Tuesday, 18 October 2011

AusAid seeking applications from Africa to attend a workshop on sustainable mining

AusAid is currently seeking applications from eligible African applicants to attend a four day training workshop on sustainable mining to be held in conjunction with the 34th International Geological Congress (IGC) beginning August 1, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. The workshop will be conducted in English.

Objective of the training workshop is to provide a comprehensive overview of the full range of generic requirements for achieving a sustainable mining sector.  Modules covered during the workshop will include but not limited to:
  • obtaining and managing geoscience information,
  • assessing and reporting mineral resources,
  • leading practice mining,
  • resource policy settings and approvals process,
  • regulation, mine closure and governance.
All supported participants must come from Africa. AusAID has received specific requests for assistance from, or funded initiatives in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Uganda.  While representatives from these countries are particularly encouraged to apply, the workshops will be open to suitable applicants from other African countries.

While the focus will be on mining, applicants with suitable petroleum experience will also be considered as many of the workshop modules will also be relevant to this sector. Participants will need to have some geological knowledge and/or awareness of the extractive sector.
In summary, participants should have a working understanding of English and be employed (or have real prospects of being employed) in:
  • geological survey organisations,
  • government minerals/petroleum/environmental agencies,
  • university departments providing geoscience training, research and/or advice related to extractives sector, or
  • other positions linked to extractives sector policy, promotion or regulation.
Costs Covered
Successful applicants will have costs covered, including air ticket, visa expenses, accommodation, living allowance and Workshop.
Last date for submission of applications is November 1, 2011. For more information, visit this link.

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