Global Notes is currently administered by a team at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs that includes Sherry Gray (coordinator for the global policy area), Ameido Amevor (second year MPP student interested in global policy), and Kaying Vang (MDP alumnus 2012).
If you would like to write for Global Notes or have any suggestions for the content of Global Notes, please e-mail Sherry Gray: grayx260(at)umn.edu.
InterAction seeks an Advocacy Manager for Aid Reform and Effectiveness to facilitate advocacy by our aid reform, aid effectiveness, and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) working groups. These working groups consist of staff from InterAction member organizations that meet regularly to share information and coordinate work on issues related to country ownership, procurement reform, enabling environments, and capacity building. The position coordinates the advocacy messaging and strategy of the relevant working groups and helps to build and maintain relationships with key Congressional and administration staff.
This position will be part of InterAction's Public Policy Team, working closely with and reporting to the Senior Director of Public Policy.
Specific duties will include:
- Work closely with InterAction member NGOs to turn their field-based development expertise into concrete proposals for reforming and strengthening U.S. foreign assistance;
- Manage staff-level and CEO-level aid reform working groups
- Represent InterAction on a range of aid reform and effectiveness issues to Congress and the administration;
- Build consensus among InterAction members behind aid reform policy positions , including writing and editing policy documents, organizing briefings and coordinating sign-on letters, and outreach to key policymakers;
- Track, analyze, and report to working groups at bi-weekly or monthly meetings on pertinent policy and legislative developments;
- Establish and maintain relationships with working group participants; respond to informational inquiries from InterAction members; represent InterAction at outside coalition meetings;
- Build and maintain relationships with members of the administration, Congress, and strategic partners;
- Coordinate advocacy efforts with the rest of the Public Policy Team;
· Support InterAction's broad policy objectives within the context of budget/appropriations, foreign assistance reform, the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, and the Millennium Development Goals; and
- Other duties as assigned by Senior Director of Public Policy.
- A least a bachelor's degree with two to five years of experience in legislative or policy advocacy for a non-profit organization or congressional work experience ;
- Experience/knowledge with humanitarian and/or international development issues;
- Knowledge of/experience working with USAID and/or the State Department is a plus;
- Highly organized, team player, excellent writing skills;
- Excellent inter-personal communication skills, including the ability to interact professionally with high-level staff and policymakers;
- Understanding the challenges involved in organizing coalition advocacy;
- Initiative to spot what needs to be done, as well as to respond to specific direction;
- The ability to stay calm and poised under pressure, remain focused in a rapidly changing environment and be responsive to needs of members;
- Demonstrated initiative to solve problems with high energy and a positive attitude;
- Demonstrated commitment to InterAction's core values and mission; and
- The highest personal and professional integrity along with a sense of humor.
ABOUT INTERACTION www.interaction.org
InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), with more than 190 members working in every developing country. Members are faith-based and secular, large and small, with a focus on the world's most poor and vulnerable populations. The U.S. public, foundations and others support the efforts of our membership via funding totaling more than $9 billion a year, according to 2009 estimates. InterAction's funds come from dues and generous grants from others, such as foundations.
Using its collective voice, InterAction seeks to shape important policy decisions on relief and long term development issues, including foreign assistance, the environment, women, health, education and agriculture. Members are at the forefront in responding to humanitarian crises and disasters worldwide and InterAction acts as a hub in these efforts.
There are no extraordinary physical requirements for the performance of the essential functions of this position. InterAction will make reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
SALARY & BENEFITS:
InterAction provides competitive salaries and excellent benefits.
· Email cover letter and resume to email@example.com .
· Put "Advocacy Manager, Aid Reform and Effectiveness" in the subject line.
· Position is open until filled but applications received prior to August 2, 2012 are preferred and applications will be reviewed as they are received.
· Due to the expected volume of interest, only candidates considered will be contacted.
· All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States (US citizenship or "Green Card").
· No phone calls please.
DEADLINE: Open until filled, with applications preferred by August 2, 2012.
Thank you for your interest
I am living in far southeastern Sierra Leone, conducting research for OneVillage Partners (OVP), a Minneapolis-based NGO that was my capstone client. A research assistant and I spent the first month here developing a household survey on OVP recognition, water/sanitation and nutrition issues, and some wealth proxies. With the help of two translators, we are working this week and next to conduct the survey
in almost 50 households. In addition, we are going to local clinics to examine childhood malnutrition rates throughout the three villages in which OVP works, and potentially training OVP's community health workers to measure and calculate this information. We are also designing a household census as a way to measure wealth and will be
performing focus groups looking at issues related to women's empowerment and out of work youth.
I'm staying with a host family of 4 adults and 5 children. My host father works in the village mosque translating Koran readings into Mende, the local language. The other family members that aren't in school work on the farm, and we spend evenings on their porch greeting people that pass by. Sometimes I practice reading or math with the
younger kids but otherwise I can't understand much of anything. That said - and I'm sorry this is trite - I feel a genuine connection to them and many of the people I've met here, which has been the most rewarding part of the experience. Even though OVP has been working in these villages for five years, the children still are thrilled to see the pumois (white people) come by and will shout our names and chase after us. This can be amusing or annoying depending on your mood, but I always enjoy watching a particular two-year-old irrepressibly contort and scream out of pure excitement every time we are within her field of vision.
This summer the villages are hosting three interns from Amherst College - my research assistant and two others planning and running an English proficiency summer school - along with an agricultural researcher from France and a Fulbright fellow from Vermont studying agroecology. We've all made time to visit the beach recently, and before the Amherst interns and I leave in a month we hope to get in some hiking at the nearby national forest. The picture is of me and my translator and buddy Fallah.
MDP alum Britta Lilley Hansen moving to new position at UC Davis, working with the Horticulture Collaborative Research Support Program
Update from Britta: I was recently hired to work with UC Davis and the Horticulture CRSP (Collaborative Research Support Program) as a specialist to support their regional centers of innovation. The Hort CRSP as it is known was established by USAID and provides funding to; support global horticultural development, improve food security, improve nutrition and human health, provide opportunities for diversification of income, and "advance economic and social conditions of the rural poor, particularly women."
In my new position I will be responsible for the establishment and coordination of the Horticulture CRSP Regional Centers of Innovation (RCI), and will work to establish strong relationships at and within these centers, starting with Thailand, Kenya and Honduras. I will develop the Centers' training and technology programs through collaborative efforts with the Centers' host institutions (Kasetsart University, Zamorano University and Kenya Agricultural Research Institute), USAID Missions and Horticulture CRSP Project PIs.
I am very excited about this new opportunity and starting my career in California! The Humphrey school, especially the MDP program has prepared me well for all that is to come.
Loving Jaguar's Land
Mandy drives the China Center's community outreach and corporate engagement. With passion in advancing the China Center's role in supporting the education, business, and cultural exchanges between Minnesota and the Greater China area, she works on building positive relationships with the Minnesota community and leverages these resources with students and faculty members.
Before joining the China Center, she worked at the Carlson Global Institute on the business school education abroad programs across Asia, South America and Europe. In her early career in China, she worked for China Technology Innovation Corporation in Beijing to explore international markets in America and Western Europe.
Mandy has a B.A. in English and International Studies from China Foreign Affairs University, an M.A. in Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Mandy Xue Bai, Assistant Director
Policy Officer (Scotland)
http://www7.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_savethechildren02.asp?newms=jj&id=35097&newlang=1 Senior Education Adviser (Early Childhood Care & Development)
http://www7.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_savethechildren02.asp?newms=jj&id=35104&newlang=1 Senior Event Manager
sent by Save the Children
Experience: Entry Level
Date Posted Jul-12-2012
The Program Assistant provides administrative support to CRDF's Nonproliferation Program team members as part of a team providing project management support to international scientific and engineering-related projects. The Program Assistant coordinates travel procedures and organizes conferences, meetings and trainings in support of CRDF initiatives and U.S. government contracts. The Program Assistant is responsible for maintaining records of program information for the team, including information on projects, proposals, partners, scientific consultants, and key performance parameters. The Program Assistant is also responsible for assisting with the preparation of client deliverables, such as weekly schedule updates, biweekly reports, and periodic information requests about project activities.
Providing responsive and effective communications and assistance to USG and other funders as well as to CRDF grantees and partners.
Coordinating arrangements and logistics for international site visits, trainings, and other travel for contractors and grantees
Work with program staff to create and implement projects and activities such as seminars, training, and research support
Maintaining records of program information for the team
Organizing conferences, meetings, and trainings
Reconciling expenses for contractors and grantees
Assisting in preparing reports for clients
Draft announcements for projects and grants
Maintaining relevant databases and files, including potentially a website and periodic communications such as a newsletter.
Domestic and international travel (15% time or less)
Support business development as needed including through assistance in proposal drafting and project development.
CRDF Global offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
CRDF Global is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V
At least 1 or 2 years of international experience, depending on the program area, with substantive experience living and working/studying in a foreign language environment or working with international organizations preferred; in lieu of actual experience, educational background or demonstrated strong background, interest, and curiosity relevant to the region/country to which assigned desirable.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs and ability to work with databases
Ability to network effectively with current and potential funders, clients, members, and awardees
Experience developing and/or maintaining a website
Excellent research and writing skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent organizational skills, ability to meet deadlines
U.S. work authorization
Education:B.A./B.S. degree or equivalent
To apply, please complete our online application form and include in ONE attachment:
A cover letter
Contact information for 3 references
crossposted from FPA http://www.fpa.org/jobs/?act=show_job&job_id=1295
OneVillage Partners is a Minneapolis-based international NGO working in economic and community development in rural Sierra Leone. We take a grassroots, village-led approach to development, with the goal of creating a holistic and replicable model to sustainably improve quality of life in southeast Sierra Leone. More information at www.onevillagepartners.org and www.facebook.com/onevillagepartners.
Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Other
Category: Fundraising and Fund Development Closing Date: open until filled
Job Type: Intern
Young, exciting international nonprofit seeks energetic, entrepreneurial, and passionate candidate for an unpaid, part-time staff position as Fundraising and Development Associate in Minneapolis. This position will work remotely, reporting to and meeting regularly with OVP Director of Development. Intern will also work with Executive Director and Communications team. Seeking longer-term commitment (ideally one year+), approximately 15-20 hours per week. 1. Donor cultivation: prepare donor meetings and implement outreach strategy; capture information from the Director's donor and prospect conversations, meetings and emails in database; research potential donors; draft and send letters of acknowledgment and other correspondences to donors 2. Database management: Maintain, update, further refine, and cull reports from donor database 3. Grant writing: research, draft, refine and send grant proposals to targeted grantmaking institutions (identified by the intern and approved by the supervisor) 4. Administration: maintain fundraising files; attend and record minutes at development committee meetings, as needed 5. Online engagement: assist with email marketing content and management; assist in website, blog, and social media management as pertains to fundraising 6. Events: plan and support special events, as needed;
Learning opportunities: 1. Valuable professional experience and opportunity for high level of ownership and responsibility with a small, innovative, international nonprofit 2. Gain skills in and insight into strategic development planning, executing fundraising strategies, researching and interfacing with donor and foundation prospects, and grant research and proposal writing. 3. Network with OVP Board and Committee Members, staff, and other volunteers/interns
How To Apply:
Please send an email and cover letter to apply (at) onevillagepartners.org. Feel free to include any relevant writing/work samples.
crossposted from Minnesota Council of Nonprofits http://www.minnesotanonprofits.org/job-details?id=56270
From Unite For Sight:
Those who take photos while participating abroad have an ethical responsibility to preserve the dignity of their subjects and provide a faithful, comprehensive visual depiction of their surroundings so as to avoid causing public misperceptions. Visual images are a cogent way to convey an experience to an audience and to evoke strong public emotions, as people often formulate their opinions, judgments, and behaviors in response to visual stimuli. In this way, the photographer wields substantial control over public perception. Photographers' decisions about how to depict their subjects can entirely alter viewers' perceptions.
"We've all seen it: the photo of a teary-eyed African child, dressed in rags, smothered in flies, with a look of desperation that the caption all too readily points out." (1) Like any other business, the non-profit and development sectors need revenue to survive. Many charities have found that their most effective tactic for eliciting donations has involved the use of dehumanizing images to evoke feelings of pity and charity. These photos are dangerous, however, because they completely fail to capture the intelligence, resilience, and capabilities of the communities that the nonprofit is looking to help. A "Perspectives of Poverty" project was recently implemented by Duncan McNichol of Engineers Without Borders Canada. Duncan photographed Edward Kabzela of Chagunda Village, Malawi. In the photo on the left, Edward was asked to look and act as poor as possible, while in the photo on the right, Edward was asked to dress as rich as possible.
The two images convey completely different stories, and elicit entirely different emotions in the viewer. The photo on the left does not reflect Edward's success, portraying him instead as a hopeless, dirty, hungry and impoverished beggar. However, this is not an accurate portrayal of Edward. In reality, he is very successful as an area mechanic and grower of tobacco, and he also works for a basket weaving business. He is also thinking of investing in a truck to start a transportation business. Edward also explained, "NGOs come to the village here to take pictures of people. At church, at the market, on the road, at meetings. Only people who are dressed poorly." (2) These images are unfair to the local population and have "become a marketable commodity. They are blown up and displayed at fund-raisers by NGOs, donors and UN agencies; they help organizations to stay in business. The more graphic they are, the more money they help to raise." (3) Even Time Magazine recently published an issue that included a photo essay of an African mother dying in childbirth in Sierra Leone. This photo essay aroused outcry. Though the intentions of the editors may have been to motivate wealthy donors and nations to take action to improve maternal healthcare in developing countries, dehumanizing photos should not be utilized. "While these images might shock Westerners into digging deeper into their pockets, they have the unintended effect of disgusting the very people they are supposed to help. Moreover, they reflect double standards."(3)
Since donors are often more empathetic to one person facing hardship than to many people, organizations frequently elicit donations by evoking sympathy in the viewer by showing images of hungry and ill children and, less frequently, adults.(4) These images have been termed "poverty porn," which is defined as "words and images that elicit an emotional response by their sheer shock value. Images like starving, skeletal children covered in flies." (5) Poverty porn is harmful because it "exploits the poor's condition in order to generate the necessary sympathy for selling newspapers or increasing charitable donations or support for a given cause." (6) In addition to violating privacy and human rights, poverty porn is damaging to those it is trying to aid because it evokes the idea that the poor are helpless and incapable of helping themselves, thereby cultivating a culture of paternalism. Poverty porn is also detrimental because it is degrading, dishonoring, and robs people of their dignity.(7) In order to demonstrate respect and sensitivity towards the local population and to avoid poverty porn, one should heed the following protocols:
Always get the subject's consent first, especially if you want to do a close-up.
Examine your motives for shooting a particular frame. Do you want to inspire hope and understanding, or maybe even expose wrongdoing and neglect? It is not acceptable to use the photographs simply to harness pity. People who donate out of guilt tend to see subjects as pitiful objects, which is dehumanizing and disrespectful.
You should not bribe subjects to feign despair, anger, or other emotions, or seek to influence the "slant" of your photos in any way.
Think about what you want to portray in your photo. While it is fine to portray the fears and poverty of your subjects in some photos, others should also convey the community's strengths and expectations.(8) Never portray your subjects as useless or inadequate.(9)
Sometimes, it works well to photograph subjects from behind so that only their activities, and not their faces, can be seen. For example, your photo may show the face of the doctor who is performing an eye exam, but not the patient's face. This not only prevents the patient from getting distracted, but also protects his or her privacy.
Be humble, considerate and respectful, especially during private moments of grief. Try to take the picture from afar without being intrusive.
Try not to be an aloof stranger; build a relationship of mutual understanding with your subject.
Don't stereotype or make false generalizations.(10) A single photograph of a starving African child is not representative of the situation throughout the continent. Use captions to contextualize visual images.
Photos should be used to raise public awareness, not to exploit public sympathy.
Photos must be carefully and faithfully edited (meaning there should be minimal, but acceptable digital manipulation and no fancy embellishments) to avoid misrepresentation.
Ensure that your photos document what you believe is the real situation of your subjects.(11)
Photographers should use their skills to influence public perception responsibly, and it is crucial for organizations to use images that connect people from all walks of life through the language of visual understanding.
(1) "Perspectives of Poverty." Accessed on 3 September 2010. .
(3) Warah, R. "Images of the 'Dying African' border on pornography." Accessed on 13 September 2010. .
(4) "Why we care (and why we don't). A conversation with Dr. Paul Slovic." Accessed on 13 September 2010. .
(5) "From Poverty Porn to Humanitarian Storytelling." Accessed on 3 September 2010. .
(6) "What is 'poverty porn' and why does it matter for development?' " Accessed on 3 September 2010. .
(7) "What is 'poverty porn' and why does it matter for development?' " Accessed on 3 September 2010. .
(8) Gidley. Ruth. "NGOs still fail standards on appeal images," AlertNet 14 Jan 2004. Thomson Reuters Foundation. Web.26 Jun 2009. .
(9) "Photo Ethics: Aim High When You Shoot." Medialit. Center for Media Literacy. 26 Jun 2009 .
(10) Gidley. Ruth. "NGOs still fail standards on appeal images," AlertNet 14 Jan 2004. Thomson Reuters Foundation. Web.26 Jun 2009. .
(11) "Photo Ethics: Aim High When You Shoot." Medialit. Center for Media Literacy. 26 Jun 2009 .
Note from SG: If you plan to distribute someone's image (printing a brochure, posting on the internet), please be sure the consent includes that usage.
Other sources of information:
Africa on the Rise by Op-Ed Columnist Nicholas D. Kristof
GENERATIONS of Americans have learned to pity Africa. It's mainly seen as a quagmire of famine and genocide, a destination only for a sybaritic safari or a masochistic aid mission.
So here's another way to think of Africa: an economic dynamo. Is it time to prepare for the African tiger economy? Six of the world's 10 fastest-growing economies between 2001 and 2010 were in Africa, according to The Economist. The International Monetary Fund says that between 2011 and 2015, African countries will account for 7 of the top 10 spots.
Africa isn't just a place for safaris or humanitarian aid. It's also a place to make money. Global companies are expanding in Africa; vast deposits of oil, gas and minerals are being discovered; and Goldman Sachs recently issued a report, "Africa's Turn," comparing business opportunities in Africa with those in China in the early 1990s.
I'm writing this column in Lesotho, a mountainous kingdom (it was snowing the day I arrived!) in southern Africa, on my annual win-a-trip journey. The winner this year, Jordan Schermerhorn, an engineering student at Rice University, and I visited garment factories that make clothing for American stores. This country is Africa's biggest apparel exporter to America.
One set of factories we visited, belonging to the Nien Hsing Textile Company, a giant Taiwanese corporation, employs 10,000 people in Lesotho, making this its biggest operation in the world. Workers turn out bluejeans for Levi's and other American companies, and Alan Han, a senior company official, said quality is comparable to that of factories in Asia.
While America may largely misperceive Africa as a disaster zone, China does get the promise on the continent. Everywhere you turn in Africa these days there are Chinese businesspeople seeking to invest in raw materials and agriculture. But American businesses seem to be only beginning to wake up to the economic potential here.
Why does that matter? Because trade often benefits a country more than aid. I'm a strong supporter of foreign aid, but economic growth and jobs are ultimately the most sustainable way to raise living standards.
The American Congress has badly bungled the picture this year by delaying renewal of a provision of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, or AGOA. This promotes trade by providing duty-free access to the American market. It's one of the best aid programs you've never heard of -- except that it isn't an aid program but an initiative to help Africa lift itself up and create jobs through exports.
Some 300,000 jobs in Africa have been created because of AGOA, according to the Brookings Institution, but, in the last few months, countless Africans have been laid off because of the delay in renewal. American importers don't want to place orders unless they are sure that the provision will be renewed and the clothing can enter duty-free. In Lesotho alone, about 5,000 garment workers have lost their jobs because of this maddening Congressional delay.
Granted, African countries themselves have botched trade because of corruption, onerous rules and uncompetitive minimum wages. The minimum wage for garment workers is about $37 per month in Bangladesh, compared with about $120 in Lesotho.
Or consider infuriating red tape. In Swaziland, it takes 12 procedures and 56 days to start a company, according to the World Bank's superb "Doing Business" report for 2012. In Niger, it takes 326 days to build a warehouse. In Senegal, it takes 43 procedures and more than two years to enforce a legal claim.
Some of the otherwise most impressive countries in Africa, like Rwanda, also undermine themselves with their political repression. Ethiopia's dictator, Meles Zenawi, is doing an excellent job of raising health and living standards, but he also presides over a security service that kills and rapes with impunity -- and imprisons journalists who report on abuses. Last week, a sham trial in Ethiopia found one such brave journalist, Eskinder Nega, guilty of terrorism.
All in all, though, Africa is becoming more democratic, more technocratic and more market-friendly. Yet Americans are largely oblivious to the idea of Africa as a success story.
One of the problems with journalism is that we focus on disasters. We cover planes that crash, not those that take off. In Africa, that means we cover famine in Somalia and genocide in Sudan, terrorism in Nigeria and warlords in Congo. Those are important stories -- deserving more attention, not less -- but they can also leave a casual reader convinced that all of Africa is lurching between genocide and famine.
So that's why I decided to start this win-a-trip journey in a delightful country like Lesotho that just had a democratic change of power. Its streets are safe, and it is working on becoming one of the first countries in the world with an electric grid 100 percent reliant on renewable energy.
It's a symbol of an Africa that is rising.
crossposted from The New York Times, Sunday, July 1, 2012
Note from SG: Time to start showing urban, modern, middle-class Africa in our images?
Published: June 30, 2012 MASERU, Lesotho
Update from Serene Zhao: "I have started my job with Cirrus Aircraft about one week ago as a budgeting analyst. The company is a industry leader designing and manufacturing small aircraft. I think it is a great experience. My major job responsibilities are doing cost analysis, forecasting the budget and conducting cost and benefit analysis for on-going and new projects. What I learned in graduate school is helpful for my current work. The company was merged with a Chinese general aircraft company last year. So it is also interesting to have exposure to both culture and business operations in US and China."
MDP alumnus Aurelius Butler appointed Scott Fellow/Liberia Fellow at John Snow Research & Training Institute
o Coordinating and communicating within the Ministry/Agency, across other government agencies, and with major international agencies;
o Providing research, analysis and advice to the senior official on selected substantive policy issues;
o Drafting policy papers;
o Drafting talking points, speeches, letters, notes, correspondence, etc.;
o Taking notes and keeping records of meetings, and ensuring follow-through by key personnel on policy decisions;
o Helping the senior official to manage his/her schedule, set priorities among commitments, and delegate responsibilities where possible; and
o Assisting in building the capacity of a Liberian to assume similar responsibilities over time.
In 2011 Butler carried out his MDP Field Experience in Liberia with JSI in Liberia, working with team mates on a monitoring and evaluation project.
The International Development & Exchange Programs of World Learning has an immediate opening for an Associate Private Development Specialist. World Learning is an 80-year-old global non-profit organization with operations in 77 countries. Through its award-winning international education programs - The Experiment in International Living, the SIT Graduate Institute, SIT Study Abroad and the International Honors Program (IHP) - World Learning fosters global citizenship by connecting over 3,000 young ambassadors annually across cultural differences and social barriers. Through its International Development & Exchange Programs, World Learning practices what it teaches, undertaking community-driven international development, training and exchange projects in sixteen countries. For more information visit www.worldlearning.org
Position Title: Associate Private Development Specialist
Position Grade: G-10
Reports To: Director, Strategic Engagement
Location: Washington, D.C.
Job Purpose: To position WL as a leader in innovative programmatic responses through a rigorous program design, proposal development, and networking with focused attention on the private sector under the direction of WL's office of Strategic Engagement.
· Support and coordinate WL initiatives aimed at private donors including corporate and foundations, including the competitive capacity and evaluation processes
· Actively manage, track and update private development initiatives, contacts, actions, and development-related deliverables to ensure intra-WL coordination
· Monitor, manage and update WL development SharePoint portals to further cross-unit information-sharing and private development initiative status
· Provide proactive program development support to WL Technical Units and Field Offices for assigned geographic areas and private sector program areas
· Assist Technical Units, as part of WL's office of Strategic Engagement, in the design and proposal development process for new projects, in coordination with US and field staff, as assigned (this could include field assessment/design missions, proposal writing, proposal review, or proposal process coordination, and coordination with local and international NGOs and partners during program design process)
· Assist in the acquisition of programs from new non-government donors
· Lead proposal development processes and proposal response teams, serving as overall goal owner, ensuring timely and efficient submission of quality proposals, and working with teams of technical, financial, field and management staff
· As assigned, contribute to proposal writing, drafting, editing, and ensuring final production of proposal for submission to donors,
· Assist WL in developing new strategic alliances with private donors, implementing partners, and other stakeholders in order to advance program development with a specific focus on corporations and foundations;
· Provide overall program development support for key elements of the business process to assist other WL management units, including tasks such as: negotiation of sub-recipient and prime roles for WL in response to proposal solicitations; identification and enlistment of appropriate partners for proposals; identification and securing of external consultants to assist in proposal preparation; assistance with finance staff to ensure compatibility of technical and cost proposals
· Assist in the development and implementation of WL strategies for accessing resources for unsolicited projects and programs
· Assist in the development of and training of staff on use of cutting edge tools, processes, procedures, and standards for program design and proposal development
· Proactively monitor non-USG donor solicitation opportunities to preposition WL for responses prior to official solicitation notification, alerting WL Programs Units to opportunities
· Develop and update corporate capability statements and other standard proposal documentation; maintain database of information
· Lead in the review and compilation of lessons learned and after-action-reviews of proposals submission processes for WL
· Travel, as needed, (approx. 15%) domestically and to developing countries to understand the donor and/or local context of a proposed project, develop technical content, recruit staff, identify partners, and collect cost data for proposals
· Represent WL to private funding entities and NGO communities in the US and overseas, as needed
· Leverage corporate WL assets and information for assigned projects or for new projects under development
· Represent WL at meetings, conferences, etc., relevant to the subject matter and themes of the assigned portfolio and disseminate information regarding WL's overall capabilities
· Contribute to the development of key WL planning documents including strategy statements, budget reviews, work plans, and reports to the Board of Directors
· Contribute other written materials that support divisional needs (brochures, summary project information, etc.)
· Contribute to project support, marketing and other unit/divisional activities in ways which tap special expertise or experience, e.g., donor, sectoral, geographical
· Perform other duties as assigned
· Bachelors Degree in international development, communications/journalism, or a related field
· Outstanding writing skills (in English) and analytical capacity
· Proven successful experience developing private sector proposals for international activities
· Exceptionally strong leadership and teamwork skills, especially when working in high-stress situations and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams
· Superior time-management skills, especially when facing tight deadlines
· Experience with general procurement policies, procedures and mechanisms for international development activities
· Familiarity with the international development community
· Minimum of three years of relevant professional experience
· Knowledge of and experience in at least one of WL's core technical areas
· Second language proficiency
· Masters Degree in international development, communications/journalism, or a related field
· Functional exposure to MS SharePoint
· Overseas work experience
To apply, email resume and cover letter stating current salary information to: recruitment(at)worldlearning.org with "Associate Private Development Specialist" specified in the subject heading. Cover letters without salary information will not be considered. Permanent U.S. work authorization required. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply soonest possible. Position open until filled. Only finalist candidates will be contacted.
World Learning for International Development Job Bulletin
sent by Karen Brown, Ph.D., Co-Director, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, University of Minnesota
537B Heller Hall, 271-19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-624-0255 Fax: 612-625-1879
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Somali civil society discusses Somalia's future
Ladan Affi, from Djibouti University, reports from the Somalia Civil Society in Istanbul. Billed as a conference "for Somalis and by Somalis" , it provided a rare opportunity for Somali civil society to come together and to talk about issues facing the country.
Conference attendees at the Somalia Civil Society meeting in Istanbul, Turkey.
A recent conference bought together Somali civil society to discuss the future of Somalia. (© Zainab Hassan)
The conference really did provide space for Somalis to come together and to talk about our collective issues
I attended the Somalia Civil Society meeting that took place in Istanbul from May 27 -30, 2012. The meeting was hosted by the Government of Turkey. The participants included 135 elders who would select the new Somalia parliament after the end of the transition period on August 2012 and the rest were members of NGOs, religious elders and diaspora from a wide variety of countries. There were also former politicians, and members of political associations including Hiil-Qaran and Tayo.
For Somalis, by Somalis
The meeting was intended to create a space for Somalis to come together and to talk about the post-August transition. Unlike previous conferences, held outside of Somalia, and billed as a conference for Somalis and by Somalis, the conference hosted in Istanbul proved different in several important ways. Especially if compared to the Somalia London conference, which was a hollow performance by the international community, in that the outcome was pre-determined - the conference communiqué was released weeks before the conference was held - and promises made by the international community have not been fulfilled.
The conference opened with a speech by the Foreign Minister of Turkey Ahmed Davutoglu who traced the long history between Somalis and Turks, dating back to the Ottoman Empire. Although Mr. Davutoglu's speech was interesting, what caught my attention was his description of how Somalia had been isolated and that Turkey would no longer allow Somalia to be alone. This struck me because despite extensive external intervention in Somalia, in reality Somalia has been alone. Somalia has been surrounded by countries that routinely violate its sovereignty, send in their military to commit human rights violations with no consequences to them, fund the further disintegration of Somalia through the formation of regional states and have in reality become the cause of the conflict they purport to solve. The continuous intervention in Somalia has been driven, not by any concern for Somalis or Somalia, but by the national interests of those countries. For example, Kenya forced the hand of the Somali government to retroactively approve their military intervention in Somalia.
Finding solutions from within Somalia
Somalis can talk about their future and come to an agreement on vital issues affecting their country
The other thing that caught my attention was that generally conferences hosted by foreign countries and in outside of Somalia, have the agenda set. But this conference really did provide space for Somalis to come together and to talk about our collective issues. As such, we saw no-one from the Government of Turkey telling Somalis what to do and how to do it.
The initial agenda, which had had been a series of panels examining various issues, was tossed out on the first day. Instead, the elders requested that they wanted to have a discussion alone, without the diaspora. The rest of the participants attended three other workshops - on security; development; and economic development - to come up with concrete recommendations.
During the four days we spent together, during the conference and after, we got the opportunity to get to know each other, to argue with each other, to laugh together and to come to some sort of an understanding. For example, the elders were quite suspicious and in some cases hostile to what they perceived as too much diaspora control over the conference. But as the agenda was changed in response to feedback from the elders and other participants, people began to have some sense of ownership over the outcome. And towards the end, some of the elders were even inviting the diaspora to come back home.
Turkey faced overwhelming negative reactions from various actors including the TFG, the UN and countries who up to now had had a free hand in how they dealt with Somalia. But Turkey provided an important space for Somalis to briefly come together and discuss the future of their country. In the end, out of the many important issues discussed, the participants agreed to all except for two issues - federalism and whether people could vote in regions where the clans do not reside - which was referred for further discussion.
As Somalia heads towards the end of the transition period, Somalis can remember the lessons from the Istanbul conference, that Somalis can talk about their future and come to an agreement on vital issues affecting their country.
Istanbul gathering of Somali civil society - Communique
Wednesday May 30, 2012
We, the participants of the Istanbul Civil Society gathering, consisting of Somali traditional elders, religious scholars, academics, organized polities, activists, women, youth, business and diaspora representatives, came together to discuss and evaluate the difficult conditions and existential threats facing our nation. The main objective of this gathering is to bridge the divisions within our society and focus our efforts and energies in building a sovereign, united, just, peaceful, democratic and prosperous Somalia.
Somali participants have been able to gather in an environment free of political pressures, interventions, candidate interests, and manipulation by foreign special interest operatives.
During the four day conference, the participants have identified and discussed many important issues through an interactive process designed to facilitate the expression of thoughts and ideas. The conference examined issues such as security, the constitution, economic reconstruction, social development, transitional justice and reconciliation. Eight groups representing varieties of perspectives discussed and debated each of these topics. Each group presented their recommendations to the plenary sessions where their suggestions and ideas were further scrutinized, discussed and agreed upon .
The conference resolved that:
We are immeasurably grateful to the Turkish government and its people and we encourage the Republic of Turkey to continue its support and solidarity with the Somali people, to realize a Somalia that holds itself up to international standards and reclaims its position as a respected member of the family of nations.
We are appreciative of the role of Turkey in convening this gathering in an environment that was constructive and fully supportive of the resurrection of the Somali state and the dignity of its people.
We unequivocally support the conclusion of the transition period by August 20, 2012.
Establish an inclusive and effective national security forces under a civilian command; create a National Defense Commission to ensure continuity regardless of any changes within the government; implement effective training programs and space within the country to train Somali forces; inaugurate an allowance and salary commission to make sure that members of the security forces' welfare is budgeted and protected; request the lifting of the UN Arms Embargo as soon as an inclusive and disciplined army is established; create an independent judicial system to examine the injustices that have occurred in Somalia; improve correctional institutions to meet the international human rights standards ; and request that AMISOM be converted into hybrid UN peacekeeping force and that includes additional forces from Muslim countries to counter Al-Shabab propaganda that Somalia has been invaded by non-Muslim forces.
Developing effective, transparent, mutually accountable, and coordinated foreign aid policy to reduce dependency; build an effective taxation policy and administration; establish effective business regulation and enforcement system; convene a comprehensive conference on recovery and development that should be held as soon as feasible; adopt an effective accountability and transparency in all financial resources management; encourage private and public partnerships (PPP); institute effective poverty alleviation programs for the most vulnerable groups to reduce poverty; establish skill-building projects and focus on equal opportunities in order to reverse the massive brain drain of the past two decades; and create rural development programs that are essential in ensuring sustainable means of livelihood.
Institute a national education policy that standardizes the curriculum of the current multiple educational systems; provide free primary and secondary education for all; identify youth development programs as national priority area for sustainable peace; provide social development programs including adult and vocational training for the youth; health care and health education programs; clean water; establish national policies to address the continued marginalization of women in all sectors of society; and provide incentives for highly skilled Somalis to return and contribute to the reconstruction of the country, create an independent National Somali Diaspora Association.
The participants identified several causes that have perpetuated the violence in Somalia such as injustice, repression, land-grabbing, tribalism, corruption, and poverty. Therefore, the participants recommend the following solutions; give the Traditional Elders a vital role in the reconciliation process; end the culture of impunity and pressuring those who committed crimes to accept their responsibility; offer confidence-building measures in order to attain peace and reconciliation; engage all opposition groups; abolish the 4.5 formula and replacing it with 5 formula until a one person one vote system is achieved; form a second chamber for the traditional leaders; establish multi party-based politics and electoral system in which each party must have supporters in all regions; establish a truth and reconciliation commission to resolve the outstanding grievances.
A social contract of this magnitude could not and should not be endorsed in haste, while blind-folded or in contention or under a cloud of suspicion. Therefore, sufficient time must be given to the Constituent Assembly and the Somali people to scrutinize and digest any and all additions and omissions within the new constitution. The Conference participants welcome the efforts to establish a constitution for Somalia and view it as a necessary national imperative; express grave concern about the prolonged and the unnecessary secrecy surrounding the progress of the new Draft Constitution; urge the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) to release the latest version of the Draft-Constitution to the Somali public as soon as possible in order to ensure inclusiveness, and broad based participation and consensus; underline their firm resolve that the Somali Constitution must be based on the basic sources of Islam, namely the Quran and Sunna; call upon the TFG to make the constitution-making process transparent and a Somali owned process; call for the creation of permanent and institutional role for Somali traditional leaders in the governance system. Moreover, there is a controversy on the issue of "u-dhashay-ku-dhashay" and the conference recommends further discussion and consensus on the issue. The conference supports that women should get 30% representation in the parliament and all select committees; Participants did not reach a consensus on the "Federalism" principle and there was a recommendation for a broad national debate and discussion.
The transition must end on August 20, 2012 and be replaced with a durable and democratic state that is based on Islam; there is a need for functioning, strong, national and just government.; all government institutions must be led by competent people; traditional leaders must be the reference point (second chamber); the participants call for the establishment of multi-party-based politics and electoral system and each party must have supporters in all regions; Somalis are equal and therefore favoritism, tribalism and nepotism should end; the Somali language consists of two - May and Maxaa Tiri. National media outlets should broadcast in both; the government must fight against corruption; the committee proposed increasing the number of the parliamentarians from 225 to 275; the terms of reference for the technical committee must be revised.
crossposted from http://www.insightonconflict.org/2012/07/istanbul-conference-somalia-civil-society/ Insight on Conflict
Humphrey School of Public Affairs capstone proposals requested by August 20 (global policy & international development projects)
The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota is accepting proposals from organizations for the 2012-2013 academic year global policy (GPA) and Master of Development Practice (MDP) graduate student capstone courses. We are looking for project proposals from organizations working in international political, economic, security, human rights, humanitarian/relief, development or environmental fields. The description and guidelines for submitting a proposal is in the attached request for proposals (RFP). Please e-mail your proposal and any questions to Sherry Gray at the contact information below. HHH GPA & MDP Capstone RFP2012.rtf
For 2012-2013 consideration, please submit project proposals before August 20, 2012. A confirmation of receipt will be returned for all received project proposals. The selected organizations will be contacted in mid-September 2012.
The value of capstone pro bono projects to the client is hard for us to calculate, but potential clients should keep in mind that graduate research assistants at the University of Minnesota are paid from $17 to $26 an hour and also receive normal university benefits as well as tuition benefits. A team of graduate students can provide a potentially valuable service for organizations on projects in which their time and expertise is most useful.
Please see the attached fact sheet about HHH capstones. 2012 Capstone Fast Facts-update.docx
American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (ARAHA)
Cason Family Foundation/Clinton Global Initiative (and other partners; 2 years in a row)
Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)
Global Deaf Connection/Junior Achievement Jamaica
Mano a Mano
No Time For Poverty (NTFP)
One Village Partners (2 years in a row)
Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE)
Enjoy the season and African tunes all summer long at the Cedar Cultural Center (Minneapolis, MN). The Cedar, named Best World Music Venue 2012 at the about.com Reader's Choice Awards, is hosting a series of African concerts for the summer.
The Johnny Clegg Band - Global roots, Southern Africa, Pop, Singer-Songwriter
Thursday, July 12, 2012 - Music at 7:30 PM
Wake Up Madagascar - Southern Africa
Friday, July 13, 2012 - Music at 8:00 PM
Spoek Mathambo - Southern Africa, Electronica, Experimental, Hip-hop
Thursday, July 19, 2012 - Music at 8:00 PM
SMOD- Global Roots, West Africa, Hip hop
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - Music at 7:30 PM
Amadou & Mariam - West Africa, Pop
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - Music starts at 7:30 PM
Ticket prices may vary. Ticketing information is available on the Cedar's website. http://www.thecedar.org/events/african-summer
Listen to music from across the African continent. After the show, come find the Books For Africa table to learn about how you can get involved in sending books to Africa! http://www.booksforafrica.org/events.html