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March 2014


KNUST Hold Training Workshop for Staff and Students

The SNOWS group at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST organised a training workshop on 11th February 2014.

The workshop aimed to build the research capacity of postgraduate students and introduce academic staff to LaTeX, a document mark-up language and preparation system. LaTeX is used to enhance research write-up presentation including thesis and dissertations as well as articles for publication and other scholarly writings. It also produces high quality professional-looking documents.

About 4 senior academic within the Civil Engineering Department participated and a total of 60 postgraduate students from various faculties attended (See photos below). Participants were treated to a practical hands-on session with the writing software.  The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Andrew Nunekpeku a Lecturer at the Ghana Technology University College, Accra. He was assisted by Mr. Agbemenu, also a Lecturer at the Computer Science Department, KNUST.



September 2013


Opportunity for Emerging Scholars

The Global Water Forum has published its Award competition for 2013.  A broad view is being taken on their chosen topic of ‘Water Cooperation’ and there will be an opportunity to publish on the GWF website for the top ten finalists.  Applications close at midnight (GMT) on 18 November 2013 and full details can be found at the link http://www.globalwaterforum.org/awards/2013-emerging-scholars-award/


KNUST holds its successful 3rd Summer School

SNOWS Director Professor Samuel Nii Odai gave the welcome address at this important event which had the theme of ‘Repositioning KNUST as a Global Institution; Effective Research Management as a Tool’. 

Key messages from Professor Odai and Ms Heather Offhaus (a facilitator from the University of Michigan) emphasised the need for research that had impact in the global world but that was rooted in local communities and built the values and practices of those communities. 

Other key points were the need for responsibility and commitment to issues.  Professor Peter Donkor, Director of the Office of Grants and Research, KNUST also said that their institutional support for research at the university “was based on the fact that research was a stronger foundation for quality teaching and service to the community”.  http://www.knust.edu.gh/news/news-items/qapu-and-ogr-organize-3rd-summer-school


August 2013


Africa London Nagasaki Scholarship Fund for scientists in infectious disease research.

Four new scholarships are available for 2014 from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University, Japan.

Click HERE for more information about eligibility criteria and how to apply. Closing date is Friday 27th September 2013.



July 2013


Conference: Water and Sanitation in Africa and the Middle East

The African Academy of Sciences together with the World Academy of Sciences (Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa and the Regional Office for Arab countries), and the New Bibliotecha Alexandrina are hosting a conference on the 2nd and 3rd September 2013.

Speakers will be focusing on current challenges and solutions in water and sanitation delivery in Africa and the Middle East. Registration has opened and the closing date for submission of abstracts is 26th July. The conference is being held in Egypt at the Bibliotheca Alexandria.

Click HERE for the conference details and Call for Abstracts.



April 2013


Water and Sanitation Conference 27 - 30 May 2013

Closing Date for Submission of Abstracts - 15 April 2013 Closing Date for Registration

Early career scientists working in Africa have a fantastic opportunity to take part in a conference run specifically to foster young researchers in the Water, Sanitation and Health sector.

Hosted by the University of Venda as part of the SNOWS consortium the conference will offer the opportunity to listen to international WASH experts and to benefit from discussion with them about your work. To enable mentoring to be effective, numbers will be limited therefore early registration is suggested. Limited funding is available.

Details of the conference including instructions for application are available here.



February 2013


Conference for Early Career Scientists Working in Africa - May 2013

The first SNOWS annual conference for Post Doc, PhD and Masters Students will take place in Polokwane, South Africa from 27th to 30th May 2013. Students researching in the areas of Water, Sanitation, Environmental Health and Hygiene will be invited to submit proposals. The conference is being hosted by the University of Venda and organised on behalf of SNOWS by Professor Natasha Poteiter.

In order to provide a high level of feedback, participant numbers will be restricted to 18 early career researchers and up to 5 more senior researchers. All successful applicants will be expected to give a 20 minute presentation on their work in the sector. Feedback will be given by an internationally renowned panel of senior academics, who will also provide support and mentoring.

This event is a unique opportunity to receive high level capacity development for your research skills within a sector specific environment.

Researchers come from one of the SNOWS consortium institutions and submit a successful application, will have their travel costs funded in full. There will also be a limited number of travel bursaries for successful researchers from other African institutions.


Further information will be available on this website in early March.



November 2012


World Toilet Day – 19th November

One of the activities celebrating World Toilet Day 2012 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine was a ‘Guess the Country’ competition. Photographs of toilets taken from LSHTM projects around the world were used to prepare two competitions running from 19th – 25th November and from 26th November – 2nd December. As part of LSHTM’s Environmental Health Group, SNOWS members supplied some superb photographs.

Competition forms are available at the exhibition, so if you are passing through London, visit the LSHTM Sanitation Ventures Exhibition where you will find the competition panels. The person guessing the greatest number of countries correctly will receive a one year subscription to the John Snow Society. It will be the 200th anniversary of John Snow’s birth in 2013.


Advance Notice - SNOWS Science Conference 2013 – University of Venda, South Africa

The first SNOWS science conference will be taking place in Venda during the last week of May 2013. UniVen will be able to offer the SNOWS delegates an excellent range of facilities on an extensive campus. This should prove to be an exciting addition to the consortium’s activities.



October 2012


Water Point Mapping

The Water Point Mapping Activity has been designed to give the SNOWS partners a common project to work on individually or together. It offers research opportunities for Masters level environmental health, and water supply and environmental sanitation students the chance to gain experience in field-based research on an international project linked to WaterAid.

Training was completed in October for team members at the Universities of Tshwane and Venda both in South Africa, and Mbarara, Uganda. Work was also carried out on database design of the historical component of the project for Tshwane.

Over 200 water points have been recorded so far by KNUST in Ghana principally in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality. Egerton University only have sites in the Njoro district to record in order to complete their assignment and Mbarara University in Uganda was able to get their data collection started at the end of October.


Training – Research Management

Egerton University held the SNOWS Research Management training course in the first week of October. This three day course (certificated by the university) was attended by 30 members of staff.

Due to the huge success of the course, another will be held in 2013 with additional topics such as research conflict management.


MRC/DFID African Research Leader scheme 2013

The UK Medical Research Council and the UK Department for International Development have announced a call for proposals. The prestigious African Research Leader awards is a scheme jointly funded by the MRC/ DFID to strengthen research leadership across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). It aims to achieve this by attracting and retaining exceptionally talented individuals who will lead high quality programmes of research on key global health issues pertinent to SSA.

Applicants for the scheme should be supported by an enthusiastic research environment in their own institution and by a strong linkage with a UK partner.

Read more here


SNOWS Fourth Year

As the SNOWS consortium moves into its fourth year a number of changes have taken place. In the lead institution of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology in Kumasi, Professor Samuel Nii Odai takes over as Director of SNOWS from Professor Mrs Esi Awuah, who we are proud to announce was appointed earlier this year to the position of Vice Chancellor for the new University of Energy and Natural Resources in Sunyani, Ghana. It is hoped that there will be opportunities in the future to forge links with this new institution.

During his first presentation to a recent Wellcome Trust African Initiative Directors' meeting, Professor Odai spoke of the opportunities provided by the partnership of African and Northern universities with the Wellcome Trust. In this video Professor Odai describes SNOWS aims and some of the multidisciplinary approaches to health and sanitation within the consortium.

The SNOWS consortium is part of the Wellcome Trust's African Initiative.





July 2012


Right to Sanitation

The UK government has issued a statement declaring sanitation as a human right under international law. Furthermore, it has committed to a new water, sanitation and hygiene target of reaching at least 60 million people by 2015.

The Environmental Health Group focuses on identifying and solving the basic problems of water, sanitation and hygiene in developing countries and works through its many projects in contributing towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals set in this sector for 2015.

Read more here



June


Draft Report for the First Financial Management Training for Sub-awardees 11 – 13 April 2011 in Kumasi, Ghana.

The workshop was officially opened by Professor Esi Awuah (Director of SNOWS), while Prince Antwi-Agyei (Project Manager) gave an overview of SNOWS and the progress made thus far. Some of the other presenters were Edward Muchiri from Egerton University, Kenya and Suglo Abdullai (Lead Finance Officer and Main Facilitator) from KNUST, Kenya. The purpose of the workshop was to support all the sub-awardee finance persons and their coordinators in the Wellcome Trust Financial Management systems (conditions, budgeting and reporting). To read the draft report, of the training go to the Resources page.


Narrative report of the SNOWS qualitative indicator reporting template – year 1.

Thanks to all SNOWS partners for their efforts in completing this report. The report covers the three areas of

  1. Capacity strengthening in scientific skills and career prospects
  2. Capacity strengthening in research governance, management and administration
  3. Strengthening physical and ICT infrastructure

The report can be downloaded from the Resources page.


Quarterly Period 1 Narrative

The questions for the narrative reporting were:

  • Provide a descriptive summary of the major activities and progress of your consortium over the past quarter
  • Provide a descriptive summary of the major successes of your consortium over the past quarter and how and why they were realized. What has worked particularly well and why?
  • Provide a descriptive summary of the major challenges experienced by your consortium over the past quarter and who and why they have been experienced. What has not worked quite according to plan? How will this be addressed?
  • What are your priorities over the next three months?
  • Summarise major networking, communication and dissemination activities related to your consortium activity, over the last three months (a) within the consortium (b) with other consortia (c) with external bodies?
  • Summarise efforts and/or major contributions to capacity-building at the institutional level in member institutions in your consortium
  • Provide feedback on your consortium’s engagements with the Wellcome Trust over the past quarter. In particular provide on:
    1. The types of interactions you have had (eg meetings, email, telephone, informal discussions at conferences), for what purposes and between whom
    2. Their usefulness and impacts for your consortium.

The narrative report can be downloaded from the Resources page.



May

Wellcome Trust Advert

We are inviting world-class researchers tackling ambitious research that aims to understand and control diseases affecting human or animal health to apply for Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

These awards support outstanding researchers in establishing themselves as leading investigators at academic institutions in low- and middle-income countries.

The Senior Fellowship is the most prestigious of our public health and tropical medicine awards, which aim to build sustainable capacity in academic institutions in low- and middle-income countries.

The deadline for preliminary applications is 10 June 2011.

Find out more.



March


Seminars

Department of Pathogen Molecular Biology: "Exploring the role of the PE/PPE Proteins of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in Host-Pathogen Interactions" by Dr Samantha Sampson, Dept of Medicine, Imperial College London. Hosted by Dr Richard Stabler.

Thursday, 24th March at 12:45 pm. Bennett Room, Keppel Street


Student News


New PhD Students

  • Mirza Lalani, CRD (Supervisor Harpakash Kaur)
  • Jennifer Smith, DCD (Supervisor Simon Brooker)

PhD Award:

  • Mishal Khan, CRD (Supervisor Peter Godfrey Faussett)

Thesis: Why do some regions report more cases of TB in women than men? Investigating gender differences in notifications across Pakistan.


PhD Positions:

Please find attached opportunity for 4 PhD positions (Tanzanian or other East African students for these PhDs) with Ifakara Health Institute (in the areas of health policy, evidence, community and health systems), in collaboration with the Dutch Royal Tropical Institute, University of Groningen, and the VU University Amsterdam.

Full details are attached. Deadline for submitting an application + short proposal = 29 March.

Interviews will be held in Dar es Salaam in the week of 11-15 April.


Forthcoming Events


RESEARCH EXCELLENCE FRAMEWORK: Assessment of Impact

  • Monday, 28th March 2011, 12:30 pm. John Snow Lecturer Theatre
  • Friday, 8th April 2011- Memorial meeting to commemorate the life of Nigel Hill.
  • Thursday, 30th June 2011 - Faculty meeting, Poster session and Summer party.

Global Infectious Disease Research: A Multidisciplinary Approach

The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology promotes research and training into molecular biology and biotechnology. It is part of the United Nations System with bases in India, South Africa and Italy. From 4th – 10th September, the Centre will be running a course on Global Infectious Disease Research in Cape Town, South Africa. For further information visit their website.


World Conference of Science Journalists, Cairo - 28 June 2011, 9am – 5pm

This will be an all-day event. The aim is to improve media coverage of African science mostly in the areas of science and medicine, by making available objective training and the opportunity for press officers from African research institutes to network. This conference will make the most of the best press officers and journalists to give advice. There will be discussions and networking opportunities ideally designed to the African conditions. New resources might also be considered if for the development and support of this community. For more information.


The Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene 2011

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) have announced details of this year’s Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene 2011, to be arranged in Mumbai, India, from 9-14 October of this year. The event is an important platform to discuss and promote sanitation and hygiene issues which affect billions of people.

This year’s aims are to facilitate learning and sharing between WSSCC members, sector professionals and policymakers and also to energize professional communities. It will showcase knowledge, investment, communications, advocacy, partnership and networking approaches and strengthen national, regional, South-South and global dialogue and collaboration.

For more information visit WSCC’s website.



Vacancy

The Water Integrity Network Secretariat hosted by Transparency International in Berlin is looking for a highly motivated professional for the position of:

Senior Programme Coordinator of Country and Regional Activities (focus on West Africa) & Capacity Development Programmes


Background:

The Water Integrity Network (WIN) is an action oriented coalition of individuals and organizations from all stakeholder groups that are able and willing to support the cause of increasing Water Integrity (WI) benefiting poor people in helping to prevent or reduce corruption across the water sector. The overall objectives of WIN are (1) Promoting pro-poor WI practice to prevent and/or reduce corruption in the water sector, and (2) Building coalitions at local, regional and global levels to jointly improve WI.

The WIN Secretariat is a lean entity relying on the expertise of its members and partners, including the International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC), The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Transparency International (TI), the Water and Sanitation Program – Africa (WSP), the Global Water Partnership, Cap-Net and other international, regional and local organizations.

Since WIN began scaling-up work in selected countries in Africa in 2009, three West African country coalitions are in different stages of progress in Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin. These also belong to a regional initiative for shared-learning, advocacy and capacity development. Gradual expansion of initiatives may lead to work in Senegal, Ghana and Cameroon. WIN is also active in Latin America, Asia and other parts of Africa. WIN is currently in the process of adjusting its Strategic Framework for Action.

  • Job level: Senior Programme Coordinator (SPC)
  • Main function: Coordinator of Country and Regional Activities (initial focus on West Africa) & Capacity Development Programmes
  • Reporting lines: Reports to WIN Director
  • Contract: Fulltime, 2 years, with possibility of extension
  • Starting date: May 1st 2011
  • Location: Berlin, Germany

Job Description:

WIN is seeking a Senior Programme Coordinator (SPC) for Country and Regional Activities (initial focus on Francophone Africa) & Capacity Development Programmes to continue supporting existing initiatives and build on what has been achieved so far. The successful candidate would spend approximately one (1) month working side-by-side with the out-going team member to ensure continuity and an efficient learning-curve. The SPC will be responsible for leading WIN’s initiatives in West Africa; coordinating WIN’s strategic contribution to capacity development programmes for WI globally; and collaborating with WIN colleagues on other projects.

(50%) Supporting country-programmes and regional initiatives in West Africa, including responsibilities related to the following:

  • National action plans; Country-level funding sources; WI diagnostic scans and studies; National and regional advocacy plans; Dialogue and partnership workshops;
  • Strategic dialog with high-level actors from local government, private sector and civil society, as well as international institutions, in order to maintain strong relationships and commitment to WIN’s objectives;
  • Supporting proposal development for country or regionally based activities, including thematic programmes (i.e. benchmarking integrity of water and sanitation utilities);
  • Exploration of further new country initiatives as appropriate;

(30%) Coordinating WIN contributions to capacity development programmes globally, including responsibilities related to the following:

  • Overarching strategy for WI capacity development;
  • Materials and tools, with the assistance of partners and consultants as required;
  • National and regional capacity development programmes and events:
  • Programme proposals (w/ partners); Ensuring link to action and impact; Event planning and logistics;
  • Piloting non-training forms of capacity development (i.e. technical advisory partnerships, twinning, online learning forums, etc.);
  • Event facilitation as required and appropriate (again, w/ partners and consultants to maximise effectiveness and efficiency);
  • Coordination with WIN colleagues responsible for work in other regions, or for cross-cutting programmes such as communications and monitoring.

(20%) Other

  • Supporting other WIN-S activities, including research, writing, outreach and partnership brokering, representing WIN at international conferences, fundraising, strategic planning and evaluation processes.
  • Administrative responsibilities related to duties; and
  • Advising the WIN manager and WIN members on issues in her/his areas of responsibility

The position involves international travel in the order of 2 months per year.


Required Experience, profile, education and skills:

  • Several years of relevant work experience;
  • Working experience in Africa (or liaising with partners in Africa) and at least one long-term assignment (2+years) based in a developing country;
  • Minimum of a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in water management, environmental governance or economics, or a related discipline;
  • Specific experience working with one or more water sub-sectors;
  • Knowledge of good-governance principles and familiarity with anti-corruption tools;
  • Fluency in French and English required;
  • Other languages advantageous (emphasis on Portuguese, Spanish or Arabic);
  • Strong work ethic, self motivated entrepreneurial attitude, ability to prioritise, adaptability;
  • Professionally driven by integrity values and principles.

Experience relevant to the duties of the position, relating to:

  • Strategic planning and process facilitation
  • Developing cooperation with partner organisations for advocacy and capacity development;
  • Facilitating workshops and developing training materials (Strong knowledge of adult learning methods and a pedagogy background advantageous);
  • Supporting and/or designing advocacy plans, facilitating dialogue and consultation workshops;
  • Working with complex and highly sensitive issues;
  • Working effectively with civil society, public and private sectors, and international institutions;
  • Writing proposals and reports, working with logical frameworks;
  • Advantageous: Experience supporting national diagnostic processes or establishing benchmarking frameworks.

WIN and TI Secretariat reserve the right to appoint to another staff level subject to education and qualifications.


Other information about the post and duty station:

WIN and TI global networks offer an inspiring work environment with real learning opportunities and support. Berlin is an attractive metropolitan city with relatively low cost of living.


To apply:

Qualified candidates should submit via email a cover letter and CV to:

winspcjob@transparency.org

The subject line should include your full name and the job title. The closing date for applications is 6 March 2011.

Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted. Transparency International and WIN are equal opportunity employers.

To learn more about WIN and Transparency International, visit Water Integrity Network and Transparency.



African Institutions Initiative

The AfricanSNOWS project has been successful in obtaining funding from The Wellcome Trust's African Institutions Initiative, a fund to tackle Africa's need for more scientists.

The Trust states that "African countries need a mass of talented local researchers - and an infrastructure to support them. The Wellcome Trust's African Institutions Initiative is providing a platform for this.

The £30 million Initiative is funding seven African-led international consortia - involving over 50 scientific institutions from 18 African countries - to strengthen research capacity and develop scientific leadership for the region." See the Wellcome Trust's web page for more information about the projects involved.



New Web site

The new African SNOWS web site is now live. We welcome your comments on the site and look forward to making more information available to you!

 

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