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NEW OPPORTUNITIES

(August 19 2020)

ESWATINI OPPORTUNITIES

Assessment of Climate Change Impact on Water Resources in Eswatini

ENTITY: UNDP

LOCATION: Mbabane, SZ

DEADLINE: 23-Aug-2020

DETAILS:

The Climate Change Impact on Water Resources Assessment Consultant will perform, the following tasks:

  • Review relevant literature on water resources and how they have been impacted by climate change
  • Conduct gender inclusive stakeholder consultations
  • Develop scenarios for water resources under different conditions to support designing of interventions for sustainable water resources management and climate change interventions.
  • Review capacity needs of different players in the water resources space to identify and recommend capacity development programme for climate smart water resources management
  • Make presentations during NDC review sessions inter alia to sensitize and guide participants on climate change impact on water resources for a more sustainable water resources management programme in the context of climate change and its effects.

Outputs and Deliverables

  • Inception Report detailing a workplan and the methodologies/processes to be used in performing the tasks in the scope of work
  • Assessment Report for the water resources and the effects of climate change
  • A detailed final report covering outputs for all the tasks in the scope of the assignment

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Social Policy Specialist, NOC, Mbabane, Eswatini – Temporary Appointment (364 days) (Open for UNICEF Staff and Swazi Nationals Only)

ENTITY: UNICEF

LOCATION: MBABANE, SZ

DEADLINE: Rolling

DETAILS: 24-Aug-2020

Summary Of Key Functions/accountabilities

Improving data on child poverty & vulnerability for increased use for policy and programme action

  • Supports the collection, analysis and user-friendly presentation of data on multidimensional and monetary child poverty, including strengthening national capacity to collect routinely, report and use data for policy decision-making.
  • Provides timely, regular data-driven analysis for effective prioritization, planning, and development; facilitates results-based management for planning, adjusting, and scaling-up specific social policy initiatives to reduce child poverty.
  • Analyzes the macroeconomic context and its impact on social development, emerging issues and social policy concerns, as well as implications for children, and proposes and promotes appropriate responses in respect of such issues and concerns, including government resource allocation policies and the effects of social welfare policies on the rights of children.

Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children

  • Supports the development of social protection policies, legislation and programmes with attention to increasing coverage of and impact on children, with special attention the most marginalized. Identifies, generates and presents evidence to support this goal in collaboration with partners. Special focus on social protection system to respond to COVID-19 pandemic is a requirement.
  • Promotes strengthening of integrated social protection systems, providing technical support to partners to improve the design of cash transfers and child grants and improve linkages with other social protection interventions such as health insurance, public works and social care services as well as complementary services and intervention related to nutrition, health, education, water and sanitation, child protection and HIV with focus on the context of COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Undertakes improved monitoring and research around social protection impact on child outcomes and use of data and research findings for strengthening programme results.

Improving use of public financial resources for children

  • Undertakes budget analysis to inform UNICEF’s advocacy and technical assistance to Ministries of Finance, planning commissions and social sector ministries to improve equitable allocations for essential services for children. Works with sector colleagues to build capacity to undertake costing and cost effectiveness analysis on priority interventions to help inform policy decisions on child-focused investments.
  • Supports the identification of policy options for improved domestic financing of child-sensitive social protection interventions.
  • Undertakes and builds capacity of partners for improved monitoring and tracking of public expenditure to support transparency, accountability and effective financial flows for essential service delivery, including through support to district level planning, budgeting and public financial management as well as facilitating community participation

Strengthening capacity of local governments to plan, budget, consult on and monitor child-focused social services.

  • Where national decentralization processes are taking place, collaborates with central and local authorities to improve policies, planning, budgeting, consultation and accountability processes so that decisions and child-focused service delivery more closely respond to the needs of local communities.
  • Collaborates with the central and local authorities to strengthen capacity on quality data collection, analysis for policy development, planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring of essential social services, with emphasis on community participation and accountability.

Strengthened advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive social policy

  • Supports correct and compelling use of data and evidence on the situation of children and coverage and impact of child focused services – in support of the social policy programme and the country programme overall.
  • Establishes effective partnerships with the Government, bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, civil society and local leaders, the private sector, and other UN agencies to support sustained and proactive commitment to the Convention of the Rights of the Child and to achieve global UN agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Identifies other critical partners, promotes awareness and builds capacity of partners, and actively facilitates effective collaboration within the UN family.

UNICEF Programme Management
Manages and coordinates technical support around child poverty, social protection, public finance and governance ensuring it is well planned, monitored, and implemented in a timely fashion so as to adequately support scale-up and delivery. Ensures risk analysis and risk mitigation are embedded into overall management of the support, in close consultation with UNICEF programme sections, Cooperating Partners, and governments.Supports and contributes to effective and efficient planning, management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the country programme and the COVID-19 Response Programme. Ensures that the social planning project enhances policy dialogue, planning, supervision, technical advice, management, training, research and support; and that the monitoring and evaluation component strengthens monitoring and evaluation of the social sectors and provides support to sectoral and decentralized information systems.

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POST-GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES

Mujeres por Africa/ Women for Africa Foundation Fellowships

The Mujeres por Africa/Women for Africa Foundation is launching the 6th call for fellowships of the programme Science by Women, which will select 19 senior African women scientists to be integrated in 19 top research Spanish centers in the following areas:

  • health and biomedicine
  • agriculture and food security
  • water
  • energy
  • climate change 

Each of 19 Spanish research centres will host one senior woman researcher with at least three years of post-doctoral experience for a six-month fellowship. Applications will be subjected to a rigorous selection process, evaluating the academic merits and leadership of the applicants as well as the scientific quality and expected impact of their research projects. Selected candidates will receive training and integration in a dynamic, multidisciplinary and highly competitive working team, where they will be able to develop their research projects and acquire complementary skills, empowering them to transfer their research results into tangible economic and social benefits.The program’s ultimate goal is to enable African women researchers to play a leading role in the transition of Africa to a knowledge-based and innovation-led economy. It has so far supported 57 fellows.

The deadline for applications for these fellowships is September 30, 2020.

More information including specific rules and guidelines are available at: https://mujeresporafrica.es/6th-edition-science-by-woman/

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If you know of any opportunities that you think would be of interest to fellow WK alumni – please email us at alumni@waterford.sz so we can share the information through our network. Thank you! 

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