Call for Applications: Home-Based Scholars for UNU-INRA Green Economy Project

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  • May 6, 2015     Accra

    The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa, with funding support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), is currently accepting proposals from qualified researchers for papers exploring the impact of green growth strategies on rural economies in Africa. More specifically, the Institute is interested in papers investigating how green growth strategies can contribute to employment generation and diversification, improved competitiveness of enterprises, and increased innovation in rural Africa among others, thereby generating value-addition and integrating rural economies into national and global market.

    We welcome papers from all disciplines including economics, political sciences, and environmental sciences, as well as others fitting into the following four thematic areas:

    1.  Green business in rural Africa;
    2.  Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and resource efficiency, productivity and resilience in rural Africa;
    3.  Rural SMEs, biodiversity and ecosystem services;
    4. Institutions and governance for environmental-friendly business practices.

    Contract Terms:

    Successful applicants will be issued UNU Consultants Contracts (CTC) to carry out a research over a period not exceeding six (6) months from their home institutions. A research honorarium will be paid upon delivery of satisfactory first and second drafts of the paper and a two-page policy brief summarizing the main research findings depending on the qualifications of the researcher(s) and assessment of the proposal. Both of these deliverables must be deemed acceptable by the UNU-INRA project leader before payment will be made. The honorarium is expected to cover all expenses associated with the conduct of the proposed research (including data collection, lab experiments, research assistance, etc.). It is not required to submit a budget.

    The papers will be considered for publication in the UNU-INRA Working Papers series (Subject to refereeing) and hence should be limited to 12,000 words or less. UNU-INRA will formally pursue several publication options for its Working Papers series. The editorial team will draw from Working Paper series in order to develop a journal special issue and/or an edited volume to submit to a publishing house.

    Successful applicants may be asked to attend a 1-2 day review and knowledge sharing workshop (date and venue to be determined) where work in progress will be presented to other researchers for comments and contributions. Costs of attending this workshop will be borne by UNU-INRA in accordance with the United Nations University travel policy.

    Submission Process:

    The official call for research proposals is attached. The call describes the overall process for submission of a research proposal including the evaluation criteria and the timeline. Research proposals should be submitted preferably by e-mail ( in a single Word or Pdf file.

    Deadline for Application

    Please note that the deadline for receiving proposals is June 30, 2015 at 17:00 GMT.

    Applications from suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged, as well as early-career researchers (PhD candidates and recent post-doctoral researchers).

    Email enquiries should be sent to

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