Do you and your company want to make a noticeable difference for asylum seekers and newly arrived academics?

Do you and your company want to make a noticeable difference for asylum seekers and newly arrived academics? On November 28, Engineers Without Borders Sweden will host a recruitment afternoon where your company will be able to find competent people with unique approaches and knowledge. This year we are also expanding our target group to academics in all fields. See the appendix for more information and a registration link: https://bit.ly/2owNcHo

Experienced project managers wanted as program leaders for activities in Tanzania

Engineers Without Borders Sweden (EWB-SWE) is working in partnership with a well-established organisation in Tanzania, Mavuno Project. After ten years of collaboration, we have common projects in several thematic areas such as water access, water purification, construction, sanitation, electrification, digitalisation in education, entrepreneurship etc. We are now looking for experienced project managers who can act as program leaders for different parts of our common work.

What shall be done?

At this point, EWB-SWE and Mavuno Project have approximately 10 common projects and initiatives ongoing in different phases. Though it is a strength to have many teams and people working on different aspects of one specific context, it is also a challenge to make sure that these groups benefit from and inspire each other. As a way of improving our work, we wish to group our projects and initiatives into 2-3 major projects/programs. The existing projects will act as sub-projects or activities within these, and the division will be based mainly on location of implementation. We are now searching for managers for the following programs:

Development of primary schools in Karagwe: Together with Mavuno, local authorities and local communities, we are working long-term and systematically to improve the conditions in Karagwe's 130 governmental primary schools. We focus on water supply, water purification, construction of toilets, and digitalisation of the school environment. The role as a program manager includes identification of sub-projects, support to and coordination of sub-project groups, dialogue with the Tanzanian authorities and Mavuno on priorities, division of work, division of responsibilities, etc.

Development of the Mavuno secondary school: Mavuno project is running a girls-only secondary school (school year 8-13) which acts as a role model in the area. The students are performing really well in regional rankings, and the school enrols ambitious girls that would otherwise have difficulties to reach higher education. The school is under development, and EWB-SWE is involved in the construction process including infrastructure for water, sanitation, electricity etc. The school is also a place where technology can be tested and evaluated before being spread to other places. The role as a program manager includes identification of sub-projects and additional areas in which our support would benefit the school's development, support to and coordination of sub-project groups, dialogue with Mavuno on priorities, division of work, division of responsibilities, etc.

 

Who are we looking for?

We are looking leaders of these larger projects/programs. You have experience in leading teams and projects, and you have a genuine interest in using your professional skills to support others in their personal development including students in Tanzania, junior project managers in EWB-SWE, technical professionals in Sweden and Tanzania etc. You regard your involvement in EWB-SWE as a long-term engagement stretching over some years, and you have a life situation allowing you to set aside a few hours every week to this voluntary work. You are interested in travelling to Tanzania to meet our project partner, though the majority of your work will be carried out from home.

 

If you have any additional questions about the work, please don’t hesitate to contact Caroline Bastholm: caroline.bastholm@ewb-swe.org. We review applications continuously.

Engineers Without Borders Sweden is promoting equality and inclusivity. We are strengthened by our differences. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the position, regardless of gender, age, ethnic background, religion, disability or sexual orientation.

Internship assignment

Internship assignment

To create a long-term impact that both is efficient and achieves the predefined goals, we are constantly evaluating our work. At every stage of every project, we strive to open-mindedly investigate how the work contributes to meet the local needs and how our work can be improved. As the organization is growing, the necessity of structurally comparing the impacts of our different projects is increasing. For this task we need you.

During this internship, you will lay the groundwork for EWB’s work with Results Based Management (RBM) and Key Performance Indexes (KPIs). The role gives you the freedom to identify what and how we can measure our projects’ impact without increasing the level of unnecessary bureaucracy. You will be in regular contact with the staff, the board and the different project leaders to holistically approach the task.

You will gather statistics from our completed development projects, interview project members and, together with the parties concerned, develop a framework for continuously measure and evaluate EWB’s work. Furthermore, you will take part developing an implementation plan for the framework.

Qualifications

You are a student at the end of your studies. Your field of studies may include international development, governance or economics, but we welcome students from other fields as well! Most important is your interest in working with RBM and KPIs.

Additionally, we wish you to:

  • Have some prior knowledge of RBM, KPIs or similar result systems

  • Show genuine interest in EWB’s work and share our values

  • Be a good communicator willing to include all parts of the organization in your work

  • Feel comfortable to work with lots of freedom and own responsibility

  • Be able to work and write in English

Merit skills/experience

Although academic background can be very relevant, most important for us is that you are genuinely interested in the specified task.

Other

The office is based in Falun, Sweden, though there is great flexibility to work from elsewhere and pay regular visits to the office.


Read more and apply here:
https://fuf.se/engineers-without-borders/


Deadline for the application: October 1

The installation of the water purification system at Rukole Primary School in Tanzania is completed!

A new and improved water purification system will give greater access to clean water. Hopefully, the number of children staying home from school due to waterborne diseases will decrease.

Engineers Without Borders would like to thank volunteers Anton and Olivia, and everyone at Rukole. During the project, students and teachers at Rukole have learned about the system. Specifically about how different components of the system work, what maintenance is required, and how to troubleshoot and fix problems that may arise.

Read more about the project here

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WSP förlänger partnerskapet med  Ingenjörer utan gränser

WSP och Ingenjörer utan gränser har samarbetat under ett flertal år. Nu förlänger WSP avtalet ytterligare med minst två år. WSP kommer att stödja Ingenjörer utan gränser såväl finansiellt som med kompetens.

"Vi är väldigt glada att WSP vill fortsätta som partner. Den stora kompetens som WSPs personal besitter kan komma till stort nytta för oss framför allt i våra internationella projekt. Här är det fråga om lösningar för att skapa bra vatten och sanitetsförhållanden och enkla men hållbara energilösningar", säger Caroline Bastholm, generalsekreterare för Ingenjörer utan gränser.

Utöver samverkan kring och bidrag till internationella projekt kommer partnerskapet även att omfatta gemensamma seminarier och arbete med att hjälpa nyanlända till Sverige att hitta jobb, ett arbete som går under rubriken Engineer to Engineer.

"Vi tar ansvar för framtiden genom att bidra med vår kunskap. Ingenjörer utan gränser ger oss en plattform som passar oss bra för att kunna göra just det. Vi är glada och stolta att fortsatt bidra i deras viktiga arbete världen över", säger Sofia Nyholm, som ansvarar för WSPs samhällsengagemang.

Kontakterpersoner för denna information är:
Jan Byfors, Ordförande Ingenjörer utan gränser jan.byfors@ewb-swe.org

Officially open: The new kitchen building in Wulugu!

Teachers, workers and children at Wulugu Senior High School will be able to prepare energy-efficient food without inhaling dangerous smoke.

This project was made possible with the help of volunteers from Wulugu, Engineers Without Borders fieldworkers and donations. Thank you!

Read more about the project here

Opening ceremony

Opening ceremony

The kitchen building

The kitchen building

Join Openhack in Stockholm 1 - 3 of November

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Do you enjoy coding and have an interest in humanitarian issues? Have you heard about openhack before? Openhack is an organization founded by EWB, and we would like to invite you all to this year's hackathon. For 48 hours, people from all over Sweden gather in Stockholm, with the main goal to solve challenges society faces. Press the link below to read more!

https://sthlm.openhack.io/?fbclid=IwAR0seG7dXakug8dX1lZcYb-b6wri32reEulTs3jfbgSZCPFaNzEfWCmfkO4

Engineers Without Borders' local partner MAVUNO celebrates its 25th anniversary.

More than 1,200 people attended the celebration, including the Minister of Industry from Dar es Salam. From Engineers Without Borders, the volunteers working in the area attended and representatives from two of our member companies Sandvik and Bengt Dahlgren. In the past year, about 10,000 people, in villages and schools, have gained access to water thanks to the companies that support Engineers Without Borders work.

Engineers Without Borders Sweden has a long record of working with MAVUNO in Karagwe in Tanzania. MAVUNO is an NGO working to “capacitate and empower rural communities in Karagwe and Kyerwa districts on sustainable development without any kind of prejudice”.

Read more about Mavuno Project here

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The work in Tanzania is progressing

Our volunteers have held lectures about water and hygiene, where the children liked to see ice.

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They have also tested water samples for Coliform and Enterococcus bacteria, indicating the water’s sanitary quality.

The construction has started with changes to the outlet from the school’s water tank, and the installation of underground pipes into the school.

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Follow our Instagram page where more pictures are available: www.instagram.com/ewb_sweden

Read more about the project here

A new home for the smash-proof guitar

Over 30 million saw Yngwie Malmsteen do his utmost to smash Sandvik's unbreakable guitar. Now the guitar has been auctioned out which brought in USD 25,000. Sandvik donates the money to the organization Engineers Without Borders, that will use them for school projects in Tanzania.

 

The unbreakable guitar was at the center of the latest film in the Sandvik brand campaign Let’s Create. Now it has got a new owner, venture capitalist Pär-Jörgen Pärson who has also written the management book "Heavy Metal Management".

“It was impossible to resist such a crazy project as this, which included the world's best guitarist and a Swedish industrial company. I loved it and the opportunity to buy the guitar was too cool to miss”, he says.

Pär-Jörgen Pärson has a genuine interest in guitars. He started playing himself in his early teens, has been involved in several bands and owns a comprehensive guitar collection.

"This guitar doesn't really fit into my collection because they have to be from 1963, my birth year, but since Yngwie was born in 1963 I still think it fits nicely.”

Engineers Without Borders Sweden (EWB) will use the donated money in their school projects in northwestern Tanzania. EWB, together with a local partner, runs a project covering 100 schools, each with 700‒1,000 students. The first step involves access to water and sanitation while step two is about digitizing the learning environment.

“The schools are remotely located in rural Tanzania with no access to books. Computers and internet access provide access to knowledge via the Internet and the donation makes it possible for us to improve the education at these schools,” says Caroline Bastholm, Secretary General of EWB Sweden.

Jessica Alm, Communications Director at Sandvik, had the pleasure to hand over a USD 25,000 dollar check to Caroline Bastholm, Secretary Generary for Engineers Without Borders Sweden. Pär-Jörgen Pärson was happy the money goes to a good cause.

Jessica Alm, Communications Director at Sandvik, had the pleasure to hand over a USD 25,000 dollar check to Caroline Bastholm, Secretary Generary for Engineers Without Borders Sweden. Pär-Jörgen Pärson was happy the money goes to a good cause.

 

Engineers Without Borders announce a new graphical identity created by ALTEN Sweden

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) are strengthening their identity by an update of the visual profile. ALTEN Sweden is the company behind the development of the new identity, which is gradually being implemented starting May 28, 2019.

The initiative has aimed to strengthen EWB's identity and the symbolism of the organization's values. Through colours and shapes, the new visual identity aims at creating a connection to sustainability and engineering. The concept, which is developed by ALTEN, includes a new logo, typography and graphical guidelines.

- We identified a need within the organization to update the visual identity. The members' opinion was that the current identity was somewhat challenging to work with, especially in international contexts. We are delighted to have had support by ALTEN, who contributed with their professionalism and competence to ensure we successfully reached our goals throughout the process, says Caroline Bastholm, Secretary General at Engineers Without Borders Sweden.

- It is a great honour to be part of the update of the new visual identity for one of our most essential engineering organizations in Sweden. It is important for us to support projects like these, and we are looking forward to upcoming collaborations with EWB, says CEO Martin Segerström at ALTEN Sweden.

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About ALTEN Sweden AB:
ALTEN has been established in Sweden since November of 2008 and is today one of the largest consultancy companies in Europe within technology and IT. ALTEN is present in 20 countries, with its headquarters in Paris, and has over 28 000 employees where 88 % are engineers. In Sweden, ALTEN has 1700 employees and offices in twelve different locations. In Sweden, most of ALTEN's customers are within the automobile-, telecom-, defense-, energy- and life science industries where ALTEN is active throughout the development chain. The Design & Visualization department works with industrial design as well as supporting our customers in graphical projects.

Join openhack for their hackathon the weekend of 24-25th May!

Are you a creative problem solver or enjoy coding? Do you have a passion for working with humanitarian issues? If the answer to these questions is yes, then join openhack for their hackathon the weekend of 24-25th May!
Openhack started as a project within Engineers Without Borders and is a collaborative community where ideas and knowledge are being exchanged in order to solve humanitarian challenges through open source development. Our hackathons serve as the foundation of our community where physical meetings take place and innovations are sparked to life. This is where we bring tech volunteers, aid organizations, social actors, and sponsors together in the same building to work together.

For 48 hours, developers, designers and motivated people from all over Sweden will gather for a hackathon in Gothenburg. The focus will be to leverage Open Source code to solve the challenges society faces.

To read more and register - https://gbg.openhack.io

Sandvik's unique guitar supports Engineers Without Borders Sweden

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Global engineering company Sandvik, main sponsor of Engineers Without Borders in Sweden, recently presented the world’s first smash-proof guitar. 

The guitar was part of a project to demonstrate how Sandvik could use their sustainable, cutting-edge techniques to make something that is both highly precise and amazingly durable.

In a short film, guitar virtuoso and notorious guitar smasher Yngwie Malmsteen was then challenged to destroy the unique, 3D printed all-metal guitar during a live show in Miami. The guitar stood the test.

Since the project was launched on April 9, the guitar has evoked massive global interest, resulting in hundreds of articles and millions of views. Now, Sandvik announces the guitar, played and signed by Malmsteen, will be auctioned on the music site Reverb.com starting on May 2. Visit Reverb to learn more about the auction or to place your bid: Reverb Sandvik auction

Sandvik has decided that the funds from this auction will be donated to Engineers Without Borders Sweden. 

You can read more about the guitar project at: home.sandvik/letscreate

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Annual Recruitment Day

Engineer to Engineer held their annual Recruitment Day, a job fair that focuses on helping asylum seekers and newly arrived to find a job.

The Engineer to Engineer team would like to thank all the participants for attending and the companies that made the day possible!

WSP, Klarna, Semcon, Sherwin-Williams, Academicum, Berotec, Lexher, Agima Management, Precisit, Plan B, Knightec, Mercodia, Netlight Consulting, Agile Search, Sustainability InnoCenter, Openhack, Airjobb, UU Career, Sveriges ingenjörer and Novare Potential.

Does your company want to be part of our next Recruitment Day? Send an email to event.e2euppsala@ewb-swe.org and we will send you more information!

How can the Nordic countries become more self-sufficient in vegetable production?

Together with the company Ljusgårda, we held a workshop on the subject indoor planting. It highlighted the importance of Nordic countries to become more self-sufficient on vegetables and how indoor planting is one solution. The participants were provided with a case from Ljusgårda on how to solve a problem regarding the system for water supply for the plants. The visitors got to try this technique for themselves using some equipment brought by Ljusgårda and a PET-bottle.

The Reflective Engineer is a part of Engineers Without Borders where we aim to broaden our member's perspectives on ethical and environmental issues. We believe that all of us should reflect on the impact our actions can have on societies, environment and people’s lives. We take both a local and global perspective on how we as engineers or scientists can have an impact on our respective fields of competence. At the same time, we want to inspire our members and others to take actions for a sustainable future. We do this through workshops, seminars, lectures, debates, and exhibitions.

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Engineer to Enginee and Knightec

Engineer to Engineer put together an inspiring afternoon together with the technology company Knightec.

During the afternoon the participants got the opportunity to meet experienced recruiters who were teaching all the ins and outs of interview technique and how to tailor one’s LinkedIn profile to attract a future employer. There was also a photography-station where profile pictures were taken to use for resumé and LinkedIn profile.

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Engineer to Engineer aims to facilitate the integration of recently arrived engineers and scientists. Engineer to Engineer connects progressive companies with newly arrived engineers and scientists to improve work and social integration. Engineers and scientists can network and exchange experiences with working professionals in Sweden. Read more here.

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Engineers Without Borders annual meeting 2019

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It’s time to look forward!

Engineers Without Borders annual meeting 2019 will be held on the 6th of April in Gothenburg. At the annual meeting, the nomination committee presents a proposal for next year's steering committee. The nomination committee this year consists of Malin Strand, Lukas Leander and Stefan Karnebäck.
Until 28 February, we welcome members' nominations. We will use these nominations in our process to form our proposal for the steering committee 2019/20.
Please send your nominations to malin.strand@ewb-swe.org and your motions to caroline.bastholm@ewb-swe.org.
Deadline for submitting motions is on the 15th of March.

Engineers Without Borders, Mavuno and NCC collaborate to improve the educational situation in Karagwe and Kyerwa in Tanzania

The level of education in the Tanzanian districts Karagwe and Kyerwa is low. Clean, safe drinking water is scarce, and most of the primary schools lack water, electricity, adequate toilets and sufficient buildings. Many children, especially girls, drop out of school.

Engineers Without Borders Sweden and the local Tanzanian organisation Mavuno collaborate to improve the educational situation in Karagwe and Kyerwa. Mavuno runs a Secondary School focusing on supporting girls. Together, Engineers Without Borders Sweden and Mavuno work to improve the basic conditions for successful school activities, such as water and sanitation, and subsequently electrification and digitalization.

We are happy to announce that we now can continue to develop Mavunos Secondary School. NCC has contributed with a Group-wide Christmas donation that will enable more classrooms, laboratories and dormitories. The educational program can thereby be extended, which means the pupils will then be eligible to apply for university studies. The donation will also allow for new water tanks that provide access to drinking water and water for cleaning, cooking and watering crops for 3,500 to 4,000 pupils and teachers in primary schools in the area.

Mavunos Secondary School

Mavunos Secondary School

The kind of water tank that will be built

The kind of water tank that will be built