Learning communities on international development cooperation

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The Learning Network on Capacity Development (LenCD) is an informal network of analysts and practitioners aimed at creating a global community of practice around capacity development. Its objectives are to facilitate the sharing of lessons and distill quality criteria for good practice; promote research, share experiences, monitor outcomes and carry out other empirical work; foster country-level, regional and international dialogue and collaboration; promote the mainstreaming of capacity development issues into agency operations; and act as a key partner to advance the OECD/DAC’s capacity development agenda. URL: www.lencd.org

Capacity-Net is an informal and external knowledge network hosted and moderated by UNDP Capacity Development Group. The network was launched in February 2007 and currently has over 1,400 members. The network is open to development practitioners and experts who are interested and engaged in capacity development work. Members include UNDP staff, UN agencies, Government representatives, academic and research institutions, civil society, private sector, regional institutions, and members of the wider international development community. URL: www.undp.org/capacity/capacitynet.shtml


Chief of Party, Strengthening Democratic Local Governance Program (South Sudan)


Contracting organization: Global Communities 
Location: Juba, South Sudan
Application deadline: 30 June 2013
Type/duration of assignment: Staff position
More informationhttp://chfinternational.devhire.devex.com/jobs/327623


Global Communities is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Chief of Party (COP) to oversee the implementation of an USAID funded Strengthening Democratic and Local Governance Program in South Sudan. Responsibilities include overall project development, management, and implementation; operational budgets, and performance monitoring plans.  

Capacity development specialists sought for Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility


The Australia Africa Partnerships Facility (AAPF) is one of the mechanisms used to achieve the second objective of Australia’s strategic approach to aid to Africa 2011- 2015, which is ‘to help build the human resources capacity of African countries, particularly in areas and ways where Australia has recognised strengths and expertise’. The AAPF is now seeking highly qualified and motivated candidates to be part of the Africa Program Support Group (APSG) – Panel of Experts for the short term technical position: Capacity Development Specialists. The deadline for applications is 28 June 2013.

Operations capacity building adviser


Contracting organization: Save the Children UK
Location: London, UK, with international travel
Application deadline: 05 April 2013 
Type/duration of assignment: 8-month fixed term contract (with potential for extension)
More informationhttp://bit.ly/ZPUYGq

Save the Children UK seeks an Operations Capacity Building Advisor to support improvement of operational delivery in key focus countries. The successful candidate will play a central part in increasing and sustaining the capacity of country teams to operate rapidly, at scale, safely and securely, effectively and efficiently.


Monitoring and evaluation consultant, Haiti


Contracting organization: Management Sciences for Health/USAID
Location: Haiti
Application deadline: Not specified
Type/duration of assignment: Short term consultancy, starting mid-April 2013
More information: To apply, please send a resume and a brief cover letter confirming availability to acollins@msh.org

MSH seeks a consultant for the USAID-funded Haiti Leadership, Management, and Governance Project. One of the objectives of the project is to accelerate access to quality health services through health strengthening approaches that increase the Government of Haiti’s ability to manage its funding sources and that link the Haitian population to functional referral networks.


Capacity building and conflict resolution project manager, Jordan


Contracting organization: Human Relief Foundation
Location: Amman, Jordan
Application deadline: 9 February 2013
Type/duration of assignment: One year consultancy
More information: http://reliefweb.int/job/554563/capacity-building-project-manager-jordan

Human Relief Foundation (HRF) is an international NGO seeking to promote sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities through relief and development programmes, as well as supporting people in need to build a better life and find their own solutions to local and global problems. We are currently looking for a project manager/technical consultant to manage a EuropeAid funded project providing capacity building in peacebuilding to Jordanian NGOs.

Finance and capacity building officer, Sierra Leone


Contracting organization: One Village Partners
Location: Sierra Leone
Application deadline: 1 March 2013
Type/duration of assignment: Full time staff position
More information: http://www.idealist.org/view/job/TZ7JN88tpGW4/

OneVillage Partners (OVP) is an entrepreneurial, start-up nonprofit organization that improves quality of life for rural villagers living in extreme poverty in Sierra Leone, West Africa. With a small support staff in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the organization is currently building its team in Sierra Leone and seeks a full-time Finance and Capacity Building Officer. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to build the position, develop financial policies, and work on the ground with local communities to support expansion efforts. As OneVillage Partners grows, this person will oversee and manage all finance and accounting activities in Sierra Leone and also assist interested villagers and villager groups in developing the necessary skills for empowerment and self-determination. An expatriate is required for this position.

Tracking post-2015 development goals: Call for input


The Overseas Development Institute (ODI, UK) has announced an initiative to track all proposals emerging out of the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Millenium Development Goals and the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (an outcome of the Rio+20 Conference in June 2012). The project invites input on any missing proposals and is especially interested in any proposals on concrete targets and indicators. For an overview of goals tracked so far, please go to: http://post2015.org/2013/01/08/tracking-proposals-on-future-development-goals/

Learning and knowledge management officer, Ethiopia


Contracting organization: Mercy Corps/USAID
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Application deadline: Not specified
Type/duration of assignment: Staff position
More information: http://bit.ly/10x8zVZ

The Learning and Knowledge Management Officer will be a key position in the $48 million, 5-year USAID-funded Pastoralists Areas Resilience Improvement and market Expansion (PRIME) program. He/she will lead enhanced innovation learning and knowledge management activities. In addition he/she will work closely with USAID/FTF’s Knowledge Learning, Documentation and Policy (KLDP) project and the Capacity to Improve Agriculture and Food Security (CIAFS) program.

Calendar for final thematic consultations on post-2015 agenda


post2015-login-logo The calendar of final thematic consultations being organized between January and April 2013 to discuss what comes next after the Millenium Development Goals is now available. The Global Leadership Meetings (GLMs) cover 8 themes: Conflict and Fragility; Inequalities; Governance and the Post-2015 Framework; Population Dynamics; Health; Education; Water; and Hunger, Food and Nutrition Security.

Senior capacity development adviser (Plan International)


Contracting organization: Plan International USA
Location: Washington DC
Application deadline: 9 February 2013
Type/duration of assignment: Staff position
More information: http://www.idealist.org/view/job/C8CB3mczH78d/

The Senior Capacity Development Advisor will contribute to developing and implementing family planning/reproductive health and HIV project strategies through a USAID-funded project with emphasis on individual and institutional capacity development and advocacy.

Evidence and knowledge in humanitarian action


Dates: 5-7 March 2013
Type of event: Conference
Location: Washington D.C.
Organization: ALNAP
More information: http://www.alnap.org/events/28th.aspx

Accurate information is a vital tool for humanitarians. It can provide evidence of current or anticipated needs; demonstrate those elements of a response that are working, and those which urgently need to be changed; and support the development and improvement of life-saving practices. But there are many challenges to the collection of information and the use of evidence in humanitarian response, arising from the context of operations and from the culture of the humanitarian system. This upcoming ALNAP Meeting will look at these challenges and – building on the experience of Network members and invited experts - try to find ways to address them.

Capacity development specialists, Uganda


Contracting organization: Chemonics
Location: Uganda
Application deadline: 30 January 2013
Type/duration of assignment: Staff positions
More information: http://img.static.reliefweb.int/job/547649/agricultural-climate-trade-and-capacity-building-specialists

Chemonics seeks technical specialists for the anticipated three- to five-year USAID-funded Enabling Environment for Agriculture Program in Uganda. This feed the future program will partner with Ugandan private and public institutions to improve the enabling environment for agricultural development, trade, and adaptation to climate change.

AfDB call for microfinance capacity building fund applications open till 30 November


The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has announced the 2nd call for proposals of the Microfinance Capacity Building Fund ("MCBF"). Award amounts will range from US $200,000 to US $500,000 per project, depending on the activity, and will be given to approximately 6-8 awardees.

Partnerships and Mutual Accountability for Development Results (E-discussion)


Dates: 4 October to 1 November 2012
Type of event: E-discussion
Location: Online/Global
Organization: UNDP and partners
More information: https://undp.unteamworks.org/login?destination=node%2F91436

Launched on 4 October, this four-week long e-discussion aims to gather diverse viewpoints about the results and quality of development cooperation in different countries, regions and globally.  The e-discussion is co-hosted by the UNDP Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Group, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD). The discussion will take place in two parts: the first part (4-18 Oct. 2012) will focus on taking stock of improving mutual accountability at country level, the second part (19 Oct. – 1 Nov. 2012) examines the relationship between the country, regional and global processes and frameworks.

Inclusive and sustainable growth for human development - EU Development Days 2012


Dates: 15-16 October 2012
Type of event: Conference
Location: Brussels, Belgium and online (live webcasts)
Organization: EU Commission
More information: http://eudevdays.eu/

EDD 2012The seventh edition of the European Development Days (EDD 2012) will focus on the theme of sustainable and inclusive growth for human development, with three related sub-themes: - sustainable agriculture, food security and resilience; - engaging the private sector for development; and - empowering people for inclusive growth.  Live web-streaming of all sessions taking place in the four main high level panels each day will be available online at http://live.eudevdays.eu/ in French, English and the original language of the speakers.

Call for proposals: EDULINK II


Funding proposals are invited for EDULINK II, a programme that fosters co-operation in the field of Higher Education between the countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP) Group of States and the European Union. EDULINK II focuses on two thematic areas: (i) energy access and efficiency, and (ii) agriculture and food security

The call was launched on the EuropeAid website on 19 March and closes on 30 July 2012.

European Commission re-thinks its capacity development approach, post-Busan


Screen shot 2012-04-18 at 10.49.31 AM The European Commission is exploring ways to reorient its technical cooperation approach in line with the outcome of the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, which underscored the links between capacity development and development effectiveness. Building on the principles of the Technical Cooperation Reform (backbone strategy) and the lessons which have been learnt after two years of implementation, the Commission is currently updating its guidance on capacity development to integrate it into its overall Project and Programme Cycle Management guidance (PPCM).


Capacity building specialist for aid coordination


Contracting organization: President's Office, Government of Zanzibar
Location: Zanzibar
Application Deadline: 04 April 2012
Type/duration of assignment: 2 years
More information: Download Vacancy announcement and Terms of Reference

The President’s Office – Finance, Economy and Development wishes to recruit a suitable candidate to fill this position. The Specialist will support the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar in facilitating the national efforts for the development management and aid effectiveness. Given that the donor coordination is supported by the Development Partners Group (DPG) Secretariat hosted in the UNDP Tanzania, the Specialist will work closely with the DPG Secretariat on issues related to donor coordination and dialogue with development partners in Zanzibar.

Aid effectiveness consultant for the review of the development assistance strategy


Contracting organization: UNDP
Location: Malawi
Application Deadline: 16 April 2012
Type/duration of assignment: Short consultancy (25 days)
More information: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=28907

The purpose of the consultancy is to carry out a qualitative assessment of the Development Assistance Strategy implementation and two thematic case studies on the quality of dialogue and the division of labour. The results will inform the preparation work for the next country framework on aid effectiveness for the period 2012-2016, in line with Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II for the same period.

Interactive seminar series: Learning from mega disasters


Dates: 18 April - 11 May 2012 (NB: Registration deadline is 11 April 2012)
Type of event: Video conference series (6 sessions) with live webcasts
Location: Various (region-based) + Online
Organization: Global Development Learning Network(GDLN)
More information on themes and target countries: http://www.jointokyo.org/en/programs/catalogue/mega_disasters/

This video conference series is organized as part of a Government of Japan/World Bank programme “ Learning from Mega Disasters: Program of Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Exchange,” launched in October 2011. The project has developed 33 Knowledge Notes so far, which will be grouped into 6 clusters for the GDLN knowledge-exchange sessions. The objectives of the KS sessions are to: (i) share initial findings and lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake with practitioners throughout the world, and (ii) exchange views among experts on how these lessons could be transferred and adapted to developing countries.

Learning for sustainable development at Rio+20 (vote for your favourite courses!)


sdlearning3 At the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) - commonly referred to as the Rio+20 conference - there will be a parallel Sustainable Development (SD) Learning event taking place, consisting of multiple training courses on crucial aspects of sustainable development. 70 courses grouped under 12 broad SD themes will be offered. The courses aim at providing participants with practical knowledge and hands-on training from experts around the world.

In preparation for the event, the UNCSD Secretariat invites interested parties around the world to review the proposed courses and vote on their favourites! The voting deadline is 13 April 2012.

Eldis governance assessments CDROM now available: Request your free copy!


header-eldis-governance-assessmentsSince 2008 the Eldis project at IDS Knowledge Services has hosted an online resource library, The Eldis Governance Assessments dossier as part of a long-term partnership with the UNDP Global Programme on Democratic Governance Assessments. To mark the end of this collaboration Eldis collated a selection of documents from the library on to a CDROM. The disc contains over 200 resources from a range of different experts, institutions and organisations that work in the field of governance assessments. It is designed to provide detailed, practical information drawing upon evidence about what works, and identifying innovations in approaches, policy and practice. Eldis is trying to identify potential users for the CDROMs by means of a short survey (click here to download) below. Please fill in the form and send it by email to j.collodi@ids.ac.uk

UN M&E specialist, Lusaka, Zambia


Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Contracting organization: UNDP
Application Deadline: 05 April 2012
Expected start date: 01 July 2012
Duration of assignment: One year

The UN system in Zambia supports development operations in the country through the activities of UN system agencies represented on the ground. In addition, as the country is moving towards becoming a lower middle income country the coordination between bilateral and multilateral development agencies is critical to ensure that Official Development Assistance (ODA) has the desired impact during the country’s transition. The UN Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist works under the direct supervision of the UN Coordination Specialist. The M&E Specialist collaborates closely with RCO staff members, the UN inter-agency M&E Working Group and UNDAF Outcome and Joint Programme groups, as well as with Government and Cooperating Partners.

Using case studies in development evaluation: Validity, Generalisation and Learning


Dates: 21-23 May, 2012
Type of event: International workshop
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Organization: Centre for Social Science Development Research University of Copenhagen and the Evaluation Department of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Abstracts are invited for this international workshop, which will focus on methodological and practical considerations when using case studies in evaluations of development. The workshop will be organised in collaboration with the journal Evaluation:the international journal of theory, research and practice. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 December 2011 .

Panel discussion on "Capacity Development: Lessons Learned and Ways Forward" at the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness


Dates: 29 November to 1 December 2011
Type of event: High Level Forum and Side Events
Location: Busan, Korea
Organization: Learning Network on Capacity Development (LenCD)

This session will identify key actions to strengthen the practice of and knowledge on country-led capacity development, building on lessons learned. It will examine two areas that are critical to the forward-looking agenda on capacity development: putting country-driven, results-focused capacity development into practice; and creating and exchanging knowledge on what works.

INTRAC 20th anniversary conference: Civil Society at a New Frontier


Dates: 5-6 December 2011
Type of event: Conference
Location: St Anne's College, Oxford, UK
Organization: International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC)

This two day international development conference will focus on civil society, economic growth and the post-aid environment.

Global South-South Development Expo 2011


Dates: 5-9 December 2011
Type of event: Expo
Location: Rome, Italy
Organization: UN FAO

With the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) rapidly approaching, it is critical for countries, the UN system, multilateral institutions, civil society and the private sector to explore all avenues for small, medium and large-scale development solutions to the complex challenges faced by developing countries. The first Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo) aims to showcase Southern solutions to the urgent problem of food insecurity.

Learning from South-South and triangular cooperation


Dates: 26-28 September, 2011
Type of event: Network event
Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Organization: Learning Network on Capacity Development (LenCD)

The main purpose of this meeting, organized by the Learning Network on Capacity Development (LenCD) is to promote discussion on Capacity Development and South-South Cooperation in Latin America, with a particular focus on rural poverty reduction and food security.

Invitation to participate in country and regional CD dialogue


Dates: Open-ended
Type of event: Dialogue
Organizer: LenCD/UNDP

The Learning Network on Capacity Development (LenCD) has issued a call for a series of one-day events to engage country stakeholders and development partners in a dialogue on their capacity-development priorities. Supported by UNDP, the dialogues will build on the Cairo Consensus on Capacity Development that was adopted in March 2011 as a contribution towards an agenda for action for the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness.

International conference on capacity development


Dates: 15 December 2011
Type of event: International conference
Location: The Hague, The Netherlands
Organization: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairst

Following the publication Policy and Operations Evaluation Department (IOB) evaluation report of the effectiveness of Dutch support for capacity building in developing countries, this follow up conference will implementation of the report's recommendations.

Capacity4dev.eu is a growing online community for development practitioners. This interactive platform was set up by EuropeAid to enhance knowledge through the exchange of practices on effective international cooperation. Capacity4dev.eu provides an open forum for all commission staff, partner countries, other donors, researchers and civil society representatives to share ideas and expertise.There are currently more than 2000 members participating in 100 groups, of which 14 fall under the broad area of Capacity Development and Technical Cooperation reform.

Active Learning Network on Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Assistance (ALNAP) is a unique, sector-wide network that brings together the major actors involved in international responses to conflicts and natural disasters. Established in 1997, following the multi-agency evaluation of the Rwanda genocide, ALNAP is a collective response dedicated to improving humanitarian performance through increased learning and accountability.