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MPP Alex Khlebnikov internship at SAIS researching US & Russia Middle East/Central Asia policies

Alex Khlebnikov's summer 2013 internship has been with School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He is assisting director of the Russian and Eurasian Studies Program, Professor Bruce Parrott, to conduct research which is mainly focused on Russian and the US foreign policy toward the Middle East and Central Asia.

IREX Program Associate/​Education Programs Division (W​ash, DC)

IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors, our program activities also include conflict resolution, technology for development, women and youth.
Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $70 million and a staff of over 400 professionals worldwide. IREX employs field-tested methods and innovative uses of technologies to develop practical and locally-driven solutions with our partners in more than 100 countries.

Title: Program Associate
Division: Education Programs DivisionReports To: Senior Program Officer
Summary of Position
IREX seeks an entry-level program associate for its Education Programs Division to provide support for global teacher training programs and international basic education development.

Qualifications:
· Experience with and interest in international basic education and training development programs; · Knowledge and/or experience with project design, grant management, proposal development, and budgeting;· Secondary education experience; teaching experience preferred;· Demonstrated interpersonal and written and oral communication skills;· Demonstrated attention to detail and organizational skills; and· International study, work, or living experience;· Knowledge of a foreign language;· Demonstrated computer skills, including Excel and Web 2.0 tools.Duties & Responsibilities:
· Provide administrative and logistical support to teacher training programs.
· Track a wide range of information and data, maintaining accuracy and completeness.
· Coordinate and track participants, awards, payments, and reporting processes.
· Process and maintain financial records.
· Write program reports.
· Other duties as assigned.

To Apply
Go to http://www.irex.org/careers and click on Current Openings. Then click on the corresponding position and apply through our website. Please supply a resume and a cover letter with your application.
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE
AA/EOE/M/F/D/V
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Vickie L. Robinson, PHR
Manager - Human Resources

WE HAVE MOVED!!!!!

IREX
1275 K Street, NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 628-8188, ext. 125
Fax: (202) 628-8189
Skype: vickie.robinson1

The Caux Round Table Research Assistant Position (St Paul, MN)

Application Deadline: August 15. 2013

The Caux Round Table (CRT) is an international network of experienced business leaders, who work with business and political leaders to design the intellectual strategies, management tools and practices to strengthen private enterprise and public governance to improve our global community.
http://www.cauxroundtable.org/

Scope of Work: Sourcing books and articles on the topic of soft power and American counter-insurgency efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan

The project is to write a critical assessment of the soft power concept under a grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation. The proposed conceptual framework is that soft power is better understood as mobilization of joint venture partners at various levels of commitment to a common undertaking. In this context hard power initiatives, economic development, and diplomacy are relegated to supporting roles. The model for success in the use of this kind of soft power is the CORDS program in South Vietnam from 1967 to 1973.

Stipend: $15 per hour

Schedule of work:
Flexible, averaging 10 hours per week during fall semester. Caux Round Table will need a burst of research at the start, then research will taper off while Mr. Young digests what has been found, then more research to follow up on discoveries and questions.

A first draft will need to be done by mid Sept and the draft finished by the end of 2013.

Supervisor: Stephen B. Young, Global Executive Director

Qualifications: Familiarity with military operations, diplomatic history, international relations is preferred but not necessary. Demonstrated skill in research and thoroughness in accessing internet sources and library collections is a must. Demonstrated ability to summarize chapters and articles will be most helpful

TO APPLY: Please submit a resume and letter of interest; relevant writing samples of summaries of books and articles would be very helpful as well. Send materials to Stephen B. Young at steve(at)cauxroundtable.net. Caux_Roundtable_RA[1].doc

Trade Specialist position (US citizens)

The following job announcement for an International Trade Specialist open to all U.S. Citizens has been posted at the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/347979500

sent by Lynne Schuman from James, Eatrice ejames(at)ustda.gov

International Atomic Energy Agency Associate Education Officer

2013/071 Associate Education Officer (P-2)
Programme Support Group, Office of Nuclear Security
Department of Nuclear Safety and Security
Application Deadline: 1 September

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) vacancy will be closing shortly.

International Programs | IAEA Careers
U.S. Support Program to the IAEA | Non-Safeguards
Argonne National Laboratory
Nuclear Engineering Division
Phone: 630.252.7147
Email: IAEAStaffing(at)anl.gov|http://international.anl.gov/careers

Research Assistant, Brookings Doha Center (Qatar)

http://www.brookings.edu/about/employment/position/2013/doh13134

This position is a contractual position based in Doha, Qatar. Because of its location and the requirements of the job, a valid driver's license and willingness to drive is required. Office hours of the BDC often require an evening segment for coordination with Washington, events, and other purposes.

BASIC FUNCTION
Provides research assistance and administrative support for the Brookings Doha Center (BDC). This position is based in Doha, Qatar.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
M.A. in international affairs, political science, Middle East studies, or related area with emphasis on social and political issues facing the countries of the broader Middle East, including their relations with the United States. Strong academic record. Outstanding research, writing, and analytical skills.

KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS
Extremely strong English-language writing and editing skills. Background in and understanding of social and political issues facing the Middle East. Superior qualitative research, writing, and editing ability. Excellent organizational and communication skills. Proficiency in use of database programs. Ability to prioritize in a heavy-workload environment. Advanced proficiency in written and spoken Arabic strongly encouraged. Willingness to travel internationally as required.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
80% Research Support
Conducts substantive work and research as requested under direction of Center fellows.
Provides qualitative and grammatical input on scholarly drafts and articles, assists in ensuring the professionalism and accuracy of publications, updates and checks existing data and footnotes, copy edits and proofreads as needed.
Keeps abreast of literature on social and political issues facing the countries of the Middle East, including their relations with the United States and other issues as requested.
Monitors and summarizes current developments in relevant research areas, prepares reports for fellows on latest news.
Collects and analyzes information, assembles relevant material including press reports, interviews, government data, documents, seminars, and reports from a wide variety of sources including library and Internet searches, the local media, NGOs, journalists, diplomats, and others in the field.
Writes event summary reports and grant proposals; briefing memos; reports on forums, symposia, and conferences; compiles abstracts, summaries, and analyses of books and articles.
Attends conferences and seminars as needed; attends and writes summary reports of outside policy briefings, forums, and symposia.
Conducts other substantive work as requested.

20% Administrative Support
Provides a wide range of logistical and administrative support; maintains files; responds to information requests; performs clerical duties; composes, types, and edits letters and memos from verbal instruction.
Works with BDC staff and the Saban Center to help arrange various events, including the annual U.S.-Islamic World Forum; manages logistical arrangements for BDC forums, seminars, and conferences.
Assists with screening project calls and e-mail inquiries about relevant events, meetings, conferences, etc., in coordination with other Center staff.
Maintains spreadsheet of candidates for visiting fellow positions, helps identify possible candidates for nonresident and visiting fellowships.
Conducts other work, as requested.
Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered. Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment in this position. Brookings welcomes resumes from all qualified applicants, particularly women and minorities. No phone calls and no employment agencies please.

Freedom House Program Associate (Bangkok, Thailand)

Organization URL: http://www.freedomhouse.org
Experience: Entry Level

Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, effective advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, Nations in Transit, and Countries at the Crossroads. With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we support the right of every individual to be free.

Position Summary
The Program Associate will manage the administration of the day-to-day operations of the field office, and will assist with the administration of sub-grants to local and regional civil society organizations. This position is based in Bangkok, Thailand and reports to the Director for Southeast Asia (SEA) programs. Funding for this program runs through September 2013 and employment thereafter is contingent upon future funding.

Some Duties and Responsibilities

Process payments, track expenditures, draft budgets, and produce monthly expense and budget reports
Coordinate closely with DC-based colleagues to ensure financial compliance
Maintain financial and program administration databases
Communicate and coordinate closely with local and regional subgrantees, and ensure that the subgrant objectives and terms of agreement are met
Undertake logistical arrangements for regional events and travel, including purchasing airline tickets, ground transportation, accommodation, procuring visas, and briefing staff on relevant issues
Demonstrate strong desire for learning to attain professional development
Other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in political science, international relations, human rights, or related field
Minimum six months of experience in office management and/or program assistance
Strong ability to communicate effectively in English and a Southeast Asian language, both verbally and in writing
Strong knowledge of human rights principles and mechanisms, and understanding of democracy promotion
Strong understanding of history, culture, politics and dynamics of the SEA region
Mastery of MS Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, and knowledge of Adobe professional, online communication tools, and database and image files
Experience in grant administration to local and regional civil society organizations and knowledge of USG and foreign funding regulations preferred
Experience living and/or working in the SEA region or extensive travel to the region
Strong ability to plan, organize, prioritize work, and multi task to meet tight deadlines
Ability to apply superb attention to detail and consistently produce timely and error free work
Ability to accept and complete administrative tasks with a positive and proactive attitude
Ability to consistently apply good judgment in problem solving and decision making
Strong ability to apply interpersonal skills, and successfully work in a diverse and multicultural environment and with diverse stakeholders in the region
Ability to collaborate with others and work as an effective team member
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and to meet all goals and deadlines
Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times

Contact Details

Email: recruiting(at)freedomhouse.org

Application Instructions

Qualified and Interested applicants
We invite qualified candidates to send a resume, and cover letter with salary history and desired salary (only candidates who send salary requirements will be considered for the position) to: recruiting(at)freedomhouse.org or fax at (202) 822-3893, Attention: HR Dept., referencing 2013-044 PA Bangkok in the subject line. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

EOE M/F/D/V

cross posted from Foreign Policy Association


Human Rights & Gender Specialist (Amman, Jordan), JD req.

Organization: American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative
Location: Amman, Jordan
Sector: Non Profit
Organization URL: http://www.americanbar.org/advocacy/rule_of_law.html
Experience: Mid Career / Advanced
Last Date To Apply Nov-30-2013

ABA ROLI is a non-profit pro­gram that implements legal reform programs in roughly 60 countries around the world. ABA ROLI has nearly 700 professional staff work­ing abroad and in its Washington, D.C. office. ABA ROLI's host country partners include judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools, court administrators, legislatures, ministries of justice and a wide array of civil society organi­zations, including human rights groups.

Job Summary

The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative seeks a Human Rights and Gender Specialist to support its Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and gender-focused programs. The Human Rights Specialist will conduct training workshops and continuing legal education in these areas in cooperation with ABA ROLI's local partners, including government and non-governmental organizations. The Human Rights Specialist will work under the supervision of the ABA ROLI Jordan Country Director.

Responsibilities

Development of workshop materials to enhance lawyers' and judges' understanding of laws and other issues related to Trafficking in Persons;
Coordination with local NGOs and other groups to organize workshops related to human rights topics;
Organization and participation in training activities for judges, lawyers, and NGOs;
Providing support and training to ABA ROLI's local partners on continuing legal education focusing on women's rights and domestic violence;
Providing support and training to NGOs working to strengthen and expand their research and activities on gender and human rights issues.

Qualifications

JD, with significant coursework addressing theme relevant to field of human rights study;
10 years professional experience;
Demonstrated research or field experience in international human rights law, trafficking in persons, and gender issues.

Email: jobs(at)americanbar.org

Application Instructions

To apply, please visit http://www.americanbar.org/utility/about_the_aba/employment_at_the_aba/aba_job_search.html. Due to the high volume of applicants, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

APPLY ONLINE

cross posted from Foreign Policy Association

The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs Development Director (Wash, DC)

Organization URL: http://www.jinsa.org
Experience: Mid Career / Advanced

The Development Director is part of the senior management team and reports to the CEO/ Executive Director. He/she is responsible for the design and implementation of development efforts to achieve long-term financial stability for the organization. The Development Director oversees all aspects of fundraising, including major and planned gifts, special/capital campaigns, foundation and corporate relations and grants, the annual fund, and donor cultivation. The Development Director works with other team members participating in development activities. He/she is responsible for leading, and engaging a volunteer leadership committee and Board members in development activities.

Essential Functions

With Management and Board, set and meet annual fundraising goals and development plan
Research, analyze and prioritize new revenue sources from individuals, corporations, government, foundations, and philanthropic networks to expand funding sources.
Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations.
Oversee and implement programming and fundraising efforts for nationwide chapters.
Create and nurture long term relationships with donors
Inspire and engage volunteer and Board members in development activities.
Create and maintain corporate partnerships
Oversee key communications efforts in collaboration with staff and volunteers to:
o Develop and implement messaging
o Create collateral, media, presentation tools, and reports
o Create positive and cohesive publicity
Represent organization publicly
Analyze revenue trends and provide full year forecasts monthly

Job Requirements and Qualifications

Experience: Minimum ten years of fundraising in similar organizations.

Passion for Israel, military, national security and foreign policy issues.
Collaborative personality; ability to inspire and motivate teams and volunteers
Ability to coordinate, manage and prioritize
Excellent communication skills, including ability to write and speak persuasively
Skill at analyzing numbers, forecasting and spreadsheets
Ability to supervise database management
Familiarity with Sage Fundraising Management System ideal.
This is a full-time, exempt position with excellent benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience.


Contact: Lorin Kleinman
Telephone: 202 667-3900
Email: lkleinman(at)jinsa.org

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to lkleinman(at)jinsa.org.

cross posted from Foreign Policy Association

Community Credit Banking Branch Start-Up Consultant (Liberia)

Community Credit Banking Branch Start-Up Consultant, Liberia
APPLY ONLINE

Organization: ACDI/VOCA
Location: Monrovia, Liberia
Sector: Non Profit
Organization URL: http://www.acdivoca.org/
Experience: Mid Career
Last Date To Apply Aug-30-2013
Date Posted Jul-31-2013

Description

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Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has 84 projects in 40 countries and revenues of approximately $168 million.

We are seeking a community banking/rural credit union consultant for the USAID-funded Smallholder Oil Palm Support project (SHOPS) in Liberia. The project's goals are to increase the productivity of Liberia's smallholder oil palm sector and increase smallholders' incomes. SHOPS supports interventions to promote effective linkages and alliances between financial institutions, input suppliers and farmers and their organizations. This assignment will be closely implemented with the Afriland First Bank. This is a 30-day consultancy, expected to start in October.

Responsibilities:

Review Afriland First Bank's procedures for management of Karnplay Rural Community Bank to ensure onsite compliance by staff. This includes procedures on the following: organizing documentation and maintaining confidentiality; customer service and opening accounts; handling manager's checks and outgoing transfers; using banking software for credits and debits; cash counts, movement of cash and vault maintenance; and payroll for the numerous government employees that will receive payment through the branch.
Address weaknesses in onsite implementation and provide focused training and support to improve performance.
Upon completion, produce a report that details interventions and trainings provided; adoption and successful implementation by staff; key skill sets for sustained focus; structural issues and practical solutions for the local context; and recommendations for follow up support.
Provide a debrief to SHOPS and Afriland First Bank to discuss the assignment and provide recommendations on any aspects of the assignment that may require additional focus.

Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a relevant area, a Master's degree is preferred.
Minimum 10 years of experience working in credit unions, community banks or commercial banks at a practical level.
Demonstrated experience with rural credit unions or rural credit cooperatives.
Minimum five years of work experience in a developing country; experience in West Africa is a plus.
Must be computer literate, capable of working in MS Word, MS Excel and banking software.

Contact: ACDI/VOCA International Recruitment

Application Instructions

Please apply online at http://acdivoca.maxhire.net/cp/?E5556D361D43515B7E59192F77571F620462774B. No phone calls please. Only finalists contacted. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. EOE.

cross posted from Foreign Policy Association


Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program (US citizens, 40 yrs or younger)

Organization: Cultural Vistas
Location: Multiple Cities, Germany
Salary Range: $3,000/month
Sector: Government
Organization URL: http://www.culturalvistas.org/bosch
Experience: Internship
Last Date To Apply Nov-1-2013
Date Posted Aug-1-2013

The Robert Bosch Foundation and Cultural Vistas invite US professionals to apply for the 2014-2015 Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program. Bosch Fellows work as consultants in their field of expertise at leading public or private institutions in Germany. In addition, Bosch Fellows participate in professional seminars, where they travel to meet and exchange ideas with key figures across Germany and Europe. Fellows are from the fields of business administration, cultural management (ex. museum, theater, orchestra), journalism, law, non-profit, public policy, and urban planning.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

- High-level work experience in German institutions including the federal government, private corporations, print and broadcast media, law firms and NGOs.

- Travel, seminars and networking events throughout Europe -- fellows meet with key decision-makers in the public and private sectors, gaining an in-depth understanding of current issues facing the European Union and Germany

- EUR 3,000 monthly stipend and compensation package including health insurance and coverage of transatlantic and program-related travel costs; additional funding is available for families

- Intensive German language training provided as needed in US and Germany. No German language skills required at time of application.

- Professional networking opportunities with 500 Robert Bosch Fellowship Alumni.

Qualifications

Candidates for the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program must meet the following requirements:

U.S. citizen
40 years of age or younger at the application deadline
Minimum five years of relevant, full-time work experience in target fellowship field (excluding internships)
Graduate degree preferred
Evidence of outstanding professional performance
Sincere commitment to furthering the transatlantic relationship

Contact Details http://culturalvistas.org/programs-for-students-and-professionals/professional-fellowships/robert-bosch-foundation-fellowship-program

ontact: Katherine Henly
Telephone: 212.497.3527
Email: bosch(at)culturalvistas.org


Application Instructions

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The application deadline is November 1, 2013. For further information and to access the online application, please visit our website: www.culturalvistas.org/bosch.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:
Completed online application including:

Short essay questions
Resume
Most recent university transcript
2 letters of recommendation. Recommenders should be recent supervisors or professional mentors who have worked closely with the applicant.

cross posted from Foreign Policy Association

Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies Minimum Standards Internship (New York)

INEE Minimum Standards Internship
Location: New York, NY
Deadline: 15 August 2013

Summary
The INEE Minimum Standards intern will assist the INEE Coordinator for Minimum Standards with various projects that will further the promotion, utilization and institutionalization of the INEE Minimum Standards.

This internship presents a unique learning opportunity to work closely with the INEE Secretariat, liaise directly with INEE members around the world, and be part of projects that contribute to education quality in crisis settings.

Interns will be based at the IRC HQ office in New York City but may be asked to work from home on assigned days. Interns may take school credit for the internship with prior agreement from the supervisor. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Compensation: This is an unpaid opportunity. Students residing abroad, who need visa sponsorship, will not be considered.

Background
The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is an open global network of more than 9,500 practitioners, students, teachers, staff from UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, donors, governments and universities who work together within a humanitarian and development framework to ensure all persons the right to quality education and a safe learning environment in emergencies and post-crisis recovery. The INEE Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies: Preparedness, Response, Recovery are the network's foundation tool. They provide concrete guidance based on education rights and good practices to improve access to safe, relevant and quality education.

INEE was defined not as a formal organization with bureaucratic functions, but rather as a flexible and responsive mechanism, which brings organizations and individuals together to facilitate collaboration, share experiences and resources, establish standards for the field, and engage in advocacy regarding the right to education. INEE does not implement projects or co-ordinate agencies, but works to enable members to be more effective. INEE's Steering Group is comprised of CARE, ChildFund International, the International Rescue Committee, the Open Society Institute (OSI), Save the Children, Refugee Education Trust (RET), UNICEF, UNHCR, UNESCO, and the World Bank.

The INEE Secretariat consists of a Director, Admin Officer, Web Master and Deputy Coordinator for Minimum Standards who are all based at the IRC (NY), a Coordinator for Minimum Standards, who is based at UNICEF (NY), a Coordinator for Network Services, who is based at UNESCO (Paris), and an INEE Deputy Director, Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator for Education and Fragility, who are based at UNHCR (Geneva).

Priorities for the INEE Minimum Standards in 2013 include: the dissemination and promotion of the INEE Minimum Standards Handbook; support to utilization and institutionalization of the INEE Minimum Standards through capacity-building, application visits, tool development and experience documentation; support to INEE members conducting training workshops on the INEE Minimum Standards; operationalization of the INEE/Sphere Companionship through formalized training and advocacy linkages; collaboration with the IASC Education Cluster, including harmonization of the INEE Minimum Standards and First Line Responders' training packages; and continued promotion and advocacy on education in emergencies, INEE and the INEE Minimum Standards.

Responsibilities
The INEE Minimum Standards intern will assist the INEE Coordinator for Minimum Standards with various projects that will further the promotion, utilization and institutionalization of the INEE Minimum Standards, including:

• Resource management and development: Develop advocacy briefs, tools and summaries on the INEE Minimum Standards training, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation processes. Review and edit documents as needed.

• Website development and content management: Develop and update content on the INEE Minimum Standards webpages on the INEE website and INEE toolkit.

• Fundraising and proposal writing: Assist with research and preparation for future INEE grants and projects. Assist with quarterly and annual reports updates on current grants.

• Events and workshops: Assist with preparation of the regional trainings and application visits on the INEE Minimum Standards Handbook; Assist with preparation of INEE materials, including drafting inputs into tools, editing framing papers, coordinating logistical requests, and disseminating materials to INEE members worldwide; Assist with selecting and preparing materials for various presentations, orientations and training workshops on the INEE Minimum Standards.

• Outreach and Communications: Assist with outreach and coordination efforts with members of the INEE Working Group on Minimum Standards and INEE members in Africa, Asia, the Middle-East, Latin America, Europe and North America. Draft updates on the INEE Minimum Standards for the wider INEE membership, highlighting new tools, initiatives and opportunities for engagement. Analyse feedback and findings and develop materials to share this information. Track the production, translation, dissemination and use of the INEE Minimum Standards and related materials, liaising with INEE members to identify and fill gaps as needed.

• Administrative activities: Provide general support to the INEE Coordinator for Minimum Standards, INEE Deputy Coordinator for Minimum Standards and other members of the INEE Secretariat, as determined.

• Mailings: mail copies of the INEE Minimum Standards and INEE tools, as requested.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
• Learn to use and promote the INEE Minimum Standards
• Learn to manage a Content Management System for the INEE Toolkit and website
• Learn valuable project management skills and interact with INEE members
Requirements
• Ongoing graduate studies in a relevant field (e.g. education, social work, international relations, refugee issues)
• Demonstrated knowledge of the INEE Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery
• Excellent organizational skills: the ability to track and follow-up on various efforts
• Excellent analytical and writing skills: the ability to draft correspondence, briefs, reports, and syntheses
• Strong communication skills: excellent command of English-language, both spoken and written. Spanish, French, or Arabic language reading and writing skills preferred
• Good interpersonal skills: the ability to successfully interact with a variety of people
• Flexible work attitude: the ability to follow direction and effectively learn and work in an inter-agency environment as well as self-motivate
• Excellent Computer skills: MS Word and Excel. Website content management experience preferred
• Experience in data analysis (STATA, ESPSS, Excel) is strongly preferred.

The intern must be available to work 2 or 3 days/week during the Fall Semester (Sept-Dec 2013). Strong preference will be given to candidates who can intern during the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters.

Recruitment Timeline/Application Procedure

Please submit one MS Word or PDF file with a resume, cover letter, list of 3 references and their contact info through the IRC Recruitment website at: http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=IRC&cws=1&rid=9443

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview.

Title: INEE Minimum Standards Intern - Fall 2013/Spring 2014

Organization: Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org

Entry-Level Humanitarian Professional Programme (EHP), UNHCR, Various Locations

Job Opportunities for Young Professionals: Entry-Level Humanitarian Professional Programme (EHP), UNHCR, Various Locations

Established in December 1950, UNHCR is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect and assist refugees, internally displaced people and others of concern. In more than six decades, UNHCR has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. In 2012 alone, the agency had responsibility for 35.8 million people of concern and operated in more than 120 countries.

The Entry-Level Humanitarian Professional Programme, or EHP, is a competitive point of entry into UNHCR for talented professionals under 40 years of age who have a passion for humanitarian work. This recruitment initiative is designed to identify highly qualified and motivated individuals with the right profiles, willing to be deployed to locations where they are needed most.

Selected candidates will join the programme at the P2 level on a two-year cohort program and will be deployed to the field after having completed a comprehensive orientation program in early 2014. The EHP is open to both external and internal applicants.

Eligibility

Applicants will need to fulfill the following minimum requirements:

Advanced university degree, at least a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution;
Two years of relevant working experience in the respective functional area;
Excellent knowledge of English and at least one other UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish). Additional languages are an asset;
Ability to work in a multicultural team;
Willingness to serve in conflict zones, deep field locations;
Willingness to rotate every few years.
In addition, UNHCR staff members should have completed at least one year of their current assignment as of the cut-off date for applications. General Service and field staff at the GS-6/GS-7 and FS-5 levels who do not have a bachelor's degree but who have a minimum of six years of experience in UNHCR, will also be eligible to apply.

Applicants are reminded that this is a competitive program and are requested to provide as much updated information as possible.

Selection Process

Career Opportunities

Candidates are invited to apply to the following job profiles (without any specific location):
EHP - Associate Protection Officer
EHP - Associate Programme Officer
EHP - Associate Supply Officer
EHP - Associate Administrative/Finance Officer
EHP - Associate Human Resources Officer
Additional information on the job profiles is provided below:

Protection: Coordinate, ensure quality, provide timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern, ensuring that operational responses in all sectors mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards.

Programme: Assist in the planning, programming, implementation and monitoring of assistance projects to persons of concern.

Supply: Manage and support all activities pertaining to the supply chain function including planning, sourcing, transport, shipping, customs clearance and warehousing management in an operation.

Administrative/Finance: Assist in the day-to-day personnel and administrative operations of the office. Control and check the monthly accounts and various administrative activities, in order to verify and certify disbursements are in accordance with the administrative budget and UNHCR's Financial Rules.

Human Resources: Assist in the process of staffing and budget reviews, recruitment and appointment of staff, and in the performance management and staff welfare issues.

Offer of Employment

All selected candidates must accept the offer within two weeks of notification.
Appointment as an EHP cohort member will be subject to satisfactory medical examination; verification of references; and certification of valid diplomas.
Questions regarding the EHP-Programme should be addressed to: hqehp(at)unhcr.org

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org and Cross-posted from UNHCR: http://www.unhcr.org/pages/51d548d36.html

Entry-Level Humanitarian Professional Programme (EHP)

Genesis: Sarajevo Dance Theatre International Dance Theater Internships (Wash, DC & NYC)

We are Genesis: Sarajevo Dance Theatre. We have been in operation for 7 years and are embarking on some new and exciting projects. Looking for 3-5 interns to come on board and help facilitate the amazing growth we are experiencing with the company. Looking specifically in DC and NYC however working from other locations may also be accepted.

Some information about Genesis: Sarajevo Dance Theatre:

Our MISSION: To spread dance & artistic opportunities throughout the world with a more specific focus on post-conflict and developing countries/regions. Our purpose is to empower young artists & unify different cultures & religions through dance & arts education. We use the element of dance theatre to collaborate with dancers, actors/actresses, and writers from different backgrounds to tell the stories of and give a voice to social awareness platforms.

To put it simply we are dancing for positive change in our world.

Check out our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/genesissarajevo (Our website is being re-built at the moment and will be up within the next couple of weeks.)

And our reel from the beginning to now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4djDEDLe8w

Our work has been focused on Bosnia and Herzegovina, but this year we have an opportunity to expand to Cambodia. We also have a dance theatre collaboration project in the works in support of ending violence against women in BiH and will be performed in support of the One Billion Rising Campaign.

We are looking for individuals passionate about making our world a better place and finding their part in that overall picture. Dancers and non-dancers welcome. Male and females welcome. Must be organized, reliable, dedicated to follow-through, creative, inventive and thinking outside the box to make stuff happen.

To apply, please respond via email to smoore.genesissarajevo(at)gmail.com Include your resume and a short introduction about yourself. Please respond asap and with a phone number to reach you.

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org

MDP alum Erin Collinson blogs about "FY14 State & Foreign Ops Appropriations" from new position at Center for Global Development

http://www.cgdev.org/blog/fy14-state-and-foreign-ops-appropriations-development-wonk%E2%80%99s-primer

From 2013 MDP alum Erin Collinson, Policy Outreach Associate, Center for Global Development, cross posted from MFAN News:

FY14 State and Foreign Ops Appropriations: A Development Wonk's Primer 7/30/13 Erin Collinson

This is a joint post with Beth Schwanke.

On Capitol Hill, this time of year is marked by hot, sticky weather and a mad scramble (or is it more of a leisurely stroll this year?) to advance the appropriations process before Members of Congress head back to their districts for the August recess. There's little doubt that the current political and budget climate, complete with automatic sequestration cuts, is complicating this already herculean task.

At CGD, we've been digging into the bills recently released by both chambers' appropriations committees, which provide funding for the State department and foreign assistance.

Scott Morris on the MDBs in the House State and Foreign Ops Appropriations Bill
Jenny Ottenhoff on Global Health
Senate SFOPs Bill: Full Text, Report, and Summary
House SFOPS Bill: Full Text, Report, and Summary from the Subcommittee
Last fiscal year, Congress enacted $43 billion in regular discretionary funding (not including the effects of sequestration). For FY14, the House's version of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill would severely cut spending to $34.1 billion--an $8 billion cut to regular discretionary spending compared to FY13. The Senate bill, on the other hand, would provide nearly $44.1 billion in discretionary spending, creating a gap of $10 billion between the two bills. (Yes, billion). The president's budget requested $48 billion back in April. Meanwhile, both bills would fund war-related accounts, along with emergency stabilization and humanitarian efforts, at around $6.5 billion, well above the $3.8 billion requested by the president.

*Does not include the effects of sequestration and recessions, OMB has estimated the actual enacted FY13 total to be approximately $51.8 billion, of which $11.7 billion is OCO.

What's Next...and Does it Matter?
Both bills have won approval from their respective committees but neither Majority Leader Reid nor Speaker Boehner has signaled a plan for floor consideration. The dramatic mismatch in top-line and individual account numbers, as well as a number of divisive policy issues, make it more likely that the State and Foreign Ops funding for FY14 will be moved in some sort of continuing resolution vehicle. So, if the House numbers were making you panic, please begin breathing again now.

That said, what's in the bills speaks volumes about the state of US development policy. You can find summaries of the bills on the House and Senate appropriations committees' websites. And, as usual, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition has provided a helpful breakdown. Here's our run-through of provisions near to the CGD heart:

The Deep Cuts

Multilateral Assistance
Multilateral assistance was one of the most significant casualties among the House bill's cuts. Check out Scott Morris's post analyzing the dramatic cuts to the Multilateral Development Bank accounts, but managing to find a glimmer of hope for the future in the flexibility the House would provide by allowing transfers to some of the MDBs from Development Assistance and Economic Support Fund accounts (of course, those would get cut too). The Senate bill, on the other hand, would provide the president's budget request of full funding for US obligations to the MDBs.

Climate Change Assistance
The House bill would eliminate funding for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and climate change-related World Bank Investment Funds. While the IPCC cuts are likely to receive more attention, the World Bank's investment funds represent one of only a few avenues for tackling a grim global public goods problem. The Senate bill includes full funding for the Clean Technology Fund, Strategic Climate Fund, and the Global Environment Facility.

Millennium Challenge Corporation
Given the bipartisan support the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has traditionally enjoyed in Congress, many were surprised to see that the House bill cut funding for the agency by more than 20 percent to $702 million. However, the report accompanying the House bill includes language affirming the Committee's continued strong support for the MCC's mission, noting that the decision to reduce funding was "made without prejudice." The Senate bill provides $899 million, slightly more than the president requested. We were disappointed to see language from the Senate appropriators directing State, USAID and MCC to "jointly assess and report on the extent to which compacts are aligned with U.S. strategic interests." This strikes us as counter to MCC's core mission of selecting countries based on good governance--not strategic interests. Both committees urge the MCC to make rooting out corruption a priority in their future work with compact countries. However, this is likely to be quite difficult to accurately evaluate given relatively poor corruption data.

Other Provisions of Note

On-Budget Assistance
The House bill includes language restricting the use of direct government-to-government assistance, reflecting concerns about corruption and opacity in governments that receive US aid. Take a look at Justin Sandefur's piece dispelling the big myths about on-budget aid, using Afghanistan as an example. Perhaps those Members concerned about corruption in governments receiving US assistance might consider implementing Cash on Delivery Aid, where donors pay only if the contracted-for outcome is achieved.

Power Africa
On his recent trip to Africa, President Obama announced an initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. Todd Moss has made no secret of his support for the plan, but he and Beth also expressed some doubt about the impact of Power Africa given its interagency structure. Under the House bill, funding to support the initiative might already be a concern. The president's budget request included a 30 percent bump in the administrative account for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), an agency central to carrying out the initiative, but the House bill instead would include a slight reduction in funding for the agency. Likewise, zeroing out funding to the African Development Bank could put pressure on the AfDB to decrease its financial and technical assistance support for Power Africa. The Senate bill would deliver the president's full request of $71.8 million for OPIC's administrative expenses and a contribution of $32.4 million for the African Development Bank.

Global Health
Despite the challenging fiscal environment, both the House and Senate shielded global health priorities from major cuts. For more detailed analysis, here's a post from Jenny Ottenhoff. Both bills would continue the United States' role as the largest funder of global health programs, and global health would remain one of the largest chunks of the 150 account. To put this in context, both the House and Senate would fund global health programs at around $8 billion as opposed to $2.5 billion from the Senate and $2 billion from the House for Development Assistance and $942 million from the House and $1.36 billion from the Senate for IDA.

Country-Specific Provisions

Egypt
The House bill would include $1.3 billion in assistance to Egypt, specifying counterterrorism and border security purposes. The Senate bill would provide $250 million in economic assistance and $1.3 million in military assistance, which would be made available in 25 percent increments based on Egypt's fulfillment of specified criteria (though we'll see what happens to Senator Paul's (R-KY) amendment to the transportation appropriations bill, which would redirect US aid to Egypt to domestic bridges). Both bills refrain from weighing in on the question of whether recent events in Egypt constitute a military coup making the country ineligible for US assistance, though it's possible the Senate's increment language was added following these events. For a rundown on US aid to Egypt by the numbers, visit Alexis Sowa's post.

Pakistan
The House and Senate bills would withhold assistance, including funding via the Economic Support Fund, if the Government of Pakistan fails to cooperate with the United States in efforts to combat terrorism. The United States has clear reason for wanting a strong counterterrorism partner in Pakistan, but it's hard to believe that a threat to ESF funding will incentivize Pakistan's military. Nancy Birdsall and Alexis Sowa have suggested that as the Enhanced Partnership for Pakistan Act (more commonly known as Kerry-Lugar-Berman or KLB) nears expiration at the end of 2014 and much of the $7.5 billion authorized over five years has yet to be disbursed, the real need is for a strategic dialogue on development between the US and Pakistan.

Sudan
The House bill restricts aid to Sudan and affirms the US commitment to providing assistance that supports human rights in South Sudan. Kate Almquist Knopf has argued the United States needs a different approach when it comes to relations with the Sudans.

Zimbabwe
Ahead of Zimbabwe's upcoming national election on July 31, the House bill conveys concern about the Government of Zimbabwe. It would build off of ZDERA, preventing US support of loans or grants at any of the IFIs and would also prevent funding from going directly to the government except for health, education, and macroeconomic assistance until the Secretary of State certifies that rule of law has been restored in Zimbabwe. For other ideas on USG policy towards Zimbabwe, see Todd Moss's testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Fun Facts:

The last time Congress passed a stand-alone State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill: 2005 (FY 2006), although a full bill was included in the Consolidated Appropriations bill for FY 2008 that saw floor time in 2007.
Number of times the word "climate" appears in the House bill: 0
Rough (but very conservative) count of the number of reports that would be required by agencies in bill language alone: 60 from the Senate and 65 from the House.

Economic Club of Minnesota Sept 23 event on China: Timothy Beardson

The Economic Club of Minnesota's September Luncheon withTimothy Beardson, Author, Stumbling Giant: The Threats to China's Future

Timothy Beardson founded, majority-owned and ran Crosby, which became the largest independent investment bank in the Far East. He sat on the board of investment companies which were involved in most countries of South and East Asia from Pakistan through China to Indonesia. Eventually, Crosby employed 650 staff in 14 countries from New York to Beijing. It had an annual transaction volume of US$ 20 billion. It was the first international investment bank to open in China, Thailand and Malaysia and the only foreign bank invited to participate in the working party to set up the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Crosby was active in the stock markets and had presences in China, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It also had operations in Britain, Japan, Switzerland and the United States. It advised governments, corporations and financial institutions on strategic and economic issues regarding Asia and the world.

Beardson sold the bank in the late 1990s. He is married, with one son, and lives principally in Hong Kong.

Date Monday, September 23, 2013 register http://ecomnbeardson.eventbrite.com/

Time Reception: 11:00am-12:00pm
Luncheon: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location
The Minneapolis Hilton
1001 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Women & Peacemaking 8/19 event

Women and Peacemaking V5.pdfAttached is a flier for the event.

An event website/registration page has been created (make sure you refresh your browser for those who have been reviewing):
http://womenandpeacemaking.eventbrite.com/

And a Facebook Event page is available:
https://www.facebook.com/events/413990492051469/

Women's Participation in Peace-Making and Security in Northern Ireland and Around the World

University of Minnesota-Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Cowles Auditorium
301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

August 19th
9:30 a.m. check-in
10 a.m. program

Debra Fitzpatrick
Center for Women and Public Policy
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Prof. Parkinson paper on mobilization & social networks published in American Political Science Review

Organizing Rebellion: Rethinking High-Risk Mobilization and Social Networks in War
Sarah Elizabeth Parkinson, University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8959205&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S0003055413000208

Abstract
Research on violent mobilization broadly emphasizes who joins rebellions and why, but neglects to explain the timing or nature of participation. Support and logistical apparatuses play critical roles in sustaining armed conflict, but scholars have not explained role differentiation within militant organizations or accounted for the structures, processes, and practices that produce discrete categories of fighters, soldiers, and staff. Extant theories consequently conflate mobilization and participation in rebel organizations with frontline combat. This article argues that, to understand wartime mobilization and organizational resilience, scholars must situate militants in their organizational and social context. By tracing the emergence and evolution of female-dominated clandestine supply, financial, and information networks in 1980s Lebanon, it demonstrates that mobilization pathways and organizational subdivisions emerge from the systematic overlap between formal militant hierarchies and quotidian social networks. In doing so, this article elucidates the nuanced relationship between social structure, militant organizations, and sustained rebellion.

Former Humphrey Fellow Coker promoted in Sierra Leone

2012-2013 Humphrey International Fellow Samuel Coker has been promoted to Deputy Director of Corporate Strategy and Administration in the Human Resource Management Office of the civil service, Government of Sierra Leone. He sends his greetings to all former colleagues, faculty, staff, and classmates at the University of Minnesota.

2013 MURP graduate Georgia Rubenstein blogs from India about Acara project

here's the link: http://www.environmental-initiative.org/blog/2013/06/22/report-from-abroad-exploring-organic-waste-in-bangalore/
Here's a blog post written by 2013 MURP grad Georgia Rubenstein, Manager of Environmental Projects, about her experience in India as part of the Acara program.

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Carissa Schively Slotterback, PhD, AICP
Associate Professor and Director, Urban and Regional Planning Program
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
130 HHH Center, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 625-0640, cschively(at)umn.edu
twitter: @cschively

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