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Senior Project Manager – Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), SEI Africa Centre

Senior Project Manager – Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), SEI Africa Centre

  • Duration: 3 years to Dec 2019 (6 months’ probation period); contract subject to extension by the funder in Oct 2017 based on satisfactory project performance
  • Salary range: Competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Application deadline: 4 December 2016
  • Apply here: https://www.sei-international.org/working-for-sei/3583

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About the position:

SEI’s Africa Centre seeks a Senior Project Manager during the 3-year period of support provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to further develop the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), a global knowledge management platform (www.susana.org and www.forum.susana.org). The successful candidate will lead the consortium, report to the SEI Africa Centre Director for local operations and liaise with the SuSanA project team at SEI-Stockholm.

Webinar: Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) in Water and Sanitation

The RWSN secretariat announces the latest webinar of their mini-series 2016, which will take place on1 6.11.2016. The title of the event is “A tool for Monitoring the Scaling up of Water and Sanitation Technologies (TAF – Technology Applicability Framework)” and it will focus on the use of the TAF, which has been presented and discussed previously at the SuSanA Forum (here). The session will take place in English (2-3 PM Central European Time, please check your local time here) and in Spanish (4-5 PM Central European Time, please check your local time here). Thee two presenters and the titles of their presentations are:

  • Joshua Briemberg, WaterAid, Nicaragua: TAF as a participative planning and monitoring tool
  • Younes Hassib, GIZ, Germany: Scaling up sanitation solutions in Afghanistan

After the two presentations, you will have the chance to ask questions and participate in the on-line Q&A session and discussion around this topic.

Please use this link in order to register for the sessions.

Recordings and presentations of previous sessions of this mini-series of webinars are available for download and viewing here.

For more information on the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF), please visit: washtechnologies.net/en

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Anticipating the next wave of eLearning in the WASH sector Oct 6, 2016 – SuSanA Forum

Published on Oct 6, 2016

Overview:
Since 2013, Eawag-Sandec has developed an open-access eLearning series entitled “Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development”. The courses are offered as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on the internet platform Coursera and have reached a global audience with around 30,000 learners and 4,000 course completers.

In the first part of this webinar, we would like to share our experiences and discuss opportunities and pitfalls of MOOCs in the WASH sector. Can you massively reach students and practitioners in low- and middle-income countries with MOOCs? To which extent can you replace face-to-face university lectures with a MOOC? The second part will look ahead trying to anticipate the next wave of eLearning in the WASH sector.

Presenters:
-Fabian Suter: Coordinator of the MOOC-series at Sandec-Eawag
-Dr. Christoph Lüthi: Department head of Sandec-Eawag and main lecturer of the MOOC “Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies”

Links:
-MOOC series” Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development”: http://www.eawag.ch/mooc
-Trailer of our most recent course “Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies”: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgHWg270mPystIe5rVFOvCA

EAWAG E-learning: Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies

EAWAG E-learning Course – Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies, starts October 17, 2016. logo-epfl-eawag-squareWhite.jpg

About this course: Do you want to learn how to plan affordable and context-specific sanitation solutions? Do you want to be updated on the newest developments in urban sanitation planning and programming? Do you want to get insights about best practices examples of urban sanitation systems in low- and middle-income countries? If yes, this course is for you!

The course starts with an introduction about integrated sanitation planning, dealing with citywide planning as well as with planning for specific contexts such as informal settlements. After presenting different sanitation planning frameworks you will learn about the different systems and technologies – the key terminology and concepts and why systems’ thinking is crucial for urban environmental sanitation. The course covers the whole sanitation chain providing detailed information about appropriate sanitation systems (e.g. waterless pit-based, decentralized water-based, black water transport).
Eawag-Sandec and EPFL jointly offer this course with sanitation experts from the World Bank and WHO.

Sustainable Sanitation Alliance – Thematic Online Discussion: “Managing WASH in Schools – Is the Education Sector Ready?”

The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) is excited to announce the 10th Thematic Online Discussion on the topic of “Managing WASH in Schools – Is the Education Sector Ready?”

Starting on Monday, September 19, we invite you to join our discussion on the challenges of WASH in Schools (WinS) globally which is part of SuSanA’s Thematic Discussion Series (TDS).

The direct links of WinS to SDG2 (health), SDG6 (water and sanitation) and SDG4 (education) pose the chance for increased inter-sectoral cooperation. Thereby, the education sector’s leadership and management are critical to broad-scale implementation and success of WinS. Yet, how is the education sector taking WASH on board and how can the sector manage it? How does the reality look like in schools around the world? What does it take for better-managed WinS? What shifts/changes are necessary to see the situation change?

Building on the SuSanA Working Group 7 (Community, Rural & Schools) meeting during the Stockholm Water Week 2016, we would like to address these and other questions in order to get a better understanding of the challenges and needs of the education sector to successfully manage WASH in schools.

In particular, we will structure our discussion along two topics – (1) Policy Issues on the Regional and Global Level and (2) Implementation Level/Matters of Implementation.

For both topics, experts from both the WASH and the education sector will provide leadership, food for thought and a profound insight into the topic. Questions raised by Forum Users will also be addressed.

Discussing WASH in school and the education sector’s role and potential for leadership, we propose the following schedule:

Theme I – Policy Issues on the Regional and Global Level (September 19-30)
Theme II – Implementation Level (September 21-30)

We look forward to interested participants and an enriching discussion on WinS.

Kind regards,

Antonio S.D. on behalf of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance

Three things that make SaniPath special

Three things that make SaniPath special | Source: SaniPath blog, April 21 2016 |

The SaniPath team has created an exposure assessment tool to be used in urban low-resource areas with poor sanitation. It stands out as a resource for its accessibility, easy to understand results, and potential to influence policy making. sanipath

1. THE SANIPATH TOOL IS EASY TO USE AND UNDERSTAND
The tool was designed with the goal that it would be able to be used independently by a variety of organizations interested in improving sanitation. It comes with a detailed manual describing the steps of the data collection and the analyses process than can be understood by anyone with a basic scientific background. Minimum requirements for use of the tool include:

  • A funding source (ex: local government or international organization)
  • A lab with the ability to detect E. coli and technicians to carry out the procedures in a sterile environment
  • A team with experience conducting surveys
  • A local group to assist with data collection and distribution

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National Poo Museum opens doors on Isle of Wight

National Poo Museum opens doors on Isle of Wight | Source: BBC News, April 4 2016 |

A museum dedicated to excrement, with examples from the animal and human world, has opened to the public.

The exhibition at the Isle of Wight Zoo features faeces from animals such as elks and lions as well as a human baby.

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Twenty different types of excrement have been placed in resin spheres

The National Poo Museum has been created by members of the artist collective Eccleston George.

“Poo is all around us and inside us, but we ignore it,” said co-curator Daniel Roberts.

Twenty illuminated resin spheres show off the different types of faeces with facts hidden behind toilet lids on the museum walls.

Samples of faeces have been gathered from around the world as well as donations received from the Isle of Wight Zoo and Dinosaur Isle museum.

The display also includes fossilised poo (coprolites) dating back 140 million years as well as a tawny owl pellet containing bones and teeth.

 

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