The Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship

Symantec will begin accepting applications for the 2010 Fellowship in 2009. The application deadline will be in December 2009. Award decisions will be made in February 2010.
  • Symantec will award Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowships to outstanding Ph.D. and M.S. students who meet the eligibility criteria listed below. A key goal of the program is to fund innovative research that has real-world value, in areas of Symantec’s business interests in information security, availability, and integrity.
  • Fellowship participants also gain first hand research and development experience through guidance and mentorship from a top scientist of Symantec Research Labs during the fellowship period. Each participant is also encouraged to spend a summer working with their mentor at Symantec on a research project in their area of interest.
Provisions of the Award
  • The fellowship award will cover 100% of tuition and fees for the recipient’s graduate school.
  • A stipend is provided to cover living expenses while in school.  
  • Mentors from Symantec Research Labs are paired with award recipients. The mentor is a top researcher who can provide ongoing technical guidance on the recipient’s research, during their graduate training as well as during summer internships at Symantec.  
  • All recipients will be encouraged to take a salaried summer internship with Symantec Research Labs.
  • Each recipient will be given a laptop preloaded with Symantec software.
  • Fellowships are awarded to recipients for one academic year and may be extended for a second year, based on the award recipient's continued exceptional academic standing, progress and achievement. Any such extensions will be granted solely at Symantec's discretion.
Eligibility Criteria

  • Applying students must attend a U.S. university in a Ph.D. or Master’s program focused on technology research. Exceptional graduating undergraduate seniors may also apply and final award is contingent on their acceptance to a graduate program.
  • Preference will be given to students with a desire to work in an industrial research lab and those working on research projects likely to have real-world practical value to customers, in areas related to Symantec’s businesses of information security, availability, and integrity.
  • The scholarship awards will be made through the university and are not transferable to another academic institution.
Required Application Information
  • Applications should be submitted as a single compressed file (.zip file) and must include the following:
  • A completed fellowship application form including a personal statement of research interests not to exceed 500 words. Applicants are strongly encouraged to articulate the practical value to customers of their proposed research areas.
  • A C.V. and thesis proposal (optional).
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or industry researchers who can evaluate the applicant's scientific aptitude and potential for research (may be sent confidentially, please see application form (click here to download) for instructions).
  • Incomplete applications cannot be considered and we cannot guarantee notification of incompleteness. Please make sure applications are complete.
Application Dates and Process
  • Fellowship applications will be accepted beginning August 2009.
  • Application deadline will be December 2009.
  • As part of the application process, some candidates may be contacted for telephone interviews.
  • The final award decisions will be announced in February 2010.
Questions?
Please direct any additional questions about the Symantec Graduate Fellowship Program to: [email protected]

Link: http://www.symantec.com/about/careers/college/fellowship.jsp

PhD student Systems Biology of Yield - Univesity of Ghent in Belgium

Last application date: 2009-09-01 17:00
Department: WE09 - Department of Plant biotechnology and genetics
Contract type: Limited duration
Occupancy rate: 100%
Vacancy type: Research staff

Description
PhD student Systems Biology of Yield

The VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology, Ghent University (www.psb.ugent.be) is an internationally renowned and dynamic research institute that employs molecular genetics, genomics and bioinformatics to unravel developmental processes in plants and is led by Prof. Dirk Inzé.

Job description:
For our group, we are looking for enthusiastic PhD students in bioinformatics/systems biology. You will be involved in a project which is highly complementary to ongoing research in the group, where microarray, proteomics and interaction data related to growth control is generated. You will be responsible for the application and development of computational methods to analyze and integrate these data. You will collaborate with both experimental and computational biologists to obtain a systems-level understanding of leaf growth (http://www.psb.ugent.be/groups/systems-biology-of-yield-group).

Profile:
• You have a degree in Bioinformatics, Informatics or in Biotechnology/ Biochemistry/Bioengineering.
• You have a good knowledge/experience in programming (Perl, R, Java and/or C++).
• You have knowledge or experience with databases (mySQL).
• You have an interest in web design (PHP).
• You speak English fluently.
• You have good communication skills. You are a team player. You are independent and like to take initiative. You are flexible.

We offer:
Contract of 2 years, within Ghent University, with the possibility of prolongation.
We offer a diverse job in a young team, an open and informal work atmosphere and in modern facilities.

Start date:
As soon as possible, the position remains vacant until a suitable candidate is found.

Information:
Further information can be obtained by contacting Stefanie De Bodt ([email protected])

Application:
Send your letter of motivation, your CV and if possible references to:
Stefanie De Bodt
Department of Plant Systems Biology
Technologiepark 927
9052 Gent
Tel: +32 (0)9 331 38 06

or through email to [email protected]

Link: http://www.ugent.be/en/news/vacancies/scientific/ddwphd2

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International PhD Program In Nanoscience and Nanotechnology : University of Salerno Via Ponte Don Melillo

Employer:University of Salerno
Website:http://www.unisa.it
Location:University of Salerno Via Ponte Don Melillo
Posted:April 18, 2009
Expires:December 17, 2009

Science jobs from University of Salerno:
From the point of view of learning and education the aim of the PhD Program is the development of professional skills suitable for the peculiar subject.
Problems connected to scientific research in the field of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology are difficult to approach if one is confined in the classical Faculty and/or Department boundaries. These needings led to the creation of NANO_MATES the Interdisciplinary Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology promoting the present International PhD Program in Nanoscience e Nanotecnology.
The program is coordinated by University of Salerno and Jacobs University BremenSeveral positions will be available soon.

Research Topics:
The main scientific topics of the PhD program are outlined below:
-Nanostructured Materials:
Development of materials by syntesis and/or nanofabrication techniques: new bottom-up and
top-down approaches; nanostructuration in biological systems.
-Characterization Techniques of Nanostructures
Application and development of techniques for characterization of nanostructured
materials. Surface properties. Electric and electromagnetical properties. Optical
properties. Functional Characterization.
-Simulations and Theory
Development and application of theoretical and simulation approaches for nanostructured
materials and for novel devices based on nanostructured materials. Coarse-Graining and
Multiscale simulations.
-Novel Devices
Development and characterization of new devices.

To have more information about the Program and the selection process contact the PhD coordinator Dr. Giuseppe Milano
e-mail: [email protected]
webpage: http://www.molnac.unisa.it
visit the PhD Program web page: http://www.nanophd.unisa.it

SURVEY - Sex (and Sexuality) Lessons, where shoud it be taught?

A friend is conducting a survey on the sex education, and will appreciate if you will take about 5 minutes of your time to respond to the survey. They are trying to find out where most of us learned about sex and sexuality and where we would like our children to learn about it.

In this survey, when they say sex and sexuality they mean the knowledge of our private parts (and those of the opposite sex), their purpose and how they work...where babies comes from and our part in the reproduction and the whole ''sex" thing etc

Please note:
1. The survey is anonymous, no one will know who answered what,
2. You don't have to answer all the questions (except for the 1st three)
3. There are only 10 questions...
4. The survey is programmed to run per computer (apologies for those who share)
5. To get feedback, please send blank email to [email protected]

To take part in the survey, please go to: http://www.surveypirate.com/SurveyPage.aspx?surveyid=4513

Milwaukee Fire Department donates apparatus to Tanzania

Photo: Mayor Barrett gives the title for the fire engine to Tanzanian Ambassador to the U.S., Ombeni Sefue.
MILWAUKEE — With a single fire truck serving a population of 300,000, firefighters in the city of Morogoro in Tanzania have always faced a tough task getting to incidents.

But the city's fleet has now doubled after the Milwaukee Fire Department donated a 1992 Ford Darley apparatus on Monday.

The handover took place during an acceptance ceremony attended by Milwaukee and Tanzania officials at the Milwaukee Fire and Police academy.

"Donating a fire engine to the Morogoro Fire Department was a no-brainer once I was apprised of the number of people they serve with only one fire engine now, and the number of people who tragically fall victim to fires each year in this region," Milwaukee Fire Chief Douglas Holton said.

Chief Holton made the vow to donate a fire engine during a 2007 ceremony in which Morogoro became a sister city to Milwaukee.

"Two years ago government officials from Tanzania told us they were in dire need of a fire engine, and I am happy that we were able to fulfill that need today," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Two Morogoro firefighters have been training with the Milwaukee Fire Department on how to use and maintain the vehicle they will soon receive.

The training includes intensive pump and hose operations, apparatus maintenance procedures and driving techniques.

During their stay, the Morogoro firefighters have lived among their Milwaukee counterparts and accompanied the crews on runs.

Info source: http://www.firerescue1.com

PhD position SlaLoM project - University of Twente, The Netherlands

Dept/School Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Twente

Project Supervisor(s) Dr M Huisman
Funding Availability Directly Funded Project (Students Worldwide)
Application Deadline 15 July 2009
PhD position SlaLoM project (vacancy number 09/124)

The research group Formal Methods and Tools at the University of Twente (Enschede - The Netherlands) is looking for a PhD researcher (4 years), on Security by Logic for Multithreaded applications

Our research:
This project develops a uniform verification framework for the protection of data. Key innovation on which the proposal is based is the notion of self-composition. This gives a different view on classical security properties, recasting them into safety properties of a single program, and allows reuse of existing program verification techniques. This project will demonstrate how this approach can handle a wide range of data-related security properties, such as confidentiality, integrity and anonymity, in a uniform way, allowing easier comparison. To make the framework usable for realistic applications, which interact with their environment, we concentrate on multithreaded applications, and properties that specify complete executions of an application. Model checking will be the targeted program verification technique.

For more information about the project, see the SlaLoM webpage.
We seek:
An enthusiastic PhD student with an MSc degree in Computer Science (or an equivalent qualification). The candidate should have a thorough theoretical background, and a demonstrable interest in program verification and security.

We are looking for a researcher with an independent mind who is willing to cooperate in our team. It is understood that he or she works on the topics listed above. As a research outcome we expect publications, (prototype) tools, and a PhD thesis.

Starting date of the position: as soon as possible, and in any case before 1st of January, 2010.

We offer:
- A PhD position for four years (38 hrs/week)
- A stimulating scientific environment
- Gross salary ranging from appr. EUR 2000,= (1st yr) to EUR 2600,= (4th yr) per month
- Holiday allowance (8%), end-of-year bonus (8.3%)
- Excellent facilities for professional and personal development
- Good secondary conditions, in accordance with the collective labour agreement CAO-NU for Dutch universities
- A green Campus with lots of sports facilities

Funding Notes
Project funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) Free competition program.
Project duration 4 years, to start during the fall of 2009.

Further information:
- FMT group
- Dr. Marieke Huisman (Marieke.Huisman at ewi.utwente.nl)

Application:
Please send your application by E-mail, as soon as possible but no later than 15th of July, to Mrs. Joke Lammerink
( jlammeri at cs.utwente.nl ), mentioning vacancy number 09/124, and including:
- a cover letter (explain your specific interest and qualifications);
- a full Curriculum Vitae, including a list of all courses + marks, and a description of your MSc thesis; and
- references (contact information) of two scientific staff members.

Contact Supervisor and Send Enquiry at: http://www.findaphd.com/search/sendemail.asp?etype=s1&projectid=22730

Research Assistant and PhD Positions - Germany

Universität: Universität - Berlin
Fach / Institut: Sonstiges: Electrical Engineering
Abteilung: Sensor & Actuator Systems
Gesucht werden: Doktoranden, PhD und Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter
aus dem Bereich: Ingenieursberufe

Research Assistant and PhD Positions
At the Chair of Sensor and Actuator Systems within the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at TU Berlin semiconductor and CMOS-based sensors are developed for biomedical purposes together with academic and industrial partners from material sciences, bio physics, bio chemistry, and medicine within the framework of interdisciplinary cooperative projects.

In this context a number of openings are available as Research Assistant with Teaching Responsibility
(Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin / Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter)

and / or

PhD Student within the Framework of Funding Projects (Doktorandin / Doktorand im Rahmen von Drittmittelprojekten)

The opportunity to work towards a PhD degree is supported in all cases. All openings are full-time positions. Alternatively, part of these openings may also be assigned as postdoc positions. The related salary follows the respective standards at TU Berlin.

The following areas and topics shall be addressed:
- CMOS microarrays for electrochemical DNA detection
- EOSFET-based sensor systems for in-vivo neural tissue interfacing
- CMOS-based sensor systems for in-vivo and in-vitro neural tissue interfacing
- Test and quality control of post-processed CMOS biosensor chips

The technical areas covered within these openings range over mixed-signal CMOS circuit design, PCB based circuit design, semiconductor device physics, assembly techniques, and experimental electrical characterization.

Applicants must have a diploma or master’s degree from a university in electrical engineering or in a similar discipline with excellent results. Knowledge in one ore more of the above mentioned areas, in particular in the area of circuit design, is desired and helpful, as well good English skills.

Please send your application with appropriate documentation by email to:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Roland Thewes
TU Berlin
Faculty of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Sensor & Actuator Systems
Sekr. E3, Einsteinufer 19, D-10587 Berlin, Germany
[email protected]

TU Berlin is aiming for an increase of the percentage of women, applications from female candidates are explicitly welcome. In cases of equal qualification, aptitude and expertise of the applicants, female applicants will be given preferential treatment for those salary groups and careers in which females are underrepresented. Applications from severely disabled people with appropriate suitability are given preferential treatment.

Link: http://tiny.cc/ARandPD

Research + Opportunity: Funded studentships in Bristol Business School

The Bristol Business School is one of the largest business schools in the UK. In its most recent review, the Higher Education Quality Assurance Agency rated the Bristol Business School as excellent. We have AMBA accreditation, CIPD and CIMA centre of excellence status and ESRC recognition for our doctoral programmes. The Bristol Business School has, and will continue to maintain, a strong research record as well as an excellent reputation for teaching. Bristol Business School performed well in the 2008 RAE. In Accounting and Finance 40% of its research was rated as either world leading or internationally excellent and 80% was rated as at least internationally recognized. In Business and Management 30% of its research was rated internationally excellent and 85% was rated as at least internationally recognized. Combined outcomes for Accounting and Finance and Business and Management place BBS as the leading post 92 university business school in the UK.

 
Bristol Business School is seeking to attract high calibre, highly motivated people who wish to develop careers as university academics. The Research Studentship offers the opportunity to undertake advanced research training, doctoral studies and to develop skills for roles in academia. As part of the centrally funded research studentship scheme, the Bristol Business School is offering 3 new fully-funded PhD studentships. The duration of the studentship will normally be 3 years for candidates with a suitable research-oriented masters or equivalent research experience, but can be up to 4 years for candidates without such a background. Studentships will commence in October 2009.

 
Applications are invited in the following areas:
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Applied Economics
  • Human Resource Management and Employment Studies
  • Social Marketing
  • Organisation Studies
  • Leadership and Organizational Ethics
  • Strategic Management & International Business
  • Operations Management
Projects should involve a collaborative element, which need not necessarily involve co-funding, co-supervision or other formalised relationship but evidence of a mutually beneficial interaction in the conduct of the research. Projects should also have a clear outcome in terms of impact in society, whether this be social, economic or cultural. To this end, it is expected that projects will involve a clear dissemination/engagement strategy to ensure that outcomes lead to visible changes outside the discipline.

 
The successful candidates will have a good undergraduate degree and possibly a Masters degree. They will demonstrate the potential to undertake doctoral studies and an enthusiasm for both research and academia. Candidates from the UK, Europe and overseas are eligible to apply. Successful applicants are required to register as full-time students for a postgraduate research degree and engage in postgraduate research studies for 35 hours a week. These studies include attendance on the MA Applied Social Research (Business and Management) award during the first year. Research supervision will be provided by an agreed supervisory team comprised of a Director of Studies and at least one other supervisor.

 
The University offers a non-taxable research bursary of £13,200. This bursary is paid in 3 instalments at the beginning of October, February and June. In addition, full tuition fees and support for dissemination will be covered by the University for a period of four years.

 
There may also be some opportunities to undertake hourly paid teaching to complement research work. This would not exceed 1.5 days a week and will be at the discretion of Heads of Department or Centre Directors.

 
Payment of the bursary is subject to satisfactory attendance at the University and the extension of the studentship after the first year is subject to satisfactory progress in research studies. For visa, taxation and council tax purposes holders are treated as full-time students on a scholarship.

 
The PhD application process
A formal application is made by completing and submitting the RD1 form (referring to the Notes for Guidance), together with a Research Proposal. The RD1 form and further details are available via the BBS website: http://www.uwe.ac.uk/bbs/future/research/phd.shtml

 
Your Research Proposal should be around 4,000 words long and include the following: Background & rationale; Research questions; Theoretical framework/methodology; Methods; Ethical considerations; Time scales; and Dissemination. Guidance on how to write a research proposal is given on http://www.uwe.ac.uk/bbs/future/research/proposal.shtml

 
Please indicate clearly which research area you are applying for.

 
Please also attach a copy of your full Curriculum Vitae, references, transcripts and English language certificates (where applicable), together with a covering letter indicating how your project meets the requirements of the scheme.

 
The closing date for applications is: Friday 31st July 2009.

 
Please submit your application and relevant documents to:
Fiona Watt, Research, Consultancy & Executive Development Manager, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY or via email: [email protected], stating “RBI/BBS Research Studentship Application” clearly in the subject heading.

 
Interested applicants who would like to discuss their research proposal informally should contact: Professor Mairi Maclean via email: [email protected] or telephone: 0117 32 83460. If you have any general queries, please contact Fiona Watt, on telephone: 0117 32 81374; email: [email protected]

Link: http://www.uwe.ac.uk/bbs/future/research/studentships.shtml

 

Country Director, International Medical Corps - Kenya

Organization(s): International Medical Corps
Country/Region: Kenya
Contract Length: Full-time staff position
Apply by: 30 July 2009
Please use company website to apply http://www.imcworldwide.org/

Description
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES/SCOPE OF WORK:
  • Implement, monitor and report to IMC Headquarters and donors on all Kenya country programs.
  • Design new program initiatives
  • Liaise between field offices, headquarters, donors, local and regional officials, and partner agencies
  • Manage and motivate highly independent, self-directed staff members
  • Oversee project logistics, finance and administrative support
  • Draft donor reports and proposals, in coordination with Headquarters
  • Host periodic donor visits
QUALIFICATIONS: 10+ years of field experience in humanitarian relief programs preferably focused on primary health care and public health in insecure settings.
  • A graduate degree in Public Health, Public Policy, or related field.
  • Strong experience designing, implementing and monitoring primary health programs, with particular experience in HIV/AIDS.
  • Experience managing a diverse team of local and international staff.
  • Ability to work successfully in a fast-paced environment, managing several projects at once.
  • Knowledge of donor practices, the program proposal process, and humanitarian or development program solicitations and applications, particularly USAID, CDC and PEPFAR.
  • The ability to conduct and supervise new program assessments and write cogent proposals, budgets and program set ups.
  • Familiarity with international humanitarian operations, coordination structures, and the mandates of donors, UN agencies, and other NGOs.
  • Knowledge of Kenya, and the donor community in Kenya a plus.
  • Fluency in English (required).

Senior Programme Quality Advisor (World Vision) - East Africa Area

Position Title: Senior Programme Quality Advisor - East Africa Area
Application Deadline Date: 10 Jul 2009
Position Location: Nairobi Position
Region: Africa\East Africa Position
Start Date: 01 Aug 2009
End Date: 31 Jul 2011
Country Name: Kenya
City/Province: Nairobi Program/Office
Name: East Africa Area Office
Recruitment Priority: Need Immediately
Employee Type: Contract
Recruitment Status: Actively Recruiting

To provide quality assurance and technical support on program quality to World Vision National Offices (NOs) in the East Africa Region. This entails working with relevant National Office staff to ensure that they have the capacity to design, implement, monitor and evaluate programs in accordance with World Vision polices and guidelines, and interacting with Regional Office, Support Offices and Global Center specialists so as to provide relevant guidance to the National Offices.

Ensuring Transformational impact: Support the Team Leader to ensure that all Programmes / Projects in East Africa focus on the transformation of Staff, communities, donors/sponsors and other stakeholders.
All NOs and Programmes / Projects adopt development approaches that are community based, gender-sensitive, sustainable and focused especially on the needs of boys and girls.
Quality of programme design, monitoring and evaluation is improved in line with the partnership standards and government policies.
All Programmes / Projects are designed and implemented, in a manner that enhances disaster mitigation and community resilience.
Implementation of Programmes / Projects enhances community empowerment and meets the expectations of the community and the donors/sponsors.
All Programmes / Projects meet the expected reporting requirements and there is a deliberate effort to make sure stories of hope are being told.
All NOs and the Regional Office create and advocate for an environment where transformational development can take place.
All NOs and the Regional Office engage in public policy and advocacy critical to transformational development.
All National Offices and the Regional Office facilitate an environment where equitable relations between male and female are enhanced.
Support is provided to all Area Development Programms (ADPs) to strengthen Food security, agriculture marketing and raising income at household level.

Enhancing our ministry to children: Ensure that all Programmes / Projects in East Africa focus on the well being of girls and boys which includes their development, well being, empowerment, participation and protection.
All NOs and Programmes / Projects develop and implement strategies that target children at different growth stages and focus on their well being.
Specific interventions / efforts are made for girls and boys participation in an age appropriate manner and their empowerment as agents of transformation in all our Programmes / Projects.
Quality of customer services operations meet the partnership standards and enhances the relationships between sponsored children, families, communities and their sponsors.
All Programmes / Projects promote and advocate for the rights of a child, enhance child protection against abuse and support parents, guardians and communities to play their role in this regard.
The situation of children especially orphans and vulnerable children are monitored and appropriate interventions designed and implemented to support them.

Developing appropriate management structures, systems and procedures: Enhance quality of programmes by improving the management structures, systems and procedures within the organization and in communities
All NOs develop integrated organizational strategies and structures that enhance quality of programme management and promote transformational development in their countries.
All Programmes / Projects staff structures are developed to ensure effective and efficient facilitation of transformational development with communities.
Promote the development of community management structures and provide opportunity for the development of partner Community Based Organizations where appropriate.
The systems and procedures used in the implementation of Programmes / Projects enhance transformation and prepare the communities for transition.
All Programmes / Projects strengthen the local institutions within the communities and influence their structures and systems where necessary so that these are conducive to transformation.
Encourage the culture of ministry reviews so as to reflect, learn from what is happening and develop appropriate action plans that will enable the organization to be relevant to the changing environment.

Integrating ministry interventions: Ensure that ministry interventions are planned, implemented and evaluated in a coordinated fashion to enhance transformation in communities.
All NOs are supported to form cross-functional teams that ensure the integration of ministry at all levels.
Ensure ministry reviews focus on how integration is being achieved and how it can be improved.
Work with other staff from Ministry Quality, Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs, Food Programming Management Group, HIV&AIDS, MED, Christian commitments, Peace building and Advocacy in accomplishing tasks in National Offices and to share approaches, standards and ensure that there is consistency and synergy in what is being promoted in Programmes / Projects. Coordination with Finance, HR, IT & Communications will also be done as appropriate.
Ensure that the needs of the communities and the interests of Support Offices and Partnership Office are integrated to promote transformation.

Participating in conducting research, sharing and replicating promising practices aimed at ministry improvement: Enhance the desire to learn from what we and others are doing and try innovations that will promote ministry (or programme/project) effectiveness in East Africa.
Ensure that a culture of learning is promoted in our entire Programme / Project designs, monitoring and evaluation and that there is a deliberate effort to share such learning.
All NOs are encouraged to share any new innovations in their Programmes / Projects.
Participate in the piloting of new Partnership initiatives through NOs so as to contribute learning to the overall ministry.
Work with universities, research institutions and other bodies that are involved in the research of development approaches that lead to transformation.
Market the World Vision approach of transformational development to stakeholders and demonstrate a positive image of World Vision in East Africa.
Document, disseminate and apply lessons learnt.

Building capacity of staff and communities for transformation: Strengthen the capacity of staff and communities to lead, manage and facilitate the development process with integrity and in a professional manner.
Support NOs to give priority to proper orientation of all staff to the World Vision Programmes and Projects at all levels.
Participate in the capacity building of frontline staff such as ADP Development Facilitators, ADP Managers, Program Managers, Sponsorship, Operations, Ministry Quality staff to enhance performance at the national and regional levels.
Ensure our programmes / Projects are strong in community capacity building.
Work with NOs to make sure all interested stakeholders such as Community Based Organizations(COBs); Faith based organisations, Local Management Committees, Church leadership, Local Authorities, Teachers, government staff are given opportunities for training in appropriate areas that will enhance transformation.
Work with higher education institutions to develop skills and knowledge of staff to improve performance and promote innovation.
Promote staff exchange, secondments, learning contracts, workshop, knowledge management and attachments for capacity building.

Enhancing our networking and collaboration with other stakeholders.
Network with governments, NGOs, CBOs, and other Institutions so as to collaborate, access resources, promote World Vision interest and avoid duplication of efforts in all Programmes / Projects.

REQUIRED:
Commitment to and understanding of well being of children.
Knowledge and understanding of the World Vision transformational development ethos.
In-depth understanding and experience with DME (LEAP) and its implications at the ADP, National and Regional levels.
Demonstrated competencies in leading programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation teams.
Understanding and experience with programme and project management such as Area Development Programmes and/or Government grants.
Master’s degree or its equivalent in a social science field.
At least 3 – 5 years experience in relief and transformational development programming work in a Senior Position in Africa.
Proven leadership and management competencies preferably in a senior position.
Strong interpersonal skills.
Ability and experience at working cross-culturally.
Skills in research methodology, and application of data analysis using computer programs.
Proven skills in designing and carrying out training programs.
Excellent presentation and communication skills.
Knowledge of various technical sectors of development such as food security, primary health care, micro enterprises development, etc. and how these sectors can be effectively integrated to promote Transformational Development.
Commitment to life-long learning.
Ability to build and lead teams of professionals.

PREFERRED:
WV experience.

To apply, please use this shortened link to WV: http://tiny.cc/WorldVision

Senior Programme Quality Advisor (World Vision) - Southern Africa Area

Organization(s): World Vision International
Country/Region: South Africa
Contract Length: Full-time staff position
Apply by: 17 July 2009
 
Description
To provide quality assurance and technical support on program quality to World Vision National Offices (NOs) in the Southern Africa Area Office. This entails working with relevant National Office staff to ensure that they have the capacity to design, implement, monitor and evaluate programs in accordance with World Vision polices and guidelines, and interacting with Regional Office, Support Offices and Global Center specialists so as to provide relevant guidance to the National Offices.
Ensuring Transformational impact. Support the Team Leader to ensure that all Programmes / Projects in Southern Africa focus on the transformation of Staff, communities, donors/sponsors and other stakeholders.
All NOs and Programmes / Projects adopt development approaches that are community based, gender-sensitive, sustainable and focused especially on the needs of boys and girls.
Quality of programme design, monitoring and evaluation is improved in line with the partnership standards and government policies.
All Programmes / Projects are designed and implemented, in a manner that enhances disaster mitigation and community resilience.
Implementation of Programmes / Projects enhances community empowerment and meets the expectations of the community and the donors/sponsors.
All Programmes / Projects meet the expected reporting requirements and there is a deliberate effort to make sure stories of hope are being told.
All NOs and the Regional Office create and advocate for an environment where transformational development can take place.
All NOs and the Regional Office engage in public policy and advocacy critical to transformational development.
All National Offices and the Regional Office facilitate an environment where equitable relations between male and female are enhanced.
Support is provided to all ADPs to strengthen Food security, agriculture marketing and raising income at household level.

 
Enhancing our ministry to children. Ensure that all Programmes / Projects in Southern Africa focus on the well being of girls and boys which includes their development, well being, empowerment, participation and protection.
All NOs and Programmes / Projects develop and implement strategies that target children at different growth stages and focus on their well being.
Specific interventions / efforts are made for girls and boys participation in an age appropriate manner and their empowerment as agents of transformation in all our Programmes / Projects.
Quality of customer services operations meet the partnership standards and enhances the relationships between sponsored children, families, communities and their sponsors.
All Programmes / Projects promote and advocate for the rights of a child, enhance child protection against abuse and support parents, guardians and communities to play their role in this regard.
The situation of children especially orphans and vulnerable children are monitored and appropriate interventions designed and implemented to support them.

 
Developing appropriate management structures, systems and procedures. Enhance quality of programmes by improving the management structures, systems and procedures within the organization and in communities.
All NOs develop integrated organizational strategies and structures that enhance quality of programme management and promote transformational development in their countries.
All Programmes / Projects staff structures are developed to ensure effective and efficient facilitation of transformational development with communities.
Promote the development of community management structures and provide opportunity for the development of partner Community Based Organizations where appropriate.
The systems and procedures used in the implementation of Programmes / Projects enhance transformation and prepare the communities for transition.
All Programmes / Projects strengthen the local institutions within the communities and influence their structures and systems where necessary so that these are conducive to transformation.
Encourage the culture of ministry reviews so as to reflect, learn from what is happening and develop appropriate action plans that will enable the organization to be relevant to the changing environment.

 
Integrating ministry interventions Ensure that ministry interventions are planned, implemented and evaluated in a coordinated fashion to enhance transformation in communities.
All NOs are supported to form cross-functional teams that ensure the integration of ministry at all levels.
Ensure ministry reviews focus on how integration is being achieved and how it can be improved.
Work with other staff from Ministry Quality, Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs, Food Programming Management Group, HIV&AIDS, MED, Christian commitments, Peace building and Advocacy in accomplishing tasks in National Offices and to share approaches, standards and ensure that there is consistency and synergy in what is being promoted in Programmes / Projects. Coordination with Finance, HR, IT & Communications will also be done as appropriate.
Ensure that the needs of the communities and the interests of Support Offices and Partnership Office are integrated to promote transformation.

 
Participating in conducting research, sharing and replicating promising practices aimed at ministry improvement .
Enhance the desire to learn from what we and others are doing and try innovations that will enhance ministry (or programme/project) effectiveness in Southern Africa.
Ensure that a culture of learning is promoted in our entire Programme / Project designs, monitoring and evaluation and that there is a deliberate effort to share such learning.
All NOs are encouraged to share any new innovations in their Programmes / Projects.
Participate in the piloting of new Partnership initiatives through NOs so as to contribute learning to the overall ministry.
Work with universities, research institutions and other bodies that are involved in the research of development approaches that lead to transformation.
Market the World Vision approach of transformational development to stakeholders and demonstrate a positive image of World Vision in Southern Africa.
Document, disseminate and apply lessons learnt.

 
Building capacity of staff and communities for transformation Strengthen the capacity of staff and communities to lead, manage and facilitate the development process with integrity and in a professional manner.
Support NOs to give priority to proper orientation of all staff to the World Vision Programmes and Projects at all levels.
Participate in the capacity building of frontline staff such as Area Development Programme (ADP) Development Facilitators, ADP Managers, Program Managers, Sponsorship, Operations, Ministry Quality staff to enhance performance at the national and regional levels.
Ensure our programmes / Projects are strong in community capacity building.
Work with NOs to make sure all interested stakeholders such as Community Based Organizations(COB); Faith based organisations, Local Management Committees, Church leadership, Local Authorities, Teachers, government staff are given opportunities for training in appropriate areas that will enhance transformation.
Work with higher education institutions to develop skills and knowledge of staff to improve performance and promote innovation.
Promote staff exchange, secondments, learning contracts, workshop, knowledge management and attachments for capacity building.

 
Enhancing our networking and collaboration with other stakeholders.
Network with governments, NGOs, CBOs, and other Institutions so as to collaborate, access resources, promote World Vision interest and avoid duplication of efforts in all Programmes / Projects.

 
REQUIRED:
  • Commitment to and understanding of well being of children.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the World Vision transformational development ethos.
  • In-depth understanding and experience with DME (LEAP/Learning through Evaluation with Accountability and Planning) and its implications at the ADP, National and Regional levels.
  • Demonstrated competencies in leading programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation teams.
  • Understanding and experience with programme and project management such as Area Development Programmes and/or Government grants.
  • Master's degree or its equivalent in a social science field.
  • At least 3 - 5 years experience in relief and transformational development programming work in a Senior Position in Africa.
  • Proven leadership and management competencies preferably in a senior position.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability and experience at working cross-culturally.
  • Skills in research methodology, and application of data analysis using computer programs.
  • Proven skills in designing and carrying out training programs.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of various technical sectors of development such as food security, primary health care, micro enterprises development, etc. and how these sectors can be effectively integrated to promote Transformational Development.
  • Commitment to life-long learning.
  • Ability to build and lead teams of professionals
PREFERRED:
WV Experience.

 
For application procedures, please use this shortened link to WV website: http://alturl.com/h6zv

 

Regional Program Development Manager (RPDM) - Kenya

Organization(s): Relief International
Country/Region: Kenya
Apply by: 31 August 2009

Description
Location: Nairobi, Kenya, with travel within regions and HQ required
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.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
  • 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

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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
  • 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: RPDM-Africa. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.***

Job opp: Web-based Database Developer - Pretoria, South Africa.

The appointment of a web-based database developer to design and developa Ward Committee Data Management System for the Expanding and Strengthening Community Based Participation in Local Government Programme II

Organization(s): CCM CONSULTING GROUP Country/Region: South Africa
Contract Length: Long-term consulting assignment
Apply by: 15 July 2009
Reference No: Pretoria
Please email [email protected]
Description 2 experts:

Team Leader - Expert in Information Technology (IT):
  • Supervise the work of the Information Technology Specialists deployed for the assignment and liaise with the PCU, provide reports and presentations.
  • Masters degree in information technologies, computer science, data management or equivalent
  • Experience in the field of information technology applications and database systems in a management position.
  • Presentation, project management, reporting and communication.
Fluent English and Expert in Information Technology (IT): Interpret the needs of the PCU and the Department, understand the existing IT environment, design a central web-based data management system including all features required by the PCU and the Department, install it onto the existing systems, successfully launch it and train all users, administrators on the said system.
  • Postgraduate degree
  • Fluent English
  • Experience in Information Technology and the design of data management systems.
  • Extensive knowledge of Information Systems as a tool for knowledge management:
  • Databases
  • Web-based data management systems
  • Project tracking systems
44 working days over a period of two months for the team leader
42 working days over a period of two months for the expert in IT