Vacancy Announcement – Specialist – P3

Credits: Unosat

Credits: Unosat

Unit/Department:  UNOSAT / Research Department

Type of contract:  Fixed-term

Date of issuance:  28 November 2014

Deadline for applications:  27 December 2014

Duty Station:  Nairobi, Kenya

Duration of contract:  12 months (renewable based upon performance)


In accordance with the UN rules and regulations.


UNOSAT is the operational satellite applications programme of The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR); it is a technology-intensive programme active since 2000 in applied research and innovative applications relating to geospatial information technology and satellite analysis. UNOSAT also delivers tailor made training courses on the use of geo-information technologies for disaster risk management, humanitarian aid, human security, territorial planning and environmental monitoring.

The position is based in Nairobi, Kenya. The incumbent will be tasked to support training and capacity development activities for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and perform UNOSAT liaison functions for the east Africa region.

Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships

The position is located in Nairobi at the United Nations Office in Nairobi compound, Gigiri. The Specialist works under the supervision of the Manager of UNOSAT and works in close collaboration with the Training Specialist under her/his technical supervision on matters related to training and capacity development, as well as in close coordination with other staff and individual contractors in the Programme.


Under the direct supervision of the Training Specialist and within delegated authority, the Specialist will be responsible for the following:

  • Act as the regional liaison and focal point for UNOSAT in the East African region by
    • representing the Programme in all relevant fora and actively promote its expertise to national, regional and international organizations operating in East Africa;
    • contributing to fund-raising for the Programme by identifying potential projects and activities and develop proposal for funding;
    • carrying out missions to the region and externally to promote the Programme, and learn from other initiatives;
    • writing monthly activity reports to the UNOSAT Manager and Training Specialist identifying priority actions for ongoing activities and new project potential;
    • engaging with media when relevant following acceptance by UNOSAT Manager;
  • Ensure implementation and reporting of capacity development activities for IGAD and IGAD member states by
    • organizing, implementing and contributing to, under the technical supervision of the UNOSAT Training Specialist, all relevant work including training sessions, workshops, daily running of project activities, project reporting, training preparation, outreach, publication of news stories, printing of material, carrying out missions as needed for optimal results of activities;
  • Contribute to UNOSAT mapping and rapid mapping, in-field assessment in crises by
    • developing institutional settings and partner networks for mapping activities in the East Africa region, in close collaboration with the UNOSAT focal point for mapping;
    • being able to deploy to field missions in the region in support to mapping activities;
    • ensuring targeted and wide distribution of UNOSAT mapping products to all relevant actors in the region;
    • demonstrating in-field crowd sourcing and data collection tools for wide adaptation in the region;
    • promoting UNOSAT rapid mapping and inform of procedures for activation;
    • supporting potential establishment of joint mapping activities with partners in the region;
    • undertaking user-surveys of UNOSAT mapping beneficiaries in the region;
  • Contribute to generating additional research studies and other activities, including environmental, humanitarian and human security oriented initiatives with national and international partners by
    • actively participating in existing networks and pro-actively targeting potential partners and donors interested to support UNOSAT activities, including traditional services;
    • exploring potential for new services and activities;
    • identifying users and donors for remote project monitoring service and follow up with these regionally;
  • Performing other duties as required

Results Expected

The result of the work of the incumbent is of strategic importance to the Programme given the increase in demand of UNOSAT products, services in the areas of capacity development, technical assistance, training and mapping & analysis – in particularly as relates to regional initiatives. The work of the incumbent has direct impact on the Programme in following areas, in order of importance: (a) UNOSAT training and related regional and in-country capacity development activities; (b) partnerships and collaborations with key institutions relevant to training, capacity development, mapping & analysis; (c) outreach activities to inform of full range of UNOSAT expertise to related actors, including beneficiaries, donors and media in the region; (d) promote in-field data collection and crowdsourcing tools.

(a) The work of the incumbent is expected to result in successful delivery of training and capacity development initiatives based on the experience of the Programme and user requirements. Close collaboration and follow-up with relevant actors is essential for such success, which will be documented through monthly and project specific reporting.

(b) The second result is the oversight and development of the network of strategic contacts and partnerships with concerned entities within and outside the UN system including Non-Governmental Organizations, Government entities, regional and international organizations, universities and research centres.

(c) The third set of results is the substantive contribution to UNOSAT outreach activities and information on available expertise at UNOSAT for successful acceptance of new projects based in the region and elsewhere.  Included in this result is the support to the Programme fund raising efforts with draft project proposals and other written contributions such as background papers, analyses, sections of reports and studies, and inputs to publications. The provision of information to media on UNOSAT expertise and output also contributes to this set of results.

(d) The fourth expected result is to substantially support applications and undertake demonstrations of new technologies for in-field data collection, including crowd-sourcing tools and specialist tools for Disaster Risk Reduction, damage assessment and project monitoring.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the use of space technologies for disaster risk management. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including  familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; is able to coordinate effectively teams composed of various colleagues working on a specific task; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; very good inter-personal skills and a demonstrated capacity to deal with colleagues and counterparts from different backgrounds, and proven ability to function in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnical environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Planning & Organizing: Based on the guidance received from the Manager and the Training Specialist in charge of training and capacity development, develops clear objectives that are consistent with agreed strategic goals; identifies priority activities and assignments with minimal supervision; adjusts priorities and formulates plans as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time and resources efficiently.
  • Accountability: Acts in full consultation and in compliance with instructions from the Manager and the Training Specialist in charge of training and capacity development, takes responsibility for delegated assignments; is accountable and trustworthy on administrative and financial matters requiring professional discretion and restraint; honors commitments by delivering outputs within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports colleagues and takes personal responsibility for her/his own shortcomings and shares successes with the team where applicable.
  • Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of technology development and training methodology and delivery techniques; understands applicability and limitations of satellite technology; possesses sound knowledge of remote sensing and satellite data; shows willingness to learn new technology applications.


Education: Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) in one or more of the following: geography, environment or other equivalent related technical field; sound knowledge of political science, urban and development planning; specialized training in development planning and project monitoring is considered an important asset.

Experience: A minimum of five to seven years of progressively responsible experience at the international level in the fields of environment, geographic information, disaster risk reduction and any other relevant fields; demonstrated experience in project and programme design and implementation including at country level; good understanding of the fields of disaster risk reduction, humanitarian affairs, crisis response and recovery, and development cooperation; demonstrated proficiency in coordinating the organization and implementation of training courses and in-country projects in GIS related topics in East Africa; experience in interacting with training and academic partners and regional entities.

Languages: Fluency in English is required; knowledge of another UN official language and local East African languages are an advantage

UNITAR 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 (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8).

English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  Priority will be given to the applicants from the under represented regions at UNITAR. There will be a probation period of 3 months.

How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Only complete applications will be considered.  A letter of motivation as well as the P11 form/ Curriculum Vitae are to be sent to:

UN staff members must submit copies of their latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) report at the time of application.

Valeo Innovation Challenge: “Design the Future Car”

Credits : Valeo

Credits : Valeo

Deadline: 2 February 2015
Open to: international students
Prize: EUR 100,000


Valeo is offering young engineers worldwide the opportunity to create the equipment that will make cars more intelligent and intuitive by 2030. Comprising teams of two to five people, engineering students can take part by presenting a relevant, innovative project in English. The aim is to stimulate the students’ creativity, enabling them to form multidisciplinary teams. In this way, engineering students can join forces with students in the social sciences or any other scientific discipline that they think could be useful for their innovation project. The contest is divided in three phases:

  1. Students are invited to form teams of two to five people and submit their project by February 2, 2015;
  2. The 20 shortlisted teams will then be asked to create a mock up in the format of their choice(physical mock-up, application or other). Each team will be given €5,000 to put their idea into practice and build a functioning demonstrator. After the jury has made its decision, the 20 contending teams will receive an email announcing the contest’s results, no later than September 1, 2015. At the same time, a list of the six teams selected to present their project to the jury in Frankfurt will be announced on Valeo’s websites and on social media on September 1, 2015.
  3. From the shortlisted teams the jury will select the ultimate winners.


The contest is open to any students regardless to their nationality. The only condition for participation in this contest is that you must be in a team that contains two to five individuals.


  • First Place will receive 100,000 euros;
  • Second and Third will get 10,000 euros each.


Students you can start assembling your team and proceed with you application here.

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Call For Applications : TechChange Summer Fellowship is Now Open

Credits : Tech change

Credits : Tech change

Deadline: February 15, 2015

Type: Fully Funded.

Do you want to apply your programming skills to make a difference in the world? TechChange is excited to announce a summer fellowship program for recent graduates and rising college seniors. The fellowship will provide practical training in web development as well as a unique exposure to a range of applications and organizations using technology to tackle a variety of global challenges — from creating prosthetic limbs with a 3D printer to combating malaria with mobile devices.

As a fellow you will spend three months designing and implementing a web development project related to education, technology, and social good. TechChange staff will provide training, mentorship, and a series of events to support you in your process.

The fellowship also includes:

  • Training in Javascript (Node.js), PHP, Python, Django, Backbone.js, database management, and more
  • One-on-one mentorship with TechChange staff
  • Field trips to organizations working in technology and social change
  • An event series on a range of topics related to technology and social change
  • A $2,000 monthly stipend for 3 months
  • A round-trip plane ticket to DC from a location within the US
  • Support with job placement at the conclusion of the fellowship

Who we think will be a great fit:

You’re someone who could spend your summer working at a top tech company, but making a difference in the world is more important to you. You have a solid foundation in web development or object-oriented programming, but you’re looking to expand your skills and understand how they might be applied to projects that address disease, hunger, unemployment, poverty, natural disasters, and other pressing issues. You love to learn new things and challenge yourself. You wake up every day excited to be part of a creative, collaborative community that is building something meaningful. And you want to have a little fun along the way.

Read about the TechChange culture here

You must:

  • Be a current junior, senior, or a recent graduate
  • Have at least one year of experience in computer science or web development
  • Possess an interest in international relations, international development, humanitarian work, and social good
  • Be self-starting and willing to have a little fun too

It helps if you also have (but absolutely not required):

  • Proficiency in Node.js, Django, or PHP
  • Experience with Browserify/CommonJS patterns
  • Familiarity with Grunt, Gulp, or other build tools
  • Knowledge of NoSQL databases
  • Teaching or curriculum design experience

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Environmental Fellowship Program at Harvard University


image Credits : Havard

image Credits : Havard

Deadline: January 14, 2015

Location: Harvard University, USA.

The Harvard University Center for the Environment is awarding approximately six fellowships for the 2015 cohort. The Environmental Fellows will work for two years with Harvard faculty members in any school or department to create new knowledge while also strengthening connections across the University’s academic disciplines. Candidates with a doctorate or equivalent in any field are eligible, and they may propose research projects in any discipline. Applicants without a PhD may apply if they have studied in fields where the Ph.D. is not the typical terminal degree. The application deadline is January 14, 2015.

Study Subject: Fellowships are available in Environmental program to enable recent doctorate recipients to use and expand Harvard’s extraordinary resources to tackle complex environmental problems.
Course Level: Applicants with a doctorate or equivalent in any field are eligible, and they may propose research projects in any discipline. Applicants without a Ph.D. may apply if they have studied in fields where the Ph.D. is not the typical terminal degree. All successful candidates will be able to demonstrate experience performing scholarly research.


  • Candidates for 2015 Environmental Fellowships should have received their terminal degree between May 2011 and August 2015. (Fellows must have filed their dissertation before starting their appointment in September 2015.)
  • Candidates with a doctorate or equivalent in any field are eligible, and they may propose research projects in any discipline. Applicants without a Ph.D. may apply if they have studied in fields where the Ph.D. is not the typical terminal degree. All successful candidates will be able to demonstrate experience performing scholarly research.
  • Each candidate must secure a commitment from one or more Harvard faculty members to serve as a mentor and to provide office or lab space for the two-year fellowship.
  • Harvard is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The Center strongly encourages women and minorities to apply.
  • Candidates may have received their degrees at any university in the world. Foreign nationals are eligible for fellowships, though study at Harvard generally requires proficiency in English.
  • Candidates who received terminal degrees from Harvard, and post-docs currently working at Harvard are eligible for the fellowship provided their research and host arrangements take them in new directions and forge new connections within the University. Harvard candidates should not propose to continue to work with the same professors or lab groups with whom they are currently associated. No candidate should propose to work extensively with his or her thesis advisor.
  • Successful candidates should be prepared to commit to work at Harvard for the full two years of the fellowship. This fellowship requires residency in the Cambridge area and any fieldwork trip must be scheduled for the summer or January recess.

Scholarship Open for International Students: International Students can apply for this Fellowship.

The Harvard University Center for the Environment created the Environmental Fellows program to enable recent doctorate recipients to use and expand Harvard’s extraordinary resources to tackle complex environmental problems. The Environmental Fellows will work for two years with Harvard faculty members in any school or department to create new knowledge while also strengthening connections across the University’s academic disciplines.

Number of award: The Harvard University Center for the Environment expects to award approximately six fellowships for the 2015 cohort.
Duration of award: The duration of award is two years.

What does it cover? The fellowship will provide an annual stipend of $60,000, eligibility for health insurance, a $2,500 annual allowance for travel and professional expenses, and other employee benefits.

Selection criteria:

  • Applicant’s prior academic and professional success and his or her potential contribution to scholarship or practice
  • Project significance: the potential impact of the research project on scholarship at Harvard and on environmental problems
  • Diversity: The selection committee will select a group of fellows in 2015 who will complement those selected the previous year, creating a group of approximately 10 men and women with diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds and a diverse set of academic interests and skills. The ideal group would include fellows working with host faculty members at every one of Harvard’s professional schools and many of the departments overseen by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Recipients—and hosts—may include people with degrees in the sciences, economics, law, government, public policy, public health, medicine, design, and the full array of humanities. Their research topics will be equally varied.
  • Interdisciplinary research projects are encouraged, although this is not a requirement for the fellowship. Candidates with interests in a single discipline are encouraged to apply.
  • Host’s commitment: the host faculty member’s enthusiasm for the proposed project and fellow, the host’s ability to mentor the fellow, and his or her ability to provide office space and a productive work environment.
  • Notification: The Center will select a group of fellows and alternates by March 2015, and contact applicants with results at that time.

How to Apply:
Please complete the following form and attach the relevant supporting documents as PDFs:

  • curriculum vitae including list of publications;
  • detailed research proposal, maximum of five pages, references counted separately;
  • up to three publications/writing samples
  • Three letters of reference, including one from the applicant’s dissertation adviser.
  • A letter of support is also required from the applicant’s host committing to serve as a mentor and explaining his or her commitment to the proposed research, including the provision of office or lab space and any financial commitments.

 Please  Visit Official call  for more information


Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship for International students


Deadline: 15 January 2015
Open to: top students from non-EU/EEA countries
Scholarship:  €25,000 per year


The University of Amsterdam (UvA) offers a range of programmes that not only allows students to study the subject of their choice in depth, but also provides the opportunity for a multidisciplinary approach.

Teaching and research at the UvA are offered through seven faculties:

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences;
  • Faculty of Law;
  • Faculty of Humanities;
  • Faculty of Economics and Business;
  • Faculty of Science;
  • Faculty of Medicine;
  • Faculty of Dentistry (ACTA).

A prestigious new scholarship programme has recently been launched targeting exceptionally talented Master’s students from outside Europe. The UvA will award up to 15 of these scholarships annually.


Students from any discipline who graduated in the top 10% of their class may apply. Selection is on the basis of academic excellence, ambition and the relevance of the selected Master’s programme to a student’s future career. In order to apply you must:

  • Hold a non-EU/EEA passport and not be eligible for support under studiefinanciering, the Dutch system of study grants and loans
  • Be (provisionally) admitted to an English-taught Master’s degree programme at the University of Amsterdam


The Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship (AES) is a full scholarship of €25,000, covering tuition and living expenses for one academic year. There is the possibility of an extension for a second year for two-year Master’s programmes.


Applications will be accepted until 15 January 2015. Applications for the Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship (AES) are made through the admissions office of the faculties and graduate schools. More details about application procedure find HERE.

For further information visit the official website HERE.

MA Scholarships in Sustainable Energy Development for Developing Countries

Deadline: 6 March 2015
Open to: outstanding students from developing countries who plan to undertake a Master in areas directly related to sustainable energy development
 $23,000 per year


The Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership, based in Canada, is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes sustainable energy development through electricity sector projects and human capacity building activities in developing and emerging nations worldwide.

The Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership has had a long-standing commitment to education under the rubric of its capacity-building initiatives. In 2001, the Partnership reinforced this commitment by establishing the Education for Sustainable Energy Development (ESED) scholarship program to support outstanding students from developing countries pursuing advanced studies in sustainable energy development and to encourage meaningful contributions to the collective body of knowledge about this subject. The ESED program offers up to ten Masters level scholarships for a period of up to two years.


In order to be eligible applicants must:

  • be a citizen of a developing country or territory identified for official OECD development aid in the DAC list of ODA recipients effective as of 2010 (see list HERE);
  • have graduated among the top 20% of her/his class;
  • have chosen a study programme directly related to Sustainable Energy Development;
  • possess a letter of acceptance provided by an academic institution for the 2015-16 academic year, or is at least able to provide evidence that the academic institution of choice is considering the candidate’s application for admission.


Scholarships of US$ 23,000 per year for up to two years are offered for Masters level students.


In order to apply you must follow the next steps:

1. Create an account using the online ESED application system.
2. Fill in the required information.
3. Upload the required documents :

  • Passport or Birth certificate;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Copies of transcripts;
  • Admission or Deferral Letter;
  • Program Outline;
  • Academic Reference;
  • Personal Reference.

The deadline to apply is 6 March 2015.

For further information please visit the official website.

CERN Openlab Summer Student Programme

Credits: Cern

Image Credits: Cern

Deadline: 28 February 2015
Open to: Bachelor or Master students in Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics or Engineering
Fellowship: CHF 90 (EUR 75) per day, travel allowance, health insurance


CERN openlab was created in 2001 to tackle the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) computing, data and infrastructure challenges. This is a unique public-private partnership between CERN and leading ICT companies. Its mission is to accelerate the development of leading-edge solutions to be used by the worldwide LHC community.

By joining the CERN openlab Summer Student Programme, you will work with some of the latest hardware and software technologies and see how advanced IT solutions are used in high energy physics. During two full months corresponding to nine weeks you will have the opportunity to attend a series of lectures developed for the CERN openlab Summer Students, given by IT experts on advanced CERN-related topics. Included in the programme are also visits at the CERN facilities and experiments as well as other research laboratories and companies.

Possible dates of stay are:

  • 22 June to 21 August 2015
  • 29 June to 28 August 2015
  • 6 July to 4 September 2015


  • You must be a Bachelor or Master student in Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics or Engineering.
  • You have completed, by summer 2015, at least three years of full-time studies at university level.
  • You will remain registered as a student during your stay at CERN. If you expect to graduate during summer 2015, you are also eligible to apply.
  • You have not worked at CERN before (ie as a User or a Technical Student).
  • A good knowledge of English is mandatory; knowledge of French would be an advantage.


  • An allowance of  CHF 90 (EUR 75) per day during contractual dates
  • Travel allowance (on a lump sum basis)
  • Health insurance Scheme during your stay


Application deadline is 28 February 2015. Register and apply online HERE.

Required documents:

  • CV
  • At least one recommendation letter by university supervisor(s)
  • A motivation letter with an indication of the preferred area of work
  • University declaration for the current year

For more information read the official call HERE.