Research award: Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia

Deadline: September 6, 2017

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.

More than one billion people live in deltas, semi-arid lands, and glacier- and snowpack-dependent river basins in Africa and Asia — hot spot regions that are the most vulnerable to climate change. The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) builds resilience in these hot spots by supporting collaborative research on climate change adaptation to inform adaptation policy and practice. Specifically, CARIAA supports four consortia that research geographic and social similarities in the way people experience climate change, despite being spread across different countries and continents. This consortia model is unique within IDRC. It combines large-scale funding to multiple organizations to work collaboratively over multiple years to bridge research, policy, and practice.

CARIAA is looking for a research award recipient who will conduct research on the consortia model and its merits relative to other program designs. Specifically, CARIAA seeks to better understand the costs and benefits involved in research consortia, including transaction costs of coordinating activities across multiple organizations, as well as the additional value created by working across scales to connect local-level adaptation and global policy processes. Particular areas of interest include: program evaluation to compare CARIAA implementation to initial aspirations; science policy regarding the design and analysis of research portfolios; and the relative merits of different program designs such as research projects, chairs, networks, consortia, and core grants. Comparative examples can be drawn from beyond IDRC and/or beyond climate adaptation. In short, the research award recipient is expected to provide insight on how consortia and alternative research arrangements are suited to contribute to outcomes and make progress on different problems of societal and scientific interest.

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 their findings at the end of the year. The remaining 50% of the successful candidate’s time will include contributions to 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 2018 call page.

Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest in one or more of the following: climate change adaptation, international development, and/or science policy;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; and
  • Field experience in Africa and/or Asia 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 and/or science policy
  • Public policy and/or program evaluation
  • Climate finance, water resource management, and/or 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 at least one of the following regions: South Asia or Western, Southern, or Eastern Africa.

Language requirements:

  • Applicants must be fluent in either English or French;
  • Proficiency in a second official language (English or French) is an asset.

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


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