CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Jobs Knowledge Platform

11 Feb 2014 - 14:45
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The Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) at the University of Cape Town has partnered with the World Bank to coordinate research on jobs and employment in Sub-Saharan Africa. The project aims to support knowledge generation, knowledge sharing, and the creation of a community network interested in employment issues. All content will be showcased via the World Bank’s Jobs Knowledge Platform (JKP).

Top-up grants are available for researchers who are keen to contribute to the project. Contributions can include: Working Papers, Policy Notes based on substantive research, or Data Fact Sheets (new and interesting data for Sub-Saharan Africa).

The DPRU therefore invites established academic researchers to submit proposals for additional funding, based on the following guidelines:

What are the criteria?

Research should be based on original work with a relevant jobs and employment focus. Working papers must be near completion or already complete. Potential research themes could include: women and work, employment in agriculture, self-employment and the informal sector, public sector employment, labour regulation and labour markets, youth employment, and the role of China in Africa from a jobs perspective.

Who is eligible?

Applicants should be qualified African researchers, affiliated with a reputable research organisation, think tank, or academic institution (e.g. a university), with a record of quality written research outputs.

What is the value of a Grant?

The funding available is approximately US$2,500 for a Working Paper, US$1,250 for a policy brief, and US$500 for a fact-sheet. Please note that funding will only be finalised by confirmation of contractual agreements.

What are the requirements?

Please send contact details, a brief CV, the title and an abstract (500 words max) for the proposed work, and if applicable a draft of the paper in its current form, as well as the anticipated completion date to

When is the deadline?

Monday 31st March 2014. Earlier submissions welcome.

How does the selection process work?

Submissions will be reviewed by the DPRU editorial team. Applicants will receive communication regarding their proposal by Monday 21st April 2014.

Background Information:

The World Bank launched the JKP[1] in 2012 to share analysis and insight on global job creation and employment issues, gather feedback and input from stakeholders around the world, and create a community focused on good jobs.

The objective is to contribute to the creation of multi-sector, multi-disciplinary solutions to the jobs challenges around the world, based on regionally-led research and empirical evidence through:

  • Building a vibrant and engaging community of practice on Jobs.
  • Fostering consensus among policymakers, academics, the private sector, labour unions, development practitioners, and other stakeholders on the need to tackle the jobs challenges from a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary perspective.
  • Strengthening capacities, developing tools and sharing lessons learned among network members, and providing solutions to enhance the global dialogue on jobs.