Why BMI isn't the right way of telling if you're a healthy and what you should do instead

The rough calculation — body mass index in short BMI — which is calculated by measuring your weight and height, is actually not a great measure of fitness when used on its own.

The BMI was invented in the 1830s, so it has probably outgrown its utility when you consider the following four points (according to obesity experts):
  1. It doesn’t give you a good estimate of how much body fat you're carrying around.
  2. It can differ drastically based solely on your gender. For example, a man and a woman with an identical body-fat percentage could have widely different BMIs.
  3. Just because you have a high BMI doesn't necessarily mean you're overweight. You can have a high BMI even if you have very little body fat, especially if you're male and very muscular.
  4. It doesn't take into account your waist circumference, which can be a good measure of your risk for certain diseases, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
The alternative
  1. Regular doctor's visit.
  2. Measuring the circumference of your waist. Excess body fat — especially around your waist — has been strongly linked with specific health problems.  Overweight people with large waists — more than 34.5 inches (88 cm) for women and more than 40 inches (102 cm) for men — are at a similar risk of developing diabetes as people who are clinically obese. The link is the strongest in female participants. (read the source)
  3. Calculating your body-fat percentage. This can be a bit tricky to do at home. In the US, personal trainers frequently use the skinfold method, which involves measuring the percentage of fat in various folds of skin on the body using skinfold calipers, to give you a rough estimate of your body-fat percentage.
Some experts say BMI can still be used because it give public-health experts a rough look at how whole populations are doing weight-wise. It is helpful also when combined with other measurements, such as waist circumference.

Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies Studentships

The one-year studentship for doctoral research is renewable annually for a further one or two years subject to satisfactory progress reports: the value of this studentship is currently worth £12,000 per annum. The Trustees have the discretion to increase this in the light of special circumstances or hardship. No additional support can be given towards travel expenses; the studentship can be spent on fees but is not intended to cover the full costs of being a student, and applicants will therefore need to apply for other sources of funding.

Applications must be received by 31 January 2017. Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances and no correspondence will be entered into. Applications cannot be individually acknowledged due to the volume received but successful applicants will be informed by the end of April 2017.

Use the following link to find out more http://www.ijurr.org/foundation-for-urban-and-regional-studies/studentships

Job: Project Manager / Consultant

The City of The Hague makes available a € 600.000 grant, starting on 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2018, equally split between the two calendar years. Each application can request a grant of up to € 50.000 to support their project.

Who can apply?

The Cross-Over Fund is available to knowledge institutions, NGOs, governmental organisations, start-ups and businesses worldwide. Successful applicants are required to work in collaboration with The Hague Humanity Hub and its partners.

Application deadline: Deadline for the first round of applications is Friday 17 February 2017.

For more information, please visit www.humanityx.nl/cross-over-fund.html

International Guest Scholarships for young surgeons from countries other than USA, Canada

The scholarships provide successful applicants with the privilege of participating in the College’s annual Clinical Congress held in Boston, MA, in October 2018, with public recognition of their presence. They will receive gratis admission to selected postgraduate courses plus admission to all lectures, demonstrations, and exhibits, which are an integral part of the Clinical Congress. Assistance will be provided in arranging visits, following the Clinical Congress, to various clinics and universities of their choice. In order to qualify for consideration by the selection committee, all of the requirements must be fulfilled.

Get more info. by visiting https://www.facs.org/member-services/scholarships/international/igs

AU Intercontinental Youth Forum 2017 call for participation

The objective of the trans-continental dialogue programme on PCVE through the soft power of religion is to create a transcontinental platform that will bring together stakeholders from Africa and Europe to deliberate on these issues and produce contemporary recommendations and activities on how to prevent/counter violent extremism.

The forum is primarily geared towards empowering youth to conceptualize and develop projects using the two major approaches of the IDOVE project: Social Media and Small Scale Projects.

Job: Supply Chain for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) Manager

Organization: Chemonics

Country: United States of America

Closing date: 23 Jan 2017

Chemonics seeks a Supply Chain Manager,VMMC (Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision) in support of the USAID Global Health Supply Chain-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project.

The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project is the primary vehicle through which USAID procures health commodities, provides technical assistance to improve partner countries’ management of supply chains, and collaborates with key international stakeholders to support global health initiatives. GHSC - PSM is a multi-billion dollar USAID funded objective. The project consolidates the previous procurement and assistance components of the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) and Deliver programs and is the primary vehicle through which USAID will procure lifesaving commodities to partner countries. Supporting key global health initiatives in HIV/AIDS, malaria, reproductive health, maternal and child health and zika, the project encompasses three primary objectives: global commodity procurement and logistics; systems strengthening to support in-country supply chain management; and collaboration via strategic engagement to improve long-term global supply of health commodities.

Chemonics employees on the project will be presented with a unique opportunity to contribute to the largest global procurement effort in the history of international development funded initiatives, thereby directly impacting the livelihoods and health of the populations most affected. Chemonics hires will work within a dynamic team environment surrounded by thought leaders with expertise in global health and supply chain best practices. We are looking for individuals who seek opportunities to grow their career while contributing valuable inputs within an employee owned organization

The Supply Chain Manager, VMMC will support the GHSC-PSM project headquarters supply chain staff, field offices, Ministries of Health, United States Government (USG), President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and external collaborators to provide technical support to USAID, and country programs in VMMC.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions)
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Provide technical assistance to country office staff, governments, and other country stakeholders in the following GHSC-PSM VMMC-related activities:
  • Quantification (forecasting and supply planning)
  • Local procurement of commodities
  • Product selection
  • Importation / Product Registration
  • Distribution
  • Waste management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Support countries in the design, operation, and monitoring and evaluation of supply chains responsible for the provision of VMMC commodities.
  • Assist with the improvement of national supply chains for laboratory reagents and consumables, HIV/AIDS care and treatment, and other related programs.
  • Work closely with USAID in developing strategies and solutions around the VMMC supply chain, including adapting to newly approved devices, sharing the work of GHSC-PSM, lessons learned, and new strategies in international fora.
  • Support country VMMC campaign preparation and execution.
  • Contribute to or write GHSC-PSM reports, articles and technical documents.
  • Participate in the USAID VMMC TWG and other working groups, as appropriate.
  • Represent the project at international meetings and on expert committees, as required.
  • Respond to ad hoc requests from USAID/Washington.
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Minimum 6 years experience in systems design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of supply chain systems at the country level, preferably with knowledge of VMMC or related commodities, and Master’s Degree in public health, health/sciences or business administration or related field or;
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in the design and development of systems design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of supply chain systems at the country level, preferably with knowledge of VMMC or related commodities, and Bachelor’s Degree in public health, sciences, supply chain, business administration, or a related field.
  • Experience with quantification or supply chain management tasks related to medical equipment and other consumables required.
  • Experience working with USAID, global partners and countries in assessing and designing improvements and technical guidance of VMMC or similar public health service delivery efforts.
  • Experience working in resource constrained countries.
  • Experience with VMMC laboratory network programs desired.
  • Current knowledge of existing developments in the field of VMMC or related commodity procedures, equipment, and supplies at the country level desired.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • A proven ability to work as part of a team and to be self-managing.
  • Available to travel internationally to resource limited countries (up to 40%).
  • Experience with statistic software (SAS, Epi Info, SPSS) desired.
  • Working proficiency in French, Spanish and/or Portuguese desired.
How to apply:

Apply through our Career Center at: https://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk05/ats/careers/searchResults.jsp?org=CHEMONICS&cws=1

No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Rural Distribution Ideas Contest

Are you passionate about identifying problems and developing fearless solutions?

Imagine you are an African education entrepreneur who just came up with the greatest idea to improve the quality of education and catalyze learning for children and adults…but you live in the city and you want to have an impact in rural areas, where the barriers to education and its delivery are highest.

The Rural Distribution Ideas Contest is taking on the challenge of how to get education solutions to willing learners in rural areas.

How would you use market-based solutions to overcome the economic, cultural, geographical, and language barriers to providing a quality education to your customers?

Find out more about this contest by visiting http://www.treccideachallenge.com

ICT in Education: Mobile Learning Week 2017 - Call for workshop and symposium presentations

Co-organized by UNESCO and UNHCR Mobile Learning Week 2017 will be held under the theme ‘Education in emergencies and crises’ from 20 to 24 March in Paris.

Register today to expand international understandings of how new and affordable technologies can help:
  • Strengthen inclusion in education
  • Preserve the continuity of learning in conflict and disaster contexts
  • Open and enrich learning opportunities for refugees and other displaced people
  • Facilitate the integration of learners in new schools and communities
  • Catalyze innovation in the education sector and improve the impact of humanitarian interventions
Find out more by visiting http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/themes/icts/m4ed/mobile-learning-week

IC-3i international PhD program call for applications

The IC-3i international PhD Program is co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 666003.

Call for applications
  • The call aims at recruiting motivated students for 14 PhD projects, with contracts starting in October 2017.
  • Applications can be sent until February 5th 2017, 17:00 CET 
The thesis projects cover Institut Curie’s 4 main research axes and its translational department, click the following link to find out more http://enseignement.curie.fr/en/ic3iphd

Anu and Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE $1,000,000

XPRIZE believes that solutions can come from anyone, anywhere. Scientists, engineers, academics, entrepreneurs and innovators with new ideas from all over the world are invited to form a team and register to compete. To participate, a team may need to recruit additional experts and can add new members at any time throughout the competition. Competing teams will own the Intellectual Property of their submissions.

Find out more about this prize by visiting http://safety.xprize.org/

Team registration for the Women’s Safety XPRIZE starts from October 24, 2016 through March 31st, 2017.

Royal Academy of Engineering Global Grand Challenges Competition 2017

The Royal Academy of Engineering are inviting university teams to participate in the Global Grand Challenges Competition 2017; a seven-month programme of challenge-led innovation, design and business development, culminating in the opportunity for five successful teams to attend the Global Grand Challenges Summit in Washington DC.

Click here to find out more.

Chief Field Office, NOC, Mbeya, Tanzania (For nationals only)

Qualifications of Successful Candidate
  • Advanced Degree in Social Science or other social science field is required.
  • Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in programme management, monitoring and evaluation, in a related field.
  • Fluency in English and another UN language.
Use the following link to find out the details https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=501813

Closing Date 6 Jan 2017 E. Africa Standard Time

Fondation Rainbow Bridge Scholarship for women from Asia, Africa

Recipients of this scholarship are top-caliber female candidates who have been admitted to the HEC Paris MBA program (Full-time only) and who can demonstrate exemplary leadership skills in one or more of the following areas:
  • Community work
  • Charity engagement
  • Sustainable development practices
Amount of Award: Up to two scholarships of € 20,000 per year

Find out more about this scholarship by visiting http://www.mba.hec.edu/Fees-Funding/Scholarships/Fondation-Rainbow-Bridge

Job: East African Regional Health Experts

Organization: Health Partners International

Closing date: 08 Jan 2017

Health Partners International (HPI) is a partnership that specialises in systems, governance and community engagement working in low and middle income countries. We provide policy and strategy advisory support, technical and programme management services in priority health areas focusing on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH), malaria and other communicable diseases, and nutrition. We have a long track record of successful collaboration with the public and private sectors, civil society and communities, supporting their efforts to achieve equitable gains in health and development. As we move forward in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals, we are developing increasingly integrated and multi-sectoral approaches that take account of the complex nature of our world with its unacceptable levels of inequality, the growing burden of non-communicable disease and the current enormous challenge of migration from areas of conflict, instability and fragility.

HPI continues to grow its East Africa portfolio, we are looking to identify high quality experts to meet demand for long- and short- technical expertise in the East Africa region.

The successful candidates will have experience and knowledge of providing technical assistance to programmes in East Africa, particularly in Uganda and South Sudan, across one or more of the following technical areas:
  • human resources for health (HRH);
  • reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH);
  • and nutrition.
Successful consultants will be included on our online database of experts which HPI relies on to source candidates for long term and short term roles. Once included in our database, HPI will contact you for suitable roles in the region as they arise.

By submitting your CV and cover letter to HPI, we understand that you have read our Data Protection Policy and have given us permission to store your personal details and contact you about future job opportunities.

Download the job description here.

How to apply:

Please send your cover letter, tailored CV (no more than 2 pages) highlighting key competencies to match the areas of experience above, highlighting salary expectations (in GBP), and reference details to [email protected].

Health Systems Strengthening Experts

Organization: Health Partners International

Closing date: 08 Jan 2017

Health Partners International (HPI) is a partnership that specialises in systems, governance and community engagement working in low and middle income countries. We provide policy and strategy advisory support, technical and programme management services in priority health areas focusing on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH), malaria and other communicable diseases, and nutrition. We have a long track record of successful collaboration with the public and private sectors, civil society and communities, supporting their efforts to achieve equitable gains in health and development. As we move forward in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals, we are developing increasingly integrated and multi-sectoral approaches that take account of the complex nature of our world with its unacceptable levels of inequality, the growing burden of non-communicable disease and the current enormous challenge of migration from areas of conflict, instability and fragility.

As Health Partners International (HPI) continues to develop its portfolio we are interested in expanding the range of consultants that we engage with to strengthen our work. This can happen both on our current programmes and for the new exciting opportunities that we positioning for.

Successful candidates will be included within the HPI & WISE consultant database and will be contacted for relevant opportunities. These can range from more short term assignments to longer term in country posts. The successful candidate will have experience and knowledge of providing technical assistance for health systems strengthening programmes, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. They will bring innovative and exciting ideas about the ways to make health systems stronger and more resilient to emerging threats.

By submitting your CV and cover letter to HPI, we understand that you have read our Data Protection Policy and have given us permission to store your personal details and contact you about future job opportunities.

Read the full job description here.

How to apply:

Please send your cover letter, tailored CV (no more than 2 pages) highlighting key competencies to match the areas of experience above, highlighting salary expectations (in GBP), and reference details to [email protected]

Job: Education Officer (French speaking) - Tanzania

Organization: Norwegian Refugee Council
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 03 Jan 2017


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, emergency food security, and water, sanitation and hygiene sectors.
The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters, NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours’ notice when a crisis occurs.

In mid-April 2016, NRC conducted a pre-assessment mission in the refugee camps in north western Tanzania and the assessment revealed that the humanitarian situation for the refugees requires urgent intervention and NRC therefore decided to establish an operational office in Kibondo town, to respond in Mtendeli and/or Nduta refugee camps. The initial interventions will focus in three sectors; shelter, WASH and education (initially construction of permanent classrooms). NRC is therefore seeking a French speaking Education Officer for the NRC Office in Kibondo, Tanzania. The Education Officer reports to the Education Programme Development Manager.

  • Ensure adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
  • Implement delegated education project portfolio according to plan of action (according to strategy, proposals, budgets, plans and donor requirements)
  • Coordinate with relevant partners within the Education sector and represent NRC at relevant meetings
  • Involve and inform communities and community leaders about the activities
  • Provide expertise within the Teacher Training program, by defining training contents, coordination with partners, delivering of training, and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Contribute to comprehensive education assessment for potential new education activities or in new locations;
  • Break down the annual operational plans into weekly, monthly and quarterly implementation plans
  • Ensure that procurement and distribution of education materials and equipment are timely and according to procedures
  • Supervise, train and develop field teams
  • Prepare and develop status reports as required by management (i.e. progress reports)
  • Ensure proper filing of documents
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need, and explore and asses new and better ways to assist
  • Minimum of three years’ teaching experience
  • Experience from working with education projects in a humanitarian/recovery context.
  • University degree or Certificate in Education as a qualified teacher from a recognized institution
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Managing resources to optimize results
  • High-level competency in computer skills (Microsoft Office applications)
  • Must have fluency in English and French, both written and verbal
  • Fluency in one or more of the national/regional languages will be an added advantage

Ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision
Highest standards of ethics and integrity, and communicating with impact and respect
All employees of the Norwegian Refugee Council should be able to adhere to our Codes of Conduct and the four organizational values: Dedicated, innovative, inclusive and accountable


Duty station: Kibondo, or another location in North Western Tanzania, where NRC supports the refugee response

Commencement: As soon as possible

Contract period: 12 months (with possibility of extension)

Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions. The candidate will observe NRC’s code of conduct and working hours for the NRC Tanzania

How to apply:



2017 Engage Global Social Media Competition: Technology for a Sustainable Future

The 2017 Engage Global Social Media Competition is open to all citizens across the globe 18 years of age or older. The winner will be flown to Abu Dhabi, with airfare, ground transportation within Abu Dhabi and accommodation paid by Masdar.

Find out more about this competition by visiting http://masdar.ae/en/intiatives/detail/2017-engage-global-social-media-competition-technology-for-a-sustainable-fu

Voting will continue until January 7, 2017.

GEMS Emerging Leaders Conference - Scholarships available

Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) invites you to apply for our second annual

More Than a Survivor: Emerging Leaders Conference.

The conference is specifically designed for survivors 21 and older, who want a platform to expand their understanding of survivor leadership, learn new skills, and share knowledge with other survivor leaders. There are no registration costs for those participants selected to attend. However, all participants will be responsible for their own travel, lodging and food expenses, aside from meals provided at the conference.

Find out more at http://www.gems-girls.org/survivor-leadership/trainings-and-workshops/elc

Opportunities for young talents: Internship at FAO

Are you interested in working for an International Organization?

Are you willing to embark on a challenging opportunity that will enrich your personal as well as your professional experience?

If so, consider applying for an internship at FAO. The Organization offers several options within its Headquarters and its decentralized offices worldwide to provide hands-on opportunities for students or young graduates to learn more about what FAO does.

Find out more at http://www.fao.org/employment/opportunities-for-young-talents/internship-programme

A.S.Hornby Educational Trust scholarship for Masters in ELT at the University of Warwick

Thank you for your interest in applying for an A.S.Hornby Educational Trust scholarship to study for Masters in ELT at the University of Warwick in the UK between October 2017 and September 2018.

The deadline for receipt of application forms is 12.00 midday UK time Monday 16th January 2017.

You will find all the information you need to help you with your application in the downloadable document at the bottom of this page. The document includes information about:
  • The A.S.Hornby Educational Trust
  • Eligibility of applicants
  • What the Hornby scholarship covers
  • The applicant selection process
The Online Application Portal:
  • Registration to the online application portal
  • Creating a new application form
  • Completing an application form
  • How referees will use the portal
  • Monitoring your application
  • What to do if you have a problem completing the application process
If you have a problem completing the application process please contact the following email address with details of your problem and we will provide an answer: [email protected]

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Afrika Kommt! 2016 - 2018

Nineteen of Germany's leading businesses have committed themselves to a common cause. In 2008 they launched AFRIKA KOMMT! and in so doing, laid the foundation stone for sustainable economic cooperation with Africa.
The programme not only trains young, future managers from Sub-Saharan Africa on-site with German companies, but is also directed at forming stable cooperative partnerships for the future.

Applications can only be submitted through the online application system. Deadline for applications is 03.02.2017.

Please read the application requirements carefully. You will find all necessary information in the application guide: AFRIKA KOMMT! 2016 - 2018

University of Geneva: Excellence Master Fellowships

The Faculty of Science, in collaboration with several sponsors, has established an Excellence Fellowship Program to support outstanding and highly motivated candidates who intend to pursue a Master of Science in any of the disciplines covered by the Faculty1. Admission criteria can be consulted on the relevant Master Web pages2. French proficiency is not a formal requirement for the Masters of the Faculty of science.

Application for an Excellence Fellowship is open to students from any university with very good performance in their studies (belonging to the best 10% of their bachelor's program) and that have completed the Bachelor degree or expect to complete it within 6 months3. Selection of the applicants will be based on excellence. Evaluation will be made on the basis of the documentation sent by the applicants.

More info at http://www.unige.ch/sciences/Enseignements/Formations/Masters/ExcellenceMasterFellowships_en.html

Job: Business Development Officers (2 Openings)

Qualifications, skills and experience:
  • Master’s degree in international public health, international development, business administration or equivalent degree with relevant experience.
  • 5-10 years of international health or development experience, of which 3-7 years of experience are in business development.
  • Educational, academic and/or professional experience that demonstrates a high level of technical proficiency in core MCDI program areas (MCH; malaria; WASH, neglected tropical disease, M&E, etc.) would be an advantage.
  • Strong writing skills and experience, particularly proposal writing that includes writing of technical sections of the proposal.
  • Strong experience working in the development of complex proposals and managing donor and partner relations.
  • Experience with and knowledge of regulations and policies of the US Government and non-US donors (to include the World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UN, DFID, EU, African Development Bank, GFATM, etc.).
  • Experience with capture planning, competitiveness analysis, and marketing of institutional capacities to enhance competitive position.
  • Knowledge of donor priorities and trends.
  • Experience in presenting and communicating project outcomes and impacts.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, written communication and negotiation skills.
  • Experience with proposal budgeting and cost application development desirable.
  • Strong computer skills and advanced knowledge of Excel spreadsheets.
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented environment.
  • Fluency in English required; working ability in French, Spanish and/or Portuguese preferred.
All applicants must be authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship from MCDI.

Job: Program Assistant

  • Bachelor’s degree. Humanities and Sciences or International studies preferred.
  • Strong IT and computer skills
  • Demonstrated experience with basic budget coding and tracking
  • Proven attention to detail: the ability to track and process multiple details simultaneously and accurately.
  • Track record of coordinating projects with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Flexible work attitude: the ability to work productively in a fast-paced environment with a small staff and to “pitch in” as needed to help get everyone’s job done.
  • Ability to use sound judgment in maintaining confidential information.
  • Ability to write, edit and finalize documents.
More info at http://reliefweb.int/job/1838554/program-assistant

Job: Patient Navigator (Community Health Educator)

Organization: Project Concern International
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 01 Feb 2017

Under the direction of the Director of Program Quality, USBP , provide outreach, needs assessment and case management to pregnant women in the project’s target area. This position is located at the PCI’s US & Border Programs office in City Heights. The position is full time.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Conduct outreach among pregnant women and their families, increasing their awareness and knowledge of health issues and accessing health services.
  • Provide home visits and case management to program participants and evaluate their progress towards achievement of project objectives
  • Collect and maintain relevant project data per grant/contract specifications, including data entry
  • Plan and implement health education sessions, support group activities, and community service-learning projects including preparation, facilitation and follow-up
  • Prepare and present educational information and material for a culturally-sensitive program to serve families in the perinatal period
  • Provide in-person assistance to apply for insurance through application assistance, document submission, follow-up and re-enrollment when necessary.
  • (repeat of below) Identify clients in need of supplementary services and document follow-up contact with all clients referred to community and health resources
  • Evaluate the progress of participants and progress towards achievement of project objectives
  • Develop and maintain a well-stocked health and empowerment information/education “Library” and facilitate its use by clients
  • Participate in agency and project meetings
  • Maintain continuing education as appropriate and assist with special projects as assigned by Supervisor
  • Perform all other duties as deemed necessary by the Director of Program Quality or Project Director
Special Requirements
  • Must be available to work overtime during peak periods.
  • Must have reliable transportation
Required Qualifications:**
  • High School diploma or GED certificate required with a minimum of 2 years’ professional experience in health, psychology, or social work field. CHW certification a plus.
  • Fluent in Spanish and English (read, write, speak) required and knowledge about bicultural issues related to Latina clientele.
  • Home visiting case management or Parents as Teachers training or experience a plus.
  • Certification as a Covered California Enrollment Counselor preferred with knowledge of health insurance programs and related eligibility requirements
  • Knowledge of US health care systems, mental health services and exposure to binational or international collaboration programs a plus.
  • Proficiency in MSOffice: Word, Excel required.
  • Able to work independently and as a team-player with creativity in problem solving.
  • Detail-oriented with strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Reliable transportation required. Must be available for occasional local travel (within California and US).
  • Availability to accept some weekend and evening assignments
  • Participate in PCI’s innovation efforts and in teams on innovation initiatives.
  • A passion for the mission and values of PCI.
How to apply: https://pciglobal-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&id=23&job...

Job: Sr. Technical Advisor I, Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health

Basic Requirements
  • Master’s of Public Health or other related degree
  • Minimum of ten years related experience in international public health/sexual and reproductive health
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in AYSRH, including at least two years specifically working in the field of international AYSRH
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in gender, particularly the intersection of gender and AYSRH
  • Knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights, contraception and HIV and AIDS issues, programs and projects
  • Knowledge of behavior change and social norm change processes and programming, particularly as they related to AYSRH
  • Demonstrated proposal development experience with USG and private foundation opportunities
  • Experience working in a developing country
  • Strategic thinker with ability to write clearly and express complex concepts
  • Ability to analyze and use quantitative and qualitative data to articulate strategy and opportunities for programmatic interventions or course-corrections
  • Commitment to the mission, vision and values of Pathfinder International
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills with an emphasis on being thorough, detail-oriented, with ability to multi-task and work under tight time-lines
  • Ability to work as a team member with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Willingness to travel at least 30%
  • Willingness to lead and provide technical inputs to USG and foundation proposals a minimum of 15-20% time
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Computer proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as design and layout programs
Preferred Qualifications
  • Fluency in French
  • Minimum of two years living and working in a developing country or countries
Find the details at http://reliefweb.int/job/1839664/sr-technical-advisor-i-adolescent-and-youth-sexual-and-reproductive-health

Job: Officer, Global Communications - PCI

Organization: Project Concern International
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 31 Jan 2017

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Vice President of Marketing & Communications, the Global Communications Officer is responsible for enhancing the visibility of PCI on the local, national, and international stages by generating media attention, marketing PCI’s online presence, and crafting content for distribution through all of PCI’s communications platforms. This position will be an integral part of PCI’s marketing and communication efforts, working closely on traditional and digital media to develop content, raise awareness, and generate donor interest, including direct online fundraising campaigns.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Contribute to the Communication and Marketing Strategy.
  • Ensure key messages are consistently communicated to relevant stakeholders.
  • Actively engage with U.S. and country office employees to promote PCI key messages: gain regular contributions of photos, stories and other materials for PCI use and ensure successful integration of materials to PCI website, blogs, etc. Work with country teams to distribute products to relevant stakeholders, including donors.
  • Oversee PCI’s blog editorial calendar, and work with relevant teams to develop the content on a monthly basis.
  • Execution of email marketing campaigns from development of content to production to online distribution.
  • Work with Web & Digital Marketing Manager in maintenance of content on PCI Global website.
  • Oversee the marketing of PCI’s technical resources both online and in print to promote the organization as a leader in the global development community.
  • Provide advice and expertise to U.S. and country office staff on a range of communication, brand and marketing issues, methods, and approaches, ensuring that all materials are PCI branded.
  • Aggressively build and maintain an expanding media contact list with local, national, and international press.
  • Work with staff to draft and edit press releases as needed.
  • Prepare and pitch PCI stories to print, broadcast, and web journalists to ensure maximum coverage.
  • Identify opportunities to position PCI-approved issues and spokespeople in the news media.
  • Provide regular media activity summaries.
Position Parameters/Special Requirements:
  • Ability to work overtime during peak periods
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally if needed Required Skills
  • Bachelor's degree in appropriate field or technical training and 6 to 8 years of additional experience.
  • Three to four years professional well rounded experience in communications and brand management required.
  • Demonstrated record of success in developing and executing successful traditional and online communication strategies.
  • Nimble, responsive approach to implementing, evaluating, and iterating strategies and solutions.
  • Creative flair and intuition for thinking outside-of-the-box.
  • Expertise in story-telling and social media, especially in taking technical data and improving clarity for a lay audience.
  • Proven technical skills for email marketing.
  • Demonstrated experience working on complex communication initiatives with internal resources and external agencies.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proven ability to build collaborative, impactful relationships with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to act as a program manager to drive multiple projects, prioritize, and meet simultaneous milestones.
  • Knowledge of NGOs in global health, non-profit, and philanthropic sectors and/or experience working in developing countries highly desired. Knowledge of and experience in private sector and/or Capitol Hill equally valued.
  • Track record of performance excellence, exceeding targets and objectives.
  • Outstanding communication, presentation, and influencing skills
  • Participate in PCI’s innovation efforts and in teams on innovation initiatives
  • A passion for the mission and values of PCI Job Location Washington, District of Columbia, United States
How to apply:


Job: Communication Specialist, UNICEF

Qualifications of Successful Candidate
  • Advanced University degree (Master's)in social sciences, journalism/public information, communication or other related field, or comparable experience.
  • Eight years progressive experience in information, communications and media relations, with at least two years at the international level.
  • Knowledge of current theories and practices in communication research planning and strategy on the role of the mass media
  • Proven ability to manage relationships with media representatives and UNICEF partners
  • Proven skills in communication, networking, strategic thinking, advocacy, negotiation, and ability to relate this to mass media
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute ideas as well as transfer knowledge and skills
  • Ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form
  • Knowledge of United Nations or other international organizations; good understanding of world affairs, current events and development issues
  • Fluency in English required. Knowledge of another UN working language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) an asset.
More info at http://reliefweb.int/job/1839814/communication-specialist-p-4-new-york-43379

Job: Programmer Analyst - Backend Web, UNICEF

Qualifications of Successful Candidate
  • An advance university degree (Master's) in Computer Sciences, Software Engineering, Information System Management, Business Administration, or a directly related field(s) is required. A relevant first-level university degree (Bachelor's), in combination with 2 years of additional relevant work experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree (Master's).
  • A minimum of two (2) years of hands on development experience in Drupal, including custom module development, key contributed modules and core Internet-based application Programming Interfaces (API) is required.
  • Prior experience in Drupal 8 is desirable.
  • Training in relevant disciplines, major or substantial course work in web application and infrastructure administration and web application development is highly desirable.
  • Fluency in English (written & verbal) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is considered an asset.
Other relevant requirements:
  • Proficiency in the optimization maintenance and administration of Drupal modues and sites
  • Proficiency in Drupal-adjunct technologies such as the LAMP stack, HTML, CSS, jQuery/JavaScript, SaaS, Varnish, SOLR, Rest API services, multi-dev workflow with either a Front End focus or Backend Focus
  • Some experience with Drupal 8 in a headless configuration, and content as a service (CaaS) emerging areas
  • Desired experience using Acquia as the infrastructure platform for Drupal
  • Strong hands-on experience with PHP and MySQL database
  • Working knowledge of development frameworks, such as Symfony
  • Working knowledge of SEO coding best practices
  • Hands-on experience developing responsive designs, AlB and multivariate tests
  • Working knowledge of open source and third-party applications integration, including taxonomy, search, and analytics into existing systems
  • Familiarity with Agile methodology and Serum framework, version control systems, such as Git continuous integration system and automated testing practices
  • Familiarity with content caching technologies and techniques, understanding of OS and application security and vulnerability assessments
  • Prior experience of other enterprise content management systems such as Word Press, cloud services like Microsoft Azure, AWS
More info at http://reliefweb.int/job/1839809/programmer-analyst-backend-web-p-2-ictd-new-york-hq-100016-100017

University of Oulu International Master’s Scholarship Scheme 2017-2018

The University of Oulu International Master’s Scholarship Scheme (IM Scholarship) provides scholarships to academically talented international students. The scholarship is aimed at students studying for a Master’s degree in the University of Oulu two-year International Master’s programmes. The scholarship covers the full international tuition fee. University of Oulu IM Scholarships do not cover living costs.

Applicants are eligible to apply for a University of Oulu IM Scholarship 2017-18, if they meet the admissions criteria and are liable to pay the tuition fee. The scholarship application will be processed in the selection procedure only if the applicant meets the admissions criteria.

Find out more about this scholarship by visiting http://www.oulu.fi/university/masters/scholarships

National Geographic Society 2017 Buffett Award for Leadership in African Conservation

Since 2002, the award has honored the unsung heroes of conservation, celebrating the recipient’s achievements and supporting ongoing work in conserving nature or culture in Africa. The award includes a $25,000 grant.

Past recipients of the National Geographic Society/Buffett Award have conducted conservation research on elephants and the bush-meat trade in Tanzania, worked to ensure that local communities in Ugandabenefit from conservation initiatives, developed sustainable agricultural practices for small farmers in Cameroon, and more.

Nominations must be received no later than January 30, 2017.

More info at http://nationalgeographic.org/awards/buffett/2017-africa-nominations

International Citizen Media Award 2017

The International Citizen Media Award 2017 intends to honor tremendous international work in the field of citizen media and its products in the categories Video and Audio which have been created by private, non-commercial producers.

The award distinguishes the dedication of citizens of all countries, their audiovisual products and their reporting concerning locally, regionally, globally and socially relevant topics.

Find out more by visiting http://www.icm-award.com/information/#bewertung

Fully funded scholarships for ACES Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree

We are now accepting applications for fully funded scholarships for the next academic year of the EM JMD ACES programme, starting in September 2017. Applications from EU and non-EU candidates are welcome – the programme is aimed at students from all over the world. Scholarships will cover tuition fees, living and travel expenses. This website contains all the information you need to know about the programme. 

Find out more by visiting http://www.emm-aces.org

The closing date for scholarship applications is 17 February 2017.

Call for papers: Feature in the 2017 African Union ECHO

Young people in Africa are an enormous resource for the continent’s developments. It is in this regard that African Union Heads of State and Government declared the theme for 2017 as ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth’.

The AU ECHO provides a platform for the 54 Member States of the African Union, and African citizens to profile the successes of Africa, and to impart knowledge and experiences born from African led initiatives, based in the instruments and decisions of the African Union. It is published on an annual basis by the Directorate of Information and Communication (DIC) of the AUC, with a key focus on content aligned to the AU’s Theme of the Year.

FOR MORE INFORMATION & SUBMISSION DETAILS, DOWLOAD THE CALL FOR PAPERS, click these highlighted words: Call for Papers for the AU ECHO

University of Bonn: New scholarships for students from developing countries

Joint Master of Science Programme with UN University 

The University of Bonn and the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) are delighted to announce that thanks to support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) they will be offering up to eight fully funded scholarships to students from developing countries for the Joint Master of Science (M.Sc.) programme “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security.”

The scholarship scheme will run for the next eight years and is targeted at students from developing countries. Successful applicants will be able to cover all expenses directly related to the study programme as well as their cost of living in Bonn. “We are glad to offer the new master’s course with strong partners such as the United Nations University and the University of Bonn,” says Prof. Dr. Margret Wintermantel, President of DAAD. “The course broadens the range of opportunities we offer for young specialists from developing and newly industrialising countries at German institutions of higher education.”

The objective of the Master’s course is to have a global mix of students, but financial restrictions can often be a burden for students coming from developing countries. “This scholarship empowers us to provide quality education to students from all parts of the world. It helps us to further advance our mission of capacity building in developing countries, an essential cornerstone of our teaching and research work” says Prof. Dr. Jakob Rhyner, Director of UNU-EHS.

The joint M.Sc. programme provides postgraduate students with detailed knowledge, critical understanding, strategies and the tools required to take an interdisciplinary approach towards environmental risks and human security. It is the third study programme in Bonn to be admitted to the DAAD funding scheme, in addition to the ZEF Doctoral Studies programme and the ARTS study programme offered by the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Bonn.

“This Master’s programme is the output of the fruitful collaboration between our Department of Geography and the United Nations University. It is a substantial contribution to the internationalization of the University of Bonn and we are very thankful for the support of DAAD for this joint Master programme,” says Prof. Dr. Michael Hoch, Rector, University of Bonn.

The joint M.Sc. programme scholarship is part of a larger scholarship programme called “Development Related Postgraduate Courses” funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It offers a total of up to 280 scholarships per year for students studying in around 40 carefully selected postgraduate courses in Germany. Since the programme was established in 1987 it has sponsored about 6,000 graduates.

The ultimate goal of the scholarship is to foster intercultural exchange and enable the students to contribute to the sustainable development of their home countries by applying the knowledge they acquired during the study program. UNU-EHS, the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn together with the support of DAAD look forward to welcoming students from all over the world to Bonn.

For more information on the joint M.S.c. “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security,” please visit:

For more information on the scholarship programme, please visit: https://www.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/en

Call for applications: Google annual CS4HS Award

How does CS4HS work?

PD practitioners apply for an annual CS4HS award. They facilitate the development and delivery of professional development to teachers around the world who need additional support and resources to teach computer science and computational thinking.


CS4HS Funding Criteria

Funding is awarded to applicants from research institutions, universities, school districts and educational nonprofits dedicated to delivering exemplary Computer Science professional development for teachers.

Google # Hash Code challenge

Hash Code is a team-based programming competition organized by Google for students and industry professionals across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. You pick your team and programming language, we pick a real-life engineering problem for you to solve. Are you up for the challenge?

Use the following link to find out more https://hashcode.withgoogle.com

Shell Ideas360 - Develop ideas to tackle pressures on world’s Food, Water, Energy resources


Register with Shell Ideas360, setup your profile and join the conversation.
  • Communicate with students across the world.
  • Share ideas and ask for advice from subject matter experts.
  • Find inspiration and formulate teams.
  • Build your network and enhance your CV!
Shell Ideas360 is more than a global competition that connects students to develop ideas to tackle the pressures on the world’s Food, Water and Energy resources. It’s an exciting journey of learning and discovery. Collaborate with like-minded innovators, Shell experts and mentors to expand your horizons.

Register and begin your journey!

Finalist teams receive:
  • A trip to Make The Future, London
  • Intensive coaching
  • Opportunity to pitch ideas to senior Shell executives, Innovators and Industry leaders
Read more www.shellideas360.com/about-the-competition

Internship: Supply Chain Analytics, USA

Country: United States of America

Closing date: 06 Jan 2017

Global Health Fellows Program II

Supply Chain Analytics Intern

Commodities Security and Logistics Division, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development

Anticipated timeframe: February 2017- August 2017: Compensated 6 month internship

Location: Washington, DC/ Arlington, VA


The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a five year cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership with Global Health Corps, GlobeMed, Management Systems International and PYXERA Global. GHFP-II is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

GHFP-II’s goal is to improve the effectiveness of USAID health programs by addressing the Agency’s immediate and emerging human capacity needs. The program seeks to accomplish this goal first through the recruitment, placement and support of diverse health professionals at the junior, mid and senior levels. These program participants include fellows, interns, corporate volunteers and Foreign Service National professionals. The program then provides substantial performance management and career development support to participants, including annual working planning assistance, and ensures that professional development opportunities are available.

Looking to the future, GHFP-II also seeks to establish a pool of highly-qualified global health professionals that will ensure the Agency’s ongoing technical leadership and effectiveness. This objective is supported by an extensive outreach program that brings global health opportunities and specialized career advice to a diverse range of interested individuals, with a particular focus on those underrepresented in the field of global health.


USAID procures and distributes over $1B in health pharmaceuticals and supplies every year and invests over $200M annually to strengthen supply chains in developing countries. With over 100 points of origin, over 50 destination countries, more than 4,000 stock keeping units and thousands of shipments a year, the amount of data generated from its supply chain operation is significant. In addition, there is data residing in multiple country systems and many other data sources that support USAID’s supply chain program. USAID has recently developed a data warehouse and business intelligence tool to house and use these disparate datasets in the management of its supply chain programs and investments.


The Commodity Security and Logistics (CSL) Division within the Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) in the Bureau for Global Health is seeking a Supply Chain Analytics Intern (Intern) to assist the Business Intelligence Team in (1) gathering business requirements on most impactful analyses and visualizations for users, (2) designing strategic reports and dashboards to support key management units within USAID’s Global Health, (3) identifying business process improvement opportunities centered around the newly developing analytics platform, and (4) support network optimization and inventory optimization efforts for USAID global supply chain. The Intern will work closely with the Senior Supply Chain Technical Advisor as his/her onsite manager.

  • Gaining experience in using transactional supply chain data to set strategy and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the supply chain.
  • Gaining a greater understanding of USAID and using data to drive change in a complex organizational environment.
  • Deepening technical skills, including SQL, MicroStrategy, optimization/simulation tools, and Excel/Access.
  • Deepening skills in collaboration and coordination within a complex organizational and implementation structure.

  • Using transaction data from USAID’s global supply chain operation and other data sources, in an effort to build out a dashboard and alerting system in a Business Intelligence environment used to support the strategic oversight of USAID’s programs and help shift the organization to one that is more data driven and efficient. This will include the following: integrating a balanced scorecard approach to the most important supply chain key performance indicators; supporting OSM and technical teams (procurement, warehousing and distribution, forecasting, MIS, QA, and M&E) in using available data to drive the business and design strategic analyses, dashboards, reports, and alerts.
  • Providing support in analyzing USAID’s global fulfillment network and inventory policies to ensure optimal design and strategy. This could include support of network and/or inventory optimization efforts as well as simulation-based inventory analysis.
  • Analyzing raw, semi-structured data from country supply chains and other sources to support the team in making recommendations for improved supply chain planning at the global level.
  • Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming need and/or the Intern’s own interests.
  • Currently enrolled master’s or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate in a program related to supply chain management, logistics, industrial engineering, business, information systems, computer science or a related field; or, completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Demonstrated ability to derive strategic insights from raw data used to assist leaders in setting policies and ensuring sound investments.
  • Demonstrated experience with supply chain analytics, preferably including network/inventory optimization simulation, and forecasting.
  • Demonstrated experience using analytical tools (Excel, Access, MySQL, Tableau, R, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience with and understanding of supply chain management, procurement, and/or logistics for a large organization.
  • Experience with MicroStrategy, plus basic understanding of relational databases and query experience (SQL, etc.) is preferred.
  • Strong listening and communication skills.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

$1,826 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position).

How to apply:


Detailed information, including an online application and instructions, is available on our website at www.ghfp.net. All applications must be submitted by January 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm eastern time.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA Employer.

2017 Women’s Edition-Africa: Call for Applications

Women’s Edition offers a unique opportunity to become part of an international network of leading women journalists interested in women’s health and development. PRB will select 10 to 12 women journalists from several low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa to participate in a weeklong seminar and study tour on the continent in April 2017. Successful participants from this group will be invited to another seminar/study tour in 2017, when they will be joined by an equal number of women journalists from South Asia.

Find out more by visiting http://www.prb.org/About/ProgramsProjects/International-Media/Womens-Edition/womens-edition-africa-2017-applications.aspx

Call: 2017 MAB Youth Forum committed to sustainable development

The MAB Secretariat offers, in collaboration with the Regional Bureau located in Venice, an opportunity for young people who care about the special territories in which they live in to become active in the MAB Programme and to contribute to the sustainable development of their communities, in line with the Lima Action Plan.

Announced for the first time during the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves in Lima, Peru, the forum has been welcomed by a standing ovation! It will take place from 18 to 23 September 2017 in the heart of the Biosphere Reserve of the Po Delta. The 5 days will be organized in plenary sessions and parallel sessions, which will be carried out in various symbolic places of the Po Delta, in order to encourage exchanges between the participants and the actors of the territory.

Click the following link to find out more http://www.unesco.org/new/en/venice/about-this-office/single-view/news/2017_mab_youth_forum_committed_to_sustainable_development

Fellowships for threatened scholars around the world

A legacy of rescue. A beacon of hope.

The Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund® (IIE-SRF) formalizes an unwavering commitment that IIE has demonstrated for nearly a century to preserve the lives, voices, and ideas of scholars around the globe. IIE-SRF fellowships support visiting appointments for threatened scholars to continue their work in safety at partnering academic institutions worldwide. At the heart of IIE-SRF is the idea that each scholar we help who continues his or her work in safety is a beacon of hope in our world.

Since 2002, IIE-SRF has assisted 681 scholars from 56 countries, placing them at over 350 host partner institutions in 41 countries around the world.

Together we can make a difference. One life, one voice, one idea at a time.

IIE-SRF announces a January 9th deadline for its next round of applications from scholars facing threats to their lives or careers. Please visit our pages detailing eligibility and applications requirements for more information on how to apply.

Click these highlighted words if you say I AM A SCHOLAR IN NEED

Allard Prize Photography Competition

The Allard Prize administers a semi-annual Photography Competition that recognizes photographic excellence reflecting the ideals of the Allard Prize. Each winning entry receives a CAD $1,000 cash prize and is featured on the Allard Prize website for six months.

For more information please see PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION (click here).

Call for nominations: The Allard Prize for International Integrity

NOMINATE anti-corruption leaders for the 2017 Allard Prize!

Launched in 2012, the CAD $100,000 Allard Prize is awarded biennially to an individual, movement, or organization that has demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in combating corruption, especially through promoting transparency, accountability, and the Rule of Law. Nominations are ongoing and open to the public.

CLICK HERE to nominate your anti-corruption hero/heroes today.

Nominations close January 15, 2017.

For more information please see PRIZE CRITERIA.

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Nestlé Nutrition Institute Fellowship Grant

  • Fellowships are available for post graduate qualifications only.
  • Fellow has to be affiliated with an academic/clinical institution
  • Potential candidates should submit an application describing their interest in participating in the NNI Research training Fellowship.
  • The application form must be accompanied by the following:

  1. Details of their current level of training,
  2. Curriculum Vitae,
  3. A plan of the proposed training/activity clearly indicating its specific outcomes and
  4. Two letters of recommendation (1 from the institution where the candidate is working and 1 from the host institution*).
  5. Letter stating intent to return to the home country upon completion of the training program.
*Host Institution (Sites) – any scientific institution offering a program in the fields of Maternal and/or Child Health and Nutrition

Application form for Research Fellowship


The Panel will not accept applications, which are submitted by:
  • Candidates who have already spent more than 12 months outside their home country during the 3 years preceding the application. Exceptions could be made if the applicant can justify how this additional training will supplement the one(s) already obtained.
  • Candidates who have already left their country at the time of applying for the fellowship.
  • Candidates who have completed more than one half of any training programme they may already be enrolled in.
  • Candidates who, at the time of submitting their application, already have a grant from any other training program.
  • Applications will not be entertained if the applicant’s home country law prohibits the nature of this activity.
  • Successful candidates will be required to start their training within 1 year of being notified of the fellowship award.
  • Duration of the support for the research training lasts for a maximum of 12 months.
  • Upon certification, fellowship awardees return to their home countries.

Internship focused on World Aquaculture Performance Indicators (WAPI)

Minimum requirements
  • Be recent graduates (within 2 years of the most recent graduation) or students in a recognised university or graduate school programme and have completed at the very least two years of undergraduate studies in aquaculture, fisheries, economics or other related fields.
  • A working knowledge of English is required. Knowledge of other FAO official languages (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) could be an asset.
  • Experience in data processing and analysis.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Proficiency in statistical software (e.g. STATA).

Call for submissions: CSA Program Leader Awards for ending oil dependence

The CSA is both a fund –– with $20 million and counting ready to invest in new climate solutions –– and an accelerator, staffed with experts who know how to get big, audacious ideas off the ground. In 2017, we’re looking for 8-10 leaders with imaginative solutions for ending oil dependence.

Once selected, leaders will join the Oil Breakthrough Lab, a week-long boot camp and intensive 90-day accelerator designed to refine and strengthen their visions. Over the course of the lab, leaders will receive mentorship from experts; exposure to a global network of funders, luminaries, and seasoned innovators; and (most importantly) dedicated working time. Participants will come out of the lab with a polished proposal and pitch, which they’ll present to the CSA network of funders at a collaborative, in-person event. The CSA Fund will then decide if any of the candidates will move on to become Program Leaders, receiving grants of up to $1-2 million per year over a three-year period to further pursue their ideas.

Find out more and send applications via https://www.climatestrategiesaccelerator.org

Call for papers: 4th LSE Africa Summit

The 4th LSE Africa Summit invites submissions of papers to be considered for presentation during the Annual Research Conference on the theme: “Built for Africa: African Solutions to African Issues?”, to be held in London on March 31, 2017. The conference will bring together top-tier researchers from around the world and high-level policymakers to advance dialogue on Africa’s developmental issues. It is intended to improve the feedback loop between researchers who produce knowledge and policymakers who rely on policy relevant and timely evidence-based research to make decisions. The conference will be feature parallel sessions based on contributed papers and projected presentations. These will be complemented by debates and keynote speeches by renowned speakers from academia, government, and practitioners. The conference will conclude with a policy roundtable session focused on distilling core messages for a policy-focused audience.

In Conflict: Open call for single photos and projects

In Conflict is an international open call to all photographers, artists and creatives using photography, regardless of age, sex, experience, occupation or geographic location. It is possible to participate as an individual or as a group. Photographic images included in projects must have been taken within the last 10 years, and can or cannot have been exhibited before or presented in other prizes.

Find out more and submit your entries at http://www.celesteprize.com/InConflict2017

African Leadership Academy Fellowships

ALA Fellowships are two-year posts for young professionals who have completed their undergraduate studies within the past five years. ALA Fellows work closely with talented and passionate students from across the African continent through teaching and/or professional staff supporting roles. Teaching Fellows collaborate with exceptional educators and mentors, teaching courses in areas of expertise and gaining broad practical experience in teaching and learning. Staff Fellows assist in areas such as strategic relations or admissions, developing skills in project management. All Fellows participate actively in student life as resident advisors and coaches overseeing extracurricular activities, bringing energy and cultivating a vibrant culture of leadership, innovation, and international cooperation on campus. Fellows receive housing, a stipend to cover living expenses, and are eligible for a grant to enable one professionally relevant travel excursion during the course of the Fellowship.

Click the following link to find out more http://www.africanleadershipacademy.org/jobboard/?gh_jid=525596

Applications will be accepted through February 17, 2017.

Call for Entries: The Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling

  • The contest is open to up-and-coming, English-speaking journalists working for print, broadcast and online news media based in Africa.
  • Applicants must submit a published story or series that reflects top-notch storytelling about important issues.
  • Submissions can include feature stories; in-depth, investigative or explanatory pieces; or multimedia reports or documentaries.
  • Published stories or broadcasts must be submitted in English. Works in other languages must include English translations.
Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., U.S. Eastern time, Monday, January 30, 2017. Apply here.

A distinguished jury will select the inaugural honoree. The winner will be announced March 15, 2017, and will be honored at ICFJ’s Board Dinner in New York on May 31, 2017.

For more information on the Michael Elliott Award, please visit http://www.icfj.org/our-work/call-entries-michael-elliott-award-excellence-african-storytelling

UNESCO Internship Programme

You can apply for an internship if you fall under any of the following:

  • Student currently enrolled in a bachelor or postgraduate degree in any of the following fields:
    • Education
    • Culture
    • Sciences
    • Communication and Information
    • Social and Human Sciences
    • Law
    • Human Resources
    • Management Studies
    • International Relations
  • Student enrolled in a technical, secretarial, or vocational school. You need to have reached your last year of studies. 
  • Recent graduate who has graduated from a university or a vocational/technical institution within the last 12 months prior to your application. 
  • You have completed at least 3 years of full-time studies in a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree.

UNU-IAS 2017 fellowship for Master’s and Doctoral Programmes

UNU-IAS is now accepting applications for September 2017 admission to our postgraduate degree programmes, the Master of Science in Sustainability, and the PhD in Sustainability Science. The application deadlines are 28 February 2017 for the Master’s degree programme, and 28 April 2017 for the doctoral degree programme. Those who expect to receive a required degree before September 2017 are also eligible to apply.
About the Programmes

Students accepted for the programmes will benefit from the unique opportunity to study in Tokyo at a global university within the framework of the United Nations. Both programmes are intended for recent graduates, professionals and practitioners wishing to develop an international career through employment in UN agencies, other international organizations, governments, civil society or the private sector. Enrolled students also will have the opportunity to obtain a joint diploma offered by UNU-IAS and The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Frontier Science (UT-GSFS), if they complete additional requirements.
How to Apply

Applicants must submit all application documents online. Please visit the UNU-IAS website pages for our degree programmes to find out more about the application requirements and process.

If you have any questions please contact us through the online inquiry form.

For details about the fellowship, visit http://ias.unu.edu/en/about/fellowships

Job: Technical Program Officer, WASH Project

Required Experience
  • Degree in medicine, public health or related field.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Demonstrated report writing and presentation skills.
  • Experience working effectively with government counterparts particularly at national and regional levels.
  • Proven interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team.
  • Willingness and ability to travel within Tanzania up to 30 percent per year.
  • Experience collaborating on projects/studies and coordinating efforts, as appropriate, with other program staff, other international health agencies, and private and public organizations.
  • 3-5 years’ experience with measurement and evaluation of projects preferred.
  • Experience working effectively with government counterparts at both national and regional level.
  • Demonstrated experience in implementation of Tanzanian field-based WASH related methodology including analysis of epidemiologic investigation data utilizing new methodologies or existing techniques.
  • Work experience in communicable diseases, particularly enteric preventable diseases would be an asset.
If you meet the criteria mentioned above and are interested, please use the following link for details https://uncareer.net/vacancy/technical-program-officer-wash-project-7911

Job: Head of Project Finance and Administration

  • Master’s degree in Accounting/ Finance/ Business Administration
  • Proven work experience in Sub-Saharan countries, preferrably Tanzania and other East or South African countries
  • Excellent organisational development, fund raising skills, good reporting Skills
  • Min. 5 years of work experiences in a relevant field
  • Excellent English communication skills
  • Excellent command of standard bookkeeping software
  • Excellent command of MS Excel
  • Experiences from the corporate or non-profit sector are an asset
If you are interested in the position please send us your application until 6th of January 2017 click the following link to find out more http://www.epojobs.de/index.php/36463-head-of-project-finance-and-administration-tanzania

Job: HIV/AIDS Specialist, NOD, Dar es Salaam

Qualifications of Successful Candidate
  • An Advanced University Degree in public health, pediatric health, family health, health research, global/international health, health policy and/or management, environmental health sciences, biostatistics, socio-medical, health education, epidemiology or other health related sciences is required.
  • A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in public HIV/AIDS planning and management and/or in relevant areas of health care, health emergency/humanitarian preparedness, at the international level some of which preferably in a developing country is required. Relevant experience in HIV/AIDS programme/project development and management in any UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Fluency of the local language of the duty station as well as proficiency in English.
Find out more about this job opportunity by visiting http://jobs.unicef.org/cw/en-us/job/502110/hivaids-specialist-nod-dar-es-salaam-tanzania-for-nationals-only

WVI Administrative Assistant

The administrative specialist will be the single administrative point of contact for all the M&E Team members and is responsible to: engage with team members specific administrative questions, issues or problems, support them directly in tasks that can best be performed centrally, and provide clear guidance, in the form of brief ‘how-to’ guides and ‘help-desk’ style support, on tasks that can best be performed by individual staff members. The administrative specialist will also assist the team with drafting and formatting communication and results dissemination materials such as reports and Power-point presentations, DME data analysis, document review and drafting reports.

Find out more about this opportunity at https://careers.wvi.org/jobs/tanzania/administrative-services/administrative-assistant/6500

Volunteer in Tanzania: Early childhood education in Kilimanjaro

Volunteers will be involved in the following activities: - Assisting in teaching English, Math, Writing and Drawing; - Playing various sports and games with children; - Preparing and organizing competitions; - Teaching music; - Home visits for disadvantaged children.

Participants in this project will have an opportunity to experience life with kids in the community. Various discussions and educational visits on children's' issues will be organized involving volunteers and community members. The major topic will be Child development.

Find out more by visiting http://www.idealist.org/view/volop/mtXTBgHh3SCp

Job: Sales Agent Coordinator at Mobisol Tanzania

  • Degree in Sales or related field is a plus
  • Sales experience is essential; two years’ experience in B2C sales and at least 1 year in sales management or a related field is a plus
  • Ability and a passion for coaching and training sales agents
  • Strongly customer focused
  • Dynamic self-starter, high energy and strong initiative
  • Willing to travel in Territory assigned and attend trainings/events in regional/zonal/national hubs
  • Fluency in Swahili and English; knowledge of Territory local language(s) is a plus

ESMT scholarships for Master's in Management students

ESMT offers partial tuition scholarships for accepted Master's in Management students who show academic merit.

Scholarships are allocated based on academic excellence, personal and professional achievement, leadership potential, and interpersonal skills. Candidates from quantitative subject areas like science, technology, engineering, finance, economics or mathematics are especially encouraged to apply, although scholarships have been awarded to candidates with any backgrounds like international relations, social sciences and business studies as well.

To receive a scholarship, candidates first apply to the Master's in Management program. There is an extra essay available for applicants to explain their suitability for a scholarship.

More info at https://www.esmt.org

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Scholarship for Africans for post-graduate studies in Leadership Development

MINDS scholarships are awarded to meritorious applicants following a rigorous selection process. To be considered for a MINDS scholarship, you must:
  • Be a national of an African country, residing in any African country; 
  • Have been formally accepted by one or more MINDS preferred institution/s to pursue postgraduate studies within the following year;
  • Have obtained at least 70% in each subject/ course in the last two completed years of study;
  • Produce evidence of demonstrated leadership abilities or potential guided by the questions/ requirements set out in the application form;
  • Submit a complete online application form (see below) with the required supporting documentation.
Use the following link for more http://www.minds-africa.org/ScholarshipProgram.html

Job: Sales Manager / Natural Extracts Industries / Moshi, Tanzania

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9 Simple tips to help you avoid "holiday" weight gain

We get most of the unwanted calories from added sugar drinks and foods such as processed foods like cereals, granola bars, breads, and cakes.

The following basics are a good place to start this holiday season (and for all meals in general throughout the year):
  1. Cut back on added sugar and refined carbohydrates. Diets that are high in sugar and refined carbs (white rice, sweet snack foods, white bread) and low in whole grains (brown rice, whole wheat) have been linked with health problems, while diets high in whole grains and low in refined carbohydrates tend to be linked with more positive outcomes.

  2. Celebrate by eating the foods you want in moderation: Don't skip meals because skipping a meal before a holiday party, instead of getting fewer calories for the day, you might end up getting more because people tend to overeat when they're hungry. Eating a small snack before a party can take the edge off. Eating fewer calories during the day. High-fiber foods, such as fruits and vegetables, which fill you up without a lot of calories, are good choices. For example, avocados, while they're high in fat and calories — just half of one packs 120 calories, about the equivalent of a slice of bread — avocados are low in sugar and rich in fiber. Incorporate oily fish like salmon into your diet and vegetables should be the cornerstone of your meals. "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants, (says journalist and food writer Michael Pollan)."

  3. Snack on nuts. Nuts are high in protein and can help stabilize blood-sugar levels — which, if they plummet, can make healthy people feel "hangry" (hungry and angry) and can be especially dangerous for people with diabetes. Nuts are also a good source of fiber, a key nutrient that helps aid digestion and keeps us feeling full.

  4. Place and pace: Don't park yourself near the foodt table at holiday parties. Socialize at the opposite end of the room. Try to make just one pass through the food line and then eat slowly. If you're tempted to go through the line again, wait at least 10 to 20 minutes. The urge may pass.

  5. Limit portions: It's easy to over-serve yourself at holiday meals or parties. Try selecting only those foods you most want to eat. Try using the smallest plate available. Try to serve yourself only half of what you'd normally take. A bite or 2 may satisfy a craving.

  6. Rethink drinks: Alcohol and sugary drinks can also contribute to weight gain. Try sparkling water with a lime twist.

  7. Exercise: Preventing weight gain requires you to use up the calories that you take in. You do that through physical activity. Try taking a stroll through your neighborhood to view holiday light displays. To burn more calories, instead of napping, get outside after a big holiday meal for a walk or a game of touch football.

  8. Weigh in: If you notice your weight going up, perhaps you'll have the inspiration you need to watch what you're eating a little more carefully or to become a bit more active.

  9. Cook with care: Often, a simple ingredient substitution can reduce the fat and calories in your favorite recipes without sacrificing flavor. For example:

    Use reduced-fat or nonfat cheeses in place of regular cheese in salads and casseroles.

    Top dishes with sliced almonds rather than fried onion rings.

    Bake muffins and quick breads, such as banana bread, using applesauce for a portion of the butter or oil. Substitute just a little at a time.