UNESCO/Israel (MASHAV) Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme 2014 - Course: “Addressing the Urbanization challenge”

Announcement date: 29 NOvember 2013

Deadline for submission of applications: 12 January 2014 

What is it about?

In order to promote human resource capacities in the developing countries through intensive training and to enhance international understanding and friendship among peoples of the world and the people of Israel, the Government of Israel is placing at the disposal of UNESCO a number of fellowships for the benefit of certain Member States (especially the least developed countries) within the framework of the UNESCO Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme.

Course on

“Addressing the Urbanization Challenge”

(From 11 March to 09 April 2014)

Host Institution:  Weitz Center for Development Studies

 

List Member States Invited to Submit Applications

AFRICA

Burkina Faso, Congo (RDC), Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Rwanda,  South Africa, Sudan(south), (UR)Tanzania, Togo, and Uganda

ASIA & THE PACIFIC

Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Viet Nam

LATIN AMERICA

Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago

EUROPE

 Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, and The Republic of Moldova 

Study Programme

Objectives:

This international training course will provide the participants with:

  • Knowledge and skills to enable them to develop a comprehensive approach to address urban challenges and formulate citywide slum upgrading policy - that integrates infrastructure, land environment, urban service systems as well as human capital and community development & economic activities; 
  • A better understanding of public-private-community partnership where local governments and the various stakeholders develop an "ownership of the planning, implementation and management of an area-based development process;
  • Knowledge and skill in financial and organizational tools and how to mobilize the signifacant amount of resources required for such a development process and to promote and sustain implementation; and
  • Tools and mechanisms which are utilized successfully for social integration and migration absorption, from working youth till elderly.

Main Areas of the Programme

  • Introductory Sessions: The world of slums in an international urban development context, Integrated assets based strategic approach to urban development, migration and development
  • Urban Area Revitalization – The Israeli Experience :The Israeli context – features, processes and indicators of urban poverty; Policies and strategies : Urban Renewal, Clearance and Construction, Infill - and their relevancy to developing countries
  • Implementation Mechanisms : Local and national planning and management tools and legal frameworks, Organizational platforms for planning, implementation and management; Developing institutional capacities; the role of the different stakeholders – central and local government, civil society and private sector
  • Slum upgrading and service delivery from different angles: The public sector (improving living conditions, empowering communities, small-scale infrastructure development and social services through urban upgrading; the private sector – financial opportunities with benefits to the public, project management; civil society – building community resilience, participation and empowerment to ensure benefits for the community)

Field Visits, Practical Exercises and Small Groups Assignments. For this purpose selected participants are required to submit prior to the training :

  1. A short presentation on slum upgrading policies and strategies in their respective countries/local areas
  2. A case of slum upgrading they wish to further develop throughout the training in small groups (5-6 most relevant cases will be selected with the participants for further development throughout the training). Detailed instruction will be sent to the selected participants.

Qualifications required

  1. The course is intended for planners, architects, engineers, economists, community workers, administrators and policy makers working in government ministries (such as local government, housing, development, welfare, health and others); local authorities, NGOs and CBOs active in the field, as well as business organizations and academic institutions engaged with slum upgrading programs;
  2. Be proficient in reading and writing in English, the language of instruction; (if the language of instruction is not the mother tongue, a certificate of language proficiency must be provided); and
  3. Candidates must be professionals with at least 2 years of practical experience in the subject of training, under the age of 55 years old.

Facilities offered by the Mashav (Israel)

  1. Registration and tuition free of charge;
  2. Free accommodation (Participants will reside at "Reisfeld Residence" of the Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot, Israel); and
  3. Health insurance and free basic medical care (This does not include dental treatments, pregnancy, eyeglasses, and chronic illnesses.).

Facilities offered by UNESCO

  • UNESCO will cover international travel expenses (at the most economical airfare) within the framework of the 2010-2011 Fellowships Programme; and
  • One-time special allowance amounting to US$100.

Note: Expenses such as the processing of visa, accommodation, meals and insurance during transit and/or prolonged stay in Israel are not covered by this fellowship.

Submission of applications

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS:   12 January 2014

All applications, indicating clearly the course for which candidates are applying, should be endorsed by the relevant Government body (such as the National Commission or Permanent Delegation) and must be made on a UNESCO Fellowship Application form. Each Member State can nominate a maximum of three (3) candidatures. The letter of nomination should reach the Fellowships Section, UNESCO (7, Place de Fontenoy, 75352 PARIS 07) imperatively on or before 12 January 2014.  An advance copy of the application may be sent by fax (+33.1.45685503) or by e-mail (l.pigeonneau(at)unesco.org or a.zaid(at)unesco.org . The applications should be submitted with the following attachments:

  • UNESCO Application Form, duly completed in duplicate;
  • Two photographs (4 x 6 cm);
  • Certified copies of diploma(s) in duplicate;
  • Certificate of language proficiency (if needed); and
  • A medical certificate of good health*. DO NOT SUBMIT a medical examination report at this stage.

(* Only selected candidates will be required to provide a certificate of good health issued by a physician).

The final selection of the fellowship beneficiaries will be made by the MASHAV (Israel).

CANDIDATES NOT INFORMED OF THEIR SELECTION 15 DAYS PRIOR TO THE STARTING DATE OF THE COURSE (10 FEBRUARY 2013) SHOULD CONSIDER THAT THEIR APPLICATIONS HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED IN THE SELECTION PROCESS (NO SPECIFIC LETTER WILL BE ADDRESSED TO THOSE NOT SELECTED)

Visas

All foreigners who are going to study in Israel are required to obtain a visa. In case there is no Israeli Consulate in your country, selected candidates will be advised where to apply for a visa.  In exceptional cases, visa may be given upon arrival at the airport provided that approval by the Israeli authorities has been obtained well in advance, and, on condition that the relevant information (name, date and place of birth, passport number, date of issue, validity, etc.) are transmitted to the Israeli authorities on time.

Files which are incomplete or which are received after the deadline for application, as well as candidates who do not fulfill the requirements mentioned above cannot be taken into consideration. It is the national authorities’ responsibility to ensure that all candidates are duly informed of the above conditions prior to the submission of their applications for these fellowships.

 

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