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Internship: Africa Division, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (Wash DC)

ABA ROLI is a non-profit pro­gram that implements legal reform programs in roughly 60 countries around the world. ABA ROLI has nearly 700 professional staff work­ing abroad and in its Washington, D.C. office. ABA ROLI's host country partners include judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools, court administrators, legislatures, ministries of justice and a wide array of civil society organi­zations, including human rights groups.

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is currently seeking a Summer Intern for its Africa Division. The internship would suit a law student with a background in international relations and interest in Africa; or a current/recent graduate student with a degree in African studies, political science, international relations/development, or a related field. The intern's duties include: providing research on human rights issues in regions relevant to the division; assisting in grant proposal development; corresponding with and handling requests of ABA ROLI representatives overseas; and providing administrative support to the division.


The ideal candidate will have excellent writing, research and communication skills, a great work ethic, and an excellent command of French. A background in international relations, legal development, and knowledge of the region's human rights issues are highly desirable.

ABA ROLI internships are offered throughout the year (fall, spring and summer semesters) allowing for complete applications to be accepted on a rolling basis.

Application Instructions

To apply, please visit Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. All applicants for internships and regular full-time employment in the U.S. must possess work authorization that does not require employer sponsorship.

This material cross posted from Foreign Policy Association.

Internship: Africa Intern with Freedom House (Wash DC)

Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, effective advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, Nations in Transit, and Countries at the Crossroads. With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we support the right of every individual to be free.

Position Summary
The Intern will assist with logistical, research, and administrative support for Africa programs. She/he will have the opportunity to gain experience in program administration, grant management, proposal development and writing, and Freedom House's work to promote democracy and human rights in the Africa region. This internship position will report to the Director for Africa programs.

Some Duties and Responsibilities

Assist in background research needed for proposals and program activities
Provide administrative and logistical support for day-to-day functioning of Africa programs
Assist with database maintenance
Attend Africa related events and other external meetings as necessary and provide readout to team members
Assist with other related projects as needed


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree or current college or graduate student
Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing
Knowledge of or interest in human rights and democracy issues in the Africa region
Proficiency with MS Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Knowledge of human rights, democracy and international development concepts preferred
Knowledge of basic accounting principles and grant-related compliance requirements preferred
Experience living, volunteering, working, or studying in the region preferred
Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times

Application Instructions

Qualified and Interested applicants
Please send a resume and cover letter to: recruiting(at) Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

This material cross posted from Foreign Policy Association.

Feb 8:Ending the Transition in Somalia: A Personal Account by Dr. Abdiweli Ali

Friday, February 8, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School

A successful and a transformative process has taken place in Somalia, a country many thought was doomed to fail. After repeated attempts to stabilize the country since the fall of the Siad Barre regime in 1991, the country has begun to achieve its political and security goals.

In June 2011, Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali was appointed to lead the Transitional Federal Government to usher in a new era for the country. Today, Somalia has a permanent government; a more efficient parliament, a new constitution, and is almost free from the yoke of the terrorist organizations that kept this country hostage for the two decades. On January 21, 2013, the U.S. government formally recognized the first Somali national government in more than two decades.

Learn firsthand about this road map to success that led Somalia from an era of lawlessness and violence to an era of peace and stability from one of its leaders, Dr. Abdiweli Ali. Dr. Ali's lecture will highlight the process through which Somali overcame challenges to reach this new level of stability and his view of the prospects for the future of Somalia. A question-and-answer session will follow his presentation.

Tickets are free, please register here:

Feb 11 Minnesota International Relations Committee Meeting: What is the IRC?

Feb 11th from 1:30-3pm in the Lippincott Room, Social Sciences 1314.

The meeting will convene a faculty discussion panel on the question "What is IR today?". The professors who will be weighing in are: Raymond Duvall, James Ron, Ron Krebs, James Hollyer, Matti Jutila, and Ben Ansell. Each panelist will offer their thoughts on the question for about 5 minutes, after which we will open the discussion to questions and comments from the floor.

The idea for this panel has grown out of a desire to re-examine the motivating questions and concerns that animate the discipline of International Relations. Some questions the panel might consider in addition will thus be: "How is the discipline of IR changing, and in what directions?"; "What are the most important questions in the world today that IR should ask or answer?"; "What role does or should the IR scholar play in today's world?"; "To what extent has IR been able to deal with the changing landscape of international relations?"; and "What are questions IR is not asking, but should?".

While the panel will largely be concerned with the IR discipline, anyone with an interest in global politics and questions of transnationalism and internationalism might find the discussion to be of interest.

All are welcome. A light lunch will be served.

Feb 12: Astrid Ogilvie on "Seeking the Iceberg in the Mist"

02/12/2013, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
125 Nolte Center for Continuing Education

Seeking the Iceberg in the Mist: Reconstructing the Past Climate of Iceland Using Documentary Sources - A presentation by Astrid Ogilvie

Astrid Ogilvie is a climate and environmental historian and human ecologist. She is a fellow at the Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research, University of Colorado at Boulder and a Senior Affiliate Scientist, Stefansson Arctic Institute in Akureyri, Iceland.

In order to put knowledge of the climate of the present, and potentially of the future, into context, it is vital to know about the climate of the past. As systematic meteorological records only extend for a limited period back in time it is necessary to find other methods of learning about past climates. One particularly fruitful method is the use of documentary, historical records. In Iceland these are particularly detailed and extensive, allowing us to reconstruct time series of temperature and sea-ice incidence.

Dr. Ogilvie's overarching career goal is to build bridges between the humanities and the natural sciences in order to foster interdisciplinary cross-fertilization. Her wide-ranging research interests include the human ecology of Arctic and Subarctic regions; the environmental, social, and human history of countries bordering the North Atlantic, in particular Norway, Iceland, Greenland, and Labrador/Newfoundland; studies of sustainability and adaptability in Norway, Iceland and Canada; changing seasonality in the Arctic; the historical climatology of northern Europe and especially Iceland; the reconstruction of variations in the incidence of sea ice off the coasts of Iceland, Newfoundland/Labrador, the Greenland Sea and the Barents Sea; the impact of climate on societies (human dimensions); human and social dynamics in the context of climatic and environmental changes; syntheses of proxy climate records; North Atlantic fisheries history; the Viking period; the medieval literature of Iceland; and the analysis of primary historical texts in English, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish.She is currently writing a book on documentary records of climate change.

This presentation is organized by Geraldine Heng, a current Winton Chair holder.

Feb 11: Daniel Schroeter on "Vichy in Morocco"

02/11/2013, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
1210 Heller Hall

Vichy in Morocco: The French Protectorate, the Sultan and His Indigenous Jewish Subjects - Presentation by Daniel Schroeter

Daniel Schroeter holds the Amos S. Deinard Memorial Chair in Jewish History at the University of Minnesota.

Organized by the Mediterranean Exchange collaborative.

Questions? Contact the Institute for Advanced Study at ias(at)

Internship Opportunities: Through The Maxwell School (Geneva, Switzerland)

The Maxwell School is looking for graduate students interested in pursuing internships in Geneva, Switzerland this summer.

For more than twenty-five years, we have assisted students in identifying and securing opportunities with international organizations and NGOs based in Geneva, including the World Food Program, World Health Organization, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the International Organization for Migration, the International Labour Organization, and the United Nations Office in Geneva, among others.

Pursuing an internship with an international organization in Geneva can be an effective first step towards a great career in international relations. Past program participants are currently working in alongside the USAID administrator, in the World Bank, the U.S. Department of State, ACTED, Burson-Marsteller, UNICEF, and Accenture.

In addition to the internship, participants may also be able to pursue coursework covering UN management, the role of civil society in International Affairs, information policy, or other relevant topics.

Program participants stay at the International Réformé John Knox, located a mere 2 kilometers from the United Nations Office at Geneva. This park-like location minutes from a center of international diplomacy will allow you to be able to easily commute to the office, as well as enjoy the many intercultural attractions of a world-class city.

For more information on internship opportunities, graduate credit, cost, and deadlines, please contact Joshua Kennedy, the Maxwell School's global programs coordinator at jjkenn01(at)

Internship Opportunities: Through The Maxwell School (Geneva, Switzerland)

The Maxwell School is looking for graduate students interested in pursuing internships in Geneva, Switzerland this summer.

For more than twenty-five years, we have assisted students in identifying and securing opportunities with international organizations and NGOs based in Geneva, including the World Food Program, World Health Organization, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the International Organization for Migration, the International Labour Organization, and the United Nations Office in Geneva, among others.

Pursuing an internship with an international organization in Geneva can be an effective first step towards a great career in international relations. Past program participants are currently working in alongside the USAID administrator, in the World Bank, the U.S. Department of State, ACTED, Burson-Marsteller, UNICEF, and Accenture.

In addition to the internship, participants may also be able to pursue coursework covering UN management, the role of civil society in International Affairs, information policy, or other relevant topics.

Program participants stay at the International Réformé John Knox, located a mere 2 kilometers from the United Nations Office at Geneva. This park-like location minutes from a center of international diplomacy will allow you to be able to easily commute to the office, as well as enjoy the many intercultural attractions of a world-class city.

For more information on internship opportunities, graduate credit, cost, and deadlines, please contact Joshua Kennedy, the Maxwell School's global programs coordinator at jjkenn01(at)

Job: Development Assistant with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (NYC)

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy is a think tank based in Washington, DC. Its scholars are consulted daily by the world's leading policymakers and journalists, providing incomparable insight and understanding about the ever-changing Middle East. We are currently hiring a Development Assistant to support fundraising activities in our New York region. This position is a fundraising position and will not be a part of the research side of the think tank. The position provides support to the Regional Director and office location is Upper East Side. Interest in the Middle East is an important aspect of the position.

In this busy position, the Development Assistant will:

Identify and conduct research on high-level prospective donors, and family and corporate foundations, in addition to outreach and follow-up
Includes mailing prospect kits, follow up, cold calling, scheduling meetings
Handle all administrative tasks for the Regional Director such as: scheduling meetings and conference calls; maintain calendar of meetings; draft correspondence; prepare background information on prospective donors or current Trustees; handle expense reports; and other administrative functions
Maintain New York regional database. Regularly run fundraising reports and other queries as needed through Raiser's Edge
Coordinate and manage speaking engagements, meetings, and conference calls between Institute fellows and Trustees in New York region - Includes confirming conference space, drafting invitations, compiling distribution list, follow-up, keeping track of RSVP, etc.
Interact with various levels of Institute donors for payment collection
Work with Regional Director and outside staff to assist in special events
Work with headquarters in DC to facilitate Trustee needs/requests
Assist with Board meeting preparation
Assist Chairman, President, other Board Members, and Director with Institute duties in the New York region


Skills and requirements necessary for success include:

BA/BS and experience in development, communications, business or related field
Interest in the mission of The Washington Institute
Command of Raiser's Edge. CVENT helpful, but not required
Strong administrative skills
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral
Exceptional professionalism, meticulous attention to detail
Self-starter and ability to work independently
Strength at building and maintaining relationships
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
High level of attention to detail
Interest in the Middle East
Jewish fundraising experience a plus
Strong organizational skills and propensity for planning and logistics
Creativity and enthusiasm for thinking outside the box
Excellent time management skills and flexibility and independence in work schedule
A very positive attitude and passion for development is a must!
A variety of personal skills including a high degree of initiative, self-motivation, database experience, customer service oriented attitude, ability to work effectively in teams and across organizational lines, and ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines.
The Washington Institute offers its full-time employees a generous benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, life and disability insurance, pre-tax commuting benefits, flexible spending accounts, generous paid time off, and a retirement savings program. Learn more about us at

Please note that there is no travel or foreign language requirement related to this position.

Salary in the low 40's.

The Washington Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, visit:

This material is cross posted from Foreign Policy Association.

Internship: Americas Society/Council of the Americas (NYC)

Policy Internship

Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) seek a qualified individual for an immediate paid internship in its policy program. The intern's responsibilities will consist of: researching and writing for Americas Quarterly (AQ) print and online editions (including daily news updates); providing research and logistical support for ongoing policy initiatives; attending meetings and interacting with AS/COA members; and assisting with administrative tasks as needed.

Key areas of focus during the internship will be:

Assisting with all aspects of the production of Americas Quarterly, including correspondence with authors, supporting the editorial team and assisting with content development
Online promotion of AQ via social media and administering uploads for the AQ website
Assisting with research and logistics for policy initiatives such as social inclusion; security and violence; and Cuba
Writing short pieces for Americas Quarterly
Providing logistical support for policy events and arranging meeting details and project-related trips (agenda, hotels, outreach, etc.)
Lending support to necessary administrative tasks


The candidate is expected to be a quick learner who takes initiative and can balance multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. Ideal candidates will possess the following attributes:

Minimum B.A. in International Affairs, Economics or Latin American Studies (graduate degree or graduate students preferred)
Fluency in English and Spanish; Portuguese language skills a plus
Excellent English and Spanish writing and editing skills
Proficiency in conducting research
Demonstrated organizational, communications, and interpersonal skills
Demonstrated knowledge of social media tools (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr)
Knowledge of Adobe InDesign and/or Raiser's Edge a plus
Experience with content management systems and website administration (Drupal preferred) a plus
Demonstrable knowledge of Latin American history, politics and economics

To apply, visit:

This material cross posted from Foreign Policy Association.

Job Opportunities: Move This World (Wash DC & NYC)

Move This World is a global peace education nonprofit that engages young people through dance and creative movement to transform violence, conflict and bullying in schools. We are inspiring a generation of leaders and peacemakers through an innovative curriculum that promotes empathy, mediation skills, anger management, and conflict transformation to instill social and emotional competencies for peace. Through school and community center partnerships, Move This World connects communities in the United States in Baltimore, Newark, New York City and Washington DC and internationally in Colombia, Germany, and the Philippines to share intercultural stories of peace. Our vision is to ignite global social change through the art of movement, and as such both our curriculum and evaluation system are completely movement-based. To date, Move This World has worked with over 8,500 youth in fifteen cities on four continents.

Joining the Move This World team means:

Being a member of a fun, talented team that empowers you while giving you the freedom to be creative and help shape the organization
Full time salary & benefits, plus unlimited Subway, cell phone & dance parties
The fulfillment of spending time on high-impact work that is defining the future of movement-based empathy education
Waking up excited every morning that you are building a worldwide movement
Cooking up big ideas (and implementing them!) with a diverse, inspiring team across 4 continents

Positions available: New York City Partnerships Coordinator, New York City Program Coordinator, & Washington DC Program Coordinator

For job descriptions and application instructions, visit:

This material cross posted from Peace & Collaborative Development Network.

Job: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Regional and Foreign Institutions Group is seeking a team-oriented individual to serve as a country/banking analyst for the Country Analysis Unit (CAU). CAU is primarily dedicated to advancing the effective supervision of Asian Foreign Banking Organizations (FBOs) by: (1) evaluating the financial capacity of FBOs to support their U.S. operations; (2) identifying country risks and focusing supervisory resources to mitigate the impact of such risks; (3) strengthening relationships with Asian supervisory authorities and regional organizations; (4) enhancing our understanding of how Asian economic, financial sector and regulatory issues affect financial institutions; and (5) assisting the Federal Reserve System in developing and implementing effective supervisory strategies and policies. As a country/banking analyst, the incumbent will report directly to the Director of CAU and function as a key analyst on economic, financial sect or, and banking supervisory issues related to the economies in Asia to which he/she is assigned.

Analysts work collaboratively within CAU to monitor Asian financial systems and ensure that U.S. Foreign Banking Organization Supervisory Program mandates are met. This successful candidate also provides support to the Asia Program's ongoing conference/seminar efforts, as well as other activities on an ad hoc basis.

Specific duties will include:

* Preparing analytical products on an annual basis mandated by the U.S. Foreign Banking Organization Supervisory Program for each Asian economy maintaining operations in the U.S. These reports include financial system reviews, accounting studies, institutional overviews and strength of support assessments - and contribute to the development of U.S. supervisory strategies for Asian foreign banking organizations.
* Preparing reports, briefing packages and other written products on issues affecting the Asian financial markets and institutions for senior policymakers.
* Representing and advancing the interests of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco with other regulatory and government agencies, as well as overseas counterparts such as foreign central banks, regulatory agencies and international financial institutions.
* Furthering the Division's outreach goals through proactive initiatives and professional presentations at a regional or national level. Representing the Federal Reserve System on overseas training and fact-finding trips and contribute specialized skills to the Unit.


Position requirements:
* An applicant for employment must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or hold a permanent resident/green card with intent to become a U.S. Citizen.
* Familiarity with banking sector issues in Asia, in particular, Japan. The successful candidate will likely be responsible for covering Japan.
* Excellent written and oral communication skills.
* The ability and desire to share knowledge and to provide leadership in a collaborative decision-making process.
* The ability to identify and pursue multiple initiatives simultaneously and deliver superior results.
* A demonstrated record of strategic thinking, sound judgment, and superior problem solving skills.
* A proven ability to build solid working relationships with colleagues and other supervisors. The candidate must also be a team player, a self-starter and innovative.
* 3 years minimum experience working as an analyst on Asian economic, financial or regulatory issues.
* A Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience.
* Some international and domestic travel may be required.

Desired qualifications:
* Financial sector experience in Asia or experience covering this region.
* Proficiency in Japanese or another Asian language.
* A pre-existing network of contacts in Asia.
* Master's degree in finance, economics, or in a public policy field (e.g., international affairs).
* Other professional designations (CFA, FRM, etc.).

Behavioral competencies:
Candidates for the position must have demonstrated strong performance in core technical and behavioral competencies. Critical behavioral competencies include, but are not limited to, Confidence, Good Judgment, Conceptual Thinking and Teamwork.

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our people proudly reflect the diversity and the ideas of the community we serve.

To apply, visit:

This material cross posted from Foreign Policy Association.

Migration Summer School 2013: "The Political Economy of International Migration" (Istanbul)

The MiReKoc International Summer School of 2013 entitled, "The Political Economy of International Migration: Labour, Markets, and Development" aims at bringing together different theoretical and empirical debates on the economy-international migration nexus, which focuses on the perspectives of three main actors of international migration: the migrants, receiving countries/communities, and sending countries/communities. The insight of migrant-centred perspectives will be elaborated within the context of labour market integration and migrant rights. The perspectives of receiving countries/communities will be examined and applied to the specific questions of labour demand, demography, and larger integration issues. The position of sending countries/communities will be discussed through the relationship between international migration and development. The lectures in the School will not only reflect the conventional debates in the field, but they will also highlight the critical perspectives over the related debates. An interdisciplinary approach at the School will be combined with research findings through different methodologies to be reflected in the lectures, and will provide the participants a dynamic and multi-dimensional knowledge that will be used both for scholarly and policy-making purposes.

Two weeks of lectures and discussions given and led by a distinguished international faculty will also be combined with field trips within Istanbul involving seminars given by policy-makers and implementers. The programme is designed for PhD and graduate students as well as junior experts in the field. While applications from all over the world is encouraged, this year only five merit-based scholarships will be available for candidates from the Central and Eastern Europe (i.e., Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, Bosnia Herzegovina, and Serbia). The fee for the programme is 1500 Euros where there are partial scholarships available also based on merit. The summer school will be conducted in English; readings will also be in English. A certificate will be provided upon successful completion of the program. Additional requirements will be imposed on those participants who are seeking course credits.

For further information, please visit:

This material cross posted from Peace & Collaborative Development Network.

Feb 20 MEIG Presents: Connor Molloy, MPP, "Recapping Recent Egyptian Events"

Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:30pm - 6pm
Freeman Commons, HHH

Connor Molloy (2nd year MPP Candidate) will be joining us for an informal talk. Please join us to learn about Connor's work in Egypt this past year and discuss the recent political transformation in Egypt.

There will be tea, sweets and snacks for our guests!

Sahar Angadjivand (MPP Candidate) will moderate and pose questions from the audience to Connor.

The "Middle East Interest Group" (MEIG) is an informal networking group of scholars, professors, graduate students and professionals interested in Middle Eastern affairs and policies. In particular, MEIG aims to bring together these groups at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with others interested in the region. We conduct monthly discussion sessions, social networking gatherings and share interesting articles/events/conferences.

Questions? Please email Sahar, angad001(at)

Update: Former Humphrey Fellow seeks top WTO job

Former Humphrey Fellow Alan Kyerematen is currently vying for the position of Director General with the WTO. To read more, visit:

Kyerematen has an extensive and distinguished record in international trade, international public policy, enterprise development, politics and diplomacy, as a Cabinet Minister and former Presidential Candidate, as an Ambassador and negotiator, as an international public servant and as a senior corporate executive in the private sector. He offers the World Trade Organisation (WTO) a strong combination of political, professional and managerial leadership and expertise.

As Ghana's Minister of Trade, Industry and President's Special Initiatives (PSI) from 2003, he led the design, development and implementation of innovative programmes and special initiatives which have created new strategic pillars of growth for the Ghanaian economy. He was re-appointed as Minister of Trade and Industry in 2005, and served in that capacity until 2007 with additional responsibility for Private Sector Development.

As Minister of Trade and Industry in Ghana, Alan Kyerematen played a key role in shaping Africa's Trade Policy agenda in the WTO Multilateral Negotiations and the EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreement Negotiations. He was one of the lead negotiators for Africa in the WTO Ministerial Conference in Cancun in 2003, and also participated in the high-level "Green Room" consultations during the Hong Kong WTO Conference in December 2005.

In addition, he initiated, directed and managed the preparations for the hosting of UNCTAD XII in Ghana, and introduced for the first time in the history of UNCTAD Conferences, the World Investment Forum which has now become a major calendar event for UNCTAD. He also coordinated and supervised the hosting by Ghana of the Sixth United States-Africa Summit in 2006, and played a key role in negotiating changes in the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). He was Chairman of the ECOWAS Council of Trade Ministers at the critical stages of launching the EU-ECOWAS EPA negotiations.

Prior to his appointment as Minister, Mr. Kyerematen served as Ambassador of Ghana to the United States of America from 2001 to 2003. In that role, he negotiated various trade and investment agreements between Ghana and the United States, and initiated the establishment of the Ghana-United States Economic Council, which played a strategic role in deepening trade relations between the two countries and resolved commercial disputes through extra-judicial processes.

In 1998, Alan Kyerematen was appointed by the UNDP as the first Regional Director of ENTERPRISE AFRICA, which was an Africa-wide, flagship initiative for the development and promotion of small and medium enterprises. Under that framework, he established enterprise support institutions and programmes in 13 Sub-Saharan Africa countries - Botswana, Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda. Over 4,000 African entrepreneurs and small businesses have benefited from these programmes.

In 1990, Alan Kyerematen was responsible for establishing and managing the EMPRETEC Programme in Ghana, a leading business development programme sponsored by the United Nations and Barclays Bank Limited. He led the transformation of EMPRETEC from a UN project into an independent Foundation, and as its founding Chief Executive, developed the Foundation into a world-class institution which is recognized as a successful model and best practice institution for enterprise development in Africa.

Between 1984 and 1990, he participated in and managed a number of major private and public sector consulting assignments in Ghana, as a Principal Consultant and Head of Public Systems Management with the Management Development and Productivity Institute (MDPI), a leading management development institution in Ghana.
Prior to this, he was a senior corporate executive with UAC Ghana Ltd, a subsidiary of Unilever International, where he worked in various managerial positions with distinction until 1984.

Throughout his career, Alan Kyerematen has demonstrated a capacity for efficient and effective leadership in managing and coordinating organizational activities at high levels of executive responsibility. Within that context, he has managed a diverse team of professional staff and technical experts, and provided intellectual leadership in supervising the planning and organization of major international events, including the preparation of technical reports and other documentation. In addition, he has acquired over the years, an in-depth knowledge and understanding, as well as practical experience in dealing with critical development issues and challenges in Africa, particularly in LDCs, in the areas of trade, investment and economic policy management. He has also at different stages of his professional career, successfully mobilized and managed significant resources from development partners to support development efforts in Africa.

Currently, as Coordinator of the African Trade Policy Centre of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Alan Kyerematen is leading efforts in enhancing advocacy for trade in Africa, building the capacity of trade negotiators, as well as developing capability at the country level in trade policy formulation. In addition, he is coordinating the implementation of technical assistance programmes to enhance the productive capacity and competitiveness of African countries, and also providing support for analytical as well as evidence-based research on trade related issues.
Mr. Kyerematen is one of the leading members of the technical team providing strategic guidance and support to the African Union Commission in developing and elaborating an Action Plan for Boosting intra-African Trade and preparing a framework for the establishment of a Continental Free Trade Area. As part of this effort, he was designated as a Special Envoy of the African Union to hold consultations with selected African Heads of State prior to the 18th African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government in January 2012.

Alan Kyerematen is a graduate in Economics from the University of Ghana, and is also a qualified Barrister-at-Law from the Ghana Law School. In addition, he was a Hubert Humphrey Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Policy at the University of Minnesota, under the US Fulbright Fellowship Programme. He has served as a Member of the Council of Governors of the British Executive Service Overseas (BESO) in the United Kingdom, and also as a Board member of several other organizations in Ghana. Born in 1955, he is married with two children. He speaks English and some French.

Job: Regional Grants & Finance Officer with the International Center for Transitional Justice (Wash DC)

The International Center for Transitional Justice works to redress and prevent the most severe violations of human rights by confronting legacies of mass abuse. ICTJ seeks holistic solutions to promote accountability and create just and peaceful societies. ICTJ seeks to persuade governments, civil society, the media and the general public of the need for justice and accountability for victims. Founded in 2001, ICTJ has grown to a staff of more than 100 working in some 10 countries.

Regional Grants and Finance Officer provides grants and finance supervision, coordination, assistance and support to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) country programs.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

Finance: provide day-to-day guidance and over-all supervision to the field office accountants/finance officers in the MENA country programs

Establish monthly due dates (in coordination with NY) for local offices and ensure that monthly expense reports are submitted timely, accurately and completely.

Review monthly field expense reports for accuracy and provide feedback to the Heads of Office and local accountants.

Review bank reconciliation statements accompanying each field office package.

Ensure field financial package is complete for submission (includes approved expense reports, supporting documentation and bank reconciliations).

Ensure compliance with organizational standards and fiscal policies and procedures.

Review monthly grant reports and unit reports.

Process re-classifications and other adjustments, as necessary.

Conduct periodic review of the different programs' actual operating performance in comparison with approved budgets. Coordinates with the Regional Directors, and Heads of Office on the schedules of program activities to fully maximize and appropriately spend down the grants in a timely manner.

Provide regular updates to the Regional Directors, the Grants Manager and the Assistant Controller-Grants and Budget on fiscal operating issues affecting the regions.

Conduct office site visits to monitor and assess financial controls, review of operations, and internal audit, if needed and as directed and approved by the Assistant Controller - Grants and Budget.

Assist Finance with various duties that may be assigned in the organization-wide audit.

Budgets: coordinate with Regional Directors, Heads of Office and field office accountants/finance officers in developing country program budgets

Distribute budget instructions and templates from the Finance Department and provide guidance to Heads of Office and field office accountants/finance officers in the preparation of the country budgets.

Verify budget drafts' compliance with donor provisions and grant restrictions and review estimates and projections for reasonableness.

Consolidate the regions' annual budgets for review and submission to the respective Directors for approval.

Work with the Assistant Controller - Grants and Budget and Grants Manager in finalizing regional budgets.

Work with Program Office to review the annual work plan and ensure the budget and work plan reflect the same activities.

Grants Management: assist with the management of country program grants and ensure compliance with donor conditions.

Develop in-depth familiarity with the regions' grants and associated reporting deadlines and requirements (financial and narrative reports, and audits).

Perform monthly review of country grants and related monthly financial reports.

Ensure compliance with donor reporting and audit requirements, liaising with HQ staff and field Finance Officers on financial reconciliation process, including confirming budget alignment.

Monitor and assist offices with the timely submission of grant and financial reports.

Prepare grant financial reports, when necessary.

Conduct new grant "kick-off" meetings.

Provide updates to Program and Regional Directors on progress of country project implementation as reflected on pace of spending on different measures in the country's grant.


Education: Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related field AND/OR Masters in Public Administration (or MBA) with coursework in Finance/Budgeting/Accounting.

Experience: 5+ years of progressive grants, finance or accounting experience preferred.

Related Skills or Knowledge: Basic grant, accounting and budgeting knowledge. Excellent analytical skills and report writing a plus. Strong proficiency in internet search tools, Skype, and MS Office. Knowledge of Sage/MIP an advantage. Strong Excel skills; basic experience in creating and maintaining databases. Strong organizational skills along with the ability to meet deadlines and multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Arabic language skills and international experience an advantage; writing and editing experience a plus. Flexibility and a commitment to teamwork. Interest in human rights issues, world politics and justice a plus.

For more information about this (and other) positions with ICTJ, visit:

This material cross posted from Foreign Policy Association.

Job: Independent Diplomat (Wash DC)

The path breaking non-profit diplomatic advisory group, Independent Diplomat (ID), is looking for an experienced current or former diplomat to represent it in Washington. This is a unique position, suitable for a mid-career diplomat with a minimum 10 years' experience, ideally with the US government or a major Washington embassy. The representative will help the global ID team advise our clients on how to engage with and understand the USG, in particular the State Department, NSC and White House. ID's clients are democratic but marginalized countries, governments and political groups, and currently include Somaliland, South Sudan, and the Marshall Islands, among others. We advise them on how to get better access to the world's diplomatic system, both in multilateral forums and their bilateral relationships.

Full details available at our website:

ID's representative will join our operational team in giving our clients strategic advice and practical assistance in presenting their needs in diplomatic forums, including and in particular to the US government. ID is not a lobbying organization: we advise our clients on how best to present their own requirements themselves. The position will suit a self-starter and creative foreign policy thinker: our role is to generate new ideas and strategies for our clients, and then help them implement these strategies. A typical day would involve work for different clients, perhaps collecting data from Administration contacts on US views towards one, brainstorming strategies for another, or accompanying a visiting President or foreign minister from a third. This is a rich, exciting but challenging position.

If interested, please send a letter to the Executive Director, carne.ross(at)

PASA Career Engagement Fair- Calling government agencies, nonprofits, & private companies

11 am to 2 pm, Thursday, February 21, 2013
Humphrey Center, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis 55455

Welcoming government agencies, nonprofits and private companies!

Connect with graduate students and alumni in public policy; urban planning; science, technology & environment; public affairs; and international development practice.

Promote internships, project work, jobs, or introduce your organization through an engaging conversation.

Register at

No charge to organizations.

Questions? Contact Jane Vega at vegax004(at) Visit our website at

Summer 2013 Study Abroad Opportunity- Tanzania

Main course- "The Role of NGOs in Developing Countries," available for 3 graduate (or 3 undergradate) credits. The program dates are June 27-July 26, 2013.

Students from any college or university are welcome to enroll as students-at-large at NIU and then transfer credits to their home institution. I am happy to work with faculty to structure an independent study project (at no extra cost to the student). Independent study credit is granted by Northern Illinois University for 3 or credit hours in a variety of majors; past credit has been granted in politics, public administration, and corporate communications.

This is an opportunity for 10-15students to travel to Tanzania to learn about the role of NGOs in development through experiential learning, supplemented by readings and seminar-style classes. The four-week summer program includes intensive Swahili classes; meetings and visits with indigenous and international NGOs and local officials; in-country bus and air travel to Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Arusha, Musoma, Mwanza, and islands in Lake Victoria. It also includes an overnight camping safari to Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site.

Experiential learning involves work side by side with members of the Nyegina community to build their first library and community resource center. US students will have the chance to serve and engage with community members, learning by doing.

Tanzania is one of Africa's safest and most peaceful countries. It has never had a civil war, and the political sphere is increasingly competitive.

Please refer this opportunity to any of your students or student groups that might have an interest. The cost for 4 weeks is $3495 and includes everything but international airfare and memento money.

More details, including a program description, are available at Please let me know if you have any questions or require further information. I also am happy to talk with individual students via phone or SKYPE.

If you are NOT A STUDENT, and you want to join the students for the 2 weeks of seminars and working on the library project, please visit for information on how you can volunteer with Tanzania Development Support for our summer 2013 work-study program. The cost of this 16 day program to Tanzania, including an overnight camping safari to Serengeti National Park, is only $1500 plus international airfare. We'd love to have you join us!

Call for Papers: Reducing Urban Poverty

2013 Paper Competition/Policy Workshop/Publication $1000 Grand Prize
Abstracts due: March 15, 2013

To encourage a new generation of urban policy makers and promote early career research, USAID, International Housing Coalition (IHC), World Bank, Woodrow Wilson Center's Comparative Urban Studies Project (CUSP), and Cities Alliance are co-sponsoring a fourth annual paper competition. The competition seeks abstracts for a paper competition on urban poverty in the developing world. Winning papers will be published and selected authors will present their work in a policy workshop to be held at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. in November, 2013. The grand prize winner will also receive $1000.

Papers should be policy-based and solutions-oriented and should critically examine existing projects and/or propose new strategies for tackling issues related to urban poverty.

Process and Timeline

♦ Eligibility
This call for papers is directed at PhD students and advanced Masters students. To be eligible, applicants should be currently enrolled in a degree or post-doctoral program. Papers can be co-authored, as long as each author is a graduate student. In this case, prize money will be split among the authors.

♦ Abstract Submissions
o Abstracts (max 500 words) and a brief CV should be submitted to the selection committee by March 15, 2013. Submissions should be sent to
o Abstracts should contain a title, paper description, author name and affiliation, and specify which of the topical areas listed below the paper will most directly address.

♦ Request for Full Papers
o A panel composed of members of the sponsor organizations will review submitted abstracts and request full papers from finalists.
o Applicants will be notified in mid-April whether they will be asked to write a full paper, which will be due by July 1, 2013.
o Completed papers should be a maximum of 20 pages in length including appendixes (double-spaced, Times New Roman 12pt font) and utilize the guidelines used by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

♦ Publication
o Roughly 10 of the full papers will be compiled in a book and published by the Woodrow Wilson Center.
o Publication of each selected paper is subject to review and will be contingent upon completion of suggested revisions by the authors, should they be requested by the selection committee.

♦ Policy Workshop:
o 3-5 of the authors selected for publication will be invited to Washington, DC, in November, 2013 to take part in a unique "policy workshop" that will bring together academics, policy makers and students for an interactive discussion of international urban development topics. The session will focus on bridging gaps between policy and academia, theory and practice.
o At the workshop, students will be paired with a senior development expert who will serve as a discussant for their paper.
o The grand prize winner will receive a prize of $1000. In addition, workshop invitees will be provided with up to $1000 to help cover transportation and accommodation costs.

Papers must be linked to one of the following sub-topics:

Gender and Urban Development
Women and men experience cities differently due to their different roles, divisions of labor, resources, needs, constraints, and the opportunities they encounter in an urban environment. Male and female priorities are often different for basic services such as urban housing, water and sanitation, solid waste management, public transport, childcare, and education. Although urbanization is associated with greater access to employment opportunities, lower fertility levels and increased independence, women and girls are still subject to enduring gender roles that predominate in rural areas. Papers might cover topics such as: the opportunities and challenges the urban labor market presents for women; urbanization and gender-based violence; gender- sensitive considerations in urban design and infrastructure; gendered approaches to urban planning and policymaking of local governments, or the impact of urbanization on men's and women's health.

Big Data for Smarter Urban Development
City leaders today have more data at their disposal than ever before. Digitization has unlocked vast troves of administrative records; "smart city" technologies deliver real-time feedback from urban infrastructure; and networks of ubiquitous sensors, cameras, and connected citizens provide insights to city leaders about how their cities work. When combined with the right tools and mindset, this movement towards "big data" offers an unprecedented opportunity to inform urban decision-making and thereby improve city management. This data- driven approach is much needed in the rapidly growing cities of the developing world. Yet cities in the developing world often do not have the resources to implement and adapt expensive "smart city" technologies. What is needed are low-cost and nimble "big data" innovations--in tools, methodology, and policy--that are better tailored to the needs and conditions of the developing world. Papers on this topic should explore the application of "big data" to key urban development challenges and provide fresh ideas on how city leaders can collect and "make sense" of large urban datasets for improved decision making. Submissions from the perspective of urban planning, public policy, and economics are as welcome as those focusing on the more technical aspects of "big data."

Incremental Housing Approaches
The number of people living in cities in the developing world is expected to double from 2000 to 2030 and the spatial extent of those cities is expected to triple. The majority of new urban households will meet their housing needs informally by building a small shack on land they do not own. These informal households commonly improve their living conditions and are regularized through incremental processes over many years: informal neighborhoods are recognized and incorporated in the city, land tenure is solidified, basic city services are extended and the families invest their labor and savings in improving their dwellings. Current programs supporting incremental approaches tend to focus on what to do after an informal area has been settled, but there is little thinking about what should be done for the huge number of new urban residents who will come during the next several decades and new innovative ideas are needed to fill this gap. Papers on this topic might provide new ways to encourage incremental development of land, housing and/or infrastructure, or other recommendations thinking beyond traditional master planning, urban upgrading and housing finance.

Papers from a variety of perspectives are appropriate, including (but not limited to) urban planning, economics, political science, geography, public policy, law, sociology, environment, anthropology, housing policy, information science, and data analytics. For more information, please contact Nancy Leahy (nleahy(at)

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