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SOUTH SUDAN - WASH Cluster State Focal Point - Bentiu

Solidarités International is a French humanitarian organization which provides aid and assistance to victims of war or natural disaster. For over 30 years the association has focused on meeting three vital needs - water, food and shelter - by carrying out emergency programmes followed by longer-term reconstruction projects. Whilst fully respecting the assisted populations’ customs and culture, Solidarités International’s programmes are implemented through the joint expertise of around 180 expatriates and 1500 local managerial staff and employees. Solidarités International is currently present in Africa (Central African Republic, Southern Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Liberia, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe), in Asia (Afghanistan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Myanmar) and in Haiti.

CONTEXT OF INTERVENTION

The Republic of South Sudan became an independent nation on 9 July 2011, seeing the popular will of its citizens fulfilled as per the referendum vote in January 2011. With the government and citizens now looking forward to the development of the nation, South Sudan is still plagued by a number of conflict- and natural disaster-related emergencies creating significant humanitarian crises in the severely underdeveloped rural areas.

The emergence of multiple rebel militia groups in the lead-up to Independence and the acute armed conflict in Southern Kordofan between northern and southern troops created widespread population displacements in the northern states of South Sudan. These emergencies have been compounded by massive influxes of returnees from North to South Sudan, numbering over 300,000 since October 2010 with another 300,000 expected to arrive before the end of 2011.

Solidarités International (SI) implements rural and semi-urban water and sanitation activities in three states: Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity. SI targets counties prone to receiving IDPs and/or returnees and prone to natural disaster (namely flooding). Upper Nile and Jonglei programmes are operated out of Malakal, the Upper Nile State capital. Intermittent emergency response programmes are also implemented in and around Malakal Town, on receiving influxes of returnees/IDPs. Unity State programmes are administrated from an office in Bentiu, the Unity State capital.

In April 2010, the Humanitarian Country Team Juba Satellite adopted the cluster system to strengthen and improve humanitarian coordination mechanisms, ensuring that coordination structures are up to the challenge of addressing the complex and pressing humanitarian situation in Southern Sudan.

In line with the Humanitarian Reform, NGOs, international organizations and UN agencies operating in the WASH sector comes together under the leadership of UNICEF and Medair to identify gaps, plan and prioritize response, and to implement and monitor activities in a spirit of partnership. The overall purpose is to alleviate human suffering and protect the lives, livelihoods and dignity of populations in need.

The Government of the Republic of South Sudan is primarily responsible for the initiation, organization, coordination, and implementation of humanitarian assistance within its territory. Whenever possible, the WASH cluster operates in support of and in coordination with local authorities.

The Unity State WASH Cluster State Focal Point will be based in Bentiu /Rubkona. Covering all areas of Unity State as related to WASH Cluster coordination activities, WASH emergency response coordination, and interagency assessment missions. There are a couple of agencies working in WASH in Unity State, however many with limited capacity or no capacity for emergency response. CARE International, World Vision, International Committee of the Red Cross, Winrock- the Sudan Bridge South Sudan Red Cross Society, and Solidarités International all work in WASH – but most agencies have capacity only in specific counties of the state.

OUTLINE OF POSITION

OBJECTIVES

• Ensure appropriate state level coordination between all WASH humanitarian partners such as State line Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Rural Water Authority, UNICEF, and INGOs including local partners; • Organize and ensure the co-chairing system of the cluster with the representative of the line Ministry and UNICEF representative in Bentiu • Ensure the establishment/maintenance of appropriate sector coordination mechanisms including working groups at the state level; • Ensure effective links with other clusters (with OCHA support), especially Protection, Health, Nutrition, and NFIs; • Act as the state level focal point for inquiries on the cluster’s response plans and operations within the state. • Represent the cluster at Humanitarian Coordination Fora in the state • Facilitate the coordination of all state WASH agencies for coordination meetings, information dissemination, assessment planning and implementation and state-wide activity mapping.

TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Coordination :

  • Maintain state level cluster contact list (3W matrix) and ensure knowledge of who is doing what and where within the sector in the given state.
  • Initiate and facilitate monthly state level cluster meetings (Co-chaired by state level ministry and/or Unicef) via dissemination of meeting announcement, providing NGO updates for absent agencies, and sharing meeting minutes at the central ( South Sudan WASH forum) and state level.
  • Facilitate or coordinate, in partnership with cluster members and/or with inter-sector team needs assessments, and other programmatic issues as need be.
  • Advice and support development of sector baselines, benchmarks and measureable indicators.
  • To help partners to make their technical designs and approaches consistent with each other
  • Support cluster co-leads with planning issues including humanitarian work plan, risk analysis, preparedness/contingency planning and identifying gaps
  • To pursue and reinforce early warning system on emergency and support advocacy to donors for them to fund NGOs in case of emergency in the area
  • Coordinate with UNICEF and maintain state level cluster emergency WASH stock levels and ensure knowledge of who has what and where.
  • Support the partners in participating to the Common Appeal Process for 2012 for the WaSH part of their interventions
  • Represent the cluster at Humanitarian Coordination Forums in the state.
  • Brief new cluster members on the sector specific issues. Provide initial contact lists; facilitate contacts with key partners, local and national authorities.

Reporting :

Externally - Report on scheduled tasks to humanitarian coordination and local authorities - Provide systematic and ad-hoc reports to the WASH Cluster Lead and Co-lead in Juba - Respond to all coordination and information requests made by the WASH Cluster Lead and/or Co-lead

Internally - Draft weekly internal reports on activities related to the Cluster to the Solidarites International Programme Coordinator/Field Coordinator - Draft monthly donor reports for submission to UNICEF

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Experience: - University degree in a relevant field such as international development, public policy, economics, statistics, program evaluation, etc.; and/ or 2 years of project management experience in cross-cultural relief and development projects - Field experience in conflict/post-conflict contexts - Experience with monitoring and evaluation systems and methodologies - Experience in emergency humanitarian programmes - Significant experience in WASH Cluster participation - Thorough working knowledge of the Humanitarian Reform and Cluster Approach - Ability to network and build beneficial professional relationships with donor and partner organisations - Previous experience with Solidarités International is an advantage

Technical skills: - Implementing/monitoring humanitarian programs - Expertise in initial assessment tools in acute emergency situations - Knowledge of emergency/post-emergency humanitarian strategies - Knowledge of the role of NGOs/UN agencies/peace-keeping missions and their specific mandates - Computer literacy with command MS Office Suite; Knowledge of GIS software is desirable - Excellent oral and written communication skills

Language: Fluent writing and spoken English (reports written in English), Knowledge of Arabic is an asset

Other criteria: - Calm and diplomatic (security management; relationships with local, administrative and military authorities and the humanitarian community). - Self-starter with strong research, analysis, and critical thinking skills - Able to work in autonomy (activity very independent from the rest of Solidarites’ intervention in the country) - Keen interest in geopolitical and humanitarian strategy analysis - Very motivated by challenges - Adherence to restrictive security and behavioural regulations - Responsive and dynamic

CONDITIONS

Salaried post: from 1400 euros gross per month, according to experience, plus 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly, and a monthly Per Diem of 500 USD.

Solidarités International will cover accommodation and travel expenses from the expatriate’s home country to the site of the assignment.

  • Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.

  • Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a break during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 500 euros allocated by Solidarités). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 15-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarités will cover travel costs).

DURATION : 12 months, beginning as soon as possible.

How to apply:

Please send us a CV and cover letter, either through our website or via the following link: https://emea2.recruitmentplatform.com/syndicated/private/syd_apply.cfm?I....

Research Fellow - United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association

Research Fellow - United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association

Maina Kiai, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association (“UN Special Rapporteur”) and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (“ICNL”) are offering a Research Fellowship to support the work of the UN Special Rapporteur.

The UN Special Rapporteur will direct the work of the Research Fellow, who will be based at ICNL’s office in Washington, D.C. This is a one-year fellowship. Depending on funding and other considerations, the fellowship may be continued.

Duties

The Research Fellow will undertake the following duties:

•Monitor developments relating to the freedom of assembly and association.
•Work with the UN Special Rapporteur to identify best practices and restrictions on the freedoms of assembly and association.
•Provide research and writing support for annual reports and other documents prepared by the UN Special Rapporteur.
•Provide research support for country visits, regional consultations, and other meetings undertaken by the UN Special Rapporteur.
•Travel to meet with the UN Special Rapporteur twice per year with other travel possible.
•Undertake funder-required reporting and other tasks.
•Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications

•At least 3 years professional experience relating to the freedom of assembly and/or association.
•Experience analyzing legislation affecting the freedom of assembly and/or association at the national and international level.
•Knowledge of broader civil society issues and the political context globally.
•Experience working in challenging political environments is a distinct advantage.
•Excellent research, analytical, and writing skills.
•Fluency in English, with additional language skills preferred.•Ability to obtain a visa to work in the US and to meet USAID requirements - including the requirement, absent a waiver from USAID, to reside in a country in which USAID has a presence.
•Individuals from countries where USAID has a presence (http://www.usaid.gov/locations/) and women are encouraged to apply.

A fellowship stipend and economy class airfare to Washington, DC will be provided for the successful candidate. The estimated start date is January 1, 2012.

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter, curriculum vitae, short writing sample (3 pages or less), and list of references to mainakiai.sr@gmail.com and SRfellow@icnl.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but the deadline for applications is November 15. Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Research Officer The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO)

RESEARCH OFFICER: RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY DIVISION


JOB DESCRIPTION

1. Assist the R & C team in carrying out research and consultancy assignments and undertake such tasks as may be assigned in relation to projects

2. Undertake research relating to ICT for Development issues such as rural connectivity, developmental impact of telecommunications, local content, use of ICTs for disaster management etc

3. Communicate with CTO members and relevant bodies to seek additional information and validate research

4. Keep updated the database of sources of information, funding and other support (ex.research institutions, donors, individual champions etc) and to identify opportunities in line with their priorities

5. Monitor the database of consultancy opportunities and keep colleagues informed

6. Assist in the preparation of expressions of interest, proposals and concept papers for research and consultancy opportunities

7. Carry out tasks designed to obtain donor and private sector support for CTO initiatives

8. Design and carry out capacity building programmes for CTO stakeholders

9. Assist to keep updated the CTO’s Database of consultants and research partners

10. Assist to keep updated the Research and Consultancy pages on the CTO website

11. Carry out any other tasks that may be assigned by the CTO Management


Academic Qualifications and Experience:

• A degree in a field related to international development (Development Studies, International Relations, Political Economy, Economics, ICT for Development etc)

• Working experience in the field of international development would be an added Advantage


Person specifications

• A keen interest in Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the way they impact upon socico-economic development

• Excellent academic record

• Excellent research skills

• Excellent oral and written communications skills

• Experience of writing for internal/external audiences

• Knowledge of key socio-economic development issues, especially the role of ICTs in development

• Ability to work in a multicultural environment


Salary - £17,000 to £21,000 depending on Qualification and Experience
Deadline for applications – 14th of November 2011

Please send your CV along with a covering letter explaining your suitability for the position to Mr Rakesh Luchmun, Senior Manager, Finance & HR at recruitment@cto.int

Final Evaluation of UNOPS Transitional Shelter Project American Red Cross

October 26, 2011

Dear Sir/Madam,

Subject: Request for Proposal

1. The American Red Cross, Haiti Delegation hereby solicits your proposal for the provision of a Final evaluation of UNOPS transitional shelter project, Haiti; as per the attached Draft Terms of Reference (TOR) that includes the scope of work.

2. The Request for Proposal (RFP) consists of this letter of transmittal and the following enclosures: Enclosure 1: Specifications/TOR

3. Please note that this document is an RFP and not an invitation to bid. You should also note that the terms set forth in this RFP, the Draft TOR (Enclosure 1) will form a part of any contract should the American Red Cross (ARC) accept your proposal.

4. It is anticipated that any contract or contracts entered into as a result of this RFP will be for a period of 6-7 weeks (approx. 35-40 working days), beginning Early November, 2011.

5. This RFP does not commit the ARC to award a contract or to pay any costs incurred in the preparation or submission of proposals, or costs incurred in making necessary studies for the preparation thereof, or to procure or contract for services or supplies. The ARC reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received in response to this RFP and to negotiate with any of the proposers or other firms in any manner deemed to be in the best interest of the ARC. It also reserves the right to negotiate and award separate or multiple contracts for the elements covered by this RFP in any combination it may deem appropriate, in its sole discretion; modify or exclude any consideration, information or requirement contained in this RFP, and to add new considerations, information or requirements at any stage of the procurement process, including during negotiations with proposers.

6. Proposers must provide all requisite information and clearly and concisely respond to all points set out in this RFP. Any proposal which does not fully and comprehensively address this RFP will be rejected. However, unnecessarily elaborate brochures and other presentations beyond that sufficient to present a complete and effective proposal are not encouraged.

7. The normal terms of payment of the ARC are within 30 days of satisfactory delivery of goods or services and documents in apparent good order. Proposers must therefore clearly specify in their Proposal the payment terms being offered if different from these.

8. The agency/person is expected to submit a combined technical and financial proposal (maximum 5 pages) in English submitted no later than 11:59pm EST, Nov 4, 2011.
9. Any proposals received after the stated opening time and date will be rejected.

10. Proposals must be sent to: arc.evaluation@gmail.com. Please use the following in the subject line of your email: “Consultant – UNOPS Evaluation”.

11. All elements of the proposal should be contained in one single file, in either Word or pdf format. CV and proposed daily fee for each consultant, in one single Word or pdf file. The title of the file should use the following naming convention: Lastname_UNOPSevaluation.
12. The proposal should include

Detailed CVs of the professional(s) who will work on the evaluation. If more than one consultant on the proposed evaluation team, please attach a table describing the level of effort (in number of days) of each team member in each of the evaluation activities.

References: Provide two or three references from your previous clients.

Daily Rate: Please mention the expected daily rate in USD.

13. Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the ARC in accordance with the provisions of the ARC’s Procurement Policy as well as the considerations, information and requirements contained in this RFP. The evaluation procedure will consist of a formal, substantive and financial assessment of the proposals received. Price is an important factor; however, it is not the only consideration in evaluating responses to an RFP.

14. Your proposal shall remain valid and open for acceptance for a period of at least sixty (60) days from the submission date. Please indicate in your proposal that it will remain valid for this period.

15. Following submission of the proposals and final evaluation, the ARC will have the right to retain unsuccessful proposals. It is the proposer’s responsibility to identify any information of a confidential or proprietary nature contained in its proposal, so that it may be handled accordingly.


Draft Terms of Reference for External Consultant/Firm
Final evaluation of UNOPS transitional shelter project, Haiti
October 21, 2011

1. Evaluation overview

1.1. Type of evaluation
This evaluation will be an end-of-project evaluation.

1.2. Evaluation methodologies
The evaluation will use qualitative, quantitative or mixed research methodologies.

1.3. Number of evaluators
A team of two evaluators will work on the evaluation:
1. one with demonstrated technical skills and experience in Shelter
2. one with demonstrated experience in leading evaluations of humanitarian projects
The first evaluator (Shelter) has already been selected. Applications will be accepted from individual consultants for the second position (Evaluation).

1.4. Expected start/end dates, Number of work days
The evaluation is expected to begin in early November 2011 and end in mid-December 2011. The expected number of work days are 35-40 days for each member of the evaluation team.

1.5. Budget
The budget for this evaluation is $50,000.

1.6. Deadline for receiving applications
11:59PM EST, Friday November 4, 2011


2. Description of project to be evaluated

2.1. Background and objectives of project
The Haiti earthquake of January 12, 2010 is widely considered to be the most challenging natural disaster in recent history. The American Red Cross (ARC) responded to the devastating earthquake with massive support. ARC human, financial and material resources immediately went to the support of the largest Red Cross/Red Crescent deployments in its history, including twenty-one Emergency Response Units supported by more than seventy Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies.

To further respond to this disaster, ARC planned its early recovery programming in tandem with ongoing emergency response operations. In this context, ARC launched a Request for Applications (RFA) in April 2010 focused on the transitional shelter and host family support components of ARC’s Haiti Assistance Program. A total of five transitional shelter partners were selected for funding under this objective to construct a total of 6,500 transitional shelters.

The goal of ARC’s shelter program is to meet immediate and long-term shelter needs of people left homeless by the earthquake. Ultimately ARC expects to support shelter through all phases of recovery, but this RFA focused on the transition phase.

In addition to constructing transitional shelters, all projects were required to address access to water and sanitation, either through direct implementation, partnerships or any other mechanisms in order to achieve the Wash cluster guidelines for transitional shelter beneficiaries. DRR, environment, capacity building, long term recovery and gender were to be taken into account as part of project design and implementation activities.

UNOPS was funded under Objective 1 of the RFA, to support vulnerable earthquake-affected families living in inadequate shelter with transitional shelter intended to bridge the gap between relief and reconstruction. The aim of the UNOPS project was to achieve the following objective: to provide durable transitional shelters and WatSan assistance for communities affected by the earthquake.

2.2. Scope and reach of project
Of the five organizations funded under the RFA, UNOPS was to construct 1,500 transitional shelters in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the RFA. Located in Greater Port-au-Prince, UNOPS aimed to reach approximately 1,500 families (or 7,500 direct beneficiaries using an average household size of 5). Other activities of the project were Water and Sanitation (WatSan) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

2.3. Project management
This project has been directly implemented and managed by UNOPS.

2.4. Previous evaluation activities
Due to the short length of the project, previous evaluations were not conducted.


3. Purpose, objectives, audience and coverage

3.1. Purpose of evaluation
1. To provide inputs for the future meta-evaluation, as well as for the implementation design for the permanent housing program.
2. To determine positioning and lessons learned for similar future shelter projects/programs.
3. To assess compliance with Grant Agreement requirements

3.2. Objectives of the evaluation
1. Describe and assess project results – intended and unintended, positive and negative
2. Assess the major factors which influence results either positively or negatively
3. Draws lessons learned

3.3. Main audience of evaluation
The audience of this evaluation is the American Red Cross Haiti Assistance Program field project/program delegates and management, NHQ technical team, NHQ senior management, American Red Cross Transitional Shelter partners, and RC/RC Movement partners.

3.4. Coverage
The evaluation is intended to be comprehensive and the analysis is expected to cover all areas in which UNOPS has implemented the project (Port au Prince, Martissant and Carrefour- Feuilles). All completed activities covered by the project (Shelter, WASH and DRR) are to be covered, and capacity building, environment, long term recovery and gender are to be taken into account as cross cutting issues.


4. Evaluation criteria and questions

Relevance
1. Was project design relevant and appropriate (taking into account the target populations, timeframe, locations and the Haitian context)? How did project design compare to projects implemented by other humanitarian actors in the same sector and for the same target population?
2. Did the project respond to the specific needs of the target population in both the urban and peri-urban context?
3. Were the T-Shelter designs mindful of the beneficiaries’ needs and wishes?

Effectiveness
4. Were activities implemented as planned? What were the main factors that contributed to whether activities resulted in intended outputs and outcomes?
5. How has land tenure impacted the program, both in implementation and after the handover of the shelter? How are the tenure agreements being respected by land owners and beneficiaries? Are there any cases of eviction of the original beneficiary of the T-shelter since the moment they occupied the shelters?
6. Is the entire beneficiary household living in the T-Shelter? If not, why? Do beneficiaries have other family members residing in the camps to obtain additional services?
7. Were quality standards defined and monitored for all the components of the program, (beneficiary selection and mobilization, shelter construction, capacity building, WASH component, ensuring DRR, gender and environment) in an effective way and did activities achieve high levels of quality in implementation?
8. Effectiveness of Cross-Cutting Themes: How have cross-cutting themes as set forth in the RFA (watsan, DRR, environment, capacity building, long-term recovery, and gender) been incorporated into the overall project design and implementation?
a. How has UNOPS ensured that its timber frame structure has not lead to further deforestation?
b. How has UNOPS assured SPHERE compliance, including the shelter environmental impact standard and WASH standards regarding minimal environmental degradation and watershed protection?
c. How has DRR been taken into consideration in relation to construction site planning, layout and risk reduction techniques in the shelter design?

Results/Outcomes/Impact
9. Did the program achieve its intended outcomes? Were there any important unintended outcomes, either positive or negative?
10. What were the main reasons that determined whether intended outcomes were or were not achieved, and whether there were positive or negative unintended outcomes? Which were under UNOPS control and which were not?
11. Were the t-shelters used for their intended purpose?

Beneficiary perception and satisfaction
12. What was the beneficiaries’ perceived impact of the program? Were beneficiaries satisfied with project outcomes? Were there differences in satisfaction per type of location (urban, peri-urban) or by location?
13. Was there a channel established for beneficiary complaints and response?

Efficiency / cost-effectiveness
14. Were there any noticeable, verifiable instances of waste or inefficiency?

Coverage
15. Did beneficiaries—in general or for specific groups (such as the elderly or disabled, or people with no access to land)—encounter any difficulties accessing the program?
16. Were there any established criteria for beneficiary selection and to what extent were they followed? Did selection criteria evolve over time? If so, why, and what has been the impact of this change both on the program and on the targeted population?

Coherence/connectedness
17. How was the program coordinated with other projects implemented in the area?
18. Were any problems highlighted with program overlap or redundancy?
19. How well did the program adapt its design and objectives to the prevailing humanitarian context for the target population and in the target sector?

Sustainability
20. What sustainability strategies were incorporated into program design?
21. How sustainable were the outcomes of the program? What are the main factors that affect, either positively or negatively, the sustainability of program outcomes?
22. What knowledge have beneficiaries acquired to repair, maintain and/or upgrade their t-shelters and latrines?

Compliance
23. Did UNOPS follow visibility guidelines as set forth by ARC?
24. Did UNOPS meet deadlines as established in the Grant Agreement?
25. Were recommendations and guidance provided from ARC taken into consideration and/or implemented?


5. Scope of work and Evaluation design

5.1. Scope of work
The consultant will be responsible for the following:
1. Developing evaluation methodology and work plan
2. Data collection and analysis
3. Report writing
4. Support of future meta-evaluation of American Red Cross Shelter program

5.2. Methodologies
The following methodologies are expected to be used during the evaluation:
1. Desk review of key documents, to be provided by American Red Cross
2. Literature search and review of evaluations and annual reports of other programs in the same sector and with the same/similar target population in Haiti, in order to a) identify useful secondary data; b) establish benchmarks and/or c) consider good practice indicators or methods of data collection.
3. Interviews with key UNOPS project staff
4. Interviews with representatives of project stakeholders
5. Focus group discussions with stakeholders

Other methodologies can be proposed, including any of the following (list not exhaustive):
6. Probabilistic sample survey of beneficiaries
7. Other participatory qualitative approaches, such as “most significant change”
8. Case studies
9. Physical inspection of facilities
10. Measurement of environmental factors affecting results

5.3. Inception report
After the consultant has had the opportunity to review monitoring data, speak with key project personnel and review background and project materials, the consultant will prepare an inception report that will include details on the proposed methodology, work plan and analysis plan. A discussion will take place with the Evaluation manager to review and finalize the details in the report.

5.4. Logistics and Administrative Support
The American Red Cross can support the consultant with accommodations and transportation (to/from and within Haiti).

5.5. Reporting relationship
The consultant/firm will report to Ranjan Mohnot, Q&L Delegate, who is the designated Evaluation manager.

5.6. International standards & Presentation of evidence
Standard evaluation and survey methodologies and good practices utilized in the international humanitarian community should be applied. Such resources should include but are not limited to those promulgated by the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

In particular, all findings and conclusions should be based on evidence which is presented in the evaluation report. For sample surveys, detailed information should be presented on the sample design (including sample size calculation, stratification, clustering, allocation, selection, departures from equal selection probability and weighting), the respondent selection methodology, nonresponse rates, and coefficient of variation, design effect and intra-class correlation for all variables. For case studies, the criteria and processes for selecting those cases should be presented.
5.7. Ethical Guidelines
It is expected that the evaluation will adhere to ethical guidelines as outlined in the American Evaluation Association’s Guiding Principles for Evaluators. A summary of these guidelines is provided below, and a more detailed description can be found at www.eval.org/Publications/GuidingPrinciplesPrintable.asp.
1. Informed Consent: All participants are expected to provide informed consent following standard and pre-agreed upon consent protocols.
2. Systematic Inquiry: Evaluators conduct systematic, data-based inquiries.
3. Competence: Evaluators provide competent performance to stakeholders.
4. Integrity/Honesty: Evaluators display honesty and integrity in their own behavior, and attempt to ensure the honesty and integrity of the entire evaluation process.
5. Respect for People: Evaluators respect the security, dignity and self-worth of respondents, program participants, clients, and other evaluation stakeholders. It is expected that the evaluator will obtain the informed consent of participants to ensure that they can decide in a conscious, deliberate way whether they want to participate.
6. Responsibilities for General and Public Welfare: Evaluators articulate and take into account the diversity of general and public interests and values that may be related to the evaluation.

5.8. Future use of data
All collected data will be the sole property of the American Red Cross. The consultant/firm may not use the data for their own research purposes, nor license the data to be used by others, without the written consent of the American Red Cross.


6. Expected activities and Deliverables

6.1. Expected activities

Activities Number of days
(illustrative)
1. Desk review, literature search and discussions with key program staff 5
2. Develop and submit inception report for approval 1
3. Develop data collection instruments 3
4. Develop and facilitate data collection training 2
5. Oversee data collection 7
6. Clean and analyze data 3
7. Prepare and submit draft report 7
8. Finalize report in line with ARC feedback 5
9. Work with meta-evaluator during future meta-evaluation (expected March/April) 3

6.2. Deliverables

Deliverables Expected deadline
1. Inception report TBD
2. Finalized data collection instruments TBD
3. Finalized data collection training tools TBD
4. Draft report TBD
5. Final report TBD
6. Participation in workshop with meta-evaluator March/April


7. Obligations of key participants in the evaluation

7.1. Obligations of the NHQ Technical Team
1. Review and approve the proposed methodology via teleconference with ARC field staff on specified date.
2. Provide technical oversight in the review of all deliverables.
3. Provide timely comments on the draft report.

7.2. Obligations of the Evaluation manager
1. Make sure that the consultants are provided with the specified human resources and logistical support, and answer any day-to-day enquiries.
2. Monitor the daily work of the consultants and flag any concerns.
3. Provide timely comments on the draft report

7.3. Obligations of the Consultants
1. Inform the evaluation manager in a timely fashion of progress made and of any problems encountered.
2. Implement the activities as expected, and if modifications are necessary, bring to the attention of the Evaluation manager before enacting any changes.
3. Report on a timely basis any possible conflicts of interest.


8. Required qualifications

Consultant with Evaluation experience
1. Demonstrated experience in leading project/program evaluations
2. Demonstrated professional experience in post-disaster/humanitarian environments
3. Demonstrated experience in qualitative data collection and analysis
4. Demonstrated experience in quantitative data collection and analysis
5. Demonstrated experience in training enumerators and in leading focus group discussions
6. Professional work experience in Haiti strongly preferred
7. Fluency in English required, French strongly preferred


9. Application and selection details

9.1. Application materials
CV and proposed daily fee for each consultant, in one single Word or pdf file. The title of the file should use the following naming convention: Lastname_UNOPSevaluation.
9.2. Application procedures
Send all application materials to the following email address: arc.evaluation@gmail.com. Incomplete applications and applications sent after the deadline will not be accepted.

9.3. Deadline for applications
11:59PM EST, Friday November 4, 2011

9.4. Selection criteria
Applications will be evaluated within one week of receipt according to the following criteria:
1. Experience in leading project/program evaluations
2. Experience in shelter projects/programs
3. Experience in post-disaster/humanitarian context
4. Professional experience in Haiti
5. Cost

Job Email id: arc.evlauation(at)gmail.com

Communication Specialist UNICEF

Communication Specialist, the Gulf, P-4, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Temporary Appointment)

Post: Communication Specialist, the Gulf (12 month Temporary Appointment)
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Salary grade: P4 (see below for more details)
Reporting to: Resource Mobilisation Chief, P-5

For 60 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Background to the role
If you are a passionate and committed communication professional wanting to make a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

We are seeking an experienced communication professional to develop and implement UNICEF’s communication strategy for the Gulf area (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait), to contribute to the fulfillment of UNICEF’s advocacy and resource mobilization goals for the region and especially to enhance the organisation's credibility and brand.

Major duties and responsibilities
• Establishes and maintains strong relations with the key media in the Gulf (print, TV, radio, web, photo etc.), ensuring a successful process of communicating and maintaining regular contact and close collaboration with the media to communicate the story of UNICEF and the global/regional/country collaboration with Gulf states.
• Works with UNICEF offices to ensure promotion of UNICEF engagement with the Gulf both in programme fora and in regards to visibility of programmes funded by Gulf based Government, Foundation and private entities. Supports those offices in production of press release, visibility materials and support the dissemination of these materials (both to the donors and within the media)
• Establishes and maintains a set of appropriate, regionally-known personalities who have been identified, engaged and support UNICEF's effort and who actively participate in special events and activities to enhance the organisation's credibility and brand.
• Prepares and updates content for media dissemination and for resource mobilization.
• Ensures an effective process is in place for integrating and taking action on UNICEF's global communications priorities, campaigns and partnerships, disseminating these elements in an appropriate way across the Gulf.
• Manages the public Gulf area web site(s) to communicate the UNICEF story effectively and to support fundraising.

Experience and skills required
The most compelling candidates will have the following qualifications, experience and skills:
• Advanced university degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations or related field.*
• Minimum eight years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in communication, print, broadcast, and/or new media, at national and international levels, including experience in the international development / humanitarian arena; knowledge of the Gulf region and media is a significant asset.
• Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic.
* A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

If you have got experience of working in a similar capacity and want to make an active and lasting contribution to build a better world for children, send a detailed curriculum vitae in English, AND a duly completed United Nations Personal History form (available at www.unicef.org/employ) quoting “Communication Specialist TA” to: mmerie@unicef.org. Applications should be received by 14 November 2011. Only candidates who are under serious consideration will be contacted.

UNICEF’s salary and benefits package is based on the United Nations Common System; visit www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances for further information.

UNICEF is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff. Well qualified candidates, particularly females are strongly encouraged to apply.

Resident Program Officer for North Korea program IRI

Title: Resident Program Officer for North Korea program
Location: Seoul
Date: October 27, 2011
Position Summary:
The Resident Program Officer (RPO) is based in Seoul, South Korea and is responsible for designing and implementing a strategy for IRI’s North Korea programs through close monitoring of political and economic developments and consultations with partners and stakeholders. S/he develops long range and annual plans for the program, identifies key players and partners in IRI programs, and develops strategies for capacity-building with North Korea defector-led and other NGOs based in South Korea. The Resident Program Officer assists in developing program proposals and budgets and negotiating funding proposals with USG and other funding sources. S/he is responsible for ensuring the programs and projects comply with IRI policies, external (USG or other donor) grant requirements and local laws, as applicable. The RPO manages local staff, and executes programs that include trainings, consultations and other program activities in South Korea.

The RPO is responsible for managing projects to ensure that objectives and reporting requirements are met, that IRI projects comply with all donor agency regulations, and that projects remain within budget allocations.
Qualifications:
  • Undergraduate degree in political/social science, international relations or related field and 5-7 years professional experience in democratic governance and politics, preferably working directly with civil society organizations, or equivalent combination.
  • Fluency in Korean preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of politics, economics, history and culture of the Asia Region preferred.
  • Professional experience and international work in this field is preferred, with a particular emphasis on work experience relating to democracy and human rights in North Korea.
  • Experience with NGO management and familiarity with USG regulations and processes desirable.
  • Proven ability to communicate skills and experience to others as a trainer, advisor or technical consultant; sensitivity to working in advisory role with local organizations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills in English required.
  • Demonstrated management experience including ability to motivate and manage staff and to develop and administer program budgets.
A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, the International Republican Institute (IRI) advances freedom and democracy worldwide by developing political parties, civic institutions, open elections, good governance and the rule of law. IRI has conducted programs in more than 100 counties and is currently active in 65 countries.
If interested, please apply through our online application system for consideration https://home2.eease.com/recruit/?id=634281 . Please write your cover letter in the Enter Text Resume space and upload a word document into the Attach a Resume area.

Resident Country Director- Timor Leste IRI

Title: Resident Country Director- Timor Leste
Location: Timor Leste
Date: October 27, 2011
Position Summary:
The Resident Country Director (RCD) is responsible for designing and implementing a strategy for IRI’s programs in Timor-Leste through close monitoring of political and economic developments. S/he develops long range and annual plans for the country program, identifies key players and partners in IRI programs, and develops strategies for capacity-building with the country’s political parties. The Resident Country Director leads the implementation of programs in Timor-Leste, monitoring grants and providing financial oversight of the program budget. S/he is responsible for ensuring the country program and projects comply with IRI policies, external (USG or other donor) grant requirements and local laws, as applicable. The RCD oversees the IRI Timor-Leste office operations, manages local staff, and executes programs that include conferences, training seminars and other program activities in the country.

The Resident Country Director is responsible for developing and meeting program fundraising goals, including preparing grant proposals, budgets, quarterly reports and evaluations. The RCD is responsible for managing projects to ensure that reporting requirements are met, that IRI projects comply with all donor agency regulations, and that projects remain within budget allocations.
Qualifications
  • Undergraduate degree in political/social science, international relations or related field and 5-7 years professional experience in democratic governance and politics, preferably working directly with political parties, or equivalent combination.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of politics, economics, history and culture of the Asia Region preferred.
  • Experience working in post-conflict areas.
  • Demonstrated experience working with USG funded projects and familiarity with USG regulations and processes preferred.
  • Experience with NGO management desirable.
  • Professional experience and international work in this field is preferred.
  • Proven ability to communicate skills and experience to others as a trainer, advisor or technical consultant; sensitivity to working in advisory role with local organizations.
  • Excellent written and oral communications and presentation skill in English required. Familiarity with Portuguese, Tetum and/or Indonesian Bahasa welcome.
  • Demonstrated management experience including ability to motivate and manage staff and developing and administering program budgets.
  • Experience identifying complex problems and developing creative solutions.
  • Willingness to live and work in a challenging environment
A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, the International Republican Institute (IRI) advances freedom and democracy worldwide by developing political parties, civic institutions, open elections, good governance and the rule of law. IRI is active in more than 65 counties with offices in 44 countries. The Asia Division is currently recruiting for a Program Officer in the Asia Region.
If interested, please apply through our online application system https://home.eease.com/recruit/?id=562000 by entering your cover letter in the text resume box and uploading your resume in a word document format.

Resident Country Director- Thailand/Malaysia Programs IRI

Title: Resident Country Director- Thailand/Malaysia Programs
Location: Thailand
Date: October 27, 2011
Position Summary:
The Resident Country Director (RCD) is responsible for designing and implementing a strategy for IRI's programs in Thailand and Malaysia. S/he develops long-range and annual plans for the country program, identifies key players and partners in IRI programs, develops strategies covering a variety of programmatic areas, such as political party capacity-building and democratic governance programs. The RCD will be based in Bangkok, Thailand, and will implement programs for both Thailand and Malaysia.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Oversee the field office operations and supervise the in-country program and administrative staff, providing guidance, mentorship, delegation of responsibility, and adequate oversight of performance.
  • Maintain consistent and productive communication with the Washington, DC headquarters and local implementing partners.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with diplomatic, political, NGO, and funder communities.
  • Develop program ideas and strategies, and defend them internally and externally.
  • In collaboration with local and DC program staff, prepare grant proposal narratives and budgets for funding by a variety of US and non-US funding organizations.
  • Track program activities to ensure that all grant objectives are met and all program activities comply with IRI and funder regulations.
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of IRI and partner organization activities, identifying successes and failures and recommending program adjustments accordingly.
  • Accurately track project expenses over time, ensuring that funds are spent appropriately and in accordance with IRI and USG regulations. Create budget analysis for purposes of projecting and overseeing expenses.
  • Work with DC program staff to negotiate and prepare contracts, sub-grants, and other project implementation documents
  • Prepare weekly, quarterly, final, and ad-hoc reports on IRI programs for internal and external consumption.
  • Other duties, as assigned.
Qualifications:
Education Requirements:
Graduate degree in political science, international relations or related field. If no graduate degree, equivalent additional work experience desired.
Minimum Professional Requirements:
  • 5-7 years professional experience in democratic governance and politics, preferably working directly with political parties, legislative bodies, and/or civil society organizations/NGOs.
  • Working knowledge of the politics, economics, history and culture of the Asia region.
  • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated management experience including ability to motivate and manage staff.
  • Demonstrated experience working with USG funded projects and familiarity with USG regulations and processes.
  • Demonstrated financial management experience in developing and administering program budgets.
  • Ability to prepare, present and negotiate complex and sensitive agreements and/or project proposals with bilateral/multi-lateral agencies and other donor communities.
  • Ability to communicate skills and experience to others as a trainer, advisor or technical consultant; sensitivity to working in advisory role with local organizations.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and lead the efforts of other professionals to effectively meet program goals.
  • Willingness to travel within Thailand and Malaysia a significant amount throughout the year.
  • Willingness to live and work in a challenging environment.
Desired Requirements:
Demonstrated international experience and familiarity with international political systems and legislative bodies.
Working knowledge of political communities and culture and with multi-cultural groups.
Relevant language skills.
If interested, please apply through our online application system https://home2.eease.com/recruit/?id=2002392 by entering your cover letter in the text resume box and uploading your resume in a word document format.

Resident Country Director – Cambodia IRI

Title: Resident Country Director – Cambodia
Location: Cambodia
Date: October 27, 2011
Position Summary:
The Resident Country Director (RCD) is responsible for designing and implementing a strategy for IRI's programs in Cambodia. S/he develops long-range and annual plans for the country program, identifies key players and partners in IRI programs and develops strategies covering a variety of programmatic areas, such as: assisting political parties in being more responsive to citizen needs and equipping youth to be active, engaged citizens. The RCD will be based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Oversee the field office operations and supervise the in-country program and administrative staff, providing guidance, mentorship, delegation of responsibility, and adequate oversight of performance.
  • Maintain consistent and productive communication with the Washington, DC headquarters and local implementing partners.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with diplomatic, political, NGO, and funder communities.
  • Develop program ideas and strategies, and defend them internally and externally.
  • In collaboration with local and DC program staff, prepare grant proposal narratives and budgets for funding by a variety of US and non-US funding organizations.
  • Track program activities to ensure that all grant objectives are met and all program activities comply with IRI and funder regulations.
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of IRI and partner organization activities, identifying successes and failures and recommending program adjustments accordingly.
  • Accurately track project expenses over time, ensuring that funds are spent appropriately and in accordance with IRI and USG regulations. Create budget analysis for purposes of projecting and overseeing expenses.
  • Work with DC program staff to negotiate and prepare contracts, sub-grants, and other project implementation documents.
  • Prepare weekly, quarterly, final, and ad-hoc reports on IRI programs for internal and external consumption.
  • Other duties, as assigned.
Qualifications:
Education Requirements:
Graduate degree in political science, international relations or related field. If no graduate degree, equivalent additional work experience desired.
Minimum Professional Requirements:
  • 5-7 years professional experience in democratic governance and politics, preferably working directly with political parties, legislative bodies, and/or civil society organizations/NGOs.
  • Working knowledge of the politics, economics, history and culture of the Asia region.
  • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated management experience including ability to motivate and manage staff.
  • Demonstrated experience working with USG funded projects and familiarity with USG regulations and processes.
  • Demonstrated financial management experience in developing and administering program budgets.
  • Ability to prepare, present and negotiate complex and sensitive agreements and/or project proposals with bilateral/multi-lateral agencies and other donor communities.
  • Ability to communicate skills and experience to others as a trainer, advisor or technical consultant; sensitivity to working in advisory role with local organizations.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and lead the efforts of other professionals to effectively meet program goals.
  • Willingness to travel within Cambodia a significant amount throughout the year.
  • Willingness to live and work in a challenging environment.
Desired Requirements:
Demonstrated international experience and familiarity with international political systems and legislative bodies.
Working knowledge of political communities and culture and with multi-cultural groups.
Relevant language skills.
If interested, please apply through our online application system https://home2.eease.com/recruit/?id=2004622 by entering your cover letter in the text resume box and uploading your resume in a word document format.

Resident Country Director- Mongolia IRI

Title: Resident Country Director- Mongolia
Location: Mongolia
Date: October 27, 2011
Position Summary:
The Resident Country Director (RCD) is responsible for designing and implementing a strategy for IRI's programs in Mongolia. S/he develops long-range and annual plans for the country program, identifies key players and partners in IRI programs and develops strategies covering a variety of programmatic areas, such as: assisting government officials in being more responsive to citizens and improving accountability within government institutions. The RCD will be based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Oversee the field office operations and supervise the in-country program and administrative staff, providing guidance, mentorship, delegation of responsibility, and adequate oversight of performance.
  • Maintain consistent and productive communication with the Washington, DC headquarters and local implementing partners.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with diplomatic, political, NGO, and funder communities.
  • Develop program ideas and strategies, and defend them internally and externally.
  • In collaboration with local and DC program staff, prepare grant proposal narratives and budgets for funding by a variety of US and non-US funding organizations.
  • Track program activities to ensure that all grant objectives are met and all program activities comply with IRI and funder regulations.
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of IRI and partner organization activities, identifying successes and failures and recommending program adjustments accordingly.
  • Accurately track project expenses over time, ensuring that funds are spent appropriately and in accordance with IRI and USG regulations. Create budget analysis for purposes of projecting and overseeing expenses.
  • Work with DC program staff to negotiate and prepare contracts, sub-grants, and other project implementation documents.
  • Prepare weekly, quarterly, final, and ad-hoc reports on IRI programs for internal and external consumption.
  • Other duties, as assigned.
Qualifications:
Education Requirements:
· Graduate degree in political science, international relations or related field. If no graduate degree, equivalent additional work experience desired.
Minimum Professional Requirements:
  • 5-7 years professional experience in democratic governance and politics, preferably working directly with legislative bodies and officials, political parties and/or civil society organizations/NGOs.
  • Working knowledge of the politics, economics, history and culture of the Asia region.
  • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated management experience including ability to motivate and manage staff.
  • Demonstrated experience working with USG funded projects and familiarity with USG regulations and processes.
  • Demonstrated financial management experience in developing and administering program budgets.
  • Ability to prepare, present and negotiate complex and sensitive agreements and/or project proposals with bilateral/multi-lateral agencies and other donor communities.
  • Ability to communicate skills and experience to others as a trainer, advisor or technical consultant; sensitivity to working in advisory role with local organizations.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and lead the efforts of other professionals to effectively meet program goals.
  • Willingness to travel within Mongolia a significant amount throughout the year.
  • Willingness to live and work in a challenging environment.
Desired Requirements:
  • Demonstrated international experience and familiarity with international political systems and legislative bodies.
  • Working knowledge of political communities and culture and with multi-cultural groups.
  • Relevant language skills.
If interested, please apply through our online application system https://home2.eease.com/recruit/?id=2005012by entering your cover letter in the text resume box and uploading your resume in a word document format.

LECTURER IN ARCHITECTURE

University of Technology, Jamaica

LECTURER IN ARCHITECTURE (specializing in Mathematics and Engineering)

Department: Faculty of The Built Environment
ACU Ref: 58889
Closing Date: 25 November 2011

Faculty of The Built Environment, University of Technology, Jamaica is seeking to recruit suitable and qualified academic staff in the area stated below:

Area of Specialization: Teaching mathematics and engineering principles and theory to architecture undergraduate students.

Job Title: Lecturer

Location: 237 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6, Jamaica

Category: Academic

Applications are accepted from candidates with:
• Earned Doctoral degree or Masters degree from a recognized university in the specialized area for which applications are being made
• Specialized training in Engineering/Architecture
• Proven experience in teaching at the tertiary level and expertise in the use of computer-based teaching, is desirable

Experience:
University teaching experience at the undergraduate level. Experience in teaching at the graduate level and the supervision of graduate research is desirable.

Special Responsibilities:
Appointees will be required to effectively teach and train students on the undergraduate programmes; supervise research; and design and implement research programmes in their area of specialization.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities/Attributes:
Excellent communication skills are essential, as is a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, service and technology application in the classroom. Candidates must possess a genuine interest in helping students to become effective professionals and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

Detailed applications along with curriculum vitae should be sent to:

The Vice President
Division of Human Resources
University of Technology, Jamaica
237 Old Hope Road
Kingston 6
Jamaica
Tel: (+1 876) 927-1680-8, ext 2007/2815
E-mail: hrm@utech.edu.jm

Closing date for applications: Friday, 25 November 2011, 4:00 pm

NB
ONE JOB REFERENCE LETTER and ONE CHARACTER REFERENCE LETTER to be submitted. In order to expedite the appointment procedures, applicants are advised to ask their referees to send references under CONFIDENTIAL cover directly to the Vice President, HRM at the above address, without waiting to be contacted by the University.

We thank all applicants, however only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The University of Technology, Jamaica is an exciting and friendly place to work. It is the home of World Class athletes and Olympians. At the Papine Campus, there is on site access to a medical centre, pharmacy and day care facilities for children of staff, ages ranging from 3 months – 7 years. Our compensation package includes a contributing pension scheme, health
coverage and a group life insurance scheme.

“Excellence through Knowledge”

POST DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW, REMOTE SENSING - WOODY LANDSCAPE ATTRIBUTION

RMIT University, Melbourne

POST DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW, REMOTE SENSING - WOODY LANDSCAPE ATTRIBUTION

ACU Ref: 58908
Closing Date: 13 November 2011

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

• Full Time, Fixed Term Position for 3 years
• Circa A$88,200 starting package, incl of Super
• Further Salary Increases 2011 and 2012

RMIT is a global university of technology and design, focused on creating solutions that transform the future for the benefit of people and their environments.


Situated within the College of Science, Engineering and Health, the School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences draws together disciplines involving the collection of data with the analysis of data and the understanding and optimisation of systems through modelling and visualisation, offering undergraduate science degrees in Geospatial Science, Mathematics, Statistics, and Surveying, and also coursework masters programs in Analytics, Operations Research, Information Security, and Geospatial Science. The School has more than 45 academic staff and over 50 postgraduate research students. The Centre for Remote Sensing, School of Mathematical and Geospatial Science, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow and two PhD students in Remote Sensing.

Australian woody vegetation systems have unique biophysical characteristics (including erectophile leaf angle distributions and relatively high soil and shadow to leaf reflectance ratios). We are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to join our team as we embark on a new CRC funded project determining the key data primitives for woody landscape attribution. The outputs of the research will be tools and procedures with which to auto-generate landscape level woody vegetation features (i.e. spatial layers) linking field data and remote sensing. The generated landscape features will be designed to be highly correlated with end user land manager landscape metrics. The project aims to develop new mathematical models, algorithms, software systems and computational processes and procedures for integrating and analysing remotely sensed imagery, ranging and ground data.

We are seeking candidates with experience in linking in situ observations of biological phenomenon to long-term spectral datasets, and the related scaling issues.

Candidates should possess an earned doctorate in remote sensing or spatial analysis (with expertise the area of image analysis / spatial – ecological modeling), be an experienced / expert user of ENVI-IDL / IMAGINE or similar, be highly motivated and enjoy working in an applied problem oriented research environment.

For further information, to review a position description and apply, please refer to our website quoting Reference: 546000. Further information can be obtained by contacting Simon.Jones@rmit.edu.au or Andrew.Haywood@dse.vic.gov.au. Please note that applications will not be accepted via email.

Please note that two stipended (funded) PhD opportunities are also available in this project. The themes for the PhD research are:

1. Scaling in situ observations: develop new algorithms and techniques for linking field based and remotely sensed information across network of native Australian forest field sites.

2. Data fusion: develop and test methods and models for multiple-sensor (passive and active) data fusion techniques suitable for Australian forest communities.

CLOSING DATE: 13 NOVEMBER 2011

Emergency Manager – Pakistan (Sindh)

COUNTRY: Pakistan Starting date: 15/12/2011 Closing date for application: 15/12/2011 CITY: Sindh Length of the assignment: 1.5 months. Advertisement reference: Name/FirstName/EmergencyManager/PAK

NGO PRESENTATION

Handicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.

Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or political affiliation. It operates as a federation made up of a network of associations that provide it with human and financial resources, manage its projects and implement its actions and social mission.

Through its Emergency Response Department (ERD), created in 2006 after the merge with Atlas Logistique, the organization is committed to: - Provide an adequate response to major natural disaster and conflict situations, anywhere in the world as much as possible within 72 hours; - Provide assistance to vulnerable groups (refugees, IDPs, persons with injuries, elders, children, etc.) affected by a crisis and maximize the number of beneficiaries. Within vulnerable groups, target especially PwD and meet their specific needs; - Constantly monitor chronic crises and/or conflicts to ensure preparedness for and rapid response to eventual emerging needs.

Directly linked to the Emergency Response Department of Handicap International France, the expatriate will be mandated for the following mission:

MISSION CONTEXT

Handicap International is present in Pakistan since 2005, in response to the earthquake. Since then, Handicap International has been implementing emergency and early recovery activities, as well as developed a longer term strategy.

In April 2009, the Pakistani government launched offensives to wrest control of north-western districts from militants. Millions of persons were displaced by the conflict. Since then, there has been ongoing uncertainty on the stability of the area as outbursts of violence are frequent along the Afghani-Pakistani border, not to mention the confirmed presence of landmines, explosive remnants of war and other explosive devices.

August 2010: In this already difficult context, the worst floods to hit Pakistan since 1929 affected over 20 million people across the country leaving 1.6 million homes destroyed and severely damaging the country’s agriculture and infrastructures. September 2011: One year after the historic floods of 2010, Pakistan is once again the victim of a devastating monsoon season, affecting more than 5 million people, particularly in provinces of Sindh and Baluchistan.

In this context, the response provided by the local and international community is not always taking in account the particular needs of the most vulnerable population (persons with disabilities/injuries/chronic diseases, older persons, etc). In its emergency response to the basic needs of the displaced population, Handicap International is paying specific attention to reach the most vulnerable population. Furthermore, specific needs of the most vulnerable are identified and addressed.

The intervention of the Emergency Response Department is therefore declined under three main axes: Conflict response (ongoing since 2009) – KPK- - Direct response to the basic and specific needs of the vulnerable persons through mobile units - Provision of safe and accessible water and sanitation (WASH) facilities for vulnerable persons with restricted mobility, through modification of the existing facilities and building of new facilities - Emergency Mine Risk Education (EMRE), in order to mitigate the possible risk of accidents for this very exposed IDP population at the time of their return.

Flood response (ongoing since august 2010) –KPK, Sindh- - Improve the access of affected population to safe drinking water on short term basis - Emergency shelter and NFI distribution - Support to solid waste /water management and cleaning debris in affected cities - Disability and Vulnerability approach

Development activities (since 2005) - Disaster Risk reduction: a project started mid 2011

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

The HI response to the 2011 Floods in Sindh includes 2 main components:  Direct response to the basic needs of the most vulnerable persons affected by the floods, through provision of essential basic items / NFI mitigating their vulnerability  Production and distribution of safe drinking water for the most vulnerable persons affected by the floods  Implementation of other activities in support to the previous one, like hygiene promotion and dewatering

Vulnerable persons are defined as people with disability, older persons, persons with serious medical conditions, women and children head of household, pregnant women.

MAIN RESPONSABILITIES OF THE EXPATRIATE

Based in Sindh, under the responsibility of the Field Coordinator, you will be responsible for:

 Ensuring the global management and coordination of emergency programs implemented in Sindh province (may it regards strategic, operational, human, material or financial aspects);  Representing Handicap International emergency programs towards the local representation of institutional donors, local authorities and partners in Sindh;  Ensuring application and respect of logistics, accountability and financial procedures, based on the management and the support of the administrator and the logistician;  Ensuring the operational management of the team placed under your responsibility (expatriate and national staff);  Ensuring the security of the staff members, operations and means related to the program under your responsibility in Sindh;  Ensuring strategic programs development in support to the Field Coordinator and in accordance with humanitarian needs identified as well as financial opportunities to be raised in the frame of Handicap International’s mandate and expertise;  Ensuring a very smooth and regular reporting to the Field Coordinator.

GLOBAL OBJECTIVE Ensure the general management and coordination of the Sindh 2011 emergency response, under the responsibility of and working in close collaboration with the Field Coordinator, in order to implement the framework necessary to conduct activities and meet with populations’ needs, within the respect of Handicap International mandate, global approach and internal regulations.

REPRESENTATION - You are the main interlocutor of Handicap International emergency programs towards local authorities, donors, humanitarian actors and partners at field level; - You participate actively to coordination and information meetings (clusters, NGO coordination, etc.); - You represent the organisation, its emergency activities and programs during field delegation visits; - After consultation with the Field Coordinator and the Head of Mission, you may respond to media solicitations.

TEAM MANAGEMENT - You ensure that the emergency response activities and related logistic and admin support are well integrated within the base setup and procedures, and in close coordination with teams working regular programs. - You are vigilant regarding staff knowledge of and compliance with the internal rules and regulations, especially with the ethics dispositions regarding respect of the beneficiaries; - You ensure the daily management and coordination of your team (writing job description, introduction briefing, co-define action plan, setup regular and fixed coordination meetings, conduct individual follow-up meetings with each one of your direct staff, provide individual support whenever is required, conduct end of mission evaluations for each one of your direct staff, etc.); - You are concerned and aware on the personal and professional evolution of each member of your staff, and its development within the mission; - You ensure conflict resolution (personal and professional) within your team and inform the Field Coordinator; - You propose whenever you think it is needed to the Field Coordinator and relevant adaptation of the organisational chart and job descriptions (responsibility definition, etc.);

SUPERVISION AND MONITORING - You ensure the coherence and the homogeneity of all projects under your responsibility (methodologies, indicators and results follow up) in close collaboration with your Field Coordinator; - You organise and animate team coordination meetings as frequently as possible; - You organize field visits on a regular basis; - You organize and animate workgroups on a regular basis with each project manager; - You inform your Field Coordinator of any relevant issue related to the project implementation; - You ensure a monthly follow up of the projects impact indicators; - You guarantee the respect of applicable logistics and administrative procedures through management of the administrative and logistics coordinators; You are responsible for the monthly follow up of the budgets through management of the emergency administrator and in close collaboration with the base administrator; - You are responsible for the transparency of acquisition, utilisation and follow up of all materials and equipments dedicated to the projects through management of the emergency logistician and in close collaboration with the base logistician; - You are responsible for eligibility and goods utilisation of funds allocated to the projects.

SECURITY MANAGEMENT - Ensure the respect of the security guideline and recommendations adopted on the mission, by yourself and the team under your responsibility, as well as the good functioning of the relative tools and process and the correct use and acknowledge from all the members under your responsibility; - Ensure that every single incident you are involved in or witness of is reported as fast as possible through the appropriate channel - Participate or ensure participation by delegation to interagency field security meetings; - Ensure a geopolitical local information update: information searching, sources crossing, interagency sharing information; - Coordinate implementation of any emergency security procedure (evacuation, hibernation, etc.) and ensure link with Head of Mission and Security Advisor in such cases.

STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROGRAMS Under the responsibility of, and in very close collaboration with the Field Coordinator: - You regularly follow up humanitarian needs, donors strategies, financing opportunities into the region; - You regularly update programs strategy suggestions for Handicap International in the region; - You may be asked to lead assessment missions for the elaboration of new projects; - You may be asked to take part to proposal and reports writing (renewal of projects or new projects);

REPORTING - You ensure a very regular reporting on your activities to the Field Coordinator upon his/her solicitation (frequency and method to be defined by the line-manager); - With the team placed under your responsibility you ensure elaboration of reporting documents to donors - You provide the Field Coordinator with a mission report or handover document at the end of your contract; - Debriefing at HQ at the end of your mission (and during Home-Break)

PROFILE REQUIRED

  • Background in program implementation and follow up
  • Experience in team management
  • 1 year in a similar position
  • Experience in NGO necessary, in emergency context
  • English mandatory (oral and written)
  • Ability to work under high pressure - Excellent reactivity and flexibility in all circumstances
  • High capacity to organize his/her work, and manage priorities
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills

REQUIRED LANGUAGE SKILLS:

  • Excellent written and spoken English;

EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS:

Volunteer: 750 or 850 Euros monthly indemnity + living allowance paid on the field + accommodation + 100% of the medical cover taken in charge by HI + repatriation insurance + indemnity for partner and children Salary: “salary bracket” gross salary/month + 457 Euros net expatriation allowance + 50% of the medical cover taken in charge by HI + repatriation insurance + indemnity for partner and children

Thanks for sending your cover letter and resume by email at: Jeanne Vogt Handicap International/Direction de l’Action d’Urgence Ref : Name/FirstName/EmergencyManager/PAK E-mail : officerh3@handicap-international.org

How to apply:

Thanks for sending your cover letter and resume by email at: Jeanne Vogt Handicap International/Direction de l’Action d’Urgence Ref : Name/FirstName/EmergencyManager/PAK E-mail : officerh3@handicap-international.org

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