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20/10/2014 – Vacancy announcement: Land Matrix Project Support Coordinator

Vacancy announcement: Land Matrix Initiative Project Support Unit Coordinator

Deadline for applications: 31 October 2014

The Land Matrix Initiative (LMI) is a global and independent initiative monitoring competition over land use in the Global South. Its goal is to facilitate an open development community of citizens, researchers, policy-makers and technology specialists to promote transparency and accountability in decisions over land and investment. The LMI has become an international innovative benchmark for its open data and development approach, database structure, web appearance, and multi-stakeholder character, and has received wide interest among policy makers, development practitioners, NGOs, the media, researchers and the informed public.

In view of enhancing the quality of the LMI, and increasing its impact on policy-dialogue and decision making, the LM is presently involved in a process of decentralization and expansion. Five new organizations have joined the network in June 2014 and will act as Regional Focal Points – and regional, national and thematic Land Observatories will complement the well-established LM Global Observatory that monitors and collects data on large-scale land transactions worldwide.

The Project Support Unit

As the LMI expands and decentralizes, project coordination becomes necessary. In the framework of this expansion and decentralization, it has been decided to establish a Project Support Unit (PSU). The PSU will be the coordinating entity of the LMI and will act as an intermediary body coordinating and implementing the decisions taken by the Steering Committee.

It will be based at the University of Pretoria, hosted by the Post-Graduate School of Agriculture and Rural Development, in the Department of Agricultural Economics and the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation. Initially the PSU will be composed of:
1. Coordinator
2. Research assistant (reports to PSU coordinator)
3. Communication assistant (reports to PSU coordinator)
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