Position: Program Officer Intern
Internship Location: Minnetonka , MN
About Shelter For Life: Shelter for Life is 27-year-old faith-based humanitarian aid non-profit; currently managing programs in: Afghanistan, Sudan, Liberia. Learn more about us at: www.shelter.org, and also on our Facebook page.
The Program Officer Intern position has been established to support the efforts of program development at SFL. The primary responsibilities of the Program Officer are to engage in program research, planning, proposal writing, external representation, and program monitoring.
The Program Officer Intern shall be responsible for the following tasks:
1. Assist in the preparation, design and writing of funding proposals both for the government and non-government institutions
2. Assist in researching funding opportunities relevant to the achievement of SFL program objectives.
3. Provide planning documents and recommendations to HQ as requested.
4. Develop promotional materials including hand-outs and PowerPoint presentations.
5. Represent the work of SFL to current or potential donors, partners and beneficiaries.
6. Insure that no legally-binding program commitments or obligations are made without the knowledge and consent of SFL HQ.
1. Currently in an undergraduate program in non-profit, international relations, public affairs.
2. Excellent command of skills in report writing, researching, planning, organizing, coordinating, and communicating.
3. Understanding of issues and programs in humanitarian operations, including complex emergencies, displaced populations, community development and economic development, shelter solutions, infrastructure and construction activities, and social/educational issues in the context of settings in the developing world.
4. Excellent written and oral English skills with the ability to work productively within deadlines.
5. Ability to act confidently and self-motivate.
6. Ability to work as a part of a team.
7. Willingness to subscribe to SFL's faith-based ethos.
8. Willingness to complete other tasks as assigned.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Marguerite at: marguerite(at)shelter.org.
We are pleased to announce the fourth call for submissions for Reconsidering Development, an interdisciplinary E-journal based at the University of Minnesota. The journal is theme-based and contributors are encouraged to be creative in integrating themes of each issue into their submissions. The first issue of Volume III, Reconsidering Development and Human Rights, will be launched in the spring of 2012 and the deadline for submissions is February 1, 2012. We seek submissions that explore the relationship between human rights theory and practice and international development.
For more information, see the submission guidelines. Submissions can be uploaded at http://rdj.ipid-umn.org. (If submissions include different media types, i.e. text, video, audio, photos, each file should be uploaded separately. Submissions may also be emailed to rdj-editor(at)ipid-umn.org.)
Women's World Banking (WWB) is the only microfinance network explicitly focused on supporting women. Headquartered in New York City, WWB supports the needs of 26 million clients, 80% of whom are women, through a network partnership of 39 microfinance institutions in 27 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America. WWB works with these institutions to design financial products and services that fulfill the needs of our clients. The mission of WWB is to expand the economic assets, participation and power of low-income women and their households by helping them access financial services, knowledge and markets.
The WWB Fellowship Program enables future global leaders in microfinance and women's economic empowerment to experience the challenges and rewards of contributing to an organization that works diligently to create financial opportunities for low income women. Over a 2-year period, Fellows will deliver solutions for our organization and our network member institutions concerning an array of microfinance initiatives including: credit, savings, youth products, financial education and microinsurance.
Fellows will be based in our New York City office starting in June 2012. Travel in the field may be required. WWB will give preference to those with demonstrated abilities to tackle the type of work required to best support the needs of our clients in developing countries.
Fellows will have the opportunity to rotate throughout different departments, which may include:
Development - raising the necessary financial support to ensure competitive and effective program delivery. The team manages all donor relations and major fundraising events. The donors represent a global footprint of support for WWB.
Research - performs market research to identify the needs of our clients and measure the impact of our products and services. Much of the research is done in the field.
Microfinance Products - based on the findings of Research, this team designs products and services to serve the needs of our clients, expanding financial opportunities to women. The team deploys the products and services to network members through various testing, training, and scaling efforts.
Network Engagement - ensures the coordination and sharing of information amongst network members through global meetings, exchanges, and major conferences.
Center for Microfinance Leadership - offers competitive, industry leading management training and mentorship to network member CEOs and top management.
Branding and Communications - positions WWB as the leading global NGO serving the economic interests of women. The team disseminates information through various medias, including publications, social media, press, and major events.
Finance - ensures financial sustainability and growth through financial management, reporting and investing. Partners with Development and Programs to structure various initiatives and project coordination.
Special Projects - WWB is always looking forward and manages multiple special projects at any given time. These projects are typically priority initiatives run out of the president's office.
Examples of current WWB initiatives:
Working with network institutions in Latin America on a 3-year project to expand access to credit for rural women. Project entails market research, product design, institutional implementation, rollout to clients, and monitoring and evaluation.
Making the business case that women are better borrowers through the development and global application of gender performance indicators.
Partnering with a top-tier branding firm to further establish WWB as the leader in women's economic empowerment.
WWB welcomes applicants who:
Are independent, open minded, intuitive, and eager to contribute to an innovative microfinance network organization.
Have experience with and a level of comfort in working across departments.
Possess skilled written and verbal communications skills.
Can demonstrate empathy towards and commitment to changing the lives of those in low-income communities around the world through a dedication to microfinance, economic development, project management, banking, or development.
Have applied their passion for microfinance beyond academic projects.
Demonstrate competency in understanding both macro and micro components of microfinance, from policy and regulation to the needs of a mother and entrepreneur in Asia, Africa or Latin America.
Have participated in microfinance industry events, conferences, social media, blogs, or program design.
We seek candidates with minimum of 2-years work experience or a relevant graduate degree in business administration, international development, finance or economics.
Fluency in written and spoken English/Spanish or English/French is required.
Ability to legally work in the United States for a minimum of 2-years; no visa sponsorship available.
How to Apply:
Our application process is highly competitive and open to interested candidates from across the globe. Please submit your application by February 24, 2012 via e-mail at fellowship(at)swwb.org. Please find details regarding the application process below:
Please include the following items in your submission:
A current resume
A one-page cover letter articulating why you will succeed at WWB
An essay of 500 words (or less) telling us about an experience you've had with a culture other than your own that changed your perspective in some way. Different cultural experiences are up to you to define. It can be a different city, village or country.
Three professional references. Please provide name, title and telephone number.
Feb 8 David Scheffer speaking on "All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals"
February 8, 2012, 7 PM presentation, followed by a small reception
McNamara Alumni Center, Maroon & Gold Room
200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis (East Bank)
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC scheffer2.3.pdf
David Scheffer had an insider's seat at the creation of the most important human rights institution of our era, the International Criminal Court. Representing President Clinton as head of the U.S. delegation to negotiations establishing the Court, Scheffer drew on his previous experience spearheading efforts to create war crimes tribunals for the former Yugoslavia, the Balkans, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia. Scheffer has built a career working to stop war crimes. Listen with us as he shares the personal and political drama that unfolded during the international efforts to establish the Court and to make "never again" truly mean "never again". Scheffer is currently the Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and Director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law.
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Look for more information about two additional speaker series events coming this spring:
February 28 - The International Human Rights Movement: A History, Aryeh Neier, President of Open Society Foundations, founder and former director of Human Rights Watch.
April 3 - Moving Children: Human Rights Dilemmas in Contemporary Child Migration, Jacqueline Bhabha, director of Harvard's Center for Human Rights.
Sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Human Rights University, the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair in the College of Liberal Arts, the Human Rights Program, and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Co-sponsored by the Program in Human Rights and Health, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
Coordinator, Human Rights Program
Institute for Global Studies
University of Minnesota
214 Social Sciences
267 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Call for Proposals
The University of Minnesota, in partnership with GenNext Education (India) will be hosting a group of Indian undergraduate students from May 21 to June 6, 2012. Part of the summer program includes lectures in the areas of business and economics. Lectures in the areas of: business communication, human resource development, family economics, micro-enterprise, cooperatives, micro-loans, development economics, organizational development, leadership, etc. are welcome. CEHD seeks several lecturers to present to the group on their research in any of these areas. Lecturers at the MA level will be paid a stipend of $50 per instructional hour. PhD-level lecturers will be paid $100 per instructional hour. All lecturers will have the opportunity to meet an international cohort from the world's largest democracy and one of the world's most diverse economies.
Please submit lecture proposals of 500 words or less including:
Name of presenter and highest level of education achieved
· Objectives of lecture (e.g., "By the end of the session, learners will be able to..."
· Brief Abstract
· Time Needed (lectures may be 1.5 or 3 hours long)
· Note: Projectors and screens are provided, all other materials must be provided by presenters. Honorarium will be split evenly for co-taught lectures.
Please submit all lectures to Laura Willemsen (lauraw(at)umn.edu) by 1/30/12. Please direct any questions to Chris Johnstone (john4810(at)umn.edu).
Christopher J. Johnstone, Ph.D., Director of International Initiatives and Relations
College of Education and Human Development
University of Minnesota
104 Burton Hall, 178 Pillsbury Dr SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Research Associate, National Center on Educational Outcomes
207 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Follow CEHD International on Twitter: www.twitter.com/UofM_CEHD_Intl
MINN member Heather Cannon-Winkelman's blog from her recent trip to Liberia for the Liberian Ministers Association (LMA) of Minnesota
Part 1 - http://unitingdistantstars.blogspot.com/2011/11/my-recent-trip-to-liberia-part-1.html
Part 2 - http://unitingdistantstars.blogspot.com/2011/12/my-recent-trip-to-liberia-part-2.html
Part 3 - http://unitingdistantstars.blogspot.com/2012/01/my-recent-trip-to-liberia-part-3.html
Happy New Year! I hope 2012 is off to a great start for you and your families. It's looking to be a very busy and productive year for OneVillage Partners as we continue our efforts to spur economic growth and empower communities in rural Sierra Leone, West Africa.
I would like to remind everyone of our first event of 2012, which will be a social gathering at Plymouth Congregational Church on Sunday, January 29th from 4-530pm.
-Meet OVP's new Executive Director, Deborah Greebon
-Stories from returned travelers to the villages
-Latest program updates from the villages
-OVP's plans for 2012
We hope to see you there! Please RSVP to: aaron(at)onevillagepartners.org
Date: January 29th Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Plymouth Congregational Church (Fireside Room)
1900 Nicollet Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403
Aaron Ackerman, Program Manager
crossposted Article by: COREY MITCHELL , Star Tribune, January 24, 2012 - 10:03 PM
Minnesota native chosen as ambassador to Uganda
Career officer Scott DeLisi, of South St. Paul, currently is the U.S. envoy in Nepal.
WASHINGTON -- President Obama has nominated Minnesota native Scott DeLisi as his ambassador to Uganda.
The White House announced Tuesday that Obama sent DeLisi's name to the Senate for confirmation as the envoy to the East African nation. If confirmed, it would mark the latest passport stamp for the career U.S. Foreign Service officer.
DeLisi, who grew up in South St. Paul, has been the ambassador to Nepal since March 2010. During the George W. Bush administration, he served as envoy to Eritrea, a country in the horn of Africa. DeLisi has also served in various posts in Botswana, India, Madagascar, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
He is at least the third Minnesotan to be appointed an ambassador by the Obama administration.
In 2009, the White House named Sam Kaplan as ambassador to Morocco and Miguel Diaz, a Roman Catholic theologian from St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict in Collegeville, as envoy to the Vatican.
The three are on an exclusive list of fewer than 10 Minnesotans to serve as United States ambassadors in the past 60 years. Past ambassadors include former Vice President Walter Mondale, who served in Japan, and former Gov. Karl Rolvaag, who served in Iceland.
Corey Mitchell • 612-673-4491
Monitoring & Evaluation Consultant - Central African Republic (CAR)/ Deadline for applications: 5/02/2012
February 15, 2012
February 5, 2012
Job Title: Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Consultant
Reports To: Country Director, CAR
Deadline: Applications reviewed daily until position filed
Location: Remotely, with at least one field visit to CAR
Duration: 34 days of work during the life of the project (mid Feb-mid August 2012), as follows:
4 days preparation
10 days on the field (Bangui)
3 days/month remotely over the period of the project (15 days total)
5 days write up of final report
"Integrating Local Media and Information and Communications Technology (ICTs) into Humanitarian Response" is a new project recently awarded to Internews by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) to set up an innovative system that will foster a bounded network of trusted local media organizations to gather real-time first- hand information from affected populations to create a two-way communication flow with humanitarians. This system will eventually improve emergency response, community participation and community resilience.
SCOPE OF WORK:
The M&E consultant will play a vital role in the implementation and the learning component of this six-month groundbreaking project in CAR in the following capacities:
1. Conduct baseline and train local M&E Officer in country: Design and conduct, in partnership with a local M&E Officer, a baseline survey with humanitarian organizations, local partners and local journalists from the radio stations participating in the project. Equally important, a selected number of community members (i.e. IDPs and refugees) identified by the radio stations/local partners will be also interviewed remotely. Note: the project will identify community members that normally don't have phone access so the project doesn't only interview those with phones.
For the methodology, it is recommended a mixed quantitative/qualitative (i.e. an adapted Rapid Assessment Process (RAP) approach. Changes in opinions, attitudes etc. are always hard to investigate, particularly over such a short time-scale, however, this would be much harder to show with just qualitative inputs.
Suggested is a series of informal and formal unstructured and semi-structured interviews with a group of key informants. This could include a number of survey questions from which true baseline data can be collated, as well as key demographic info, which is then supplemented by more probing open-ended qualitative (depth) questions. This can be supplemented by a series (limited) of focus groups.
When: Late Feb-Early March (TBC) for 1 week when the training for the journalists in Bangui is set up. The M&E consultant will be in country with the Country Director, Humanitarian Media Liaison Officer and Innovation Advisor.
Baseline report of no more than 10 pages.
3 blogs with pictures featuring this component of the assignment -editorial support will be provided.
The Local M&E officer will be trained to, with remote supervision, to conduct and support the M&E work on the ground.
2. Ongoing evaluation: On a regular basis (i.e. every 6-8 weeks), the consultant, in close coordination with the local M&E officer, will re-connect with a selected number of stakeholders involved and conduct an ongoing survey to assess how the project is changing and what opinions and attitudes stakeholders involved in it have. This ongoing evaluation will also use reports from both the Ushahidi platform and the FLSMS installed in the two radio stations participating as pilots in the project. The ongoing evaluation will also include feedback from listeners.
This ongoing monitoring could be restricted to a panel approach with the key stakeholders - again using a questionnaire that combines a series of quantitative questions/measures with a number of qualitative impressions administered bimonthly. The instrument could be short so as not to be a burdensome (or expensive) requirement -simply a good way to track changes and perhaps more importantly raise any issues/red flags for consideration.
When: Every 6-8 weeks (2-3 times during the life of the project)
Output: On-going blogs featuring some of the findings of the ongoing assessments
3. Final evaluation: At the end of the project, the M&E consultant will conduct an evaluation to assess the impact and effectiveness of the project. The final evaluation will be a repeat of the approach used in the baseline. Analysis will then draw the data from all three elements. Ideally there would be at least one further iteration of research a number of months post hoc to establish the level of sustainability, impacts etc.
When: Month 6.
Final evaluation report of no more than 10 pages
1 blog featuring some of the findings of the ongoing assessments
QUALIFICATIONS (must have all)
Fluency in spoken and written French and English.
Proven experience conducting reviews and evaluations of communications projects and studies, particularly in Africa.
Very strong research design and implementation skills, including in approaches to evaluation.
Experience of planning and coordinating research and analysis across multi-disciplinary projects and in complex environments.
Ability to train and mentor local researchers or newcomers to the research sector.
Ability to communicate complex technical ideas using non-technical language to a wide range of audiences such as journalists, production staff, humanitarian staff or government officials.
An understanding of the vision/mission, core values and objectives of Internews.
Understanding of and passion for the area of communications with disaster-affected communities.
Excellent communication and reporting skills, both written and oral.
Excellent time management and the ability to prioritize a heavy workload under pressure.
Excellent administrative and organizational skills.
Psychological resilience and a sense of humor.
Relevant university degree.
Good knowledge of the mandates and modalities of the international humanitarian sector including the UN cluster system and capacity to train reports on the humanitarian system.
Knowledge of citizen journalism and familiarity with ways to leverage social media will be an asset, as will knowledge of mapping and crowd-sourcing software (i.e. Ushahidi and Open Street Map) and mobile technology software (i.e. FrontlineSMS).
Understanding of media and how the area of communicating with affected populations has been developing in humanitarian practice.
Experience training inexperienced researchers in various research methodologies and building their research capacity.
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Interested candidates meeting the qualifications should forward a cover letter and resume to jobs(at)internews(dot)eu (re-write in standard format)
Reference to mention: "M&E - CAR" and name in the subject line
Deadline for applications: 5/02/2012
1 Easton Street, London, Islington, WC1X 0DW, United Kingdom
February 5, 2012
Salary range (annual, U.S. $)
30,444 - 30,444
The Africa Regional programme seeks candidates with strong administration and coordination skills to provide administrative support to the management team of the Africa Programme.
Tasks will include organizing administrative and communication systems to ensure fast and efficient flow of information. This will involve handling internal and external correspondence, organizing meetings and keeping accurate records. You must be able to work independently and use your own initiative. You will have fast and accurate typing, excellent IT skills including Excel and excellent communication skills. Knowledge of French is essential. Previous experience of minute - taking and maintaining budgetary records are also essential.
Ability to work in a multicultural environment and an interest in human rights developments in Africa are also required.
HOW TO APPLY
Please visit our website at www.amnesty.org/jobs to apply for this position.
Location: London or the region
Salary: £41,124 or competitive salary if based in the region
Fixed term contract of up to two years in duration
There are 5 researcher vacancies in the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, focusing on different parts of the region:
Tunisia; Algeria and Morocco/Western Sahara; Saudi Arabia; Yemen; Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.
About the job
As a research-based campaigning organization, investigating and documenting human rights issues is fundamental to our advocacy and lobbying work. Our Middle East and North Africa Programme requires 5 researchers to take the lead in initiating human rights research and action in the region by providing regional and thematic expertise, excellent research skills and sound political judgement. A campaigning-oriented approach to your work is essential. You will be required to conduct and co-ordinate research activities, monitor, investigate and analyse political, legal and social developments and human rights conditions, give authoritative advice on these areas and prepare human rights action materials.
With experience of working on human rights issues, you must have first-hand in-depth knowledge and experience of the relevant region or country and an understanding and awareness of its cultures. You'll have a background in either activism, academia, law or journalism with the ability to identify and thoroughly investigate human rights issues and ensure our voice has authority. You will need proven research and communication skills, impartial political judgement, coupled with strong strategic thought. Fluency in English, including excellent writing skills, is essential, as is the ability to speak and read Arabic fluently.
Our aim is simple: an end to human rights abuses. Independent, international and influential, we campaign for justice, freedom and truth wherever they're denied. Already our network of over three million members and supporters is making a difference in 150 countries. And whether we're applying pressure through powerful research or direct lobbying, mass demonstrations or online campaigning, we're all inspired by hope for a better world. One where human rights are respected and protected by everyone, everywhere.
Closing date: 19th February 2012
CVs will not be accepted.
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To find out more about this and all our other opportunities, and to apply online, please visit www.amnesty.org/jobs
Social Venture Partners has an opening for a full-time Partner Engagement Coordinator and I am asking for your recommendations of former students interested in venture philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, or nonprofit capacity building that would be interested in the job. Feel free to pass on the attached position profile. I appreciate your help. Ptr Eng Coord Profile_posted.doc
Brad Brown, Executive Director, Social Venture Partners Minnesota
8500 Normandale Lake Blvd, Suite 1060
Minneapolis, MN 55437
(952) 844-5230 - ofc.
(763) 458-4650 - cell
Social Venture Partners Minnesota
About Social Venture Partners Minnesota
Social Venture Partners Minnesota (SVP) invests our partners' charitable dollars, time and expertise in social entrepreneurs who create solutions to social problems. We invest in social venture innovators who lead in the areas of: early childhood development, academic achievement for all children, access to post-secondary education for all students, and mentoring, coaching, service learning, career exploration, and other developmental opportunities for youth.
By opening minds, hearts and checkbooks, SVP provides rewarding experiences for our partners, their families and employees.
Position Title: Partner Engagement Coordinator
Summary Description: The Partner Engagement Coordinator (1) ensures that SVP partners are fully engaged in activities and projects that build the organizational capacity of investees and (2) assists the partner to achieve their personal development philanthropy goals. This position reports to the executive director.
Work Schedule: This is a 45 hours per week position. There is flexibility in the work schedule and work site location. Normal business hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Scope of Responsibilities: The Partner Engagement Coordinator is responsible for the following functions and related tasks:
1. Partner Engagement: (percent of work content - 50%)
• Manage the new partner on-boarding process
• Develop partner profiles documenting partners' skills and interests and advise partners on how to engage with investees. Assist lead partners to recruit partners for work on investee capacity building plans.
• Manage the investee capacity building process including administration of the Organization Capacity Assessment Tool, development of the Capacity Building Plan, Scorecard evaluation reporting, and mid-year progress review sessions.
• Support the new investee selection process and re-grant process
• Support Lead Partner and Executive Director Forums
• Maintain the Salesforce.com database
• Administer the DSI survey and partner satisfaction survey
2. Event planning and management: (percent of work content - 30%)
• Support the EPCON annual conference planning team
• Coordinate planning and execution of quarterly partner meetings
• Coordinate planning and execution of partner education and social events
3. Communications and Marketing: (percent of work content - 20%)
• Support the Communications Lead Partner in implementation of the MarComm Plan
• Collect content for monthly newsletter and direct work of contract editor to distribute newsletter
• Prepare and distribute event announcements
• Distribute press releases
• Update website content
• Prepare and distribute the annual report
4. Other duties as assigned
1. Excellent organizational ability with strong project management skills.
2. Ability to build coaching, supportive relationships with partners and investees.
3. Proficient with MS Office.
4. Prefer experience with Constant Contact
5. Database management. Prefer experience with Salesforce.com.
6. Web site administration and maintenance
1. Personal commitment to social change through engaged philanthropy.
2. Adaptable and comfortable with multi-tasking
3. Strong work ethic
4. Collaborative work style
5. Works independently toward objectives without close supervision
Education and Experience:
This position requires a B.A. or B.S. degree, preferably in business administration or public administration. Some experience in program management required. Two or more years of experience in related field preferred.
Submit a resume and cover letter as an email attachment to Brad Brown at bbrown(at)svpmn.org. Resumes will be accepted until March 30, 2012.
Sponsored by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership in collaboration with the Assoc. of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA)
Travel dates: August 2012 (10 days)
Meet political and economic experts, pursue research interests, and enjoy cultural excursions. Travel expenses paid.
Eligibility: US citizen or permanent resident, current Masters student in APSIA school (may not have graduated before the trip), demonstrate serious interest in Japan and its international role
For full information and application instructions, go to http://tinyurl.com/TravelJapan2012
[Note you must click the link from your UMN account to access the document]
INTERNAL APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 8, 2012
Past HHH participants are:
2011 Marie Kurth and Cody Nelson
2010 Rachel Carr and Linda Nguy
2009 Sarah Berke
Lynne R. Schuman, Director of Career Services
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
lschuman(at)umn.edu 612-625-2847 (phone) 612-626-0002 (fax)
This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org
IRC is Seeking a Program Coordinator based in Bukavu, DR Congo
Since 1989, the Women's Refugee Commission (WRC) has advocated vigorously for laws, policies and programs to improve the lives and protect the rights of refugee and displaced women, children and young people--bringing about lasting, measurable change. The Women's Refugee Commission is legally a part of the IRC, and this temporary, full-time WRC staff position will be based in the IRC's offices in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). IRC is one of the largest providers of relief and development assistance in DRC with an annual budget of approximately US$ 80 million and over 900 staff. In seven of DRC's provinces, IRC implements programs in the sectors of health, governance & community development, women's protection & empowerment, education, and emergency response through a network of nine field offices and a range of institutional and community partnerships.
ABOUT WRC's FUEL & FIREWOOD INITIATIVE: The food distributed in humanitarian settings--typically dried beans, flour and oil--must be cooked in order to be eaten. However, the humanitarian system rarely provides the fuel required to cook that food, and these populations rarely have enough money to purchase fuel--particularly clean-burning or environmentally-sustainable fuels. Therefore, crisis-affected women and girls often have no choice but to venture into unsafe territory to collect firewood or to produce charcoal. The negative consequences associated with dependence on firewood and charcoal are numerous: physical and sexual attack of women and girls collecting wood, environmental degradation caused by unsustainable firewood harvesting and charcoal manufacture, deadly respiratory infections and more. Moreover, the burning of wood, charcoal and other solid fuels is the primary releaser of black carbon into the atmosphere and a key contributor to climate change. In few places are all of these intersecting concerns as clearly apparent as in the Great Lakes region of Africa.
The current project will work to address all of these concerns in a holistic manner in eastern DRC and Uganda. Its overall purpose is to stem the threats to both women and the environment that are caused by over-reliance on unsustainable cooking fuels such as firewood and charcoal. Moreover, it will demonstrate--for regional and global adaption--how a coordinated and multi-sectoral "SAFE strategy" will improve physical protection of women and girls and reduce reliance on the unsustainable cooking fuels that cause environmental degradation.
SCOPE OF WORK: Reporting to the New York-based Senior Program Officer, Fuel & Firewood Initiative and working with a national counterpart, the primary role of the SAFE focal point will be to develop, coordinate and implement a cooking fuel strategy based on the SAFE guidance framework in the Kivus and Ituri, DRC and in Nakivale, Uganda. The focal point will also document lessons learned as a means of informing future regional scale-up and may be asked to undertake research assessments in neighboring countries.
Research and Programming:
Conduct desk and field research and undertake assessments on household energy-related programming in and applicable to the region (eastern DRC and western Uganda; with the possibility of additional assessments elsewhere in the region), using WRC-WFP's 2009 Uganda and 2011 DRC SAFE assessments as a guide. Key research themes to include existing programming and lessons learned; key needs and challenges; and will involve interviews and focus groups with beneficiaries and key stakeholders.
Develop a cooking fuel strategy based on the SAFE guidance for implementation on a pilot basis in the Kivus, Ituri and Nakivale, in collaboration with the Senior Program Officer, Fuel & Firewood Initiative, national staff counterpart and identified partners in the region, and based on research and assessments.
Begin implementation of SAFE pilot programming in collaboration with key regional partners and national staff counterpart, under the supervision of the Senior Program Officer, Fuel & Firewood Initiative.
Design and implement an M&E framework for the project, including collaboration on a broader global initiative to monitor the impact of energy programming on GBV risk reduction.
Draft reports on findings; monitoring and for project donors as required.
Management and Administration:
Oversee the project's roughly $225,000 annual budget, with support from the WRC Finance team and the Senior Program Officer, Fuel & Firewood Initiative.
Identify potential donors and draft concept notes/proposals for project implementation support, with the support from the Senior Program Officer, Fuel & Firewood Initiative. Goal will be to raise a minimum of $250,000.
Recruit and manage skilled national staff counterpart.
Fluency in both French and English required; spoken Lingala, Kiswahili and/or Kinyarwanda a plus
Master's degree in international relations, international development or similar field; or significant equivalent work experience
Minimum 5-7 years of relevant, progressive experience in humanitarian programming and at least one year of field-based experience required; direct project management and supervisory experience strongly preferred. Background in environment and/or household energy programming a strong plus. Passing the SAFE e-learning coursewill be required prior to interviews for this position.
Detailed knowledge of and progressive experience in working with and across UN humanitarian agencies, INGOs and local NGOs and community-based organizations and a detailed understanding of humanitarian architecture and coordination mechanisms
Demonstrated background in monitoring and evaluation and proven field research/assessment skills, including conducting participatory assessments/focus groups
Ability to work and collaborate with international and local partners from diverse cultures, sometimes in harsh conditions, and willingness to travel frequently both within and outside of DRC
Strong communication and coordination skills; demonstrated capacity to communicate with HQ-based colleagues and to receive guidance remotely
WORK ENVIRONMENT/SECURITY SITUATION/HOUSING:
The candidate will be based in IRC's offices in Bukavu, South Kivu, DRC. While the security situation in both cities is generally calm, civil conflict is ongoing elsewhere in the Kivu provinces, and the area is considered unstable at times. Shared housing as appropriate and comfortable as the context allows will be provided.
Search for Common Ground, Spring and Summer Internship Opportunities, Sub-Saharan Africa Program (Wash DC or Brussels)
Janary 2012 Spring and Summer Internship Opportunities
Based in Washington DC, USA or Brussels, Belgium
Sub-Saharan Africa Program
Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is a non-profit organization that works to transform the way the world deals with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving.
The Africa Program is active in Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. The intern will support the Africa Team in providing programmatic, logistical, and financial support to SFCG's projects in the region. For more information on our projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, please visit www.sfcg.org.
Spring internships begin immediately and last until early May. Summer internship begins in late May and last until late August 2012. The last day to apply for spring internships is February 1, 2012. The last day to apply for summer internships is April 1, 2012.
Duties for this unpaid internship positions include, but are not limited to:
Contributing to the production of donor reports and grant proposals;
Attending policy meetings, representing the Africa Program;
Backstopping the Washington DC-based Africa Team and country offices overseas; and
Assisting with website, program literature and database system maintenance.
The ideal candidate will exhibit:
Good writing, editing and communication skills (required);
French Fluency (required);
A self-starting, detail-oriented and flexible approach to tasks (required);
Demonstrable interest in African issues and/or conflict resolution (required); and
NGO and/or international experience (preferred).
Undergraduates (juniors and seniors), graduate students, and recent graduates are welcome to apply.
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, two references, and a one-page writing sample to:
For this position, we require commitments of no less than twenty-four hours a week. Please note that this position is unpaid. Credit can be arranged for students with their institution. For international applicants, Search for Common Ground is not responsible for providing student or work visas; you will need to make your own visa arrangements.
Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. We ask that you do not follow-up with calls or emails concerning the status of your application.
Candidates who fail to submit and/or complete the full application and do not meet the appropriate application deadline will not be considered.
This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org
Doug Johnson speaking Jan 25 on "Restoring the Dignity of the Human Spirit: Torture Survivor Rehabilitation as an Advancement of Human Rights"
Global Health & Human Rights Seminar Series
"Restoring the Dignity of the Human Spirit: Torture Survivor Rehabilitation as an Advancement of Human Rights"
Wednesday, January 25, 12:15-1:15 pm Mayo 3-100
La Loma will be served!
The Global Health Impact Group and the Infectious Disease Interest Group is putting on the Global Health & Human Rights seminar series this academic year and our second January seminar is featuring a dialog with Doug Johnson on Wednesday, January 25 from 12:15-1:15 pm in Mayo 3-100. Doug Johnson has served as executive director of the St. Paul-based Center for Victims of Torture since 1988 in their dedication to providing care to those who have been tortured.
This event was made possible through the Student Grants Initiative and GAPSA grants.
August 3-12, 2012 University of Connecticut - Storrs, CT 06269 USA
"Upon acceptance to the International Leadership Forum, each applicant will be provided with a letter of invitation. The UNESCO Chair Office will provide all conference participants with dormitory housing, meals and ground transportation in Connecticut during the Forum. The applicant is responsible for securing their own visa, air travel to the United States and travel to Connecticut. "
sent by Kaying Vang, Graduate Student in Development Practice (MDP)
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
2012-2013 FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY
U.S. EMBASSY POLICY SPECIALIST PROGRAM (EPS)
Deadline: March 14, 2012
IREX is pleased to announce the competition for the 2012-13 U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program (EPS). The U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program provides funding for U.S. scholars and professionals to travel to Eurasia and serve U.S. Embassies or USAID Missions as policy specialists on a research topic proposed by the Embassy/Mission. Researchers are able to directly contribute to the formation of U.S. public policy by conducting research on topics vital to the policy-making community, as well as increase their understanding of current regional issues and develop and sustain international networks. The fellowship provisions include: logistical support, international airfare, visa support, in-country housing and workspace, a living expenses stipend and emergency evacuation insurance.
For 2012-13, applicants may apply for placements in the following countries and fields. Detailed information on each of the topic areas can be found in the application instructions on the IREX website.
USAID Mission, Yerevan: Media; Politics; Think Tanks; Migration
U.S. Embassy/USAID Mission, Baku: Youth/Civil Society
U.S. Embassy, Baku: Economics/Banking Sector; Agriculture; Economics/Tax Code
U.S. Embassy, Tbilisi: Media; Public Administration; Public-Private Partnerships
U.S. Embassy, Astana: Economics; Religion
USAID Mission, Bishkek: Public Health/Business; Governance; Migration
USAID Mission, Moscow: Islam/North Caucasus Conflict Mitigation; Gender/North Caucasus Conflict Mitigation; Youth/North Caucasus Conflict Mitigation
U.S. Embassy, Moscow: International Trade; Economic Growth
U.S. Embassy, Dushanbe: Education/Religion; Education/Governance; Youth; Agriculture
U.S. Embassy, Ashgabat: Islam; Rural Life; Clan Structures
USAID Mission, Kyiv: Health Reform; Anti-Corruption; Energy
U.S. Embassy, Kyiv: Law Enforcement; Property Rights; Public Health
*Technical Eligibility Requirements: Scholars and professionals who hold advanced degrees (PhD, MA, MS, MFA, MBA, MPA, MLIS, MPH, JD, MD) and are US citizens are eligible to apply for the this program.
*Application Materials and Information: http://www.irex.org/application/us-embassy-policy-specialist-program-eps-application
*Deadline: 5 p.m. EST on March 14, 2012
*Contact: By email at eps(at)irex.org or by telephone at 202-628-8188
We encourage all applicants to read our recommendations for writing successful international research proposals, found here: http://www.irex.org/news/10-tips-writing-successful-international-research-fellowship-proposal
EPS is funded by the United States Department of State Title VIII Program
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Julia Hon, Program Coordinator, Education Programs Division
IREX | www.irex.org
phone: 202.628.8188 x211
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sent by Lynne R. Schuman, Director of Career Services, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
612-625-2847 (phone) 612-626-0002 (fax)
TITLE: Project Director
LOCATION: Cairo, Egypt
DIVISION: Education Programs Division
REPORTS TO: Director, Education Programs Division
IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development.
Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $60 million and a staff of 500 professionals worldwide. IREX and its partner IREX Europe deliver cross-cutting programs and consulting expertise in more than 100 countries.
SUMMARY OF POSITION
IREX seeks candidates for a Project Director position to work on a career development centers program in Egypt. The Project Director will maintain overall responsibility for meeting program objectives and will be based in Cairo with periodic travel to the regions likely. The position is contingent on funding.
This position is open to Egyptian nationals.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
- Provide vision and strategic direction for the program
- Develop and implement a plan of activities to meet program objectives
- Develop and maintain effective partnerships with local stakeholders
- Serve as primary liaison with donor(s)
- Manage and mentor project staff
- Coordinate with home office
- Oversee project budgeting and ensure budget discipline
- Oversee monitoring, evaluation and reporting on program activities
- Leadership experience in organizational capacity development
- Professional experience in career center development preferred
- Experience working within the Egyptian higher education field and/or the Egyptian business sector strongly preferred
- Experience managing donor-funded activities required; USAID experience strongly preferred
- Demonstrated ability to lead and develop staff, manage budgets and plan strategically and creatively to meet specified objectives
- Strong representational and organizational skills required
- Ability to function professionally and effectively in verbal and written English required
- Arabic language proficiency preferred
Please click "apply for this job" button to apply. Please supply a resume, cover letter, and three-year salary history when applying.
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE
Teresa Pritchett, Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
2121 K Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202 628 8188 ext. 150 Fax: 202 628 8189
sent by Lynne R. Schuman
Director of Career Services
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
Just wanted to send this your way to perhaps distribute to HHHers on the listserv. I attended the Prague institute in 2007 and it was an excellent source of information/inspiration regarding lobbying in Brussels, along with a host of other EU political topics and history. Thought others might be interested, particularly global policy concentrations...
Jaime Jenkinson, MPP candidate
First of all, we would like to thank everyone who helped us to disseminate the information about Prague Summer Schools 2011. We have received a large number of applications and were pleased to welcome a group of 92 outstanding students from all over the world in Prague last summer.
We are now launching Prague Summer Schools 2012 and contacting you once again with the information, which might be of interest to you, your colleagues and students. We would be grateful, if you could forward the information bellow to those who might be interested.
The Prague's Center for Public Policy (Centrum pro verejnou politiku - CPVP) is pleased to announce the forthcoming Prague Summer Schools 2012 on the following topics:
European Summer Institute on the Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels
Summer School on Crime, Law and Psychology
Summer School on European Union: Interests versus Culture?
Summer School on China: A World Superpower - Myth or Reality?
Where? Summer Schools will take place in Prague, Czech Republic
When? June 30 - July 7, 2012
Why? The Prague Summer Schools are seven-day academic programs designed to bring together undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds to enjoy their summer holidays in the unique academic and cultural environment.
We invite you to visit our website www.praguesummerschools.org to discover the details about the upcoming programs. The website contains detailed information on academic content, guidelines to application process including on-line application, practicalities, photos and alumni feedback.
We also suggest students to submit their applications to Prague Summer Schools by Early Bird Application Deadline of April 30, 2012. The Final Deadline is May 15, 2012.
Should you have any questions regarding the Prague Summer Schools or application process, please do not hesitate to contact us at:
Prague Summer Schools 2012
Center for Public Policy
190 11 Prague 9
Tel: +420 737 679 605
We are looking forward to your application!!!
Egle Havrdova, Ph.D.