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USIP Report on Graduate Education & Professional Practice in International Peace & Conflict

Report on Graduate Education and Professional Practice in International Peace and Conflict from USIP, Key Reading for Faculty, Students and Employers

Graduate-level academic institutions are not adequately preparing students for careers in international peace and conflict management. Curricula need to incorporate more applied skills, cross-sectoral coursework, and field-experience opportunities.
Unlike most faculty, students, and alumni, employers see substantial room for improvement in preparing students for the field.
Overseas experience is, for employers, the most valuable asset.
General project management skills--program planning and design, monitoring and evaluation, computer literacy, report writing skills, budgeting, staff management, research skills, grant writing, and knowledge of the funding and policy world--and cross-cultural competencies and language skills are critical.
International peace and conflict management practices increasingly overlap with more traditional work, such as human rights, humanitarian issues, and development programming.
Employers want candidates who have a holistic understanding of international conflict work, specialized knowledge and skills, practical know-how, and political savvy, yet often fail to grasp what academic programs are in fact teaching students to prepare them for the field.
Academic programs need to strengthen their outreach and interaction with employers and to market the value of their programs.
To better prepare themselves for the field, recent graduates and alumni are seeking to increase their applied education, field experience, project management skills, mentoring, and career guidance.

About the Report

This report, requested by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) as part of its response to the focus on education and training provided for in the legislation that created it, examines the match between
graduate academic programs in international peace and conflict, and the needs of organizations and agencies that hire individuals for conflict focused work in the field.

Nike Carstarphen is an independent consultant and a cofounder of the Alliance for Conflict Transformation. Craig Zelizer is the associate director of the Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution Program at Georgetown University and a cofounder of the Alliance for Conflict Transformation. Robert Harris is the conflict management services manager at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration. David J. Smith was previously a senior program officer in the Education and Training Center-Domestic and is currently the National Educational Outreach
officer at USIP.

Since its founding in 1984, the Institute's education and training efforts have been wide-ranging. These efforts include sponsoring the National Peace Essay Contest for U.S. high school students; developing programs on peacebuilding for young people, secondary teachers, and college and university faculty in the United States and in zones of conflict; training civil society actors in conflict resolution approaches; and publishing research on best practices and approaches to teaching about peace. Recently, because of the need to improve peacebuilding practitioner training, the Institute engaged in a major effort to develop a comprehensive program in conflict management
designed for professionals resulting in the establishment of the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding.

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

Education and Training Center |Special Report by Nike Carstarphen, Craig Zelizer, Robert Harris, and David J. Smith

Prof. Zelizer's Guide to Careers in International Affairs

From the guru at Georgetown University:
Guide to Careers in International Affairs (Including Review of Top Job Sites)

Finding the right job in conflict resolution, international development and related fields requires a combination of the right experience and training, an understanding of the field, developing strong connections and a bit of serendipity. In addition to academic and/or professional training, it is essential to have an understanding of how conflict resolution works in practice. Many people working in conflict related jobs, will not find employment with "conflict resolution organizations" but with organizations in others sectors (international development, education, environment, business) working on conflict related jobs. Thus it is also important in the job search to broaden your scope to include international development organizations, government and intergovernmental institutions, for-profit and business institutions, educational institutions, and more.

One of the things that I encourage my students to consider is developing strong skills in conflict resolution processes and theory, but also develop an expertise in a another sector and/or regional area. For more information on careers in the field, see a report I co-authored, Skills, Networks and Knowledge: Careers in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. offers guide to careers in the field based on interviews with over 60 organizations and practitioners. The document also offers 10 pages of resources for finding jobs, internships, scholarships and more. You can download the report for Download Webreport.pdf or at the ACT website. Another great resource is a Career Guide from Sustainability on Corporate Social Responsibility. Idealist has also developed an excellent guide to Nonprofit Careers and a separate Careers Resources Section . Dr. John Paul Lederach and Kate Mansfield from the Kroc Institute have also developed a wonderful visual representation of possible careers in the field.

Here are some additional career development suggestions

1) Develop a Strong Resume - Make sure you have a strong, clear and compelling resume and cover letter. See the Download TipsforWritingEffectiveResumes.pdf . Many university career centers also offer guidance on resumes.

2) Conduct Informational Interviews - Most people are more than happy to talk about their job and conducting informational interviews can be an excellent way to learn more about an organization and what a career is like in a particular area. Informational interviews are a chance for you to ask general questions of someone already in the field. However, it is very important in informational interviews not to ask for a job or put pressure on the person you're speaking with to help you find a job.

3) Subscribe to Key Web and Job Lists - There are countless numbers of websites that provide resources on jobs and internships in the field (and in related fields). You should get on all or some of these sites as you will get daily or weekly updates of opportunities around the world (note some charge a fee, whiles others are free or provide partial postings for free).
Some of the best sites for jobs directly in conflict resolution, development, social entrepreneurship, etc. include:

ALLIANCE FOR PEACEBUILDING MEMBER FORUMS - Jobs and Fellowships in Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution, Development, Social Entrepreneurship and Related Fields
UNJOBLIST- A very useful site with jobs at UN agencies and other Intergovernmental Organizations.
IDEALIST - Primarily Jobs in International and Domestic Non-profits. Covers many sectoral areas, health, development, etc.
INDEED- A Very useful site that searches across many job sites around the world. Searching by conflict and development keywords is best way to use the service.
RELIEFWEB - Primarily jobs in International Non-profits and UN.
DEVELOPMENT EX - Covers jobs in International Development and Consulting around the world.
SOCIAL EDGE - Job and Fellowship postings related to social entreprenuership.
BUSINESS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY - Jobs in Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entreprenuership.
Social Impact Jobs - List from Echoing Green.
Liberation Tech Jobs - Listserv that has jobs exploring how information technology can be used to defend human rights, improve governance, empower the poor, promote economic development, and pursue a variety of other social goods
Give to get Jobs - Opportunities in the for profit sector that are involved in social change.
ICT4D Jobs - Opportunities in information and communication technology for development.
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Job Board - Careers in international Affairs, largely NY and DC based positions.
Zebra Jobs - A leading online portal for jobs in Africa, many focused on development related issues.
JOBS FOR CHANGE - Useful resources and guides to careers in social change.
BRITISH OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT NETWORK - Listing of Jobs at Key UK Based International Development Organizations.
ALERTNET - Jobs in International Development and Humanitarian Relief.
EUROPEAN PEACE BUILDING LIAISON OFFICE -Jobs at European Based Organizations.
FOREIGN POLICY ASSOCIATION - Listing of Jobs at Key US nonprofits involved in international affairs.
JUSTMEANS - Jobs in Social Change and Environment.
FOREIGN AFFAIRS - Listing of jobs in International Affairs.
DEVNETJOBS - Listing of Many Positions in International Development and related fields.
JOBS4DEVELOPMENT -List of many jobs worldwide in International Development and Related Fields
MandE News Job Forum - List of jobs/consultancies related to monitoring and evaluation in international development.
The New EU - European Affairs Jobs in Brussels and Europe.
Democracy Digest Jobs - List of jobs related to political and democratic develpoment.
Society for International Development Job List - Posting of SID/DC Member Jobs. - Positions related to sports and development.
Next Billion Career Center - Learn about job opportunities in the development through enterprise space.
Social Venture Network - Jobs in social entrepreneurship and related fields.
Omidyar Network -Jobs in social entrepreneurship.
Jobs for Change - Wonderful resources on nonprofit jobs.
Inside NGO Jobs - Jobs in international development
OneWorld Jobs - brings the latest jobs and volunteer positions from organisations working to create a better world.
BCorps Jobs - lists opportunities in companies that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
Angel List- Jobs at Startup companies largely in the Information Tech Sector (including some focused on social change).

Other Job Sites/Resources that may have relevant jobs:

FOUNDATION CENTER - Jobs in Foundations and US based nonprofits.
CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY - Variety of jobs in US based non-profits working in diverse sectoral areas.
CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION - Jobs in the US (and some international) Higher Education Sector.
BRIDGESTAR NONPROFIT JOBS BOARD - Has useful list of nonprofit jobs in the US in diverse sectors.
Monitoring and Evaluations News Job List - Has M&E related short term consultancies and full time employed positions.
Mashable Job Board - Jobs in new/social media.
ACRE Resources - Jobs in environmental and corporate social responsibility areas.
BRIGHT GREEN ALERT - Executive search firm for jobs in the green sector. - jobs in the environmental sector.
Greenona Jobs - Green jobs.
Mashable Job Board - Jobs in Social Media.
Net Impact - Jobs in corporate social responsibility and related fields.
NONPROFIT OYSTER - Jobs in the nonprofit sector.
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS - Jobs in the nonprofit sector.
REDF - Nonprofit and social enterprise jobs.
TREE HUGGER - Green jobs.
VENTURE LOOP - is the worldwide leader in job postings focused on venture-backed companies.
Global Impact Investing Network - Jobs in impact (financial) investing.
Microfinance Gateway Jobs - Jobs in micro-finance and related fields.

3) Use your contacts/networks - One of the key strategies for finding a job/internship is to consult your personal and professional networks. Let your professors, colleagues and friends know that you're seeking an opportunity and perhaps they will have suggestions/contacts. University career centers and alumni can also be terrific resources.

4)Join New Networks- Joining a professional network in the field can also be a useful way to make contacts and learn about opportunities. Some relevant networks include:
Society for International Development or Society for International Development DC Chapter
Association for Conflict Resolution
Women in International Security
Peace and Justice Studies Association

5) Examine Ethical Practice - When you are researching an organization it is important to make sure that the organization's ethics and practice fit with your values. If you're offered a job (hopefully before this happens) learn about what the organization does, how do they treat their staff, how do they work in they field and with partners, etc.

6) Considering Taking a Job to Get Experience - Although many people would like to obtain their ideal job right away, sometimes it may be worth considering taking a job that will help you develop the necessary skills, contacts and experience that in the future can help lead to more of an ideal job.

7) Explore Fellowship Opportunities - There are many excellent fellowships/scholarships that do provide funding for independent research/volunteer work/study. Thus, fellowships can be an excellent way to get experience in the field. You can find many fellowships/scholarships on this site by searching by various keywords.

8) Explore Organizations that Have Developed Mentoring Programs for New Employees - A number of organizations have developed special entry level positions in which new employees receive extra mentoring. Look for organizations that have Junior Program Officer Positions (some in the UN), Entry Level Fellowships (Catholic Relief Services in the US) and others.

9) Develop an Expertise in a Needed Area - There are number of current areas in which the field is in need of developing further expertise. Developing your skills in this area can make you more attractive to potential employers. Some areas include: Program Evaluation and Monitoring, Conflict Mainstreaming and Conflict Sensitivity (Integrating Conflict Across Sectors), Organizational Conflict Management. Talk with your colleagues and other professionals in the field to see what might be potential growth areas.

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

Programme Specialist, Gender & Environment, GGCA, UNDP (New York, NY)
Application Deadline : 15-Jul-13
Additional Category Environment and Energy
Type of Contract : FTA International
Post Level : P-3
Languages Required : English
Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 15-Aug-2013
Duration of Initial Contract : 1 year
Expected Duration of Assignment : Renewable

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has a longstanding commitment to mainstreaming gender equality and promoting women's empowerment in its work. As the UN's lead development agency, with extensive field presence, UNDP has facilitated the integration of gender equality in the work of Country Offices through core and non-core fund investments and has initiated and implemented numerous innovative initiatives that support both government and civil society work on gender issues. Work on gender mainstreaming in UNDP is led and coordinated by the Gender Team, housed in the Bureau Development Policy (BDP), comprised of human resources located at HQ and Regional Centers.

Since 2007 the Gender Team has been intensifying its work on mainstreaming gender into UNDP's work on environment, energy, and climate change and links to poverty reduction and green growth. The team is closely involved in the UNDP/GE Adaptation portfolio, UN-REDD, Community Based Adaptation, and the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP), The demand for technical advice and support services has grown, particularly from country offices.

As part of this work, the Gender Team has been expanding its work on gender and climate change. It has been an active partner in the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) and is supporting capacity building and awareness raising activities around the UNFCCC process and related regional and national activities. It is also leading in the area of gender and climate change finance, bringing forth innovative research and knowledge products.

The core partners of the GGCA are UNDP, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and WEDO. Additional agencies, institutions, governments, and civil society organizations participate through collaborative partnerships.

To expand on the achievements already made by UNDP and the GGCA through this work, the Gender Team is seeking to fill the position of Programme Specialist.

The Gender Team is organized into three clusters:
Sustainable Development, Governance/Crisis Prevention & Recovery, Institutional Development/Interagency Cooperation. The Programme Specialist, Gender and Environment will manage the GGCA project and contribute to the broader work of the Sustainable Development Cluster which is comprised of the Head of the Cluster and two other professional staff based in New York.

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

Social Media Coordinator, The Global Fund for Women (San Francisco, CA or New York, NY)

The Global Fund for Women. San Francisco, CA, or New York, NY, USA.
Open until filled.

Job Summary:
The Social Media Coordinator is full time position working within the Communications Team to maintain and implement the strategy and evaluation of Global Fund social media presence, update Global Fund social media accounts with relevant and timely posts and create engagement campaigns that speak to Global Fund programmatic, communications, and fundraising goals.

Location: San Francisco or New York City. Candidates must be eligible to work legally in the US and willing to relocate.

Essential Job Functions:

Lead and Facilitate Organizational Social Media Strategy

Maintain Global Fund social media strategy and policies, revising as needed.
Daily updates with engaging, interactive, posts on social media platforms, including, but not limited to: Twitter, Facebook Pages, Facebook Causes, and LinkedIn.
Weekly monitoring and evaluation of social media accounts and impact.
Align social media presence with general Communications Team and GFW goals, strategies, create awareness and expand online constituency
Generate creative social media campaigns and initiatives that support GFW campaigns and initiatives.
Promote GFW brand online; build relationships with social media influencers; monitor GFW mentions and brand consistency.
Consult all teams to integrate social media in their operational and programmatic strategies and tactics. Provide training as necessary to enable them to use social media effectively and strategically.
Provide regular reporting to Communications Team on social media trends, online media coverage, presence, share of voice, etc.

Online Media Monitoring:

Monitor news, peer organizations, and international events relevant to women's human rights, philanthropy, and GFW's programmatic priorities.
Identify opportunities for GFW to raise its voice and visibility.
Monitor and review staff email lists to identify content for social media.
Subscribe to and monitor relevant email lists.

Communications Team Support
Manage GFW's Adwords account in collaboration with Director of Online Communications.
Assist Communications Manager in developing, researching, and writing for the E-News and/or engagement campaigns.
Assist Communications Manager with media relations.
Support Communications Team with other projects, as needed.


Participate in cross-functional work-teams and other Fund teams as appropriate.
Follow the Global Fund policies and procedures.
Handle ad hoc projects.
Represent the Communications team in a positive way within the organization and in interactions with individuals and organizations external to the Global Fund for Women.

Start Date and Compensation:

The projected start date for this position will be Mid-August. This position is located in San Francisco or New York City. Candidates must be eligible to work legally in the US and willing to relocate. The Social Media Coordinator is a full time, non-exempt position. Salary will be commensurate with experience. The Global Fund for Women offers 100% employer paid premium health benefits, an excellent paid leave package, a generous retirement plan, a professional development stipend, and other benefits.


Deep familiarity with the social media space: experience managing Twitter, Facebook Pages, Causes & LinkedIn; and familiarity with YouTube, Pinterest and Google+.
Excellent content curation and media monitoring skills.
Ability to measure and evaluate social media performance.
Sensitivity toward cultural, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity, and ability to navigate viewpoints and communication styles within a multicultural work environment.
Leading edge thinking for online outreach; ability to regularly generate, test and assess new ideas
Highly self-motivated and able to work independently yet within a larger team.
Excellent project management and organizational skills
Knowledge of fundraising and advocacy trends, with the ability to mobilize audience participation
Strong commitment to women's rights and goals of the Global Fund for Women.
Excellent writing skills, with the ability to synthesize information quickly and communicate complex topics to a general audience.


Experience managing Adwords accounts or online advertising.
Media relations experience and established relationships is a plus
Technical web knowledge.
Agency experience

Education and Experience:

3 years experience in social media and online communications strongly preferred.
Bachelor's Degree in Communications or relevant field
Established network of contacts from the online/media communities

To Apply:
Applications and all supporting documents will be received until position is filled.

All pages of the application should be typed and should include the following:

Cover letter, with the applicant's current contact information
Resume, including references with contact information

To submit your application materials, please visit our website:

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE! Please note: due to the volume of applications we receive, we will not be able to process applications that are incomplete.

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

Prof. Myers and MPP Yang working on project in China

Duanyi Yang is in Beijing, China this summer internship at the Chinese Academy of Social Science (CASS) working on data of the Survey of the Economic and Social Development (SESD) in Western China. She is working as research assistant to Dr. Samuel Myers, Jr., professor of the Humphrey School and chair of the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relation and Social Justice. Dr. Myers is one of the foreign partners of SESD project. During the internship, she will work under the supervision of Dr. Sai Ding from CASS. She is one of the directors of survey and connected Dr. Myers with the research group from CASS and Minzu University

Duanyi Yang, Master of Public Policy candidate 2014

From Sherry: Photo of Dr. Myers and Ms. Yang in the Univeristy of Minnesota Beijing Office.

MPP Amanda Thorstad update from Ukraine internship project

This summer began with a change in plans. I arrived early in June and soon met with the
president of the Institute of Cultural Affairs, International (ICA) in Kiev. This branch of ICA in Kiev is relatively new and small, and are working to get their feet on the ground and establish the most effective way to advance their mission. Instead of working with a group of American and Ukrainian teenagers, it was decided I could be more useful and gain more hands on experience with a different project.

I spent the first two weeks in the city of Yevpatoriya, working with an organization that
partners closely with ICA. This organization, Ukraine Social Community (USC), uses internet programs such as Google+, Spreaker, Skype, and WeVideo to create web seminars and broadcast interviews. They've essentially created an independent news channel on the internet using very basic and accessible programs, and they network with a huge variety of NGOs and community groups, as well as the occasional city official or political figure, to discuss issues regarding politics, business, corruption, and community development. In a country where the state dominates the media and often suppresses freedom of speech and press, this channel provides a rare opportunity for Ukrainians to gain access to information that is not supported by the state. It also gives a voice to groups and individuals who would not otherwise appear in the media outlets. Unfortunately, though not surprisingly, the local government opposes their activities, and is threatening to cut the heat and water supply to their office.

ICA wanted to gain a better understanding of how USC functions in order to set up their
own channel, so my responsibility was to learn the internet programs, figure out what kind of technology and equipment are required for this kind of work, participate in webseminars and webconversations, and develop the knowledge necessary to translate this process to other groups who want to set up this kind of channel. When I returned to Kiev, I worked with ICA on their business model and began to develop a channel on the internet centered around issues relating to grassroots democracy, building civil society, and youth activism. We are currently working to develop the network between ICA and other groups that fit into those categories, and designing topics and forums to discuss in future webbased seminars and conversations.

Amanda Thorstad, MPP

ACCORD Junior Research Fellow, Great Lakes Region Project (Durban, South Africa)

The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) is a South Africa-based civil society organisation working throughout Africa to bring creative African solutions to the challenges posed by conflict on the continent. ACCORD's primary aim is to influence political developments by bringing conflict resolution, dialogue and institutional development to the forefront as an alternative to armed violence and protracted conflict. ACCORD specialises in conflict management, analysis and prevention and intervenes in conflicts through mediation, negotiation, training, research and conflict analysis.

ACCORD is embarking on a peacebuilding initiative in the Great Lakes Region. The collaborative project seeks to enhance peacebuilding initiatives in the DRC, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda through conducting research and liaising with governments, regional organisations and entities, and civil society organisations operating in the region.

To this end, ACCORD is currently recruiting for the position of Junior Research Fellow (JRF) on the Great Lakes Region project, to be based in ACCORD's Knowledge Production Department (KPD). The JRF on the Great Lakes Region project will also work with ACCORD's Interventions Department (ID), other Units and stakeholders that ACCORD has partnered with on the project.

Tasks & Responsibilities:

The overall tasks of the JRF Great Lakes Region project are - but are not limited to:
• Generate cutting-edge research on the Great Lakes Region;
• Carry out literature reviews and desktop surveys pertinent to research on the Great Lakes Region project;
• Undertake field assessments in the Great Lakes Region, as and when required;
• Formulate and draft research reports and concept notes for the Great Lakes Region project;
• Liaise with partners and stakeholders that ACCORD works with on the Great Lakes Region project;
• Attend conferences, seminars, workshops, colloquia on the Great Lakes Region, as and when required;
• Author academic papers on the Great Lakes Region for potential for publication with ACCORD;
• Ad hoc administrative and project management tasks.

Skills & Qualifications:

• Masters degree in International Relations, Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies or a related field;
• Exceptional research, analytical and writing skills;
• Expertise on peacebuilding and knowledge of regional and local civil society actors in the Great Lakes Region;
• Fluency in English and French;
• Familiarity with key African institutions and actors involved in conflict management and peace and security;
• Appreciation for cross-cutting issues and area expertise in the Great Lakes Region is valued;
• Computer proficiency.

The fellowship will take place over an initial period of four months, beginning in August 2013, pending availability of the successful candidate. The fellowship is based in Durban, South Africa but may include international travel. The honorarium for the 2013 fellow is R 9,500 per month. In addition, travel costs to and from Durban will be covered.

How to apply:

Please send your relevant letter of motivation, CV (with three referees), published research or ten-page writing sample of original research (all in English), with GLR-JRF-ACCORD in the subject line to: by no later than Friday 26 July 2013.

In an effort to build African capacity, young scholars from Africa are strongly encouraged to apply.

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

For more information about ACCORD please visit

Based: Mt. Edgecombe, Durban, South Africa
Closing date: 26 July 2013
Starting date: August 2013

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

ISE China Coordinator (Minneapolis, MN)

ISE China Coordinator position attached - please circulate among your networks ISE China Program Coordinator Position.pdf

Karen Brown, Ph.D.
Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change and
Assistant Vice President for International Scholarship
University of Minnesota
537B Heller Hall
271-19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

MPP Christopher Zempel summer research update from Belize

I have been in Belize for just over four weeks of the rainy season of this beautiful subtropical country. I have had the pleasure of interviewing and spending time with the Toledo Alcaldes Association (the leadership council for the indigenous Maya) as well as activists from local conservation NGO's and members of the local community of Punta Gorda. I am in Belize conducting a qualitative study of how rosewood came to be an exploited resource, how the exploitation has impacted the local communities, and what solutions are available to sustainably develop this resource as well as capturing more of its value locally. I will also be interviewing Ministers of the government of Belize as well officers in the forest department. In addition to the interview process I will be spending some time at the National Archives of Belize and the Statistical Institute of Belize to gather information that may not be available after I return to Minnesota. After I complete my field experience I will be generating a report which I will give to the Maya Leaders Alliance and Toledo Alcaldes Association.

My wife was able to accompany me to Belize for the summer and is a student with the Minnesota State University Mankato's geography program. I am helping her work on developing a training session and materials for the Maya Leaders Alliance on ensuring members of the local Maya communities understand their rights under Free, Prior, and Informed Consent. It is a challenge because most of the material is directed not at the indigenous themselves but at NGO's, governments, and businesses.

In the photo I am standing with Ignacio, an Alcalde from one of the local Maya Villages, trying to determine if the truck we were riding in could make it through the washed out road (this happens a lot during the rainy season). After seeing the depth and speed of the water it was determined that the rest of our journey would have to be cancelled for the day. We were on our way to the Sarstoon Temash National Forest on the southern border with Guatemala to see the impact of the oil exploration/drilling operation that is taking place on traditional Maya lands which lay at the heart of their current legal struggles with the government of Belize. Since the only road to the National Forest was washed out for the day, we spent the remainder getting a tour of some of the villages from their Alcaldes and going to a couple of the local Maya ruins. It was sort of a VIP tour with the leaders of the Maya communities sharing some of their history and culture as well as knowledge on local edible plants and nuts!

Christopher Zempel
Master of Public Policy Candidate
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

HHH Prof. Greta Friedemann-Sánchez receives 2013 COGS Faculty Award

The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) Outstanding Faculty Award recognizes faculty members for their exceptional contributions to graduate education. This is the only faculty award that expresses the appreciation of the graduate student body - it was created by graduate students, nominations are made by graduate students, and the winners are selected by graduate students.

Greta Friedemann-Sánchez with 2013 MPP graduates Ana Isabel Gabilondo (L) and Mariyam Naadha (R).

Project Sustainability Analyst (Bogotá, Colombia)

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 80 projects in 36 countries and revenues of approximately $168 million.

Project Sustainability Analyst, Colombia

We are currently seeking a Consultant to complete a Sustainability Assessment for the current USAID-funded Afro-Colombian and Indigenous Program (ACIP) in Colombia. The ACIP Project aims to improve the socioeconomic and political inclusion of Afro-Colombians and indigenous people. The role of the Sustainability Analyst will be to examine the ACIP Program and activities and provide a report and recommendations to improve sustainability across target factors. The position is available immediately and will entail approximately 20 working days in Bogota, Colombia. Specific tasks include:


Interview key personnel, beneficiaries, and partners
Visit and examine project sites
Construct a Sustainability Factors Matrix
Determine the project's sustainability status based on gathered information and assessment
Provide a report and recommendations on project sustainability projections and opportunities for improvement

Master's degree in economics, international development, public administration, political science, social sciences or related field required
5+ years of work experience in the public sector or in international development with specific focus on sustainability evaluations and assessments
Proven consulting experience with similar scope
Fluency in English and Spanish is required
Colombian citizens are encouraged to apply

Contact Details
Application Instructions
Please apply online at No phone calls please. Only finalists contacted. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. EOE.

crosslisted from Foreign Policy Association
Organization: ACDI/VOCA
Location: Bogota, Colombia
Sector: Non Profit
Organization URL:
Experience: Mid Career
Last Date To Apply Aug-18-2013
Date Posted Jul-19-2013

East Africa Policy Director, One Acre Fund (based in East Africa)

One Acre Fund stays in regular contact and collaborates with the Ministries of Agriculture in the countries where we work. There is significant programmatic benefit from maintaining regular contact with ministry officials. We also believe that there exist powerful opportunities to partner with the Ministries to both shape policy, and also implement effective policy, coordinated together with our significant field presence.

We are seeking a policy director to be based in East Africa, to help manage our increasing African government-facing organization. This person would collaborate together with our overall Policy and Outreach director, based in New York. There are several major duties:

Staff hiring/growth, management, and professional development:

We currently have two national-level government relations analysts, and six local-level government relations analysts. This staff meets quarterly with well over 100 government officials, to keep them engaged in our work and to hear their feedback.
In the next three years, we expect to at least double our staffing. The director will lead the search and selection process, to build a staff underneath them.
We wish to re-invest in the day-to-day mentorship and career development of all of our government relations staff. The director will lead efforts to continually develop our staff.
Management: we also hope to put additional structure and organization around our efforts, as our government work grows more complex over more countries.
Strategy setting and High-level conversations:

The director will work with both our Policy and Outreach Director and our government relations analysts to set policy and risk management priorities for each country.
The director will get personally involved in high-level conversations with important officials.
The director will possibly help to support new country launches, and work closely with new host governments to establish good relations from the beginning.
Scope expansion:

The Director will lead potential scope expansions. One idea is the possible expansion of regular networking to a broader network of policy-relevant civil society actors. Another idea is deeper government collaboration on a day-to-day basis, in the actual implementation of policy.
Career Growth and Development
One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through weekly mentorship and through regular career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about. Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions and countries. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

We are seeking an exceptional professional with 4 to 8+ years of work experience. We are looking for truly extraordinary candidates that will help take our organization to the next levels of impact and scale. This is a competitive posting for a career-track role with minimum initial commitment of two years. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

Experience managing and developing a team of people.
Strong work experiences. We are looking for a former policy professional, economist, management consultant, or finance professional. Entrepreneurial and unstructured work experiences are also helpful
Leadership experiences at work, or outside of work
Top-performing undergraduate background (please include GPA and test scores on your resume)
Humility and personal stability. We are looking for passionate professionals that combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service
Professional/technical skills - very high levels of proficiency with PowerPoint, Excel and other software programs.
Language: English required; French highly desirable.
Preferred Start Date

Starts very modest and lower than the "traditional development" salary scale. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a sustainable salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

Health cover, immunizations, flights.

Career Development
Bi-annual management consulting-style career reviews, and significant investment in career development. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development.

Contact Details
Email: jobs(at)

Application Instructions
To Apply
Email cover letter and resume to jobs(at) (Subject line: East Africa Policy Director Search + name of the site that referred you).

crossposted from Foreign Policy Association
Organization: One Acre Fund
Location: East African capital city, preferably Nairobi, Kenya
Sector: Non Profit
Organization URL:
Experience: Mid Career
Last Date To Apply Dec-31-2013
Date Posted Jul-19-2013

Internship at Atlantic Council, fall 2013 (Wash DC)

The Atlantic Council seeks talented and enthusiastic Interns for Fall 2013.

The successful candidates will have an entrepreneurial spirit, communicate effectively, and enjoy the fast pace of learning in a growing organization. Demonstrated interest in international affairs, foreign policy, global business and economic affairs through class work and/or experience is strongly preferred.

The Council takes pride in cultivating the future leaders of the transatlantic community. Our Internship program provides a pool of energetic young talent to the Council and in turn offers promising students with practical experience in their field of study, honing skills that will prepare them for the next step in their chosen career.

Interns provide important research and logistical support to their respective Centers and work closely with Assistant Directors. All interns are encouraged to participate in and attend events hosted by other programs at the Atlantic Council.

The positions are unpaid, but candidates gain valuable skills, experience, knowledge, and contacts in the Washington, DC international policy community.

The duration of the internship is September to December 2013 with the possibility of extension.

Centers and Programs Openings:

Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Michael S. Ansari Africa Center
Energy and Environment Program
Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Global Business and Economics Program
Rafik Hariri Middle East Center
Transatlantic Relations
Brent Scowcroft Center, Cyber Security Initiative
Brent Scowcroft Center, Strategic Foresight Initiative
Brent Scowcroft Center, Asia Security Initiative
Brent Scowcroft Center, Transatlantic Security
South Asia
Young Atlanticist
Office of External Relations
Office of Advancement
Office of Finance and Administration
Executive Office of the President

Conduct research to support the activities of respective Center.
Handle logistical elements for program events.
Manage program contacts database.
Participate in daily Center or Program meetings and weekly Atlantic Council meetings.
Draft formal correspondence to government officials and invitations for events.
Take notes at Council roundtables and strategy sessions for program archives.
About the Atlantic Council

The Atlantic Council is a preeminent, nonpartisan institution devoted to promoting transatlantic cooperation and international security. Harnessing its history of transatlantic leadership, the Council continues to focus on international policy to reflect the dynamic, fast-paced Washington think tank we are today.

As we experience phenomenal growth, we are expanding our vision to include a broad spectrum of modern global challenges ranging from violent extremism to financial instability to NATO's future and energy security. The Council influences policy through the papers it publishes, the ideas it promotes, and the communities it builds. As the United States' agenda with its allies has adapted, so has the Council, in providing an essential forum for navigating dramatic shifts in economic and political influence.

The Atlantic Council of the United States is an equal opportunity employer.

Must be at least a college junior in good standing, a recent graduate, or a graduate student.
Must have excellent research, writing and interpersonal skills.
Must demonstrate proven interest in global trends, foreign policy and international relations.
Must work well with others and interact professionally with senior officials.
Must be detail oriented and have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
Must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution.
Must be eligible to work in the United States on a full-time basis.
International experience and foreign language skills highly desired.

Contact Details
Application Instructions
Please visit to apply. All intern position descriptions for each Center/Program are available on our website. Please apply on our website by submitting your resume, cover letter and writing sample before September 2, 2013.

Only applications submitted online will be considered. No phone calls please.

crossposted from Foreign Policy Association
Organization: Atlantic Council
Location: Washington, DC
Salary Range: Unpaid
Sector: Non Profit
Organization URL:
Experience: Internship
Last Date To Apply Sep-2-2013
Date Posted Jul-18-2013

IREX Senior Program Officer, Education Programs Division (Wash 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.

Job Summary
IREX seeks a Senior Program Officer for its Education Programs Division for an international teacher training program. The Senior Program Officer reports to the Project Director.
Qualifications Required:Candidates need a minimum of five years progressive management experience in the following areas:
Developing and managing international visitor programs. Experience managing donor-funded projects required, and experience on USG funded projects strongly preferred;
Demonstrated ability to lead and develop staff, manage budgets, and plan strategically and creatively to meet specified objectives;
Experience in designing and leading teacher professional development workshops using appropriate methods for adult audiences;
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in basic and/or secondary education;
Strong business writing skills;
Proven cross-cultural communication skills; and
International experience, including teaching or working abroad preferred.
· Providing vision and leadership to the team;
· Developing and managing the program workplan;
· Managing recruitment, selection, and monitoring of program participants and partners;
· Managing program budgets and ensuring budget discipline;
· Contributing to program monitoring and evaluation and communications
· Developing and facilitating program trainings/workshops;
· Supervising and mentoring program staff;
· Writing program reports and contributing to proposal development; and
· Other duties as assigned.

To Apply

Go to 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.

Teresa Pritchett
Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
1275 K Street NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005

Call for applications: Programme Advisory Committee, Red Umbrella Fund, sex workers' rights

For more information, please visit:

In 2012, a new and innovative global grant-making mechanism for and by sex workers was launched: the Red Umbrella Fund (RUF).

The Red Umbrella Fund aims to strengthen and ensure the sustainability of the sex worker rights movement by catalysing new funding specifically for sex worker-led organisations and national, regional and global networks.

Call for self-nomination Programme Advisory Committee


The Red Umbrella Fund welcomes Self-Nominations from English speaking sex workers from all over the world to become member of its applications review panel (Programme Advisory Committee - PAC).

PAC members review and select applications from sex workers' rights groups that apply for funding from the Red Umbrella Fund. You should be available to review and score applications during September and October and be present at a PAC meeting to be held in October 2013 in Amsterdam.

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

Humphrey students participate in "Disaster Camp," humanitarian crisis simulation

Six students registered for PA 5890: Humanitarian Crisis Simulation Exercise, which was held at Phillippo Scout Reservation, May 31 to June 2, 2013. This 48-hour simulation was offered in partnership with the University of Minnesota's Department of Medicine Global Health Pathway, Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs as well as the MDH Refugee Health Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for Victims of Torture, Mayo Clinic, and the American Red Cross.

Acumen India Fellows program

Fellowships: India Fellows Program, Acumen
For more information, please visit:

India Fellows Program, Acumen

The India Fellows Program is addressing the country's most pressing social issues by supporting a new generation of Indian leaders willing to challenge broken systems and develop new, inclusive solutions to create impact.

About the India Fellows Program
Over 90% of Indian's 1.3 billion people live on less than four dollars a day. And yet while so many live in extreme poverty, the country's elite continues to accumulate wealth by the billions. India is poised to become one of the world's most powerful economies, but will remain one of the most unequal societies. The country that Gandhi and Nehru had envisioned is far from realized.

The next phase of development in India must take a drastically different direction, a direction guided by a new generation of Indian leaders who are willing to challenge broken systems, who possess an unwavering moral compass, and who can see opportunity where others see only challenges. Acumen's India Fellows Program is providing the opportunity for emerging leaders to receive world-class training and collaborate with like-minded individuals so that they can be the change that India needs.

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

Peace Revolution Fellowship in Thailand - Global Peace On The Move XI - December 2013, 18-30 years old

Applications for the Peace Revolution Fellowship in Thailand - Global Peace On The Move XI - December 2013 are open now! Deadline: 15 September 2013

The fellowship offers a 14 days intensive training program providing participants with deeper insight in the relationship between inner peace and sustainable world peace and enhancing their ability to create peace within their family, professional and social environment.

In addition to our intense meditation practice, participants will gain knowledge of various theoretical approaches that include:

Conflict resolution and the role of basic human self-discipline
The role of our habits in our daily life and how to improve them; the 5 Rooms of Life approach
The factors that determine our perception to think, act and speak; relation between body and mind
Leadership: Eight pillars for a stable peaceful society
Thai-Buddhist Studies

Presently, the fellowship takes place at Mooktawan Sanctuary in an island at the southern part of Thailand. Participants will enjoy meditating in a serene and peaceful near-forest environment. Well, many people say it′s a celestial hideaway on Earth. Following video is taken from Global Peace on the Move V event at Mooktawan:

The Thailand fellowship includes:
full or partial sponsoring of airfare
free accommodation
free catering
free local transportation
free meditation retreat fee

Candidates should be 18-30 years old at the time of submitting the application in order to receive the airfare support.
Candidates must have completed 42 days of the online self-development program. Note that to apply candidates do not need to have completed the self-development program.
Candidates must have completed at least 1 ONLINE Special Ops.
Candidates have good proficiency in written and spoken English language.
Candidates should be optimistic, be open-minded, show leadership potential, and have a genuine interest in peace.

Peace Revolution Fellowship in Thailand - Global Peace On The Move XI - December 2013

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,