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Work With J-PAL : Accepting Applications for 96 Positions Starting 2015!

Mon, 17Nov2014 Comments off


The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and partner organizations currently have 96 job opportunities available in 16 countries with more positions likely to become available by summer 2015.
J-PAL’s recruitment drive is an excellent opportunity to join us and our work to alleviate poverty. J-PAL is a network of 111 affiliated professors around the world who use randomized evaluations to answer questions critical to poverty alleviation. Started and based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, J-PAL also has six regional offices in Africa (South Africa), Europe (France), Latin America and the Caribbean (Chile), North America (USA), South Asia (India), and Southeast Asia (Indonesia). J-PAL affiliated professors employ research staff through their primary university and through organizations like J-PAL,Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), IFMR Lead, Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), Ideas 42, andthe Crime Lab.
Job Opportunities
Most positions are based outside of the US, but some positions are available at J-PAL in Cambridge, MA, at IPA in New Haven, CT, or at affiliates’ home institutions. Positions are full-time and most require a commitment of at least one year. J-PAL is looking to fill positions in five job categories:
Candidates applying to these positions must be open to various project types and geographic locations.
J-PAL and our partner organizations have openings for specific projects asResearch Associates and Research Managers. J-PAL’s Policy Group will also be recruiting new Associates and Managers. For a complete list of positions in Policy, Training, and Administration, please click here. More detailed descriptions of our position types may be found here
Complete the J-PAL common application, selecting the positions for which you would like to be considered. For most positions, you’ll need to submit a transcript, 2-3 letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose (cover letter), and a CV (resume) by January 6, 2015
Please also refer to J-PAL’s Jobs Page to find openings for specific positions, which may include additional application steps (usually sending a CV and cover letter to the specific hiring manager). 
Selection Process
All applications submitted during J-PAL’s 2014-2015 Winter Recruitment Drive, from November 17, 2014January 6, 2015, will become part of a common database for researchers and hiring managers seeking to fill positions beginning in the summer of 2015. Applicants who pre-qualify for a position will be contacted for interviews and for further information starting in February. Given the volume of applications J-PAL receives, only those selected for an interview will be contacted, and we are unable to provide feedback on specific applications.
In addition to the recruitment drive, J-PAL hires throughout the year as needed to fill staff positions. Applicants who are interested in immediate openings should consult J-PAL’s website for current vacancies and application instructions. 
For more information, please refer to our How to Apply page.
Feel free to share this information broadly. 
Ben Jaques-Leslie
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edX: Introduction to Drinking Water Treatment – OCT 28

Tue, 21Oct2014 Comments off

Learn about urban water services, focusing on conventional technologies for drinking water treatment.

About this Course

This course focuses on conventional technologies for drinking water treatment. Unit processes, involved in the treatment chain, are discussed as well as the physical, chemical and biological processes involved. The emphasis is on the effect of treatment on water quality and the dimensions of the  unit processes in the treatment chain.  After the course one should be able to recognise the process units, describe their function, and make basic calculations for a preliminary design of a drinking water treatment plant.

The course consists of 4 modules:

  1. Introduction to drinking water treatment. In this module you learn to describe the important disciplines, schemes and evaluation criteria involved in the design phase.
  2. Water quality. In this module you learn to identify the drinking water quality parameters to be improved and explain what treatment train or scheme is needed.
  3. Groundwater treatment. In this module you learn to calculate the dimensions of the groundwater treatment processes and draw groundwater treatment schemes.
  4. Surface water treatment. In this module you learn to calculate the dimensions of the surface water treatment processes and draw surface water treatment schemes


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Webinar – Disability: Making CLTS Fully Inclusive

Thu, 16Oct2014 Comments off

“press release”

On Thursday 30th October, 10-11.30am (GMT), the CLTS Knowledge Hub together with Hazel Jones (WEDC) and Jane Wilbur (WaterAid) will be hosting a webinar on the theme of the recently published Frontiers issue 3:Disability-Making CLTS fully inclusive.

About the webinar

CLTS aims at total sanitation. For that it has to be inclusive. There are ethical reasons for this, but the bottom line is that while any open defecation continues, all are affected. This webinar will focus on people with disabilities and their particular needs for access to sanitation. People affected tend not to be present at triggering, to lack voice in the community, to have their needs overlooked, and may even be hidden by their families. An initial presentation will outline the reality of the experiences of disabled people, the varied nature of their needs and share examples of how their needs can be met. This will be followed by an open discussion about practical steps that people engaged in CLTS can take to make the different phases and processes of CLTS more inclusive.

How to join

Please email us including your name, organisation and country to sign up for this webinar and we will send you instructions as well as a link for joining.

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E4C Webinar | WASH in Emergencies: Lessons Learned and Way Forward October 28

Thu, 16Oct2014 Comments off

press release

Presented by

Daniele Lantagne, Usen Family Career Development Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Tufts University

Moderated by

Sean Furey, Water & Sanitation Specialist, Skat Foundation

October 28, 2014 | 11:00 AM EDT

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Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) are critical needs for populations affected by emergencies such as natural disasters, outbreaks, and violence.  In this webinar, we will learn about commonly implemented emergency response interventions to treat drinking water and find out about their successes, failures, and lessons learned. The webinar will discuss the need for implementation of proven interventions and development of new innovations to improve the quality of water and reduce the diarrheal disease burden in emergencies.
Join this E4C webinar on Tuesday, October 28 to:

  • Learn about WASH roles in an emergency response context
  • Understand water quality tests and treatment techniques
  • Participate in a discussion about successes, failures, and best practices in the field
  • Discover what’s new in the development of new WASH methods and technologies

Presented by     

Daniele Lantagne, Tufts University


Moderated by


Sean Furey, Skat Foundation



Visit our website for more details and follow the Twitter trail from@engineer4change with 


Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions or to recommend a presenter for this series. We look forward to hearing from you!


The E4C Webinars Team

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3rd Annual Virtual Menstrual Hygiene Mgmnt in WASH in Schools Conference

Thu, 02Oct2014 Comments off

 Sponsors: Columbia University and UNICEF
October 29th 2014
The 3rd annual virtual MHM conference will provide an opportunity to share lessons learned with the WASH in Schools (WinS) community around the world with a particular focus on MHM programming in WinS in various contexts. The conference will also enable the global WinS community to gather documentation for a basic package of MHM in WinS interventions. The conference will provide an opportunity to: (1)Share school based MHM program descriptions (2) Share findings on MHM program scale and impact and (3) Share recommendations about how new MHM programs can be developed by WinS practitioners

The 3rd annual virtual MHM in WinS conference will build on the content and recommendations of the prior two conferences, and continue the effort to fill in the gaps in the existing knowledge and advocacy around this important issue. Columbia University and UNICEF will be hosting the one-day conference on October 29th 2014, to bring together WASH, MHM experts, relevant global health and education experts, UNICEF country offices, academics and organizations from around the world currently implementing MHM-related activities.
Tentative Agenda:
The one-day meeting1 will convene in New York City, with a select number of in-person participants, with the vast majority of participants to be online by webex. There will be three sessions that allow for the sharing of a range of content while also attempting to accommodate various time zones. The sessions will include:
Session One: Program
What programs are currently being implemented to address the MHM barriers facing girls in a range of contexts? What are the key components of the programs? Who are the key stakeholders involved?
Session Two: Program Scale and Impact
What are the findings on the current scale and impact of existing MHM programs? What are the goals for future scale-up? What barriers and enablers to scale and impact are being encountered in various contexts?
Session Three: Recommendations for New Programs
What program approaches are recommended for organizations seeking to initiate an MHM program in WinS?
What are recommended first steps for initiating an MHM in WinS program?
All [submitters were asked ]to focus their discussion on the following topical areas that have been identified in recent years as fundamental aspects of MHM in WinS:
 Knowledge and education (sufficient knowledge, practical guidance and support)
 WASH facilities addressing MHM needs (privacy, disposal mechanisms, access to water and soap etc.)
 Availability and accessibility of absorbent materials
There will be time for discussion after all the presentations via webex.

1 A small in-person conference will be held on the 2nd day (October 30th) for which a small number of presenters will be invited to attend to further discuss the MHM in WinS global agenda. Please indicate your interest in attending for consideration although given limited space, the 2nd day will only be able to accommodate a small number of attendees.OR INTERESTED PRESENTERS

Please send expression of interest to by 22nd of October 2014.
Included in the email must be:
 Your name
 Country where you will be joining via the internet


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Sesame Workshop’s Muppet Friend Raya Encourages Proper Hygiene

Thu, 02Oct2014 Comments off

Published on May 27, 2014

United Nations – Raya, from Sesame Workshop’s Global Health Initiative, shares what she’s learned about proper hygiene. She always remembers to wear her sandals to the latrine and knows how to avoid spreading germs.

Learn more:
Script (pdf):…
UN campaign:…

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Certificate Course in Water and Sanitation

Tue, 30Sep2014 Comments off

Capacity Africa Institute is pleased to announce a certificate online and distance learning Course in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Management Start date: 1st November 2014 .Course End: 1st January 2015

Overall Course Overview:

This basic course outlines the evidence base for WASH as a major contributor to health and wider community development. It outlines the key interventions to be implemented, the relative effectiveness of each component on the disease burden, the practicalities of delivery (i.e. achieving good hygiene behaviors’) indicators of performance and methods for measuring impact. The course provides an understanding of WASH in the context of wider public health challenges and illustrates the practical interventions necessary to deliver on health and wider development/emergency needs. Course Objectives: By the end of this course, a student assessed as competent against this qualification will be able to: Understand public health and appreciate the current and future disease burden in developing countries Correlate WASH and Environmental Health with Public Health (including nutrition) in the context of community development Understand the practicalities around community water supply, waste management (including drainage), and related environmental health issues for effective community hygiene promotion Examine indicators of performance in WASH and wider environmental health.

Course Organizers: Capacity Africa Institute ( more…

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