Designing and managing Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management Projects for Iraq, August 2021

cewas Middle East, a Swiss-based organisation promoting sustainable practices in water and sanitation in the region, and BORDA-WesCA (The Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association’s West and Central Asia Regional Office) are pleased to announce a six-day online afternoon training workshop on Designing Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management (SSWM) Projects in Iraq between 7th-12th August 2021.

This training course builds on the SSWM Toolbox and the correspondent face-to-face trainings that were successfully completed by more than 750 participants in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

This training is specifically designed to support you and your organisation in conceptualising and designing a local SSWM intervention. The workshop uniquely incorporates theoretical learning and hands-on application of contents to a real-life SSWM project idea of yours. This online event enables you to fully exploit the benefits of the SSWM Toolbox and develop a thorough understanding of selected planning tools. The training applies a blended learning approach in which in-class time is used to explore topics in greater depth, collaborate in online discussions and create meaningful learning opportunities with the guidance of experts, while you are initially introduced to new topics outside of the classroom using pre-class videos and other types of self-study materials.

This training specifically targets organisations and institutions that work in the water and sanitation sector(s) in Iraq. Forthis particular training, only participants who register as a team of 4 – 5 people will be considered in the selection process. During the workshop, successful teams will work towards developing and setting-up their own sustainable sanitation, water and resource management project. Therefore, teams need to apply with a real-life water and sanitation project (idea) of their own in mind.

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The goal of this SSWM Training course is to activate a change in the conceptualisation, development and setting-up of sustainable sanitation, water and resource management projects at local level through a holistic and participatory approach. The training course empowers you to better understand the concepts behind sanitation and water management, and acquire relevant tools for conceptulising, strategizing and designing local initiatives in the field of sanitation and water management. We will support you in and provide professional feedback on identifying problems faced by target groups in your project area, performing a Problem-, Objective- and Strategy-Tree-Analysis, define the elements of a logical framework (log-frame), performing a Stakeholder Analysis and creating an Action Plan for project-related activities.

By the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Utilise the SSWM Toolbox to develop a local initiative in water, sanitation and resource management.
  • Use the Problem, Objective and Strategy Tree Analysis tool to identify negative aspects of an existing situation, establish causes and effects relationships, describe the desired future situation and decide the scope of a local water, sanitation and resource management intervention.
  • Develop a conceptual project framework to visualise the intervention's broad outline, define the project goal, and organise outcomes and outputs in a logical model highlighting the linkages between them.
  • Use participatory methodologies and tools in categorising stakeholders according to their importance and influence, and converting available information into a preliminary strategy plan showing how and at which stage to involve the identified stakeholders to help the project to succeed.
  • Give and receive constructive and useful peer-feedback.
  • Create an action plan consisting of a number of action steps to be taken in further developing the project.
  • Identify and share knowledge, experience or best practices in project planning and implementation.
  • Present and communicate training results effectively and in an engaging manner.

During a total of six online afternoon sessions, you are active in your learning process and working in teams on your own real-life project (idea) in which you implement all the new knowledge and skills obtained during this training.

The aim of the team work is to further develop/fine-tune and prepare setting-up a sustainable sanitation, water and resource management project, having the SSWM Toolbox as information support tool.

A- To make sure your online training goes smoothly, you will need the following:

  • Computer & internet: you will need regular access to a computer (desktop or laptop) with an internet connection. High-speed wired connection is highly recommended for the optimal learning experience. Many wireless internet connections are also sufficient, though connectivity may fluctuate during the live event. While tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices may allow for some completion of coursework, they are not guaranteed to work in all areas. Please ensure you have a computer available to complete coursework. Before participating, you are required to make necessary preparations like checking your devices, restarting or rebooting, shutting down all other applications like email, etc. to optimize the available internet speed.
  • Mic, webcam & audio: built-in or standalone microphone and webcam (to contribute audio and video) and computer speakers, headphones, or earbuds that are compatible with your computer

B- The online SSWM Training will be managed through applying the following:

  • All successful applicants must pay a training fee of 50USD per person. cewas will send a written confirmation of participation upon confirming sending the associated fees.
  • Sending confirmation email from management emphasising that staff members named in the registration are available to join the entire training (provided that the team is selected for the training)
  • We are using creation.camp, our customiseable online platform, for hosting our inspiring virtual trainings and events. Successful applicants will receive an invitation to create a user account at creation.camp that grants access to specific events and allows access to training materials, networking features, etc.
  • Zoom will be our main virtual conferencing tool during the training, and the requirements for running Zoom on your PC can be explored here.
  • We are using MURAL,a digital workspace for visual collaboration as our main online whiteboard tool during the training. The requirements for running MURAL on your PC or laptop can be explored here.

Cewas and BORDA are happy to issue you a Certificate of Attendance ifthe following criteria are met:

  • You are registered for the online training event in question.
  • You attended the live online sessions on the first and last day of the course.
  • You are in attendance for at least 80% of the workshop. To be marked as present in a live session you must login to creation.camp with your name and credentials and remain online at Zoom during the entire session.
  • You answer at least 60% of (polling)questions deployed during the training.
  • If you fail to achieve the above mentioned minimum criteria you will be allowed to complete the training, but you will not be granted a “Certificate of Attendance”.

Thursday July 22nd, 2021:    

  • Online registration closes
  • For considering any group application, we expect to receive a confirmation email from the management that staff members are associated to emphasising that the applying group members named in the registration are available to join the entire training. The email confirmation should be sent to nashwan.dhahir@cewas.org before July 22nd, otherwise, the training management team will have to exclude the received application.

Sunday July25th, 2021:        

  • Acceptance email informs successful applicants about selection for training

Thursday July 29th, 2021:    

  • Payment of participant fees by selected teams
  • Activating of creation.camp accounts by selected participants