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COVID-19 Forestry Webinar Week, 22-25 June 2020

Please find below a Save the Date for a FAO Forestry Webinar Week entitled ‘Building back better: COVID-19 pandemic recovery contributions from the forest sector’, to be held from 22-25 June. 

As part of the programme there will be a brief informational session on the XV World Forestry Congress, to be held from 24 to 28 May 2021 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The session, entitled Towards the XV World Forestry Congress, will provide information on progress made on the Congress preparations, inform stakeholders on key dates, and invite participants to learn more in upcoming Congress webinars. There will be a brief space for Q&A. Remarks will be made by:

·  Mr Hiroto Mitsugi, Assistant Director-General, Forestry Department (FAO)

 ·  Mr Ko Kiyeon, Secretary-General, XV World Forestry Congress, Korea Forest Service (KFS)

   ·  Mr Peter Csoka, Associate Secretary-General, XV World Forestry Congress (FAO)         

This session will be held from 14:00-14:15 CET on Monday, 22 June 2020

 

22- 25 June 2020

12:00 – 3:00 PM CET Monday to Thursday

Tune in to the COVID-19 Forestry Webinar Week

Building back better: COVID-19 pandemic recovery contributions
from the forest sector

 
The week is organized by FAO in close collaboration with the Collaborative Partnership on Forests
 
 The COVID-19 Forestry Webinar Week will feature a series of virtual sessions in the week in which COFO25 and the World Forest Week were originally scheduled. The sessions comprise high-level events as well as technical thematic sessions.
 
The COVID-19 Forestry Webinar Week will assess impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people and forests; identify and discuss possible responses that help mitigate impacts on people and forests and help address the situation in the short term while at the same time contributing to building a more resilient and sustainable future; propose follow-up steps, including policy dialogue and mobilizing of resources and action that better enables the forest sector to help rebuild sustainable and resilient societies - building back better.
 
To participate in the events, follow this link: https://fao.zoom.us/j/94518631530; Password: 419886
 
 
   
Monday 22 June 2020
 
 
Tuesday 23 June 2020
 
 
Wednesday 24 June 2020
 
 
Thursday 25 June 2020
 
 
 
12:00
13:00
 
Opening
Setting the Scene presentation
 
 
 
Heads of Forestry Dialogue: COVID-19 impacts – main issues, response needs and opportunities to build back better
 
 
 
Forest communities and the impacts of COVID-19: addressing vulnerabilities, supporting responses, and preventing future crises
 
COVID-19’s effects on deforestation and possible responses through strengthening legality and sustainability SW4SW Roundtable: COVID19-related impacts on forest wood value chains and contributions to build back better
 
 
13:00
14:00
Solutions for Resilience – Responses from Forest and Farm Producer organizations to COVID-19 Using forest and landscape restoration to build resilience and sustainable business
 
Partnership for Development Dialogue: COVID-19 responses: how to integrate forestry in recovery support measures:  providing jobs, income and building the basis for a more resilient and sustainable future
 
 
Closing session
14:00
14:15
 
Information brief WFC (15’)
Towards the XV World Forestry Congress
 
Building back better: strengthening the connection between forests, biodiversity and health in the One Health approach The global forest sector & COVID-19: Navigating a sustainable future in an economically & socially constrained world
 
 
15:00
 
 
 

For more information, consult the website: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/cofo/en/
 
Contact: FO-COVID-19-Week@fao.org 

BID call for proposals: Sub-Saharan Africa 2020

BID call for proposals: Sub-Saharan Africa 2020

Linda's flatworm (Pseudoceros lindae) Zanzibar, Tanzania. Photo 2011 by Rino Iubatti via iNaturalist Research-grade Observations, licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0.

GBIF invites the submission of concept notes for project funding from sub-Saharan Africa through Biodiversity Information for Development (BID), a programme funded by the Directorate-General for International Partnerships of the European Union.The BID programme aims to enhance capacity for effective mobilization and use of biodiversity data in support of decision- and policymaking for sustainable development. The total funding assigned to this call is approximately €600,000.This call seeks to support projects from sub-Saharan Africa that:

  • Mobilize biodiversity data relevant to decisions supporting sustainable development
  • Use and extend best practices for digitizing natural history collections and mobilizing other biodiversity data
  • Apply biodiversity data in support of decision-making and research
  • Develop lasting national, regional or thematic networks to support ongoing data sharing and reuse

The call offers support for four grant types:

These grants are open to institutions based in eligible countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Concept notes must be submitted by 27 August 2020 through the GBIF Grants Portal. Following evaluation of the concept notes, GBIF will invite applicants successful in this round to submit a full proposal.This call aims to build on the impact of BID’s first phase, in which 63 BID-funded projects mobilized 535 biodiversity datasets containing more than 1.3 million records relevant to the regions’ priority policy needs. The programme's rigorous training and e-learning curricula have also helped improve biodiversity data skills and establish regional communities of practice for hundreds of professionals across sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific.

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This programme is funded by the European Union.

BID is a programme led by GBIF—the Global Biodiversity Information Facility—that aims to increase the availability and use of biodiversity data for research and policymaking in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

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Trees and People: Resilience in a Changing Climate – John G. Bene Fellowship 2020

CALL FOR

Applications

PROGRAM(S)

Climate Change

DEADLINE

July 15, 2020 by 16:00 (EDT)

TOPIC(S)

CLIMATE CHANGE, FORESTRY, NATURAL RESOURCES, Environment

DURATION

10 weeks to 12 months

FUNDED BY

Bene Endowment fund and IDRC

BUDGET

One award of a maximum of CA$15,000

STATUS

Open

TYPE

Student award

Eligibility

This call is open to Canadians and permanent residents of Canada pursuing master’s or doctoral studies at a Canadian university. The award under this call will cover costs of field research conducted for a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation in one or more countries of the Global South.

Who can apply

Candidates must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • you must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • you must be enrolled at a Canadian university at the master’s or doctoral level (you must have completed several courses of the program, but not necessarily all courses, when you submit your application);
  • you must have an academic background that combines an interest in forests with social sciences. Applicants from interdisciplinary programs are eligible, provided their programs contain the specified elements;
  • your research proposal must be approved by your thesis supervisor and you must provide proof;
  • your proposed field of research must be conducted for a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation and must take place in one or more developing countries (see exceptions below);
  • you must provide evidence of affiliation with an institution or organization in the developing region(s) in which the research will take place;
  • doctoral students must have completed coursework and passed comprehensive exams before taking up the award; and
  • you may not be in receipt of two or more active IDRC awards at the same time, which includes the IDRC Research Awards. No time overlaps will be permitted. If you are in receipt of IDRC funds from another source (e.g. a Queen Elizabeth Advanced Scholars award or through a professor’s IDRC research grant) for activities that will still be active when and if you take up the John G. Bene Fellowship, you will be asked to demonstrate how funds from each are not being used towards the same objective.

Additional eligibility requirements

If you are selected for an award, you have up to 12 months from the date of the final selection to start your field research.

You must plan to spend a minimum of 10 consecutive weeks in the field when your research involves one or more countries in one region. The regions are: Middle East, North Africa, West Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Far Eastern Asia, Caribbean, Central America, South America, Oceania.

When your research involves more than one region, you must plan to spend a minimum of five consecutive weeks in the field in each region.

This award will cover research costs for a maximum of 12 months in the field. If your field research exceeds 12 months, you must cover additional costs from another source of funding.

It will be your responsibility to ensure that you follow all Government of Canada travel advisories when applying, when planning your field research trip, and while in the field. IDRC will reject any application that proposes travel to a country or region for which there is an advisory to “Avoid all travel” at the time of application.

If you are selected and an advisory to “Avoid all travel” is introduced for the country or region of research, you will be required to follow the advisory even after a contract is signed.

Note that there is currently an “Official Global Travel Advisory” to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This advisory must be followed for the duration it is in place. However, we ask applicants to refer to and follow the “Avoid all travel” advisories set by country for non-COVID-19 related reasons (e.g. security risks) at the time of submitting an application.

Research country exceptions

In principle, IDRC supports research in all developing countries. However, we do not currently offer awards for research involving the following countries and regions:

Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of), Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, southern and eastern Europe, Central Asia, and South Caucasus.

Countries subject to approval

You may apply for research in the following countries and territories or for any other country for which the Government of Canada travel advisory is to “Avoid non-essential travel”. However, if you are recommended for an award, your application may be subject to a further stage of approval within IDRC and there is no guarantee your award will be approved:

Congo (Democratic Republic of), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Lebanon, Maldives, Micronesia, Monserrat, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Sudan, Suriname, Tunisia, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Zimbabwe, some small island states (including Comoros, São Tomé and Principe, Saint Helena, and Timor-Leste), and the Pacific Islands (Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis & Futuna).

NOTE: Given the COVID-19 pandemic, please be realistic and prepare to be flexible in the proposed departure and return dates, as well as in the design of your field research.

Scope

IDRC has helped graduate students undertake thesis research in the field of international development since 1982. The Bene fellowship, a bequest from the estate of John G. Bene, is offered annually to Canadians and permanent residents of Canada pursuing master’s or doctoral studies at a Canadian university. Candidates should have an academic background that combines an interest in forests with social sciences (e.g., forestry/agroforestry/natural resources management/environmental sciences/climate science).

We offer this fellowship to facilitate field research on the relationship between forest resources and the social, economic, cultural, and environmental welfare of people in developing countries, particularly in the face of changing climate conditions. The successful candidate will propose research that benefits less privileged people in developing countries, aiming to increase the resilience of individuals and forest communities facing difficult contexts and challenges. Note that work focused on genomics and/or genetic modification is not eligible.

Learn more about John G. Bene

Evaluation criteria

Using the criteria listed below, an IDRC committee will rate each application and will shortlist selected candidates. These applications will be forwarded to a selection committee of external and internal experts for their full and final evaluation. An award may be made conditionally; i.e., the candidate will receive comments that must be addressed before the award can be confirmed.

No comments will be provided to unsuccessful candidates, even those who intend to reapply.

The following criteria will be used to evaluate applications:

  • Fit with IDRC mission and scope of the fellowship
  • Overall appropriateness, completeness, quality, and clarity of the research proposal
  • Overall methodology and considerations of cultural, logistical, and scientific constraints
  • Overall feasibility, duration, and timing of the research
  • Originality and creativity of the research
  • Potential contribution to existing knowledge on the issue
  • Gender dimensions of the research
  • Ethical considerations of the research
  • Benefit to the communities where the research is taking place
  • Suitability of the affiliated institution
  • Potential for research results to be disseminated and used
  • Budget
  • Applicant’s capacity to conduct the proposed research, including academic training, local language capacity, professional skills, research experience, and knowledge of country/region of research.

Ethics considerations

If offered the award, you will be required to submit the appropriate approval from your university's ethics committee, as well as approval from a local Research Ethics Board (as required and when possible).

Announcement of results

We thank all applicants for their interest. The candidate recommended for an award will be advised by email in September or October 2020. Candidates not recommended will also be informed by email, but this email will be sent via the online application system.

Note that your server may not recognize the address and may send the email to your junk or spam folder. Please see Question 4 in the Technical FAQ for details on how to avoid this problem.

More details

Please read the following documents before applying:

If you still have a question after reading all of the above, you may contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NB: Inquiries will be answered up until two working days before the call deadline (i.e. until 16:00 EDT, July 13, 2020). Technical inquiries about difficulties encountered in the online application system should also be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note in your subject line that you are applying for the Trees and People: Resilience in a Changing Climate – John G. Bene Fellowship 2020.

We recommend using Firefox or Chrome as your browser for the online application. You may encounter technical difficulties with Internet Explorer.

Interested in applying?

If you are eligible for this opportunity we welcome you to submit an application.

Apply online

IDRC Doctoral Research Awards 2020

CALL FOR

Applications

PROGRAM(S)

Agriculture and Environment, Inclusive Economies, Technology and Innovation

DEADLINE

June 17, 2020 by 16:00 (EDT)

TOPIC(S)

Development

DURATION

10 weeks to 12 months

FUNDED BY

IDRC

BUDGET

Approximately 20 awards of a maximum of CA$20,000 each

STATUS

Open

TYPE

Student award

Eligibility

This call is open to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing doctoral studies at a Canadian university. Awards under this call will cover the costs of field research conducted for a doctoral dissertation in one or more countries in the Global South.

Who can apply

Candidates must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

You must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, or a citizen of a developing country, excluding countries in southern and eastern Europe, South Caucasus, and Central Asia (but including Afghanistan). 

You must be enrolled at a Canadian university at the doctoral level (you must have completed several courses of the doctoral program, but not necessarily all courses, when you submit your application).

Your research proposal must be approved by your thesis supervisor. Please provide proof.

Your proposed field research must be conducted for a doctoral dissertation and must take place in one or more developing countries (see list of exceptions below).

Your field research must be relevant to one of six development outcome areas to which IDRC aims to contribute through its work. These are:

  • Health equity
  • Inclusive governance
  • Sustainable and inclusive growth
  • Climate resilience and sustainable food systems
  • Inclusive education
  • Strong science and innovation systems

We also encourage proposals that explore the impacts of and resilience to shocks such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, from the perspective of any of the areas above. Applications proposing field research outside of these areas will not be considered.

You must provide evidence of affiliation with an institution or organization in the developing region(s) in which the research will take place.

You must have completed coursework and passed comprehensive exams before taking up the award.

You may not be in receipt of two or more active IDRC awards at the same time; these include the IDRC Research Awards. No time overlaps will be permitted. If you are in receipt of IDRC funds from another source (e.g. a Queen Elizabeth Advanced Scholars award or through a professor’s IDRC research grant) for activities that will be active when and if you take up an IDRC Doctoral Research Award, you will be asked to demonstrate how funds from each are not being used towards the same objective.

Additional eligibility requirements 

If you are selected for an award, you have up to 12 months to start your field research from the date of the final selection.

You must plan to spend a minimum of 10 consecutive weeks in the field when your research involves one or more countries in one region. The regions are: Middle East, North Africa, West Africa, East Africa, southern Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Far East Asia, Caribbean, Central America, South America, Oceania.

When your research involves more than one region, you must plan to spend a minimum of five consecutive weeks in the field in each region.

This award will cover research costs for a maximum of 12 months in the field. If your field research exceeds 12 months, you must cover additional costs from another source of funding.

It will be your responsibility to ensure that you follow all Government of Canada travel advisories while applying, when planning your field research trip, and while in the field. IDRC will reject any application that proposes travel to a country or region for which there is an advisory to “Avoid all travel” at the time of application. If you are selected and an advisory to “Avoid all travel” is introduced for the country or region of research, you will be required to follow the advisory even after a contract is signed. 

Note that there is currently an “Avoid all travel” outside of Canada advisory because of COVID-19, and this advisory must be followed for the duration it is in place. However, thinking forward to when it is lifted, we are asking applicants that at the moment of submitting an application, they should refer to and follow “Avoid all travel” advisories set by country for non-COVID-19 related reasons, e.g. security risks.

Research country exceptions

In principle, IDRC supports research in all developing countries. However, at this time, we do not offer awards for research that involves the following countries and regions:

Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of), Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, southern and eastern Europe, Central Asia, and South Caucasus. 

Countries subject to approval

You may apply for research in the following countries and territories or for any other country for which the Government of Canada travel advisory is to “Avoid non-essential travel”. However, if you are recommended for an award, your application will be subject to a further stage of approval within IDRC and there is no guarantee your award will be approved:

Congo (Democratic Republic of), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Lebanon, Maldives, Micronesia, Monserrat, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Sudan, Suriname, Tunisia, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Zimbabwe, some small island states, including Comoros, São Tomé and Principe, Saint Helena, Timor-Leste, and the Pacific Islands (Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna). 

NOTE: Given the COVID-19 pandemic, please be realistic and prepare to be flexible in the proposed departure and return dates, as well as in the design of your field research.

Scope

IDRC has helped graduate students undertake thesis research in the field of international development since 1982. IDRC Doctoral Research Awards are intended to build capacity and develop research skills in Canada and the Global South to improve the lives of people in the developing world.

Special note about the Bentley Research Fellowship

Applicants for the IDRC Doctoral Research Awards 2020 call who indicate climate resilience and sustainable food systems as their area of work will automatically be considered for the Bentley Research Fellowship. There is no need to indicate interest; the top candidates in this area will automatically be considered for the fellowship, which has the same parameters as the IDRA.

Evaluation criteria

Applications that are complete, that meet the eligibility criteria, and whose research subjects are deemed to fit with the development outcome areas listed above, will be forwarded to an IDRC selection committee. External evaluators may occasionally be involved. 

Using the criteria listed below, the IDRC selection committee will rate each application and will identify successful awardees, ensuring that the selection of awards represents all IDRC areas. Some awards may be made conditionally, i.e. the candidate will be sent comments which must be addressed before the award can be confirmed.

No comments will be provided to unsuccessful candidates, even those who intend to reapply a second time.

The following criteria will be used to evaluate applications:

  • Fit with IDRC mission and development outcome areas;
  • Overall appropriateness, completeness, quality, and clarity of the research proposal;
  • Overall methodology and considerations of cultural, logistical, and scientific constraints;
  • Overall feasibility, duration, and timing of the research;
  • Originality and creativity of the research;
  • Potential contribution to existing knowledge on the issue;
  • Gender dimensions of the research;
  • Ethical considerations of the research;
  • Benefit to the communities where the research is taking place;
  • Suitability of the affiliated institution;
  • Potential for research results to be disseminated and used;
  • Budget; and
  • Applicant’s capacity to conduct the proposed research, including academic training, local language capacity, professional skills, research experience, and knowledge of country/region of research.

Ethical considerations

If you are offered an award, you will be required to submit the appropriate approval from your university's ethics committee, as well as approval from a local research ethics board (as required and when possible).

Announcement of results

We thank all applicants for their interest. Candidates recommended for an award will be advised by email in October or November 2020. 

Candidates not recommended for an award will also be informed by email; however, this email will be sent via the online application system. Note that your server may not recognize the address and may send it to your junk or spam folder. Please see Technical FAQ 4 in the Technical FAQ for details on how to avoid this problem.

More details

Please read the following documents before applying:

If you still have a question after reading all of the above, you may contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NB: Inquiries will be answered up until two working days before the call deadline, i.e. until 4:00 pm EDT on June 15, 2020. Technical inquiries about difficulties encountered in the online application system should also be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note in your subject line that you are applying for the IDRC Doctoral Research Awards.

We recommend using Firefox or Chrome as your browser for the online application. You may encounter technical difficulties with Internet Explorer.

Read more about the 2019 awardees and their research topics.

Interested in applying?

If you are eligible for this opportunity we welcome you to submit an application.

Apply online

Celebration of World Food Safety Day - Theme: Food Safety, Everyone's business

his year’s World Food Safety Day  is celebrated on 8 and 10 June 2020, in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO), World Food Programme (WFP), Codex Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAfrica), the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN), and the Government of Ghana.

Webinar Invitation

Date: Monday, 8 June 2020 at 10:00-12:15 and on Wednesday,10 June 2020, 13:00hr to 15:00hr (Accra time)

Please register through the following links:

  1. Day 1: Food Safety in Businesses (8 June 2020)
  2. Day 2: Food Safety in Governance (10 June 2020)

Young Professionals Program (WBG YPP)

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The WBG YPP is a starting point for an exciting career at the World Bank Group. Young Professionals are recruited from around the world with various academic and professional backgrounds relevant to the World BankIFC and MIGA. We are looking for applicants who demonstrate a passion for international development, graduate education, relevant professional experience, and the potential to grow into impactful leadership roles across our institutions.


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: The World Bank Group is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments. The safety of our current and prospective staff is our highest priority. As of now, YPP recruitment processes will continue as usual and will be modified to virtual platforms as needed. Candidates will receive related updates as the process moves along.

PROGRAM UPDATE: The World Bank and IFC have merged their respective Young Professionals Programs into one World Bank Group Young Professionals Program (WBG YPP).

The new program is now accepting applications on behalf of three institutions (the World BankIFC and MIGA).  Building on the rich legacy of its predecessor programs, the WBG YPP will recruit and develop future leaders to collaborate effectively across our institutions on joint WBG solutions to development challenges.

Young Professionals are recruited from around the world, with preference to nationals of WBG member countries and countries of operations. We welcome all qualified individuals from diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds to apply.

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Three Institutions. Developing Leaders. For Joint Impact.

We invite you to browse this website and explore the many opportunities of joining the WBG YPP.

PROGRAM

The WBG YPP is a two-year leadership development program at the start of a five-year employment contract with the World Bank, IFC or MIGA. Young Professionals (YPs) start the program in Washington, DC, where they engage in intensive training—on-the-job and in the classroom—learning the fundamentals of leadership and development operations across institutions, and how to identify opportunities for joint impact.

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KEY PROGRAM FEATURES

KEY PROGRAM FEATURES

Professional Experience YPs are full-time employees, making significant contributions to their respective unit’s work program, while building networks and knowledge across the Bank Group through the YPP. They often join field missions, where they work on the frontlines of WBG operations, learning key aspects of our work and directly engaging with our clients.

Leadership Development Through the WBG YPP curriculum, YPs develop the foundational knowledge to contribute to our business and the competencies to lead. Activities range from leadership and professional development workshops to networking, mentorship and conversations with WBG leadership.

Training on WBG Policies, Products & Operations YPs engage in intensive training on the policies, products and operations of the World Bank, IFC and MIGA. This aspect of the WBG YPP curriculum ensures that YPs know how to operationalize joint WBG solutions to development challenges, and how to retain and apply this knowledge for years to come.

Global Rotations across WBG YPs participate in at least one rotation within their home institution, with some engaging in additional rotations to another institution, with the goal of developing and applying skills across the business. Rotations are a core component of the curriculum, providing YPs the exposure to understand how our institutions work (and can work together) as well as how to align their skills to priority areas, like countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence (FCV), and other challenging environments.

Coaching & Mentoring YPs are assigned several mentors at the peer and departmental level. Mentors can provide advice on various topics ranging from settling into Washington, DC to identifying career opportunities throughout the YP experience, and beyond.

Networking Events In addition to the program orientation and graduation ceremonies, the WBG YPP office organizes regular events for YPs to stay in touch with program alumni, stakeholders and broader WBG staff.

Management Supported Rotations & Job Placements YPs are provided management-level support in their transitions to rotations and post-YPP job placements, ensuring their skills are best placed across the business.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

The WBG YPP offers a competitive salary and benefits package as part of a 5-year term contract. Benefits include health, life and accident insurance, a pension plan and possible relocation and mobility benefits depending on WBG guidelines.

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The World Bank Group is not affiliated with nor does it endorse any third-party sites selling products and services on the World Bank YPP selection process. All information on the YPP selection process is described on this website and is free to all prospective applicants.

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Last Updated: Jun 01, 2020

Call for MSc thesis bursary

Fifty-nine percent of Sub-Saharan African urban populations live in informal settlements (UN-HABITAT 2019), expected to triple by 2050. Despite an increase in improved housing from 11% to 23% between 2000-2015, 53 million urban Africans were still living in unimproved housing in 2015, often in hazardous sites such as riparian corridors and on steep slopes (Shatterthwaite et al. 2018, Tusting et al. 2019). Complex natural and socio-cultural dynamics, combined with climate variability, severe and persistent drought, extreme rainfall and heatwaves, expose much of the population to high levels of risk, and threaten ecosystem functioning (Thorn et al. 2015, Dodman et al. 2017, Shatterthwaite 2017).  Ecosystem-based solutions in the form of ecological (or green) infrastructure (EI or GI) have emerged as spatial planning tools for ensuring functional networks of natural and semi-natural areas. They demonstrate the importance of ecological systems as part of the infrastructural fabric that supports and sustains society and builds resilience (Harrison et al. 2014, Lindley et al. 2018, Cilliers 2019). Yet, informal urbanisation continues to intrude upon and undermine ecological space (e.g., illegal dumping, open defecation, criminality), while encroachment on formal green spaces that can be of ecological importance (Adegun 2019), especially urban parks, is common (Bhattacharya 2014, Israt and Adam 2017). Most research on UGI outcomes to enhance climate resilience has been conducted in formal settlements in the Global North, while the unique sociocultural context, and spatial challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa means that Africa must not necessarily emulate Western models of green infrastructure planning.
The Urban Ecolution research programme is ongoing in Namibia, and Tanzania, supported by Climate Research 4 Development implemented by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) in partnership with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID) Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER) programme and the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
We seek to support four MSc projects with a bursary of R40,000 each. The call is open to both full time dissertation and coursework students registered for the 2020 and/or 2021 academic years, including late registering students.
Awarded proposals would be expected to be translated into peer-reviewed publications and students would be exposed to the wider network and programme of work in Urban Ecolution. We invite master’s students to submit MSc proposals related to, but not limited to, the following topics:
  • The effectiveness of incorporating ecological infrastructure in informal settlement upgrading;
  • Linking ecological infrastructure and health for climate resilience in informal settlements, with a focus on sanitation and water;
  • Environmental migration, rural-urban linkages and resource flows across the rural-peri-urban gradient using the approach of securities in the water energy food nexus;
  • The role of biodiversity in supporting resilience to climate change in peri-urban settlements;
  • A geographic analysis of the distribution of informal settlements in flood prone regions in the face of climate change;
  • Economic valuation of ecological infrastructure in informal settlements; and
  • Urban public policy and how it incorporates ecosystem-based adaptation in informal settlements.
In light of the current COVID-19 global situation, we suggest proposals are geared towards novel desk-based. online, or communication device-based research, with a plan on how to expand into fieldwork should it become possible within the timeframe. 
Please send a proposal by the 12th of June 2020, including a title, problem statement, objectives, research methodology, research activities, time schedule, a risk assessment and references in 3-5 pages, and any questions to Dr Jessica Thorn: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
African candidates must be enrolled in a master’s course in the natural, social, physical, engineering, life, mathematical, of architectural and planning sciences.  

Call for Scholarships - 3rd Cohort of RSIF PhD Scholarships

The International Centre of Insect Physiology (icipe), is pleased to announce and share with you the Third Call for RSIF PhD Scholarships tenable at selected African universities in partnership with advanced international partner institutions.

The Scholarships are supported by African Governments and key partners (World Bank, Government of Korea) through the Partnerships for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET). This Third Call will provide over 100 fully funded PhD Scholarships for eligible applicants. To download the Call click on the links below:

Call for Scholarships – 3rd Cohort of RSIF PhD Scholarships 

More information on Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) program of PASET can be found at www.rsif-paset.org.

REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES FOR HIGHER DEGREES TO SUPPORT ONLINE TRAINING AND MANAGEMENT OF POSTGRADUATE STUDIES AT SUA

Sokoine University of Agriculture has now developed Regulations and Guidelines for guiding higher degree students and instructors on online training and management of postgraduate matters as an alternative model of the traditional face-to-face option.

Click to view view Regulations and guidelines for higher degrees to support online training and management of postgraduate studies here (pdf)