Call for Pre-proposals: Advancing the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 11 on cities in Africa

Call for pre-proposals: Advancing the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 11 on cities in Africa With the adoption of the New Urban Agenda at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016, it is imperative to ensure that science can effectively contribute to the implementation of this Agenda. As part of the 5-year “Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa” programme, the International Council for Science (ICSU), in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) will support 10 collaborative research projects across Africa (to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years) that will advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 (sustainable cities and communities) in Africa.


The SDG 11 recognises the central role of urbanisation in sustainable development, and calls for making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. To stimulate and deliver the new knowledge required in the practice of sustainable urban development, LIRA 2030 Africa launches a call for pre-proposals to identify research projects that will explore the development of new approaches and strategies towards the innovative re-thinking of urban futures – in partnership with local authorities, industry, communities, and government.

We are particularly interested in research projects that are:

  • Exploring ways of linking SDG 11 with other SDGs, e.g. identifying  systematic linkages and synergies between economy, energy, environment, and social outcomes in the urban systems and assessing potential co-benefits and trade-offs that can lead to coherent and mutually reinforcing policies on urban development.
  • Developing urban governance models that are inclusive and that recognise the existing linkages within cities, and also their impact on the wider world.
  • Investigating innovative approaches of participatory integrated urban planning, reducing inequalities in urban areas; reducing environmental impacts and resource foot­prints of cities; improving quality of urban environments, promoting transition towards sustainable urban mobility and inclusive public transport systems.
  • Exploring innovative ways of providing services in cities (e.g. clean drinking water, sanitation, energy, health, and housing) that are inclusive, accessible, affordable and resilient to climate change and natural disasters energy.
  • Devising metrics for tracking progress on SDG 11, and exploring monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.
  • Exploring approaches of systematic collection and sharing of relevant, accessible and timely urban data that will help to understand how key urban indicators are responding.
  • Understanding skills that are needed in the African context to ensure that the SDG 11 is realised.

The call for pre-proposals aims to identify collaborative research projects in Africa that bring together African scientists from different scientific disciplines and  key stakeholders (e.g. local authorities, policy makers, the private sector, civil society,  urban planners, engineers and citizens) in research co-design and co – production.

Applicants should have no more than 10 years work experience following their PhDs or equivalent research experience. The deadline for pre-proposal submission is 17 April 2017 (18:00 CET). Submission of pre-proposals and relevant documents may only be made using the online application form.

Please read carefully the call for pre-proposals with key requirements before submitting your pre-proposal.

Following the call, 35 pre-proposals will be selected, representatives of which will be invited to attend a training event on integrated research, which will take place on 28 August – 1 September 2017 (place tbc). This training aims to strengthen scientific capacity to undertake this form of research, to enable researchers to build meaningful inter- and trans-disciplinary projects, to support the development of full proposals and to strengthen science communication skills. Applicants should be aware that if their pre-proposals are selected, they are expected to attend this training. The programme will cover associated travel and subsistence costs.

Participants of the training will then be given about two and half months to submit full proposals (deadline is 20 November 2017, 18:00 CET). In January 2018, ten collaborative research projects across Africa will be awarded with up to 90,000 Euro each over two years.

Key dates:

Issue of the call for pre-proposals

27 February 2017

Submission deadline for pre-proposals

17 April 2017  (18:00 CET)

Selection decision of pre-proposals

End of June 2017

Training on integrated research

28 Aug – 1 Sep 2017 (place tbc)

Submission deadline for full proposals

20 November 2017 (18:00 CET)

Funding decision

End of January 2018


Call for Applications: INCLINE/USP & IAI School of Advanced Science

INCLINE/USP and IAI School of Advanced Science on Climate Change: Scientific basis, adaptation, vulnerability and mitigation (3-15 July 2017, Sao Paulo – Brazil) 

The objective of the School is to provide graduate students with advanced knowledge on climate change science and related topics: Observations and future projections; impacts; vulnerability; adaptation and mitigation; and the Paris Agreement: how to reach the 1.5°C target, including aspects of public policy. Participants will discuss with renowned scientists important themes of the three IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Working Groups, in a multidisciplinary and multicultural context.

Audience: 100 graduate students and early career scientists. Priority will be given to candidates currently enrolled in graduate programs (Masters/MSc and Doctoral/PhD courses). We encourage applications from students from different academic disciplines (natural, social and human sciences, engineering) provided their academic work and study is related to the themes of the school and related topics.

For further information, please visit the website:

Call for Applications: APEC Climate Center Research Fellows

The APEC Climate Center ( was established with the endorsement of APEC Senior Officials in 2005. Its mandate is to provide climate information services to the 21 APEC member economies in order to promote human security and protect life and property from the hazards associated with extreme climate events. Since its establishment, APCC has steadily gained momentum in becoming a leading provider of various climate forecast products and capacity building programs in the region. Currently, APCC is expanding its areas of research and services to cater to wider socio-economic needs and interests.


The APEC Climate Center (APCC), located in Busan, Korea, is looking for motivated researchers for the positions described below:


Job Postings                                                                   


Interdisciplinary Research


POSTING I. Climate Risk Management and Disaster Risk Reduction

–  Application of seasonal forecasting and regional climate change projections in the assessment of climate change vulnerability and risk

–  Management and systematic reduction of climate-induced hazards and disasters (such as costal inundation, typhoon, flooding, etc)

–  Climate-sensitive interactions between economic, environmental and social systems within the context of decision-making procedures

–  International collaboration and policy development on climate risk reduction and management


Climate Sciences


POSTING II. Subseasonal to Seasonal (S2S) Prediction and Analysis for Climate Services

– Evaluation of prediction skill, predictability of models at S2S time scales and its understanding

– Development of subseasonal forecasting methods

– Climate impact assessment on various application sectors (water, agriculture, energy, public health, etc) at S2S time scales

– Experience with model evaluation and prediction/predictability analysis is preferred


POSTING III. Statistical Climatology (Downscaling)

– Improvement of statistical downscaling techniques of global climate prediction data including seasonal forecast and climate change scenario

– In depth analysis and understanding of the downscaled data for applications in various sectors (water, agriculture, energy, public health, etc)



DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS                                                       


–        Applicants should have a Ph.D. in relevant fields

–        At least 2 years of experience in a relevant field is preferred





Benefits include the partial coverage of health and other insurance (in accordance with Korean law), support for relocation to Busan, severance pay, performance-based incentives, and more.



TO APPLY                                                                      


Submit the APCC application form (Attachment 1) with a Cover LetterCurriculum Vitae, degree certificates, transcriptsthree letters of recommendation1) and Agreement to collect and use personal information (Attachment 2) to by 24:00 KST,    9 March 2017.


1) The three letters of recommendation should be signed and dated letters that outline your suitability for the position and must be sent directly by your referees via email. A list of references will not be accepted.


For more information, please contact


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Vacancy: Deputy Director, African Climate and Development Initiative, University of Cape Town

Deputy Director, African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), University of Cape Town (UCT)

(Associate Professor or Professor level, 5 year contract)

Application information:

Closing date 28 Feb 2017

ACDI information:

UCT information:

Informal enquiries: ACDI Director, Prof Mark New,


The African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) was established in 2011 at the University of Cape Town as a cross-faculty research, training and outreach initiative, working at the intersection of climate change and development.  The ACDI is hosted by the Faculty of Science, but is interdisciplinary in its scope, drawing expertise on climate and development issues from across and beyond the university. The mission of the ACDI is to “facilitate and substantially extend climate research and education at UCT, within the specific context of addressing the development challenges of Africa from an African perspective”.


ACDI is a dynamic and innovative initiative, and we wish to appoint a Deputy Director to help steer the organization over its second five-year term.  We therefore invite applications for a 5-year contract position at Full or Associate Professor level, for appointment no later than 1 July 2017.  The successful candidate should be an accomplished researcher/analyst and experienced manager in an academic and/or applied research environment. The main purpose of this position is to assist the Director in the overall management of ACDI to ensure that the organization can fulfil its academic mission, particularly through representing ACDI within the University and in engagements with partners, funders and potential funders. A secondary purpose is academic leadership in at least one of the priority research areas of the ACDI.


Responsibilities Include:

– Assist the Director in the strategic management of ACDI

– Maintain and strengthen relationships with centres and departments that are part of the ACDI

– Oversee the day-to-day management of ACDI, and its four portfolio managers

– Provide leadership and input on a select number of projects and programmes

– Oversee staff development and mentoring

– Represent ACDI within the University and externally at meetings and events.

– Maintain relationships with existing and new funders, and seek out new funding opportunities

– Conduct and publish academic research on a topic related to the ambit of the ACDI.

– Some teaching and post-graduate supervision on ACDI-related teaching programmes


Qualifications and Experience Required:

– A PhD in a field relevant to ACDI’s focus at the intersection of climate change and development

– A strong publication record in one or more fields that are relevant to ACDI’s research and training ambit

– Typically, ten years’ experience in an academic and/or applied research environment

– Significant management and/or coordination experience


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Call for Applications: Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence

The Alfred Wegner Institute is delighted to announce its 5th year hosting the Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence (NF-POGO CofE); providing world class education, training and career development programs in oceanography.

The 10 month training programme will take place on the offshore island of Helgoland and the UNESCO reserve Wadden Sea island of Sylt, Germany.

Scholars will receive training in core research skills (project design, implementation, analysis and presentation) and specialized topics including remote sensing, ocean-atmosphere interactions & modeling. Scholars will carry out an independent research project, mentored and supervised by an AWI scientist.

Applications are invited from ocean science trainees from emerging and developed countries. (Applications from emerging countries are particularly encouraged and 1-2 places will be allocated for developed countries).

A full scholarship will be provided by the NF-POGO CofE covering travel, accommodation, tuition and a modest allowance.

Deadline for applications is *6th March 2017*. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of May and the programme will begin in *October 2017*.

For further information including details of the application process see

Call for Applications: Sustainable Development Goal Labs

Call for applications: Sustainable Development Goal Labs

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Goal Labs
10 February 2017

10 days left for a chance to contribute: New effort will provide seed funding for projects to develop innovative solutions for complex challenges in sustainability, such as inequality, the global food system or ecosystem services. Apply by 10 February

Future Earth and the Stockholm Resilience Centre are launching a call for applications for Sustainable Development Goal Labs (SDG Labs). These labs will bring together participants from a range of research disciplines and sectors of society, including media and communications, to develop prototype solutions for complex problems connected to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They will contribute to two upcoming events: the Resilience 2017 conference and the International Conference on Sustainability Science, which will be held back-to-back in Stockholm from 21 to 26 August 2017.

The organisers of the new call for SDG Labs are seeking “brilliant ideas with the potential to make major breakthroughs on the SDGs.” The deadline for applications to run a lab is 10 February 2017.

To learn more about this call or how to apply, see the background briefing and application guidelines.

The SDG Labs are multi-stakeholder processes to catalyse transformation in institutions, systems and sectors of society, such as the global food system, international governance, inequality and poverty or ecosystem services. The goal of this effort is to build innovations that can fundamentally change the systems that created the problem in the first place. The labs may focus on social, ecological or technological innovations or, more likely, a combination of the three.

The organisers plan to provide up to 5,000 USD in seed funding for 5 to 7 labs. The labs can take place anywhere in the world but must be held before 21 August 2017. The outcomes of the labs will be presented at a special science-policy session of the two conferences in Stockholm on 24 August 2017. The vision of the organisers is for the labs to feed into the UN’s High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in 2018, which has the theme of “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.”

Position Announcement: START Senior Program Specialist – Asia


START International, Inc. is an international non-governmental organization incorporated in the USA as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. START’s mission is to increase opportunities for research, education and training that strengthen scientific capacities in developing countries to understand, communicate and motivate action on critical global change challenges. START achieves its mission through promoting ‘research-driven capacity building’, an approach that emphasizes experiential learning by doing, particularly by early-career scientists, in which targeted skill building and networking opportunities are infused within the research experience. START’s portfolio of programs and activities include research grants and fellowships, knowledge assessments and syntheses, advanced training institutes and workshops, curricula development, multi-stakeholder dialogues and learning forums, and regionally based strategic actions that advance global change education and research.


Senior Program Specialist – Asia

START International, Inc. located in Washington, DC USA, invites applications for a Senior Program Specialist position focused on START’s Asia portfolio. The Senior Program Specialist will be responsible for leading START’s strategic growth in Asia, which will entail developing and managing multi-year programs on global environmental change and capacity building in the region. In addition, s/he will be responsible for designing and implementing an organizational-wide monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning framework to track delivery against targets, outcomes, and impacts.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead development and execution of large proposals for submission to federal agencies, foundations, corporations, and other relevant development assistance and science entities.
  • Provide overall strategic leadership and program oversight on START’s Asia portfolio.
  • Manage programs on global environmental change and capacity building in Asia.
  • Co-organize and co‐facilitate regional workshops and training events.
  • Lead the design and implementation of START’s monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL) framework to track delivery against targets, outcomes, and impacts.
  • Support staff in their MERL functions and promote learning and knowledge sharing of best practices and lessons learned.
  • Build and maintain strong collaborative relationships with START’s staff and Board of Directors, its grantees and fellows, and external organizations, including donors/clients, governments, potential partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with START’s staff and Board to design and execute a new strategic plan.
  • Serve as a senior-level thought partner in collaboration with START’s Executive Team.


Desired Qualifications

A successful candidate should possess the following:

  • A Master’s degree or higher in a field relevant to START’s programs; PhD preferred.
  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience working in Asia on global environmental change and capacity building.
  • Experience in writing, editing, and managing large collaborative proposal efforts.
  • Track record of winning proposals, preferably from large development and foundation grants.
  • Proven experience leading and developing large-scale capacity building initiatives and MERL methods to measure targets, outcomes, and impact.
  • Proven success cultivating and maintaining working relationship with a broad range of governmental and nongovernmental actors and institutions across sectors.
  • Experience in leading and mentoring teams.
  • Ability to work independently, across cultures, and within a small team.
  • Exceptional communication, facilitation, organization, and problem-solving skills.
  • Creativity and innovation in program design and implementation.
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States; no sponsorship provided.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required.

The Senior Program Specialist will be based in Washington, DC, USA and will report to START’s Executive Director, Dr. Cheikh Mbow. Annual salary will be commensurate with experience and will be supplemented by a comprehensive benefits and retirement package. Frequent international travel for representational and/or program development matters will be required. Questions about this position and responsibilities related to the position may be directed to Sarah Schweizer (


To apply, please send a one-page statement of interest, a resume, three samples of writing you’ve produced, and contacts of at least three references (who will not be contacted without prior notice) to Applications must be received no later than March 1, 2017.


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Call for Pre-proposals: New research opportunity in Africa


The Belmont Forum and START are pleased to announce an opportunity for African scientists to participate in the upcoming Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action on Sustainable Urban Global Initiative (SUGI): Food-Water-Energy Nexus.


The call for pre-proposals is due 15 March 2017 at 6:00 p.m. UCT. Notifications of invitation to submit full proposals will be made in May, funding decisions will be announced in December and projects will commence in early 2018. Please refer to the table below for specific information about the application process.


Funding commitment Approximately 600,000 USD
Anticipated number of projects funded 6
Maximum funding per awarded project Approximately 100,000 USD allocated toward research conducted in Africa.
Applicant eligibility PIs or Co-PIs are required to be African nationals based at African institutions. Eligible proposals must include PIs or Co-PIs from at least three countries: either two African countries and a non-African country eligible for support from SUGI-Nexus or one African country and two non-African countries eligible for support from SUGI-Nexus. Please refer to Annex A of the Call for Proposals for eligibility requirements.
Eligibility of costs All costs, including indirect, are included in the maximum amount listed above.
Submission of proposals Eligible PIs and Co-PIs must submit a pre-proposal by 15 March 2017 at 6:00 p.m. UCT as part of a team consistent with the “applicant eligibility” information listed above.
Submission of financial and progress reports All START funded awardees will submit annual and final reports to the START program coordinator and will be expected to follow US National Science Foundation reporting requirements.
For questions and further information, contact: Jon Padgham ( or

Sarah Schweizer (

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Critical Thinking and Visions of the Future with ASSAR in West Africa

assar-wafricaThe second round of Transformative Scenario Planning (TSP) workshops were held near the end of 2016 in Ghana and Mali as part of the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project. These workshops built on a set of scenarios developed through a collaboration of ASSAR researchers and stakeholders from Upper West, Ghana and Koutiala, Mali. These scenarios facilitated participants to think critically about what the future may hold in terms of climate change, agriculture and food so that more legitimate actions can be designed and taken in the present.


In Ghana, the second workshop was held the 2nd and 3rd of November at the Nouyong Empire Hotel in the city of Wa in the Upper West Region. Dinesh Budhram from Reos Partners and Margot Steenbergen from the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre facilitated the workshop. Participants were reacquainted with the scenario stories that had been developed over the preceding months through use of a set of scenarios videos prepared by the ASSAR communications team. The facilitators then led participants through at process of critical thinking and collective visioning that ultimately resulted in a set of prioritized themes or action areas. These included 1) disaster risk management, 2) improved market systems, 3) ecosystem management, 4) sustainable food and livelihoods empowerment, 5) climate smart water resources management, 6) and dissemination of the group’s shared vision for Upper West region, termed “Vision 2035”, to larger audiences and integrating it with national policy documents. Action groups were formed around these key action areas by those participants interested in and committed to shaping these ideas further, and remaining in touch with the ASSAR team to carry forward.


In Mali, the 2nd TSP workshop was held on the 13th and 14th of December in Koutiala, Mali. There, participants from the Sikasso region along with two national level stakeholders worked to develop a common vision: “A l’horizon 2035, faire des investissements dans l’agriculture et la conservation des ressources naturelles afin de garantir la sécurité alimentaire et améliorer le revenu des ménages dans le cercle de Koutiala” – translated as: “By 2035, strategic investments will target agriculture and natural resource conservation to ensure food security and wellbeing in Koutiala Region”. Based on this common vision, the socio-cultural context of the Region was analyzed to identify existing opportunities and barriers. Three groups of stakeholders were formed: public workers; civil society and farmers (farmer organisations). Each group was asked to list relevant strategies for achieving the vision, and for each of those, resources needed; problem to be addressed; actors to engage, and short and long term actions neede. From their lists, participants prioritized the following strategies, 1) management of rainwater on farms, 2) improvement of soil fertility, 3) promotion of improved seeds, 4) promotion of good nutritional practices, 5) secure land tenure, 6) forest resource management, and 7) production and post-harvest management. The Mali team is now working with the stakeholders on ways to put these strategies into action.

START Board Member Thomas Lovejoy to Deliver 2017 Pardee Center Distinguished Lecture on March 28

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University is pleased to announce its 2017 Distinguished Lecture, “Biology and Climate Change” featuring Thomas Lovejoy on Tuesday, March 28 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm(reception to follow) at the Metcalf Trustee Center at 1 Silber Way, 9th Floor.

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Prof. Thomas E. Lovejoy is an innovative and accomplished conservation biologist who coined the term “biological diversity”. He serves as Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation. In 2010 he was elected University Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University. He served as President of the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment from 2002-2008 and was the Biodiversity Chair of the Center from 2008-2013. Before assuming this position, Lovejoy was the World Bank’s Chief Biodiversity Advisor and Lead Specialist for Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Senior Advisor to the President of the United Nations Foundation.

Spanning the political spectrum, Lovejoy has served on science and environmental councils under the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations. At the core of these many influential positions are Lovejoy’s seminal ideas, which have formed and strengthened the field of conservation biology. He was the first to use the term “biological diversity” in 1980. In the 1980s, he brought international attention to the world’s tropical rainforests, and in particular, the Brazilian Amazon, where he has worked since 1965. In 1980, he produced the first projection of global extinctions for the Global 2000 Report to the President. Lovejoy also developed the now ubiquitous “debt-for-nature” swap programs and led the Minimum Critical Size of Ecosystems project.

With two co-edited books (1992 and 2005), he is credited with founding the field of climate change biology. He and Lee Hannah are working on the Second Edition of Climate Change and Biodiversity. He also founded the series Nature, the popular long-term series on public television. In 2001, Lovejoy was awarded the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. In 2009 he was the winner of BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Ecology and Conservation Biology Category. In 2009 he was appointed Conservation Fellow by the National Geographic. In 2012 he was recognized by the Blue Planet Prize. Lovejoy holds B.S. and Ph.D (biology) degrees from Yale University.

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