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Structural Changes in Spanish in the U.S. Differential Object Marking

Structural Changes in Spanish in the U.S.
Differential Object Marking

Lecture by Silvina Montrul
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Friday, Feburary 14
3:30-5:00pm
112 Folwell Hall

Professor Montrul will show that transfer from English and language change in the primary input (i.e., attrition in the first generation) may lead to what looks like "incomplete acquisition" in heritage speakers. She will discuss experimental results from child and adult heritage speakers and age and SES-matched native speakers in Mexico, first generation immigrants, bilingual children, and the mothers of some bilingual children. She argues that the extension of research questions and methodologies from linguistic theory, psycholinguistics, and second language acquisition to investigate heritage language acquisition has significantly enlightened our current understanding of this special bilingual situation, but a better further progress moving forward necessitates a more fruitful integration of psycho-, neuro- and socio-linguistics.

For Further information please visit the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies' Events Web Page.

Sponsored by: Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Linguistics Colloquium, The Institute of Linguistics, Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), Institute of Child Development, Second Languages and Cultures Program in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Announcement: Minnesota International Relations Colloquium (MIRC) schedule in Spring 2014

We are pleased to announce Minnesota International Relations Colloquium (MIRC) schedule in Spring 2014 (please see below and attached). Unless otherwise noted, all talks will be held on Monday 1:30-3pm in Lippincott (1314 Social Sciences).

We highly encourage fellow graduate students to attend the talks as well as participate in MIRC events by being discussants. A discussant would be expected to offer thoughtful, albeit brief (10 minutes), comments and questions after a MIRC presentation to facilitate a generative conversation. This is a great way to engage with the presented works closely and would also be excellent preparation for similar opportunities in other settings such as academic conferences and workshops. Please let us know in advance if you are interested in serving as discussant for any of the scheduled talks.


We will keep you posted about any changes we may have during the semester. Further information, including information about relevant international relations events, is available on the MIRC website.

We look forward to an exciting semester with you!

All the best,

The MIRC Team


February 17 David Blaney, Macalester College

Reflections on "Worlding Beyond the West"

February 24 Casey Jarrin, Macalester College

"Re-Staging Auschwitz in the Vietnam Era: Aesthetic Violence, Real Torture, and the Trauma Reenactment in Peter Weiss' The Investigation (1965), Liliana Cavani's The Night Porter (1974), and the 1967 International War Crimes Tribunal."

March 3 Wendy Wolford, Cornell University

"Rediscovering Africa": The Rise of Brazilian Experts and Expertise in Mozambican Agriculture

co-sponsored with the Institute of Advanced Study, the Institute of Global Studies, James Ron - Harold E. Stassen Chair of International Affairs at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Department of Sociology and the Department of History

March 10 Naeem Inayatullah, Ithaca College

co-sponsored with the Department of English

"Narrative and IR: Forms of Writing and Worlding"

March 31 Sebastian Schindler, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

"Justifications of Power in Times of Its Criticism"

April 7 Siba Grovogui, Johns Hopkins University

co-sponsored with the Interdisciplinary Center for the study of Global Change, the Department of Political Science and the Department of Philosophy

April 11 (FRIDAY, 2-3.30PM) Khaldoun Samman, Macalester College

co-sponsored with the Minnesota Political Theory Colloquium

April 14 Bridget Coggins, International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

"Power Politics and State Formation in the 20th Century: The Dynamics of Recognition"

April 28 Sonita Sarker, Macalester College

Middlebury School of Hebrew 2014 Apply Now!

Middlebury
School of Hebrew 2014
Apply Now!

Would knowledge of Hebrew open more professional or cultural doors for you?

The Language Schools offer courses to begin or advance your studies, all in a rigorous immersion environment:

The 3-week Lifelong Learners program has a curriculum designed specifically for adult students.

The seven-week program encourages rapid mastery of Modern Hebrew grammar and vocabulary.

For more information, visit the School of Hebrew website or contact us directly. Need-based grants are available.

We hope to see you this summer!

Vardit

Vardit Ringvald
Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Hebrew and School of Hebrew

Programme Assistant Intern

Programme Assistant Intern

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

Internship for the duration of 6 months, 40 hours a week

Starting April 2014

Transition International (TI) is a Netherlands-based, international consultancy firm with a network of senior consultants around the world. We specialise in tackling the challenges of transitions. We promote change through knowledge development, training and advisory services.

TI assists clients to manage transitions from war to peace, relief to development, insecurity to security, crisis to positive change, poverty to dignity, and exclusion to representation.

TI, while operating on a commercial basis, is a value-driven consultancy firm. We are guided by the ambition to contribute to a peaceful and more secure world, in which human dignity and our environment are both respected and protected. We demonstrate this commitment and promote these values in everything that we undertake. At TI, we understand that context is often at least as important as the substance of a programme or project. We therefore employ a conflict, gender and age-sensitive approach, and strive towards the broadest possible participation of stakeholders and affected communities.

"TI's aim is to assist the major players in peacebuilding to become more effective, in order to reduce suffering and increase hope and opportunities for people who do not have the power or voice to trigger change".

Irma Specht, 2012

Transitions are difficult and often painful, but they also provide a window of opportunity. We believe that the benefits of any transition must be highlighted when seeking a positive outcome. TI provides knowledge, training and advisory services to the key actors in transition processes in order to make the different stages of transition more transparent, inclusive and sustainable. We assist transition designers and implementers in improving the quality and impact of their efforts, providing governments, international agencies, NGOs, businesses and other organisations with assistance and advice throughout the process of transition. The services are tailor-made and designed in close consultation with our clients, thus providing great flexibility while delivering timely, high-quality and cost-effective services, with a clear focus on the end results.

TI offers high quality applied research, data-collection for contextual analyses, coherent policy and strategy development, programme design, and project evaluation. Additionally, training on specific transition issues and trouble-shooting in ongoing projects has become one of TI's areas of expertise.

The company draws its expertise from its network of partners, associates and consultants. This platform of highly specialised professionals covers a wide scope of technical fields which are essential in transition processes. Moreover, TI consists of a number of inter-dependent desks working on specialised sub-areas relevant to transition processes. Each desk provides up-to-date knowledge, designs and implements training programmes, and provides advisory services. TI draws on this pool of knowledge and competencies to provide tailor-made and client-oriented assistance, often combining the expertise of several specialists in one assignment. This results in a truly multidisciplinary approach and is reflected in the holistic strategies we propose and the products we deliver.

For more information, please visit our website www.transitioninternational.com

TI is looking for an intern for a minimum period of 6 months interested in the field of post-conflict recovery, reintegration and development.

The overall task of the intern is to provide support to the Director and consultants of TI in ongoing assignments, to assist in the acquisition of new contracts, to report on completed assignments and to contribute to the marketing of TI as a firm.

The amount and scope of projects varies depending on assignments coming in.

The intern will:

- Assist in identifying and writing tender documents;

- Assist in writing and formatting reports;

- Prepare training materials;

- Contribute to ongoing assignments in terms of conducting background research and literature review, analysing data, and translating data in user-friendly formats;

- Manage information and project cycles;

- Prepare missions for the director and consultants in terms of travel, visas, travel binders etc.

TI offers:

An informal, innovative and dynamic learning environment, free housing at our intern flat in Landgraaf NL, and free lunches at the office. No payments will be made under this contract.

Requirements:

- Master's degree in a relevant field. Bachelor's degree is accepted if the candidate has relevant work experience.

- Strong interpersonal skills.

- Attention to detail.

- Strong analytical skills.

- Being committed to TI aims and values.

- Excellent written and communication skills in English.

- Good knowledge of working in Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.

- Experience with SPSS is desirable.

Preference will be given to candidates fluent in Arabic.

Please be aware that non-EU citizens need a visa to stay more than 90 days in the Netherlands. Transition International is not in a position to help the intern obtain a visa. As such, any non-EU candidate applying for this position should be able to obtain a valid visa for 6 months.

The internship is due to start in April 2014.

How to apply:

Please send your CV and motivation letter to: ispecht@xs4all.nl

Internships: The National Bureau of Asian Research

Public Affairs and Communications Internship
Washington, D.C.

More information at http://www.nbr.org/About/openings.aspx#.UvvCrv0rI8N

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is recruiting a Public Affairs and Communications Intern for its Washington, D.C., office, to support activities that interact with Congress, the media, the corporate sector, the diplomatic community, and the Obama administration. This unique experience provides exposure to a range of NBR research and programs, as well as introduces the intern to NBR's network of scholars and stakeholders. Interns will learn how to effectively communicate research on critical Asia issues to U.S. policymakers, the media, and the corporate community, as well as help contribute to the policy-relevance of NBR's work.

The Public Affairs and Communications Internship is an unpaid, volunteer, part-time position (12-24 hours per week). The intern will be a key member of NBR's Outreach team for 3-9 months, beginning February 2014. This position reports to the Assistant Director for Outreach. Students are encouraged to apply for credit or funding through their home institution.

Responsibilities

Provide background research for staff meetings and briefings on Capitol Hill and with the corporate community
Assist with planning Outreach events, including briefings, discussions and NBR's annual Engaging Asia conference
Draft social media posts and implement social media strategies to increase NBR's reach
Assist with media outreach, including drafting press releases and other materials
Develop new content for NBR's website, including expert interviews
Support NBR Washington, D.C., public events and other office needs as necessary
Answer incoming calls to the organization
Qualifications

Current BA/MA student or recent graduate, working toward or holding a relevant degree
A strong interest in learning about public affairs and communications
Excellent written, oral, research, and interpersonal skills are required, as well as substantive expertise and interest in U.S. foreign policy toward Asia
Motivated self-starter who can work independently or as part of a team, pay acute attention to detail, and demonstrated organizations skills
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required
Experience using social media tools in a professional setting preferred
Background on South Asia preferred
Familiarity with SharePoint, and knowledge of web/graphic design are a plus
Application Process

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 14, 2014; 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
Resume
Brief writing sample on a topic related to your field of study
Contact information of three references, including name, title, affiliation, relationship to you, phone number, and email address
Please send applications by email to: Ms. Amanda Keverkamp, Office Manager, email: employment@nbr.org, phone (206) 632-7370.

Center for Health and Aging (CHA) Internship
Seattle, WA

Are you interested in international affairs and the economic, political, and market implications of new developments in global health? Would you like to use your knowledge of international relations and health to support activities that inform and strengthen U.S. policy towards Asia? If so, apply for NBR's CHA Internship!

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking a volunteer, part-time intern (5-15 hours per week) to provide research and administrative support to NBR's Center for Health and Aging for 3-6 months, starting immediately. This position would be ideal for a candidate seeking to build their professional experience in the broader implications of international health issues while working at a nonprofit policy research institution. The educational and training opportunities available to the Center for Health and Aging Intern will include the support of CHA Department activities. The internship, though volunteer, pays a nominal stipend. Students are also encouraged to apply for credit or funding through their home institution.

Responsibilities

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 the economic and political issues surrounding global health developments, 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
Qualifications

Current MA, MBA, or MPH student or recent graduate
Excellent written, oral, and research skills
Substantive expertise and interest in the broader implications of international 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.
Application Process

The deadline for applications is February 28, 2014; 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
Resume
Brief writing sample on a topic related to your field of study
Contact information of three references, including name, title, affiliation, relationship to you, phone number, and email address
Please send applications by email to: Ms. Amanda Keverkamp, Office Manager, email: employment@nbr.org, phone (206) 632-7370.


Publications Internship - Spring 2014
Seattle, WA

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking an unpaid, volunteer, part-time Publications Intern (8-12 hours per week) beginning in late March or early April, to assist with the distribution of NBR publications as well as other publications team activities.

This entry-level internship position would be ideal for a candidate seeking to develop office skills and professional experience in publishing while also working at a nonprofit research institution. The internship, though volunteer, pays a nominal stipend. Students are also encouraged to apply for credit or funding through their home institution.

Responsibilities

Assisting with distributing NBR publications, including processing and shipping orders, tracking customers, and filing invoices
Assisting with formatting, proofreading, and copyediting manuscripts
Providing general office support for other NBR activities, including answering incoming calls to the organization
Qualifications

Current BA student or recent graduate
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
Attention to detail, positive work ethic, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a group
Ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Interest in publishing; interest in Asia studies and international relations is a plus
Familiarity with QuickBooks is a plus
Application Process

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 28, 2014; however, qualified applications received first will be given priority. To apply, submit the following to NBR:

Application form: PDF or MS Word
Cover letter that details your interests and availability
Resume
A brief writing sample on a topic related to your field of study
Contact information of three references, including name, title, affiliation, relationship to you, phone number, email address
Please send applications by email to: Ms. Amanda Keverkamp, Office Manager, email: employment@nbr.org, phone (206) 632-7370.

Job: Election-related Conflict Prevention Specialist ( National or International) - Tanzania and Zanzibar

Job: Election-related Conflict Prevention Specialist ( National or International) - Tanzania and Zanzibar

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

For more information or to apply, please follow this link: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=43696
Tanzania has held four credible general elections since the reintroduction of multi-party politics in 1992. Citizens and the government are eager to maintain this track record and to further strengthen democratic practice in Tanzania. Looking to the 2015 general election, government has undertaken early and comprehensive preparations for the electoral processes. Since receipt of official requests for UN assistance to the election cycle leading to the 2015 general election from the National Election Commission (NEC) and Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC), a UN Needs Assessment Mission recommended the development of a project in support of the national efforts.

In addition, in 2014 the United Republic of Tanzania will likely conduct a first national referendum on a new constitution. The EMBs and other stakeholders in preparing for these critical events have requested the assistance of UNDP to provide technical support to the preparation and execution of this referendum.

To these ends, the Democratic Empowerment Project is a four year (2013-2016) UNDP, UN One Fund and other donor-funded project with the overall aim of contributing to Tanzania's UNDAP's Outcome 7: i.e. "Key institutions of democracy, (i.e. EMBs, etc.) effectively implement their election and political functions". UN Women and UNESCO are implementing partners in a One UN Country Team context.
Duties and Responsibilities

Undertake consultations with elections stakeholders, mainly located in Dar es Salaam and on Zanzibar, and conduct a needs assessment related to election-related peace-building and conflict reduction;
Based on the needs assessment, develop a strategy and action plan for police training, community dialogues and other measures to be undertaken to help build peace and prevent election-related conflict in Tanzania in the 2014 and 2015 pre-election and general election period;
The result will be a report documenting the findings and presenting a Strategy and an Action Plan to UNDP and Government. This effort will be nationwide in scope; however special attention will be placed on regions/areas that have been prone to election-related/other politically-related violence in the recent past, including (inter alia) Zanzibar, Arusha, Mtwara and Dar es Salaam;
In these areas, special attention will be given to identifying opportunities for and making recommendations regarding community-based, youth-focused, political party engagement and other approaches to enhance dialogues and other conflict prevention measures, including police training;
The Strategy document and Action Plan will draw on the reports and recommendations of the UN conflict prevention expert deployed in Zanzibar in advance of the 2010 general election, as well as a mapping and analysis study conducted in 2011.
Competencies

Functional competencies:
Expertise and proven experience in conflict prevention in Africa;
Understanding of electoral processes including stakeholders and Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) in Tanzania
Proven ability to plan, organize and effectively implement activities;
Ability to coordinate and work in teams under pressure as well as in complex environments;
Strong communication and writing skills;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and sensitivity and adaptation.
Corporate competencies:
Demonstrates commitment to UNDP's mission, vision and values;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty.
Required Skills and Experience

Education
Master's degree in a relevant field (e.g. International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, development, political sciences.
Experience:
At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in international development including experience with elections, electoral security, prevention/mitigation of political and social conflict related to the electoral cycle.
Thorough knowledge and demonstrated extensive experience in conflict prevention policy development, programming and advocacy related to the electoral cycle;
Demonstrated substantive experience in security sector governance and collaboration among/between security services and electoral management bodies, reconciliation & dialogue, voter/civic education, engaging men and boys in prevention of gender based violence, community security and social cohesion;
Demonstrated experience in conducting conflict, political economy and governance analysis and in designing and managing multi-stakeholder participatory conflict analysis processes and methodologies;
Nuanced knowledge of conflict analysis tools and methodologies;
Track record of building good working relationships with government counterparts.
Demonstrable understanding of the gender aspects of peace and conflict through programming or research;
Demonstrated experience in mainstreaming gender and human rights in projects.
Language:
A high level of written and spoken English is essential;
Knowledge of Kiswahili an asset.
For more information or to apply, please follow this link: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=43696

Student Writing Competition For Those Studying Conflict Resolution

Student Writing Competition For Those Studying Conflict Resolution

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

Announcement:

The annual Student Writing Competition in ADR organized by the Association for Conflict Resolution for Greater New York (ACR-GNY) and generously sponsored by the JAMS Foundation.

This is a nationwide writing contest for Undergraduate students, Graduate students and Law students. The three first-prize winners (one for each category) will receive $500 and an invitation to present their paper at our annual conference at Cardozo Law School in June - a phenomenal networking opportunity. If you teach or know students who may be interested, please pass this along. The entry deadline is April 30, 2014.

Read more about the competition here: http://acrgny.org/student_writing_competition

On-Line Training, Professional Development & Coaching for Practitioners, Experts and Policy Makers March 2014

On-Line Training, Professional Development & Coaching for Practitioners, Experts and Policy Makers March 2014

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

GlobalOPS - Operational Peace Support

On-line modules and direct coaching, professional development and support for experts, practitioners and policy makers in peacebuilding, peacemaking, peackeeping, prevention and post-war peace consolidation.

THE WORLD'S LEADING ON-LINE AND ON-SITE REAL TIME SUPPORT FOR EXPERTS AND PRACTITIONERS IN THE FIELD

www.globalopsonline.org

NEW OPS MODULES STARTING MARCH 2014

If you're working in the field in a key are of peacebuilding, peacemaking, peacekeeping operations, security sector reform, governance, violence prevention, or post-war stabilization, Global OPS Modules are for you. They are designed for professionals, practitioners, experts, policy makers and senior leadership and government officials to ensure you have the support you need, where you need it, when you need it. OPS Modules are 'hands on', providing direct, customized support, tailored professional coaching and technical assistance to staff and mission leadership in your location, rather than needing to travel abroad or out of context for trainings. Most of all: GlobalOPS Modules are practical and customized. Module Leaders are amongst the leading experts and practitioners in their fields worldwide, with in-depth experience and knowledge in their areas.

MARCH 2014 MODULES: ENROL NOW!

The March 2014 semester of Global OPS provides the following modules:

Comprehensive Conflict Analysis for Improving Design, Impact and Effectiveness of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding Strategies (7 weeks)
Supporting Local & National Capacities for Peacebuilding (4 weeks)
· Early Warning, Early Response and Contemporary Peace Operations (12 weeks)

Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (10 weeks)
Integrated Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation: The Link from Project Cycle Evaluation to Improved Design and Implementation of Peacebuilding, Stabilization & Peace Support Operations (5 weeks)
Making Gender Mainstreaming Effective in Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation and Development Programmes (6 weeks)
Engaging Marginalized & Hard to Reach Youth in Peacebuilding (8 weeks)
Engaging Identity, Recovery & Peace Consolidation After War (8 weeks)

IMPROVING IMPACT, QUALITY & EFFECTIVENESS OF PEACE SUPPORT OPERATIONS

What are 'Global OPS modules'? Why are they relevant for me?

OPS Modules are not theoretical or pre-packaged training or university modules. They are accredited by the International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) and the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) and have been created to provide the field with a much higher, customized level of professional support for practitioners and policy makers. GlobalOPS Modules bring you essential support needed for the work you're doing.



CERTIFICATION
Global OPS alumni / graduates receive Advanced and Executive Leadership certification from the International Peace and Development Centre (IPDTC) and Department of Peace Operations (DPO) and receive the unique benefits of Global OPS Alumni, including membership in the Alumni platform with senior executives, policy makers and practitioners in the field world-wide.

About GlobalOPS from Kai Brand-Jacobsen,

Director of the Department of Peace Operations (DPO)
"GlobalOPS is a breakthrough in support for the field. For the first time we have a platform which can reach mediators, peacekeepers, practitioners and people working on the ground, in the field, wherever they are, whenever they need it. OPS Modules bring together some of the world's leading practitioners and experts with decades of experience, and make them available to support people working in peacebuilding, prevention and post-war recovery - through coaching, technical assistance, and direct support. In addition to the Modules we're finding many agencies, governments and organisations requesting customisedGlobalOPS modules on site for their entire teams - including both senior leadership and on the ground practitioners. Essentially, GlobalOPS is about making sure that those involved in the difficult and challenging work of peacebuilding have the support they need - and are linked together with practitioners, policy makers and experts working on similar issues around the world. This is a giant step forward for the field. It's a way of making sure that 'lessons' learned in different areas reach the actual people - policy makers and practitioners - doing the work on the ground. And the best part about it: it's been developed completely for free, without any external funding or grants, to meet the real needs in the field. The response so far has been amazing, and it's already moving forward with plans for further modules in the Autumn of 2014 and beyond - on preventing electoral violence, on mediation and peace processes, and much more - and steps to create a GlobalOPS app so people can reach GlobalOPS support through their mobile phones and tablets as well."

Kai Brand-Jacobsen, Director of the Department of Peace Operations (DPO)

Visit www.globalopsonline.org or contact the Global OPS Centre at support@globalopsonline.org for any assistance, questions, to request Global OPS customised programmes for your ministry, agency or mission, to receive more information.

Download the March 2014 GlobalOPS Brochure at

Global OPS Team - Committed to Improving the Professional Quality, Effectiveness and Capability of those working in peacebuilding, prevention, post-war recovery and peace support operations

www.globalopsonline.org

Call for Applications: Dalai Lama Fellows: Deadline February 28!

Call for Applications: Dalai Lama Fellows

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Netowork

For more information or to apply, please follow this link: http://www.dalailamafellows.org/program/apply/?utm_source=Dalai+Lam...

We award year-long Fellowship grants of up to $10,000 to undergraduate and graduate students who want to design and launch ambitious "compassion-in-action" projects centered around our 2014 Fellowship theme:

How can we create well-being while working across differences at the intersection of peace, justice, and ecology?

In addition to providing grant money, the Fellowship incorporates a curriculum that focuses on three core competencies integral to transformative, post-heroic leadership:

Emotional intelligence and compassionate action
Collaboration across differences
Designing ethical systems
This 2014 journey will begin in April, when newly selected Fellows participate in "Tilling the Soil," a set of reflective exercises and Skype conversations that prepares Fellows for intensive learning and growth at the Ethical Leadership Assembly (ELA), a weeklong convening of new Fellows and alumni held each June near San Francisco, California.

Eligibility

Please visit the school-specific application form to view eligibility criteria. At minimum, a candidate must be:

Enrolled as a full-time student during the Fellowship year;
Able to attend the (ELA) from June 18 - 25, 2014 and again in June 2015;
Available to engage with Tilling the Soil and refine the proposed compassion-in-action project through self-guided learning and conversations with DLF staff;
Prepared to dedicate sufficient time and energy to both the project, the year-long Ethical Leadership curriculum, and the Dalai Lama Fellows community.
Am I Ready to Become a Dalai Lama Fellow?

Top candidates demonstrate that they possess:

Engagement with the Dalai Lama's focus on ethics as inner self-regulation to promote the greater good, collaborative leadership, compassion, and universal values;
Devotion to the empowerment of the community with which the project proposes to work, and an existing network of contacts in that community;
A vision to integrate the project into the life of the campus;
Commitment to mastery of at least one of the three core competencies emphasized in the Ethical Leadership Curriculum;
Commitment to being an engaged citizen of the Dalai Lama Fellows community.
A strong Compassion-in-Action Project:

Is mentored by a faculty or community-based member, or has a clear plan for securing mentorship;
Deepens the Fellow's service orientation or ability to give time and non-monetary resources;
Has a clear timeframe and deliverables;
Plugs into and springboards off existing networks;
Offers new approaches to old problems;
Demonstrates sensible, prudent and creative budgeting;
Engages with the community in a sustained and meaningful way throughout the project year.
Learn more about the types of projects we are looking for.

Our Expectations

Sustained Engagement

We require Fellows to have sustained engagement with their project and their project site. By sustained engagement, we mean:

Scope: The scope of your project is such that it goes from the beginning of the Fellowship year through to the end. It's possible that your project may continue after the Fellowship year. If so, your work as a Fellow should have a significant milestone or deliverable within the Fellowship year.
Frequency of Contact: The nature of your work should necessitate regular, consistent communication and visits with key stakeholders, project participants, and others impacted by the initiative for the entirety of the year. We no longer fund projects that are managed remotely.
Depth of Engagement: Your initiative should address a compelling need in the community and should strive to address root causes, even if those root causes cannot be resolved in a year's time.
Time Commitment

Our goal is to foster deep engagement and reflection, not perpetuate out-of-balance busyness. With this in mind, we encourage you to consider your course load, work schedule, and extracurricular activities as you propose a project. While the Fellowship year is designed to coexist with your other commitments, it is a rigorous, demanding journey. Plan accordingly.

Curriculum and Community

In addition to participating in Tilling the Soil and the ELA, we expect Fellows to engage with the Ethical Leadership Curriculum and Dalai Lama Fellows community by:

leading at least one workshop where they offer to others one of the core skills they have mastered as a result of participating in our Ethical Leadership Assembly and immersive yearlong curriculum; and, via,
monthly blog updates which will be public within our network;
periodic Skype check-ins with program directors;
periodic peer-coaching calls with an affinity group of Fellows;
willingness to organize one "seasonal elder" call with an Ethical Leadership Assembly Faculty Member or a community mentor, and to participate as a listener during regular monthly calls; and,
periodic evaluations.
For more information or to apply, please follow this link: http://www.dalailamafellows.org/program/apply/?utm_source=Dalai+Lam...

Conflict Resolution & Human Rights Immersion Programs in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Rwanda (July/August 2014): Deadline February 15!

Conflict Resolution & Human Rights Immersion Programs in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Rwanda (July/August 2014)

From Peace & Collaborative Development Network

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2014.
Dear Colleagues, Friends, and Future Participants!

We wanted to remind you that Global Youth Connect is now accepting applications for our Summer 2014 Human Rights Programs in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Rwanda.

Each program will bring visiting youth (from the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and all around the world) together with youth in the host location to engage together in three key activities:

A cross cultural human rights and/or conflict resolution workshop
Site-Visits/Meetings with policy makers, organizations, and to relevant sites
Volunteer service with grassroots NGOs on a variety of human rights issues including but not limited to: conflict resolution, education, health care, food/shelter, access to justice, human rights of children/youth, women, low-income populations, LGBTQ populations, indigenous populations, genocide survivors.

Ages 18 - 30 (for Bosnia Programs) and 18 - 35 (for Rwanda Program).

Anyone can apply! From the U.S., Canada, and all over the world.

So please forward widely, share on facebook, or help promote by putting up this GYC 2014 Summer Programs Poster.

Note: Program fees quoted are for visiting participants (not for local Rwandan or Bosnian participants). Some tuition reduction scholarship assistance is available for each program. See individual application documents for more information about tuition reduction scholarships.

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To Apply:
www.globalyouthconnect.org/participate

For Testimonials:
www.globalyouthconnect.org/testimonials

For Previous Rwanda Reports: www.globalyouthconnect.org/country_rwanda

For Previous Bosnia Reports: www.globalyouthconnect.org/country_bosnia

GYC Blogs:
gycvillage.org and the Open Society's youthpolicy.org/interculturalblogging


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JUNE/JULY 2014 CONFLICT RESOLUTION DELEGATION TO BOSNIA

Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dates: June 29-July 20, 2014
Application Deadline: February 15, 2014
Age Range: 18 - 30 (Student/Young Professional)
Program Tuition: $2700

This program will focus specifically on the roots of conflict and the dynamics of justice, reconciliation, and peace building as experienced in Bosnia and Herzegovina more than a decade after the signing of the peace accord. In particular, participants will gain experience in conflict resolution and transformation as well as deepen their understanding of the post-conflict challenges faced by Bosnians today, especially young people from various ethnic and religious backgrounds.
To APPLY: www.globalyouthconnect.org/participate


AUGUST 2014 HUMAN RIGHTS DELEGATION TO BOSNIA

Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dates: July 30 - August 20, 2014
Application Deadline: February 15, 2014
Age Range: 18 - 30 (Student/Young Professional)
Program Tuition: $2700 (International Applicants)

This program will focus on how local Bosnian youth and human rights organizations (including women's organizations, youth organizations, LGBTI-rights organizations, arts organizations, and peace-building organizations, among others) are rebuilding the country more than a decade after the signing of the peace accord. Participants will gain experience in the application of international human rights theory, as well as deepen their understanding of the post-conflict challenges faced by Bosnians today, especially young people from various ethnic and religious backgrounds.
To APPLY: www.globalyouthconnect.org/participate


AUGUST 2014 HUMAN RIGHTS DELEGATION TO RWANDA

Location: Rwanda
Dates: July 31 - August 21, 2014
Application Deadline: February 15, 2014
Age Range: 18 - 35 (Student/Young Professional)
Program Tuition: $2500 (International Applicants)

The group of local Rwandan youth will be filled later.
During this GYC delegation, International participants will join with Rwandan peers to learn about human rights achievements and challenges in Rwanda and the world, and to take concrete action steps together to support current and future efforts for human rights protection and promotion, both in Rwanda and abroad. Through a combination of workshops, site visits, advocacy meetings, and volunteer service with grassroots NGOs, we will learn and act on numerous key human rights issues in Rwanda, including but not limited to: gender and human rights, human rights of children, LGBTI populations, historically marginalized indigenous groups, refugees, domestic workers, poverty reduction, public health, juvenile justice, freedom of expression and the arts. In advance of and during the delegation, all participants will examine the roots of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and see how its legacy has impacted the country and its people, particularly Rwandan youth, and also how the country is attempting to rebuild today.
To APPLY: www.globalyouthconnect.org/participate



In Solidarity,
Global Youth Connect
www.globalyouthconnect.org

Reminder Please RSVP (Acara Challenge final presentations and open house Friday, February 21st) to the link by Friday, February 14.

Just a reminder. Please RSVP to the link by Friday, February 14. Thanks!

I am attaching a summary of the teams in the finals and a summary of what happened with the teams from last year.

We cordially invite you to The Acara Challenge final presentations and open house on Friday, February 21st. The Acara Challenge is an annual competition to review the best ideas fostered by University of Minnesota students for social and environmental change. The event will be held at the McNamara Alumni Center, an award-winning meeting and event venue located on the University of Minnesota's East Bank Campus.

Please join us at 5:30 PM, February 21st, to enjoy a display of posters inspired by the teams' ideas accompanied by appetizers and cocktails. Following the poster session, at 6:30, we will feature 2-minute presentations from each team and an awards ceremony.

Please RSVP here.

We hope you are able to attend The Acara Challenge final presentations and open house! Questions concerning the event logistics can be directed to Molly Buss (bussx057@umn.edu).

Internship Opportunities: Development, Communications, Outreach internships, Darfur Women Action Group, Washington D.C. Deadline: February 14!

Internship Opportunities: Development, Communications, Outreach internships, Darfur Women Action Group, Washington D.C.

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

The Darfur Women Action Group is taking a unique approach to fighting and preventing genocide. DWAG believes that empowering the most affected and building strong leadership among those who are historically excluded to enable them to lead and foster positive change in their communities is the most crucial approach to end genocide sustainably.

DWAG is current seeking interested interns and/or volunteers who are passionate about advancing the goals we are trying to achieve.

Internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates, or others interested who are available for at least -20 - 30 hours per week for duration of at least 2-3 months (Feb.- May 2014). Internship program areas include:

Development intern/volunteer
Social Media and Multi-media intern
Campaigning, Advocacy & Outreach intern
Application process: to apply please email resume, cover letter and a writing sample to info@darfurwomenaction.org. Deadline: February 14, 2014.

Development intern/volunteer

Major Responsibilities:

Support the identification of potential donors and supporters.
Build and maintain strong relationships with foundations, organizations, and individual supporters.
Manage donation entry and tracking process. Analyze trends in donations, gift giving, and fundraising.
Assist with grant proposals including researching potential grants, editing proposal reports, and tracking submission deadlines.
Become familiar with fundraising opportunities and all other aspects of the organization.
Strong writing and communication skills are a plus.
Assist in recruiting supporters and expanding DWAG supporters circle.
Social Media and Multi-media intern

Major Responsibilities:

Maintain all social media accounts with relevant and up to date information concerning the organization and related news.
Be aware of current opportunities for advertising and content management on the internet.
Utilize social networks to maintain contact with current and future supporters as well as similar organizations.
Assist with drafting press releases and statements.
Monitor social media websites to track trends and impact.
Assist with videotaping and editing as needed.
Strong writing and communication skills required.
Campaigning, Advocacy & Outreach intern

Major Responsibilities:

Coordinate the collaboration between DWAG and its partners and stakeholders.
Assist research associates in tracking related news and areas of opportunity for intervention.
Maintain blog for DWAG website.
Attend meetings, seminars, and workshops to remain up to date on information involving armed conflicts and government involvement.
Assist in campaign development and implementation.
Assist in expanding DWAG's reach to the largest audiences.
Notes:

DWAG interns works for 20 hour a week or more as needed
Remote working environment option is available for those who live outside of the DC area (but still within the United States)

Global Philanthropy Officer for Palestinian Community Foundation

Global Philanthropy Officer for Palestinian Community Foundation

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

The Global Philanthropy Officer is a strategic position responsible for conceptualizing, planning and implementing a philanthropy-development program that will redefine how Palestinians around the world support Palestine and how Palestinian community resources are shared. S/he will develop targets and develop activities that serve and engage the private sector in Palestine and the Diaspora, and individuals and supporters of Palestine living outside Palestine, including solidarity groups. S/he will work closely with the executive director to advance the culture, systems and legal/financial environment for local philanthropy and will represent Dalia Association in public forums and with key figures.

The position requires fluency in Arabic and English and is located in Ramallah, Palestine. Information is available at: http://www.dalia.ps/node/583.

Fellowship: Global South Unit For Mediation, Brazil

Fellowship: Global South Unit For Mediation, Brazil

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

The Global South Unit for Mediation (GSUM), located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is accepting three (3) applications for Visiting Fellows to research, teach and debate on topics related to conflict resolution and mediation. Fellows will stay in Rio de Janeiro during the time of the fellowship and will be provided with a stipend and a working space at the BRICS Policy Center.

for more information see http://www.iri.puc-rio.br/g-sum

Application deadline: March 5th, 2014
Fellows are expected to reside in Rio de Janeiro for 2 months (from July 15 2014 to September 15 2014). Each Fellow will collaborate withthe research agenda of the GSUM, produce publications, participate in the "Mediation Winter School" courses andin its related events such as colloquia and workshops.

Multiple Jobs: Graca Machel Trust, South Africa

Multiple Jobs: Graca Machel Trust, South Africa

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network


For more information, please visit: http://www.gracamacheltrust.org/dev/node/96

The Graça Machel Trust provides a platform to embrace, nurture, enable and inspire women and children to soar to the fullest of their potential. It consolidates the work of its founder, Mrs Graça Machel, and seeks to build on her legacy to empower new generations to take up the challenges of their times and create caring societies that value social justice.

The Trust currently has two new exciting vacancies and seeks creative and forward-thinking individuals to be part of a small and vibrant team that is committed to promoting the rights of women and children in Africa.

CHILD RIGHTS PROGRAM MANAGER

The Trust is currently looking for a creative and forward-thinking Child Rights Program Manager to be part of a small and vibrant team that is committed to promoting the rights of women and children in Africa. The Child Rights Program Manager will report to the Managing Director and will be based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Main duties and responsibilities:

1. Refine and lead the implementation of the Trust's strategy and action plan to guide the Trust's portfolio of programs on child rights, including programs to address under-nutrition in children, promote access to vaccines, advocate for access to quality education for all children and support a movement to end child marriages.

2. Manage and direct the growth of the Trust's portfolio of strategies and interventions that strengthen Child Rights in Africa.

3. Steer the Trust's development of advocacy that promotes the rights and dignity of African children as articulated in the African Children's Charter and related international instruments, and ultimately the development of a Vision for the African Child.

4. Promote research and learning to identify the most promising approaches to advance child rights, and support the establishment of an African Institute for Child Development.

5. Work with the Women's Rights Program Manager to develop and implement the Trust's strategy to support the Founder's role as an MDG Advocate.

6. Facilitate development and maintenance of networks and databases to support the work of the Trust, including documentation of the Trust's work on child rights.

7. Document the Founder's past and ongoing work on child rights through various media, including audio, visual and print.

8. Facilitate synergy between the Trust's different areas of work related to child rights;.

9. Provide written and oral briefings, speeches, op-eds and other materials as required.

10. Create, manage and regularly report on budgets for different aspects of the Child Rights work.

11. Identify funding gaps and support the Director to develop funding proposals or fundraising initiatives.

12. Establish synergies with relevant national, regional and international civil society organisations, and multi-lateral bodies as necessary and relevant to the Trust's work on Child Rights.

Requirements:

1. At least a Masters degree in Social Sciences (preference will be given for degrees in Child Development, International Development, Development studies or a related field).

2.Minimum of 5-8 years' experience gained in child rights, child protection or development.

3. Sound experience in the development and humanitarian sector in Africa, including policies and strategies in poverty eradication, education and health.

4. A strategic thinker, able to conceive, develop and implement new strategies.

5. Strong planning, project and partnership management and diplomacy skills.

6. Demonstrated background in programme evaluation, research and field-based learning.

7. Familiarity with trends in public, private and philanthropic investment.

8. Strong evidence of multi-tasking competence is essential; a team player, who is willing and able to adapt to meet short deadlines and adapt to new priorities.

9. Strong communication and writing abilities in English with ability to produce clear, focused strategy documents, policy notes, briefs, press releases, speeches.

10. Ability to work independently and in 'virtual' teams, as much of the implementation will be done through partners at country level, while the post is based at the Graça Machel Trust offices in Johannesburg.

11. Ability and willingness to travel as required.

12. Understanding of Portuguese or French would constitute an additional asset.

WOMEN'S RIGHTS PROGRAM OFFICER

The Graça Machel Trust is currently seeking a dynamic Women's Rights Program Officer (WRPO) to support the Women's Rights Program Manager (WRPM) to implement the Trust's work to promote and protect the rights of women in Africa.

This position reports to the Trust's Women's Rights Program Manager and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Actively assist the WRPM to:

1. Set up the networks of Women in Agriculture, Business, Media and Science under the Multiplying Faces, Amplifying Voices initiative. Initially, setting up and coordinating the network of Women in Agriculture will form a significant part of the WRPO's work.

2. Strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of women's organizations in targeted countries in line with programmatic objectives.

3. Implement the Graça Machel Scholarship Program.

4. Support the implementation of the Trust's work to promote achievement of the Millennium Developments Goals (MDGs).

5. Facilitate the development and maintenance of networks and databases required to further the work of the Trust.

6. Document the Women's Rights work.

7. Prepare written and oral briefings, speeches, op-eds and other materials as required.

8. Create, manage and regularly report on activities and budgets for different aspects of the Women's Rights work.

9. Establish synergies with relevant national, regional and international civil society organisations, and multi-lateral bodies as necessary and relevant to the Trust's work on Women's Rights.

Requirements:

1. A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in the social sciences, with a strong preference for degrees in International Development, Gender Studies, Political Science or Economics.

2. A good understanding of the multilateral environment and international organizations in general.

3. A strong experience in women's rights is important.

4. Experience working in the development and humanitarian sector in Africa, including experience that addresses policies and strategies in poverty eradication, education, health and/or women's empowerment.

5. Experience in networking and building partnerships with a range of individuals and organizations in the same field of work.

6. Strong communication skills.

7. Strong writing abilities in English and capacity to produce thorough briefs, press releases, op-eds and speeches on a variety of issues.

8. Understanding of Portuguese or French would constitute an additional asset .

COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

The Trust is currently looking for a creative and forward-thinking Communications Specialist that will be responsible for the development and execution of the Graça Machel Trust Communications Strategy and the management of all communications related duties. The position serves as the primary conduit for accurate, appropriate, and timely information to and from the organization. The role is directly responsible for managing all matters relating to public outreach, public information, and communications activities.

This position reports directly to the Managing Director and will be based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Main duties and responsibilities:

1. Lead the development and implementation of the Trust communications strategy.

2. Develop and execute the Trust's media strategy across all media, including press, broadcast and publications to raise its profile and market its activities (including international programmes, recruitment, fundraising and training).

3. Lead the copy-writing and production of key Trust publications including Annual Reports, Trust Newsletter/Magazine, Research Reports and other related materials.

4. Oversee the development of and manage the Trust website, including keeping content up to date and appropriate, making improvements to functionality and advising colleagues on maximising its potential. Develop and manage a portal for the Network of African Business Women.

5. Implement and expand the Trust's social media strategy as a way to raise the Trust's profile and reach.

6. Develop and monitor brand guidelines and key messages.

7. Research and write copy/develop content for external articles and press.

8. Lead the copy-writing and production of regular Trust e-bulletins.

9. Collate information and feedback on Trust activities and personal stories/case studies.

10. Initiate and maintain the Trust's archive.

11. Develop publicity materials (printed and in email format) for Trust activities.

12. Assist in organising Trust conferences/other events as necessary.

13. Liaise with the Director to formulate responses to media enquiries (including out of hours when necessary) as laid out in the organization's Communication Policy.

14. Carry out any other general communications and marketing tasks that may arise as advised by the Trust's Director.

Requirements:

1. Degree level qualification or equivalent, preferably in a communications related subjects.

2. At least 5 years' experience working in the field of communications and ability to demonstrate knowledge of a broad range of communications activities - media, websites, publications, marketing, social media, events, etc.

3. Demonstrable experience of working with a wide range of media, developing media strategies and relations, preparing press releases, writing opinion pieces etc;.

4. Proven and demonstrable experience of editing and producing publications.

5. Experience working with websites, including web development and producing content for the web.

6. Experience working with social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

7. Familiarity with e-communications, including preparing and sending E-Bulletins, support updates, appeals, etc.

8. Excellent writing skills .

9. Strong organisational skills with excellent attention to detail .

10. Computer literate with good MS Office skills .

11. Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to influence across the organisation and externally .

12. Confidence to represent the organization externally including public speaking as necessary .

13. Prior experience working for an international NGO in the development or humanitarian or any other sectors .

14. Database experience and knowledge of website content management systems and mass e-marketing tools an advantage .

15. Ability to speak French or Portuguese will be an added advantage .

ADMINSTRATIVE ASSISTANT

The Trust is currently looking for an Administrative Assistant .This position reports directly to the Finance and Administration Manager and will be based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Main duties and responsibilities:

1. Provide general administrative and clerical support including mailing, scanning, faxing and copying to management.

2. Maintain electronic and hard copy filing system open, sort and distribute incoming correspondence.

3. Manage the Managing Director's diary.

4. Assist in resolving any administrative problems.

5. Prepare and modify documents including correspondence, reports, drafts, memos and emails.

6. Schedule and coordinate meetings, appointments and travel arrangements for Managers.

7. Maintain inventory of office supplies.

8. Supervises office assistant.

9. Petty cash maintenance.

10. Provide receptionist services through - greeting and assisting visitors, answering phones and directing calls and responding to enquiries.

11. Perform other duties as required.

Requirements:

1. Minimum Diploma level qualification or equivalent.

2. At least 5 years of hands on administrative support experience.

3. Excellent communication skills - written and verbal.

4. Strong organisational skills with excellent attention to detail.

5. Computer literate with good MS Office Skills.

6. Able to work as part of a team.

7. Neat personal appearance.

8. Speaking French or Portuguese will be an added advantage.

NOTE: Job descriptions are not intended to be all-inclusive. Employees may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the on-going needs of the Organisation.
To apply, please forward your CV and suitability statement to Recruitment(at)gracamacheltrust.org by 14 February 2014 , and include the position being applied for and your name in the subject line.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Position Open: Program Officer for Support, Capacity and Training, American Councils for International Education

Position Open: Program Officer for Support, Capacity and Training, American Councils for International Education

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Netowork


Please note a job posting for Program Officer- Support, Capacity and Training, Inbound Secondary School Programs located in Washington, DC.

Here are the details:

Posting Available: March 17, 2014

Status: Full Time, Short Term. - potential for longer-term

Posting closes: Open Until Closed

Please apply by selecting the link below and follow the prompts:

https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=8141641

Position Description

Summary: FLSASTATUS: Exempt

Based in Washington, DC, the Inbound Secondary School Programs department supports students in host family placements on US State Department-funded high school exchange programs (FLEX, YES, A-SMYLE, and ExCEL) across the US ensuring their safety and soundness on program.

The Program Officer, a mid-level position, works with other department staff as necessary on projects, but will also create substantive materials and reports as they relate to the Inbound Department's training and support for local volunteer coordinators, on-program student support, and capacity building for placement. The position responsibilities necessitate that some work be performed during non-business hours (e.g. evenings and weekends). The Program Officer is expected to track and maintain his/her own workload with little daily oversight from the Senior Program Manager, and will develop areas of expertise in international exchange.

The Program Officer reports to the Senior Program Manager and will be assisted by the Program Assistant. This position also coordinates on tasks with the Operations Manager.

This position is temporary for 3 months with the possibility of becoming permanent after that.

Responsibilities:

The Program Officer for Support, Capacity, and Training will be expected to be able to perform the following duties with a high degree of accuracy and timeliness:


Support

o Serve as primary contact for approximately 30 Local Coordinators and their associated host families and students for any adjustment issues that arise during the academic year;
o Learn how to initially assess a situation that arises with respect to on-program support and
work with all parties (host family, student, local coordinator) until it is resolved;

o Document and track all communication with respect to participant support;

o Learn J1 visa regulations sufficient to pass Department of State exam, and interpret these regulations for host families and local coordinators with respect to American Councils' policies;

o Establish strong working relationships with local coordinators and host families via phone and email;

o Communicate with program administration regarding all aspects of students on program behavior;

o Coordinate with Program Assistant regarding on-program support.

Capacity

o Recruit and train local coordinators;
o Facilitate host family-exchange student placements and support local coordinators during placement season;
o Work with local coordinators during placement season to help them recruit host families and schools and increase cluster capacity;
o Assist with program publicity and networking at the local and national level;
o Update website content on all applicable websites;
o Travel on site visits domestically to develop and increase capacity in local communities;
o Attend publicity and outreach events to increase placement capacity, as well as learning to present on secondary school exchange opportunities offered by American Councils;
o Organize student contests throughout the year, and collect/compile responses;
o Assist in creating promotional materials and publications including the department newsletter;
o Support with social media presence for Inbound Placement.

Training

o Create new training materials and update training-related materials for local coordinators
o Interview potential and train approved local coordinators for their role working with students on program;
o Train incoming Local Coordinators on J1 visa regulations, placement strategies, and student support;
o Develop programming for conferences including local coordinator trainings, monthly local coordinator conference calls, student reentry workshops and other potential activities;
o Develop materials for orientations and cross-cultural guidance for local coordinators;
o Serve as primary staff during reentry workshops and assist Inbound Admin in planning of workshops.
o Assisting the Senior Program Manager in overseeing the Program Assistant's carrying out of training, support, and capacity duties
o Other duties, as assigned.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

o Bachelor's degree in a relevant field: counseling, communication, psychology, international studies, etc.

o Demonstrated examples of counseling/mentoring high school students, experience with secondary school exchange programs preferred (particularly countries that the programs cover)

o Experience developing training or teaching curriculum and familiarity with a variety of teaching techniques a plus.

o Experience living or working abroad (preferably experience living with a host family) and knowledge of a second language (please specify in application).

o Effective interpersonal skills, with a particular ability to work in an open, fast-paced and group-office environment;

o Demonstrated organizational skills -- including examples of managing multiple priorities quickly and effectively to make strict deadlines;

o Customer service, sales, or telemarketing experience desired;

o Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel (the Word Mail Merge function and Excel formulas, in particular) and web browsers (such as Mozilla Firefox); Experience with Adobe Creative Suite is preferred

o Desire to contribute to the ultimate goal of supporting 135 students with host families and local coordinators across the US in a way that ensures the safety and support of the students while improving the understanding between the US and their home countries.
o Employment is contingent on a successful background screening.

Vacancy at International Alert - Peacebuilding Sector Specialists

Vacancy at International Alert - Peacebuilding Sector Specialists

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

Alert is requesting 'Expression of Interests' from qualified and experienced specialists available for short and long term assignments.

International Alert is expanding its talent pool to meet the demand of a number of exciting new projects.

In particular, we are looking for people with the following areas of expertise:

Stabilisation experience including military, justice and security sector reform
Climate change and environment, and experience linking this to peacebuilding
Advanced research techniques with experience of leading field based research including conducting country or thematic peace and conflict analyses
Evaluation experience including strategic evaluation, theory based evaluations, contribution analysis and mixed methods evaluation
Designing and implementing tailored short-term peacebuilding courses
Integrating gender into peacebuilding research and implementation
Peace and Economy experience including private sector approaches to peacebuilding (including oil and natural resource management sectors)

Educated to post-graduate degree level (in a relevant subject), you will have significant experience in your specialised sector. You will have proven experience working as an independent consultant with the ability to deliver high quality results within agreed timeframes. Fluency in English is essential. Fluency in one or more of the following languages is an added advantage - Arabic, French and Russian.

If you wish to join our database please send an 'Expression of Interest' indicating your specific areas of expertise, your current rate and details of your referees, along with an up to date CV to jobs@international-alert.org

Closing date: Sunday 23 February 2014 at 5pm (UK time). Short-listing of candidates will be on an ongoing basis with urgent positions filled immediately.

While International Alert will endeavour to acknowledge all submissions within a reasonable time, this may not always be possible due to limited resources. International Alert is an equal opportunities employer. All submissions will be judged strictly on the basis of merit.

International Alert helps people find peaceful solutions to conflict.


We are one of the world's leading peacebuilding organisations, with nearly 30 years of experience laying the foundations for peace.

We work with local people around the world to help them build peace. And we advise governments, organisations and companies on how to support peace.

We focus on issues which influence peace, including governance, economics, gender relations, social development, climate change, and the role of businesses and international organisations in high-risk places.

www.international-alert.org

Job: Country Team Lead, dTS, Arlington, VA

Job: Country Team Lead, dTS, Arlington, VA

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

Job Description: Country Team Lead
dTS is recruiting Country Team Lead to provide direction, leadership, and technical oversight for a country level evaluation. This contract is for the US Department of State Countering Violent Extremism Evaluation Project. The project country will be selected from one of three target regions: South Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

The individual will provide technical direction, management, and supervision of a team of approximately three (3) expat staff, a local survey firm, and a local administrative assistant. The duration will be full time for approximately three (3) months.

This position requires that the candidate have U.S. Citizenship and be able to obtain a Secret level security clearance (or have an active one or one which is inactive but which can be activated quickly). Preference is given to those who already have an active clearance.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Lead the implementation of a country level evaluation designed by dTS home office staff.
Manage and supervise the country team, which will include expatriate consultants and local consultants.
Ensure the quality and timeliness of assigned deliverables.
Serve as the face of dTS to country-level stakeholders and client's representatives.
Consult and work with dTS administration and practice staff to smoothly implement the evaluation.
Qualifications and Education Requirement:

A Masters degree in international relations, economics, survey/statistical methods, international development, public diplomacy, sociology or related fields.
At least 15 years of experience conducting evaluations funded by DOS, USAID, or other relevant USG units. At least five (5) years of experience conducting evaluation teams.
Ability to obtain a Secret level security clearance. Having an active/inactive clearance that can be activated quickly is strongly preferred.
Excellent oral and written skills
Strong analytical, writing and editing skills.
Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Access and PowerPoint), data spreadsheets and statistical packages like STATA or SPSS.
Experience working, living and/or staffing programs in conflict affected countries in South Asian or North African countries.
Has provided direction, management, and supervision of a team of no less than 12 full-time staff at dTS, two sub-contractors, and several short-term consultants.
French or Arabic an advantage but not required.
How to Apply:
Please send your CV and cover letter with the position title in the subject line to recruitment@onlinedts.com.

Job: USIP seeks Program Officer for the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding

Job: USIP seeks Program Officer for the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding

From: Peace & Collaborative Development Network

For more information or to apply, please follow this link: http://usip.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=159284&...

The Program Officer for the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding will design and implement countering violent extremism (CVE) courses focusing on alternative messaging and engaging civil society actors. The Program Officer will cooperate with the existing Academy team to develop curriculum, organize professional expertise meetings, and support the Academy's efforts on international projects related to countering violent extremism.

The Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding is the education and training center of USIP. The Academy is a leader in the field of professional education and training for practitioners in conflict management. Established in 2009, the Academy provides practitioner-oriented education, training, and resources via facilities at USIP's Washington headquarters, mobile training in conflict zones, and online distance education and training.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Collaborating with national and international organization on countering violent extremism (CVE).
Collaborating with CVE experts with USIP units and the CVE working group.
Lead training seminars with colleagues relating to CVE.
Conduct research and write for various publications of articles and papers.
Provide monitoring and evaluations of the courses.
Supervise the development of curricular materials and course development in the particular topic.
Requires extended travel overseas.
Provide reports and summaries to the program and Academy leadership, most especially the Vice President.
QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals of countries listed in a U.S. Collective Defense Arrangement per the Department of State. To see a list of those countries, go to http://www.state.gov/s/l/treaty/collectivedefense/index.htm.
A doctorate is preferred and extensive field experience is expected.
5+ years of demonstrated experience in preventing and/or countering violent extremism field.
In-depth knowledge of preventing/countering violent extremism, counter-terrorism, conflict studies and peacebuilding fields.
Experience with engaging civil society members creatively which prevent and counter extremist violence.
Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
Excellent administrative skills are required and strong qualities in working with teams.
Proficiency in relevant foreign language is desirable.
For more information or to apply, please follow this link: http://usip.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=159284&...

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