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Friday, September 23, 2016

Africa. The five regions:. North, South, East, West, Central Africa

North Africa
North Africa MapNorth Africa or Northern Africa is the northernmost region of Africa. The United Nations definition of "North Africa" includes seven countries and territories; 

Tunisia, and
Western Sahara.

Central Africa Africa (as used by the United Nations when categorising geographic subregions) is an analogous term that includes , 
 Republic of the Congo,
Democratic Republic of the Congo,
Central African Republic,Chad
Equatorial Guinea,
Gabon, and
São Tomé and Príncipe.


West Africa of Africa, is the westernmost subregion of Africa. West Africa has been defined as including the 18 countries 
the island of Cape Verde, 
the island of Saint Helena, 

East Africa
Easterly region of the African continent, variably defined by geography or geopolitics. In the United Nations Statistics Division scheme of geographic regions, 20 territories constitute

Eastern Africa:
·        TanzaniaKenyaUgandaRwandaBurundi and South Sudan – in Central East Africa, are members of the East African Community (EAC). The first five are also included in the African Great Lakes region. Burundi and Rwanda are sometimes also considered to be part of Central Africa.
·        DjiboutiEritreaEthiopia and Somalia – collectively known as the Horn of Africa.
·        ComorosMauritius and Seychelles – small island nations in the Indian Ocean.
·        Réunion and Mayotte – French overseas territories also in the Indian Ocean.
·        Mozambique and Madagascar – often considered part of Southern Africa, on the eastern side of the sub-continent. Madagascar has close cultural ties to Southeast Asia and the islands of the Indian Ocean.
·        MalawiZambia and Zimbabwe – often also included in Southern Africa, and formerly of the Central African Federation.

South Africa
Southern Africa, generally includes: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Job Opportunity. Boston. Senior Program Manager, Response and Recovery Operations Office of Public Health Preparedness
invites applications for the position of:
Senior Program Manager, Response and Recovery Operations Office of Public Health Preparedness

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Salary: $55,000.00 - $65,000.00
Opening Date: 04/11/16
Department: Administration
Location: Northampton Square, Boston
Hours: 35 hours/week. Monday – Friday, 9-5. Duties will require working some evenings, nights or weekends. Must carry a department issued pager and cell phone and be available for emergencies 24/7.

The Office of Public Health Preparedness (OPHP) is a program of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC). The mission of OPHP is to enhance community, public health, and healthcare system resilience in order to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies that impact the health of the public. OPHP envisions a resilient Boston through healthy, informed, and connected communities that are supported every day and during emergencies by strong, integrated public health and healthcare systems.

Under the direction of the Associate Director, Healthcare System Preparedness, Response and Recovery, the Senior Program Manager supports the OPHP mission with a focus on leading public health and healthcare preparedness, response and recovery activities through the Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center (MIC). The Senior Program Manager leads planning and policy initiatives for the MIC, including development and delivery of ongoing training opportunities. More specifically, the Senior Program Manager:

·        Supports the operational readiness of the Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center (MIC) as the Department Operations Center (DOC) for BPHC and the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) for ESF-8 healthcare partners

·        Leads the development of plans and protocols for the multi-agency coordinating center and department operation center functions of the MIC

·        Identifies new technology systems that can be used by OPHP during response and recovery operations, with a focus on process development. Develops and maintains policies for use of existing response and recovery technology

·        Develops processes and protocols with healthcare partners to support public health and healthcare response and recovery operations

·        Supports the MIC’s role and responsibilities as part of the city-wide all-hazards trauma response system

·        Serves as a Duty Officer for the MIC to ensure 24/7 coverage, after participating in required trainings

·        Serves as the co-Region 4C Hospital Coordinator, in coordination with the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals.

·        Staffs the MIC during emergencies affecting public health and healthcare

·        Supervises staff, consultants and interns as assigned; trains and reviews the work of subordinates for completeness, accuracy and content.

·        Ensures that project goals and objectives are consistent with both federal and state grant guidance.
·        Collects, reviews, and analyzes information to determine effectiveness and recommend changes/improvements.

·        Maintains an ongoing awareness of all OPHP plans, protocols and procedures for daily and emergency operations.

·        Prepares reports and briefing materials to provide information on status of all projects, as well as recommendations for future action.

·        Assists with oversight of Memoranda of Agreement, RFP’s and grants with regional partners.
·        Participates in grant planning, coordination and management.

·        Represents OPHP at meetings, conferences and other events as needed.

·        Participates in trainings and other educational opportunities to enhance knowledge of emergency preparedness, response and recovery field

·        Performs other duties to support OPHP operations as required.

Core competencies include the ability to: describe the agency role and follow the chain of command in emergency response; demonstrate her/his role in regular drills; adapt to and support rapidly changing and evolving emergencies; and recognize deviations from the norm that might indicate an emergency and take/facilitate appropriate action(s) such as communicating clearly within the chain of command.

Works in a confidential capacity with the Associate Director Healthcare System Preparedness, Response and Recovery, and meets regularly regarding all aspects of program operations, including but not limited to matters pertaining to program staff and other confidential matters. Operates independently. Uses independent judgment and discretion to make decisions affecting the program and staff as it relates to program operations/services and BPHC policy.

Minimum Qualifications
Master’s degree in a related discipline with one year or more demonstrated experience in managing projects involving significant planning and coordination; or a BA/BS and at least 3 years of demonstrated experience in managing projects involving significant planning and coordination in a related field; or a GED or High School Diploma and at least 6 years of demonstrated experience in managing projects involving significant planning and coordination in a related field.

Required skills include:
·        Ability to follow and to give clear written and oral instructions
·        Ability to analyze and interpret information and data
·        Ability to write clear, concise reports
·        Excellent written and verbal communication skills
·        Significant experience and capability working as a member of a team, and ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships with others.
·        Exceptional organizational skills
·        Demonstrated knowledge of the project management process
·        Ability to meet deadlines and manage projects under stressful conditions
·        Advanced knowledge & experience with MSOffice, MS Word, MS Excel, and PowerPoint required.

Experience in emergency preparedness and/or emergency management, as well as knowledge of healthcare systems is strongly preferred. Experience with grant writing, executing contracts and purchasing is preferred. Familiarity with and knowledge of local community agencies, public sector work, and working with state and federal agencies is preferred.

Additional Information:
A cover letter is required along with resume for this position. Materials should reflect candidate’s qualifications for position as outlined.
Boston residency is required, or willingness to move within 6 months.
A Criminal Offenders Records Information request must be completed for this position.  However, a record is not an automatic bar to employment but is reviewed in relation to the job applied for.
Any position that requires an advanced degree will be subject to education verification.
This is a grant funded position.

The Boston Public Health Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are eligible to apply.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Education. COURSERA. September 19, 2016

Ready to learn something new?

Introduction to Sustainability

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Starts Oct 10, 2016

Turn Down the Heat: From Climate Science to Action

The World Bank Group
Available Now

Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Starts Oct 03, 2016

The Age of Sustainable Development

Columbia University
Starts Sep 26, 2016

Greening the Economy: Lessons from Scandinavia

Lund University
Starts Sep 12, 2016

Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries

University of Cape Town
Starts Oct 31, 2016

Municipal Solid Waste Management in Developing Countries

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Starts Sep 19, 2016

Designing Cities

University of Pennsylvania
Starts Oct 03, 2016

Animal Behaviour

The University of Melbourne
Available Now

Sustainable Food Production Through Livestock Health Management

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Starts Oct 17, 2016

Global Warming I: The Science and Modeling of Climate Change

The University of Chicago
Starts Oct 03, 2016

Subsistence Marketplaces

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Starts Sep 26, 2016

Introduction to Thermodynamics: Transferring Energy from Here to There

University of Michigan
Starts Oct 03, 2016

Our Earth's Future

American Museum of Natural History
Starts Sep 19, 2016

Wind Energy

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Starts Oct 10, 2016

The Technology of Music Production

Starts Sep 19, 2016

Think Again IV: How to Avoid Fallacies

Duke University
Starts Sep 26, 2016

Introduction to Genetics and Evolution

Duke University
Starts Oct 10, 2016

Genetics and Society: A Course for Educators

American Museum of Natural History
Starts Oct 03, 2016

Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Overview

University of Geneva
Starts Sep 26, 2016

Securing Digital Democracy

University of Michigan
Starts Oct 03, 2016

Algorithms on Strings

University of California, San Diego, Higher School of Economics
Starts Sep 19, 2016

Oil & Gas Industry Operations and Markets

Duke University
Starts Oct 12, 2016

Developing Your Musicianship

Starts Sep 19, 2016

TESOL Certificate, Part 2: Teach English Now!

Arizona State University | 4 Course Specialization

Functional Programming in Scala

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | 5 Course Specialization

Foundations of Marketing Analytics

Emory University | 6 Course Specialization

Photography Basics and Beyond: From Smartphone to DSLR

Michigan State University | 5 Course Specialization

Investment and Portfolio Management

Rice University | 5 Course Specialization

Cybersecurity: Developing a Program for Your Business

University System of Georgia | 4 Course Specialization

Java Programming and Software Engineering Fundamentals

Duke University | 5 Course Specialization

An Introduction to Programming the Internet of Things (IOT)

University of California, Irvine | 6 Course Specialization

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