Opportunities

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Academic and research positions being advertised by UK and international partners

Call for Submission — Policy Briefs for DRR Edition of Youth SPI Publication

Publication flyer for DRR Edition of Youth SPI Publication

Are you 30 or below and engaged in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction? Share your passion and contribute by submitting a policy brief to the UN MGCY Youth Science-Policy Interface Publication- DRR Edition, to be launched at GPDRR 2017.

HIF WASH Challenges: Open Now

Challenge: developing and disseminating guidance on faecal sludge disposal sites in emergencies

Create and effectively disseminate guidance to support humanitarian practitioners select, establish and mitigate the risks related to faecal sludge disposal sites in rapid-onset emergencies.

Call for a:

  • Research Partner: deadline 17 March
  • Dissemination Partner: deadline 24 March

Challenge: user-centred sanitation design through rapid community engagement

We’re launching a new Challenge to understand how to design, implement, and evaluate approaches to user-centred sanitation that incorporate rapid community engagement and are appropriate for the first stage of rapid-onset emergencies.

Call for a:

  • Research and Evaluation Partner: deadline 10 March
  • Dissemination Partner: deadline 7 April
  • Rapid Community Engagement Projects: deadline 28 April

Challenge: developing and disseminating guidance on faecal sludge disposal sites in emergencies

Open now: HIF's latest WASH challenge to create and effectively disseminate guidance to support humanitarian practitioners select, establish and mitigate the risks related to faecal sludge disposal sites in rapid-onset emergencies.

What’s the Challenge?

During the first phase of a humanitarian crisis, the safe management of faecal sludge produced from human waste quickly becomes a pressing problem. Although some guidance exists on faecal sludge disposal, this is often not translated into appropriate action during emergencies. This places emergency affected populations at risk of contact with faecal matter and contracting disease.

A key challenge is to develop contextually appropriate guidance materials and make sure that those responsible for decision-making on disposal are aware of them and can act on them in a rapid-onset emergency.

Who should take part?

We are looking for a Research Partner to conduct a review of existing guidance and good practice on the selection, establishment and risk mitigation of faecal sludge disposal sites in rapid-onset emergencies. As part of this review, the Research Partner is expected to engage with a range of humanitarian agencies and emergency sanitation practitioners to understand how decisions are made at field level, and what the gaps are in the guidance available. Following the review, they will be expected to synthesise their findings into guidance materials.

Funding of up to £50,000 is available to the selected candidate.

Closing date: 24 March 2017.

Calling Innovators: take part in the Humanitarian Innovation Fund's WASH Sanitation Challenge

What's the challenge?

The limited time and resources available in emergencies, particularly rapid-onset disasters, means the design, selection, and implementation of sanitation facilities are often done without adequate consultation or engagement with local communities. The knock on effect is that the implementation of facilities are rarely in line with people’s needs or preferences. This misalignment can ultimately lead to increased risk of health and social problems for those affected by the emergency.

The aim of the Challenge is to create good practice guidance for rapid engagement with affected communities as end users to generate actionable and practical solutions for user-centred sanitation in emergencies.

Who should take part?

We’re looking for a Research and Evaluation (R&E) Partner to create good practice guidance for designing user-centred emergency sanitation provision using rapid community engagement approaches. The R&E Partner will also coordinate and support up to five community engagement projects around sanitation and work with a Dissemination Partner to share good practice.

Funding of up to £200 000 will be made available for the selected Research and Evaluation Partner.

Closing date: 10 March 2017.

PhD Scholarship NZD32,000 pa available for three years (2017–2019) at Massey University, New Zealand

Opportunity to undertake PhD research with a focus on governance, coastal hazard risk and resilience.

Contribute to the National Science Challenge: Resilience to Nature’s Challenge (NSC: RNC), which funds the Scholarship, focusing on Governance, Coastal Hazard Risk and Resilience.

Advance understanding about the nature of resilience governance with a focus on building the resilience of coastal communities. Critically analyse the interconnections between risk, resilience and sustainability with a focus on institutional barriers and enablers for translating scientific knowledge and policy provisions into practical reality. The study will contribute to NSC: RNC case study research underway in the Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

The scholarship recipient will be supervised by Prof. Bruce Glavovic and be based at the Palmerston North campus of Massey University.

Research grant calls open to UK-based researchers