Updates from the Sanitation Marketing Community of Practice

The Sanitation Marketing Community of Practice – an initiative of the Australian WASH Reference Group and managed by WaterAid Australia. Below are 2 new announcements. wateraid

1 – Yolande Coombes, WSP is available to answer SanMark questions
The Sanitation Marketing Community of Practice is very excited to have Yolande Coombes as our new resident guest expert. Yolande will be available in January 2013 to answer any SanMark practitioner questions. Questions can be submitted via the Sanitation Marketing website.
Be sure to include a brief description of your project and context. Questions, answers and comments will be posted on the website for peer to peer learning.

Yolande Coombes has more than 20 years experience in public health, behaviour change and evaluation. She gained her PhD in Public Health from the University of London. She has held academic positions at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and College of Medicine in Malawi. As a consultant she has worked on topics on a number of communicable and non-communicable diseases. She has worked for both Population Services International and Marie Stopes International providing technical social marketing, behaviour change, franchising and M&E support. In 2007 she took up a position as a specialist consultant in sanitation marketing and hygiene with WSP and became a staff member in 2010 responsible for leading WSP’s sanitation and hygiene work in Africa, including task managing the AfricaSan 3 conference in 2011.

2 – Applications now open for SanMark Practitioner Training
The SanMark COP is excited to offer a series of face-to-face 3-day Practitioner Trainings in Asia, the Pacific and Africa in 2013.

  • Cambodia: 27 Feb-1 March 2013
  • Fiji: 17 Apr-19 Apr 2013
  • Kenya: 29 May-31 May 2013

The Practitioner Training is targeting field-level and program managers and technical advisors responsible for designing, developing, implementing and/or monitoring sanitation marketing activities. The training will be most suitable for:

  • Field-level program managers from NGOs or local government
  • Technical staff responsible for making decisions about field-level programs
  • Staff in direct contact with villages and households within a sanitation market
  • Staff from diverse professional backgrounds (business development, marketing, public health, communications, WASH, etc.) are welcome

Proficiency in English language is required. Places are limited to 40 participants per training so be sure to get your applications in early. Applications for Cambodia training close Friday 4th January 2013
Application forms, key dates and further information can be found on the website.

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