Applications Open for IDRC Doctoral Research Awards 2016: Improving the Lives of People in Developing World

Deadline: 18 May 2016

​International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is currently accepting applications for the IDRC Doctoral Research Awards 2016, to promote the growth of Canadian and developing country capacity in research to improve the lives of people in the developing world.

Thematic Priorities

  • Agriculture and Environment
  • Inclusive Economies
  • Technology and Innovation

Award Information

The award will cover justifiable field research expenses up to CA$20,000.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, or a citizen of a developing country.
  • Be enrolled at a Canadian university at the doctoral level (when you submit your application, you must have completed several courses of the doctoral program but not necessarily all the courses).
  • Have research proposal must be approved by your thesis supervisor.
  • Have proposed field research must take place in one or more developing countries and be conducted for a doctoral dissertation.
  • Provide evidence of affiliation with an institution or organization in the developing region(s) in which the research will take place.
  • Have completed coursework and passed comprehensive exams before taking up the award.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit Research Awards.

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ARCOS Small Grants Programme: Enhancing Biodiversity Conservation in Africa

Deadline: 31 May 2016

Abertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation is currently seeking proposals for ARCOS Small Grants Programme with an aim to enhance collaborative sustainable solutions for biodiversity and people, focusing on critical landscapes and watersheds of the Albertine Rift, the Great Lakes Region of East and Central Africa and the African Mountains.

Thematic Orientations

  • Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Change (SMD4GC)
  • Addressing threats affecting freshwater ecosystems in the African Great Lakes Region

Objectives

The specific objectives of ARCOS Small Grants are:

  • To catalyze lasting solutions for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development issues in the Great Lakes region and African Mountains (this could include new activities that the grantee commit to conduct as part of its regular operations such as resource monitoring, biodiversity protection, promotion of good practices such as agroforestry, etc);
  • To facilitate networking and formation of solid partnerships amongst conservation practitioners in the Great Lakes region and African Mountains in order to make a strong voice and influence policies those affect the management of biodiversity and other natural resources;
  • To enhance Integrated Water Resources Management in the Great Lakes Region through the promotion of community-based watershed management schemes and good land management and farming practices;
  • To promote sustainable mountain development and lasting solutions addressing drivers of change in African mountain ecosystems.

Areas of intervention

To meet the objectives of this small grant, the following areas of intervention will be given priority:

  1. Capacity Building and Institutional Development
  2. Nature Based Community Enterprises
  3. Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Benefits
  4. Policy Analysis and Advocacy
  5. Climate Change and Community Adaptation
  6. Natural Resources Management Governance
  7. Awareness, Knowledge and Information
  8. Biodiversity Threat Mitigation.

Grant Information

The maximum available for each application is US$ 5,000. Given the limited funds we pay special attention to reasonable budget and where possible with co-funding. As such, the average of grants will be around US$3,000.

Eligibility Criteria

Only initiatives where a civil society organization is the main applicant are eligible. Government authorities and for-profit (commercial, private market) actors cannot apply but may participate as cooperation partners in the project, or be part of a coalition where a civil society organization is the main applicant.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit their proposal (s) in English or French of strictly 5 pages maximum including the budget via email.

For more information, please visit ARCOS Small Grants Programme.

AREF Research Development Fellowship 2016: Supporting Researchers working on Human Health Challenges in Africa

Deadline: 6 July 2016

The Africa Research Excellence Fund is seeking applications for its AREF Research Development Fellowship 2016 with an aim to enhance the research competitiveness of early-career African researchers who have research leadership potential and are working on important challenges for human health in Africa.

Objectives

  • to develop your own research ideas and researchable questions
  • to develop your skills – advanced research methods or technologies – to advance those ideas
  • to extend your network of research collaborators and mentors
  • to lay the foundations for an application for a highly competitive grant or fellowship award. If you apply for an award, you will need to describe how you would make these four opportunities happen – and how the fellowship would advance your development

Award Information

The maximum award is 43,000 GB Pounds.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be a national of a country in sub-Saharan Africa excluding South Africa.
  • Be working in an active research role and have guarantee of employment with a legally established research organisation or a University in sub-Saharan Africa for the duration of your fellowship.
  • Have a declaration from your current director on how they will support your development as a researcher, if you receive an award.
  • Have a PhD qualification:
    • Non-clinician: PhD qualification within the last four years – awarded a PhD or equivalent postgraduate degree from a recognised institution of higher education after 30 June 2012 and before 1 July 2016
    • Clinician: Clinically-active applicants should have a relevant3 Master’s degree and up to three years active research experience. They will normally have plans to gain a PhD or equivalent (although not as part of the AREF Fellowship).

How to Apply

Applicants must download the application form via given website.

For more information, please visit Research Development Fellowship.

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PeaceNexus Foundation’s 2016 Organizational Development Grant

Deadline: 25 April 2016

The PeaceNexus Foundation has announced a call for applications for its 2016 Organizational Development Grant. NGOs in the Western Balkans, West Africa, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan as well as international NGOs can apply for this opportunity.

Eligibility criteria

  • Only registered non-profit organisations with a peacebuilding relevant mandate and activities are eligible;
  • Think-tanks, academic institutions and policy makers without operational peace-building activities in a context affected by violent conflict are not eligible;
  • Applicant organisations must have a bank account, publish annual financial reports, be accountable to a constituency and have a governing body;
  • Applicants must demonstrate their commitment to non-violence, gender equality and ethnic diversity;
  • Individuals and organisations that are currently working with PeaceNexus, as consultants, grantees or partners receiving advisory services, are not eligible for PeaceNexus organisational development support;

In 2016, local CSOs/NGOs from the following countries are eligible:

  • West Africa: Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Senegal, The Gambia
  • Balkans: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Myanmar

The main criteria are:

  • The organisation is eligible, has a peace relevant mandate in the given context and has the potential to be a ‘champion of change’.
  • The request is convincing, the support PeaceNexus is able to provide is likely to be relevant for the applicant and there is appetite and space for organisational change.

For more information, visit this link: http://peacenexus.org/supporting-ngos/building-organisational-capacities/od-call-2016/

CRDF Global: Seeking Proposals for 2016 U.S. MENA Joint Research Competition

Deadline: 15 June 2016

CRDF Global is accepting proposals for its 2016 U.S.-MENA Joint Research Initiative, to support research projects between young Arab female investigators in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) and U.S. researchers in the agricultural sciences.

CRDF Global is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration through grants, technical resources, training, and services.

Goals

  • Support high-quality, innovative international research by teams of U.S. and MENA researchers in the agricultural sciences.
  • Encourage diversity in the international community by increasing the representation and development of early-career female scientists.
  • Foster long-term, sustained scientific engagement between U.S. and MENA researchers.

Award Information

Research Grant awards, each up to USD 100,000 total, will be made to joint research teams of U.S. and MENA scientists, in support of 1-3 year projects.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Joint research teams of scientists employed at accredited public and private U.S. and MENA universities and research centers are eligible to participate in this competition.
  • Eligible MENA countries include Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya.
  • Proposals must include one MENA female Principal Investigator (PI) and one U.S. PI
    • Possessing the degree of Ph.D., M.D., or the equivalent research experience
    • Having at least five scientific publications in peer-reviewed scientific literature.3 These PIs will share overall responsibility for the project in their respective countries, coordinating all project participants and institutions.
  • The PI for the MENA team:
    • must be female
    • must be an early-career scientist, defined as a clinician or scientist who has received her highest degree of study within the past five years. No exceptions to this requirement will be considered
  • The MENA PI and participants on the MENA team:
    • must be citizens and permanent residents within the eligible MENA countries
    • must reside within the eligible MENA country during the course of the CRDF Global-ICBA project
    • must be currently employed at one of the country’s universities (academic institutions)
    • must work full-time in civilian research
  • The U.S. PI and participants on the U.S. team:
    • must be legally employed by an accredited U.S. university
    • must reside in the U.S. during the course of the CRDF Global-ICBA project. Graduate students on the U.S. team may be foreign nationals, but they must be enrolled full-time in an accredited degree program at the U.S. institution
  • All projects must be oriented toward non-military objectives and must be carried out in a civilian research environment.
  • All proposals must include participation by at least one student/postdoctoral researcher on each team (i.e. one MENA student or postdoctoral researcher AND one U.S. student or postdoctoral researcher) who will make substantive contributions to the research while receiving practical opportunities for professional development in the natural sciences or engineering. These opportunities should be described in the “Student/Postdoctoral Mentorship Plan.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit Joint Research Competition.

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Food & Business Applied Research Fund: Apply to win up to 300,000 Euros

Deadline: 5 July 2016

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is currently seeking applications for its Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF), providing grants to applied research contributing to innovation for food security and private sector development in the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation.

ARF aims at promoting research supported innovations that are readily applicable and contribute to the enhancement of sustainable food security for the most vulnerable populations in the fifteen partner countries of Dutch development cooperation.

Grant Value

A grant amounts to a minimum of 50,000 euros (for six months) and a maximum of 300,000 euros (for 36 months). Per 6 months a maximum of 50,000 euros ARF subsidy can be applied for.

Grants should contribute directly to the project. Reimbursable cost includes:

  • Personnel and overhead: Salaries for personnel, which should be guided by the organisations’ norms and legal regulations for the country concerned.
  • Audit costs: for a final external independent audit up to a maximum of 5,000 euros, so as to review and verify the correct application and justification of the ARF grant and the co-funding contributions.
  • Travel and accommodation: Travel and accommodation expenses for consortium partners and of the expenses incurred in short trips (<3 months) of team members directly related to the project up to a maximum of 20 per cent of the ARF grant budget.
  • Research costs: durables (buildings excluded), consumables, assistance.
  • Knowledge sharing costs: activities organised by the consortium, such as workshops (including evaluation workshops), capacity building, meetings, local/regional dissemination of results aimed at involving stakeholders from outside the consortium up to a maximum of 15 per cent of the ARF grant budget.

Eligibility Criteria

A consortium applying for the ARF should consist of at least two partners that integrate different kinds of knowledge and execute a project as an effort of co-creation:

  • A private or public practitioner organisation registered in one of the fifteen partner countries of Dutch development cooperation acting as the main applicant.
  • A research organisation from a partner country or from the Netherlands, acting as co-applicant.
  • In case the organisation/company is not a local branch of a Dutch partner or the research organisation is not from the Netherlands, a third co-applicant is required, that is from The Netherlands. This can be a private or public practitioner organisation or a research organisation.

In the execution of the project at least one researcher from a partner country must be involved (not necessarily as consortium member). The involvement of additional partners, acting as co-applicant is encouraged. Next to this, gender expertise and female participation is required in the consortium and/or the project team.

Eligible Partner Countries

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, Yemen.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through an online process.

For more information, please visit Applied Research Fund.

ECOWAS/AFD Call for Proposals: Innovative Operations for Food Security and Nutrition in West Africa

Deadline: 24 April 2016

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), through the intermediary of the Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (RAAF), based in Lomé, and with the financial support of the Agence Françoise de Development (AFD) is currently inviting the national, regional, or international organizations to conduct innovative projects favoring improved food and nutrition security in West Africa.

The “Innovative Operations for Food and Nutrition Security” initiative falls under the implementation of the ECOWAS common agricultural policy (ECOWAP). It aims first to develop the competitive fund management capacities of the RAAF, responsible for ECOWAP implementation, and second to stimulate the development of innovative practices in the field of food and nutrition security within the ECOWAS region.

Themes

  • Resilient Agricultural Production Techniques.
  • Jobs and Vocational Training for Rural Youths.

Grants

For this initiative, ECOWAS has an envelope of € eight hundred thousand (800 000) to finance a certain number of projects in the region to be implemented over a period of twelve (12) months at most.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The initiative aims to fund projects carried by organizations the status of which is specified in the “Special Provisions” Section.
  • These organizations must:
    • prove their capacity to implement large-scale projects: organizations shall only be eligible if the budget of the submitted project does not represent more than 35% of the average annual resources for the past three (3) years (2013-2014-2015) of the organization submitting the proposal;
    • have experience implementing development projects; and
    • have previous experience in one of the topic areas described in the “Special Provisions” Section.
  • The organizations targeted to submit proposals are specified in the “Special Provisions” Section.
  • Groups are encouraged, but the projected activities and remunerations of each partner organization must be explicitly listed in the various components of the project.

How to Apply

All applications materials must be submitted in a prescribed format via email.

For more information, please visit ECOWAS.

Procurement Officer at ECA, Ethiopia

Deadline: 14 May 2016

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Procurement Officer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Procurement Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Chief Procurement Officer and overall supervision of the Chief Supply Chain Management Section and/or the Director of Division of Administration.

ECA’s mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa’s development.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Procurement Officer will perform the following functions-

  • Plan develop and manage all procurement and contractual aspects of projects of significant complexity specifically related to major renovations of buildings within the UNECA complex and UNECA Business Continuity (BC) needs through a worldwide procurement of diverse services and commodities (e.g. works, services, information technology, electronic equipment and instruments, vehicles, medicines, foodstuffs, building maintenance materials, office supplies, construction, furniture, etc.), taking into account local economic and other conditions.
  • Advice requisitioning units and recipient entities on the full range of procurement issues, providing support and guidance at all stage of the procurement cycle.
  • Prepare/oversee preparation and distribution of invitations to tender and manages/conducts all aspects of bid/proposal evaluations.
  • Formulate strategies and designs innovative solutions to resolve issues/conflicts for complex procurement projects.
  • Establish and maintains work program and schedule for ongoing contracts and newly-planned ones on the renovation projects of Africa Hall a major conference center of historical significance and business continuity projects in coordination with the Project Team and under the supervision of the PM.
  • Conduct market research to keep abreast of market developments; researches and analyzes statistical data and market reports on the world commodity situation, production patterns and availability of goods and services.
  • Prepare a variety of procurement-related documents, contracts, communications, guidelines, instructions, etc.
  • Provide guidance to, and may supervise, new/junior staff.
  • Perform any other duties as requested by the Supervisor and/or Director of Administration.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in supply chain management, procurement and/or purchasing or a related field is required. Master’s Degree in Business Administration is highly desirable.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in procurement is required.
  • Experience in contract management administration and law is highly desirable.
  • Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.
  • Knowledge of French (the working language of the ECA and UN Secretariat) is desirable.
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit ECA.

Human Resources Officer at ECA, Ethiopia

Deadline: 7 April 2016

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Human Resources Officer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The duration of this post is 11 months.

ECA’s mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa’s development.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Human Resources Officer will perform the following functions-

  • Provide advice and support to managers and staff on human resources related matters.
  • Prepare special reports and participates and/or leads special human resources project.
  • Provide advice on the interpretation and application of policies, regulations and rules, and provide advice on exceptions to same.
  • Administer and advises on salary and related benefits, travel, and social security entitlements. Determine and recommend benefits and entitlements for staff on the basis of contractual status.
  • Determine and recommends benefits and entitlements for staff on the basis of contractual status.
  • Review policies and procedures and recommend changes as required.
  • Review and recommends level of remuneration for consultants. Recruitment and placement:
  • Identify upcoming vacancies in coordination with client offices Oversees preparation of vacancy announcements, reviews applications, and provides a short-list to substantive divisions, and UNECA Sub-regional Offices (SROs).
  • In coordination with client offices, arranges and conducts interviews to select candidates.
  • Review recommendation on the selection of candidate by client offices.
  • Serve as ex-officio in appointment and promotion bodies, examinations boards, and prepares and presents cases to these bodies.
  • Prepare job offers for successful candidates.
  • Monitor and evaluates recruitment and placement related activities of client offices, and recommends changes or corrections related to procedures to these offices.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in human resources management, business or public administration, social sciences, education or related area.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, administration or related area.
  • Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required.
  • Knowledge of the other is desirable.
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit ECA.

Project Coordinator at FAO, Uganda

Deadline: 11 April 2016

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Project Coordinator in Kampala, Uganda. The duration of this post is 2 years.

The Project Coordinator will lead the Technical Management Unit (TMU) and will responsible for the overall administration, technical implementation and day-to-day coordination and monitoring of the project activities including budgeting, planning and reporting.

FAO promotes good practice in addressing governance challenges across its Strategic Objectives by strengthening its contribution to global governance, identifying mission-critical governance issues at national, regional and multilateral levels.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Project Coordinator will perform the following functions-

  • Provide technical leadership on the development, the implementation and evaluation of the project including work plans.
  • Review relevant documents, strategic and budget and finance- related reports; identifies priorities, liaises with relevant parties; identifies follow-up actions.
  • Coordinate and reviews the assessments of issues and trends for the implementation of the project and the preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies.
  • Lead the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications.
  • Contribute to consultative and other meetings, conferences, to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations.
  • Lead capacity development activities, design and delivers training workshops, seminars, makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
  • Lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties.
  • Prepare terms of reference for consultants; manages of project personnel, equipment and assets; prepares procurement
  • Provide technical backstopping to ensure quality and effectiveness of project implementation.
  • Lead promotion and advocacy for good practice in commercial forestry.
  • Act as Secretary of the Project Steering Committee.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

  • Advanced university degree in Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Economics or Business Administration and Management.
  • Seven years of relevant experience in the planning, development and operational management of projects and/or
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable.
  • Extent of knowledge of the Ugandan forestry sub-sector, and specifically commercial forestry in Uganda, East Africa sub region or within the African region.
  • Extent and relevance of knowledge and experience in working in the United Nations System and/or FAO’s programming mechanisms and/or donors such as the European Union Development Fund (EDF) is considered a strong asset.
  • Internationally recognized certification or post-graduate qualification in project management or natural resources management/economics is considered an advantage.
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit FAO.