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‘Annual Regional Young Scientists Conference’ to solve issues pertinent in Africa’s Development

Deadline: 23 August 2019

The Kenya National Academy of Science has launched applications for the ‘Annual Regional Young Scientists’ Conference inviting young emerging scientists from sub-Saharan Africa to participate in the multilateral conference.
The Conference is envisaged to bring about experts senior scientists as key speakers, policy makers and young scientists to deliberate on topical issues affecting Africa.

The Young Scientists will also get to be trained on science diplomacy and sustainable development goals with the objectives of exposing to the real world of the complex interaction between the scientists, the policy makers and the implementer.

Themes
The Conference will seek to addres critical issues pertinent to Africa’s development challenges as identified in STISA 2024 through rigorous scientific debate and interrogation of policy dimensions in the four sub themes:

  • Food Security in Africa;
  • Climate Change and environmental protection;
  • Water resources exploitation and management; and
  • Energy and Sustainable Development in Africa.

Areas

  • Water-Food-Climate;
  • Energy Nexus;
  • Policy;

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant must be from or working in sub- Saharan Africa;
  • Applicant must be under age of forty(40);
  • Applicant must be in possession of at least a Masters degree and enrolled for PhD;
  • They must have research interests in the conference sub-themes;
  • They must submit an abstract (online form) that is relevant to the conference theme;
  • Applicant must be willing to present and share current research results at the conference.

How to Apply

Nuffic Scholarships for Short Courses at The Hague Academy 2020

Deadline: October 8, 2019

Applications are open for Nuffic scholarships for short courses at The Hague Academy. Nuffic is a Dutch non-profit organisation which offers scholarships for training courses in The Netherlands. These scholarships seek to develop and strengthen the skills and abilities of professionals, in order to enable their organisations and communities to succeed in an ever-changing world. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs funds the Nuffic Scholarship programme.
The Nuffic Scholarships for short courses at The Hague Academy (OKP, MSP and StuNed) cover the tuition fee, return flights (from an international airport to Amsterdam), insurance, and accommodation, in addition to a small Daily Subsistence Allowance.

Courses

  • Migration and Local Authorities (24 February – 6 March 2020)
  • Inclusive Service Delivery and the SDGs (9 -20 March 2020)
  • Citizen Participation and Inclusive Governance (23 March – 3 April 2020)
  • Climate Adaptation and Local Resilience (1 – 12 June 2020)
  • Integrity and Anti-Corruption (15 – 26 June 2020)

Scholarships
OKP Scholarships: The Orange Knowledge Programme is a Dutch global development programme. The programme was kicked off mid-2017 for 5 years and involves 53 countries. The objective of the Orange Knowledge Programme is to contribute to society’s sustainable and inclusive development by strengthening the skills and knowledge of both individuals, groups of individuals and organisations. The key priorities for the programme are Food and nutrition security, Water, energy and climate, Sexual and reproductive health and rights, and Security and the rule of law. Cross-cutting themes relevant to all activities of the programme include Private Sector Development, Climate, and Gender and Inclusive Development (with specific attention to marginalised and discriminated groups).
MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP). The MSP aims to contribute to the democratic transition in one of the 10 participating countries in the Middle East and North Africa region. It also seeks to build capacity within organisations by enabling employees (45 years and younger) to participate in short courses in various fields of study.

Eligibility

  • OKP scholarships are open to mid-career professionals who are a nationals of -and living and working in one of the 57 countries listed below:
  • Afghanistan ▪ Mozambique ▪ Albania ▪ Myanmar ▪ Armenia ▪ Nepal ▪ Bangladesh ▪ Nicaragua ▪ Benin ▪ Niger ▪ Bhutan ▪ Nigeria ▪ Bolivia ▪ Pakistan ▪ Burkina Faso ▪ Palestinian Territories ▪ Burundi ▪ Peru ▪ Cambodia ▪ Philippines ▪ Colombia ▪ Rwanda ▪ Congo (DRC) ▪ Senegal ▪ Cuba ▪ Sierra Leone ▪ Egypt ▪ Somalia ▪ Ethiopia ▪ South Africa ▪ Georgia ▪ South Sudan ▪ Ghana ▪ Sri Lanka ▪ Guatemala ▪ Sudan ▪ Guinea ▪ Surinam ▪ India ▪ Tanzania ▪ Indonesia ▪ ▪ Thailand ▪ Jordan ▪▪ Uganda ▪ Kenya ▪ Vietnam ▪ Lebanon ▪ Yemen ▪ Liberia ▪ Zambia ▪ Mali ▪ Zimbabwe ▪ Macedonia
  • MSP scholarships are open to professionals who are nationals of – and living and working in – one of the countries listed below in the Middle East and North Africa region:
  • Algeria • Egypt • Iran • Iraq • Jordan • Lebanon • Libya • Morocco • Syria • Tunisia.
  • Applicants from Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon are eligible for both OKP and MSP Scholarships.
  • If you are 45 years or younger then they recommend you apply for the MSP Scholarship.

Application

  • Ensure that both your motivation and employer statement are clearly aligned to the Embassy Country Focus. Applications that show no relevance will NOT be eligible.
  • OKP Embassy Country Focus.
  • MSP Embassy Country Focus.
  • Motivation: The answers to the 3 motivation questions should clearly indicate the link between your organisation and position on the one hand, and (elements of) the Country Focus on the other hand. Be specific and base your answers on factual information. Refrain from copying information from our website. Read the Quality Guidelines to determine which information should be included in your motivation.
  • Document requirements: Prepare all your required documents in advance. Documents must be in PDF format and must not exceed 2 MB.
  • Click here to apply.

Technology Academy Finland (TAF) Millennium Technology Prize 2020 (€1,000,000 Euros)

Deadline: July 31, 2019
Applications are open for the Millennium Technology Prize 2020. The Prize highlights the extensive impact of science and innovation on the well-being of society. The Prize is awarded every two years by Technology Academy Finland TAF to an individual or to a team of any nationality. The State of Finland, academic institutions and high-tech industries established the Prize in 2004 as Finland’s tribute to innovations for a better life.
The Millennium Technology Prize is awarded for groundbreaking technological innovations that benefit millions of people around the world by:

  • Enhancing quality of life
  • Promoting sustainable development and mitigation of climate change
  • Generating applications with global commercial viability
  • Creating new socioeconomic value
  • Stimulating further cutting-edge research and development in science and technology

Award
The prize of One Million Euros is awarded to the selected nominee.

Eligibility

  • Nominations are invited from organizations such as universities, research institutes, academies of science and technology, companies and industries;
  • The Millennium Technology Prize can be awarded to an individual or to a team of any nationality;
  • All individuals who deserve the Millennium Technology Prize for the proposed innovation must be named in the nomination. The Prize is intended for innovators in the active stage of their careers.

Application

  • The nominator must contact the nominee(s) in advance to request permission for the nomination. Self-nominations are not accepted. All nomination materials are to be provided in English and submitted by 31 July 2019 at the nomination portal.
  • Click here to nominate
  • For more information, visit Millennium Technology Prize.

Employment Opportunities at SNV

Governance and Behaviour Change Advisor


Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization founded in the Netherlands nearly 50 years ago. SNV has built a long-term, local presence in 38 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. SNV works with local based development partners, other civil society organizations, government institutions and businesses to develop the capacities of local communities. Through its works, SNV links local communities to basic service providers to increase their income and to empower local communities to fight against poverty and take ownership of their own development.

SNV is currently implementing an Urban Sanitation and Hygiene programme focused on two cities: Shinyanga Municipality and Arusha City. The programme is currently in its’ second year of a five year programme (2017-2022). To support the work on this programme, we are looking for a Governance and Behaviour Change Advisor to be the technical lead in relation to governance related interventions (e.g.: sanitation legislation and enforcement, planning and monitoring, citizens engagement etc.) and behaviour change communications activities (e.g. implementation of the BCC strategy, consumer studies etc.).
Programme Summary
Urban Sanitation and Hygiene for Health and Development is a multi-country programme that works with municipal governments to develop inclusive, safe and sustainable city-wide sanitation services. SNV Tanzania is seeking an experienced professional to be part of the SNV Tanzania team (already comprised of a Programme Manager, an Urban Sanitation & Hygiene Engineer and a Business Development Advisor, and assisted by two volunteers and one intern).
The programme integrates insights in WASH governance, investment and finance, behavioural change communication, business models and management of sanitation services. It will engage private sector, civil society organizations, users and local authorities to improve public health and development opportunities in the target cities (Arusha and Shinyanga)
The key components of the programme are:
· COMPONENT 1: BCC and awareness for safe urban sanitation and hygiene
· COMPONENT 2: Safe and affordable (consumer) services
· COMPONENT 3: WASH Governance
· COMPONENT 4: Smart finance and investment
· COMPONENT 4: Safe treatment, disposal and re-use
The programme began with an inception period up to the end of June 2018, which consisted in a series of assessments (including a baseline study on WASH at household, school and health facility level, a Gender & Social Inclusion assessment, a Climate Vulnerability & Resilience study) which helped shape and guide the current implementation period which will run until September 2022.

Job Description

Governance and Behaviour Change Advisor – Lead and manage the activities associated with the following objectives:
a) WASH GOVERNANCE: City-wide service delivery framework and enabling conditions developed and adopted by local authorities
Key considerations and focus areas relating to governance issues this position will be working on include (among others): improving sanitation/hygiene information (particularly related to On-Site Sanitation and Faecal Sludge Management) within policies, laws, frameworks and standards at both national and city level; supporting increased effectiveness of enforcement mechanismsto monitor and ensure compliance with sanitation policies and legislation; advocating for and securing buy-in from key leadership for urban sanitation improvements; contributing to the integration of sanitation ambitions, targets and related budget allocation in mainstream public administration planning processes; supporting improved data management and monitoring (in relation to sanitation and hygiene) and its use in informing/selecting interventions; assisting with approaches and strategies that ensure services reach the poorest communities.
Current ongoing activities the candidate will be working on include: following-up and supporting the implementation of the recommendations from the urban sanitation legal scan study (e.g.: legislation improvements, licensing of emptying services etc.); developing capacity of local government on smart enforcement measures for compliance with sanitation laws and standards; strengthening sanitation information systems (e.g.: digitalised data collection/management, sanitation mapping etc.); fostering a sustainable sanitation multi-stakeholder platform; contributing to the prioritisation of sanitation within planning and budgeting; supporting measures to ensure citizen engagement in sanitation decisions.
b) BCC & AWARENESS: Strengthening capacities (within local government authorities) and institutional embedding of effective Behaviour Change Communications (BCC) focused on urban sanitation and hygiene issues
Key considerations and focus areas relating to behaviour change this position will be working on include (among others): building capacities of local government authorities (city council and utilities) and private sector (emptying service providers), for effective communication and outreach; increasing consumer demand and willingness to pay for safely managed services; promoting specific individual hygiene behaviours (Safe emptying, Safe disposal of solid waste, handwashing with soap); aligning BCC efforts within the broader National Sanitation Campaign.
Current ongoing activities the candidate will be working on include: roll-out of the BCC strategy and action plans (focused on Safe emptying practices, Safe disposal of solid waste, and handwashing with soap); developing and testing IEC materials informed by the BCC strategy; supporting relevant National Sanitation Campaign efforts; capacity building on communication and marketing skills for service providers and local authorities; leading consumer and willingness to pay studies
Key Responsibilities
· Governance Technical Expertise – Provide technical expertise in relation to Governance issues related to policy analysis, legislation improvements, planning and budgeting, data management and use
· Government Liaison and Networking – Build and maintain effective relationships, with the government (Ministry and Regional level) and local authorities (City Council and Urban Utility management and technical staff), and other external partners (Donors, NGOs, Research Institutions, Private Sector Service Providers)
· Behaviour Change Expertise – Provide guidance and facilitation expertise in the coordination and implementation of the behaviour change communication strategy that aims to stimulate sanitation demand and improve the professionalisation of services
· Technical assistance management – Identify and manage experienced technical service providers and consultants (linked to governance and BCC activities) – including developing ToRs with key deliverables and services required by the project, and manage agreements/contracts within the advisor’s control
· Workplan implementation – Ensure the timely implementation of the project work plan in the key areas of Governance and BCC, as per the SNV project management procedures, accounting principles and donor requirements and contract
· Procurement, administrative & finance procedures – Collaboratively work with the support staff in procurement, admin and finance to comply with SNV procedures and ensure the smooth and timely implementation of processes and activities
· Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting – Contribute to the SDG programme’s M&E framework implementation and reporting (specifically in relation to component 1 (BCC) and 3 (Governance) impact and outcome indicators).
· Knowledge, documentation and communication – Ensure full synthesis, analysis and documentation and sharing of project insights and results, and engage in research and studies that contribute to gathering evidence-based knowledge
· Other – Engage in any other activities discussed with the programme manager that contribute to SNV, the WASH Sector and the project’s successnsumer and willingness to pay studies.

Qualifications

Candidate profile
. Relevant advanced academic qualification in Governance and/or Behaviour Change or related field, preferably in relation to WASH;
· 7+ years of relevant experience in overseeing Governance and Behaviour Change interventions, preferably in the WASH sector and in particular Urban Sanitation;
· Strong relationship management skills and experience in engaging government officials (at both national and sub-national levels) and in playing a key role in sector platforms (e.g. Technical Working Groups, Joint Sector Reviews, National Guidelines development task forces etc.)
· Proven track record in policy/legislation reviews and analysis and implementing successful governance-related recommendations;
· Proven track record in implementing successful behaviour change communication strategies and approaches, particularly in collaboration with local governement departments and citizen groups
· Solid facilitation skills with the ability to coordinate/guide local government officials, service providers and community groups
· Proficiency in English and Kiswahili required, both written and oral
· The successful candidate will be a self-motivated achiever with excellent intercultural leadership, teamwork, coaching, communication, networking and organisational skills

Additional Information

Contract Type: National
Contract Duration: 2 years, extendable by upon performance and successful completion of activities
Expected Start Date: 23rd September 2019
Information Duty Station: Based in Mwanza, with significant travel to Arusha, Dodoma and Dar es Salaam.
Reporting to: Programme Manager
How to apply?
Interested candidates who meet the key qualifications are encouraged to send in their applications. The application should contain a CV, motivation letter, a selection of relevant samples of your work from previous jobs, and your salary history for the last three years. Your CV should contain at least three referees from previous employers only.
The deadline for sending in applications is 16th August 2019. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.
We do not appreciate third-party mediation based on this advertisement.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

AI for Earth Innovation Program: Funding Available

Deadline: 9 October 2019
The National Geographic Society and Microsoft’s AI for Earth program is inviting applications from all over the world to support novel projects that create and deploy AI tools to improve the way they monitor, model, and ultimately manage Earth’s natural systems for a more sustainable future.
The grants given by the partnership will support projects that create and deploy open source trained models and algorithms that make key analytical processes more efficient in the environmental field. As an additional opportunity, Microsoft will help the successful proposals make the completed models available for use by other environmental researchers and innovators.

To address the many pressing scientific questions and environmental challenges facing our planet, they must increase global understanding of how human activity is affecting natural systems and create a community of change, driven by data and cutting-edge technology.

Modern technologies, such as satellite and remote imaging, bioacoustic monitoring, and genomics, have led to massive and more complex data sets.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning can capitalize on the information potential of such data, leading to faster and more meaningful insights and creating the potential for transformative solutions.

Grant Information

  • Proposals may request $5,000 to $100,000.
  • The budgets of successful proposals will include reasonable, well-justified costs directly required to complete the project.

Core Areas
Proposed work should create generalizable, scalable tools that use AI for conservation in at least one of the following core areas:

  • Agriculture: Agriculture must transition to a more sustainable model with lower environmental impact. AI can help in areas such as:
  • Land-use planning and management
  • Precision agriculture
  • Natural resource conservation
  • Sustainable supply chains
  • Climate-resilient agriculture
  • Water efficiency and management
  • Water: Management of the world’s freshwater supply needs to anticipate climate change impacts as well as increasing demand. AI can help in areas such as:
  • Extreme-event impacts on water supply (droughts, floods, disasters, etc.)
  • Water supply (including catchment control)
  • Water quality and sanitation
  • Climate change: Countries and communities around the world are engaged in climate resilience, adaptation, and mitigation efforts. AI can help in areas such as:
  • Extreme weather and climate modeling
  • Sustainable land-use change
  • Ecosystem services (including carbon sequestration and afforestation/reforestation)
  • Resilience to extreme-event impacts (droughts, floods, disasters, etc.)

Project Requirements
All models supported through this grant must be open source, and grant recipients must be willing to publicly share their models for use by other environmental researchers and their data for use by the National Geographic Society.

How to Apply

NAFASI ZA KAZI SNV Tanzania, Junior Agronomists/Agribusiness Advisors

Position: Junior Agronomists/Agribusiness Advisors (2 Posts)
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Contract type: National employment contract

Company Description
SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization, working in Agriculture, Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, we have built a long-term, local presence in more than 30 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organizations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.
For more information on our operations in Tanzania and SNV, visit our website: www.snv.org

The Climate Resilient Agribusiness for Tomorrow Project in East Africa is a 5-year, € 39 million project being implemented in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The project uses an inclusive Business Development approach to support the international and Dutch efforts on climate change and sustainable production in arable farming. The programme will work with and through the private sector and supports public sector partners in creating an institutional environment for wide-scale adoption of climate smart agriculture (CSA) practices. It is driven by 3 pillars: i) adoption of CSA practices & technologies in arable crop production farming systems and value chains; ii) acceleration of investments and business growth in selected value chains; iii) improved enabling environment for scaling out of CSA. Interventions are centered around business cases which are derived from a thorough climate risk assessment and financial analysis of value chains in oilseeds, pulses, potatoes and grains. A climate innovation and investment facility aims to further improve access to finance and facilitate scaling for SMEs and service providers who are ready to co-invest in making selected value chains climate proof. The project funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS) is implemented by a consortium consisting of SNV (as lead implementing organization), Wageningen University & Environmental Research (WUR & WEnR), the CGIAR Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Agriterra and Rabo Partnerships.

Job Description

  • The junior Agronomist/Agribusiness Advisor will be responsible for supporting the adoption of climate smart technologies by farmers, SMEs and service providers in project targeted value chains.
  • S/he will support specific climate smart field based activities and extension systems linked to inclusive business cases, which are potentially supported through the project’s climate innovation and investment facility funds for interventions and scaling.
  • S/he will work in coordination with the senior agronomist and the senior agribusiness advisors, the M&E advisor and the project manager to contribute to cost/benefit analyses which will underpin the investments for effective climate resilient production systems.
  • The incumbent will provide support to SMEs and farmer groups/cooperatives on the most appropriate climate integration strategies, which enhances the income for producers, agribusiness, service providers and other stakeholders in selected value chains.
  • The incumbent will contribute to the joint learning of smallholder producers and SME adoption of climate smart agriculture. S/he will support the management and supervision of local extension providers in the business cases and pilot result based performance contracts.
  •  S/he will support technical expert missions from other consortium partners to strengthen stakeholder capacities in arable crop value chains, and in conducting climate risk assessments and other related studies.

Key Responsibilities

  • Participate in the value chain and climate risk assessments of prioritised commodities (pulses, oilseed, potatoes and grains);
  • Support the co-design of climate smart interventions based on farming systems approach and farmer typology and profiling;
  • Support the training and coaching of extension service providers on climate smart practices and technology adoption;
  • Support extension providers in delivering needs-based and practical trainings to male, female and young farmers;
  • Support the testing of profitable climate smart innovations with smallholder farmers in collaboration with the research partners;
  • Support technical field based missions from project consortium partners;
  • Contribute to improved service delivery to farmers by cooperatives, agri-SMEs and service providers in collaboration with consortium partners;
  • Support SMEs in the promotion, market uptake and scaling of evidence-based climate smart technologies;
  • Support the integration of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions in agribusinesses;
  • Support the provision of tailor made information to producers and SME’s on crop suitability, climate risks and cost effectiveness/viability of interventions;
  • Support the implementation of business cases and the co-investment fund;
  • Support the identification and analysis of the barriers for the uptake of climate smart technologies and formulate recommendation to SME’s, financial institutions and government;
  • Support the brokering and creation of improved linkages between farmers, cooperatives, public and private service providers, SME’s and other relevant stakeholders through the development of inclusive business cases;
  • Contribute to learning on scaling CSA.

Qualifications

  • A relevant academic qualification in agronomy and/or farming systems
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience of working in agronomy advisory and/or agribusiness development;
  • Knowledge of technical aspects of priortitised commodities (pulses, oilseed and grains) and farming systems in east Africa;
  • Experience in famer extension, SME advising, and agribusiness case development;
  • Experience in climate smart agriculture design and financial analysis of climate smart technologies will be a plus;
  • Experience working with female entrepreneurs and gender integration approaches, as well as young-agri-enterpreneurs;
  • Knowledge climate smart innovation and farmer adoption;
  • Experience with result-based service provision and farmer organisation strengthening;
  • Excellent communication (written and oral), reporting and presentation skills;
  • Willingness to travel to all project locations

Additional Information
This is a full-time national role with the successful candidate being contracted on a 3-year basis with the possibility of renewal. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a competitive secondary benefit package.

Desired start date: 1st September 2019
How to apply: Please send your application letter and CV by 20th July 2019.
Applications will be reviewed and interviews conducted on a rolling basis to identify appropriate candidates as soon as possible.

TO APPLY CLICK HERE

ICLD calls for Policy Relevant Research Proposals on Local Democracy 2019 (Up to 1 million SEK)

Deadline: September 20, 2019
ICLD is issuing a Call for Policy Relevant Research Proposals on Local Democracy. The aim of the call is to better understand the role of local governments and local democratic institutions in addressing global challenges.
Proposed research should focus on problems and opportunities where there is a potential to generate innovative and transformative policies that can increase the influence of vulnerable people in the decisions made by local governments that affect their lives. The research should be carried out within 18 months starting no later than January 1, 2020.

ICLD will prioritize research projects that include the countries where ICLD operates: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Research projects in other countries are welcomed if they show an important contribution to core areas of this call.

Prioritized Themes

  • Research proposals should touch on the role of local governments in at least two of the following themes:
  • Social accountability and participation of vulnerable groups,
  • Climate crises and action,
  • Migration decisions,
  • Children and youth influence in local decision making,
  • Inclusive cities,
  • Post-conflict recovery: challenges and opportunities,
  • Contesting gender inequality.

Funding
Applicants can apply for up to 1 million SEK. The total amount to be granted to all the approved projects is a maximum of 6 million SEK. This grant can be used in combination with other grants.

Eligibility

  • The main applicant should be a researcher with a deep knowledge within the field of development and democracy that holds a PhD and is affiliated with a research institution or an accredited university or college;
  • The research team should have a gender balance and preferably include researchers based in one of the countries being studied.

Evaluation Criteria

  • The application will be evaluated by at least two senior researchers, one of them from ICLD Advisory Group and a committee from ICLD.
  • Proposal evaluators will assess the proposals according to:
  • Scientific quality and its contribution to fill a research gap
  • Novelty and originality in relation to the theme of this call
  • Quality of the research team, including gender balance in the team
  • Feasibility and rigor of the project plan in relation to proposed resources (human resources, budget, schedule)/Value for money
  • Relevance for policies and local governments, and
  • Potential to affect positive change.

The ICLD committee will assess the proposal according to:
Relevance to the theme of this call
Communication plan and engagement with local governments
Relevance to ICLD International training programs and municipal partnerships
Use of innovative research approaches

Application

  • The following attachments are needed for complete application:
  • Research proposal (use ICLD’s template for research proposal)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Click here to apply
  • For more information, visit ICLD.

Careers Opportunities at SNV Tanzania


Position: JUNIOR AGRONOMISTS/AGRIBUSINESS ADVISORS (2 Posts)
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Contract type: National employment contract
Company Description
SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization, working in Agriculture, Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, we have built a long-term, local presence in more than 30 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organizations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

For more information on our operations in Tanzania and SNV, visit our website: www.snv.org
The Climate Resilient Agribusiness for Tomorrow Project in East Africa is a 5-year, € 39 million project being implemented in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The project uses an inclusive Business Development approach to support the international and Dutch efforts on climate change and sustainable production in arable farming. The programme will work with and through the private sector and supports public sector partners in creating an institutional environment for wide-scale adoption of climate smart agriculture (CSA) practices.

It is driven by 3 pillars: i) adoption of CSA practices & technologies in arable crop production farming systems and value chains; ii) acceleration of investments and business growth in selected value chains; iii) improved enabling environment for scaling out of CSA. Interventions are centered around business cases which are derived from a thorough climate risk assessment and financial analysis of value chains in oilseeds, pulses, potatoes and grains. A climate innovation and investment facility aims to further improve access to finance and facilitate scaling for SMEs and service providers who are ready to co-invest in making selected value chains climate proof. The project funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS) is implemented by a consortium consisting of SNV (as lead implementing organization), Wageningen University & Environmental Research (WUR & WEnR), the CGIAR Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Agriterra and Rabo Partnerships.

Job Description
The junior Agronomist/Agribusiness Advisor will be responsible for supporting the adoption of climate smart technologies by farmers, SMEs and service providers in project targeted value chains. S/he will support specific climate smart field based activities and extension systems linked to inclusive business cases, which are potentially supported through the project’s climate innovation and investment facility funds for interventions and scaling. S/he will work in coordination with the senior agronomist and the senior agribusiness advisors, the M&E advisor and the project manager to contribute to cost/benefit analyses which will underpin the investments for effective climate resilient production systems.

The incumbent will provide support to SMEs and farmer groups/cooperatives on the most appropriate climate integration strategies, which enhances the income for producers, agribusiness, service providers and other stakeholders in selected value chains. The incumbent will contribute to the joint learning of smallholder producers and SME adoption of climate smart agriculture. S/he will support the management and supervision of local extension providers in the business cases and pilot result based performance contracts. S/he will support technical expert missions from other consortium partners to strengthen stakeholder capacities in arable crop value chains, and in conducting climate risk assessments and other related studies.

Key Responsibilities
Participate in the value chain and climate risk assessments of prioritised commodities (pulses, oilseed, potatoes and grains);
Support the co-design of climate smart interventions based on farming systems approach and farmer typology and profiling;
Support the training and coaching of extension service providers on climate smart practices and technology adoption;
Support extension providers in delivering needs-based and practical trainings to male, female and young farmers;
Support the testing of profitable climate smart innovations with smallholder farmers in collaboration with the research partners;
Support technical field based missions from project consortium partners;
Contribute to improved service delivery to farmers by cooperatives, agri-SMEs and service providers in collaboration with consortium partners;
Support SMEs in the promotion, market uptake and scaling of evidence-based climate smart technologies;
Support the integration of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions in agribusinesses;
Support the provision of tailor made information to producers and SME’s on crop suitability, climate risks and cost effectiveness/viability of interventions;
Support the implementation of business cases and the co-investment fund;
Support the identification and analysis of the barriers for the uptake of climate smart technologies and formulate recommendation to SME’s, financial institutions and government;
Support the brokering and creation of improved linkages between farmers, cooperatives, public and private service providers, SME’s and other relevant stakeholders through the development of inclusive business cases;
Contribute to learning on scaling CSA.
QualificationsA relevant academic qualification in agronomy and/or farming systems
Minimum of 3-5 years of experience of working in agronomy advisory and/or agribusiness development;
Knowledge of technical aspects of priortitised commodities (pulses, oilseed and grains) and farming systems in east Africa;
Experience in famer extension, SME advising, and agribusiness case development;
Experience in climate smart agriculture design and financial analysis of climate smart technologies will be a plus;
Experience working with female entrepreneurs and gender integration approaches, as well as young-agri-enterpreneurs;
Knowledge climate smart innovation and farmer adoption;
Experience with result-based service provision and farmer organisation strengthening;
Excellent communication (written and oral), reporting and presentation skills;
Willingness to travel to all project locations

Additional Information
This is a full-time national role with the successful candidate being contracted on a 3-year basis with the possibility of renewal. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a competitive secondary benefit package.

Desired start date: 1st September 2019
How to apply: Please send your application letter and CV by 20th July 2019.
Applications will be reviewed and interviews conducted on a rolling basis to identify appropriate candidates as soon as possible.

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Position: Project Manager – OYE Project
Location: Dodoma, Tanzania
Contract type: National employment contract
Job Description
Overview of the Position
The Project Manager Tanzania will provide guidance and manage the implementation of the Tanzania project and ensure that the objectives and targets are achieved. S/he will manage programmatic, financial, and operational and HR resources dedicated to the project; oversee performance and expenditures in close collaboration with the Project Finance Officer and ensure timely and compliant procurement together with the SNV Operations Department.

S/he will report to the SNV Country Director and maintain effective relations and coordination with all project stakeholders.

The position requires regular travel across the Central and Northern regions of Tanzania.
The successful candidate will be focusing on finalizing the achievement of the project targets before the end of the current project duration as well as supporting the preparation, design and implementation of the Second Phase of the project.
Key Responsibilities
• Guide the project planning and implementation in Tanzania including engagement with local stakeholders and subcontractors; development of annual operational work plans and budgets on the basis of the existing project activity plans and budget;
• Project management: effectively manage the human, physical and financial resources allocated to the project ensuring that work is implemented no time and to budget and achieves the promised deliverables;
• Monitor and guide local implementing partner organisations;
• Provide monthly, quarterly and annual reports to donors and contribute to development of overall SNV global annual report.
• Liaise with the OYE Tanzania Agriculture project leader on cross-cutting matters, both programmatic as well as financial;
• Contribute to synergy between the OYE project, the SDC OYE project and SNV’s energy programmes in Tanzania by providing strategic guidance to guarantee a balance between contextual opportunities and effective implementation of the project approach;
• Monitor performance of the project team to ensure that all milestones set in the annual work plans are met, and develop mitigation plans to reduce setbacks; take corrective actions to fix any deviation from work plans; • Report to the SNV Country Director
• Guide knowledge development, documentation and communication & branding – in close collaboration with the Country Director and the donor
• Donor relations: Effectively manage in country donor relations and establish professional partnership with key private and public sector stakeholders

Qualifications Requirements
• Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline e.g. related to development, energy, or social studies;
• Proven track record with at least 5 years’ experience in the management of projects in development organizations;
• Proven experience in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Renewable energy;
  2. inclusive business/market models;
  3. public – private partnerships;

• Experience with development of youth skills towards employability is desired;
• Demonstrated experience in managing capacity building programmes.
• Demonstrated experience as a trainer is desired.

Desired Skills
• A proactive and entrepreneurial individual who will explore and develop innovative approaches that appeal to rural youth in Tanzania;
• Visionary who is able to strategically inspire and energize the project team;

• Excellent social / networking skills, ability to engage with government, private sector and civil society;
• Excellent communication (writing and oral) skills, reporting and presentation skills.
• Monitoring and evaluation skills

Languages: Proficient in English and Kiswahili.

Additional Information

Contract Information.
Starting date: 1st October, 2019?
Contract type: National
Length of contract: 1 year (with potential to extend by three years if the Second Phase is awarded)

How To Apply
Interested candidates that meet the key qualifications are encouraged to send in their applications. These applications must contain:
• CV (that lists at least three referees from previous employers),
• Motivation letter,
• Certified Copies of your stated Academic Qualifications, and
• Declaration of your Salary History for the last three years.

The applications should be marked ‘OYE Project Manager’ in the subject line and the deadline for sending in applications is Thursday July 22, 2019. SNV reserves the right to reject outright any applications that do not meet the application requirements listed above. We will require that you provide us with full details of three people who are willing to act as a referee. We will not contact these referees without your explicit permission.
We do not appreciate third-party mediation based on this advertisement.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Apply New Careers at Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NO: 032019
NATIONAL LEAD CONSULTANT
The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is seeking to recruit an expert to support the process of developing a funding project proposal.
Background
FAO Tanzania in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and other government agencies is supporting the development of the funding project proposal titled ‘ Enhancing Climate Change Resilience (ECCR) in the Kagera and Geita Regions of Tanzania “.

In this regard, FAO is seeking to engage a National Lead Consultant who will, among other tasks, make sure that the project is aligned with the country’s needs and priorities. The National Lead Consultant will work in close collaboration with the FAO Country Office supporting team as well as other experts responsible for the project development.
Reporting Lines
The National Lead Consultant will work under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative in Tanzania and the technical supervision of FAO Lead Technical Officer. The Consultant will also work in close collaboration with the Project Team Leader (PTL) who will oversee the overall project development including the required background studies and annexes.
Tasks and responsibilities
The tasks to be carried out by the National Lead Consultant will include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Plan inception meetings/workshops in Dar Es Salaam/Dodoma and Kagera and Geita regions;
  • Provide technical inputs to the PTL and other engaged consultants on national priority and needs;
  • Present to the national Task Force the work plan and key requirements of funding proposal formulation process;
  • Review and provide guidance on all required studies;
  • Review and provide comments and recommendation on the feasibility study, Environment and social Impact Assessment/Environment and Social Safeguard (ESIA/ESS);
  • Review Annex studies produced by other experts/service provider and draft funding proposal;
  • Ensure interventions are clearly aligned with and reflect priority actions and priority areas indicated in agriculture, climate and environment related national strategies, Programmes and Plans (e.g. Agricultural Sector Development Program phase II (ASDP II), Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Guideline, National Climate Change Strategy (NCS) , Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), and Long term Development plans e.g. Five Years Development Plan II, etc.
  • Provide guidance on implementation management and facilitate identification of co-financing;
  • Identify and propose key stakeholders in the Project areas and their potential role in complementing or implementing the Project; and
  • Ensure the final funding proposal and the annexes are aligned with national priorities and addresses the needs of the recipient and requirements of the funding agency.

Required Skills and Experience

  • 10 years of experience in climate change financing mechanisms
  • Past work experience in development of climate change projects in Tanzania
  • Experience designing projects for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Green Climate Fund (GCF), and/or other multilateral/Bilateral climate change funds
  • Multi-sectoral knowledge on Policy and institutional framework with respect to climate change aspects
  • Solid analytical and conceptual skills and the ability to think creatively
  • Excellent drafting skills and capacity to synthesize of funding proposals
  • Excellent team leader and coordination skills
  • Experience or knowledge of UN systems is an added advantage.

Nationality
Applicants for this post must be nationals of the United Republic of Tanzania
Duty station: Home based desk work and field visits (Dar-es-Salaam, Dodoma, Kagera, and Geita)
Duration: 40 working days
HOW TO APPLY
Candidates should complete the FAO Taleo Profile Form accessible at: iRecruitment Link Applications should be sent with a detailed CV and Personal Profile Form to:

FAO Representative SI DA H, Ada Estate P. O. Box 2, Dar es Salaam,
TANZANIA
Email: FAO-TZ@fao.org

Application Deadline
The application should be received not later than July 20th, 2019

Mary Robinson Climate Justice Award 2019 (Fully-funded to attend One Young World Summit 2019 in London, UK)

Deadline: July 19, 2019
Applications are open for the Mary Robinson Climate Justice Award 2019. For the fourth year running One Young World is teaming up with Mary Robinson to support young leaders behind innovative and impactful climate justice initiatives that are preserving the earth for future generations.
This year’s edition of the award seeks to support projects that focus on climate justice. Climate justice links human rights and development to achieve a human-centred approach, safeguarding the rights of the most vulnerable and sharing the burdens and benefits of climate change and its resolution equitably and fairly. Climate justice is informed by science, responds to science and acknowledges the need for equitable stewardship of the world’s resources.

If you are leading a climate justice project within your community or organisation you can apply for the Mary Robinson Climate Justice Award today.

Award
A £5,000 grant to support or launch your project.
A fully sponsored delegate place to attend the One Young World Summit 2019 in London, UK.

Eligibility

  • Most delegates are between the age of 18 and 30. The One Young World team will consider applications from those who are older than 30, pending demonstration of appropriate personal impact, initiative, and willingness to engage. They are not able to accept applications from those who will be aged under 18 at the time of the Summit.

Selection Criteria

Your project should advance the following criteria:

  • Directly addresses sustainable development and/or climate change with a particular emphasis on balancing the needs of present and future generations – this could be through financing, frontline services, advocacy, education, communication, legal/policy change or a business solution. Some indicative suggestions are:
  • A climate or development initiative that addresses poverty reduction and has included ways to measure the benefits and impacts of the initiative for both present and future generations
  • An initiative that sets out to raise awareness on the need to address the current challenges of poverty reduction while ensuring future generations enjoy the same natural and cultural resources as we do today
  • A project that sets out to conserve or sustainably manage natural and cultural heritage for use by current generations but also with a specific objective of preserving these for future generations
  • A project or action at local, national or international level that sets out to advocate or promote the representation of future generations or act as guardians for future generations.
  • Projects should be clearly associated with one or more of the seven principles of climate justice:
  • Respect and protect human rights
  • Support the right to development
  • Share benefits and burdens equitably
  • Ensure that decisions on climate change are participatory, transparent and accountable
  • Highlight gender equality and equity
  • Harness the transformative power of education for climate stewardship
  • Use effective partnerships to secure climate justice
  • Additional assessment criteria that will be applied in awarding the Prize are:
  • Ambition of the project – how impactful your project is in balancing needs of present and future generations
  • Relevance – the project is grounded in climate justice
  • Community value – the project applies to a community/communities / stakeholder group who are directly impacted by climate change or will be more adversely impacted in the future

Application

  • Applying is simple, just complete the online application form below before 19 July 2019. Applications will be shortlisted by One Young World and shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview with Mary Robinson and One Young World co-founder Kate Robertson who will decide the award winner.
  • Click here to apply
  • For more information, visit Mary Robinson Climate Justice Award.