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OECD Water Governance Programme Co-ordinator: Vacancy announcement

The OECD is looking for an experienced staff to lead its Water Governance Programme, starting 1 September 2017. Candidates must be nationals of OECD member countries. The job description and instructions for applying may be found at: https://oecd.taleo.net/careersection/ext/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=11432. The deadline for applications is 6 June 2017. 

OECD Internship Vacancy Announcement

OECD is looking for an Intern (stagiaire) to contribute to the activities of the team working on SDGs, Water and Local Public Services within the Regional Development Policy Division of the OECD, over the period 1 June – 31 December 2017. The selected candidate will support the Head of Unit and Policy Analysts with desk research, drafting, communication and event organisation in three areas in particular:  decentralised cooperation, sustainable development goals and water governance.

Applicants should have excellent drafting and oral skills in English, and be enrolled in a university degree, preferably a PhD or alternatively in 2nd year of Master in economics, public policy, social sciences or related disciplines. Knowledge of Spanish and French would be a comparative advantage.


Candidates should meet the following requirements:

-        Be citizens from an OECD member country

-        Be full time students in a discipline related to the above programme of work for the whole 6-month period (1 June – 31 December 2017)

-        Be enrolled within a university able to sign internship agreements with the OECD

The selected candidate will receive an allowance of 608.40 €/month, which cannot be cumulated with other paid jobs or consultancy duties. All other fees and costs (travel, accommodation, visa, etc.) are not covered by the OECD.

Interested candidates are invited to send a CV and cover letter by 26 April 2017 to Delphine.Clavreul@oecd.org.

Ramsar Convention - Call for proposals for legal services

The Ramsar Convention Secretariat is seeking a qualified consultant to provide legal advice and support the Secretary General, the Convention’s Bodies and subsidiary groups on a retainer basis. More specifically, the Legal Adviser is expected to:

- Provide legal and procedural advice and substantive support to the Secretariat in all phases of the preparation and running of the meetings of the Bodies of the Ramsar Convention and subsidiary working groups, as appropriate.

- Provide legal advice to the Secretariat, other Convention Bodies and subsidiary working groups, as appropriate, on the interpretation, application or amendment of the Ramsar Convention’s Rules of Procedure, resolutions, policies and guidelines.

- Advise and support the Secretary General in matters related to the Convention, including Rules of Procedure, decisions, resolutions, policies, guidelines and any other matter related to the functioning of the Convention and its subsidiary bodies that may be identified.

The full Call for Proposals for Legal Adviser may be viewed at  http://www.ramsar.org/sites/default/files/documents/library/call_proposals_legal_adviser_e.pdf.

All expressions of interest should be submitted by email, before 23 April 2017 5pm Swiss Time, to: ramsar@ramsar.org

OECD online database of water governance stories

To support the implementation of the OECD Principles on Water Governance adopted in June 2015, the OECD Water Governance Initiative is currently working toward an online database of water governance “stories” that can inspire governments and stakeholders move from vision to action. The database, to be launched at the 8th World Water Forum (Brasilia, March 2018), will gather concrete examples that illustrate the OECD Principles in local, regional, basin, national or international contexts. Such practices can share success stories, but also lessons learned from failed attempts, in any OECD member or non-member country. They can be submitted by any government or stakeholder group and will be subject to the selection process and peer-review mechanism described in the enclosed template. To take part in this initiative, you are invited to share your water governance story by filling in the online template, to be found at http://www.oecd.org/gov/regional-policy/What-is-Your-Water-Governance-Story-FORM.pdf, by 15 May 2017.

20th International Riversymposium and Environmental Flows Conference, Brisbane, Australia 18-20 September, 2017

A decade on from the 10th International Riversymposium and Environmental Flows Conference, the International River Foundation is inviting water experts to reignite this conversation, with a focus on exploring the progress made, and challenges faced, since the release of the 2007 Brisbane Declaration and Global Action Agenda. The 20th International Riversymposium and Environmental Flows Conference, which will be held at Brisbane, Australia, on 18-20 September, 2017, will provide an opportunity for those involved in river basin management to share their knowledge, learn from others and collaborate – all while enjoying Australia’s stunning river city. For further information on this event, visit http://riverfoundation.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/RS17-date-claimer_A5_Final.pdf

Source-to-sea Management Webinar Series

As a contribution to their joint source-to-sea initiative, UNEP-DHI and the Source to Sea Action Platform Secretariat have developed a webinar series on source on sea issues. The webinar series aims to highlight the importance of understanding the cross-disciplinary connections to achieve SDG6 on freshwater and SDG14 on oceans, and the value of integrating efforts to reduce negative effects and maximize potential benefits, where feasible. The source-to-sea webinar series involves contributions from several experts, and is intended to frame the issues and policy options, as well as review some of the most widely used management approaches. In order to register and obtain more information, go to http://www.unepdhi.org/webinars/s2s-webinars. The first session will take place on 20 April, 2017.

Workshop on 'Hidden Water in Latin America: Exploring The Guarani Aquifer System',University of Glasgow, 28 March, 2017

This workshop, which was jointly organised by the Glasgow Latin American Research Network and the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG),  provided insights on developments with regard to the management of the Guarani Aquifer System in the past two decades from a multidisciplinary perspective. The Guarani Aquifer System is shared by Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. It has been estimated that it holds enough water to quench the world’s population thirst for the next 200 years. While some of its areas are still relatively unknown, the aquifer has been the subject of academic research, international projects, consultancies, and even one of the few international agreements on transboundary aquifers. Speakers included Prof. R. Hirata, University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), Dr Karen Siegel, Research Fellow, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, and Dr Francesco Sindico, Director, SCELG.  Further information on this event may be retrieved from https://www.strath.ac.uk/research/strathclydecentreenvironmentallawgovernance/events/seminarsandworkshops/workshopontheguaraniaquifersystem/

"Online Training Course on the ‘Greening’ of Water Law: Implementing environment-friendly principles in contemporary water treaties and laws" now available online

The Online Training Course on the ‘Greening’ of Water Law: Implementing environment-friendly principles in contemporary water treaties and laws, which was developed by AIDA upon a request by UNEP (now UN Environment), focuses on the implementation of international principles for sustainable water management through the lens of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). It aims at illustrating the main ‘green’ principles of international water law stemming from both binding and non-binding instruments, and their implementation in domestic legislation, transboundary agreements and related judicial decisions. The course is mainly intended for policy makers and the staff of transboundary River Basin Organizations (RBO), as well as for national water authorities, to foster the understanding of international and domestic water law and to build capacity for its implementation. The target audience also includes policy makers and the staff of regional and national legislatures, technocrats and water managers, as well as graduate students in various disciplines (e.g. law, policy, water management, etc.). The course is now accessible online, at http://e-learning.informea.org/course/index.php?categoryid=11

Summer School in Water Governance - Frameworks and Negotiations

The Geneva Water Hub and the University of Geneva announce the new Summer School in Water Governance - Frameworks and Negotiations. Recognized as a Certificate of Advance Studies, the courses will cover hydrological global trends, right of access to water, hydrodiplomacy and international water Law. The program will be run at Geneva, Switzerland, between May 29 and June 10, 2017, and will be worth 11 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). Deadline for registration is 1st May 2017. To learn more on this event and to register, visit www.unige.ch/formcont/summerschoolwatergovernance.

Global Water Partnership - Training on International Water Law in Africa, Kampala, Uganda, 5-11 June, 2017

The Global Water Partnership (GWP), in cooperation with the University of Makerere (Kampala, Uganda), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the African Network for Basin Organizations (ANBO), WaterNet and the Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health (GIWEH), will organize a Training on International Water Law in Africa at Kampala, Uganda, on 5-11 June, 2017.  This initiative, which builds on the experience of similar courses held in 2015 and 2016, respectively, aims at improving transboundary water resources management in Africa, by strengthening the capacities of institutions and basin organizations. Participation is open to mid- to high-level practitioners and professionals from river basin organizations and governments, who play a role in drafting and negotiating water treaties, crafting legal reforms in the water sector, and in the management and planning of transboundary water resources. Applicants are required to have a university degree in hydrology, environmental sciences, earth sciences, law, agriculture, international relations, or in a related field. They must also be recommended by IGAD, or by other African regional economic communities, based on support from their respective institutions. The course will be conducted in both English and French, with simultaneous translation. A maximum of 50 people may participate, and funding will be available for 30 African-based participants. The deadline for applications is 28 February, 2017. To learn more and to apply for participation in the course, go to http://www.gwp.org/gwp-in-action/News-and-Activities/Apply-Now-International-Water-Law-Training-in-Africa/

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