Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Call for registration: European Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change 2011 - Science, Policy and Practice (12 + 13 April 2011 in Bonn, Germany)
19th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, from 6 - 10 June 2011 / Abstract by 31 January 2011
Programme area: Climate Change, Peace Security and Diplomacy, Multilateral Diplomacy
Fee: USD 800
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Caritas Nepal, a national level NGO with Central Office in Dhobighat, Lalitpur, is announcing vacancy for following positions for its project in the field of Agriculture Research for Development. The following temporary (project) staff positions are Lalitpur based with 60-70% of time in field work (in at least 3 districts). There will be initial provisional period and placement is for 5 years.
Applicants should submit letter of interest (1-2 pages), biodata (with contact phone and e mail), copy of education certificates, example of past research report or publication is desirable, 1 photo, copy citizenship certificate , copy of driver's license if present, and 2 reference letters.
Please submit materials before 11th February, 2011 to: Agriculture Research Vacancy, Human Resources Section, Caritas Nepal GPO 9571, Kathmandu Nepal. If you send materials by courier our office is in Dhobighat, Lalitpur near Bhanimandal. Office phone is 5538172, 5539344. You may send materials by e mail as well to: email@example.com.
Following are the Positions Vacant and Requirements:
Position 1: Project Coordinator
Education: Master’s in Agriculture (and rural development or sociology preferred). Should have undertaken training or education in project / program management.
Skill and Experience required: at least 5 years work experience in project development, management, monitoring and evaluation and reporting of a large agriculture (research and extension sector) project preferably supported by International Donor such as EU. Ability to manage project team effectively. Skilled in community survey and mobilization methods, farmers’ cooperative development, research and project data analysis, project financial management, and computer usage for reporting. High level of language skills in Nepali and English. Should be knowledgeable in addressing cross cutting issues such as gender, and should have training or work experience in addressing climate change concerns.
Position 2: Senior Research Officer
Education: Master in Agriculture (research and extension).
Experience and skill: Should have at least 5 years work experience. Should have undertaken research and prepared report / publication on traditional practices, and / or successful practices in sustainable agriculture. Should have research or extension experience in addressing climate change concerns. Should be skilled in undertaking action research and training / extension for replicating successful practices. Should be able to develop / train team to manage agriculture research, and oversee extension work. Should have high level of research data analysis skills, and good computer usage skills (word, excel, data base) and reporting and publication skills. High level of language skill in Nepali and English.
The Forum seeks to empower young leaders by involving them in finding solutions to emerging human rights problems, and nurturing individuals to be effective leaders in the field of human rights. To this end, the Forum will:
· Introduce participants to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
· Build a network of solidarity among human rights leaders
· Expand the knowledge relevant to human rights practice
· Provide tools and a platform for open debates
· Provide programmes, activities and processes necessary for human rights leadership
· Promote the sharing of experiences and understanding
· Showcase speakers on such topics as: health and human rights, education, the environment, the plight of child soldiers, the use of media, fundraising, conflict resolution and transformation; litigation and advocacy
The UNESCO Chair will provide all conference participants with dormitory housing, meals, ground transportation in Connecticut, resource materials and a certificate of participation.
Young people between the ages of 18-30, with community service experience, and with demonstrated ability to work on solutions to human rights problems, should apply. Relevant issues include, but are not limited to, human trafficking, the plight of children, refugees, hunger, HIV/AIDs, gender discrimination, racism, classism, the environment and peace education.
Conference will be held in English only. Fluency in English is required. Applicants will be selected based on the strength of their application essay, demonstrated commitment to human rights (practical/hands-on experience), potential impact on the individual and their potential contribution to the Forum, regional and gender representation.
Programme details and application material can be accessed by linking to
www.unescochair.uconn.edu or http://www.unescochair.uconn.edu/upspecialevents.htm
Monday, January 24, 2011
Climate Change and its Impacts: Water in a Changing Climate
Climate change will have myriad impacts on human and natural systems around the globe. This Institute will discuss the scientific study of climate change and its impacts through a consideration of water. We will focus on changes in the amount and variability of precipitation that will occur globally in coming decades, and how these will combine with human population growth, income growth, and institutional change to affect the balance between supply of and demand for water. This Institute is founded on the premise that the necessary expertise to study these problems exists within physical scientists, social scientists and policymakers from the Global South. Our role at BIARI is as facilitators. We provide not training in tools like Geographic Information Systems or Climate Models, but instead training in pursuing interdisciplinary comparative research and facilitation to develop collaborations among participants. We therefore expect participants to apply with a current project that they can present as an example of their work, and with openness to starting new interdisciplinary collaborative projects.
Faculty from Brown and around the world will present cutting edge research and ideas for future research directions, but the Institute will balance these lectures presented by faculty experts with discussions of their work and the work of participants. We will organize discussions around how we can think in an interdisciplinary way, grounded in a specific cultural, political and economic reality, about future changes to the supply of and demand for water, and the consequences of the changing balance between supply and demand. We expect major themes to include regional changes to precipitation and the hydrologic cycle; institutional structures governing water; changes in human demography and health related to changing water supply and demand; current and potential agricultural land use and productivity; and feedbacks between clean energy policies and water supply. These will be explored through the presentation of case studies and detailed research on specific regions of the world. Case studies allow us to look past our own experiences to see how the changing nature of agriculture may be the largest phenomenon in one part of the world while increases in vector-borne diseases may be the largest in another and potable water scarcity may be the largest in a third. Participants are expected to complement the presentations of faculty with their own expertise, and are encouraged to use Brown's extensive library facilities to explore topics of interest before returning to their home institutions.
BIARI provides the future opportunity to apply for funding as networks of BIARI alumni. In addition, this Institute will provide a small seed grant of $5,000 at the end of the Institute to the team of participants presenting the best proposal for developing an interdisciplinary research activity.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
31 August - 13 September 2011
£3,200 (includes accommodation but no meals)
To participate effectively, it is necessary to have full workshop level competence in English
This course is designed for people who want to gain a greater understanding of the implications of climate change for developing countries and of the processes, issues and debates surrounding adaptation and mitigation. It is aimed particularly at building the knowledge base of professional staff from government agencies and NGOs who do not have existing specialism in the field but who may have new responsibility or interest in the integration of climate change management into development planning, projects and policy
International Development UEA, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The NFP PhD studies is one of the sub-programmes of the NFP. PhD degrees can be pursued at 21 Dutch universities and institutes for international education. You can apply for a PhD fellowship only after your research proposal has been agreed with the Dutch institution. The PhD must always be pursued according to a 'sandwich' or 'picnic' model, which means that a large portion of the PhD research will take place in your home country.
Deadline: 1 February 2011
The maximum NFP budget available for a PhD study is € 85,000. This amount is intended as a contribution towards the cost of living and to cover the costs of visas, travel, insurance and so on, as specified in the NFP booklet 'Rules and regulations for fellowship holders'. PhD students are allowed to seek alternative sources of funding. The maximum duration of a PhD fellowship is four years.
Download the rules and regulations (187 kB)
A candidate applying for an NFP fellowship for a PhD degree programme must:
· be a mid-career professional with at least three years' work experience;
· be a national of and working and living in one of the developing countries on the NFP country list valid at the time of application (See general information Netherlands Fellowship Programmes);
· be nominated by his or her employer, who pledges to continue paying the candidate's salary and guarantees the candidate will be able to return to an equivalent position after the termination of the fellowship period.
· submit an admission letter by the Board of Deans or any other decision-making board or committee of the Dutch educational institution stating that the candidate has been unconditionally admitted to a Dutch institution as a PhD student. This means that the applicant must have met all the academic requirements set by the Dutch university or institute;
· not already have received an NFP PhD fellowship;
· not be employed by:
- a multinational
- a UN organization
- the World Bank
- the IMF
- a bilateral or multilateral donor organization
- a large, national, commercial organization
· offer proof that the PhD will be pursued according to a 'sandwich' or 'picnic' model, which means that a large portion of the PhD research will take place in the candidate's home country;
· have completed and submitted an NFP PhD Study application including all the required documentation before the fellowship application deadline;
· be employed in an area to which the PhD study will make a relevant contribution;
· have a clear-cut, functional relationship with a relevant organization and be in a position to introduce the newly acquired skills and knowledge into that organization;
· be available full–time to pursue the PhD without interruption, and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire programme;
· endorse the objective and the aim of the NFP. The aim of the NFP cannot be reached if the fellowship holder does not return to his or her own country. Nuffic would like to urge fellowship holders to return to their home country upon finishing the course or programme to meet the NFP aim in the most effective way;
Below is more information about the application deadlines for PhD fellowships.
Academic application deadline
The academic application process for a PhD study is an individual track. If you want to be admitted as a PhD student check with the Dutch institution if it applies an academic application deadline.
Fellowship application deadlines
There are two fellowship application deadlines for the PhD sub-programme. Applications for PhD research projects starting in the academic year 2011-2012 must be submitted before the fellowship application deadlines mentioned below:
SOL open for online applications: 1 February 2011
Fellowship application deadline: 1 October 2011
Paper application deadline: 1 September 2011
Please note that fellowship applications received after the fellowship application deadline are not considered.
For further details, click here
Monday, January 17, 2011
International Training Workshop on Integrated Sustainable Development in Mountain Areas and Non-Timber-Forest-Products (NTFPs) Industrial and Commercial Development, 6 -26 September 2011
The ESD Forum 2011 is a contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) recognized by the German Commission for UNESCO - Secretariat, UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.
This is unique course that aims to provide state-of-the-art training for the rapidly expanding market in climate change policy professionals within the public, private, consultancy and not-for-profit sectors. The programme addresses the issues from a multidisciplinary perspective and courses cover both the science of climate change and social science dimensions of policy responses. Students will acquire specialist knowledge of the causes and consequences of climate change and the policy issues surrounding mitigation and adaptation. Courses are taught by leading researchers in these fields from the world renowned Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and Department of Geography.
Up to ten partial scholarships of £4,500 are available. The scholarships will be awarded to students who possess the highest academic ability and potential (not made on the basis of financial need).
Tel: +44 (0)1273 877686
More at: http://www.tomorrowpeople.org/education-and-development-conference-2011-5th-7th-march-2011-bangkok-thailand