Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Fwd: [kbf] 3ie funding: impact evaluation of social protection programmes in the Maldives

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) requests research organisations or consortia to submit qualifications for a proposal preparation grant for an impact evaluation of a social protection programme implemented by the National Social Protection Agency (NSPA), the Maldives.

The NSPA has the mandate to implement all social protection programmes outlined under the Social Protection Act 2/2014 in Maldives. The NSPA has identified four of its programmes for rigorous impact evaluation. These include the Single Parent Allowance Programme, Disability Allowance Programme, Food Subsidy Programme and Destitute Assistance Programme.

Applicants please note:

  • This call is in two phases. In the first phase, a preparation grant of up to US$30,000 will be made to the qualifying research team.

  • During the first phase, the selected team must engage collaboratively with NSPA and other stakeholders to undertake a process or formative evaluation (as the case may be) and use the findings, along with consultative meetings, field visits, workshops and other means to develop a rigorous impact evaluation proposal of a programme from among the four programmes identified by NSPA.

  • At the end of the first phase, the selected team will submit a formative or process evaluation report, the full impact evaluation proposal and a budget

  •  In the second phase the proposed impact evaluation design and budget will be reviewed and scored by internal and external reviewers, including a representative from the NSPA. If the proposal is accepted, 3ie will award the research team a grant to conduct the impact evaluation, conditional on the proposal receiving adequate scores.

  • Only legally registered organisations and consortia of registered organisations, not individuals, may apply.

  • The research team should include at least one researcher who is a Maldives national as a lead PI or co-PI, who must be resident in the Maldives. If not an independent consultant, they should be working for an organisation registered in the Maldives. The researcher must be engaged in substantive tasks for the study during design, analysis, report writing, policy engagement and research communication for uptake in policy and programming.

The deadline for submitting applications is 23:59 GMT, 23 February 2016.

Please direct any questions related to this RFQ to pw3@3ieimpact.org with 'PW Maldives' in the email subject by 23:59 GMT, 29 January 2016.

More information can be found here: http://www.3ieimpact.org/en/funding/policy-window/social-protection-programmes-maldives/

Monday, January 18, 2016

Funded DPhil and MSc in Sustainable Urban Development: 22 January 2016 deadline

*With apologies for cross-posting.*


This is a final announcement of three fully-funded scholarships available for the MSc in Sustainable Urban Development and the Oxford-Prince's Foundation Graduate Scholarship for the DPhil in Sustainable Urban Development for October 2016 entry


We would be grateful if list members would share this announcement with colleagues, students and associates for whom it will be of interest.


Application deadline: 22 January 2016.


Details are as follows:


MSc: The Sheehan Scholarship

A fully-funded scholarship has been generously donated by the Oxford-based Sheehan Group for the MSc in Sustainable Urban Development. The successful candidate will work closely with the Sheehan Group during the research dissertation phase of their second year of study, undertaking a project related to the recycling of building materials.


MSc: The Oxford-Viessmann Scholarship

The Oxford-Viessmann Scholarship is open to all graduate applicants for the MSc in Sustainable Urban Development. The Scholarship covers course fees and college fees, and includes a subsistence grant. The scholarship is jointly funded by the University of Oxford and Viessmann UK Ltd. Founded in 1917, Viessmann is one of the leading international manufacturers of heating, cooling and climate control technology.


MSc: The MSc Programme Scholarship

A fully-funded scholarship available to all graduate applicants for the MSc in Sustainable Urban Development.


DPhil: The Oxford-Prince's Foundation Graduate Scholarship

This scholarship is jointly funded by the University and by the Prince's Foundation for Building Community and is tenable at Kellogg College for the DPhil in Sustainable Urban Development. The successful applicant will undertake research on the economic impact, broadly considered, of the Coed Darcy oil refinery conversion project and the associated Swansea University Bay Campus development. Further details regarding the scholarship, including a background to the project and eligibility, can be found on the DPhil website.


Further details and how to apply for these opportunities are available on the Programme website www.conted.ox.ac.uk/sud or from the course team via sud@conted.ox.ac.uk and +44 (0)1865 286953.


Kind regards,


Chris Thompson


Administrative Officer (Environment & Sustainability)

Continuing Professional Development Centre

Department for Continuing Education

University of Oxford


Tel: +44 (0)1865 286952

Fax: +44 (0)1865 286934