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Research award: Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia - deadline applications Sept 6, 2017

CARIAA, the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia, 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. Please note that this announcement is only for your information and no activity related to the IASC.

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.

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