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Apply! Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s fellowship on Climate Protection

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s fellowship programme allows future leaders to spend a year in Germany working on a research-related project of their own choice in the field of climate protection. Fellows are free to choose their own hosts. Submit an application if you come from a non-European transition or developing country and are involved with issues relating to the scientific, engineering, legal, economic or social aspects of climate change. Up to 20 fellowships will be granted, funded under the Federal Environment Ministry’s International Climate Initiative.
Requirements
  • Bachelor’s or equivalent university degree completed less than 12 years ago
  • theme-related professional experience or further academic or professional qualification
  • mentoring agreement signed by a host in Germany
  • clearly visible leadership potential
Benefits
  • monthly fellowship amount between 2,150 EUR – 2,750 EUR
  • three-week introductory seminar, several-day training course, reception at the Federal Environment Ministry
  • up to 2 months intensive German course
  • family allowances, lump sum for travel expenses
The closing date for applications is 15 March 2014. The fellowship will commence on 1 March 2015.
For detailed information please visit: www.humboldt-foundation.de/ICF

US State Department Request for Applications: Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewable (wPOWER)

The U.S. Department of State’s (the Department) Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change (S/SECC) and Office of Global Change (OES/EGC) announce a Request for Applications (RFA). This RFA for a program is in connection with an initiative currently called the Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER).

The wPOWER initiative when established is intended to advance the Department’s objectives of unlocking women’s potential to combat climate change particularly through promoting women’sleadership in increasing sustainable energy access and related sustainable natural resources management.

This program seeks to meet the following goals:

Build and strengthen markets for small scale clean technologies through linking women toeconomic opportunities and capacity building related to energy access. Directly integrate women into the energy access value chain particularly through entrepreneurship opportunities related to ‘last mile’ distribution; Raise public awareness on the critical role of women in increasing energy access and driving green growth at the local level and Improve data collection and build the evidence base on the economic and environmental benefits of integrating women into the energy access value chain.

This RFA is emphasized on directly integrating women into the energy access value chain (particularly through ‘last mile’ sales and distribution), building and strengthening markets for small-scale clean technologies and increasing energy access in East Africa (includes Kenya,TanzaniaRwanda, and Uganda) and/or Nigeria.

This RFA complements a separate but parallel wPOWER program that is under development inIndia.

With FY 2011 funding, the Department will fund a program that will:

  • Directly integrate women into the energy access value chain, particularly through entrepreneurship opportunities related to ‘last mile’ distribution
  • Provide business and technical training on energy access and related sustainable forest and natural resources management issues
  • Raise public awareness on the critical role of women in increasing energy access and driving green growth at the local level
  • Improve data collection and build the evidence base on the economic and environmental benefits of integrating women into the energy access value chain

Funding Opportunity Number: OES-OCC-12-002

Opportunity Category: Discretionary

Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement

Expected Number of Awards: 1

Estimated Total Program Funding:

Award Ceiling: $1,000,000

Award Floor: $0

CFDA Number(s): 19.017 — Environmental and Scientific Partnerships and Programs

Eligibility requirement:

Eligibility is limited to non-profit/nongovernmental organizations subject to section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code, or similar entities, foreign non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and public international organizations.

Original Closing Date for Applications: Jul 09, 2012

Current Closing Date for Applications: Jul 09, 2012

For more details: Visit http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=174813

Call for Volunteers:CDDI Climate Change project in Lagos State

Community Conservation and Development Initiatives (CCDI), a partner organisation of Heinrich Böll Foundation, has been working with local government officials and community members in three local governments (Yaba, Eti-Osa and Lekki) to raise awareness on causes and consequences of climate change within their local communities and build capacity for identifying/formulating action plans to respond to the most urgent needs.

The recent weather disasters in Lagos have indicated that the new rainy season might cause more havoc to life and property than ever before. To prevent the worst scenarios or to alleviate the suffering of affected people, quick and decisive action from the part of the responsible government officials would be necessary. Meanwhile, the experiences of the project have shown that local governments have difficulties in taking swift actions because of bureaucratic and financial bottlenecks.. In order to hold the local governments more accountable and to ensure the implementation of the proposed projects, young volunteers from the communities are required to support the project by reporting and monitoring project activities and other incidents relating to the topic through blogs, tweets and facebook posts. The aim is to increase dialogue around climate change issues at local level and to monitor and probe the performance of their local government representatives in this regard.This social media-enabled project activity will also increase the political involvement of interested young people and create awareness about climate change and local response initiatives.

Call for Volunteers The project seeks to recruit and train volunteers (4 for Yaba, 3 each for Eti-Osa and Lekki) who will work in close cooperation with CCDI and the project consultant. Selected volunteers will receive training that will introduce them to CCDI’s project on climate change and local response initiatives, the importance of Social Media for transparency and accountability, the role of volunteers as watchdogs, and detailed expectations of their contributions. The project consultant will monitor the performance of social media volunteers and hold regular meetings with the volunteers.

Volunteers are expected to post frequent blogs and use other social media channels to promote the blogs and encourage feedback/interactivity. The volunteers are also expected to attend CCDI meetings and carry out their own independent research on local climate change and environmental issues depending on individual interests. This is a volunteer role but it can serve as an opportunity for anyone looking for unpaid internships or an opportunity to work on a project with an international foundation and a Nigerian non-profit working on local response initiatives to climate change.

To cover the cost of transportation, a nominal monthly stipend will be provided. Residents of Yaba, Eti-Osa and Lekki who are interested in using social media tools to support local response initiatives to climate change and can devote some time towards blogging, tweets, facebook updates and physical meetings between April and October 2012 should send their CV and a Statement of Interest to gbenga.sesan[at]pinigeria.org before 5pm on March 15, 2012.

Source: http://www.gbengasesan.com