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Research award: Climate Change

Deadline: September 6, 2017

Please note that all applications must be submitted online.

This particular research award is only open to citizens or residents of Uruguay who hold a valid work permit for Uruguay.

IDRC is one of the world’s leaders in generating new knowledge to meet global challenges. We offer a number of research awards providing a unique opportunity to enhance research skills and gain a fresh perspective on crucial development issues. These one‐year, paid, in‐house programs of training and mentorship allow award holders to pursue their research goals and work in one of IDRC’s dynamic program or division teams.

IDRC’s Climate Change program aims to support partnerships and networks to build evidence for cost-effective solutions and the smart use of technology that generate short-term social and economic gains and guard against future climate impacts. The program’s research focuses on the identification and removal of barriers to the application, scaling, and financing of these solutions in urban and rural vulnerable landscapes (hotspots) in the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Through research and training, the program builds capacity to help vulnerable people and communities in developing countries adapt to climate risk.

The Climate Change program is looking for a research award recipient who will conduct research on adaptation to climate change in one or more developing country cities located in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region.

Urban and rural landscapes under climate pressure are often situated in watersheds faced with competing demands for limited water resources, including for hydro-power, agriculture, industry, and domestic use. Particular areas of interest include:

  • geographic information systems (GIS) applications for climate change impacts and adaptation analysis; 
  • innovative research to improve planning and policies to increase resilience in cities and their territories, in particular with a view to inform decision-making; 
  • the development and application of technologies for adaptation and/or climate-ready infrastructure;
  • the exploration of options for climate finance for adaptation and engagement with private sector actors; and
  • innovations in planning approaches or governance systems for addressing climate thresholds that threaten the sustainability of communities and industries.

The successful candidate will allocate 50% of his/her time for a research project relating to the above themes under the guidance of an IDRC program officer. He/she will be expected to prepare a research plan, provide progress updates throughout the year, and present his/her findings at the end of the year. The remaining time will be spent on contributions to Climate Change program operations, which may include synthesizing and disseminating project outcomes and results; participating in program and project development, monitoring, and evaluation; supporting program communications and research dissemination activities; and preparing internal and external reports. The research awardee is expected to participate and contribute insights into the analysis of issues relating to LAC that are conducted by IDRC’s Regional Office.

Applicants should clearly outline their qualifications for this position, and explain how this opportunity will advance their career goals.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, you must meet the requirements stated in the IDRC Research Awards 2018 call page and for this particular position, you must be a Citizen or resident of Uruguay with a work permit valid in Uruguay.

Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest in one or more of the following: climate change adaptation, international development, urban resilience, and/or climate finance;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; and
  • Field experience in the target region is an asset.

It is highly desirable that the candidate is enrolled in (or has recently completed) a master’s or doctoral program in one of the following disciplines:

  • Environmental studies/sciences
  • Development studies
  • Urban planning
  • Climate finance
  • Environmental economics
  • Civil engineering
  • Water resource management
  • Geography

Priority will be given to proposals outlining focused and feasible objectives and clearly defined methodology. The proposal should demonstrate the relevance of the proposed research to local, national, and/or regional policy debates in the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

Language requirements:

  • Applicants must be fluent in English and Spanish
  • Proficiency in French is an asset

This position is located at IDRC’s Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office, located in Montevideo, Uruguay.


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