Thursday, October 8, 2015

Oct 9, ICGC Brown Bag Series -On the Resonance of Social History

International Center for the Study of Global Change

ICGC Brown Bag Series

Friday October 9th, 2015


537 Heller Hall

The Voice and the Speaker: On the Resonance of Social History

Presented by: Aidan Erasmus, Department of History, University of the Western Cape

Abstract: This paper examines the work of the voice and the speaker as technologies of the sonic that resonate with the work of history. It attempts specifically to think through aurality as it emerges in South African historiography, and asks whether the modalities of truth, speaking, and voice that texture social history are related to those that permeate the discourse of testimony that is found in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa.

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Humphrey School Information Session: Job & Internship Opportunities at J-PAL

12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
Room 215 Humphrey School (Wilkins Room)

Learn about J-PAL’s work in development & poverty alleviation.

Registration required. Sign up today at
This event is open to Humphrey School students only and is not open to the public.

Ben Jaques-Leslie from J-PAL wants to talk with first and second year students who have taken coursework in economics, have strong quantitative skills, and care deeply about using evidence to tackle some of the most pressing policy challenges in development and poverty alleviation.

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) was established in 2003 as a research center at the Economics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then, it has grown into a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty.

J-PAL’s mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. We do this through three main activities:

• Conducting Rigorous Impact Evaluations: J-PAL researchers conduct randomized evaluations to test and improve the effectiveness of programs and policies aimed at reducing poverty.
• Policy Outreach: J-PAL’s policy group analyzes and disseminates research results and builds partnerships with policymakers to ensure that policy is driven by evidence, and effective programs are scaled up.
• Capacity Building: J-PAL equips practitioners with the expertise to carry out their own rigorous evaluations through training courses and joint research projects.

Learn more at

Group and individual grants for Capstone via PSG

Professional Student Government Grant opportunities

Academic grants up to $2500 would come to PASA and as a council we can take those proposals to PSG. Academic grants require a little more planning and time and they are worth the most. 
Humphrey students can get up to $15000 total. 
The individual Professional Development Grants are $200. 

Please contact Paida Chikate for further questions. 

Paida Chikate
Masters in Global Public Policy Candidate '16
President- Public Affairs Student Association (PASA)
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

MPA Dr. Kesler on KSTP about Afghan Clinic attack

Dr. Sarah Kesler is Assistant Professor in the UMN Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine department, and Critical Care Physician specializing in internal and critical care medicine.  She received her MD from the University of Minnesota and carried out her residency at the Hennepin County Medical Center.  She is an MPA student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and director of the University of Minnesota International Humanitarian Crisis Simulation, which includes a Humphrey School course as part of a multidisciplinary project offered by five academic units at the U of M.

Minn. Physicians Express Grief Over Airstrike on Afghanistan Clinic

Those in medical professions in Minnesota are expressing their shock and grief after a U.S. gunship fired on a medical clinic in Afghanistan on Saturday.

The clinic—in Kunduz, Afghanistan—was run by Doctors Without Borders. Afghans are currently battling to recapture the city from the Taliban. At last check, 12 staff members and 10 patients were killed; 37 additional individuals were injured.

Dr. Sarah Kesler, who works in the intensive care unit at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, said she couldn’t believe what she was seeing when she saw the footage. She said she knew right away her colleagues from Doctors Without Borders were among those killed.

"It's a horrible tragedy," she said.

Kesler said she is familiar with the dangers of working with Doctors Without Borders. Her first post with the organization was in Sudan.

"It was 2005 and I was there for six months,” she said. “I was in west Darfur in a small village.”

Kesler said her time was spent taking care of patients, educating and training others, and searching for epidemics.

From 2005-2011 Kesler took posts in Chad, Uganda, the Philippines and Kenya. She said she understood danger was a possibility.

"You really couldn't walk much more than a couple hundred yards,” she said. “You always had to have a radio with you. You had very strict curfews; you couldn't be out after dark. It's really a small existence kind of from your compound and back."

Despite the risk, Kessler said she believes the good her colleagues were doing will be felt for years.

"When you go overseas and you’re caring for people with very simple remedies that can set somebody on a course to have a productive and healthy life, it's immensely gratifying," she said.

Updated: 10/06/2015 6:52 PM
Created: 10/06/2015 4:32 PM
By: Todd Wilson

Livelihoods Officer, UNDP, Myanmar

Livelihoods Officer

Location :Yangon (with Frequent Travel to the Target States), MYANMAR
Application Deadline :18-Oct-15
Additional CategorySustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-3
Languages Required :English  
Duration of Initial Contract :One Year

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Myanmar is implementing a ‘Livelihoods and Social Cohesion’ Programme, outreaching about 313 villages in 7 states (Rakhine, Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Shan, Chin and Mon). Between 2013-2015, the programme’s village-level support activities have included: setting-up and developing the capacities of community-based organizations (CBOs), providing social protection assistance, providing capital assistance for livelihoods, providing livelihoods and vocational skills development and constructing small community infrastructure. Increasing the programme wishes to orient its village-level support activities to support market-based livelihoods, innovations, business development and entreprenuership. Increasingly, UNDP also wishes to increase its policy support to livelihoods and communtiy development and poverty alleviation in Myanmar, through stronger participation in policy forums and policy actions, support to capacity-development and knowledge-management. These activities aim to reduce disparities and vulnerabilities and increase interaction, networks and dialogue in and between groups, in order to strengthen social cohesion at the community level. Additionally, the programme has carried-out interventions to strengthen the capacities of stakeholders at the local level for mainstreaming social cohesion and peacebuilding.
Against this background, UNDP wishes to recruit a Livelihoods Officer to support the day-to-day results-based implementation of its livelihood activities. Under the direct supervision of the Programme Lead, the Livelihoods Officer will work closely with the Programme team and in the target states, he/she will work closely with the national Livelihoods and Social Cohesion Officers and International United Nations Volunteer (IUNV) Livelihood and Social Cohesion Coordinators based in some of the target states.

Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
  • Support the implementation of the livelihood components of the programme;
  • Support to strategic positioning and development of the livelihood components of the programme;
  • Support UNDP’s contribution to policy action on livelihoods, community development and poverty alleviation;
  • Support communication and knowledge management.
Support the implementation of the livelihood components of the programme focusing on achievement of the following results (40%):
  • Ensure the implementation of the livelihoods component of the programme against annual work-plan, targets, time-plans and result indicators;
  • Develop internal monitoring and operational plans that help programme implementation;
  • Coordinate programme-operations actions, including identifying appropriate implementation modalities, initiating procurement, grant and Human Resources actions, including formulation of ToRs and scopes of works, managing procurement and recruitment processes including selection, contract and grant management;
  • Monitor field-based implementation of programme activities, including providing guidance to area-based staff on field implementation and monitoring;
  • Monitor programme implementation of partners (contractors, consultants, grantees) in accordance with agreements, work-plans, deliverables and timelines;
  • Ensure timely and quality progress and financial reporting by partners in line with agreed templates and schedules; review reports; provide feedback to UNDP and partners;
  • Provide inputs and feedback to reporting;
  • Ensure systematic documentation and filing;
Support to strategic positioning and development of the livelihood components of the programme focusing on achievement of the following results (25%):
  • Support the development of livelihood-related components of UNDP’s area-based development programmes – including through assessment, design and stakeholder consultation;
  • Oversee the implementation of livelihood-related components of UNDP’s area-based development programmes – including through monitoring missions;
  • Collect information and analyze information on context for livelihoods;
  • Identify opportunities for developing UNDP’s profile in livelihoods and recommend actions to make use of these opportunities;
  • Develop new livelihood initiatives that are in line with the programme strategy for using livelihoods to strengthen social cohesion;
  • Draft, or provide technical inputs and feedback to concept papers and proposals;
  • Lead or support programme formulation missions;
  • Maintain regular interaction with national and local stakeholders with the objective collecting information on ongoing and planned activities.
Support UNDP’s contribution to policy action on livelihoods, community development and poverty alleviation focusing on achievement of the following results (25%):
  • Regularly liaise with relevant government institutions, UN agencies, INGOs, NGOs and CSOs to understand ongoing policy initiatives and identify UNDP’s potential role and contribution to policy initiatives;
  • Support the development of initiatives and partnerships that facilitate knowledge-management on livelihoods, poverty alleviation and particularly, their linkages with social cohesion and peacebuilding;
  • Undertake capacity-development of partners and stakeholders;
  • Represent UNDP and the programme in coordination and policy forums.
Ensuring facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing focusing on achievement of the following results (10%):
  • Organize and facilitate training, information-sharing and knowledge-sharing events for fellow UNDP personnel and partners on the initiative as thematic expert on livelihoods;
  • Formulate case-studies and communication materials.
Impact of Results
The key results have an impact on the success of country programme within specific areas of cooperation. In particular, the key results have an impact on the design, operation and programming of activities, creation of strategic partnerships as well as reaching resource mobilization targets.

Competencies and Critical Success Factors
Functional Competencies:          
Results-Based Programme Development and Management
Contributes into results through primary research and analysis
  • Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work;
  • Researches linkages across programme activities to identify critical points of integration;
  • Monitors specific stages of projects/programme implementation;
  • Analyzes country situation to identify opportunities for project development;
  • Participates in the formulation of project proposals and ensures substantive rigor in the design and application of proven successful approaches and drafts proposals accordingly.
Building Strategic Partnerships
Maintaining a network of contacts
  • Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related issues;
  • Analyzes and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders.
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches
Enhancing processes or products
  • Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things;
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches.
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Basic research and analysis
  • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things;
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches.
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Fundamental knowledge of own discipline
  • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position;
  • Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks;
  • Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning;
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments;
  • Demonstrates in-depth understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments.
Client Orientation
Establishing effective client relationships
  • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion;
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines;
  • Anticipates client needs and addresses them promptly.
Core Competencies:
  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity;  
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Self-development, initiative-taking;
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work ;
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively ;
  • Creating synergies through self-control;
  • Managing conflict;
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member;
  • Informed and transparent decision making.

Required Skills and Experience
  • Master’s Degree in development, economics, social sciences or related field.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in the design, implementation and management of livelihood recovery and development programmes;
  • Experience in post-conflict and early recovery contexts;
  • Experience building and maintaining partnerships with Government, other development partners and the private sector;
  • Prior experience with UN or UNDP is an asset.
Language Requirements:
  • Written and oral fluency in English.
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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.  

Space and Scholarships available India: Global Health, Globalization and Leadership Course in Mysore, India

Space and Scholarships still available for India: Global Health, Globalization and Leadership Course in Mysore, India –Dec 26 to Jan 17

Application has been re-opened open for this global health learning opportunity in Mysore, India.  Explore health in the Indian context, including methods of healthcare delivery, public health infrastructure, and the influence of social determinants. Sponsored by the AHC Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility in partnership with the Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS), an SVYM initiative. 

Nov 10, A Conversation on Cuban Travel, Trade and Investment Prospects for MN Businesses

A Conversation on Cuban Travel, Trade and Investment Prospects for Minnesota Businesses

After more than five decades of political isolation and antipathy, Cuba and the U.S. are reestablishing diplomatic relations as a likely prelude to increased travel, trade, and investment by U.S. citizens and businesses.  The question is no longer whether, but when, that vision will be realized. 

Join U.S. Congressman Tom Emmer (
6th District, Minnesota) and senior executives from the Minnesota business community for a conversation on when Cuba will liberalize and the business opportunities it will create for Minnesota firms. 

Opening remarks from  Congressman Emmerfollowed by a panel discussion with the Congressman and senior leaders from several Minnesota firms. Moderated by Professor Paul Vaaler, John and Bruce Mooty Chair in Law & Business, Law School and Carlson School of Management. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
3:00-4:30 p.m. Remarks, panel discussion and Q & A
4:30-5:30 p.m. Reception

3M Auditorium 
Carlson School of Management

University of Minnesota
321 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455Tickets are $35 (Includes parking in the University of Minnesota's 19th Avenue and 21st Avenue ramps).
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