Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Online mentored KM Practitioner Certification Course - 6th Class Starts on 21 September 2015

Online mentored KM Practitioner Certification Course - 6th Class Starts on 21 September 2015

In 2006, CCLFI pioneered the first online KM course in the Philippines. In October 2013, CCLFI introduced the online mentored Knowledge Management Practitioner Certification Course.

This 18-week course features – 

  • "Learning by doing" or learning through practice of 30 basic or unit KM skills in first ten weeks;

  • Use of a practice website where course participants each have their own dedicated practice webpage where they can practice various website content management skills;
  • Study at your convenience; spend a total of about 3 hours online per week at any time during the week;

  • "Learning together" or weekly online discussion among course participants; and

  • In-depth workplace practice in the final 8 weeks of a KM tool appropriate to the needs of the participant's organization. You create value for your organization while you learn. 

If you are interested to join the next or sixth class, send an email to Dr. Serafin D. Talisayon It will be started on September 21, 2015. Starting with the fifth class, extra lessons on KM for the development and public sectors are offered (see italics in list below) which are treated as optional.

 The ten weekly learning sessions are: 

  1. Definitions and KM framework
    Extra lesson: KM for the public and development sectors
  2. Tacit and explicit knowledge
  3. Aligning KM with organizational objectives
    Extra lesson: KM logframe for development projects
  4. Demand-driven KM
    Extra lesson: Demand-driven KM: whose demand?
  5. Selecting the right KM tool
    Extra lesson: Knowledge translation: writing and delivering user-responsive knowledge products
  6. Organizational learning
    Extra lesson: Tools for cross-project learning
  7. Innovation: organizational practices
    Extra lesson: Social innovation
  8. Innovation: individual practices
  9. Managing intellectual capital
    Extra lesson: Community intellectual capital and other assets
  10. KM assessments and action planning for KM practicum
    Extra lesson: Success factors in KM implementation.

The 30 basic KM skills you will learn through practice are:

Content management of a website:

  • Editing and updating a webpage
  • Creating a webpage with functionalities to suit its purpose
  • Managing a threaded online forum
  • Evaluating how demand/user-driven is a website

 Managing intellectual capital:

  • Setting up a web-based and self-updated expertise directory
  • Identifying elements of relationship capital
  • Aligning KM to organizational objectives
  • Innovating for "next practice": what went wrong and why?

Establishing and managing learning processes in the workplace:

  • Keeping a learning journal: most significant learning
  • Making our thinking process visible: mind mapping
  • Setting up an "Ask Me" procedure
  • Conducting a lessons-learned session

Motivating knowledge workers:

  • Making explicit the inner drives of a person: my passions
  • Explaining benefits of KM to a superior
  • Identifying and designating in-house consultants
  • Creating a KM persona that suits a person's talents and passions

Enhancing organizational performance:

  • Identifying generator knowledge assets and critical knowledge assets
  • Estimating peso value of a demand-driven intranet
  • Collecting and organizing work templates
  • Setting up and managing an online participatory M&E

KM assessments and measurements:

  • Assessing process efficiency and effectiveness
  • Identifying potential KM champions
  • Estimating the market value of my human capital
  • Selecting KM tools to match workplace needs

Innovation (knowledge creation):

  • Setting up an idea register
  • Mining customer complaints
  • Problem finding versus problem solving
  • Questioning your assumptions
  • Two-phase creative brainstorming
  • Go outside your comfort zone


Your Online Mentors

Your online mentors are CCLFI KM experts and practitioners Dr. Serafin or "Apin" Talisayon and Dr. Daan Boom (click the links to see their profiles). They each have two decades of KM practice, consulting and teaching behind them.


Some Feedback from Past Students

 "I found that having a real-work practicum is very useful as it will train you how to apply KM knowledge in your workplace."  – Daryl Laqui, EPM Regulator Technologies

"Creating webpages was fun." – Charlyn Justimabaste, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority

"Since it is an online course, it has been very convenient for us to study KM. It felt legitimate now when I say that I am a KM specialist. I am more conscious about our work processes and is looking at ways on how to make work more efficient."  – Anna Amalia Brillante, Peace and Equity Foundation

"The tools introduced by Dr. Apin are very useful in generating insights about the processes we need to improve in the organization. For instance the QBPA [Quick Business Process Assessment] is so easy to use but generate very useful information and actionable items."  – Valentine Esguerra, Emerson Process Management

"I really appreciate 'Estimating Peso Value of a Demand-Driven Intranet' activity because it converts wasted time to value which is the language of management."  Vabby Payod, Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corp.

"I was so happy on one of the Unit Skills... [about] setting up of Participatory M&E in a webpage!"   JRose Centillas, Jollibee Foods Corp.

What Participants Have Learned

Course participants have learned many KM skills such as creating, editing and inserting images or functionalities in their practice webpages. They collaborate to construct their searchable Talent Directory and select a "KM persona" appropriate to their individual skills and unique personalities:


For more information:

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Post-doc opportunity at CIFOR: gender, agribusiness, forests

Dear colleagues… please see this call for a post doc, which is to be coordinated from CIFOR (Centre for International Forestry Research) in Indonesia (but might not necessarily have to be located there).  Please contact Bimbika Sijapati, below.
We are currently looking for a gender post-doc to undertake research on gender and agribusiness expansion in forested landscapes. This is a CIFOR position but the person will be expected to work closely with researchers at IFPRI and IWMI. I think this is a really exciting opportunity to work on an area that remains under researched from a gender perspective. Please do share this announcement among your network and please feel free to ask potential candidates to contact me directly for further information. We are looking to fill the position as soon as possible. The application deadline is on the 30th of September.

Bimbika Sijapati Basnett, Gender specialist, Centre for International Forestry Research (part of CGIAR), Bogor, Indonesia: 

UCRSEA Post‐Doctoral Fellowship 2016 in Bangkok

UCRSEA PostDoctoral Fellowship 2016 in Bangkok


The Urban Climate Resilience Southeast Asia Partnership (UCRSEA), directed by the Asia Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and the Thailand Environment Institute (TEI) in Bangkok, Thailand, invites applications for a one-year UCRSEA Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Urban Climate Change Resilience. Research proposed must be pertinent to UCRSEA's focus on building urban climate change capacity, particularly in the Mekong region. The Fellowship will commence in January 2016, with an annual salary of $40,500 CAD plus benefits.



The successful applicant is expected to reside in Bangkok, Thailand, be based at the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISETRegional Office), and travel once to Toronto, Canada during the term of the Fellowship. Support for conference and research travel in Southeast Asia is available.


Eligibility is limited to applicants who have received their Ph.D. in a relevant discipline (social sciences) within the three years prior to the start date of the UCRSEA fellowship (i.e. January 2013 or later). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply however Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.



In addition to pursuing an intensive research project, the postdoctoral fellow is expected to participate as a member of the UCRSEA team.


Core responsibilities of the postdoctoral fellow include:

Conducting research of relevance to the UCRSEA project;

Presenting their research at one research seminar at the Munk School of Global Affairs 2016 and at least one seminar hosted by TEI in a Southeast Asian city during 2106;

Preparing an original, fulllength research paper for publication as part of the UCRSEA Paper series;

Providing research assistance and documentation support to TEI/ISET on UCRSEA project and research in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam;

Providing support to country partners in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam in research design, field research and documentation;

Providing support to TEI/ISET in project reporting.


Other responsibilities, to be identified with UCRSEA partners and directors based on the fellow's interests and UCRSEA's research agenda, could include:

Planning UCRSEA conferences, events or workshops, in conjunction with UCRSEA partners;

Participation in other UCRSEA research projects and initiatives. 



Applications must arrive at the Munk School of Global Affairs no later than Wednesday, 30 September 2015 at noon (EST). The committee will notify applicants of their decision by 1 November 2015.


Application instructions can be found at:



The Urban Climate Resilience Southeast Asia Partnership addresses vulnerabilities to climate change in urbanizing areas of Southeast Asia with the goal of enhancing resilience and, hence, economic and social well-being. Individual and community vulnerabilities in the region are linked to global environmental change and to the rapid pace of urbanization and economic integration of the region. Specifically, we seek to provide vulnerable peoples in transitional states with the space to learn about and share in decisions about protecting themselves from the economic, social, and physical impacts of climate change.


UCRSEA is a new network of scholars and researchers working to address a critical gap in understanding the role of regionalization and urbanization in the growing risks posed by climate change in Southeast Asia. Our project involves international collaboration between academics in Canada and partners located in four countries that are experiencing both rapid urbanization and the severe effects of climate change: Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. UCRSEA includes universities, NGOs, local organizations, and local governments engaged in multi- disciplinary partnership, combining the science of interpreting climate change's uncertainties, risks, and impacts with social science analysis from geography, anthropology, and planning. The initiating partners include the Thailand Environmental Institute Foundation (TEI), a non- government think tank focusing on scientific and policy issues in Southeast Asia, and the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET-International), an international NGO with extensive experience in knowledge sharing and building urban climate change resilience, the University of Toronto, and York University.


The UCRSEA is undertaking a range of research and program activities: • conducting original, independent, academic research that views urbanization as a transformative process in terms of poverty, vulnerability, growth and climate change impacts; • promoting and sharing our research through publications, as well as through workshops, conferences, webcasts, and presentations; • convening roundtables and public events to engage discussion among scholars, policy makers, and community leaders in cities of Southeast Asia and Canada; • supporting graduate and postgraduate students to thereby build Canada and Southeast Asia's expertise in the field of urban climate change impacts and responses. Funding The Partnership is supported by a five-year International Partnerships for Sustainable Societies (IPaSS) grant, funded by both the International Development Research Council (IDRC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. For more information about UCRSEA: