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February 3, 2016

This Week on Careers and Opportunities in the Field of Sustainable Urban Development

This week on careers, scholarships and opportunities on sustainable urban development:

  • “Do you have a passion to make a difference in your community? Do you want to advocate for the rights of young people in your country? Do you feel like you have the drive to lead a change, and want to develop your skillsets to do so? Are you aged between 18 - 25 years?” The United Nations Population Fund is inviting applicants to the Young Innovators Fellowship Programme. Click the link for more information. Also, check out more opportunities at UNFPA here

  • The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) is now hiring expert practitioners in different assignments. Check out the current vacancies, experts and trainers roster, junior professional officer opportunities, and internship programmes here on this page. For more information about careers in the United Nations, go to their page for vacancies

  • The Graduate Institute is launching the third edition of the Advancing Development Goals Contest, an international competition for graduate students. This year, the theme is "The Challenges of Urbanization". Students are invited to identify a challenge stemming from urbanisation; construct an interdisciplinary analysis on how it affects different aspects of development in a specific (but transposable) context; and propose innovation at the policy, practice, process or technology levels turning the challenge into development opportunity.

  • The Asian Development Bank is "set to open new career opportunities for development professionals in the Asia Pacific region". Furthermore, according to Devex, the anticipated new job postings will include 130 career opportunities — mostly entry-level positions — both in the institution’s Manila headquarters as well as in around 40 of its country and other representative offices in the Asia-Pacific. Application process for majority of the positions will be open this year and will continue into 2017 and beyond." 

  • "The government of Japan is pleased to offer ADB-Japan scholarship program for students in 2016-2017 academic session. Scholarships will be awarded to undertake postgraduate studies. It aims to provide an opportunity for well-qualified citizens of ADB’s developing member countries* to pursue postgraduate studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions in the Asian and Pacific Region." For more information, visit their webpage.

  • “Are you an experienced researcher thinking about your next career move? Individual Fellowships fund researchers looking to enhance their career development and prospects by working abroad.” There two types of fellowships that you can apply to: (1) European Fellowships and (2) Global Fellowships. For more information, visit the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions - European Commission.

  • AuthorAID announces its new grants for 2016. AuthorAID plans to award 12 travel (for researchers who have an accepted abstract or proposal to present at a conference) and 12 workshop (For experienced researchers or administrators who would like to organise a workshop on a topic related to research communication) grants to people working in eligible developing countries, following a competitive selection process. For more information, visit the announcement here.

For links to job postings, internship programmes, and other opportunities in different organizations, visit the career opportunities page on the SUSTAIN website.