Sunday, March 26, 2017

HHH Diplomat-in-Residence Dr. Curtin at Theater of Public Policy

"Who Needs Friends?!" The Theater of Public Policy with Diplomat-in-Residence Mary Curtin
Monday, March 27: 7–8:30 p.m.  The Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis

About the T2P2:

Dr. Mary T. Curtin, a Minnesota native, joined the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota as Diplomat-in-Residence in 2013 after a twenty-five year career as a Department of State Foreign Service Officer.  As Diplomat-in-Residence, she teaches courses in foreign policy and diplomacy and serves as Coordinator for the Global Policy Area and for the newly approved interdisciplinary Master in Human Rights degree, jointly sponsored by the Humphrey School and College of Liberal Arts.

During her Foreign Service Career, she served at the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels; as Political Counselor in Warsaw, Poland; and at missions in Tunisia, Mali, and Chile, as well as in Washington, D.C. She has expertise in issues including Middle East policy; European affairs, including the EU and NATO; human rights and democratization, and non-proliferation. She was a member of the U.S. delegation to the 1995 UN Conference on Women.

Dr. Curtin earned a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in the City of New York (1986), writing her dissertation on "Hubert H. Humphrey and the Politics of the Cold War, 1943-1954,” a Masters in Security Studies from the Army War College (2003), and a BA from the University of Notre Dame (1977). She speaks French, Polish, and Spanish.

Mar 30 Google Earth Engine

U-Spatial Brown Bag Series Geographers, Start Your (Google Earth) Engines!
Thursday, March 30, 2017 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Blegen Hall 445  West Bank, Twin Cities Campus

Google Earth Engine is a platform for cloud-based digital image processing and visualization. Petabytes of public satellite imagery are stored and organized for use with the Earth Engine API. Datasets available include the entire Landsat archive, Sentinel, MODIS, NAIP, and more.

This API can be accessed from any internet browser and runs JavaScript and Python scripts. Since processing occurs on Google’s servers, large image processing tasks can be completed very quickly without the need for a high power work station. Earth Engine can be used to filter images, map land cover, and chart changes over time.

This presentation will demonstrate some of the current applications of Google Earth Engine and provide a walk-through of how to display and filter imagery in Google Earth Engine. Access to the code editor is free for research, education, and nonprofit use. Apply for access to the advanced features of Earth Engine.

Presenter: Trevor Host, Research Assistant, CFANS Forest Resources
Degree Program: Assessment, Monitoring, and Geospatial Analysis

Reminder--Austria based summer grant app due March 31

Greetings from the Center for Austrian Studies (CAS)! We have summer funding opportunity for graduate students who specialize in (or intend to explore specialization in) Austrian/Central European Studies -- applications from all disciplines are welcome.

The application deadline is March 31. Details can be found on the CAS website:

Mar 31 Aniceti Kitereza: A Tanzanian Epic

Aniceti Kitereza: A Tanzanian Epic
Fri, 03/31/2017 - 12:00pm
537 Heller Hall

Presented by Dr. Shoonie Hartwig, founder of Mwangaza Partnership of education, health, family and faith

Dr. Joseph Mbele​, University of St. Olaf

ANICETI KITEREZA - A TANZANIAN EPIC. The man, his home, his book Myombekere na Buganoka received a mere glance in 1945. Yet, when Aniceti Kitereza welcomed an American to his home on the island of Ukerewe, Tanzania in 1969, ordinary began to be transformed to extraordinary. This is an epic tale of how a novel completed in Kikerebe is now published in Kiswahili, French, German and English. It is a tale of the author, Aniceti Kitereza, whose tome is the longest novel written in Africa and whose life of 81 years is a testimony to his reason for writing: what should we teach our children? From their forthcoming book – Aniceti Kitereza – A Tanzanian Epic-, Professor Joseph Mbele (St. Olaf) and Dr. Shoonie Hartwig (St. Olaf, emeritus) will present examples of his writing and its extraordinary contribution to African literature.

Dr. Shoonie Hartwig
For more than fifty years, Dr. Hartwig has lived in Minnesota, North Carolina and Tanzania as a teacher, researcher, program facilitator and as a writer. She taught at North Carolina Central University and St. Olaf College. The Lutheran College Consortium for Tanzania, an exchange program between several Lutheran colleges and the University of Dar es Salaam was operative for thirty-three years.

In 1996, Dr. Hartwig resigned from St. Olaf to take a position as Director of Mwangaza Education for Partnership-ELCT/ELCA based near Arusha, TZ. This grass-roots, faith based organization serves twenty dioceses of the ELCT and their partnered ELCA synods. Teacher training for secondary school teachers, an intergenerational mother-daughter program focuses on health/GBV/HIV-AIDS and entrepreneurial skills, and a community health program - water borne disease/conflict resolution/GBV comprise the three programs. She retired in 2003, continuing only as advisor. All sixteen Mwangaza staff are Tanzanian.

Dr. Hartwig has published four books, the most recent - EDUCATION OF A STRANGER (2014) and LIVING WITH DYING - A FAMILY VOCATION (2017).

The primary documents, letters, pictures and tapes related to ANICETI KITEREZA - TANZANIAN EPIC, were collected in 1969 when the Hartwig family lived on the island of Ukerewe. During that time, her husband, Gerald Hartwig, assembled oral traditions from the Bakerebe so as to write their history. Kitereza was one of his informants. The Hartwigs published four articles related to Kitereza’s novel - BWANA MYOMBEKERE na BIBI BUGONOKA.

Currently, Dr. Hartwig lives in Roseville, MN. She is mother to four, grandmother to five and great-grandmother to six.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

MPP Bland awarded Smaby Fellowship for study in Oslo

Congratulations to MPP student Marinda Bland who was awarded the 2017 Philip C. Smaby Peace Fellowship. This award will cover costs for her to attend the University of Oslo's International Summer School (ISS). Marinda is a Master of Public Policy student with a concentration in Science, Technology,and Environmental Policy (STEP). At the ISS she will enroll in the Energy, Environment, and Sustainable Development class.

Information about the Oslo ISS:

Philip C. Smaby was proud both of his Norwegian immigrant heritage and of his life-long commitment to building global business relationships that encouraged economic stability and supported a more peaceful world. A 1942 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Smaby wished to reflect these deeply held values in a gift to his alma mater to endow a graduate fellowship at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs designed to inspire and engage students to pursue academic studies at the world-renowned University of Oslo International Summer School in the fields of world peace, social justice, conflict resolution and human rights. A biography of Mr. Smaby can be found at

Previous Humphrey School Smaby Awardees are:

2016 Abbie Plouff (MPP)
2015 Meredith Cavin (MPP)
2014 Erin Cowles (MSTEP)
2013 Tenzin Khando (MPP) and Brendan Crosby (MPA)
2012 Harshada Karnik (MPP) and Erik Sande (MPP)
2011 Brandon Baumbach (MPP) and Duane Johnson (MPP).

WSJ Article: For US Grad Students Overseas Beckons

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Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs

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Project Manager, REFUNITE (Pakistan)

REFUNITE is looking for a highly organized Project Manager for a new project involving displaced families in Pakistan as well as the wider mobile ecosystem in Pakistan

VACANCY: Project Manager (Interactive Voice Response And Call Center)
Posted Mar 15 17

Are you a strong project manager with several years of experience managing technical projects in difficult environments? Are you based in Pakistan and fluent in English and either Pashto or Urdu? Do you thrive in entrepreneurial environments with freedom to shape new projects? Then this role is for you. This new role will be based out of Islamabad in Pakistan. You should only apply if you are based in Pakistan or willing to relocate to Pakistan in 2017.

REFUNITE is looking for a highly organized Project Manager for a new project involving displaced families in Pakistan as well as the wider mobile ecosystem in Pakistan. This is a senior role (8 years of professional experience needed) with significant responsibilities. You will liaise with partners, such as mobile operators, Ericsson, United Nations agencies, software providers, local and national authorities as well as refugees and displaced people. You are equally curious about call center operations, research, prototypes, product development and growth as well as product design. We are looking for candidates with several years of experience managing technical projects. The ideal candidate will have worked for a call center, a mobile company, a technology company or a software company in Pakistan and have an extensive network in Pakistan. As you will be our eyes and ears on-the-ground it is important that you are a strong communicator who can represent us in various settings.

A national toll-free hotline for families separated by the displacements in Pakistan will be established by REFUNITE, Ericsson and a diverse group of mobile partners. The hotline will register separated families and provide a mechanism by which separated families can reconnect. The Project Manager will spearhead the launch of the call centre, obtain shortcodes, develop standard operating procedures, oversee staff training, and work with humanitarian clusters. The Project Manager will also support the development of other, REFUNITE touch points, such as SMS, USSD and WEB, including field research and usability testing.


More than 600,000 people have registered with REFUNITE, making it the biggest platform for separated refugee families and displaced people globally. As part of REFUNITE’s global efforts to reconnect separated families, REFUNITE will expand into Pakistan in 2017. With support from H&M Foundation and technical staff members from Ericsson, REFUNITE’s family reconnection platform will be made widely available in Pakistan in the coming years. REFUNITE continues to seek new ways of registering families. Pakistan is home to at least 1.8 million internally displaced people and 1.5 million refugees. In order to make mobile family reconnection services accessible to all in Pakistan, regardless of literacy, we plan to:
Open a hotline in 2017 to reconnect displaced families
Make the family reconnection platform available via Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
Engage women in the process (i.e. through testing, research and prototyping)

Furthermore, in order to support cross-border reconnections between Pakistan and Afghanistan, we will focus on researching our market entry intro Afghanistan. This will entail market research and analysis of the landscape in Afghanistan and supporting both partnerships and product development for this market.

REFUNITE is based in Nairobi, Kenya, employing a passionate group of 25 people across technology, UX, research, communications, and product/business development. You will lead project management in Pakistan in close collaboration with REFUNITE’s team in Kenya. You will help us further develop and test the first version of the IVR prototype, engaging our users from displaced communities, and often under-represented groups. In addition, you will provide day-to-day support to various REFUNITE teams. Your overall responsibilities include:
Establishment and day-to-day operations of the call center
Creating access to REFUNITE’s platform via Interactive Voice Response
Providing support to REFUNITE’s overall strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan
Supporting research and testing trips (frequent visits to camps to be expected)

Your role will include the following aspects:
Spearhead the launch of the hotline in Pakistan (obtaining shortcodes, recruiting staff, setting up CRM systems, developing scripts)
Develop written scripts for staff to follow and support the design of telephone routing systems to ensure that callers are quickly able to obtain the information they require.
Test, optimize and localize REFUNITE’s IVR platform (in close coordination with Ericsson, mobile partners, and displaced communities)
Lead operations in the call center and supervise staff to ensure targets are met
Ensure smooth functioning of the call centre and linkages to humanitarian clusters.
Analyze data to monitor progress (i.e. through dashboards and CRM systems)
Acquiring new users in Pakistan (using various channels to grow our platform)
Building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders
Researching markets in both Pakistan and Afghanistan in order to create the foundation for a launch of REFUNITE’s services in both countries
Representing REFUNITE in meetings with stakeholders (preparing agendas & notes)
Coordinate with various partners on-the-ground, such as mobile operators, United Nations Agencies, refugees and displaced people, and national authorities
Assessing technological/technical risk and opportunity
Support the execution of REFUNITE’s Product Roadmap in Pakistan
Ensure a continuous flow of communication and collaboration between activities in Pakistan and the rest of the organization.


A successful candidate will have the following characteristics:
A minimum of eight years of professional experience
Candidates from the private sector are preferred (i.e. from mobile companies)
Several years of experience managing projects with many stakeholders
A BA in Business Administration, project management or a related field.
Ideally fluent in either Urdu or Pashto
Candidates with research, survey or interview experience are preferred
Entrepreneurial mindset; always ready to solve new challenges
Able to work remotely and independently, yet keep colleagues in Nairobi informed
You are on top of the greatest technology tools that can save time and money
You bring out the best in people and help them grow and develop

Be part of a dynamic, international startup environment where your ideas and thoughts will be able to shape REFUNITE’s future significantly.
This role will require international travels to Kenya as well, where REFUNITE’s headquarters is based.

If this role is for you, please apply through our recruitment portal HERE using the headline IVR Project Manager, Pakistan, and include a motivational letter outlining why you are REFUNITE’s new IVR project manager.

All candidates will be asked to complete: a writing test and a case.

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. 
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