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  • 18 Mar 2023 3:28 PM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)

    Click here to download a list of NAPA-Sponsored Sessions SfAA 2023.pdf.

  • 05 Dec 2022 11:14 AM | Laurie Krieger (Administrator)

    The USAID Clean Cities Blue Ocean program announces the following consultancy opening.  Please apply on the website of the prime contractor (Tetra Tech):

    Vector-borne Disease and Community Researcher for Clean Cities Blue Ocean (US-Based Remote) - Careers at Tetra Tech International Development (tetratechintdev.com).


    The SBC and Gender Director mentioned in the ad is a WAPA member.


    Location(s): Remote, USA

    Duration: Consultant

    Classification: Project

    Hire Type(s): US-Based Applicant

    Experience: 6-9 Years

    The USAID-funded Clean Cities Blue Ocean project in the USA, implemented by Tetra Tech International Development, is currently accepting expressions of interest for Vector-borne Disease and Community Researcher. The assignment will be completed between 01 Jan 2023 to 31 July 2023. The assignment does not require a full-time or even half-time commitment.

    The Vector-borne Disease and Community Researcher will develop a policy paper on health risks associated with used tires storage and recycling and will conduct desk research on the topic of vector-borne diseases endemic or epidemic.

    * Meet with the CCBO Director of Social and Behavior Change and Gender, CCBO Chief of Party, and other CCBO staff to discuss the scope of work and CCBO expectations. (Probably remotely)
    * Conduct desk research on the topic of vector -borne diseases endemic or epidemic to southeast Asia, especially Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam; Sri Lanka, Maldives; Latin America and the Caribbean, especially Peru and the Dominican Republic, and Melanesia, Micronesia, and their relation to mosquito vectors breeding in tires and other waste plastic.
    * Meet with the CCBO SBC and Gender Director remotely bi-weekly or as needed to discuss progress and preliminary findings, as applicable.
    * Attend meetings and debrief with USAID remotely, as requested by CCBO.
    * Hold discussions with organizations and experts working in vector-borne diseases and mosquito and other relevant vector breeding behavior and plastic waste, especially tires, accompanied by CCBO staff, as requested by CCBO.
    * Write a white paper summarizing the literature on the subject, an analysis of the findings, and practical recommendations for tire and waste plastic storage, disposal, and treatment to avoid acting as vector breeding grounds—format and further content of the report will be agreed upon with CCBO.
    * Vet the white paper with designated CCBO staff; CCBO staff may ask for outside review.
    * Revise paper, as needed, based on first and subsequent round(s) of comments.

    * Must have a Ph.D. in Entomology, a social science, or public health.
    * Must have 8 years of experience in vector-borne diseases.
    * Must have previous experience writing white papers, reviewing articles or publishing papers.
    * Must have fluent proficiency in English speaking and writing.
    * Must be affiliated with a university or have easy access to a university library as well as academic and other databases that can provide the sources for the white paper.

    * U.S. work authorization required.

    To be considered applicants must submit the following as part of the online application process:

    * Cover Letter

    * CV in reverse chronological format

    * Writing Sample (must be sole authorship and no more than 10 pages)


    Please ensure that your Cover Letter and CV/Resume are uploaded and submit only the requested documentation as part of your application. Incomplete applications and/or corrupt files may delay processing of your application or remove you from consideration. Applications that do not meet the minimum requirements listed above will not be considered. No phone calls will be accepted.


    At Tetra Tech, health and safety play a vital role in our success. Tetra Tech’s employees work together to comply with all applicable health & safety practices and protocols, including health orders and regulations related to COVID-19 that are mandated by local, state and federal authorities.


    Tetra Tech is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, and technical services worldwide. Our reputation rests on the technical expertise and dedication of our employees - 21,000 people working together across disciplines and time zones to provide smart, sustainable solutions for challenging projects. We are proud to be home to leading technical experts in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development. Tetra Tech combines the resources of a global, multibillion dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in over 450 locations around the world. We offer competitive compensation and benefits and are searching for innovative people to join our teams. We are an equal opportunity employer: EOE AA/M/F/Vets/Disability.

  • 01 Dec 2022 4:14 PM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)

    Qualitative Data Management and Coding
    Description: LTG Associates is seeking a person with qualitative data management and coding experience for part-time, flexible work.
    Requirements: BA or MA/MS in a social science; experience with current coding software; current certificate of participant protection training (or willingness to take and pass 4-hour training); successful history of qualitative data management for research and/or evaluation purposes.
    Location: Remote
    Salary: Commensurate with experience and skills
    To apply, email resume and cover letter only to: ntashima@ltgassociates.com no later December 3, 2022

  • 01 Oct 2022 7:20 PM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)

    Please click here for a PDF list of presentations being sponsored by NAPA at the 2022 American Anthropological Association meetings in Seattle in November.

  • 19 Sep 2022 12:05 PM | Cortney Hughes Rinker

    The Global Affairs Program at George Mason is in need of an instructor for its graduate course at the Master's Level, GLOA 615: Globalization in/of Africa in Spring 2023 (January 12-May 18, 2023), scheduled for Wednesday 7:20-10:00pm EST at the Fairfax campus. This is a graduate seminar, and while GLOA 615 (Case Studies in Globalization) has a set of expectations and shared learning outcomes, the instructor can choose how to achieve those through the empirical materials and assignments given that each section has its own topic. (This course was originally to be taught by a cultural anthropologist, but they are now going to be on leave.) PhD in relevant discipline is required. Pay is commensurate with experience and based on the university approved scale. Global Affairs is also able to pay for parking and the part-time faculty member will have access to Mason's resources and campuses. If interested, please send a CV to Cortney Hughes Rinker, chughe13@gmu.edu, the Director of the Global Affairs Program. Preference is to assign an instructor by mid- to late-October. Global Affairs is an interdisciplinary program housed in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences with faculty coming from various disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, communication, political science, geography, cultural studies, and literature, and offers a BA and MA. Thank you!

  • 21 May 2022 2:38 PM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)

    WAPA is pleased to announce the publication of a new casebook featuring chapters from the 22 winners and honorable mentions of the Praxis Award between 2009 and 2019. The authors (including a few who will be quite familiar to WAPA members!) describe how they applied anthropological knowledge and methods, and most have included personal reflections and updated epilogues to bring their work into current focus.  Click here for information on obtaining a copy of Profiles of Anthropological Praxis: an International Casebook, including a promo code for 50% off the hardcover version (valid through June 30).

  • 16 Mar 2022 6:05 PM | Cortney Hughes Rinker

    The Global Affairs Program at George Mason University is searching for an instructor to teach GLOA 305: College-to-Career in Fall 2022. This is a one credit course that meets online on Tuesday, 7:20-9:10pm. The fall semester runs August 22 to December 14, 2022. GLOA 305 focuses on career choices and effective self-presentation for soon-to-be graduating students with an undergraduate major in Global Affairs. It explores how the skills and knowledge gained through the humanities and social sciences in particular can be leveraged for a successful transition to post-graduation employment or graduate school. The course is to balance teaching students practical skills that may include interfacing with Career Services (e.g., resume building, interviewing) with offering students opportunities to explore professional fields through networking and research (e.g., informational interviews, guest speakers, networking events in the class). We hope that the instructor will be able to take a lead in providing these opportunities for professionalization to the students enrolled. Global Affairs alumni work in a wide variety of positions in the D.C. region and outside of it (e.g., government, industry, non-profits, think tanks, consulting, academia) and several have secured external grants and fellowships. Pay is commensurate with experience. A minimum of a Master’s Degree is required. You can read more about the Global Affairs program here: https://globalaffairs.gmu.edu/. It is an interdisciplinary program housed in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason and one of the largest programs in terms of number of students in the college. Most of the core full-time faculty are trained as anthropologists. If interested, please send resume to Cortney Hughes Rinker, the Director of the Global Affairs Program, at chughe13@gmu.edu. If possible, we hope to fill the position by mid-April but will consider all inquiries until it is filled. Thank you!

  • 15 Oct 2021 12:34 PM | Robert Winthrop

    Series/Grade/Appointment Type: Social Scientist, 0101, GS 9, Term

    Location: USGS, Fort Collins, Colorado

    Salary: 58,585 to $76,160 per year

    Closing date: 10/27/2021

    The Social and Economic Analysis (SEA) Branch of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in partnership with the USGS Land and Remote Sensing Program are excited to announce a GS9 Social Scientist term position in the Fort Collins Science Center, Fort Collins, Colorado. The SEA Branch is responsible for planning and conducting research related to the management of the Nation’s natural resources through the development of knowledge about human interactions with the environment.

    The SEA Branch is seeking a social scientist to be part of our Human Dimensions of Earth Observation team. In addition to qualification requirements stated in the USAJOBS - Job Announcement, Specialized Experience for this position is defined as experience in planning and carrying out social science projects in the context of remote sensing data, satellite imagery, or similar geospatial application that includes: conducting targeted literature reviews; preparing summary technical reports of literature; and communicating scientific and technical information via the internet and presentations.

    DO NOT reply to this message with questions about this position. All questions should be directed to the contact provided in the job announcement.

    APPLY HERE: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/617341700

  • 01 Oct 2021 8:41 PM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)

    St. Mary’s College of Maryland is recruiting a Public Humanities Fellow to build on national attention for the College’s recently dedicated Commemorative to Enslaved Peoples of Southern Maryland by leading a one-year grant-funded project. By supporting existing humanities programming and participating in community engagement work with invested people and projects in the campus and local community, the Public Humanities Fellow will take responsibility for two central objectives: 1) creating a long-term plan for activities and public outreach related to this monument for use by the College; and 2) completing scholarly research in the humanities related to the Fellow’s expertise that bears directly on the experiences of the enslaved in the historical and contemporary American landscape. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in any field of the humanities specializing in histories of enslavement, antiracism and social justice, and/or monuments and memory and a commitment to public humanities in museums and heritage work, galleries, libraries, and archives, or other cultural and service organizations. The successful candidate should expect a November 2021 start date with compensation set at $60,000 with health care benefits.

    Review of résumés will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. St. Mary’s College of Maryland is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

    Detailed position information is available at: https://www.smcm.edu/hr/smcm-job/public-humanities-fellow-temporary-1-year-contingent-position/

    Apply at: apply.interfolio.com/94989
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