good research and writing skills. Knowledge of international negotiations on climate change preferred. Applications from qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.
Global
English, French, Portuguese

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