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April 27 lecture & discussion: "Dynamics and complexities of transition from communism to democracy"

Please join us at the next lecture and discussion (via wide screen SKYPE) sponsored by the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

at the Community Room of the City Bella
6600 Lyndale Ave So., Richfield, MN

Please contact Professor Emeritus Josef Mestenhauser with questions (j-mest(at)

Dynamics and Complexities of Transition from Communism to Democracy
by Dr. Jiri Pehe

The end of the Soviet Union unleashed an unprecedented wave of global demands for massive democratization. That was some 25 years ago. Why is it that the prestigious Journal of Foreign Affairs published recently concluded that the honeymoon with democracy is over. Our speaker is an eminent scholar of transition to democracy in the Czech Republic, and will discuss the major issues and complexities involved in such transition. His presentation may contain a few lessons for our own democracy and implications for the remaining communist systems. According to him, the transition from authoritarianism to democracy occurred in four, mutually intertwined areas: 1) the creation of institutions and procedures of the political democracy, 2) the introduction of market economy, 3) the building of the rule of law, and 4) the creation of the civil society. Some of these areas could be built faster than others. The creation of a vibrant civil society is the most difficult project. The gap between the relatively fast construction of the institutional framework of democracy and the internalization of democracy as a "culture" has contributed to the rise of a political systems which we can call "a democracy without democrats". The benign pressure of international institutions in the direction of democracy "building" has, on the one hand, stabilized the new emerging democracies in Central Europe, but on the other hand, has also contributed to the widening of the gap between democracy understood as an institutional framework (political parties, elections, parliaments) and a democracy understood as "culture".

Dr. Pehe is a renoun scholar, writer, analyst and educator whose writings fill pages of daily press, bookstores and classrooms in several languages. He is Dean of the New York University campus in Prague, educating US students during their study abroad period. Educated in both the Czech Republic and the US, he is a highly sought after speaker and commentator on major issues facing democracies everywhere, and in the post-socialist countries especially. For a period of time he also served as chief political adviser to the former President Vaclav Havel. This topic happens to be his specialty.

Kiva Fellows Program now accepting applications

Kiva Fellows Program - Job Description:
Kiva, the "hottest non-profit on the planet" according to FORTUNE magazine, is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website. Kiva's field partners, throughout the U.S. and in over 60 countries around the world, post thousands of loans to every month so that individual lenders can help fund entrepreneurs who have limited access to capital.

Kiva Fellows have a unique opportunity to witness the realities of microfinance firsthand by working directly with a Kiva field partner, or supporting Kiva's newest initiative (Kiva Zip), for a minimum of 16 weeks. Kiva Fellowships are designed to increase Kiva's global impact, offer participants a unique insider experience into the microfinance industry, and provide a career opportunity of a lifetime. The position is volunteer-based, and all Fellows receive a week of in-depth training at Kiva's headquarters, plus ongoing access to Kiva's network of staff and former fellows.

Kiva Fellows are integral to the organization, serving as our eyes and ears on the ground and helping to extend limited resources to maximum effect. Kiva Fellows fulfill a core set of deliverables laid out in a personalized workplan that is defined by Kiva along with the host field partner or Kiva Zip team. Kiva aims to leverage the unique skill set of the Fellow to accomplish key tasks that are crucial to the success of the partnership or initiative.

Core Responsibilities

Although no two Fellowships are the same, core responsibilities may include the following:

Consulting/Capacity Building

Train Field Partner staff on Kiva processes, policies and best practices
Observe, learn and document the Field Partner's operations and its use of the Kiva platform, making recommendations as appropriate
Help identify new field partners or loan products that align with Kiva's model and help to further strategic goals


Interview Kiva borrowers to assess loan impact, verify data, and gather information for journal updates
Provide updates and feedback through field reports


Contribute regularly to the Kiva Fellows Blog
Create content to help tell the story of Kiva's impact in the field and engage Kiva lenders
Capture images and video footage to be used by Kiva's marketing team

Scale New Initiatives

Identify and onboard new Kiva Zip trustees and borrowers
Raise awareness about Kiva Zip through community outreach and public speaking
Conduct field-based research and analyze findings
Document best practices and learnings

Desired Skills/Experience

Successful Kiva Fellows tend to share certain skills and characteristics:

Overseas experience, preferably in developing countries (not required for placements within the United States)
High degree of flexibility, self-motivation and problem solving abilities
Ability to adapt to new cultures and be flexible in new, challenging environments
Background in finance, consulting, international development, business/social enterprise, social science, media production, marketing/communications, economic development, urban studies
Familiarity and comfort with various web applications and technology
Dedication to working in the field
High degree of self-motivation and ability to work independently
Minimum 4-month commitment
Ability and commitment to fund the experience
Enthusiasm for Kiva!
Fluency or advanced communication ability in Arabic, French, Khmer, Mongolian, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog/Cebuano, Turkish and Vietnamese are highly preferred or required for many positions. English-only speakers are encouraged to apply to our diverse Anglophone portfolio.

Where Fellows Serve
Kiva currently has active partnerships with over 180 field partners in over 65 countries, including the United States. Fellowship placements may occur at any of these locations, but availability is dependent upon partner need and the ability of a Fellow to successfully complete assigned tasks. As such, individuals that express a high degree of geographic flexibility are more likely to be selected for a placement.

Additional Benefits
All individuals who successfully complete their Fellowships are highly valued members of the Kiva family and will join the dynamic network of 450+ Kiva Fellow Alumni. Kiva Fellowships are extremely selective and demonstrative of the highest caliber candidates, who are becoming industry leaders around the world.

How to Apply
The deadline for the 22nd Class of Kiva Fellows is May 26, 2013. Fellows must attend a one-week training in San Francisco from August 26-30, and deploy into the field within two weeks of training.

We accept applications on our website. To apply, visit For more information on the application process, and to see information on upcoming application deadlines and training schedules visit our website,

Global Volunteers gathering at Common Good Books

Wednesday, May 1st at 7 PM

Common Good Books
38 South Snelling Avenue
St. Paul, MN

Please join us for a very special gathering of Encore volunteers, supporters, and those interested in learning more about Global Volunteers.

This Event is Free and Open to the Public

Ken Budd, Special Guest

China Encore Volunteer Ken Budd will describe his experiences in La La Shou Children's Special Education Center as recalled in his book The Voluntourist. In January, 2013, The Voluntourist won a silver prize in the annual North American Travel Journalists Association awards competition, honoring outstanding work in travel media.

"I want to live a life that matters," said Ken, as he embarked on a quest to help others - from post-Katrina New Orleans to a special needs school in China, from climate change research in Ecuador to projects in Kenya, Costa Rica, and the West Bank. Ken donates proceeds from book sales to Global Volunteers' La La Shou fund.

Michele Gran, Global Volunteers

Global Volunteers co-founder Michele Gran and other Twin Cities-area Global Volunteers will be available to answer your service program questions. This is a good opportunity to learn more about serving worldwide through Global Volunteers. Bring family and friends who have expressed interest and chat with Michele and the following Global Volunteers who have served on previous service programs with us:

Kathy and Tom Kromroy, 4 service programs: Costa Rica, Cook Islands, India and St. Lucia
Kathleen Anderson, 6 service programs: China, Hungary, Cook Islands, Ghana, Portugal and Poland
Ellen Holzschuh, 6 service programs: 1 in Hawaii and 5 in the Cook Islands
Kay Kramer, 3 service programs: Peru, Ecuador and Cuba
Mary Ho, 1 service program: Poland
Lori Wedeking, over 19 service programs: Minnesota, Poland (at least 18 in Poland) and Romania
Joelle Imholte, 5 service programs: India
Karen Moore, 1 service program: Cuba
Esther Schaak: 4 service programs: 1 in Greece and 3 in China

RSVP: Please let us know if you plan to attend the evening's event by emailing pcarlson(at)

Directions: Common Good Books is located next door to "Breadsmith", near the northeast corner of Grand and Snelling Avenues in St. Paul, across the street from Macalester College.

April 12 ICGC Brown Bag: "A Metastasizing Foreign Policy? Civil Rights, Education, & Transnational Citizenship under the Iran Sanctions Regime"

ICGC Brown Bag
Friday, April 12, 2013 12:00 noon, 537 Heller Hall

"A Metastasizing Foreign Policy? Civil Rights, Education, and Transnational Citizenship under the Iran Sanctions Regime"
Presented by: Roozbeh Shirazi, Postdoctoral Associate,

Comparative & International Development Education and College of Education and Human Development

The Iran Sanctions program is a focal point of U.S. foreign policy towards Iran. Often lauded as an alternative to military action, the sanctions have become increasingly strict during the Obama Administration, and are being used to pressure the Iranian government to stop uranium enrichment for its nuclear program. Thus far, the sanctions have not yet yielded intended effects: the Iranian government has not ceased enrichment, and there are growing reports of a humanitarian crisis unfolding in Iran. Less examined are the lived experiences and transnational effects of the Iran sanctions, which increasingly target Iranian nationals and US citizens of Iranian origin both inside and outside of Iran. This presentation examines how an increasingly mobile discourse of "Iran sanctions" has implication for education, development, civil rights, national identity, and citizenship. As this is a work "under construction," the aim is to elicit critical discussion reflection on theoretical and methodological next steps.

For the complete Fall 2013 ICGC brown bag schedule, go to

"Virgilio Piñera o el poder de la ficción" A lecture with Modesto Milanés

Thursday, April 11
4:00 p.m.
The Upson Room - 102 Walter Library

On the occasion of the centenary of Cuban author Virgilio Piñera's birth, Modesto Milanés explores the thematic and stylistic lines of development of Piñera's narrative oeuvre over the trajectory of his four-decade career.
The lecture will be followed by a reception. An exhibit of books by and about Pinera, "Remembering Virgilio Pinera," will be on display in the Upson Room during the event. Light refreshments will be served.

Modesto Milanés is Subdirector of Cuba's largest digital publisher and online literary venue Cubaliteraria, and Adjunct Professor in the Facultad de Artes y Letras at the Universidad de la Habana. He is the author of Escala crítica (Editorial Letras Cubanas, 2009), a compilation of critical essays on Piñera and Jorge Luis Borges, and Virgilio Piñera o el poder de la ficción (forthcoming).

Sponsored by: University of Minnesota Library and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies

April 16: "Education Under Fire" a documentary & conversation

Tues, April 16, 7-9pm
Moos Tower Room 2-650

The University of MN Program in Human Rights & Health Presents:
Education Under Fire, a documentary & conversation
Hosted by Roxana Saberi

What if you were forbidden to learn?
Today, thousands in Iran are denied formal university education due to their religious or ideological beliefs. Come & watch this 30 min documentary telling the poignant & compelling story of Bahá'í Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) - an underground university, the only chance for an entire minority community in Iran to receive an education.

The guest speaker for this event is Roxana Saberi, who is an Iranian-American journalist. She was arrested in Iran in 2009 on unfounded charges of espionage and sentenced to an 8-year prison term. Fortunately, due to immense international media and governmental pressure on Iran, Saberi was released after 100 days.

Conflict Week Events: Movie Night on Wed, Social Evening on Thurs

Wednesday, April 10th
4-6pm, Humphrey School Freeman Commons
Movie Night - 5 Broken Cameras, an Oscar nominated documentary about non-violent resistance in Palestine
Hosted by IPID

Thursday, April 11th
8-10pm, Red Sea bar (320 Cedar Ave, West Bank)
Social Evening - Come and meet members of IPID, MEIG, and DISP. Chat about what we all do and how you can get involved.
Hosted by IPID, MEIG, and DISP

Trauma, Faith and Healing in the Community: Conversations with South Africa's Tutu Sisters

Tuesday, April 23, 6 p.m.
Shiloh Temple International Ministries - 1201 West Broadway Ave. N., Minneapolis

Wednesday, April 24, 2 p.m.
Coffman Union - University of Minnesota East Bank Campus

University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
Critical Conversations

Trauma, Faith and Healing in the Community: Conversations with South Africa's Tutu Sisters

Devastation brought on by gun violence, natural disasters, and other traumas can shake a community to its core. Find out how faith, consensus-building, and communal reconciliation can heal community spirit in two special public discussions with the daughters of renowned South African social rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu: the Rev. Mpho Tutu; race and gender activist Naomi Tutu; and researcher Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe.

*Both events are free and open to the public, receptions and refreshments will be served after each event.

Trauma, Faith and Healing in the Community: Conversations with South Africa's Tutu Sisters

Tuesday, April 23, 6 p.m.
Shiloh Temple International Ministries - 1201 West Broadway Ave. N., Minneapolis

Wednesday, April 24, 2 p.m.
Coffman Union - University of Minnesota East Bank Campus

University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
Critical Conversations

Trauma, Faith and Healing in the Community: Conversations with South Africa's Tutu Sisters

Devastation brought on by gun violence, natural disasters, and other traumas can shake a community to its core. Find out how faith, consensus-building, and communal reconciliation can heal community spirit in two special public discussions with the daughters of renowned South African social rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu: the Rev. Mpho Tutu; race and gender activist Naomi Tutu; and researcher Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe.

*Both events are free and open to the public, receptions and refreshments will be served after each event.

April 12th Student Speaker Conference

2013 Student Speaker Conference Friday, April 12th from 3-7pm U of M Law School, Room 25


Conflict Week culminates in the IPID 2013 Student Speaker Conference. This semester's theme is Manifestations of Conflict: Resources, Migration, Religion and Politics, and we have a slate of five student speakers who will give 15-20 minute presenters on a variety of relevant topics. Each talk will be followed by a brief Q&A session, and after all the speakers have made their presentations, there will be a moderated discussion involving all presenters and audience members.
Food will be provided by AfroDeli (RSVP required).

Please click the link above to RSVP to the event via EventBrite. You can also find the agenda and location information (including map) on the EventBrite page.

Check out all of the Conflict Week events on IPID's facebook page.

Poverty Action Lab 2013 Spring Recruiting Drive: Now accepting applications for summer 2013

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab's (J-PAL) 2013 Spring Recruiting Drive is now accepting applications for positions starting in summer 2013.

J-PAL is a network of 76 affiliated professors around the world who are united by their use of randomized evaluations to answer questions critical to poverty alleviation. J-PAL's headquarters are at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, and J-PAL's regional offices are in Paris (France), Santiago (Chile), Chennai (India), Cape Town (South Africa), and Jakarta (Indonesia). J-PAL affiliated professors employ research staff through a variety of research centers in addition to J-PAL, including Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Centre for Microfinance (CMF), Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), Ideas 42, and the Small Enterprise Finance Center (SEFC). Affiliated professors may also employ research staff through the universities where they are based. In addition to the recruitment drives, J-PAL hires throughout the year as needed to fill staff positions. Applicants who are interested in immediate openings should consult J-PAL's website for current vacancies and apply as described below.

Selection Process

All applications submitted during J-PAL's 2013 Spring Recruitment Drive, from April 1-30, 2013, will become part of a common database for researchers and hiring managers seeking to fill positions beginning in summer and fall of 2013. Staff at J-PAL, IPA, and CEGA will screen all incoming applications during this period. After all applications have been screened, the list of candidates will be made available to researchers affiliated with J-PAL and our sister organizations. Researchers and their support staff will then begin contacting applicants for interviews and further information. Only applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted, and we are unable to provide feedback on specific applications.

Job Opportunities

J-PAL and our sister organizations have Research Associate, Research Analyst, Research Manager, and Policy Manager positions open, as well as project specific positions. Positions at J-PAL and our sister organizations fall into four categories:
Type 1: Field Research Associate or Project Associate
Type 2: Office-based Data Research Analyst or Project Associate
Type 3: Research Manager or Project Coordinator
Type 4: Policy, Administration and Management
More than 70 openings are anticipated, 70 percent of which are based in the field. Some positions are available at J-PAL in Cambridge, MA, at IPA in New Haven, CT, or at affiliates' home institutions. All of the positions are full-time and most require a minimum commitment of one year. More detailed descriptions of our position types may be found at

How to Apply

Complete the J-PAL common application, including submission of transcripts, 2-3 letters of recommendation, statements of purpose (cover letter), and CV (resume) by April 30, 2013. Within the common application, when prompted, applicants are to provide an explanation of international and developing country experience, note languages, list courses taken in economics, mathematics, and statistics, and provide grades. (Test scores should be reported when applicable, and grades/GPA should be reported as they were earned in the particular grading system, such as "A" or "80%", etc. Conversion to a 4.0 scale is not necessary).

Please also refer to J-PAL's Jobs Page to find openings for specific positions, which may include additional application steps (usually sending a CV and cover letter to the specific hiring manager). Applicants are encouraged to reach out to references before including their contact information in the common application; after the information is supplied, an email is immediately generated inviting referees to write a letter of recommendation on the applicant's behalf with specific instructions for uploading letters onto our database. Referees are encouraged to submit letters of recommendation within a two-week period.

For more information, please refer to our How to Apply page.

Job: Chief of Party, Civil Society with IREX, South Sudan

Chief of Party, Civil Society
Juba, South Sudan

IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors, our program activities also include conflict resolution, technology for development, women and youth.

Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $60 million and a staff of over 400 professionals worldwide. IREX employs field-tested methods and innovative uses of technologies to develop practical and locally driven solutions with our partners in more than 100 countries.

Summary of Position

IREX seeks candidates for Chief of Party for a potential USAID-funded program to strengthen civil society in South Sudan. The Chief of Party is the senior leadership position with overall responsibility for meeting program objectives. The position is contingent on funding.

Summary of Responsibilities:

· Provide vision, strategic direction and expertl leadership for the program, with overall management of technical, financial and administrative teams
· Develop and implement a plan of activities to meet program objectives, including development of organizational and technical capacity at civil society organizations and oversight of grant-making
· Maintain effective partnerships with South Sudanese civil society organizations and other stakeholders
· Serve as primary liaison with USAID and coordinate with local, regional and international organizations active in the civil society sector
· Manage and mentor project staff
· Oversee project budgeting and coordination with home office support teams
· Oversee monitoring, evaluation and reporting on program activities

Skills and Qualifications:

· 8-10 years of progressively more responsible management of civil society capacity building, preferably as Chief of Party or equivalent leadership position

· Familiarity with the political, social, economic, and cultural context of working in South Sudan

· Experience managing donor-funded activities required; USAID experience strongly preferred

· Demonstrated ability to lead and develop staff, manage budgets and plan strategically and creatively to meet specified objectives

· Strong representational and organizational skills

· Demonstrated ability to establish strong working relationships with governments, civic leaders, businesspeople and international donors and other stakeholders

· Ability to function professionally and effectively in verbal and written English required

Go to and click on Current Openings. Then click on the corresponding position and apply through our website. Please supply a resume and a cover letter with your application.

This material cross posted from Peace & Collaborative Development Network.

Summer Human Rights Internship with Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (Wash DC)

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) is seeking several smart, creative, organized, passionate, and hard-working interns for the summer.


Interns will:

Assist with advocacy campaigns by conducting research and preparing background memos and other written materials
Track Bahrain-related news, legislation, and statements by lawmakers and Executive branch officials on a daily basis
Attend hearings, briefings, and other events
Research and draft legislative fact sheets and other Hill-related materials
Prepare content for ADHRB's biweekly newsletter
Update the website, Facebook, and Twitter, and assist the Communications Associate with other media-related duties
Translate materials from Arabic to English as needed
Assist with administrative duties as required


Qualifications and Skills

The ideal candidate will:

Be a sophomore, junior, or senior in college, or be in graduate school (recent JD, MA, and Ph.D grads are also encouraged to apply)
Be interested in and knowledgeable about relevant human rights issues (freedom of speech, expression, and association; due process rights; prisoners' rights)
Have experience working or interning on Capitol Hill or for a non-profit organization
Be able to demonstrate superb writing skills
Possess solid organizational and time-management skills
Be able to work independently, take initiative, and exercise sound judgment and discretion
Be committed to ADHRB's mission
Be fluent in Arabic (highly desired)
Candidates must be able to commit to a minimum of 4 days (32 hours) per week. The anticipated start- and end-dates for this position are June 3 and August 16, respectively, although we are happy to work with students whose availability may require some adjustment to that schedule. We are happy to assist students seeking course credit for their work.

Contact Details


Application Instructions

Please email a resume, cover letter, and a short writing sample (5 pages max.; excerpts are fine) that demonstrates your writing skills to internships [at] Documents must be in .doc or .pdf format. Only complete submissions will be considered.

Daniel Wordsworth to Lead the April African Development Center Commerce and Community Conversation

The African Development Center is proud to announce that this month's roundtable discussion will be led by Daniel Wordsworth, the President and CEO of the American Refugee Committee. ARC works with its partners and constituencies to provide opportunities and expertise to refugees, displaced people and host communities. We help people survive conflict and crisis and rebuild lives of dignity, health, security and self-sufficiency.

This mission is especially pertinent to ADC and the community in which we work, and we look forward to you joining us for an intriguing discussion on the many challenges facing ARC and its many important programs throughout the globe.

These community discussions were developed as the ADC Business Breakfast Roundtable in 2010 to better facilitate dialogue in our community, connect individuals who otherwise may not cross paths, and to increase knowledge of institutions, systems, laws, tools, etc. for a more informed community. Since its inception, the roundtable has been a great success, drawing together people from all backgrounds and touching on numerous topics - prompting us to rename them ADC Commerce and Community Conversations.

As with all Conversations, this session will be held at the African Development Center Main Office in Minneapolis. Normally held the third Thursday of the month, this event will be Thursday, March 21st from 7:30 - 9:00am.

Please sign up, and mark this date on your calendar. If you can't make it in, this will be streaming live on the event page, as well as our Facebook page!

You can signup by going to our website or contacting Matthew Holm at mholm(at) If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 612-333-4772 or 1-877-232-4775.

Job: New Tactics Program Manager, The Center for Victims of Torture, Minneapolis or Washington, D.C.

The Center for Victims of Torture is hiring a Program Manager for the New Tactics in Human Rights Program. This position will provide leadership by engaging stakeholders in strategic visioning, partnering with funding institutions to build a stable base of financial support, developing and implementing plans that broaden the impact of the program, and leading a small, mostly virtual team. The position reports to the Deputy Director and is based in either Minneapolis, Minnesota or Washington DC.

New Tactics in Human Rights Program:
This ambitious project brings together human rights activists from around the world to learn from each other and apply strategic thinking to their work. Through virtual communities, online dialogues, workshops and case studies, successful tactics are shared and strategy is discussed to advance human rights around the world. The program partners with human rights activists in the areas of economic, social, cultural, civil, and political rights.

The Center for Victims of Torture works toward a future in which torture ceases to exist and its victims have hope for a new life. We are an international nonprofit dedicated to healing survivors of torture. We provide direct care for those who have been tortured, train partners around the world who can prevent and treat torture, and advocate for human rights and an end to torture. We are headquartered in Minnesota with offices in Africa and the Middle East.


Program Leadership: Provide leadership and vision for the overall New Tactics program. Engage staff, program partners, funding partners, and other stakeholders in strategic visioning for the program and build long-term project plans. Review program timelines, supervise staff in the US and abroad, develop and manage budgets, provide guidance and planning assistance to program staff, and prepare regular reports. Lead the organization in using New Tactics principles in the planning and development of other CVT projects and initiative.
Regional Hub Management: Provide oversight and direction to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) initiatve manager in implementing the strategic vision for the regional initiative. Assist the initiative manager by providing guidance and planning support to the team.
Outreach and Partnership Development: Develop and maintain partnerships and collaborations among organizations and advocates around the world that advance human rights--broadly defined to include economic, social and cultural rights in addition to civil and political rights--on local, national, and/or regional levels. Conduct outreach to ensure that there is a wider and more informed audience for New Tactics' work and materials.
Fundraising: Secure funding for the New Tactics program by building long-term partnerships with donor institutions. Manage relationships with current funding partners and develop relationship with new funding partners. Oversee the preparation of grant proposals, project proposals and reports. Engage other CVT staff members in fundraising for the program.
Administrative and Organizational Responsibilities: Participate in departmental, program, and organizational meetings and activities.


Master's degree preferred in public policy, international affairs, or related field. Bachelor's degree required.
Minimum of 6 years of experience in program management required and 2 years of experience in human rights work desired.
Demonstrated ability to develop and implement a strategic vision for projects or programs.
Proven success in developing funding partnerships with institutional donors.
Demonstrated success in all facets of international program management, including supervising staff in multiple countries, budget planning, and project planning.
Experience of working internationally or with international partners and demonstrated skills in working with other cultures required.
Proficient technological skills and familiarity with social networking.
Ability to travel nationally or internationally 15% of time and willingness to spend some hours outside the typical working day to communicate with projects in other time zones.
Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels.
Commitment to international human rights.
To Apply: Submit resume, cover letter and salary expectations by April 19, 2013.
Affirmative Action/EEO/E-Verify Employer.

Apply Now

United Nations Institute for Training and Research Summer School on International Diplomacy

17-21 June 2013
United Nations Headquarters, New York

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) one-week intensive summer school provides graduate and advanced undergraduate students with the unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge on the special dynamics and key issues at stake in multi- lateral diplomacy from an insider perspective as well as to enhance their diplomatic and research skills through capacity-building training from experienced practitioners. It is designed particularly for students pursuing a professional or academic career in the field of international politics. The summer school also provides an excellent preparation for participation in Model United Nations.

The summer school will combine an academic approach, featuring expert presentations by Faculty from Yale and Brown Universities, and seminar style discussions on substantial issues with practical sessions, including skills-building trainings on negotiating, resolution writing and research. The students will be able to learn from and exchange views with distinguished diplomats, high-level UN officials, renowned academics and experienced practitioners from the NGO sector.

For more information, download:
Brochure Summer School.pdf

Internship: NDI - Women's Political Participation

Intern/Project Assistant: Women's Political Participation

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) encourages enthusiastic individuals with strong interest in women's political participation to submit a cover letter and resume for an internship with NDI's Women's Political Participation team. Responsibilities of this internship include administrative support, financial management, organizing and collecting resources on women's issues in the field of democratic development and peace building. The full-time internship is based in NDI's Washington DC office and requires a 40 hour commitment per week. We are looking for an individual available from early April through early August 2013.

Primary Responsibilities

Assist in the general daily functioning of the women's political participation programs, including consolidating, supplementing, reorganizing and indexing NDI's materials on Women's Participation;
Conduct periodic research assignments to support NDI's women's political participation programs;
Assist with administrative duties such as filing, faxing, copying, mailings and travel arrangements.
Assist with planning and financial management for current women, peace, and security program.

Required Skills

Recent graduate with undergraduate degree in gender studies, international relations, political science, public policy studies or related fields;
Demonstrated course work and/or work experience in women's issues, gender equity, gender and peace building, or related areas, particularly as they apply to international issues and/or politics;
Demonstrated course work and/or work experience in international relations, politics and/or political science, such as campaign or advocacy work;
Excellent organizational and administrative abilities with a strong attention to detail and the ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks;
Strong research, financial management and analytical skills;
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills;
Ability to work independently and cooperatively in a fast-paced environment;
Varied computer skills and languages a plus.


This is a paid internship. Interns are encouraged to attend workshops, lectures and other staff development events at NDI.

Please include both a cover letter and resume (attached as .pdf or .doc file) with your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Non-U.S. citizens applying for internships and entry level positions based in the U.S. must possess work authorization that does not require employer sponsorship.

NDI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law.
Job Location
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Position Type
For more information, please visit:

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Internship: Center for Health & Aging with the National Bureau of Asian Research (Seattle)

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking a volunteer, part-time intern (12-18 hours per week) to provide research and administrative support to NBR's Center for Health and Aging for 3-6 months, starting in May. This position would be ideal for a candidate seeking to build their professional experience in public health issues while working at a nonprofit policy research institution. The internship, though volunteer, pays a nominal stipend. Students are also encouraged to apply for credit or funding through their home institution.


Publications: researching, drafting, reviewing, proofreading, and formatting documents on public health issues for the Center for Health and Aging (including Commentaries, Q&As, and other online content)
Research assistance: providing background research on public health issues, individuals, and organizations and supporting development of concept papers and proposals.
Event planning: providing administrative and logistical support for briefings and discussions on public health issues.
Providing general office support for other NBR activities, including answering incoming calls to the organization.

Current MA or MPH student or recent graduate
Excellent written, oral, and research skills
Substantive expertise and interest in public health issues in Asia and contemporary U.S. policy toward international health, and familiarity with international health agencies and NGOs
The intern should be a motivated self-starter who can work independently or as part of a team, pays acute attention to detail, is organized, and works well under pressure U.S. citizenship or permanent residence status (by time of application deadline)
Application Process

The deadline for applications is April 12, 2013; however, qualified applications received first will be given priority. Incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply, submit the following to NBR:

Application Form: PDF or MS Word
Cover letter that details your qualifications and availability
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Humphrey Fellow Phuntsho Norbu starts affiliation with OHCHR in New York

2012-2013 Humphrey Fellow Mr. Phuntsho Norbu of Bhutan has started a two month professional affiliation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, New York Office, United Nations.

Mr. Phuntsho Norbu currently works as the First Secretary/Senior Desk Officer in the Department of Bilateral Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Royal Government of Bhutan. Prior to this, he served for three and half years as the First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the United Nations in Geneva and other international organizations during which time he was responsible for, among others, the Human Rights Council, the World Health Organization and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. He has a master degree in international studies (peace and conflict resolution) from the University of Queensland (Australia) and post-graduate certificates in advanced security cooperation from the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (Hawai'i), international trade from Sogang University (Seoul, South Korea), and human rights and international humanitarian law from National Law School of India University (Bangalore, India). He completed his bachelor degree in geography (honors) from Sherubtse College (Bhutan).

Humphrey Fellow Smith presenting workshop on "The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health with specific focus on hearing impairment" at Virginia Polytechnic

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to give a workshop on 12 April 2013:
"The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health with specific focus on hearing impairment"

Magteld Smith is currently a Medical-Social Researcher to the University of the Free State, Faculty of Health Sciences in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, in Bloemfontein, Republic of South Africa. She was a founder of various community projects, and has created a public forum for the discussion of disability-related issues. Smith has 20 years' experience in the field of disabilities and is an advocate for efforts to improve the conditions of people with disabilities, specifically those with hearing impairment (HI). Her study aims to determine the cost effectiveness of various rehabilitation programs for people with HI, including multiple disabilities associated with HI, making it possible for more people to have access to a wider array of rehabilitation options. She is a doctorate student in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences in Development Studies. She earned among other qualifications a Master's degree in Governance and Political Transformation, and a Master's degree in Development Studies from University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, Republic of South Africa.

During Smith's fellowship year, her professional affiliation will be with the Interdisciplinary Graduate Group in Disability Studies at the University of Minnesota. The primary objective will be to develop disability studies curriculum and disability studies-influenced scholarship and policy initiatives, with particular attention to issues related to HI. Smith is also working closely with the Hennepin County Mentor ship Program of the State Minnesota to share best practices in areas of professional work and build international colleague ship.