Internship Opportunity for Swiss Residents

Skat Consulting Ltd. is offering an opportunity for recent graduates or young professionals to conduct an internship within Skat headquarter in St-Gallen. The trainee will support the planning, preparation, organisation, implementation and evaluation of activities of the SDC water network “RésEAU”.

Location: The internship will be based in St-Gallen.

Duration: The working time is preferably 60% for 10 months with a start planned on 16th of September 2019. Both working time and duration period are subject to discussion with the candidate.

This internship is an excellent opportunity to gain insights in Swiss development cooperation and acquire experience in innovative approaches for water.

Please share this opportunity with your networks.

New CAS in Water Sanitation and Hygiene for humanitarian and developing contexts

Description

Course Objectives 

The course is designed to provide professionals with a thorough understanding of the increasing complexities of the WASH sector. It provides students with the latest contextual and technical skills to plan, design and implement sustainable activities and programmes within the framework of the fundamental principles of the WASH sector, namely public health and equitable access to water supply and sanitation services. Designed to contribute to Agenda 2030 (SDG 6) by focusing on all aspects of sustainable WASH interventions, this course is strongly practice-oriented, allowing a direct link between theory and reality/complexity on the ground. After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and analyse context-specific challenges and plan tailor-made WASH interventions to improve sustainable access to WASH services and facilities in complex institutional environments, both in the field of cooperation and humanitarian aid
  • Conduct a context-specific public health risk analysis of inadequate WASH services and design appropriate prevention strategies
  • Conduct a systematic analysis of environmental, social and technical problems, both in urban and rural contexts, and design appropriate intervention strategies.
  • Confidently implement the wide range of advanced WASH intervention tools: from specific technical approaches in water supply and sanitation to current approaches developed in the field of hygiene promotion, as well as sectoral assessment tools.

Participants and prerequisite 

The course caters to those working in, or supporting work in low- and middle-income countries and is ideal for professionals working in: 

  • Civil society or non-government organizations 
  • International development and humanitarian agencies 
  • Government agencies 
  • Consultants and sector professionals 
  • Prerequisite: Professionals in WASH and development related disciplines, wishing to deepen their knowledge in water, sanitation and hygiene in both humanitarian and development contexts. 

Certificate and exams

The Certificate of Advanced Studies will be granted after having completed each of the final exams of the three modules. The CAS WASH grants 12 ECTS points.

Fees 

CHF 5’700.–. This fee includes teaching, materials, coffee breaks, lunches and 2 social dinners. The fee does not include transportation, accommodation and other meals. The organizer will give support to finding suitable accommodation at a reasonable price. Provided there is enough space, participants who do not wish to follow the whole CAS can register separately for each module.

Fee for a single module is CHF 2’000.–. The Programme Management has no funding provisions for applicants of this course.

Organising partners

  • SUPSI, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, Centre for Development and Cooperation, Lugano-Canobbio (lead)
  • Eawag-Sandec, Department of Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development, Dübendorf
  • UNINE, The Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics, Neuchâtel

Venues

  • SUPSI, Centre for Development and Cooperation
    Campus Trevano, Via Trevano, 6952 Canobbio
    Website
  • Eawag-Sandec, Department of Sanitation, Water and Solid
    Waste for Development
    Überlandstrasse 133, CH-8600 Dübendorf
    Website
  • UNINE, The Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics
    Bâtiment UniMail, Rue Emile-Argand 11, 2000 Neuchâtel
    Website 

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Swiss Junior Water Prize 2019

Zamir Borojevic from Binningen (BL) wins the Swiss Junior Water Prize 2019

Raperswill (4th May 2019) – The national contest for young researchers, Swiss Youth in Science, closed its 53th edition recognising the efforts of the 109 participants who made it to the final. The Swiss Junior Water Prize 2019 was granted to Zamir Borojevic, a talented young student (19) from the  from the Gymnasium Oberwil (BL)  for his work Tardigrada – Bärtierchen unter dem Einfluss von Säuren / Laugen und UV-C Licht”, a research on a species highly resistant to extreme environmental conditions, found in most water bodies, moss and sediment.

The awarded entry is a meticulous research project that experimentally tested the tolerance limits of Hypsibius exemplaris to acidic and alkaline fluids as well as UV-C radiation. Works researching on various extreme environmental conditions are winning importance in the face of climate change, thus understanding the defence and adaptation mechanisms in different species is crucial in contributing to finding solutions for protecting the environment. In this sense, Zamir produced with his experiments a very solid data basis and presents an interesting view on the tiny tardigrades, which count among the toughest species to be found in water bodies and humid environments.

The jury of Swiss Youth in Science acknowledged Zamir´s work the distinction “excellent” and commented with the following words “Zamir Borojevic involved himself deeply in his project with tardigrades and the mechanisms of cryptobiosis, a condition in which an organism does not show any obvious signs of life and whose metabolic activity is difficult to detect. How the tardigrades manage to adapt to rapidly changing environmental conditions without damaging their cells is still largely unclear. With his work, Zamir Borojevic provides a further insight into the fascinating skills of tardigrades”

About Swiss Junior Water Prize

The Swiss Junior Water Prize recognizes young students between 15 and 20 years old, who have conducted outstanding school projects related to water and sanitation with proven environmental, scientific, social or technological significance. The winner is entitled to represent Switzerland in the international competition Stockholm Junior Water Prize, held during the World Water Week. The Swiss Junior Water Prize is a joint effort of the Swiss Water Partnership and the Swiss Toilet Organisation, aiming to encourage Swiss Youth to grow an interest in water and sustainability issues.

 

Sponsors

The Swiss Junior Water Prize can be carried out thanks to the sponsorship of the following organisations.

Skat Consulting Ltd.

Xlylem, Inc.

A special recognition to VSA for their contribution to enhancing the visibility of the Swiss Junior Water Prize within the water sector.

Contact

By interest to support the Swiss Junior Water Prize, please contact karla.schlie@swisstoilet.org or Sandra.Fuerst@skat.ch

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Public consultations started on Switzerland's new strategic approach to international cooperation

Swiss development cooperation is to become more focused, making it more effective.

This is the proposed strategic approach for Switzerland’s international cooperation, submitted for optional public consultation by the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the Federal Department for Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) on 2 May 2019.

Dispatch on Switzerland’s International Cooperation 2021–24

the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Human Security Division (HSD) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), together with the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), have been working for several months on the draft Dispatch on Switzerland’s International Cooperation 2021–24. This process began in summer 2018 and will continue until the draft is adopted by the Federal Council and by Parliament in 2020.

The FDFA and the EAER have for the first time decided to launch an optional public consultation in order to gather input from the cantons, political parties, umbrella associations and other stakeholders involved in Switzerland’s international cooperation. The consultation will run from 2 May to 23 August 2019. A press conference and a press release are planned for the launch.

All the documents relating to this consultation are now available in Switzerland’s official languages from 2 May on the Federal Chancellery’s website and on a dedicated web page.

Have a look at the MEDIA RELEASE.

 

INNOVATE 4 WATER - Lusaka, Zambia | 19-20 June 2019

Unlocking capital to support the growth of small and medium scale WASH entrepreneurs in Zambia

What
On June 19-20 2019 in Lusaka, during 2 days of matchmaking focusing on water and sanitation, entrepreneurship and sustainable investments, “Innovate 4 Water” will bring water nexus innovators, investors and other key stakeholders together to accelerate innovation and diffusion, supporting sustainable technologies and business models for access to safe water and sanitation.

You are a Zambian / Southern African / World expert in:

  • Water, sanitation and related development issues
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Access to basic services for low-income populations
  • Business and human rights
  • Market-based solutions
  • Impact investing
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Blended finance
  • Circular economy
  • Decentralized business models

“Innovate 4 Water” Lusaka is for you!

Why
The market-place forum will:

  • Bring together over 100 participants comprising high-level financiers and service providers from the public and private domains in the water and sanitation sector, as well as innovative entrepreneurs and investors from the region and abroad in an atmosphere of independence and mutual respect,
  • Encourage an innovative exchange of experiences and views from different angles and background and inspire them to “think out of the box” to address the financial and technical challenges experienced in the water and the sanitation sector,

Have a simultaneous exhibition to give participants the possibility to present themselves to providing innovative solutions to the water and sanitation sector.

When: 19-20 June 2019
Venue: InterContinental Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia

More information:

Webinar Series: Leave No One Behind in rural water supply | RWSN

RWSN has started with the first 2019 webinar series (on-line seminars) with a focus on “Leave No One behind” in rural water supply, running every Tuesday from April 16th, 2019 until June 04th, 2019, in English, French and/or Spanish.

Schedule and Topics:

  • 16 Apr “Leave no one behind” – What does it mean for rural water supply?
  • 23 Apr How to reach all: practical examples of supported Self-supply.
  • 30 Apr Water justice: recognising different needs and practices
  • 07 May Including water quality testing into routine monitoring
  • 14 May A conversation about borehole drilling by private enterprises
  • 21 May Planning and Financing for Universal Access
  • 28 May Communicating groundwater-climate behaviour with African farmers
  • 4 Jun Hands-on! How do we implement “Leave no one behind” in rural water supply?

Register HERE for the webinar series.

For more information click HERE.

Summerschool on Water Governance

The registration for the CAS on Water and Governance: Frameworks and Negotiation is now open.

The management of water resources faces environmental, climatic, political and economic challenges. In this changing environment, innovative policies should be designed to foster collaborations between States, the civil society and the private sector. To this end, practitioners and decision-makers need to develop new analytical skills.

The Institute for Environmental Sciences of the University of Geneva launches the third edition of the certifying Summer School in “Water Governance: Framework and Negotiations”. This two-weeks training is aimed to deliver skills and knowledge based on the latest scientific research that are applicable in professional contexts. Participants will learn how to use water governance tools to address complex political situations, be resilient when a crisis strikes, and innovate in the face of risk and uncertainty.

In addition to the on-site classes given at the Summer School, a MOOC in Water Management and Policy is offered to the participants on the Coursera platform. Completion of the MOOC (ideally prior the Summer School) and of a final thesis are required to obtain the Certificate of Advanced Studies.

SWP Annual Report and new Action Plan

 

 

 

 

2018 was an inspiring and successful year for the Swiss Water Partnership (SWP) filled with many highlights and high international exposure! The participation at the 8th World Water Forum and the World Water Week further strengthened the Swiss voice, while the publication of the youth strategy, the first learning event and the preparation of a pilot project on blended finance are concrete actions that have intensified cross-sector collaboration and learning, providing space for critical reflections and discussions. They show the dynamism and development of the platform.

On a global level, special attention was given to the SDG 6 on water and sanitation goal at the High-Level Political Forum in New York, where all SDGs are being reviewed annually. This resulted in the publication of the of the SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation, which was produced by UN-Water to provide input to Member States on this goal and ensures the implementation of the Sustainability Development Goals.

It is widely recognized that massive financing is needed to close the financing gap to meet the SDG’s. The question is how to attract more private investments in the water sector knowing that many projects are hardly bankable and their access to market-based repayable finance is limited. Comforted by the interest of its members, the SWP developed a blended finance concept to diversify financing channels and create added value to its members. Innovative revenue mechanisms are at the centre of the concept that will be piloted in the coming years.

Partnering with key actors is crucial for the SWP to create impact. Besides relying on its members, the SWP continued to establish and foster collaboration with key stakeholders such as, Development Banks, World Bank and the World Water Council.

Thanks to all members for joining hands towards a water secure world – the diversity of the SWP members makes its strength and wealth!

Olga Darazs & Thomas Zeller | SWP Co-Chairs

Call for Water Experts

Experts in organizational development & asset management of water utilities and water tariffs setting

The Municipal Environmental and Economic Governance (MEG) Project supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Bosnia and Herzegovina is looking for a Swiss expert in the field of the organizational development and asset management of water utilities, as well as water tariffs setting, who could present Swiss experiences and best practices in this field at the MEG project conference in September 2019 in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

For any further information and submission of CV, please contact: srecko.bajic@eda.admin.ch