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We are recruiting a 3rd IT engineer

We are continuing our expansion. Today, we are looking at recruiting a 3rd IT engineer to help us developing our systems.

Basically, we need an PHP/MySQL developer, with advanced skills in the domain of web development.

You can download here (20130610 IT developper announcement – edit) the announcement we have published on Vietnam Works.

If you would know someone who could be interested, please tell about us!

Talk to you soon!

Vincent

Mark the day: 21st of September 2012: Conztellation goes big

We’re happily making it. On the 21st of September, 2012, we will release the final version of Conztellation.

After months of beta testing, we are now ready to hit the market with what we believe is a real breakthrough in term of M&E, information and knowledge management, and data retrieval for the aid sector.

Conztellation will simply give a new life to your program’s data and information.

Conztellation will comprise 2 major modules:

  • The World suite
  • The Program suite

The World suite

The World suite is a series of functions that will allow to quickly retrieve the most important information and data that you need to carry out your daily work. It comprises simple access to the most important indicators from international databases, international reports, pertinent scientific literature, grey literature from international NGOs and institutions, and documents produced by our community. Everything you need to know on your working environment.

The Program suite

The program suite will allow to consolidate, analyze and share the most important information produced by your program. You will be able to access data from anywhere, share them with your colleagues and partners, and concentrate under a single server your most important working documents from frameworks to presentations. You will access your program anywhere, anytime. You will able to produce instantly reports, benchmarks, and irrigate your entire team with a common source of information. You will even be able to access live costing analysis if need be.

Save the date

On the 21st of September, you will discover an entirely new website, a new price schedule, automatic registration functions, and more, much more.

See you then!

Getting real: introducing Blue Dragon

Urban Care Active got real. Since last July, we have started a long-term collaboration with Blue Dragon.

About Blue Dragon

Blue Dragon is an Australian NGO working exclusively in Vietnam. It is based in Hanoi, and has been in operation since 2003. It works with street-kids, trafficked children, and disabled youth. It offers inclusive education programs, long-term shelter solutions, and anti-trafficking activities with the active support of the Vietnamese police forces. They are active in Hanoi, Hue, Bac Ninh, and now in Dien Bien.

I sort of love this NGO. They work at the grassroots level, for real, and engage in direct implementation, a bit old-school yes, but so concrete. Its founder, Michael Brosowski, is a strong leader with a long-term vision, and a practical sense of realities.

Blue Dragon is funded through multiple channels, direct individual donations, corporate support, and international donors. It had a stupendous growth over the last 5 years and is now considering options to sustain its action and structure in this new decade.

How we chose Blue Dragon

I’ve known about this NGO for a while now. My first encounter with them took place about 4 years ago, when I was working with Médecins du Monde. We had a program dedicated at kids at risk of getting infected by HIV. At that time, I met an operational manager of theirs, and introduced our activities. We offered a collaboration and possible funding. And they turned down our proposition, because it was not clearly a part of their strategy and felt they didn’t have the means to give us the level of action we were expecting at that time. MdM was a very strong public health operator in Vietnam, and they knew they had too little expertise in that domain to be a fair partner. In short, they said no, because of their work ethic, despite funding opportunities. I was so impressed. If you had any experience with NGOs, you would admit there are just so many “paper”-CBOs and grassroots NGOs chasing funds with a strategy limited to “getting money”, regardless of the line of work. Clearly, Blue Dragon was not one of those.

Later, after Urban Care was created, I continued keeping an eye on this NGO, and others in the city. The plan was at some point to give long-term support to an NGO meeting the following criteria:

▪   Most of the operations have to be carried out in urban settings;

▪   Programs have to be dealing with youth OR the elderly;

▪   Programs have to touch on health, education or nutrition;

▪   The NGO has to have a good reputation in our professional community;

▪   The NGO recognizes a need in terms of technical assistance;

▪   The NGO has to be in a growing phase OR has strong potential;

▪   The NGO operates in South-East Asia.

Well, as a matter of fact, Blue Dragon meets all those criteria, and after we finalized our investigation, we contacted them and offered some help, which was accepted on the spot. They have great programs, steady funding, yet not enough resources to build and maintain a solid information system. So we’ll take on a role in that story.

What we are doing with Blue Dragon

We started 2 months ago by offering a long-term support of at least 2 years. We are going to build for them an advanced M&E system, including information systems, electronic reporting mechanisms, live costing functions, and a web-based knowledge management solution. The first phase of that process has been the initial assessment of their M&E system, a 2-month long task. We will then discuss with their team what to start with, and how to start it.

We want to do that slowly as we want it to be organic, so, well-adapted to their needs and constraints, practical, real, and accepted. Hence the long-term perspective.

More news on that process in the coming months.

In the meantime, if you are interested in Blue Dragon, you can visit their website. If you want to donate, just go there. They even have tax-deductible mechanisms. They are pretty good.

 

Conztellation is moving on…

Some news on the development of our new service: Conztellation, with a z

Conztellation V0.1 would be available for our current clients on the 5th of December 2011 for a first round of beta testing, with a V1.0 ready to hit the market late January 2012.

We have finalized the system’s wireframe and its general architecture… and now our dearest IT manager, Mr Hien, has started to code the system, while Vinaganda assists in the general design of the web interface.

The program is moving on steadily…. Soon, we will introduce some details on the extensive analytic and knowledge management functions of the Conztellation system.

stay tuned…

 

Urban Care is recruiting a database designer

Urban Care continues its development… we are now looking for a database designer located in Hanoi.

This person would work on the development of our new project, Constellation. We would like to have someone speaking and writing: English, MySQL and PHP.

Please send your resume to: tran.le.mai@urbancare.org

We will first shortlist candidates, who will then receive the blueprint of the service before the interview process. The selected person would work firstly on a short-term mission contract, with the possibility to engage in a long-term professional relationship, to be adapted to our company’s needs and the professional’s career development objectives.

Closing date: 25th of September 2011.

Thanks!