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MPP Kumars Toosi teaching Persian classes

Class Description

Enjoy an introduction to the poetic language of Farsi, which is the official language of Iran and Afghanistan. Learn about basic, everyday spoken Farsi including days, greetings, and practical conversation. You will also learn how to write some of the alphabet, and speak simple sentences in Farsi.

Saturday 10:00 am - 11:15 am; 6 sessions starting September 28, 2013, ending November 2, 2013

Prof. Zelizer's Guide to Social Networking (How to Create One Network and Key Resources)

From the guru at Georgetown University:

Greetings. I receive many inquiries from people about how this site was created, what is the technology, etc. Given the strong interest in social networking, here is a short guide to some key steps and resources for how to create your own social network and/or do more effective networking.

First, if you would like to see how your organization can use the Peace and Collaborative Network to share information on your programs, start sub-groups to bring together members, post opportunities the organizational guide. A number of institutions and organizations from Rotary International, to universities, to NGOs have created sub-groups on the network to bring together alumni, supporters and more.

Here are some key steps in deciding on a social network:


There are many reasons for setting up a social network. These can include providing a space for members or supporters of your organization to interact with one another, sharing of expertise and experiences, building a community of knowledge, distributing information, allowing individuals and organizations to connect with peers, etc. Being clear about the purpose of your work is an important first step. One way to do this is by doing some brainstorming, talking with colleagues, and also reviewing other networks online to get some ideas.


In order to begin your own social network one of the most important decisions is what is the software platform/format that will be used and what type of functionality is provided, are there any costs, is the platform flexible, scaleable (can it grow as membership increases), etc. For this site I use a platform called NING ( which is wonderful company that provides platforms for social networks that have a high degree of customization. I have been doing this type of networking online for more than a decade and to date NING is my favorite resource. Ning used to provide their resources for free, recently they started charging monthly fees (they may still provide free sites to educators. I still think Ning is the best platform).

There are also many other platforms on which you can create a social networking site, some might require some programming expertise, while others are largely accessible to anyone who has a basic understanding of how a content management system functions (which is similar to using any of the main word processing software programs in which a web page can added/edits relatively easily). There are many open source contentment management systems that are available for free online. Some of the most reliable include,,, You can find a great deal online by searching and there are also aggregate sites that compare contentment management systems, such a CMS review or idealware/techsoup has a good review of some sites.. For an open source content management system, one of the steps that is required is finding a site or place to install, run and host the software (basically a server). This often requires some technical knowledge or there are some companies that will provide this service for a fee, which you can find by searching. Some people also choose to setup groups on Facebook or to setup parallel groups on Facebook.

In addition to NING and open source content management systems, there are some commercial products available for a fee. You can find these by searching.

Note if your goal is only to distribute information to your members, then signing up for one of the free listserv or group software platforms can be an effective and free way to do this. For example, YAHOOGROUPS or GOOGLE GROUPS allow anyone to setup a listserv and each provides some features where members can interact.

Also many organizations choose to build their own community sites by hiring expert IT companies or consultants (or hiring some to modify an open source system).


An important question while creating a network is if the site should be open to anyone, moderated or a private network. This a vital decision that will affect who chooses to join the network.


Once you a clear goal and platform, one of the next steps is beginning to work on content. Even if you create the best site, unless you have strong content, the amount of traffic the site receives will be minimal. There is no magic recipe for creating content, but in general my recommendation is try to follow your passion in terms of creating content that fits with your own interests. But it equally important to try and ensure that you're not duplicating already existing content/resources. Try to see what is already available on the Internet and fill gaps, develop new areas, etc.


Building a member base is another key component of launching a network. Obviously one of the first places to recruit members is through your own colleagues and networks. Craft a short and clear e-mail inviting people to join the network (perhaps you might invite a few people to test the site before you launch the site publicly). Another valuable way is to post information about your site on other relevant sites/networks. For example, some key sites that might be appropriate for posting information include,,, There are hundreds of other sites and lists where it is often possible to post free.

Another means of attracting members is to work out partnerships with like-minded sites/organizations and engage in cross-promotion of one another's networks.

Of course, starting a facebook group or a Twitter account can be other ways to attract members.


Some additional resources that maybe useful include:

TECHSOUP - offers nonprofits a one-stop resource for technology needs by providing free information, resources, and support.

NPOWER - NPower is a network of locally based nonprofit organizations that provide comprehensive, high-quality and affordable technology assistance to other nonprofit groups nationally.

CASE Foundation Guide to Social Media for Nonprofits - Gear Up for Giving is series of social media tutorials, to help nonprofits and their supporters understand how to use key tools and techniques to create awareness, catalyze civic action and cultivate new supporters and donors for their causes. We've also scoured the web and compiled our favorite resources on some of the most popular social media tools, so you can learn more at your own pace.

CHARITYFOCUS - Since its inception in 1999, CharityFocus has partnered with hundreds of small nonprofit organizations (NPOs) to build custom web-solutions. CharityFocus' unique model enables volunteers to deploy a broad array of expertise to help NPOs better deliver services to their beneficiaries and more effectively reach their target audience. CharityFocus is completely volunteer run, and the services of its volunteers are absolutely free.

NETSQUARED - Today the global community stands witness to a momentous time in history where progressive change is not only necessary, but imminent. At NetSquared, we recognize that mandate and believe the social Web is key to making change. NetSquared works toward this goal by mobilizing individuals and communities, providing Web-based tools, and awarding financial support to leverage social action projects.

NETHOPE - NetHope is a nonprofit IT consortium of leading international NGOs serving tens of millions of endbeneficiaries each year in 150+ countries.

ICT for PEACEBUILDING - Exploring the use of information and communications technology for conflict transformation

ASHOKA's CHANGEMAKERS - Has published several useful guides for developing and promoting social networks including: A guide to social media, starting online groups, publicity and more.

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

Pacific Council on International Policy Membership Associate (Los Angeles, CA)

Organization URL:
Last Date To Apply Sep-15-2013

The Pacific Council on International Policy seeks to hire a Membership Associate to support the work of its membership & development teams. Reporting to the Membership Officer, the candidate would be responsible for administering the Pacific Council's membership program, augmenting strategic innovation efforts, and otherwise supporting the Pacific Council's operations.

Core Responsibilities:

The specific duties and expectations required of this position are enumerated below:

Member Management (35%): Support the Membership Officer in all realms of membership management, particularly in new member recruitment efforts. Work closely with the Membership Officer to coordinate outreach to key stakeholders and member prospects. Collect and log member and prospective member outreach efforts in the Pacific Council's database. Manage the member dues renewal drive, execute the Annual Giving fund drive, and support strategic innovations and new initiatives as they develop.

Member Relations (25%): Liaise directly with members of the Pacific Council as well as other contacts to build member engagement and respond to member needs. Promptly answer email and phone queries from members or forward to appropriate staff as necessary.

Member Committee Support (15%): Facilitate the development and operations of existing and future Pacific Council Member Committees. Recruit new committee members, maintain Member Committee email lists, and handle logistics pertaining to Member Committee programs.

Data Management (15%): In conjunction with the Pacific Council's Raiser's Edge Database Administrator, serve as the primary conduit for the input of new data into our main database. Add new members and member prospects to the database, oversee the maintenance of accurate membership records, make regular updates, and serve as a point person for the export of data to other Pacific Council staff.

Interdepartmental Liaising (10%): Serve as a key liaison between the membership department and other departments, representing member needs to all stakeholders within the organization.


Bachelor's degree.
2 - 3 years of relevant experience.
Substantive background in international affairs, political science, or a related field with record of high academic achievement.
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

Contact Details

Contact: Kasia Bzdak
Telephone: 2132212004
Email: kbzdak(at)

Application Instructions


Please apply for the position through the University of Southern California's jobs website at Please look for the internal job title "Membership Associate" with the requisition number 020978.

Due to a high volume of applications at the Pacific Council, only select candidates will be contacted directly.

cross listed from Foreign Policy Association

The Korea Society Internship, Policy & Corporate Programs Fall 2013

Organization URL:
Last Date To Apply Sep-28-2013

The Korea Society is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization with individual and corporate members and is dedicated solely to the promotion of greater awareness, understanding and cooperation between the peoples of the United States and Korea. In pursuit of its mission, the Society arranges programs that facilitate discussion, exchanges and research on topics of vital interest to both countries in the areas of public policy, business, education, intercultural relations and the arts. Funding for these programs is derived from contributions, endowments, grants, membership dues and program fees. From its base in New York City, the Society serves audiences across the country through its own outreach efforts and by forging strategic alliances with counterpart organizations throughout the United States and in Korea.

The Korea Society's Policy & Corporate Affairs program division is seeking an exceptional intern with demonstrated interest and background in business and corporate affairs related to the Asia-Pacific, especially Korea. We are seeking an intern with strong research/writing skills and interest in the following areas: East-Asia Policy, International Policy and Development, Geopolitical Strategy and Security, Finance, Foreign Investment Trends, Trade & Economics, KORUS FTA, Green Growth and Green Technology, as it relates to the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia.

As a Policy & Corporate Program Intern, you will learn from renowned experts in the field and build networking relationships with academics, policy professionals, East Asia experts, diplomats and leaders from the policy and business community. As an important part of Policy & Corporate division, you will conduct research on organizations, individuals and industry sectors as well as track and monitor current developments. You will gain exposure to non-profit organizations and learn database management. You will be exposed to understanding program development and tasks needed for successful execution.


Tracking and researching current developments in and around the Korean Peninsula. Writing, editing, and proofreading event transcripts and summaries, and content for the Korea Society's website; providing support for all policy and business events and programs, as well as the national outreach program; assisting with database management and outreach support for events including the management of the GoL initiative; assisting with administrative and logistical duties at all events, including reception and registration, event A/V tasks, setup and breakdown; and attending and reporting on Korea related events, conferences, meetings in New York City. Last but not least, one of the main responsibilities of the intern will be to update Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and other social media outlets with updates and announcements of TKS programs and update all feeds with the latest Studio Korea highlights.


* Graduate student, or exceptional undergraduate student, with previous internship or work experience preferred

* Background in international policy, political science, corporate finance, business, trade and/or economics as well as an interest in Asia-Pacific issues, especially Korea

* Strong research, writing, and editing skills with excellent attention to detail

* Capable of handling multiple project deadlines and strong event planning experience a plus

* Proficient in using social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube and proven creativity in disseminating information through social media

* Self-driven with a professional demeanor with a desire to excel

* Sense of humor

* Fluency in Korean language desired


Internships are unpaid positions. Please note that we do not provide visa support. Candidates are required to commit to a minimum of 12 weeks, and two to three days per week, or the equivalent of 15-20 hours per week; evening availability once or twice a month for events.

Contact Details

Contact: Nikita Desai
Email: nikita.ny(at)

How to apply:

Please email

1) a cover letter, indicating your interest in the position and the days and hours you are available to work;

2) a resume; and

3) a writing sample (3-5 double-spaced pages; abstracts are accepted) in Word or PDF format with the subject line "Policy & Corporate Programs Internship, Fall 2013" to: policy(at) No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

cross listed from Foreign Policy Association

Center for the National Interest Policy Research Interns (Wash DC), apply by Sept 4

Organization URL:
Last Date To Apply Sep-4-2013

The Center for the National Interest is a non-profit Washington, DC think tank that provides realist solutions to America's foreign affairs.

The Center is looking to hire interns for the following programs:

China and the Pacific Program: This internship supports both Lt. General Wallace "Chip" Gregson, Senior Director, China and the Pacific and a former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs at the Department of Defense and Ms. Joanna Yu Taylor, Research Fellow. Key research areas of research will include U.S.-China relations, Northeast Asia security issues, and U.S. strategies in the Asia-Pacific region. Interns should be motivated self-starters and M.A.s or graduate students that are able to engage in a wide variety of analytic and logistical task work. This position does NOT require Mandarin Chinese fluency, although proficiency in an East Asian language is strongly preferred.

Energy Security and Climate Program: This position supports the Center project on energy and climate change. Duties will focus on research, programs, and special projects. Background in international energy or economics preferred.

Regional Security Program (Middle East and Caspian Basin): This internshipsupports Geoffrey Kemp, Director of Regional Security Programs and a former senior White House official. His current projects focus on U.S. policy toward Israel, Iranand Iraq, the impact of the growing Asian presence in the Middle East on U.S. policy, and the role of new resources and climate change in international security. Successful candidates will have a demonstrable interest in the Middle East, CaspianBasin, or South Asia and, ideally, some background in economics, unconventional energy, security affairs, or regional politics.


China and the Pacific Intern: MAs or current graduate students. Proficiency in an East Asian language is strongly preferred. Strong, proven writing ability.

Energy Security and Climate Program: Background in international energy or economics preferred. Strong, proven writing ability.

Regional Security Programs (Middle East and Caspian Basin): Successful candidates will have a demonstrable interest in the Middle East, Caspian Basin, or South Asia and, ideally, some background in economics, unconventional energy, security affairs, or regional politics. Strong, proven writing ability.

Contact Details

Contact: Ryan Evans
Email: intern(at)

Application Instructions

Please send a cover letter, resume/CV, and a writing sample to intern(at) by September 4, 2013.

Applications submitted beyond this date will not be considered.

Please no phone calls.

crossposted from Foreign Policy Association

NGO based in Pakistan founded by current Humphrey Fellow Khetran

SEED is a Balochistan based non-profit, non-governmental civil society organization working with neglected and marginalized communities and advocating their civic amenities. Located in Nahar Kot, District Barkhan a further most and backward district of Balochistan. Seed was founded in October 2006 by a group of highly motivated people in social sector arena and is headed by Rahim Khetran its founding member as a commitment for sustainable environment and capacity building. Initially the organization is funded through membership fees, voluntary contributions and non-governmental donations and primarily focuses on health, education, environment and capacity building.

Now SEED has revolutionarily expanded its work at the grass root level for the Community Development and Environment Protection. One of its primary goals is to raise awareness of the socio-economic uplift process, especially in these areas where the most essential amenities such as better health services, quality education, pure drinking water and population welfare have been insufficient. And to assist women and other vulnerable sections of society in improving their conditions through safeguarding and promoting their rights and lawful entitlements enabling them to work collectively and seek solutions to the problems they face through different work plans in organizational manner.

NATO PA Research Assistant Programme - January-Ju​ne 2014

Please find below a link to NATO Parliamentary Assembly webpage on its Research Assistant Programme.

The deadline for applications for the January- June 2014 Programme is 31 October 2013. We would be grateful if you could post this information at your career office or departmental bulletin board.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.

Anne-Laure Bleuse
Co-ordinator, Research Assistant Programme
Coordinatrice, Programme des assistants de recherche

2014-2015 Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

Cultural Vistas is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program. We hope that you will inform qualified individuals about this unique professional development opportunity in Germany. Bosch Fellows must have at least 5 years of work experience in the fields of business administration, cultural management, journalism, law, non-profit, public policy, or urban planning. We encourage you to read through the program details and eligibility requirements on our website:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at bosch(at)

Sincerely,The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Team

Students interested in creating social ventures: Acara Open House, Sept 9, RSVP.

The Institute on the Environment is delighted to invite you and a guest to attend the Acara Showcase 2013: Outcomes & Opportunities. The event is Monday, Sept 9, at IonE on the St. Paul Campus.

Acara prepares young leaders to take on the greatest environmental challenges through coursework, entrepreneurial training and guidance, and on-the-ground ventures throughout the world. Many people participate in Acara programs during the year, including students, mentors, judges, guest instructors and other supporters and volunteers. Please join us in taking some time to catch up with friends and events from this past summer, and to meet the students and mentors participating this fall.

Help us share the story...

Come share in the story of Acara with directors Fred Rose and Julian Marshall, as well as recent Acara scholars. Learn about their experiences in the program and how they are inspiring change through their creative social ventures.

Authentic Indian cuisine and great conversation will make this an evening to remember!

Tentative Agenda:

5:00 - 6:15 Arrival and Networking. Poster Session with Ventures.
6:15 - 6:25 Jon Foley, Director IonE/Julian Marshall, Co-Director, Acara
6:25 - 6:50 Business teams (summaries of these ventures at the end of this mail)

Eat For Equity
Praghati Handicrafts
Turtle King Workshop
Twin Fin
Zuri Apps

6:50 - 7:00 Fred Rose, Co-Director, Acara
7:00 - 7:30 Additional time to network

Date: Monday, September 9th
Time: 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: University of Minnesota- St. Paul Campus
Institute on the Environment
Learning and Environmental Sciences Building
1954 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Direction to IonE
Directions to Gortner Parking Ramp

Please direct any questions to:

Molly Buss
Events & Special Projects Coordinator
Institute on the Environment (IonE)
University of Minnesota
Office: 612-626-9553

Summaries of Venture teams:

Eat for Equity. Past Acara alum from 2012. A Minneapolis-based non-profit that runs monthly dinners to engage young people in philanthophy, build community and support local causes. Now running in several cities around the US.

MyRain. Past Acara alum from 2010. MyRain has created a sales and distribution business to support small plot farmers in south India. Steele will be here from India for this event.

Nutricycle. From 2013 Acara Challenge. Based in Bangalore, working on organic waste reduction and use for biogas generation. Two members currently living in Bangalore working on this.

Pragati Handicrafts. This is a mashup of two Acara teams for this past year- Community Shops and BOCO India. Pragati Handicrafts is selling authentic art from impoverished indigenous villages in Orissa, India.
Turtle King Workshop. From 2013 Acara Challenge. A venture based in Minneapolis, making longboards and employing students from the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

Twin Fin. From the 2013 Acara Challenge, formerly known as Blue Food. A Minneapolis-based venture developing an aquaponics business. Expect to start their pilot in September, they have secured the warehouse space in NE Minneapolis.

Zuri Apps. From the 2013 Acara Challenge. A venture developing an app recommendation site which will support selected non-profits. In active development but not yet released.

Human Rights Education Programme Coordinator, UNRWA (Amman, Jordan)


UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA's services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions. UNRWA is the largest UN operation in the Middle East with more than 30,000 staff. For its international team, UNRWA is seeking to employ a qualified:

Human Rights Education Programme Coordinator

Vacancy Announcement Number
Duty Station
HQ Amman, Jordan
The Human Rights Education Programme Coordinator works under the general direction of the Director of Education, in collaboration with the Chief, Education Programme Coordination and the Head Curriculum, Quality Learning & Student Assessment. The incumbent is responsible for coordinating and managing the Agency-wide Human Rights, Conflict Resolution and Tolerance (HRCRT) Education Programme across the Agency and leading on its future development in line with the Education Reform Strategy. The incumbent will represent UNRWA HRCRT Programme to a range of internal and external audiences (donors, partners, conferences). In accordance with the established Agency policy and procedures, the incumbent will:

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Implement the HRCRT Policy, and to this end provide technical and planning support to the Fields;
Train the Education staff on the HRCRT Toolkit and support the Fields in planning and implementing capacity building activities;
Prepare donor-mandated progress reports, internal reports, programme briefings, training reports and develop proposals for funding;
Monitor and evaluate the HRCRT Programme in line with the principles of result-based management, departmental, Agency and donor requirements, and conduct qualitative and quantitative data analysis to ensure continuous improvement in the quality of HRCRT teaching/learning provided by the Agency;
Lead the Programme's internal and external advocacy and communications activities, identify strategic partners, promote a culture of human rights, and support the mainstreaming of cross-cutting issues related to youth and gender;
In collaboration with the Senior Protection Coordinator support the development and implementation of Agency-wide initiatives related to child rights and child protection.
Professional Knowledge and Experience

A university degree from an accredited educational institution in human rights studies, international development, education, or international relations;
At least six years of experience in related fields within which at least two years should be at the international level;
Experience in coordinating complex programmes involving multiple partners and locations;
Experience in multi-year programming, budgeting, and monitoring and evaluation cycles;
Excellent command of written and spoken English.

Ability to think strategically and independently;
Proven ability to plan and prioritize own work, perform well under tight deadlines, and handle multiple concurrent activities;
Professionalism, positive attitude and strong commitment to the technical area of work;
Interpersonal and communication/advocacy skills;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect of diversity;
Proven excellence in drafting, particularly in analytical writing, and report writing;
Ability to mainstream issues such as gender, youth, and child protection into programme interventions;
Demonstrated proficiency in results based management;
High level of political and organizational awareness;
Excellent understanding of human rights issues in the Palestinian context;
Proficiency in the standard Agency computer applications.
Desirable Qualifications

Advanced university degree in education or international development;
Experience delivering human rights education training;
Knowledge of Arabic language;
Experience in the United Nations system;
Knowledge of contemporary problems of the Middle East;
Knowledge and understanding of UNRWA's policies and regulations;
Experience working with refugees.

When the minimum requirements are not fully met, the Director of Human Resources may exceptionally substitute part of the unmet requirements with a combination of relevant academic qualification, additional professional training and progressive relevant work experience. NB: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination.

Additional Information
The incumbent will be based in Amman and may be required to travel throughout the Agency's area of operations in the Middle East or beyond.

Conditions of Service
UNRWA offers an attractive compensation package including annual salary starting at $60,091 net tax free with dependants or $56,091 single, plus post adjustment of 47.4% (subject to change without notice). (Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include education grant, dependency allowance, home leave, pension fund, health insurance and 6 weeks of annual leave. All UNRWA duty stations (with the exception of Gaza and Syria) are family duty stations. Initial contract is for one year, with the possibility of further extensions subject to the availability of funds and the continuing need for the post.

How to Apply
To start the application process, applicants are required to register at by creating a personal profile and completing UNRWA Personal History Form. Please note that UNRWA only accepts degrees from accredited educational institutions. Only applications received through will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received for UNRWA vacancies, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted.

UNRWA does not charge a fee at any stage in the recruitment process.

General Information
UNRWA encourages applications from qualified and experienced women.

UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.

UNRWA is a United Nations organization whose staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for human rights, for diversity, and for non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNRWA staff are expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.

Date of issue: 28 August 2013/TAH

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

Communications Officer, Abraham Path Initiative (Jerusalem)

Abraham Path Initiative Communication Officer (1 FTE) Application deadline: September 15, 2013

1 FTE, based in/near Jerusalem, remuneration commensurate with experience & skills


Coordinate API communications
Actively pursue, collect & write stories for API publications
Maintain API website with current info on the path and tour services
Manage production of printed materials
Assist in reporting and proposals as necessary
Marketing & PR for Abraham Path and API
Lead API communication/marketing committee
Write press releases and newsletters
Invite and host journalists
Recruit bloggers
Manage Google ads, Facebook advertising
Expand and manage web and social media presence
Maintain points of connection with API partners and network
Communications assistance to API partners
Job Requirements

Based in/near Jerusalem
Travel on all regions of the Abraham Path
English fluency
Minimum three years of experience in communications field
Bachelor's Degree
Experience and Qualifications

Strong writing & editing skills in English
Desktop/digital/web publishing coordination
Strong interpersonal communication skills
Social media marketing strategies
Self-motivated & independent in project and time management
Significant intercultural & travel experience (Middle East preferred)
Journalism or marketing background preferred
Professional proficiency in one or more regional language (Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish or Kurdish) preferred
Application Process

Send the following items to jobs(at)
Cover letter or statement of intent
Three writing samples
Three visual communication samples from portfolio (photos/video/web), optional
Three references
Application deadline: September 15, 2013
Decision by: October 25, 2013
Starting date: November 15, 2013
The Abraham Path is a long-distance walking trail across the Middle East. The path retraces the cultural memory of the journey of Abraham and his family and celebrates its story of hospitality and kindness to strangers.

The Abraham Path Initiative (API) is an international organization cultivating the development of the path along with local and international partner organizations. The initiative is a non-profit, non-religious and non-political organization. The mission of the Abraham Path Initiative is to support local partners in developing the Abraham Path as:

a catalyst for socioeconomic development and sustainable tourism.
a place of meeting and connection between people from the Middle East and people around the world.
a creative space for stories that highlight the unique culture, heritage and hospitality of the region.

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

Jobs, Institute for Inclusive Security (Wash, DC)

Several Positions, Institute for Inclusive Security (Director Resolution to Act, Operations and Web Manager), DC

Director, Resolution to Act

In March 2013, The Institute for Inclusive Security launched a pioneering initiative to promote sustainable peace by advancing women's leadership through effective national action plans (NAPs) worldwide. Resolution to Act (R2A) will strengthen the capacity of government officials and others who design and implement core national security strategies. The first Director will be an entrepreneur, working collaboratively with leaders of Inclusive Security, building on their early work to establish the initiative, and scaling it for growth.

Operations and Budget Manager
The Operations and Budget Manager will serve as problem-preventer-and-solver in chief! He/she will assist program staff to realize our strategic goals with as few operational challenges as possible while ensuring full compliance with Hunt and donor requirements.

Web Projects Manager and Producer
We're seeking a Web Projects Manager and Producer to help develop and maintain engaging websites, digital content, and print collateral. Additionally, this position supports the program's email marketing campaigns and social media management.

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

Program Officer (Deputy Chief of Office) - Economic & Social Development, Programme Management (Santiago, Chile)

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. It was founded in 1948 with the purpose of contributing to the region's economic and social development. Its mission includes supporting the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of advisory services, expertise and training to Governments, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities. The Commission also functions as a centre of excellence and a forum for dialogue among the region's countries and stakeholders. ECLAC is headquartered in Santiago de Chile, with Subregional Headquarters in Mexico City and Port-of-Spain, and maintains country offices in Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Montevideo and Bogotá, as well as a liaison office in Washington, D.C.


Within delegated authority and under the supervision of the Chief of Office of the Executive Secretary, the Programme Officer (Deputy Chief of Office) will be responsible for the following duties:

• Provides substantive support to the Executive Secretary (ES) and Deputy Executive Secretary (DES) on the coordination, management and implementation of the programme of work, thematic priorities, key messages and flagship publications of the organization.
• Performs advisory work related to the strategic planning process and ensures continuous liaison and collaboration with the thematic divisions through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan; identifies problems and issues to be addressed, initiates corrective actions and ensures follow-up actions.
• Develops, implements, monitors and evaluates inter-divisional work through working groups, multi-thematic projects and joint publications.
• Coordinates policy development or other research activities, including thorough analysis and reviews of relevant documents and reports on issues and trends on global, regional economic, social and sustainable development.
• Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, draft position papers, policy notes, inputs for publications, presentations and speeches or other research activities, etc.;
• Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
• Participates in complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc. ; ensures preparatory work and follow-up of the ES and DES's meetings and official missions, including designing their agenda, logistical arrangements, compilation of background material and talking-points, dissemination of relevant information and follow-up to commitments;
• Support the monitoring of regional events for matters with implications for the strategic position of the Commission and follow-up in consultation with the ES and DES and coordinates with the Chief of Office the liaison with Departments at HQs, Regional Commissions and Funds, Programmes and Specialized organizations;
• Coordinates activities related to budget funding including programme and project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc. and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.), provides advice on the management and allocation of regular budget resources and follow-up on strategic partnerships and extra-budgetary funding to enhance efficiency in the delivery of the programme of work.
• Coordinates with the Chief of Office the management of organizational, programmatic and administrative tasks overseen by the Office of the Executive Secretary and necessary for the functioning of the Office, including assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance, interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates
• Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of the institutions and procedures of the United Nations system and relevant intergovernmental processes, particularly processes of policy development; knowledge of strategic planning, decision-making and results-based management and budgeting practices and tools in the UN system such as IMDIS, IMIS; ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations; proven ability to coordinate and implement programmes / projects; ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; familiarity and experience in using various research methodologies and sources; sound knowledge of major issues in the areas of economic, social and sustainable development; shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, economics or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the area of project and programme management, policy analysis and strategic planning on economic and social issues is required. Experience in the Latin America and Caribbean region is required. Experience working in institutions of the United Nations system and relevant intergovernmental processes, particularly processes of policy development and decision-making in the United Nations is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, advanced knowledge of oral and written Spanish and English is required. Knowledge of French or Portuguese is desirable.

Assessment Method

Suitable candidates will be invited for competency-based interviews and other assessment method.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

No Fee


Program Officer (Deputy Chief of Office) - Economic and Social Development, Programme Management, UN ECLAC, Santiago, Chile

Cross-posted from: and from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

Evaluation of the Peacebuilding Fund project portfolio, UNDP (Bujumbura,Burundi)

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The Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) was established in 2006 to provide assistance to post-conflict countries to address the most pressing challenges to prevent relapse into conflict. In June 2006, following requests from the Government of Burundi, Burundi was placed on the agenda of the Peacebuilding Commission and the UN Secretary-General declared Burundi eligible to receive support from the PBF. In early 2007 the PBF allocated USD35 million to Burundi to support the consolidation of peace through a process that was jointly managed by the UN Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB) and the Government of Burundi. This funding covered the first Priority Plan which spanned from 2007 to early 2010.

The first Priority Plan in Burundi covered the following four priority areas:
Governance and peace (with a focus on democratic governance, elections and strengthening of peace and social cohesion through the role of youth and women);
Rule of law in the security sector (with a focus on quartering and professionalizing the National Defense Forces, building the capacity of the National Police and disarmament of civil populations;
Justice, human rights and reconciliation (with a focus on strengthening the judiciary, establishing a Human Rights Commission and the national ownership of the reconciliation process);
Land issues (with a focus on resettling the returnees and resolution of land disputes).
Eighteen projects were funded by the first tranche. In addition to these 18 projects, the PBF also funded two short term projects through its emergency window (the Immediate Response Facility - IRF) for a total of USD2 million.

An independent evaluation of the first tranche of PBF funding to Burundi and all its projects was undertaken in March 2010. The overall conclusion was that "despite the challenges, the PBF still made some important contributions to peace consolidation in Burundi and improved the relationships between the UN and the Government of Burundi, as well as between selected individuals within the Government of Burundi and Burundian civil society". An important factor highlighted by the evaluation was that PBF provided support to projects that other partners believed to be too risky, hence filling important gaps and catalyzing funding of follow-up activities.The first PBF tranche was allocated to Burundi at a time when the capacity for both national and international institutions to deliver sustainable services to the population remained relatively weak. Moreover, the relationship between the UN and the Government was somewhat strained. All this meant that both the UN and the Government experienced a steep learning curve and invested a lot of time in the PBF process.
The evaluation found that the individual projects varied significantly in their effectiveness. Some of the key positive achievements were:

Duties and Responsibilities

Evaluation scope:

The evaluation will have a broad scope and will consider the overall performance of PBF support from 2007 to 2013, including any changes between Phase 1 and Phase 2 and the lessons from the first independent evaluation. Importantly, the evaluation will not re-visit in detail/ re-assess the performance of individual projects funded under the phase and already evaluated as part of the previous evaluation in 2011. Instead, this evaluation will analyze the evidence of cumulative results achievements over the total time period of both PBF tranches.

The scope of the evaluation can be broken down into four components.

Evaluation of impact of entire PBF portfolio of support to Burundi

The evaluation will examine the effect of the entire portfolio of projects funded by PBF, under the first and the second phases of PBF support and as emergency (IRF) initiatives, in order to assess the PBF's overall contribution to the building and consolidation of peace in Burundi. The broad questions to be answered are as follows (and will need to be adapted by the Team Leader):


To what extent did the PBF respond to urgent funding needs and/ or peace relevant gaps?
To what extent did the PBF projects complement each other and have a strategic coherence of approach?
What was the relevance of the proposed 'theory of change' for the total PBF Burundi portfolio and the different sector interventions?
Effectiveness/ impact:

What percentage of total development support/ GoB budget did PBF contribute in the period assessed?
To what extent did the PBF support achieve the intended outcomes of the projects and their strategic framework?
To what extent the PBF support did: (i) contribute to increased stability and peace in the country, including non-relapse into conflict? (ii) Strengthen the reconciliation/ peaceful co-existence/ social cohesion in Burundi? (iii) help to increase public confidence and trust in state authorities? (iv) lead to socio-economic reintegration of ex-combatants, youths at risk of violence and war victims, as well as to their reconciliation and closure with the war?

How strong is the commitment of the Government and other stakeholders to sustaining the results of PBF support and continuing any unfinished activities?
What, if any, catalytic effects did the PBF support in Burundi have (financial and non-financial)?

How fast and responsive has the PBF been to urgent needs and priorities in Burundi?
To what extent did PBF support take risks to achieve peacebuilding objectives, especially in areas where other donors were not ready to do so?
How efficient was the implementation of the PBF support through 13 PRF projects, 3 IRF projects and 6 implementing UN agencies and how significant were the transaction costs?
Overall, did the PBF investments provide value for money?

To what extent were gender considerations mainstreamed throughout the PBF support to Burundi?
The evaluation will also assess the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of PBF's total contribution to each of the five key areas of support to Burundi, which are outlined below:

Democracy and good governance;
Rule of law and security;
Justice, human rights and reconciliation;
Land issues;
Examples of specific questions to be asked under each of the five areas can be made available in the full version of these TORs by emailing Stefan Rummel-Shapiro at

Evaluation of individual PBF projects in Burundi

The evaluation will also specifically assess the Reintegration project PBF/BDI/A-9 (Socioeconomic Reintegration) funded under the second phase of PBF support and the following two projects that commenced in the first phase but were completed under the second phase:

PBF/BDI/C-1: Support to the establishment of the National Human Rights Commission.
With respect to each of these three projects, the evaluation will determine their individual:

Relevance (to the Priority Plan/ Strategic Note, the country's peacebuilding needs and the government priorities in Burundi);
PBF/BDI/A-8: Socio-economic reintegration of populations affected by the conflict;
Effectiveness (in achieving their outcomes as well as in contributing to peacebuilding);
Efficiency (of each project's outputs to inputs with a focus on value for money and implementation mechanisms);
Sustainability/ catalysis;
National ownership of the project;
Transparency and accountability of the project.
Evaluation of PBF management and oversight structures in Burundi

The evaluation will examine the management of the PBF support in order to comment on the overall effectiveness and efficiency of arrangements both in-country and between PBSO/PBF and the Country Team. This includes questions which cover: the synergy between PBSO and PBC; the capacity and the working of the Joint Steering Committee; the capacity and working of the implementing agencies; and the overall strategy and oversight of the PBF support implementation.

Examples of specific questions to be asked can be made available in the full version of these TORs by emailing Stefan Rummel-Shapiro at

Key lessons learned and recommendations

The evaluation will provide an overview of key lessons and recommendations concerning:
The main programming factors of success;
The main programming factors of failure;
The main implementation/ administration factors of success;
The main implementation/ administration factors of failure;
The main challenges and ways to address them.
Evaluation methodology/approach

The evaluation will use a participatory approach whereby discussions with and surveys of key stakeholders provide/ verify the substance of the findings. It will build on the findings and lessons from the first evaluation and explore how the achievements found at that time have carried through and how any lessons have been used in the next phase.

The methodology will include but not be limited to:

Review of documentation supplied by PBSO and the UN Country Office (and available through MTFO Gateway website;
Teleconference and/or meetings with major stakeholders in New York, including PBSO, PBC, MPTF, key UN agencies implementing PBF support in Burundi;
Review of monitoring data from the BNUB, RUNOs and JSC and the internal evaluation by the UNCT of the Reintegration project (July 2013);
Field visits with interviews of all major stakeholders, partners and beneficiaries.
The evaluation team will consist of one senior international peacebuilding evaluator and two national consultants, who will be recruited separately. The international evaluator will be the Team Leader and responsible for the evaluation methodology, the overall quality of and the timely submission of all the deliverables.

The budget for the evaluation will include a maximum of 50 days of work by the Team Leader, out of which there will be up to 25 days of this will be in the field. National consultants will be provided with 25 days each.

More detail on specific deliverables and days can be made available in the full version of these TORs by emailing Stefan Rummel-Shapiro at

This evaluation presents an opportunity to assess PBF's achievements in a cumulative way and its overall added value to peacebuilding in Burundi. It builds on and continues the work of the first independent evaluation of 2010.

The purpose is to:

Assess to what extent the PBF envelope of support 2007-2013 has made a sustained impact in terms of building and consolidating peace in Burundi;
Assess how relevant, efficient, effective and sustainable the second tranche of PBF support to Burundi has been;
Assess to what extent the lessons from the first evaluation were integrated into the second phase of PBF support;
assess where the critical remaining peacebuilding gaps in Burundi are;
Provide lessons on key success and failure factors.

The UN Country Team in Burundi, through UNDP, will be responsible for the recruitment of international and national evaluators. PBSO and BNUB will participate.

The Team Leader will have the following competencies:
Strong analytical and research skills;
Excellent communication skills, including cross-cultural;
Ability to plan effectively, prioritize, complete tasks quickly, and demonstrated leadership in managing a team.
Required Skills and Experience

Masters degree in a relevant area including political science, international development, conflict studies, international law, evaluation or public administration.
At least eight years of evaluation experience and the use of evidence-based research tools and methodologies within post-conflict countries and peacebuilding programmes;
At least eight years of evaluation experience within post-conflict countries and peacebuilding programmes; Demonstrated understanding of conflict analysis, conflict drivers, post-conflict recovery and gender issues and governance sector issues;
Experience working with government officials, UN system, international development community and people recovering from conflict;
Understanding of the 2010 Burundi evaluation and experience with previous PBF evaluations are an asset.
Experience working in Africa with a preference for Burundi.
Fluency in English and French.

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.

Evaluation of the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) project portfolio, UNDP, Burundi
Cross-posted from: and from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

Location : Bujumbura, BURUNDI
Application Deadline : 06-Sep-13
Additional Category Crisis Prevention and Recovery
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : International Consultant
Languages Required :English French
Starting Date :(date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 01-Oct-2013
Duration of Initial Contract : 50 days

MPP Jonathan Wolfish internship at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva, Switzerland

Jonathan Wolfish is a second year Masters of Public Policy student with a concentration in global policy. Jonathan spent this past summer interning at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva, Switzerland where he worked specifically with the Migrant Assistance Division. He assisted in creating the Division's communication and promotional materials and also worked with IOM Regional Thematic Specialists and field missions to assemble the Division's Annual Report, which highlights initiatives and projects in the Division's global portfolio.

Sept 10 deadline: Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowship at University of Minnesota for Arab scholars

Please note the deadline extension. Please distribute widely through your websites, networks and listservs. The new application deadline for fellowships during the Spring semester of 2014 is September 10th, 2013. Ragui Assaad

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

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 work 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 to 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

- 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 (assaad(at)


HHH students: Volunteer opportunities in global policy area

Sarah Parkinson: "someone who speaks Arabic, who knows ArcGIS, who expresses an interest in the Middle East (especially Syria and Libya), or in armed conflict"

Deborah Levison: "good in Stata, let me know...I might have some volunteer Stata work"

Sherry Gray: "opportunities assisting on activities with international fellows (see Paul Linnell, IFP graduate assistant, for ideas) or helping with postings on Global Notes (student editors to find/post info useful for our community)"

Sept 12 event: Business & Public Policy Round Table Discussion with Brian Atwood

Caux Round Table: Business and Public Policy Round Table Discussion with Brian Atwood

September 12, 9 a.m. | The University Club, RSVP to jed(at)

Oct 11 event: Global Food Security

Friday, October 11
6th Annual Great Decisions Conference - Global Food Security

Join MIC, local experts, and distinguished keynote speaker, Dr. Jonathan Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, to explore food security in the face of climate change, globalization, and population growth, a 2014 Great Decisions topic.

The Conference will also feature breakout sessions examining water security, sustainable agriculture and emerging trends for optimizing the food system. The afternoon panel will bring together public and private sector voices to discuss the role of foreign policy and the impact of developing economies, and share insights on how citizens can play a role in addressing the grand challenge of global food security.

Please check MIC's website and eNewsletter for additional speakers as confirmed.

Cosponsor: Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)

When: Friday, October 11; registration 8:30 A; conference 9:00 - 2:00 P
Where: 3M Auditorium, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, 321 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis
Cost: MIC members and cosponsors $40; Non-members $55;
Students $25; includes continental breakfast and individual boxed lunch
Conference Special: $100, includes conference registration and basic MIC membership
Advance registration required