Call for applications: 2017 SEEDSTARS WORLD

Seedstars World, the biggest seed stage startup competition for emerging markets is coming back to Africa to scout for the top high growth startups and entrepreneurs and accelerate them on their path to global success.

On this 2017 edition of the tour, they will visit over 25 cities across Sub-Saharan Africa to host bootcamps and pitch competitions, adding countries such as Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia to its tour. The winner from each country is invited to the final at the Seedstars Global Summit in Switzerland to compete for up to $500,000 in equity investment and additional multiple prizes and perks.

1) Applications

Step 1: Make sure you have a venture profile published on the VC4Africa platform with your most recent pitch deck attached.
Step 2: Apply to one of the 15 local events in Africa through the online form.

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United Republic of Tanzania: AIRD Civil Engineer: Tanzania-Kibondo

Organization: African Initiatives for Relief and Development
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 26 May 2017

Reports to: The Sub Office Manager (SOM) or the office in charge during his/her absence

The Civil Engineer will be responsible for:

She/he will plan, design, and manage work for projects in new construction, renovations, and improvements under the country program office.

General Duties
  • Ensure that all staff understand the Procurement and Logistics SOPs and ensure that both are fully implemented within the operations
  • Participation in the preparation of the budget for construction
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with all partners and potential donors in the area of operation
  • Take all necessary measures to motivate staff and build strong team spirit at all levels
  • Supervise support staff to improve quality and efficiency of administrative matters
With regard to project delivery, the Civil Engineer will be responsible for:
  • Day to day project manager for construction
  • Oversee as well as coordinates assigned engineering, planning, design, and also construction works
  • Ensure adherence to quality, budget and schedule
  • Coordinate the administration and approval process; provide updates schedule information as necessary
  • Coordinate the development and preparation of contracts for a variety of constructions projects
  • Planning, developing, negotiating, and administering formal agreements as well as permits with third parties, including local agencies and UN agencies.
  • Work with partners to ensure proper and comprehensive project implementation
  • Negotiating service agreements and managing associated costs and revenues
  • Preparing detailed schedules of work, feasibility studies and cost estimates of engineering solutions
  • Undertaking technical and feasibility studies including site investigations
  • Undertaking complex and repetitive calculations
  • Compiling job specifications and supervising tendering procedures
  • Resolving design and development problems
  • Managing budgets and project resources
  • Scheduling material and equipment purchases and deliveries
  • Making sure the project complies with legal requirements
  • Assessing the sustainability and environmental impact of projects
  • Ensuring projects run smoothly and structures are completed within budget and on time
  • Operational analysis
  • Strong technical aptitude
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by management
Required Languages
  • Must be conversant in English and French (written and spoken)
Minimum Qualifications
  • BS or MA in Civil Engineering
  • A minimum of 5-7 years of field experience in building and road works
  • Procurement experience
  • Proficiency in site layout, grading, utility design, erosion control, regulatory approvals etc.
  • License of professional engineer
  • Proficiency to use MS Office suite of applications and other IT systems
  • Ability to write clearly articulate proposals, reports, and correspondence
  • Strong analytical, communication and problem solving skills is necessary along with capacity to identify and articulate potential problems and provide possible solutions in concise and clear manner.
  • Experience working with international development partners, international nongovernmental organization (INGOs) and donors (in particular UNHCR experience) is an asset
Knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Knowledge of program management
  • Knowledge of donor groups and/or issues related to the program area
Personal characteristics

The Civil Engineer should demonstrate competence in some or all of the following:
  • Analytical Aptitude: Possess excellent analytical skills and continually examine things and think of ways to help things work better. Should be naturally inquisitive.
  • Attention to Detail: A great engineer pays meticulous attention to detail. The slightest error can cause an entire structure to fail, so every detail must be reviewed thoroughly during the course of completing a project.
  • Creative: Should be creative and can think of new and innovative ways to develop new systems and make existing things work more efficiently.
  • Think Logically: A great engineer has top-notch logical skills. Should be able to make sense of complex systems and understand how things work and how problems arise.
  • Mathematically Inclined: Possess excellent math skills. Engineering is an intricate science that involves complex calculations of varying difficulty.
  • Technical Knowledge: Possess a vast amount of technical knowledge; understand a variety of computer programs and other systems that are commonly used during an engineering project.
  • Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behavior and practices, and ensure that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization
  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization
  • Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques
  • Focus on Donor Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external donors to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters
  • Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness
  • Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization
  • Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions, in conjunction with the S.O.M. or C.P.D., which are timely and in the best interests of the organization as authorized
  • Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities
  • Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem
  • Ensuring value for money i.e. program/project monitoring
  • Ability to work under hardship environment and with minimum supervision
  • Willingness to travel as necessary, work the required schedule, work at different locations as required
How to apply:

Mode of application

Please send your application letter stating your qualification and experience, and why you’re suitable for the position, together with latest updated C.V. by email to [email protected]. The deadline for this submission is Friday, May 26th, 2017.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Lights, Camera, Action - Win Your Way to COP 23 in Bonn for UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

If you are between the ages of 18 and 30 we want to hear about the inspiring actions you are taking to combat climate change in a compelling and concise maximum three minute video. We would like you to showcase for us a project or campaign you are involved in which relates to one of this year's categories.

Click here to find out more.

End date: 18 August 2017

The 10th Eco-generation Environmental Essay Competition

Tunza Eco-generation members aged between 13 and 24 (As of June 5th, 2017)

To commemorate WED and its annual theme, Eco-generation would like to celebrate the bigger and better WED than ever and to call on Tunza Eco-generation members around the world to show their love and affection for our shared natural world with an environmental essay.

We would like to provide children and youth a chance to show their love and affection for our shared natural world by writing an essay on the value of nature. It also aims to collect inspiring and creative ideas on how we can rediscover the value of nature from the young people by requiring them to think about the importance of the nature and its value for connecting people to our mother nature.

More info at

Notice of Funding Opportunity FY2017 from the USA Embassy in Tanzania

Department of State-Embassy of the United States, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Notice of Funding Opportunity FY2017

The U.S. Embassy in Tanzania is pleased to announce that funding is available through the Public Affairs Section’s small grants program, which outlines our funding priorities, the strategic themes we focus on, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding. Please read carefully the instructions below before applying.

Public Diplomacy
Program Office: Public Diplomacy (PD)
Announcement/Award Type: Grant, Individual Grant, Property Grant and Cooperative Agreement
Funding Opportunity Number: DOS-Dar es Salaam-FY17
Funding Opportunity Title: Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program
Deadline for Applications: July 31, 2017 (12:00 pm. GMT)
Individual award amount: The award floor is $2000 and the ceiling is $20,000

Contact Information:
For Assistance with the requirement for PD Grants: Please contact [email protected] Please indicate “PD Small Grants” on the subject line.

Program Description
The purpose of this notice is to award a limited number of grants to individuals, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, and academic institutions. Proposals funded by PD under this APS will further one or more of the U.S. Mission to Tanzania’s following Integrated Country Strategy and public diplomacy goals:
  • Promote Democratic Governance and Human Rights
  • Improve Health and Education, Especially Among Women and Girls
  • Promote Broad-based Economic Growth
  • Advance Regional and Domestic Security
Project proposals should be detailed, demonstrating:

1) Clear goals,
2) Reliable partner institutions,
3) A detailed evaluation plan,
4) Realistic timeline and project steps, and
5) A reporting plan covering the entire project timeline.

A good application should answer the important questions of who, what, where, when, and why.

Project proposals must include a detailed budget, demonstrating:

1) Reasonable costs,
2) Any applicable cost-sharing, and
3) A sustainability plan for the post-funding period.

Evaluation Criteria
We encourage creative and innovative proposals that advance one or more of the above mentioned goals. Proposals that focus on youth leadership, women’s empowerment and engagement of underserved populations will be viewed favorably.

Submission Requirements
All proposals must include the following items
  1. SF 424 Application form which is available:
  2. A cover letter/application letter
  3. A description of the organization
  4. A description of the proposed project’s activities and goals
  5. A detailed budget.
  6. The projected period of performance (start and end dates)
  7. Support/recommendation letters (if available)

Here is how to escape a flooding vehicle

If you're ever in a car accident that results in the car sinking, you only have seconds to react and save your life.

Here's what to do.

Following is a transcript of the video: Reaction time and speed are key for survival.
  1. A sinking car will not immediately submerge, which means there’s a small window of opportunity to act. 
  2. Don’t try to open the door. Water pressure makes this extremely difficult to do. And even if you could open the door, this would allow more water to come in and make y our car sink faster. 
  3. Instead, quickly roll down your side window, unbuckle yourself, and climb out. 
  4. If you were too slow to react, the water pressure could pin your doors and windows shut. That means you'll have to break a window. 
  5. Don’t try the car’s front windshield as it’s built to resist impacts. Instead, go for the side windows. Use your foot and kick at the top of the window or remove the headrest from your seat and jam it where the window meets the door. 
  6. You can also use a glass breaking tool like ResQMe to quickly break the window. It can easily be stored in the glove compartment or on your keychain. If the car is upside down and your seatbelt is locking you in, the tool can even cut you free. 
  7. After breaking the window, immediately take a deep breath of air and swim out through the rushing water toward safety.

Job: Paediatrician/Neonatologist - Tanzania

Doctors with Africa CUAMM is the first NGO in the healthcare area officially recognized in Italy. Founded in 1950 with the aim of training doctors to work in developing countries, actually CUAMM is working in Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda implementing healthcare projects in partnership with local governments and institutions.

JOB TITLE Paediatrician/Neonatologist

JOB LOCATION Tanzania, Iringa Region, Tosamaganga Hospital

START DATE September 2017

DURATION 6-12 months

  • University Degree in Medicine and Surgery with further specialisation or equivalent title in Paediatrics
  • Good knowledge of written and spoken English
  • Solid experience in paediatrics. Experience in neonatology and malnutrition will be an asset
  • Previous experience in Paediatrics in Developing Countries
  • Improve the quality of paediatric and neonatal services in Tosamaganga Hospital
  • Contribute to the strengthening of staff technical skills
  • The paediatrician is in charge of the Department of Pediatrics, Neonatology Unit and nutritional unit. The specific tasks will be:
  • Ensure proper functioning of the Department of Pediatrics and Neonatology Unit
  • Supervise the malnutrition unit and related data collection activities
  • Carry out training activities (on-the-job and formal training) of personnel assigned to neonatal and child services
  • Contribute to the smooth functioning of the information system and to the strategy of quality of services improvement put in place in the hospital
  • Mentor - as a tutor - a pediatrics intern entered in the Junior Project Officer program

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Selection interviews will take place at Cuamm HQ in Italy (Padua) or at Country offices in Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The NGO does not cover travel expenses for selection.

Closing date: 08 Jun 2017