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Research Fellowship: Mercy Corps, Inter-Religious Peacebuilding in Northern Nigeria (DC Based)

This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in the field(s) of international development, monitoring and evaluation, conflict management and/or peacebuilding initiatives to work closely with experienced staff while getting hands-on field experience.

Position Description

Position Title: Inter-Religious Peacebuilding in Northern Nigeria (IPNN) Research Fellow
Duty Station: Washington, D.C.
Position Category: Full-time Part-time AND Regular Temporary
Duration: 18 Months
Application Process: Please submit CVs and Cover Letter by February 1, 2013
Program/Department Summary:

Mercy Corps works almost exclusively in high‐risk conflict and post‐conflict environments. We currently have programs in more than 40 countries; the vast majority of these fall into the category of fragile or critically weak states. While we recognize that these are difficult places to operate, we believe that transitional environments - countries affected by civil wars, economic and political crisis, or natural disasters - also offer tremendous opportunities for positive change.

Helping people find ways to break the cycle of violence and promote peaceful change is at the heart of Mercy Corps' mandate. Mercy Corps' Youth and Conflict Management team is responsible for helping Mercy Corps' field offices design and implement programs in a broad range of conflict and post‐conflict settings. We currently support over 40 conflict management and peacebuilding programs world‐wide. Our approach is built on three core foundations. First, we work with local leaders and communities in conflict‐affected societies to help them gain the tools and skills they need to re‐establish trust, rebuild relationships, and talk about the difficult issues that have led to violence. Second, we help our local partners implement development programs that address the underlying issues that are fuelling violence, whether competition over access to land or water, youth unemployment and alienation, or political and economic discrimination. Third, we actively seek to measure the impact of our programs, learn which approaches work (and which do not), and disseminate our findings to the broader development and policy community.

General Position Summary:
The Research Fellow will work closely with the Director of the Youth and Conflict Management team and the Nigeria field team to assist in the implementation of a grant received from the GHR Foundation, entitled Inter‐Religious Peacebuilding in Northern Nigeria (IPNN). The IPNN project will strategically build on a three‐year DFID‐funded program that aims to resolve pastoralist/farmer conflict in Northern Nigeria. The DFID project will: 1) strengthen the capacity of local leaders to resolve conflicts through negotiation training and mentoring in dispute resolution; 2) support the sustainability of dispute resolution through joint economic and natural resource initiatives; and 3) raise awareness of the economic costs of conflict and promote long‐term policy solutions through research and advocacy. IPNN will be implemented together with this DFID grant as a single, coherent program. However, it will explore the inter‐faith dimensions more closely.

Specifically, IPNN will: 1) deepen the program's interfaith activities by supporting 50 religious leaders to discuss religious tolerance and implement faithbased peacebuilding activities in their communities; 2) support rigorous evaluation of the role of religion in peacebuilding in northern Nigeria and the impact of interfaith activities on peacebuilding outcomes;and 3) broadly disseminate the program's findings to policy makers and practitioners. The IPNN Research Fellow will be responsible for monitoring and evaluation activities under IPNN and all related outreach efforts to donors and policy audiences.

Specifically, the Research Fellow will:
1. Conduct an assessment of religious dynamics, leaders, and tensions in northern Nigeria.
2. Work with the Director of Y‐CM, the Nigeria field team, and a board of advisors in Nigeria to
refine research questions and develop appropriate research design and data collection tools
3. Participate in qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis on the impact of IPNN.
4. Write up quarterly reports to the donor.
5. Assist in the development of fact sheets and success stories
6. Write up final research results.
7. Create an interactive map of peacebuilding projects in Nigeria
8. Help organize donor meetings and other public events related to disseminating research results
9. Other tasks, as requested.

Knowledge and Experience:

Excellent quantitative and qualitative research and analysis skills, including strong knowledge of statistics.
Excellent writing and computer skills required
Excellent organizational abilities required.

Success Factors:
A successful candidate for this position will be highly motivated and interested in helping create a body of information about Mercy Corps conflict programs that will be used for years to come. Candidates must be creative, self‐motivated and capable of working in a situation where the supervisor may be traveling frequently. This position will require frequent travel to the field and a successful candidate should be able to demonstrate the ability to work in developing countries and less secure environments.

Organizational Learning:

As part of Mercy Corps' agency‐wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are
responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non‐formal professional learning

Supervisory Responsibility:

This position currently holds no supervisory responsibility.

Works Directly With:
Director, Mercy Corps Youth & Conflict Management Team
Nigeria field team, members TBD

Living Conditions:

The Fellow will be based in Washington, D.C. and will travel periodically to field locations in Nigeria.
Mercy Corps' head office in Nigeria is in Abuja where security is generally good although petty crime can be a problem. Housing, health care, water, electricity and consumer goods are all reasonably accessible and there are good international and domestic travel options from Abuja Airport. Access to field sites can be restricted based on security constraints.

Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Staff are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and Mercy Corps' policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in‐country venues.

Application Process

Those interested in this fellowship should submit a resume and a statement of interest to Mercy Corps' Metrics and Internship Officer at internship(at) by February 1, 2013. In your statement, you are encouraged to discuss any experiences directly relevant to the projects outlined. You may wish to describe your career interests (specifically as they relate to conflict management, peacebuilding, or development) and discuss your previous work and educational experiences demonstrating these interests.

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Fellowship: Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The U.S. Department of State Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program was renamed the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program to honor one of the most distinguished and capable American diplomats of the latter half of the 20th century. Mr. Pickering held the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. He served as Ambassador to Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, India, and the Russian Federation, finishing his career as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. For more information on Ambassador Pickering, please visit the US Department of State website.

The Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Department of State seeks a Foreign Service that represents America in world affairs with citizens who reflect the diversity and excellence of our society. The Program seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Fellowship develops a source of trained men and women from academic disciplines representing the skill needs of the Department who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad.

The Award

For the 2013 Fellowships, financial support of up to $40,000 per academic year for each of a two-year master's degree program will be provided for:

Tuition costs (first priority)
Room and board
Mandatory Fees
One round trip ticket between Fellow's residence and his/her academic institutions

Graduate-level Fellows receive stipends during participation in one ten-week domestic summer internship between the first and second year of graduate school, and one ten-week summer overseas internship following the second year of graduate school. These internships provide students with valuable work experience in Foreign Affairs as they engage in the teamwork, the challenges, and the skills needed to perform the duties of a foreign service officer.


Guidance from a Foreign Service officer is provided during graduate school.


Fellows must meet Department of State Foreign Service entry requirements and take both the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) and the Foreign Service Oral Assessment (FSOA) at least once prior to the completion of the academic requirements of the Fellowship.

Contractual Agreement

Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of three years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service officer. Candidates must be able to obtain medical, security, and suitability clearances in order to remain in the program. Candidates who do not successfully complete the program and fail to meet Foreign Service entry requirements may be subject to a reimbursement obligation to the U.S. Department of State.

For more info, and to apply, visit:

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Job: Logistics Manager, Haiti

Since 1963 and in 145 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has 84 projects in 40 countries and revenues of approximately $168 million.

Logistics Manager, Haiti

We are currently seeking a Logistics Manager for The Expanded Food Security Safety Net Response for the Southeast Department of Haiti project. The Logistics Manager's responsibilities include managing the overall design, implementation, and reporting of the project's non-food item (NFI) management and distribution in the field. S/he will be responsible for overseeing and implementing non-food item distribution activities and for the transport and dispatch of all NFIs, including oversight of distribution of agricultural inputs, hygiene and sanitation items, tools for rehabilitation of health fixed points, and tools for Cash for Work activities. The Logistics Manager will work closely with the Chief of Party and the office staff in Jacmel and Port-au-Prince throughout the program implementation in the Southeast Department of Haiti. The Logistics Manager will supervise the Field Logistician.


Provide management and technical oversight to all NFI management related activities.
Responsible for non-food item distribution schedules for all program activities managed by ACDI/VOCA and setting up tracking systems for non-food items and all electronic NFI reporting.
With the Procurement Manager, the Logistics Manager is responsible for negotiating with private contractors, coordinating delivery of NFIs to field sites and signing off.
Work closely with agricultural extensionists, ground organizers, nutrition coordinator, and financial and administrative staff to ensure proper receipt and use of non-food items.
Ensure appropriate systems are in place for proper warehousing, transport and distribution of non-food items.
Ensure proper inventory control and reconciliation at warehouses and distribution points.
Make frequent visits to the field, warehouses and distribution points to oversee non-food item distributions and other logistics, and to ensure compliance with accepted procedures and principles.
Supervise the field logistician and assist her/him in the coordination and processing of final distributions.
Ensure that financial and administrative staff have adequate knowledge in non-food item management, end-use monitoring, record maintenance and report preparation.
Report to the Chief of Party on technical and administrative aspects of the project, as well as all issues related to community relationships.
Cultivate good relations with local Haitian authorities, REPONSE Seed Network, and beneficiaries in targeted communes. Develop, liaise and maintain relationships with other organizations to enhance program development, as appropriate.
Oversee budgets to ensure all non-food item management activity expenditures are in compliance with ACDI/VOCA and donor policies and regulations as well as within the scope of the approved program budget and program implementation timeframe.
Coordinate and communicate with the program staff, stakeholders and partners involved in project implementation including progress updates, revisions to pipelines and timely contributions to donor reports.
Ensure quality development of project reports, contracts, and other programming documents, and monitor ongoing activities to ensure they are achieving the intended objectives and are in full compliance with donor regulations.
Ensure implementation of donor regulations and ACDI/VOCA non-food item management for proper management and control of NFIs from warehouse to beneficiaries.

Minimum of 10 years overseas experience in the international development field is required
Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (e.g., logistics, supply chain management, business management or other related field) is highly desirable
Experience in supply chain management in an emergency environment, including procurement, transport and distribution, warehouse and stock management. Work experience in the evaluation of emergency programs in Haiti or Francophone Africa is required.
Demonstrated proficiency in the field of people and project management
Prior experience with USAID projects, procedures, policies, and reporting requirements is required; prior experience with Title II projects is highly preferred
Effective record of building relationships with governmental organizations as well as private and community organizations is required
Established track record of achieving results within difficult working environments is required
Fluency in French and Creole is required. Working knowledge of English is an asset.

To apply, visit:

Job: Investigator, Democratic Republic of Congo, Global Witness

Global Witness is a dynamic international organisation that campaigns to prevent natural resource-related conflict and corruption and associated environmental and human rights abuses. We collect irrefutable evidence through our investigations and combine it with powerful advocacy to force change.

Global Witness is looking to hire an investigator for an exciting project for up to 23 months, starting earliest February 2013 and ending 31 December 2014, based at its London office. Applicants must have strong experience as a journalist or researcher and good French. Salary will be competitive.

For full details about this vacancy, visit

To apply for this position, please send a CV and covering letter, neither of which should exceed two-pages, to For this vacancy only shortlisted candidates will be contacted after the closing date of 15th January 2013.

15th January 2013
Salary Range:
£37,236 - £41,000

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Internships: Institute for Economics and Peace, Communications and Education Program

The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) seeks two part-time interns to assist in the operations of the NYC office. IEP is a non-partisan, not-for-profit research organization dedicated to shifting the world's focus to peace as a positive, achievable, and tangible measure of human wellbeing and progress. It develops new conceptual frameworks to define peacefulness; provides metrics for measurement; uncovers the relationship between peace, business, and prosperity; and promotes a better understanding of the social, economic, and political factors that drive peacefulness.

IEP conducts research, develops educational resources, generates dialogue, and publicizes the output of its activities with a view to impacting the public agenda. It produces the US and Global Peace indexes, and the Global Terrorism Index, which measure peace and violence at the national, regional, and local levels, as well as economic analysis around the peace dividend.

Educators at both the high school and university levels use this research and IEP maintains a faculty network of scholars interested in peace and economics, as well as promotes a high school curriculum, the Building Blocks of Peace.

The available internships are both part-time, from mid-January through June 2013. The internships are unpaid. Please note that these are not research internships.

1) Communications Intern

The Communications intern's primary responsibilities are to assist with stakeholder outreach and communications strategies, including developing IEP's social media presence. This intern will also work on the promotion of IEP materials to the public, through event planning and assistance with presentations.

2) Education Program Intern

The Education Program intern's primary responsibilities are to coordinate outreach for IEP's peace education materials to high school teachers across the country, and to help develop IEP's network of university-level faculty.

Both internships require the following qualifications: ● Current enrollment in or completion of University-level education ● Ability to work independently ● Strong writing skills ● Enthusiasm and commitment to the organization's mission ● Familiarity with social networking tools ● Proven organizational skills and attention to detail ● Professionalism ● Proficiency in a foreign language desirable

For more information about our work, visit To apply send cover letter and resume, specifying the desired internship, to Michelle Breslauer: Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Job: Program Coordinator, Senegal

Counterpart International is a global development organization that empowers people and communities to implement innovative and enduring solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges. For nearly 50 years, Counterpart has been forging partnerships with communities in need to address complex problems related to economic development, food security and nutrition, and building effective governance and institutions.

For more information visit


Counterpart International Senegal manages projects funded by USAID and USDA to conduct activities focused on reducing food insecurity and improving access to primary education. Specific project activities include improved caretaker practices in health and nutrition, increased nutritional support to vulnerable populations, improved agricultural practices, improved livelihoods and access to markets and credit, and increasing attendance at primary schools.

Counterpart International is currently seeking a Program Coordinator. The position requires a broad combination of technical, analytical and managerial abilities and experience. The Program Coordinator assists Counterpart International's Country Representative and Program Managers in leading, promoting and directing on-going programs as well as developing new programs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Coordinate program planning and logistical support between the main country office in Dakar and field offices, and between the Dakar office and Counterpart headquarters.
Assist project teams to develop detailed work plans and budgets that conform to project design and agreements, and work with teams to update these plans on a quarterly basis.
Supervise the timely preparation and submission of reports, including work and implementation plans; project baselines and evaluations results reports; logistics, monetization and direct food commodity distribution reports; board updates; field assessments, etc.
Monitor program activities and budgets to ensure activities are conducted according to work plans, ensuring integrity and timeliness of activities in meeting program objectives, compliance with donor and Counterpart policies, troubleshooting and recommending alternative activities when appropriate.
Identify opportunities for new program development and assist in proposal development.
Facilitate coordination among projects to ensure synergy and leverage resources.
Manage, coordinate and direct communication and publicity for the country portfolio, and initiate regular communication with donors and stakeholders as requested by the Country Representative, including gathering information and writing success stories.
Manage and coordinate logistics of food commodities, including monetization, commodity call forwards and transportation of commodities from US to field office in collaboration with the Country Representative.
Complete other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Advanced degree in nutrition, agriculture, international development or related field of study.
At least 5 years of professional experience in international development in Africa, preferable in the field of Food Security.
Proven capability in technical, personnel, finance and program management.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including written and oral English skills.
Fluency in French.
Ability to travel to the field frequently; work in a team and under pressure in a complex environment.
Knowledgeable of USDA and USAID rules and regulations including Regulation 11.
Computer skills, including extensive experience using Microsoft Word and Excel.

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Fellowship: Urban and Regional Policy Fellowship Program, The German Marshall Fund

2013 Call for Pre-Applications

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) grants a limited number of fellowships each year through its Urban and Regional Policy program, which focuses on the policy issues and challenges common to metropolitan regions and cities in the United States and Europe. Urban and Regional Policy Fellowships provide opportunities for practitioners at the urban and regional levels to meet with their counterparts across the Atlantic and examine policies that have been successfully implemented to address similar needs. Fellows can choose to travel for short-term (3-4 weeks) or long-term (3 months) research periods, with the goal of returning to their work equipped with the ideas and insights necessary to effect significant and lasting change in their own communities. For 2013, the fellowship travel period is between June 2013 and May 2014.

Who Should Apply

GMF welcomes pre-applications from mid-career policymakers or practitioners in state/local government, leaders from the private sector, or representatives of non-profit and policy organizations with a strong record of project completion. The fellowship is not intended for academic research. GMF welcomes fellowship proposals that cover a wide array of topics, including but not limited to urban sustainability, transportation, environmental policy, and education and workforce development.

How to Apply

GMF welcomes interested candidates to read through the fellowship summary on our website ( for further details on the fellowship and full application process. The deadline for submission of pre-applications is January 31st, 2013. Successful pre-applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal in February. Please contact Bartek Starodaj, Program Assistant, for specific questions at

Major funding for the fellowship program is provided by Bank of America and the Compagnia di San Paolo.

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Job: Specialist (Early Recovery), UNDP, Mynamar

Under strategic guidance of the Country Director and direct supervision of Team Leader, Local Governance, the Recovery Specialist acts as an advisor to CO Management on all aspects of early recovery/ recovery in post-crisis (conflict or natural disaster) contexts. The Recovery Advisor leads UNDP's involvement in the preparation and coordination of UNDP and UN-wide recovery strategies and relevant programme activities and, where appropriate, represents UNDP in Early Recovery Cluster activities at the country level. S/he also leads the development and management of the overall UNDP early recovery/recovery programme portfolio and facilitates mainstreaming of relevant policy advice and capacity building activities in UNDP's programme portfolios in the area of the local governance (Pillar 1) and climate change and disaster risk reduction (Pillar 2) .

The Recovery Specialist works in close collaboration with Government officials, other UN Agencies, UNDP HQ, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral development partners and civil society to strategically position UNDP in the early recovery and to implement UNDP's early recovery/recovery programme activities.

Post category:

Development Project Funded (DPF)
Post Duties and Responsibilities:

Summary of Key Functions:
Ensures strategic direction of UNDP's response to early recovery/recovery needs
Leads UNDP's involvement in and substantively contributes to joint needs assessments and development of UN recovery strategies
Development of UNDP's early recovery/recovery programme(s)
Leads the development of strategic partnerships and resource mobilization for early recovery/recovery
Provision of strategic policy advisory services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge and capacity building on recovery issues
Ensures sound strategic direction of UNDP Recovery programmefocusing on the following:
Identification of strategic opportunities and potential early recovery/ recovery programme areas of cooperation in the ceasefire areas including opportunities for joint programming with UN agencies and other development partners (IFIs, INGOs etc.);
Development of UNDP's early recovery/recovery programmes in collaboration with the national and sub-national stakeholders, development partners and UN Agencies as and when needs arise;
Synergies, alignment and coordination of early recovery/recovery programmes with other UNDP programme activities in Myanmar, especially in the areas of local governance, and disaster risk reduction as well as those of UN Agencies and capitalizes on synergies where possible;
Mainstreaming of cross-cutting UN/UNDP priorities in recovery programmes, in particular capacity building, gender and human rights;
Development of strategies to ensure effective programmatic and operational interface and complementarities between humanitarian, transitional and recovery interventions of the UN system, and where necessary, development or exit and hand-over strategies as part of the UN cluster approach.
Ensures effective programme formulation support:

Design and formulation of early recovery/recovery programme(s), translating UNDP priorities into local interventions. Coordination of programme implementation with the executing agencies;
Effective monitoring and evaluation, continuous analysis of the programme environment and timely readjustment of programmes;
Aggregate reports are regularly prepared on activities, outputs and outcomes. Donor reports are prepared with emphasis on sustainability of results and value for money, and submitted within deadlines.
Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and resource mobilization for early recovery/recovery programmes focusing on achievement of the following results:

Development and implementation of partnerships and resources mobilization strategies to achieve early recovery/recovery programme outcomes;
Creation and coordination of partnerships with UN Agencies, IFI's, government institutions at national and subnational levels, bi-lateral and multi-lateral development partners, private sector, civil society etc.;
Determination of programmatic areas of cooperation in line with national priorities and early recovery/recovery needs, strategic objectives of UNDP country programme and comparative advantages of UNDP, and towards establishing effective development partnerships;
Analysis and research of information on development partners, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost-sharing.
Ensures provision of top quality and strategic advisory services, capacity building and facilitation of knowledge sharing focusing on achievement of the following results:

Advocacy for and strengthening of national and sub-national capacity for planning and coordination of early recovery/recovery efforts;
Provision of top quality policy and strategic advice to government institutions, including at the sub-national level, on development and implementation of recovery policies and strategies;
Identification, sharing and application of international best practices and lessons on recovery-related issues relevant to the country's recovery needs and goals;
Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice;
Capacity building of UNDP Myanmar staff, including the country office and area presences, in programme and operations and across programme pillars.
Impact of Results
The key results have an impact on the overall success of UNDP's recovery effort in support of national goals.

Corporate Competencies:

Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN's values and ethical standards
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning
Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example
Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting
Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects, mobilize resources
Ability to formulate and manage budgets, manage contributions and investments, manage transactions, conduct financial analysis, reporting and cost-recovery
Good knowledge of the Results Management Guide and Toolkit
Good ICT skills, knowledge of Atlas
Ability to implement new systems and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change
Management and Leadership

Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills
Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
Required Skills and Experience

Master's Degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related field.
At least 7 years field experience, preferably with a significant part in countries in special development situations.
Extensive experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development, recovery and conflict prevention/peace building strategies programmes and projects and establishing inter-relationships among international organizations and national governments. Hands on experience on operationalizing recovery including knowledge of livelihoods, local governance and other cross cutting issues will be an added advantage.
Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web based management systems (e.g. Atlas).
Knowledge and experience from disaster response operations, including missions in support of recovery planning.
In conflict/post conflict situations: Experience with conflict prevention, peace building, reintegration and conflict sensitive development.
Summary of Critical Competencies for Immediate Response Situations:
Possess a comprehensive set of competencies enabling immediately taking on the challenging role of leading early recovery efforts - strategic, integrity, results orientation, teamwork, good inter-personal skills, well developed communication skills, sound judgment, analytical skills, flexibility, proactive engagement, innovation, risk management, gender and culturally sensitive, ability to work under pressure and demonstrates high tolerance for change, complexity and unpredictability.
Language Requirements:
Fluency in the UN language of the duty station.
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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Arabic Program: Center for Arabic Study Abroad, University of Texas at Austin

CASA Programs

The Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) offers three programs:

CASA I, CASA II for Recent CASA I Alumni, CASA III for Faculty (suspended for 2012-2014)
The CASA I program is designed for graduate and undergraduate students. (CASA I Announcement for 2013-14)

The CASA II program aims to provide further opportunities for CASA fellows who have completed the CASA Full-Year program within the past five years, to continue to enhance their language skills and advance their Arabic-based research in Egypt. (CASA II Announcement for 2013-14)

The CASA III program is designed to meet the linguistic and research needs of professors with specialization in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies.

All CASA programs provide intensive language, culture, and specialized area studies training, with 9 to 20 hours of classroom instruction per week plus homework. A series of lectures, tours, and visits to places of historical interest, both in and outside Cairo are an integral part of the CASA programs. Efforts are made to provide opportunities for CASA participants to interact with their Egyptian counterparts and experience life in Egypt to the fullest extent.

CASA Program Policies
Testing and Evaluation Policy
Each fellow's performance is evaluated through written tests, oral presentations and interviews in each of the courses taken. The evaluation component of each course is explained in detail in the course syllabus. In addition to the course-based evaluation, the CASA I program utilizes two general testing tools aimed at helping fellows gauge their progress in the various skills:


As part of the selection process, all applicants take a comprehensive Selection Exam which tests their language proficiency skills in listening, reading, and writing.
Applicants selected to participate in the CASA I program are given in an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) during April, which serves as a pre-score and will be used to measure oral proficiency progress made during the course of their CASA year.
At the end of their year-long program (in April or May):

Fellows take an Exit Exam, which is similar to the exam taken when applying to CASA. This helps provide each fellow with a tangible measure of his/her progress in the areas of listening, reading, and writing.
Fellows are given another oral interview called an Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR). These interviews are rated on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the level of an educated Arabic native speaker. The ILR style interview is used as the post test because it allows more detailed ratings at the upper end of the scale (3s and 4s) than the ACTFL OPI does and it is expected that most fellows will be functioning in this range by the end of their CASA year. The pre-program ACTFL OPI rating is comparable to the post program ILR interview rating for the purposes of measuring oral proficiency progress.
All interviews are conducted by ACTFL certified oral interviewers. These tests and oral interviews constitute an integral part of the program; full participation from all fellows is required.

Arabic Speaking Policy

While abroad, it is CASA's policy that fellows speak Arabic at both inside and outside of the classroom. Speaking Arabic at all times will immensely facilitate the acquisition of vocabulary and structures, and will allow fellows to internalize them much faster. Restricting the use of Arabic to the classroom severely limits a fellow's potential to become a fluent speaker of Arabic, and will restrain the language progress. CASA expects all its fellows to abide by the Arabic Speaking Policy and to help create opportunities for speaking Arabic both inside and outside the classroom.

During orientation in Cairo, CASA asks each of its fellows to sign a Language Pledge affirming their commitment to uphold CASA's Arabic Speaking Policy and create an Arabic speaking environment for all members of the CASA group.

For more info, and to apply, visit:

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Fellowship: Vital Voices Lead Fellowship Program

What is the program?

The program will support a global network of emerging and established women leaders who provide unusual and sustainable solutions to pressing problems that have impeded women and girls' progress to participate fully in society and the economy.

Recognizing that in order to advance the causes of women, women themselves must connect with, empower, equip and inspire one another at all levels of society, Vital Voices -- with funding support provided by the UK government's Department for International Development -- is committed to helping create a unified response, not just from women's rights activists and sectoral experts, but also from a wide range of professionals and practitioners across fields and methodologies.

The VVLead Fellowship Program is a critical step in this response, offering participants unique opportunities to exchange information, obtain resources and tools, mentor and be mentored and receive vital training over the course of three years through offerings tailored to meet their needs, goals and objectives.

Who can apply?

Vital Voices is seeking applications for the VVLead Fellowship Program from women leaders who are committed to tackling issues related to economic disparities, violence against women and harmful cultural practices -- with particular focus on forced/early marriage -- in order to create a more prosperous and secure world. Knowing that this work will take many forms, leaders may be engaged in this change through work in a variety of fields including business, non-profit/non-governmental organization, public office/government (elected or appointed), advocacy initiative or community-based organization.

Eligible applicants must be: 18 years or older; living and working for change in a developing country; demonstrating high-impact; and actively committed to the progress of their cause on a full-time basis.

For more info, and to apply, visit:

All applications must be submitted electronically by Monday, January 14, 2013.

Additional information:

Please contact Emma Hersh (EmmaHersh(at), Program Manager for the Global Leadership Network, with any questions or comments about the program.

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Job: Reintegration Technical Advisor, UNDP, Cote d'Ivoire

The post-election crisis in Côte d'Ivoire with its corollary of deaths estimated at more than 3000 according to the government, 63,729 internally displaced persons (IDPs), 69,591 refugees (OCHA, February 2012), has resulted in looting and destruction of public and private properties; it has undermined the fundamentals of the economy, disrupted the functioning of the public administration and has exacerbated the political and social tensions and tensions within communities, already latent since several years . At the social and economical level, the majority of the population continues to suffer from the disintegration of the national and local economy. Each day it sinks further into poverty which rate rose from 38.4% in 2002 to 48.94% in 2008, according to the National Institute of Statistics (INS).
More than a year after the post-election crisis, the country faces many challenges as it endeavours to drive the reconstruction and post-crisis recovery process and pursue its national development agenda. Some of these include: security, demobilization, reintegration, social cohesion and national reconciliation, economic recovery, the humanitarian situation in the west and poverty. The international community and development partners have been committed to supporting the Government in addressing these challenges.
The efforts of the Ivorian government to merge the national defense forces and stabilize the security situation have also yielded some results, but the overall situation remains fragile. The threat of insecurity is still a major concern throughout the country. Abidjan and Western Cote d'Ivoire are areas of special concern where recently, a number of significant security incidents took place involving armed elements as well as clashes between armed civilians. The Government has initiated a comprehensive Security Sector Reform (SSR) strategy, but one of the major challenges in Cote d'Ivoire is DDR. This is one of the flaws singled out by observers following the recent attacks. On 8 August 2012, the National Security Council (Conseil National de Sécurité - CNS) and a new DDR national agency (Authorité pour le DDR - ADDR) had been created by presidential decree. The ADDR replace the various agencies that were previously in charge of DDR issues.
The DDR process in Côte d'Ivoire is now based on the "Lettre de Politique DDR" which expounds the general intents and orientations of the new DDR vision. This incorporates many elements of the former DDR process and some new elements such as the extension of the programme to benefit the community level. However, the community level emphasis is still very oriented towards the reintegration of individual ex-combatants consisting of a larger group of beneficiaries than previously defined, with unclear selection criteria.
There is an urgent need for the Government and the ADDR to "translate" the Lettre de Politique DDR into a concrete strategy of intervention, with a developed and detailed Plan of Operations to cover the different phases of the process, in line with the other National Development Plan (NDP). This plan of operations for DDR needs to link to the SSR process, especially in term of "integrating" the demobilized targeted groups in the new national security format.
It is in this context of post-crisis recovery that the UNDP supports the government by focusing particularly on the revitalization of the economic activities at the local level, poverty reduction, local and national capacities building in planning, economic development, good governance, reconciliation and the social cohesion, areas in which the UNDP Côte d'Ivoire has invested and in which it has a well-known comparative advantage. Taking advantage of the community rehabilitation, UNDP will support the ADDR by contributing to the social, economic and political reintegration of the former combatants and vulnerable groups.
Under the authority of UNDP Resident Representative/Resident Coordinator and the supervision of the Country Director and the Deputy Country Director for Programme, the Senior Reintegration Technical Advisor will work in straight collaboration with the Senior CPR Advisor and the Poverty Unit Chief in order to enable UNDP to support to ADDR for the translation of the "Lettre de Politique DDR" into a national DDR strategy and action plan, with focus on sustainable reintegration and in close co-ordination with UNOCI DDR team and other development partners. He/Her will be posted at ADDR
Duties and Responsibilities

Policy advice and strategic technical guidance on the DDR process, with focus on sustainable reintegration
In collaboration with the ADDR as well as UNDP the Country Office programme, external partners and stakeholders, including the national counterpart, local authorities, bilateral partners, World Bank European Union, and CSOs, identify entry points and develop concrete strategies and activities for strengthening reintegration through community recovery, and community security;
In collaboration with the ADDR and under the leadership of the Reintegration Team Leader, assist in working out transitional strategy from the short-term support of the ADDR reintegration process to medium and long term development support within a broad framework of inclusive community-based recovery process;
Support the UN presence in developing a cross UN strategy and approach regarding its engagement in DDR including addressing division of labour issues. (BCPR-DDR with UNOCI DDR), and participate in the various workshops on DDR/SSR for the formulation of the criteria and procedures for the reintegration of the former combatants through community recovery support.
Programme Planning and building strategic partnerships
Establish the action plan, including activities, targets, budget, standards for measuring progress and results and determine the processes, tools and methodologies to be used to ensure effective and efficient programme implementation and operations. Monitor progress and identify risks for timely action and early resolution.
Provide authoritative advice and technical guidance on DDR programme implementation and delivery. Initiate strategic discussions and contribute to senior level government debate to advocate and promote organizational issues, and agenda. Advise ADDR and UNDP senior managements on the direction, strategies and technical issues of the programme.
Maintain dialogue with partners and stakeholders to advocate, promote and advance organizational issues, priorities, interests and competencies for a successful programme planning and implementation.
Contribute to the development of a strategy and plan of action for resource mobilization to achieve optimum interests and funding.
Contribute to any task that can be assigned by ADDR in consultation with UNDP CO related to reintegration
The key results of the Senior Reintegration Technical Advisor must have an impact on the national reintegration


Skills related to the organization:
Show integrity by putting forward the values and morals of the United Nations
Show flexibility and adaptation to differences related to culture, gender, religion, race, nationality and age.

Skills related to the function:
Knowledge Management and Learning
Good knowledge of the country and/or region of assignment, including the political, economic and social dimensions, and their relation to the main engines of instability and conflict.
Sound knowledge and exposure to a wide range of post-conflict, peacebuilding, good governance, human rights and development-related issues.
Ability to lead strategic planning, and results-based management.
Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.
Ability to advocate and provide timely policy advice.
Ability to identify issues and to use sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems.
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Ability to establish and maintain contacts with senior-level officials of the host government required.
Excellent interpersonal skills are essential part of the job. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, for effective advocacy and influence on policy makers.
Ability to perform a variety of specialized tasks related to Results-Based Management, including support to design, planning and implementation of programme.
Good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to reintegration, recovery and development issues, peace and security and sound knowledge of the institutions of the UN system.
Ability to analyze is required to obtain, evaluate and interpret factual data and to prepare accurate and complete reports and other documents.
Ability to develop a strategic planning, the management based on achievement and reporting
Ability to formulate, implement and ensure the monitoring and the evaluation of projects / programs of development and resources mobilization
Management and leadership
Develop strong relationships with customers, focus on results for the customer, respond positively to the feedback
Develop a work approach with energy and a positive and constructive attitude. Ability to implement new systems and have a positive impact on the change of the staff attitude
Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to draft/edit a variety of written reports and communications and to articulate ideas in a clear and concise style.
Ability to plan own work, manage conflicting priorities and work under pressure of tight and conflicting deadlines.
Fully proficient computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications.
Very good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations.
Very strong leadership capacities to work in a multi-cultural team in difficult circumstances. Demonstrates openness to the change of ability to manage complex situations.
Required Skills and Experience

An advanced university degree in any of the following: Economics, political science, sociology, international relations, public administration, development studies or other relevant fields
At least 10 years of relevant experience, including working directly in post-conflict environments;
Demonstrated practical experience in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration at the senior management level is essential;
Solid experience in the design and implementation of successful DDR programme
Proven capacity for technical and advisory function at a senior level at government or the UN agencies and in a complex transitional and politically sensitive environment
Having worked in West Africa is an advantage
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

Technical Proposal:
Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work
Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct
Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).

For further information please contact:

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Internship: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Wash DC)

Internship: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Enviromental Conflict Resolution Internship (US Citizens only), DC

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center (CPRC) seeks a student intern interested in environmental conflict resolution. CPRC houses EPA's experts in environmental collaboration and conflict resolution and provides a range of services to EPA managers and staff, including access to professional mediators and facilitators, case intake and consultation, process design, conflict coaching, and training.

Applicants are asked to submit a resume and cover letter to indicate interest. Possible Summer 2013 projects include legal and programmatic research on co-regulator relationships, developing legal guidance for Agency neutrals, and further researching practices/factors correlated with positive outcomes in environmental mediation. If interested, applicants may also develop a project proposal (1 page) on a topic of mutual interest to work on during their internship with CPRC. Final products of recent intern projects have included: recommendations to the Agency's Senior Dispute Resolution Official on improvements to internal collaboration, completion of thesis research on the role of values in complex water disputes, and assistance with developing and presenting new EPA training. The intern will work under the direction of CPRC staff, who will provide project feedback, involve the intern in appropriate meetings, and introduce the intern to relevant contacts and resources within EPA.

Who May Apply: Graduate students with proof of current enrollment and U.S. citizenship.
Please Submit: Cover letter, resume and project proposal
Schedule: Half to full time, flexible
Compensation: Unpaid/Volunteer
Location: EPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Deadline: February 1, 2013 for Summer Term (start and end dates negotiable)

Submit Applications to:

Margaret Ross
Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (MC: 2388A)
Washington, DC 20460

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Jan 12- Yolka, Russian Winter Festival

The Cultural Center "Russian Soul" is happy to invite guests to our annual "Yolka" Russian Winter Festival!

What can you expect: Games, Songs & dances, Bags with presents for kids, Grandpa Frost & Snowmaiden, "Svyatki" traditional program performed by kids and adult performance groups "Rodnik" & "Belozer'e".

When: Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 3 P.M.

Where:1720 Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis
(ground floor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church)

Tickets: With reservation: $5 kids / $10 adults
At the entrance: $10 kids (0-15) /$ 15 adults
Free ticket for a volunteer (we can always use some help with this event, please call or email if you are available)

Registration: Call 612-465-9309 or
(Please leave your name and the number of tickets, phone number if you want confirmation. Payment - cash or check is at the entrance)

Job: Program Officer, IREX (Wash DC)

TITLE: Program Officer, M&E and Communications, Education Programs Division
REPORTS TO: Deputy Director
DIVISION: Education Programs Division
LOCATION: Washington, DC
OPEN TO: US citizens

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

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

IREX seeks a mid-level professional to coordinate and support Monitoring and Evaluation and Communications for the Education Programs Division, covering a diverse portfolio of international education, basic education development, youth development, and higher education development activities. The Program Officer will be responsible for providing division-level oversight and tracking of monitoring and evaluation and communications activities, providing support and coaching to project teams, supporting proposal development, as well as M&E plan development; tool development; data analysis, interpretation, and presentation; and creation of communications pieces.
- Manage M&E and communications processes at the division level.
- Provide support and coaching to project staff in M&E and communications;
- Provide input to and/or coordinate development of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plans (PMEPs) and tools;
- Analyze, interpret, and present data in conjunction with project staff;
- Prepare summary reports and/or presentations for donor and public audiences;
- Provide regular status reports to senior staff;
- Contribute to new business development: write/edit text, prepare marketing pieces, develop visual/graphic content.
- Write and edit communications pieces and success stories, and prepare visual content;
- Oversee and monitor EPD communications postings on the IREX website, appropriate social media sources, and external distribution sources;
- Work with project teams to ensure that communications activities remain on track

- Master's degree in International Development, International Relations, social sciences, or related field strongly preferred.
- Experience in monitoring and evaluation in international development programs.
- Experience or strong interest in international education and exchange, basic education development, higher education development, and/or youth development.
- Past experience with USAID projects, including M&E plan design, data management and analysis, and/or reporting.
- Excellent writing skills, including the ability to write clearly (translating technical content for a non-technical audience) for a wide range of formats including publications, the web, broadcast and printed media, speeches and presentations.
- Demonstrated ability to use social media in project communications.
- Demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple projects and priorities, taking initiative, and achieving milestones and goals.
- International study, work, or living experience;
- Excellent communication and organizational skills;
- Excellent attention to detail; and
- Strong computer skills; including fluency in Excel.

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

Job: Value Chain Analyst (Dili, Timor-Leste)

Start Date: January 2013 - 10 or 12 month position
> Purpose of Position:
> EMDAP currently seeks to place an EMDAP Adviser in Value Chain
> Analysis (Value Chain Analyst) to support the "Development of
> Communities through Intensive Agriculture (DOCIA)" Project's efforts
> to build and strengthen horticulture value chains and increase the
> role of the private sector in rural agriculture development in Dili,
> Timor-Leste. To achieve this goal, the Value Chain Analyst will work
> alongside Dezenvolve Agricultura Comunitaria Project (DAC) staff in
> developing and promoting a business case for accelerating investment
> in the input supply, trade, and wholesale links of the value chain.
> The Value Chain Analyst will directly carry out these activities,
> while building the capacity of value chain stakeholders to continue
> accomplishing similar analysis and market development independently.
> Objectives:
> The DAC project works to develop all aspects of the horticulture value
> chain in Timor-Leste. To date, the project emphasis has been at the
> producer level, and the development of a vertically integrated value
> chain with a single commercial buyer. While this model has been
> successful, the next phase of DAC's activities will diversify the
> client base and will require more development at each step of the
> value chain to enable successful expansion of the number of farmers
> producing for a commercial market. The Value Chain Analyst will work
> alongside DAC staff in developing and promoting the "business case"
> for accelerating investment in the input supply, trade, and wholesale
> links of the value chain. The Value Chain Analyst will directly carry
> out these activities, while building the capacity of value chain
> stakeholders to continue accomplishing similar analysis and market development independently.
> Responsibilities:
> All responsibilities will be undertaken in conjunction with DAC staff,
> to ensure that the EMDAP Adviser understands the Timor-Leste context
> and has access to necessary information. The EMDAP Adviser will work
> with DAC staff in completing the responsibilities below, and building
> capacity for similar activities to be conducted independently in the
> future. Specific examples of developing and promoting the "business
> case" for investment in the horticulture value chain include:
> Financial analysis (profitability and competitiveness) of various
> products within the horticulture value chain in Timor-Leste.
> Estimate of unmet market demand for agricultural inputs for
> horticultural production Development of market information regarding
> large institutional buyers of horticulture products Analysis of
> vegetable import statistics Assistance to horticulture buyers to
> better plan and manage fresh produce inventory Analysis and promotion
> of DAC horticulture market research
> Desired skills and previous work experience needed to perform duties:
> Skills and experience in -
> business planning and financial analysis market research small
> business management or consulting to small businesses
> Eligibility:
> Applicants must -
> U.S. citizenship
> Worked a minimum of two - three years in such areas as: management,
> marketing, banking, finance, management, NGO or private sector
> experience, consulting, etc.
> Be recent graduates (within 5 years) of a master's degree program (MA,
> MBA, MPP, MIA, etc.) OR current students who will have completed their
> first year of graduate coursework from an accredited U.S. university
> program in any field of study.
> Language Requirement:
> English, Tetum or Bahasa Indonesian preferred.
> Work background:
> A required minimum of two - three years previous work experience in
> such areas as: corporate, private sector, NGO management, Peace Corps,
> consulting, or small business management.
> Required Skills:
> Microsoft Office, business training, research, and excellent
> communication skills.
> Application Information:
> Interested candidates should contact Aaron Mitich at
> for the application and selection process procedures.
> Salary:
> EMDAP Stipend according to USAID allocation costs for Dili,
> Timor-Leste - specific details will be provided to those candidates that will interview.

Job: Global Watch, Assistant Campaigner

Assistant Campaigner, Oil

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Assistant Campaigner to take up an exciting role working with our Oil Team. The role would support and contribute to the team's work on campaigning for greater transparency and accountability in the extractive industries.

Responsibilities will include: carrying out research and assisting with investigations, assisting in writing campaigning materials and providing logistical and administrative support.

Applicant must be organized, an excellent writer, a good networker and researcher with an ability to absorb complex issues quickly.

For full details about this vacancy, visit:

To apply for this position, please send a CV and covering letter, neither of which should exceed two-pages, to For this vacancy only shortlisted candidates will be contacted after the closing date of 14th January 2013.

14th January 2013
Salary Range:

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Internships (stipend provided): Partners for Democatic Change, DC

For more info see

Latin America Program Internship
Partners is seeking an intern to join the Latin America Team to support implementation of current projects and assist in securing new ones. Some responsibilities envisioned include: research of new funding opportunities; support to proposal efforts; and assistance to the program teams on day-to-day operation. Partners is a small and dynamic organization that allows interns a hands-on, valuable opportunity to gain exposure to an international, non-profit working in the field of change and conflict management. While the internship is unpaid, a stipend of $1,000 is available.

Position Title: Latin America Program Intern, Part-time (3 days per week; 24 hours)

Qualifications: Experience and interest in the international development field in Latin America; specific experience or interest in rule of law, conflict resolution and/or human security; some graduate-level studies; exceptional research, writing and editing skills; flexibility to respond to ever-changing needs; excellent interpersonal skills; and a desire to learn. Proficiency in Spanish language is desired.

Start/End Dates: January - May 2013

To Apply: Please send (via e-mail) a résumé, cover letter, writing sample (maximum 1,000 words) and contact information for three references to:

Please indicate in the email and cover letter that you are applying for the Latin America Program Internship.

No phone calls please. Partners will contact applicants for an interview or to request additional information.

Partners embraces diversity, welcoming individuals of all ethnicities, genders, orientations, and backgrounds to apply.

Africa Program Internship
Partners is seeking an intern to join the Africa Team to support implementation of current projects and assist in securing new ones. Some responsibilities envisioned include: support to the development and publication of a security sector reform scorecard methodology; research of new funding opportunities; support to proposal efforts; and assistance to the program teams on day-to-day operation. Partners is a small and dynamic organization that allows interns a hands-on, valuable opportunity to gain exposure to an international non-profit working in the field of change and conflict management. While the internship is unpaid, a stipend of $1,000 is available.

Position Title: Africa Intern, Part-time (3 days per week; 24 hours)

Qualifications: Relevant work or academic experience and interest in Africa, conflict management and/or international development; graduate-level studies; strong research, writing and editing skills; computer proficiency; excellent interpersonal skills; and a desire to learn. Knowledge of French is strongly preferred.

Start/End Dates: January - May 2013

To Apply: Please send (via e-mail) a résumé, cover letter, writing sample (maximum 1,000 words) and contact information for three references to:

Please indicate in the email and cover letter that you are applying for the Africa Program Internship.

No phone calls please. Partners will contact applicants for an interview or to request additional information.

Partners embraces diversity, welcoming individuals of all ethnicities, genders, orientations, and backgrounds to apply.

Evaluation Internship
Partners seeks Evaluation Interns to: contribute substantially to a large scale, internal organizational evaluation, including historical data collection and analysis for 19 independent Partners institutions; collect, summarize and report on existing project evaluations and program documentation from PDC's history; and conduct other related support as needed. Partners is a small and dynamic organization that allows interns a hands-on, valuable opportunity to gain exposure to an international non-profit working in the field of change and conflict management. While the internship is unpaid, a stipend of $1,000 is available.

Position Title: Evaluation Intern, Part-time (3 days per week; 24 hours)

Qualifications: Relevant work or academic experience and interest in monitoring and evaluation, conflict management and/or international development; undergraduate-level studies; strong research, writing and editing skills; computer proficiency; excellent interpersonal skills; and a desire to learn.

Start/End Dates: January - May 2013

To Apply: Please send (via e-mail) a résumé, cover letter, writing sample (maximum 1,000 words) and contact information for three references to:

Please indicate in the email and cover letter that you are applying for the Evaluation Internship.

No phone calls please. Partners will contact applicants for an interview or to request additional information.

Partners embraces diversity, welcoming individuals of all ethnicities, genders, orientations, and backgrounds to apply.

Communications Internship
Partners seeks a Communications Intern to work directly with a Senior Manager to: maintain the Partners website and presence in social media outlets; write up news items and other communications pieces; update and maintain contact databases; conduct and summarize country-specific and subject-area research; help prepare proposals for future projects; assist in event planning and preparation; and conduct other administrative or program-related work as needed. While this internship is unpaid, it is an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to an international, non-profit working in the field of change and conflict management. A $1,000 stipend is available.

Position Title: Communications Intern, Part-time (20-24 hours per week)

Qualifications: Relevant work experience and/or interest in conflict resolution or international issues; work toward a bachelor's degree; strong research, writing and editing skills; computer proficiency; excellent interpersonal skills; and a desire to learn.

To Apply: Please send (via e-mail) a résumé, cover letter (please indicate the number of hours per week you are available), writing sample (maximum 1,000 words) and contact information for three references to:

Please indicate in the email and cover letter that you are applying for an Communications Internship position.

No phone calls please. Partners will contact applicants for an interview or to request additional information.

Partners embraces diversity; welcoming individuals of all ethnicities, genders, orientations, and backgrounds to apply.

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Eric P. Schwartz, "Making of Global Refugee Policy A Practitioner's Reflections"

The following is a speech on global refugee policy recently delivered at Oxford by Eric P. Schwartz, Dean of the Humphrey School.

I want to speak tonight about the making of global refugee policy, from the perspective of a practitioner - first, to articulate and reflect on some of the major goals my colleagues and I pursued when I had the honor of serving as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration during the first part of the Administration of President Barack Obama; and then to explore general strategies for trying to transform predilections into policy.

I'll take the prerogative to borrow from earlier presentations I've made on these and related issues; some of what follows, in particular, is drawn from a valedictory address at the U.S. Institute of Peace in September 2012, just prior to my departure from the Obama Administration.

First, let me set a context.
By any estimation, the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration is an important humanitarian institution, with, during my tenure, an annual budget approaching two billion dollars, the bulk of which was channeled through international humanitarian organizations such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees and the International Organization for Migration. The Bureau probably provided close to 40% of the civilian humanitarian assistance offered bilaterally and multilaterally each year by the agencies of the U.S. government - with the bulk of the remainder coming from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

And the Assistant Secretary of State is also the principal humanitarian official in the Department of State.

So what was my driving ambition when I arrived?
Well, in a planning document I developed in consultation with personnel in the Bureau, I wrote, "in a sentence, I want to be - and I want PRM to be - a relentless, formidable and highly effective advocate for protection of the most vulnerable victims of persecution and violence, emboldened by a very broadened conception of our humanitarian and protection mandate and by a determination to ensure that protection of victims is at the center of national security policy-making."

And what then were my own priorities in terms of global refugee policy - which we might define as the development of a coherent set of strategic objectives for governments and international organizations, backed by a set of strategies and tactics to achieve those goals?

Let me identify ten - some were high on my agenda when I took the job, and others, like the one I'm about to mention, forced their way to the top.

That first one surrounded, in particular, aid to Somalia during my tenure, and was the simple objective of getting aid to those who are largely inaccessible - and often in their countries of origin. Around the world, the existence of armed militants obstructing assistance, government restrictions on easy access, or donor concerns about the transfer of resources to armed elements, have all created obstacles, challenges to be overcome - and on which I found myself spending an enormous amount of time and effort.

Second, there was, and is, the urgent and ongoing need to promote the principle of both first asylum and continued refuge for those in fear of persecution. For me and for others in my Bureau, that meant places like Kenya, where the government continually expressed its impatience about the hosting of Somalis, in Thailand, where the government maintained ambiguous and ambivalent practices toward Burmese in flight and Burmese enjoying a modicum of protection; in the Middle East, where governments expressed fatigue at the continuing presence of Iraqis in their midst; in Chad and Sudan, where the issue of early return of Darfuris was the subject of considerable discussion and debate.

Third was the need to promote more enduring forms of protection - and protection that begins to address root causes -- for populations at risk. So, an ambitious part of our planning document relating to Africa declared that "we will seek to promote real progress on protection, in particular, in preventing and responding to gender-based violence, and we will participate in broader political-security discussions that impact humanitarian equities - for example, the terms of renewal of MINURCAT and MONUC, strategy toward the LRA, etc."

Fourth, I shared the view of High Commissioner Guterres that governments of the world must put greater attention and concern to the challenge of protracted refugee situations, and, shortly after my arrival, our Bureau put together a strategy to complement and further support UNHCR efforts. Ultimately, I came to the belief that - whether in Thailand, Tanzania, or Kenya - governments of the world must be far more focused on the regularization of the status of some components of a refugee population in countries of refuge that will forever be their hosts.

Fifth, I grew more and more skeptical about refugee camps as the exclusive, or even the preferred, option, for refugee populations, even long-staying ones.

Sixth, it was critical to me that as humanitarian advocates and operators, our focus include disenfranchised people on the move whether they were outside their country of origin or within. In fact, my first trip as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration was to Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and a senior colleague questioned why the senior refugee officer in the U.S. government had chosen to visit IDPs. I confess that it simply had never occurred to me that my choice of destination suggested I was making a statement - bureaucratic, political or otherwise.

Seventh, and in a similar vein, I felt it essential that we take on the issue of statelessness, a challenge confronting millions from the Dominican Republic to Burma to the Middles East.

Eight, I felt it critical that migration policy - which so involves the well-being of disenfranchised people on the move -- become more of a priority for the U.S. Government and for our bureau; and I felt this was one area in which the United States and other developed country governments could do much more to practice at home what we were inclined to preach abroad.

Ninth, and in the spirit of the leadership of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, we strengthened our emphasis on gender issues in the humanitarian context. There are so many cases in which the socially constructed ideas about the behavior, actions and roles associated with a particular sex impose severe restrictions on individual rights and well-being, and we sought to take aim at those issues.

Tenth, and finally, I felt that refugee rescue - that is, escape -- and refugee resettlement were key areas area for reform. I not only believed that the United States and others needed to do much more to adopt a strategic approach to resettlement, but also that this was one area, again, where the United States and other developed countries needed to do much more to practice at home what we'd been preaching abroad. And I felt we made some great progress in increasing the initial aid levels for newly arriving refugees in the United States.

So if these are some reasonable objectives for global refugee policy, what are the best strategies for pursuing those ends? What are some of the key strategies for engagement that advocates, in government and outside, ought to exercise?
Let me suggest six - a lack of time prevents me from rounding this list out to ten!
The first is advocacy. Despite my leadership of a huge assistance bureau, I felt it was far less important for me to be an administrator than, rather, an advocate for victims of persecution, violence, and human rights abuses and to engage in diplomacy emboldened by a broad conception of our humanitarian and protection mandate.
In 2009, my visits in Sri Lanka with displaced Tamil civilians interned in camps in the north helped me appreciate more deeply their challenging circumstances and informed U.S. efforts to provide support for provision of food and shelter. But it was just as critical that I emphasized--in meetings with the president of Sri Lanka, with the defense minister, and with other senior officials--the importance of freedom of movement and return of these internally displaced persons to their homes. Similarly, and notwithstanding the lack of progress I made, my visits to the Dominican Republic to examine aid programs for displaced Haitians were very important, but no more important than the discussions I had with President Fernandez about actions that effectively rendered stateless long-time Dominicans of Haitian descent.

Humanitarian diplomacy is critical, but so also is public advocacy by humanitarians. For years, some experts have referred to a conflict between the imperative of human rights advocacy and imperative of humanitarian access. The notion was that groups like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International could criticize governments for denying their citizens basic rights, but humanitarian organizations needed to stay silent to preserve their ability to operate, feed and clothe people and save lives.

But over the past many decades, we have witnessed genocide in Rwanda and Darfur, ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, and rape as a weapon of war in central Africa.
Silence by donor governments in the face of humanitarian deprivation not only risks implicating the donor in abuses, but often represents a missed opportunity to promote positive change. Sometimes there are circumstances where we must temper our public advocacy to ensure access, but just as often continued access simply isn't worth the cost of staying quiet, and requires a far more sophisticated dialogue.

Humanitarian advocacy also keeps faith with the victims of these conflicts, and keeps news of their suffering in the public eye.

Second, humanitarian advocates, especially those in governments and international organizations, must do much more to articulate publicly perspectives on significant humanitarian issues, and then be prepared to be held accountable for progress or lack thereof. Whether it was new challenges to international protection, meeting refugee resettlement obligations, international migration policy, statelessness, the role of advocacy in humanitarianism, or other issues, we sought out opportunities to speak out publicly on broad issues, and, similarly, sought to expand exchanges with NGOs and the information provided to them - and to include discussion of policy failures, such as our inability, and my own inability, to move leaders on protection issues in places like Thailand and Bangladesh - as well as policy successes.

Third, for government officials, I believed, and believe, that responsible humanitarian action also requires engagement in broader governmental discussions of policy on political and security issues. Whether it is improving political and human rights conditions in places like Burma, Libya, or the Democratic Republic of the Congo, security conditions in Chad with the withdrawal of the MINURCAT peacekeeping mission, or managing counter-terrorism concerns in places like Somalia, these issues have serious humanitarian implications; humanitarians should be offering both advice and assistance at the decision-making table. If not invited, we should be pounding on the door of the rooms where these decisions are being made. And of course, an emboldened and broadened concept of our humanitarian mandate goes hand-in-hand with more integrated approaches within governments toward conflict prevention and response.
Fourth, we must give genuine substance to our expressions of support for multilateral humanitarian organizations. I think the engagement model advanced by the bureau I led is worth examining - frankly, a model of rather pervasive involvement in the work of major official humanitarian partners, enabled by the fact that the United States plays such a substantial role in the funding of organizations like UNHCR, the ICRC, and the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees. And whatever the policy wisdom of one government providing such a great percentage of the overall support to an international humanitarian organization, the fact remains that such support enables extensive involvement.

In the 2010-2011 Framework Agreement between PRM and UNHCR, PRM focused, in particular, on 14 of UNHCR's 40 global strategic priorities - that is, those most closely relating to objectives in the Bureau's own strategic plan -- and developed a series of reporting and consultation procedures with UNHCR to ensure progress and accountability.

To be sure, this level of bilateral engagement might conceivably tie an organization up in knots if it were replicated by every substantial donor and not carefully managed. At the same time, my own suspicion is that this engagement is a critically important supplement to the intergovernmental processes that characterize governance of international humanitarian organizations.

Fifth, the United States and other donor governments must take aim at serious challenges that are bedeviling the international system of humanitarian response, including failures in coordination between UN and non-UN assistance providers; the sometimes too limited ability of donor governments to influence decision-making by the UN-led humanitarian coordination structure; and uneven performance by some agencies vested with interagency leadership responsibilities in crisis response. In short, we need to match the more engaged involvement that characterizes bilateral relationships with specialized agencies with a comparable involvement with the system as a whole
And finally, we must further encourage support from non-traditional official donors, while seeking to ensure their participation enhances coherence and effective response. The crisis in Somalia demonstrated the importance of working with new donors and civil society groups, both for the resources they have at their disposal and for their ability to work in areas that may be inaccessible to established relief organizations. But a proliferation of groups operating on their own can also risk creating obstacles to coherent and effective delivery to those in need. Also, as we move toward greater inclusion, we must do so with a keen understanding that from the Middle East to Asia to Latin America, governments that are prepared to support the international humanitarian response system will reasonably expect to play a role in shaping its further evolution and development.

In conclusion, let me say what I said at my address before I left the State Department in October 2011: While the challenges that characterize this work are daunting, we must not underestimate our collective capacity to improve the human condition - to provide food, shelter, education, basic protection and real hope for a brighter future.
In sustaining focused and skillful efforts to promote the principles of international humanitarianism, we demonstrate our commitment to these honorable objectives, and we keep faith with millions of vulnerable people around the world.

Thank you.

Prof. James Ron "Making Schools Safe"

Making Schools Safe

To really make schools safe, we'd have to turn them into fortified enclaves, with perimeters of concrete, sandbags at the entrance, and a well trained team of alert, heavily-armed, and strongly-defended infantry.

James Ron is a professor in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs

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In the wake of last week's school massacre in Connecticut, I've been thinking of grade school security systems I've experienced worldwide.

In 1976, my family moved from the US to Jerusalem, where memories of Jewish-Arab armed violence were still fresh and relevant.

Fences topped with razor-wire encircled my school grounds, and our two official perimeter openings were staffed all day by parent volunteers.

Last year, my family and I spent 10 months in Mexico, where crime-related violence has become shockingly high. A thick wall surrounded our kids' school, and both gated entrances were guarded by small clusters of local armed police.

Both Israel and Mexico, however, are environments of extreme inequity; in Israel, Jewish-Arab disparities are dramatic, and in Mexico, a growing middle class has yet to reverse entrenched racial and economic inequalities.

This summer we moved to Minneapolis, and were relieved to put our kids in a school without excessive security or institutionalized fear.

Our kids' Montessori school is not entirely unprotected, of course. The main entrances are staffed by teachers each morning, and after 9 am, the doors are locked, with entrance permitted through intercom or passcode.

In reality, however, none of these school security systems in Israel, Mexico and Minneapolis could prevent a determined, Connecticut-style attacker from killing many.

In Israel, any assailant could have strolled through a hole in the wire or shot her way through the entrance, where parent guards were neither sandbag-protected nor constantly alert.

In Mexico, a very small team of trained attackers could have blown through the gate, as the police were neither highly trained, sandbag-protected, or heavily-armed.

And in Minneapolis, anyone with a pistol could smash through the front door or mow down children, parents, and teachers during pick-up or drop-off.

To really make schools safe, we'd have to turn them into fortified enclaves, with perimeters of concrete, sandbags at the entrance, and a well trained team of alert, heavily-armed, and strongly-defended infantry.

Like many others in this world, I've visited this kind of heavily guarded space. During the 1980s, the Southern Lebanese military forts I was posted to were set up this way. Today, so is Erez, the infamous Israeli checkpoint at the entrance to the Gaza Strip.

None of these secure locations are pleasant places to be, however, and there are good reasons we don't build them for our kids. Israeli-controlled border crossings are sites of Palestinian misery, and there is an entire Israeli human rights group dedicated to monitoring checkpoint abuses.

In the wake of this most recent US school massacre , I'm considering asking our school principal to enforce new security measures.

We could replace the school's glass doors with a more durable material, and could build a fence around the parking lot entrance. We could change the entrance password each week, and could better enforce the intercom protocol.

Still, experience tells me that nothing short of serious, military-style reinforcement will offer our children a high probability of protection from a determined, well-armed attacker with the element of surprise.

After tweaking our school's existing protections, the only thing left is to hope that my wife and I chose wisely when making Minneapolis our new home.

Socially and politically just environments don't guarantee school security. Nothing, short of the extreme measures discussed above, can ever do that.

They can, however, raise the probability that our kids will be safe, largely because they produce fewer alienated and aggrieved individuals.

My sense is that Minneapolis is that kind of place. Although conquest of this area from the Native Americans was bloody and unjust, it was since settled by European immigrants possessing strong, social democratic traditions. The city became a magnet for social justice non profits, and the many Fortune-500 companies headquartered here seem genuinely concerned with corporate social responsibility. The city is a haven for international refugees, and the university department where I teach is choc-a-bloc with students and faculty dedicated to making the world a better place.

In theory, all this should offer better school protection than all the sandbags, Uzis, and barbed wire in the world.

I hope I'm right.