Expression of Interest: Project Evaluator

ACPBackground:

The Caribbean Network on Urban and Land Management (CNULM) based at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus aims to bring together the agencies and organizations involved in Urban and Land management across the region. The main objective is to contribute to poverty alleviation and sustainable development by building on human resources capacities and making available to actors of the sector, and the greater population, state of the art research and techniques. It does so by implementing a range of projects and actions that foster inter-agency communication and cross-disciplinary exchanges.

The CNULM is currently completing a project under the European Union ACP Science and Technology Programme, entitled Strengthen research development and uptake capacity in Urban, Land and Municipal Management in the Caribbean [NSUS Network for the application of STI to the urban sector] and wishes to engage an independent consultant for evaluation of the project. Started in November 2009, the overall objective of this 40 month project scheduled to conclude in May 2013 is: To contribute to poverty alleviation in the urban areas, and the sustainability of the urban Caribbean by placing Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) at the heart of applied research and policy making.

There are four specific objectives. First, the implementation of the relevant aspects of the existing regional STI policy for research of CARICOM applied to the urban sector. Second, the establishment of a regional mechanism for the development, review and updating of a research agenda in the area of Urban, Land and Municipal management. Third, to provide regional national and municipal authorities with findings-based decision-making support through the network. Fourth, making research findings in the subject area socially relevant through collaborations and the sharing of best practices. Key partners in this action are the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), CARICOM, University of Guyana (UG), Anton de Kom University of Suriname (AdeKUS) and University of Amsterdam (UvA). Further information is available on http://bluespacecaribbean.com/projects-main/nsus/


 Value of contract:

The fee for the consultancy is equivalent to a maximum of 15,000 euros (minus conversion and
transfer charges). This is inclusive of travel expenses and other materials required for conducting of the work. 50% of fees will be paid upon approval of signed contract with UWI and 50% upon delivery and acceptance by the Project Director of the Final Evaluation Report.

Requirements:
The Consultant should possess qualifications in Monitoring and Evaluation as well as experience in the evaluation of European Union funded projects.

Application procedure:
Interested persons are required to email a cover letter and CV to:

Deadline for receipt:
Tuesday 2nd April 2013. 4pm (TT time)

Download Expression of Interest by clicking here.


Climate and Society Master’s Program Scholarships Available for students from the Caribbean Region

Columbia UniversityScholarships are now available for students from the Caribbean to develop knowledge related to climate change adaptation and water resources management that can be directed back to the region. The scholarships are provided by “Building Capacity to Manage Water Resources and Climate Risk in the Caribbean,” a partnership between the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), and the Center for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) at the University of West Indies (UWI). The project is funded by Higher Education for Development (HED).

Applications for the Master’s Program in Climate and Society at Columbia University are due by April 1, 2013. However, earlier submission of applications is strongly encouraged for those interested in this scholarship. Two full scholarships are available for the 2013-2014 academic year. One full scholarship will be offered the following year.

Housed in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences within Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), the Climate and Society program shares its name and as well as its mission with the IRI, a research unit of the Earth Institute.

The core coursework is a set of tailor-made courses providing a scientific basis for inquiry that stresses interdisciplinary problem solving. Core coursework includes the dynamics of climate variability and change, regional climate and climate impacts, quantitative models of climate-sensitive natural and human systems, and the integrative policy course titled managing and adapting to climate variability and change. A professional development seminar and a choice between a summer internship and research thesis complete the required core. Five electives across the fall and spring allow students to tailor the program across disciplines including economics, energy, sustainable development, atmospheric science and more.

If you would like more information about the master’s program, or the application process, please contact cthomson@iri.columbia.edu

For inquiries related to the scholarship please contact: acurtis@iri.columbia.edu

To apply, please visit: Earth Institute Columbia University