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Thurs. Jan 24 Book Launch & Author Talk: Somalis in Minnesota

Thursday January 24th from 6-8 pm
African Development Center
1931 South 5th Street (@ Riverside Ave.)
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Opening reception from 6-6:30 pm
Author remarks and Q&A 6:30-7:15 pm
Booksigning and reception 7:15-8 pm

The author, Ahmed Ismail Yusuf, is a writer and an independent translator. As a case manager, he works at Community University Health Care Center (CUHCC), a clinic affiliated with the University of Minnesota that serves economically disadvantaged populations. Yusuf is also an alum of the Humphrey School.

An enlightening introduction to Minnesota's Somalis, who have adjusted to a new climate, new language, and new culture in a region wholly different from their homeland.

The story of Somalis in Minnesota begins with three words: sahan, war, and martisoor. Driven from their homeland by civil war and famine, one group of Somali sahan, pioneers, discovered well-paying jobs in the city of Marshall, Minnesota. Soon the war, news, traveled that not only was employment available but the people in this northern state, so different in climate from their African homeland, were generous in martisoor, hospitality, just like the Somali people themselves.

The diaspora began in 1992, and today more than fifty thousand Somalis live in Minnesota, the most of any state. Many have made their lives in small towns and rural areas, and many more have settled in Minneapolis, earning this city the nickname "Little Somalia" or "Little Mogadishu." Amiable guide Ahmed Yusuf introduces readers to these varied communities, exploring economic and political life, religious and cultural practices, and successes in education and health care. He also tackles the controversial topics that command newspaper headlines: alleged links to terrorist organizations and the recruitment of young Somali men to fight in the civil war back home. This newest addition to the People of Minnesota series captures the story of the state's most recent immigrant group at a pivotal time in its history.

"Somalis in Minnesota provides a concise, poetic, and passionate portrayal of the newest group of Minnesotans. The author succeeds in educating us of the complex history that brought this African Muslim refugee community to snow-covered Minnesota and of the human warmth, from both within and without, that led to a chain migration that created the largest Somali settlement in the United States. Well-written, informative, and timely."
-Cawo Abdi, assistant professor of sociology, University of Minnesota

MIGA Professionals Program

MIGA is a member of the World Bank Group whose mission is to promote foreign direct investment into devel- oping countries to support economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve people's lives. We do this through providing political risk insurance, or guarantees, to investors and lenders against losses caused by noncommercial risks.

MIGA has a particular focus on supporting investments in the world's poorest countries; investments in conflict-afflicted environments; com- plex deals, especially those involving project financing (infrastructure and extractive industries); and South- South investments.
Projects supported by MIGA create jobs; provide access to finance; supply water, electricity, and other basic infrastructure; generate tax revenues; transfer skills and technological know-how; and help countries tap natural resources in an environmentally and socially sustainable way.

The MIGA Professionals Program attracts new and diverse talent to the Agency to work in entry-level professional positions for a non-renewable term of two years. This program is open to applicants under 35 years of age with advanced degrees and a minimum of five years working experience in the relevant field. Opportunities are available in:
-Underwriting political risk insurance
-Financial accounting and reporting
-Economics and risk management
-Environmental and social risk mitigation r Legal counsel

Selected candidates will be assigned to one of MIGA's departments to work as a full member of the team. In exchange for hard work and commitment, MIGA offers an entrepreneurial-based culture, a dynamic learning environment, a competitive salary, World Bank Group benefits, and coaching and mentoring for program participants.
In addition to meeting the specific requirements of each role, candidates must be able to work effectively with clients and colleagues from diverse backgrounds, pos- sess strong analytical skills, and be fluent in written and spoken English. Fluency in a second language, particularly French or Spanish, is desirable.

The program is looking for qualified applicants who share our mission and offers an excellent foundation for professionals to further their careers.

For more information, and to apply, visit:

Feb 8 Lecture Series on Internationalizing Higher Education

Friday, February 8, 2013
2:00-4:00 p.m.; reception to follow
3M Auditorium, CSOM Building
Twin Cities campus

Internationalizing the Curriculum and Student Learning:
Preparing Graduates for the 21st Century

Betty Leask, associate professor in internationalization at the University of South Australia, will give the 2012-13 Mestenhauser Lecture. Leask argues that universities have a responsibility to prepare all graduates to live and work in a global society. Internationalizing the curriculum and student learning play a central role in achieving this goal. Her lecture will explore issues related to internationalization and offer conceptual and practical solutions to these issues.

The lecture is free and open to the public, please RSVP here.

The lecture will also be streamed online and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Global Programs and Strategies Alliance. The event is co-sponsored by the College of Education and Development.

Global Health Course, U of M, May 6- June 2

On behalf of Drs. William Stauffer, Brett Hendel-Paterson, and Pat Walker, the University of Minnesota is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2013 UMN/CDC In-Person Global Health Course!

2013 UMN/CDC In-Person Global Health Course
Week 1: May 6-10 Lectures
Week 2: May 13-17 Lectures
Week 3: May 20-24 Hands-On Activities
Week 4: May 28-31 Hands-On Activities
May 31-June 2 Humanitarian Crisis Simulation Exercise

Curriculum Information
Please click here for comprehensive course details.

Course Registration Information- register here

Classroom Location ~ University of Minnesota ~ Malcom Moos Health Sciences Tower (East Bank in Minneapolis, MN)
Classroom Number ~ TBA

Classroom space is limited, register early!

Please contact Debbie Luedtke at for additional information.

Job: World Affairs Council Seattle- Director, International Visitor Program

The World Affairs Council is actively recruiting to fill the position of Director of International Visitor Program. A complete position description follows along with directions on how to apply for the position.

The Seattle International Visitor Program (IVP) supports the mission of the World Affairs Council by connecting Greater Seattle community members with leaders from around the world through professional and youth exchange programs. The person-to-person meetings arranged by IVP allow people to see their shared values and powerfully diminish the boundaries of language, culture, and nation. The program arranges short-term professional exchange programs for nearly 800 visiting youth and professional leaders each year and is one of the largest visitor programs in the United States. As the World Affairs Council implements a new strategic plan, IVP plays a critical role in providing opportunities for our community to hear authentic voices and engage with civic leaders from around the world.

Position Description

The Director of IVP oversees all program operations and leads a staff of three to successfully execute high-quality, high impact programming for visitors from all corners of the world in a wide array of fields. This is a full-time exempt position responsible for leading the growth, innovation, and development of IVP. The Director of IVP also plays a key leadership role within the World Affairs Council and a national network of public and private partners including Washington, DC-based National Programming Agencies, the United States Department of State, as well as the boards of the World Affairs Council and National Council for International Visitors (NCIV).

Position Goals

Program Leadership - Leads and participates in activities and committees that support the growth and development of IVP and the World Affairs Council as a whole (e.g. grants, fundraising, communications and marketing, events, and systems)
Program Management - Manages all program operations including program intake, proposal writing, project implementation, and quality control.
Staff Management - Supervises and mentors three FTE staff and approximately 2-3 interns, and encourages collaboration, support, and professional development amongst IVP team members.
Business Development - Actively and strategically creates and maintains strong working relationships with local, regional, and national partners and key constituencies including the United States Department of State, to facilitate program growth and development.
Business Servicing - Actively and strategically creates and maintains strong working relationships with local partners in a wide array of fields who meet and engage with visitors as part of IVP programming.
Position Responsibilities

1. Program Leadership

Sets and articulates vision for IVP in Seattle within Council and NCIV network.
Participates in the Council's senior management team in promoting the Council's activities, raising funds, and raising the profile of the Council in the Seattle community.
2. Program Management

Aligns program management with strategic plan and uses program statistics to measure progress.
Leads weekly meetings to review upcoming projects and delegate incoming projects.
Manages program intake (writing and soliciting proposals).
Seeks out and receives projects strategic to the Council and key local community partners.
Reviews program itineraries for overall quality, creativity, and accuracy.
Establishes guidelines and expectations in program development and management as well as IVP systems protocol.
Oversees the management and improvements of program systems and protocols.
Creates and implements programming as needed.
3. Staff Management

Oversees hiring, training and management of employees and interns.
Provides mentorship, leadership, and support to IVP staff.
Conducts regular performance evaluation and professional development opportunities for IVP staff.
Provides guidance to staff in crisis management strategies and trouble-shooting.
4. Business Development

Aligns business development goals with the strategic plan and uses program statistics for planning and growth, and measurement of achievement.
Maintains and creates new relationships with national partners in International Visitor Leadership Program and Fees for Service projects.
Oversees the research and development of new business opportunities.
Manages advocacy strategy.
Manages communications and marketing strategy.
Analyzes program statistics and data for development purposes and suggests possible development strategies to CEO.
Identifies new and creative resources for programming.
5. Business Servicing

Aligns business servicing goals with the strategic plan and uses program statistics for planning and growth, and measurement of achievement.
Maintains and creates new relationships with local professional resources.
Leads IVP staff in planning and implementing social and educational events to connect visitors to the local community.
Leads IVP staff in planning and implementing an appreciation event for community partners, highlighting the work of IVP.
Connects local current community events/initiatives with program resources/program development.
Attends meetings with international visitors and local community partners.
6. Program Administration

Develops and manages program budget.
Manages grant reporting and grant proposals.
Oversees the development of evaluation systems for measuring the overall effectiveness of IVP.
Negotiates and maintains contracts for hotels and transportation.
Tracks invoices, receivables, and commissions and ensures they are collected in a timely manner.
Collects receipts and reports credit card financials monthly.
Reviews monthly financials for accuracy.
Position Requirements


5-7 years demonstrated leadership ability with staff and volunteer management experience
Community engagement experience
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
Experience planning international exchange programs or in event management
Advocacy experience
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities successfully
Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, including attention to detail
Financial management and budget-creating experience
Experience in working with diverse communities
Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of international affairs
Computer literacy and knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, Explorer)
Mature, balanced, engaging personality
Bachelors degree
In order to effectively and efficiently manage the inevitable last minute program changes, this position requires full time access to work email through a smart phone.

Master degree in related field (i.e. intercultural exchange, nonprofit management, international affairs)
World language skills and international living experience
Experience in communications and public relations
Grant writing experience
Key Internal Contacts

Vice President of Programs (Supervisor)
IVP staff
Finance Director
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Global Classroom Youth Director
IVP interns
Key External Contacts

U.S. Department of State
National Program Agencies (8, based in Washington, DC
Local Gatekeepers and Professional and Cultural Resources
Home Hospitality Hosts
World Affairs Council Members & Supporters
Performance Criteria

Programming is high quality and high impact, meeting National Programming Agency and Department of State expectations.
Local programs are recognized by the community through conventional and social media.
Local programs are completed on time and meet internal editing and visual design standards.
Delegates, interpreters and national program officers are highly satisfied with programming that meets objectives.
Programming is integrated with broader World Affairs Council community programs.
IVP database, hotel/transport, invoice spreadsheets, and other departmental data are maintained accurately and promptly.
Staffs (employees and interns) are engaged through positive and inspiring leadership.
IVP meets financial goals as detailed in the annual budget.
Efficient and effective, positive and engaging work style.

The World Affairs Council offers a competitive salary with a base salary of 50 K with a total pay package that includes generous Paid Time Off, health, dental, vision, transportation, Short and Long Term Disability benefits and the opportunity to participate in a 403 B program. Compensation towards a smart phone data plan is included in base compensation.

How to apply

Please send resume and cover letter via email to Jesse Foster at with a subject line: IVP Director Recruitment. Your cover letter should address how your experience relates to the six elements of this position. Please, no phone calls

All applications will be acknowledged. Interviews will begin the week of January 22nd, 2013 and the position will remain open until filled.

All applicants must have valid current documentation to work in the United States. The World Affairs Council is an equal opportunity employer. We value and promote diversity and inclusion principles.

Internship: World Bank Social Media Internship, Africa (Wash DC)

WASHINGTON, January 10, 2013--To help us do more to reduce poverty and create opportunity for the people of Africa, the World Bank's Africa team is looking for two social media interns who are creative, smart, and committed to excellence.

These paid interns will join the World Bank's Africa Communications unit, a team of hardworking professionals, who love Africa and want to see it thrive and grow.

If you love Africa and are willing to work hard, come join our team! The World Bank Group is an international development bank that works for a world free of poverty, with opportunity for all.

We work in 48 nations on the continent, putting our expertise, know-how, and financing behind the development plans of African countries and the communities themselves. Modern strategic communications are vital to the World Bank's development mission in Africa.

Get Started:

Follow @WorldBankAfrica or @BM_Afrique and tweet your response to this phrase: #iwant2work4africa because...
Based on your response and if you make it to round 2, you will be sent a Direct Message with additional instructions

What You'll Receive:

An internship at World Bank headquarters in Washington DC
A monthly stipend

What You'll Be Doing:

Conceptualizing new ways for the World Bank Africa to engage in social networks
Adding a more "social layer" to the World Bank Africa's corporate websites
Helping manage blogs
Writing social media press releases
Tweeting from @WorldBankAfrica and @BM_Afrique
Engaging with fans on the World Bank Africa Facebook pages and Livestream channel
Sharing World Bank-produced multimedia, blogs, and other material on social networks

You Should Apply If...

You're a student currently enrolled in a Bachelor's or Master's degree university program, or the equivalent
You have a deep knowledge and understanding of social media tools - including bookmarking, tagging, tweeting, blogging, etc. - and you use them regularly
You're an excellent writer
You speak English or French fluently
For more information, contact africateam(at)

This material cross posted from Peace and Collaborative Development Network.

Internship: European Parliament (Graduate Students)

Complement your studies in International & Global Affairs with a genuinely international internship.

The European Parliament invites graduate students (US citizens only) to apply for an internship in its Washington, DC office from mid-April to mid-July 2013, with the possibility of a two month extension in Brussels and Strasbourg, if this is relevant to the intern's course of study, an opportunity which is also open to alumni.

What better place to monitor transnational politics in action, to see global players in international affairs addressing global challenges across a range of policy areas, to witness the interplay between decision-makers in the US - be they from the legislative or executive branch - and lawmakers from the European Union?

About the European Parliament and its DC Office (EPLO)
The European Parliament opened its Washington Liaison Office in January 2010 to meet the growing need for contact on legislative issues between the US Congress and law makers at EU level. It is no coincidence that this followed the introduction of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2009, which gave the European Parliament full legislative powers within the European Union comparable to those of the US House of Representatives in a far wider range of policy areas than had been the case before.

In policy areas such as the environment, energy, financial services, counter-terrorism, international trade, data protection, product safety or food and farming, legislators on both sides of the Atlantic increasingly recognise that a transatlantic dialogue is essential to ensure that new rules are not adopted without prior knowledge of standards being set elsewhere in the world.

A team of 11 European Parliament senior staffers is now stationed in our DC Office charged with creating and fostering working relationships between parliamentary committees and their Congressional and regulatory counterparts in the US government.

Our DC offices are located on the 6th floor at 2175 K Street, NW, in the same building as the European Union Delegation. Our European headquarters are located in Brussels, Belgium and in Strasbourg, France.

Opportunities for EPLO interns

• Working with staffers on a chosen policy area, such as energy, environment, counter-terrorism, financial services, trade, human rights or development co-operation (this list is in no way exhaustive, so feel free to indicate another policy area of interest to you);
• Focusing on an area of process, such as comparison of procedures between the House of Representatives and the European Parliament;
• Concentrating on media as well as internal and external communications;
• Developing individual project of your and our interest by utilizing the resources of the EP and the expertise of your fellow EPLO staff members;
• Analysing legislation and the policies that are vital for the transatlantic EU-US relationship;
• Preparing working papers and memos for the EP Headquarters;
• Preparing and assisting the Office in managing visits of European Parliament Members;
• Participating in our meetings with major interlocutors on the Hill, in executive agencies, and in think-tanks.

What might you gain from an EPLO internship?

• Familiarity with policy-making, both in the US and the European Union;
• Networking opportunities with senior staffers liaising directly with Congressional members;
• Advanced knowledge of global governance dealing with global issues;
• A chance to combine theory and practice in your chosen area of speciality and potentially laying the basis for your Policy Analysis Exercise;
• Access to the European Parliament intranet and databases;
• Experience working in a truly multinational European team, currently 10 nationalities - you may also practice your linguistic skills;
• An opportunity to learn by doing;
• Overall: a career-enhancing experience leaving you better-equipped for a future role in politics, international organisations, NGOs or the corporate sector.

Application process

Please submit your Europass CV by February 6th and a 500-words statement of interest. Be sure to indicate type of assignment you seek: policy area or function (e.g. communications or procedural matters). Two recommendation letters directly sent by a faculty member are also required. Please address your application to:
Jean-Luc ROBERT, 2175 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20037
or e-mail epwashington(at)


Flat-rate allowances to cover accommodation and possible travel to Europe will be granted.

Contact: Mr Jean-Luc Robert

Room Left in Spring Semester International Relations Graduate Course-- Civil Society: Transnational & Local

Civil Society: Transnational and Local
Fridays, 1:25-3:20 Social Science 1383
Spring 2013
Instructor: James Ron
Email: Jamesr(at) (or lnoble(at) for appointments)
Skype: jimronlaptop
Office Hours: Fridays, 3:30-5:00, or by appointment through Laura Noble at lnoble(at)

This course is aimed at graduate students in political science, public affairs, and related disciplines. It reviews some of the dominant approaches to the study of transnational and local civil society, and discusses some of the most important themes in the subfield, including issues of norm resonance, policy impact, social mobilization, resource mobilization, North-South tensions, and more.

Course Requirements: Recurring Exercises:
By 10 am on the day of class, during weeks #3-#14, post a 750-word briefing note addressing the following questions:
1. What is the main argument of each article/book chapter/book? For books, note the main argument for the book overall, as well as individual book chapters.
2. Who are these arguments directed at, implicitly or explicitly, in the scholarly realm? Which specific scholars, theories, and/or evidence is the author arguing with, and why? What, in other words, is the disciplinary point the author is trying to make?
3. Who are these arguments directed at, implicitly or explicitly, in the policy realm? Consider the policies of states, bilateral or multilateral donors, international NGOs, IGOs, and other civil society actors. What, in other words, is the policy point the author is trying to make?
4. Finally, consider each work's research design and research methods. If the article reviews existing literature, how systematic is that review? What appear to be the criteria for inclusion or exclusion? If the work analyzes empirical data, discuss the kind evidence that the author gathered, and their method of data collection. How was the data analyzed? What are this method's strengths and weaknesses? Think of key methodological issues such as external validity ("to whom do the results of this study pertain"), internal validity ("how accurate of empirical reality is this study, and how do we know?"), and replicability ("Can other scholars follow similar methods and use similar evidence, and achieve similar results?")

Job: Children's HeartLink- International Programs Manager

Children's HeartLink is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose purpose is to assure that children around the world have access to quality care for the prevention and treatment of heart disease. In partnership with key stakeholders, the organization achieves its purpose primarily by:
 Supporting the development of self-sustaining centers of excellence in pediatric and congenital cardiac care in areas of need and
 Empowering medical professionals to meet the needs of children with heart disease.
Children's HeartLink currently supports capacity building for pediatric cardiac care in Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, Ukraine and Vietnam. Children's HeartLink seeks a qualified individual to join the international programs team and help advance the organization's international programs.

I. Position Objectives
The international programs manager works closely with the VP of international programs and other team members to implement Children's HeartLink international programs in several select countries.

II. Supervision
The international programs manager reports to the VP of international programs. Help provide supervision to volunteer student interns.

III. Responsibilities
A. International programs strategy
 In cooperation with other programs staff, assist in setting the direction and strategy of Children's
HeartLink's efforts to build the clinical and organizational capacity of pediatric cardiac programs in
the developing world and implementing new processes and approaches to achieving it
 Identify geographic and other program growth opportunities and priorities
 Indentify new partnerships and alliances that further the organization's mission
B. International programs department operations
 Monitoring and evaluation: along with other programs staff, assist in the development, design and
implementation of systems for reporting and measurement, including evaluating organizational
impact and program effectiveness
 Financial management, budgeting and reporting: Manage the annual budget process and financial
reporting for partner programs in several select countries
C. International programs management
 Oversee program formulation, design, and management to ensure success of partner relationships
in several countries
 Cultivate, maintain and develop key relationships in those countries
 Cultivate and manage relationships with existing medical volunteers and partner institutions as well
as recruitment of new volunteers
D. Additional:
 Whenever needed, represent Children's HeartLink with donors, peers, policy-makers, and
international and national organizations
 Along with development staff assist with grant proposal preparation and reporting
 With development staff, work to identify funding opportunities
 Hire and manage student interns, as needed
 When needed, assist in the development of written publications related to the work of Children's
 In cooperation with other programs staff, work on strategic plan initiatives development and

IV. General office responsibilities
A. Attend and participate in staff meetings, retreats and special sessions
B. Attend board meetings, as needed
C. Attend Children's HeartLink events (including, but not limited to, HeartLink Gala, heartLINKS golf event,
Heart to Heart and annual Board holiday party)
D. Participate in yearly performance appraisals
E. Over time, become familiar with the topic of children's heart disease--incidence/prevalence of CHD,
types of defects, need for international development, other organizations fighting cardiovascular disease, etc.
V. Required Experience and Skills
A. Advanced degree in global/public health or international development
B. Substantial international or health care-related work experience, preferred professional experience in
global health
C. Experienced in cross-cultural communication and ability to work in a variety of cultural settings with a
diverse group of stakeholders
D. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
E. Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
F. Strong presentation and demonstrated business relationship building skills
G. Ability to travel extensively nationally and internationally. Approximately 3-5 international trips/year will
be required, each lasting about 7-10 days
H. Self starter and able to work well in an entrepreneurial setting

VI. Preferred Qualifications
A. Professional global health experience in India and/or South East Asia
B. Foreign language proficiency (in a language in addition to English). Desired languages include but are not limited to Mandarin, Hindi, Portuguese, Vietnamese

To apply:
Resume, letter of interest and salary expectations to Carissa(at) by Monday, January 28, 2013

Scholarship & Internship Opportunity: Call for Papers- Ideas That Shape

2013 International Competition
The 2013 Ideas That Shape (ITS) Scholarly Essay Writing Competition

Awards: The student/young scholar who writes the best essay will receive $1500 USD scholarship, certificate of first prize, trophy, and six months internship opportunity with Ideas That Shape (ITS). Please note that all decisions made by Ideas That Shape (ITS) are final.

Deadline: all entries must be received by no later than September 30th, 2013

The scholarly essays are assessed based on how each work effectively focuses on foreign policy and presents innovative policy solutions to extant problems.

Choose only one out of the three following subjects for your scholarly essay entry:

a) Challenges and Tensions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): the role of diplomacy and trade in the creation of transparent civil societies in the region

b) EU Economic Recovery, Austerity Measures and the Lessons Learned

c) Peacekeeping Missions, Arms Control and Disarmament: Cultural and Political Complexes Involved Within the Contemporary Context

For more info, visit:

This material cross posted from Peace and Collaborative Development Network.

Third Thursday Global Issues Forum: "Press Freedom 2.0: Opportunities and Threats Around the World"

Thursday, January 17, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church,
511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis (at Lyndale & Hennepin). Park in church lot.

Press Freedom 2.0: Opportunities and Threats Around the World
The rise of digital media has meant unprecedented opportunities for the global dissemination of information by both conventional news outlets and newly emerging voices. But at the same time, governments throughout the world are attempting to control or suppress these new forms of communication, often under the pretext of protecting national security or personal privacy. What are some of the current challenges to freedom of the press and freedom of expression, and what does the future hold for the public's right to speak and to know?

Speaker: Jane E. Kirtley is the Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She directs the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law and is an affiliated faculty member at the Law School. A former executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Washington, D.C., Professor Kirtley writes and speaks frequently on media law and media ethics in the United States and abroad, most recently in Kyrgyzstan and Thailand.

Fellowship: MILEAD Fellows Program, Africa

Call For Applications: 2013 MILEAD Fellowship

Moremi Initiative for Women's Leadership in Africa (Moremi Initiative) is pleased to announce its annual call for applications for the 2013 Moremi Leadership Empowerment and Development (MILEAD) Fellows Program. The MILEAD Fellows Program is a long-term leadership development program designed to identify, develop and promote emerging young African Women leaders to attain and thrive in leadership in their community and Africa as a whole. Deadline for applications: March 15, 2013.
The program targets dynamic young women interested in developing transformational leadership skills that help them address issues facing women and girls across communities in Africa. The MILEAD Program equips Fellows with the world class knowledge, skills, values and networks they need to succeed as 21st century women leaders. Applications are welcome from young African women ages19 - 25, living in Africa and the Diaspora.

The MILEAD Fellowship will be awarded to 25 outstanding young women who have exhibited leadership potential in their community, organization, and/or profession. To be eligible for the program, an applicant must be African, living on the continent or in the Diaspora; agree to participate in all required activities related to MILEAD - beginning with a three-week residential Summer Institute in Ghana; and commit to a community change project. Specific requirements of the program and related dates are outlined in the application package. Please review program and application guidelines carefully, before completing your application.

Please note that this one year program is not a full-time fellowship. Selected candidates may remain full time students or work full time for the program duration, except during the 3-week summer institute. The 3-week summer institute is an intensive and full-time residential program and all fellows will be required to attend. The rest of the program involves community-based, online and other distance activities.

Moremi Initiative invites you to share this application information with emerging young African women leaders who have the passion and potential to help transform Africa.

How to Apply: Applications are available online at or by request via email. Completed application forms must be submitted along with two recommendation letters and a CV. All applications and supporting documents must be submitted by email.

The deadline for completed MILEAD Fellows applications must be submitted for review by March 15, 2013. For more information, contact the MILEAD Program Coordinator:

Email: | Tel: +1 404 826 2942

Email: | Tel: +233 302 770 736


This material cross posted from Peace and Collaborative Development Network.

Job: Project Manager Sudan - based in Kampala

Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organisation that works with governments and civil society internationally to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. Saferworld has established itself as a trusted and valued partner working to encourage and support effective policies and practices through advocacy, research and policy development and through supporting the actions of others. We work with governments, civil society and international organisations in over 17 countries and territories in Africa, Asia and Europe.

The Project Manager will be responsible for further developing Saferworld's Sudan programme, focusing on conducting analysis and scoping of the conflict and security issues affecting the country and its relationship with South Sudan and on building cooperative relationships with international and national actors working towards a peaceful Sudan.

The successful candidate will have management experience in a conflict-affected and logistically challenging environment, preferably Sudan. They will have a Master's degree in conflict or security studies, peacebuilding or equivalent practical experience. S/he will have experience in programme development and management as well as experience of managing collaborative relationships with a wide variety of civil society, governmental and multi-lateral institutions.

Salary range: £28,000 - £31,500 gross per year depending on experience, plus benefits. For a job description please visit Ugandans are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply please send full CV and covering letter, detailing how you meet the selection criteria to Marie Aziz at recruitment(at) citing reference SPM. Deadline for applications: 20 January 2013. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

This material cross posted from Peace and Collaborative Development Network.

Westminster Town Hall Forum- Upcoming Schedule of Events

Spring 2013

Thursday, February 7, Noon
Al Gore
Six Drivers of Global Change
Vice President, U.S. Senator and Congressman

Thursday, February 21, Noon
Libby Larsen
A Composer on Composing
American composer, advocate for the music of our time

Thursday, March 14, Noon
Anna Lappe´
Building Real Food Communities
Leader in the sustainable food and farming movement

Thursday, April 18, Noon
Mark Tercek
Saving Nature is a Smart Investment
President and CEO of the Nature Conservancy

Westminster Presbyterian Church
Nicollet Mall and 12th Street
Downtown Minneapolis

Free and Open to All

Music precedes each forum at 11:30am, and a public reception follows.

Convenient parking is available at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Nicollet Mall and 13th Street; Orchestra Hall ramp, Marquette Avenue and 11th Street; and the Convention Center garage, corner of 2nd Avenue and Marquette Avenue.

Questions? Contact Susan McKenna at the phone or e-mail listed below.
Susan McKenna
Director, Westminster Town Hall Forum
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
612.332.342, x207

Fellowship: Fulbright Public Policy Program, Deadline Feb 1st

The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to contribute to the strengthening of the public sector and relationship building efforts between the U.S. and countries abroad. Fulbright Public Policy Fellows will serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions and function in a "special assistant" role to a senior level official. Fellows gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries while simultaneously carrying out a small academic research/study project.

Available Countries Bangladesh, Burma, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Nepal, and Western Samoa.

Applicable public policy fields may include (but are not limited to): Agriculture, Climate Change & Environment, Economic Development, Education, Emergency Management, Energy, Finance, International Relations, Justice, Public Health, Sustainability, Tourism, and Trade.

-Candidates must have Master's or JD by Fall 2013 OR be currently enrolled in a doctoral program. Candidates who hold a doctoral degree at the time of application are not eligible.
-Have at least two years of full-time, professional work experience in policy-related fields.

For the full program description and application, please visit:

Training: International Human Rights Leadership Training Programme Announcement - Call for Applications 2013, US

The UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights at the University of Connecticut invites applications for the ninth annual International Leadership Training Programme: A Global Intergenerational Forum, to be held August 9 - 18, 2013 in Storrs, Connecticut. Applications must be received by March 8, 2013.

The Forum seeks to empower young leaders by involving them in finding solutions to emerging human rights problems, and nurturing individuals to be effective leaders in the field of human rights. To this end, the Forum will:

• Introduce participants to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
• Build a network of solidarity among human rights leaders
• Expand the knowledge relevant to human rights practice
• Provide tools and a platform for open debates
• Provide programmes, activities and processes necessary for human rights leadership
• Promote the sharing of experiences and understanding
• Showcase speakers on such topics as: health and human rights, education, the environment, the plight of child soldiers, the use of media, fundraising, conflict resolution and transformation; litigation and advocacy
• Emerging human rights issues

The UNESCO Chair will provide all conference participants with dormitory housing, meals, ground transportation in Connecticut, resource materials and a certificate of participation. Participants will be responsible for providing their own airfare to Connecticut upon acceptance.

Young people between the ages of 18-30, with community service experience, and with demonstrated ability to work on solutions to human rights problems, should apply. Relevant issues include, but are not limited to, human trafficking, the plight of children, refugees, hunger, HIV/AIDs, gender discrimination, racism, classism, the environment and peace education.

Conference will be held in English only. Fluency in English is required. Applicants will be selected based on the strength of their application essay, demonstrated commitment to human rights (practical/hands-on experience), potential impact on the individual and their potential contribution to the Forum, regional and gender representation.

Programme details and application material can be accessed by linking to

This material cross posted from Peace & Collaborative Development Network.

Job: Peace and Development Advisor, UNDP (Chad)

For more information, please visit:

Location : N'Djamena, CHAD

Application Deadline :19-Jan-13

Type of Contract :FTA International

Post Level :P-4

Languages Required : English French

Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start)01-Mar-2013 Duration of Initial Contract :1 year

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Post context:

The post of Peace and Development Advisor (PDA) in Chad is a key position, providing both policy level advice and guidance to the UN Resident Coordinator, and the UN Country Team, and also direct hands-on work to liaise with national counter parts, including the Office of the National Mediator, the Political Dialogue Committee, other relevant national institutions and civil society organizations, as well as relevant international actors. Working alongside national counterparts at different levels, the PDA is expected to bring international expertise and networks, and as necessary build capacity among national counterparts, with a view to the sustainability and conflict sensitivity of the interventions. The PDA is also expected to maintain linkages with broader work and initiatives of the global UN system, in particular the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), the Department of Political (DPA) and UNDP at Headquarters, as well as key international players in the country.

Country context:

During the past two-and-a-half years, Chad's security has improved significantly thanks to a combination of diplomatic efforts, military investments and international support. Nonetheless, the country's situation remains fragile due to external and internal factors.

In recent years, the Government has increased its investments in infrastructure and health care, marking a rupture from its earlier strong emphasis on military expenditures. Efforts have also been deployed in the area of governance, through the organization of legislative, presidential and local elections. After repeated postponements since 2007, Chad's legislative elections took place on 13 February 2011, which were considered credible by national and international observers. Presidential elections, which were organized on 25 April 2011 and boycotted by the three main opposition leaders, gave a fourth term to President Déby with 83.59% of the vote. On 5 January 2012, Chad organized its first municipal elections, during which the ruling party MPS won in most localities.

Despite progress achieved, Chad continues to face external and internal threats to its security and stability. The country suffered from the negative fallout from the 2011 Libyan crisis, including massive returns of Chadian migrant workers, a decline in trade, customs revenue, remittances and foreign direct investments from Libya, and the proliferation of fighters and weapons. Chad is also feeling the impact of the Sahel humanitarian crisis. Moreover, Chad's regained sense of relative normalcy and stability is compromised by the risk of spill-over from tensions in other neighbouring countries, particularly in Nigeria (Boko Haram), the Central African Republic and Sudan (influx of refugees).

The lack of State authority in significant portions of the country and high levels of impunity have made communities more vulnerable to violence and injustice. Competition over natural resources is a frequent source of tensions, pitting communities against each other. These dynamics have eroded fundamental structures which underlie social cohesion and peaceful coexistence among the Chadian population.

These cross-border concerns are compounded by episodes of social and political unrest. Given the strong parliamentary majority of the ruling party and the limited capacities of civil society organisations, channels through which social and political grievances can be expressed are limited. The Government's relationship with public-sector workers is tense and has been aggravated by wage disputes with Chad's trade unions. There is a general climate of unrest over the lack of improvement in living conditions, as highlighted by a strike by the powerful public-sector worker's union, Union des syndicats du Tchad (UST), which has paralysed N'Djamena repeatedly for long periods from June 2012 onwards. The risk of continued civil unrest over wages and living conditions remains in the upcoming period.

In this context, Chad's political and security situation is a source of concern and requires close analysis and monitoring. United Nations assistance may be necessary for the prevention and resolution of potential conflicts and would have to focus on strengthening the capacities of the UNCT, including the Resident Coordinator/Resident Representative's Office, as well as those of national institutions and civil society organizations involved in conflict prevention and resolution.

Policy and Advisory duties:

The Peace and Development Advisor will provide analysis and strategic advice to the UN Resident Coordinator (UN RC) and help link initiatives in a systematic fashion in collaboration with the UN system and national counterparts. The PDA will also provide advice to the UN RC, DPA and UNDP on political and security developments, including the political dialogue process, and advise on options to address challenges and seize opportunities in both tracks. The PDA will establish and maintain relationships with key players at an appropriate level, both at national and local level.

The PDA will work to support the UNDP component of conflict sensitivity, political dialogue, local conflict mitigation mechanisms and other initiatives in the kind. The UNDP component aims to enhance national and local-level capacities to effectively bolster cohesion in multi-ethnic and multi-religious communities. The PDA will also help support relevant ministries, other national institutions, associations, municipalities and civil society to advance a conflict transformation system at local and national levels and ensure that informal mechanisms for dialogue and dispute settlement, including mediation, are also available to local communities.

The Peace and Development Advisor will work under direct supervision of the UN Resident Coordinator / UNDP Resident Representative and, for activities related to the UNDP component will work closely with the UNDP Country Director and UNDP Country Office staff. He/she will cooperate with UNCT members and Government officials, multilateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society to successfully implement sustainable interventions in this area.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key functions:

Monitor the political, security and socio-economic situation with a view to provide regular updates on the developments in the country;
Provide technical support and assist the continuation of the UNDP-EU Mediation project, in close partnership with civil society network and the Office of the Mediator.
Provide technical support and liaise with relevant counterparts and existing partners in Government, in particular the Office of the National Mediator, the Economic Social and Cultural Council, the Comité du Dialogue Social, the Comité de Suivi and civil society organizations, notably CSAPR;
Provide advice and analysis on conflict prevention and resolution, including national reconciliation processes;
Provide advice on and help develop and implement a UN strategy of engagement in support of political dialogue within the framework of the Political Dialogue Committee or its successor;
Provide advice on and help develop and implement a UN strategy of engagement in support of a peaceful resolution of labor disputes between the government and workers' organizations;
Provide technical support to the implementation of PBF IRF project between IOM and UNDP and ensure complementarity, synergy and coherence with the existing Access to Justice and economic recovery programs ;
Support the start up-of relevant areas of activities.
Initiate and/or support any initiative to make the national environment more conducive to a constructive approach of political and social problems.
Key Results Expected:

Provide strategic advice and analysis to existing conflict prevention opportunities and strengthen national capacity for conflict prevention
Provide continuous and timely advice and managing the peace and development process at the local level in particular with regard to the EU UNDP mediation project and the UNDP IOM PBF project ('Conflict prevention through community stabilization)
Provide regular and timely analytical briefs to the RC, DPA, UNOCA, UN Country Team and UNDP Program Team on political and security developments both nation-wide and region specific and advise on programmatic options to the UN to address challenges and seize opportunities;
Assist the UN system in implementing development programs and initiatives from a conflict-sensitive, culturally-sensitive and gender-sensitive perspective;
Collaborate with other CPR and wider UNDP program teams in developing strategic frameworks and programmatic strategies for country-specific engagement in post-crisis restoration of local conflict mitigation mechanisms;
With regard to the national counterparts, liaise with the relevant counterparts in the Government, including the Office of the National Mediator and the Ministry of Planning, other relevant national institutions and civil society organizations and provide advice on conflict prevention and resolution, including national reconciliation processes;

Provide advice on and help develop and implement a UN strategy of engagement in support of political dialogue within the framework of the Political Dialogue Committee or its successor;
Maintain networks with key players in the area of national reconciliation, inter-ethnic relations and this at both governmental and non-governmental level;
Provide technical support in the design and delivery of specific activities targeted at building national governmental and non-governmental capacities for the peaceful resolution of conflicts, based on dialogue and consensus building, as well as initiatives around media, social content programming and communications;
With regard to the international key stakeholders, liaise with relevant international partners, including bilateral partners, their development agencies and International Financial Institutions to mobilize resources for conflict prevention and resolution activities;

Consolidate existing strategic partnerships with international partners in the area of peace and development, including multi-lateral and bi-lateral (EU, Swiss, US, etc);
Maintain existing networks with key players in the field of reconciliation, dialogue, inter-ethnic relations, both at governmental and non-governmental level;
Undertake regular field visits throughout the country (where possible) to improve the analysis and to assist the relevant UNDP/UNCT programs in their conflict sensitive approach;
Ensure transparent and conflict-sensitive stakeholder participation and involvement in the activities led by the Peace and Development Adviser (e.g. workshops, trainings on conflict sensitive approaches as well as guidance on national reconciliation processes);
Assist the RC and other UNCT members (as requested) in dealings and dialogues with Government, civil society and the international community.

Corporate Competences:

Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN's values and ethical standards;
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
Treats all people fairly without favoritism
Functional Competences:

Possesses strong political analysis and monitoring skills and technical knowledge and skills on conflict prevention and post-conflict recovery issues, including inter-ethnic related issues, local level conflict mitigation mechanisms, processes of inclusive national dialogue, national reconciliation;
Keeps abreast of new developments in area of conflict prevention and recovery;
Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship with partners.
Managerial Competences

Leads strategic planning, resource-based management and reporting;
Pursues innovative approaches and translates them into viable program interventions;
Formulates and manages budgets, contributions, transactions, and conducts financial analysis;
Mobilizes resources and advises on cost recovery;
Monitors and evaluates development projects and programs.
Behavioral competences

Nurtures team spirit and supports staff in developing their potentials;
Builds strong relationships with partners, focusing on impact and results;
Demonstrates creativity, openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
Possesses positive and constructive attitudes to work;
Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development
Required Skills and Experience


University degree (Master Degree) in social sciences, international relations, political science (with focus on conflict and peace studies), development studies, or other related domain;

Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible professional international experience in the field of conflict prevention, peace-building and conflict-sensitive development, and other related area;
Proven experience in advising senior management and interacting with senior Government officials;
Demonstrated experience to provide project and program support with a conflict sensitive perspective;
Experience in facilitating peace processes and dialogue activities will be an asset;
Experience working in an international organization, preferably the United Nations, and familiarity with political analysis, as well as crisis prevention and recovery issues;
Knowledge of UN regulations, rules and policies, procedures and practices

Fluency in oral and written French and English is essential; Fluency in classical Arabic is desirable.

To apply:

This material cross posted from Peace & Collaborative Development Network.

Internship: Community Development, Kounkey Design Initiative, Summer 2013 (Nairobi, Kenya)

Start Date: June 2013 - September 2013
Application Due: February 21, 2013

Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is an innovative international partnership specializing in the practices of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and urban planning. We partner with residents of impoverished areas to develop and implement design solutions that improve physical, economic, and social quality of life. We call these low-cost, high impact environments - Productive Public Spaces. Our practice is rooted in participatory design and planning. By working collaboratively with communities from conception through implementation we build on their ideas, enhance them with technical knowledge and design innovation, and connect them to extant resources.

Since 2006, KDI has been working in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya's largest slum. Kibera is the largest informal settlement in Sub-Saharan Africa. Home to approximately one million residents in thirteen villages, it occupies a space two kilometers from downtown Nairobi that is two-thirds the size of New York City's Central Park. Kibera has no formal trash collections system or dumping site and only one toilet per 250 people. Most families live on one dollar a day and unemployment is over 50 percent. Land tenure is particularly precarious in Kibera.

KDI now has three completely constructed and operating Productive Public Spaces in Kibera and one more Productive Public Space in construction. We will construct two additional projects in 2013. Each project combines basic amenities like toilets, community centers and water, with spaces for economic activity like vending kiosks and community gardens. We work with community groups to build both the physical structures and the businesses that will operate at the site, as work with them to ensure they are able to sustainably operate and manage the site.

The Community Development intern will work closely with a community group at one of our new sites, to help leaders create organizational strategies and structures, and develop and implement action plans for the growth of their site and group. The intern will also work with the groups to document their results. Previous interns in this position have helped groups: organize politically to secure land tenure; develop operations and maintenance plans/structures for their site; led community design workshops; and produced watershed research. The Community Development intern will gain substantive, hands on experience in community building, international development and outreach.

• Current Graduate or Undergraduate student in Urban Planning, International Development or related field.
• Experience in setting up organizational structures, policies and procedures.
• Excellent understanding of participatory planning principles.
• Experience in community organizing.
• Experience in management or operations, a plus.
• Experience working in development in low-income communities, a plus.
Though these are unpaid positions, we are able to provide interns with lodging. If you are interested in applying, please send a resume and cover letter describing your particular area of interest and relevant skill sets to Jessica Bremner at You may also visit our website at or blog at

Internship: Kounkuey Design Initiative, Summer 2013 (Nairobia, Kenya)

Start Date: June 2013 - September 2013
Application Due: February 21, 2013

Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is an innovative international partnership specializing in the practices of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and urban planning. KDI is rooted in participatory design and planning. We partner with residents of impoverished areas to create low-cost, high-impact built environments - what we call Productive Public Spaces. By working collaboratively with communities from conception through implementation we build on their ideas, enhance them with technical knowledge and design innovation, and connect them to extant resources.

Since 2006, KDI has been working in Kibera, Nairobi. Kibera is the largest informal settlement in Sub-Saharan Africa. Home to up to one million residents in thirteen villages, it occupies a space two kilometers from downtown Nairobi that is two-thirds the size of New York City's Central Park. Kibera has no formal trash collections system or dumping site and only one toilet per 250 people. Most families live on one dollar a day and unemployment is over 50 percent. Land tenure is particularly precarious in Kibera.

KDI now has three completely constructed and operating Productive Public Spaces in Kibera and one more Productive Public Space in construction. We will be constructing two additional projects in 2013. These projects will give the unique opportunity for a graduate or undergraduate student in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design or engineering to actively participate in a participatory design process, and in collaboration with a community, design a Productive Public Space that will be built. You will also learn to engage the community in a participatory design process. Tasks will include surveying the site, holding community design workshops, site and landscape planning/design, architectural design and document preparation.

• Current Graduate or Undergraduate student in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design or Engineering
• Ability to create all aspects of site drawings from site plans to construction drawings.
• Excellent understanding of participatory design principles.
• Commitment to sustainable design.
• Understanding of watershed issues.
• Experience working in low-income communities in a developing country.
• Understanding of how things are built - construction experience a plus.

Though these are unpaid positions, we are able to provide interns with lodging. If you are interested in applying, please send a resume, cover letter and portfolio (limit 4MB) describing your particular area of interest and relevant skill sets to Jessica Bremner at You may also visit our website at or blog at

Humphrey class begins in Shanghai Jan 2013

Students and faculty of the Policy, Planning, and Development in China winter course are pictured in Shanghai.

Through this course, participants are currently visiting the vibrant cities of Beijing, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai to learn first-hand the unique development challenges facing policy and planning professionals in designing sustainable and livable urban environments in the some of the largest and fastest-growing urban economies in the world. China has revamped its urban landscape in recent decades and faces challenges of providing adequate housing and transportation, clean air and water, and sufficient jobs and recreational outlets for millions of urban residents while undergoing a demographic "bubble" (China is one of the most rapidly ageing populations in the world) leading to population expansion and fast economic growth, all as policy makers struggle to keep up with ongoing regulatory needs. Students will visit organizations working on urban development issues, including projects innovating new social and environmental designs.