Organization: American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative
Location: Amman, Jordan
Sector: Non Profit
Organization URL: http://www.americanbar.org/advocacy/rule_of_law.html
Experience: Mid Career / Advanced
Last Date To Apply Nov-30-2013
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 American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative seeks a Human Rights and Gender Specialist to support its Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and gender-focused programs. The Human Rights Specialist will conduct training workshops and continuing legal education in these areas in cooperation with ABA ROLI's local partners, including government and non-governmental organizations. The Human Rights Specialist will work under the supervision of the ABA ROLI Jordan Country Director.
Development of workshop materials to enhance lawyers' and judges' understanding of laws and other issues related to Trafficking in Persons;
Coordination with local NGOs and other groups to organize workshops related to human rights topics;
Organization and participation in training activities for judges, lawyers, and NGOs;
Providing support and training to ABA ROLI's local partners on continuing legal education focusing on women's rights and domestic violence;
Providing support and training to NGOs working to strengthen and expand their research and activities on gender and human rights issues.
JD, with significant coursework addressing theme relevant to field of human rights study;
10 years professional experience;
Demonstrated research or field experience in international human rights law, trafficking in persons, and gender issues.
To apply, please visit http://www.americanbar.org/utility/about_the_aba/employment_at_the_aba/aba_job_search.html. Due to the high volume of applicants, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.
cross posted from Foreign Policy Association
Organization URL: http://www.jinsa.org
Experience: Mid Career / Advanced
The Development Director is part of the senior management team and reports to the CEO/ Executive Director. He/she is responsible for the design and implementation of development efforts to achieve long-term financial stability for the organization. The Development Director oversees all aspects of fundraising, including major and planned gifts, special/capital campaigns, foundation and corporate relations and grants, the annual fund, and donor cultivation. The Development Director works with other team members participating in development activities. He/she is responsible for leading, and engaging a volunteer leadership committee and Board members in development activities.
With Management and Board, set and meet annual fundraising goals and development plan
Research, analyze and prioritize new revenue sources from individuals, corporations, government, foundations, and philanthropic networks to expand funding sources.
Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations.
Oversee and implement programming and fundraising efforts for nationwide chapters.
Create and nurture long term relationships with donors
Inspire and engage volunteer and Board members in development activities.
Create and maintain corporate partnerships
Oversee key communications efforts in collaboration with staff and volunteers to:
o Develop and implement messaging
o Create collateral, media, presentation tools, and reports
o Create positive and cohesive publicity
Represent organization publicly
Analyze revenue trends and provide full year forecasts monthly
Job Requirements and Qualifications
Experience: Minimum ten years of fundraising in similar organizations.
Passion for Israel, military, national security and foreign policy issues.
Collaborative personality; ability to inspire and motivate teams and volunteers
Ability to coordinate, manage and prioritize
Excellent communication skills, including ability to write and speak persuasively
Skill at analyzing numbers, forecasting and spreadsheets
Ability to supervise database management
Familiarity with Sage Fundraising Management System ideal.
This is a full-time, exempt position with excellent benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Contact: Lorin Kleinman
Telephone: 202 667-3900
To Apply: Send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to lkleinman(at)jinsa.org.
cross posted from Foreign Policy Association
Community Credit Banking Branch Start-Up Consultant, Liberia
Location: Monrovia, Liberia
Sector: Non Profit
Organization URL: http://www.acdivoca.org/
Experience: Mid Career
Last Date To Apply Aug-30-2013
Date Posted Jul-31-2013
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 84 projects in 40 countries and revenues of approximately $168 million.
We are seeking a community banking/rural credit union consultant for the USAID-funded Smallholder Oil Palm Support project (SHOPS) in Liberia. The project's goals are to increase the productivity of Liberia's smallholder oil palm sector and increase smallholders' incomes. SHOPS supports interventions to promote effective linkages and alliances between financial institutions, input suppliers and farmers and their organizations. This assignment will be closely implemented with the Afriland First Bank. This is a 30-day consultancy, expected to start in October.
Review Afriland First Bank's procedures for management of Karnplay Rural Community Bank to ensure onsite compliance by staff. This includes procedures on the following: organizing documentation and maintaining confidentiality; customer service and opening accounts; handling manager's checks and outgoing transfers; using banking software for credits and debits; cash counts, movement of cash and vault maintenance; and payroll for the numerous government employees that will receive payment through the branch.
Address weaknesses in onsite implementation and provide focused training and support to improve performance.
Upon completion, produce a report that details interventions and trainings provided; adoption and successful implementation by staff; key skill sets for sustained focus; structural issues and practical solutions for the local context; and recommendations for follow up support.
Provide a debrief to SHOPS and Afriland First Bank to discuss the assignment and provide recommendations on any aspects of the assignment that may require additional focus.
Bachelor's degree in a relevant area, a Master's degree is preferred.
Minimum 10 years of experience working in credit unions, community banks or commercial banks at a practical level.
Demonstrated experience with rural credit unions or rural credit cooperatives.
Minimum five years of work experience in a developing country; experience in West Africa is a plus.
Must be computer literate, capable of working in MS Word, MS Excel and banking software.
Contact: ACDI/VOCA International Recruitment
Please apply online at http://acdivoca.maxhire.net/cp/?E5556D361D43515B7E59192F77571F620462774B. No phone calls please. Only finalists contacted. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. EOE.
cross posted from Foreign Policy Association
Organization: Cultural Vistas
Location: Multiple Cities, Germany
Salary Range: $3,000/month
Organization URL: http://www.culturalvistas.org/bosch
Last Date To Apply Nov-1-2013
Date Posted Aug-1-2013
The Robert Bosch Foundation and Cultural Vistas invite US professionals to apply for the 2014-2015 Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program. Bosch Fellows work as consultants in their field of expertise at leading public or private institutions in Germany. In addition, Bosch Fellows participate in professional seminars, where they travel to meet and exchange ideas with key figures across Germany and Europe. Fellows are from the fields of business administration, cultural management (ex. museum, theater, orchestra), journalism, law, non-profit, public policy, and urban planning.
- High-level work experience in German institutions including the federal government, private corporations, print and broadcast media, law firms and NGOs.
- Travel, seminars and networking events throughout Europe -- fellows meet with key decision-makers in the public and private sectors, gaining an in-depth understanding of current issues facing the European Union and Germany
- EUR 3,000 monthly stipend and compensation package including health insurance and coverage of transatlantic and program-related travel costs; additional funding is available for families
- Intensive German language training provided as needed in US and Germany. No German language skills required at time of application.
- Professional networking opportunities with 500 Robert Bosch Fellowship Alumni.
Candidates for the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program must meet the following requirements:
40 years of age or younger at the application deadline
Minimum five years of relevant, full-time work experience in target fellowship field (excluding internships)
Graduate degree preferred
Evidence of outstanding professional performance
Sincere commitment to furthering the transatlantic relationship
Contact Details http://culturalvistas.org/programs-for-students-and-professionals/professional-fellowships/robert-bosch-foundation-fellowship-program
ontact: Katherine Henly
The application deadline is November 1, 2013. For further information and to access the online application, please visit our website: www.culturalvistas.org/bosch.
Completed online application including:
Short essay questions
Most recent university transcript
2 letters of recommendation. Recommenders should be recent supervisors or professional mentors who have worked closely with the applicant.
cross posted from Foreign Policy Association
INEE Minimum Standards Internship
Location: New York, NY
Deadline: 15 August 2013
The INEE Minimum Standards intern will assist the INEE Coordinator for Minimum Standards with various projects that will further the promotion, utilization and institutionalization of the INEE Minimum Standards.
This internship presents a unique learning opportunity to work closely with the INEE Secretariat, liaise directly with INEE members around the world, and be part of projects that contribute to education quality in crisis settings.
Interns will be based at the IRC HQ office in New York City but may be asked to work from home on assigned days. Interns may take school credit for the internship with prior agreement from the supervisor. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled.
Compensation: This is an unpaid opportunity. Students residing abroad, who need visa sponsorship, will not be considered.
The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is an open global network of more than 9,500 practitioners, students, teachers, staff from UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, donors, governments and universities who work together within a humanitarian and development framework to ensure all persons the right to quality education and a safe learning environment in emergencies and post-crisis recovery. The INEE Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies: Preparedness, Response, Recovery are the network's foundation tool. They provide concrete guidance based on education rights and good practices to improve access to safe, relevant and quality education.
INEE was defined not as a formal organization with bureaucratic functions, but rather as a flexible and responsive mechanism, which brings organizations and individuals together to facilitate collaboration, share experiences and resources, establish standards for the field, and engage in advocacy regarding the right to education. INEE does not implement projects or co-ordinate agencies, but works to enable members to be more effective. INEE's Steering Group is comprised of CARE, ChildFund International, the International Rescue Committee, the Open Society Institute (OSI), Save the Children, Refugee Education Trust (RET), UNICEF, UNHCR, UNESCO, and the World Bank.
The INEE Secretariat consists of a Director, Admin Officer, Web Master and Deputy Coordinator for Minimum Standards who are all based at the IRC (NY), a Coordinator for Minimum Standards, who is based at UNICEF (NY), a Coordinator for Network Services, who is based at UNESCO (Paris), and an INEE Deputy Director, Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator for Education and Fragility, who are based at UNHCR (Geneva).
Priorities for the INEE Minimum Standards in 2013 include: the dissemination and promotion of the INEE Minimum Standards Handbook; support to utilization and institutionalization of the INEE Minimum Standards through capacity-building, application visits, tool development and experience documentation; support to INEE members conducting training workshops on the INEE Minimum Standards; operationalization of the INEE/Sphere Companionship through formalized training and advocacy linkages; collaboration with the IASC Education Cluster, including harmonization of the INEE Minimum Standards and First Line Responders' training packages; and continued promotion and advocacy on education in emergencies, INEE and the INEE Minimum Standards.
The INEE Minimum Standards intern will assist the INEE Coordinator for Minimum Standards with various projects that will further the promotion, utilization and institutionalization of the INEE Minimum Standards, including:
• Resource management and development: Develop advocacy briefs, tools and summaries on the INEE Minimum Standards training, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation processes. Review and edit documents as needed.
• Website development and content management: Develop and update content on the INEE Minimum Standards webpages on the INEE website and INEE toolkit.
• Fundraising and proposal writing: Assist with research and preparation for future INEE grants and projects. Assist with quarterly and annual reports updates on current grants.
• Events and workshops: Assist with preparation of the regional trainings and application visits on the INEE Minimum Standards Handbook; Assist with preparation of INEE materials, including drafting inputs into tools, editing framing papers, coordinating logistical requests, and disseminating materials to INEE members worldwide; Assist with selecting and preparing materials for various presentations, orientations and training workshops on the INEE Minimum Standards.
• Outreach and Communications: Assist with outreach and coordination efforts with members of the INEE Working Group on Minimum Standards and INEE members in Africa, Asia, the Middle-East, Latin America, Europe and North America. Draft updates on the INEE Minimum Standards for the wider INEE membership, highlighting new tools, initiatives and opportunities for engagement. Analyse feedback and findings and develop materials to share this information. Track the production, translation, dissemination and use of the INEE Minimum Standards and related materials, liaising with INEE members to identify and fill gaps as needed.
• Administrative activities: Provide general support to the INEE Coordinator for Minimum Standards, INEE Deputy Coordinator for Minimum Standards and other members of the INEE Secretariat, as determined.
• Mailings: mail copies of the INEE Minimum Standards and INEE tools, as requested.
• Learn to use and promote the INEE Minimum Standards
• Learn to manage a Content Management System for the INEE Toolkit and website
• Learn valuable project management skills and interact with INEE members
• Ongoing graduate studies in a relevant field (e.g. education, social work, international relations, refugee issues)
• Demonstrated knowledge of the INEE Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery
• Excellent organizational skills: the ability to track and follow-up on various efforts
• Excellent analytical and writing skills: the ability to draft correspondence, briefs, reports, and syntheses
• Strong communication skills: excellent command of English-language, both spoken and written. Spanish, French, or Arabic language reading and writing skills preferred
• Good interpersonal skills: the ability to successfully interact with a variety of people
• Flexible work attitude: the ability to follow direction and effectively learn and work in an inter-agency environment as well as self-motivate
• Excellent Computer skills: MS Word and Excel. Website content management experience preferred
• Experience in data analysis (STATA, ESPSS, Excel) is strongly preferred.
The intern must be available to work 2 or 3 days/week during the Fall Semester (Sept-Dec 2013). Strong preference will be given to candidates who can intern during the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters.
Recruitment Timeline/Application Procedure
Please submit one MS Word or PDF file with a resume, cover letter, list of 3 references and their contact info through the IRC Recruitment website at: http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=IRC&cws=1&rid=9443
Selected candidates will be invited for an interview.
Title: INEE Minimum Standards Intern - Fall 2013/Spring 2014
Organization: Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies
This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org
Job Opportunities for Young Professionals: Entry-Level Humanitarian Professional Programme (EHP), UNHCR, Various Locations
Established in December 1950, UNHCR is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect and assist refugees, internally displaced people and others of concern. In more than six decades, UNHCR has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. In 2012 alone, the agency had responsibility for 35.8 million people of concern and operated in more than 120 countries.
The Entry-Level Humanitarian Professional Programme, or EHP, is a competitive point of entry into UNHCR for talented professionals under 40 years of age who have a passion for humanitarian work. This recruitment initiative is designed to identify highly qualified and motivated individuals with the right profiles, willing to be deployed to locations where they are needed most.
Selected candidates will join the programme at the P2 level on a two-year cohort program and will be deployed to the field after having completed a comprehensive orientation program in early 2014. The EHP is open to both external and internal applicants.
Applicants will need to fulfill the following minimum requirements:
Advanced university degree, at least a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution;
Two years of relevant working experience in the respective functional area;
Excellent knowledge of English and at least one other UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish). Additional languages are an asset;
Ability to work in a multicultural team;
Willingness to serve in conflict zones, deep field locations;
Willingness to rotate every few years.
In addition, UNHCR staff members should have completed at least one year of their current assignment as of the cut-off date for applications. General Service and field staff at the GS-6/GS-7 and FS-5 levels who do not have a bachelor's degree but who have a minimum of six years of experience in UNHCR, will also be eligible to apply.
Applicants are reminded that this is a competitive program and are requested to provide as much updated information as possible.
Candidates are invited to apply to the following job profiles (without any specific location):
EHP - Associate Protection Officer
EHP - Associate Programme Officer
EHP - Associate Supply Officer
EHP - Associate Administrative/Finance Officer
EHP - Associate Human Resources Officer
Additional information on the job profiles is provided below:
Protection: Coordinate, ensure quality, provide timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern, ensuring that operational responses in all sectors mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards.
Programme: Assist in the planning, programming, implementation and monitoring of assistance projects to persons of concern.
Supply: Manage and support all activities pertaining to the supply chain function including planning, sourcing, transport, shipping, customs clearance and warehousing management in an operation.
Administrative/Finance: Assist in the day-to-day personnel and administrative operations of the office. Control and check the monthly accounts and various administrative activities, in order to verify and certify disbursements are in accordance with the administrative budget and UNHCR's Financial Rules.
Human Resources: Assist in the process of staffing and budget reviews, recruitment and appointment of staff, and in the performance management and staff welfare issues.
Offer of Employment
All selected candidates must accept the offer within two weeks of notification.
Appointment as an EHP cohort member will be subject to satisfactory medical examination; verification of references; and certification of valid diplomas.
Questions regarding the EHP-Programme should be addressed to: hqehp(at)unhcr.org
This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org and Cross-posted from UNHCR: http://www.unhcr.org/pages/51d548d36.html
Entry-Level Humanitarian Professional Programme (EHP)
We are Genesis: Sarajevo Dance Theatre. We have been in operation for 7 years and are embarking on some new and exciting projects. Looking for 3-5 interns to come on board and help facilitate the amazing growth we are experiencing with the company. Looking specifically in DC and NYC however working from other locations may also be accepted.
Some information about Genesis: Sarajevo Dance Theatre:
Our MISSION: To spread dance & artistic opportunities throughout the world with a more specific focus on post-conflict and developing countries/regions. Our purpose is to empower young artists & unify different cultures & religions through dance & arts education. We use the element of dance theatre to collaborate with dancers, actors/actresses, and writers from different backgrounds to tell the stories of and give a voice to social awareness platforms.
To put it simply we are dancing for positive change in our world.
Check out our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/genesissarajevo (Our website is being re-built at the moment and will be up within the next couple of weeks.)
And our reel from the beginning to now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4djDEDLe8w
Our work has been focused on Bosnia and Herzegovina, but this year we have an opportunity to expand to Cambodia. We also have a dance theatre collaboration project in the works in support of ending violence against women in BiH and will be performed in support of the One Billion Rising Campaign.
We are looking for individuals passionate about making our world a better place and finding their part in that overall picture. Dancers and non-dancers welcome. Male and females welcome. Must be organized, reliable, dedicated to follow-through, creative, inventive and thinking outside the box to make stuff happen.
To apply, please respond via email to smoore.genesissarajevo(at)gmail.com Include your resume and a short introduction about yourself. Please respond asap and with a phone number to reach you.
This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org
MDP alum Erin Collinson blogs about "FY14 State & Foreign Ops Appropriations" from new position at Center for Global Development
From 2013 MDP alum Erin Collinson, Policy Outreach Associate, Center for Global Development, cross posted from MFAN News:
FY14 State and Foreign Ops Appropriations: A Development Wonk's Primer 7/30/13 Erin Collinson
This is a joint post with Beth Schwanke.
On Capitol Hill, this time of year is marked by hot, sticky weather and a mad scramble (or is it more of a leisurely stroll this year?) to advance the appropriations process before Members of Congress head back to their districts for the August recess. There's little doubt that the current political and budget climate, complete with automatic sequestration cuts, is complicating this already herculean task.
At CGD, we've been digging into the bills recently released by both chambers' appropriations committees, which provide funding for the State department and foreign assistance.
Scott Morris on the MDBs in the House State and Foreign Ops Appropriations Bill
Jenny Ottenhoff on Global Health
Senate SFOPs Bill: Full Text, Report, and Summary
House SFOPS Bill: Full Text, Report, and Summary from the Subcommittee
Last fiscal year, Congress enacted $43 billion in regular discretionary funding (not including the effects of sequestration). For FY14, the House's version of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill would severely cut spending to $34.1 billion--an $8 billion cut to regular discretionary spending compared to FY13. The Senate bill, on the other hand, would provide nearly $44.1 billion in discretionary spending, creating a gap of $10 billion between the two bills. (Yes, billion). The president's budget requested $48 billion back in April. Meanwhile, both bills would fund war-related accounts, along with emergency stabilization and humanitarian efforts, at around $6.5 billion, well above the $3.8 billion requested by the president.
*Does not include the effects of sequestration and recessions, OMB has estimated the actual enacted FY13 total to be approximately $51.8 billion, of which $11.7 billion is OCO.
What's Next...and Does it Matter?
Both bills have won approval from their respective committees but neither Majority Leader Reid nor Speaker Boehner has signaled a plan for floor consideration. The dramatic mismatch in top-line and individual account numbers, as well as a number of divisive policy issues, make it more likely that the State and Foreign Ops funding for FY14 will be moved in some sort of continuing resolution vehicle. So, if the House numbers were making you panic, please begin breathing again now.
That said, what's in the bills speaks volumes about the state of US development policy. You can find summaries of the bills on the House and Senate appropriations committees' websites. And, as usual, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition has provided a helpful breakdown. Here's our run-through of provisions near to the CGD heart:
The Deep Cuts
Multilateral assistance was one of the most significant casualties among the House bill's cuts. Check out Scott Morris's post analyzing the dramatic cuts to the Multilateral Development Bank accounts, but managing to find a glimmer of hope for the future in the flexibility the House would provide by allowing transfers to some of the MDBs from Development Assistance and Economic Support Fund accounts (of course, those would get cut too). The Senate bill, on the other hand, would provide the president's budget request of full funding for US obligations to the MDBs.
Climate Change Assistance
The House bill would eliminate funding for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and climate change-related World Bank Investment Funds. While the IPCC cuts are likely to receive more attention, the World Bank's investment funds represent one of only a few avenues for tackling a grim global public goods problem. The Senate bill includes full funding for the Clean Technology Fund, Strategic Climate Fund, and the Global Environment Facility.
Millennium Challenge Corporation
Given the bipartisan support the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has traditionally enjoyed in Congress, many were surprised to see that the House bill cut funding for the agency by more than 20 percent to $702 million. However, the report accompanying the House bill includes language affirming the Committee's continued strong support for the MCC's mission, noting that the decision to reduce funding was "made without prejudice." The Senate bill provides $899 million, slightly more than the president requested. We were disappointed to see language from the Senate appropriators directing State, USAID and MCC to "jointly assess and report on the extent to which compacts are aligned with U.S. strategic interests." This strikes us as counter to MCC's core mission of selecting countries based on good governance--not strategic interests. Both committees urge the MCC to make rooting out corruption a priority in their future work with compact countries. However, this is likely to be quite difficult to accurately evaluate given relatively poor corruption data.
Other Provisions of Note
The House bill includes language restricting the use of direct government-to-government assistance, reflecting concerns about corruption and opacity in governments that receive US aid. Take a look at Justin Sandefur's piece dispelling the big myths about on-budget aid, using Afghanistan as an example. Perhaps those Members concerned about corruption in governments receiving US assistance might consider implementing Cash on Delivery Aid, where donors pay only if the contracted-for outcome is achieved.
On his recent trip to Africa, President Obama announced an initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. Todd Moss has made no secret of his support for the plan, but he and Beth also expressed some doubt about the impact of Power Africa given its interagency structure. Under the House bill, funding to support the initiative might already be a concern. The president's budget request included a 30 percent bump in the administrative account for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), an agency central to carrying out the initiative, but the House bill instead would include a slight reduction in funding for the agency. Likewise, zeroing out funding to the African Development Bank could put pressure on the AfDB to decrease its financial and technical assistance support for Power Africa. The Senate bill would deliver the president's full request of $71.8 million for OPIC's administrative expenses and a contribution of $32.4 million for the African Development Bank.
Despite the challenging fiscal environment, both the House and Senate shielded global health priorities from major cuts. For more detailed analysis, here's a post from Jenny Ottenhoff. Both bills would continue the United States' role as the largest funder of global health programs, and global health would remain one of the largest chunks of the 150 account. To put this in context, both the House and Senate would fund global health programs at around $8 billion as opposed to $2.5 billion from the Senate and $2 billion from the House for Development Assistance and $942 million from the House and $1.36 billion from the Senate for IDA.
The House bill would include $1.3 billion in assistance to Egypt, specifying counterterrorism and border security purposes. The Senate bill would provide $250 million in economic assistance and $1.3 million in military assistance, which would be made available in 25 percent increments based on Egypt's fulfillment of specified criteria (though we'll see what happens to Senator Paul's (R-KY) amendment to the transportation appropriations bill, which would redirect US aid to Egypt to domestic bridges). Both bills refrain from weighing in on the question of whether recent events in Egypt constitute a military coup making the country ineligible for US assistance, though it's possible the Senate's increment language was added following these events. For a rundown on US aid to Egypt by the numbers, visit Alexis Sowa's post.
The House and Senate bills would withhold assistance, including funding via the Economic Support Fund, if the Government of Pakistan fails to cooperate with the United States in efforts to combat terrorism. The United States has clear reason for wanting a strong counterterrorism partner in Pakistan, but it's hard to believe that a threat to ESF funding will incentivize Pakistan's military. Nancy Birdsall and Alexis Sowa have suggested that as the Enhanced Partnership for Pakistan Act (more commonly known as Kerry-Lugar-Berman or KLB) nears expiration at the end of 2014 and much of the $7.5 billion authorized over five years has yet to be disbursed, the real need is for a strategic dialogue on development between the US and Pakistan.
The House bill restricts aid to Sudan and affirms the US commitment to providing assistance that supports human rights in South Sudan. Kate Almquist Knopf has argued the United States needs a different approach when it comes to relations with the Sudans.
Ahead of Zimbabwe's upcoming national election on July 31, the House bill conveys concern about the Government of Zimbabwe. It would build off of ZDERA, preventing US support of loans or grants at any of the IFIs and would also prevent funding from going directly to the government except for health, education, and macroeconomic assistance until the Secretary of State certifies that rule of law has been restored in Zimbabwe. For other ideas on USG policy towards Zimbabwe, see Todd Moss's testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The last time Congress passed a stand-alone State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill: 2005 (FY 2006), although a full bill was included in the Consolidated Appropriations bill for FY 2008 that saw floor time in 2007.
Number of times the word "climate" appears in the House bill: 0
Rough (but very conservative) count of the number of reports that would be required by agencies in bill language alone: 60 from the Senate and 65 from the House.
The Economic Club of Minnesota's September Luncheon withTimothy Beardson, Author, Stumbling Giant: The Threats to China's Future
Timothy Beardson founded, majority-owned and ran Crosby, which became the largest independent investment bank in the Far East. He sat on the board of investment companies which were involved in most countries of South and East Asia from Pakistan through China to Indonesia. Eventually, Crosby employed 650 staff in 14 countries from New York to Beijing. It had an annual transaction volume of US$ 20 billion. It was the first international investment bank to open in China, Thailand and Malaysia and the only foreign bank invited to participate in the working party to set up the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Crosby was active in the stock markets and had presences in China, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It also had operations in Britain, Japan, Switzerland and the United States. It advised governments, corporations and financial institutions on strategic and economic issues regarding Asia and the world.
Beardson sold the bank in the late 1990s. He is married, with one son, and lives principally in Hong Kong.
Date Monday, September 23, 2013 register http://ecomnbeardson.eventbrite.com/
Time Reception: 11:00am-12:00pm
The Minneapolis Hilton
1001 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Women and Peacemaking V5.pdfAttached is a flier for the event.
An event website/registration page has been created (make sure you refresh your browser for those who have been reviewing):
And a Facebook Event page is available:
Women's Participation in Peace-Making and Security in Northern Ireland and Around the World
University of Minnesota-Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Cowles Auditorium
301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis
9:30 a.m. check-in
10 a.m. program
Center for Women and Public Policy
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Prof. Parkinson paper on mobilization & social networks published in American Political Science Review
Organizing Rebellion: Rethinking High-Risk Mobilization and Social Networks in War
Sarah Elizabeth Parkinson, University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Research on violent mobilization broadly emphasizes who joins rebellions and why, but neglects to explain the timing or nature of participation. Support and logistical apparatuses play critical roles in sustaining armed conflict, but scholars have not explained role differentiation within militant organizations or accounted for the structures, processes, and practices that produce discrete categories of fighters, soldiers, and staff. Extant theories consequently conflate mobilization and participation in rebel organizations with frontline combat. This article argues that, to understand wartime mobilization and organizational resilience, scholars must situate militants in their organizational and social context. By tracing the emergence and evolution of female-dominated clandestine supply, financial, and information networks in 1980s Lebanon, it demonstrates that mobilization pathways and organizational subdivisions emerge from the systematic overlap between formal militant hierarchies and quotidian social networks. In doing so, this article elucidates the nuanced relationship between social structure, militant organizations, and sustained rebellion.
2012-2013 Humphrey International Fellow Samuel Coker has been promoted to Deputy Director of Corporate Strategy and Administration in the Human Resource Management Office of the civil service, Government of Sierra Leone. He sends his greetings to all former colleagues, faculty, staff, and classmates at the University of Minnesota.
here's the link: http://www.environmental-initiative.org/blog/2013/06/22/report-from-abroad-exploring-organic-waste-in-bangalore/
Here's a blog post written by 2013 MURP grad Georgia Rubenstein, Manager of Environmental Projects, about her experience in India as part of the Acara program.
Carissa Schively Slotterback, PhD, AICP
Associate Professor and Director, Urban and Regional Planning Program
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
130 HHH Center, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 625-0640, cschively(at)umn.edu
Dear MDP friends and colleagues:
I write to let you know about a transition in the leadership of the Master of Development Practice (MDP) degree program. Our colleague, Dr. Chavanne Peercy, who has coordinated and taught in the University of Minnesota MDP degree program since its launch in 2010, will be moving to the next phase of her career as she leaves the University this summer. While we are saddened to see her leave us, we wish Chavanne the very best in her new endeavors - which include a Fulbright research and teaching award in Guinea starting this fall and her forthcoming book from Palgrave Macmillan on local leadership and democratic transitions. Chavanne will spend the coming year in Guinea as a visiting faculty member at the University of Conakry where she will teach graduate courses on development and work on her research focused on the role of local leadership in the current political transition in Guinea.
Chavanne came to the University of Minnesota three years ago with a wealth of development experience at both the grassroots and national levels. Her extensive international development experience and her academic expertise have made our program both intellectually rigorous and practice-oriented. During her time here Chavanne has shared her talents and experiences generously as she helped to build and expand the interdisciplinary MDP program and teach core program courses. Over 50 students have participated in the MDP under Chavanne's guidance and support. At the same time, Chavanne played a key role in fostering the interdisciplinary faculty network that makes the MDP such a strong campus-wide endeavor. We are indebted to Chavanne for her commitment to building a strong foundation that will allow the MDP program to thrive and grow even during this transition.
Please join me, together with our partners at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, in thanking Chavanne for her steadfast leadership as the inaugural coordinator of the MDP program.
With Chavanne's departure, Dr. David (Dave) Wilsey joins us as the new Lecturer and Coordinator for the MDP program. Dave comes to us from University of Minnesota Extension's Center for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences, where he is an Associate Extension Professor. With Extension, Dave's work has focused primarily on socio-economic aspects of natural resource management, including natural resource enterprises, market-based conservation, and community-based research and development. Dave's principal collaborators have included Minnesota's Tribal communities, small-scale farms and forest landowners, and forest product gatherers.
Dave was a Policy Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in 2011-2012, has served on the board of the UMN Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership since 2010, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador.
Dave holds a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master's degree in conservation biology from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in natural resources and environment from the University of Florida. Dave's varied development experience in local and international contexts will serve as a valuable resource for the MDP students he will teach and mentor in our program, and we are delighted to have him with us.
Please join us in extending a very warm welcome to Dave Wilsey as he steps into his new leadership role with the MDP program.
With best regards,
Karen Brown, Ph.D., Director
Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change and
Assistant Vice President for International Scholarship
University of Minnesota
537B Heller Hall
271-19th Avenue South
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Welcome to Aliou Ndiaye, MDP candidate (graduating summer 2013) from UCAD Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal, who is visiting the University of Minnesota for two weeks July and August 2013. Contact Sherry Gray for more information.
Pictured here with outgoing MDP Coordinator, Dr. Chavanne Peercy.
After ten weeks exploring rural Nepal and conducting four value chain analyses with three other teammates, I have returned from Nepal. I had the pleasure of working alongside our domestic partners, ForestAction Nepal and Rural Reconstruction Nepal to conduct these projects to inform the nation-wide Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Programme which seeks to utilize forestry to create avenues towards poverty alleviation and environmentally-sustainable development initiatives. My team specifically focused on conducting value chains of resin from the pinus roxburghii tree as well as a value chain of the acacia catechu (locally known as khayar) tree. We worked with our partners to conduct interviews and focus groups with multiple communities, including both the executive committee and the community members; government and private companies involved in the enterprises; government and nongovernment officials who serve as enablers throughout the value chain; as well as private sellers of the products. The image shown was captured during a focus group with community members who demonstrated how pine resin was collected from the local trees.
Our findings were presented over the past two weeks to both our local partners as well as their affiliate offices in Kathmandu. These presentations were conducted informally to create an environment where all stakeholders felt comfortable presenting their ideas and feedback on the value chains and their potential to poverty reduction for the poorest of the poor within communities. Primary findings and recommendations included the potential for a switch to community-managed enterprises, which currently is not happening in the Terhathum or Dhankuta districts of eastern Nepal, as well as greater collaboration and coordination across communities within these districts to promote the sharing of information, knowledge and best practices. I am incredibly grateful for the experience this opportunity provided me with, and look forward to the contributions it will make to my future career in international development.
Kayla Mueller, MDP Candidate, University of Minnesota
Tuesday, August 20; registration 5:30 P; program 6:00 - 8:00 P NotMyLife.pdf
Screening of documentary film, followed by a panel discussion.
Jeff Bauer, director of public policy, The Family Partnership;
Vednita Carter, executive director, Breaking Free;
John Choi, Ramsey County attorney; and
Bukola Oriola, host of Imprisoned Show
Kathleen Smith Ruhland of DLA Piper, a leading law firm in pro bono work for human trafficking victims
Where: Cowles Auditorum, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE but advance registration requested https://dnbweb1.blackbaud.com/OPXREPHIL/EventDetail.asp?cguid=045C189A-FBDB-4755-8568-62F2F58D652B&eid=%2046345&sid=2D3748AF-1D63-4EBE-A56F-8A7DDE434B30
The Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience (STAR) program at Eastern Mennonite University is pleased to announce two upcoming trainings:
STAR Level I: This training will take place on the EMU campus in Harrisonburg, Va. from Sept. 16-20. The five-day experiential training brings together restorative justice, human security, neurobiology, spirituality and conflict transformation, and is for those who work with traumatized populations--religious leaders, mental health professionals, humanitarian and aid workers, and educators. Trainers are Vernon Jantzi and Beverly Prestwood Taylor. Hear from one former participant about how STAR has impacted her work.
The Journey Home from War: This two-day workshop also be offered on the EMU campus, Sept. 12-13. It is for friends, families, and congregations of veterans--those who minister to soldiers as they return to civilian life. It will examine the effects of trauma on the body, mind and spirit; common responses to unhealed trauma; recognizing the symptoms of traumatic brain injury; and new skills and strategies for charting a healing journey. The workshop will be facilitated by Beverly Prestwood Taylor of the Brookfield Institute in Mass., who has been working with returning veterans since 2007. Read more about the training and fostering resiliency in returning veterans here.
Partial scholarships may be applied for. CEs and CEUs are available. For more information, go to www.emu.edu/star or call 540-432-4651.
This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org
Myanmar is at an historic stage in its development. A new Constitution was adopted in May 2008 and elections were held in November 2010 with by-elections in April 2012. The new Constitution provides specific principles of democracy, the rule of law and human rights, and separation of powers between the executive, legislature and judiciary. In a widely publicized and debated speech to Parliament on the 19 June, 2012 (see: English translation in: http://www.myanmar.com/newspaper/nlm/index.html), ,
President Thein Sein emphasised the importance of the sub-national level (State/ Regions, Districts, Townships) for the on-going reform and for economic development, and stressed that improved local public service provision notably in the social sectors, people centred regional and township planning from bottom up, together with improved land use and registration as well as 'good governance and clean government' are essential for the States / Regions assuming a developmental role.
The government initiated reform process affect the basic foundations of the governance structure of Myanmar, as they imply a re-definition of the role and function of the state and other actors in society, change the interactions between the state and its citizen as well as change the way decisions about resource allocation and distribution are made.
Bringing service delivery closer to the people and involving them more actively in the planning and decision making process will benefit from a gradual transfer of decision making authority to lower levels of government, which are increasingly better equipped to deliver services, take autonomous decisions regarding their mandated functions and authorities, and are more responsive and accountable to the people.
Essential elements in this process are:
The establishment of well-functioning institutions, systems and mechanisms at sub-national and local level that contribute to an efficient, effective, transparent and accountable government that works in partnership with all stakeholders. These structures will enable government to interact pro-actively with citizens to identify their needs and priorities, to engage them in planning, implementing and evaluating public services, but also to enable citizens to hold their government to account;
The quality of public servants in terms of knowledge, skills, ethics, and attitudes. Public servants are the face of government and can make or break public trust in government. This makes capacity development in the public service an essential element in the democratic transition process;
To make the ongoing democratization process sustainable and well anchored in society will also require an enhancement of the capability of citizens and in particular civil society to hold government to account and to participate constructively in the development process at local, regional and national level.
Government at all levels and across all sectors is eager to operationalize and translate its new role and related functions into practice.
To contribute to an enhanced basis for policy dialogue, and to support decision-making, planning and engagement for national stakeholders and development partners, UNDP will organize a national workshop in partnership with the Government of Myanmar. The objective of the workshop is to bring together experts and experiences of local governance reforms from the South East Asia region that will provide the Government of Myanmar with valuable input to their own reform process.
For more information, please visit: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=39216
This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org and Cross-posted from: http://unjoblist.org/vacancy/?281620
LOCAL GOVERNANCE EXPERT
Location : Yangon & Nay Pyi Taw, MYANMAR
Application Deadline : 06-Aug-13
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : International Consultant
Languages Required : English
Duration of Initial Contract : 4 days
Expected Duration of Assignment : 4 days
Social Impact (SI) is a Washington, DC-area international development management consulting firm. We provide a full range of innovative program evaluation, management consulting, technical assistance, and training services to strengthen international development programs, organizations and policies. Our global services are in the areas of democracy and governance, health and education, agriculture, the environment, and economic growth.
SI seeks a candidate to serve as a full-time South Sudanese national Gender Specialist for the Project on Good Governance in the Republic of South Sudan (PROGRESS), which aims to strengthen functions of selected Government of South Sudan and state-level institutions. In particular, the project seeks to promote effective and accountable governance in priority areas of key Republic of South Sudan (RSS) systems and organizations in order to define policy, ensure implementation of plans and policies, promote effective leadership and citizen engagement, and effectively execute a harmonized legal system. The project seeks to offer both long-term technical support to transfer technical knowledge, skills and support as well as short-term advisors to partner governance institutions to develop specific systems to enhance governance effectiveness. The project will be implemented over a three-year period, with two one-year options following the initial implementation period.
Responsibilities and Tasks:
The Gender Specialist will be working directly under and reporting to the M&E Manager, and alongside a local M&E Specialist. The candidate will be responsible for integrating gender sensitive approaches to technical assistance, and will work closely with the M&E specialist to analyze the effect of the PROGRESS project to ensure that these analyses adequately and appropriately include gender based differences, stake holder groups, and that interventions are made more effective through gender equity.
The Gender Specialist will improve the effectiveness and long-term sustainability of PROGRESS interventions by creating a strategy that includes consideration of gender differences and gender-based stakeholder groups in activities. The Gender Specialist will work closely with the COP to develop such a strategy including a gender-disaggregated monitoring and evaluation plan that measures results against a baseline. The Gender Specialist will also work with the COP and PROGRESS technical teams to ensure that PROGRESS mainstreams gender into all activities.
The Gender Specialist will improve the effectiveness and long-term sustainability of PROGRESS interventions by creating a general strategy, and will work closely with the COP to develop such a strategy including a gender-disaggregated monitoring and evaluation plan that measures results against a baseline.
Specific Activities Include:
Undertake s number of activities designed to increase women's roles
Actively monitor and analyze activities to ensure that they are proportionally facilitating a more equitable role for women
Incorporate gender into indicators that lend themselves to disaggregation
Insure that data are collected and statistics and analysis are included in all reports
Design and implement a gender needs assessment;
Improve the effectiveness and long-term sustainability of RSS interventions by ensuring that gender is analyzed and incorporated into the design and implementation of RSS interventions;
Strengthen the capacity of RSS personnel to conduct their own routine monitoring and evaluation of programmatic interventions in a gender sensitive manner;
**Please Note: This is a local opportunity. TCNs will be considered CCNs for this opportunity.**
The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years' experience in international development, with experience working in the context of gender and women, skills in qualitative and quantitative methodologies, as well as experience with governance institutions. Regional experience in East Africa is preferred. He/She should have an advanced degree in gender, international development, or other relevant fields.
Minimum of 3 years working with donor-funded international development programs
Experience working on issues directly related to women in developing countries, as well as conducting gender assessments, and developing gender indicators
Expertise in gender analysis, strategic planning and integrating gender balance into project design and management
Technical and contextual background in gender main streaming and/or gender considerations incorporated into government structure
Familiarity with USAID Gender Policy and Program Cycle, ADS regulations on gender integration and USAID required gender indicators preferred
Must be fluent in English
To learn more about Social Impact, please visit our website: http://www.socialimpact.com
Please apply online at: http://www.socialimpact.com (submit an updated CV and a cover letter via the DevHire system).
We will contact only eligible candidates to further discuss their availability. Please no phone calls. Social Impact is an equal opportunity employer.
Deadline: 31 August 2013.
This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org and Cross-posted from AWID: http://awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/
Source: Social Impact
Social Impact. South Sudan.
Closing date: August 31, 2013.