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Governance and Political Participation Advisor UN Women (Nairobi, Kenya)

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UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

Following the strategy initiated in 2011 to ensure UN Women's global strategy is aligned with country development plans as detailed in the Annual Work Plans (AWP); UN Women has consolidated, during 2012, the vision and work modalities for political participation. In addition UN Women also actively participates and contributes to various UN inter-agency processes and collaborates with U.N. organizations around governance and political participation related programmes. Key messaging on women's political participation has also been harmonized across the system so that all partners engaging in electoral assistance have a clear vision for the promotion of women's voices - not only regarding elections but in all political processes; aimed to ensure that gender equality becomes a priority theme in all the UN policies related with democracy, conflict prevention and electoral assistance.

UN Women launched its Regional Office in Kenya following a series of consultations which enabled UN Women to identify a number of sectors and issues as priority programmes for the next years. Most of the East and Southern Africa Region AWPs 2012-2013 include women's leadership and participation in governance as one of the priority areas of work.

In addition to the above, based on the AWPs analysis, 9 National and 25 Local/Municipal elections are scheduled in the region in 2013. In order to ensure policy advice and technical support in the region, a regional Governance and Political Participation Advisor will be placed in Nairobi Regional Office. This Advisor will ensure up to date specialized knowledge on country situations is available and technical expertise is readily on hand, ensuring response is tailored to the newly emerging realities.

The scope of work of the Governance and Political Participation Advisor requires experience and in-depth understanding of gender equality and women's political empowerment issues, to translate UN Women`s strategic plans in the area of political participation into effective programmes and results. It also requires developing mutually reinforcing partnerships with relevant Government counterparts, UN organizations, and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).

Under the supervision of the East and Southern Africa Regional Director, and in consultation as required with Multi/Country Offices in the Region and relevant Divisions/Sections in UN Women/HQ, the Governance and Political Participation Advisor based at the Regional Office in Nairobi is expected to engage proactively on women's leadership and political participation issues with local and regional figures to help advance women political participation in East and Southern Africa.
Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:
Analysis and Monitoring of Trends, Opportunities and Challenges;
Programme Development and Technical Support;
Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, regional and international actors and development partners;
Knowledge Management and Reporting.
Analysis and Monitoring of Trends, Opportunities and Challenges

Provide policy recommendations, strategic advice and proposed courses of action to the Regional Director and Country Representatives;
Establish and maintain close working contacts with national partners and regional actors, civil society, and international organizations in the region;
Maintain up-to-date knowledge of political events and integrate information and analysis in support of policy development, analysis, outreach and advocacy;
Contribute to the drafting and delivery of briefings to senior management and other officials as required;
Prepare analytical reports, briefing notes, background papers, summaries, correspondence and talking points;
Liaise with key national, regional, and local stakeholders from Government and civil society and key international actors to build up and strengthen strategic alliances and partnerships on political participation initiatives;
Represent UN Women at inter-governmental and regional meetings on women's political participation in the region;
Propose plan of action for immediate and long range actions on Women's political participation in the region;
Work closely with colleagues from UN Women's Leadership and Political Participation, Peace and Security teams across the organization to identify promising practices, technical expertise, and strategic opportunities for enhancing women's political participation as well as the effectiveness of women political actors in advancing gender equality and women's empowerment.
Programme Development and Technical Support

Manage and be responsible for the overall implementation of the UN Women Political Participation programming in East and Southern Africa;
Assist country offices in developing and strengthening policies to ensure a high quality rapid response capacity on women's political rights, participation, leadership and influence, supporting the adoption and implementation of constitutional reforms and other measures in laws and policies, (including temporary special measures), gender-responsive electoral management, and institutional change to enhance women's engagement on leadership positions;
Support and oversee establishment and effective functioning of the Leadership Center for Equal and Inclusive Governance, and its link with affiliate leadership institutes in the region and contribute to module development and delivery on behalf of UN Women;
Work closely with UN Women country offices in East and Southern Africa and provide programme support to develop and implement programmes at the local and national level to enhance women's political influence;
Promote coordination and participation in joint activities with various stakeholders to work collaboratively in pursuit of the shared goal of increasing women's political participation such as: UN agencies, Women's National Machineries, Electoral Management Bodies, Civil society, Inter-governmental organizations and regional women's networks;
Provide support to countries in the preparation of CSW and other normative reports.
Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, regional and international actors and development partners
Support the building of strategic alliances and partnerships for women political participation related strategies and initiatives;
Maintain close liaison with relevant donors and other actors supporting women political participation efforts in the region;
Support the country offices mobilizing resources for the implementation of women political participation initiatives;
Maintain close contact with relevant staff in UN Women Headquarters.
Knowledge Management and Reporting:

Manage the process of compiling reports and lessons learned on Women's political participation and contribute to UN Women's knowledge management efforts;
Work with relevant UN Women teams to identify and disseminate lessons learned and good practices in the area of political participation;
Contribute to the development of the regional knowledge hub and propose plans to enrich its political participation coverage;
Produce key knowledge products on aspects of GEWE in democratic governance and political participation, ensure their dissemination;
Initiate and manage regular policy dialogue/engagement seminars and workshops in the region
Establish and facilitate a regional community of practice on GEWE in democratic governance and political participation.
Impact of Results:
The specific impact of the post can be measured by its ability to help the Regional Office and Country Offices/Multi-Country Offices translate UN Women`s strategic plans in the area of political participation into effective programmes and results. This impact will only be sustainable if the incumbent succeeds in developing mutually reinforcing partnerships with relevant Government counterparts, UN organizations, and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). A measure of the incumbent's efforts to formulate and help implement UN Women Political Participation programmes and initiatives will be reflected in how well it advances gender equality and women's empowerment in the political sphere in East and Southern Africa.


Core Values/Guiding Principles:

Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.

Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:

Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.
Core Competencies:

Ethics and Values:
Demonstrate and promote ethics and integrity by creating organizational precedents.
Organizational Awareness:

Build support for the organization and ensure political acumen.
Development and Innovation:

Support staff competence development, and contribute to an environment of creativity and innovation.
Work in teams:

Build and promote effective teams;
Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
Communication and Information Sharing:

Create and promote an environment for open and effective communication.
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others.
Conflict Management:

Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

Share knowledge across the organization and build a culture of knowledge sharing and learning.
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:

Ensure fair and transparent decision making processes and manage risk.
Functional Competencies:
Substantive experience and record of accomplishment in the area of political participation;
Demonstrated People Management Skills;
Familiarity with women's rights organizations and networks globally is essential, with knowledge of such networks and organizations specifically in the region highly desirable;
Good knowledge of UN Women and the UN system;
Proven ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
Ability to lead strategic planning, programme development and implementation, results-based management and reporting;
Ability to develop and maintain strong partnerships and mobilize resources;
Area of political participation: Contribute to the development of the regional knowledge hub and propose plans to enrich its political participation coverage.
Required Skills and Experience

Master's degree (or equivalent) in political science, social sciences, international relations, law, gender issues, or other development-related fields.
A minimum of 10 years of experience on political issues, and preferably including 5 years field experience in the area of governance and political participation, particularly on electoral assistance.
Related experience in East and Southern Africa desirable.
Experience working in large multicultural development agencies a distinct advantage.
Language Requirements:

Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from

Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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

Location : Nairobi, KENYA
Application Deadline : 30-Aug-13
Type of Contract : FTA International
Post Level : P-5

Call for Papers: MN Symposium in Applied Disability Studies, featuring Michael Perlin

Call for Presentations
"I Got a Headful of Ideas" (Bob Dylan)
The Minnesota Symposium in Applied Disability Studies
October 11-12, 2013
Keynote Speaker: Michael Perlin (New York Law School)

The University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Graduate Group in Disability Studies invites proposals for presentations for its fourth annual symposium, October 11-12, 2013. Proposals must meet the following criteria:

1) Presentations must be collaborations including at least one student and one faculty or other professional mentor.

2) Presentations must be works-in-progress.

3) Topics must be in "applied disability studies," with a clear and direct relationship to practical outcomes intended to improve the situation of the disability community. We encourage submissions from a broad range of fields, including those not typically represented in disability studies.

4) We especially encourage presentations that concern mental disability, but final selection will reflect a diversity of topics.

5) Each presentation will be 50 minutes, a 10-15 minute introduction and 35-40 minutes for questions and discussion. We encourage informality and limited use of media. It is our policy to post presentation materials online in advance for perusal by attendees, to maximize opportunities for discussion.


Submissions should include an abstract of no more than 150 words and bios of all presenters (including academic or professional affiliations), 100 words maximum. Send via email to Alex Lubet, lubet001(at) by August 26, 2013, 4pm.

Michael L. Perlin
Professor of Law 
Director, Mental Disability Law Program
 Director, International Mental Disability 
Law Reform Project, Justice Action Center

An internationally-recognized expert on mental disability law, Michael L. Perlin has devoted his career to championing legal rights for people with mental disabilities. A prolific author of 23 books and nearly 250 scholarly articles on all aspects of mental disability law, Professor Perlin says that his ninth book, THE HIDDEN PREJUDICE: MENTAL DISABILITY ON TRIAL (American Psychological Association Press, 2000), "reflects the essence of the work he has done throughout his career." The book is an attempt to educate society about how the fear of persons with mental illness creates a hidden bias against them that prevents equal justice, a form of discrimination he calls "sanism."

Alex Lubet, Ph. D.
Morse Alumni/Graduate & Professional Distinguished Teaching Professor
Music/Jewish Studies/American Studies/Cognitive Sciences
Founding Head, Division of Creative Studies and Media (School of Music)
Head, Interdisciplinary Graduate Group in Disability Studies
School of Music
Ferguson Hall 100
2106 4th St. S
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612 624-7840
612 624-8001 (fax)

CFP, MN Symposium in Applied Disability Studies -- please disseminate widely
Alex Lubet

Conflict Analyst Consultant for DRC project

SFCG is a non-governmental and not for profit, conflict transformation organization. Our mission is to change the way the world deals with conflict, away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative solutions. Founded in 1982, SFCG has headquarters in Washington, DC in the United States and in Brussels, Belgium. SFCG has been working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since 2001, initially in order to provide information on the inter-Congolese dialogue. SFCG currently has a large communication capacity, broadcasting messages via over a hundred media partners that are listened to by millions of people. Our other activities include conflict mediation, community forums, participatory theatre, comic book production, and conflict analysis. All of this work is carried out in order to transform the conflict dynamics in the country, and contribute to the building of a democratic, peaceful and stable society.

Summary of Position

SFCG is seeking a consultant, or team of consultants, to sharpen SFCG's conflict analysis methodology. SFCG conducts conflict analysis across the DRC for a variety of projects. These analyses allow us to design our activities to address the major conflicts, and their root causes, in a given area. They also serve to provide information for project partners and other members of the international community on how to adapt their interventions to the conflict dynamics in the country.


• Conduct a desk review of SFCG conflict studies produced from 2011 to 2013 and suggest areas of improvement.
• Revise SFCG's conflict analysis tools (including guidelines, focus group discussion guides, survey questionnaires, and databases).
• Ensure quality of field research (including the methodology and approach used).
• Develop conflict analysis report writing standards and train SFCG staff on report writing.
• Along with our IT team, modernize our IT analysis systems. Notably transitioning our methodology towards using tablets, online forms and database, GIS mapping, and user-friendly statistical analysis software.
• Identify, recruit, and train staff to work on SFCG's conflict analysis team moving forward.
• University degree in communications, conflict analysis, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, statistics, or related fields.
• At least 5 years of experience conducting conflict analysis or similar research.
• At least 3 years of experience working for an international organization.
• Prior experience and knowledge of the region (DR Congo and the Great Lakes region).
• Excellent research, report writing and analytical skills
• Demonstrated capacity to analyze conflict data/statistics for humanitarian operations.
• Proven experience in database development, usage and management.
• Proven capacity to write analytical, understandable and simple reports on conflict dynamics (candidates must submit 2 conflict studies written by them with their application)
• Experience in working with secondary data analysis/desk reviews.
• Strong communications skills, both written and oral.
• An understanding of current conflict analysis practice.
• Demonstrated understanding of issues related to confidentiality, data safety and other ethical concerns related to the sharing on sensitive data.
• Proven ability to deliver against targets and meeting deadlines within a short timeframe.
• Expertise in peacebuilding and conflict resolution.
• Excellent communication and presentation skills.
• Fluency in English and French. Knowledge of Swahili and/or Lingala is an advantage.
• Relevant computer skills: Word, Excel, Internet, SPSS

To apply

Application deadline: August 30, 2013. Please send a cover letter, resume, 2 examples of previous conflict analysis reports produced by the applicant, and a projected budget for the work, to employment(at) and cholmquist(at) with the subject heading: "Conflict analyst consultant DRC". Only pre-selected candidates will be contacted. For more information, please click on the following link:

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

Advocacy Associate at the Enough Project (Wash DC) on RAISE Hope for Congo Campaign

Enough, a project of the Center for American Progress, has an immediate opening for an Advocacy Associate to support its RAISE Hope for Congo, or RHFC, Campaign and other advocacy activities. The Advocacy Associate will be responsible for assisting the RHFC Campaign Manager and others on the advocacy team with the development and implementation of all advocacy activities, including event planning, development of materials, online advocacy, and strategic outreach aimed at building a grassroots movement. This position requires experience with student organizing on human rights issues, and knowledge of international affairs and Africa are preferred.


Help grow and manage the Conflict Free Campus Initiative, which currently includes 150 colleges and universities.
Manage a team of eight regional Campus Organizers with clear deliverables, timelines, reporting, and evaluation standards.
Recruit and develop student leaders in targeted congressional districts and encourage student leaders to take action across Enough's issue areas.
Work with partners on event planning, including publicity and logistics.
Help manage, write content for, and maintain the campaign website.
Manage constituent correspondence through e-blasts, listserv, and online networking tools.
Develop campaign materials, including writing activist briefs, backgrounders, and advocacy toolkits.
Travel as necessary to conferences and events to represent Enough and RHFC.
Work closely with the Advocacy team to connect students with community and grass-tops leaders in their regions.
Assist with grant writing and reporting as needed.
Assist the RHFC Campaign Manager with the development and implementation of all campaign-related activities to mobilize a variety of domestic constituencies and build a dynamic activist movement on Congo.
Requirements and qualifications:

Bachelor's degree and familiarity with grassroots, advocacy, event planning, and/or political campaign building.
Relevant experience working in international relations, political science, or a related field.
Preferred knowledge of Africa and the conflicts in eastern Congo, the Sudans, and LRA-affected areas.
Experience working with national advocacy organizations, women's rights, and/or human rights advocacy is a plus.
Superb organization skills, including the ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously, work under pressure, meet deadlines, and be proactive.
Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication.
Adept team player with good interpersonal skills.
A high level of personal energy, dependability, and commitment.
An understanding of the relationship between policy, the legislative and executive branches, the media, and grassroots networks.
Excellent public speaking and written communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to engage with and successfully mobilize diverse constituencies.
Willingness to travel within the United States (up to 25 percent of time); holds current U.S. driver's license.
Strong project management and coordination skills.
Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and multitask.
Strategic thinker who is able to deliver results in shifting political environments.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.
Ability to work independently and in a team setting.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
Commitment to multiculturalism, nondiscrimination, and diversity.
Commitment to Enough's mission and goals.
American Progress provides a competitive compensation and benefits package.

American Progress is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

For more information on the Center for American Progress, please go to

To apply

E-mail your Word resume and cover letter attachments to: jobs(at)

Or you may write to:
Center for American Progress
1333 H Street, NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20005

In your correspondence, please reference the exact title of the job you are applying for in the subject line. This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Additional Information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize our progressive agenda: The Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name "American Progress." The Center for American Progress is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a non-partisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

Advocacy Associate
Reports to: RHFC Campaign Manager
Department: Enough Project

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

Program Manager, World Faiths Development Dialogue (Wash, DC)

Closing date: 02 Sep 2013
The World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) seeks a Program Manager to work closely with the Executive Director, staff, and the Board of Trustees to support overall organizational and program management processes. The Program Manager is a key position within the organization, and will support the Executive Director to ensure successful rollout and operation of current projects, and to develop new funding opportunities and partnerships. The incumbent will manage all administrative and operational functions, including but not limited to financial, personnel, and contractual aspects, as well as contribute to substantive research projects. The position involves cultivating and maintaining relationships within the development community spanning faith-inspired organizations and secular development agencies to the most senior levels. The position reports directly to the Executive Director. The Program Manager's responsibilities are twofold: program and operations management, and outreach and development. The exact breakdown of responsibilities will be determined based on incumbent experience.

Established in 1998 by James D. Wolfensohn, then President of the World Bank, and Lord George Carey, then Archbishop of Canterbury, WFDD is a small non-profit organization that bridges between the worlds of faith and secular international development. Based in Washington, DC, WFDD supports dialogue and conferences, produces original policy-oriented research, fosters communities of practice, collects case-studies on faith-based organizations, and promotes understanding on religion and development, in part through formal relationships with the World Bank and Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Peace, Religion, and World Affairs.

Program and Operations Management
•Responsible for all day-to-day organizational administrative and operations tasks
•Provides strategic and programmatic leadership on new and current projects
•Jointly supervises Program Assistants and Research Fellows in conjunction with Executive Director
•Serves as key liaison with partners and donors on assigned projects
•Manages program contract negotiations with partners
•Serves as main staff contact for managing partnership and collaboration with Berkley Center/Georgetown University
•Oversees jointly staff logistics, budgets, and planning for all roundtables, partnerships, contracts, consultations and events
•Makes strategic operational recommendations to the Executive Director and Board of Trustees
•Leads organization of annual Board of Trustees meeting
•Coordinates production of and makes substantive contributions to policy briefs, research reports, and bi-annual newsletter.
•Oversees organization-level financial management, including monthly accounting and annual audits; prepares and submits annual 990
•Oversees human resource activities, including recruitment and contract negotiations for US and international positions
•Oversees risk management and legal activities: insurance procurement, letters of agreement, contracts, leases, and other legal documents and agreements

Outreach and Development
•Provides relationship management and development for existing WFDD programmatic partners and donors
•Oversees WFDD communications including online, social media, newsletters, and traditional media, with support from Program Assistants
•Identifies and pursues new partner and funding relationships with major donors, development institutions, and foundations
•Leads the design and pilot of new partnership models with strategic stakeholders
•Writes successful funding proposals for major donor and foundation grants
•Represents WFDD at speaking engagements, partner meetings, conferences, and other relevant events as needed

• BA/BS (Masters preferred) ideally with 4+ years experience in international development or related field
• Experience with non-profit organizational management and procedures
• Experience working with/on faith-based organizations and/or religion and development issues preferred
• Experience with budget management and oversight of multiple small projects
• Program design and project management experience
• Demonstrated grant/proposal writing experience
• Quantitative analysis skills preferred
• Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word

Salary for position competitive and commensurate with experience.

How to apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter outlining your qualifications for the position to chris.riley(at)

Cross-posted from reliefweb:
Program Manager and This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

Researcher on civil society in Mali, SIPRI (Stockholm, Sweden)

Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

SIPRI seeks a Researcher to work with civil society organizations in Mali to strengthen their capacity in field research, and help develop a strategy for their contribution to peace, security and development in Mali.

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) is an independent international institute whose core mission is to undertake research and activities on security, conflict and peace. Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public. SIPRI provides excellent opportunities for scientific and personal development. SIPRI is an equal opportunity employer.

SIPRI seeks a Researcher to work with civil society organizations in Mali to strengthen their capacity in field research, and help develop a strategy for their contribution to peace, security and development in Mali. Funding for this project has been provided by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).

The main tasks of this position are to develop and coordinate training, education and research activities, together with a partner organization in Mali, and in consultation with the Head of Project; undertake research on topics of relevance for the project, and write-up and present findings; and participate in the data collection process and analysis of military expenditure developments in African countries. The project requires fluency in written and spoken English and French.

The position will be based in Stockholm, Sweden, with some travel to Mali. The successful applicant will preferably work from 1 September 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter, until 30 May 2015.

Main tasks and responsibilities

Develop capacity-building modules on field research for researchers in Mali
Conduct workshops in Mali and Sweden on field research
Contribute to other types of capacity-building content, including development of customized course material, and planning and implementation of project workshops in Mali and Sweden
Contribute to the development of both theoretical and practical approaches regarding the role of civil society in strengthening peace, security and development
Conduct research and information gathering on issues of relevance to the project
Prepare fact sheets, background papers and academic articles on issues of relevance to the project
Participate in the data-collection process and provide analysis of military expenditure developments in African countries, for inclusion in the SIPRI Yearbook and elsewhere
Participate in preparation of project workshops and project meetings in Mali and Sweden, including logistics and administration

Qualifications and essential attributes

A PhD or other postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline for a project on peace, security and development in West African countries
An in-depth knowledge of francophone African history and economic, political and security issues
Experience of working with civil society organization on capacity building in the field of peace and security, preferably in francophone Africa
Fluency in written and spoken English and French
Ability and demonstrated experience in writing at an academic level
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
An interest in and understanding of issues relating to international peace and security

How to apply

Please send a one-page letter, in both English and French, detailing your qualifications and interests in the subject area, and a full CV in English with information about your educational background, relevant experience, skills and major publications. Please state 'Mali project' as the subject in your letter of application.

Applications should be sent via email to: maliresearcher(at)

For queries, please contact wilandh(at) will be accepted until the post is filled. Please note that due to limited resources, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

NBR Development Director (Seattle, WA)

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking a development director who will help forge new relationships to build NBR's visibility, impact, and revenue base. The development director will design and implement a comprehensive plan to cultivate support for the institution as a whole. The development director will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the plans needed to grow the institution's revenue base through the solicitation of major gifts, special events, and individual, corporate, and foundation support. S/he will report to the president and will work closely with the executive team to expand and diversify NBR's funding base. The development director will support the board of directors. Travel will be required. NBR's culture requires wonderful staff members who are team oriented, dedicated to NBR and its mission, and who have a sense of humor.


Support the president and board of directors on all major fundraising initiatives
Work with the president and executive team to develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy to include individual, corporate, and foundation contributions and grants for general institutional needs
Develop and submit proposals for general institutional support, using a long-term relationship-management approach
Research funding sources and trends to help position NBR ahead of major changes in funding environments


8+ years of increasing responsibility and successful fundraising for a relevant, nonprofit organization; demonstrated success in cultivating and managing new donors, expanding and cultivating existing donor relationships
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships
Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives
Ability to work both independently, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside NBR
Ability to design and implement an annual strategic development plan
Strong organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail
International relations experience preferred

Application Process

The deadline to apply is Friday, August 9. To apply, submit the following:

Cover letter detailing qualifications for this position and major fundraising/development achievements
Application form: PDF or MS Word
Contact information of three (3) references (i.e., name, title, affiliation, phone number, and email)
Please send applications by email to: Ms. Kailani Cordell, Director for Human Resources: employment(at); phone (206) 632-7370. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Development Director
Seattle, WA

HHH Prof. Parkinson receives APSA award nod for field work in Lebanon

Best Field Work Award
This prize rewards dissertation students who conduct especially innovative and difficult fieldwork. Scholars who are currently writing their dissertations or who complete their dissertations in 2012 are eligible. Candidates must submit two chapters of their dissertation and a letter of nomination from the chair of their dissertation committee describing the field work. The material submitted must describe the field work in detail and should provide one or two key insights from the evidence collected in the field. The chapters may be sent electronically or in hard copy directly to each committee member.

Honorable Mention
Sarah Parkinson, University of Chicago
"Reinventing the Resistance: Order and Violence Among Palestinians in Lebanon."

MPP alum Andrea Nadel joins Minneapolis Jewish Federation as Israel program specialist

Andrea Nadel (MPP '11), began a position in May as an Israel program specialist with the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, strengthening connections between Minnesotans and Israel through community engagement, immersive travel experiences and cultural exchange. She recently finalized her master's project, which investigated the impact of the concept of Jewish people hood as a motivating agenda within the organized Jewish community.

In addition to her work with American Jewish communities, Andrea has also had international work experience. She spent a summer working as a policy analyst with the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council in Melbourne Australia through the AJC Goldman Fellowship. In 2009-2010, she also worked as an intern with the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel's Jerusalem branch as part of the Career Israel internship program.

crossposted from Humphrey School on 07 09, 13 Humphrey School Alumni News+Views for August 2013.

Women's Participation in Peace-Making and Security in Northern Ireland & Around the World Mon, August 19, 2013

Women and Peacemaking V6.pdfThe website ( and attached flyer have been updated to include revised info for Dr. Feste.

Women's Participation in Peace-Making and Security in Northern Ireland and Around the World Monday, August 19, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM (CDT)
Minneapolis, MN

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has stated, "When women participate in peace processes, they focus discussion on issues like human rights, justice, national reconciliation, and economic renewal that are critical to making peace but often are overlooked in formal negotiations. Women build coalitions across ethnic and sectarian lines, and they speak up for other marginalized groups. They act as mediators and help to foster comprise." This pattern of women offering innovative and enduring solutions to promote peace is evident worldwide, and therefore it is increasingly important to bring women to the peace table. Our program features:

Monica McWilliams Co-founded the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition (NIWC); served as a representative in the multi-party negotiations that led to the intergovernmental Good Friday Agreement; and served as the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

McWilliams will talk about the peace process in Northern Ireland in 1998, her role as head of the women's peace party, and her work on peace and security issues in other countries. She will also speak about two key resolutions: the United States Security Resolution 1325 and the United Nations Convention to End Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), both of which encourage the advancement of women's leadership.

Special introduction by US Representative Betty McCollum

Rep. McCollum is a Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense which has jurisdiction over the Departments of Army, Navy, Air Force, Office of Secretary of Defense, Central Intelligence Agency, and other relevant agencies.

Panel Discussion

A respondent panel will follow McWilliams' remarks. Panelists include:

Eric Schwartz, Professor and Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Before coming to the Humphrey School, Dean Schwartz worked with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, where he served as the Department of State's principal humanitarian official, managing a $1.85 billion budget, as well as State Department policy and programs for U.S. refugee admissions and U.S. international assistance worldwide.

Karen Feste, Professor, Korbel School of International Studies, & Director, Conflict Resolution Program, University of Denver

Feste founded the Conflict Resolution Program, University of Denver with a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation; authored several books including, Plans for Peace: Negotiation and the Arab-Israeli Conflict; Terminate Terrorism: Framing, Gaming and Negotiating Conflicts; and America Responds to Terrorism: Conflict Resolution Strategies of Clinton, Bush, and Obama; and conducts workshops on conflict resolution techniques.

Arvonne Fraser, Senior Fellow Emerita, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Before founding the Center on Women and Public Policy at the Humphrey School, Fraser directed the International Women's Rights Action Watch, served as Ambassador to the UN Commission on the Status of Women and coordinated the Office of Women in Development at USAID.

This program has been approved for 1.5 Standard CLE credits by the Minnesota Board for Continuing Legal Education ($35 fee).

A $5 donation is requested to partially defray program costs.

Program co-sponsors:

Senator Sandy Pappas, Minnesota Senate President, Forward Global Women, World Without Genocide, William Mitchell College of Law, University of Minnesota Women's Center, Humphrey School of Public Affairs - Center on Women and Public Policy and the Global Policy Area, Oslo Center US Foundation and the Partnership for Change

UMN faculty seminar "Resilience & Sustainability: What Are We Learning from the Maya & Other Ancient Cultures?"

University of Minnesota Faculty Seminar

As part of the University Symposium on Site and Incitement, the IAS is offering a faculty seminar in Fall 2013, Resilience and Sustainability: What Are We Learning from the Maya and Other Ancient Cultures?, organized by the Teaching Heritage collaborative. Designed and led by Josh Feinberg (Earth Sciences), Kat Hayes (Anthropology), and Phyllis Messenger (IAS), this seminar is in conjunction with a conference November 7-9 on the same topic. The seminar will consider case studies of past environment, climate, and society as they are presented from the perspectives of archaeology and earth science, and compare the significance of these studies to contemporary heritage representations and public policy on sustainability. Seminar participants will be encouraged to participate in the November conference, as well as two synthesizing sessions after the conference.

The seminar will meet over five Mondays, 2-4 p.m. from September 9 through December 2.

The seminar is open to faculty, graduate students and professional staff.

If you are interested in participating in the "Resilience and Sustainability" seminar, please send a brief email to Phyllis Messenger at pmessenger(at) outlining your interest in the seminar, as soon as possible.

More information is at

Call for Applications: Carnegie Centennial Fellowship in Support of Visiting Scholars in the Social Sciences from Arab Universities

Call for Applications
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowship in Support of Visiting Scholars in the Social Sciences from Arab Universities

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota announces the availability of a limited number of fellowships for social scientists from Arab universities to spend a semester in residence at the Humphrey School starting with the Spring semester of 2014. The fellowships are funded by Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowship, a program of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The visiting scholars will work closely with Professor Ragui Assaad and other faculty members at the Humphrey School and the University of Minnesota on research relating to youth and gender in the context of the Arab Spring. Sub-themes include, but are not limited to:

- youth unemployment and school-to-work transitions

- transitions to adulthood, including transitions through schooling, work, marriage and sexuality

- inequality of opportunity in education and labor markets

- informality, poverty, social protection, and job quality

- migration and displacement

- obstacles to youth and women's employment and ways to overcome them

- youth social movements and mobilization

- youth civic and political engagement

- role of youth and youth groups in transitions to democracy

Eligibility Requirements

Visiting scholars must be a member of the staff of a university situated in the Arab World and be in a social science or related discipline and is working in areas relating to the above research theme and sub-themes. The ideal candidate is a junior faculty member who has obtained his/her PhD in the past five years, but pre-doctoral candidates and ones with more than five years since the PhD will also be considered.

Logistical Arrangements

The fellowship will cover economy class round-trip air fare and will provide the visiting scholar with a monthly stipend to cover expenses while in residence in Minnesota. The duration of the fellowship is negotiable, but is not to be inferior to three months or exceed six months. The visiting scholar will be provided with a university ID, access to university libraries and to the internet, and a place to work.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates should send the following:

- - a cover letter detailing the research project the candidate would undertake during the fellowship, a description of previous research and academic preparation and a statement of why and how a fellowship at the University of Minnesota may benefit, deepen, or extend his/her own research.

- - a detailed curriculum vitae

- - a sample of written work (published paper, conference paper, book chapter, etc..)

These materials should be sent by e-mail to:

Professor Ragui Assaad (

The application deadline for fellowships during the Spring semester of 2014 is September 15th, 2013.

The final approval of the Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowship at the University of Minnesota is still contingent on final approval of the grant Carnegie Corporation board.

2013-14 Humphrey Mentor Program- Applications accepted Aug 5 - Sept 9

2013-14 Humphrey Mentor Program (DOMESTIC AND GLOBAL)
Applications accepted August 5 - September 9

Dear Humphrey School Student:
The Humphrey School Alumni Society invites you to apply for the 2013-2014 Mentor Program. For over 25 years the mentor program has been linking Humphrey students with alumni who share their professional interests. Students apply in the summer for either the Domestic Mentor Program (DMP) for all students or the Global Mentor Program (GMP) for second year students in global affairs and related areas. Both programs run throughout the academic year.

The global mentor program connects mentors doing international work with advanced (second year or more) Humphrey students who hope to develop international careers themselves. Global mentors can be working anywhere in the world. They will largely connect with their protégés via email, Skype and other distance technologies.

Second year (or second year+) students whose programs focus on international issues may apply for the Global Mentor Program (GMP) during the open enrollment period. Available spaces are limited. [Note: Students may participate in the DMP in their first year and the GMP subsequently if their academic focus is appropriate.]

All the material you need to apply to both the Domestic Mentor Program and the Global Mentor Program is available at Scroll to the bottom of the page, under "For Students"

1. Review the SAMPLE MENTOR BIOGRAPHIES for DMP or GMP. Links to biographies (at the bottom of the enrollment page) are password protected (password: mentor).

2. Complete the DMP or GMP Student Enrollment Form, which includes a 500 word essay about your career interests & what benefits you hope to gain from the mentor program. Applications accepted Monday, August 5 through Monday, September 9, 2013.

If you have questions about the program or the application process, please contact Jane Vega at vegax004(at)

We hope you will join Humphrey students and alumni in exploring the many career paths in public service through our mentor program.

Mentor Program Coordinators:
Jane Vega (career services)
Lynne Schuman (career services)
Courtney Barrette (alumni relations)

Jane Vega
Employer Relations Coordinator
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OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: 2013-14 Humphrey Mentor Program (DOMESTIC AND GLOBAL) - Applications accepted August 5 - September 9

The domestic mentor program serves students in all Humphrey degree programs who are interested in domestic policy or planning issues by matching them primarily with local mentors in Minnesota.

First year students and second year (or second year+) students who have not previously participated may apply for the Domestic Mentor Program (DMP) during the open enrollment period. The program is open to any Humphrey student who would benefit from a mentor focused on domestic policy/planning.

Oct 12 Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Workshop with Dee Fink Course Design for Significant Global Learning

Saturday, October 12, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus

Register Now

Dee Fink Dr. L. Dee Fink is a nationally recognized expert on college teaching and faculty development. In this workshop Dr. Fink will collaborate with members of the Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus team of the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance for an interactive workshop focusing on "Course Design for Significant Global Learning" for faculty and instructors at the University of Minnesota.

For more information contact Mary Katherine O'Brien at 612-625-9520 or Gayle Woodruff at 612-625-6065.

Christopher J. Johnstone, Ph.D.
Director of International Initiatives and Relations
College of Education and Human Development
University of Minnesota
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Minneapolis, MN 55455

Senior Research Associate
National Center on Educational Outcomes
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Policy Advisor Governance, UN Women (Dakar, Senegal)

Application Deadline : 09-Aug-13

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

With the creation of UN Women, the adoption of a global strategic plan and the articulation of a regional and annual work plans, there is the need to reposition UN Women, UN Women West and Central Africa Regional Office to function more effectively in its new role within the UN and with strategic partners. This is particularly important given the mandate of UN Women in contributing to the UN system's effectiveness in advancing gender equality and empowerment of women. It is therefore critical that UN Women West and Central Africa Regional Office is staffed and managed by personnel who are well positioned at appropriate levels of authority to take UN Women to the next level. One of such key roles is the position of Policy Advisor Governance.

Even though studies have shown that women constitute over half of the world's population and contribute in vital ways to societal development they play very limited roles in all sectors of the economy. Women currently occupy very low of elective positions in the National Assembly. Yet women's effective participation in politics remains key for the West and Central Africa Region's development. Thus, it is pertinent for UN Women West and Central Africa Regional Office given its critical role of promoting gender equality and women empowerment to engage government, political parties, the media, National Assembly and other relevant stakeholders to ensure women's increased leadership and participation in decisions that affect their lives.

In the light of the above, UN Women seeks to engage a Policy Advisor Governance to implement its Governance strategy and policy Programme under the overall supervision of the Regional Director.

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

Location : Dakar, SENEGAL

Type of Contract : FTA International
Post Level : P-5

UNDP Peace & Development Advisor (Abuja, Nigeria)

Peace and Development Advisor (Open to Non-Nigerian Nationals), UNDP, Nigeria
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Application Deadline : 12-Aug-13

Nigeria is significantly plagued by internal conflict and violence with considerable impact on the sustainability of her development endeavors, the consolidation of democracy, the viability of the state system. Conflict also threatens the corporate existence of the country as a federation with over 300 ethnic groups, distributed among 36 states and a federal capital territory, further subdivided into 774 local government areas. Prolonged military rule for 30 out of the 52 years of independence has had a considerable effect on party democracy and elections, eroding constitutional federalism through massive centralisation of power and resources. Nigeria's plural and diverse ethnic, regional, and religious character is a key defining context of its electoral democracy and conflict dynamics. Generally, there are three broad typologies of conflict in Nigeria, namely, identity-based conflict, resource-based conflict and power-based conflict, which have diverse consequences on the country's development. Significant resources have been invested to address these violent internal conflicts because of the acknowledgement that they threaten the country's cohesion and stability if left unattended. However, despite the significant capabilities for reducing and managing internal conflicts, the initiatives are often ad hoc and reactive, with limited overall impact.

The situation of democratic governance in Nigeria has continued to improve since 1999 when the country returned to civilian rule. However, major threats to Nigeria's stability, internal security and democratic consolidation persist, as evident by recurring ethno-religious violence in northern Nigeria, perpetuated by the Boko Haram extremist Islamic sect, the militant insurgency in the Niger Delta region and rampant cases of kidnapping in the South East. The widespread insecurity and growing terrorism, which expose large sections of the population to untold risks and negative impact on the economy is largely driven by economic and social factors (especially unemployment and endemic poverty), marginalization, social exclusion, mismanagement of public resources, and weak sense of national identity. Consequently, issues of national unity and cohesion remain core to national discourse, accentuating the need to strengthen mechanisms to address vulnerability and build resilience.

In May 2013, the President declared and enforced a state of emergency in three northern states - Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. The declaration of emergency was necessitated by the intensified activities of the deadly Boko Haram sect in the North-East parts of the country and the increasing threats to national security and cohesion. Despite the successes recorded by the military operations, the decision of the President to withhold statutory allocations to the affected states and local governments whose elected officials are still in place and the humanitarian crises arising from the military operations, have led to questions on the rule of engagement and respect for human right.

Other challenges for Nigeria currently are the increasing elite fragmentation and how the politics of the emergency rule is feeding into the political calculations for the 2015 general elections. Elite fragmentation and the difficulty of reaching political settlement is playing out in the deepening internal crisis within the ruling PDP and the split in the Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF). As Nigeria moves closer to the 2015 general elections, the controversy generated by power shift within the ruling PDP and the debate on President Goodluck Jonathan running for a second term in 2015 are critical.

The Peace and Development Advisor will support and build on the on-going conflict prevention and dialogue efforts in Nigeria, provide up-to-date monitoring and analysis of the political situation in the country, and manage the newly developed National Peace Architecture project. Working under the direct supervision of the UN Resident Coordinator, the Peace and Development Advisor will work with the UNDP Country Office as well as the UNCT to promote dialogue at federal, state and local levels, and to advise on peaceful management of natural resources. In line with the standard operating procedures of the Joint UNDP/DPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention, the PDA will regularly communicate with both UNDP/BCPR and DPA.

This post is a DPF (Development Project Funds )
Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:
Provide strategic and analytical support to the UN Resident Coordinator/Resident Representative (RC/RR) in his relations with government officials, academia, civil society, and with the wider political and civic leadership, including religious and traditional leaders;
Identify areas of programmatic engagement with national stakeholders, and support the RC/RR in the preparation of the UN response to government requests, related to social cohesion, dialogue, democratic reform, conflict prevention and consensus building, and peaceful management of natural resources in Nigeria;
Establish and strengthen the UNCT strategic partnerships with key national stakeholders (at high-level, if necessary), regional and international actors and development partners;
Together with the RC, guide strategic direction of UNDP and UNCT with regard to conflict prevention programming and work to strengthen capacity of UNDP and UNCT to undertake conflict analysis, and mainstream conflict sensitivity in regular programming;
Provide programmatic support and guidance in the implementation of the project 'Advancing Development and Peace in Nigeria through a 'National Infrastructure for Peace'.
Provide strategic and analytical support to the RC/RR in his relations with government officials, academia, civil society, and with the wider political and civic leadership, including:
Participating, on behalf of the RC/RR, in relevant national fora and representing the UN system where necessary;
Providing substantive leadership for strategic initiatives on conflict prevention, including convening on behalf of the RR/RC dialogue processes; assisting conflict resolution activities in conflict-affected communities; building skills for negotiation and mediation for leadership at national level, especially political party leadership, and for the relevant branches of government as deemed necessary; establishing and extending the capacities of networks of mediators and facilitators at the federal, state and local levels; and undertaking confidence-building measures;
Under the direction of the RC/RR, engage with other national and international institutions and initiatives in order to promote a common approach towards supporting social cohesion, governance, conflict prevention, peace building, and other relevant efforts;
Provide continuous analysis to RC and UNCT on political developments and conflict dynamics, with a view to identifying appropriate 'entry points' for conflict prevention and recommending appropriate strategic responses for the UN system;
Organize, develop, and implement community and national- and state--level initiatives to strengthen community confidence in local development capacities, including through the promotion of local dialogue capacities for conflict resolution at local and/or state/national levels.
Identify areas of programmatic engagement with national stakeholders, and support to RC/RR in the preparation of the UN response to government requests, related to social cohesion, dialogue, democratic reform, conflict prevention, peacebuilding, or other relevant field:
Lead related peace-promoting activities such as: designing high-level dialogue processes; facilitating national multi-stakeholder processes; skills building for negotiation, mediation and reconciliation processes; support to capacities of networks of mediators and facilitators at federal, state and local levels; strengthen women's initiatives and groups in peace processes; undertake/ support confidence-building measures; training and capacity-building workshops for stakeholders at all levels; and other inter-group process, as required;
Undertake necessary activities to build/strengthen/apply/sustain national capacities to prevent crisis and mainstream conflict prevention interventions throughout the work of the UNCT;
Identify and engage civil society actors in the peace and development agenda supported by the UN in Nigeria.
Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with key national, regional and international actors and development partners:
Establish and maintain networks and strategic partnerships for peace building related strategies and initiatives;
Liaise closely with key national (including political, traditional and religious leaders), regional, and local stakeholders from Government and civil society and key international actors to identify entry points, foster dialogue and strengthen strategic alliances and partnerships on conflict prevention, reconciliation and confidence-building initiatives;
Maintain close liaison with relevant development partners and other actors supporting the national peace building efforts;
Support the UN Resident Coordinator in mobilizing resources for peace building and conflict prevention initiatives.
Maintain close contact with relevant staff in UN Headquarters including relevant focal points at UNDP and UN/DPA.
Strengthen capacity of UNDP and UNCT to undertake conflict analysis and mainstream conflict sensitivity in regular programming:
Define/implement a strategy for identifying entry points for mainstreaming of conflict prevention and conflict sensitivity in the UNCT, including within the framework of common country planning processes (UNDAF, CPD, etc);
Conduct training for UN Country Team staff and key national partners on conflict analysis, conflict prevention and/or conflict-sensitive development.
Provide programmatic support and guidance in implementation of the 'Advancing Development and Peace in Nigeria through a 'National Infrastructure for Peace' project:
Facilitate, in coordination with CSOs, inter-faith groups, women's groups and local peace building, initiatives with focus on dialogue, community mediation and community-based conflict resolution, mitigation processes and grievance redress mechanisms;
Support the establishment of a credible, independent, inclusive national platform to support dialogue at the national level on issues of identity and its management; and sub-national platforms for mediation in northern and central Nigeria and the Niger delta region;
Conduct workshops to validate the design of the peace architecture and the establishment of peace architecture and grievance redress mechanisms in pilot states with women and youth representatives;
Develop and approve Phase 2, including a framework for a gender responsive M & E.
Work with and through traditional authorities, and amplifying the voices of women and young people, facilitate processes that allow communities affected by conflict to play a prominent role in conflict resolution:
Conduct a gender-responsive assessment and mapping of existing conflict resolution mechanisms at various levels;
Facilitate training on dialogue, mediation, facilitation, and constructive negotiation at national and state levels, ensuring 30% of representatives are women.
Review of existing early-warning-and-response systems ensuring the inclusion of indicators to track gender-based violence;
Facilitate development of gender responsive EWR system in the geo-political zones.
Impact of Results:
Enhanced capacity for dialogue and consensus building at the federal, state and local levels in Nigeria;
Development of a National Infrastructure for Peace programme addressing the root causes of conflict and conflict prevention in Nigeria;
Expanded partnership with national counterparts in government, civil society, academia, and think-tanks/ research institutions and other development partners on areas relevant to conflict prevention and peacebuilding;
Strengthened capacities for dialogue, social cohesion, mediation, reconciliation, conflict prevention, confidence building, and national identity and its management in Nigeria.

Corporate Competencies:
Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN's values and ethical standards;
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of DPA and UNDP;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability;
Good knowledge of UN/UNDP rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and practices;
Good understanding of the UN system;
Treats all people fairly and without favoritism.
Functional Competencies:
Excellent knowledge and expertise in the area of conflict prevention, social cohesion, dialogue and governance reform or related areas, as well as in-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues;
Sound political acumen and extensive experience in providing policy advice and recommendations;
Sound skills and demonstrated experience in facilitation, consensus-building, multi-stakeholder processes and negotiation;
Sound analytical skills;
Experience and specialist knowledge in building national capacities in good governance and building national reconciliation;
Proven facilitation, training, networking, coordination, team-building, consensus-building and organizational skills;
Excellent communication and inter-personal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships with internal and external parties in a multi-cultural environment;
In-depth knowledge of human development situation in Nigeria and recent history/events/transitions.
Ability to contribute to strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
Ability to advise and oversee formulation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of projects and programmes;
Sound understanding and capability to empower and develop the capacity of national counterparts;
Proven ability to incorporate into his/her work relevant international practices.
Management and Leadership:
Strong team-building, diplomatic, and interpersonal skills. Resourcefulness, initiative, and maturity of judgment;
Communication and advocacy skills;
Sound time management and organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks;
Ability to build strong relationships with clients and external actors;
Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
Capacity to work under pressure, manage stress and adapt to rapidly evolving situations.
Behavioral Competencies:
Team player, self-motivated and initiative taking, dedicated, creative, resourceful, flexible, energetic and sound judgment;
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

Masters degree in political science, conflict resolution, sociology, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or other related social sciences.
At least 10 years of senior level experience in conflict analysis, policy, and strategy development, development and/or conflict prevention in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization;
Extensive experience in research and project development;
A proven policy, advisory and advocacy experience and track record of engagement with senior levels of government, United Nations, and donors;
Experience working within a UN agency and experience in Africa/Nigeria would be a major asset;
Proven experience in development programming, including good understanding of UNDP programming modalities, and rules and regulations;
Sound knowledge of and extensive experience in West Africa, including in dialogue and conflict prevention initiatives, is an advantage.
Language Requirements:
Fluent written and spoken English is required for this position.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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Location : Abuja, NIGERIA

Type of Contract : FTA International
Post Level : P-5
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract : Initial duration of one year

Development Internship in Post-conflict peace-building: Grassroots Reconciliation Group (Northern Uganda)

Apply by August 19, 2013

The Grassroots Reconciliation Group (GRG) is a dynamic conflict resolution/development organization working to facilitate the reintegration of ex-combatants in Northern Uganda. GRG seeks a Development Intern to be based in Gulu, Northern Uganda to contribute to the successful development and implementation of the programs. The internship will provide significant professional development to young professionals and/or higher degree students seeking to gain experience in the development/post-conflict sector. The intern will receive close professional mentoring from our Program Director.

Duties will include:

Supporting the innovative change and impact monitoring system, including:
gathering and analyzing data
writing evaluation reports
Conducting research into GRG beneficiary groups in communities and villages, with the aim of improving GRG program services;
Supporting the development of GRG's communication strategy, update the website and draft newsletters;
Producing rigorous research papers to be published on GRG's website and elsewhere;
Innovative multi-media documentation of GRG projects, including photography, news stories, documentation of individual child soldier stories, video uploads, etc;
Compile and keeping track of fundraising proposals and opportunities;
Assisting in drafting grant and fundraising proposals when required;
Conducting research on foundations and other possible funding opportunities;
Providing as needed program support to the Program Director;
If the intern has particular skills (agriculture, psychology, quantitative analysis etc), GRG would be very happy to develop a placement making maximum use of these skills and interests;

There will also be time where the Intern can work on own research projects.
GRG uses an innovative approach to facilitate long-term community reintegration and reconciliation of former combatants of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). By working with groups combining ex-combatants and other community members, GRG supports locally designed projects which enable members to work together towards shared goals. These projects include livelihoods initiatives, community savings, counseling and reconciliation and leisure activities. GRG is working with more than 800 individuals between Gulu and the South Sudanese border.


Degree in development, conflict studies, psychology, agriculture, or related field.
Previous volunteer experience in developing or post-conflict context.
Knowledge of sustainable development and conflict resolution.
Good cross-cultural communication skills.
Good writing and research skills.
Skills and experience in grant writing.
Web design/update and multi-media skills a plus, including blogging and social marketing.
Knowledge of Northern Uganda a plus.

The internship is unpaid, and interns will be expected to cover their own flight and living costs, but provides excellent field experience at a peace-building NGO in a post-conflict setting in Africa. The Program Director will provide close mentoring and professional development support.

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

Fall 2013 Confucius Institute Chinese Language Classes

How can it be that it's nearly Fall 2013? Time to register for Fall classes! The Confucius Institute ten-week semester will start on September 16, 2013, and run through November 21, 2013.

We have changed our registration procedure.

To register for classes, please use our new online registration form. The registration deadline is Monday, September 2, 2013. For questions about course offerings or registration, please contact Emily Ruskin at ecruskin(at)

The Confucius Institute will no longer directly accept payment for classes. When classes meet the minimum registration requirement, registered students will be notified via email and billing information will be shared with the University of Minnesota Financial Services. Registered students will be invoiced by the University of Minnesota. Invoices must be paid by check, credit card or cash within 30 days of the original invoice date.
Course Offerings

Beginning Chinese I
Beginning Chinese I is a course designed for beginners with no prior knowledge of Chinese language. This course offers an introduction to reading, listening, speaking, and writing in Chinese. Students will practice accurate pronunciation and tones, learn basic grammar structures, and learn to recognize about 180 characters. By the end of the session, students will be able to exchange basic personal information, initiate and respond to greetings and conduct basic conversations. Learn more about Beginning Chinese I.

Class day/time: Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Semester dates: September 18 - November 20, 2013

Beginning Chinese II
Beginning Chinese II allows students who successfully completed Beginning Chinese I at the Confucius Institute, or those at a similar level, to continue to work on reading, listening, speaking, and writing Chinese. By the end of the session, students will be able to initiate simple requests, and give a simple and basic description of a person, a place, or an object. Learn more about Beginning Chinese II.

Class day/time: Mondays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Semester dates: September 16 - November 18, 2013

Beginning Chinese III
Beginning Chinese III allows students who successfully completed Beginning Chinese II at the Confucius Institute, or those who have a similar level of Chinese, to continue to work on reading, listening, speaking, and writing Chinese. In this course students will learn new sentence structures and increase vocabulary. By the end of the session, students will be able to conduct more in-depth conversations on everyday topics, and express basic attitudes and emotions. Learn more about Beginning Chinese III.

Class day/time: Tuesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Semester dates: September 17 - November 19, 2013

Intermediate Chinese I
This class allows students who have successfully completed the Beginning Chinese series at the Confucius Institute, or those who have a similar level of Chinese, to improve their ability to communicate in Chinese. In this course students will continue to work on reading, listening, speaking, and writing Chinese with a focus on using a wider vocabulary to describe things, using complex sentences, and understanding expressions of time, including past, present, and future tenses. Students will increase their vocabulary to more than 500 characters. By the end of the session students will improve their conversational ability and be able to describe common things, events, and experiences verbally and in writing. Learn more about Intermediate Chinese I.

Class day/time: Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Semester dates: September 19 - November 21, 2013

Intermediate Chinese II
Advance your study of Chinese at the intermediate level. This class allows students who have successfully completed Intermediate Chinese I at the Confucius Institute, or those who have a similar level of Chinese, to improve their ability to communicate in Chinese. Learn more about Intermediate Chinese II.

Class day/time: Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Semester dates: September 19 - November 21, 2013

Intermediate Chinese III
This class allows students who have successfully completed Intermediate Chinese II at the Confucius Institute, or those who have a similar level of Chinese, to improve their ability to communicate in Chinese. In this class, students continue to improve language skills in speaking, reading, writing and listening through more in-depth discussion on social communicative topics, such as living in a new place, describing a trip, and student life. By the end of the course, students will have learned to describe events in the past, present, and future by using the proper adverbs indicating time. Learn more about Intermediate Chinese III.

Class day/time: Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Semester dates: September 18 - November 20, 2013

Chinese Rehab
This is an instructor-led conversation group for adults who want to restore their Chinese language skills. If you have lived in China or studied Chinese in the past, this group can help you revive your "zhongwen." Participants should be at the intermediate level or higher and come to each class prepared to participate in the conversation. Learn more about Chinese Rehab.

Class day/time: Mondays, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Semester dates: September 16 - November 18, 2013

Unsure which course is best for you?
Take one of our placement tests and send it in. One of our instructors will assess your results and help you choose the class best suited to your abilities. Placement tests can be found on our website under each corresponding course level.

To register for classes, please use our new online registration form and review our policy on class cancellations and refunds. The registration deadline is Monday, September 2, 2013. Classes fill quickly, so register early to guarantee your spot. For questions about course offerings or registration, please contact Emily Ruskin at ecruskin(at)

MPP Patricia Dorsher participating in APSIA Japan Travel Program

MPP Patricia Dorsher will be traveling to Japan for two weeks with the Japan Foundation and Center for Global Partnership to research the role of citizen engagement in Japan's international development policies. For her research, Patricia will have the opportunity to conduct interviews with members of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan International Cooperation Agency, and Japan Bank for International Cooperation. Patricia is using this opportunity to further investigate themes from her summer internship at Ashoka in Washington, DC, where she served as Launch Editor for Feedback Labs, a new initiative focused on improving citizen voice mechanisms in aid, development, and philanthropy.

Patricia will be traveling with 14 other graduate students from APSIA schools across the US, as well as meeting with policy students at Japan's prestigious Waseda University. The group's travels in the country will include lectures at the National Institute of Defense, visiting Sendai airport and the surrounding region to understand government responses after the Tohoku earthquake and of 2011, and speaking with atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima.

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

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