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September 2021 Newsletter

Hi EA PH Community Member,


Exciting times are ahead of our university chapters with EA UP Diliman’s upcoming events, EA Blue’s preparation for their Recruitment Week, and EA DLSU’s discussion group! We also feature below IDinsight as a local EA-aligned organization. They are a global advisory, data analytics, and research organization that helps global development leaders maximize their social impact. 

 

Read on to find out what other resources, events, and opportunities we have in store for you this month. We announce below about EA Philippines’ mental health charity ideas research project. You can also learn more about fish welfare by signing up for Makaisda’s event. We hope you enjoy reading this newsletter!

Local EA-relevant events

[September 13, 9 am] Mental Health Research Summit Series 4

Mental Health Research Summit’s Series 4 is happening on September 13, 9 am - 12 nn with the theme, Mental Health Services. Register for this event here.

Its third installment of the five-part series was held last August 12. The 3rd series on Leadership and Governance highlighted experts from all sectors as they shared insights in (1) Prevention and Management of Mental Health Conditions in the Philippines: The Case for Investment, (2) Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic: LGU Perspective, (3) Ethics in Mental Health Research, and (4) Technology-based Mental Health Research: Issues and Challenge. You can watch the recording of this event here.

[September 18, 2-4 pm] Fish Welfare: What Isda(t)?

Fish welfare experts Jonathan Balcombe, New York Times Bestselling author of What A Fish Knows; and Ethel Wagas, Ph.D. candidate of the Marine Science Institute in the University of the Philippines, will be giving a talk about the Introduction of Fish Welfare in the Philippine Aquaculture Industry on September 18, 2 pm - 4 pm. This event is organized by Makaisda, an early-stage project of the Fish Welfare Initiative in the Philippines. Makaisda aims to improve the welfare of farmed fish by conducting research and executing collaborative welfare interventions. Register for the event here. For questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to the organizers at makaisda@fishwelfareinitiative.org.

Sign up for the Fish Welfare: What Isda(t)?

Updates from the local EA community

We’re hiring research analysts for our Mental Health Charity Ideas Research!

EA Philippines is excited to announce that we have successfully gotten funding from the EA Infrastructure Fund for a Mental Health Charity Ideas Research Project! This will be led by Brian Tan and Shen Javier to follow up their participation in the region-specific research track of Charity Entrepreneurship’s incubation program. This project is a 6-month part-time project to find and research on the best mental health charity ideas to start in the Philippines or another Southeast Asian country. The top 1-2 ideas we research on can be incubated and funded by Charity Entrepreneurship through their incubation program in 2022.

Given this, we are currently hiring 2-3 part-time research analysts for this project. We’re looking to hire university graduates with at least 1-2 years of experience in mental health and/or research. You can apply to work for 20, 15, or 10 hours per week. The salary range is PHP 20,000-25,000 per month for those working 20 hours per week. Send this to anyone who you think would be a good fit and would be interested! Learn more about the job and project at bit.ly/EAPHMHResearchJob and apply via bit.ly/EAPHMHResearchJobApp. The deadline to apply is on Sept. 8, 2021 (Wednesday)!

Watch the recording of our Q&A on EA Philippines & creating EA groups in developing countries

Altruismo Eficaz España, a community composed of Hispanic / Latin American people interested in effective altruism, invited Brian Tan last July 27 to do a Q&A with their group. This would be useful to watch for group organizers or those interested to learn more about how we’ve grown the effective altruism movement in the Philippines. The recording from the event is here.

EA Blue + EA UP Diliman’s Career Planning Webinar

EA UPD and EA Blue would like to thank everyone who attended their Career Planning for Social Impact webinar last August 21. A recording of the event may be viewed on EA UPD’s FB page for those who missed it at bit.ly/CareerPlanLivestream!

EA UP Diliman’s upcoming events

September is a busy month for EA UPD as the student chapter gears towards welcoming its members for another semester of learning more about EA and bonding together! The chapter will start its September with a welcoming party for new and returning EA UPD members. New fellows will also be welcomed later this month as the Utak at Puso Fellowship begins!

Also, get ready to save a seat for EA UPD’s next webinar on September 18, 3:30-5 PM via Zoom! This webinar will be featuring Aya Silva, Senior Manager at IDinsight, and Dr. Miguel Dorotan, Executive Director of Alliance for Improving Health Outcomes (AIHO). Aside from their talk, there will be a Q&A session to entertain questions that attendees may have regarding the development sector. 

This webinar is open to all individuals who are interested!

Register for this event here

EA Blue is gearing up for RecWeek

EA Blue will be having a social event within their chapter, and will start their Recruitment Week (RecWeek) on September 20! RecWeek is when they’ll recruit new Ateneo members to EA Blue. Stay tuned to their social media accounts for ther Introductory Fellowship applications and an Introduction to EA Concepts talk in early October!

EA DLSU holds its 1st Intro to EA discussion group meetup

It was a jam-packed day for EA DLSU last August 21 (Saturday) as they hosted two events targeted towards its university community. The Term 3 General Assembly featured an Introduction to EA Talk by the chapter’s External Affairs Supervisor, Carl Escobar, as well as games and breakouts to help members acquaint themselves with each other the EA way.

Later on, the first of 4 Introductory Discussion Group sessions were held with DLSU participants from senior high to graduate school level. The school’s system-wide announcements were a great help in getting the word out about the program and connecting people to the chapter’s website. Pictured here are the Week 1 facilitators in the debrief session led by Co-President and Project Head, Jib Española.

News / resources relevant to the Philippines

A podcast interview with Ken Abante

Alec Wang, co-founder of EA Blue, recently interviewed Ken Abante on his latest podcast. Ken Abante is an organizer, researcher, and director at WeSolve, an organization that helps civil society, government, business, and grassroots communities harness collective action for sustained impact. Ken’s family members are rural healthcare workers that experienced a shortage in protective equipment from the government early in the pandemic. Because of this, he started coordinating the Citizens' Budget Tracker, a civic movement of more than 60 volunteers to track and advocate for a better pandemic response and recovery budget in the Philippines. Working with academics, journalists, social accountability workers, and career government workers, the group has shared their recommendations and analyzed a dataset on Php 20 billion-worth COVID19-related government contracts.

 

EA Philippines’ Effective Animal Advocacy Fellowship syllabus 

EA PH’s Effective Animal Advocacy (EAA) Fellowship is in its last week this coming Saturday, and we’d like to share with you its full syllabus. It includes the following topics: Why Animals?, Effective Animal Advocacy, Land Animal Welfare, Fish / Aquatic Animal Welfare, Wild Animal Welfare, Alternative Proteins, Animals and the Long-Term, Creating Change, and EAA in Action. Check out the full syllabus here.

 

The IPCC’s climate change report card is out

IPCC recently released a new report about the state of climate change and it stresses that current international efforts fall far short of what is needed to address this looming crisis. There's still time to avert this though. The IPCC authors also emphasized that we must curb greenhouse gas emissions immediately in order to escape the most catastrophic impacts of climate change. The full report is available for download here. If you're looking for some key points, though, here's an article from the Climate Reality Leader and Sustainarumble! podcast host, JM Dumdum.

 

The Philippines approves of superfood Golden Rice

The Philippines has just become the first country in South and Southeast Asia to approve nutrient-enriched “Golden Rice” for planting, thanks to the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice), which announced the biosafety permit for propagating the Golden Rice. Developed by the International Rice Research Institute and its national research partners, Golden Rice can serve as an effective way to complement existing approaches to overcome Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD). Learn more about it here.

Foreign EA-relevant resources

Apply for Open Philanthropy’s US/UK undergrad scholarship

Open Philanthropy, the largest grantmaker of the effective altruism movement, has opened up an undergraduate scholarship to top US and UK universities for international students. 

They're looking to fund students with exceptional academic merit and are interested in doing as much good as possible with their careers. They plan to offer both full and partial scholarships, depending on candidates’ financial needs and the strength of their applications. Filipinos are open to apply for this scholarship! Check this link for more information. You can also share this to high school students you think might be a good fit. 

 

Holden Karnofsky on the most important century

What does the future hold? Holden Karnofsky, GiveWell and Open Philanthropy co-founder, speaks about his new article series titled ‘The Most Important Century’ on the 80,000 Hours podcast. Listen to this episode and find out why he thinks all possible views about humanity’s future are wild, and why the 21st century is likely to be the most important century for humanity, likely due to the development of transformative artificial intelligence (AI).
 

Ben Todd meets Sangita Myska of BBC Radio

BBC Radio's Sangita Myska recently interviewed Ben Todd, the 80,000 Hours founder. The conversation revolved around the topic of how we could spend our career with more impact and even the pros and cons of 80,000 Hours. Another contributor to this podcast is Sanjay Joshi, founder of an EA-aligned org, SoGive.

Organization spotlight

IDinsight is a global advisory, data analytics, and research organization that helps development leaders maximize their social impact. They tailor a wide range of data and evidence tools, including randomized controlled trials and qualitative approaches to help decision-makers answer key questions, within timeline and budget constraints. They work with governments, multilaterals, foundations, and innovative non-profit organizations in Asia and Africa. IDInsight was founded abroad in 2011 and has been operating in the Philippines since 2018. While IDinsight itself does not implement programs, they partner with program implementers to generate and analyze data and evidence to improve policies and programs

IDInsight has received multiple grants from EA-aligned funders such as Good Ventures and GiveWell, as well as other global funders. IDInsight has several ongoing projects with government and NGOs to promote evidence-based policymaking in public health, education, agriculture, and other sectors. They have also been supporting governments' COVID-response efforts in multiple countries.

From time to time, IDinsight posts about job openings, which we usually feature in our job board. You can also check their careers page for the latest updates.

Job and volunteer opportunities in EA-aligned organizations

Below are some featured opportunities that are accessible to Filipinos from our Job Board. It currently has around 50 impactful opportunities (full-time, part-time, internship, and volunteer opportunities) accessible to Filipinos.

Our job board has remote jobs from foreign EA organizations, and also some roles at local organizations that we either think are impactful to work for, or they provide good experience and skills for making an impact later on. Most of the opportunities we feature below are volunteer or internship roles since most people in our community are still students, but there are also a few full-time opportunities on our job board.


Local opportunities for Filipino EAs

Part-Time Research Analyst, Mental Health Charity Ideas Research [Deadline: September 8]

Program Officer, Fred Hollows Foundation [Deadline: September 25]

Various volunteer roles, Makaisda [Rolling recruitment]

Food Scientist, Worth the Health [Rolling recruitment]

Manager/Senior Manager, IDInsight [Rolling recruitment]

 

Remote opportunities from foreign EA-aligned organizations

Ambassador, Giving What We Can [Deadline: September]

Managing Director, Effective Altruism Consulting Network [Deadline: September 19]

Innovation Associate, Good Food Institute Asia-Pacific [Rolling recruitment]

Grant Recipient  - Animal Welfare Fund [Rolling recruitment] 


Our job board webpage also has links to other relevant places where you can find impactful jobs, and we also include there how we choose which jobs to feature.

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Best,
Tanya, Brian, Janai, and Kate from EA Philippines

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