Professional Development (PD) Fellowship Program for East and Southern Africa

27 October 2008 | News story

Call for Applications for Fellowships in Environmental Assessment
Capacity Development and Linkages for Environmental Assessment in Africa (CLEAA) in partnership with IUCN East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO), with financial support from Swedish International development Agency (SIDA), is launching a fifth round of fellowships for promising environmental assessment professionals from East and Southern Africa. CLEAA works in partnership with various environmental assessment leaders nationally, regionally and globally, to promote and enhance Africa’s capacity in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), for better environmental governance and sustainable development.

The overall goal of the program is to enhance EIA capacity through learning-by-doing, and to strengthen professional environmental assessment networks in the regions. Up to eight PD opportunities will be awarded through competitive selection. The deadline for application will be on the 5th December 2008. Successful candidates only will be notified by 30th January 2009. 

Application Criteria
The program focuses on individuals with strong academic qualifications; relevant work experience and current employment in areas related to EA, but require more practical hands-on experience. Application is open to professionals working in governments, Non Government Organisations, industry, volunteer organisations, universities and local consulting firms from the Eastern and Southern Africa countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana, Malawi, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Swaziland and South Africa.

Applicants are requested to submit a curriculum vitae and a brief proposal on what the candidate is planning to undertake if s/he is selected as per the below guidelines:

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

1. Curriculum vitae must include:
a) Full names (Underline family name)
b) Contact information (fax, e-mail, telephone, mailing address)
c) Date and place of birth
d) Citizenship
e) English proficiency (spoken, written, reading)
f) Education
g) Current position and professional experience
h) Name, telephone, e-mail and mailing address of two referees who are familiar with your professional work.

2. Proposal (Write a short section addressing each item; address all items in not more than three pages in total)
a) Summarize your background, including academic credentials and language capabilities.
b) Discuss past and current responsibilities in relation to environmental management and development.
c) What experience do you have working as part of a team in a project?
d) What is your experience as an instructor and/or trainer (does not have to be specifically in the fields of EA or environmental in nature)
e) Explain how your participation in the PD Fellowship program will be accommodated by your current employment situation
f) Is there a particular EA project that you would like to join?
g) Is there any particular organisation undertaking EAs and is willing to act as a host that you would like to join? Explain your reasons and any possible plans for your attachment
h) Preferred location and duration of your PD experience?
i) Which specialized EA sub-filed(s) would you like practical training in?
j) Why would learning-by-doing training in these subfields, be of particular professional
value to you in your current position, and how do you plan to apply the knowledge and skills gained?
k) How would the proposed training enhance EA capacity in your country and in
East and Southern Africa as a whole?
l.) Provide an estimated budget, if possible.

The curriculum vitae and proposal should be sent, by email to both:

Mr. Abdulrahman S. Issa
IUCN Tanzania Country Office
P.O.Box 13513
Dar es Salaam 
Tanzania
Email: issa@iucn.or.tz 

Mr. Morgan Hauptfleisch
Southern Africa Institute for Environmental Assessment (SAIEA)
P.O.Box 6322 Ausspannplatz, Windhoek
Namibia
Email: morgan.hauptfleisch@saiea.com


Capacity Development and Linkages for Environmental
Assessment in Africa-CLEAA
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Call for expression of interest: Mentoring institutions for the professional development fellowship program in environmental impact assessment

Capacity Development and Linkages for Environmental Assessment in Africa (CLEAA) in partnership with IUCN East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO), with financial support from Swedish International development Agency (SIDA), is launching a fifth round of fellowships for promising environmental assessment professionals from East and Southern Africa. CLEAA works in partnership with various environmental assessment leaders nationally, regionally and globally, to promote and enhance Africa’s capacity in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), for better environmental governance and sustainable development.

The East and Southern Africa nodes of CLEAA will be launching Fifth round of its Professional Development (PD) fellowship program in 2008/09, and would like to extend an invitation to potential host institutions from Africa to partner with, in mentoring young promising Environmental Assessment (EA) professionals from East and Southern Africa. The placement period for fellowship program is 3 months between March and August 2009.

This round of PD programme for East and Southern Africa, will continue to facilitate “learning-by-doing” fellowships for promising African EA professionals throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. These fellowships, each sponsored to the tune of US$15,000, are the mechanism by which the programme will achieve its three objectives:

  • Provide practical EA training and experience for promising professionals;
  • Link these individuals to national, regional, and international EA professional networks; and
  • Strengthen regional EA networks in Africa.

The host institution is expected to mentor the PD fellow by placing the fellow in mentorship of an experienced EA professional, and attaching him/her to a team that is involved in an on-going EA project. It must be remembered that the fellow will be well versed in Environmental Practice, and will add value to the host institution.

The benefits of the Fellowship to the Fellow include the following:

  • Placement for 2-3 months in a mentored professional “EA practitioner” situation, with essential expenses covered by the Fellowship;
  • Invitation to key regional EA professional association meetings;
  • International travel costs, within negotiated limits, depending on the situation;
  • Regional and global exchange & learning
  • PD Fellows alumni;
  • Three-year memberships in the International Association of Impact Assessment and the EAAIA; and
  • A small honorarium to cover incidental expenses.


The benefits to the hosting institution include:

  • Opportunity to provide practical experience in EA to promising African professionals;
  • Expertise and assistance added to an EA team, at nominal expense to the host/mentor;
  • Regional and global exchange & learning;
  • Public/private sector alliance;
  • Enhanced visibility as leaders in provision of effective EA service; and
  • A desirable "convergence" of EA procedures.

Applications are welcome from host institutions in Africa. Please send in a short CV of the mentor including institution profile, a letter expressing your interest including a timetable of your institution’s proposed EA activities between March to August 2009. Please send your application by email to both:

Mr. Abdulrahman S. Issa
IUCN Tanzania Country Office
P.O.Box 13513
Dar es Salaam 
Tanzania
Email: issa@iucn.or.tz 

Mr. Morgan Hauptfleisch
Southern Africa Institute for Environmental Assessment (SAIEA)
P.O.Box 6322 Ausspannplatz, Windhoek
Namibia
Email: morgan.hauptfleisch@saiea.com