Saturday, June 28, 2014

UNAOC Training on Social Entrepreneurship: Call for Applications

We have the pleasure to inform you that the second edition of Entrepreneurs for Social Change has just been launched and youth aged 18 to 35 from the Euro-Mediterranean region are invited to apply.

Entrepreneurs for Social Change is a program of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in cooperation with Fondazione CRT and the Italian government and it has three different components:

  1. 7-day training that will run in Torino, Italy, from 16 to 22 October 2014 and it will bring together 20 young people from the Euro-Mediterranean region to enhance the skills needed to boost a business idea with a social mission, and be a powerful motor of economic development and social inclusion.
  2. 9-month online mentoring period managed by experienced social entrepreneurs that will help the selected youth to be matched with potential investors and receive advice and support to implement their business plan.
  3. The participation in an online platform for exchanges with peers and potential partners within the network of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

If you are a young adult between the age of 18 and 35 years old and you come from the Euro-Med region, if you either already have a social enterprise and need to learn how to leverage it or you have already taken steps to start a social enterprise and want to learn how to move its business, this is an outstanding opportunity for you.

There is no participation fee, and all participants will be provided with round-trip international tickets to Torino as well as accommodations, meals and visa support.

Application submissions to the 2014 edition of Entrepreneurs for Social Change are open until 14 July 2014.

Please visit for any further information and to download the Application Form and follow the Application Guidelines.

Meanwhile, watch the introductory video of Massimo Lapucci, Secretary General of Fondazione CRT and Matthew Hodes, Director of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations to get a better sense of the program.

For any question please do not hesitate to ask to

Thanks for sharing this message with your network and whoever might be interested in such an opportunity.

Looking forward to see the new generation of Entrepreneurs for Social Change in Torino!

Francesco Candelari for Entrepreneurs for Social Change Team

Project Management Specialist – Youth and Development

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

Friday, June 27, 2014

Vacancy: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Environmental Change in the Tropics

Lancaster Environment Centre

Salary:   £32,590 to £53,765 
Closing Date:   Thursday 31 July 2014
Interview Date:   Tuesday 23 September 2014 
Reference:  A1023

To develop research and teaching activities in the area of tropical land-use sustainability you should have a strong research background that addresses the grand challenges associated with environmental change in the tropics, such as deforestation and degradation, climate change, agricultural intensification, water resource management and urban expansion. This initiative is part of our mission to tackle the world's most pressing environmental issues through cutting edge research. We welcome applications from researchers from a broad range of disciplines including (but not limited to) ecology, conservation science, population-environment research, climate science and remote sensing. We also welcome applicants from researchers with inter-disciplinary backgrounds.

You should demonstrate how you will contribute to Lancaster Environment Centre's existing portfolio of tropical research. This should involve advancing research and/or teaching collaborations with institutions in tropical countries, which could involve a range of activities such as the development of Dual Masters or PhD programmes or large collaborative research initiatives.

Lancaster Environment Centre offers a unique platform to support the development of research and post-graduate studies in this area. We have pioneered Dual-PhD programmes with a Brazilian university (Federal University of Lavras), and share research links across South America, Africa and Asia.  These are supported by our established strengths in inter-disciplinary global change research and sustainability science.

You will be expected to focus on developing international research links, but will likely contribute to the teaching of LEC undergraduate and post-graduate programmes.

Details of LEC's activities can be found on the Departmental web site:

Informal enquiries about LEC and this post should be addressed to:

Professor Kevin Jones (LEC Director), (+44 (0) 1524 510230);


Thursday, June 26, 2014

IWMI Vacancy : IWMI Representative – Myanmar

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is looking for a competent, dynamic individual to represent the Institute in Myanmar. The person will be responsible for establishing and consolidating IWMI's presence in Myanmar by developing and implementing a program of research for development projects to improve the management of water, land and ecosystems, and to improve livelihoods; and for supporting the establishment of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), and its activities in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (a focal region of WLE). The position holder will initially be based at IWMI's Southeast Asia (IWMI-SEA) Regional Office in Vientiane, Lao PDR, with regular visits to Myanmar; and will report to the Director, Asia. In the long-term, the selected candidate will be based in Yangon, Myanmar.  This position will be filled at the level of Senior / Principal Researcher.


You will be responsible for:


IWMI representation and business development

·         Maintain knowledge of Myanmar, the political economy of the country and development requirements in relation to poverty alleviation, natural resource management, agriculture, food security and livelihoods.

·         Represent IWMI in the country and in the region, maintaining strong working relationships with research partners, donors, national and regional authorities and other stakeholders (in conjunction with the Director, Asia, and Director General)..

·         Work closely with the Director, Asia/Director, Business Development/Theme Leaders/Researchers to actively develop new research for development programs and project proposals, and seek opportunities for funding for the development of research activities in Myanmar in collaboration with the Director, Asia.

·         Represent IWMI and WLE in the country, maintaining (in conjunction with the Director, Asia; Head, IWMI- SEA; Deputy Director General – Research; and the Director General) strong working relationships with research partners, donors, protocol authorities and other stakeholders; and attend local, national and regional meetings, as necessary.

·         Have awareness of the activities of IWMI, WLE and other CGIAR Research Programs in Myanmar and throughout the Southeast Asia region; and seek opportunities to work with project leaders to develop and implement collaborative projects, which include a component for research activities in Myanmar.

·         Promote the uptake of IWMI research outputs in coordination with the Institute's uptake staff and Research Division.

·         Facilitate the country/sub-regional-level communications/outreach activities.


Office administration and management

·         Oversee activities of IWMI's Myanmar office (hosted by the International Rice Research Institute [IRRI]), including the professional and support staff.

·         Maintain a strong relationship with IRRI, which hosts IWMI in the country. In the long-term, work towards securing an independent office for IWMI in Yangon.

·         Work closely with the Director, Asia, to secure agreements with key ministries in the country, including the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, and the Ministry of Transport, among others, as appropriate.

·         Develop and sustain relationships with project partners, other water-related organizations, universities, research organizations (including other CGIAR centers), local and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and water and agriculture ministries and departments operating in the country.

·         Liaise on IWMI's research initiatives, projects and/or themes with relevant parties within the Institute, and with partner institutes, governments and donors.


Research development and implementation

·         Provide leadership in conceptual and empirical research related to improving sustainable water, land and natural resource management in developing countries.

·         Conduct research to build an understanding across a range of issues related to water, land, agriculture and natural resource management in the specific context of Myanmar, a country emerging from decades of isolation and developing rapidly.

·         Integrate research findings into effective policy recommendations, and disseminate information through relevant guidelines and policy briefs, etc.

·         Initiate, develop and sustain collaboration with partners in Myanmar and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, as well as internationally, where appropriate.

·         Contribute to guiding IWMI's research portfolio through knowledge of agriculture and natural resource issues in Myanmar.


You will possess:

·         a PhD or equivalent and at least 10 years of experience in an area relevant to IWMI's research portfolio (e.g., international development, water resources management, development economics, livelihoods, policy and institutions or similar);

·         demonstrated experience in business development, program management and administrative procedures, and budgeting;

·         experience of developing and leading research for development teams with multiple partners and multiple disciplines from both advanced research institutes and developing countries;

·         experience of living and/or working in Myanmar or Southeast Asia, with extensive knowledge of water, agriculture and other natural resource management issues in the region;

·         strong strategic planning skills and the ability to develop strategic initiatives;

·         strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to establish, cultivate and maintain effective networks and working relations with key stakeholders and partners (the government, donors, academic institutions, civil society and other key stakeholders);

·         demonstrated skills in managing programs and personnel, including experience of forming, operating in and leading interdisciplinary teams that have delivered high-quality outputs on time and according to budgets;

·         strong written and oral communication skills, including the capacity to write proposals, reports and academic papers, and to communicate research results to stakeholders at different management levels in multiple countries;

·         capacity to work with and influence partners, especially senior decision makers at national and regional levels;

·         ability to liaise with key donor agencies; and

·         proven organizational skills and strong networking ability.


This is an internationally recruited position with a competitive  salary that in most cases is tax free* and a benefits package that includes a housing allowance, transport, education, shipping assistance, annual home leave, retirement and health insurance. IWMI's policy is to appoint staff initially on three-year contracts which are subject to renewal, depending on performance and the Institute's needs.


* Tax-free salary and benefits are paid in US dollars. The employee is responsible for any taxes assessed by their country of citizenship or permanent residence.



We would appreciate it very much if you could assist us in our search for a suitable candidate by making this vacancy announcement known to colleagues and others whom you think might be interested and suitable to apply.


Closing date: July 07, 2014


To apply for the post                             : 


For information about IWMI visit             : 



Thanks and Regards

Chanika Gunawardena

Human Resources Administrator

International Water Management Institute

127 Sunil Mawatha

Sri Lanka
General Tel: +94 11 2880000/
 Ext :2130

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

PhD studentship in International Water Governance and Transboundary Aquifers

PhD studentship in International Water Governance and Transboundary Aquifers

University of Strathclyde - Centre for Environmental Law & Governance

Salary: £13,863 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract:Contract / Temporary
Placed on:27th May 2014
Closes:15th July 2014

Law School

Funded period: 3 years (from 01/10/2014 to 30/09/2017). Starting date can be negotiated.

Applications are sought for a PhD studentship to investigate legal and policy aspects of the governance of transboundary aquifers (TBAs).

Currently, 97% of global available freshwater resources are stored underground in geological formations (aquifers), which often cross national boundaries (TBAs). The latest international figures show more than 400 TBAs worldwide but, despite the increasing importance of groundwater, and the adoption of the non-legally binding United Nations International Law Commission (UNILC) Draft Articles on the Law of Transboundary Aquifers 2008 (Draft Articles), there are currently only a handful of international legal instruments devoted to the management of specific TBAs in the world.

The project will explore challenges and opportunities arising from the potential applicability of existing international legal instruments (some groundwater-specific, some not) to specific TBAs.

Three case studies have initially been identified for the project: the Guarani Aquifer System in Latin America, the Dinaric Karst Transboundary Aquifer System in Europe and the Shire Valley Aquifer in Southern Africa. However, applicants are encouraged to identify, in their research proposal, possible alternative case studies giving full reasons for these choices.

The PhD student will be integrated within the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, which hosts an increasing number of PhD researchers. The project will also contribute to UNESCO-IHP ISARM, the leading international initiative in the field of transboundary aquifer management.

The studentship will cover fees up to the home/EU rate only and provides a stipend of approximately £13863 per year.

To apply:

  • E-mail the following documents, by the closing date to
  • Cover letter
  • Research proposal including methodology (1500 words max)
  • Academic qualifications
  • Writing sample (eg previous research paper; masters dissertation)
  • An English language qualification (if required)
  • You must also arrange for two academic references to be e-mailed, to the same address, by the closing date
  • All applicants must also apply online ( for a place on the PhD programme at Strathclyde

Applicants already holding doctoral qualifications should not apply.

CLOSING DATE: 15 July (midnight).

For further information please contact Dr Francesco Sindico at

Academic lead contact details: Francesco Sindico, Reader in International Environmental Law, University of Strathclyde Law School, Glasgow, Scotland, UK and Director, Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance.

Email/telephone / 0044 (0)141 5484295.

Graduate School contact details:

HaSS Graduate School

Lord Hope Building

University of Strathclyde,

141 St. James Road

G1 0LT

Email/telephone:; (+44) (0)141-444-8400

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Research Fellowships in Social Sciences and Humanities, Singapore

Deadline: 1 July 2014
Open to: outstanding active researchers from around the world
Fellowship: monthly salary of S$5,000, a monthly housing allowance of S$500 and a one-off travel subsidy of S$2,000


The National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Asia Research Institute (ARI) are offering postdoctoral fellowships in the field of social sciences and humanities. All positions are intended for outstanding active researchers from around the world, to work on an important piece of Asia-related research in the social sciences and humanities.

Applicants should only apply for one of the five types of fellowship (Senior Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Postdoctoral Fellow, Visiting Senior Research Fellow and Visiting Senior Research Fellow Sabbatical). Apart from the quality of research, positions will be awarded on the basis of the relationship of the research topic to ARI's specific cluster of research.


The Senior Research Fellow and the Research Fellow, are open only to candidates with more than 5 years of research experience after their PhD may apply for the Senior Research Fellowship position. They must have a PhD from a reputable university and with publication record preferably in English Language.

For the Postdoctoral Fellowships, candidates must have fulfilled all requirements of securing a PhD from a reputable university. Those who are a PhD candidate at the point of application, you may also apply provided that you are confirmed for graduation by your commencement date at ARI. An official letter from the Registrar Office of your university will be required to confirm the award of your PhD degree.

Visiting Senior Research Fellow and Visiting Senior Research Fellow Sabbatical require to candidates to have extensive research experience after their PhD and a strong  publication record in the field.


An all-inclusive, fixed monthly salary of S$5,000, a monthly housing allowance of S$500 and a one-off travel subsidy of S$2,000 will be provided (the latter two are applicable to non-Singaporeans only). These will be subjected to taxation in  accordance with local tax laws.


Closing date for applications is 1 July 2014. You may wish to check with your referees that they have submitted their references before the closing date.

Interested applicants are invited to email their applications to, consisting of:

  • Completed application form;
  • CV;
  • Synopsis of the proposed research project;
  • At least one short sample of published work, preferably in English;
  • A minimum of two letters of reference are sent to us in confidence via email reporting on the applicant's academic standing and on the applicant's research project.

For further information, please visit the official website.

LINKS Fellowships for Young Professionals, Washington DC

LINKS Fellowships for Young Professionals, Washington DC

Deadline: 15 July 2014
Open to: talented young professionals with strong research background who are at 35 years of age or younger, and who have a degree in Economics, Public Policy, Finance, or a related field
Fellowship: provides Fellows with stipend, international travel; monthly living stipend that covers basic housing, food, and transportation for one person, plus logistical support regarding visa

CIPE and Atlas Corps have jointly launched the new Think Tank LINKS (Leaders, Innovators, and Knowledge Sharing) Fellowship. This innovative, all-expenses paid program is an opportunity for talented young professionals from developing countries with strong research backgrounds to shadow leading U.S. think tanks for six months. In addition, the fellows will be enrolled in a professional development training program and will join a growing network of nonprofit leaders from all over the globe.
Fellows will be based at leading think tanks in Washington, DC area for six months (January through July). They will serve 40 hours per week at their host think tanks, focused on a mutually agreed-upon research topic that relates to democratic and/or economic reforms. Fellows are expected to publish their research during the program through articles, blogs, and presentations.

Announcement: Economic Tools for Conservation from August 11-22, 2014 located at Stanford University

Conservation Strategy Fund is still accepting applications for its 16th annual international training course, Economic Tools for Conservation from August 11-22, 2014 located at Stanford University. This course is offered in partnership with the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford. 

The application deadline is June 30, 2014. 

New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships

Applications are now open for the 2014 round of the New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS)


The NZIDRS provides full tuition fees plus a living stipend for up to 36 months for international students to undertake PhD study at a New Zealand university. The NZIDRS are funded by the New Zealand Government and administered by Education New Zealand.

The NZIDRS cover:

  • University tuition fees and associated student levies for 3 years
  • An annual living stipend of NZ$25,000 or NZ$2083.33 per month for 36 months
  • Medical insurance coverage up to NZ$600 annually for 3 years

Recipients can undertake PhD study in any discipline at any of New Zealand eight Universities:
AUT University, Lincoln University, Massey University, University of Auckland, University of Canterbury, University of Otago, University of Waikato, Victoria University of Wellington.

Eligibility criteria

In order to receive the scholarship, you must meet ALL five of the following eligibility criterion.

1.     be a citizen of any country except New Zealand, Australia and Fiji

2.     hold a minimum equivalent 3.6/4.0 GPA OR A / A+ average in your most recent or highest post graduate tertiary qualification

3.     conduct your PhD study in New Zealand (not from a distance)

4.     meet the requirements for direct entry into a PhD programme at a New Zealand University. This includes; having completed the required academic qualifications for direct entry and meeting the requirements for English language proficiency

5.     If you have commenced your PhD studies in New Zealand, your start date must be after 15 January 2014

Selection criteria

The scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence and the impact of the proposed research for New Zealand.  Research projects should have a tangible, positive effect on:

  • New Zealand's economy, in terms of international trade and business development in key sectors
  • Or, New Zealand's population in terms of health and safety
  • Or, Research and scholarship in the above two areas

Before you start

How to apply

1. Download and complete the NZIDRS 2014 application form. 

2. Submit your form and required documents to Education New Zealand before 15 July 2014. The Application form contains detailed instructions as to how to submit your application and documents.

All forms are provided for download below in Word Doc and Writable PFD format. 

Documents for download

  • NZIDRS application form: download the word version here and the pdf version here
  • NZIDRS referee letter and report: download the word version here
  • NZIDRS provisional supervision formdownload the word versionhere 
  • NZIDRS terms and conditionsdownload the word version here and the pdf version here
  • NZIDRS eligibility checklistdownload the word version here and the pdf version here
  • NZIDRS required documents checklistdownload the word versionhere and the pdf version here


Nominations/ applications for UNIUYO-GIST Korea UNDP training programme

Nominations/ applications for UNIUYO-GIST Korea UNDP training programme

International Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability Research (ICEESR) is seeking nominations / applications from suitable candidates for a 10-day intensive training programme in South Korea on water quality monitoring and management of sustainable water resources.

The University of Uyo, Uyo in partnership with Gwangju Institute of Science (GIST), South Korea on behalf of united nation development programme, south korea has a mandate to undertake technical training in water quality monitoring and management of sustainable water resources. The International Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability Research on behalf of the University of Uyo is coordinating the programme for Nigeria as well as Sub-Saharan African Region. The training will focus more on hands on activities and is designed to impart techniques and knowledge in basic and advanced methodologies for evaluating water quality. The training is scheduled for September 15-27, 2014 for next batch.

The programme is fully sponsored, intending nominees / applicants must meet the following requirements:
1. University degree in basic science preferable Biology, Chemistry or Environmental Science
2. Proficiency in laboratory skills or familiarity (basic chemistry and microbiology)
3. Proficiency in English
4. Must be employed by Public / Private sector involved in Water Resources Management or Research
5. The employer must give a letter of Recommendation

Interested nominees/applicants should complete the on-line application on the website and upload the following documents:
a. Curriculum Vitae not more than five pages (word file; Please include passport photo on white background)
b. Cover Letter (word file) on how the training will add value to career or current work
c. Letter of recommendation from employer

CLOSING DATE: June 23, 2014. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

More information

8th Eco Peace Leadership Programme Selection Notice, South Korea

All required application materials must be submitted to our office by the application deadline. The application deadline is July 31, 2014. 

✽ What is Eco-Peace Leadership Programme 

1. Leadership program is provided for those leaders who wish to get solution for the facing environmental problems in their region by supporting their hands-on activities or project through the on/off line learning process.

2. Providing the opportunity to learn state-of-art technology and information through the programme and sharing the experience of other CSOs.

3. Contributing the improvement of environmental conditions in Asia-Pacific region with the authentic support from Eco-Peace Leadership Center.

4. EPLC will share its precious experience with other leaders in Asia-Pacific region to solve the various environmental disasters and problems.

✽ How to work
1. The programme will be carried out through cooperation between a fellow and its supporters consisting of Korean academic experts and practitioners

2. Most of the programme will be done through the on-line communication

3. The off-line cooperation consists of one orientation and a week-long conference required, and field visit by supporters which is optional.

4. Duration is one year in principle and can be multi year. But the multi year project will be decided at the reviewing the project result of the first year.

✽ Forum Schedule can be changed under the circumstances.

✽ What fields to be focused

1. Climate Change 
2. Disasters and Conflicts
3. Ecosystem Management
4. Environmental Governance
5. Harmful Substances & Hazardous Waste
6. Resource Efficiency-Sustainable Consumption & Production

✽ Financial Support

EPLC will offer leadership program participants total 2000 USD as a financial support for project

✽ Eligibility

Environmental activists or prctitioners environment-related fields in the asa-pacific egion are eligible to apply. All applicants also required to meet all conditions as follows:

1. Applicants should have over five years of activity experience in environment/ conservation 
2. Applicants should possess a minimum of a four year college degree.
3.The applicants should be proficient in spoken and written English.
4. Project should be consist of the hands-on.

✽ Application Documents

1. Application Form 
Please find the attached file: Application Form

2. Project Plan
The plan form should clearly explain introduction, contents, activity methods, expected effects, beneficiary, detailed activity plan, project schedule, budget plan. This shoud not exceed 10 pages

3. Project Manager's Information Form
Please find the attached file: Application Form

4. Registration 
Scanned copy is preferred

5. Pamphlet of Organization

6. Project Manager's Diploma

✽ Application method

Applicant documents should be submitted by on-line and off-line.

The deadline is July 31, 2014. 

1. Apply Online 
All applicants must submit their application forms through email at first to 

2. Apply Offline
※ Posting Address : Eco-Peace Leadership Center, College of Forest Sciences 1st building #109, Kangwon National University, Hyojadong Chuncheonsi, Gangwondo, Republic of Korea, 200-070

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File : 1. Application Forms_8th EPLC Leadership Program.doc
Details at