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Southern Africa


09 Apr 2014 CALL FOR CONSULTANT:Evaluation of the OSISA/UNESCO project on advancing Education For All (EFA) in the Southern Africa Region.
The OSISA/UNESCO project “Advancing Education For All (EFA) in the Southern Africa Region” is based on the recommendations of the EFA Conference held in Johannesburg in February 2005, convened by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), World Education Initiative (WEI) and UNESCO. The conference was attended by members of the public sector as well as civil society organizations pursuing education issues.
The main objective of this assignment is to undertake the evaluation of the OSISA/UNESCO project on Advancing Education For All (EFA) in the Southern Africa Region. This evaluation was foreseen to be commissioned by UNESCO in consultation with OSISA four months following completion of the project. This evaluation will assess the overall performance of the project including the projects’ main achievements, shortcomings and gaps, as well as recommendations for a roadmap on future collaboration between OSISA and UNESCO in the field of EFA.
The consultant will be a specialist in the Education sector. The consultant will be provided with all the country activity reports from the project, as well as the contact details of the relevant project partner institutions at national level. The consultant will also be provided with the progress reports submitted by UNESCO to OSISA. The consultant will provide the findings of the project evaluation to the UNESCO Windhoek Education Team. More

02 Jan 2014 CALL FOR CONSULTANT: DEADLINE EXTENDED Project Coordinator, Stampriet Aquifer Assessment Case Study. Ref. 03/014
The International Hydrological Programme (IHP) is UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Scientific Cooperative Programme in Hydrology and Water Resources. IHP is the only intergovernmental programme of the UN system devoted to water research, water resources management, and education and capacity building.
UNESCO is inviting qualified candidates to submit a letter of motivation in English for the above mentioned consultancy position. In addition,please send your detailed and up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV). More

13 Sep 2013 Celebrations of the International Literacy Day in Mariental, Hardap region, Namibia
On 8 September 2013, as for more than 40 years now, UNESCO celebrated literacy as the foundation of all learning on International Literacy Day around the globe. “Literacy for enlarging livelihood opportunities” served as Namibia’s national theme and of course also in Namibia this day could not possibly go unnoticed. The latter especially since the country had more than one thing to celebrate for and be proud of. More

03 Sep 2013 REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL – RFP Services
Ref: WIN/013/002(Please quote this UNESCO reference in all correspondence)

The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to invite Sealed Proposals for professional services
to be provided to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - UNESCO. More

01 May 2013 UNESCO/REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL – RFP: Hydro-meteorological Variables and Statistical Hydrology (deadline 17th of May 2013).
The 2010 – 2011 floods in Namibia caused widespread damages over seven regions in the country. Some 200 000 people were displaced with a death toll of over 90 being recorded. The President of the Republic declared a state of emergency at the end of March 2011, and various national and international partners responded in a varied manner to the call for assistance and collaboration in addressing flood management issues. UNESCO also responded to the call by sending a team of hydrologists on an exploratory mission to determine areas in which UNESCO can further collaborate with Namibia in addressing flood management. The team visited Namibia in July 2011, and presented its initial findings to the Prime Minister on 29 July 2011.
At this stage the objective is to procure the government with information and tools [data collection procedures, data collection methods, data collection tools, modeling tools, technical capacities requirements and the lack on the technical capacities noticed in the government structure] and a strategic plan for the way forward that allows the government to fix the above mentioned challenges and thus UNESCO is inviting all the experts, consulting firms to submit an offer for Consultancy Services' in accordance with the downloadable pdf solicitation document. More

29 Mar 2012 The 14th Annual L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards For Women in Science UNESCO
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and Chairman of the L’Oreal Foundation Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones will present the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards to five exceptional women scientists during a ceremony at the Organization’s Headquarters on Thursday, 29 March. More

15 Jul 2010 Vacancy Announcement: UNESCO Windhoek Office recruits a Programme Assistant in Science and Education for Sustainable Development and Teacher Education UNESCO Office in Windhoek
Closing date for applications: Friday 23 July 2010 More

Fresh Water logo.jpg15 Feb 2010 UNESCO Office Windhoek compiles water-related documents for Angola, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and South Africa UNESCO Office in Windhoek
Follow-up action to the 2nd African Water Week held in Johannesburg on 9-13 November 2009 More

IYBopening.jpg20 Jan 2010 The vital challenge of preserving biodiversity UNESCO
Paris, 22 January - Halting the unprecedented erosion of biodiversity and raising awareness of the need to change our behaviour are urgent priorities. This was the unanimous conclusion of participants at the high level event organized at UNESCO Headquarters on 21 and 22 January. More


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