Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Emergency Capacity Building Project

See below for information on the ECB Project -- an interesting effort which has a website full of information and reports on their projects.


The Emergency Capacity Building (ECB) Project, a collaborative effort of
seven major humanitarian agencies (CARE International, Catholic Relief
Services, the International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Oxfam GB,
Save the Children, and World Vision International), has marked the
International Day for Disaster Reduction with a feature on its website
(http://www.ecbproject.org), highlighting the publication of Pilot Project
Reports from three DRR country pilots in Indonesia, Guatemala and
Ethiopia (http://www.ecbproject.org/publications_3.htm).

ECB has also published an Overview Report (attached to this
message), summarizing key learning from the three pilots, setting that
learning in the context of other sector initiatives, and suggesting
practical ways forward in risk reduction work.

For further information, please visit http://www.ecbproject.org or email
Information on PreventionWeb

As forwarded to YPDR:

PreventionWeb is a new information service to increase knowledge on
disaster risk reduction (DRR) - www.preventionweb.net

For the first time, a website will provide a common tool for both
specialists and non-specialists interested or working in the area of
disaster risk reduction to connect, exchange experiences and share
information. The site is a project of the secretariat of the UN
International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.

Content Wanted:

Prevention Web relies on content contributions from the DRR
community and includes: disaster risk reduction news, country reports,
publications, good practices, fact sheets, networks and communities,
and more. The beta release period will emphasize content
development by calling for contributions from the community at large –
UN, international, non-governmental, academic, and civil society

Linking up the DRR community:

Making links between disaster risk reduction initiatives is the best way
to expose our collective efforts. Please link to PreventionWeb, and we
will link back to you.

Content Syndication:

PreventionWeb is designed to distribute content in many ways, and
offers the possibility of automatically placing content such as an event
calendar on partner sites.

Site Testing:

PreventionWeb is now in a beta testing period, and will be conducting a
series of usability tests over the next few months. We look forward to
your participation and comments.

Watch and Listen to a site demo:

See a 5-minute online demo with audio commentary at:

Explore and Comment:

Explore the project at: www.preventionweb.net
We welcome comments and suggestions to improve the service.


Craig Duncan
Information Management Unit
UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
Geneva, Switzerland
Email: duncanc@un.org
Tel: +41 22 917 8898
Tearfund Climate Change Adaptation Report

Tearfund has released both their new Climate Change Adaptation report as well as their executive summary. Tearfund will be using this report for lobbying at the COP 13 conference in Bali next month.

To follow up on the issues raised by the paper, please do contact Sarah La Trobe,
Tearfund Senior Policy Officer – Environment and Disasters,

You can also receive e-copies of the executive summary by emailing Sarah or YPDR.
Why Advocate for Disaster Reduction

As sent to YPDR, please see the following information on a booklet by Tearfund and World Vision International on advocacy and DRR.
The booklet is available here.


For your information.

Tearfund and World Vision International, have produced a booklet for partners
on advocacy and DRR. The booklet is
aimed at organisations which are already involved in DRR, but have not yet
considered an advocacy approach. It sets out why advocacy on DRR is
important, why governments should be held accountable, and how civil society
can influence them. The booklet, available in English and French (and soon
also Spanish) can be found on the Tearfund website
http://tilz.tearfund.org/Research/Disaster+Risk+Reduction+reports/ . Hard
copies will be available in December.

For any further information, please contact Jessica Faleiro, Tearfund
Linking Poverty Reduction and Disaster Management

The German Committee for Disaster Reduction has recently released an interesting publication on Linking Poverty Reduction and Disaster Management.

Their publications and information about their work are available online here.
Call for Papers -- World Conference on Disaster Management

The World Conference on Disaster Management, run by the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness (CCEP) has put out their second call for presentations for their conference, to be held in Toronto Canada in June 2008.
For more information, please visit the WCDM online.
Presentation abstracts are to be submitted by December 2, 2007.
Geography Department Job Opportunities at King's College London

King's is looking for a lecturer in risks and hazards for their Geography department. For more information, please see:

Job Opportunities from the Mission of the International Institute for Growth and Development

The following information was emailed to one of the YPDR members -- it may be of interest to those of you working for a postings with IIGD-USA.

The mission of The International Institute for Growth and Development
(IIGD-USA) is to help communities around the world address
environmental, economic, and social challenges to build a better
future shaped and shared by all.
IIGD focuses on social-economic development in countries through
projects ,research and contributions. Projects in countries are
focused on activities that support economic development and reduce
poverty (improve the social conditions.) The objective is to
facilitate development; enable and empower societies by skill
development in management, leadership, knowledge, technologies, and
businesses that leads to sustainable long term social and economic
development. And to do it all with charity and volunteer commitment of

Donor governments, private foundations, and African and international
organizations would support the IIGD programme, which has three
primary components: research, Growth and training. The IIGD Research
Programme uses a flexible approach towards improving the technical
skills of local researchers, allowing for regional determination of
research priorities and strengthening national institutions concerned
with economic policy research. The programme also fosters closer ties
between researchers and policy makers. The Training Programme supports
both master's and doctoral level studies in economics and helps
improve the capacities of departments of economics in public
universities across the continent. A comprehensive communications and
outreach strategy encourages the application of IIGD products to
economic policy making.

We are now recruiting qualified individuals into the following
positions to fulfill our setout goals.

The Institute seek to recruit highly qualified candidates for the
following positions:

1. Job Title: Country Director
Vacancy No: CD001-2007/IIGD
Deadline : January 15,2008
Reporting Date: ASAP
Duration of Job: Permanent
REMUNERATION:Circa US$143,650 + benefits package
Duty Station: Portugal,South Africa,Denmark,Canada,Luxembourg,Egypt and Dubai

General Description of Role:

In close cooperation with IIGD Senior Management, the Country Director
will have two primary responsibilities:
1. Overall management of IIGD's current program.
2. New Country development including overall proposal preparation and
submission for funding to potential donors such as USAID, UN
Organization, World Bank, Foreign Governments, European Union,
Foundations and private donors in Africa;

Main Responsibilities:

- Ensure effective and efficient management .
- Supervise and give guidance to program managers on project design,
implementation, evaluation, and personnel issues.
- Prepare detailed implementation plan, collect baseline data and
develop operational procedures for the implementation of the new
- Ensure compliance with IIGD and donors of operational and financial
policies and procedures and reporting requirements; track grant
- Coordinate all IIGD staff members for purposes of monitoring and
evaluation of all USG and international donor programs.
- Prepare monthly, semi-annual, and final program reports.
- Coordinate and maintain professional working relations with local
authorities, private organizations, and communities.
- Maintain good working relationships with donors, Government of Host
Country, and collaborating institutions, with frequent visits to
project sites and communities.
- Research and identify funding sources, proposal requirements, and
submittal deadline for new programs in Host Country.
- Write, edit, and proofread proposals to be submitted to donor
agencies and private funding sources.
- Secure new funding and extension funding for existing IIGD programs.
- Increase IIGD's local, national and international visibility through
public relations.
- Perform additional assignments as requested.

Minimum Qualifications:

- Minimum of 4 years management experience .
- Bachelor's degree required; Graduate degree preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to manage a series of complex, new and on-going
activities, as well as provide leadership in a collegial team environment.
- Fluent English; knowledge of french a plus.
- High degree of integrity and amiable disposition desirable in
building appropriate internal and external relationships.

Terms of Appointment
The appointment will be for an initial period of 5 years, renewable
thereafter annually. Benefits include housing allowance, paid home
leave travel, a pension scheme, life and health insurance, vehicle for
business and personal use, and free enrollment for dependent children
in international school

2. Job Title: Research Assistant
Vacancy No: RA002-2007/IIGD
Deadline : January 15,2008
Reporting Date: ASAP
Duration of Job: Permanent
REMUNERATION:Circa US$113,120 + benefits package
Duty Station: Egypt,Bahamas,Canada U.K , U.S.A and Luxembourg

Assist with basic research and project operations for small to large
research contracts. Primary responsibilities include background
research and performing literature search/review, abstracting and
synthesizing data, maintaining databases, project operations, and
assistance in preparing study

Skill Prerequisites:
Good writing skills, strong organizational skills, knowledge of basic
research tools such as computerized literature searches, good
quantitative skills, knowledge of SAS or other statistical package a
in healthcare field preferred. Experience or course work in outcomes
research, epidemiology, public health, pharmacy, medicine, health care
policy, mathematical modeling, business, economics, statistics and
social sciences desired. Energetic self starters who can work with
minimal supervision on multiple projects. Candidates should have a
genuine interest in developing their career in outcomes research,
quality of life research, pharmacoeconomics, health economics, health
care policy, or other healthcare related disciplines.

Bachelors degree required. 0-1 year experience in the field of
Developmental Research

3.Job Title: Senior Environmental Officer
Vacancy No: SEO003-2007/IIGD
Deadline : January 15,2008
Reporting Date: ASAP
Duration of Job: Permanent
REMUNERATION:Circa US$113,120 + benefits package
Duty Station: Bahamas,Canada,United Kingdom ,South Africa,and Luxembourg

Job Description

The Institute is seeking a conscientious individual to work in a
diversified industrial, municipal and private pollution abatement
program dealing with air pollution/water/sewage/waste management.
Duties will include:
conducting/reporting on inspections/investigations; preparing
technical reports; recommending remedial/legal action; ensuring
implementation of abatement programs; participating in law enforcement
activities; testifying in legal proceedings; dealing with the
public/municipal/industrial officials; participating in the
environmental response program; responsible for coordinating with the
Center and other relevant bodies with regard to implementation of
the International Technical Guidelines on Safety in
Biotechnology;undertaking other activities as requested by the

Minimum Qualifications:
Advanced knowledge of environmental legislation, guidelines, policies,
abatement procedures/programs and principles/practices of
industrial/municipal environmental controls; advanced knowledge of
theories, principles and practices of waste management; experience in
a field environment, meeting conflicting/changing deadlines; superior
interpersonal and demonstrated oral/written communication skills;
demonstrated presentation, project management and conflict resolution
skills; strong
analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills; ability to
prepare technical reports; working knowledge of computers/software

Terms of Appointment
The appointment will be for an initial period of 3 years, renewable
thereafter annually. Benefits include housing allowance, paid home
leave travel, a pension scheme, life and health insurance, vehicle for
business and personal use, and free enrollment for dependent children
in international school .

Duty Station: Bahamas,Canada,United Kingdom,USA, Belgium and Luxembourg
Remuneration; REMUNERATION:Circa US$133,120 + benefits package
Duration of Job: Permanent
Vacancy No: MO004-2007/IIGD
Status: Permanent
Deadline : January 15,2008

Job Description

Clinical Duties:
Undertake day-to-day clinical duties, e. g. walk-in clinic,
emergencies, pre-placement and periodic medical examinations,
immunizations, etc. Refer staff to outside specialists as necessary
and follow-up with outside specialists. Provide health education and
participate in addressing work environment and occupational health
issues. Medico Administrative Duties: Liaise with U.N-Military
Medical Units in the mission and host-nation medical facilities.
Follow the IIGD-USA established policies and procedures regarding
medical clearances, sick leave and medical evacuations.
Deputise for a more senior Medical Officer during his/her absence.
Supervisory Administration:
Manage day-to-day mission medical support operations by ensuring
availability of supplies and proper functioning of medical equipment;
Ensure appropriate training programs are implemented in order to
maintain and develop the medical capabilities (e. g. health
education, HIV/AIDS prevention, first aid and CPR).
General: Work implies frequent interaction with the following: Staff
at large; staff within work unit; Staff counsellors; Senior
throughout the Organization; All specialised agencies; Military
Physicians; Physicians and representatives of Laboratories,
Pharmaceutical Companies, Medical Associations and Societies. Perform
other related duties as required

Professionalism - Knowledge and hands on experience in clinical
medicine. Planning and organising - Ability to establish priorities
and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those under
his/her supervision. Teamwork - Strong interpersonal skills and
ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a
multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect
for diversity Communication - Good interpersonal and oral and written
communication skills. Commitment to Continuous learning - Willingness
to learn to keep abreast of new developments in the medical field.
Technological awareness - Solid computer skills and good knowledge
of relevant medical databases.


Doctorate in Medicine. Residency in one of the medical specialties,
preferably internal medicine.

Work Experience
At least 4 years of practical experience in occupational health and
tropical medicine; general knowledge of worldwide health conditions,
health requirements and precautions.

Fluency in spoken and written English or French; knowledge of a second
official UN language is an advantage and sometimes a requirement.

Other Skills

The IIGD-USA shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men
and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of
equality in its principal and subsidiary organs.

Selection is based upon a competitive screening process. Consequently,
applicants meeting the basic requirements may not go through the
entire interview process. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of
academic credentials, related overseas and/or domestic development
professional experience, and other relevant factors.
Applications are screened for basic eligibility, such as: education,
and experience which demonstrates the applicant's ability to
accomplish professional development work.Following the screening, the
successful applicants for each category would be required to undergo
training in USA.

Qualified candidates may submit their applications, including a letter
of interest and completed Curriculum Vitae to IIGD, Washington
Office via email/Fax only to:
Dr. Fred Kissinger
Human Resources Unit
International Institute for Growth and Development
Email: jobs@iigd-org.site.tc OR
FAX: 1(206)-202-3415

Kindly indicate the vacancy number and Job title in the subject line
on your email when applying.This vacancy is open to male and female
candidates Worldwide .

Please note that IIGD staff members are international civil servants
subject to the authority of the Director-General and may be assigned
to any activities or office of the organization.

Sincerely Yours,
Magdaleine Jefferson
Human Resources Unit