Monday, July 24, 2017

Sept 13 Global Conversations: Geopolitics of Energy

Despite the so-called "energy revolution," the U.S. today is by no means disentangled from foreign dependence and global trends.

Join us for a conversation - in Minneapolis AND St. Paul - with former Ambassador to Turkey Ross Wilson as he discusses the effect of U.S. petroleum security on foreign policy.

St. Paul Wednesday, September 13 | 12:00 pm | Free

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Field report from MDP Ntalo, Belize

Field experience update from MDP student Erin Ntalo (Belize team includes Adriana Arce Martinez and Julia Fair): "There are many aspects of Maya heritage and custom I could write about, but the one that stands out as primary in the nearly two months I've spent in Southern Belize is the importance of land. Maya people value their land for providing everything they need to sustain life and make it enjoyable.

They grow staple crops like maize in plots located in their fertile forests, which are communally-owned. They forage wild foods like ginger, building materials for their homes like the cohune palm that makes the thatch roof, craft supplies like the jippi jappa for weaving baskets, and medicinal herbs. Many of the 39 Maya villages have rivers within their boundaries and people not only use the water for washing, bathing and drinking, but also find time on the weekends to relax with a swim.

From what I have seen and experienced firsthand, Maya people are connected to the land for what it can provide them, but they don't merely extract its resources, which are bountiful; they steward the soil and trees to ensure abundance for generations to come. The Maya are fond of saying that they may be cash-poor, but they are rich in everything they need to survive. Having walked their farms and forests, I can attest to the fact that there is no lack of useful and beautiful natural resources. 

The attached photo is of some of my teammates and our host, Pablo Mis, planting maize on his father-in-law's plot. The maize seeds were gifted to him by the head alcalde (chief) of the Maya people. We helped plant the seeds so that they would survive for many generations. The photo I'm sending is property of the Maya Leaders Alliance and I have permission to use it" 

MPP alum Besonen is Gadbaw International Law & Policy Fellow at GE

Mark Besonen, a 2017 M.P.P. graduate, has recently started working as an R. Michael Gadbaw International Law and Policy fellow in General Electric's Government Affairs & Policy office in Washington D.C. During his one year working as a policy fellow at GE, Mark will be working on projects related to its defense, energy, oil and gas, and political analysis businesses. Mark's work will focus on international trade, defense, and energy issues.

Indigenous Biocultural Exchange Fund, IIE

The Indigenous Biocultural Exchange Fund provides financial assistance to an individual to attend global biocultural events/exchanges or meetings of international significance which impacts the applicant’s home territory or region (individuals or organizations must apply for funding for a specific meeting or event). The focus of the fund examines biocultural issues—the rich but neglected adaptive interweave of people and place, culture and ecology. This fund supports indigenous peoples and local communities to have a voice in the policies and forums that concern biocultural diversity at a global level (for example, in relation to UNDRIP and other UN Conventions such as the Right to Food and the Convention on Biological Diversity).

The fund aims to encourage an actively and participatory exchange of knowledge systems, especially for, but not limited to, individuals in the following regions: African Rift Valley, Central Asia & Turkey, Southwest U.S. & Northern Mexico, Northern Australia, and Melanesia. Of special interest are indigenous people and local communities who have been traditionally under-represented in biocultural events, including but not limited to, women, youth, and first time travelers.

Award Benefits

Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray costs, which include international airfare, hotel/lodging, conference fees, meals, incidentals, local transportation, visa fees, and travel insurance.

A maximum of $5,000.00 USD is awarded to selected applicants (flexibility will be considered pending review of an applicant’s budget submission).

We are accepting applications until August 27, 2017 at 11:59 pm EDT for conferences taking place between October 15, 2017 and February 28, 2018. You can find the application form online. Please take time to review the eligibility requirements before completing the application.


Past Participants

Applicant must be Indigenous (definition below) or a member of a local indigenous community.

The modern understanding of this term used and advanced by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is based on the following:
Self-identification as indigenous peoples at the individual level and accepted by the community as their member
Historical continuity with pre-colonial and/or pre-settler societies
Strong link to territories and surrounding natural resources
Distinct social, economic or political systems
Distinct language, culture and beliefs
Form non-dominant groups of society
Resolve to maintain and reproduce their ancestral environments and systems as distinctive peoples and communities

For applicants who meet the above criteria, additional preference will be given to:
Youth (18+)
Exchange in the following regions: African Rift Valley, Central Asia & Turkey, Southwest U.S. & Northern Mexico, Northern Australia, and Melanesia
First time traveler (or applying with an organization to support a first time traveler)

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 

Partners Global Exec Program Asst

Position Title: Executive Program Assistant
Position Type: Full time
Salary: Commensurate with experience
State Date: As soon as possible

PartnersGlobal (previously Partners for Democratic Change), established in 1989, is an international, non-governmental organization committed to building sustainable capacity to advance democratic institutions, civil society, and a culture of peaceful change and conflict management worldwide. PartnersGlobal specializes in organizational development and social entrepreneurship, having provided the seed capital and technical assistance to establish 18 independent, local Centers around the world.

PartnersGlobal adheres to the values of participatory decision-making, collaboration, and consensus-building as the fundamentals of an inclusive, democratic society; and, we promote the application of these skills in all aspects of our work. The PartnersGlobal team includes process experts, facilitators, and trainers who apply those collaborative skills to achieve concrete results in technical areas such as the rule of law, women’s empowerment, security sector reform, and natural resource management. Our network of local Centers is renowned for undertaking cutting edge work and applying our process expertise to convene disparate parties to jointly tackle some of the most complex development challenges.

Position Description:

PartnersGlobal is seeking an extremely motivated individual interested in an entry-level position in the conflict resolution or international development field. This is an excellent opportunity for a recent undergraduate to facilitate his or her transition from academic studies to a professional role within an international NGO. The Executive Program Assistant’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to: executive level support, office operations, and communications. As a member of the Executive Team, the Executive Program Assistant provides support for all executive-level initiatives, making sure all details are in place but also providing valuable feedback for the development of such initiatives. This includes external outreach, events and programs as well as internal office and staff development. As Executive Program Assistant, he or she will be exposed to almost every facet of the organization. Candidates must be willing and able to work and liaise with many types of working styles and professionals due to the cross-cutting nature of the position.

The Executive Program Assistant must be comfortable working in a culturally diverse environment and be willing to work in and with various departments in the office. The person in this role sets the tone of professionalism for PartnersGlobal as the first point of contact to the organization for Executive-level relations, including network affiliate organizations, the board of directors, clients, and donors.

Primary Responsibilities:

Executive Level Support Duties (35% of time)
Provide logistical support to President and other senior staff including travel arrangements, and credit card expense reports.
Manage logistics and attend Board of Directors meetings, help produce the quarterly board packets and draft board minutes.
Assist in coordination of various network initiatives, such as directors’ and assembly meetings.
Assist President in maintaining donor contacts and facilitate fundraising initiatives through Salesforce.
Manage the President’s schedule and assist in outreach.
Perform other duties as assigned by President.
Support regional teams as necessary, including with business development related tasks.

Operations and Office Management Duties (20% of time)
Manage daily administrative operations of the office together with the Deputy Director for Operations. Assist in troubleshooting as necessary.
Maintain kitchen inventory
Coordinate printed materials (stationery, business cards etc.).
Facilitate check requests and finance support as needed.
Track copy room inventory, order copier toners, postal supplies, and overnight carrier supplies as needed.
Retrieve mail and post outgoing mail and direct packages to individuals upon receipt.
Liaise with office tenants (the Alliance for Peacebuilding staff members) to ensure office relations and management is smooth. Make improvements to office as necessary regarding organizational and process issues.
Receive PartnersGlobal general calls and forward as necessary.

Communications Duties (45% of time)
Maintain all social media outlets, ensuring consistent, relevant and on-brand content.
Liaise with regional teams to effectively portray and promote PartnersGlobal work.
Create annual report and other informational/marketing pieces as needed.
Coordinate select announcements via email marketing and Salesforce.
Update website content as necessary.

Minimum bachelor’s degree required. Preferably in one of PartnersGlobal program areas: conflict resolution, international development, political science, international relations, sustainable environmental development and/or communications.
Must have a demonstrated interest in PartnersGlobal fields of work. Leadership experience is preferable.
Must be proficient with PC-based computers.
Must be detail-oriented, with excellent organizational skills; strong problem-solving abilities; personality willing to find creative and cost-effective solutions to operational issues.
Must possess effective interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with diverse and international teams at all levels, anticipating needs and keeping staff informed of problems and issues.
Strong research and analytical skills to gather and compile complex data and information.
Excellent communication skills both in writing and verbal presentation.
Must have the ability to take initiative and be resourceful in maintaining a professional work environment.
Must be able to handle confidential data (e.g. budget and salary information, contractual terms and conditions, etc.).
Must be flexible, able to multi-task and work in a busy environment.

To Apply: Please send (via e-mail) a résumé and cover letter to: Please indicate in the subject of the email and cover letter that you are applying for the “Executive Program Assistant position”. No phone calls please.

Please cite PCDNetwork as the source of the posting in your application.

We will contact applicants for an interview or to request additional information.

PartnersGlobal is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on sex, gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, pregnancy, marital status, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 

Youth Peace & Security Regional Consultation (Brussels)

We are seeking 40 young people between the age of 15 and 29 who are active, enthusiastic and invested in promoting peace and security across the European Union, the countries of the European Free Trade Association and the Western Balkans, to help discuss and orient the role of youth in sustaining peace in their communities and countries. As part of a series of regional consultations organised within the framework of the progress study on Youth, Peace and Security, mandated by UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015), the European External Action Service, in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, the Anna Lindh Foundation, the European Youth Forum and the European Partnership for Children and Youth in Peacebuilding (the United Network of Young Peacebuilders, World Vision International and Search for Common Ground), will organise a European consultation on Youth, Peace and Security. The consultation will take place in Brussels, Belgium from 25 to 27 September 2017, and it will be part of a global effort to bolster action on the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 that calls for a greater role for young people in strengthening peace and security. The discussions from various regional consultations, and other discussions with young people throughout the world, will feed into the progress study highlighting the positive contribution of young people to peacebuilding. The progress study will be presented to the UN Security Council and Member States in early 2018. The European consultation in Brussels will comprise of strategic peer to peer discussions among 40 selected young people from the region.

The selection of participants will be made based on motivation and experience, with the majority coming from youth-led organisations. The organisers will ensure balance in terms of age, gender, geography and diversity among selected participants.

Successful applicants will be notified by email. All expenses, including travel and accommodation, of the selected participants will be provided for.

All applications must be submitted by Wednesday, 2 August 2017 at 6 pm (Brussels time). Applications can be made on-line at:

Please read the Applicant’s Guide on-line for more information on the eligibility and application process click here

For questions please write to enquiries(at)

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 

Johns Hopkins SAIS Admissions Dir (Wash DC)

For more information and to apply, visit

Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Global Enrollment and Recruitment, the Director of Admissions provides strategic leadership and effective management of the Office of Admissions and its three full-time staff members, as well as graduate student employees. Key responsibilities include: design and implementation of data-driven marketing and recruitment strategies designed to enroll a highly talented, diverse class of graduate students; coordination and collaboration with admissions procedures for Washington, DC, Bologna, Italy and Nanjing, China campuses; oversight of admissions processing; management and optimization of available technology; direct assessment of admissions applications; representation of Johns Hopkins SAIS programs to domestic and international academic institutions, alumni, professional development partners, and prospective students; conduct staff development; and management of the $300,000 operational budget. The Director works with a high degree of autonomy, yet also collaborates closely with internal administrative and academic stakeholders, as well as numerous external constituents to support a comprehensive approach to enrollment management.

Leadership & Management
Design and implement marketing and recruitment strategies for SAIS early career, mid-career and PhD programs (e.g. MA, MIEF, GPP, MIPP, PhD)
Promote SAIS programs through formal and informal interactions with prospective students, parents and peer institutions
Oversee the processing of all admissions applications (including on-line applications) and directly evaluate a significant portion of all admissions applications, as well as oversee all application decisions
Oversee the development and management of admissions systems and databases
Collaborate with the Office of Marketing and Communications on the design and production of marketing publications including general and degree specific brochures
Oversee the design and implementation of on-campus and virtual information sessions and the annual Open House for admitted candidates
Represent the admissions office within the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA)
Plan and travel for recruitment functions, including prospective student receptions, graduate recruitment fairs, and group travel with APSIA schools
Develop strategies to engage prospects via social media, and provide online and offline content that will help generate applications and subsequently increase yield on admissions offers.
Mentor and develop staff, advocating for needed resources that will enhance individual’s ability to contribute to their full potential
Cultivate relationships with Johns Hopkins SAIS alumni and engage them in the ongoing work of the School through active participation in recruitment and yield activities;
Provide the deans, other administrators, and faculty with detailed admissions data and reports
Assist the Associate Dean of Student Services on student issues, student life, and academic administrative policy as appropriate or required
Maintain regular and close contact with faculty, administrators, and deans to keep them informed of admissions issues
Counsel prospective and admitted students
Organize Admission Committee meetings
Manage the Admissions Office budget
Review and edit all content related to online applications and admissions web sites
Participate in the process of awarding fellowships to students

Opportunities for the Position:

With the support of Johns Hopkins SAIS senior leadership, the admissions team is focused on updating the admissions process to strengthen individual and team contributions, harness available technology, improve efficiency, and enhance overall professionalism. Setting the strategic course for the department will also require appropriate delegation of duties, coupled with careful attention to follow up and outcomes assessment. Working with the Assistant Dean of Global Enrollment and Recruitment the director will create a predictive model to guide recruitment goals and enrollment planning that balances use of institutional resources, assures sustained commitment to educational excellence, and meets student recruitment goals central to the success of the next admissions leader.

Additional priorities include:

Maintain and expand Johns Hopkins SAIS participation in outreach to Historically Black Colleges, Hispanic American Colleges and Universities and other minority serving institutions
Commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse population
Participate in the ongoing institutional strategic planning process
Actively solicit input from stakeholders, evaluate recommendations, implement changes as appropriate, and provide timely feedback on admissions policy, procedures, and/or practice
Recruit a talented student body demonstrating strong quantitative ability
Devise strategies for improving the balance between high demand academic programs (e.g., international policy programs) and those with current growth potential (e.g., regional programs).
Automate and/or streamline routine manual processes
Improve admissions data collection, report generation, and data dissemination among institutional stakeholders
Document process changes and maintain an updated operations manual
Evaluate the organizational structure and space requirements for the office and determine optimal configuration for achieving departmental goals and priorities;
Collaborate with the chief information officer to ensure technology needs of the department are met and that available resources are fully utilized

Networking and Travel
Participate in the coordination of student recruitment activities and community outreach
Represent SAIS to international, national, local and university audiences and speak on behalf of admissions, financial aid and/or the registrar
Create institutional buy in while serving as an agent of change, demonstrating sensitivity to the wide range of experiences and perspectives that both admissions staff and stakeholders bring to their respective roles
Develop and maintain relationships with internal and external constituents
May travel locally, nationally and internationally for networking and other SAIS related activities (admissions, seminars, meet with alumni and companies/organizations etc.)

Foster and support the ongoing development of staff by providing orientation, training, performance coaching, continuing education, and professional development opportunities
Conduct independent research on matters related to Admissions and Recruitment
Assist in counseling students as needed
Perform other duties as required/assigned


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Superior interpersonal, analytical, and problem solving skills
Excellent communication skills both oral and written
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Strong planning and organizational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities
Have exceptional initiative and judgment
Strong customer-service orientation
Ability to work effectively with faculty, administrators, students, alumni and external constituents
Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally
Proficiency in basic data management systems and basic computer applications (MS Office suite); willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed

Experience and Education
Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s or similar degree required
A minimum of ten years of relevant experience required, including five plus years of experience working in an academic enrollment management leadership role with responsibility for multiple programs.
Eight or more years of experience in admissions, preferably in higher education
Experience in an academic environment committed to the highest level of academic standards of integrity and quality preferred.
Experience managing multiple direct reports and working within a matrixed organization required.
Must consistently exercise sound judgment, demonstrate ethical conduct, and have the ability to work independently and in a team setting. Must have ability to work under pressure in a demanding academic environment. Ideal candidates will be flexible, creative, and energetic. Ability to establish effective working procedures and systems is essential.
Experience in establishing successful partnerships with other campuses, academic units and other constituencies

NOTE: The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at 443-997-5100. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

Ms. Carmen Iezzi MEZZERA
Executive Director
Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs
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