Enivronmental Peacebuilding https://environmentalpeacebuilding.org/news/rss Program news from Environmental Peacebuilding / PCNRM. Chad: Livelihoods Manager <p class="p">Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and suffering in the world’s poorest countries. Concern works in partnership with the very poorest people in these countries, directly enabling them to improve their lives, as well as using our knowledge and experience to influence decisions made at a local, national and international level that can significantly reduce extreme poverty. In 2015, we positively impacted the lives of 22.5 million people.</p> <h1><strong>About the role: </strong></h1> <p> </p> <p>This is a 24 month, replacement role with unaccompanied terms based in Goz Beida with a salary of €34,106 to €37,895. You will report to the Area Coordinator and will line manage the Assistant Agriculture/Pastorialism, Assistant Environment and Agroforestry, Field Team Leaders and Field Animators (indirectly).</p> <p> </p> <p><em>You will work closely with </em></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Internal</span>: Health Manager, Monitoring &amp; Evaluation Manager, Programme Officer, Programme Director, Base Manager, Logistics Coordinator, Human Resources (HR) and Administration  Manager, Country Finance Manager, Country Director and Partners; </p> <p> </p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">External</span>: Target communities, relevant government departments and technical services; relevant clusters and other organisations working in the same sector. </p> <p> </p> <p>We would like you to start on 1<span>st</span> January 2018.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <h1><strong>Your purpose:</strong></h1> <p> </p> <p>The Livelihoods Manager, who will be based in Goz Beida, with travel to N’Djamena, will oversee the implementation, management and development of agricultural, livestock, environment and agroforestry components through enhancing resilience and adaptation to climate extremes at the household and community level in Chad. S/He will ensure that: (i) Target households have adopted resilient agriculture production techniques &amp; have improved resilience and health of livestock assets through the adoption of innovative livestock production techniques/technology; and (ii) local communities and structures access and utilise EWS (Early Warning System) information though development of a EWS advocacy strategy and networking with other stakeholders. </p> <p> </p> <h1><strong>You will be responsible for:</strong></h1> <p> </p> <p><strong><em>Programme Cycle Management</em></strong></p> <ul><li>Participate in programme proposal development, taking a lead on Livelihoods activities, including the global proposal, logical frameworks, results frameworks, implementation plans, M&amp;E plans and budget and participate in reviews and revisions as necessary during the life cycle of the programme.</li> <li>Support the Assistants Agriculture/Pastoralism, Environment/Agroforestry and Field Team Leaders: (i) in preparing and implementing programme activity plans that correspond to the approved donor proposals and budgets and (ii) in identifying and implementing amendments to the planned activities when requested.</li> <li>Ensure quality monthly reports and Donor narrative reports have been submitted on time (with case studies and photos).</li> <li>Prepare complete, accurate and realistic budgets for donor proposals and as part of Concern’s regular internal budget procedures, ensuring that all activities are fully and accurately budgeted, liaising with other Managers and support departments as appropriate.</li> <li>Ensure all expenditure is authorised and spent in accordance with Concern’s internal and donor procedures and that the allocated budget is utilised effectively and any necessary adjustments are requested in a timely manner.</li> <li>Monitor monthly management account reports from Finance to ensure that expenditure is being accurately recorded and to avoid any unjustified under- or over-spends</li> <li>Review and supplements monthly reports prepared by the Assistants and Field Team Leaders on expenditure v. budget to the Country Management Team, explaining any variances.</li> <li>Work with Programme Officer, Assistants and Field Team Leaders to ensure all aspects of Livelihoods activities adhere to programme quality standards and policies (research, PM&amp;E, accountability and mainstreaming) in a coherent and integrated manner.</li> <li>Ensure that the Livelihoods programme activities are accurately reflected in the integrated M&amp;E plan, identifying activities to be monitored and data to be collected, in collaboration with Assistants, Field Team Leaders and PO.</li> <li>Ensure the establishment, implementation and management of cross cutting elements notably the Early Warning System/DRR activities and Gender Equality.<strong><em> </em></strong></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong><em>Capacity Building</em></strong></p> <ul><li>Design, plan and implement a capacity building plan for all relevant Concern Chad staff on key elements of the different Livelihoods components, DRR and Early Warning System.</li> <li>Contribute to the daily capacity building and strengthening of decision making capacities of Chad national staff.</li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong><em>People Management</em></strong></p> <ul><li>Manage the Assistants Agriculture/Pastoralism, Environment/Agroforestry and Field Team Leaders and support them in discharging their respective responsibilities; so as to create an environment conducive to a proficient and effective implementation of the set activities.</li> <li>Contribute to the ongoing capacity building and career development of Livelihoods team members, with the objective of developing the individuals but also to create and support a strong senior national staff team within Concern.</li> <li>Support Livelihoods team in all aspects of HR management (including accurate job descriptions for all positions; staff receive a thorough induction at the start of their contract and coaching and on-the-job training on an ongoing basis; all staff have SMART objectives and are regularly given performance appraisals).</li> <li>Ensure that Livelihoods team fully understands outcomes which are expected of them by setting SMART objectives, that they are aware of the success criteria relating to their work and that they are given regular performance appraisals (as well as feedback on an on-going basis).</li> <li>Ensure that work within the team(s) is planned and organised in a way which will meet the organisation’s needs in the most cost effective manner possible.</li> <li>Support the Assistants and Field Team leaders in ensuring that team members are given appropriate workloads and in identifying and taking appropriate action to fill resource gaps (restructuring the team to reflect changes in workload or launching timely recruitment to replace a leaver).</li> <li>Coordinates very closely with the Health Manager, all Assistants and Field Team Leaders to ensure the integration of the programme and harmony for all community engagement initiatives and in reporting.</li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong><em>Representation</em></strong></p> <ul><li>Participate regularly in relevant cluster meetings and other relevant meetings at local and national level.</li> <li>Share information on specific Livelihoods, gender and DRR activities with other organisations (other NGOs, UN agencies).</li> <li>Guarantee regular coordination with relevant authorities (Department of Agriculture, Environment etc.) and other relevant organisations operating in the same sector.<strong><em> </em></strong></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong><em>Other</em></strong></p> <ul><li>Actively participate in any emergency assessments and responses.</li> <li>Fully adhere to security protocols and procedures and ensure that all members of the Livelihoods team also do so. Contribute to on-going security management and planning as necessary.</li> <li>Actively participate in collective exercises such as preparation or updates of Preparing for Effective Emergency Response (PEER) plan, Security Management Plan (SMP), Annual / mid-term review and planning meetings, baselines, midlines and endlines when requested.</li> <li>Take active measures to address equality issues, particularly relating to gender, in programme as well as operational (e.g. HR) activities.</li> <li>Ensure the highest standards of accountability through ensuring good communication and information sharing within and outside the programme and enabling staff, programme participants and other stakeholders’ participation at all stages of the project cycle.</li> <li>Be aware of, understand and comply with all of Concern’s policies and procedures (finance, logistics etc).</li> <li>Be aware of, understand, comply with and be a model of Concern’s HR policies like P4 and Code of Conduct.</li> <li>Ensure that every member of the Livelihoods team is aware of, understands and complies with all of Concern’s policies and procedures.</li> <li>Produce strategic analysis and plans for programme expansion, including in a new area, if/when required.</li> <li>Undertake other related duties as may reasonably be assigned by the Country Director. Programmes Director or the line manager<strong> </strong></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Your skills and experience will include:</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>Essential:</p> <ul><li>Minimum bachelors’ degree in Agricultural Science, Environmental Science, Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Agricultural Economics or equivalent</li> <li>Minimum 3 years’ experience working overseas in fragile contexts in humanitarian and recovery and/or resilience programmes focusing on food security and Livelihoods</li> <li>Emergency response experience</li> <li>Experience in working with the most vulnerable populations</li> <li>Experience of programme design and Programme Cycle Management</li> <li>Experience in managing staff</li> <li>Effective data management and analysis skills – basic statistical analysis of programme M+E</li> <li>Previous experience in Results Based Management</li> <li>Experience of grant and budget management</li> <li>Capacity to write high quality proposals, reports, and technical documents</li> <li>Knowledge of participatory programme methodologies</li> <li>Good knowledge of gender analysis and gender mainstreaming</li> <li>In depth knowledge of humanitarian response and resilience to disasters issues including a Rights Based Approach to aid</li> <li>Fluency and strong report-writing skills in English</li> <li>Strong working skills in French</li> <li>Strong team player with a positive attitude</li> <li>Leadership skills</li> <li>Empathy with Concern’s goals and a commitment to capacity building, protection and participation.</li> <li>Excellent communication and interpersonal skills</li> <li>Cross cultural awareness and sensitivity in the Chadian or Sahel context</li> <li>Awareness of and ability to work in fragile contexts</li> <li>Ability to live and work in a close team environment</li> <li>Good sense of humour</li> <li>Good self-motivating capacity and attitude</li> <li>Capacity to motivate the other members of the team</li> <li>A strong commitment to helping the poorest people in the world to improve their well-being and achieve their goals</li> <li>Good capacity to listen to and guide staff members</li> <li>Ability to work to deadlines and under pressure</li> <li>Good knowledge and command of computer applications i.e. Microsoft word, Excel, power point, communications systems.<strong> </strong></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>We would also like:<br></strong></p> <ul><li>Master degree in an appropriate discipline including humanitarian action, development management or social studies</li> <li>Early Warning System experience</li> <li>Previous experience in a similar role</li> <li>Experience in Chad or another Sahelian context</li> <li>Experience in farmer field school methodologiesExperience in implementing income generating schemes targeting the poorest and most vulnerable</li> <li>Experience working in an insecure and volatile environment</li> <li>Experience with gender and HIV/AIDS mainstreaming, disaster risk reduction, and emergency preparedness</li> <li>Recognised qualification in training</li> <li>Experience of supporting partner organisations</li> </ul> Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Call for Abstracts: Warfare, Environment, Social Inequality, and Pro-Sociability Biennial Conference <p>You are invited to submit an abstract for possible inclusion in the 2019 WESIPS (Warfare, Environment, Social Inequality, and Pro-Sociability) Biennial Conference.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>WESIPS Conference Dates:</strong> <span>23-25 </span>May, 2019</p> <p><strong>Location:</strong> Center for Cross-Cultural Study in Seville, Spain</p> <p><strong>Abstract Submission Deadline:</strong> 01 October, 2018 at 11:59 PM (EST)</p> <p><strong>Keynote Speaker:</strong> Dr. Timothy Earle (Northwestern)</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>WESIPS Conference Description and Goals:</strong></p> <p>Over millennia, warfare, environmental degradation, and social inequality have brought much suffering to humankind. In an effort to facilitate interdisciplinary cross-fertilization, WESIPS brings together a cadre of internationally recognized scholars to address the underlying causes of warfare, environmental degradation, the advent of social complexity, and social inequality from a host of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Setting the stage for the cumulation of knowledge, this symposium seeks to uncover effective solutions which promote peace, altruism, cooperation, social equality, biodiversity, and sustainable use of natural resources. This interdisciplinary conference seeks papers addressing one or more of the following topics: prehistoric/modern warfare, ritual violence, biodiversity, natural resource utilization, past and present cases of environmental degradation/sustainability, egalitarianism, advent of social complexity, social inequality, conflict resolution, and prosocial behavior.</p> <p> </p> <p>For more information and/or to submit an abstract, visit the WESIPS Conference website: http://www.spanishstudies.org/wesips-conference.html</p> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 A Tale of Two Policies: Climate Change, Trump, and he U.S. Military <p style="text-align: justify;">The U.S. government appears to be of two minds, with utterly opposing worldviews, on climate change policy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">On one hand, the Trump Administration has pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, has proposed eliminating three vital new climate satellites, reneged on an Obama era $2 billion commitment to the Green Climate Fund, and wants to slash funding to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency domestic climate programs and State Department USAID climate programs around the globe. The President has also denounced global warming as a hoax and a Chinese plot.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">On the other hand, the Republican-dominated Congress has affirmed that climate change is a prominent national security threat and mandated that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) look closely at how climate change is going to affect key installations, while also addressing the need to boost the military’s finances considerably to deal with global warming threats. When Trump’s National Security Strategy – announced in January – erased climate change as a threat to U.S. security, that decision drew the ire of a bipartisan group of congressional legislators.</p> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Environmental Peacebuilding MOOC to be Available in Several Languages <p>With hopes of reaching a broad, global audience of practitioners, academics and students, and others, we are working to make the forthcoming MOOC on Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace available in additional languages. The primary language is English, but Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Chinese (Mandarin) translations of the lectures will be made available. We are hoping to have translation into French also.  We also aim to translate the evaluations (quizzes and final exam).</p> <p> </p> <p>The translations are geared toward participants who would prefer to learn the lecture material in a language other than English, but please note that the readings and supplementary materials are only available in English for the 2018 MOOC.</p> <p> </p> <p>More information about the free online course is available here: <a href="https://epmooc.org">https://epmooc.org</a></p> <p> </p> <p>Translations are conducted by a group of qualified volunteers who we appreciate immensely. If you are interested in supporting efforts to make the MOOC materials more broadly accessible (especially in Arabic and French), please contact <a href="mailto:moraga-lewy@eli.org">moraga-lewy@eli.org</a>!</p> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Share the Forthcoming MOOC with Your Classes or Academic Networks! <p>Many members of our Community of Practice are involved with universities – either as students, professors, or affiliates.  The partnership of institutions that developed the forthcoming MOOC on Environmental Security &amp; Sustaining Peace hopes that some of you can incorporate MOOC content into your spring courses. For example, in a graduate-level course at American University in Washington, D.C., students will be invited to enroll in the MOOC as an extended learning opportunity within their class. The material will complement the work and readings that are already required for their course and offer additional voices.</p> <p> </p> <p>We would be happy to work with you if you are interested in incorporating the MOOC into your spring term course as a professor, or if you are curious about the time commitment and added value if you are a student. We would also be delighted if you could reach out to colleagues and students who might be interested in the MOOC.</p> <p> </p> <p>If you are interested in any of these options, please email <a href="mailto:info@environmentalpeacebuilding.org" target="_blank">info@environmentalpeacebuilding.org</a> so that we can provide details.</p> <p> </p> <p>You can see a syllabus outline of the course content (and additional information) on the MOOC website: <a href="https://www.epmooc.org/modules/" target="_blank">https://www.epmooc.org/modules/</a></p> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Uganda: Country Director <p>Oxfam works with local stakeholders to find lasting solutions to the root causes which keep people in poverty. Oxfam is currently collaborating with the Government, UN Agencies and other stakeholders to respond to the continuing influx of refugees from neighbouring countries. Oxfam envisions Uganda free of extreme inequality and injustice; a society where citizens and particularly women across all age groups claim and exercise their rights and responsibilities and can influence decisions that affect their lives. Its one country program aims to promote women’s rights, good governance and accountability, resilient livelihoods, as well as enhance preparedness, reduce vulnerability to disaster and ensure an effective response to humanitarian crises.</p> <p> </p> <p>Oxfam started working in Uganda in the 1960s. Since then, it has implemented both development and humanitarian programmes to support practical and innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty.  </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <h1><span><strong>The Role</strong></span></h1> <p> </p> <p>The position is accountable to the Oxfam Regional Director for Horn, Eastern and Central Africa (HECA) for the delivery, effective management (which includes budgets and planning), monitoring and evaluation, and learning from the program. </p> <p> </p> <p>Please see the <a href="https://oxfam.box.com/s/7hbcxffb099ppxa4f6nc57181j4owax1">job description</a> for further details.</p> <p> </p> <h1><span><strong>The person</strong></span></h1> <p> </p> <p>We are looking for a dynamic, charismatic and credible leader with the following:</p> <ul><li>Master’s degree in a relevant field;</li> <li>Proven track record of applying new technologies to programming or make use of existing technologies to innovatively influence program design and delivery;</li> <li>Proven track record in influencing and advocacy work at both grassroots as well as high international levels;</li> <li>Significant senior leadership and management experience in the development and delivery of high quality program, influencing and humanitarian strategy, with and through partners or directly, in one or more challenging locations;</li> <li>Demonstrated experience in mobilising resources;</li> <li>Committed to a rights-based approach including an active commitment to putting women’s rights at heart of all we do as well as the rights of other marginalised people in all aspects of the organisation’s work;</li> <li>Experience in leading and motivating multi-disciplinary teams, operating in geographically remote locations;</li> <li>A high degree of self-awareness and an understanding of how to drive and support excellent team performance and individual development in line Oxfam’s values and policies;</li> <li>Experience of managing complex change processes and relationships involving a wide range of both internal and external multi-cultural stakeholders across a variety of disciplines and geographical areas;</li> <li>Proven track record of success in representing an organisation with partners; government agencies, private sector organisations, media and donors at senior level; national and globally;</li> <li>Knowledge and understanding of how institutions such as IGAD, Great Lakes Initiative, EAC etc. work and how these impact on Oxfam’s work in Uganda;</li> <li>NGO Sector experience in Uganda and in the Region (HECA) is an asset;</li> <li>Fluent in English.</li> </ul><p> </p> <h1><span><strong>Our offer</strong></span></h1> <p> </p> <p>At Oxfam, we believe that every aspect of our work can lead to a positive outcome. If you have the same opinion, together with the ability to meet the challenges involved, this role offers scope for immense personal fulfilment – as well as outstanding opportunities to develop your career.</p> <p> </p> <p>Oxfam is committed to providing a competitive compensation package based on a 40-hour work week.</p> <p> </p> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 South Sudan: Wash and Infrastructure Technical Coordinator <div class="job-acted"> <p>Since 1993, as an international non-governmental organization, ACTED has been committed to immediate humanitarian relief to support those in urgent need and protect people’s dignity, while co-creating longer term opportunities for sustainable growth and fulfilling people’s potential. ACTED endeavors to respond to humanitarian crises and build resilience; promote inclusive and sustainable growth; co-construct effective governance and support the building of civil society worldwide by investing in people and their potential.</p> <p> </p> <p>ACTED’s mission is to save lives and support people in meeting their needs in hard to reach areas. ACTED develops and implements programs that target the most vulnerable amongst populations that have suffered from conflict, natural disaster, or socio-economic hardship. ACTED’s approach looks beyond the immediate emergency towards opportunities for longer term livelihoods reconstruction and sustainable development.</p> <p> </p> <p>With a budget of 190 million EUR in 2015, ACTED is active in 35 countries and implements more than 495 projects a year reaching over11 million beneficiaries with 400 international staff and 4,300 national staff.</p> <p><span style="font-family: MuseoSlab500, Times, sans-serif; font-size: 0.9em; font-weight: bold;"> </span></p> </div> <div class="jobpaysdesc"> <h1><strong>Country Profile 2015</strong></h1> <p> </p> <p>Number of projects 25</p> <p>Number of areas 5</p> <p>Number of national staff 317</p> <p>Annual budget (EUR) 20.78M</p> <p>Number of offices 7</p> <p>Number of international staff 49</p> <p> </p> <p>ACTED has been present in South Sudan since 2007, and is currently operating in Western Bahr-el-Ghazal, Warrap, Jonglei, Upper Nile, Lakes, and Central Equatoria states. ACTED focuses on emergency and relief works around water, sanitation and hygiene promotion; basic infrastructure; food security and livelihoods; and integrated camp management. All of these interventions continue to provide basic and life-saving assistance to vulnerable populations, specifically IDPs, refugees and host communities.</p> <p> </p> <p>Since the aftermath of the South Sudanese conflict that erupted in December 2013, ACTED has been contributing to the delivery of humanitarian services to 1.7 million displaced persons, 270,767 refugees, and 5.1 million people in need. ACTED continues to providing camp management services in 2 Protection of Civilian (POC) Sites, 1 informal settlement and 2 refugee camps, while contributing to Camp Coordination as co-lead of the Camp Coordination and Camp Management cluster. Acknowledging the importance of engaging in early recovery to transition towards sustainable solutions, ACTED supports communities in improving their livelihoods through the promotion of income generating activities, community saving groups, and Agro Pastoralist Field schools in Greater Bahr al Ghazal, Greater Upper Nile and Lakes.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Improving effective delivery of services in displacement sites</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>As camp manager, ACTED coordinates the delivery of services to internally displaced people and refugees in Maban, Awerial, Bor and Juba Counties benefiting a total of over 140,000 refugees and 110,000 internally displaced persons. Within the scope of camp management interventions, ACTED’s team in South Sudan undertake a multi-sectoral approach to establish and empower internal governance structures, ensure access to water and hygienic facilities, facilitate peace between host and displaced communities, and increase the protection of people with special needs. A high emphasis was put in establishing accountability and feedback system at the various displacement sites to improve the delivery of services.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Ensuring access to safe water and a sanitary and hygienic living environment</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>In 2015, ACTED prioritized the provision of water and sanitation services to people at risk of disease outbreak as well as displaced populations with limited access to water and sanitation facilities. ACTED has been expanding the provision of water and sanitation services to the refugee population of Doro, Kaya and Gendrassa camp and improved sanitation practices in rural areas such as Akobo county.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Improving food security and ensuring access to livelihoods</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>ACTED’s interventions focud on first addressing the dire food security needs of displaced populations through emergency food distributions within internally displaced and refugee camps, while also working to improve the resilience of vulnerable people across the country through seed and tool distributions and the offer of food for the construction of community assets. Through this approach, ACTED aims to both address food insecurity in displaced populations while building population resilience in the transition towards early recovery, managing to reach over 150,000 beneficiaries.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Transitioning into early recovery</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>As the country slowly recovers from the havoc wrought from decades of conflict, ACTED’s programming increasingly focus on building resilience and improving living conditions of the country’s poor and displaced populations. Moving forward, ACTED’s camp team is looking at devising and executing comprehensive plans for the return or integration of displaced populations. Secondly, ACTED aims to increase the living standards and ensure the livelihoods of the South Sudanese population, via increasing access to income generating activities and sustainable incomes, tackling the underlying drivers of food insecurity and poverty.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="jobprofil"> <h2>Position profile</h2> <p> </p> <p><strong>1. External Positioning</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><span>1.1. External Relations</span></p> <ul><li>Act as key ACTED representative on Wash and Infrastructure in South Sudan.</li> <li>Ensure external representation of ACTED in Wash and Infrastructure] sector, vis-à-vis country and local authorities, other project stakeholders, donors and partners</li> <li>Participate in and report (internally) on Wash and Infrastructure technical and sectoral meetings, clusters and working groups involving all relevant stakeholders such as donors, NGOs, UN Agencies, inter-governmental institutions</li> <li>Ensure effective coordination and collaboration with key stakeholders and partners, i.e. NGOs, civil society organizations, community groups, and government counterparts who are working on Wash and Infrastructure</li> <li>Identify opportunities to collaborate and coordinate efforts with other organizations to ensure our activities build upon - rather than replicate - the work of others.</li> </ul><p> </p> <p><span>1.2. Project Development</span></p> <ul><li>Collect and analyse primary and secondary data related to the Wash and Infrastructure sector in the South Sudan;</li> <li>Analyse the activities in the Wash and Infrastructure sector and relevant stakeholders</li> <li>Identify the needs of the most vulnerable populations through regular visits and literature review, and through the design and implementation of relevant needs assessments in close collaboration with AMEU</li> <li>Lead Wash and Infrastructure project conceptualization workshops</li> <li>Provide technical inputs into proposal design and ensure new or adapted projects for the Wash and Infrastructure sector focus on maximizing efficiencies, impact and integrated approaches</li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>2. Internal Wash and Infrastructure Technical Support and Coordination</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><span>2.1. Coordination</span></p> <ul><li>Support the development and maintenance of a coherent Wash and Infrastructure strategy across ACTED's areas of intervention in South Sudan.</li> <li>Promote harmonization of approaches and methodologies across the different Wash and Infrastructure projects by developing and monitoring use of common tools, as well as creating opportunities for experience sharing and learning</li> <li>Brief Project Managers about main Wash and Infrastructure issues, and updating them on a regular basis.</li> <li>Organize internal Wash and Infrastructure meetings on a monthly basis.</li> </ul><p> </p> <p><span>2.2. Technical Leadership</span></p> <ul><li>Define Wash and Infrastructure project implementation modalities and methodologies (including, but not limited to technical specifications, identification and registration of beneficiaries, distribution and sensitization)</li> <li>Lead the development of all technical tools related to Wash and Infrastructure projects (ToRs for consultants and evaluators, ad hoc reports, capitalization reports…);</li> <li>Analyse the appropriateness, adequacy and potential impact of all interventions in the Wash and Infrastructure sector based on known contexts and needs</li> <li>Provide technical support to the Project Managers and other Wash and Infrastructure staff to implement the ACTED Wash and Infrastructure projects to a high quality standard;</li> <li>Liaise with Wash and Infrastructure technical staff on a regular basis to ensure technical assistance is provided to projects when needed</li> <li>Disseminate tools, research, best practices and lessons learned internally and externally through publications, networks, working groups, events, and conferences.</li> </ul><p> </p> <p><span>2.3. Staff Capacity Building</span></p> <ul><li>Participate in the recruitment and training of Wash and Infrastructure sector staff members</li> <li>In coordination with Project Managers identify individual training needs and ensure access to training and professional development opportunities appropriate to the skill gaps and needs</li> <li>Provide training to projects teams on ACTED activities and Wash and Infrastructure best practices</li> <li>Develop training material for different trainings to share within the Wash and Infrastructure project teams</li> <li>Develop capacity-building programmes for local actors (including partner NGOs and relevant local services providers) on Wash and Infrastructure</li> </ul><p> </p> </div> <div class="jobqualif"> <h1>Qualifications</h1> <ul><li>Degree in related fields</li> <li>At least 5 years of experience in project implementation, preferably in an international context;</li> <li>At least 3 years of experience in related fields;</li> <li>Experience in humanitarian and refugee camp situations preferred;</li> <li>Fluent English skills required;</li> </ul><p> </p> </div> <div class="jobcondi"> <h1>Conditions</h1> <ul><li>Salary defined by the ACTED salary grid; educational level, expertise, hardship, security, and performance are considered for pay bonus</li> <li>Additional monthly living allowance</li> <li>Free food and lodging provided at the organisation’s guesthouse</li> <li>Transportation costs covered, including additional return ticket + luggage allowance</li> <li>Provision of medical, life, and repatriation insurance</li> </ul><p> </p> </div> <div class="jobcandi"> <h2>Submission of applications</h2> <p> </p> <p>Please send your application including cover letter, CV and references to <a href="mailto:jobs@acted.org">jobs@acted.org</a> under <strong>Ref: WASHINFRATC/SSUD</strong></p> </div> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 China Is Stealthily Waging a Water War <p class="c-article-body__text" style="text-align: justify;">While international attention remains on China's recidivist activities in the South China Sea's disputed waters, Beijing is also focusing quietly on other waters – of rivers that originate in Chinese-controlled territory such as Tibet and flow to other countries. As part of its broader strategy to corner natural resources, China's new obsession is freshwater, a life-creating and life-supporting resource whose growing shortages are casting a cloud over Asia's economic future.</p> <p class="c-article-body__text" style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p class="c-article-body__text" style="text-align: justify;">By building cascades of large dams on international rivers just before they leave its territory, China is re-engineering cross-border natural flows. Among the rivers it has targeted are the Mekong, the lifeline of Southeast Asia, and the Brahmaputra, the lifeblood for Bangladesh and northeastern India.</p> <p class="c-article-body__text" style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p class="c-article-body__text" style="text-align: justify;">With the world's most resource-hungry economy, China has gone into overdrive to appropriate natural resources. On the most essential resource, freshwater, it is seeking to become the upstream controller by manipulating transboundary flows through dams and other structures.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Conflict Minerals Program Manager <p align="left">Why Work at Dell? Endless challenges and rewards. Opportunities on six continents. A team of colleagues fueled by collaboration. All this, and a company deeply committed to integrity and responsibility.</p> <h1 align="left"><br>Responsibilities </h1> <ul><li>Leads global program to assure responsible sourcing of minerals in the Dell supply chain</li> <li>Sets strategy, policy, goals, roadmap and metrics to drive, monitor, and report program success<span style="font-size: 0.8em;"> <br></span></li> <li>Manages virtual team to collect and analyze data from the supply chain and assess and mitigate risks</li> <li>Engages with industry groups and coalitions to improve tools and programs for a responsible mineral supply chain</li> <li>Prepares reports for internal and external communication</li> <li>Manages continuous improvement of project/program process, practices and initiatives</li> <li>Maintains strong awareness of industry trends, business conditions and internal processes and practices to meet project/program delivery requirements</li> </ul><h1 align="left"><br>Requires</h1> <ul><li>Undergraduate degree and 5+ years relevant project and program management experience </li> <li>Solid organizational and analytical skills </li> <li>Effectively communicate and collaborate with internal and external business partners </li> </ul><p align="left"> </p> <p align="left">When you choose our company, you join a diverse world of innovative thought leaders. At our core is a commitment to workplace diversity, the Comprehensive program/project management skills sustainability of our planet, and community corporate involvement. We offer highly competitive salaries, bonus programs, world-class benefits, and unparalleled growth and development opportunities-all to create a compelling and rewarding work environment.</p> <p align="left"><br><br>Dell is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind:  Dell is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Dell are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Dell will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.</p> <p> </p> Sun, 14 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Gas Wars: The First Energy Conflict in 2018 <p style="text-align: justify;">The eastern Mediterranean is expected to witness the first conflict of 2018, as developments at the end of 2017 are signaling worsening relationships between Turkey and the Greek Cypriot-Greece-Israel-Egypt bloc.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Territorial disputes over natural gas and newly discovered hydrocarbon reserves in the eastern Mediterranean basin are the reason.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Up until a few years ago, the hope was that these hydrocarbon reserves would offer a real opportunity for a peaceful settlement of the Cyprus conflict. But these optimistic hopes vanished with both Turks and Greek Cypriots unilaterally speeding up exploration and drilling operations.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In 2004, the European Union had declared the Greek Cypriots the sole entity representing the island of Cyprus and accepted it as an EU member. Feeling that its hand has been strengthened following the EU decision, the Greek Cypriots claimed the right of natural resources exploration in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around Cyprus.</p> Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800