1. The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) has benefited from an IDRC grant to cover the costs for the establishment of a Platform for exchange between researchers and policy-makers for adaptation to climate change in Africa. CORAF/WECARD’s intention is to use part of this grant to pay for the services of suitable experts to synthesize research related to climate change adaptation related to urban areas in Africa. One expert will be required for each of the four sub regions of sub-Saharan Africa: West, Central, East and Southern Africa.
2. The objective of the review is to enhance the knowledge base and to support research- based policy formulation for climate change adaptation in urban areas in sub-Saharan Africa.
3. Each expert will be expected to deliver the following outputs for the respective regions:
- A synthesis of research related to adaptation to climate change in urban areas in the respective region accomplished;
- Research and policy gaps related to climate change adaptation in urban areas identified;
- Key stakeholders and opportunities in climate change adaptation in the urban areas identified.
4. Tasks and Deliverables
The main tasks to be carried out are:
- Task 1: Review climate change adaptation research and policy pertaining to the urban sector including the relationship with water resources and gender in a specific sub- region
- Task 2: Identify gaps in (a) climate change adaptation research and policy in the urban sector, and (b) the way research informs policy making
- Task 3: Identify key stakeholders and opportunities for improving climate change adaptation research-policy nexus in the urban sector
- Task 4: Prepare an overall report comprising three sub-reports corresponding to each of the preceding 3 tasks
Task 1. Review climate change adaptation research and policy pertaining to the urban sector in a specific sub-region
- Undertake a literature search and do a stock-taking, synthesis and analysis of research results related to climate change adaptation in the urban sector in your region during from the past 15 years
- Map out climate adaptation change policy process and identify the way research has informed policy and major policy players in the region clearly outlining the links between countries and the regional economic body
Deliverable: A sub-report (that is a component (e.g. a chapter) of the overall bigger report) on the diagnostic review.
Task 2. Identify gaps in (a) climate change adaptation research and policy in the urban sector, and (b) the way research informs policy making
- Based on the review conducted in Task 1, analyse and identify key gaps in research and policy and in the way research feeds into and inform policy making
- Suggest ways in which these gaps can be closed. Deliverable: A sub-report (chapter of the main report) on identified gaps and measures to close the gaps
Task 3. Identify key stakeholders and opportunities for improving climate change adaptation research-policy nexus in the urban sector
- Identify key stakeholders in adaptation to climate change related to the urban sector in your region;
- Identify possible opportunities for research, policy formulation and collaboration aimed at enhancing adaptation to climate change in the urban sector in your region
Deliverable: A sub-report on key stakeholders, their expected roles and opportunities for improving research-based policy making for climate change adaptation in the urban sector in your region
Task 4. Prepare an overall report comprising three sub-reports corresponding to each of the preceding 3 tasks
- Submit an appropriate overall report
- Participate in a regional workshop organized by CORAF/WECARD in collaboration with the respective regional focal organization to amend and validate the report
5. The Executive Director of CORARF/WECARD invites suitable experts to express their interest in providing the services described above.
6. Experts interested in this call must provide information justifying their capacity to implement said services. This will include methodologies, brochures, references concerning the execution of similar contracts, CV, experience in similar areas, availability, etc. Particular emphasis will be laid on the methodology the expert will adopt in collecting relevant literature from the various sources in the respective countries in his/her region.
7. The experts will be selected according to procedures defined in the Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers, revised edition of January 2011.
8. Expression of Interest should be submitted to the following email address at the latest by September 09, 2012 at 17.00 GMT: email@example.com with copy to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only selected applicants will be contacted.
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