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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more info, visit: http://ideasthatshape.com/competition2013

This material cross posted from Peace and Collaborative Development Network.

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

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

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

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

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

Fellowship: MILEAD Fellows Program, Africa

Call For Applications: 2013 MILEAD Fellowship

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

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

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

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

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

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

USA
Email: info@moremiinitiative.org | Tel: +1 404 826 2942

GHANA
Email: info@moremiinitiative.org | Tel: +233 302 770 736

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/MoremiAfrica | TWITTER: Twitter.com/MoremiAfrica

This material cross posted from Peace and Collaborative Development Network.

Job: Project Manager Sudan - based in Kampala

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

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

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

Salary range: £28,000 - £31,500 gross per year depending on experience, plus benefits. For a job description please visit http://www.saferworld.org.uk/about/jobs. Ugandans are especially encouraged to apply.

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

This material cross posted from Peace and Collaborative Development Network.

Westminster Town Hall Forum- Upcoming Schedule of Events

Spring 2013

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

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

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

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

Westminster Presbyterian Church
Nicollet Mall and 12th Street
Downtown Minneapolis

Free and Open to All

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

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

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

http://westminsterforum.org/

Fellowship: Fulbright Public Policy Program, Deadline Feb 1st

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

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

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

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

For the full program description and application, please visit:
http://us.fulbrightonline.org/fulbright-public-policy-fellowships

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Programme details and application material can be accessed by linking to http://www.unescochair.uconn.edu/upspecialevents.htm

This material cross posted from Peace & Collaborative Development Network.

Job: Peace and Development Advisor, UNDP (Chad)


For more information, please visit: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=34892


Location : N'Djamena, CHAD

Application Deadline :19-Jan-13

Type of Contract :FTA International

Post Level :P-4

Languages Required : English French

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

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Background

Post context:

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

Country context:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Policy and Advisory duties:

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

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

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

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key functions:

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

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

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

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

Corporate Competences:

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

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

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

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

Education

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

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

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

To apply: https://jobs.undp.org/cj_apply.cfm?cur_job_id=34892

This material cross posted from Peace & Collaborative Development Network.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Humphrey class begins in Shanghai Jan 2013


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

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

Job: Country Director - Senegal


Shelter For Life is a humanitarian faith-based non-profit that operates programs in Liberia, Senegal Afghanistan and Sudan. We provide shelter, micro-grants, improve farming techniques, build roads in countries that are rebuilding from war and conflict. You can learn more about us at: www.shelter.org.

We are currently seeking a Country Director for our operations based in Senegal. Position will be responsible for overseeing a three-year program for the construction of tertiary road networks in South and North Senegal.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Be responsible for management of the project, applying best practices to all the goals and objectives of the proposal
• Prepare weekly, monthly and quarterly updates/reports, as required by the donor & HQ
• Supervise the structure of the program and monitor the progress of the project objectives to ensure that it is completed on time and on budget and provide financial projections
• Manage, train, and supervise all project staff members, applying all project related security measures for their safety
• Develop and maintain productive relationships and communication for project coordination and implementation through local communities, regional coordination meetings, government programs, partner communications, INGO networks and donor agencies
• Travel within the country and out; and work in remote areas for extended periods, as needed
• Additional responsibilities may be assigned as necessary


Education and/or Experience Requirements:
• Bachelor degree in business, economics, international development, or related field, or professional experience in the same areas (Masters or higher preferred)
• Experience in the areas of road construction, civil engineering
• Demonstrated experience in reporting project progress as it relates to donor guidelines
• Project and administrative experience in a cross cultural environment
• 5+ years' experience in project management
• Prior experience in Africa is preferable


Personal Skills & Abilities:
• Christian leadership skills; ability to maintain a positive work environment with professionalism
• Strong teamwork and listening skills combined with excellent interpersonal skills and cross-cultural sensitivity
• Ability to research, analyze, coordinate, & plan - both strategically and innovatively
• Ability to assess complex programs and situations rapidly and form accurate opinions
• Ability to respond practically and operate successfully in difficult field conditions
• Willingness to adopt the use of locally appropriate technologies
• Ability to be flexible, persistent and diplomatic and to gain respect among staff, local community leaders as well as local government ministries and donor organizations
• Excellent written and verbal English; aptitude for languages


Dates:
• 12+ month commitment to live and work in Senegal

To apply, send cover letter & resume to marguerite(at)shelter.org

Fellowship: Mozambique First Fellow - Maputo, Mozambique

Apply by January 25

For more information, please visit: http://buildingmarkets.org/jobs/mozambique-first-fellow

Mozambique First Fellow

Location Name:
Maputo, Mozambique
Closing Date:
25 January 2012

Up for an adventure?

Since gaining its independence in 1975, Mozambique has remained one of the poorest countries in the world. Five centuries of Portuguese rule and a tumultuous civil war have left the country's economy in a weakened state. However, with a large international aid presence and an increasing number of foreign companies entering the local market, Mozambique's economy is on the rise.

Potentially launching in early 2013, the Sustainable Marketplace Initiative - Mozambique will leverage foreign direct investment and international aid into opportunities for Mozambican small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to grow their businesses and create job, thereby reducing poverty and guiding the economy on the path to sustainable development.

We're offering a six-month fellowship starting in February 2013. The fellow will spearhead our Mozambique First campaign. The objective is simple - we want the international community to buy into buying local. We want them to put Mozambique First; and we want you to help us do it - from the drawing board to the streets of Maputo.

We need someone who is smart, creative, persuasive, and passionate about building markets (double entendre intended). If you can write eloquently; captivate an audience effortlessly; think, live and breathe outside the box; and happen to possess a valid passport, this just might be the opportunity for you!

We're giving you ONE PAGE to tell us who you are, and how you're going to help us run the campaign - whether by infographic, one act play, or Shakespearean sonnet. This is an opportunity for unfettered creativity and innovation!

You have until 1700hrs EST on Friday 25 January 2012. Put "Mozambique First Fellowship" in your email subject. Tweet us @BuildingMrkets or email us at vacancies(at)buildingmarkets.org.
For more information, please visit: http://buildingmarkets.org/jobs/mozambique-first-fellow

This material cross posted from Peace & Collaborative Development.

Job: Governance and Public Finance Specialist, UNDP, Thailand


UNDP's democratic governance practice focuses on fostering inclusive participation, strengthening responsive governing institutions, and promoting democratic principles. Inclusive participation expands equal opportunities for engagement by the poor, women, youth, indigenous people, and other marginalized groups who are excluded from power. Efforts in this area aim to strengthen opportunities for civic engagement in the core channels linking people and the state, at the national, regional and local levels. Strengthening responsive governing institutions entails promoting the core channels of representation and accountability in the state at the national, regional and local levels. Responsive institutions mean that the state reflects and serves the needs, priorities, and interests of all people, including women, the poor, youth, and minorities. Supporting national partners to strengthen democratic practices grounded in human rights, anti-corruption and gender equality require UNDP leadership in promoting integration, coordination and information-sharing of policies, practices, and strategies strengthening democratic governance within and outside of the UN family.

In Asia and the Pacific, UNDP is increasingly being requested to provide governance related services that support governments in articulating their response to climate change. These services include strengthening government's institutional and administrative framework to be able to deliver integrated climate policy and programming within a range of sectors; strengthening government's planning and budgeting processes to be able to account transparently for climate relate services; strengthening parliament and civil society's roles in holding governments to account for their response to climate change and supporting local governments in integrating climate related services into their programming. There is also an increasing urgency to ensure that the needs, priorities, and interests of all people, including women, the poor, youth, and minorities and those particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts are included in the governance of a climate change response: in all stages of policy formulation, programme implementation and processes of accountability that determine a response to climate change.

To respond to the growing demands, APRC has established a multi-disciplinary team to deliver services which can support governments develop comprehensive approaches to govern the challenge of climate change in ways that support their overall development, particularly in the context of Rio+20 follow up and post 2015 development agenda. This team works across practices within UNDP and HQ, APRC, UNDP country offices and in partnership with a range of development partners at the regional level, to deliver this support.

The Governance and Public Finance specialist will be a full member of this multidisciplinary climate governance team reporting to the Climate Change Governance and Development Effectiveness Advisor in the Democratic Governance Practice in the Regional Centre in Bangkok who in turn reports to the Democratic Governance Practice Team leader and Environment and Energy Practice Team leader on the climate governance work programme. The specialist will work closely with the EEG practice team members as well as DG team members who also work on climate change.

The specialist will work closely with the EEG and DG practice team members who also work on climate change. Alongside the Climate Change Policy Expert, his/her main focus will be to support the delivery the SIDA supported Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance to benefit the poor and vulnerable programme as part of the overall Asia Regional Governance Programme and RBAP Business Plan priorities alongside other relevant regional programs and APRC services including EEG, CPR and CDG programmes. He / she will also represent the climate governance team and other APRC teams in regional events and international meetings to share experience and advocate for the climate governance approaches developed within the UNDP APRC.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Governance/Public Finance specialist will provide substantive technical advice and advocacy regarding Governance and Climate Change Finance in the Asia Pacific region.

Overall tasks will include supporting development and delivery of country level projects as part of the programme and the delivery of regional knowledge products and south-south cooperation as part of the programme.

Regional Policy Advisory/Programme Support-Delivery:

Support the management and technical back-stopping of country level interventions to include:

Consult with government, SIDA, UNDP as well as other stakeholders to finalise modalities for country support;
Strengthening baselines and finalise monitoring and evaluation frameworks at the country level;
Assisting in developing work plans and support national stakeholders in implementing country interventions.
Policy Development:

Support the development of Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Reviews and Climate Finance Strategies and Plans in selected countries.

Support the implementation and strengthening of the CPEIR methodology and in particular governance/institutional analysis support in selected countries in Asia and Pacific countries;
Support country level stakeholder consultations, technical research related to governance and public finance as well as contributing to the production of CPEIR reports;
Provide regional support and direct technical assistance to develop climate finance strategies and policies in Asia and Pacific countries;
Support training on integrating tracking and codification mechanisms (e.g budget code development, results indicators, expenditure classification etc.) for climate change into national systems.
Research and Content Development:

Provide Capacity Development Support and contribute to Climate Change Programming Design on climate finance in Asia and the Pacific.

Support capacity development to establish cross government accountability mechanisms on climate finance, including assessments, secretariat support;
Support training for non- executive institutions with the potential roles for oversight of climate change expenditure (e.g parliamentary committees);
Assist the implementation of programmes to develop capacities amongst regional regional experts regarding the governance of climate change finance, including mentoring;
Provide advice and guidance (in coordination with the Climate Change Policy Expert) in integrating governance/PFM assistance into climate change programming design teams (e.g GEF, Climate Funds Management, other donor climate change programmes);
Support analysis and provide advice on how governments and other stakeholders can best access sources of international climate finance that strengthen and use their own budgeting, planning and public financial management systems;
Oversee the production of evidence of the effectiveness of climate finance in the region is shared across countries and globally. Oversight on all knowledge products;
Analyze and recommend, in close collaboration with UNDP country offices, how best domestic and internationally financed climate change programmes can be better designed to support and progressively use country's public financial management systems.
Advocacy

Directing Climate Finance to the poor and vulnerable

Support the review of poverty incidence of climate programmes and budgets in selected countries (e.g. gender dimensions of climate related expenditures);
Review targeting criteria and data collection methodology for addressing climate change vulnerability in local development, social protection and disaster risk reduction programmes;
Lead on integrating Human Rights Based Approaches into climate programming in Local development;
Support pilot approaches to targeting the climate change vulnerable through social protection, disaster risk reduction and local development programmes.
Partnerships and Resource Mobilization

Supporting Climate Change Finance initiatives regionally including in relation to the Global Partnership on Effective Development Cooperation

Provide overview and technical expertise in reviewing regional knowledge products which synthesize country analysis produced;
Develop and support innovative South-South issues which strengthen climate finance in Asia and Pacific;
Contribute to the regional dialogues and communities of practice;
Support climate change finance donor coordination groups at regional levels including (i) UN agencies and by supporting (ii) UNDAF processes;
In close collaboration with the Governance of Climate Change and Development Effectiveness Advisor, consolidate Busan/ODA/Climate finance reports to provide annual regional overviews.

Corporate Competencies:

Demonstrate the integrity and fairness by modeling UN/UNDP value's and ethical standard
Promote the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP
Display culture, gender, religious, race, nationality and age sensitivities and adaptability
Technical/Functional Competencies:

Management and Leadership

Good managerial and leading skills
Demonstrate strong coordination skill
Consistently approaches to work with energy and a positive and constructive attitude
Communication

Good communication skill both in writing and oral including networking and interpersonal skills
Proven ability to persuade and influence others to cooperate
Client Orientation

Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion
Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients
Proven ability to build strong relations with partners, clients for positive feed back
Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Master's Degree in, Public Administration, Public Finance, Development Studies, International Affairs, Political Science, Social Science, or other related fields.
Work Experience:

At least 7 years of progressive experience in support country process of governance reform including public financial management and institutional reform;
Proven experience in providing advice on public finance / institutional reform to senior policy makers and practitioners in governments of developing countries a must, and experience in Asia an advantage;
Experience in working on climate change and climate change finance and an understanding of development effectiveness;
Work experience with civil society, media and parliament in promoting transparency and accountability for government policy and programming;
Experience in programmes/projects management including technical, administrative and financial management.;
Experience working in the international organisation or UN family is an advantage;
Extensive knowledge of UNDP's policies, procedures and practice including familiarity of ATLAS operational system is an asset;
Full computer literacy in internet searching and Microsoft Office programmes i.e. MS-Word, MS-Excel and MS-Power Point. Website management experience is an asset.
Language Requirement:

Proficiency in English with advanced command of speaking and writing. Working knowledge of other UN official language is an asset.
REMARK: QUALIFIED FEMALE CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

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.

To apply, visit: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=34862

This material cross posted from Peace & Collaborative Development Network.

Job: Governance and Public Finance Specialist, UNDP, Thailand


UNDP's democratic governance practice focuses on fostering inclusive participation, strengthening responsive governing institutions, and promoting democratic principles. Inclusive participation expands equal opportunities for engagement by the poor, women, youth, indigenous people, and other marginalized groups who are excluded from power. Efforts in this area aim to strengthen opportunities for civic engagement in the core channels linking people and the state, at the national, regional and local levels. Strengthening responsive governing institutions entails promoting the core channels of representation and accountability in the state at the national, regional and local levels. Responsive institutions mean that the state reflects and serves the needs, priorities, and interests of all people, including women, the poor, youth, and minorities. Supporting national partners to strengthen democratic practices grounded in human rights, anti-corruption and gender equality require UNDP leadership in promoting integration, coordination and information-sharing of policies, practices, and strategies strengthening democratic governance within and outside of the UN family.

In Asia and the Pacific, UNDP is increasingly being requested to provide governance related services that support governments in articulating their response to climate change. These services include strengthening government's institutional and administrative framework to be able to deliver integrated climate policy and programming within a range of sectors; strengthening government's planning and budgeting processes to be able to account transparently for climate relate services; strengthening parliament and civil society's roles in holding governments to account for their response to climate change and supporting local governments in integrating climate related services into their programming. There is also an increasing urgency to ensure that the needs, priorities, and interests of all people, including women, the poor, youth, and minorities and those particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts are included in the governance of a climate change response: in all stages of policy formulation, programme implementation and processes of accountability that determine a response to climate change.

To respond to the growing demands, APRC has established a multi-disciplinary team to deliver services which can support governments develop comprehensive approaches to govern the challenge of climate change in ways that support their overall development, particularly in the context of Rio+20 follow up and post 2015 development agenda. This team works across practices within UNDP and HQ, APRC, UNDP country offices and in partnership with a range of development partners at the regional level, to deliver this support.

The Governance and Public Finance specialist will be a full member of this multidisciplinary climate governance team reporting to the Climate Change Governance and Development Effectiveness Advisor in the Democratic Governance Practice in the Regional Centre in Bangkok who in turn reports to the Democratic Governance Practice Team leader and Environment and Energy Practice Team leader on the climate governance work programme. The specialist will work closely with the EEG practice team members as well as DG team members who also work on climate change.

The specialist will work closely with the EEG and DG practice team members who also work on climate change. Alongside the Climate Change Policy Expert, his/her main focus will be to support the delivery the SIDA supported Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance to benefit the poor and vulnerable programme as part of the overall Asia Regional Governance Programme and RBAP Business Plan priorities alongside other relevant regional programs and APRC services including EEG, CPR and CDG programmes. He / she will also represent the climate governance team and other APRC teams in regional events and international meetings to share experience and advocate for the climate governance approaches developed within the UNDP APRC.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Governance/Public Finance specialist will provide substantive technical advice and advocacy regarding Governance and Climate Change Finance in the Asia Pacific region.

Overall tasks will include supporting development and delivery of country level projects as part of the programme and the delivery of regional knowledge products and south-south cooperation as part of the programme.

Regional Policy Advisory/Programme Support-Delivery:

Support the management and technical back-stopping of country level interventions to include:

Consult with government, SIDA, UNDP as well as other stakeholders to finalise modalities for country support;
Strengthening baselines and finalise monitoring and evaluation frameworks at the country level;
Assisting in developing work plans and support national stakeholders in implementing country interventions.
Policy Development:

Support the development of Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Reviews and Climate Finance Strategies and Plans in selected countries.

Support the implementation and strengthening of the CPEIR methodology and in particular governance/institutional analysis support in selected countries in Asia and Pacific countries;
Support country level stakeholder consultations, technical research related to governance and public finance as well as contributing to the production of CPEIR reports;
Provide regional support and direct technical assistance to develop climate finance strategies and policies in Asia and Pacific countries;
Support training on integrating tracking and codification mechanisms (e.g budget code development, results indicators, expenditure classification etc.) for climate change into national systems.
Research and Content Development:

Provide Capacity Development Support and contribute to Climate Change Programming Design on climate finance in Asia and the Pacific.

Support capacity development to establish cross government accountability mechanisms on climate finance, including assessments, secretariat support;
Support training for non- executive institutions with the potential roles for oversight of climate change expenditure (e.g parliamentary committees);
Assist the implementation of programmes to develop capacities amongst regional regional experts regarding the governance of climate change finance, including mentoring;
Provide advice and guidance (in coordination with the Climate Change Policy Expert) in integrating governance/PFM assistance into climate change programming design teams (e.g GEF, Climate Funds Management, other donor climate change programmes);
Support analysis and provide advice on how governments and other stakeholders can best access sources of international climate finance that strengthen and use their own budgeting, planning and public financial management systems;
Oversee the production of evidence of the effectiveness of climate finance in the region is shared across countries and globally. Oversight on all knowledge products;
Analyze and recommend, in close collaboration with UNDP country offices, how best domestic and internationally financed climate change programmes can be better designed to support and progressively use country's public financial management systems.
Advocacy

Directing Climate Finance to the poor and vulnerable

Support the review of poverty incidence of climate programmes and budgets in selected countries (e.g. gender dimensions of climate related expenditures);
Review targeting criteria and data collection methodology for addressing climate change vulnerability in local development, social protection and disaster risk reduction programmes;
Lead on integrating Human Rights Based Approaches into climate programming in Local development;
Support pilot approaches to targeting the climate change vulnerable through social protection, disaster risk reduction and local development programmes.
Partnerships and Resource Mobilization

Supporting Climate Change Finance initiatives regionally including in relation to the Global Partnership on Effective Development Cooperation

Provide overview and technical expertise in reviewing regional knowledge products which synthesize country analysis produced;
Develop and support innovative South-South issues which strengthen climate finance in Asia and Pacific;
Contribute to the regional dialogues and communities of practice;
Support climate change finance donor coordination groups at regional levels including (i) UN agencies and by supporting (ii) UNDAF processes;
In close collaboration with the Governance of Climate Change and Development Effectiveness Advisor, consolidate Busan/ODA/Climate finance reports to provide annual regional overviews.

Corporate Competencies:

Demonstrate the integrity and fairness by modeling UN/UNDP value's and ethical standard
Promote the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP
Display culture, gender, religious, race, nationality and age sensitivities and adaptability
Technical/Functional Competencies:

Management and Leadership

Good managerial and leading skills
Demonstrate strong coordination skill
Consistently approaches to work with energy and a positive and constructive attitude
Communication

Good communication skill both in writing and oral including networking and interpersonal skills
Proven ability to persuade and influence others to cooperate
Client Orientation

Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion
Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients
Proven ability to build strong relations with partners, clients for positive feed back
Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Master's Degree in, Public Administration, Public Finance, Development Studies, International Affairs, Political Science, Social Science, or other related fields.
Work Experience:

At least 7 years of progressive experience in support country process of governance reform including public financial management and institutional reform;
Proven experience in providing advice on public finance / institutional reform to senior policy makers and practitioners in governments of developing countries a must, and experience in Asia an advantage;
Experience in working on climate change and climate change finance and an understanding of development effectiveness;
Work experience with civil society, media and parliament in promoting transparency and accountability for government policy and programming;
Experience in programmes/projects management including technical, administrative and financial management.;
Experience working in the international organisation or UN family is an advantage;
Extensive knowledge of UNDP's policies, procedures and practice including familiarity of ATLAS operational system is an asset;
Full computer literacy in internet searching and Microsoft Office programmes i.e. MS-Word, MS-Excel and MS-Power Point. Website management experience is an asset.
Language Requirement:

Proficiency in English with advanced command of speaking and writing. Working knowledge of other UN official language is an asset.
REMARK: QUALIFIED FEMALE CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

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.

To apply, visit: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=34862

This material cross posted from Peace & Collaborative Development Network.

Job: Governance and Public Finance Specialist, UNDP, Thailand


UNDP's democratic governance practice focuses on fostering inclusive participation, strengthening responsive governing institutions, and promoting democratic principles. Inclusive participation expands equal opportunities for engagement by the poor, women, youth, indigenous people, and other marginalized groups who are excluded from power. Efforts in this area aim to strengthen opportunities for civic engagement in the core channels linking people and the state, at the national, regional and local levels. Strengthening responsive governing institutions entails promoting the core channels of representation and accountability in the state at the national, regional and local levels. Responsive institutions mean that the state reflects and serves the needs, priorities, and interests of all people, including women, the poor, youth, and minorities. Supporting national partners to strengthen democratic practices grounded in human rights, anti-corruption and gender equality require UNDP leadership in promoting integration, coordination and information-sharing of policies, practices, and strategies strengthening democratic governance within and outside of the UN family.

In Asia and the Pacific, UNDP is increasingly being requested to provide governance related services that support governments in articulating their response to climate change. These services include strengthening government's institutional and administrative framework to be able to deliver integrated climate policy and programming within a range of sectors; strengthening government's planning and budgeting processes to be able to account transparently for climate relate services; strengthening parliament and civil society's roles in holding governments to account for their response to climate change and supporting local governments in integrating climate related services into their programming. There is also an increasing urgency to ensure that the needs, priorities, and interests of all people, including women, the poor, youth, and minorities and those particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts are included in the governance of a climate change response: in all stages of policy formulation, programme implementation and processes of accountability that determine a response to climate change.

To respond to the growing demands, APRC has established a multi-disciplinary team to deliver services which can support governments develop comprehensive approaches to govern the challenge of climate change in ways that support their overall development, particularly in the context of Rio+20 follow up and post 2015 development agenda. This team works across practices within UNDP and HQ, APRC, UNDP country offices and in partnership with a range of development partners at the regional level, to deliver this support.

The Governance and Public Finance specialist will be a full member of this multidisciplinary climate governance team reporting to the Climate Change Governance and Development Effectiveness Advisor in the Democratic Governance Practice in the Regional Centre in Bangkok who in turn reports to the Democratic Governance Practice Team leader and Environment and Energy Practice Team leader on the climate governance work programme. The specialist will work closely with the EEG practice team members as well as DG team members who also work on climate change.

The specialist will work closely with the EEG and DG practice team members who also work on climate change. Alongside the Climate Change Policy Expert, his/her main focus will be to support the delivery the SIDA supported Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance to benefit the poor and vulnerable programme as part of the overall Asia Regional Governance Programme and RBAP Business Plan priorities alongside other relevant regional programs and APRC services including EEG, CPR and CDG programmes. He / she will also represent the climate governance team and other APRC teams in regional events and international meetings to share experience and advocate for the climate governance approaches developed within the UNDP APRC.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Governance/Public Finance specialist will provide substantive technical advice and advocacy regarding Governance and Climate Change Finance in the Asia Pacific region.

Overall tasks will include supporting development and delivery of country level projects as part of the programme and the delivery of regional knowledge products and south-south cooperation as part of the programme.

Regional Policy Advisory/Programme Support-Delivery:

Support the management and technical back-stopping of country level interventions to include:

Consult with government, SIDA, UNDP as well as other stakeholders to finalise modalities for country support;
Strengthening baselines and finalise monitoring and evaluation frameworks at the country level;
Assisting in developing work plans and support national stakeholders in implementing country interventions.
Policy Development:

Support the development of Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Reviews and Climate Finance Strategies and Plans in selected countries.

Support the implementation and strengthening of the CPEIR methodology and in particular governance/institutional analysis support in selected countries in Asia and Pacific countries;
Support country level stakeholder consultations, technical research related to governance and public finance as well as contributing to the production of CPEIR reports;
Provide regional support and direct technical assistance to develop climate finance strategies and policies in Asia and Pacific countries;
Support training on integrating tracking and codification mechanisms (e.g budget code development, results indicators, expenditure classification etc.) for climate change into national systems.
Research and Content Development:

Provide Capacity Development Support and contribute to Climate Change Programming Design on climate finance in Asia and the Pacific.

Support capacity development to establish cross government accountability mechanisms on climate finance, including assessments, secretariat support;
Support training for non- executive institutions with the potential roles for oversight of climate change expenditure (e.g parliamentary committees);
Assist the implementation of programmes to develop capacities amongst regional regional experts regarding the governance of climate change finance, including mentoring;
Provide advice and guidance (in coordination with the Climate Change Policy Expert) in integrating governance/PFM assistance into climate change programming design teams (e.g GEF, Climate Funds Management, other donor climate change programmes);
Support analysis and provide advice on how governments and other stakeholders can best access sources of international climate finance that strengthen and use their own budgeting, planning and public financial management systems;
Oversee the production of evidence of the effectiveness of climate finance in the region is shared across countries and globally. Oversight on all knowledge products;
Analyze and recommend, in close collaboration with UNDP country offices, how best domestic and internationally financed climate change programmes can be better designed to support and progressively use country's public financial management systems.
Advocacy

Directing Climate Finance to the poor and vulnerable

Support the review of poverty incidence of climate programmes and budgets in selected countries (e.g. gender dimensions of climate related expenditures);
Review targeting criteria and data collection methodology for addressing climate change vulnerability in local development, social protection and disaster risk reduction programmes;
Lead on integrating Human Rights Based Approaches into climate programming in Local development;
Support pilot approaches to targeting the climate change vulnerable through social protection, disaster risk reduction and local development programmes.
Partnerships and Resource Mobilization

Supporting Climate Change Finance initiatives regionally including in relation to the Global Partnership on Effective Development Cooperation

Provide overview and technical expertise in reviewing regional knowledge products which synthesize country analysis produced;
Develop and support innovative South-South issues which strengthen climate finance in Asia and Pacific;
Contribute to the regional dialogues and communities of practice;
Support climate change finance donor coordination groups at regional levels including (i) UN agencies and by supporting (ii) UNDAF processes;
In close collaboration with the Governance of Climate Change and Development Effectiveness Advisor, consolidate Busan/ODA/Climate finance reports to provide annual regional overviews.

Corporate Competencies:

Demonstrate the integrity and fairness by modeling UN/UNDP value's and ethical standard
Promote the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP
Display culture, gender, religious, race, nationality and age sensitivities and adaptability
Technical/Functional Competencies:

Management and Leadership

Good managerial and leading skills
Demonstrate strong coordination skill
Consistently approaches to work with energy and a positive and constructive attitude
Communication

Good communication skill both in writing and oral including networking and interpersonal skills
Proven ability to persuade and influence others to cooperate
Client Orientation

Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion
Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients
Proven ability to build strong relations with partners, clients for positive feed back
Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Master's Degree in, Public Administration, Public Finance, Development Studies, International Affairs, Political Science, Social Science, or other related fields.
Work Experience:

At least 7 years of progressive experience in support country process of governance reform including public financial management and institutional reform;
Proven experience in providing advice on public finance / institutional reform to senior policy makers and practitioners in governments of developing countries a must, and experience in Asia an advantage;
Experience in working on climate change and climate change finance and an understanding of development effectiveness;
Work experience with civil society, media and parliament in promoting transparency and accountability for government policy and programming;
Experience in programmes/projects management including technical, administrative and financial management.;
Experience working in the international organisation or UN family is an advantage;
Extensive knowledge of UNDP's policies, procedures and practice including familiarity of ATLAS operational system is an asset;
Full computer literacy in internet searching and Microsoft Office programmes i.e. MS-Word, MS-Excel and MS-Power Point. Website management experience is an asset.
Language Requirement:

Proficiency in English with advanced command of speaking and writing. Working knowledge of other UN official language is an asset.
REMARK: QUALIFIED FEMALE CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

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.

To apply, visit: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=34862

This material cross posted from Peace & Collaborative Development Network.

Nobel Peace Prize Forum - March 8-10, 2013

Featuring Nobel Peace Prize laureates Tawakkol Karman (2011) and Dr. Muhammad Yunus (2006). March 8-10, 2013 in Minneapolis on the campuses of Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota West Bank. 

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is a unique civic learning experience. Celebrating its 25th year, this dynamic, global event brings Nobel Peace Prize winners, civic leaders, and scholars together with students and other citizens. As the Norwegian Nobel Institute's only such program or academic affiliation outside of Norway, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum has a special mission: to inspire peacemaking by celebrating the work of Peace Prize winners.

An overview of the 2013 Forum is listed below. The full session/speaker list will be added as it is finalized. Location and logistical information will be available in the coming weeks as well. 

Available tickets can be purchased here: http://nobelpeaceprizeforum.eventbrite.com/# Tickets are $40 for the general public and reduced to $10 for students

Further information is available here: http://nobelpeaceprizeforum.org/new-2013-forum-the-power-of-ideas-people-and-peace/


Friday, March 8: Business Day 

This program features Nobel Laureate and microcredit pioneer Muhammad Yunus along with workshops and networking with leading business innovators and social entrepreneurs.

Location: University of Minnesota West Bank Campus
Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, March 9: Science and Health Day

New for 2013, this program explores the relationship of health and science to global security. It features two keynote presentations (to be announced soon) along with break-out sessions and workshops with thought leaders and scientists who are reshaping our world.

Location: University of Minnesota West Bank Campus + Augsburg College
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, March 10: Global Studies Day

This program examines the broad topics that underpin or undermine world peace. Featuring keynote by Nobel Laureate Tawakkol Karman, Yemeni journalist and "mother of the revolution," along with workshops, music, and networking.

Location: University of Minnesota West Bank Campus + Augsburg College
Time: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

March 9: Musical Performance + Presentation 

If you attended last year's Hip Hop Event (Ethics and Hip Hop: A Discussion with Dessa), then you know that the Nobel Peace Prize Forum is also a platform for examining the implications of art and popular culture on peace and conflict. We're planning an even bigger and more dynamic event this year. Details to be announced in coming weeks. 


For more information, visit the website: http://nobelpeaceprizeforum.org/new-2013-forum-the-power-of-ideas-people-and-peace/

Job: International Program Officer, NARUC (Wash DC)

International Program Officer
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

http://www.naruc.org/international

Description

International Program Officer
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), a 501©4 trade association, seeks a Program Officer for its international energy regulatory programs. This position is for 12 months, with the possibility for extension depending on grant funding and performance. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The organization offers a generous benefits package. The candidate will work primarily on energy regulatory programs for African and Latin American countries.

Responsibilities: organize international exchanges, meetings, study tours, training programs, conferences (including logistics: travel, hotel, meals, visas, insurance, interpretation, etc.); draft correspondence, press releases; implement monitoring and evaluation plan; conduct research; maintain files & databases; prepare financial/expenditure documents, expense reports, and project budgets.

Qualifications

Requirements: 3+ years professional experience in a related field; experience coordinating international and domestic workshops and study tours; experience working as a committed team player; strong communication, organizational, analytical and writing skills. Knowledge of the nonprofit field and/or USAID grant requirements desired, especially familiarity with J-1 visa processing. Knowledge of public energy utility sector very useful. Fluency in French and/or Spanish highly desirable. International and domestic travel required (approx 25% of time).

Contact:
Matthew Gardner
Email:
mgardner(at)naruc.org

Application Instructions

Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to Mr. Matthew Gardner, Deputy Director, International Programs, NARUC, www.naruc.org/international, email: mgardner@naruc.org. No telephone calls. EOE

This material cross posted from Foreign Policy Association.

Climate Change and Development short course 4-17 September 2013

The course is designed for professionals who want to gain a greater understanding of the implications of climate change for developing countries and of the processes, issues and debates surrounding adaptation and mitigation. It is aimed at building the knowledge base of staff from government agencies and NGOs who do not have an existing specialism in the field but who may have new responsibility or interest in the integration of climate change management into development planning, projects and policy.

The purpose of this short course it to equip non-specialists with a broad understanding of what climate change may mean for low-income populations. It will examine the scope and prospects for adapting to change and contributing to emissions reduction in the context of development issues and property reduction. The course does not set out to provide a practical 'toolkit' guide for policy and practice. Instead it is designed to equip participants with a deeper awareness of the ideas, opportunities and trade-offs represented by adaptation and mitigation; an awareness that is increasingly needed if effective action on climate change is to be achieved. Participants have the opportunity to gain state-of-the-art knowledge and to develop their analytical skills in this field.

Participants will gain grounding in a broad range of climate change issues from the underlying science of climate change, through its implications for development pathways to the international political agenda of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Key emphasis is then placed on vulnerability and adaption in the context of poverty reduction - exploring what climate change implies in terms of impacts and vulnerability in developing countries and how to go about building resilience and adaptive capacity at all scales.

This course will be held at the University of East Anglia, Norwich UK from the 10-14 June 2013 for a fee of £3,200 (inc. of accommodation). For more info, visit:
https://lred.uea.ac.uk/web/international-development-uea/professional-training/climate-change-and-development

This material cross posted from Peace & Collaborative Development Network.

This announcement is forwarded as a service to our students. The University of Minnesota does not endorse this program or opportunity. Students interested in participation are encouraged to carefully review the program, explore references from past participants and make an informed personal decision regarding participation.

Fellowship: USAID/DCHA/DRG Democracy Fellowship- Atrocity Prevention (Wash DC)


*The following position is a part of the five year USAID Democracy Fellows and Grants (DFG) Program administered by the Institute of International Education. Please see the program website for more information.

Introduction
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is offering a fellowship in the field of Atrocity Prevention, as part of the Democracy Fellows and Grants Program (DFG) funded by USAID's Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG Center) in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA). The DFG program is managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE), and the fellowship will be a full-time position as a salaried IIE employee, with benefits.

The Atrocity Prevention Fellow will report to the Chief of the Human Rights Team in the DRG Center and work with the rest of the Human Rights Team to support research, practical projects, and other activities related to atrocity prevention.

DRG Center's Role in USG Atrocity Prevention Efforts
The DRG Center's mission is to create and disseminate knowledge on the advancement of democracy, human rights, and sound governance abroad and to manage grants and provide technical support to USAID missions implementing programs in these areas.

Within its emphasis on human rights, the DRG Center is one of the key focal points for USAID's implementation of Presidential Study Directive 10 (PSD-10) on atrocities prevention. In 2011, President Obama introduced PSD-10 and announced atrocity prevention as a "core national security interest and a core moral responsibility of the United States." In April 2012, President Obama unveiled the results of PSD-10, a comprehensive strategy to prevent and respond to mass atrocities, including the creation of the Atrocity Prevention Board (APB) to guide this effort. The DRG Center works collaboratively with other USAID offices, in particular USAID's Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM), as well as interagency partners to support the work of the APB.

As part of these efforts, the Fellow will support the DRG Center to respond to the mandate of PSD-10 by contributing to the research agenda and participating in the development of critical resources on atrocities prevention for DRG officers in the field. The Fellow will enhance USAID's implementation of PSD-10 by building stronger relationships, furthering collaborative dialogue, and advancing shared learning with the academic and non-governmental atrocities prevention and peace building communities. Through this process, USAID will ensure that our products and thinking reflect, and are better linked with, other relevant work in this field. The Fellow will work closely with another part-time DFG Fellow, based in CMM, also working on the atrocity prevention portfolio. Many of the priorities and larger projects (such as the toolkit and training) will be developed collaboratively and reflect the inputs and perspectives of both the DRG Center and CMM, along with other USAID offices.

Objectives
The Democracy Fellow will support implementation of USAID's Action Plan on Atrocity Prevention by working on specific areas of the research agenda and practical projects related to atrocities prevention.

Specific tasks include supporting DRG projects related to atrocities prevention, including the Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention, "listening sessions," a toolkit, and a distance learning course. The Fellow will undertake new areas of technical research on atrocities prevention, participate in USAID's PSD-10 working group, and work with agency colleagues to create and advance written products as needed. The Fellow will help foster greater dialogue and stronger relationships with the academic and non-governmental communities working on atrocities prevention. The Fellow also may be asked to support USAID participation on the APB.

Outcomes, Responsibilities, and Deliverables
-Support and contribute to USAID's technical leadership and research related to atrocities prevention--including, but not limited to, the documentation of case studies and after-action reviews of USAID prevention and response efforts and the systematic documentation and dissemination of lessons learned through interagency processes.

-Interview current and former USAID officers with first-hand experience of prevention or response efforts (USAID's "listening sessions") to inform the development of new atrocity prevention tools and resources for Missions in countries with a high risk of atrocities.

-Serve as the principal author for the forthcoming USAID Toolkit for Atrocity Prevention, a technical publication intended to orient field officers quickly on key programming or operational issues and provide initial guidance and best practice on possible response options.

-Contribute to the design and development of a new, interactive, distance-learning training module intended to provide practical guidance on key atrocity prevention issues for USAID officers.

-Support the implementation of the Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention, capturing lessons learned and identifying potential follow-on activities, such as a possible Grand Challenge for Development.

-Cultivate strong relationships with NGOs, the academic community, and other key civil society groups and networks working on atrocity prevention to improve USAID outreach, contribute to implementation of best practices in atrocity prevention, and foster a community of practice.

-Other related responsibilities as assigned.

Eligibility Criteria
-US Citizenship.
-Completion of a relevant graduate degree (Master's required, PhD strongly desired) or JD.
-At least 10 years of experience working on issues of foreign policy and development, human rights, democracy and governance, conflict mitigation, or other relevant areas.
-Strong analytic and research skills in atrocity prevention, human rights, and democracy and governance.
-Strong writing skills and the ability to communicate complex programming elements in atrocity prevention, human rights, and democracy and governance into clear, concise documents and actions.
-Demonstrated capacity to lead the development of projects, similar to the planned toolkit and training module, independently.
-Experience serving as the lead on inter- or intra-agency and/or multi-disciplinary teams.
-Relevant field experience; experience working with USAID and/or other USG agencies.
-Strong communication skills and the ability to foster relationships and coordinate the learning and expertise of multiple organizations engaged in the fields of atrocity prevention, human rights, and democracy and governance.

Supervision and Guidance
The Fellow will serve as a member of the Human Rights Team of the DRG Center and will be supervised on a day-to-day basis by the Human Rights Team Leader. The Fellow will be an employee of IIE and will report for administrative purposes to the DFG Director at IIE. The Fellow will participate in relevant working groups in other parts of the Agency as required. The Fellow is expected to exercise the highest degree of individual initiative, resourcefulness, responsibility, and authority, consistent with USAID's overall policy and procedural framework.

Location
The incumbent will be based within the Human Rights Team at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. Some international travel will be required.

Duration of the position
Initial appointment is for two years, with the possibility of renewal for up to four years. The second year, and any following years, are contingent upon available funding and acceptable performance.

Application
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Deadline is Sunday, January 13, 2013.

This material cross posted from Peace & Collaborative Development Network.

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