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Call for Articles – sustainable energy, environmental sustainability, climate change mitigation

Are you a writer? Do you want to lend your pen towards creating awareness for sustainable energy, environmental sustainability and climate change in Africa? Then here’s your chance to publish with us!  

The International Support Network for African Development (ISNAD-Africa) is a youth-led pan-African initiative committed to raising global and multi-stakeholder support for clean energy transition and climate resilience in Africa through a multidisciplinary network of various stakeholders active in sustainable energy, environment, and climate change fields across the globe. ISNAD-Africa is inviting guest authors to submit articles which will be published on our website and circulated widely to our global network.

 Guidelines for submissions 

The following are required for articles to be published on our page. 

Name of author(s) 

Profile of author(s): Every article should have a 70-word profile of the author with a standard profile picture 

Contact details: E-Mail and social media handle(s) – Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook 

Headline or title (less than 20 words): The title should grab the reader’s attention and sum up the main idea of the article.  

Feature image: This depicts the main theme of the article and is visible when shared on social media and other online media. 

Article summary: Every article should have a summary that will be put in Italics at the top. Usually, it should not be more than 50 words. 

Structure (style and content) :

  • Background – what is known about the subject, include sources or literature (use hyperlinks for online sources)
  • Key message – explain the message with examples, illustrations, images, numbers, citations 
  • Conclusion – remind the reader why the article was written, reprise the argument that has been made and the call to action (what do you want the audience to do?) 
  • Ensure to use good quality and appropriately captioned photos in the body of text 

General tips 

Consider the audience and goals of ISNAD-Africa: Choose your topic related to our thematic areas of sustainable energy (renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy access), environment and climate change. Other topics addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are welcome as well

Consider the (who, what, when, where, why and how) before you write 

Research your topic (talk to experts, review literature) 

Keep it simple (avoid jargons), use simple language and explain each technical term. The readers may not be experts in your industry. Online references should be inserted in-line as hyperlinks. 

You may use subheadings to break down the article 

Proofread or ask a friend to review 

Click here to submit an article. If you have questions, contact us on communications@isnad-africa.org.

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Increase Covid-19 Palliatives to Reduce Over-exploitation of Nature – Expert

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the world, an environmental expert Adedoyin Adeleke, Executive Director, International Support Network for African Development has charged African countries, especially Nigeria to increase palliatives to the poor to reduce over exploitation of nature.
He said this over exploitation also exacerbate climate change in the long run.

He said the emergence of Covid-19 has more undesirable implications against environmental sustainability than it has for it.

According to him, “While global stakeholders called for increased climate action, the emergence of the COVID19 pandemic constituted another disruption. Indeed, the lockdown adopted in many countries, including Nigeria, to fight the pandemic resulted in decrease in transport and production activities, among other economic activities, thus reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

“However, the decrease is temporal yet COVID19 has more undesirable implications against environmental sustainability than it has for it.

“First, the COVID19 is zoonotic (that is contracted from animals). Beyond this, about 60 per cent of all diseases infectious to man is contracted from animals. Ebola and bird flu are among the zoonotic diseases that have impacted the world recently with the latest being the Coronavirus disease (COVID19).

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that more than 1.5 million people have contracted the disease which has resulted in more than 90,000 deaths in over 200 countries of the world.

“Given the need to save lives, global resource mechanisms have diverted attention to combat the pandemic hence reduced resource mobilisation for climate change among other development themes.

“Being zoonotic, the COVID19 pandemic has several implications for nature, biodiversity, environmental sustainability and climate change. While the specific causes of the Coronavirus Disease are still being researched; activities that undermine nature conservation, biodiversity such as deforestation, changes in land use, unregulated wildlife trade, climate change have also been identified to be factors that contribute to zoonosis emergence. Also, the increase in water consumption, increase in the generation of medical wastes which are mostly plastic, among other measures adopted to fight the pandemic also have implications for environmental sustainability and climate change. The lockdown has also negatively impacted the income and as a result, households using modern cooking technologies and cleaner fuels have resulted to firewood for cooking thus increasing deforestation.

“The emergence of the COVID19 pandemic highlights the need to strike a new deal with nature. We need to re-calibrate our interactions with nature which is the central focus of the post-2020 framework for nature conservation and biodiversity, the “New Deal for Nature and People.”

Source: Authority Nigeria Newspaper

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Group Decries Depletion of Forest Reserves

A Non-governmental organisation, International Support Network for African Development said, lockdown has made people to resort to forest reserve for firewood for cooking, and undermine nature conservation, biodiversity and causing deforestation.

In addition, it also added that the emergence of COVID-19 pandemic has more undesirable implications on environmental sustainability,and has increased climate actions, and exacerbate changes in land use in the country. 

The group’s Executive Director, Adedoyin Adeleke who told journalists in Abuja, urged governments to develop  policies and legislations for effective implementation  strategies to decrease  deforestation, and create afforestation and to stop encroachment of forest reserve.

He therefore, said there is need to increase effort towards palliatives focused on the poor to reduce the chances of them to over exploit nature in meeting their needs, which also exacerbate climate change in the long run. 

According to Adeleke, the lockdown adopted in many countries, including, Nigeria, to fight corona virus pandemic has resulted in decrease in transport and production activities, among others economic activities, thus, reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

He said: “First, the COVID-19 is zoonotic. Beyond this, about 60 percent of all diseases infectious to man is contracted from animals. Ebola and bird flu are among the zoonotic diseases that have impacted the world recently with the latest being corona virus.”

Similarly, the executive director stressed the advent of the virus highlights the need to strike a new deal with nature, adding, “ we need to recalibrate our interactions with nature, and government should focus on Post 2020 framework for biodiversity.”

He however, opined the increase in water consumption, increase in the generation of medical wastes, which are mostly plastic, among other measures adopted to fight the pandemic also have implications of environmental sustainability and climate change.

Source: The Guardian

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The Africa 4 Nature Health Initiative in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund

Being zoonotic, #COVID19 has implications for nature. ISNAD-Africa in partnership with WWF Africa is launching the Africa 4 Nature Health Initiative to raise awareness on nature-based implications and lessons from Corona virus in Africa and the need for a New Deal For Nature and People. You are welcome to follow our daily conversations on social media. LinkedInTwitterFacebookYouTube

Also look out for, and participate in our TweetChat series with Onoja Joseph Daniel (PhD), Director of Technical Programmes of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation and Rose Mwebaza, Director at UNFCCC_CTCN, in our tweetchat sessions on the lessons for #nature from the #COVID19 pandemic. #NewDealForNature #ForPeopleForPlanet #Africa4Nature #ForNature #WorldEnvironmentDay #BuildBackBetter

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2020 webinars series in partnership with the Clean Energy Solutions Centre and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

ISNAD-Africa’s Mentoring for Research Programme (MRP) establishes technical and thematic mentoring relationships between students in African Universities, and, experienced researchers and professionals from more than 50 countries across the globe.

ISNAD-Africa organises a series of webinar trainings annually to introduce the programme to new mentees and expose them to strategic concerns on sustainable energy, environment and climate change across the globe with focus on Africa. The series of webinars for the year 2020 were hosted by the MRP team in partnership with the Clean Energy Solutions Centre (CESC), operated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Colorado, United States.

Adedoyin Adeleke, the Executive Director of ISNAD-Africa, kicked off the first webinar with a presentation on the background and objectives of the Mentoring for Research Programme (MRP). He is a Doctoral (PhD) candidate within the UNESCO Chair in Energy for Sustainable Development at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He started the MRP as a knowledge transfer and capacity building mechanism that raises global and multi-stakeholder support for students conducting research on sustainable energy, environment, and climate change in African universities. He also initiated the Environmental Education Programme which has been implemented in secondary schools in various African countries. Adedoyin is a Lead Country Contributor (Nigeria) to three editions of REN21’s Global Status Report (2017-2019) on renewable energy and UNEP’s 1 Gigaton Coalition Report (third edition). In 2014, Adedoyin implemented six education programmes which impacted 800 youths in Nigeria. He has won various awards including 40-under – 40 Change-makers in solar energy, 30-Under- 30 Game-changers in environmental education, and Top 100 Shakers and Movers in e-learning in Africa by globally reputed organisations. Adedoyin says ‘Africa is too rich to be poor, I choose to Act’.

Yunshu Li from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Germany facilitated a session with the mentees under the topic: Sustainable Energy and 2030 Agenda: Is Africa on track?

Yunshu Li is a professional from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). As part of the long-term energy planning team, her work involves the analysis of long-term energy systems, with a focus on Africa’s power systems. She is a main author for IRENA’s upcoming planning report for Southern and Eastern Africa. The team also supports capacity-building activities in Sub-Saharan African countries through national training programme and regional workshops. Prior to joining IRENA, Ms. Li developed power system models for Aurora Energy Research in the UK, specialising in the modelling of market mechanisms and policy impacts in the European market and Morocco. During her studies, she had brief stints at the Carbon Trust, and was an organiser for the Oxford Climate Forum.

In this webinar, she presented the key findings of IRENA’s work on Africa’s power system, conducted using the System Planning Test (SPLAT). The webinar discussed the current status of the continent’s electricity generation, its aspirations, and the challenges and rewards of using renewable energy to power Africa’s electricity needs

Alan Miller from the International Finance Corporation, USA (Retired) enlightened the mentees in a session on ‘Climate Change in Africa: Susceptibility, Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation’.

Alan Miller retired from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm in the World Bank Group, in January 2014 after 16 years working on climate and development issues. He continues to do independent consulting; recent clients include UNDP, US AID, Sustainable Energy For All, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the UNEP Finance Initiative, and the World Bank Group. His recent work focuses primarily around two issues, climate risks for the financial system and the need for sustainable cooling to address climate change and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. From 2014-18 he was a senior member of a UNDP program promoting new technologies and business models for improving weather and climate information services in Africa. At the World Bank, his responsibilities included representing the Global Environment Facility and WBG in international forums focused on climate change and green growth. He has taught courses on global environmental issues at 9 universities in four disciplines and is currently an adjunct professor at American University.  He was twice a Fulbright Scholar and in 2018 was the recipient of a practitioner residency at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center.     

Dr. Juha Ilari Uitto from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), USA elaborated on ‘Environmental Sustainability and Global Development’

Dr. Juha I. Uitto is Director of the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). He came to the position from being the Deputy Director of the IEO of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) from 2009 to 2014. Prior to that, he worked as Evaluation Adviser in UNDP and as Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator/Specialist with the GEF since 1999. He has conducted and managed programmatic and thematic evaluations of international cooperation at the global, regional and country levels, with focus on environmental management and poverty-environment linkages. He served as the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) from 2009 to 2012 and again in 2014. He now chairs UNEG’s working group on Integrating Environmental and Social Impact into Evaluations.

Dr. Uitto spent the 1990s with the United Nations University (UNU) coordinating the university’s environment and sustainable development research and training programmes. He was educated at the Universities of Helsinki and Lund, and holds a PhD in Social and Economic Geography. He has authored/edited several books and published more than 40 peer reviewed articles and book chapters on topics related to the environment, natural resources management, environmental hazards, and evaluation.

Oluwadamilola Pikuda, Manager, Programmes for ISNAD-Africa made a presentation on ‘Maximizing the role of a mentor’.  

Oluwadamilola Pikuda is a passionate environmental researcher with expertise in photocatalysis, material science, nanotechnology/nanomaterials, and their applications towards achieving a cleaner and sustainable environment. She is currently a Doctoral candidate at the Biocolloids and Surfaces Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, McGill University, Canada where her research focuses on the effects of plastic pollution on aquatic environments.

For more information about the programme, visit https://isnad-africa.org/mentoring-for-research-programme-mrp-2020-call-for-application/

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Call for Proposals: UI/UX Design for Web-Based Audio-Visual Convergence and Networking Platform

The International Support Network for African Development (ISNAD-Africa) is a youth-led non-governmental organisation committed to raising global and multi-stakeholder support for greener and climate-resilient Africa. ISNAD-Africa operates an interdisciplinary network of experienced professionals, researchers and students across the globe who are promoting sustainable energy, environmental sustainability and climate action in Africa.

More information on our programmes and activities can be obtained in this short video explainer:

ISNAD-Africa is inviting proposals from highly qualified, experienced web design companies to design the User Interface for its multilingual audio-visual convergence and networking platform.

The platform will have the following features:

  • Responsive design with beautiful frontend layouts
  • User-friendly and interactive back-end dashboard
  • User registration and login system.
  • Automated email confirmation by means of unique links sent to registered emails
  • A password reset system
  • Creation and updating of profiles by users
  • In-platform messaging, audio and video calling
  • Professional (personal) project listing, profiling, and updating by users
  • Group formation and group project listing by users
  • Project categorization by themes, country and other factors
  • Excellent and easy navigation of projects and personal profiles by themes and sub-themes
  • Automated mapping of personal and project profiles by themes and location (country)
  • Project automated mapping by themes and country
  • Automated notification system for project submission and approval, chats, etc.
  • Data analytics on platform visits, clicks, profiles, etc.
  • Multilingual feature

The successful proponent will be one that has experience in implementing similar projects, and expertise with best practices regarding:

  • responsive frontend and backend User Interface design
  • effective User Experience research and implementation in User Interface designs
  • captivating data presentation
  • email template design

Interested and qualified proponents should submit their proposals (using “Garamond” font of size “12” and 1.15 line spacing prepared in English in PDF format) to ISNAD-Africa not later than May 8, 2020 by email to: ict@isnad-africa.org (copy: ExecDirector@isnad-africa.org). The subject line of the email should be “UIUX Design: ISNAD-Africa Audio-visual Convergence and Networking Platform – [Proponent’s Name]”.

There is no preferred format for the proposal layout, however, it should clearly and sufficiently demonstrate the capacity and experience of the proponent to design the User Interface for the platform. The proposal should provide in detail, how the proponent plans to go about the project, including design techniques to be used, User Experience research methods, links to similar platform(s) designed by the proponent, the required duration for platform design, budget (fully in USD to aid comparability), suggestions, among other necessary content that best profile the proponent as the best-suited for the project. There will be high consideration for proponents who will be available to revise the platform based on feedback of stakeholders after the launching and use of platform. While high quality technical expertise, experience and job description are considered important proposal evaluation factors, a high consideration will be given to proponents with high level of cost effectiveness (reasonable and minimised budget) given the nature of our organisation as a youth-led and a not-for-profit operating in a developing country.

The proposal should be sent in with a cover letter as a single document in PDF format with the cover letter should be addressed to:

The Executive Director,
International Support Network for African Development (ISNAD-Africa)
Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law
7, Parry Road, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

Proponents are to direct any inquiries regarding the call for proposals to: ict@isnad-africa.org (copy: ExecDirector@isnad-africa.org)

Inquiries should be labelled “Inquiry: ISNAD-Africa Audio-Visual Convergence and Networking Platform”. Each inquiry should include the inquirer’s name, firm, telephone number and email address. As far as possible, ISNAD-Africa will issue the responses to any questions, suitably anonymised, to all proponents.

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Call for Proposals: Development of Web-Based Audio-Visual Convergence and Networking Platform

The International Support Network for African Development (ISNAD-Africa) is a youth-led non-governmental organisation committed to raising global and multi-stakeholder support for greener and climate-resilient Africa. ISNAD-Africa operates an interdisciplinary network of experienced professionals, researchers and students across the globe who are promoting sustainable energy, environmental sustainability and climate action in Africa.

More information on our programmes and activities can be obtained in this short video explainer:

ISNAD-Africa is inviting proposals from highly qualified, experienced website development companies to develop and implement its multilingual audio-visual convergence and networking platform.

The platform will have the following features:

  • Responsive design with beautiful frontend layouts
  • User-friendly and interactive back-end dashboard
  • User registration and login system.
  • Automated email confirmation by means of unique links sent to registered emails
  • A password reset system
  • Creation and updating of profiles by users
  • In-platform messaging, audio and video calling
  • Professional (personal) project listing, profiling, and updating by users
  • Group formation and group project listing by users
  • Project categorization by themes, country and other factors
  • Excellent and easy navigation of projects and personal profiles by themes and sub-themes
  • Automated mapping of personal and project profiles by themes and location (country)
  • Project automated mapping by themes and country
  • Automated notification system for project submission and approval, chats, etc.
  • Data analytics on platform visits, clicks, profiles, etc.
  • Multilingual feature

The successful proponent will be one that has experience in implementing similar projects, and expertise with best practices regarding:

  • responsive full-stack website development and deployment
  • user experience and usability testing
  • data analytics and security
  • information architecture
  • search engine optimization

Interested and qualified proponents should submit their proposals (using “Garamond” font of size “12” and 1.15 line spacing prepared in English in PDF format) to ISNAD-Africa not later than Friday May 8, 2020 by email to: ict@isnad-africa.org (copy: ExecDirector@isnad-africa.org). The subject line of the email should be “Web Development: ISNAD-Africa Audio-visual Convergence and Networking Platform – [Proponent’s Name]”.

There is no preferred format for the proposal layout, however, it should clearly and sufficiently demonstrate the capacity and experience of the proponent to develop the platform. The proposal should provide in detail, how the proponent plans to go about the project, including web technologies to be used (e.g. Angular.JS, MongoDB, etc.), server/hosting considerations, links to similar platform(s) developed by the proponent, the required duration for platform development, budget (fully in USD to aid comparability), suggestions, among other necessary content that best profile the proponent as the best-suited for the project. There will be high consideration for proponents who will be available to revise the platform based on feedback of stakeholders after the launching and use of platform. While high quality technical expertise, experience and job description are considered important proposal evaluation factors, a high consideration will be given to proponents with high level of cost effectiveness (reasonable and minimised budget) given the nature of our organisation as a youth-led and a not-for-profit operating in a developing country.

The proposal should be sent in with a cover letter as a single document in PDF format with the cover letter should be addressed to:

The Executive Director,
International Support Network for African Development (ISNAD-Africa)
Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law
7, Parry Road, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

Proponents are to direct any inquiries regarding the call for proposals to: ict@isnad-africa.org (copy: ExecDirector@isnad-africa.org)

Inquiries should be labelled “Inquiry: ISNAD-Africa Audio-Visual Convergence and Networking Platform”. Each inquiry should include the inquirer’s name, firm, telephone number and email address. As far as possible, ISNAD-Africa will issue the responses to any questions, suitably anonymised, to all proponents.

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APPEL À VOLONTAIRES: ASSOCIÉS DE PROGRAMME ET DE COMMUNICATION (À DISTANCE)

The International Support Network for African Development (ISNAD-Africa) is a youth-led non-governmental organisation committed to raising global and multi-stakeholder support for greener and climate-resilient Africa. ISNAD-Africa operates an interdisciplinary network of experienced professionals, researchers and students across the globe who are promoting sustainable energy, environmental sustainability and climate action in Africa.

ISNAD-Africa is currently implementing the Mentoring for Research Programme (MRP) for students in African universities. The programme helps students in African universities who are conducting research on sustainable energy, environment and climate change topics in various disciplines, access technical support (co-supervision) from researchers and professionals with fitting competencies across the globe through a structured and technical mentoring programme. The programme currently has, as Mentors, experienced researchers and professionals from world-class organisations and institutions such as Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Chatham House, Harvard University, Imperial College, British Colombia University, University College London, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) among international organisations and institutions. Currently,  the programme support 37 graduate (24 PhD and 13 Master’s)  students (mentees) who are conducting research on sustainable energy, environment and climate change topics in 26 universities from 13 African countries who were selected from about 300 applicants from 108 universities in 22 African countries through a multi-stage selection process. These mentees are currently being supported by their mentors from international organisations in over 30 countries across the globe. ISNAD-Africa is also engaged in other environmental education outreach programmes.

To further strengthen its programmes, communication and outreach; ISNAD-Africa is inviting applications from young researchers, professionals and students from across the globe to serve remotely as Programme and Communication Associates. The Associates will support ISNAD-Africa remotely through programme support activities, article-writing (for blogs and reports), and, social and professional media networks. Specific requirements for the various positions are:

Programme Associates:

  • adept in Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and analysis
  • excellent e-mail writing skill is an added advantage
  • Knowledge of sustainable energy, environment and climate change is not required

Communications Associates (any of Article Writing, Social Media or Both):

  • knowledgeable on at least one of three themes of ISNAD-Africa’s support programmes: sustainable energy development (energy access, renewable energy, and energy efficiency), environmental sustainability, and climate resilience
  • experience in writing as an added advantage (for those interested in writing articles)
  • active on at least two of Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn (only required for those interested in serving as Social Media Associates)
  • proficient in at least English or French Language, proficiency in both is an advantage but not required

The roles are such that could be handled remotely, therefore, applicants (Africans and non-Africans) are welcome from all nations of the world therefore, Africans and non-Africans are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility: The positions will be remote; therefore, applications are welcome from all nations across the globe

Deadline:  Friday January 25, 2019 (23:00 WAT)

For further details: Please contact us via: careers@isnad-africa.org, isnad@isnad-africa.org

Interested and qualified applicants are invited to complete the form here: https://isnad-africa.org/careers/

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‘Robust economy, financial system critical to reversing nature’s depletion’

Alice Ruhweza
Alice Ruhweza

To achieve the global nature conservation and biodiversity across African countries, Africa Executive Director for Wide World Fund for Nature (WWF), Alice Ruhweza has said the transformation of the world’s economic and financial systems remains critical to reversing nature’s depletion and achieving SDGs.

Ruhweza also said the continent must strengthen international mechanisms including engagement of local communities to protect and restore nature. The recommendations are especially important for countries like Nigeria where oil exploration has made negative impact on nature.

Nigeria, having the fourth highest deforestation rate in the world, may according to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, continue to lose over 400,000 hectares of land per year while major natural resources are projected to disappear in the next 30 years.

Indeed, the Nigeria’s Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) had also estimated that about 1.89 million barrels of petroleum were spilled in the Niger Delta between 1976 and 1996 out of a total of 2.4 million barrels spilled in 4,835 incidents.

The Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) on biodiversity seeks to “protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Noting that nature and biodiversity in Africa continues to decline, particularly due to d human activities, Ruhweza said in Tweet Chat hosted by the International Support Network for African Development (ISNAD-Africa) that there was need for African countries to work together to achieve projected objectives aimed at protecting the continent’s nature.

Speaking on the need to sustaining the natural biodiversity of the planet, she stated that biodiversity was not only about saving animals or habitats but included sustaining access to food and water to help the world cope with the worst effects of climate change .

The Director also stressed on the need for people to halt and reverse the unprecedented loss of biodiversity and put nature on a path to recovery for the benefits of all people and the planet by 2030.

She stated that though a strategic plan for biodiversity was adopted globally in 2010 by Parties to convention on biodiversity, progress in Africa lags behind, especially in the area of improving knowledge and financial resources

However, Ruhweza disclosed that over 80 per cent of countries in Africa indicated progress towards on updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans. She said: “Africa is making progress on target one, designating protected areas, target eleven, ratifying the Nagoya protocol on access and benefit sharing, implementing values into national and strategic plans, target 17, and respecting traditional knowledge and values of indigenous peoples.

While Nigeria is looking to implement SDGs and remained a signatory to to the Paris Agreement, Ruhweza said there was need to strengthen global targets and mechanisms to protect and restore nature by 2030.

Noting that indigenous peoples and local communities are the traditional guardians of nature and play a crucial role, she stressed that their involvement remain critical to achieving projected objectives.

To her, Civil Society Organisations could build support biodiversity among their stakeholders networks and help others understand how it advances their advocacies across diverse themes including communities, development, environment, faith , humanitarian aid , human rights, indigenous peoples, youth, gender equity and women empowerment.

“CSOs also play a crucial role in serving as a bridge between communities and government and providing an effective delivery mechanism for much needed services. People can be strong advocate for a new deal for nature within their communities, and with political leaders, defending, sustaining and restoring nature; and taking part in activities ranging from local initiatives to global events,” Ruhweza said.

Source: The Guardian, Nigeria

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Call for Volunteers: Programme, Communication and ICT Associates (Remotely)

The International Support Network for African Development (ISNAD-Africa) is a youth-led non-governmental organisation committed to raising global and multi-stakeholder support for greener and climate-resilient Africa. ISNAD-Africa operates an interdisciplinary network of experienced professionals, researchers and students across the globe who are promoting sustainable energy, environmental sustainability and climate action in Africa.

ISNAD-Africa is currently implementing the Mentoring for Research Programme (MRP) for students in African universities. The programme helps students in African universities who are conducting research on sustainable energy, environment and climate change topics in various disciplines, access technical support (co-supervision) from researchers and professionals with fitting competencies across the globe through a structured and technical mentoring programme. The programme currently has, as Mentors, experienced researchers and professionals from world-class organisations and institutions such as Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Chatham House, Harvard University, Imperial College, British Colombia University, University College London, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) among international organisations and institutions.

Over the past two years, the programme supports over 60 graduate students (Masters and PhD) who are conducting research on sustainable energy, environment and climate change related topics in 38 universities from 17 African countries who are currently being supported by their mentors from international organisations in over 30 countries across the globe. ISNAD-Africa is also engaged in other environmental education outreach programmes.

To further strengthen its programmes and outreach, ISNAD-Africa invites applications from graduate students and young professionals from across the globe to serve remotely as in varoius volunteering positions. The associates will work for an initial duration of 12 months with possibility of extension based on associates’ performance. Outstanding associates may also be considered for adoption as long term retainment in the organisation.

PROGRAMME ASSOCIATES

Applicants for the role of a Programme Associate are required to:

  • Be a registered student in a full-time graduate programme (MSc/PhD). Proof of studentship may be required.
  • Be proficient in English language is compulsory. Knowledge of French language will be considered an asset but not compulsory
  • Possess a personal computer with an internet connection, as well as an office software suite compatible with Word and Excel formats.
  • Have excellent time management skills
  • Be an excellent team player who is proactive and able to work with less supervision
  • Knowledge of sustainable energy, environment and climate change is not required

Specific requirements for the various positions are as follows:

Programme Assistant:

  • adept in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint)
  • excellent e-mail writing skills
  • innovative and ability to take initiative

MRP Buddy:

  • good communication skills
  • ‘naturally’ active on social media
  • ability to motivate and inspire others.
  • approachable, tolerant, flexible and open-minded
  • experience as a peer-group mentor, or student leader will be an advantage

Translator:

  • Fluent in English and French.
  • excellent writing skills
  • Experienced in language transcription
  • experience as a translator, will be an advantage

All tasks assigned to these roles can be performed remotely therefore, applicants (Africans and non-Africans) are welcome from all nations of the world.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Deadline:  Till positions are filled.

Interested and qualified applicants are invited to complete the form here: https://isnad-africa.org/careers/

For further details: Please contact us via: careers@isnad-africa.orgisnad@isnad-africa.org

COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATES – SOCIAL MEDIA

To strengthen our communication and outreach, ISNAD-Africa is inviting applications from volunteers with strong interest in social media and digital marketing.

Responsibilities for this role include:

  • Posting regularly contents on our social media platforms relating to our thematic areas: sustainable energy (renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access), environmental sustainability, and climate resilience
  • Promoting ISNAD-Africa’s mission and activities online through regular posts and media campaigns
  • Monitoring and reporting on data analytics from our social media pages

Successful applicants will be those who have:

  • Strong communication and social media skills
  • Interest in our thematic areas
  • Flexible and open minded to effectively work remotely with an international team
  • English and French speakers are welcome to apply

Eligibility: The positions will be remote; therefore, applications are welcome from all nations.

Deadline: Till the positions are filled.

Interested and qualified applicants are invited to complete the form here: https://isnad-africa.org/careers/

For further details: Please contact us via: careers@isnad-africa.orgisnad@isnad-africa.org

COMMUNICATIONS LEAD

To strengthen our communication and outreach, ISNAD-Africa is inviting applications from volunteers to work remotely as communications lead.

Responsibilities for this role include:

  • Overseeing ISNAD-Africa’s communications activities (newsletters, article publications, social media administration and campaigns)
  • Defining communication plans and strategies with an overall view of ISNAD-Africa’s online Communication platforms
  • Planning and coordinating tasks to deliver communications plan
  •  Following up with team members to ensure tasks are completed on time and in good quality

Successful applicants will be those who have:

  • Strong interest in our thematic areas: sustainable energy development (renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access), environmental sustainability, and climate resilience
  • Strong communication skills
  • Good management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others
  • Flexible and open minded to effectively work remotely with an international team

Eligibility: The positions will be remote; therefore, applications are welcome from all nations.

Deadline: Till the positions are filled.

Interested and qualified applicants are invited to complete the form here: https://isnad-africa.org/careers/

For further details: Please contact us via: careers@isnad-africa.orgisnad@isnad-africa.org

ICT ASSOCIATES

To further strengthen its programmes and online outreach; ISNAD-Africa is inviting applications from professionals and students from across the globe to serve remotely as ICT Associates. The Associate will support ISNAD-Africa remotely through updating web content, uploading articles and profiles, creating and managing blog accounts, creating frequent backups, network and server administration.

Specific requirements for the various positions are:

  • adept in WordPress CMS and layout builders (e.g. Beaver, Elementor, Divi, Avia)
  • basic knowledge of HTML and CSS
  • basic knowledge of non-destructive image editing (cropping, resizing, sharpening, background removal and replacement)
  • experience in managing dedicated and VPS hosting platforms
  • Knowledge of sustainable energy, environment and climate change is not required
  • proficient in English Language

The role is such that could be handled remotely, therefore, applicants (Africans and non-Africans) are welcome from all nations of the world.

Eligibility: The position will be remote; therefore, applications are welcome from all nations across the globe

Deadline: Till the position is filled

Interested and qualified applicants are invited to complete the form here: https://isnad-africa.org/careers/

For further details: Please contact us via: careers@isnad-africa.orgisnad@isnad-africa.org

HUMAN RESOURCE COORDINATOR

The human resources (HR) coordinator will work remotely and report to the Executive Director and other managers and will be responsible for:

  • providing a cross-cutting set of HR services by developing and leading a portfolio of HR initiatives in all the programmes and activities of the organisation
  • S/he will work closely with the other programme associates to ensure that there is cohesion amongst the team in all areas and that they are mapped to the needs of the organisation
  • As the HR coordinator, s/he will invest her/his holistic knowledge of human resource management (HRM) to guide leadership, management, and staff and provide them with sound, tailored, and coherent HR solutions.
  • The role includes understanding the organisation’s partnership, acting as change agent, focusing on staff championing, relationship management and the management of the business unit
  • Schedule and organise team meetings

Successful applicants for the role of a Human Resource Coordinator are required to:

Education and relevant experience:

  • Compulsory requirements:
    • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in human resource management, administration, psychology or other relevant fields. A master’s degree is an added advantage but not compulsory
    • At least three (3) years of relevant work experience in human resource management covering all the relevant areas — performance management and development, learning and development, organisational development, change management, staff engagement and retention initiatives;
  • Other essential requirements
    • Be proficient in English language. Knowledge of French language will be an added advantage but not compulsory
    • Have excellent time management skills, an excellent team player, self-motivated, pro-active, able to work remotely with less supervision
    • Be an excellent team player who is proactive and able to work with less supervision
    • Knowledge of sustainable energy, environment and climate change is not required

Eligibility: The position will be remote; therefore, applications are welcome from all nations.

Deadline: Till the position is filled.

Interested and qualified applicants are invited to complete the form here: https://isnad-africa.org/careers/

For further details: Please contact us via: careers@isnad-africa.org, isnad@isnad-africa.org