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Job Opportunity: Henry Arnhold Fellows Program – Mulago Foundation

Oct 19, 17
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The Mulago Foundation is now accepting nominations for the Henry Arnhold Fellows Program!

Background

The Mulago Foundation identifies ~8 social entrepreneurs in conservation and equip them with tools to (1) design high-impact scalable models for better, faster conservation outcomes; and, (2) build the organizations to deliver them at scale. The one-year fellowship is a mix of an award ($100,000 unrestricted) as well as support, mentorship and connections.

The Annual Design Course

The Fellow’s course, held 6-9 June 2018, brings Fellows and faculty together for an intensive week to work on design for maximum impact and scalability. Held in a retreat center on the coast in Bolinas, California, the course gives Fellows the rare opportunity to focus completely on their ideas and a systematic way to apply them.

For more information on qualifications and the nomination process, please click here.

You can send nominations to conservation@mulagofoundation.org.

Announcement for DV-2019 Entrants

Oct 19, 17
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Dear Diversity Visa Program entrant:

Please check www.dvlottery.state.gov for an important announcement regarding your Diversity Visa Program entry.

Remember, only internet sites that end with the “.gov” domain suffix are official U.S. government websites.  Many other websites (e.g., with the suffixes “.com,” “.org,” or “.net”) provide immigration and visa-related information and services.  The Department of State does not endorse, recommend, or sponsor any information or material on these other websites.  The Department of State, KCC, or any other U.S. government entity will never ask you to send money via email or request that you reply with personal information.  The only fee associated with the DV program will be paid at the time of your interview.

U.S. Department of State.

Master’s Degree Scholarship Opportunity for Students from Sub-Saharan Africa

Oct 19, 17
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SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA SCHOLARSHIPGlobal Human Development Logo

Scholarship Opportunity for Students from Sub-Saharan Africa

The Global Human Development Program (GHD) at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service is excited to announce a full tuition scholarship for a master’s-level student from sub-Saharan Africa, made possible through the generous support of the William and Catherine McGurn Family.

The Global Human Development Program is a two year, full-time master’s degree that encompasses an innovative skills-based curriculum with built-in opportunities for experiential learning. The curriculum covers core courses including the economics of development, international political economy, program design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, finance and budgeting, and management.

In addition to the curriculum, students apply the skills and knowledge they are learning in the classroom to three different professional work experiences: the summer field project (a fully-funded 2-3 month international work placement); an internship at a relevant Washington DC-based international development organization/agency for at least one academic semester; and the capstone project (a two-semester client engagement project emphasizing project management and analysis).

As GHD is a practitioner-focused program, competitive applicants must have at least two years of experience working in international development or a related field. All applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree prior to proposed enrollment.

To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must submit all required application materials:

  • Online application
  • Personal statement
  • Supplemental data sheet
  • Official transcripts and test scores (GREs and TOEFL/IELTS)
  • Three letters of recommendation

The scholarship will be awarded based on the overall strength of the application. The deadline for admission is January 15.

1 PhD Position in chemical clues and insect attack research, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany

Jun 09, 17
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The Centre of Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Use at the Georg-August-University Göttingen in Germany, is currently inviting applications for

1 PhD Position in chemical clues and insect attack research (65 % E 13 TV-L)

 

within the new Research Training Group (RTG) 2300 ‘Enrichment of European beech forests with conifers: impacts of functional traits on ecosystem functioning’, starting on October 1, 2017. The position is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for 3 years.

The highly interdisciplinary Research Training Group addresses ecosystem functioning of mixed forests. One possibility to meet the challenge of contrasting societal demands in forest management may be to establish mixed forest stands composed of locally occurring native tree species and highly productive tree species growing outside of their native range. Here we focus on European temperate forests. In more detail European beech forests and mixtures of European beech (Fagus sylvatica, native in Europe) and Norway spruce (Picea abies, native in Europe) and European beech and Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii, non-native in Europe) will be studied. It is hypothesized that mixtures of European beech with conifers show higher functional diversity than pure European beech stands, resulting in changing ecosystem functioning.

The Research Training Group offers an aspiring academic environment of joint supervision and a structured study program, consisting of methodologically oriented interdisciplinary research seminars, skills courses, as well as including a career enhancement program for female PhD students. It involves working groups from silviculture and forest botany, plant ecology, soil sciences, animal ecology, zoology and wildlife sciences, forest modelling and spatial and temporal statistics. For more information, please visit www.uni- goettingen.de/rtg2300. The advertised position is located in the forest zoology group of Prof. Dr. Stefan Schütz (www.uni-goettingen.de/en/67062.html).

The subproject to the RTG is entitled ‘Chemical clues and insect attack in mixed versus pure stands’. The goal of this subproject is to characterize the impact of environmental conditions on the response trait “VOC pattern” of single trees and the resulting effect trait “semiochemical diversity” for attraction of and colonization by herbivorous insects in pure and mixed stands.

By the time of appointment, the successful candidate will already have completed a very good M.Sc. degree (minimum 2.0 on the German grade scale or equivalent) in natural sciences, forest sciences, or a related field with skills/knowledge in ecological concepts, statistics, chemical ecology and ecological fieldwork. Fluency in English is required, as well as the willingness of foreign applicants to learn some German.

The Georg-August-University is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. Further, the University firmly intends to raise the number of disabled persons in its employment. In the case of equally qualified applicants, disabled persons will be preferentially considered.

To apply for this position, please upload your application via the online application site https://s-lotus.gwdg.de/uni/uzbl/rtg2300.nsf/job_applications. Further application details are available on that webpage. The closing date for applications is June 30, 2017.

Contact: provisional coordinator Prof. Dr. Michael Bredemeier (coordination.rtg2300@uni-goettingen.de)

PhD position in seedling development research at Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany

Jun 09, 17
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The Centre of Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Use at the Georg-August-University Göttingen in Germany, is currently inviting applications for

1 PhD position in seedling development research (65% E 13 TVL)

 

within the new Research Training Group (RTG) 2300 ‘Enrichment of European beech forests with conifers: impacts of functional traits on ecosystem functioning’, starting on October 1, 2017. The position is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for 3 years.

The highly interdisciplinary Research Training Group addresses ecosystem functioning of mixed forests. One possibility to meet the challenge of contrasting societal demands in forest management may be to establish mixed forest stands composed of locally occurring native tree species and highly productive tree species growing outside of their native range. Here we focus on European temperate forests. In more detail European beech forests and mixtures of European beech (Fagus sylvatica, native in Europe) and Norway spruce (Picea abies, native in Europe) and European beech and Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii, non-native in Europe) will be studied. It is hypothesized that mixtures of European beech with conifers show higher functional diversity than pure European beech stands, resulting in changing ecosystem functioning.

The Research Training Group offers an aspiring academic environment of joint supervision and a structured study program, consisting of methodologically oriented interdisciplinary research seminars, skills courses, as well as including a career enhancement program for female PhD students. It involves working groups from silviculture and forest botany, plant ecology, soil sciences, animal ecology, zoology and wildlife sciences, forest modelling and spatial and temporal statistics. For more information, please visit www.uni- goettingen.de/rtg2300. The advertised position is located in the forest structure and forest regeneration   group   of   Dr.   Peter   Annighöfer   (http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/96047.html).

The subproject of the RTG is titled ‘Resource availability and seedling establishment’. The main goal of this subproject is to quantitatively assess the impact of mature tree species composition and density, and of soil properties on tree seedling establishment, growth and biomass partitioning, i.e. studying indicative response traits of the seedlings to a varying above- and belowground resource availability.

By the time of appointment, the successful candidate will already have completed a very good M.Sc. degree (minimum 2.0 on the German grade scale or equivalent) in ecological sciences, biological sciences, forest sciences, or a related field with skills/knowledge in ecological concepts, statistics, programming and ecological fieldwork. Fluency in English is required, as well as the willingness of foreign applicants to learn some German.

The Georg-August-University is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. Further, the University firmly intends to raise the number of disabled persons in its employment. In the case of equally qualified applicants, disabled persons will be preferentially considered.

To apply for this position, please upload your application via the online application site https://s-lotus.gwdg.de/uni/uzbl/rtg2300.nsf/job_applications. Further application details are available on that webpage. The closing date for applications is June 30, 2017.

Contact: provisional coordinator Prof. Dr. Michael Bredemeier (coordination.rtg2300@uni-goettingen.de)

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1 PhD Position in tree drought tolerance Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany

Jun 09, 17
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The Centre of Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Use at the Georg-August-University Göttingen in Germany, is currently inviting applications for

1 PhD Position in tree drought tolerance (65 % E 13 TV-L)

within the new Research Training Group (RTG) 2300 ‘Enrichment of European beech forests with conifers: impacts of functional traits on ecosystem functioning’, starting on October 1, 2017. The position is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for 3 years.

The highly interdisciplinary Research Training Group addresses ecosystem functioning of mixed forests. One possibility to meet the challenge of contrasting societal demands in forest management may be to establish mixed forest stands composed of locally occurring native tree species and highly productive tree species growing outside of their native range. Here we focus on European temperate forests. In more detail European beech forests and mixtures of European beech (Fagus sylvatica, native in Europe) and Norway spruce (Picea abies, native in Europe) and European beech and Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii, non-native in Europe) will be studied. It is hypothesized that mixtures of European beech with conifers show higher functional diversity than pure European beech stands, resulting in changing ecosystem functioning.

The Research Training Group offers an aspiring academic environment of joint supervision and a structured study program, consisting of methodologically oriented interdisciplinary research seminars, skills courses, as well as including a career enhancement program for female PhD students. It involves working groups from silviculture and forest botany, plant ecology, soil sciences, animal ecology, zoology and wildlife sciences, forest modelling and spatial and temporal statistics. For more information, please visit www.uni- goettingen.de/rtg2300. The advertised position is located in the Plant Ecology and Ecosystems Research group of Prof. Dr. Christoph Leuschner (http://www.uni- goettingen.de/en/71395.html).

The subproject to the RTG is entitled ‘Drought tolerance mechanisms of Douglas-fir, Norway spruce, and European beech in mixed and pure stands’. The aim of the study is to compare mature trees and stands of Douglas-fir, beech, and Norway spruce with respect to important traits that determine hydraulic architecture, water consumption, drought tolerance, and the isohydric/anisohydric water status regulation.

By the time of appointment, the successful candidate will already have completed a very good M.Sc. degree (minimum 2.0 on the German grade scale or equivalent) in ecological sciences, biological sciences, forest sciences, or a related field with skills/knowledge in ecological concepts, tree hydraulic and plant water status measurements, statistics, programming and ecological fieldwork. Fluency in English is required, as well as the willingness of foreign applicants to learn some German.

The Georg-August-University is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. Further, the

University firmly intends to raise the number of disabled persons in its employment. In the case of equally qualified applicants, disabled persons will be preferentially considered.

To apply for this position, please upload your application via the online application site https://s-lotus.gwdg.de/uni/uzbl/rtg2300.nsf/job_applications. Further application details are available on that webpage. The closing date for applications is June 30, 2017.

Contact: provisional coordinator Prof. Dr. Michael Bredemeier (coordination.rtg2300@uni-goettingen.de)

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Call for Applications: Residential Program Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa Cohort 10 & Cohort 11

Jun 06, 17
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The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The YALI Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa (RLC SA) is hosted by the University of South Africa at the Graduate School of Business Leadership in Midrand, South Africa. The RLC SA aims to create critical thinkers who can solve complex, multidisciplinary problems; foster entrepreneurial and innovative thinking; and encourage cross-border communication and multicultural collaboration. The RLC SA develops the skills of young African leaders by providing core training in contemporary African issues, as well as specialized training in three key areas: Business and Entrepreneurship; Civic Leadership and Public Management.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Age (18-35)
  • Demonstrated commitment to positively impact their communities, countries, and the African continent
  • Proven experience and track record in Public Management, Business and Entrepreneurship, or Civic Leadership
  • Citizen of: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
  • Ability to commit to a four-week residential training program
  • English language proficiency

The program encourages applications from:

  • Rural based and economically disadvantaged young leaders
  • Young leaders living with disabilities
  • Women
  • People who are HIV positive or who are living with AIDS
  • Individuals that represent and advocate for the rights of LGBTIQ communities across the region
  • Other minority groups

There is no fee to apply for or attend the program. Successful applicants will be provided round-trip transportation to the program, lodging, meals, and course materials. All other costs will be at the participant’s expense.

Applications for Cohort 10 & 11 are open until 23 June 2017 (23:59, South Africa Time Zone). The program is residential and requires a commitment to attend all sessions, Cohort 10 from 25 September – 20 October, 2017 and Cohort 11 from 6 November – 1 December, 2017. Following the residential program, there is an online project component for three weeks.

To apply, visit the YALI RLC SA website: https://yalisouthernafrica.melimu.com/ For assistance contact: Bento Marcos, Head of Recruitment and Selection, YALI Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa Tel: +27 11 652 0334; E-mail: marcobg@unisa.ac.za or yalirlcsa@unisa.ac.za

World Bank Young Professionals Program (YPP) 2018

Jun 06, 17
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The application for the 2018 Selection Process for the Young Professionals Program will open from June 14 – July 28, 2017.

Eligibility

Program Features

Selection Cycle

Application Process

The Young Professionals Program (YPP) is a starting point for an exciting career at the World Bank Group.

It is a unique opportunity for younger talent who have both a passion for international development and the leadership potential to grow in fascinating top technical and managerial roles in the World Bank Group (WBG). The program is designed for highly qualified and motivated individuals skilled in areas relevant to WBG technical/operations such as economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, agriculture, natural resources and others.

To be competitive for this highly selective program, candidates need to demonstrate a commitment to development, proven academic success, professional achievement, and leadership capability.

We value diversity in our workplace and encourage qualified men and women with diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds to apply. Since its inception, the YP program has hired over 1,700 people who hold or have held positions ranging from entry-level to vice presidents and managing directors. It is a unique opportunity to experience development and gain exposure to the World Bank’s operations and policies.

Every year, around 40 applicants are accepted into the program. Young Professionals are offered a five-year renewable term contract, spend 24 months in a structured development program, and enjoy a variety of benefits and opportunities.

Eligibility

Minimum Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements to be eligible for the Young Professionals Program.

  • Citizenship of a member country of the World Bank Group
  • Be born on or after October 1, 1985
  • A PhD or Master’s degree and relevant work experience
  • Fluency in English
  • Full proficiency in one or more of the WBG’s working languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish is desired but not required
  • Specialization in a field relevant to the WBG Technical/Operations such as economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, agriculture, natural resources, and others
  • At least three years of relevant professional experience related to development or continued academic study at the doctoral level

Additional Qualifications

To be competitive for the limited number of positions, a combination of the following credentials is highly desirable:

  • Display a commitment and passion for international development
  • Possess outstanding academic credentials
  • Exhibit excellent client engagement and team leadership skills
  • Have international development country experience
  • Be motivated to relocate and undertake country assignments

Program Features

Professional Experience

Young Professionals are expected to make significant contributions toward their unit’s work program while they gain a broad overview of the WBG’s policies and work. As part of their two-year program and in line with their units’ business needs and Young Professionals’ interests, they are expected to undertake a business driven “stretch/exposure assignment” where they will gain valuable on-the-job experience.

Field Work

Young Professionals in the Operations stream are likely to join colleagues on field business trips, also called ‘missions,’ in developing countries. These missions present invaluable opportunities for Young Professionals to experience firsthand the challenges of global development, understand key aspects of our work, and get exposed to WBG’s clients and their problems.

Training

A comprehensive development curriculum has been designed to ensure that YPs develop a WBG mindset, quickly gain the foundational learning needed to understand and contribute to the WBG, and build the competencies required at an officer’s level: collaboration, leadership, integrative thinking, and innovation skills, while strengthening a culture of continuous learning.

The curriculum includes a blend of learning activities in a WBG cohort, small groups or individually, ranging from on-boarding activities, e-learning, cohort discussions with WBG leaders, leadership training, to career development conversations, and networking opportunities.

Coaching and Mentoring

YP Buddy: Before they join, Young Professionals are assigned a YP buddy from the previous year’s group, based on their professional interests and cultural background. YP buddies help new recruits to better settle in the new organization and location, as well as to understand the expectations and challenges of the program.
Technical Buddy: In their hiring units and within the YP’s first week, an experienced colleague is assigned as a “go-to person” to answer technical questions in their fields.
WBG Mentor: In their second year, once they have settled into their jobs, Young Professionals are offered a mentor—a technical senior colleague—with whom they can discuss career options, “stretch/exposure” assignment opportunities, and gain insight into the organizational culture.
Peer-Coaching Groups: At several points during the year, Young Professionals meet in small subsets of their cohort to exchange—in a safe, intimate, and virtual format—some of the challenges they are facing and receive coaching from their peers, sometimes accompanied by an executive coach or an HR professional.
Youth Program Team: The Youth Program Team is dedicated to recruiting and helping integrate Young Professionals into the WBG. It coordinates activities designed to support YPs, including mentoring and guidance, helping formulate career strategies, and others. The Youth Program Team is a one-stop shop for Young Professionals looking for support and guidance.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary: As an entry-level professional in the WBG, Young Professionals are offered an internationally competitive salary, based on their education and professional experience.
Health, Life, Accident, and Other Insurance Programs: Young Professionals and their families (including declared domestic partners) may choose from three comprehensive medical/dental benefit plans. The WBG also provides basic life and accident insurance to all staff at no cost, and staff can elect optional life and accident insurance plans. The WBG provides disability and workers’ compensation coverage to staff at no cost.
Pension Plan: The WBG sponsors a comprehensive pension plan for eligible staff. Upon separation from the WBG, either a lump sum or a pension will become payable to the staff based on eligibility.
Relocation Benefits: These benefits are only applicable to staff who are not residents of the greater Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area at the time of appointment.
Relocation Travel: The World Bank will bear the cost of one-way transportation of staff and immediate dependent family from the staff member’s residence.
Relocation Shipment: You may choose to have the World Bank handle your shipping arrangements or you may elect the Optional Shipment Grant.
Relocation Grant: A one-time grant is included in the first paycheck to cover the cost of relocation.
Mobility Premium: A financial benefit is provided for a fixed period to cover expenses associated with being an expatriate staff member, based on family size and nationality. This benefit is not available for U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents who are based in Washington, DC.
Tax Allowance: U.S. staff receive an additional quarterly payment to cover the federal, state, and local income tax liabilities on their World Bank Group income. Expatriates and U.S. permanent residents do not incur U.S. income tax liability and are thus not eligible for this benefit.
Financial Assistance: The World Bank Group offers several financial assistance programs, including a two-year interest-free settling-in loan to those who relocate upon appointment.

Selection Cycle

Competition is keen. We receive thousands of applications for a limited number of positions. Most candidates exceed the minimum criteria.

Timeline

  • June–September: Review of applications to ensure that candidates meet the eligibility criteria. Update of status to all candidates (candidates moving to the second round and those who are not moving forward)
  • October: Technical review of second round candidates. This review takes a closer look into the application packages and determines those candidates who will be selected for interviews
  • mid-November–late December: Status update to candidates (those invited to interviews and those who are not moving forward). Interviews are scheduled at WBG headquarters in Washington, D.C., USA and our office in Paris, France
  • December–January: YPP interviews: learn more about the YPP interview process
  • February: Decisions and offers are communicated
  • September: New YP cohorts start

YPP Interviews

Evaluation Criteria

We assess candidates based on three main competencies:

Client Orientation

– Commitment to Clients

– Results Orientation

– Integrity and Ethics

Professional Expertise

– Technical Expertise (Depth & Breadth)

– Strategic Perspective

– Problem Analysis

Team Leadership

– Teamwork

– Listening and Communication

– Innovation

– Negotiation

Further on, we ensure that candidates have the ability to work in multiple sectors.

Format of the Interview Day

The interview is a full-day event. Those invited to interviews will be asked to come to the WBG from 8 am-5:30 pm.

The interview consists of:

(1) Interview: a 1 hour interview with a panel of three senior technical experts in the field of expertise of the candidate; and

(2) Assessment Center: either a morning or an afternoon 4-hour group assessment center (AC). The group assessment center is done with four other candidates. It consists of a series of individual and group exercises related to an international development case study that is given to the candidates at the start of the AC

– Look for tips for interviewing at the World Bank Group

– Check this video to learn more about the assessment center from a Young Professional alumn

– Get familiar with typical World Bank Group documents and projects

 

Application Process

The application for the 2018 Selection Process for the Young Professionals Program at the World Bank will be opened from June 14 – July 28, 2017.

Before You Apply, please ensure that:

  • You meet the minimum requirements for eligibility for the Young Professionals Program and,
  • You have all the information at hand including key dates, an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV), Education Certificates/Transcripts, PhD Dissertation/Master’s Thesis topics (short summary), if applicable, and the Application Essay ready to be uploaded

Application Essay for the 2018 Selection Process

“Ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity in a sustainable manner are the driving missions for the World Bank Group. While the goals are simple to grasp, the efforts it will take to meet them are not. Just as there are many interconnected and overlapping causes behind extreme poverty, the solutions required are just as complex and unique to each country’s individual circumstances.  The fundamentals, however, remain true: countries must grow their economies inclusively, so that everyone benefits; they must invest in their people; and they must ensure that those who have left poverty do not fall back into it.

Yet, the world today is much different than it was even just a few years ago. The global community is facing challenges that are diverse in nature—economic, humanitarian, environmental—but that share key features. First, they threaten the hard-won development gains of recent decades; and second, they will not be contained within any one country’s borders. Millions of people have been forcibly displaced by conflict and live in ever-more fragile areas; the risks of pandemics can devastate the health of individuals, but also undermine countries’ economies; and the threats of climate change are becoming ever more apparent.

Everyone will be affected. Yet the poorest and most vulnerable will be affected most. To address these challenges, the World Bank Group is working to become a more agile partner in addressing the world’s most pressing problems. It aims to leverage and apply its unique capabilities to provide the innovative financing and creative solutions that support countries in dealing with these challenges at the local, regional, and global levels. As the world works to confront these challenges,

the World Bank Group will continue to play an essential role in supporting global development and working to safeguard the progress toward the 2030 sustainable development agenda.” (Extract from the 2016 WBG Annual Report)

Describe in fewer than 1,000 words your own contribution and the potential role of World Bank in resolving some of the above challenges. Focus on your area of expertise to describe your proposal.

Application Checklist

This checklist is meant to facilitate your application experience.

  • Use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, or Internet Explorer 10 or higher as your browser
  • You will be asked to register for an account and provide an email address. Ensure it is spelled correctly and will be working for the next year or so, since this will be our main channel of communication with you
  • You must complete your application in a single session and will be able to submit it only if you have uploaded all the required documents and answered all the questions (all questions marked with an asterisk—*—are required). Do not use any special characters in the application (e.g accents, cedille etc) as it may prevent your application from moving forward
  • Provide the most current contact information, including your complete phone number (country code + city code + number). The information should be valid for one year. If your contact information changes during the selection process, (including personal address), it is your responsibility to email us the updated information
  • Please attach the following documents (mandatory):
    o CV
    o Education certificates/transcripts
    o PhD dissertation/Master’s thesis topic (short summary), if applicable
    o Application essay

Files should not exceed 5 MB each and should be in the following formats: .doc, .docx, or .pdf

Once you submit your application, you will not be able to make any changes/updates.

Applicants will be informed of their status as the process moves along

PhD position: Effect of canopy induced heterogeneity on net water fluxes below the rooting zone – Friedrich Schiller University, Jena

Jun 01, 17
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PhD position on the effect of canopy induced heterogeneity on net water fluxes below the rooting zone

We seek a motivated PhD student to join our young and dynamic working group in Terrestrial Ecohydrology at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. Our group aims at understanding how vegetation modifies spatial flow patterns from top of the canopy to bottom of the rooting zone, and how those affect the overall response of the hydrological system.

This project continues work in an extensive forest field site, dedicated to understanding the relation between below canopy precipitation patterns and belowground processes. Tree canopies cause substantial variation in infiltration patterns. Independently, recent research indicates that tree proximity also affects soil physical properties, potentially causing organized patterns of soil porosity and conductivity in forest soils. This PhD project shall investigate experimentally, whether the combination of those spatial patterns affects overall drainage below the main rooting zone by increasing chance of bypass flow.
This research relies both on measurements of soil water patterns registered by an expansive soil sensor network and modelling. An important technical task will be the extension of the established soil sensor network with potentiometers.

We are looking for a highly motivated, active member of our group; a team player who works efficiently, delivers on time lines and is highly interested in interdisciplinary work combining soil hydrology with biogeochemistry and ecology. We offer a young vivid and supportive
group embedded in the consortium of the Collaborative Research Centre AquaDiva, and have strong ties to other research institutes in the area. We promote international exchange and
early participation in international and national conferences and workshops.

Requirements:

  • Applicants must hold a Diploma or Master`s degree in hydrology, soil science, geo-
    ecology or related discipline in the environmental sciences
  • Applicants should have excellent written and oral communications skills in English
  • The ideal candidate will have solid knowledge in unsaturated zone hydrology and some background in statistics
  • Readiness to work extended periods in the field is a requirement
  • Experience with geostatistics, data handling (programming in python, matlab, R or other script languages) as well as meassurement of soil hydrological parameters are an asset

The place of work is Jena, Germany. Salary is based on the guidelines for public service in accordance with pay scale 13 (65%) (TV-L, E13, 65%).The position starts September 1, 2017 and is limited until June 30, 2021. The PhD candidates will receive structured doctoral training and mentoring as members of the AquaDiva Graduate School. The FSU is an equal opportunity employer. Women are explicitly encouraged to apply to increase their share in science and research. Physically handicapped persons will be favored if they are equally qualified.

Further information can be provided by: Anke Hildebrandt, phone: +49 (0)3641 576189, Email: hildebrandt.a@uni-jena.de.

Interested?
Applications will be screened starting June 16 2017 via the online application tool: https://www.uni-jena.de/jsmc_online_application/ (choose project no 130/2017 after
registration). Feel free to check whether the application is still open at a later date. Selected applicants will be invited to a recruitment meeting in Jena, Germany, early August 2017.  Applications should be written English.

The Google Phishing Attack, Explained by Greg Leffler

May 04, 17
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Google recently made an unprecedented move by widely announcing a Gmail phishing scheme through Twitter. Learn more in our video below, and check out Google’s tweet.

The phishing message was especially nasty because of its polish. Uncharacteristically for phishing, there were few errors in the message, and it was created in a way that made it quite enticing to click on the “Google Doc” link and see what you were ostensibly sent from a trusted sender — someone in your contacts list, or in your organization.

Since the messages were sent by the attacker using OAuth credentials attached to legitimate Google accounts, the messages appeared to be (and technically were) from actual people that you should know, including showing their photo. Even checking the received headers and other technical steps you could take to verify the provenance of a message showed the message was legitimately sent through GMail… because it was. Clicking the “Open in Docs” button sent you into an OAuth flow asking for permission to tie your Google Account to a (fake) app called – wait for it – “Google Docs”. After receiving that, the fake app then requested access to your Gmail account. Once it had those permissions, it automatically started to mail the link to itself to everyone in your address book (then deleted the sent messages to try to avoid leaving a trace) – and if anyone clicked the link and authorized the app, it sent itself to all of those people, etc. etc. etc.

What lessons should we learn from this?

  1. Google absolutely must introduce at least some degree of filtering in OAuth application names. There is zero excuse for Google to let an app called “Google Docs” that isn’t from them ask for permission to connect to your account.
  2. Google should have noticed the behavior of this app and stopped it much more quickly than it did. Google appeared to respond to the attack and disable the fake OAuth app within a few hours, but automated systems should look very suspiciously upon any “app” that reads someone’s entire contact list and then attempts to send hundreds of emails. The legitimate use case for that seems pretty nonexistent.
  3. Users (that’s you) need to learn to never click on links in emails you aren’t expecting, and also to never grant access to your Google account to someone in response to an email you get, especially if they’re asking for access to your contacts or emails. There’s no legitimate reason to require this. I know, I’m screaming out “HEY USERS, BE SMARTER,” which doesn’t work. But: Hey, users, be smarter.

The payload of the attack appeared to just replicate the message (and phone home to Google Analytics to calculate statistics on how many suckers got hit,) from what little analysis we’ve seen, but there is real reason to be concerned. Access to your Gmail account is equivalent, in a lot of cases, for access to your entire digital life.

The attack payload could have waited to get a high-value account and forged a message saying basically anything. It could have read your email inbox and sent any message anywhere for its own analysis later. It could have emailed all your contacts your match.com messages, or emailed your boss your LinkedIn activity. Some versions of the attack even asked for Google Drive access – providing an easy way for the attacker to steal company secrets or proprietary data… or just delete it all and ruin your day.

We all really dodged a bullet here, but we need to continue to be vigilant. Be extremely cautious allowing anything access to your email account – if not for your own sake, for the sake of everyone who emails you.