Research award: Climate Change 2019

Deadline: September 5, 2018

Please note that all applications must be submitted online.

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 Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. 

Particular areas of interest include:

  • Climate action from a gender and social equity perspective.

Areas of research include how climate action can support social equity and enable women, men, girls, and boys to increase their resilience and become positive agents of transformation. They also include the social, cultural, economic, institutional, and political factors that aggravate differentiated climate change impacts.

  • The exploration of options for climate finance for adaptation and engagement with private sector actors.

Areas of research may include mainstreaming adaptation into development finance, exploring the current state and outlook for private investment in adaptation related challenges, innovative financial mechanisms for adaptation, and identifying options to bring tested solutions to scale.

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.

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 2019 call page.

Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest in one or more of the following: climate change adaptation and/or climate finance, gender and development, international development, or urban resilience;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; and
  • Field experience in the targeted regions 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/Climate change
  • Climate finance
  • Environmental economics
  • Public policy
  • Geography
  • Development studies/International development

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 Global South.

Language requirements:

  • Applicants must be fluent in English and French

This position is located at IDRC’s head office in Ottawa, Canada.

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