MPC Seminar Series Spring 2012
Monday, January 23
Cognitive Skills, Non-Cognitive Skills, and the Employment and Wages of Young Adults in Rural China
Paul W. Glewwe, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota
NOTE: This seminar will be held 12:30 - 1:30pm
MPC is a University-wide interdisciplinary cooperative for demographic research. Weekly seminars are held during both the fall and spring semesters.
Unless otherwise noted, all MPC seminars are held from 12:15 to1:15 PM on Mondays
in the MPC Seminar Room (50 Willey Hall)
ICGC Brown Bag Jan 20: Neo-liberal Higher Education Reform Processes at Makerere University (Uganda)
ICGC Brown Bag Friday, January 20, 2012, 12:00 noon, 537 Heller Hall
"Neo-liberal Higher Education Reform Processes and their Implications to Learning and Teaching at Makerere University"
Andrew Ellias State, ICGC Alumni and Sociologist at Makerere University in Uganda
Learning and teaching in higher institutions of learning (universities) in Africa continue to face daunting challenges today. Teaching and learning, a central activity of every university the world over has not been emphasized in a neo-liberal reform program agenda, as advocated by the World Bank, but instead administrative and financial reforms seriously affecting the quality of teaching and learning. Most reform emphasis have been on the financial and administrative reforms without necessarily considering the central core activities of universities, i.e. being a center of excellence in teaching, learning, and research. Makerere University, arguably the oldest institution of higher education in East Africa - established in 1922 as a small technical institution and evolved over time to a reputable institution of higher learning - has not escaped the neo-liberal reforms and the attendant challenges. The most significant reforms at Makerere University were the neo-liberal inspired reforms in the 1990s and early 2000s implemented at the orders of the World Bank (WB) reform of higher education in Africa. I argue that higher education reform should emphasize the importance of learning and teaching activities in order to achieve quality of education outcomes rather than focusing only on quantity of education products in the reform process.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology
Tropical and Travel Medicine Seminar
January 18, 2011 @ 6pm-8:30pm
6pm Dinner and Introductions
6:10pm Global Health Update Rebecca Zadroga, MD
6:30pm Case Presentation Brian Muthyala, MD
7:15pm Presentation: "Liver Transplantation, Misconceptions in the East African Immigrant Community" Mohamed Hassan, MD
Shriners Hospitals for Children - Multipurpose Room
2025 East River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Please see the information below for a live remote Internet connection to the upcoming January 18 TTMS.
Please note that the seminar will begin at approximately 6:10pm and will break at 7pm, between presentations.
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When: 01/18/2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Internationalizing the Curriculum & Campus
The Third Annual Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference is free and open to all University of Minnesota staff and faculty interested in internationalizing the curriculum and campuses.
Organized by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance. Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning (UMTC), Instructional Development Services (UMD), International Education Office (UMD), Office of Information Technology, and the University Libraries.
March 23, 2012
9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
3M Auditorium, CSOM Building (map)
Twin Cities campus
A tentative schedule, poster titles, and presentation topics are available at the conference website.
For more information, please contact Gayle Woodruff, director of curriculum and campus internationalization, at 612-625-6065 or Mandi Allers, conference coordinator, at 612-625-8829.
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Attached is the announcement for an e-discussion on one health, www.onehealthtalk.org
One Health Talk engages stakeholders in One Health conversation thru collaboration efforts with partners from around the world focused on the common goal of addressing possible solutions as they relate to complex One Health global issues.
Now that I am done with my MPA degree at Humphrey I am pursuing Executive MPH at the School of Public Health. It would be great to have Humphrey participation in this global effort.
Milena Gross, Humphrey School MPA alumnus
RSIS Commentaries No. 013/2012 dated 16 January 2012 China's Economic Engagement in Africa: Changing approach in Mozambique By Loro Horta
China has changed its approach to local governments and societies while increasing its investments in Africa. As the West is mired in economic crises, Africa looks to Asian countries for alternatives.
CHINA'S ECONOMIC engagement with Africa has undergone a significant change in recent years, following criticism of its policies and protests against its projects in some countries. For instance, in Mozambique, both domestic and international criticism contributed in positive ways to change both the local government's attitude and Beijing's approach towards their relationship.
China's US$2 billion loan to the Mozambique government to build a mega dam on the Zambezi River was met by protests from local and international organisations while Chinese businessmen were accused of illegally buying up thousands of tonnes of timber, leading to the destruction of large forest areas. Chinese companies were accused of not hiring local people or of ill-treatment of workers, in violation of labour laws, for which several had their licences suspended.
However in the past three years the Mozambique government has become more insistent that Chinese companies employ more locals while fines and suspensions of licences for timber companies have significantly curtailed abuses and reduced serious environmental damage. The Chinese government has begun to change its policy of not engaging locals and dealing only with the government. China has taken steps to address the main bone of contention - jobs. Mozambique government data confirm that in 2010 Chinese companies had increased the hiring of local workers significantly.
To stimulate trade China has exempted over 400 Mozambican agricultural and other products from export tariffs to China, thus helping the mainly agriculture-based economy. In an investment seminar hosted by the Mozambican government in Shanghai in 2010, Chinese business interests were reported to have pledged up to $13 billion in investments for the next 10 years in areas ranging from industry, infrastructure, tourism and agriculture. If these investments materialise China will become the country's main economic partner.
Indeed the potential for Chinese investment and job generation is great. In an interview with Macau Magazine last August, this author argued that China was likely to invest heavily in industry and other sectors in Africa as a result of increasing labour costs in China. This could see thousands of jobs created in Mozambique and other African countries. Mozambican government data confirmed that most Chinese investment in Mozambique was now going to the industrial sector. Perhaps in this century Chinese and Asian investment, taking advantage of a huge and cheap labour force, will bring billions to Africa to generate an African economic boom.
Despite significant improvements, some controversial issues still persist in Sino-Mozambican relations and China's relations with Africa in general. For instance according to the Financial Times, China's largest investment in Mozambique is a $1 billion project in the mining sector by Wuhan Iron and Steel. However, several observers have noted that not much information about this and many other deals were made available. Transparency remains an issue.
Years of imposed policies by Western international monetary institutions have brought little result to Mozambique and Africa in general. African leaders including those of democracies have grown tired of Western patronising and sometimes hypocritical sermons on transparency. China's and Asia's economic prosperity and the resilience of their economies despite the current economic crisis in the West have made African leaders look to Asia for alternatives.
In a time of recession in the West, trade between China and several African states grew at an average of over 30 percent a year. It is not only China that is investing heavily in Mozambique; India and Vietnam have also increased their presence. Several Vietnamese agricultural and defence advisors are currently in Mozambique assisting the country, while a Singaporean has been an economic advisor to the Mozambican government for several years. Former senior officials from several Asian countries are now advisors to governments in Africa and Latin America.
The case of Mozambique demonstrates that China is able to adapt to new realities and address some of most controversial aspects of its presence in Africa. Chinese and Asian investment in Mozambique and Africa in general has the potential to create thousands of jobs and lay the foundation for prosperity just as decades ago Western investment planted the seeds of the Asian miracle. As noted by the Cape Verdian National Security advisor: "The rise of Asia provides us above all with more strategic choices. The Western powers who had dominated the continent are now forced to be more sensitive to our interests."
Whether Africa will be able to take advantage of this new strategic landscape remains to be seen.
Loro Horta, of Timor Leste, is a post-graduate student at the US Naval Graduate School. He is a graduate of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), as well as the People's Liberation Army National Defence University (PLANDU) senior officers' course and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce Central School. He lived in Africa for 23 years.
RSIS Commentaries are intended to provide timely and, where appropriate, policy relevant background and analysis of contemporary developments. The views of the authors are their own and do not represent the official position of the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU. These commentaries may be reproduced electronically or in print with prior permission from RSIS. Due recognition must be given to the author or authors and RSIS. Please email: RSISPublication(at)ntu.edu.sg or call (+65) 6790 6982 to speak to the Editor RSIS Commentaries, Yang Razali Kassim.
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Director for more info see http://www.soros.org/about/locations/new-york/usp-direc-20120113
Open Society Institute-New York
Application Deadline: February 13, 2012
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, the Foundations build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. The Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.
Investor and philanthropist George Soros established the Open Society Foundations, starting in 1984, to help countries make the transition from communism. The Open Society Foundations' grant-making and operational activities have grown to encompass the United States and more than 70 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Each foundation relies on the expertise of boards composed of eminent citizens who determine individual agendas based on local priorities. In the United States, the Foundations rely on the Board of the U.S. Programs to set the U.S. strategy of the Foundations and to monitor the quality and effectiveness of the programs.
The Open Society Foundations seek a Director of U.S. Programs. For the past decade and a half, the Foundations have conducted a broad range of grant-making and fellowship programs in the United States addressing such issues as civil liberties, criminal justice, drug policy, racial and social equality, electoral reform, immigration fairness, and promoting rational and informed public discourse. Based in the Open Society Foundations' New York City offices, the Director of U.S. Programs plays a leading role in developing the strategies of the U.S. Programs in collaboration with the Board of the U.S. Programs and the President of the Open Society Foundations. The Director of U.S. Programs is responsible for implementing these strategies as well as for the quality and effectiveness of the programs.
The Director develops and manages a capable, collegial and talented staff, currently numbering more than 60. The Director of U.S. Programs serves as a spokesperson for the Open Society Foundations, articulating the values and mission of the Foundations in dealing with grantees, other funders, academic audiences, journalists and a wider public. The Director also collaborates with Open Society Foundations colleagues working globally and in countries outside the United States to assure that all activities across the Foundations are well aligned with open society values and the overall priorities of the Foundations. She/he reports to the President of the Open Society Foundations and is accountable to the President and the Board of the U.S. Programs for the quality, effectiveness, and integrity of the programs.
To direct its U.S. Programs, the Foundations seek an experienced manager, organizational leader, and strategic thinker with a deep understanding of public policy development in the United States and a personal commitment to open society values. Candidates should have at least ten years of experience in responsible positions in non-profit organizations, foundations, government or academic institutions. Candidates should have a demonstrated capacity to manage a complex, diverse organization that works in creative partnerships. Candidates should have demonstrated an ability to take and manage risk, communicate effectively in multiple media, coach members of a professional staff, and work successfully as part of a leadership team in both routine and highly pressured contexts. Proficiency in one or more languages spoken in the United States in addition to English is a plus; the ability to travel frequently within the United States and occasionally internationally is essential.
Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package
Qualified candidates should send a CV, a two or three page cover letter describing your interests and experience, and one writing sample such as an article, op-ed, or detailed memorandum on a public policy issue with which the Open Society Foundations are concerned, no later than February 13, 2012 to: humanresources(at)sorosny.org
. Include job code in subject line: USP/DIR
Open Society Foundations
Human Resources - Code USP/DIR
400 West 59th Street
New York, New York 10019
No phone calls, please. The Open Society Foundations are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
crossposted from PCDN
USAID Seeking Comment on Expanding Academic Partnerships Requesting comments on process for cooperative partnerships with higher education institutions to address global development challenges.
For more info see http://www.usaid.gov/press/releases/2012/pr120113.html
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is requesting comment on a draft Request for Applications (RFA) to build new opportunities through partnerships with universities and colleges. Throughout the Agency's history, USAID has partnered with institutions around the world to tackle health, environmental, agricultural, and governance challenges. However, approaches to development now include the private sector, foundations, the military, and academia. In this regard, USAID may expand engagement with the academic community focused on solving development challenges.
The draft Request for Applications (RFA) issued today is focused on building strategic partnerships to explore new multidisciplinary approaches to development. These partnerships might focus on solutions analysis based in science and technology, testing new models and technologies for development, and exploring new approaches to development. Comments and questions based on the draft (RFA) are being accepted through January 31st, 2012.
Notional awards would be multi-year individual or consortium cooperative partnerships, each of which would be part of a broader network.
A pre-solicitation workshop/webinar will be held on Tuesday January 24th, 2012 from 1-3pm EST.
crossposted from Peace and Collaborative Development Network
Reconsidering Development Call for Submissions deadline: February 1, 2012
We are pleased to announce the fourth call for submissions for Reconsidering Development, an interdisciplinary Reconsidering Development Volume III Issue I Call For Submissions.pdf
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.
We seek submissions that push theoretical boundaries. We do not believe this requires the explicit language of theory but we encourage authors to address disciplinary and theoretical assumptions. We offer the following questions and encourage that submitters use the following core questions as guides to help our audience understand development from your theoretical, disciplinary, or practical perspective:
How does an interdisciplinary perspective (or a novel disciplinary approach) shift our conceptualization of human rights (legal framework, policy, practice) in development and how does this perspective on human rights shape the theory, practice, and/or experience of international development?
What trends and issues affect the pursuit of human rights in international development contexts?
What is the future of international development? In what ways, if at all, will the relationship between human rights and the international community shape the future of development projects?
We seek submissions from multiple theoretical and practical perspectives, disciplines, vantage points, and sectors expressed through innovative formats, including but not limited to video, audio, written, and artistic forms of media. For each submission, international development issues must be made central. Additionally, we seek submissions that engage a broad audience. Submissions will be accepted based on the following criteria:
- Fit with Call for Submissions- Submitters must be explicit in the abstract and arguments made in the submission about how their piece fits with the theme of the issue.
- Clarity of argument - Submitters must be clear about the argument they are making with the piece.
- Application to general audience- Our readership includes academics and practitioners from a wide variety of fields. We seek pieces that clearly elaborate how the argument being made affects multiple readers.
- Significance of contribution- The "So what?" question must be addressed in each piece. Who is your audience? Why does your piece matter to your audience? What does your contribution add to the theory and practice of development?
The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2012
Submissions can be uploaded at http://rdj.ipid-umn.org
*Note: 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.
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Managing Editor, Reconsidering Development (http://rdj.ipid-umn.org/ejournal)
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Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
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Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights seeking an Executive Director
Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights is hiring an Executive Director, application information is on the site. http://urgentactionfund.org/
crossposted from PCDN
No. 010/2012 dated 13 January 2012 US sanctions against Iran: Enough to go Nuclear?
By Sajjad Ashraf
Fresh US sanctions and Iran's belligerent response have heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf. While Iran believes its revolution is under siege it is undeterred from pursuing its nuclear programme and believes it can survive the sanctions.
THE LATEST round of US sanctions against Iran has earned a belligerent response from Tehran and heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf. As the sanctions came into force Iran threatened to block the Straits of Hormuz, through which nearly 30 per cent seaborne oil passes. Last month Iran launched naval exercises and successfully test fired long range missiles in the Gulf. Iran simultaneously expressed its readiness to talk to the United Nations' P-5 and Germany over the concerns relating to its nuclear programme.
The Iranian reaction was prompted by the belief of President Ahmedinejad's government that the US wants a regime change in Tehran, including by military means. Iran sees the active US military deployment in the Gulf and the increased arming of its regional rivals as evidence of US designs to encircle Iran. These, ordinary Iranians feel, are sufficient grounds for Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. A 2010 University of Maryland survey found 38 per cent of Iranians supporting the building of nuclear weapons. Given the threat Iran feels now these numbers have surely gone up.
The Iranian regime has noticed that the US adopts differing stances towards its adversaries and in its pursuit of curtailing the use of nuclear power. The US, they understand, waged war against non-nuclear Iraq but has chosen to pursue patient diplomacy with the nuclear armed North Korea and Pakistan. The Iranians believe that their revolution is under attack.
Their siege mentality is buttressed by the following factors: Iran continues to have prickly relations with most of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states - all of them supported by the West. Iran is outspent militarily by at least three of its neighbours - Saudi Arabia, Israel and Turkey - all aligned to the US. The other states in the region are also arming themselves heavily with US-supplied weaponry. Following isolation and sanctions by the West, the Iranian conventional forces are equipped with obsolete weaponry compared to those of its regional adversaries.
While much is made of the IAEA reports condemning Iran, the latest IAEA Board of Governors Report released in November 2011 continues "to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material at [Iran's] nuclear facilities". And yet, Iran's intentions continue to be doubted by the Western powers while Iran insists on exercising its "inalienable" right to nuclear power for peaceful purposes as provided under the Non-proliferation Treaty. Sanctions not hurting?
The US claims that Iran's bomb will substantially improve its ability to intimidate the smaller, oil rich but militarily vulnerable states in the region. However Iran argues that it has only gone for military action for defensive purposes, recalling the war against Saddam Hussein's Iraq in the 1980s.
Iran understands that nuclear weaponry will not be able to cow the smaller states especially if they are backed by the US power. The real problem, according to Tehran, is US hegemonic ambition. Nevertheless there is little public support for the Iranian position in the Gulf states.
Meanwhile, according to Iranian sources, sanctions are not hurting Iran too much. It is selling 2.4 million barrels of oil a day at above US$100 barrel. As for the sanction against Iran's Central Bank, they say many banks, unaffiliated with the US, are ready to trade; and so are new suppliers in many countries. While the use of these circuitous routes has pushed up prices, the money flow from rising energy prices offsets the costs. Given the Russian and Chinese reservations over the new UN sanctions Iran does not yet seem to be heading for a national collapse.
The US impression that the Iranian leadership will disintegrate under pressure is a serious miscalculation. With the string of US military bases around it, Iran obviously is resentful that it remains under siege by the West. The West's posturing and sanctions actually bring consequences opposite to the ones sought by the US and these powers.
Sajjad Ashraf, Pakistan's High Commissioner to Singapore 2004-2008, contributed this article specially to RSIS Commentaries. He is now an adjunct professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU, South Spine, Block S4, Level B4, Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798. Tel. No. 67906982, Email: email@example.com, Website: www.rsis.edu.sg.
RSIS Commentaries are intended to provide timely and, where appropriate, policy relevant background and analysis of contemporary developments. The views of the authors are their own and do not represent the official position of the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU. These commentaries may be reproduced electronically or in print with prior permission from RSIS. Due recognition must be given to the author or authors and RSIS. Please email: RSISPublication@ntu.edu.sg or call (+65) 6790 6982 to speak to the Editor RSIS Commentaries, Yang Razali Kassim.
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., followed by lunch at the Tea House
University International Center
Celebrate China's Year of the Dragon by learning Chinese. A half-day Chinese language and culture orientation hosted by the Confucius Institute and CIBER.
(Including Review of Top Job Sites) From the PCDN guru at Georgetown University.
Finding the right job in conflict resolution, international development and related fields requires a combination of the right experience and training, an understanding of the field, developing strong connections and a bit of serendipity. In addition to academic and/or professional training, it is essential to have an understanding of how conflict resolution works in practice. Many people working in conflict related jobs, will not find employment with "conflict resolution organizations" but with organizations in others sectors (international development, education, environment, business) working on conflict related jobs. Thus it is also important in the job search to broaden your scope to include international development organizations, government and intergovernmental institutions, for-profit and business institutions, educational institutions, and more.
One of the things that I encourage my students to consider is developing strong skills in conflict resolution processes and theory, but also develop an expertise in a another sector and/or regional area. For more information on careers in the field, see a report I co-authored, Skills, Networks and Knowledge: Careers in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. offers guide to careers in the field based on interviews with over 60 organizations and practitioners. The document also offers 10 pages of resources for finding jobs, internships, scholarships and more. You can download the report for Download Webreport.pdf or at the ACT website. Another great resource is a Career Guide from Sustainability on Corporate Social Responsibility. Idealist has also developed an excellent guide to Nonprofit Careers and a separate Careers Resources Section . Dr. John Paul Lederach and Kate Mansfield from the Kroc Institute have also developed a wonderful visual representation of possible careers in the field.
Here are some additional career development suggestions
1) Develop a Strong Resume - Make sure you have a strong, clear and compelling resume and cover letter. See the Download TipsforWritingEffectiveResumes.pdf . Many university career centers also offer guidance on resumes.
2) Conduct Informational Interviews - Most people are more than happy to talk about their job and conducting informational interviews can be an excellent way to learn more about an organization and what a career is like in a particular area. Informational interviews are a chance for you to ask general questions of someone already in the field. However, it is very important in informational interviews not to ask for a job or put pressure on the person you're speaking with to help you find a job.
3) Subscribe to Key Web and Job Lists - There are countless numbers of websites that provide resources on jobs and internships in the field (and in related fields). You should get on all or some of these sites as you will get daily or weekly updates of opportunities around the world (note some charge a fee, whiles others are free or provide partial postings for free).
Some of the best sites for jobs directly in conflict resolution, development, social entrepreneurship, etc. include (some of these sites have been suggested by the Skoll Foundation's www.socialedge.org site on social entrepreneurship which is a wonderful resource):
ALLIANCE FOR PEACEBUILDING MEMBER FORUMS - Jobs and Fellowships in Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution, Development, Social Entrepreneurship and Related Fields
UNJOBLIST- A very useful site with jobs at UN agencies and other Intergovernmental Organizations.
IDEALIST - Primarily Jobs in International and Domestic Non-profits. Covers many sectoral areas, health, development, etc.
INDEED- A Very useful site that searches across many job sites around the world. Searching by conflict and development keywords is best way to use the service.
RELIEFWEB - Primarily jobs in International Non-profits and UN.
DEVELOPMENT EX - Covers jobs in International Development and Consulting around the world.
SOCIAL EDGE - Job and Fellowship postings related to social entreprenuership.
BUSINESS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY - Jobs in Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entreprenuership.
Zebra Jobs - A leading online portal for jobs in Africa, many focused on development related issues.
JOBS FOR CHANGE - Useful resources and guides to careers in social change.
BRITISH OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT NETWORK - Listing of Jobs at Key UK Based International Development Organizations.
ALERTNET - Jobs in International Development and Humanitarian Relief.
EUROPEAN PEACE BUILDING LIAISON OFFICE -Jobs at European Based Organizations.
FOREIGN POLICY ASSOCIATION - Listing of Jobs at Key US nonprofits involved in international affairs.
JUSTMEANS - Jobs in Social Change and Environment.
FOREIGN AFFAIRS - Listing of jobs in International Affairs.
DEVNETJOBS - Listing of Many Positions in International Development and related fields.
JOBS4DEVELOPMENT -List of many jobs worldwide in International Development and Related Fields
MandE News Job Forum - List of jobs/consultancies related to monitoring and evaluation in international development.
EUROBRUSSELS - EU Related Jobs.
Democracy Digest Jobs - List of jobs related to political and democratic develpoment.
Society for International Development Job List - Posting of SID/DC Member Jobs.
Sportanddev.org - Positions related to sports and development.
Next Billion Career Center - Learn about job opportunities in the development through enterprise space.
Social Venture Network - Jobs in social entrepreneurship and related fields.
Omidyar Network -Jobs in social entrepreneurship.
Jobs for Change - Wonderful resources on nonprofit jobs.
Inside NGO Jobs - Jobs in international development
OneWorld Jobs - brings the latest jobs and volunteer positions from organisations working to create a better world.
BCorps Jobs - lists opportunities in companies that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
Other Job Sites/Resources that may have relevant jobs:
FOUNDATION CENTER - Jobs in Foundations and US based nonprofits.
CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY - Variety of jobs in US based non-profits working in diverse sectoral areas.
CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION - Jobs in the US (and some international) Higher Education Sector.
BRIDGESTAR NONPROFIT JOBS BOARD - Has useful list of nonprofit jobs in the US in diverse sectors.
Monitoring and Evaluations News Job List - Has M&E related short term consultancies and full time employed positions.
Mashable Job Board - Jobs in new/social media.
ACRE Resources http://acre-resources.co.uk/ - Jobs in environmental and corporate social responsibility areas.
BRIGHT GREEN ALERT - Executive search firm for jobs in the green sector.
Eco.org - jobs in the environmental sector.
Greenona Jobs - Green jobs.
Mashable Job Board - Jobs in Social Media.
Net Impact - Jobs in corporate social responsibility and related fields.
NONPROFIT OYSTER - Jobs in the nonprofit sector.
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS - Jobs in the nonprofit sector.
REDF - Nonprofit and social enterprise jobs.
TREE HUGGER - Green jobs.
VENTURE LOOP - is the worldwide leader in job postings focused on venture-backed companies.
Global Impact Investing Network - Jobs in impact (financial) investing.
3) Use your contacts/networks - One of the key strategies for finding a job/internship is to consult your personal and professional networks. Let your professors, colleagues and friends know that you're seeking an opportunity and perhaps they will have suggestions/contacts. University career centers and alumni can also be terrific resources.
4)Join New Networks- Joining a professional network in the field can also be a useful way to make contacts and learn about opportunities. Some relevant networks include:
Society for International Development or Society for International Development DC Chapter
Association for Conflict Resolution
Women in International Security
Peace and Justice Studies Association
5) Examine Ethical Practice - When you are researching an organization it is important to make sure that the organization's ethics and practice fit with your values. If you're offered a job (hopefully before this happens) learn about what the organization does, how do they treat their staff, how do they work in they field and with partners, etc.
6) Considering Taking a Job to Get Experience - Although many people would like to obtain their ideal job right away, sometimes it may be worth considering taking a job that will help you develop the necessary skills, contacts and experience that in the future can help lead to more of an ideal job.
7) Explore Fellowship Opportunities - There are many excellent fellowships/scholarships that do provide funding for independent research/volunteer work/study. Thus, fellowships can be an excellent way to get experience in the field. You can find many fellowships/scholarships on this site by searching by various keywords.
8) Explore Organizations that Have Developed Mentoring Programs for New Employees - A number of organizations have developed special entry level positions in which new employees receive extra mentoring. Look for organizations that have Junior Program Officer Positions (some in the UN), Entry Level Fellowships (Catholic Relief Services in the US) and others.
9) Develop an Expertise in a Needed Area - There are number of current areas in which the field is in need of developing further expertise. Developing your skills in this area can make you more attractive to potential employers. Some areas include: Program Evaluation and Monitoring, Conflict Mainstreaming and Conflict Sensitivity (Integrating Conflict Across Sectors), Organizational Conflict Management. Talk with your colleagues and other professionals in the field to see what might be potential growth areas.
crossposted from PCDN
Obtaining funding for on the ground peace and conflict work can be a challenging undertaking. In this short guide, I will provide some suggestions of how to obtain funding and also some key resources.
Funding Peace and Conflict Work
12 Key Steps to Obtaining Funding for On the Ground Work
1) Develop a Clear and Compelling Mission and Focus to Your Work - One of the keys to obtaining funding is to ensure that the work of your organization or group is clear and focused. Make a compelling narrative about the type of work you're already doing, what change are trying to create and the impact of this type of work. Instead of speaking in overall broad terms, such as building peace in country x, try to be more specific such as the work of my organization is critical to building economic linkages between two conflicted communities which will help contribute to peace. It is important to have overall goals, but make it clear how your particular work and project contributes to a key step (in the larger context of building peace or the desired outcome).
2) Define if You're a Mission or Funding Driven Organization - If your organization has a clear and compelling mission and focus, then it often can be easier to formulate funding proposals, attract individual donors and others to support your work. However, many organizations start off with a mission and as they expand become increasingly focused with sustaining their bureaucracy and may lose site of their mission. While most organization's fall somewhere in the middle between mission and funding, it is important to develop mechanisms and reflection to examine if your organization is staying focused on the mission.
3) Do the Project Whether You Have the Funds or Not - - While all organizations need funding to support their work, many creative people and organizations (particularly those who are mission driven) are committed to doing good work regardless of funding. Thus try to begin doing work even if you may not have full funding. You can do this by starting small, trying to minimize costs, getting buy-in and support from other organizations, and many other ways.
4) Projectify Your Work- Unfortunately in the funding world, most donors want to support particular (time-limited) projects that have clear outcomes. It is essential to think break down the goals of your work in projects (that hopefully have a clear linkage to your overall goals/impact). Most funders will support projects lasting between 1-3 years (occassionally longer). Thus, you can break down the goals of your work into specific projects. This is helpful as you can also try to obtain funding from multiple donors and begin the project with partial funding.
5) Tailor Your Proposal/Language to the Funder - One of the key steps in writing a successful proposal is to ensure that you frame your proposal to be consistent with the priorities and goals of the funder. Make sure you closely read over the funding organizations goals, priorities, past grants, language, etc. In your proposal, try to demonstrate how your project fits with the funder's goals. The Global Development Network has put together a wonderful guide to writing research and funding proposals.
6) Follow Instructions - In writing a proposal, make sure that you closely adhere to the instructions from the funder. If they limit the proposal to five pages, then do not submit additional pages. Make sure that you also include all of the necessary financial forms, personal documentation and more.
7) Talk to the Funder Before Submitting a Proposal - Many donors (not all, so it is important to check) are willing to talk with you about your project ideas before you submit a proposal. Building a relationship or at least contact with a funder can be crucial in obtaining feedback if your idea is consistent with the funder's goals (and save you time if it isn't), to obtain suggestions, etc. Also many funders may request a short concept paper before inviting a submission for proposals and getting suggestions for what the funder is seeking is important.
8) Write a Clear and Compelling Proposal - Obviously one of the most important aspects of obtaining funding is making a compelling written case. Ensure that your proposal is well-structured, formatted, uses clear language (watch out for the use of acronyms), etc. While the format of a proposal varies, most donors want to see a executive summary, problem statement, program overview/goals, description of activities, timeline, evaluation and monitoring methodology, staffing, budget, organizational capacity, and more. There are some excellent free guides to proposal writing that are quite useful. For example see the guides produced by Civicus on proposal writing and other communication tools.
9) Collaborate with Others - There are many organizations in the field competing for limited funding. In submitting a proposal it is crucial that you also demonstrate that you are familiar with the existing work on the ground and explain how the unique contribution of your work. In addition, try to develop partnerships with other organizations and submit joint proposals as this can help in obtaining funding.
10) Be Creative About Your Funding Strategy - Many organizations think only of foundations, international donors and others as the primary donors who can support their work. However, there are many, many others ways to generate support for your work and being creative in how you approach funding is essential. For example, many non-profit organizations are seeking to develop self-sustaining sources of funding by providing direct services, undertaking businesses (and using the profits to support their work), selling goods, etc. Much of this work can be grouped under the term social entrepreneurship and this is a rapidly expanding area of focus in the non-profit world. There are many excellent sources of information on social entrepreneurship, such as Social Edge, and Ashoka. In addition, cultivating individual donors is one of the best ways to develop on-going sustainable sources of support for an organization (although it is very time-consuming to develop these relationships). Think of other possible sources of funding, such as approaching diaspora populations and asking them to support peacework, holding artistic fundraisers, raffles, and more.
11) If at First you Don't Succeed Try Again - Many times a funding proposal will not be successful the first time. Most funders will provide feedback on why your proposal was not supported and you can use this feedback to make future improvements and possibly submit for a future funding round. Be prepared for rejection, don't take it personally and think about how you can improve your ideas and work.
12) Be Clear About your Values - Sometimes a potential funder's values may conflict with your organization's beliefs. It is important to think about what are you core values and what type of funding you would like to solicit. For example some organizations refuse to take money from government institutions while others may avoid support from private business. Another aspect to consider is in conflict regions if you take funding from a particular donor who might this affect your relationships with local partners?
crossposted from PCDN
In today's increasingly connected world there are thousands of resources available to obtain news and analysis about conflict and peace related issues. However, there are not that many sites that provide true in-depth analysis, reflection from a deep conflict or peace perspective. Within the field of conflict resolution there has also been a rapid growth in the field of peace journalism or peace media. The basic concept is that instead of media reporting passively on conflict related issues or doing a superficial analysis, or possibly serving as a tool to inflame and escalate conflict, media practitioners can play a critical role in getting at the roots of conflict, looking at underlying issues, reporting in peace initiatives, etc.
This short posting will highlight some of the key peace media and related sites that you may find useful in obtaining information. Obviously, not all sites listed below are impartial, but they do provide useful information and perspectives.
1) International Crisis Group - The International Crisis Group is now generally recognised as the world's leading independent, non-partisan, source of analysis and advice to governments, and intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations, European Union and World Bank, on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict.
2) Search for Common Ground - Founded in 1982, Search for Common Ground works to transform the way the world deals with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving. Search is one of the pioneering organizations in developing and producing peace media around the world through their Common Ground Productions Unit which their media arm. Using television, radio and Internet programming, CGP transforms the way individuals and societies deal with conflict: away from adversarial approaches, towards cooperative solutions. Whether countering "hate radio" in Africa or hate crime in the United States, Common Ground Productions is dedicated to harnessing the power of the media for peace. The organization also maintains the Common Ground News Service which is an independent source of news and opinion that disseminates fresh, solution-oriented articles to promote constructive dialogue on Muslim-Western relations and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
3) Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research and TFF News Navigator - TFF is an independent think tank, a global network and a website for peace by peaceful means. It inspires a passion for peace from the grassroots to the corridors of power. TFF is an all-volunteer global network. It promotes conflict-mitigation and reconciliation in general and in selected conflict regions through meticulous on-the-ground research, active listening, education and advocacy. TFF also maintains the News Navigator - 300+ mainstream and alternative media in one place.
4) Global Voices - is a leading participatory media news room for voices from the developing world. Since its founding in 2005, Global Voices has grown into a vibrant global community of more than 150 active volunteer authors and translators and more than 20 freelance part- time regional and language editors. Today, Global Voices is thriving, vital component of the global media environment, helping individuals and media professionals around the world gain access to the diverse voices coming from citizen media. We base our coverage on the words, images, and videos of ordinary people across the globe who use the internet to communicate and broadcast their thoughts, analysis, and observations.
5) Peace Media Clearinghouse - A New Multimedia Resource for Peacemakers developed by the United States Institute of Peace and Georgetown University. The clearinghouse provides a central site where individuals and organizations working in the conflict management field can access materials that support conflict analysis and prevention, conflict resolution, and post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation. At the same time, the site will encourage development of the field itself by distilling best practices for creating and using multimedia in support of conflict management activities.
6) Youtube - is the leader in online video, and the premier destination to watch and share original videos worldwide through a Web experience. YouTube allows people to easily upload and share video clips on www.YouTube.com and across the Internet through websites, mobile devices, blogs, and email.
7) Alertnet - is a humanitarian news network based around a popular website. It aims to keep relief professionals and the wider public up-to-date on humanitarian crises around the globe. AlertNet attracts upwards of ten million users a year, has a network of 400 contributing humanitarian organizations and its weekly email digest is received by more than 26,000 readers.
8) Transcend Media Service - Part of the Transcend Network. The site provides original reporting that seeks to go beyond the usual questions, "How many were killed today?" and "Who is winning?" to ask two additional ones: "What is this conflict about?" and "What are possible solutions?"
9) Institute for War and Peace Reporting - builds democracy at the frontlines of conflict and change through the power of professional journalism. IWPR programs provide intensive hands-on training, extensive reporting and publishing, and ambitious initiatives to build the capacity of local media. Supporting peace-building, development and the rule of law, IWPR gives responsible local media a voice.
10) BBC News - Premier site of UK's leading news agency.
11) Al Jazeera English - the 24-hour English-language news and current affairs channel, is headquartered in Doha, the capital of Qatar. The organisation is the world's first global English language news channel to be headquartered in the Middle East. From this unique position, Al Jazeera English is destined to be the English-language channel of reference for Middle Eastern events, balancing the current typical information flow by reporting from the developing world back to the West and from the southern to the northern hemisphere.The channel aims to give voice to untold stories, promote debate, and challenge established perceptions.
12) Ode Magazine -s a print and online publication about positive news--the people and ideas that are changing our world for the better. Ode's aim is to bring a new reality into view, to explore opportunities for positive change (including peacemakers) in our daily lives and our daily minds. You can sign up for a free daily newsletter of positive news. If you would like to subscribe to the magazine, there is a special rate for members of the Peace and Collaborative Development Network (currently only for people in the US), see http://www.odemagazine.com/pcdn
13) International Center on Nonviolent Conflict's New Digest - The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict is pleased to circulate this daily selective digest of world news related to past, present and potential nonviolent conflicts, including active civilian-based struggles against oppressive regimes, nonviolent resistance, political and social dissidence, and the use of nonviolent tactics in a variety of causes. We also include stories that help readers glimpse the larger context of a conflict and that reflect on past historical struggles.
14) PeaceMaking News Portal from the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue - The Peacemaking News Portal is a sophisticated web-based tool designed to help people interested in conflict resolution easily filter through the vast amount of information on the internet to reach the most important and timely information.
15) The International Center for Journalists - Maintains a wonderful database of resources and also recently started ICFJ Anywhere a global source for high-quality, online journalism courses taught by seasoned professionals.
16) FAHAMU - has a vision of the world where people organise to emancipate themselves from all forms of oppression, recognise their social responsibilities, respect each other's differences, and realise their full potential. The organization focuses on Africa and engages in the following activities: promotes innovative use of information and communications technologies; stimulates debate, discussion and analyses; publishes news and information; develops and delivers educational courses, including by distance learning.
Deadline:15 January 2012
For more information or to apply: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/IYPADFellowshipProgramme.aspx
Call for Application
2012 Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent
Deadline for Applications 15 January 2012
The Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent provides participants with an intensive learning opportunity to deepen their understanding of the United Nations human rights system, instruments and mechanisms, with a focus on issues of particular relevance to people of African descent. The Programme will allow the participants to better contribute to the protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of Afro-descendants in their respective countries.
The first Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent was launched by the Anti-Discrimination Section of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2011 in the context of the International Year for People of African Descent.
This year the Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent will be held from 12 to 30 March 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. The programme will coincide with the 11th session of the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent enabling the fellows to attend and observe the Working Group's session and gain a better understanding of its mandate and work.
Who can apply?
The candidate must be an African descendant living in the Diaspora.
The candidate must have a minimum of 4 years of experience related to the human rights of People of African Descent.
The candidate must be fluent in the English language to be able to participate fully in the programme.
The candidate is nominated by an organization working on issues related to People of African Descent or minority rights.
How to Apply?
Applicants are requested to submit the following documents in a single e-mail to africandescent[at]ohchr.org or by fax to +41 22 928 90 50:
A Curriculum Vita.
A completed Application Form baring original signature of both the candidate and nomination organization.
A Personal Statement (maximum 500) in which the candidate will explain his/her motivation for applying, and how he/she will use what they learn to advocate for the protection and promotion of the human rights of people of African descent.
An Official Letter of Support from the nominating organization or community
A copy of the applicant's passport.
Important: For applications via email kindly place in the subject header of the e-mail: "Application for the 2012 Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent."
Name any attached document as follows:
LAST NAME First name - Type of document
Example: SMITH Jacqueline - Application form.doc
SMITH Jacqueline - A Personal Statement.doc
SMITH Jacqueline - Letter of Support.pdf
SMITH Jacqueline - Passport.pdf
Deadline for Applications: 15 January 2012
Each fellow is entitled to a return ticket (economy class) from the country of residence to Geneva, basic health insurance, and a stipend to cover modest accommodation and other living expenses for the duration of the Programme.
The selection of the fellows will reflect gender and regional balance. The human rights situation of People of African Descent in the respective countries will also be taken into consideration.
Please note, that due to the volume, applications will not be acknowledged. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.
Any questions pertaining to the Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent can be directed to: africandescent[at]ohchr.org
For more information or to apply: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/IYPADFellowshipProgramme.aspx
NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowships
(Including the Nomi Fein and Rabbi Richard J. Israel Social Justice Fellowships)
Online Application for 2012-2013 Now Available!
Completed application must include:
Application Form & Resume (submitted together through the online application)
Transcript (Unofficial) (submitted to fellowships(at)nif.org)
References: Two written reference are required, which should be submitted by e-mail using this form to fellowships(at)nif.org.
Please contact Sarah Lawson for any questions at fellowships(at)nif.org
About the Social Justice Fellowships
In 1997, the Nomi Fein Social Justice Fellowship was established by Nomi's family after her sudden death at the age of 30. Three years later, a second Social Justice fellowship was created to honor the life and memory of Rabbi Richard J. Israel. Click here to read more about the legacies of Nomi Fein and Rabbi Richard J. Israel. In 2008, thanks to the generosity of NIF donors, the NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowship was again expanded. For the 2012-13 Fellowship year, we have six (6) U.S spots and one (1) Canadian spot.
NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellows spend 32 hours per week interning in an approved, individually-selected Israeli non-governmental organization (NGO), active in one of the following areas:
civil and human rights;
social and economic justice;
Additionally, Fellows engage in monthly enrichment programs and periodic site visits to further develop their understanding of Israel, Israeli activism, and their role as activists both in Israel and at home. Fellows also receive training in leadership and community development. Because Fellows intern full time in an Israeli NGO, successful applicants must have either excellent Hebrew language skills, or good Hebrew with excellent Arabic skills. Living expenses are covered by a modest stipend.
The Fellowship year runs from September 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013 and completed applications, including two letters of reference, are due on January 20, 2012. Applicants should be college graduates by the start of the Fellowship year. Only U.S. and Canadian residents are eligible for the SJF; Israeli permanent residents are not eligible to receive an NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowship.
About the New Israel Fund and SHATIL
The New Israel Fund (NIF) was established in 1979 to strengthen democracy and promote social justice in Israel, and is today Israel's foremost social-change institution. Specifically, it works to advance the following objectives: Fighting for civil and human rights; Promoting religious tolerance and pluralism; Closing the social and economic gaps in Israeli society; and Protecting Israel's environment. In 1982, NIF established SHATIL, the New Israel Fund's Empowerment and Training Center for Social Change.
Since its founding, NIF has granted more than $200 million to more than 800 Israeli non-profit organizations. But NIF is far more than a grant maker; NIF is a unique working and philanthropic partnership of North Americans, Israelis, and Europeans. SHATIL, NIF's action arm, provides more than 1,000 Israeli non-profit organizations with support each year, building their organizational capacity by providing training, consultation, coalition-building assistance, and other services.
FHI 360's Global Health Research Fellowship provides highly motivated master's-level graduates with an opportunity to work with world-renowned researchers in global health. Research topics include reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and other infectious diseases. The program offers fellows practical experience in research operations and an opportunity to expand their research skills by making important contributions to specific research studies.
During the full time, two-year fellowship, fellows will have the opportunity to:
Learn about clinical and behavioral research studies;
Participate in FHI 360 research activities; and
Play a role in developing international capacity in public health research.
FHI's Global Health Research Fellowship accepts up to two applicants each year to participate in a two-year, post-graduate program located at FHI 360's headquarters in Durham, North Carolina. Each fellow will be mentored by a cadre of experienced FHI 360 scientists. The fellows will have an opportunity to work with multidisciplinary research teams from a variety of departments.
During the program, fellows are able to participate in several phases of a new or ongoing clinical/behavioral study, including study monitoring; protocol development; data management; and IRB submission and review processes. Fellows will also have the opportunity to learn about and participate in research activities in areas such as clinical science; behavioral and social sciences; health service delivery; operations research; monitoring and evaluation; and more.
To be eligible to apply to the Global Health Research Fellowship, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
A master's graduate degree with a strong understanding of global health research, obtained within 12 months prior to beginning the fellowship in July;
Hold a record of high academic standing;
Eligible to work in the U.S. and travel internationally;
Able to make a two-year commitment to FHI 360 Headquarters in Durham, NC, USA;
Able to work 40 hours/week.
The application for the fellowship can be accessed here. To be considered, applications must be received by February 14, 2012. Selected candidates will be invited to FHI for interviews, and the selected Global Health Research Fellow(s) will be notified by the beginning of May. The program begins in early July. Interested applicants are required to submit the following materials:
FHI 360 Fellowship application;
Two essays (topics found in application);
Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which is from graduate faculty from your school who can comment on the application's academic performance and potential for clinical and behavioral research;
Copy of an official graduate school transcript (official transcripts will be required for the in-person interviews);
Copy of current resume or CV.
After submission, applicants should receive a confirmation email that the application has been successfully submitted.
Questions or comments? Please contact fellowships(at)fhi360.org.
Rotary Peace Fellowship Call for Applications
The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the world-competitive Rotary Peace Fellowship. The fellowship provides academic and practical training for individuals working on solving conflicts and building peace around the world.
Professional Certificate Option
* "Strengthening the leaders of today"
* 3 month professional development certificate program
* Designed specifically for candidates already working in fields related to peaecbuilding and conflict resolution to further their understanding and build their skills
* Mix of theory and skills practiced throughout 11 weeks of combined classroom and on site field study interactions
* Eligibility Requirements: minimum bachelor's degree or equivalent; 5 years relevant work experience; proficiency in English
Master's Degree Option
* "Building the leaders of tomorrow"
* 15-24 months of Rotary-funded graduate study toward a master's degree at one of five Rotary Peace Centers around the world
* Training in the root causes of conflict, theories of international relations, and effective models of cooperation, conflict resolution, and negotiation including course work and applied field experience
* Eligibility Requirements: minimum bachelor's degree; 3 years relevant work experience; proficiency in a second language
The application deadline is 1 July 2012. Application forms and more information are available at www.rotary.org.rotarycenters.