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U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service General Services Officer positions

We are pleased to inform you that we are accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service General Services Officer positions.

Click here ( for more information, and to start the Gateway to State online application process via USAJobs.

Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is March 12, 2014.

Potential applicants are strongly urged to read the entire vacancy announcement to ensure they meet all of the requirements for this position, and fully understand the special circumstances involving a career in the Foreign Service before applying. All applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 20 years old to apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed.

Please visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for answers regarding the Foreign Service Specialist selection process. The forums can be found under Engage on the website.
We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.

U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.
Questions? Contact Us

2014 Nobel Peace Prize Forum

The Humphrey School has a small number of no-charge tickets available for faculty and staff for Nobel Peace Prize Forum events, including Law and Business Day, Friday, March 7 (which will be held in part at the Humphrey School); Science and Health Day, Saturday, March 8; and Global Day, Sunday March 8. All events are held at West Bank and Augsburg College venues. If you would like one of the tickets, please contact Mary Curtin at mtcurtin(at) For more information on the Forum schedule, visit its website

Reminder Thursday 4:30pm Sook Jin Ong Mestenhauser Award Celebration

Join us for a reception celebration for Humphrey student Sook Jin Ong (MPP '12), who was recently honored with the Mestenhauser Student Award for Excellence in Campus Internalization. The event will be held in Freeman Commons (Room 205) Thursday, February 27, at 4:30 p.m. Click here to watch a video Sook Jin Ong produced in conjunction with the awards ceremony. RSVP to the reception here.

Humphrey Prof. Ramaswami to Join UN's International Resource Panel

Anu Ramaswami, Denny Chair in Science, Technology & Public Policy, has been invited to join the prestigious International Resource Panel, an initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme.

The International Resource Panel was established in 2007 to provide independent, coherent and authoritative scientific assessment on the sustainable use of natural resources and the environmental impacts of resource use over the full life cycle.

Ramaswami is among the leading scholars on sustainable urban infrastructure and has seen her work adopted as policies and protocols for developing sustainable cities in the United States and internationally.

The next meeting of the International Resource Panel will be May 26-29 in Santiago, Chili.

crossposted from Step Impact!

Peter Lindstrom
Executive Director, SciMathMN & Assistant Director, Center for Science, Technology & Public Policy. University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs

FAO Field Internship Openings

On behalf of the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, I am please to announce that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Internship Opportunity deadline has been extended to March 14th. There are three international field opportunities available, including:

Communications Assistant, Rwanda
Project Technical Assistant, Rwanda
Field Project Technical Assistant, Peru (Spanish speaker required)

The job descriptions for these positions can be linked to from the CGHSR website below. Please note, that while the job descriptions include 'Desired Education Background and Skills' that are very specific to Agriculture and Food Security, this opportunity is intended to be truly interdisciplinary in nature and students from other disciplines with relevant knowledge and experience are encouraged to apply, last years participants were from the School of Public Health, Humphrey Institute, and the UMN Law School. We fully recognize that when working in the global arena it is necessary to work within an interdisciplinary framework because within organizations, our students will be required to work with a broad range of professions. This is an excellent opportunity for students who are interested in pursing a career in an Intergovernmental or other United Nations agency.

Please carefully consider these opportunities and contact Michelle Chrastek if you are interested.

FAO Field Internship Openings

The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), are pleased to offer three international internship opportunities to students from the University of Minnesota.

These long term internships provide an excellent opportunity for students interested in global work to gain direct experience working with FAO at the country level offices in Rwanda and Peru. These positions provide a $700 monthly stipend while the students are in country - $350 is funded by FAO and the applicant will be required to request $350 in matching funds from their home department/school/college.

Wendy Wolford of Development Sociology at Cornell University will speak at MIRC next Monday, March 3rd

We are pleased to announce that Professor Wendy Wolford of Development Sociology at Cornell University will speak at MIRC next Monday, March 3rd from 1:30 to 3 pm in Lippincott.

Professor Wolford will present her paper, "Rediscovering Africa? Agricultural Experts and Expertise from Brazil to Mozambique." We would like to thank our co-sponsors for their generous contributions to make the event possible: the Institute of Advanced Study, the Institute of Global Politics, the Department of Sociology, the Department of History, the Comparative Politics Colloquium, and James Ron, Harold E. Stassen Chair of International Affairs at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Abstract is below and flyer is attached.

"Rediscovering Africa? Agricultural Experts and Expertise from Brazil to Mozambique"

Over the past decade, there has been a concerted rush to acquire new land. Dubbed a "Global Land Grab" by the popular media and political activists, public and private investors have sought to acquire large tracts of land for the purposes of increasing food and fuel production. Despite the fairly generic label of a global land grab, the geography of land acquisitions is clear: to date, two-thirds of the land acquired since 2007 is located in sub-Saharan Africa. The new dynamics of land access have inspired a significant scholarly literature that provide considerable understanding of land deals, but the focus on traditional concerns of political economy has largely allowed the role of agricultural science and scientists to remain largely invisible. In my talk, I will suggest that scientific experts and expertise have been critical in shaping the nature of land acquisition and production; calls to rapidly increase food production turn on the ability of contemporary science to render disparate environments equivalent, providing technological fixes to address low productivity and unequal resource endowments. From this perspective, land acquisitions are not resource grabs; they represent scientific and technological transfers that will reduce poverty and increase profitability. My research (still preliminary) focuses on the role of Brazilian agricultural experts and expertise in Mozambique. I analyze one of the largest trilateral agricultural development projects, called PROSAVANA, and suggest that the attempt to replicate Brazil's successes in agro-industrial development discounts the importance of nationally-specific relationships between the state, land, labor and capital.

Wolford_MIRC 3 March.pdf

Petrad Fellowships on Petroleum Policy and Natural Resource Management (open only to citizens of specific countries) Revenue Watch International

More information at

RWI-Petrad Fellowship

The Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) and the Oil for Development Program (OfD) of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2013 RWI Petrad Fellowship. The deadline for application is June 12th 2013. The program seeks to accelerate civil society leaders' effectiveness in promoting the better management of oil, minerals, and gas for the public good. In 2013 the Fellowship will be open to civil society activists from the following OfD countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Cambodia, Ecuador, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, São Tomé e Principe, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Timor-Leste, Uganda, and Vietnam.


The Petrad Fellowship aims to enable fellows to return to their home organization or coalitions equipped to immediately take their campaigns to a more technical and informed level and share this knowledge with their colleagues over time. By targeting leaders in the movement, this program aims to quickly raise civil society's ability to engage in technical debates surrounding extractive industries.

Fellows in this 8 week program will be sponsored to attend a course in Stavanger, Norway on Petroleum Policy and Natural Resource Management run by PETRAD ( There are two 8 weeks programs running in parallel; "Petroleum policy and resource management" and "Petroleum development and operations". Fellows will automatically be enrolled on the Petroleum policy and resource management stream; unless a solid reason is provided for why the alternative program is better suited for their needs as accountability actors in a particular context.

This intensive course spanning the entire extractive industries value- chain is usually only open to senior government officials. To help bridge the knowledge and skills gained in this course to their work in their home country, the fellows will be provided with a mentor before, during and after the coursework. Fellows will be expected to conduct the background reading, communicate regularly with their mentor, participate actively and constructively in the course in Stavanger, and provide RWI with a report about how they will apply their learning from Stavanger upon their return.

In addition, Fellows will undertake a short project that demonstrates their increased level of analysis in a topical issue for their country.

Petrad Fellows will be provided with travel, course tuition, and accommodation for their stay in Stavanger.


The Petrad Fellowship is targeted towards civil society leaders in extractive industry transparency and management campaigns that will be able to quickly apply this new and deepened knowledge of industry policy. The successful candidate must have sufficient background in issues related to petroleum extraction to engage in nuanced discussions about policy and its application. They also should be in a leadership role in their current organization or coalition that will enable them to promote direct change as a result of the experience. Preference will be given to newly producing countries or context where civil society is new to engage in extractive issues.

The successful candidate will have, at minimum: an undergraduate degree/equivalent; a background in civil society research, monitoring and activism around extractive revenue, legal and fiscal regimes, transparency; a dedicated commitment to return to their country and their current campaigns; a strong ability to constructively debate issues with multiple actors; and excellent English skills. They also must have the explicit support of their current home organization to pursue all aspects of this fellowship.


To apply, please send the following to Angela Mugore at by June 12th 2013:

Completed application form;
CV or resume
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Letter from your current manager/head of your organization recommending you for the fellowship and committing to support fellowship and post-fellowship activities. This letter should include a brief description of the organization's work related to extractive industries;
An essay (no more than 3 pages) that includes:
An outline of extractive related issues in your country and the current work you, your organization, and civil society groups broadly are doing in response;
An outline of what you will seek to learn and achieve during the fellowship opportunity;
A description of how you will use the learning and products from the fellowship upon return to your country and organization; and
A description of how this fellowship fits into your current career goals.
All candidates will be judged in an open and competitive selection process that will rate them based on: the relevance of their work experience, training and education; their technical knowledge of the extractives sector; their space and commitment to apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills; and their ability to meet the specific mental, relational, and academic challenges of the fellowship. Short-listed candidates from each region will be interviewed by RWI staff as well as outside advisors. Additional references may be requested.

Download the application form.

Marjorie Cook Endowed Scholarship (for women grad students)

More information at:

Central Scholarship has a proud history of assisting graduate and professional students in obtaining advanced degrees. In the 1950s, we supported one of the first two African-American students accepted to study at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. Today, we carry on that tradition by offering scholarships and interest-free loans to aspiring professionals in every field.

Some of our graduate and professional scholarships are targeted for specific professions. These awards are listed below. Graduate and professional students are also eligible for our general scholarships for students pursuing postsecondary degrees at all levels, and for our interest-free loans. Awards may be renewable upon reapplication.

The BHD Endowed Scholarships for Teachers
Awards of up to $2,500 for students with undergraduate degrees in a non-education-related field, pursuing graduate degrees in teaching.

The Marjorie Cook Scholars Program
Grants of up to $5,000 for women with a passion for women's rights and equality who are pursuing graduate degrees in law or public policy.

The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Endowed Scholars Grants
Grants of up to $5,000 for bilingual students pursuing graduate degrees in social work or mental health fields. Strong preference will be given to Spanish speakers.

- See more at:

Reconsidering Development Call for Submissions: Deadline March 15

Reconsidering Development Call for Submissions
The editorial board of Reconsidering Development--an interdisciplinary E-journal based at the University of Minnesota--invites you to submit your work for our second issue of Volume III. The journal is theme-based and contributors are encouraged to be creative in integrating themes of each issue into their submissions.

The theme of this issue is: Market-based Approaches to Development. We seek submissions that explore the ways in which free market ideology and practice are influencing development work and thought. We especially seek submissions that examine the creative use of market-based practices in development and which explore both the potential and the limitations of such approaches.

We offer the following questions as possible avenues to explore the theme of this issue:
In what ways are market-based practices influencing international development discourse and practice?
In what ways is entrepreneurship (social, public, individual, etc.) being utilized in development practice? In what ways is entrepreneurship being repurposed or used in unexpected or innovate ways?
How are the concepts of entrepreneurship and/or market-based practice being defined and used in the context of international development?
What challenges do market-based approaches entail? What are the costs of such approaches?
What is the potential of market-based approaches for international development? Are they being under-sold or over-sold?

The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2014. Please email submissions to We look forward to reading your submissions!

Climate and Culture Change in the Andes June 2014

Climate and Culture Change in the Andes June 2014

The Center for Social Well Being celebrates 13 years offering our 3 week training program in interdisciplinary qualitative field methods, as well as Spanish and Quechua language classes, in the Peruvian Andes. The combined undergraduate and graduate level seminar is held at the center's rural base, an adobe lodge on an ecological ranch in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range of the Callejón de Huaylas, 7 hours northeast of Lima. Coursework provides in-depth orientation to theory and practice in field investigation that emphasizes methods in Participatory Action Research and Andean Ethnography centered on themes of Climate Change with respect to Ecology, Health, Education, AgroBiodiversity, Community Organization and related topics. Students have the opportunity to actively engage in ongoing investigations in local agricultural communities to develop effective field research techniques, and to acquire language skills. In addition, the program provides excursions to museums, archaeological sites, glacial lakes and hotsprings; optional recreational activities include hiking, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and trekking. The program tuition fee is $4000 US dollars that includes all in-country travel, food and accommodations at the rural center, and course materials. The program is under the direction of Applied Medical Anthropologist, Patricia J. Hammer, Ph.D., and Flor de María Barreto Tosi, Ecologist and

Field Coordinator.
Program dates:
June Solstice Session June 8th 2012 through 28th 2014
Please contact us for other potential program dates for 2014.
For an application:
For further program information:

DAAD center for German and European Studies Fellowships 15 fully funded!

The following has been passed along from Steve Kelley:

Dear CGES affiliated faculty,

Please help identify and recruit graduate students for a new DAAD joint venture with 2 of Germany's top research foundations, the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung.

Fellows will attend 3 weeklong seminars in Germany, Poland, and the Netherlands that focus on different aspects of the overarching topic "Thinking about Europe in terms of solidarity." Graduate students working on economics, agriculture, politics, and cultural studies topics are especially encouraged to apply. Fellows will be able to chose a focus area that matches their emphasis. Kolleg Europa offers opportunities to build professional networks across Europe with established researchers, well funded research organizations, and fellows currently supported by Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.

Eligibility: doctoral and master students at the U of M and other universities worldwide that host a DAAD center for German and European Studies
Requirements: German language proficiency (all seminar and research discussions are in German)

Deadline: April 7, 2014

Please email me names of students in your department who should be invited to apply. 15 fully funded fellowships are available and it would be great to make sure that we use this new opportunity to benefit your students.

All details below and attached.

All the Best,

DAAD-Ausschreibung Kolleg Europa 2014.pdf

Anlage 1- Auswahlformular AGs Kolleg Europa 14-15.docx

Anlage 2- Tabelle Reisekosten Zentren 2014.docx

Anlage 3- Formular-EmpfehlungsschreibenKE.docx

Mexico Tax Reform Briefing March 7

Mexico Tax Reform Briefing

Mexico's highly anticipated tax reform became effective on January 1, 2014. The reform affects all companies doing business in Mexico. Join us for a breakfast briefing to learn about the reforms and the implications they have for U.S. companies doing business in Mexico. Luis Reséndiz and Pat Kelly, the co-chairs of our Latin America Practice, will provide a brief overview on doing business in Mexico and will then take a deep dive into the reforms, including highlights on the new rules for the deductibility of payment to employees, changes to customs laws, and the impact of the changes on companies operating under IMMEX (maquiladora) programs.

We are pleased to bring this briefing to you along with our co-sponsors, the Minnesota International Center and the Minnesota Trade Office.

March 7, 2014
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.


Patrick J. Kelly, Attorney, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Luis G. Reséndiz, Attorney, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

8:00 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast

8:30 a.m. Welcome and briefing


Fredrikson & Byron
200 South Sixth Street
40th Floor

Registration Fee: $25.00

Registration: Click here

This program is co-sponsored by

Minnesotat International Center and Positively Minnesota

Viva Chocolate - Taste of Mexico: March 20

Viva Chocolate - Taste of Mexico
When:Thursday, March 20; 6:00 - 8:00 P
Where: University Club, Summit Avenue, St. Paul. On-street parking available
Cost: MIC and University Club members $20; Non-members $25
Advance registration REQUIRED

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Discover the past and present taste of Mexican chocolate and learn some of the fascinating history of this traditional drink. Just as Mexico is recognized as the birthplace of chocolate, Oaxaca is considered the capital of chocolate and one of the few areas that still practices many of the millennia-old traditions associated with drinking chocolate. After a metate demonstration where cacao beans are crushed by hand using traditional methods, we will enjoy a cup of Oaxacan-style chocolate.

Our partner for this event, Chocolate Bonavita, is a local company that seeks to assist the chocolate enthusiast in the exploration of chocolate via passionate education and thorough research for the enjoyment of superbly crafted and ethically produced chocolates of the world.

Click here to register for this event

"Harmful Cultural Practices: Stories of Arbitrary Discrimination" Presented by: Sandhya Sitoula (Nepal) Olushegun Tidjani-Serpos (Benin): Feb 26

FEBRUARY 26, 2014 @ 12:15 P.M. - 1:15 P.M.


Harmful cultural practices occur in every society. Using the case studies of Chaupadi in Nepal and child witches in Benin, Ms. Sitoula and Mr. Tidjani-Serpos will discuss the complex relationship between culture and human rights.
In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the right to culture exists alongside other human rights, including the rights to life, health, education, and freedom from discrimination. Yet, in every culture there are attitudes, practices, and beliefs that interfere with the free enjoyment of other rights. Can universal human rights exist in a culturally diverse world? Is international human rights law biased towards certain cultures? Where should society strike the balance between cultural practices and other rights?
On Wednesday, February 26, Humphrey Fellows Sandhya Sitoula and Sheg Tidjani Serpos will explore dilemmas of human rights and culture using examples of harmful cultural practices effecting vulnerable persons in Benin and Nepal. Ms. Sitoula will discuss the effects of practices surrounding menstruation on women's health and education in Western Nepal, and Mr. Tidjani-Serpos will explain how beliefs about witchcraft in parts of Benin can put children's lives at risk. Finally the Fellows will ask the question: What can and should human rights defenders do when rights violations are the direct result of deeply held cultural beliefs?

For more information about Ms. Sitoula and Mr. Tidjani-Serpos:

Who Cares? Film Screening & Panel Discussion Wednesday Feb 26, 5-8pm

Who Cares? Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Wednesday Feb 26, 5-8pm
Location: Carlson School Room 2-206
Food will be provided
Click the image above to watch the trailer!

Co-Hosted by Net Impact, a graduate student group from Carlson.
Come watch a screening of the documentary Who Cares?, eat some dinner and participate in a panel discussion of local social entrepreneurs afterwards. Facilitated by Fred Rose, Director of the Acara Institute. Panelist list on Eventbrite page!

2014/405 Consultant Safety Assessment Expert

More information at:

Duration: from 2 week to 2 month assignments
Deadline: 22 March 2014
 The experts are asked to undertake short-term
assignments to support the development of
documents, training materials and practical exercises,
as well as participate in review services
 The experts will be asked to support the IAEA by
participating as consultants and lecturers
Experience and background required
 Senior international safety assessment experts with at
least 15 years of experience in nuclear power reactor
safety, NPP licensing and design with practical
knowledge of conducting safety evaluation of nuclear
power plants acquired in the nuclear industry,
regulatory bodies, or TSOs, or at least 5 years'
experience as a university or college instructor.
 At least 10 years extensive specialised technical
expertise in different aspects of reactor safety
assessment and how the IAEA Safety Standards
documents establish requirements and guidance.
 Strong knowledge of IAEA Safety Standards and
international safety issues.
 Experience in knowledge transfer and training in
safety assessment topics.
The remuneration for this post is a daily fee of € 250-300,
based on qualifications and experience. In case travel is
required, a daily subsistence allowance (DSA) and travel costs
are provided.
Organizational Unit
Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, Division
of Nuclear Installation Safety, Safety Assessment
Organizational Setting
The Safety Assessment Section of the IAEA
(SAS/NSNI) assists Member States (MS) in
establishing and maintaining a required level of
safety assessment capacity and competency. This is
done through the development of safety standards
documents, the delivery of training programmes
aimed at strengthening safety assessment
competency through the Safety Assessment
Education and Training (SAET) Programme, and the
Design and Safety Assessment Review Service
The support provided to MS takes its roots from the
IAEA Safety Standards, which includes safety
principles, safety requirements, safety guides.
The SAET Programme is delivered based on the
results of the evaluation of competence needs for
safety assessment in the beneficiary Member States.
The training is based on modules covering the
fundamentals of safety assessment as well as
practical applications, providing support for
government authorities, regulatory bodies,
operating organizations and research and
development organizations.
DSARS provides a tailored, independent peer review
of the plant design safety and makes
recommendations on additional actions/analysis
that may be required.
Please register and apply online

2014/404 Consultant Incident and Emergency Centre

More information at:

Experience and background required:
• University degree in international relations, political
science, journalism or related field.
• 1-2 years of experience in outreach activities in the area
of radiation emergency preparedness and response.
• Experience in preparation and organization of outreach
activities for large international conferences.
• Knowledge of and participation in radiation emergency
response activities, including exercises.
• Experience working in a result-based management
• Ability to work in a multicultural environment with
sensitivity and respect for diversity.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Proficient in MS Office as well as in non-standard
presentation software (e.g. Prezi) and in using social
media for outreach purposes.
• Excellent command of written and spoken English.
• Fluency in at least two UN languages.
To make an expression of interest in undertaking this consultancy
opportunity, please submit a Personal History Form for this
vacancy at the following link:
Organizational Unit:
Incident and Emergency Centre
Department of Nuclear Safety and Security
Duration: 6 months
Deadline: 1 March 2014
The IAEA Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC) is the global
focal point for emergency preparedness and response for
nuclear and radiological safety or security related
emergencies, threats or events of media interest and
world's centre for coordination of international emergency
preparedness and response assistance. The IEC carries out
an outreach programme to raise awareness in Member
States, International Organizations and in-house, of the
Agency's role, responsibilities and activities in radiation
emergency preparedness and response. The consultant will
work under the supervision of the IEC Outreach Officer and
will perform the following functions:
• Develop new ideas for information presentation and
dissemination for outreach on radiation emergency
preparedness and response (EPR) in different formats
(e.g. booklets, flyers, infographics, electronic) for the
following major meetings: 7th Competent Authorities
Meeting, Technical Meeting on EPREV Lessons
Learned, 58th IAEA General Conference.
• Coordinate the publishing process for the Q1 and Q2
IEC Newsletter including setting deadlines, proposing
content, compiling articles and finalizing layout.
• Draft and edit timely news stories related to the three
major meetings on EPR for posting on web.
• Develop and implement system for photo organization.
• Re-organize outreach materials (i.e. availability,
storage, relevance and display) following the extension
of the area occupied by the IEC.

Please register and apply online