Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Contract Opportunity.. USAID. PSC Malaria Advisor

Personal Service Contractor (PSC), Malaria Advisor

Issuance Date: November 1, 2016
Closing Date: December 9, 2016,
4:30 p.m. Local Time

To All Interested Applicants:

The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking applications from qualified United States (U.S.) citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents (non-U.S. citizen lawfully admitted for permanent residency) and Third Country Nationals (TCN) to provide services as a Malaria Advisor under a Personal Services Contract, as described in the attached solicitation. The place of performance for this position is Monrovia, Liberia.

Submissions to this solicitation must be in accordance with the attached information, at the place and time specified. Email submissions must be sent to and Incomplete, unsigned, or late applications will not be considered. USAID/Liberia will not consider an extension to the submission deadline for this procurement.

Any questions or comments regarding this solicitation should be in writing and directed to Applicants should retain, for their records, copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications.

Phone calls or emails to any address other than the one specified in this solicitation will not be accepted.

Any questions concerning this notice may be directed to: 
-- Sylvester Browne, USAID/Liberia, 231-776-777-027,

Training Opportunity. FEMA. Train-the-Trainer.

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Training Opportunity

Course: E0110 National Emergency Management Basic Academy



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Course Description: 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognizes the need to tie training programs to an established set of emergency management competencies and to a career development program through a progressive training and education system that includes the Basic Academy. The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is offering the opportunity to students who are experienced in emergency management and adult training to take a step toward becoming qualified as an instructor for the Basic Academy courses. 
The first day of the Train-the-Trainer is devoted to course delivery strategy, logistics, demonstrations, and adult learning methods. The last four days will consist of student teach-backs that summarize a portion of the Basic Academy course subject matter, and describe activities and exercises plus time for critique and questions. These assignments are made in advance of the first day of class.
All topics covered in the course are covered from an instructor’s perspective in the Train-the-Trainer including at a minimum:  history, legal issues, intergovernmental and interagency context, influencing, organizing, social vulnerability issues, managing stress, collaboration, planning, exercises, public information and warning, preparedness, team building, protection and prevention, mitigation, response, ethical decision-making, recovery, technology, administration, and the future of emergency management.

Emergency Management Institute Mission

To support the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s goals by improving the competencies of the U.S. officials in Emergency Management at all levels of government to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the potential effects of all types of disasters and emergencies on the American people. Read more...
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2017 Training Schedule. CERT. Program Manager, Train-the-Trainer.

2017 Training Dates

Course Name: E0427 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program Manager

February 9-10, 2017 

March 16-17, 2017 

May 4-5, 2017 

June 29-30, 2017 

July 27-28, 2017

Course Name: E0428 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Train-the-Trainer

February 6-8, 2017 

March 13-15, 2017 

May 1-3, 2017 

June 26-28, 2017 

July 24-26, 2017

Monday, November 28, 2016

Week in African Studies November 28 - December 2, 2016. Opening of the application for Summer Study Abroad in Tanzania

This Week in AFSP 11/28 - 12/2
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This Week in African Studies
November 28 - December 2, 2016
Opening of the application for 
Summer Study Abroad in Tanzania
The intersection of development studies, an immersive study of Kiswahili, and hands on application through local internship-- take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn on the continent. For more information about the program, click here or email
Application Deadline: December 6th, 2016
Apply here
 Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance

Entrepreneur of African descent? Interested in post-graduate opportunities at world-class professional schools such as the Yale School of Management, Oxford-Said School of Business, or Tufts' Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy? Apply here before the November 30th application deadline.
Global Africa: Dynamic and Connective Scholarship

Indiana University Graduate Students in African Studies (GSAS) invite proposals that explore the strategies and products of researching Africa within diverse global contexts. Given the scope of these potential inquiries and the conference theme, this symposium encourages paper proposals from a wide variety of methodological, theoretical, and disciplinary backgrounds. For more information, email
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59th Annual
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December 1-3
Washington, DC
Tanzania Study Abroad Application

Due: December 7
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February 4, 2017

Georgetown University's
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Africa Business Conference

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Haiti Hurricane Matthew - 26 November 2016 OCHA Situation Report No. 25

Kindly click here to view OCHA: Hurricane Matthew Situation Report No. 25 as of 25 November 2016, as well as a 3W - Who does What, Where? infographic.

Situation Report Main Points
  • Early data indicate that 90 per cent of the targeted population in 16 communes of the Grand’Anse and Sud departments received cholera vaccination between 8 and 18 November.
  • The Early Recovery sector has reported 6,500 people have benefited from the “cash-for-work” program related to the cleaning of debris in Grand’Anse and Sud.
  • Humanitarian partners are mobilizing their resources to provide assistance as tensions rise in Jérémie, where an estimated 3,000 displaced persons could be forcibly evicted from a main school next week.
  • Landslides on 22 November in Grand’Anse blocked road access to Les Irois, Anse d’Hainault and Dame Marie, preventing medical mobile clinics to access the areas.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Webinar: The challenges of localised aid in conflict. 11/29/2016

The challenges of localised aid in conflict

Date: 29 November 2016
Time: 15:00 – 16:30 GMT

The idea that local actors should be at the forefront of humanitarian response in their own country is increasingly widely accepted.

One message, which resounded loud and clear at the first World Humanitarian Summit, was the need for greater localisation of aid.

However, the current localisation agenda gives little consideration to the different humanitarian contexts and their different operational challenges.  Can local actors deliver impartial emergency assistance on a meaningful scale in armed conflicts, if they find themselves caught up in the political and military game of the warring parties?  

Our expert panel of observers and practitioners from international and local organisations discuss and debate the nuances of the situation on the ground.

Informed by new research from Médecins Sans Frontières which highlights operational challenges to locally led responses in conflict and highly politicised environments, this discussion asks:

  • What are the practical implications of locally-led responses in acute conflicts? 
  • What are the key issues to overcome
  • How can we ensure that locally-led responses conform with key humanitarian principles?

Contributing chair
Wendy Fenton @WendyFenton1 - Coordinator, Humanitarian Practice Network


Ed Schenkenberg @ed_heregva - Executive Director, Humanitarian Exchange and Research Centre
Luz Saavedra @alnap - Former Research Fellow, ALNAP
Zaidoun Alzoabi @UOSSM - Chief Executive Officer, Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organisations (via video link)
Charlie Rowley @oxfamgb - Humanitarian Capacity Development Advisor, Global Humanitarian Team, Oxfam
Teresa Sancristoval @MSF - Emergency Desk Manager, Médecins Sans Frontières

Webinar: Food Security. Cash in the City: Addressing food security needs in urban crises. 12/08/2016

Cash in the City: Addressing food security needs in urban crises

Organisation: ALNAP
Date: 08 December 2016
Time: 2 to 3:30pm (GMT)

The humanitarian world has made a significant shift towards using cash to help vulnerable people meet their needs, including food security. Despite a growing evidence base, much of our collective experience is in rural areas. How can cash-based approaches meet food security needs in urban crises? Is cash different in an urban context? What are the challenges and lessons learned?

The latest edition in ALNAP’s urban webinar series will explore the shift towards humanitarian cash programming.

Presentations from CRS and NRC will explore urban cash-based programming in Nigeria and Iran. The webinar is co-presented by the Global Food Security Cluster’s Food Security and Livelihoods in Urban Settings working group, and discussions will draw in global perspectives from colleagues in WFP and the American Red Cross.

   • Marianna Kuttothara, American Red Cross Society, will open the webinar with reflections on years of cash programming in rural and urban emergencies.
   • Giulia Frontini, Catholic Relief Services Nigeria, will share experiences of providing electronic food vouchers/cash in both rural and urban areas of NorthEast Nigeria, to support displaced people fleeing Boko Haram violence. Giulia will focus on targeting, selection of vendors/markets, community participation and security.
   • Anthony Dutemple, Norwegian Refugee Council Iran, will draw on his experiences with cash responses across the MENA region, and speak in particular about a new cash programme for Afghan refugees in Iran. His presentation will look at distribution modalities and integrating protection outcomes
   • A fourth speaker, TBD, from World Food Programme will join the discussion/Q&A, reflecting on WFP's global urban experiences with cash for food security.

Audience members will have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion before, during and after the webinar by posing questions for speakers, sharing their own experiences, responding to polls and continuing the discussion in the Urban Response Community of Practice.

Interested? Sign up for this webinar!

A Blueprint for Social. Learn more about Boston's unprecedented approach to addressing social inequity and the city's resilience challenges.

100 Resilient Cities

An inclusive and cohesive city is also a more resilient one. Around our global network, we are seeing cities show us how.

This past weekend, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Chief Resilience Officer Atyia Martin hosted the first of a series of public, citywide conversations about racism, an issue that is deeply intertwined with Boston's other major challenges.

At the same time, the city released The Blueprint, which outlines Boston's plan to address racism and become a more reflective, collaborative, equitable, and connected city in order to achieve true urban resilience

More than ever, cities lead and are the agents of change.

In Athens, Greece, Chief Resilience Officers from cities around the world gathered to share insights and practices to help cities manage growing refugee crises, and turn a challenge into an opportunity.

The City of Paris, France is partnering with the Paris Métropole to strengthen the entire region's cohesion – in both good times and bad.

Cities around the world must strive to be places where community members trust and understand each other, where all city residents can benefit from a city's success. This work is urgent – and it could not be more timely. 

Explore, share, and let us know what you think:


Otis Rolley
Regional Director, Africa and North America
100 Resilient Cities

Monday, November 21, 2016

Systems Approach to community capacity building and resilience.

To address issues both here in the U.S., and in our international community within the diaspora a clear understanding of how to address issues within our communities must be understood by each of us as emergency management professionals.  Stepping back: Understanding cities and their systems.

A systems approach focuses on the linkages, interconnections and interrelationships between different parts of a system.  From simple system, to complex-complex systems with built-in feedback and controls designed within the system.  The urban system includes economics and livelihoods, politics and governance, society and culture, infrastructure and services, and finally space and settlements. These aspects of the urban context are all interconnected, dynamic and changing.

The Next Flint Water Crisis

A new study suggests a number of minority American neighborhoods are at risk of having unhealthier water than their white counterparts.
By Francie Diep
(Photo: Cate Gillon/Getty Images)
Walk through an unincorporated stretch of Wake County outside Raleigh, North Carolina, and it might look just as dense and developed as the town proper. But there’s an important, invisible difference: Folks there may not have access to the city’s municipal water system. Instead, their homes draw from private wells and septic tanks.
While not all unincorporated Wake County communities lack piped water, those that have a larger black population are more likely to depend on wells and septic tanks, according to a 2014 study. “They were excluded probably for historical reasons, during the Jim Crow era,” says University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill environmental researcher Jackie MacDonald Gibson, the leader of the 2014 study.
Now, MacDonald Gibson has a new study that demonstrates the toll that history has had on residents’ health. The kitchen tap water in majority-black Wake County communities that depend on wells is more than 50 times more likely to contain coliform bacteria — and more than 700 times more likely to contain E. coli — than the municipal water that’s available to majority-white neighborhoods just next door.
The presence of coliform bacteria and E. coli indicates that the water has been contaminated with sewage, which can make people seriously ill. If these neighborhoods had municipal water, MacDonald Gibson and her colleague Frank Stillo estimate that the number of annual emergency room visits for gastrointestinal illnesses in these areas would drop by more than one-fifth.
But leaders both in the city and in unincorporated neighborhoods have been reluctant to extend water service, citing costs, according to a surveypublished last year. “I think there’s a lack of awareness of the water quality problem in these wells,” MacDonald Gibson says. The effective result is that Wake County’s black residents bear a disproportionate burden of gastrointestinal disease there.
This may not be a problem only in North Carolina. Studies have shown that other majority-white Southern towns have refused to annex surrounding, majority-black neighborhoods and to extend municipal services to them. The practice is so common that it has a name: underbounding. Researchers have also documented towns underbounding Hispanic neighborhoods in Texas’ Lower Rio Grande and California’s Central Valley.
Poor communities of color in the United States have often had to deal with more pollution than their richer, whiter counterparts. The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, taught us that one way such environmental injustice happens is when officials make poor decisions and ignore residents’ complaints. Wake County shows that underbounding, whether new or historical, might be another way.
Though it’s common knowledge among environmental researchers that well water is often riskier than municipal water, most politicians and community members are not familiar with the dangers. With this new data in hand, perhaps city officials will finally have the information they need to justify the expense of expanding their municipal water system.

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