Development of assessment e-tools for Perinatal Health Care and WaSH in Health Care Facilities
Section : IC, SV
Location : Nepal
Duration : 3 months
Availability: from 01/12/2017 or 08/01/2018
Hosting structure : Terre des Hommes.
TdH Foundation is a leading Swiss international non-governmental organisation active in the protection of vulnerable children. Founded in 1960, Tdh helps to build a better future for disadvantaged children and their communities, with innovative approaches matched to practical and sustainable solutions.
Project description : Design, test and implement the Kobo tool to local context and needs of the ongoing Health Care, WaSH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) and DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) projects.
The purpose of the internship is to support Health, WaSH and M&E team in the Nepal delegation to develop assessment e-tools for Perinatal health care, WaSH in school and school/health facility based DRR. By the end of internship, completion of the following objectives is envisaged:
- Design and implement the Kobo tool to local context and needs of the ongoing projects
- Visit at least five (5) rural government birthing facilities to understand perinatal health set up and conceptualize tool for improving quality and monitoring of services (inline with existing Health information system)
- Support the roll-out of Kobo-tool for Health (i.e. perinatal) & WaSH assessment
Required skills :
- Good understanding of Mother and child health and WaSH interventions
- Experienced and/or familiar with different Data collection and/or assessment e-tools and mobile solutions being used in MCH, WaSH and DRR
- Good understanding of different models of WaSH interventions in health care facilities
- Technically sound on developing mobile solutions and e-tools for data collections and analysis
- Good understanding on DRR
Contact : Julien Bettler, email@example.com
ISO 9001 Quality Management System Web Portal Programme
Section : IC (flexible)
Location : Lausanne (EPFL) and Accra, Ghana.
Availability : from 01/10/2017
Duration : 6 months (2 months in Accra – dates to be decided)
Hosting structure : Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Excellence (CLSCE). The CLSCE is a Social Enterprise based in Ghana, committed to improving the livelihoods of Africans through the application of logistics, supply chain and Quality Management good practices for the overall purpose of positioning Africa on the path of sustainable development and growth.
Project description : The project aims at developing a web portal in the context of an ISO 9001 Quality Management System Programme. The programme will assist SMEs in Africa in sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture, energy, construction, transport and logistics to be more quality conscious by going through an online capacity development and technical assistant support on the Web Portal to obtain ISO 9001 Quality Management Certification. The overall objective of the programme is to strengthen the competitiveness of SMEs in the above-mentioned sectors, which will subsequently lead to the development of trade and industry, creation of jobs, reduction of poverty and improvement of livelihoods in Africa.
Contact : Emmanuel Turkson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Database of Technology-based Solutions for Protected Areas
Section : All
Location : Johannesburg, South Africa [in remote relation with London (UK)]
Availability : from January 2018
Duration : 6 months (minimum of 3 months)
Hosting structure : International Union for Conservation of Nature – Program on African Protected Areas & Conservation.
Project description : The objective of this internship is to work on the database that has been developed by Smart Earth Network, which is hosted on its Salesforce system. This database needs to be completed and improved and the intern will help:
1. Identify suitable technologies for conservation in literature (online research) and prepare a comprehensive list of what exists and what is under development
2. Integrate it and develop a searchable and better categorized database
3. Keep it continually updated and develop features such as user reviews, case studies, etc.
4. Exchange with organizations involved in conservation to identify and promote best practice solutions
5. Use social media to grow interest in the database among conservationists, technologists, and solution providers
6. Integrate it with the proposed Community Forum for technologists and conservationists
7. And if possible help develop a comprehensive project to test some of the technologies in voluntary parks or reserves that will be submitted to donors for further work in 2018
Required skills :
- Strong understanding of a wide range of relevant current technologies including telecoms networks, IOT capabilities, Big Data solutions, drones, cloud-based collaboration tools.
- An interest in biodiversity conservation challenges and understanding of how technology is used to enable better management effectiveness
- An understanding of database management techniques and ability to define functional and technical requirements for the enhancement of the Salesforce based database (configuration skills will be provided Salesforce administrators)
- Good team skills and excellent writing, communications and reporting skills
- Self-starter able to work independently.
- Fluency in French and English
Contact : Geoffroy Mauvais (Papaco coordinator), email@example.com
Système électro-solaire photovoltaïque au Bénin
Section: STI (flexible)
Lieu : Savalou, République du Bénin
Durée : Minimum 3 mois
Disponibilité : À partir de juillet 2017
Structure d’accueil : Pont Universel / Action Bénin Solidarité
L’association Pont Universel, reconnue d’utilité publique, a été créée en 2007 à Estavayer-le-Lac. L’Association, dont le siège social est basé à Fribourg, s’est donnée deux missions, à savoir accompagner les personnes souffrant de difficultés psychosociales en Suisse et en Europe, ainsi que participer à des actions ciblées d’aide au développement sous forme d’une économie durable, sociale et solidaire en Afrique de l’Ouest, principalement au Togo et au Bénin. ABS ONG reçoit, chaque année, des bénévoles de Suisse, France, Italie et aussi béninois pour le renforcement de sa capacité.
Description du projet:
- Assurer le transfert de compétences aux formateurs ABS ONG.
- Assurer la bonne mise en place des installations solaires au niveau des ateliers des artisans
- Bonne connaissance dans le domaine du système solaire photovoltaïque
- Bonne maîtrise de l’installation et la maintenance des systèmes solaires photovoltaïques
Contact : Claudine Fischer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Madagascar, crédits photo Nomenjanahary Giovannie Velomahita
Supervision de la construction et accès à l’électricité d’un hôpital de brousse
Section : Architecture ou génie civil pour la partie construction, génie électrique pour la partie énergie.
Lieu : Madagascar
Durée : 6 mois
Disponibilité : Dès maintenant
Structure d’accueil : EcoFormation
Spécialisée dans le reboisement, l’agroforesterie et le rétablissement de la biodiversité, la Fondation EcoFormation est une fondation de droit suisse à but non lucratif et d’utilité publique qui conçoit et réalise des projets pour le développement durable dans l’intérêt et avec l’étroite collaboration des populations locales.
Description du projet: Afin de favoriser l’accès aux soins médicaux de la population locale de la commune de Bekoratsaka (à 700 km d’Antananarivo au Nord-Ouest de l’île de Madagascar), EcoFormation a lancé la construction d’un hôpital de brousse. La région concernée est constituée de 8 villages, regroupant 2’474 familles, ce qui représente environ 21’500 personnes. La population locale vit dans des conditions de grande précarité, avec un accès aux soins médicaux inexistant.
Un des principaux indicateurs de cette précarité est le taux de mortalité infantile (42% entre 0 et 5 ans), qui est l’un des plus élevés au monde. Dans cette région, une femme aura 7 enfants en moyenne et accouchera une douzaine de fois dans sa vie, avec les remariages il est fréquent qu’une famille se compose de 10 à 15 enfants. Cette région de Madagascar est très touchée par les maladies et les infections bactériennes. Parmi les principales causes de mortalité figurent: les infections respiratoires, les conditions périnatales, la malaria, la tuberculose, les diarrhées hémorragiques, la dysenterie et la bilharziose.
Contact : Philippe Dubois, email@example.com +41 21 943 14 34
Propositions de stage EtuRESCIF
Stages au Cameroun, Sénégal, Vietnam
Notre partenaire EtuRESCIF, le réseau d’Excellence des Sciences de l’Ingénieur de la Francophonie est un réseau transnational d’établissements universitaires de technologie francophones. Il propose des stages dans des domaines variés: énergie, santé, eau, nutrition, etc.
Toutes les offres peuvent être consultées sur leur site : https://eturescif.net/
Smart Water Management
Location : Burkina Faso or Palestine
Duration : 4- 6 months or according to availability
Availability : As soon as possible
Hosting structure: CODEV (Cooperation & Development Center)
Background: Despite worldwide efforts to eradicate hunger, FAO states that about 795 million people were still undernourished globally in 2015, and severe acute malnutrition kills more than 550 000 children each year in the Sahel. In 2014, agriculture in Burkina represented 35.67 % of GDP, more than twice the value in Sub-Sahara Africa (17.35 %) and almost 10 times the value of the world’s agriculture share of GDP: 3.91 %. In a context of climate change and growing pressure surrounding water resources, the EPFL’s Cooperation & Development Center (CODEV), along with its North and South partners, from private sector businesses and universities in Switzerland, Burkina Faso and Palestine, is developing a technology to support irrigation for family farming in (semi-)arid regions and contribute to food security and resilience to climate change.
(Semi-) arid regions in sub-Saharan Africa rely on irrigation for agricultural activities during the dry season, characterized by extreme temperature and dry wind conditions, and an almost total absence of precipitation. Agriculture traditionally takes place during the rainy season, but the impacts of climate change, the shift of rainfalls to the South, the great variability of inter-annual rainfall and the severity of drought pockets have made dry season agriculture crucial for food security. Water is a scarce resource in semi-arid regions, and high yields are difficult to obtain. FAO estimates that, in 2014, 80% of the food was produced by family farmers in a sample of 30 countries. While technologies such as drip irrigation kits reduce the time spent to irrigate the crop and improve water allocation by only irrigating near the root zone, estimating adequate water needs and timing to maximize yields remains a challenge. Irrigation is usually done on a visual assessment of the soil and plant state, and producers mostly rely on their own experience, often resulting in over-irrigation and water losses. In this context, the recent development of autonomous wireless sensor networks offers new perspectives for precise triggered irrigation.
Project Description: Improvement of a wireless sensor network to optimize irrigation and increase agricultural productivity in (semi-)arid regions. The student will run field tests in Burkina Faso or Palestine and combine the data with an agronomic model. For more information, read the tasks presented below.
Info4Dourou2.0 has developed an autonomous, robust and tailored to extreme climate conditions technology. The flexible, wireless sensor network measures and transmits eco-hydrologic data using a simple format: when the soil gets too dry, famers receive a text message alert telling them it’s time to irrigate. The information is also available on the Internet for remote users. The support system couples autonomous monitoring with agronomic models to provide a simple to use and install irrigation management system.
The technology, which has been tested throughout Burkina Faso in combination with a drip system since 2012, allows for significant water savings while improving production and has received positive ratings from farmers. It has likewise been tested in Palestine since 2016.
Phase 3 of Info4Dourou2.0 focuses on wider use of this irrigation management system for improving food security and helping to sustainably manage groundwater water resources and in adapting to different climate change scenarios. Research is underway to generalize the system with surface irrigation and watering cans for a stronger impact on farmers’ quality of life.
Master project goals:
The student(s) will be required to:
- Investigate and understand relevant literature regarding irrigation: micro and drip irrigation, surface irrigation, manual irrigation with atering cans, soil measuring techniques, measure based irrigation and irrigation in developing countries.
- Get a working understanding of the current system: sensors, measurement, models, and data transmission, current installation and deployments.
- Investigate and implement agronomic models to provide simple to use irrigation management information:
o Model analysis: advantages, expected improvement vs requirements, implementation costs
o Data analysis: compare model with current collected data
- Analyze collected data
o Collect and analyze experiment data
o Compare current results with the new proposed model
- Field work
o Follow/supervise/set up field experiment
o Analyze field data
o Investigate and understand how multi-user-gardens are organized to exploit their garden, to irrigate, etc.
o Work with local farmers to propose ways to optimize garden exploitation when several farmers are sharing the same garden.
Supervisor: Dr. Silvia Hostettler (Cooperation & Development Center), Prof. François Golay (ENAC SIE)
Contact : Clémence Bouleau, firstname.lastname@example.org / 021 693 31 96
Development of a water supply network
Section: GC, ME, SIE
Location : Pomerini-Iringa, Tanzania
Duration : 2-3 months
Availability : From February 2017
Hosting structure: Tulime
Tulime organization, from about five years has begun a project that involves sending trainees in Tanzania. This project has been started with the signing of a student exchange agreement with the University of Palermo (Italy). Pursuant to this agreement, the above mentioned university, entrusts its trainees to Tulime organization, which will send them in Tanzania. The same students in general are concerned to perform duties within the projects that Tulime follows on site, such as the project District fruit, Hands of Africa (regarding the project development of local crafts), Disabled project, literacy etc.
After the signing of the first agreement, in subsequent years they have been signed with other Italian universities, including: University of Catania, Florence, Siena, Perugia, Bologna, Trieste, Milan, Sassari, Turin and Link Campus University of Rome. Up today, Tulime sent in Tanzania about 65 students.
In 2017, Tulime NGO, will continue a project started in 2016 about the improvement of the sanitary conditions of the village of Kitowo (near Pomerini). In 2016, Tulime, in partnership with the Ministry of water of Tanzanian realized a well (70 meters) in order to ladling drinking water for the Kitowo population: the depth pump is powered by solar panels:
In 2017, it must be realized the water distribution network within the Kitowo village: in particular 4 fountains will have to be fed. The intern will undertake an internship within this project.
Note: The intern will be required to pay the association which in return will cover the living expenses and provide an accomodation.
Knowledge in hydraulics and energy from renewable sources. The intern will also play activities related to feasibility studies of other wells in other neighboring villages.
Contact : email@example.com
The « conseil de fondation » of the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS) wishes to increase the number of graduate students from Swiss universities working in collaboration with the CSRS in West Africa, and it is pleased to announce the first session of its W Müller Award to help to finance this collaboration. The award is open to graduate students (MSc and PhD) registered at Swiss universities and planning to conduct their projects (at least in part) in West Africa in close collaboration with a team of the CSRS in one their research areas. These are: (i) environment and health, (ii) food security and nutrition, and (iii) biodiversity and conservation. (Please see http://www.csrs.ch/ for more details of the research at CSRS.) The project must be in line with the strategic plan of the CSRS. The “conseil de fondation” will award up to 5’000 CHF per project from its W Müller fonds; in 2016-17 two projects will be funded.