National Consultancy to Undertake Biophysical Resource Inventory for Ruvu and Zigi Catchments

Recruitment qualification

Education
  • A Tanzanian national with advanced degree (Master’s or higher) in areas relevant to the assignment including: earth resources assessment, land cover maps/assessments, land degradation and livelihood assessment, environmental and socio-impact assessment, GIS, training of technical and professional staff on land degradation assessment and monitoring.
Experience
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience relevant to this assignment
  • Good organizational skills, with strong experience in organizing and facilitating meetings, workshops and writing reports
  • Ability to work in close coordination with government
  • Good analytical skills, including experience in synthesizing clear, actionable insights from a large volume of documents
  • Superior writing and communication skills.
Competencies
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision to meet short deadlines,
  • Commitment and drive to achieve challenging goals, and problem solving attitude,
  • A team player with strong inter-personal skills and the ability to deal with multiple teams located in multiple institutions,
  • Ability to identify client needs and deliver them promptly and accurately.
Language requirements
  • Fluency in English and Swahili essential
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Funding Opportunities - amfAR HIV Cure Research

Impact Grants: Gaining Insights from the Clinic
Specific areas of interest
  • Identify pre-ATI predictors of post-treatment control (PTC) or delay to rebound
  • Diversify the HIV cure clinical study population
Proposals MUST:
  • solve challenges that are crucial to HIV cure research
  • use the optimal methodology for the research question
  • distill the workplan down to the necessary and sufficient components
Available funding

1.1 – Meta-analysis of data from completed clinical trials. 1 year, $100,000

1.2 - Addition of an arm to an existing (i.e., already funded, by amfAR or other) clinical trial – 4 years, $300,000

1.3 - Addition of reservoir and outcome analyses to an existing (i.e., already funded, by amfAR or other) clinical trial – 4 years, $100,000

2.1 - Addition of a participant recruitment and retention intervention to an existing clinical trial – 4 years, $50,000

2.2 - Characterization of clinical case studies – 1 year, $75,000

2.3 - Characterization of the reservoir in LMIC settings* – 2 years, $50,000

*see eligibility information in the RFP
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Job: Administrative Assistant in Charge of reception and mails

Deadline: 30 November 2017

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites applications from suitably qualified nationals of African countries to fill the vacant position of ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT IN CHARGE OF RECEPTION AND MAILS in its pan-African Secretariat located in Dakar, Senegal. Recognised as the premier centre on the continent for the generation and dissemination of multidisciplinary social science and humanities knowledge, CODESRIA has, over the years, undergone an exponential growth in programmes, finances and membership. Under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary and the Director of Administration and Finance, the successful candidate will serve as a bilingual administrative assistant, providing office administrative/management duties for CODESRIA.

1. She/he will be required to:

• Receive, assist and direct all visitors to the CODESRIA Head office;
• Receive, register and distribute the institutional mail;
• Manage the telephone switchboard (reception and distribution of telephone calls);
• Receive, register, dispatch and file all fax messages received or sent from any of the programs in collaboration with the program assistants;
• Receive and dispatch correspondences, packages and courier parcels;
• Manage and follow-up DHL invoices
• Follow up Post Office invoices in collaboration with the store room manager;
• Forward and follow-up of service providers’ invoices for certification;
• Manage and coordinate the CODESRIA official drivers’ diaries;
• Assist participants of CODESRIA institutes, conferences and other meeting held at the Council’s Headquarters;
• Receive and manage staff attendance forms;
• Organize the transport for CODESRIA staff and equipment;
• Manage, pay and reconcile the monthly telephone and internet bills;
• Manage the CODESRIA Suggestion Box;
• File all documents related to the above-mentioned tasks;
• Perform any other duties as delegated by the Executive Secretary.

2. Academic/Technical Competencies/Qualifications:

• A minimum of bachelor’s degree or an equivalent, plus an advanced certificate in administrative Studies;
• Excellent administrative and office management skills;
• A minimum of 5 years of relevant working experience
• Fluency either in English or French with a working knowledge of the other.

3. Other Relevant Skills:

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
• Be very respectful of rules of confidentiality;
• Good knowledge of the workings of international organizations;
• Excellent capacity to supervise general services staff ;
• Capacity to work under pressure and in a multicultural environment;
• Excellent computer skills in using Microsoft office applications;
• Good planning and organisational skills;
• Efficient and well organized personality and
• Demonstrable ability to work within tight deadlines.

4. Job conditions

The level of remuneration will depend on the experience and qualifications of the candidate. However, CODESRIA offers good remuneration similar to those in international organizations.

5. How to apply:

The candidate should provide the following documents:
i. A letter of application;
ii. A detailed curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the qualifications obtained;
iii. Copies of certificates of all indicated qualifications, and
iv. Three reference letters.

Other supporting documents may be required prior to recruitment.
Application should be sealed and submitted before 30 November 2017 (with indication on the envelop of the position applied for) to:

The Executive Secretary
CODESRIA
Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop X Canal IV
P.O. Box 3304 CP 18524
Dakar, SENEGAL
E-mail: [email protected]

Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

Job: Bilingual Executive Assistant

Deadline: 30 November 2017

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites applications from suitably qualified nationals of African countries to fill the vacant position of BILINGUAL EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT in its pan-African Secretariat located in Dakar, Senegal. Recognised as the premier centre on the continent for the generation and dissemination of multidisciplinary social science and humanities knowledge, CODESRIA has, over the years, undergone an exponential growth in programmes, finances and membership. Under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary, the successful candidate will serve as a bilingual executive assistant to the Office of the Executive Secretary, providing secretarial and office administrative/management duties.

1. She/he will be required to:

• Type and proofread documents, reports, correspondences, messages, queries, etc. as may be required by assigned supervisors ;
• Draft responses to routine correspondences for the signature of the Executive Secretary;
• Receive guests/visitors/staff and provide them with basic information on relevant issues and procedures;
• Maintain a proper filing and recording system for all incoming and outgoing correspondences and documents;
• Answer and screen telephone calls/e-mail messages and ensure follow-up with the Executive Secretary;
• Keep an up-to-date diary of appointments for the Executive Secretary;
• Provide day-to-day routine administrative support to various work units of the assigned programmes/departments/Units, and
• Undertake any other task assigned to him/her by the Executive Secretary.

2. Academic/Technical Competencies/Qualifications:

• A minimum of bachelor’s degree or an equivalent in English, plus an advanced certificate in Secretarial Studies;
• A higher qualification will be an added advantage;
• Typing speed: a minimum of 50 words per minutes;
• Excellent secretarial and office management skills, and
• A minimum of 5 years of relevant working experience.
• Fluency either in English or French with a working knowledge of the other.

3. Other Relevant Skills:

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
Be very respectful of rules of confidentiality;
• Good knowledge of the workings of international organizations;
• Capacity to work under pressure and in a multicultural environment;
• Excellent computer experience in using Microsoft office applications;
• Good planning and organisational skills;
• Efficient and well organized personality and
• Demonstrable ability to work to tight deadlines.

4. Job conditions

The level of remuneration will depend on the experience and qualifications of the candidates. However, CODESRIA offers good remuneration similar to those in international organizations.

5. How to apply :

The candidate should provide the following documents:
i. A letter of application;
ii. A detailed curriculum vitae including the qualifications and experiences;
iii. Copies of certificates of all indicated qualifications, and
iv. Three reference letters.

Other supporting documents may be required prior to recruitment.
The application should be sealed and submitted before 30 November 2017 (with indication on the envelop of the position applied for) to

The Executive Secretary
CODESRIA
Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop X Canal IV
P.O. Box 3304 CP 18524
Dakar, SENEGAL
E-mail: [email protected]
Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

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Avis de vacance de poste d’Assistante de direction bilingue


Date limite : 30 novembre 2017

Le Conseil pour le Développement de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales en Afrique (CODESRIA), sollicite des candidatures de ressortissants de pays africains ayant les qualifications requises, pour pourvoir le poste D’ASSISTANTE DE DIRECTION BILINGUE vacant au sein de son Secrétariat panafricain basé à Dakar, au Sénégal. Reconnu comme le premier centre sur le continent dans la production et la dissémination de connaissances multidisciplinaires en sciences sociales et humaines, le CODESRIA a, au fil des années, connu une croissance exponentielle en termes de programmes, de finances et de membres. Sous la supervision générale du Secrétaire exécutif, la/le titulaire du poste servira d’assistante de direction bilingue assurant des fonctions de secrétariat ainsi que des tâches administratives et de direction pour le Bureau du Secrétaire exécutif.

1. Elle /ou Il devra :

• Saisir et relire les documents, rapports, correspondances, messages, requêtes, etc , tels qu’exigés par les superviseurs hiérarchiques ;
• Rédiger les projets de réponses aux correspondances de routine pour la signature du Secrétaire exécutif ;
• Accueillir les hôtes / visiteurs / le personnel et leur fournir les informations de base relatives aux questions posées et aux procédures ;
• Tenir à jour un système approprié de classement et d’enregistrement de toutes les correspondances et tous les documents reçus ou envoyés ;
• Répondre aux appels téléphoniques/ courriels et les filtrer ; en assurer le suivi avec le Secrétaire exécutif ;
• Tenir à jour l’agenda des rendez-vous pour le Secrétaire exécutif ;
• fournir l’appui administratif courant quotidien aux diverses unités de travail des programmes, aux départements et aux unités concernés ; et
• Accomplir toutes les autres tâches que peut lui confier le Secrétaire exé
cutif.

2. Formation universitaire/ Compétences techniques/ Qualifications :

• Au minimum un diplôme de baccalauréat ou équivalent en anglais, plus un diplôme supérieur en secrétariat de direction ;
• Une qualification supérieure sera un atout supplémentaire ;
• Vitesse de frappe : un minimum de 50 mots par minute ;
• Excellentes compétences en gestion de secrétariat et de bureau ; et
• Au minimum 5 ans d’expérience professionnelle.
¥ Parler couramment l’anglais ou le français et avoir une bonne connaissance pratique de l’autre langue.

3. Autres compétences importantes :

• Excellentes aptitudes en communication interpersonnelle,
• Bonne connaissance du fonctionnement des organisations internationales ;
• Capacité à travailler sous pression et dans un environnement multiculturel ;
• Excellente expérience en informatique dans l’utilisation des applications Microsoft office ;
• Bonnes compétences en matière de planification et d’organisation ;
• Personnalité efficace et bien organisée ; et
• Capacité avérée à travailler dans des délais serrés.

4. Conditions d’emploi

Le niveau de rémunération dépendra de l’expérience et des qualifications du candidat retenu. Toutefois, le CODESRIA offre une rémunération avantageuse comparable à celles pratiquées pour des postes similaires dans d’autres organisations internationales

5. Dossier de candidature

Les candidats doivent fournir les documents suivants :
i. une lettre de candidature ;
ii. Un curriculum vitae détaillé faisant apparaître le contenu de leur formation et leur expérience professionnelle ;
iii. des copies des diplômes de toutes les qualifications indiquées ; et
vi. trois lettres de référence.

D’autres documents justificatifs pourront être réclamés avant le recrutement.
La demande doit être envoyée sous pli fermé, avant le 30 novembre 2017 (avec indication du poste demandé sur l’enveloppe) à :

The Executive Secretary
CODESRIA
Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop X Canal IV
P.O. Box 3304 CP 18524
Dakar, SENEGAL
E-mail : [email protected]

Seul(e)s les candidat(e)s présélectionné(e)s seront contacté(e)s.

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Outcomes for people with infected diabetic foot ulcers are poorer than previously thought

New research published in the journal Diabetic Medicine, has shown that people with diabetes and an infected foot ulcer have worse outcomes than previously thought. In the first year after being seen at a clinic with an infected ulcer, 15.1% of study participants had died and 17.4% had had an amputation of part or all of their foot.

The study, published by Dr Mwidimi Ndosi and colleagues, set out to examine the outcomes for people with infected diabetic foot ulcers and the results underline the need for people at risk of foot ulcers to be closely monitored.

Diabetes mellitus, a group of diseases that affect the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, can result in damage to several organs as well as blood vessels and nerves.

At least 3.6 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes and another million likely have the condition but have not been diagnosed. The number of people with the diabetes is rising and is set to increase further, largely related to the growing obesity epidemic.

About a quarter of people with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer (open skin wound) as a complication of the disease. Over half of these ulcers become infected, which often requires hospital admission and may end up with a lower limb amputation. Scientists estimate that every 20 second, somewhere in the world a person requires a leg amputation because of diabetes.

The new study, led by Professor Andrea Nelson at the University of Leeds, followed the outcomes of 299 people enrolled in the study at one of 25 centres in England. The results showed that after 12 months, the ulcer had healed in only 44.5% of the patients. This is a worse healing rate than has been observed in a comparable European multicentre study, where 77% ulcers had healed.

This new UK study is the first to estimate the rate of healing of infected diabetic foot ulcers and to identify which factors are associated with healing, whilst accounting for potential risks of amputation and death. “Without adjusting for these events, we would have overestimated the occurrence of healing in our study by almost 10%,” noted the study’s Senior Statistician, Alex Wright-Hughes, based at the University of Leeds.

The three key factors that were found to be the best predictors of healing were the adequacy of the blood supply to the foot, the absence of multiple foot ulcers, and how soon the patient was referred to the clinic.

People with diabetes should have an assessment of their risk of developing a foot problem when first diagnosed, and then at least annually if any foot problems arise. This, combined with education on how to prevent or deal with a foot ulcer, can help avoid bad outcomes.

“The results of our study are important and should help clinicians caring for patients with diabetes to identify those most at risk for poor outcomes so that we can look to provide further support,” said Dr Michael Backhouse, a Senior Research Fellow and podiatrist and co-author of the study.

The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends that each community have a foot protection service, led by a podiatrist with specialist training, to help prevent or treat diabetic foot problems. The goal is to not only teach patients good foot care, but what to do if they find a problem. It is particularly important that patients quickly present for treatment if they have signs of infection of the foot.

Dr Benjamin Lipsky, Professor of Medicine and infectious diseases specialist based at the University of Oxford and a study co-author noted that “it is almost always infection that immediately leads to amputations. If quickly diagnosed and properly treated with antibiotics (and limited surgery), most infected ulcers can be healed.”

Dr Ndosi, Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol is the lead author of the paper and was the clinical coordinator of this nation-wide study.

“Our study recruited participants from centres ranging from large teaching hospitals to small primary healthcare clinics, so our results are likely to be representative of expected outcomes for people with diabetes and foot ulcers across England, and perhaps in other higher-income countries,” commented Dr Ndosi.

The results of the study can be accessed online: Ndosi M., Wright-Hughes A., Brown S, et al (2017) Prognosis of infected diabetic foot ulcers: A 12-month prospective observational study. Diabetic Medicine. ISSN 0742-3071 Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dme.13537

Funding acknowledgement


This research was funded by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme, HTA 09/75/01. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.

Further information

For more information, please contact David Lewis, media relations officer, University of Leeds; +44 113 343 8059 or email [email protected]