UK Lead for User Engagement Initiative & Grassroots Field Exposure Sessions in India


Theme: Building cross-sectoral collaborations to understand the dynamic interactions across the water-energy-food nexus

Sectoral focus: Water resource management and supply

Regional Focus: Central India

The India-UK Water Centre is calling for UK volunteers from its Open Network of Water Scientists to help support the design and implementation of its second User Engagement Initiative (UEI) and third Grassroots Field Exposure Session (GFES).

The IUKWC UEI focus on translating the results of India-UK science into policy/operational practice and are designed to bring together scientists with policy makers, regulators or commercial companies to support either: a) the translation and communication of India-UK water security science to users or b) collect input on stakeholder needs for future research and innovation. UEI take the form of three day knowledge exchange conferences by a small number of scientists to present scientific outputs to a specific organisation. (For further information on UEI please visit

The IUKWC GFES initiative aims to support the collaboration between users and researchers in the earlier stages of water science and promote the assimilation of local knowledge and users experiences into research design to develop ideas for future India-UK water research. GFES will take the form of multi-day events designed to expose scientists to issues faced by water stakeholders at the ground level (for example, local municipal authorities, small and medium-sized enterprises, farmer associations) so as to understand the actual utility of scientific and policy outputs. (For further information on GFES please visit:

The IUKWC will be holding the UEI and GFES events between January and February 2019 and is looking to shortlist one sectoral lead from UK to help design and implement the initiative in coordination with the Indian session lead. The selected GFES lead will be expected to contribute to the planning of the initiative based on their evidence and experience and will help run the events. The IUKWC will cover all costs for the events.

The leads will get an opportunity to develop new research ideas and establish stakeholder links in Central India as well as develop linkages with other Indian and UK scientists with similar interests. Apart from this, the lead will also benefit by being the co-author of IUKWC publications for both the events.

Application to be a lead(UK) for UEI – GFES, Building cross-sectoral collaborations to understand the dynamic interactions across the water-energy-food nexus, Central India

Applications submitted in response to this call must comply with the following:
You are applying to be the UK lead for both UEI and GFES event in India, and will work with the Indian lead to accomplish the goals of the events. The initiatives are planned to be spread over Central India, specifically the state of Madhya Pradesh, a region with substantial water related challenges

The overall theme of both the events is: “Building cross-sectoral collaborations to understand the dynamic interactions across the water-energy-food nexus”; with a focus on "Water resource management and supply" and drawing on the following specific sub sectors;

  • 1)Agricultural water resource management
  • 2)Domestic and industrial water resources management
  • 3)Water resources management for energy production

Timing: The two sessions are planned to be conducted consecutively and within the period January - February 2019; the UEI will focus on knowledge dissemination to state level stakeholders, while the GFES session is planned to interact with and obtain feedback from operational level grassroots stakeholders; both the sessions are expected to be spread over 2–3 days

Eligibility of Applicants: Must be a member of the Open Network of Water Scientists and should have either technical experience relevant to the scientific theme of the events or experience in stakeholder engagement and participatory appraisal tools, ideally in the region of focus. Applicants must be eligible and available to travel to attend both the events as and when the dates are finalised.

Size: For the UEI it is anticipated that the workshop would involve a maximum of 40 participants (20 Scientists: 10 UK and 10 Indian; 20 Stakeholders).
For the GFES, it is anticipated that it would involve a maximum of 17 participants (~10 Indian members and 7 UK members of the IUKWC Open Network). All participants will be selected through a separate process.

Expectations: The leads will assist the IUKWC in:

  • Identify user requirements in the region, based on evidence, to ensure the focus of the event;
  • Help identify stakeholders and develop links to identify priorities for future joint India – UK research work
  • Identify previous joint India/UK research that is relevant to the user requirements
  • Help organise, run and actively participate in the event
  • Defining tangible outputs from these events (including outputs that deliver lasting impact)
  • Drafting the UEI & GFES report and brief

There is no funding associated with this call; apart from travel and subsistence costs, which will be covered for the lead to attend the events. There is no funding for staff costs of the sectoral leads (or participants).

Assessment Procedure
The IUKWC secretariat is seeking only one lead from the UK for the UEI and GEES and will assess all applications  against the following criteria.

  • The lead demonstrates experience in the thematic focus of both the UEI & GFES, and
  • Ideally (but not required) some experience in stakeholder engagement and participatory appraisal mechanisms.
Other criteria:
  • Experience related to the specific region of focus
  • Capability of the individuals to run the activity
  • Anticipated added value
Applicants should be aware that the GFES will likely include a lot of travel within each 2-3 day session, as part of the field exposure element, and this may include stays in more remote areas with good, but basic, standards of accommodations


10th July 2018: Call opens
31st July 2018: Deadline for submission of application webform
6th August 2018: Applicants notified of outcome

This call closed on 31/07/2018

Activity Date Calender: 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 to Thursday, February 28, 2019

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