PhD Student Position in Theoretical Physics at Integrated Science Lab (IceLab), Umeå University, Sweden

PhD Student Position in Theoretical Physics at Integrated Science Lab (IceLab), Umeå University, Sweden

Umeå University - with its 29,000 students and over 4,000 employees - is an organisation in constant change and development. Umeå Universityconducts groundbreaking research within several areas - several in which we are among the best in the world - within others regarded as the leaders in Sweden. We are one of Sweden’s largest providers of education and offer a broad and attractive range of courses and programmes. Our campus constitutes an inspiring environment for everyone that studies and works here. We wish to co-operate with companies and organisations throughout the Umeå region and all over the world.

PhD Student Position in Theoretical Physics at Integrated Science Lab (IceLab)
The Department of Physics at Umeå University has a staff of approximately 90 people, including 12 professors, 28 researchers/teachers with a PhD degree, approximately 35 PhD students, a technical/administrative staff of about ten, and several individuals in temporary employment positions such as post docs. The department does active research in the areas of interdisciplinary physics of complex systems, optical physics, condensed matter physics, plasma and space physics, and theoretical physics.

We are looking for an exceptional PhD student to join our interdisciplinary group at the newly started Integrated Science Lab, where we work on solving problems of the life sciences using tools from physics, mathematics, and computer science. Hosted by the Department of Physics at Umeå University, this is a full-time position over a period of four years, during which an opportunity for part-time teaching may be offered. The expected start date is September 1, 2009.

The PhD student will contribute to the ongoing project “Mapping and modelling of information flow in living systems,” which seeks to answer the question: How do information, communication, and structure co-evolve in living systems? We are interested in, for example, the interactions between bacteria and their environments on an evolutionary timescale, the effects human interactions have on communication and the spreading of diseases across social networks, and how these structures change over time. To approach these problems, we work with many different techniques. For example, to comprehend the flow of information through the complex structure of living systems, we develop information-theoretic clustering tools. To better understand how the structure affects communication conditions and, vice versa, how ongoing communication affects the structure, we take a modelling approach and simulate the different systems. To connect our theory to real-life observations and exchange knowledge with experts outside our own field, we collaborate with physicists, biologists, and sociologists both nationally and internationally.

For this project, the PhD student is expected to do analytical and computational work and develop models and tools to study the role of information in living systems. The successful candidate should have excellent programming skills and experience in C, C++, Java, Matlab, Perl, and/or Python. Moreover, the candidate should have a strong record in theoretical physics and/or computer science.

Prerequisites include either (i) 240 ECTS credits (swe. Högskolepoäng) of higher education studies of which 60 should be on an advanced level (Master level) in physics or similar relevant field, or (ii) 120 Swedish (old) credits (swe. Poäng; corresponding to 180 ECTS credits) of highereducation studies if they were taken before July 1, 2007 or equivalent competence.

The application should include a description of past research accomplishments, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of references.

For further information, contact Martin Rosvall, [email protected], www.tp.umu.se/~rosvall, or Petter Holme, [email protected], www.tp.umu.se/~holme.

Union information is available from SACO, +46-(0)90-786 53 65, SECO civil, +46-(0)90-786 52 96, and ST, +46-(0)90-786 54 31.

Applications will be discarded or, if the applicant so wishes, returned two years after the position has been filled. Documents sent electronically should be in MS Word or PDF format. Documents sent by mail should be sent in three copies.

Your complete application, marked with reference number 313-564-09, should be sent to jobb[ at ]umu.se (state the reference number as subject) or to the Registrar, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden to arrive August 14, 2009 at the latest.

Closing date: August 14, 2009

Source: http://www8.umu.se/umu/aktuellt/arkiv/lediga_tjanster/313-564-09.html

Psychology Career Development Studentships 2009 - Univ. of Edinburgh, UK


Details of Studentship
A minimum of four Career Development Studentships are available offered by Psychology within the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Career Development Studentships are designed to provide students with teaching experience, training, and other career development opportunities. A stipend of £10,000 per annum will be provided in addition to tuition fees at the Home/EU level and additional programme costs of £600 per annum. The studentships will start in September 2009.


Research Topics

Applications are welcomed from candidates pursuing research in line with the following topics/research areas:


  • The Psychology of Individual Differences
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Visual Cognition
  • Psycholinguistics
  • History of Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
Eligibility

Candidates should have an academic background in Psychologin, holding (or expecting to hold by September 2009) a postgraduate Masters level qualification or equivalent and be eligible to apply for PhD level study at the University of Edinburgh. Students entering the second year of their PhD Psychology programme at the University of Edinburgh are also encouraged to apply.

Both International and Home/EU students are eligible to apply although please note that the tuition fees provided in the studentships are at Home/EU level only.


Application Procedure

Candidates are invited to apply through the University of Edinburgh online application system (EUCLID), please ensure that you note your intention to apply for this studentship under the funding secont of the application form. When you submit your application, please email [email protected] to indicate that you have done so.

Guidance on supporting documentation can be found on our Prospective Students webpage.


Apply online: PhD Psychology
(http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/finder/details.php?id=297


If you have already submitted an application for PhD Psychology and would like to be considered for these studentships, please email [email protected] to register your interest.

If you are a student entering the second year of the PhD Psychology programme in 2010 and would like to be considered for these studentships, please email a personal statement and supporting statement/reference from your principal supervisor to [email protected]

Deadline for application is Friday 10th July 2009


Selection Process

Short listed candidates will be invited to attend an interview at the University of Edinburgh.

Successful candidates will be informed by Friday 14th August 2009

The studentships will begin in September 2009.

Source: http://www.ppls.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate/CareerDevStudentship.html#Details

Photos: Father's Day in the cards

These are some of the nice and cool (but one) cards I found around (somewhere) about the Father's Day









Strategic Information Advisor - USAID/Tanzania

Title: Strategic Information Advisor
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Number: GHFP-09-142
Status: Open
Close Date: 7/13/2009
Global Health Fellows Program
Technical Advisor Level II: Strategic Information Advisor, USAID/Tanzania
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Assignment: Two-year fellowship
GHFP-09-142

The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) is a five year cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute (PHI) in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health, Management Systems International and Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. GHFP is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

The goal of GHFP is to improve the effectiveness of USAID Population, Health and Nutrition programs by developing and increasing capacity of health professionals in Washington, DC and overseas. This is accomplished through the recruitment, placement and support of junior, mid and senior level health professionals; a diversity initiative focused on providing internship and mentoring opportunities in international public health to underrepresented communities; and professional and organizational development activities to bolster USAID’s ability to maximize results and strengthen its leadership role in global health.

INTRODUCTION:
The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the largest commitment ever by a nation toward an international health initiative for a single disease. In this second five-year phase of PEPFAR, the US Government (USG) has committed a further $48 billion to build upon the successes achieved to date. PEPFAR aims to prevent 12 million new infections, treat 3 million people with antiretroviral drugs and provide care and support for 12 million people, including 5 million orphans and vulnerable children. Tanzania is one of PEPFAR’s 15 focus countries.

The Strategic Information Advisor (the Advisor) will provide high-quality technical assistance to the USG PEPFAR country team, technical working groups, implementing partners, and Government of Tanzania counterparts to ensure that the portfolio of program activities contributes to the national HIV/AIDS strategic goals and targets. The Advisor will generate accurate data analyses and reports to inform national policy, and to meet the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) reporting requirements. The Advisor will receive day-to-day direction and operational guidance from the PEPFAR/Tanzania Coordinator.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Strategic Information Advisor will:
  • Coordinate in-country program area and project assessments and evaluations across USG agencies and partners
  • Provide technical oversight for evaluation, study design, and implementation
  • Disseminate findings and identify areas for further study that will assist in PEPFAR and national programming
  • Participate in and provide technical assistance to the national monitoring and evaluation technical workgroup
  • Collect and report PEPFAR outcome and impact indicators
  • Liaise with international partners to ensure effective exchange of strategic information
  • Coordinate responses to Core Team and OGAC’s Technical Working Groups’ requests on strategic information, and communicate measurement results and indicators
  • Serve as the principal field counterpart to the Washington-based Strategic Information Advisor and lead development of country responses on strategic information queries from that Strategic Information Advisor, Core Team and OGAC
  • Assist the PEPFAR/Tanzania Coordinator to identify and communicate strategic information issues, challenges, and policy questions to the Government of Tanzania, US Department of State, and Country Team to solicit responses and action plan
  • Facilitate the work of the PEPFAR/Tanzania Strategic Information Interagency Technical Team and the in-country monitoring and evaluation contractor for the timely and accurate collection and reporting of PEPFAR monitoring, outcome and impact indicators
  • Provide technical input and advice to create and update Tanzania strategic information guidelines, standards, and manuals to ensure consistency with the latest PEPFAR strategic information guidance
  • Ensure PEPFAR data from implementing partners meet benchmark data quality standards
  • Coordinate with programmatic strategic units and their strategic information focal people to ensure timely preparation of the semi-annual and annual reports
  • Ensure PEPFAR data analysis and output are accomplished in time
  • Prepare presentations and reports for stakeholders including OGAC, the Government of Tanzania, implementing partners, and donors
  • Oversee USG technical support to national data systems
  • Review strategic plans, and coordinate the development of frameworks and strategies to assist national priorities and planning
  • Provide guidance to the PEPFAR Coordinator on human and financial resource needs for provision of strategic information technical assistance to the USG PEPFAR team, implementing partners and national workgroups
  • Assist USG agencies, technical work groups and partners with data analysis and preparation of abstracts and presentations for the PEPFAR annual conference, in-country meetings and international conferences
  • Perform related duties as necessary
REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE:
  • Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, social sciences, or related disciplines
  • Minimum five years’ work experience in managing public health/social sector programs
  • Two years’ HIV/AIDS monitoring and evaluation and program management experience, especially within a developing countries or resource-poor context
  • Demonstrated knowledge of data management processes, tools, web-based database systems for large scale health program or HIV/AIDS activities
  • Extensive knowledge of public health principles, concepts, methods and techniques
  • Experience working closely with high level government and other counterparts
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal, facilitation and team building skills
  • Ability to analyze data and produce reports using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Ability to communicate, influence and convince verbally and in writing
  • Ability to obtain medical clearance to live and work in Tanzania
  • US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency required
SALARY AND BENEFITS:
Starting salary commensurate with experience and salary history. The Public Health Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including professional development programs.

Application forms and details available at: https://www.ghfp.net/recruitment/index.fsp?FUNC=1&PID=31571

16 Erasmus-Mundus Studentships (for 8 EU and 8 non-EU students) - Masters level, Scotland, UK

Computer Vision and Robotics

Type / Role: Masters
Salaries: up to £14,999
Location: Scotland

Applications are currently being considered for 16 fully funded scholarships (fees and stipend for 8 EU and 8 non-EU students) on the prestigious 2-year Erasmus-Mundus European Masters programme on Computer Vision and Robotics (VIBOT) between Heriot Watt University (UK), the Universite de Bourgogne (France) and the Universitat de Girona (Spain).

VIBOT is one of the European Union`s flagship Erasmus-Mundus courses. The key aim of VIBOT is to produce the next generation of leading engineering researchers to solve important future challenges in a broad range of engineering applications. Starting from a comprehensive coverage of the prerequisites in the field of digital imagery and basic image processing, the students will cover at specialized level all subjects of artificial vision applied to robotics, medical imagery and 3D vision.

This Masters programme will provide an unrivalled knowledge in computer vision and robotics applied to industrial problems and medical imagery. Moreover, the students will have also acquired a mobility, a broadmindedness and the language skills which constitute, in an age of globalization, a major asset for finding research work either in a public laboratory or in a private company.

VIBOT encompasses a broad spectrum of scientific and engineering research from fundamental theoretical results to applied engineering solutions that have strong industrial relevance. Individuals within the VIBOT research network are leading authorities on areas ranging from computer vision, autonomous vehicles, statistical signal processing, robotics and image processing.

The Masters candidates will experience research cultures in three different European countries and will be able to draw on the expertise from leading experts in different disciplines and different nationalities. The students spend the first semester in Scotland, the second in Spain and the third in France. The fourth semester is reserved for the 5-month Masters research project at one of the host universities or in industry.

Selection Criteria
Admission to VIBOT is highly competitive and based on academic excellence. Applicants should have a minimum of a BSc degree in computer science, electrical engineering, physics or mathematics. The VIBOT research programme is intended for top level non-EU and EU students with a fluent knowledge in spoken and written English (TOEFL 550). Applicants are expected to provide a statement of their research interests and motivation.

Further information and application procedure can be found at:
http://vision.u-bourgogne.fr/masters/vibot/
Closing date: 15th January 2010

Further Details: http://www.hw.ac.uk/hr/v_index.php

Congratulations to Mwidimi Ndosi

Congratulations brother Ndosi for winning the award and for making me (and possibly many other Tanzanian well wishers) happy and proud for your achievement.
You are raising the flag up high and, positively.
Your success should put us on the go, ready to do more for ourselves and our society.
Congratulations once again!

Mr. Ndosi's website can be accessed here: http://researchdoses.net
RCN Silver Medal Award winner Mwidimi Ndosi receiving the award from Mike Patnick of ARC
The RCN Silver Medal Award goes to...
Congratulations to Mwidimi Ndosi from Leeds on being awarded the RCN Silver Medal at the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) Annual Conference in May 2009 for his work on validation of the Educational Needs Assessment Tool (ENAT). This tool enables patients to identify their educational needs more effectively and helps practitioners to systematically identify and plan educational interventions that are relevant, timely and meaningful to patients. More on this will follow in the autumn newsletter.
Source: http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/communities/...

Site Coordinator, Tanzania- Médecins du Monde. Tanzania

Médecins du Monde is an international humanitarian organisation whose mission is : to provide medical care for the most vulnerable populations when they are faced with crisis or exclusion from society, the world over, including France, to stimulate voluntary commitment from doctors, other health care providers, and from those whose expertise in other fields is needed for its activities, to enlist all competent support required for the achievement of its projects, to seek at all times to encourage close working relationships with populations in its care. based on its medical practices totally independent action,
Closing date: 01 Jul 2009
Location: United Republic of Tanzania (the) - Ngara

In October 2004, a first HIV/AIDS program was conducted at Kagera Regional Hospital. Following the success of this programme MdM-France decided to engage in the decentralization of services focusing on 3 districts of the Kagera province (Ngara, Biharamulo, Chato). Since March 2008, MDM has been accompanying district authorities and facilities to deliver PMTCT, counselling and testing, adherence and care and treatment and also to reduce the lost of follow-up.

The current project phase (March 2009 – February 2010) is aimed to improve capacities (especially regarding paediatric and M&E), reinforce community linkage and prepare the hand over of the operation to Columbia University.

On the whole, MdM mission in Tanzania currently have the following format:
1. Coordination office in Bukoba
2. Programme office in Ngara

The Site Coordinator is in charge of :
8. Context follow up
- To assess political, security, economic, social and health situation of the area
- To report ad hoc to Gen Co

9. Team management
- To manage all staff working in Ngara
- To facilitate the exchange of information and ensure smooth communication process between all the different departments.
- To supervise MdM regulations are properly implemented and respected on site, especially internal rules and security regulations
- To supervise the implementation of HR regulations for national staff (including evaluations)
- To supervise and contribute to capacity building of staff (including evaluation)
- To validate the recruitment and dismissal of staff in cooperation with the general coordinator
- To organize and chair a weekly team meeting with all team members.

10. Programs management
- To supervise the site, ensuring proper coordination between departments (medical, logistic, administrative), and ensuring coordination means (meetings, planning…)
- To follow up the Medical Team on the work plan developed by the general coordinator.
- To assess efficiency and effectiveness of projects and propose adjustments or potential developments
- To review progresses and redact situation & evaluation reports
- To update the general coordinator weekly on the progress of activities and difficulties encountered on the field.
- To work closely with our local authorities, in order to strengthen their capacities
- Travel to main office in Bukoba as required for meetings

11. Financial and administrative management
- To follow budgetary and financial aspects of the project in cooperation with the Administrator
- To supervise the financial, logistic and administrative regulations in cooperation with the Administrator
- To define the monthly treasury requests for the site in cooperation with the Administrator
- To manage a cash box in Ngara
- To supervise the closure of the base

12. Monitoring & Evaluation
- To capacitate data management by national staff
- To monitor data collection
- To draft quantitative reports

13. Coordination with local authorities, partners and humanitarian actors / Reporting
- Coordination with the main National/International NGOs operating in the area
- Link with the Ministry of Health and other Health authorities
- Representation of MdM with all beneficiary communities
- Reporting of MdM activities to the General coordinator
- Responsible for follow up with national partners, in coordination with gen Admin, for financial reporting of MDM funds

14. Security
- Is responsible for the security in Ngara in direct link with the General coordinator in Bukoba
- Be aware of the evolution of political situation in the country

Departure: 01/07/2009
Duration: 8 months
Status: volunteer
Monthly Allowances : 915 Euros + Per diem

Profile :
- Previous experience in project management or administration with a humanitarian NGO, abroad
- Experience in relations with local partners and authorities
- Capacity to work in isolated context
- Ability to manage a team
- Ability to manage priorities
- Be autonomous in work
- Patience
- Interest for HIV Programs
- Ability to listen and share decisions
- Organisational skills, rigor
- Ability to manage data
- Ability to classify and to manage priorities
- Listening and diplomacy skills
- Good writing and communication skills
- English fluent (written and oral), French is an asset
How to apply
If you are available and interested, thank you for sending a CV and a cover letter under the reference to:

MEDECINS DU MONDE
- Pôle Recrutement / Parcours –
62 rue Marcadet
F - 75018 Paris
Tel : 00(33) (0)1 44 92 14 72
Email : [email protected]

Source:http://www.medecinsdumonde.org

Strategic Information Advisor, USAID - Tanzania

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

The goal of GHFP is to improve the effectiveness of USAID Population, Health and Nutrition programs by developing and increasing capacity of health professionals in Washington, DC and overseas. This is accomplished through the recruitment, placement and support of junior, mid and senior level health professionals; a diversity initiative focused on providing internship and mentoring opportunities in international public health to underrepresented communities; and professional and organizational development activities to bolster USAID's ability to maximize results and strengthen its leadership role in global health.

Closing date: 13 Jul 2009
Location: United Republic of Tanzania (the) - Dar es Salaam,

Program: Global Health Fellows Program
Technical Advisor Level II: Strategic Information Advisor
Organisation: USAID/Tanzania
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Assignment: Two-year fellowship
Reference: GHFP-09-142

ORGANISATION INFORMATION
The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) is a five year cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute (PHI) in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health, Management Systems International and Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. GHFP is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

The goal of GHFP is to improve the effectiveness of USAID Population, Health and Nutrition programs by developing and increasing capacity of health professionals in Washington, DC and overseas. This is accomplished through the recruitment, placement and support of junior, mid and senior level health professionals; a diversity initiative focused on providing internship and mentoring opportunities in international public health to underrepresented communities; and professional and organizational development activities to bolster USAID's ability to maximize results and strengthen its leadership role in global health.

INTRODUCTION
The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the largest commitment ever by a nation toward an international health initiative for a single disease. In this second five-year phase of PEPFAR, the US Government (USG) has committed a further $48 billion to build upon the successes achieved to date. PEPFAR aims to prevent 12 million new infections, treat 3 million people with antiretroviral drugs and provide care and support for 12 million people, including 5 million orphans and vulnerable children. Tanzania is one of PEPFAR's 15 focus countries.

The Strategic Information Advisor (the Advisor) will provide high-quality technical assistance to the USG PEPFAR country team, technical working groups, implementing partners, and Government of Tanzania counterparts to ensure that the portfolio of program activities contributes to the national HIV/AIDS strategic goals and targets. The Advisor will generate accurate data analyses and reports to inform national policy, and to meet the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) reporting requirements. The Advisor will receive day-to-day direction and operational guidance from the PEPFAR/Tanzania Coordinator.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Strategic Information Advisor will:
- Coordinate in-country program area and project assessments and evaluations across USG agencies and partners
- Provide technical oversight for evaluation, study design, and implementation
- Disseminate findings and identify areas for further study that will assist in PEPFAR and national programming
- Participate in and provide technical assistance to the national monitoring and evaluation technical workgroup
- Collect and report PEPFAR outcome and impact indicators
- Liaise with international partners to ensure effective exchange of strategic information
- Coordinate responses to Core Team and OGAC's Technical Working Groups' requests on strategic Information, and communicate measurement results and indicators
- Serve as the principal field counterpart to the Washington-based Strategic Information Advisor and lead development of country responses on strategic information queries from that Strategic Information Advisor, Core Team and OGAC
- Assist the PEPFAR/Tanzania Coordinator to identify and communicate strategic information issues, challenges, and policy questions to the Government of Tanzania, US Department of State, and Country Team to solicit responses and action plan
- Facilitate the work of the PEPFAR/Tanzania Strategic Information Interagency Technical Team and the in-country monitoring and evaluation contractor for the timely and accurate collection and reporting of PEPFAR monitoring, outcome and impact indicators
- Provide technical input and advice to create and update Tanzania strategic information guidelines, standards, and manuals to ensure consistency with the latest PEPFAR strategic information guidance
- Ensure PEPFAR data from implementing partners meet benchmark data quality standards
- Coordinate with programmatic strategic units and their strategic information focal people to ensure timely preparation of the semi-annual and annual reports
- Ensure PEPFAR data analysis and output are accomplished in time
- Prepare presentations and reports for stakeholders including OGAC, the Government of Tanzania, implementing partners, and donors
- Oversee USG technical support to national data systems
- Review strategic plans, and coordinate the development of frameworks and strategies to assist national priorities and planning
- Provide guidance to the PEPFAR Coordinator on human and financial resource needs for provision of strategic information technical assistance to the USG PEPFAR team, implementing partners and national workgroups
- Assist USG agencies, technical work groups and partners with data analysis and preparation of abstracts and presentations for the PEPFAR annual conference, in-country meetings and international conferences
- Perform related duties as necessary

REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE
- Master's degree in public health, epidemiology, social sciences, or related disciplines
- Minimum five years' work experience in managing public health/social sector programs
- Two years' HIV/AIDS monitoring and evaluation and program management experience, especially within developing countries or resource-poor context
- Demonstrated knowledge of data management processes, tools, web-based database systems for large scale health program or HIV/AIDS activities
- Extensive knowledge of public health principles, concepts, methods and techniques
- Experience working closely with high level government and other counterparts
- Evidence of excellent interpersonal, facilitation and team building skills
- Ability to analyze data and produce reports using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Excellent writing and presentation skills
- Ability to communicate, influence and convince verbally and in writing
- Ability to obtain medical clearance to live and work in Tanzania
- US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency required

SALARY AND BENEFITS:
Starting salary commensurate with experience and salary history. The Public Health Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including professional development programs.

How to apply
Visit the Recruitment section of our website at https://www.ghfp.net/recruitment/

All candidates are required to apply through GHFP's online recruitment system, which allows you to store your CV, profile and bio data form in our database. A separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application. All online applications must be submitted by July 13, 2009.
We are proud to be an affirmative action employer.
Reference Code: RW_7STLDJ-81

Human Resources Officer - Arusha, Tanzania

Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Head, Staff Administration Unit, Human Resources and Planning Section, ICTR, Arusha, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:

General:
1. Provides advice and support to managers and staff on human resources related matters.
2. Prepares special reports and participates and/or leads special human resources project.
3. Keeps abreast of developments in various areas of human resources.

Administration of entitlements:
4. Provides advice on interpretation and application of policies, regulations and rules. Reviews and provides advice on exceptions to policies, regulation and rules.
5. Administers and provides advice on salary and related benefits, travel, and social security entitlements.
6. Determines and recommends benefits and entitlements for staff on the basis of contractual status.
7. Reviews policies and procedures and recommends changes as required.

Recruitment and placement:
8. Identifies upcoming vacancies in coordination with client offices.
9. Prepares vacancy announcements, reviews applications, and provides a short-list to those offices.
10. Reviews recommendation on the selection of candidate by client offices.
11. Serves as ex-official in appointment and promotion bodies, examinations boards, and prepares and presents cases to these bodies.
12. Prepares job offers for successful candidates.
13. Monitors and evaluates recruitment and placement related activities of client offices, and recommends changes or corrections related to procedures to these offices.
14. Reviews and recommends level of remuneration for consultants.
15. Supervises and monitors the work of the Human Resources Assistants in carrying out all human resources administrative transactions including preparation of personnel actions, maintenance of staffing tables, and processing of contracts.
16. Coordinates tests related to recruitment of general service and other categories of staff.

Other duties:
17. Advises and counsels staff in respect of rights, responsibilities, code of conduct and difficulties associated with work and entitlements.
18. Conducts and coordinates salary surveys assessing the labor market at Headquarters and in the field and establishes salaries and related allowances of locally-recruited staff.
19. Prepares c lassification analysis of jobs in Professional and General Service and related categories.
20. Provides guidance to programme managers on the application of classification policies and procedures and by undertaking whole office review.
21. Assists in preparing policy papers, position papers and briefing notes on issues related to examinations and tests.


Competencies
Core Competencies:
Professionalism - Thorough knowledge of UN human resources, policies and procedures, practices, regulations and rules and ability to apply them in an organizational setting. Strong analytical and conceptual skills. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Ability to provide seasoned advice to staff and managers on staff entitlement issues;
Communications - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively; listens to others; correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping clients informed. Appreciates the need to observe confidentiality in a highly-sensitive work area.
Teamwork - Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multi-cultural, multiethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for others. Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing other’s ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda;
Planning and Organizing - Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Effective organizational skills and ability to establish and adjust priorities and to plan; coordinate and monitor work plans; identifies priority activities and assignments; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; uses time efficiently;
Client Orientation - Ability to identify clients’ needs and appropriate solutions. Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client;
Commitment to continuous learning - Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.
Technological Awareness - Solid computer skills, including proficiency in word processing and good knowledge of human resources databases. Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology

QUALIFICATIONS

Education:
Advanced university degree in human resources management, business or public administration or other relevant field. First level university degree with a combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive experience in human resources management or related area may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience:
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in huma n resources management, administration or related area. Experience in the UN system or in the administration of field personnel is highly desirable.

Languages:
English and French are the working Languages of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is an asset.

Other skills:
Good knowledge and experience in human resources information management systems/databases. Familiarity with UN Staff Rules and Regulations, ability to apply these rules and regulations and to keep abreast of changes in UN personnel policy and procedures. Good knowledge of computers and contemporary software applications. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) is a non-smoking environment.

How to apply:
Please send your application to the address, email or fax number indicated below. International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda Chief of Human Resources and Planning Section, ICTR P.O. Box 6016. Arusha, Tanzania

Fax: 255-212-963-2848, 1-27-250 4000, 255-27-250 4373, E-mail: [email protected]

Closing Date: Thursday, 23 July 2009 


Applications must be submitted using the United Nations Personal History form (P-11). (Click here to download P-11 form). The applications should indicate the vacancy announcement number on the application and on the envelope, email or fax. Applicants may wish to retain copies of their completed P-11 form for use for future applications. Due to the volume of applications received, receipt of offline paper applications cannot be acknowledged individually. UN staff members must attach copies of their last two Performance Appraisal System evaluations to their applications.

Human Resources Assistant - Arusha, Tanzania

Under the general supervision of the Chief, Staff Recruitment Unit the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
Recruitment and placement:
1. Processes applications for vacancies, including preparing and maintaining case files for candidates, ensuring and monitoring the transfer of files of candidates between offices, entering data on candidates and newly recruited staff into the automated system.
2. Assists in the filling of posts, including initiating and following-up on reference checks and academic verifications, ensuring the completion of the pre-recruitment formalities, calculating salaries and related benefits, and preparing and dispatching offers of appointment and Statement of Emoluments.
3. Assists in screening and classifying the applications in what concerns their eligibility established by the staff selection system.
4. Maintains vacancy announcement files and tracks status of vacancy announcements.
5. Upon request of the supervisor organises meetings of the central review bodies including preparation of necessary documents, taking and finalising minutes of the meetings.
6. Prepares drafts of variety of documents on recruitment matters.
7. Coordinates with offices concerned and selected candidates on travel arrangements, visa matters and shipment of personal effects.
8. Prepares agenda and provides relevant documentation required for recruitment related meetings.
9. Assists in issuing and extending UN travel documents.
10. Liaises with relevant services on payment and related matters.
11. Initiates personnel actions and generates letters of appointment.
Administration of entitlements:
1. Assists in reviewing of and processes requests for entitlements and claims.
2. Provides advice and answers general queries on the UN staff regulations and rules, policies, administrative instructions and circulars whenever appropriate.
General:
1. Undertakes re search on a range of HR related issues and assists in the preparation of notes/reports.
2. Maintains automated database containing HR related statistics and prepares periodic reports.
3. Performs other duties as required.

Competencies
Core Competencies:
Professionalism - Knowledge of the human resources policies, procedures and practices and ability to apply them in an organizational setting. Demonstrates use of initiative and makes appropriate linkages in work requirements and anticipates next steps.
Communications - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others; correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience.
Teamwork - Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Planning and Organizing - Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; uses time efficiently; effective organizational skills; ability to handle a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner;
Client Orientation - Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “ clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client; ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients;
Commitment to continuous learning - Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the field of human resources; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.
Technological Awareness - Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to he work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Completion of high school diploma or equivalent supplemented with specialized training in personnel management and/or administration. University or formal training in personnel management training programme is an advantage.


Work Experience:
A minimum of six years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management within the UN system.

Languages:
English and French are the working Languages of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and/or French is required. Knowledge of the other language is desirable.

Other skills:
Ability to use computers and contemporary word processing and database software. Comprehensive knowledge of the United Nations staff selection system. Familiarity with the Field Personnel Management System (FPMS) or other bespoke e-Tools, Galaxy or web-based recruitment applications. Experience in UN human resources policies, procedures and practices is desirable. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move perio dically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) is a non-smoking environment.

How to apply:
Please send your application to the address, email or fax number indicated below. International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda Chief of Human Resources and Planning Section, ICTR P.O. Box 6016. Arusha, Tanzania Fax: 255-212-963-2848, 1-27-250 4000, 255-27-250 4373, E-mail: [email protected], Applications must be submitted using the United Nations Personal History form (P-11). (Click here to download P-11 form). The applications should indicate the vacancy announcement number on the application and on the envelope, email or fax. Applicants may wish to retain copies of their completed P-11 form for use for future applications. Due to the volume of applications received, receipt of offline paper applications cannot be acknowledged individually. UN staff members must attach copies of their last two Performance Appraisal System evaluations to their applications.

How to apply
Please send your application to the address, email or fax number indicated below.

International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda
Chief of Human Resources and Planning Section, ICTR P.O. Box 6016. Arusha, Tanzania

Fax: 255-212-963-2848, 1-27-250 4000, 255-27-250 4373
E-mail: [email protected]
  • Applications must be submitted using the United Nations Personal History form (P-11). (Click here to download P-11 form).
  • The applications should indicate the vacancy announcement number on the application and on the envelope, email or fax.
  • Applicants may wish to retain copies of their completed P-11 form for use for future applications.
  • Due to the volume of applications received, receipt of offline paper applications cannot be acknowledged individually.
  • UN staff members must attach copies of their last two Performance Appraisal System evaluations to their applications.
Source:http://69.94.11.53/ENGLISH/vacancies/HRA,%20FS-4,%20Arusha.pdf

Regional Malaria Operations Advisor - American Red Cross,Tanzania

American Red Cross
Closing date: 30 Jun 2009
Location: United Republic of Tanzania (the) - Dar es Salaam

This position is contingent upon receiving the appropriate funding.

City, Country: East Africa – Likely Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with travel to Madagascar and Uganda
% of travel required: 70% internationally, regionally, and nationally

Job Description/Qualifications:
Summary:

The American Red Cross seeks an experienced Malaria Delegate to partner with national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in East Africa to strengthen American Red Cross-supported malaria project implementation, as well as to assess program effectiveness, coverage and replicability. The responsibilities would involve a particular focus on post-net distribution community mobilization activities ("hang-up"), as well as new malaria prevention program development in the region. S/he would also be American Red Cross' key point person related to coordination with the Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Alliance for Malaria Prevention and other malaria-related donors and technical groups.

Responsibilities:
The Regional Malaria Delegate will provide technical and operational support to American Red Cross's malaria programs in East Africa to ensure quality programs and measurable program outcomes.

Specific responsibilities include:
- In coordination with the Tanzania Red Cross Society, provide managerial and technical support for a major USAID-funded hang-up intervention in Tanzania.- Develop coordinated implementation plans (with other in-country programs, if necessary), realistic targets in terms of volunteer participation and volunteer management systems for utilization during and post-campaign. - Coordinate appropriate and adequate hang-up training for staff and volunteers.
- Ensure effective household visitation schedules are established and monitored
- Ensure that monitoring tools are applied, analyzed and results shared with appropriate levels of stakeholders.- In coordination with the respective National Societies, provide ongoing managerial and technical support for malaria prevention programs in Madagascar and Uganda.
- Expand malaria prevention programming in Madagascar.
- Assist with the close-down of malaria prevention programs in Mozambique.
- In coordination with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the American Red Cross's technical unit, develop, refine, and adapt training materials and job aids for use in hang-up programs.
- In coordination with American Red Cross’ technical unit, enhance monitoring tools used in campaigns.
- Ensure that programs follow best practices and lessons learned to guarantee quality programming and outcomes. Assist National Societies to monitor and note the knowledge acquired to ensure that there is organization memory of the strengths and constraints for future programming. Document process, results and lessons learned.
- Oversee the writing of the Quarterly Project Reports (QPR) in liaison with relevant national societies.
- When needed/requested, compose and/or assess project proposals, provide feedback, and participate in preliminary assessment missions.
- Contribute to the strategic evolution of the global malaria effort through participation in meetings with relevant partnerships (Federation, Alliance for Malaria Prevention, Roll Back Malaria, Global Fund etc.). Contribute to developing the profile of the American Red Cross in malaria prevention.
- Ensure country activities are closely coordinated with National Malaria Control Programs helping to improve NMCP and local Red Cross/Crescent society relations.
- Help improve in-country partnerships with other malaria stakeholders with the local national society.
- Be aware of and communicate with American Red Cross HQs regarding funding possibilities for program expansion.
- As appropriate, and in collaboration with American Red Cross technical unit and the relevant National Society, develop appropriate and practical operational research proposals related to the value of hang-up campaigns
- Help assess future malaria programming possibilities in region.
- Perform other work-related duties and responsibilities and may be assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications
Required:

- Master's degree in public health or relevant equivalent experience and a minimum of five years experience working for a humanitarian aid organization in developing countries.
- At least five years managing public health programs, some of which should involve regional coordination responsibilities.
- Knowledge of and experience with social mobilization and/or behavior change communication.
- Skills in staff training and development
- Proven track record of successful teamwork
- Good facilitation/training skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- French fluency

Highly preferred:
- At least three years work experience in East Africa
- Portuguese fluency
- Red Cross/Red Crescent working experience.
- Experience in malaria prevention programs.

The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
How to applyPlease visit our website at www.redcross.org/jobs and reference position 7802BR

Reference Code: RW_7S2TPH-49

Job ad: Sales & Technical Service Representative - InterChick, Tanzania

A leading integrated poultry company in Tanzania with country wide distribution network is looking for a qualified Sales and Technical services representative to strengthen it customer service team.

THE POSITION:
Reporting to the Day Old Chick's Sales Manager, he/she will be expected to carryout the following:
• Provide technical support to the company customers who purchase day old chicks.
• Advise farmers on good business practices.
• Co-ordinate company agents within the operational zone.
• Develop and grow the market within his/her operational zone.
• Organize field days/ farmer seminars, in liaison with the DOC Manager.
• Provide linkage between the company and other stakeholders in the industry.

THE PERSON:
The candidate should have the following:
• Have a Bsc in Animal production/Agriculture or Higher Diploma in Animal Production from a recognized Institution. Pervious work experience is not necessary and fresh graduates are encouraged to apply.
• Have good organizational skills and ability to work with little supervision.
• Able to meet set targets.
• Be ready to work on the farm and at the same time able to travel within the country.
• The work station will be in any town in Tanzania.

If you meet the above requirements and have a passion to work with livestock then send your CV and contacts to the following address by 31st July 2009.

The Human Resource Manager
P.O.BOX 5774
Dar es Salaam.

eMail: [email protected]

Video: The new iPhone - 3G S tested


Apple have released their iPhone 3G S and while perusing the internet to find out what's in this new phone, I found this video from John Chow dot com (see the video below). Ofcourse, apart from many fancy features an end user want to have in a phone, is a faster and speedy graphics processor, and that's what you are going to get in an iPhone 3G S. Apple says that this phone is 3x faster when compared to their earlier version released last year.

Features:- 3 megapixels camera, Autofocus, Tap to focus, Video recording
Improved Features:- Built-in video camera with editing, Voice Control, Compass3, Cut, Copy, and Paste, MMS4, Spotlight Search, Landscape Keyboard, Voice Memos
What's in the box:- iPhone 3G S, Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic, USB power adapter, Dock connector to USB cable, Documentation and SIM eject tool

iPhone 3G S prices (as of June 20th, 2009) + Free Shipping goes like this (rate plan with AT&T not included)
16GB1 in black or white — from $199.2
32GB1 in black or white — from $299.2

Research Grants For Researchers Studying Environmental Economics Issues In Africa

DEADLINE 31 July 2009

Call for Proposals: Second call for 2008 (CEEPA)

The Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA) is mandated to enhance the capacity of African researchers to conduct environmental economics and policy inquiry of relevance to African problems and increase the awareness of environmental and economic managers and policy makers of the role of environmental economics in sustainable development. With funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and International Development Research Centre (IDRC), CEEPA will be implementing the first phase of a regional program to strengthen research capacity in environmental economics and policy in Africa over the next three years. Under this program, Research Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to research projects annually to increase capacity in research in environmental economics in the region. Eligible candidates include all researchers working in the field of environmental economics in Africa.

The Research Grant will fund research projects for up to a maximum amount of US$15,000.00 per project. Members of the research team of funded projects will also enjoy additional support through technical and scientific mentorship arrangements and participation in CEEPA research workshops and other activities. CEEPA encourages research proposals that focus mainly on broader issues in environmental economics and policy in African countries. Proposals that seek to suggest alternative strategies, policies and programs to reduce present and future environmental burdens in African countries, as well as proposals whose potential output could lead to improvement in monitoring and measurement of changes in environmental phenomenon are also encouraged. CEEPA also particularly welcomes proposals contributing to development of new methods and extensions of the theories of natural resource and environmental economics. Of particular interest to CEEPA are research projects that deal with managing natural resource use and environmental externalities, open access and public good situations, and forms of capital other than manufactured assets, such as natural and social capital, for which limited funding is currently available from alternative traditional research funding sources. Collaborative arrangements for joint studies with members of sister departments are strongly encouraged, in which case additional funding will be considered. Collaboration between academics and people currently employed in relevant government departments is also strongly encouraged.

The Research Committee, in consultation with the Secretariat and resource persons will apply the criteria below in evaluating new proposals:
  • a. Policy relevance - Whether the question(s) being proposed is/are potentially useful to policymakers, academic community and/or civil society
  • b. Academic merit - Whether the research objectives are clearly set out? Is the proposed methodology the right one and is it feasible? Is the relevant literature cited and correctly used? What are the novel features in the proposal?
  • c. Collaborative arrangements for joint studies with members of sister departments - In this case the Research Committee may consider additional funding for more than the above grant
Proposals submitted before 31 July 2009 will be considered for presentation at the Sixth Biannual CEEPA Research Workshop to be held in early November 2009. Applicants will be informed by October 2009 of the result of the selection and the approval process and consequently whether or not they will be invited to present their proposals at the biannual workshop. Proposals submitted after this date will normally be considered only for the next Biannual Workshop. Before submitting a proposal, please, consult the Research proposal Guidelines below. Note too, that there is a specific form for you to fill in, in order to submit your proposal. This is available at the CEEPA website at www.ceepa.co.za

Send all proposals, electronically to:

Dalene du Plessis: [email protected]

Research Proposal Guidelines
General
We encourage you to make your proposal very clear and easy to read so that your work could be appreciated. You must however avoid spending resources on explaining the basics for readers with no or little knowledge of environmental and resource economics. Furthermore, cite references only when it is absolutely necessary: if the terminology is ambiguous, or if you really wish us to read the publication in question.

Contents
The final proposal should have (typically,) the following components.

Title page: To include name, address, other contact details and affiliation of researcher(s), (clearly indicate the leader of the team if the research is to be carried out by more than one researcher), an abstract (not exceeding 250 words) and the date of submission.

  1. Introduction. This should give a background to and motivate the importance of the proposed work, and a clear definition of the research problem to be studied. Provide an overview of the literature related to this research, showing clearly what research has been carried out so far and what remains to be done in the field that the proposed work intends to contribute to. Also include a description as well as basic relevant statistics of the important issues that your proposal addresses.
  2. Research methods. This should cover the theoretical foundations, analytical framework and empirical methods to be used. Should give an indication of the type of data needed and how it will be collected (if it is an empirical study) and what methods will be used to conduct the intended empirical analyses. If you are going to use a questionnaire, it should be attached with the proposal. If you intend to use secondary data, it should be very clear from the proposal that secondary data to be used is available and permission to use the data has been obtained.
  3. Expected Results and dissemination. This section should discuss the expected key findings of the intended research with respect to new knowledge, policy formulation and implementation, and methodological development. Discussion of a dissemination strategy through presentations at workshops, publications or policy briefs will have added value.
  4. References used in the text should be included in the reference list, and effort should be made to use published literature.
  5. Institutions and personnel - include prior training of research team and roles and responsibility of each member as well as each member's CV.
  6. Time frame for implementing the project. This should include a schedule of activities for the duration of the project and the time allocation for each of the project components. Note that projects will be expected to complete within 12 months.
Budget for funding the various activities to be undertaken must clearly show how much the project will cost and in which components.

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR WORK IS EDITED BEFORE YOU SUBMIT IT TO US

Program Director, CMAAE
Tel: +254 20 273 4150 / 57 / 63
Fax: +254 20 273 4170 / 73
Email: [email protected]

c/o AERC, 4th Floor, MEBANK Towers, Milimani Rd,
P.O. Box 62882-00200,
Nairobi, Kenya

Source: http://www.agriculturaleconomics.net/announcements/description.asp?00=29

WPP MBA fellowship program for 2010 entry

Introduction
We offer the opportunity to:
– work in some of the world’s best communications services companies– gain global experience– work with many of the world’s leading companies– develop multi-disciplinary skills– receive competitive remuneration with excellent long-term career prospects

We want people who:
– are passionate about marketing
– take a rigorous and creative approach to problem solving
– have a fine appreciation and respect for creative work
– are intellectually curious, take initiative, function well in a flexible, loosely structured work environment.

Eligibility:
See this brochure http://www.wpp.com (pdf) 


Deadline:
Submit an application by 18 October 2009.

Interviews will be conductedwith short-listed applicants in November 2009.

Program offers will be extended by December 2009 and employment will begin first week of September 2010.

Info source http://www.wpp.com/NR/rdonlyres/7867CADB-E204-462B-A0AD-F82F9B914798/0/wpp_mba_fellowships_brochure_apr09.pdf