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Rotary Peace Fellowship, Full Funding for Peace Leaders to Pursue a MA or Professional Certificate in Peace & Conflict Studies

The Rotary Peace Fellowship provides peace leaders with two options to pursue academic and practical training in peace and conflict resolution. Candidates can apply for either a master's-level degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers.

Option One: 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 our five Rotary Centers (University of Queensland, University of Bradford, Duke University/University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, International Christian University, and Uppsala University)
Funding includes tuition, travel expenses, and a stipend to cover room and board
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
A growing network of committed alumni employed around the world in diplomacy, government, non-governmental organizations and private corporations.

Professional Certificate Option

"Strengthening the leaders of today"
Three month professional development certificate program fully funded at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand
Funding includes tuition, travel expenses, and room and board
Designed specifically for candidates already working in the field of peace and conflict studies to further their understanding of conflict resolution
Theoretical foundational knowledge during eight weeks in the classroom and practical experience during two through three week on site fieldwork
The master's-level program requires, at minimum, a bachelor's degree in a related field, and three years of relevant work experience. The certificate program requires five years of experience and proficiency in English. Up to 100 fellows are selected every year in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements.

The 2015-16 academic term deadline is 1 July 2014. More information about the fellowship is available at www.rotary.org/rotarycenters. Application information will be available in January 2014.

All Rotary Peace Fellowship applications need the endorsement of your local Rotary district. You can find your nearest local Rotary Club by using the Club Locator tool on the Rotary International web site at www.rotary.org/clublocator.

Please email kathleen.obrien(at)rotary.org with questions.


Quote from a master's degree Rotary Peace Fellow:

"As a Peace Fellow, I am also given the opportunity to connect with Rotary's global network of professionals who embody high ethical standards and the passion to help the other people. All these opportunities bolster my personal commitment to what Rotarians are known for: Service Beyond Self."

Quotes from a professional development certificate Rotary Peace Fellow:

"This course is a rare and valuable opportunity for all of us in the peace community, due to the sheer presence of distinguished experts and knowledgeable participants. The socialization activities among participants around the world automatically leads to the establishment of a peace-building network which will strengthen future cooperation, understanding, and mutual respect."

"Returning to Afghanistan after the program, I saw immediately how the Rotary Peace and Conflict curriculum enhanced my work there. Whether it was making better decisions about how to do aid work, mediating between NGO employees, or strategizing new projects, the impact from my three months of training had given me a professional perspective and wealth of knowledge."

Regional Economic Opportunities Advisor, Mercy Corps (Beirut, Beyrouth, Bayrūt, Lebanon(

https://mercycorps.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=218681&company_id=15927&version=2&source=ONLINE&JobOwner=992293&startflag=1
As Mercy Corps seeks to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression around the world we recognize that instances of sudden change within a country or region, like the events currently sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa, are rare moments of opportunity. Mercy Corps is interested in strengthening its presence for immediate as well as longer term programming. It is imperative that Mercy Corps present itself as a key and reliable partner with various donors, INGOs, government authorities and civil society actors, to be part of the process of positive change. Mercy Corps, with her global experience in working in countries undergoing major transitions, will be a key contributor in the process, bringing knowledge, expertise and strong management skills to position the agency as a partner of choice for progressive change.

Mercy Corps will need to pursue different program approaches in parallel to match the local context. Programming will need to include market-driven emergency response, cash programming, and economic coping strategies. All of these activities should lay the foundation to eventually implement economic recovery and development programming. It is expected that Mercy Corps will explore opportunities both in urban areas, around market system development and enterprise support, and in rural areas around agriculture.

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:

The Regional Economic Opportunities Advisor is a key position, responsible for program and strategy development, and proposal development related to economic opportunities. In collaboration with senior regional and country leadership, the Regional Economic Opportunities Advisor will help articulate the vision for program development.

This newly formed position will take the lead in assessing immediate Mercy Corps' opportunities, developing proposals and programs, and exploring the potential for longer-term economic programming. The responsibilities of the position will include technical mentoring and supervision of program staff working on economic programming, and working closely with implementing teams to gather knowledge and support seamless program evolution. S/he will also be responsible for exploring local partnership and funding opportunities for both immediate programming and long-term development.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Technical

1) Explore economic coping and recovery program options:

Conduct assessments in relevant areas, focused on key sectors, to analyze how markets are currently functioning and where Mercy Corps could intervene to improve economic coping mechanisms;
Develop program concepts for short- to mid-term economic coping programs;
Identify local partners (local NGOs, banks, and/or private companies) to implement programs;
Alongside the Mercy Corps HQ programs team and regional program technical support team, explore Mercy Corps' long-term strategy for economic recovery and development programming;
Mentor and support in-country program staff to develop their capacity to identify and develop economic opportunities programming;
Develop team capacity to support economic coping and recovery activities;
Pilot test program options.

2) Infusing market interventions into existing programs:

Provide technical assistance on using cash and other mechanisms to make emergency response programs more responsive to local markets and more beneficial to general coping capacities;
Help all programs gradually evolve into deeper economic interventions;
Conduct assessments to support other teams as needed;
Train other teams in market-driven mechanisms as relevant.

Representation and Strategy:

Help nurture key relationships with donors, especially those with a regional focus and an interest in market- driven programming;
Maintain regular communication with other INGOs, local NGOs, and donors working on cash-based responses, market-driven emergency programming, and economic coping activities;
Work with the Regional and HQ Program teams in identifying additional opportunities for medium-term and longer-term programming involving market-driven programming;
Participate in overall strategic planning with specific focus on market-driven strategy;
Provide support to country teams in order to strengthen and maintain internal and external relationships to ensure success, including contacts with donors, UN agencies, regional actors, international and local NGOs;
Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders.

Communication (Internal and External)

1) Internal
Provide a link between field program managers, engineers and operations staff focused on water and sanitation programming and regional and HQ based teams to ensure that technical support and guidance is provided on a timely basis.
Provide timely updates to the Regional Program Director, Economic and Market Development Technical Support Unit, Regional Technical Advisors, Country Directors and Strategic Response and Global Emergencies (SRGE) team.

2) External
Provide relevant information to regional and country teams and Mercy Corps' communications specialist to promote Mercy Corps' activities in economic opportunities programming and to represent Mercy Corps' vision of the developments in that field.

Personal Leadership

Demonstrate flexibility, resilience and ability to maintain positive relationships and composure;
Maintain high ethical standards and treat people with respect and dignity;
Demonstrate an awareness of his/her strengths and development needs.

Team Management

Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence;
Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews;
Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes;
Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance & reach objectives.
Train, mentor and develop field program staff working on market-driven programming.

Security

Work closely with the regional and specific country team's security focal points to develop and maintain systems and training that ensure the safety and security of the team.

Organizational Learning:

As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve - we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries:

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: Indirect mentoring and technical supervision over field Program Managers working on market-driven programming.

ACCOUNTABILITY:
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Regional Program Advisor

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Regional Program Director, Economic and Market Development Technical Support Unit, Regional Technical Advisors, Country Directors and Strategic Response and Global Emergencies (SRGE) team.


KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

Experience with cash programming, including cash for work and cash distributions;
Experience with emergency market mapping, value chain analysis, and other relevant market assessment tools;
Experience infusing market-driven approaches into emergency programming;
Experience identifying and developing local partnerships, including with the private sector;
Demonstrated ability to manage and communicate effectively with team members of varied work styles;
Demonstrated flexibility and creativity in planning and problem solving;
Proven ability to learn quickly, lead a program to achieve stated results and objectives;
Ability to effectively represent Mercy Corps and its interests to key stakeholders;
Experience working with international NGOs, and/or private sector organizations focused on development or humanitarian assistance;
Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational and prioritization skills;
Excellent oral and written English skills required;
Oral and written Arabic skills strongly preferred;
Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment;
Internationally recognized qualification in project or program management or a commitment to obtain the qualification in the early months of work.

SUCCESS FACTORS:

The successful candidate will combine exceptional management skills and experience in maintaining donor and partner relationships. S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region, and will also have proven experience with cross-cultural team and capacity building, individual staff development and strong mentoring skills. Prioritizing, problem solving, ability to seize opportunities, attention to detail and strategic vision are essential. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.

LIVING CONDITIONS/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:

The position is will be based in Beirut, Lebanon, with periodic travel in the region as needed. The location is accompanied. Staff housing is provided and there is access to good medical services. Water and electricity are present with frequent cuts. This position requires (50% of time) traveling by vehicle to field offices and partner agencies in some less secure environments and travel to Mercy Corps offices in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

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. Team members 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.

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org

Sad Day for the African Development Center

Sun, Aug 25, 2013

Good evening,

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we send this email to inform you that our Founder and Leader, Hussein Samatar, passed away this afternoon from complications of his battle with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.

Hussein was a courageous and dedicated public servant, and will be missed by many - well beyond those who have benefited from his ambitious initiatives here at ADC, the Minneapolis School Board, and throughout the community.

In all that he did, Hussein brought a level of energy, drive, and optimism that was the envy of many. We will miss him tremendously at the African Development Center, and hope to honor his dream of building economic opportunities and financial sustainability for the vibrant African communities across the state of Minnesota.

Services will be held tomorrow, August 26th, at 1:00 pm, at the Burnsville Masjid (1351 Riverwood Drive, Burnsville, MN 55337). All are welcome to attend.

Hussein is survived by his wife Ubah, and four children. While we do ask that you keep the Samatar family in your thoughts as they cope during this difficult time, we also ask you to respect their privacy as they mourn this loss. Please direct any specific inquiries to the staff and Board of ADC (which we will address as timely as possible).

Thank your for your continued support of our work, and the vision of Hussein Samatar.

Sincerely,
ADC Board of Directors

Acara Challenge alumni blog from Bangalore about new venture idea

http://organicadventuresinbangalore.wordpress.com/

Fred Rose
Acara Program Director
Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AcaraUMN
Website: http://acara.umn.edu/

UMN Learning Abroad Center online database for funding graduate study abroad

Here is a link that may be helpful to share with graduate students as a helpful place to start looking for grad level funding opportunities for research and study abroad: http://global.umn.edu/funding/grad.html

Amanda Fischer
Coordinator of Advising
Learning Abroad Center | Global Programs and Strategy Alliance | University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, intern, volunteer, work, research, and travel experiences worldwide.

230 Heller Hall | 271 19th Ave S | Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-625-9370 | 888.700.UOFM
www.UMabroad.umn.edu

International students/fellows, please note: Semester Bike Rentals

Center for Outdoor Adventure (Twin Cities campus) started bike rentals, which might be popular among international students and scholars. Please distribute this information as you see fit. If you need any additional information please contact the Outdoor Adventure office directly. The program is available to all students/staff at the university. Students/staff can call them to reserve a bike to pick up the first week of school. It's a great deal and includes the lock for it as well. Additionally, they will take the bike in and store it for them during the winter months.

Attached are two documents to this, one is an info form/flyer and the other is a reservation form. They can also reserve a bike over the phone.Bike Rental Form-Page 1.pdf Bike Rental Form-Page 2.pdf

Please also remind your students/staff that Boynton sells helmets and headlights. Specific campus and Minnesota bicycle traffic laws are found here.

Sincerely,

Kathrin

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Kathrin Hahn
J Visa Coordinator
International Student and Scholar Services
Global Programs and Strategy Alliance - University of Minnesota
190 Humphrey School
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Tel: 612-626-7452
Fax: 612-626-7361
www.isss.umn.edu

Building and inspiring the University's international community

Peacebuilding project evaluation needed for short term project (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan)

Two external evaluators required in Pakistan by Peace Direct for work in Pakistan
Closing date: August 28th.

Peace Direct is seeing two experts in peacebuilding and civil society in Pakistan to assist with our work in Pakistan.

We are seeking an expert to conduct an evaluation of a youth peacebuilding project of our Pakistani partner organisation.

The work will require at least 2 separate field visits to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Organisation review

We are seeking an expert in local NGOs in Pakistan to conduct and organisational review of our partner organisation. The purpose of the evaluation will be to focus on how the organisation as a whole is led, managed and resourced, and what recommendations can be made to help with long-term growth and sustainability.

Consultant qualifications

For both roles, the consultant will require the following qualifications:

Able to operate in Peshawar and conduct interviews where necessary in local languages
In depth understanding of NGO best practice in a Pakistan context across all the areas of this review
Understanding of the particular challenges of peacebuilding in Pakistan and empathy with the mission and visions of local organisations.
Positive, constructive and practical approach
A fee will be offered as well as local travel and subsistence costs.

Anyone interested in the either role please email Ruairi(at)peacedirect.org for more information, specifying which piece of evaluation they are interested in applying for.

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org

Peace Revolution Africa Regional Fellowships 2013

Applications for the Peace Revolution Africa Regional Fellowships 2013 - "Be the Peace Agent" are open now!

After successfully organizing two major events, last September, in Kenya and Nigeria, Peace Revolution will come back to Africa to organize Regional fellowships for the first time in Africa. Each regional fellowship will bring together 25 young leaders to learn and exchange during three day retreat. Each fellowship will be an opportunity to engage African young leaders and support their growth as change-makers in peace-building in their communities. The fellowships will include activities, meditation and workshops providing the participants with new skills and perspectives in peace work. Its main focus shall be on youth, peace and self-development.

The fellowship includes:

Full sponsoring of airfare
Free accommodation
Free catering
Free local transportation

Costs:

Meditation retreat fee of 75USD
Participants are responsible for obtaining their visas in good time before departure to the host country of their region.

Eligibility

Be 18-30 years old
Only Africans living in Africa are eligible for the fellowships
Participants should apply for the Regional Fellowship where their eligible country is where they reside (even if they don't originate from that country)
Must have completed at least 14 days of the online self-development program.
Please kindly note that in order to submit the application form, candidates do not need to have completed the 14 day online self-development program.
Complete the confine application online before the deadline of each fellowship.
Be a young leader in a local, national or international organization
Be able to communicate in English
Pay a commitment fee of 75USD upon arrival

Deadlines:

For East Africa: 20th August 2013 at 18:00GMT
For West Africa & Southern Africa: 31st August 2013 at 18:00GMT

Peace Revolution Africa Regional Fellowships 2013 - "Be the Peace Agent"

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org

Programme Manager Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme

Programme Manager: Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme

We are looking for an experienced Programme Manager with the skills, knowledge and drive to manage an ambitious, high profile programme for our client, the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

The Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme aims to reduce the incidences and impact of violent conflict in the worse affected regions of Nigeria. It is a large and complex programme which is working with Nigerian stakeholders to make conflict management processes and institutions more coordinated, inclusive and accountable; help mitigate some of the key economic drivers of violent conflict, and promote the participation of women and girls in peacebuilding efforts. The programme started in 2012 for a five year period and has a budget of £30m. The programme is managed by the British Council in partnership with International Alert and Social Development Direct. The British Council has extensive experience in working in Nigeria and has considerable influence and credibility among diverse Nigeria stakeholders. International Alert and Social Development Direct are leaders in the fields of peacebuilding and social inclusion respectively.

From an Abuja base the Programme Manager leads a team of 40 staff working across 8 northern and delta states, and is accountable for delivering a challenging set of results for both the client and Nigerian beneficiaries with high expectations. The successful candidate will have substantial experience of successfully leading teams to deliver complex programmes in the peacebuilding and conflict prevention, security and justice, or governance sectors. As well as holding a relevant postgraduate qualification he or she will have the professional credibility and relationship building skills to influence at the highest level, and an exceptional aptitude for strategic thinking within a politically and conflict sensitive environment. This is an exciting, perhaps unique, opportunity to lead an ambitious and holistic peacebuilding programme operating at scale with the potential to make a real difference.

For further details of this position and instructions for how to apply please visit: http://www.nsrp-nigeria.org/about/job-opportunities/ When applying please indicate you saw this posting on PCDN.

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org

Internship Opportunities Darfur Women Action Group (Wash DC)

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

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

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

Internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates, or others interested who are available for at least 20 - 30 hours per week for duration of at least 2-3 months (Sept.- Dec. 2013). Internship program areas include:

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

Development intern/volunteer

Major Responsibilities:

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

Major Responsibilities:

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

Major Responsibilities:

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

DWAG interns works for 20 hour a week or more as needed
Remote working environment option is available for those who live outside of the DC area

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org

Consultancy, Senior Researcher (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

Position: Consultancy Senior Researcher, Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS)
Reports to: African Peace and Security Programme Director
Financed by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

1. Background

At the heart of IPSS' research, education and professional training programs is the quest to define and operationalize African-centred solutions in peace and security. African-centred solutions (AfSol) may be defined as solutions conceived, designed and implemented based on the realities which shape conflict situations on the continent. To be sure, this definition of AfSol reflects the dominant definition of AfSol within Africa, while various non-African stakeholders define AfSol from a much narrower perspective mostly driven by self-interest. Regardless of how AfSol is defined, however, and beyond the political rhetoric, the practical application and implementation of African-centred solutions has been elusive for practitioners and policy makers. There is some clarity in defining AfSol, for example, when it comes to utilizing traditional and customary practices of conflict resolution in various parts of Africa. The Gacaca (Rwanda), Gurti (Council of Elders in Somalia), Ubuntu concept (South Africa), Council of Higher and Lower Chiefs (Ghana), Mato-Oput (Northern Uganda) have all been utilized formally and informally for conflict resolution in the respective countries. But beyond these and a handful of other areas of peace and security, AfSol has been difficult to conceptualize and put in practice.

Using IPSS' two research programs in Somalia and South Sudan as case studies, IPSS would like to contribute to defining AfSol through various reviews and analysis of the process, principles and methods of peace building, conflict resolution, security and stabilization efforts. As a research and policy think-tank with a strong partnership with the African Union, IPSS' interest is to provide the AU and its Member States with concrete guidelines and roadmap to help them identify policy frameworks in peace and security with AfSol as the center piece. This is critical today more than ever, particularly in light of the transformation of the OAU in early 2000s, which had been handicapped by a policy of "noninterference" to the African Union of today with a more pro-active and responsive mandate.

2. Objective

To define African-centred solutions (AfSol) particularly in the context of peace and security interventions in Africa and provide practical guidelines to be utilized by policymakers using as a case study two IPSS programs in South Sudan and Somalia.

3. Deliverables

An introductory paper/section elaborating how the Consultants perceive the topic, the challenges and his/her task as outlined on the concept note;
Elaboration on methodology including a list of interviewees and other preliminary data sources;

A conceptual analysis of AfSol and distinguishing characters of AfSol in line with Section 1including bibliography/references;
Detailed write-up on Sections 2 and 3;
An Executive Summary to be distributed at the workshop.
MA Degree in Peace and Security/Conflict studies, Political Science, African Studies or any other related studies;
At least 8 years of experience working in African peace and security, specifically in policy development as a senior researcher; He/she should have worked in various capacities with African institutions and or Member States of the AU, in particular with/in Somalia and South Sudan;
Thorough knowledge about the work and policies of the AU in peace and security;
Thorough knowledge of South Sudan and Somalia; Applicants of Somalia or South Sudanese origin are especially welcome;
Fluent in writing and speaking in English; French would be an asset;
Experience in qualitative and quantitative research design, primary data collection including structured interviews, presentations in a workshop setting, etc.
4. Qualification and experience

5. Duration

September 1st, 2013 - November 30th, 2013

6. Application

Please send an updated CV/resume and an application letter to application-research(at)ipss-addis.org by the 30th of August 2013.

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org

Community Solutions Program for top global community leaders working in Transparency, CR, Environment & Gender Issues

Community Solutions - Information for Applicants
for more information see http://www.irex.org/project/community-solutions

Civil Society Strengthening, Conflict Resolution, Education, Gender, International Education, Africa, Americas, Asia, Eurasia, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Community Solutions

Due - September 20, 2013

The application cycle for the 2014 Community Solutions Program is now open. Please refer to the application materials for more information. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on September 20, 2013.

The Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for the best and brightest global community leaders working in Transparency & Accountability, Tolerance & Conflict Resolution, Environmental Issues, and Women & Gender Issues. Selected candidates will participate in: a four month U.S. fellowship with a local nonprofit organization or government agency; structured virtual learning and networking via the Online Community Leadership Institute; and, the design and implementation of follow-on projects in their home countries.

FINANCIAL PROVISIONS OF THE GRANT
• J-1 visa support
• Round-trip travel from participant's home city to the U.S.
• Accident and sickness insurance
• Living Allowance to cover housing, meals and incidentals
Eligibility

TECHNICAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Candidates will be considered without respect to race, color, religion, national origin, or gender. Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Competition for the Community Solutions Program is merit-based and open to community leaders, ages 25-38 at the time of application, who meet the following criteria:

• From a participating country (U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., and individuals who have applied for U.S. permanent residency in the past three years are not eligible for this program)

• Currently living and working in his/her home country (Individuals participating in academic, training or research programs in the United States at the time of application and individuals residing or working outside their home countries at the time of application are not eligible for this program)

• Currently working on a community project or initiative in his/her home country; and, has at least 2 years of professional experience in this capacity at the time of application

• Able to begin the program in the United States in 2014, and is committed to returning to his/her home country after completion of the program

• Able to receive a U.S. J-1 visa (Individuals who have participated in an exchange visitor program sponsored or funded by the U.S. Government who have not fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement by the time of application are not eligible for this program)

• Proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application

ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES

Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

East Asia and the Pacific: Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

Europe: Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey

South and Central Asia: Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Near East & North Africa: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and West Bank/Gaza

Western Hemisphere: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships for US graduate students for study/language training overseas

The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at www.borenawards.org. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.

Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year's study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

National Application Deadlines
Boren Fellowship: January 28, 2014
Boren Scholarship: February 5, 2014*
*Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline. Visit our website for information about your campus deadline and Boren campus representative.


For more information about the Boren Awards and to access the on-line application, please visit www.borenawards.org.

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org

Program Coordinator, Conflict Resolution Program, Georgetown University (Wash, DC)

Duties And Responsibilities & Minimum Requirements: This position resides at our 3240 Prospect Street Office and is responsible for the management and supervision of the M.A. in Conflict Resolution program. This position works closely with the Directors of the program and is also the primary point of coordination and communication between this M.A. program, the Graduate Program administrative team in the Government Department, and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Primary responsibilities include serving as point of student contact; academic advising and tracking student records; coordinating internships and job placement services for the M.A. students; promoting the M.A. program nationally and internationally throughout the year; coordinating events and workshops, and special programs; assisting with fellowship, grants, and development; and overseeing student and faculty recruitment.

http://www12.georgetown.edu/hr/employment_services/joblist/job_description.cfm?CategoryID=7&RequestNo=20131511

Georgetown University is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Number: 2013-1511H
Job Title: Program Coordinator
Department: Department of Government
Grade/Level: 9 - -
Date Posted: August 20, 2013

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org

MPP Kumars Toosi interning on project at Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Bangalore, India, created by HHH alum Uma Krishnan

For the past five weeks MPP candidate Kumars Toosi has been interning in Bangalore, India; with Sir Ratan Tata Trust. The trust -- set up in the year 1919 --is one of the oldest in India and funds educational, public health, and rural livelihood related projects. His assignment has been under the educational branch of the trust. It has involved doing quantitative data analysis for a team of researchers from the local Azim Premji University who are researching how elementary students acquire reading and writing skills in the two Indian languages of Kannada and Marathi. To gain a better understanding of the scope of the project, he has traveled to some of the most remote and disadvantaged parts of the two states of Karnataka and Maharashtra to visit the structure of the government schools and to better familiarize himself with the work of some of NGOs there. Kumars is using this opportunity to further investigate into his interest of education and international development.

My internship was created by an alum, Uma Krishnan, 2008. After graduating she came to India and started work with the Sir Ratan Tata Trust here.

Reconsider​ing Developmen​t Journal is Calling for Submission​s Now!

We are pleased to announce the re-launching of Reconsidering Development, an interdisciplinary E-journal based at the University of Minnesota. The journal is theme-based and contributors are encouraged to be creative in integrating themes of each issue into their submissions.

Currently, we are calling for submissions to our first issue of Volume III, "Reconsidering Development and Human Rights," which will be launched in the fall of 2013. We seek submissions that explore the relationship between human rights theory and practice and international development. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2013.
We offer the following questions and encourage that submitters use these as guides to help our audience understand the relationship between human rights and development from your theoretical, disciplinary, or practical perspective:

1. How does an interdisciplinary perspective (or a novel disciplinary approach) shift our conceptualization of human rights in development and how does this perspective on human rights shape the theory, practice, and/or experience of international development?
2. What trends and issues affect the pursuit of human rights in international development contexts?
3. 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 both 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 September 30, 2013
Submissions should be e-mailed to editor(at)ipid-umn.org. For detailed submission guidelines, please contact Erik Erickson at editor(at)ipid-umn.org.

sent by Tatyana Venegas-Swanson
Masters in International Development Practice Candidate | 2014
Humphrey School of Public Affairs | University of Minnesota | Twin Cities
President | Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development (IPID)

Register now for online Technology for Human Rights course

Registration now open: Introduction to Technology for Human Rights course (September 16 session) https://sentinelproject.herokuapp.com/course

Technology is changing the nature of human rights

The Sentinel Project is excited to offer the latest session of our course Introduction to Technology for Human Rights, which runs for five weeks from September 16 to October 20. Participants will learn about the relationship between technological tools and human rights through a combination of theory, principles, and real-world case studies from Kenya, Iran, and the Arab Spring. This will leave them equipped with the knowledge needed to incorporate technology into their own campaigns.

Activists are constantly adapting to use technology in new ways as it continually impacts the struggle to defend human rights worldwide. As mobile phone usage and internet access continue to rapidly increase, even in less-developed countries, technology has become an essential part of the landscape, influencing both the economy and civil society.

Who should take this course?

The ability to use new tools to their full potential while also recognizing their limitations and inherent risks has become essential for human rights defenders everywhere. From crisis mapping to social media to satellite imagery, people working in fields like human rights, international development, and journalism need to understand the opportunities and adversities they face when using technology to promote change.

Topics

Week 1 - Introduction, History, and Principles
Week 2 - The Mobile Revolution and Sub-Saharan Africa
Week 3 - Mobilization, Citizen Journalism, and the Iran Election 2009
Week 4 - Social Media, Mobile Apps, and the Arab Spring
Week 5 - On the Horizon: The Future of Technology for Human Rights
For more details and to register, visit: https://sentinelproject.herokuapp.com/course

Format

Course content is delivered through a combination of audio lectures, slides, videos, readings, small projects, and live video discussions held through Google+ Hangout. Everything has been structured to accommodate participants with varying work schedules and across different time zones.

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org

International Fellowship of Reconciliation, Nine Week Nonviolence Training & Internship Program (Nyack, New York)

IFOR's 2013 Fellowship School is now accepting applications! Young adults between the ages of 18 and 28 may apply for our 9-week nonviolence training and internship program to take place in Nyack, New York, USA. Beginning October 21 and ending December 21, this program offers each fellow an opportunity to develop and implement a local level project of his or her own design. Young adults from all religious and cultural backgrounds are invited to apply before 24:00 CEST (Alkmaar, The Netherlands)/ 6:00PM EDT (Nyack, New York) on August 30, 2013.

for more information see http://www.ifor-mir.org/index.php/how-to-apply

Fellows will be empowered to take leadership roles in the global nonviolence movement, gaining experience through the Fellowship School's internship, training, mentorship, and individual project development components. Following the program's close on December 21, fellows will have approximately 7 months to implement and evaluate their individual projects. In August of 2014 fellows will have the opportunity to attend IFOR's centennial celebration in Konstanz, Germany to present their projects.

This year's Fellowship School will be hosted by FOR USA and sponsored by the European Union's Youth in Action programme.

Goals of IFOR's Fellowship School include the following:

- Educate young adults from different cultural and religious backgrounds in the methodology and practice of nonviolent conflict resolution
- Equip four fellows to approach the working methods of an international nongovernmental organization through the internship period
- Strengthen the sense of belonging among IFOR members, particularly IFOR young adults, through the provision of practical opportunities to learn and grow professionally
- Engage a committed generation of young leaders in promoting peace, nonviolence and inclusion among all cultures and religions

Program Components:

Internship: Throughout the 9 week program (Oct 21-Dec 21), fellows will work 4 days per week as interns of IFOR's International Secretariat. Fellows will work under IFOR's International Coordinator on matters related to administration and communications, particularly:

-Social media
-Writing news releases and managing the monthly newsletter
-Website administration
-Translation
-Contribute to the IFOR Annual Report finalization
-Communication with member organizations
-Fundraising

Training: Fellows will spend 1 day per week in training sessions given by experts within IFOR's international network. Trainings are intended to provide fellows with a well-rounded understanding of nonviolence history, philosophy, and methodology and opportunities to network with nonviolence professionals.

Mentorship: About halfway through the internship period, each fellow will be paired with a mentor from within IFOR's network according to his or her interests and Individual Project proposal. Weekly conversations with mentors will provide fellows with support and guidance from the perspective of an expert throughout the Fellowship School program as well as the implementation and evaluation processes. Commitment to weekly mentorship meetings will no longer be a requirement beyond the IFOR Centennial event (August 1-3, 2014), but may continue if agreed upon by the mentorship pair.

Individual Project: Each fellow will design an Individual Project in accordance with IFOR's mission as well as his or her specific interests and local context. Fellows are encouraged to be creative in the design of their projects, which may include trainings, direct actions, and exchange platforms among other project activities. Weekly project management units and meetings with mentors will guide fellows through the project design and planning processes, preparing each fellow to fund, implement, and evaluate his/her project upon arrival in their chosen local contexts. Fellows commit to carry out fundraising, implementation, and evaluation plans between the Fellowship School closing date (December 21, 2013) and the IFOR Centennial event (August 1-3, 2014). Following the implementation of their projects, fellows will have the opportunity to present their Individual Projects at the IFOR Centennial event in Konstanz, Germany.

The Individual Fellows Project will give fellows an opportunity to convert the background they've developed and the techniques they've learned throughout the program into practical project design and management experience, preparing them for futures as leaders of the global nonviolence movement.

Follow the Fellows: Over the course of the Fellowship School period, fellows will work as a group to document the program in an interesting and creative way, leaving behind a tool that can be used to allow others to understand the added value of the program.

Tentative Program Agenda:

Week 1: Intro to IFOR
Week 2: Intro to FOR USA & the Civil Rights Movement
Week 3: Interreligious & Interfaith Cooperation
Week 4: Nonviolence Education & Training
Week 5: Civil Disobedience
Week 6: New York Excursion
Week 7: Advocacy & Policy Making
Week 8: Conflict Transformation & Mediation in the Field
Week 9: Program Wrap-Up

Weekly Schedule:

Monday: Internship, Topic Intro & Reading Assigned
Tuesday: Internship, Mentor Discussion availability (once assigned)
Wednesday: Internship, Project Management Unit
Thursday: Internship, Mentor Discussion availability (once assigned)
Friday: All-day Training

Fellows' Accommodation and Travel Reimbursement:

Housing, travel to and from Nyack, NY, and a small stipend will be provided for each fellow during the internship period. Fellows will work and live at Shadowcliff, FOR USA's Peace House and national office located approximately 1 hour from Times Square, New York City. Fellows will be living and participating in the living and working community of one of the oldest peace and justice organizations in the United States. In sharing the house and work space with working staff and other interns (some also living on site), they will participate in and experience all aspects of living in community at Shadowcliff.

Applicant Profile:

The Fellowship School program will include four enthusiastic young peacemakers from four different continents who are between the ages of 18 and 28 and meet the following criteria:

-English fluency and strong English writing skills
-Experience in working for peace and justice through a nonprofit organization (preferably in a leadership position)
-Desire to design, develop, and fund one's own project addressing an issue of peace and social, political, economic, or environmental justice on a local level
-A commitment to implementing and evaluating one's own project in one's chosen local context between December 2013 and August 2014
-A flexible attitude, an open mind, and a desire to become a leader in the peace and reconciliation field

The following criteria are desired, but not required:

-Proficiency in any language other than English, particularly French and Spanish
-Experience in project design, management, implementation, and evaluation
-Experience in fundraising, marketing, social media, or website administration
-Experience in an intercultural work environment
-Involvement in a current IFOR member organization (branch, group, or affiliate)

Interested in applying?

Simply email a letter of motivation, resume/CV, and a completed Individual Project Idea Proposal Form (attached below) to fellowshipschool(at)ifor.org before 24:00 CEST (Alkmaar, The Netherlands)/ 6:00PM EDT (Nyack, New York) on August 30, 2013.. If you are involved in a current IFOR member organization (preferred but not required), please also submit a short letter of recommendation from the IFOR member organization. IFOR member organizations are listed by region on our website.

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org

Market Development Assessment Consultant (Monrovia, Liberia)

Pro-Poor Market Development Assessment Consultant, Liberia

Since 1963 and in 146 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 in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has 80 projects in 36 countries and revenues of approximately $168 million.

We are currently seeking a Pro-Poor Market Development Assessment Consultant for an ongoing six-year, $3.2 million cooperative agreement, funded by the USAID Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF). This project, called STRIVE, is implemented in close collaboration with the USAID Microenterprise Development Office. It uses market-led economic strengthening initiatives to benefit vulnerable children while aiming to fill current knowledge gaps on effective approaches to reducing the vulnerability of children and youth. STRIVE is implemented through four country-based programs in the Philippines, Afghanistan, Mozambique and Liberia. The consultant will produce a case study of the STRIVE program in Liberia, Agriculture for Children's Empowerment (ACE), which documents the evolution of ACE project interventions, the outcomes that transpired among different project beneficiary segments and captures key learning for practitioners interested in pro-poor market development programs.

Responsibilities:

Conduct initial preparation for assignment, including production of inception report that includes the research methodology, proposed report outline, interview guideline questions and work plan with Gantt chart.
Conduct interviews or focus group discussions with project staff, representatives from main project farmer groups, and other private sector partners.
Carry out site visits at project field offices in Bong and Nimba counties.
Meet staff on other projects in-country involved in similar pro-poor market development activities such as USAID's FED and LAUNCH projects.
Deliver a field research report summarizing the meetings and interviews conducted.
Finalize case study report for submission to project team and donor.
Participate with project staff in several Washington, D.C.-based learning events, such as the annual SEEP conference, debrief with DCOF and a presentation at a Microlinks or Agrilinks speaking event.

Minimum 10+ years of experience working on agricultural development and competiveness projects required.
Master's degree in relevant agriculture/agronomy technical field.
Demonstrated understanding of the value chain approach, ideally in an African context.
Experience with production and post-harvest handling a plus.
Private sector experience in the Liberian context preferred.
Fluency in English required.

Contact: ACDI/VOCA International Recruitment

Please apply online at http://acdivoca.maxhire.net/cp/?E55464361D43515B7E59192F77571C6B0762774B. No phone calls please. Only finalists contacted. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. EOE.

cross posted from Foreign Policy Association


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