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Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination (UN-CMCoord) Digitally Connected Learning (DCL)

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 02:16:08 +0000

Organization: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Start date: 23 Aug 2021
End date: 1 Oct 2021
Registration deadline: 5 Aug 2021

We kindly invite you to apply for our Digitally Connected Learning on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination (UN-CMCoord DCL). The virtual event will be held from 23 August to 1 October 2021. It comprises 5-6 hours of mandatory individual/group work per week over a period of six weeks. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a certificate equal to the residential UN-CMCoord course. Graduates will be considered for future UN-CMCoord training events.

Please apply for the online event after discussing it with your office. The programme is designed to invest and develop capacity in humanitarian civil-military coordination and achieve one or several of the following goals:

  1. Develop a comprehensive knowledge base on UN-CMCoord and related concepts to apply guidance, tools and policies in Asia and the Pacific country and regional operations.

  2. Utilize UN-CMCoord concepts to advance collaboration between humanitarian, development and peace & security partners.

  3. Troubleshoot day-to-day challenges to sustain effective coordination with UN-CMCoord stakeholders.

  4. Enhance the joint effort of OCHA’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and its partners to sustain dialogue between humanitarians and armed actors for a principled humanitarian response, in support of humanitarian access and protection outcomes.

  5. Join the community of UN-CMCoord graduates to practice UN-CMCoord through continuous self-development and peer-learning.

Participants will work on a specific case of their choice related to civil-military interaction. They will share context, comment on other participants’ contributions, and work in small teams to solve particular tasks. The methodology requires a stable internet connection. We estimate that successful graduation from the course will require 5-6 hours of dedicated work per week. The accompanying document provides a weekly overview of the programme.

How to register:

Please complete the online application form at https://vosocc.unocha.org/Reg/srvy472_UN-CMCoord_DCL3.html before 30 July. We will pre-select 30 applicants with diverse backgrounds. From 9 to 13 August, course managers will interview short-listed applicants and ask for a signed letter of commitment.

For further information or support with the application process, please contact Ms. Nicole Hirhager at nicole.hirhager@gmail.com.

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RSIS Webinar on “Climate Change and Communities – a Human Security Perspective”

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 01:53:02 +0000

Organization: Nanyang Technological Univ.
Start date: 28 Jul 2021
End date: 28 Jul 2021
Registration deadline: 27 Jul 2021

Abstract

Climate change has slowly but surely become central to conceptualising global security and peace. The link between climate change and increased unrest leading ultimately to potential violent conflict seems tenuous to some but in a theatre of increased fragility and risks of insecurity, these are not far-fetched ideas but can manifest as real-life scenarios for millions. As we realise the connections between climate change and global security and peace, we should turn our attention towards how climate change, as an international agenda is being framed and understood.

Rational scientific framing has revealed important insights on the impacts of climate change but a human security framework takes a different approach. It adds a crucial dimension of importance in examining the security and stability of Humans – as a representative term for the species – as well as humans – as individuals organised into collectives and communities and their networks, to weather the impacts of crises. By now, we’ve seen globally, how social and economic growth and progress has resulted in an aggregative push upwards for all, but the ‘downside risks’ of a crisis are selective in terms of who bears the brunt. COVID-19 has merely magnified this phenomenon. If we are looking to create greater capabilities and resilience for communities to be able to adapt to climate change, we will need to shore up their resilience to ‘downside risks’.

This webinar aims to bring together a panel of experts to discuss how the issue of climate change can be viewed through a human security lens. How might a human security framing highlight climate-related insecurity? How will it help understand specific vulnerabilities? Can it assist in knowledge production that can inform policies? Can it help protect development gains by focusing on areas of social risk? But most importantly, it seeks to investigate how an alternative framing, in addition to the current narratives around climate change, might ensure the security and stability of communities in a new climate future.

How to register:

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_g7HOelPDQPmTD-AxInffAw

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Enhancing Leadership for Peacebuilding - 13th Senior-Level Course on Peacebuilding 2021

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 01:51:44 +0000

Organization: Geneva Centre for Security Policy
Start date: 29 Oct 2021
End date: 22 Nov 2021
Registration deadline: 28 Oct 2021

5 live virtual sessions, one opening and one closing event, and individual learning in-between and possible optional sessions as required

Co-hosted by the GCSP, UNITAR and the Swiss Department for Foreign Affairs, the course led by course directors and internationally recognized senior leaders and mentors, will enable you to:

  • enhance your comprehensive understanding of the latest insights in leading sustainable peacebuilding
  • explore leadership styles and skills that effectively deal with peacebuilding challenges
  • challenge yourself in a safe environment where you can share lessons learned and network

An opportunity for senior leaders to enhance your understanding of sustainable peacebuilding and the leadership styles that can achieve concrete results

Multiple challenges restrict the exercise of effective leadership in peacebuilding contexts. International peacebuilding policy and practice do not sufficiently reflect the real challenges of building sustainable peace in conflicted, polarised and violent societies. This leadership course provides an opportunity for senior leaders to enhance your understanding of sustainable peacebuilding and the leadership styles that can achieve it. You will also learn how to apply this understanding to your own situation.

Learning objectives
  1. By exploring different leadership styles and skills that effectively deal with peacebuilding challenges, participants will strengthen their ability to lead peacebuilding efforts in complex environments.
  2. By challenging participants in a safe training environment, where lessons can be shared and networks built, participants will gain a greater understanding of evolving peacebuilding practices and sustaining peace priorities
Module

The course emphasises collaborative and inspirational leadership methods. It is interactive, building on participants’ specific knowledge and experience. Plenary and work group discussions include conceptual input and experiential learning methods. Case studies focus on specific leadership issues in peacebuilding. With experienced leaders acting as mentors, participants are encouraged to address their own leadership challenges and develop problem-solving strategies that are immediately applicable in their work environment.

Modules include:

  • Exploring Leadership
  • Leadership for Peace – Reinventing Peacebuilding
  • Leadership Challenges, Concepts, Mindsets and Skills
  • Strengthening the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus
  • Leveraging Diversity
  • Leadership Mind and Body
  • Leadership for Peace – Way Forward

The course is conducted under Chatham House rules which provides those driving national and international peacebuilding efforts with a safe environment where you can explore the most effective leadership styles for fluid peacebuilding settings, with peers and experienced leaders acting as coaches.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

The course targets current and potential leaders actively engaged in peacebuilding challenges, notably representatives of:

  • international organisations, such as the UN, AU, EU, OSCE, ASEAN, OAS, and League of Arab States
  • national institutions, including government, ministries, commissions and the security sector
  • civil society, including traditional and religious leaders, NGOs, INGOs, trade unions, media, business, professional associations and women’s groups

Participation is limited to 24, selection is made through a competitive process to ensure an inclusive complementary group of participants.

Full attendance is required. The course certificate will be granted after the closing session on 22 November.

The course will be held in English; no translation will be provided.

COSTS: The course is sponsored by the Government of Switzerland, GCSP and UNITAR, so it is offered free of charge to selected participants.

How to register:

https://bit.ly/3x4qi7M

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Extension of Deadline Call for Applications: MPSA Cohort 17

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 06:06:30 +0000

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Institute for Peace and Security Studies
Start date: 4 Oct 2021
End date: 30 Sep 2022
Registration deadline: 31 Jul 2021

IPSS is happy to review your application and to welcome you join a cohort of experienced and knowledgeable personnel drawn from the Africa Union, Regional Economic Communities (REC’s), Regional Mechanisms (RM’s), multilateral institutions, government institutions, Non-governmental Institutions (NGO’s), etc.

The Executive Master’s Degree (MA) in Managing Peace and Security in Africa (MPSA) offers experienced professionals working on African peace and security issues a unique opportunity to acquire certified and in-depth training while working in their respective organizations. The MPSA training prepares critical and reflective practitioners to lead with novelty, manage and transform complex challenges relating to peace, governance and security. We look forward to supporting you open new brilliant opportunities in your personal and career aspirations.

  • Do you seek innovative approaches to addressing the challenges of peace and security in the 21st century?
  • Do you aspire to be a transformative leader who achieves results?
  • Do you want to comprehend the intricacies of governance challenges in contemporary times and be able to respond to them with compelling insights?
  • Are you a professional working in the field of peace and security in Africa? Are you interested in taking your career to the next stage?
  • Do you want immersive, critical and dynamic training while continuing to work at your organization?

If your answer to the above questions is yes, then the MPSA Programme is the right educational programme for you. The application deadline is 31 July 2021, and the Programme will commence on 4 October 2021.

Selection criteria

Academic requirements:

  • Applicants must hold BA, BS or Post-graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • English Language Proficiency and Certification:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

  • Alternatively, an official letter from an academic institution certifying that English language was the medium of instruction and that the applicant has sufficient English language proficiency to participate in the programme.

  • **If the applicant cannot provide proof of English proficiency as in (1 or 2), s/he will be required to take an English proficiency test at Addis Ababa University [if admitted].

Non-academic Requirements:

The applicant must preferably:

Be a citizen of a member state of the African Union or an international applicant working for a governmental, inter- governmental or multilateral agency with a keen interest in African peace and security issues;

  • Have at least five years’ work experience in peace, security and development, democracy, governance, peace and security or related field;
  • Have excellent command of English language which is the medium of instruction.
  • The Selection Committee will also take into account the following factors:
  • Applicant’s past and current job, position/responsibilities; including perceived professional impact applicant is likely to have on their organization after completion of the executive Master’s programme;
  • Diversity (gender, regional balance – REC’s and Regional Mechanisms) in order to draw participants from all parts of the continent;
  • Applicant’s personal qualities: leadership, strong motivation to enhance one’s professional abilities, originality, sound academic credentials.
Please note:

Upon acceptance, all candidates shall be required to follow the under-listed procedures to authenticate their degrees and certificates.

  1. Get your degree and transcript authenticated by the university where you acquired your degree;
  2. Once, step (1) is completed, have your authenticated degree and transcript certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country you acquired your degree;
  3. The certified degree and transcript should then be sent to the Ethiopian Embassy in the country you acquired your certificate. The documents should be stamped and certified at the Embassy;
  4. Once step (3) is completed, the certified copies should be sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Addis Ababa for another certification (This can be done during the first semester);
  5. Once the above processes have been completed, your degree and transcripts will be sent to the Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency (HERQA) in Ethiopia to complete the authentication process;
  6. For participants who acquired their degree in Ethiopia, kindly request the university to send an official copy of the degree and transcripts to IPSS.
Cohort 17 schedule

Session 1: 4-15 October 2021
Session 2: 6-17 December 2021
Session 3: 7-18 March 2022
Session 4: 9-20 May 2022
Session 5: 4-15 July 2022
Session 6: 5-30 September 2022

It is anticipated that all sessions (1 to 6) will be offered online unless expressly stated

How to register: How to apply

Note: You will need a Gmail email account to complete the application

Step 1: Prepare the required documents listed below (in PDF)

  • Passport photo (minimum 720×1280 pixels)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation (1 page maximum)
  • Copies of relevant degrees and certificates
  • Official academic transcripts (Bachelors? Masters/ PhD)
  • Letter of consent signed by the supervisor at your organization (download here)

Step 2: Click here to fill and complete the online application form.

Step 3: Submit your application.

Step 4: You will receive a confirmation via email. (If you do not receive a confirmation letter after submitting your application, send an email to (mahlet.f@ipss-addis.org) confirm if your application has successfully been submitted.

Inquiries

For further assistance regarding the application process, please contact Ms. Mahlet Fitiwi Tekle, Programme Coordinator, at mahlet.f@ipss-addis.org

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Conflict-Sensitive Approaches to Programming

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 06:05:40 +0000

Organization: UN System Staff College
Start date: 4 Oct 2021
End date: 29 Oct 2021
Registration deadline: 30 Sep 2021
Introduction

Humanitarian, development and peacebuilding activities cannot be separated from their context, especially in conflict-affected settings. Adopting a conflict-sensitive approach to programming minimizes the risk that an intervention will exacerbate tensions. Such an approach – a minimum requirement for working on conflict – contributes to conflict prevention and sustaining peace, which cut across all three pillars of the UN – human rights, peace and security development.

In this programme, participants will apply conflict sensitivity concepts, principles and tools to gain a deeper understanding of a context of their choice. Participants will assess how their intervention interacts with the context, and how it might be adapted to ‘do no harm,’ and ideally contribute to ‘doing more good’.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this programme, participants will be able to:

  • Assess what contextual information is needed to make conflict-sensitive decisions;
  • Consider existing analyses and apply conflict sensitivity tools to identify and manage the risks entailed in working in/on conflict;
  • Formulate options to adapt activities and leverage opportunities for building and sustaining peace through conflict sensitivity;
  • Acknowledge and discuss conflict sensitivity challenges and dilemmas;
  • Articulate ideas and good practices to monitor and evaluate conflict sensitivity.
Course Methodology

This programme is delivered entirely online over four weeks. It combines self-paced modules with practical activities, live online sessions and interactive spaces for experience sharing, joint reflection and peer exchange. Weekly coaching sessions in small groups complement the programme, making it very practical and relevant, as participants will have the chance to work on and discuss a context of their choice. UNSSC tutors will guide and support the group throughout the entire learning journey.

The programme is hosted on the UNSSC online learning platform, eLounge, which allows participants a high degree of flexibility to access content at their own pace, from anywhere and at any time. Live sessions are hosted on Zoom.

Course Contents

This online tutored programme is divided into three parts.

  • The first part provides solid grounding in the concept and practice of conflict sensitivity, as well as the tools available within and beyond the UN system to understand a given peace-and-conflict context.
  • The second part focuses on assessing how different activities might interact with the context and influence the dynamics on the ground.
  • The third part challenges participants to develop options to adapt their actions, mitigate risks and leverage opportunities for building and sustaining peace through conflict sensitivity.
Target Audience

UN staff as well as practitioners and representatives from governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, civil society and academia.

Cost of participation

The programme fee is $1000. The fee includes access to all training and learning materials as well as participation in live online sessions, one-to-one support and weekly coaching sessions.

How to register:

Registration is open until 30 September 2021 and can be done via the following link: http://ow.ly/1Gi950FBi73

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UN Leaders Programme Cohort II

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 06:04:44 +0000

Organization: UN System Staff College
Start date: 8 Oct 2021
End date: 11 Feb 2022
Registration deadline: 3 Sep 2021
Introduction

UN leaders and their partners are expected to provide aspirational guidance and practical solutions to the complex challenges our world is facing, often in inclement conditions. The rapid pace of change in today’s world means that the best leaders are the ones who keep growing.

Participants of the UN Leaders Programme explore leadership in the context of innovation, transformation, collaboration and resilience; reflect on strong and successful leadership approaches and their application, and forge deeper connections with colleagues from across the international and UN system through peer exchange and collegial support.

Objectives

In this programme you will:

  1. Reflect on strong and successful leadership, transformation, innovation and resilience approaches and their application in your context.
  2. Benefit from deeper connections with colleagues through peer exchange – and re-energize.
  3. Analyze and respond to leadership lessons from challenges, trends and opportunities.
Course Methodology

The UN Leaders Programme fuses sessions exploring dimensions of leadership with discussion on current issues, reflection, experience sharing and explorations. The programme is considered a benchmark for unique, varied and stimulating methodologies, including assessments, leadership challenges, virtual sessions, connect and reflect opportunities, as well as individualized executive coaching.

Course Contents

Topics include: Leadership Reflections; Power, Authority, and the Dynamics of Relational Authenticity; Adaptive Leadership; Change and Innovation in the UN; Leadership Resilience; Global and Regional Challenges, Trends and Opportunities and the UN’s Role; Collaboration.

Target Audience

Senior UN staff at the D1 – D2 levels;

Senior staff operating in relevant fields of international cooperation. By open enrolment or nomination. (Please note that some UN organizations follow an internal nomination process to identify candidates for the programme).

Cost of participation

The fee is $6,250 which includes access to all sessions, assessments, executive coaching, and course material.

How to register:

Registration is open until 3 September 2021 and can be done via the following link: http://ow.ly/FHTd50FBhWC

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Basic Course Light

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 06:03:43 +0000

Country: Netherlands
Organization: Centre for Safety and Development
Start date: 26 Aug 2021
End date: 27 Aug 2021
Registration deadline: 26 Aug 2021
How can you prepare yourself for dangerous situations?

When you travel and work abroad, you want to focus on your mission. You do not want to worry if you can handle an aggressive situation or deal with a medical emergency. The Basic Course Light enables you to deal with such situations with confidence and determination. Using practical exercises and realistic simulations in a safe learning environment we give you a steep learning experience.

Why choose a Basic Course Light?

Safe learning environment
Before and during the course, you can share prior experiences with our trainers. We discreetly adapt the course for you to make sure this will be the safest learning experience you ever had. You can take a time-out whenever you need one, we have professionals to support you.

Practicing in realistic simulations
Our specialists offer you the chance to respond to threatening situations in a safe environment. These simulated exercises are so realistic that you will feel they are really happening. Together, we navigate these situations and through practical feedback learn how to manage them.

Personal equipment
You will receive a free medical kit (value € 99,-) and instruction cards with a summary of everything you have learned. They are specifically designed to support you during your travels.

Content & subjects
  • Security Awareness
  • Risk Assessment & Mitigation
  • Personal Risk Profile
  • Dealing with Aggression
  • Medical Accident Control
  • Simulation Exercises
Further information
  • For whom: Staff working and/or travelling in low and medium risk areas.
  • Language: English (incompany also in French and Dutch)
  • Duration: 2 days, no evening programme (16 hours)
  • Breakdown of time: 30% theory, 30% practice, 40% simulations
  • Group size: Maximum 14 (during simulations maximum of 7)
  • Location: Soesterberg, The Netherlands
  • Dietary wishes: Vegetarian/vegan/halal/other
  • Certification: Yes
  • Free E-Learning:Yes (after 1 year)
Contact

Please feel free to contact us for more information.

How to register:

You can register for this event here.

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Basic HEAT Course

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 06:02:45 +0000

Country: Netherlands
Organization: Centre for Safety and Development
Start date: 27 Sep 2021
End date: 29 Sep 2021
Registration deadline: 27 Sep 2021
Be prepared for travelling and working in dangerous areas

After a long flight, you arrive at your hotel. You step out of the taxi, turn around and are confronted with a weapon. The robber is shouting at you. What do you do? Fight, flee or freeze?

We believe there is another option: to react consciously, relying on your self-awareness and experience. During the Basic HEAT Course (Hostile Environment Awareness Training), you discover the tools you need to work in medium and high-risk areas.

Why choose a Basic HEAT Course?

We believe in the power of simulation
Our team of trainers and actors offer you the chance to respond to life-threatening situations in a safe learning environment. These simulated exercises are so realistic that you will feel they are really happening. You will learn about your instinctive responses and how to control them.

Safe learning environment
Your personal safety and well-being are our primary concern. We have a team of professionals to make sure this will be the best and safest learning experience you ever had. If you need extra personal guidance, there is time and professional staff for additional support.

Personal medical kit and instructions cards
During the module “Medical Accident Control” our specialists teach you to use a professional medical kit specifically designed for remote areas. You will receive this medical kit (value € 99,-) for free to bring home and on your travels. At the end of each segment of the HEAT training, you will receive an instruction card with a summary of everything you have learned.

Content & subjects
  • Security & Situational Awareness
  • Field Security Plans
  • Risk Assessment & Mitigation
  • Gender Specific Risks
  • Personal Risk Profile
  • Communication Skills (in the field)
  • Radio & Satellite Phone
  • Medical Accident Control
  • Life Saving Skills in Remote Areas
  • Basic Life Support & AED
  • Dealing with Aggression
  • Stress Management
  • Hostage Prevention & Survival
  • Field Safety Skills
  • Checkpoints & Road Blocks
  • Active Shooting, Ambushes and Carjacking
  • Ammunition and Weapon Awareness
  • Simulations and Field Exercises
Further information
  • For whom: Staff working and/or travelling in medium to high-risk areas.
  • Language: English (incompany also in French and Dutch)
  • Duration: 3 days, including two evening programs (32 hours)
  • Breakdown of time: 30% theory, 30% practice, 40% simulations
  • Group size: Maximum 14 (during simulations maximum of 7)
  • Location: Soesterberg, The Netherlands
  • Dietary wishes: Vegetarian/vegan/halal/other
  • Certification: Yes
  • Free E-Learning: Yes (after 1 year)
Contact

Please feel free to contact us for more information.

How to register:

You can register for this event here.

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Analysing and engaging armed groups - September

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 06:01:52 +0000

Organization: UN System Staff College
Start date: 13 Sep 2021
End date: 8 Oct 2021
Registration deadline: 6 Sep 2021
Introduction

In the last decade, preventing conflict and sustaining peace have become increasingly complex. National armies and armed opposition groups are no longer the sole perpetrators of armed violence. Violence is being perpetrated more and more by a range of hybrid actors, such as armed groups, criminal organizations, and illicit trafficking networks. Understanding these emerging trends present analytical challenges.

Developed in collaboration with the Changing Character of War Centre at Oxford University and the University of Regina in Canada, this online course explores the political context driving the genesis of armed violence and the forces shaping armed group inception, structures and resources . It explores the links between criminality and insurgency and analyses the different implications for engagement. By focusing on multidisciplinary investigative approaches, this course will strengthen your analytical skills and provide practical tools which can support armed groups analysis.

Click here to read a joint UNSSC and Center of Peace Operations publication, on country cases that demonstrate how non-state armed groups can shape the United Nation's operating assumptions and responses.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use insights and tools from academia, research and practice to analyse an armed group of your choice.
  • Identify engagement opportunities and describe what an engagement process could entail for the selected armed group.
  • Predict possible adverse consequences of an engagement process.
  • Appraise the varying approaches, tools, and methods of peace & security, and humanitarian actors.
Course Methodology

This course offers the opportunity to engage in a dynamic online learning experience which combines learner-centred online design principles, recorded video segments, carefully chosen academic readings with stimulating webinar presentations from practitioners with interactive discussion fora.

Course Contents

In this course you will look at contemporary armed violence through a multidisciplinary lens and discuss different ways to analyse, interact and understand implications for engagement with armed groups.

  • Module 1 provides an overview of key trends which influence armed groups analysis.
  • Module 2 examines different stages of inception of armed groups formation as well as outlines different types of armed group structures.
  • Module 3 provides a theoretical and practical overview of the links between criminality and insurgency which will be highlighted through a case study.
  • Module 4 focuses on implications for the UN of engagement with armed groups for political processes and for humanitarian access.
  • Module 5 provides a toolbox with selected practical analytical tools for armed groups analysis.
  • Module 6 broadens the scope to understand and trace the directions and pace of change in conflict by applying the Changing Character of Conflict tool introduced in module 5 and engaging with the interactive visualization of the Changing Character of Conflict Platform.
  • Module 7 provides insights on social media for armed groups analysis.
Target Audience

UN staff as well as practitioners and representatives from governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, civil society and academia. It is geared to those who are either deployed in duty stations that are affected by the presence of armed groups or whose job description involves the analysis, interaction, and possible engagement with armed groups.

Cost of participation

The course fee is $750.

How to register:

Registration is open until 6 September 2021 and can be done via the following link: http://ow.ly/Jb8h50FBfAL

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Communications for the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 06:01:01 +0000

Organization: UN System Staff College
Start date: 11 Oct 2021
End date: 19 Nov 2021
Registration deadline: 5 Sep 2021
Introduction

Effective communications can strengthen the UN's reputation, positioning, and its ability to inspire action. The world needs credible and convincing leaders capable of telling powerful stories to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Moreover, the world needs UN practitioners who understand the importance of creating a cohesive, effective communications process that is aligned with the vision and mission of the organization. In addition, the world needs messengers of hope who are able to capture people's imagination and offer solutions.

The course will enable participants to:

  • Convey what the UN development system is doing to help countries achieve the SDGs, highlight the UN’s areas of success, what is still possible, and how the UN is making a difference
  • Plan strategically for an impactful dissemination of results: Selecting the right channels, addressing the right audiences, and transmitting the right messages
  • Mitigate risks while communicating within the context of an emerging or ongoing crisis
  • Understand how to create a space for communications while supporting the design and delivery of UN programmes
  • Help expand partnerships and collaboration across UN agencies, governments, and other development partners to advance the SDGs
Objectives

Upon successful course completion, participants will:

  • Be familiar with the Global Communications Strategy of the United Nations and its shift to an audience focused, impact-oriented approach.
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of strategic communications and coordination to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.
  • Understand crisis communications and strategic planning during crises.
  • Identify and articulate best practices to effectively share knowledge across the system and to boost UN visibility, positioning, and trust.
  • Enhance individual communication skills in a selected range of areas for professional development to deliver effectively on the 2030 Agenda.
  • Develop an interagency network of UN communications professionals and focal points to exchange information on best practices and know-how at the global level.
  • Enhance a culture of evaluation and impact measurement with strategic planning.
  • Facilitate partnership building in communications work at the local level.
Course Methodology

Over five weeks, participants will engage in interactive webinar sessions with high-level experts from the UN system, governments, civil society, and the private sector. Through videos and key reading material, participants will dive deeper into each week’s focus area. In addition, case studies, best practices, and tutored discussions will illustrate how the UN strategically communicates sustainable development.

In contrast to less collaborative formats like Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), UNSSC online courses combine tutored components with synchronous and asynchronous activities. Each week includes approximately two hours of knowledge acquisition, two hours of knowledge application to real-life and training scenarios, as well as group work and collaboration. In addition to engagement in self-paced learning, participants in UNSSC online courses also benefit from live webinars with renowned experts on sustainable development, allowing real-time virtual interaction between the instructors and participants.

The instructor-led webinars for this course will take place every week between 2 pm – 4 pm CET or 8 am – 10 am EST.

Total duration of the online course: five weeks, five hours of weekly study time.

Course Contents

Week 1: Sustainable Development; UN values & reform; the 2030 Agenda; the Global communications Strategy 2020; building a common understanding of communication for results.

Week 2: Understanding public affairs and advocacy concepts; acquiring political acumen; and learning to adapt to different contexts; conveying impacts and results.

SIDE EVENT FOR UNIC/RCO STAFF: Specifics of working in an interagency setting; enhancing multimedia and language content capacity; taking a broader look within the UN system.

Week 3: Clinics on Communicating with purpose – Audience & Message.

Building a clear, focused, and useful story customized to a targeted audience.

3 Clinics:

  • Communications Strategies applying theory of change: The key elements of a communications strategy; strategic communications in 7 steps; measuring impact.
  • Right and effective message: The art of storytelling - Crafting compelling messages on difficult topics.
  • Identifying and evaluating your audience: Tackling reputational risks & managing fake/misleading news.

Week 4: Clinics on Communicating with purpose – Channels.

Media, social media, and other channels.

3 Clinics:

  • Crisis communications: Communicating for results; positioning UN leadership and the UN role during any emergency; managing stakeholders.
  • Dealing with media: Building up relationships with media including traditional media; impactful media interviews; managing difficult media.
  • Effective social media campaigns; evaluation of impact.

Week 5: Building up momentum together: Creating systems to deliver on the 2030 Agenda in a Post-COVID-19 world; promoting public engagement on the UN’s role; communication & partnerships with external stakeholders and donors; collaborating with other UN agencies & programmes to design joint communications strategies.

Target Audience

Communications officers and associates from the UN system or UN practitioners assigned as UN communication focal points at country level

Cost of participation

UNSSC fosters collaborative peer-to-peer learning among its course participants. To achieve this, UNSSC adopts a rigorous methodology in its selection process that considers the course's scope, objectives, and expected outcomes. UNSSC utilizes specific selection criteria for its course participants to promote cohort-based learning and increase course impact. Interested individuals are encouraged to sign up for the moderated online course and be ready to complete an additional comprehensive selection survey after the course registration closes.

Selection criteria:

The selection criteria include quality of motivation, professional experience and knowledge, commitment, diversity (gender, geographic region, sector, etc.), and willingness to contribute to the course.

Selection process:

Register for the course by clicking on the sign-up button. Please provide a clear motivation statement and a short explanation of the benefit you can derive from the course as well as your possible contribution to enriching it. Course registration closes on 5th September 2021.

After the deadline for registration, you will receive a link to a survey to confirm the necessary conditions for course completion (technical requirements and time availability), as well as to answer course-specific questions.

This online course is offered free-of-charge.

Participants will enjoy the following benefits from the free online course:

  • Three-months' access to course materials (including exclusive video material and key readings), recording of webinars and speakers’ presentations.
  • Participation in live webinars with renowned subject matter experts.
  • Exclusive access to the UNSSC online social learning environment with training and supporting background materials, and the opportunity to stay connected with colleagues.

Certificates from the United Nations System Staff College will be awarded to participants upon completion of the course.

Registrations are open until 5 September 2021

How to register:

Registration is open until 5 September 2021 and can be done via the following link: http://ow.ly/gJ8V50FBfo8

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Analyse des conflits pour la pérennisation de la paix

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 00:45:26 +0000

Organization: UN System Staff College
Start date: 1 Nov 2021
End date: 3 Dec 2021
Registration deadline: 28 Oct 2021
Introduction

La prévention du déclenchement, de l'escalade, de la poursuite et de la répétition des conflits est une tâche extrêmement ambitieuse, cependant une approche plus stratégique et cohérente à travers et au-delà du système des Nations Unies peut permettre d'atteindre et de maintenir la paix. Comme le reconnaît la dernière série d'examens de l'ONU, cela nécessite des capacités renforcées pour mener des processus structurés d'analyse des conflits qui donnent un aperçu des causes et des conséquences des conflits, des besoins et des intérêts des diverses parties prenantes, ainsi que des dynamiques qui soutiennent ou sapent les efforts de paix.

Ce programme guidé en ligne présente les éléments et principes fondamentaux de l'analyse des conflits et explore certains des principaux outils analytiques que vous pouvez utiliser pour vous assurer que votre travail est sensible aux conflits et contribue, dans la mesure du possible, à prévenir les conflits et à pérenniser la paix.

Objectives

A l'issue de ce programme, vous serez en mesure d’ :

  • Expliquer les principaux concepts, les éléments essentiels et les phases de l'analyse des conflits.
  • Appliquer les outils d'analyse des conflits de manière systématique à une étude de cas spécifique.
  • Articuler les bonnes pratiques, les principes clés et les critères de qualité pour conduire un processus d'analyse de conflit.
Course Methodology

Ce programme est dispensé entièrement en ligne pendant cinq semaines. Il combine des modules d’auto-apprentissage avec des webinaires en direct avec des experts en la matière et des praticiens chevronnés, ainsi que des espaces interactifs pour le partage d'expériences, la réflexion commune et l'échange entre pairs. Un tuteur de l'UNSSC vous guidera et vous soutiendra tout au long de votre parcours d'apprentissage.

Le programme est hébergé sur la plateforme d'apprentissage en ligne de l'UNSSC, eLounge, qui vous offre un haut degré de flexibilité pour accéder au contenu à votre propre rythme, de n'importe où et à tout moment.

Course Contents

Dans ce programme, vous passerez en revue chaque étape d'un processus d'analyse de conflit afin d'en saisir les éléments et principes fondamentaux, ainsi que son application pour assurer la sensibilité aux conflits, leur prévention et la pérennisation de la paix.

La première partie du programme explore l'analyse des conflits, sa raison d'être et son objectif par rapport à certains des principes clés des résolutions sur la pérennisation de la paix et de l'Agenda 2030 pour le développement durable.

La deuxième partie du programme approfondit chacun des éléments essentiels d'un processus structuré d'analyse de conflit et présente certains des principaux outils et méthodes d'analyse de conflit qui peuvent être utilisés pour distinguer les causes immédiates et profondes du conflit, identifier et comprendre les différentes parties prenantes ainsi que pour analyser la paix et la dynamique des conflits.

La troisième partie du programme examine comment appliquer les concepts et les outils dans la pratique afin de développer une analyse de conflit complète.

Target Audience

Le personnel des Nations unies ainsi que les praticiens et les représentants des gouvernements, des organisations non gouvernementales, du secteur privé, de la société civile et du monde universitaire.

Cost of participation

Le co슩t du programme est de 750 $. Ces frais comprennent l'accès à l'ensemble du matériel de formation et d'apprentissage ainsi que la participation à des sessions en ligne en direct et le soutien individuel d'un tuteur de l'UNSSC.

How to register:

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How to Fund My Organization, Not Projects

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 08:47:52 +0000

Organization: MzN International
Start date: 26 Aug 2021
End date: 26 Aug 2021
Registration deadline: 26 Aug 2021

Finding the right funding for good projects is hard—finding funding for my organization seems even more difficult. Yet, there is an ideal mix between the various types of funding that allows most NGOs to have sufficient organizational funding in addition to their project funding.

Join us as we look back at 15 years of experience helping NGOs achieve a sustainable funding stream. We will examine the ideal mix between project and unrestricted funding, look at pragmatic tips such as assigning costs to donor-funded projects and give real-world advice for leaders on how to get the funding and cost management right.

How to register:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NgJkInY5TGGZSv1v-oj5qg

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Rural Entrepreneurship Africa

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 03:41:46 +0000

Organization: Wageningen University
Start date: 21 Mar 2022
End date: 22 Jul 2022
Registration deadline: 7 Feb 2022

Rural entrepreneurship has the potential to drive innovations that can reduce poverty, increase access to food and create employment. For this to happen, actors in agri-food value chains need to trust each other. However, local agri-food value chains are almost always characterised by protectionist behaviour resulting in very high marketing costs and a stalemate, instead of by a drive for positive change and development. This course is focused on breaking the deadlock these value chains are in and hands you the tools to do that.

What will you learn?

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • Have become sensitive to imbalances within agri-food value chains and how these issues can be addressed;
  • Have strengthened your capacity to promote rural wealth creation;
  • Have strengthened your competence in the area of market access of microl entrepreneurs;
  • Have the ability to identify pro-poor, smallholder inclusive and/or gender-friendly agribusiness development opportunities;
  • Be able to apply the tools that support private sector driven innovations in agri-food value chains
Course programme in more detail

Trust among actors in agri-food chains is often not very high. This is caused by the low number of transactions between actors of agri-food value chains, the long distance between producer and end markets, and the general lack of understanding and, therefore, appreciation of each other’s roles. In these situations, all chain actors first of all try to protect their own interests as much as possible. As a result, opportunistic behaviour among chain actors is rampant, and cooperation virtually non-existent. The costs of marketing in these types of fresh produce chains are extremely high, resulting in a combination of very high price levels and very low margins at almost all levels of the chain.

How to register: For whom is this course?

The course is intended for midcareer professionals of government departments, NGOs and civil society organisations, businesses, development agencies, universities and colleges for higher education, and individual consultants working in the domain of private sector and/or market driven development.
To register, please visit the following link

The Application Procedure
  1. Register for the course of your interest by clicking the ‘apply’ button on the webpage of this course. A registration form will open;
  2. Fill in the required fields of the registration form. Please note to write your date of birth without a zero (e.g. 1-5-1980 instead of 01-05-1980);
  3. Before you submit, check your details on the final page of the registration form;
  4. After submitting, you will receive a confirmation email. Make sure to directly click on the link in the email to confirm your registration. Without your confirmation, your registration cannot be processed;
  5. If you apply as an OKP or MSP-scholarship candidate, you will receive a registration letter for the scholarship at the beginning of the scholarship cycle.
  6. If you apply as a self-funded participant: we will forward your request for acceptance to the course leader. This can take some time as it depends on the coordinators' schedule (1-3 weeks);
  7. If you’re accepted into the course programme, we’ll send you an admission letter by e-mail;
  8. You receive all required travel documents from us after you are selected for the scholarship (OKP/MSP-scholarship candidates) or when we’ve received your payment (self-funded participant).
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Water Stewardship in Action for Water and Food Security

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 03:39:21 +0000

Organization: Wageningen University
Start date: 16 May 2022
End date: 24 Jun 2022
Registration deadline: 4 Apr 2022

Wetlands play an essential role in supporting food security, in making water resources management sustainable and in adapting to climate change impacts. How do we prevent that wetlands continue to disappear in the same rate as in the past and that these valuable ecosystem services are lost? This course is dedicated to water stewards, who can advocate the value of wetlands.

What will you learn?

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • Have a greater understanding of the essence of integrated water resources management and water stewardship;
  • Have a better understanding of the interactions between agriculture and wetlands;
  • Have improved your skills to facilitate multi-stakeholder processes and be familiar with supportive tools;
  • Have improved your communication, negotiation, lobby and advocacy skills;
  • Know better how to deal with conflict.
Course programme in more detail

We have learned that restoring and maintaining wetlands is often cheaper than man-made solutions to guarantee water and food security. Without wetlands, the water cycle, carbon cycle and nutrient cycle would be significantly altered. Did you know for instance that 40% of wetland habitats have been lost over the last 40 years? Ramsar COP12 opened with this reminder, challenging delegates to address long-standing misperceptions in many sectors about the services wetlands provide to humans and about the need to value wetland services for improved decision making. Investing in your wetlands, thus reinstalling their often degraded functions and services, might financially even be very attractive and benefit local or national economies.

How to register: For whom is this course?

This course has been designed for wetland managers; for river basin and land-use planners; for policymakers, consultants, researchers, NGO and company staff involved with IWRM, wetlands and food security; and for those who wish to become a (better) water steward.
To register, please visit the following link

The Application Procedure
  1. Register for the course of your interest by clicking the ‘apply’ button on the webpage of this course. A registration form will open;
  2. Fill in the required fields of the registration form. Please note to write your date of birth without a zero (e.g. 1-5-1980 instead of 01-05-1980);
  3. Before you submit, check your details on the final page of the registration form;
  4. After submitting, you will receive a confirmation email. Make sure to directly click on the link in the email to confirm your registration. Without your confirmation, your registration cannot be processed;
  5. If you apply as an OKP or MSP-scholarship candidate, you will receive a registration letter for the scholarship at the beginning of the scholarship cycle.
  6. If you apply as a self-funded participant: we will forward your request for acceptance to the course leader. This can take some time as it depends on the coordinators' schedule (1-3 weeks);
  7. If you’re accepted into the course programme, we’ll send you an admission letter by e-mail;
  8. You receive all required travel documents from us after you are selected for the scholarship (OKP/MSP-scholarship candidates) or when we’ve received your payment (self-funded participant).
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Making Agriculture Work for Food and Nutrition Security

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 03:38:11 +0000

Organization: Wageningen University
Start date: 16 May 2022
End date: 1 Jul 2022
Registration deadline: 4 Apr 2022

The world-wide increase of food availability, through well designed agricultural policies and programmes, has not automatically lead to better nourished populations. The COVID-19 pandemic is further negatively impacting the food and nutrition security situation in many countries. This course debates the nutrition- sensitivity of current agricultural policies and programmes and explores which agricultural pathways lead to food and nutrition security for all.

What will you learn?

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • Be well acquainted with the concepts of food systems, food and nutrition security, (nutrition-sensitive) agriculture, nutritious foods, poverty, sustainability and their interconnection;
  • Be able to design and implement nutrition sensitive agricultural development programmes and policies to enhance the impact on nutrition;
  • Understand and apply the principles - ‘empowerment of women’, ‘focusing on youth’ and ‘nutrition promotion and education’ in the design and implementation of nutrition sensitive agricultural development programmes and policies;
  • Be able to evaluate the results of nutrition sensitive agriculture programmes for policy and decision making;
  • Be able to work within a team of people with different backgrounds in an online learning environment and implement reflective learning at personal and group level;
Course programme in more detail

This six week course will address the role of agriculture in the provision of nutritious food to consumers, and how to achieve the desired individual, national and global nutrition impact, even considering the present COVID-19 pandemic. In the course, the latest (scientific) evidences, agricultural pathways of farm households, the dietary gaps and policies to stimulate the agricultural production of nutritious foods are discussed. After this assessment, the participants will work in groups to apply the knowledge and the participants experience through different tools to practice and discuss how to make agricultural projects nutrition-sensitive. Special attention will be given to gender and youth issues. In the last week discussions and practice are focussed on how to demonstrate the results of nutrition-sensitive agricultural project.

How to register: For whom is this course?

Applicants should have a BSc or equivalent in the field of agriculture, food and nutrition security, health, or a related field, and have at least three years of professional experience in governmental or local non-governmental organisation as a policy or planning officer, or a managing or co-ordinating position in one of the field related to the course. Proficiency in English is required.

To register, please visit the following link

The Application Procedure
  1. Register for the course of your interest by clicking the ‘apply’ button on the webpage of this course. A registration form will open;
  2. Fill in the required fields of the registration form. Please note to write your date of birth without a zero (e.g. 1-5-1980 instead of 01-05-1980);
  3. Before you submit, check your details on the final page of the registration form;
  4. After submitting, you will receive a confirmation email. Make sure to directly click on the link in the email to confirm your registration. Without your confirmation, your registration cannot be processed;
  5. If you apply as an OKP or MSP-scholarship candidate, you will receive a registration letter for the scholarship at the beginning of the scholarship cycle.
  6. If you apply as a self-funded participant: we will forward your request for acceptance to the course leader. This can take some time as it depends on the coordinators' schedule (1-3 weeks);
  7. If you’re accepted into the course programme, we’ll send you an admission letter by e-mail;
  8. You receive all required travel documents from us after you are selected for the scholarship (OKP/MSP-scholarship candidates) or when we’ve received your payment (self-funded participant).
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Horticulture Sector Development for Emerging Markets

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 03:36:46 +0000

Organization: Wageningen University
Start date: 30 May 2022
End date: 1 Jul 2022
Registration deadline: 18 Apr 2022

Are you interested in the latest horticultural insights and want to develop your horticulture sector further? This course gives access to world leading Dutch knowledge organisations and private companies from the horticulture sector. It provides an interactive approach to strengthen your capacities and to translate the gained knowledge and skills into value for your organization and the sector as a whole. The course covers the complete horticulture value chain, including fruit, vegetable and ornamental subsectors, and both greenhouse as well as open field production. Relevant examples from the Dutch sector will be demonstrated. Field visits and excursions are part of the programme.

What will you learn?

Participants of the course will update and strengthen their knowledge, insight and skills on:

  • Horticulture production, both protected and open field production;
  • Post-harvest, quality and logistics processes;
  • Technical, organisational, institutional and socio-economic aspects of horticulture value chains systems;
  • Domestic and international market systems;
  • International standards for good agricultural practices and quality issues in international trade;
  • Relevant international institutional and policy developments, as well as the relevance to your own country;
  • General principles of value chain analysis, management and integrated strategies for horticultural development;
  • The role of multi-stakeholder processes in developing vibrant markets.
Course programme in more detail

The rapid rise of the middle class and rising per capita income in emerging economies are leading to increasing demand for healthy, safe and sustainably produced horticultural products. These developments offer new opportunities to farmers and stakeholders involved in the Horticulture sector. However, effective growth requires the transition from highly fragmented and informal market channels to a more professional horticultural sector. A modern domestic horticulture sector may in turn open up opportunities for export markets for horticulture products.

How to register: For whom is this course?

We invite technical staff, policymakers, scientists, private sector professionals and programme / project managers who want to further develop the horticultural sector in their home countries or country of work, to enrol. Participants should be proficient in English, and have at least a BSc degree or an equivalent academic qualification and five years of work experience in a related field.
To register, please visit the following link

The Application Procedure
  1. Register for the course of your interest by clicking the ‘apply’ button on the webpage of this course. A registration form will open;
  2. Fill in the required fields of the registration form. Please note to write your date of birth without a zero (e.g. 1-5-1980 instead of 01-05-1980);
  3. Before you submit, check your details on the final page of the registration form;
  4. After submitting, you will receive a confirmation email. Make sure to directly click on the link in the email to confirm your registration. Without your confirmation, your registration cannot be processed;
  5. If you apply as an OKP or MSP-scholarship candidate, you will receive a registration letter for the scholarship at the beginning of the scholarship cycle.
  6. If you apply as a self-funded participant: we will forward your request for acceptance to the course leader. This can take some time as it depends on the coordinators' schedule (1-3 weeks);
  7. If you’re accepted into the course programme, we’ll send you an admission letter by e-mail;
  8. You receive all required travel documents from us after you are selected for the scholarship (OKP/MSP-scholarship candidates) or when we’ve received your payment (self-funded participant).
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Integrated Pest Management and Food Safety

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 02:58:05 +0000

Organization: Wageningen University
Start date: 2 May 2022
End date: 17 Jun 2022
Registration deadline: 21 Mar 2022

Public and private standards for pesticide residues have become stricter than ever before. Implementation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is necessary to minimize pesticide applications. But while there are many technical solutions, the application of IPM is still a struggle for many farmers. Do you want to identify and solve problems in IPM, and aspects of sustainable agriculture and food safety? Then this course is of interest to you.

What will you learn?

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • Better understand the role of primary production in food chains in achieving food safety;
  • Know the link between Integrated Pest Management, food safety as a result of primary production, and the protection of the environment;
  • Understand public and private food safety standards and certification;
  • Be able to develop Integrated Pest Management strategies;
  • Know the different roles of stakeholders in supporting the implementation of Good Agricultural Practices, sustainable agriculture and Integrated pest management
  • Know how to increase participation levels in integrated pest management policies and implementation through multi-stakeholder processes.
Course programme in more detail

Increased environmental awareness as well as concerns about safe food, has led to a need for sustainable agricultural production systems. Good agricultural practices and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) have become essential components of sustainable agriculture. The integration of various control measures, with minimal use of pesticides, ensures that pests remain below the economic threshold. The IPM approach limits the negative side effects pesticides can have on the environment as well as on occupational & public health.

How to register: For whom is this course?

The basic prerequisite for participation in the course is active interest and professional experience in this field. Participants should be proficient in English, and have at least a BSc degree or an equivalent academic qualification.

To register, please visit the following link

The Application Procedure
  1. Register for the course of your interest by clicking the ‘apply’ button on the webpage of this course. A registration form will open;
  2. Fill in the required fields of the registration form. Please note to write your date of birth without a zero (e.g. 1-5-1980 instead of 01-05-1980);
  3. Before you submit, check your details on the final page of the registration form;
  4. After submitting, you will receive a confirmation email. Make sure to directly click on the link in the email to confirm your registration. Without your confirmation, your registration cannot be processed;
  5. If you apply as an OKP or MSP-scholarship candidate, you will receive a registration letter for the scholarship at the beginning of the scholarship cycle.
  6. If you apply as a self-funded participant: we will forward your request for acceptance to the course leader. This can take some time as it depends on the coordinators' schedule (1-3 weeks);
  7. If you’re accepted into the course programme, we’ll send you an admission letter by e-mail;
  8. You receive all required travel documents from us after you are selected for the scholarship (OKP/MSP-scholarship candidates) or when we’ve received your payment (self-funded participant).
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Plant Breeders' Rights for Food Security and Economic Development

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 02:57:00 +0000

Organization: Wageningen University
Start date: 14 Mar 2022
End date: 20 May 2022
Registration deadline: 31 Jan 2022

An effective Plant Breeder’s Rights System can ensure and improve food security in any country by stimulating the development of improved plant varieties. Farmers will get access to better varieties which means that their economic development will be enhanced. Do you want to learn what plant breeders’ rights in accordance with the UPOV Convention are and how a Plant Variety Protection System works? Then this course is of interest to you.

What will you learn?

The following subjects will be discussed during this course:

  • Legal aspects – legal framework, requirements of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), patents, regulations relating to genetic resource use;
  • Institutional aspects – procedures and administration, organisational setup, variety registration systems, collaboration and testing;
  • Technical aspects – the principle of Distinctness,Uniformity and Stability (DUS), practical DUS-testing, UPOV guidelines, field testing, biochemical/ molecular techniques, statistics, data analysis, reporting, variety denomination;
  • Exploitation of plant breeders rights – enforcing rights, royalty collection, farm saved seed.
Course programme in more detail

The protection of the rights of plant breeders is an important stimulus for the development of better plant varieties. The possibility to claim intellectual property rights on a variety gives a breeder the exclusive rights to exploit it and to prevent others from doing so illegally.

Many countries are therefore developing and implementing a legal framework for the protection of plant varieties within an intellectual property rights system. Besides developing legislation, the implementation of the Plant Breeders' Rights system has far-reaching consequences of a legal, institutional, technical, financial and commercial nature. In this course, participants will learn about these consequences, and about practical ways to implement new regulations.

How to register: For whom is this course?

Applicants should have a position in the plant variety protection system or have a position that will give them such responsibilities in the near future. Countries that have recently developed a plant variety protection law, or those that are currently in the process of developing such legislation, will be given priority. We also welcome employees of the legal departments in the agricultural industry. Applicants should have an agricultural or horticultural education at a minimum of BSc level or a legal education supplemented with practical experience in agriculture and horticulture. Participants are expected to be proficient in English.
To register, please visit the following link

The Application Procedure
  1. Register for the course of your interest by clicking the ‘apply’ button on the webpage of this course. A registration form will open;
  2. Fill in the required fields of the registration form. Please note to write your date of birth without a zero (e.g. 1-5-1980 instead of 01-05-1980);
  3. Before you submit, check your details on the final page of the registration form;
  4. After submitting, you will receive a confirmation email. Make sure to directly click on the link in the email to confirm your registration. Without your confirmation, your registration cannot be processed;
  5. If you apply as an OKP or MSP-scholarship candidate, you will receive a registration letter for the scholarship at the beginning of the scholarship cycle.
  6. If you apply as a self-funded participant: we will forward your request for acceptance to the course leader. This can take some time as it depends on the coordinators' schedule (1-3 weeks);
  7. If you’re accepted into the course programme, we’ll send you an admission letter by e-mail;
  8. You receive all required travel documents from us after you are selected for the scholarship (OKP/MSP-scholarship candidates) or when we’ve received your payment (self-funded participant).
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Aquaculture Smallholder Business Development

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 02:55:47 +0000

Organization: Wageningen University
Start date: 28 Feb 2022
End date: 22 Apr 2022
Registration deadline: 17 Jan 2022

Are you working with small-scale aquaculture producers who want to access inputs, improve production and connect successfully with more remunerative markets by means of collective actions? This course focuses on empowerment and professionalization of fish farmers’ business organisations, with responsible and inclusive growth of the aquaculture sector as main objective.

What will you learn?

In this course, you will learn about:

  • Global aquaculture situation: drivers, trends, challenges and opportunities;
  • Position of small-scale aquaculture producers: perspectives and challenges;
  • Obtaining the required inputs and finance for business development;
  • Producing quality fish and other aquatic products in a responsible way;
  • Creating value and access to markets;
  • Relations with public and private actors that have a direct or indirect stake in aquaculture sector development;
  • The role of aquaculture producer organizations in terms of service provision for members and business partners;
  • The challenges for the management and performance of aquaculture producer organizations;
  • Development of aquaculture small producer-inclusive programs.
Course programme in more detail

On a global scale aquaculture has shown a steady growth in the past decades. Seafood products from aquaculture production are now equal to the amount supplied by capture fisheries, The global demand for fish or aquatic products is driven by population growth and a growing awareness of the positive impact of consumption of aquatic products on human health. In Europe and North America the local production and supply of fishery products are not sufficient to meet the demand. In response to this demand, fish and other seafood have become very important export commodities for countries in East, South and S.E. Asia.

How to register: For whom is this course?

Professionals interested in the promotion of small producer-inclusive aquaculture business, professionals working for aquaculture producer organizations, governmental organizations, private sector, civil society organizations, universities, research, training and extension.

To register, please visit the following link

The Application Procedure
  1. Register for the course of your interest by clicking the ‘apply’ button on the webpage of this course. A registration form will open;
  2. Fill in the required fields of the registration form. Please note to write your date of birth without a zero (e.g. 1-5-1980 instead of 01-05-1980);
  3. Before you submit, check your details on the final page of the registration form;
  4. After submitting, you will receive a confirmation email. Make sure to directly click on the link in the email to confirm your registration. Without your confirmation, your registration cannot be processed;
  5. If you apply as an OKP or MSP-scholarship candidate, you will receive a registration letter for the scholarship at the beginning of the scholarship cycle.
  6. If you apply as a self-funded participant: we will forward your request for acceptance to the course leader. This can take some time as it depends on the coordinators' schedule (1-3 weeks);
  7. If you’re accepted into the course programme, we’ll send you an admission letter by e-mail;
  8. You receive all required travel documents from us after you are selected for the scholarship (OKP/MSP-scholarship candidates) or when we’ve received your payment (self-funded participant).
Courses are currently online

Our courses are currently online. Check the course details more information about the online course format.

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Landscape Governance

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 02:50:24 +0000

Organization: Wageningen University
Start date: 18 Apr 2022
End date: 3 Jun 2022
Registration deadline: 7 Mar 2022

This course challenges forestry and nature management professionals to adopt an integrative perspective, to look beyond the forest, and build bridges between the public and the private sector. We focus on institutional development at landscape level including multi-stakeholder platforms and networks, and financial support mechanisms to guide landscape dynamics on the ground.

What will you learn?

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • Critically examine landscape dynamics at various levels and scales;
  • Understand the implications of up-scaling participation to working with diverse stakeholder groups at landscape level;
  • Be able to identify the institutional change needed to enhance public-private collaboration and multi-stakeholder governance processes at landscape level;
  • Be able to assess your own role as manager or practitioner, and develop your competencies as a facilitator of landscape governance processes.

Please find a more detailed overview of the course content below.

Course programme in more detail

Forested landscapes worldwide are increasingly integrated in global processes of trade, market development, resource exploitation and climate change. This is why landscapes are increasingly considered to be appropriate levels to negotiate land use options. Within forested landscapes food production,commodity agriculture, biodiversity, resource extraction and other land uses are competing for space. Negotiation and conflict mediation between stakeholders and their interests are therefore increasingly needed and a new breed of professionals is high in demand.

How to register: For whom is this course?

Participants should be experienced professionals with several years of working experience in the fields of natural resources management, forestry, agriculture, rural development, rural livelihoods, sustainable development or other relevant areas. Proficiency in English is required**.**

To register, please visit the following link

The Application Procedure
  1. Register for the course of your interest by clicking the ‘apply’ button on the webpage of this course. A registration form will open;
  2. Fill in the required fields of the registration form. Please note to write your date of birth without a zero (e.g. 1-5-1980 instead of 01-05-1980);
  3. Before you submit, check your details on the final page of the registration form;
  4. After submitting, you will receive a confirmation email. Make sure to directly click on the link in the email to confirm your registration. Without your confirmation, your registration cannot be processed;
  5. If you apply as an OKP or MSP-scholarship candidate, you will receive a registration letter for the scholarship at the beginning of the scholarship cycle.
  6. If you apply as a self-funded participant: we will forward your request for acceptance to the course leader. This can take some time as it depends on the coordinators' schedule (1-3 weeks);
  7. If you’re accepted into the course programme, we’ll send you an admission letter by e-mail;
  8. You receive all required travel documents from us after you are selected for the scholarship (OKP/MSP-scholarship candidates) or when we’ve received your payment (self-funded participant).
Courses are currently online

Our courses are currently online. Check the course details for more information about the online course format.

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