Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Chemonics seeks a Grant Officer for USAID/Tanzania

Chemonics seeks a Grant Officer for the USAID/Tanzania Heshimu Bahari Activity. The USAID Heshimu Bahari Activity is part of the U.S. government’s biodiversity and climate change conservation portfolio in Tanzania. This will incorporate a series of interventions that support and strengthen the capacity for biodiversity conservation and climate adaptation in a manner that i) reduces the use of illegal and unsustainable fishing; ii) improves the governance and management of coastal land and seascapes; and iii) improves policy development and capacity to implement policies. These interventions together will reduce threats to marine and coastal biodiversity in Tanzania while moving Tanzanian institutions further on their journey to self-reliance. The Activity has four integrated objectives:

  • Strengthening the enabling framework for a network of Marine Management Areas (MMAs) and Fishery Replenishment Zones (FRZs) to support biodiversity conservation, climate resilient communities, and sustainable wild-caught fisheries.
  • Community co-management of MMAs/wild-caught fisheries and climate resilience strengthened.
  • Private sector investment in MMAs and wild-caught fisheries expanded.
  • Integration of relevant science to MMA and fisheries policy and management improved

The Grants and Subcontracts Officer is responsible for the administrative, financial management, and accountability requirements associated with the implementation of grants under the project, with additional support to subcontracts as needed. This position will be based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with local and regional travel as needed.

Key responsibilities:
  • Supports the grants and subcontracts manager in the administration of the Activity’s grants program
  • Oversee the day-to-day management of grants, including drafting grant packages, monitoring grantees’ implementation, and closing out grants
  • Ensures compliance with corporate procurement policies and all federal acquisition regulations, including FAR, AIDAR, and ADS, for all grant agreements and subcontracting arrangements
  • Supports in all processes related to solicitation, review, award, implementation, and close-out processes for grant and subcontract activities
  • Supports the process of obtaining VAT exemptions and claims as per USAID guidance
  • Provide assistance to grantees as required, during grant negotiation, implementation, and closeout
  • Conduct monitoring field visits to the project sites and grantees sites to ensure the activities are implemented in accordance with the project objectives, Chemonics and USAID regulations
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the grants and subcontract manager.

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, social sciences or a related field
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in the administration of contracts/grants for international development projects
  • Familiarity with donor and/or international non-governmental organizations’ procurement policies (USAID strongly preferred), regulations and/or grant management procedures
  • Experience working in Tanzania strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in English required, fluency in Kiswahili preferred

Period of Performance: On/about August 31, 2023, through the life of project.

Application Instructions:

Please submit applications using this link. Applications will be reviewed through August 11th, 2023. Early applications strongly encouraged. No telephone inquiries, please.

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.

Graphic designers and Video editors

World Vision International Middle Eastern and Eastern Europe Regional (WV MEEER) Office in Cyprus is inviting Graphic designers and Video editors to submit proposals for providing Multimedia material design, production and editing service for the Cyprus office and MEEER offices. The full description also available to linked terms of reference.

Description of the requested design service and deliverables

Country Profile

Design an informative and visually appealing country profile that includes text, infographics, and relevant images. The design must be engaging and easy to understand, catering to a diverse audience.

Policy Brief

Design a policy brief template that communicates complex information in a simplified and digestible format. The design should be clean and professional, facilitating reader engagement and comprehension.


Create eye-catching banners for various uses, including but not limited to websites, events, or advertising. Banners should reflect the company's branding and incorporate necessary information.

PowerPoint (PPT) Presentation

Design a professional and compelling PowerPoint template to be used in presentations. The template should maintain a balance between visuals and content, encouraging audience engagement while communicating the intended message.


Design a clear and professional report layout that allows for the inclusion of text, images, and graphs. The report must be easy to read, with clear demarcations for different sections and a hierarchy of information.

Shorthand & Factsheet

Create visually stimulating and informative shorthand & factsheet designs. The designs should effectively present key facts and figures, and be easy to digest for readers of varying expertise levels.

Social Media Tile & Poster

Design engaging social media tiles and posters that can be used across various platforms (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). These designs should adhere to platform-specific best practices for dimensions and resolution, and must effectively communicate the key message while capturing audience attention.

Video Editing

Edit raw footage provided by the team to create professional and engaging videos. This includes incorporating graphic overlays, ensuring smooth transitions, correcting color and sound, and adding other effects as necessary.

Not Defined

For the service not listed above organization would pay per hour and the respective volume of the work should be approved by a WVI representative upfront
Related documents:Terms of reference -
Financial proposal template -

How to apply

Submission of Proposal:

Should you/your organization be interested in this assignment, we would invite you to provide us with your offer in English language. Your offer should contain:Technical proposal:Portfolio
Financial Proposal – filled up the provided template with respective rates only for offered service (prices should include all the applicable taxes).

Non-binding offer free of charge in the English language should be submitted via email to [email protected] before 20.08.2023 17:00 23:59 Cyprus Time in the form of two separate, signed, documents in pdf format. One document clearly marked TECHNICAL PROPOSAL and one document clearly marked FINANCIAL Proposal.

Please indicate “Multimedia material design, production and editing service” in the subject line.

The organization and its donors reserve the right to reject all proposals and cancel, reschedule and/or stop the selection process at any time.

Any late submission of the bids will be disregarded.

Earn extra cash by renting out your vehicle

You can earn extra cash by renting your vehicle through car sharing. It is not a ridesharing service. It is more like Airbnb, but for cars.


Turo is the world's largest peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace.

Turo provides a platform where vehicle owners can make extra money by renting out their vehicles to those in need of transportation, whether for out-of-town travel, a temporary need for a car because your car is currently inoperable, or test-driving a specific vehicle you'd like to own, etc. Turo connects local vehicle owners with people looking to rent a car in their area.
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Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Tips to negotiate a salary

You may be leaving some money on the table if you don't try to negotiate your salary. It is a tool available to you during the hiring process and may not come again, so don't be shy. The worst response is no, which you expect anyway, and the best response is a little more money added in your pocket.

Before you negotiate your salary, you have to know how much you are worth. What is the market rate in general for the same position in your area?

  1. Do an online search for comparable salaries for your job and position in your area. Websites such as PayScale and, as well as IndeedGlassdoor,etc., are very useful. Some companies also post a salary range; check or ask if this is available and where you can find it in the company.
  2. Incorporate your years of experience and career level.
  3. Reiterate your education and any licenses and certifications. 
  4. If you are flexible to work overtime or odd hours or ready whenever need, mention it.
  5. Factor in the location. A person working in a city has a different living expense compared to a person living in a city.
  6. Don't forget any other skills you may bring with you and how valuable they may be to the company. Mention specific examples, if you have any, of what you did or what you implemented, what was achieved, and how it benefited coworkers and the company.
  7. Ask if your position is eligible for benefits and compensation other than just a salary. Things that a salary cannot offer but are very vital to your life includes:
    • Health insurance (including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, pharmacy, supplemental health, HSA, or FSA)
    • Legal Plan
    • Retirement Plans (pension). Additionally in the US ask for 401(k)/403(b)/457(b))
    • Employee Stock Option (ESO) 
    • Tuition Assistance or reimbursement
    • Paid Time Off (PTO): some with cash-out option
    • Maternity or paternity leave
    • Childcare resources
    • Adoption Assistance
    • Short-term and long-term disabilities
    • Free one year Life and AD&D insurance
    • Resources for Living (EAP)
    • Credit Union membership
    • Leadership Training to climb the corporate ladder
    • Voluntary Benefits
    • Employee Discounts from third parties
    • Transportation and commute benefits or ability to work from home (WFH)
    • Moving or relocation cost reimbursement
    • Severance package
    • Signing bonus
Don't feel guilty if you ask for a higher salary to meet your needs.
Use this information as a guide to help you determine a reasonable salary range. Be your own advocate and build a case for why you deserve a fair salary.

PhD Degree – Fully Funded: Doctoral student in Enzyme design and synthesis driven by CO2 and light

PhD position summary/title: Doctoral student in Enzyme design and synthesis driven by CO2 and light

With a growing population and a reduction in the available natural resources on our planet, there is a great need for an innovative way of producing sustainable chemicals. The main purpose of this research project is to develop methods for sustainable enzymatic production of added-value chemicals driven by CO2 and LEDs. The position is an opportunity to join the enzyme design and engineering team in Syrén’s group to develop new-to-nature biotransformations by designer enzymes. The research area includes enzyme discovery, sequence-based enzyme design, ancestral sequence reconstruction and development of chemoenzymatic cascades, enzyme technology. Tools for in silico enzyme design will be used to generate designer enzymes that will then be employed in synthesis involving photocatalysis and CO2 for applications within platform chemicals, materials and additives. The work will be placed at the School of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health at KTH.

Deadline : 31 August 2023

Click here to view details and Apply

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PhD Degree – Fully Funded: Doctoral student inHuman-Centered AI for video games

PhD position summary/title: Doctoral student inHuman-Centered AI for video games

This project addresses the question of how to elicit and incorporate human feedback in the development of autonomous agents, with a specific focus on the design of believable Non-player Characters (NPCs) in video games. While NPCs typically follow pre-scripted actions or dialogue that can affect gameplay, the gaming industry has a large interest in using AI to increase the autonomy and believability of these characters. We aim to make the following contributions:

Deadline : 01 September 2023

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