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Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort - Call for Climate Knowledge Brokers

Support the design and delivery of knowledge exchange projects for emerging research leaders in climate and environment.

Call for Climate Knowledge Brokers

The ACU and British Council are launching a second round of their Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort, which is part of the British Council’s Going Global Partnerships.

programme is designed to enhance the contribution of science to national, regional, and international decision making in the area of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The new programme iteration will target 10 priority countries and support the skills development of 20 early career researchers (ECRs) in areas such as research leadership, knowledge exchange, research for impact, grantpersonship, and public engagement. The selected ECRs will work with researchers from up to 5 UK higher education institutions (HEIs) which will support them in co-creating a research project with policy and practice stakeholders. The programme will facilitate international, interdisciplinary, and intersectoral partnerships to enhance the impact of research on policy making and to encourage co-production of knowledge through research. 

To facilitate productive engagement with policy and practice stakeholders during the scoping, co-creation, and delivery of research projects through the programme, we are seeking knowledge brokers working within the climate action space to connect and build relationships between relevant stakeholders and guide co-creation processes. 

The role of Knowledge Brokers

The selected knowledge brokers will have five (5) key responsibilities: 

1. Between April and November 2023, support the design and delivery of up to 5 knowledge exchange projects designed to engage policy and practice stakeholders in research scoping, including providing feedback on draft project designs and connecting ECRs to relevant policy and practice stakeholders and facilitating productive engagement through virtual mechanisms such as email, meetings, workshops etc. Knowledge exchange projects will be a collaboration between 5 ECRs from different disciplines and contexts and are expected to be designed from April-June 2023 and delivered between July-November 2023. Approximately £2,500 is available as seed funding to support project delivery. 

2. Following the knowledge exchange projects, in January 2024 design and facilitate a 1–2-day virtual transdisciplinary research sandpit to facilitate the co-creation of research projects with end users. 

3. Between January and March 2024, support the development of research proposals for the internal programme call through providing feedback and advice on project designs. Up to £50,000 is available for a 6-month research project to be delivered between April and November 2024.  

4. For successful research proposals, take on an active brokerage role during the research project (between April and November 2024) to enhance the potential application of research findings through ensuring continued stakeholder engagement and supporting the communication of research findings with end users. This could be through emails, virtual meetings/workshops, support the development of communication materials etc.  

5. Between December 2024 and February 2025, support programme evaluation by providing personal reflections on the success of knowledge exchange through the programme. 

Skills and Experience 

1. Expertise and track record in a climate adaptation- and/or mitigation research and knowledge exchange. 

2. Track record of working in international research collaborations, including North-South and South-South collaborations.  

3. Track record in facilitating participatory engagements between researchers and non-academic stakeholders (including policy makers, practitioners, and other potential users of research findings) through mechanisms such as, but not limited to, meetings, workshops, research sandpits, for the scoping and co-creation of action-focused research projects. 

4. Track record in communicating research findings for different audiences outside of academia.  

5. Existing multi-sectoral networks1 relevant to climate adaptation- and/or mitigation in at least one of the following geographic regions: Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia.


In order to be eligible for this post, you must be an employee of a registered organisation or registered as self-employed. ACU reserves the right to request evidence of employment status, if appropriate and necessary to do so. 

At ACU, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our services, and our community. ACU is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships. 

Important information  

Two Climate Knowledge Broker positions are available between April 2023 and March 2025 with a total of £17,500 (inclusive of all taxes) available for each position.  

The two positions will be selected to ensure regional coverage of the following regions: Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, South Asia. 

The applicant must be available to complete the work within the time frame set out above. 

How to Apply

The following application documents are required: 

1. A proposal (up to 2 A4 pages) outlining the applicants plan for meeting the responsibilities outlined above, including methods and approaches to be used, a timeline, and an articulation of existing networks.

2. A cover letter (up to 1 A4 page) that includes: 

Details of how the applicant meets the skills and experience criteria listed above and how these will enable the applicant to successfully deliver the activities associated with the role. 

Details of their motivation for participating in this programme in this role. 

3. Curriculum Vitae (CV) (up to 2 A4 pages) of the applicant. 

4. A budget detailing the number of days allocated to each activity (see ‘Role of the Knowledge Brokers’), the day rate in Pound Sterling (GBP) of the staff member delivering the work.  

5. Contact details of two referees. 

To apply, please submit the above documents to Oluwaseyi Akinnirun by 23:59 UTC on 8 January 2023. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered. 

Shortlist applicants will be expected to participate in an interview via a virtual meeting platform during the week commencing 16 January 2023. 

The Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort is a partnership project designed and delivered by the ACU and funded by the British Council.

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