STEP researcher Tabory part of City Diplomacy project at Chicago Council

cross posted from Chicago Council on Global Affairs: Toward City Diplomacy: Assessing Capacity in Select Global Cities
February 7, 2018

By: Michele Acuto, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Cities; Hugo Decramer, Visiting Researcher, UCL City Leadership Lab; Juliana Kerr, Director, Global Cities and Immigration; Ian Klaus, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Cities; Sam Tabory, Research Associate, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; And other participants

Executive summary

Cities are now more connected than ever before on a global scale. Yet local governments are not just spectators of this networked age: they are actively forging links across borders, taking part in setting the international agenda, and shifting the landscape of urban politics from local to increasingly global.

There are hundreds of formalized city networks around the world addressing a broad range of issues, and the potential of cities’ external engagements is as vast as it is untapped. City diplomacy is and must become a strategic activity for cities worldwide if they are to remain relevant in the new global order.

To get a more systematic look at the capacity of local governments around the world, select global cities were reviewed to explore their strategies, structure, expertise, and participation in networks. The following findings will inform future efforts to build capacity for more effective global engagement:
The majority of cities have an international strategy and a dedicated international office.
The city budget for global engagement is often minimal.
Only a few cities reported that their staff has undergone dedicated training for city diplomacy.
A majority of cities participate in international networks.
A majority of cities reported that city diplomacy has had a positive impact on their cities.

Building on these initial findings, cities seeking to expand their international influence need to consider the following:
Define a clear international strategy and coordinated approach.
Better deploy resources toward managing international relationships and strategy.
Prioritize engagements to avoid both over-commitment and opportunistic, short-term ventures.
Measure the impact and value of city diplomacy.
Integrate local demands with international agendas.

As cities increasingly become influential actors on the global stage, they need to invest in resources, expertise, and capacity to manage their relationships and responsibilities to conduct city diplomacy effectively.

Sam Tabory is Research Associate, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, and also at the Sustainable Healthy Cities project (, who Coordinates network research activities in the overarching, transportation, and green infrastructure/urban food systems testbeds. Manages external communications and relationships with city, policy, and industry partners. Contributes to research portfolio on social, policy, and governance levers for infrastructure transitions.

USIP Project Officer Justice & Security Dialogue (Bamako, Mali)

Project Officer, Justice and Security Dialogue – Bamako, Mali, United States Institute of Peace
WebsiteUnited States Institute of Peace

Program JSDPR01163

We are a nonpartisan institute chartered by Congress to tackle the world’s toughest problems. Working in conflict zones around the world, our staff advise and support the military, government officials and community leaders – to promote knowledge and practices that prevent, mitigate and resolve violent conflict. To learn more about USIP programs and job openings go to The Institute is headquartered in Washington DC with staff working in 22 different countries, at any given time up to 20% of the staff could be deployed working in the field.


In the context of the Justice and Security Dialogues (JSD) program of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the JSD Project Officer (PO) for Mali, in consultation with the JSD Country Officer, Regional Program Coordinator and Field Coordinator, is responsible for closely monitoring, supporting, and ensuring quality of implementation of the JSD process in Mali. This is a local position based in Bamako, Mali. The role requires supporting implementing partners in direct implementation, continuously developing relationships with institutional and local stakeholders; and implementing, monitoring and reporting on JSD project activities in Mali.

This position reports to the JSD Country Officer who will be responsible for overall strategic direction of JSD activities in-country, ensuring quality of implementation, monitoring and reporting, partnership-building with relevant national stakeholders, and training, mentoring and coaching of the Project Officer, as needed. The position will also work in collaboration with the JSD Field Coordinator, Program Coordinator(s), and USIP colleagues at HQ.


Support when and as needed, in close collaboration with the implementing partner, the implementation of JSD activities in Bamako, Mali.
Work with implementing partners to ensure activities are implemented on schedule;
Coordinate the organization of operational meetings, dialogues, in-country trainings and other activities as needed by the JSD team;
In close consultation with the Country Officer, mentor and coach the dialogue implementing partner through the JSD process in Mali;
Review all technical and financial reporting from implementing partners, provide guidance as needed, and liaise with the Country Officer, to ensure timely submission of all required materials;
Observe and support project activities and cultivate relationships across Mali;
In close consultation with the Country Officer, continuously develop relationships with institutional and national-level stakeholders;
Provide regular detailed updates on JSD activities to the Country Officer, Field Coordinator, Program Coordinator(s) and DC team;
Perform systems mapping, data collection and empirical research that supports the JSD process and can feed into publications and the national-level policy discussion;
Support the Country Officer, Field Coordinator and Program Coordinator(s) in the development of reports, policy guidance, or political analysis as needed;
Coordinate with teammates and support the regional JSD network as needed;
Be available to travel at the national or regional level, as needed.
Perform other duties as assigned.

BA in relevant field (international relations, conflict resolution, human rights or development) or equivalent experience. MA an asset.
2 years’ professional experience in a similar role, in rule of law, security sector reform, peacebuilding or similar field in Mali.
Experience of working closely with local communities, community-based organizations and local authorities in Mali.
Highly developed interpersonal and soft skills, ability to build alliances and represent the project and organization.
Demonstrated experience in project management, event coordination and financial oversight and reporting;
Strong interest in innovative and adaptive programming;
Demonstrated project design, implementation, and monitoring & evaluation skills.
Fluency in French and Bambara is required. Working knowledge of English and other local languages desired.
Experience of building the capacity of others, and leading from behind desired.
Proven ability to work independently and effectively, as well as work well as part of a team.
Willingness to travel within Mali, and to other project locations in the Sahel-Maghreb region, as required.
Willingness to work unsociable hours depending on the needs of the project.

To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:
1. Completed employment application including titles, dates of hire and salary history.
2. Cover letter. Please cite PCDNetwork as the source of the posting in your application.
3. Resume

Due to the high volume of candidates, only those applicants that are selected for further discussions will be contacted.

USIP is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of USIP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Programme de Dialogues sur la Justice et la Sécurité dans la Région
du Sahel-Maghreb
Chargé de programme DJS à Bamako, Mali


Dans le cadre du programme des Dialogues sur la Justice et la Sécurité de l’USIP, le Chargé de Projet DJS pour le Mali, en consultation avec le Responsable Pays du DJS, le Coordinateur Régional du Programme et le Coordinateur de Terrain, est responsable de surveiller, soutenir et assurer la qualité de la mise en œuvre du programme DJS au Mali. C’est un poste local basé à Bamako au Mali. Le rôle est de soutenir les partenaires d’exécution dans la mise en œuvre directe, en développant continuellement des relations avec les parties prenantes institutionnelles et locales; et mettre en œuvre, surveiller et rendre compte des activités du projet DJS au Mali.

Ce poste rend compte au Responsable Pays du DJS qui sera chargé de l’orientation stratégique globale des activités DJS dans le pays, garantissant la qualité de la mise en œuvre, du suivi et des rapports, le renforcement des partenariats avec les parties prenantes nationales concernées et la formation, le mentorat ainsi que l’encadrement du chargé de projet, comme requis. Le poste travaillera également en collaboration avec le Coordinateur de Terrain du DJS, le ou les coordinateurs de programme et les collègues de l’USIP au siège.

Principales fonctions et responsabilités
Soutien en cas de besoin, en étroite collaboration avec le partenaire d’exécution, la mise en œuvre des activités du DJS à Bamako, Mali.
Travailler avec les partenaires d’exécution pour s’assurer que les activités sont mises en œuvre dans les délais;
Coordonner l’organisation de réunions opérationnelles, de dialogues, de formations dans le pays et d’autres activités au besoin de l’équipe DJS;
En étroite consultation avec le Responsable Pays, encadrer et accompagner le partenaire de mise en œuvre du dialogue le long du programme DJS au Mali;
Examiner tous les rapports techniques et financiers des partenaires de mise en œuvre, fournir des conseils au besoin et assurer la liaison avec le Responsable Pays, afin de garantir la soumission en temps voulu de tous les documents requis;
Observer et soutenir les activités du projet et cultiver des relations à travers le Mali;
En étroite consultation avec le Responsable Pays, développer en permanence des relations avec les parties prenantes institutionnelles et nationales;
Fournir régulièrement des mises à jour détaillées sur les activités du DJS au Responsable Pays, au Coordinateur de Terrain, aux Coordinateurs de Programme et à l’équipe de D.C.;
Effectuer la cartographie des systèmes, la collecte de données et la recherche empirique qui soutient le processus DJS et peut alimenter les publications et la discussion sur les politiques au niveau national;
Soutenir le Responsable Pays, le Coordinateur de Terrain et le(s) Coordinateur(s) de programme dans l’élaboration de rapports, d’orientations politiques ou d’analyses politiques au besoin;
Coordonner avec ses coéquipiers et soutenir le réseau régional DJS au besoin;
Être disponible pour voyager au niveau national ou régional, au besoin.
Effectuer d’autres tâches assignées.

Diplômé d’un domaine pertinent (relations internationales, résolution de conflits, droits de la personne ou développement) ou expérience équivalente. Une maîtrise est un atout.
2 ans d’expérience professionnelle dans un rôle similaire, en matière d’état de droit, de réforme du secteur de la sécurité, de consolidation de la paix ou dans un domaine similaire au Mali.
Expérience de travail en étroite collaboration avec les communautés locales, les organisations communautaires et les autorités locales au Mali.
Compétences interpersonnelles et non techniques très développées, capacité de construire des alliances et de représenter le projet et l’organisation.
Expérience confirmée en gestion de projet, coordination d’événements, surveillance financière et rapports;
Fort intérêt pour la programmation innovatrice et adaptative;
Capacités de conception, mise en œuvre et suivi et évaluation des projets démontrées.
La maîtrise du français et du bambara est requise. Connaissance pratique de l’anglais et d’autres langues locales souhaitées.
Expérience en renforcement de capacités des autres, et savoir mener de l’arrière.
Aptitude avérée à travailler de manière autonome et efficace, ainsi qu’à bien travailler dans le cadre d’une équipe.
Volonté de voyager à l’intérieur du Mali et vers d’autres lieux de projet dans la région du Sahel-Maghreb, selon les besoins.
Volonté de travailler des heures insociables en fonction des besoins du projet.

Veuillez citer PCDNetwork comme source de publication dans votre application.

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Next week: Business and Human Rights events

The Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota Law School and Mossier Social Action and Innovation Center invite you to join us for this exciting series of events on Business and Human Rights with renowned guest expert, Mr. Bennett Freeman:

Bennett Freeman is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of business and human rights, natural resource governance, sustainable development, and responsible investment. Working at the intersection of governments, international institutions, multinational companies, investors, NGOs, and trade unions, Mr. Freeman has played pioneering roles in developing several now well-established multi-stakeholder initiatives and global standards.

Monday, February 26
12:15 PM – 1:10 PM
“Activism and Pragmatism: Building a Career as a Global Human Rights Advocate”
Human Rights in Practice Series
Open to all interested students from any program.
Mondale Hall, Room 55
Lunch provided; RSVP here.

3:35 PM – 5:30 PM
Business and Human Rights Seminar, Prof. Jennie Green
Guest lecture by Mr. Freeman on socially responsible investment.
Open to all interested students and faculty.
Mondale Hall, Room 471

Tuesday, February 27
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Drop-in Office Hours at the Human Rights Center
Additional availability for further discussion with students
Mondale Hall, Room N-120

12:00 – 1:00 PM
Corporate Social Responsibility in the Era of Geopolitical Disruption, Populism, and Nationalism
Open to University community and public
Carlson School of Management, Room L-122
Lunch provided; RSVP here.

4:00 – 5:30
Evolving International Standards on Corporate Conduct related to Human Rights and Sustainable Development
Public lecture; 1.5 CLE credits have been requested. Open to all.
Mondale Hall, Room 15

About Mr. Bennett Freeman

Bennett Freeman is an international expert in the fields of business and human rights, natural resource governance, and responsible investment. Working at the intersection of governments, international institutions, multinational companies, investors, NGOs, and trade unions, Mr. Freeman has played pioneering roles in developing several now well-established, multistakeholder initiatives and global standards.

Mr. Freeman has a long career of advising multinational companies, international institutions, and NGOs on corporate responsibility and human rights, currently as Principal of Bennett Freeman Associates LLC and as a Senior Advisor to BSR. He is Chair of the Advisory Board of Global Witness, Board Secretary of the Global Network Initiative, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Responsible Sourcing Network. From 2006-15 he served as Senior Vice President for Social Research and Policy at Calvert Investments leading the social, environmental, and governance research, analysis, policy and advocacy work of the largest family of socially responsible mutual funds in the U.S. He also served in three positions as a Clinton presidential appointee in the State Department, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

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Call for Proposals: Global Health Seed Grants

Call for Proposals: Global Health Seed Grants - Optional letter of intent requested by March 15; Proposal due April 7

The AHC Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR) requests proposals for new international health research projects in locations where the AHC maintains hubs of innovation or is actively exploring opportunities to advance new research and educational opportunities: East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America/Caribbean. Grants are available to Instructors and Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors at the University of Minnesota from within and beyond the Academic Health Center. Learn more at

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Mar 1: The Secret Literature of the Last Muslims of Spain

The Center for Medieval Studies Presents
"The Secret Literature of the Last Muslims of Spain”

Luce López-Baralt
(Spanish, University of Puerto Rico)

Thursday, March 1st, 2018
4:00 pm Heller Hall 1210

During the turbulent period of the Spanish Inquisition in the sixteenth century, the last Muslims of Spain (or moriscos, as they were called with contempt) produced a fascinating clandestine literature we call today aljamiado literature. This secret literature was written in Spanish but transliterated with the Arabic script as a sign of loyalty to the sacred language of the Qur'an. The texts provide a first-hand testimony of what it was like for the moriscos to experience the decline of their culture and the assault on their religion. They also deal with the most varied subjects: magical and astrological treatises, prayers, books on medicine, prophecies, legends, poems, itineraries that explain how to flee secretly from Spain, personal testimonies regarding the fall of Granada in 1492 and the experience of exile in Tunisia, and even a curious "Spanish Kama Sutra" or nuptial treatise that teaches that sex, in the context of marriage, can lead to the ultimate contemplation of God. Thanks to this clandestine literature we have a chance to understand what it was like to be a cryptomuslim after the fall of Al-Andalus.

Ex Dir Malaysian-US Commission on Educ Exchange (Kuala Lumpur)

The Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) Seeks Executive Director

Applications are invited from both United States and Malaysian citizens for the position of Executive Director of the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE), a non-profit, bi-national commission in Kuala Lumpur, managed by a Board of Directors responsible for administering the Fulbright Program in Malaysia and other educational grants funded by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. The MACEE Executive Director reports to the Board and oversees programs promoting U.S. higher education throughout Malaysia.

Candidates should have significant experience in higher education, management, or related fields, and familiarity with international educational exchange programs. Competitive candidates will have a track record of demonstrating creativity, innovation,
effective managerial skills, and an acute understanding of and vision for U.S. – Malaysia educational relations and opportunities. Advanced degree preferred. See Full Posting for Details.

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