Leadership MBA Program and Scholarship - Lausanne - Switzerland 2009

Redesigned in collaboration with CEOs and HR Directors across Europe, BuAdd Newsiness School Lausanne’s new MBA aims to develop future leaders equipped to address tomorrow’s business challenges. BSL is ranked in the top fifth of the QS Global 200 Business Schools 2009 listing.
” Leadership is to transform ordinary people into extraordinary people in order to achieve extraordinary things together,” said Daniel Vasella, Novartis CEO and Chairman of the Board. To mark the launch of the program, BSL has established a Future Leader Scholarship to reward a future leader’s plan for professional growth by granting him/her with a scholarship to the new MBA program.
Siegfried Gerlach, President & CEO of Siemens, and Benoit Dumont, Chairman of JP Morgan, were among the executives consulted in designing the BSL MBA and will act as honorary BSL judges in selecting the scholarship recipient.

BSL’s new MBA program focuses on personal leadership. It highlights success criteria defined by business leaders: adaptability to change, the ability to grasp the bigger picture, to remain calm under pressure, to communicate effectively, and to work well in a team.
To develop the new MBA program, BSL interviewed business executives of companies such as ABB, Allianz, Alcoa, AstraZeneca, BCV, Bobst, British Petroleum, Bulgari, Cadbury, Coop, Ernst & Young, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, JP Morgan, Kaz, Kudelski Group, Medtronic, Migros, Nespresso, Nestle, Novartis, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Siemens, Starbucks, UBS, Vibro-Meter.
” Why did no other business school ever think of asking us what we think,” said Charles Bill, Learning & Development Leader EMEA & India for PriceWaterhouseCoopers. ” We need business acumen; personal effectiveness and interactive skills are essential.”

The Future Leader Scholarship award may be applied to the BSL Executive MBA, Full-time MBA or Flex-MBA degree program. The Executive MBA takes place on Saturdays and is completed in 1½ years. The full-time and flex programs follow a modular format, with the full-time being completed in 1 year. Participants in the part-time, Flex-MBA determine their own study schedule and may take up to 3 years to complete. Tuition for an MBA at BSL is CHF 44,800.

Starting Date:
The new MBA programs begin in September, with guaranteed openings for those applying in May and June.

To apply for the scholarship, eligible candidates are asked to submit an essay of 2000-2500 words on how they will use a BSL MBA to achieve their professional vision(s). All applications and essays must be received by July 31, 2009.
BSL is pleased to establish the Future Leader Scholarship to mark the launch of its redesigned modular MBA program. BSL’s new MBA aims to develop future leaders for tomorrow’s business challenges.
Through the Future Leader Scholarship, BSL honors a future leader’s plan for professional growth by providing him/her with a full scholarship to an MBA program of choice. A BSL MBA is fully accredited by the ACBSP and has a monetary value of 44,800 CHF.

Further Scholarship Information and Application: http://www.bsl-lausanne.ch/index.php/eng/News/Future-Leader

Human Resources Manager Crown Agents USA, Inc. - Botswana

Organization(s):Crown Agents USA, Inc.
Apply by: 01 September 2009
Reference No: 09-25
Please use company website to apply: http://careers.crownagentsusa.com/recruit/beta/controller/PostJobsController.srvt?action=jobApply&jobId=130

Crown Agents USA, Inc. seeks a Central Medical Stores **Human Resources Manager** in our Gaborone, Botswana.

**Our Business** 
Crown Agents USA, Inc. (CA-USA) is a U.S. incorporated international development company providing direct services, technical assistance and training to improve governance and economic growth.CA-USA is part of the Crown Agents international group, which works for the public and private sectors in more than 100 countries, as well as for international donors and development institutions. Crown Agents has a core staff of over 1000 employees in more than 35 countries. The Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PSCM) is implementing the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) contract for USAID as part of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). SCMS is tasked with strengthening or establishing secure, reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable supply chains capable of meeting the care and treatment needs of people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. In coordination with in-country and international partners, SCMS will: assist programs to enhance their supply-chain capacity; ensure that accurate supply-chain information is collected, shared, and used; and provide quality, affordable, health care products to those who need them. SCMS will offer services in focus countries identified by the USG team, with SCMS field offices established in selected countries as required by the scope of work in the country.

**Roles & Responsibilities**
To develop an employee-oriented organization culture that emphasizes quality, continuous improvement, and high performance, in line with ‘best practice’ for the industry

**Specific Responsibilities**
  • To regularly review HR policies and practices, incorporating in Staff Handbook and HR Manual in line with the local labor law and company good practice
  • To ensure that staff are hired and managed in accordance with labor law and good practice, providing management with advice and coaching as necessary
  • To source, sift and select staff cost effectively through interview, testing, checks and other appropriate methods
  • To issue appropriate letters of contract and variations of contract
  • To set up and monitor HR systems to record and monitor staff information, ensuring confidentiality
  • To advise managers on changes in terms and conditions in line with market rates and company policy
  • To support and advise managers in dealing with employee relations and performance management issues, ensuring that procedures are followed and actions are fair and equitable
  • To counsel and advise staff on work and personal matters within a confidential, empathetic and business aware environment
  • To be responsible for the identification of training and development needs within the company
  • To identify suitable training and development for managers and staff
  • To ensure that all necessary training and development is undertaken to assist in achievement of targets and competency levels
  • To promote employee compliance to regulatory concerns
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • HR profession qualification.
  • Over 7 years of HR management experience
  • Team leadership experience
**Application Process** 
To apply to this position, please submit your CV at our recruiting website:http://careers.crownagentsusa.com. Visit our website at www.crownagentsusa.com for more information about our company. No phone calls, faxes or walk-ins please. Crown Agents USA, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Regional Program Development Manager

Organization(s): Relief International
Country/Region: Worldwide
Apply by: 30 August 2009

About RI: Relief International (RI), an international relief and development agency with cross-sectoral programs bridging relief and development, currently seeks a Regional Program Development Manager.
Position Summary
Relief International currently seeks full-time RPDMs to represent RI in all forums and to all donors and partner agencies in assigned region, with the objective of increasing visibility for RI's work, advocating for issues important to the RI mandate, identifying and pursuing funding and other opportunities for the organization. RPDMs may be based in Afghanistan/Pakistan, Nairobi, South Asia or other location. RPDMs report to the Vice President Program Development.

  • Engage in needs assessment and identification
  • Contribute to program design, for solicited and unsolicited programs, and for pilot and full scale programs
  • Where proposals are pending with donor agencies, RPDM should be familiar with the proposal and meet with donor officers to ensure program plans represent a good fit with donor objectives
  • Where a proposal is not yet submitted, RPDM will attend relevant RFA/P meetings and gather information to be relayed to HQ for the preparation of proposals
  • Participate in the preparation of funding proposals, including sometimes leading proposal writing efforts
  • Attend regional and national coordination meetings
  • Maintain regular contact with donors, IOs, national governments, etc. to track development priorities and inform HQ of upcoming RFA/Ps
  • Disseminate information about RI achievements to donors and project a positive image of RI as an accountable and responsive NGO partner
  • Represent RI in other related meetings, seminars, lectures, and presentations ensuring RI plays its full role as an active social development organization.
  • Represent RI to the diplomatic community, particularly to ambassadors and other representatives of countries to gather relevant information related to program development, for proposal preparation, and to ensure cooperation and support for RI plans
  • Assist the RI field offices with troubleshooting, backstopping, etc. as requested by HQ
  • If needed, assist with the field level printing and delivery of proposals, within submission deadlines
  • Facilitate arrangement of appointments for the senior HQ staff when they travel to the field
  • Undertake travel within the assigned region as required in the pursuit of the above tasks
  • Prepare regular activity reports for HQ
  • Undertake other ad hoc tasks, as instructed by HQ
  • Operate within RI policy, setting an example for other field staff
  • This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel between field offices and to either LA or DC as needed
  • MA in international relations, business administration or other relevant field
  • 5 years' minimum experience INGO context, previous experience with USAID preferred
  • 10 years' minimum relevant work experience with progressively increasing responsibility
  • Proven success in grant writing, net-working and liaising with field and HQ staff when necessary
  • Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.
  • Application Procedure: To be considered for this recruitment, please submit a cover letter, resume, salary history, 3 professional supervisory references (whom we may contact after a second interview) with the date of availability to [email protected].
***IMPORTANT: The email subject line MUST include the following: Regional Program Development Manager (RPDM). Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.***

Location: Global, with travel within regions and HQ required

Take a peek inside the lab to see what makes real scientists tick

amfAR's dedicated scientists log endless hours in labs and clinics all around the world. And they urgently need your help! Click on the photos below to find out what some of our researchers are working on, what inspires them, and even their favorite movie. Then choose one to adopt for as little as 10 dollars per month. You will receive an adoption certificate, updates on your scientist's research, and the pride of knowing your general support helps amfAR and all of our scientists as we work toward our ultimate goal — a world without AIDS. Adopt a scientist today!

Visit Adopt-a-Scientist.com to meet six scientists working in amfAR's vital research program. These dedicated scientists put in long hours in the lab and in the field to accelerate the pace of AIDS research and bring us ever closer to a cure.

Learn how their studies are contributing crucial new knowledge to the fight against AIDS, discover what inspired them to become AIDS researchers--and even learn what they keep in their lab coat pockets!

Then go ahead and "adopt" the scientist of your choice. amfAR will send you your own certificate of adoption and periodic email updates on the progress of your chosen scientist's research.

Your support will help amfAR advance the science that is our best hope of conquering the global AIDS epidemic. So visit Adopt-a-Scientist today, and become a "brainiac benefactor"!
Joyce Nyoni, PhD
Birthday: September 19
Hometown: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Undergraduate Degree: Medical Sociology, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Graduate Degree: Communications in HIV/AIDS Interventions, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Working At: University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

My field of study:, Medical Sociology

I do this work because:, The desire to understand the social dimensions of health, illness and diseases,

What I am working on now:, I am working on social and behavioral prevention of HIV. Project Details at http://tiny.cc/clickhere258 ,

My favorite movie:, The Sound of Music,

The sports team I’ll be rooting for on any given weekend:, Manchester United,

If I could write a novel, the genre would be:, Mystery: I really enjoy solving puzzles.,

When I was 8 years old, my dream was to be:, A teacher: I used to act as a teacher teaching children I played with.,

Right now in the pockets of my lab coat I have:, Mobile phone and lip shine,

What I do to recharge my batteries:, Go for a walk along the beach: have a short stay in one of the beach hotels, in Dar es Salaam where I get to relax and reflect,

My ideal place to live:, A quiet neighborhood. In Tanzania the people are friendly and the social, interactions are great!

Adopt Joyce At: http://www.joyce.nyoni.kintera.org/

EPISODE 1: Man breaks into home, watches TV, drives car. EPISODE 2: Woman takes kneeling woman's cash in Church

Stories from the
CINCINNATI – Police said a man broke into a Cincinnati home and proceeded to stay there for a week, watching television and sleeping in the master bedroom while the family was on vacation. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department arrested 19-year-old Nicholas Truesdell on Friday and charged him with burglary and unauthorized use of a vehicle.An affadavit said he broke into the four-bedroom home through a rear window on June 16. Authorities said he also used the computer and drove the family's 2007 Nissan Altima around for more than 48 hours.Truesdell was arraigned on Saturday. No contact information could be found for his attorney, Terrence McNamara.
WESTBURY, N.Y. – Nassau County police said a congregant at a Long Island church disregarded at least one of its commandments: Thou shalt not steal. Police said the 46-year-old woman reached over a pew and took cash from a purse while its owner knelt Sunday at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church in Westbury. Police said an usher saw the theft, and officers stopped the woman as she left the church.Police said they determined the same woman stole cash from another worshipper's purse while that victim took communion May 10. The woman has been released on an appearance ticket after being arrested on petit larceny charges. She faces up to a year in jail if convicted.A telephone message left at the church wasn't immediately returned. The woman's phone rang unanswered.

Tanzania set to adopt dual citizenship

Two weeks ago, Tanzania's former Minister for Home Affairs, Capt. John Chiligati, now Minister for Lands and Urban Development, said in an interview with the Voice of America that the government had reached an advanced stage in considering adoption of a dual citizenship policy.

That is welcome news for thousands of Tanzanians and non-Tanzanians alike living or wishing to live abroad, but have vested family and business interests in this country.

Chiligati said there are a few issues that are currently being finalized by Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar, citing the issue of whether a person with dual citizenship could be allowed to run for president of either the United Republic of Tanzania or Zanzibar.

Thousands of Zanzibaris fled Zanzibar during the bloody revolution in 1964 to live permanently in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

This anticipated new development will place such people in a position to enjoy the best of both worlds. Thousands more from the mainland who left as students and never returned from Europe, the United States of America and Canada where they have amassed enough capital to return 'home' to invest it will also like the planned policy development. It also affects women who got married to non-Tanzanians but wish to regain their birth rights.

Dual citizenship is important because Tanzania's current law on citizenship forbids dual citizenship. One is either a Tanzanian or non-Tanzanian. This restriction has prevented thousands of people from returning to Tanzania to invest their wealth in their motherland. It could also mark the beginning of political participation in their home country by voting in presidential and parliamentary elections at foreign embassies.

Tanzanians living overseas have repeatedly told President Kikwete they wish to return to invest in Tanzania's economy which has a huge potential for growth in the services sector, hotels and hospitality, tourism, transport, agro-businesses, fishing and livestock sectors.

Info source: AllAfrica.com

Scholarships for Foreign Students for International Laurea Magistralis, University of Bologna, Italy


The Polo Scientifico Didattico, Rimini Campus, of the University of Bologna, announces the opening of a competition for two scholarships for foreign students (EU students and non-EU students) enrolling at the Laurea Magistralis/Master Degree “Economics and Market Policy”, Faculty of Economics, Rimini Campus in the academic year 2009/2010. Information about the Laurea Magistralis are available at this page .

The amount of the scholarships is the following: a grant of 4000 euros per year and a grant of 1700 euros. Foreign students applying to the Laurea Magistralis “Economics and Market Policy” can send their application to the following address: relazioni.internazionali[at]rimini.unibo.it

The application must include: the application form (available below); cv in English; transcripts (list of exams and grades achieved in previous Degrees); a photocopy of the passport or Identity Card; other documents the applicant will consider relevant for the selection.

The selection is based on the applicant’s University career (cv and a transcript of the exams and grades achieved in previous Degrees and other documents sent by the applicant). Ceteris paribus, preference will be given to female students. The Examining Board, which will be appointed by the Faculty of Economics, Rimini Campus, will short list the candidates and rank the applicants. The top student will be awarded 4000 euros and the second ranked student will be awarded 1700 euros. The obtaining of the scholarship is conditional on the admission to the Laurea Magistralis “Economics and Market Policy” in the academic year 2009/2010.

Enlisting for the competition: from May, 11 to October, 20, 2009.
The Examining Board will short list the candidates by October, 31, 2009.

For further information, please contact:
elettra.agliardi[at]unibo.it or relazioni.internazionali[at]rimini.unibo.it

Web Research Fellowships in Greenpeace - Washington DC, USA

Position Title: Web Fellow
Department: Research
Location: Washington DC

As a Greenpeace Fellow you will gain hands-on experience organizing, building the grassroots movement, and helping to win our global warming campaign under the direction and guidance of a senior mentor. Through your fellowship, you will build expertise, help promote our campaign to stop global warming, activate dozens of new Greenpeace volunteers, and hold politicians accountable. Fellows will conduct research, contribute to action toolkits and other materials, educate, recruit and train volunteers around the country via phone organizing, help with online outreach, and participate in organizing local grassroots support to win national victories.

Greenpeace is seeking a fellow to help manage and improve websites, including ExxonSecrets.org, StopGreenwash.org, and our investigations site (http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/). These sites are instrumental in helping Greenpeace expose environmental crimes and corporate polluters, and also enhance our climate and other campaign work. We are seeking a motivated fellow that can enhance these sites and promote them in the online community. Individuals with web development skills and interest in protecting the environment are strongly encouraged to apply!

Work with research department to access and recommend improvements to the sites, work with IT department to implement changes, upload new content and designs, collaborate with online outreach team, and build linkages that will help optimize the sites’ visibility and viewership online.

Qualifications: excellent computer skills, experience developing and managing websites, ability to work well independently or in a team, detailed orientated, self-motivated, and enthusiast for protecting the environment.
Greenpeace is now accepting applications for the summer positions.

To apply please submit your resume and a cover letter that includes the dates you are available and the type of position you are interested in (full or part time) [email protected]

Application details can be found here: http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/about/jobs/fellowship

GBCM Bachelor Scholarship Programme

GBCM is offering a Bachelor scholarship in the area of ethics.
The scholarship will be awarded once a year by the Scholarship Committee and is offered in association with AidConnect.

AidConnect is an initiative focused on the worldwide linking of people who are involved in or would like to support humanitarian projects (see www.aidconnect.org). This interactive communication platform offers charitable organizations and individuals the opportunity to promote their projects to a diverse audience. Likewise, it provides donors with information on both current and potential projects with a view to matching those in need with supporters who are in a position to assist.

The scholarship will be offered on a yearly basis. The amount awarded will be equivalent to one semester’s tuition. Scholarship applications must be submitted by August 27th, 2009. Final selection of a scholarship recipient will be made by September 18th, 2009. The scholarship funds will be applied to tuition expenses for the Spring semester.

Upon selection of a scholarship recipient, the winning essay will be published on the AidConnect website.

Eligibility and Conditions
  • The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the following criteria:
  • The scholarship recipient must be enrolled at undergraduate level at the Globe Business College Munich as of the Fall semester of the 2009/2010 academic year. As such, both new and existing students may apply.
  • Scholarship candidates must complete a 2500-3000 word essay on a humanitarian-related topic as determined by AidConnect in conjunction with the Scholarship Committee (see attached for specific essay topics). Essays outside of the above word count will be disqualified.
  • The scholarship recipient will be required to base some of his/her assignments throughout the course of study at GBCM on an ethics-related topic (these will be agreed with the Dean and where appropriate a Thesis Supervisor).
  • Preference will be given to those students who have shown outstanding academic achievement in high school or in their college programme to date..
  • All work must be the original work of the scholarship applicant.
Click here to download the Bachelor scholarship application form and complete scholarship information (Word file).

Link: http://www.globe-college.com/corporate-social-responsibility/scholarship.php

Senior Fellowship Application Information in the USA (Open to Non USA citizens as well)

The Jennings Randolph (JR) Senior Fellowship Program provides scholars, policy analysts, policy makers, and other experts with opprotunities to spend time in residence at the Institute, reflecting and writing on pressing international peace and security challenges.

Senior Fellowships usually last for ten months, starting in October, but shorter-term fellowships are also available. Fellowships are open to citizens of any country.


September 8, 2009
The JR Program for International Peace awards Senior Fellowships to outstanding practicioners, scholars, policymakers, journalists, and other professionals so they can conduct research on conflict and peace while in residence at the Institute. The Institute awards between 8 and 12 fellowships per year.

Priority is given to proposals deemed likely to make timely and significant contribution to the understanding and resolution of ongoing and emerging conflicts and other challenges to international peace and security.

Applications are invited from all disciplines in the humanities, natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and their professions.

Applicants should propose projects with clear policy relevance. Historical topics are appropriate if they promise to shed light on contemporary issues. Arera studies projects and single-case studies will be comeptitive if they focus on conflict and its resolution, apply to other regions and cases, or both.

Senior Fellow awards may not be granted for projects that constitute policymaking for a government agency or private organization, focus to any substantial degree on conflicts within U.S. domestic society, or adopt a partisan, advocacy, or activist stance.

Eligible Candidates
Citizens of any country may apply. Non-U.S. Citizens without permanent resident status must obtain a J-1 exchange visitor visa to participate in the Fellowship Program. J-1 status requires recipients to reside in their home country for two years following the fellowship before applying for the H or L visa, or for permanent residency in the United States.

There is no specific educational degree requirement for Senior Fellowship candidates. Fellows come from a variety of professional backgrounds and from early, middle, and late stages of their careers.

Joint applications (two or more applicants for a single project) will not be accepted.

The following examples suggest the range of eligible candidates:
  • Government and Nongovernment Pracitionersin international security, peacebuilding, and public affairs, such as diplomats, negotiators, mediators, government policymakers and admininstrators, military officials, officials and professional staff of international organizations, international lawyers, community leaders, businesspersons, labor leaders, clergy, and leaders in health and humanitarian affairs;
  • Scholars and Researchers, such as college and university professors, policy analysts in governmental or nongovernment research organizations, and independent consultants and writers;
  • Media and Communications Specialists such as journalists, editors, and producers in print, television, radio, and other communications media.
Selection Process
Senior Fellow applications are vetted through a rigorous, multi-stage review that includes consideration by independent experts and professional staff at the Institute. The final authority for decisions regarding Senior Fellowship awards rests with the Institute's Board of Directors.

Selection Criteria
  • Selection of Senior Fellows is based on the following criteria:
  • Project Significance. Does this project tackle an important topic of relevance to the USIP mandate and the field of international peace, conflict and security studies?
  • Project Design. Is the project soundly conceived? Does it identify a key problem to be analyzed and does it have a clear methodology?
  • Implementation. Can the project be completed according to the proposed design, timetable, and budget? What is the likelihood of the completion of a publishable book or report during or soon after the fellowship period?
  • Track Record and Reputation. Does the Candidate have a good track record and reputation for finishing projects on time? What is the candidate's standing in the field?
  • Potential as a Fellow. What is the applicant's potential for participating in the Institute's collegial life and outreach efforts?
Fellowship Activities
Fellows contribute to the collegial life of the Institute by presenting their work and participating in workshops, conferences, and other events. The Institute relies on Senior Fellows to provide in-house expertise via the media and other public forums. In these ways, Fellows play a major role in the Institute's mission of promoting research and public education on the peaceful resolution of international conflict.

To serve as collegial and intellectual resources within the Institute, Fellows must be in residence. Extensive fieldwork or archival research at other locations cannot be supported. In certain cases, the Institute may support limited travel when it is essential to the research project. The Institute favors applicants who propose projects that can be carried out primarily in the Washington Metropolitan area.

Fellowship Products
  • In keeping with its legislative mandate to support "scholarly inquiry and other appropriate forms of communication," the Jennings Randolph Program invites proposals that would produce Institute publications. The editorial staff of the Institute works closely with Fellows to develope manuscripts for consideration by the Institute Press or for publication as Institute reports. Fellowship products may include the following:
  • Books or monographs published by USIP Press;
  • Peaceworks reports or Special reports published by the Institute;
  • Articles for professional or academic journals;
  • Op-eds and articles for newspapers or magazines;
  • Demonstrations or simulations;
  • Teaching curricula;
  • Lectures, workshops, seminars, symposia, or other public speaking.
Terms of Award
  • The program attempts to match the recipient's earned income during the year preceding the fellowships, up to a maximum of $80,000 for 10 months.
  • The Institute will provide coverage of 80% of health premiums for the Fellow and his/her eligible dependents, with a cap of $500 per month.
  • The Institute wll also cover travel to and from Washington, D.C., for fellows and their dependents.
  • Each Fellows is provided witha part-time research assistant during his/her fellowship.
  • The Institute does not provide housing in Washington D.C., but it provides information on housing, schools, and daycare.
  • Fellows are expected to be at the Institute and participate in the daily life of the Institute.
  • Fellows are expected to devote full attention to their fellowship work in order to complete their projects within the period of residency.
  • The Institute requires first right of review for manuscripts produced as a result of fellowship support.
  • An Institute fellowship may not be deferred or combined with any other major award.
Duration of Fellowship
Fellowships are usually awarded for 10 months beginning in October. Shorter-term residencies are also available.

Link: http://usip.forumone.com/grants-fellowships/jennings-randolph

8 one year post doctoral research fellowships - Sweden

- with possible extension to two years

Mälardalen University is an expansive university with a strong focus on engineering, and the School of Innovation, Design and Engineering is a research intensive environment with strong focus on Embedded systems, Real-time systems and Software Engineering

The Swedish national strategic research centre on embedded software PROGRESS, hosted by Mälardalen University in Västerås, Sweden, is offering excellent career opportunities for top-talents by providing

Selected candidates will be provided a customized package, which based on personal preferences and career needs will include a selection of the following:
  • Research within PROGRESS.
  • Continuation of current research.
  • Supervision of master and PhD students.
  • Involvement in teaching on undergraduate, master, or PhD level.
  • A post-doctoral career programme, including training in supervision and other essential skills for an academic career.
  • Industrial contacts and participation in industrial cooperation projects.
  • Participation in international research projects.
The tax-exempt fellowship is in the range of k€ 25-30 per annum. Additional benefits include a roundtrip ticket to Västerås, funding of at least 4 conference trips, health insurance, and support to find accommodation etc.

Earliest starting date: September 1st 2009

Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2009 (cut-off date; submissions received after that date are welcome and will be considered as long as there are fellowships available)

Required qualifications: PhD in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or Computer Engineering (or equivalent) and proven research excellence in at least one of the areas listed below.

Submit your application electronically here (click)

The application should include the following:
  1. CV,
  2. Contact information for 2-3 reference persons;
  3. List of publications
  4. 1-2 page overview of research achievements and plan
  5. 1 page statement/motivation of why you want join PROGRESS as a postdoc,
  6. Information about which research direction(s) you are primarily interested in
  7. 1 page statement of career plans, including preferred elements in the customized postdoc package
  8. Your two most relevant conference or journal publications (in full-text).
More info at: http://www.mrtc.mdh.se/progress/index.php?choice=postdoc09

Director of Finance and Administration - Botswana

Apply by: 01 September 2009

Crown Agents USA, Inc. seeks a Central Medical Stores **Director of Finance and Administration** in our Gabarone, Botswana.

**Our Business**
Crown Agents USA, Inc. (CA-USA) is a U.S. incorporated international development company providing direct services, technical assistance and training to improve governance and economic growth.CA-USA is part of the Crown Agents international group, which works for the public and private sectors in more than 100 countries, as well as for international donors and development institutions. Crown Agents has a core staff of over 1000 employees in more than 35 countries. The Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PSCM) is implementing the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) contract for USAID as part of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). SCMS is tasked with strengthening or establishing secure, reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable supply chains capable of meeting the care and treatment needs of people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. In coordination with in-country and international partners, SCMS will: assist programs to enhance their supply-chain capacity; ensure that accurate supply-chain information is collected, shared, and used; and provide quality, affordable, health care products to those who need them. SCMS will offer services in focus countries identified by the USG team, with SCMS field offices established in selected countries as required by the scope of work in the country.

**Roles & Responsibilities**
Responsible for the day to day operations of the of the Finance and Administration Department, ensuring that transparent procedures are followed for all expenditures and that adequate financial data and accurate reports are provided to support decision-making.

**Specific Responsibilities**
  • Ensuring the smooth operation of technical efforts and field activities by providing accounting, management and logistical support to facilitate the implementation of CMS activities
  • Conduct administrative, contractual operations and financial management systems according MOH/CMS established regulations, standard operating procedures and good business practice
  • Establish and maintain transparent financial systems of the highest integrity
  • Evaluate the financial impact of management decisions, ensuring that CMS receives value for money and that all financial transactions undertaken are in line with MOH/CMS established guidelines
  • Design and prepare routine (monthly, Quarterly, Annual) financial reports for the management team
  • Identify and implement interventions that promote efficient utilization of available resources
  • Ensure that CMS financial management systems are well maintained and remain up-to-date
  • Supervise administrative staff and provide management support to the technical team
  • Put in place systems for proper management of office assets
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Business, accounting, or office management experience
  • 5 years working experience in an administrative with advanced financial management, with preparing and managing budgets within an international organization
  • Demonstrated practical knowledge of Microsoft applications specifically, Excel, Access and Word.
  • Knowledge in use of quickbooks accounting package
  • Demonstrated translation/interpersonal and team building skills
**Application Process**
To apply to this position, please submit your CV at our recruiting website: http://careers.crownagentsusa.com. Visit our website at www.crownagentsusa.com for more information about our company. No phone calls, faxes or walk-ins please. Crown Agents USA, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

British Library Studentship: Mapping Palestine

Cartography of Palestine in the Nineteenth Century
Department of Biblical Studies
Project Supervisor(s) Professor Keith Whitelam, University of Sheffield ([email protected])
Peter Barber, British Library

Application Deadline 30 July 2009

Project title: Mapping Palestine: Cartography of Palestine in the Nineteenth Century

Project description:
The research project will investigate the ways in which maps of Palestine in the nineteenth century, particularly those produced by the British military, played a vital role in the creation of meaning rather than providing passive representations of geographical or historical reality. It is often assumed that the scientific advances of trigonometrically-based cartography, which culminated in the Survey of Western Palestine by Conder and Kitchener, replaced biblically-inspired representations of Palestine. Sir Walter Besant claimed that 'nothing has ever been done for the illustration and right understanding of the historical portions of the Old and New Testament, since the translation into the vulgar tongue, as this great work'. The map is deeply embedded in many reconstructions of Israelite and Palestinian history, lending a seeming factuality, objectivity and authority to narrative descriptions. However, the map, rather than lessening the gap between reality and interpretation, adds another layer to the interpretative process. This project will explore how such maps continued to be instruments of subtle persuasion and will examine carefully their assumptions and rhetorical devices. It will examine the social and political location of the cartographers and those sponsoring their work (e.g. the military, the Palestine Exploration Fund, etc.) in the context of the growth of nationalism, the nation-state, and the development of European overseas expansion. It will utilise the correspondence and private papers of cartographers, along with the paper and minutes of learned societies, in order to understand the influence of these factors on their work.

The British Library contains important maps from the period, particularly from 1850 onwards, that have tended to be overlooked. It also contains important papers relating to the Conder-Kitchener survey in the Map Library (War Office mapping) and the Department of Manuscripts. The project will produce a detailed listing of these and other British mapping of Palestine undertaken by the military along with an analysis of their social and political context and their importance in shaping representations of Palestine within biblical studies.

Professor Whitelam's major research interests are in the history of ancient Palestine and the social and political influences that have shaped the way in which the history of the region has been presented. He has just complete In Pursuit of Palestine's Past: The Rhythms of Time (due 2010) and is editing a volume, Holy Land or Homeland? Models for Constructing the Historic Landscapes of Jesus (ed. Keith W. Whitelam with H. Moxnes and J. Crossley, Sheffield Phoenix Press: Sheffield [due 2010]).

How to apply:

Interested candidates can make informal enquiries to the project supervisor. To apply for this studentship, please refer to the University of Sheffield website at http://www.shef.ac.uk/pgresearch/studentships/concordat.html or http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs
Funding notes:
This is a British Library Studentship.

Students are expected to register from October 2009 for a three year full-time MPhil/PhD degree. Funding includes UK/EU tuition fees, maintenance expenses of £13,290 and training costs.

Overseas students can apply but they will be required to pay the difference in tuition fees.

Chinese Subgroup & Phonology: PhD Student, University of Kansas, USA

Institution/Organization: University of Kansas Department: Linguistics
Web Address: http://www.linguistics.ku.edu/

Level: PhD
Duties: Research
Specialty Areas: Phonetics; Phonology
Chinese Subgroup

Research Assistantship in Tonal Phonology of Chinese

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Kansas invites applications for a MA/PhD level Research Assistant beginning August 2009 on the tonalmphonology of Chinese.

The patterns of tone sandhi in Chinese dialects can be extremely intricate, and many mysteries remain unsolved as to how speakers internalize these patterns. The RA will participate in a project funded by the US National Science Foundation that investigates the productivity of tone sandhi patterns in various Chinese dialects using the wug test paradigm. The goals are to understand thefactors that influence the productivity of sandhi patterns--articulatoryconstraints, perceptual distinctiveness, lexical frequencies, and phonological
opacity of the patterns are some potential candidates--and to formally model these factors in phonological grammar. The RA is expected to fully participatein all aspects of the project, including literature review, experimental design, data collection and analyses, and presentation of the results at conferences and
in manuscripts.

The RA position is contingent upon being admitted to the MA or PhD program in Linguistics at the University of Kansas. The position provides a monthly stipend of $1,440 including the summer and full waiver of tuition and fees for two  years. There will also be opportunities for other teaching and research assistantships and fellowships for the remaining years of the successful applicant's graduate studies.

The applicant should have a strong background in phonology, phonetics, and native or near-native abilities in one or more Chinese dialects. Familiaritywith Wu dialects of Chinese such as Shanghai is particularly welcome.

Interested parties should email Dr. Jie Zhang by May 20, 2009 for detailed information on how to apply for the position and for graduate studies in Linguistics at KU. Please summarize your relevant experience and research interests in your initial email.

Application Deadline: 01-Oct-2009

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Dr. Jie Zhang
Department of Linguistics, University of Kansas
1541 Lilac Lane, Blake Hall, Rm. 427
Lawrence KS 66044

Contact Information:  Dr. Jie Zhang
[email protected]

Central Scholarship Bureau for Maryland Students

Description: CSB provides interest-free, noncompetitive, "last-resort" loans to post-secondary students attending undergraduate, graduate or vocational school. The loans are (per year): $2500 for freshmen, $3000 for sophomores/juniors and $3500 for seniors. Graduate students can be offered up to $5000 a year.

Attention: Scholarships and Grants: New Opportunities for Maryland Students!

Central Scholarship Bureau has added new grant and scholarship programs! In addition to the interest-free loan program, we now offer 17 grant and scholarship opportunities for the 2007-2008 school year. Below you'll find a listing of our grant and scholarship programs.

*Remember, any student who submits a complete CSB application package by the deadline of May 31, 2007, can be considered for any and all of these programs for which they meet the criteria, as well as for our interest-free loans.*

  • TEACHERS - The Straus Foundation Grants for Teachers, The Kassap Family Scholarship Fund for Teachers, The BHD Endowed Scholarship Fund for Teachers
  • FOR JEWISH STUDENTS - The Lessans Family Scholarship
  • CSB ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIPS - (details listed on main page) Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Baltimore City College, Woodlawn High School, Forest Park High School, Innovation High Schools
  • FOR STUDENTS ENTERING MEDICAL/NURSING PROFESSIONS - Chesapeake Urology Associates Scholarship, The Ellen R. Clayton Scholarship for Nursing Students
  • FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY - The Shoe City-WB54/WB50 Scholarship
  • FOR THE ARTS - The Leon Fleisher Scholarship Fund, The William G. Baker Scholarship Fund
  • COUNTY-BASED GRANTS - The Howard County General Hospital Scholarship(for Howard County residents), The Central Scholarship Bureau Harford County Town of Aberdeen Scholarship
Anyone who:
  • has established residency within Baltimore City or Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford or Howard Counties for at least a year before entering a post-secondary program;
  • is a student in good academic standing, and planning to take a minimum of nine credits a semester from any accredited institution;
  • Meets CSB income guidelines, i.e. family adjusted gross income of less than $75000 plus $10000 for each additional dependent child in a post-secondary program;
  • Has applied for all available government and school financial aid; and
  • Has a "last-resort" financial need that can be met within CSB guidelines.No application deadline for loans.
URL: http://www.centralsb.org


Video (KiSwahili gospel): Ahadi Zake by Marion Shako

Many thanks to my friend Peter M for this video!
Very uplifting! Kinds of songs I love to listen to. Good Sunday!

Up to 40 full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) has announced up to 40 full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships are available on a first-in-first served basis to new domestic PhD students. Preference may be given to students seeking to study with one of Macquarie University's Concentrations of Research Excellence (CORE).

Eliigibility Criteria:
Australian/New Zealand Citizen or Australian Permanent resident
Eligible for and not previously enrolled in a HDR degree at Macquarie University.
Applicants should have completed an Australian Bachelor degree with first class honours in a relevant discipline or equivalent research qualifications, such as a Masters degree with substantial thesis component, and meet the University's minimum English requirements.
Rated 3 or above on the Macquarie University rating scale.

Award Entitlements:
MQRES stipend is currently $20,427 p.a. tax exempt (2009). Tenure is a maximum 3.5 years full-time, subject to satisfactory progress.
Relocation and Thesis allowances (details and conditions as per the scholarships website).
Additional support for project costs and conference travel will also be available from the Department or Faculty.

Eligible applications missing not receiving an award in this round will be included in the 2010 Australian Postgraduate Award

Round closing on 31 October 2009.

Application forms (see below) and conditions for awards are available from the Higher Degree Research Office, telephone +61-2-9850 7987, email: [email protected].

Some suggestions for projects follow. Applicants should clearly note the project they are interested in on the front of their application form, for example, 40MQRES Project #1. Further information regarding these projects may be obtained by contacting the supervisor listed in conjunction with the project description. Alternatively you may outline your own project.

Project 1. PhD Scholarship in Post-copulatory Sexual Selection

The Department of Brain, Behaviour & Evolution (BBE) are offering PhD study on Post-copulatory Sexual Selection of tephritid fruit flies. The project would be carried out in the Behavioural Biology Research Group under the supervision of A/Prof Phil Taylor (http://galliform.bhs.mq.edu.au/~phil/).

The overall theme is to explore factors influencing reproductive decisions and success of Queensland fruit flies (Bactrocera tryoni; Tephritidae) (‘Q-flies’), and the consequences of such decisions for both sexes. Within this overall theme, there is ample scope to tailor the project toward specific research interests of the student. For example, microsatellite DNA might be used to assess multiple paternity in wild or lab populations, and to identify male traits associated with paternity advantages. Spatial separation of each male’s sperm in the female storage organs and differential usage of ejaculates from different males might also be investigated. Strategic variation in sperm storage by females or ejaculate size of males might also be considered. The project may be purely curiosity driven, or may instead be more closely aligned to the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) used to manage these flies. These are just examples of the type of question that might be addressed in this system. We have been working on Q-fly mating and reproduction for several years now (see publications on the website) and have already resolved most technical issues. This previous work provides an excellent platform for a motivated and imaginative student. Ample facilities and resources are available to support a wide diversity of projects.

Depending on the preferred project direction, experience in the following areas would be valuable: Behavioural Ecology, Entomology, Ecology, Animal Behaviour, Molecular Genetics, Quantitative Genetics, Histology or Physiology. Demonstrated experience in the conduct of laboratory or field experiments, a working understanding of hypothesis testing and statistics, and evidence of research capability through publications or presentations at scientific meetings, would be an advantage.

Further information regarding this project may be obtained by contacting the supervisor A/Prof Phil Taylor; email: [email protected].

Project 2. PhD Scholarship in Diamond Raman Lasers

The Department of Physics are offering a project in the engineering of advanced lasers sources. The successful candidate will undertake PhD research in the development of long-wave infrared laser sources based on synthetic diamond.

The development of practical and powerful long-wave infrared lasers (in the region > 5 microns) has been a long-standing challenge in many areas of technology and applied science. Such lasers are able to interact uniquely with biological tissue and the atmosphere and thus are of intense interest for addressing important challenges in medicine and environmental sensing. This project aims to utilize the outstanding optical and thermal properties of single-crystal diamond to create infrared lasers with performance required in applications. The skills gained in this project include all aspects of solid-state laser design and modeling, long wave infrared physics, as well as gain expertise in laser waveguide microfabrication and a knowledge of downstream applications.

Applicants should have completed equivalent research qualifications to an Australian undergraduate degree with first class honours in a relevant discipline (Physics, Opto-electronics, Engineering), such as a Masters degree with substantial thesis component. Early career professionals interested in returning to higher degree studies are also encouraged to apply.

Further information regarding this project, may be obtained by contacting the supervisor: Dr Richard Mildren, telephone: +61-2-9850-8965, email: [email protected]. You can find out more about Dr Mildren's research at www.ics.mq.edu.au/~rmildren.

Project 3. Biomimetic Synthesis of Marine Alkaloids

The Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Sciences are offering a PhD project led by A/Professor Peter Karuso, internationally recognised for his research into the chemical biology of natural products. This project is being conducted in conjunction with Trinity Bioactives, a New Zealand company dedicated to the development and evaluation of novel natural products.

The overall aim of this research program is to use the structures of marine natural products to design biomimetic syntheses (retrosynthetic analysis based on biogenesis and biosynthesis) and then to develop these new synthetic methods into reactions suitable for Diversity Orientated Synthesis (DOS). This project builds on our biomimetic synthesis of ageladine A to construct small focussed libraries of analogues for biological screening and to develop the key Pictet-Spengler reaction of 2-aminohistamines. Suitable applicants would have first class Honours or an MSc in Organic Chemistry.

Further information on the project may be obtained by contacting AProf Peter Karuso; e-mail: [email protected]

Project 4: Reverse Chemical Proteomics of Marine Natural Products

The Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Sciences are offering a PhD project led by A/Professor Peter Karuso, internationally recognised for his research into the chemical biology of natural products. This project is being conducted in conjunction with AProf Mark Molloy, Australian Proteome Analysis Facility (APAF).

Proteomics is a field invented at Macquarie University and was the home of the world’s first dedicated proteomics facility (APAF). To stay at the forefront of proteomics technologies, we are pioneering the field of reverse chemical proteomics and developing new tools for forward chemical proteomics. The overall aim of this research program is to synthesise or derivatise marine natural products as chemical probes for affinity capture of their cellular protein partners. Suitable applicants would have first class Honours or an MSc in Organic Chemistry. A minor or experience in biochemistry, genomics, mass spectrometry or phage display would be an advantage.

Further information on the project may be obtained by contacting AProf Peter Karuso; e-mail: [email protected]

Project 5. Improving Storytelling in Computer Games

The Department of Computing is offering a PhD project in the area of computer games. The aim of this project is to investigate how digital interactive storytelling can be improved by incorporating mechanisms and heuristics from other forms of interactive storytelling . Interactive digital entertainment, such as computer games, allow users to participate in the creation of the events and stories in the virtual world. The promise is that each user will have an individual and unique experience. However, inherent in all forms of interactive storytelling is the problem of reconciling the freedom of the user and the requirement for a pre-authored plot that has enough detail and coherence to be programmable.

The research will involve a detailed investigation of the methods used by humans in managing non-digital interactive storytelling. Empirical experiments will examine how plots are developed and modified during interaction, how unexpected user actions are handled and how conflicts between storyteller and user intentions are resolved. From the results of these experiments will be derived models that allow these methods to be incorporated in software. Depending on the successful applicant.s interest the final stage of the project would be a proof of concept software system, further experiments extending the range and scope of the models or a consideration of the implications of the results in terms of interactive digital media theory.

Applicants must demonstrate equivalent research qualifications or experience equivalent to an Australian first class Honours degree in one or more of the following areas: Computer Science, Information technology, Psychology, Media Studies. A knowledge of statistics and/or empirical research methods would be an advantage.

Further information regarding this project may be obtained by contacting the supervisor Dr. Michael Hitchens; telephone: +61-2- 9850 9538, e-mail:[email protected]

Project 6. Security and Virtualisation

The Department of Computing are offering a PhD project in security and virtualisation. The dramatic resurgence in virtualisation technology and recent developments in trusted computing technology are creating the need for a new approach that combines these technologies to design novel secure virtualised systems. This research will conduct a detailed investigation of secure virtualised systems, develop a new policy based trust enhanced security model enabling dynamic sharing of resources in distributed virtualised environments, design an integrated security and trust management architecture, and demonstrate their effectiveness by developing a secure distributed virtualised Grid computing application scenarios.
Applicants must must demonstrate equivalent research qualifications or experience to an Australian First Class Honours degree in Computer Science or Software or Systems Engineering as well as evidence of their strong programming skills.

Further information regarding this project may be obtained by contacting the supervisor Professor Vijay Varadharajan; telephone: +61 2 98509534, email: [email protected].

Project 7. Trust Management in Service Oriented Architectures

The Department of Computing are offering a PhD project on trust management in service oriented architectures. Trust management in service oriented architectures is becoming increasingly significant in distributed enterprise architectures and applications. This project will develop a trust model and trust management architecture for web services based service oriented architectures. It will design a trust management layer for web services and develop algorithms for trust evaluation and analysis. Then it will investigate the application of the proposed trust management architecture in securing distributed web services and applications over the Internet.

Applicants must demonstrate equivalent research qualifications or experience to an Australian First Class Honours degree in Computer Science or Software or Systems Engineering as well as evidence of their strong programming skills.

Further information regarding this project may be obtained by contacting the supervisor Professor Vijay Varadharajan; telephone: +61 2 98509534, email: [email protected].
Project 8. WIreless Research

The Department of Electronics' Wireless Communications and Networking Laboratory conducts world-class research into next generation wireless technologies. The Research Laboratory has close collaboration links with international institutions and industry around the world. The Laboratory offers PhD research opportunities in exciting new areas of wireless research including cognitive radio networks, wireless body area networks for medical applications, personal area networks, wireless sensor networks, wireless mesh networks and next generation mobile communications. Engineering graduates who would like to shape the future of wireless communications are encouraged to apply. As part of your research activities you will frequently interact with other researchers in the world with opportunities for extended research visits to other premier institutions. In addition to the standard MQRES scholarships, additional industry-based scholarship top-ups are also available to successful applicants.

For more information regarding projects in these areas may be obtained by contacting Prof. Eryk Dutkiewicz, email:[email protected].

Project 9. Climatic Adaptation of Rice in Tropical Australia

The Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University is offering a PhD project led by Associate Professor Brian Atwell. The aim of the project is to investigate how rice and its wild relatives endemic to tropical regions of Australia have adapted to extreme climatic conditions, particularly of temperature and rainfall. The goal is to identify physiological mechanisms of abiotic stress tolerance and describe the genes and gene products that underpin stress tolerance. The broad range of genetic material we have available from remote northern Australia and Asia will provide valuable genetic tools in this study.
Depending on the successful applicant’s interest, the PhD project could either focus on physiology and glasshouse studies in the university’s climate change facility, or intensive cell and molecular biology that would entail confocal microscopy, proteomics (Australian Proteome Analysis Facility) and genomics. The key processes of interest are drought and heat tolerance but this project would extend existing postgraduate studies to deal with their interaction. Collaborative studies with other universities such as Sydney, Western Sydney and Western Australia would be included in the project.
Applicants must demonstrate equivalent research qualifications or experience to an Australian First Class Honours degree in one of more of the following areas: plant physiology, biochemistry or cell and molecular biology.

Further information regarding this project may be obtained by contacting the supervisor Associate Professor Brian Atwell; telephone: +61-2- 9850 8224, e-mail: [email protected].

Alternatively, create your own project proposal. Contact a Faculty for advice on supervision and discuss your ideas with potential supervisors.

Applications should be forwarded to:

The Scholarship Officer
The Research Hub
Level 3, C5C East
Macquarie University NSW 2109

Prof. Haroub Othman is no more [update]

There are unconfirmed reports out there saying that Prof. Haroub Othman of the University of Dar-Es-Salaam has passed away a few moments ago in Zanzibar. Prof. Othman was in Zanzibar launching his new book.
The person who sen it in, in one e-group says:
I’m shocked, a friend and a parent for me, and this is a report from a friend of mine via MSN, we shall know as day unfolds, apparently had cardiac arrest.
Mroki Mroki, a Tanzania blogger based in Dar es Salaam posts in Kiswahili in his blog that Prof. Othman was in Zanzibar attending the Dhow Festival he met his death while sleeping.
Mhadhiri wa Chuo Kikuu cha Dar es salaam, Prof Haroub Othman (pichani) amefariki dunia alfajiri ya leo katika Kisiwa cha Unguja mjini Zanzibar. Habari zilizoifikia blog hii zinasema Prof. Othman alifariki akiwa usingizini na usiku alikuwa katika tamasha la Majahazi lililoanza jana visiwani humo.
[update starts here]
Issa Michuzi, Dar es Salaam based blogger confirms the death of Professor Haroub Othman through his son, Tahir Haroub Othman
It is expected that Professor Othman will be laid to rest in Unguja, Zanzibar (not sure of date nor time for burial).

This blog sends condolences to the immediate family of the late Professor Haroub Othman, all Tanzanians and the rest of the world who knew him, especially for his keen contribution to socio-political and academic matters.

You provided me with so much insight to many socio-political world issues. I would listen to you or read any of your writings in order to gain understanding on the various national and international social-political situations. Your analysis always taught me something I didn't knew, giving a perspective that I never thought abut. I have rally missed a great guide in this part of life. I will always remember you through your work. My prayers are with you. You will be remembered! May your soul find a rest in eternal peace.
Bismillah Rahmani Rahim. RABANATIL FILDUNIA HASANATAN, Amin. Wafilakhera hasananatan. Amin. Wakiadhab, naal. Amin. Wakina adahb lakbul. Amin.
Innalillah wainna ilahi rajuun (Hakika kwake Mola tumetoka na kwake yeye ndiko tutarejea).
Walhamdulilahi Rabil Aramin!

Msiba uko nyumbani kwake sehemu za Michenzani eneo la Baraste, jumba namba 4 kwenye kona ya Mbonde Telecom (kibanda cha kupigia simu).
Marehemu atazikwa Unguja kesho siku ya Jumatatu, Juni 29 mwaka wa 2009 katika eneo la Kilimani, Zanzibar. Kwa mujibu wa mdogo wa marehemu, Ali Miraji Othman, familia imekubali kuwa hiki kilikuwa ni kifo cha kawaida, kwa hivyo haitafanya uchunguzi wowote ule.

Senior Technical Officer, FHI - Congo DRC

Organization(s): Family Health International (FHI)
Country/Region: Congo (DROC)
Apply by: 15 August 2009
Please use company website to apply https://recruiting.fhi.org

Family Health International (FHI) is dedicated to improving lives, knowledge, and understanding worldwide through a highly diversified program of research, education, and services in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment, reproductive health, and infectious diseases. We are seeking qualified candidates for the following position: Position: Senior Technical Officer, SGBV (DR Congo)

Position Description:Provide technical leadership by designing and developing innovative technical strategies and tools in SGBV and providing technical assistance to the SGBV project in the country. Serves as primary lead for project implementation. Provide overall technical direction and leadership for SGBV at all levels for region; Participate in resource development activities.

Minimum Requirements:Master's degree or background in social work, psychology, or social assistance with at least 5 years of experience managing SGBV programs in a developing country. Preferred previous experience in the DRC; Experience in promoting training and capacity building for local organizations in service delivery. Frech language skills required. * Offer is contingent upon awarded proposal.

Requisition Number: IN0948
FHI has a competitive compensation package. Interested candidates may register online through FHI's Global Staffing Database at https://recruiting.fhi.org/ or through the International Employment section at http://www.fhi.org/. Please submit CV/resume and cover letter including salary requirements. Please specify source in your application. AA/EOE/M/F/V/D

Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship

The PhD Scholarship Programme recognises and supports exceptional students who show the potential to make an outstanding contribution to science and computing. This programme supports PhD students in computing and those working at the intersection of computing and the sciences.
Only PhD supervisors should apply. If their project is selected, the supervisor has up to a year to find the best possible student for the project. Joint applications by two supervisors from different disciplines are especially encouraged.


  • Application deadline: 16 September 2009
  • Notification of results: December 2009 
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Eligibility Criteria

We usually consider only one application per university department or per laboratory of a national research institution.
Only applications from countries in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East will be considered. Some additional criteria apply in some of these countries (see Country-Specific Application Guidelines below).
Only applications in research areas relatively close to the ones researchers at Microsoft Research in Cambridge focus on will be considered. These areas are:
Unless otherwise specified, applications may only be submitted through the online application tool.
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Application Process

Applications are accepted in English and in electronic form only through the online application tool. After you create an application in the online application system, you can modify it at any time before the application deadline.
Applications are accepted only through a student’s institution, such as from the PhD supervisor or a departmental secretary. We do not accept applications from students directly.
  • Applications should contain the following:
    • An online Web form that includes contact details of supervisor(s) and possible reviewers.
      Ideally, one of the suggested reviewers should be from Microsoft Research. If no suitable Microsoft researcher can be identified, it may mean that the proposed research project is too far from our areas of interest.
    • A project proposal of maximum four (4) A4 pages in 10-point font, including references.
      Accepted formats: plain text or Microsoft Office Word only.
  • The research project proposal should address the following points:
    • Evidence that the research supervisor would be suitable to supervise of a PhD student for the proposed research project.
      This may include a short list of recent and relevant publications of the supervisor.
    • Evidence that the department or laboratory offers a suitable environment for research in the proposed area.
    • Basis for the research (motivations and brief state-of-the-art, including key references).
    • Hypothesis under investigation and main aims.
    • Research strategy with significant milestones if identified.
    • Methods of research (for example, main techniques, experiments, and trials).
    • Details of any collaboration with other departments/research bodies.
    • Expected outcomes (for example, software tools).
Applications must be complete and received by the announced deadline to be considered. Proposals received after this deadline will not be considered.
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Country-Specific Application Guidelines

In Germany, some PhD scholarships are offered to some students of the International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science and the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. For other institutions, please follow the instructions on this page.
United Kingdom
In the United Kingdom, we are able to offer co-funding with the UK Research Councils through the Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards (DHPA). Interested applicants simply need to tick the appropriate box on the application form. The DHPA FAQ explains the benefits of this programme.
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Selection Process

Applications are on a competitive basis and we anticipate a high level of demand for scholarships (the average selection rate has been around 20 percent over the last 5 years). Following receipt of such applications, each is carefully reviewed by researchers from universities and from Microsoft Research and the best proposals are selected. For reference, you may consult the evaluation form sent to reviewers.

After a ranking based on the ‘marks’ of the reviewers (when the number of reviews permit it), a shortlist of applications is drawn and are then ranked manually per research area by Microsoft Researchers using all the information provided to us by the expert reviewers as well as additional information such as the relevance of the research to our particular interests, the interest of one of our researchers to get involved in the project, and so on. The rankings from each research areas are then combined, trying to keep a good balance between each area.

Decisions are made solely at the discretion of Microsoft Research and all decisions are final.
Supervisors have up to one year (from the date of notification) to propose the best and most suitable student possible to carry out the proposed research project.

The student, who can be of any nationality, should not have started his or her PhD before September 2009.
After a student is identified, we request a CV and two strong letters of recommendation (in English and preferably not from the supervisor) from professors familiar with the student’s work and we may decide to interview the student by telephone.

The terms of the agreement between the institution of the successful applicant and Microsoft Research have been developed over the course of the last few years with input from numerous research organisations around Europe to ensure that they are appropriate and equitable.

See: Terms and conditions of the sponsorship

Info source: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/collaboration/global/apply-europe.aspx 

Avoid malicious sites. Check the validity of a shortened link via Untiny

A number of times, we have received emails with shortened URLs which directs us to another page in order to read the rest of the story. The question that most of us ask ourselves is, 'what if this link is not real?' Just a day a go I published a  post about malicious websites that are using short urls to direct people to read a story about Michaele Jackson's last moment in the hospital, and it turned out that, some of these sites were fake and pose threats that could compromise computers. Well, that can be a thing of the past becase, Untiny (beta) have come up with a solution where one can paste their 'suspicious' shortened link in order to see the exact destination. Example: Try http://tiny.pl/htk which is a tiny URL for http://www.google.com

So, the next time you want to check a the validity of a link, go to http://www.untiny.me and check what it is pointing you to.

Unfortunately, untiny is not a proxy breaker, which means, if the original URL is blocked in your country, untiny can not unblock to reveal the final destination.

Another tip. Another save. Happy surfing!

Currently, Untiny supports 108 tiny services which are listed here:
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Two PhD Studentships - The Carbon Footprint of UK Cities

Department of Civil and Building Engineering
Applications are invited for two 3 1/2 year PhD studentships within the Department of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University. The research will be part of the EPRSC funded 4M project: Modelling, measurement, mapping and management: an evidence based methodology for understanding and shrinking the urban carbon footprint. The project is a collaboration between Loughborough, Sheffield, Newcastle, and Leeds Universities and investigates the carbon emissions from travel and buildings, and the carbon sequestration potential of green spaces. The city of Leicester is the case-study area.

The two studentships will investigate the willingness of householders to embark on actions to reduce their carbon emissions and the reduction in emissions that district, and other community energy schemes, might yield. The city wide face-to-face survey of households offers numerous other opportunities for exciting studies based on primary data collection and analysis.

Applicants should have a genuine interest in energy and climate change, a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in either a relevant engineering/science or social science field and good written and verbal communication skills. Fees at the UK/EU rate are offered together with a tax free stipend of, initially, £12,940 for 3 1/2 years.

For informal discussions, please contact Dr Steven Firth by email [email protected] or on 01509 228546 or Prof. Kevin Lomas [email protected].

Applications can be accessed on line at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/prospectus/pg/essential/apply/index.htm

Closing date: 10th July 2009.

Further information can be obtained from:
Ms Helen Newbold
Research Administrator
Department of Civil and Building Engineering
Loughborough University

E-mail: [email protected]

PhD scholarship - Australian Postgraduate Award Industry (APAI)

Research Scholarships

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To assit BEE Research postgraduate students in their studies, BEE offers scholarships that provide support and for commencing and continuing students. International and Research Students Centre also offer scholarships which can be found on the links provided at the bottom of this page.

BEE Out of Round
A number of ‘Out of Round’ Scholarships are available and are offered all year round on an ad hoc basis to all commencing and continuing higher research degree students. Students need to be nominated by their supervisors AND FACULTY in order to be considered for an ‘Out of Round’ Scholarship.

BEE Living Allowances
The Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering offers a number of Living Allowance Scholarship to International Higher Degree Research Students. In 2009 International students who have been offered a BEE Living Allowance will also be entitled to receive a Fee Waiver. For further information see the guidelines below.

BEE Indigenous Focused PhD Scholarship $20,427 pa tax free

The Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering is seeking either an identified Indigenous student wishing to undertake a research project in the area of Built Environment and Engineering or a non-Indigenous student whose research project focuses on Indigenous Issues in relation to Built Environment and Engineering.

The successful applicant can expect to receive a tax free stipend of $20,427 pa. For further information contact David Kabelele, the Scholarships Officer, on:
Phone: +61 7 3138 8033
Email: [email protected]

BEE Top-Up Awards
The Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering offers Top-Up Awards to the best applicants in the built environment and engineering disciplines who are offered an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or equivalent and who have an undergraduate course GPA of 6 or above.

The Faculty will approve extension only under very special circumstances.

The aim of this scholarship is to support:
Preparation and submission of refereed publications by domestic and International Postgraduate Research Students after the submission of their thesis for external examination. This scholarship will be tax exempt for students. This scholarship will be awarded based on the nomination of the principal supervisor with 50% funding provided by the supervisor or theme and the remaining 50% funding will be provided by the University. Funding will support up to a three month period of full-time writing.

This award is available to Australian Citizens and permanent residents and International students.

Refereed Publication Write-Up Scholarship

Applicant must:
  • Have recently submitted for external examination, or completed a Masters by Engineering/ Masters of Applied Science (Research)/ Doctor of Philosophy; and
  • Provide a project plan outlining the title of the article, publication to be targeted and a timeline featuring milestones to be met in preparing the article.
  • The Chair of the BEE Faculty requires that the applicant will write a journal paper which will be published in scholarly journals
  • Be able to write full-time, or demonstrate that they can only write part-time due to heavy care commitments or a medical condition precluding full-time writing. International student visa conditions do not normally allow for part-time candidature.
Student Feedback
Domestic PhD Student within the Medical Engineering theme

Having spent more than a year working in Canada, I was keen to pursue a PhD that allowed me to work in a field I love, with the international opportunities it brings. I applied for every scholarship imaginable, which was a little bit of work, but in the end so rewarding. In fact, some of the applications forced me to really think about the topic I was embarking on, and so made the commencement a fairly easy transition. With the award of my scholarships(QUT APA and a top up from Smart Futures), I essentially have a payed research job, with travel opportunities, terrific support, flexibility, and as an added bonus, I receive a great degree at the end of three years.

Scholarship Officer

Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Phone: +61 7 3138 8033
Email: [email protected]

Related Faculty Scholarships
Centre for Subtropical Design 2009 Scholarships

CSD scholarships are available for postgraduate student at QUT in 2008 on the following themes:
typologies for compact urbanisation in warm climates, integrating biophysical concerns (passive climatic design which minimises waste, energy use and water use) with strategies that maintain or strengthen subtropical character and identity.
the relationship between Urban Density, Climate, and Rooftop Gardens/Green walls in Brisbane. Tackle global environmental issues in a way not yet attempted in Australia. So far studies of the benefits of rooftop greening have been carried out under social and climatic conditions different from those in Australia. Test overseas conclusions in the Australian context, by research and practical demonstration.

Eligibility: Available to students undertaking a full time PhD or Masters research project.

Amount: $15,000 for one year (applicant may re-apply in subsequent years)

Contact: Potential applicants should email their expression of interest, full contact details and a short description of their research project. email us.

APAI Scholarships
Applications are invited from appropriately qualified individuals for one of the four Australian Research Council (ARC) funded Australian Postgraduate Award Industry (APAI) PhD Scholarships in a landmark project.

Applications are invited from appropriately qualified individuals for one of the four Australian Research Council (ARC) funded Australian Postgraduate Award Industry (APAI) PhD Scholarships in the Australian Infrastructure Procurement Reform project.. Further information is available below.

Please refer the following link for further information: http://www.bee.qut.edu.au/study/scholarships/research.jsp

See Also University Scholarships:
  1. Domestic
  2. International