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Programme review: request for proposals

The CIRCLE (Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement) programme is seeking a research team to conduct an evaluation of its institutional strengthening components.

We are launching an exciting opportunity for a researcher or small team of researchers to conduct an independent review of the innovative Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) programme.

The CIRCLE programme is a capacity strengthening initiative led by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

The programme had three principal objectives:

  1. To strengthen the capacity of African scientists to undertake research on climate change and its local impacts on development.
  2. To strengthen capacity in participating African universities/research institutions to support the development of their early career researchers and develop a coordinated and strategic approach to climate change research.
  3. To strengthen the organisational and institutional capacity of the African Academy of Science (AAS) to manage large-scale research fellowship programmes.

An independent reviewer will be appointed to undertake an impact assessment of the progress made towards the programme's institutional capacity strengthening objectives (objectives 2 and 3).

The purpose of this review is to assess the impact of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s (FCDO) investment in institutional capacity strengthening through CIRCLE and to generate learnings to inform new programmes of work, including the development of the FCDO’s new Climate and Resilience Framework (CLARE).

The review will be received by the ACU and FCDO and will be shared with CIRCLE delivery partners and participants. Outcomes will be available to others working in this space.

The review should be delivered by June/July 2021. 

The ACU welcomes applications that include participatory approaches during both project inception and implementation.

  • Applications close: 13 December 2020 at Midnight UTC
  • Duration of work: January – June/July 2021

To apply, please click here for full details