Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Senior Governance Specialist, International Republican Institute

Every employee of IRI is responsible for carrying out the Mission of IRI, and demonstrating the core values in their day to day operations.

The Senior Governance Specialist serves as part of a global functional practice, serving a multi-faceted role as in-house advisors, program developers and implementers. S/he develops program ideas and drafts proposals on a range of governance themes, subsequently supporting program implementation through a range of activities, including but not limited to creating substantive reference and training materials, conducting program and partner assessments. S/he consults with regional program teams based in Washington D.C. and in field offices on governance programs. S/he closely monitors, analyzes and disseminates information about trends and approaches within democratic governance support. S/he also identifies potential international program partners in the U.S. and abroad, developing and maintaining close relationships with them and with donors.

Position Requirements
  • Undergraduate degree in public administration, government, international development or related field.
  • 5 or more years’ professional experience working in democratic governance and international development, including working directly with civil society or government.
  • Working knowledge of public administration reform, democratic institution development, community development strategies or government service provision.
  • Experience assessing programs, identifying desired results and developing program approaches to encourage those results.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, coordinate and lead the efforts of other professionals, and effectively meet program goals.
  • Financial management and basic budget management knowledge necessary to draft and oversee a grant budget.
  • Experience working with US Government, international or multilateral funds and familiarity with regulations and processes.
  • Experience in advising on key policy or thematic issues to varying stakeholders.
  • Experience in implementing governance programs.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once, prioritize and work independently and part of a team.
  • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills in English.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to challenging environments, up to 25% of the time.
  • Experience working in city government and/or work with civil society at the local level would be a plus.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:
  • Serves as a key technical expert for Washington, D.C. and field-based staff implementing or developing governance projects.
  • Leads and supports a range of business development processes.
  • Manages specific governance grants ensuring all activities are completed, reports created and managing the budget.
  • Produces technical tools that support program implementation, such as manuals and training curricula. Prepares and delivers trainings to internal and external audiences as needed.
  • Develops effective working relationships with region-specific counterparts, keeping informed about key political developments and project modifications.
  • Communicates regularly with region-specific counterparts and arrange meetings as necessary.
  • Offers ideas and resources for program implementation for assigned portfolios program implementation for assigned portfolios.
  • Focuses on thought leadership by continuing to develop knowledge of assigned thematic areas and offer expertise on assigned thematic areas.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


    Bachelors or better in Public Administration or related field.

    5 years: Professional experience working in democratic governance and international development

To apply, go to this link.

Acad & Prof Experts needed to score Mandela Fellowship applications

Title: IREX Seeks Academic and Professional Experts IREX is seeking qualified experts to read and score applications for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Over the course of the first three years we received over 120,000 applications for 2,000 slots, so your talents and expertise in scoring applications is greatly appreciated! The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), and is designed to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. In the summer of 2017, the Mandela Washington Fellowship will bring up to 1,000 young leaders to the United States for academic coursework and leadership training and will create unique opportunities in Africa for Fellows to put new skills to practical use in leading organizations, communities, and countries. Last year's Fellowship was a huge success, and we look forward to another great year!

For more information on the Fellowship and to meet last year's Fellows, please visit mandelawashingtonfellowship.state.gov Readers will be responsible for evaluating program applicants based on set guidelines and a scoring rubric for the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

We are seeking experts to review applications starting in early November. Readers will read 40 applications and may receive a $100 honorarium for their service (please note that US government employees and contractors will be assigned 30 applications, but are not eligible to receive an honorarium). Please note that for readers who do not have a U.S. mailing address, we are unable to give you an honorarium due to the high cost of international money transfers. Ideal readers are academics and/or professionals with expertise in one of the program’s thematic areas (business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, or public management) or those who have experience working in Africa.

In 2017, it is anticipated that one Public Management Institute will focus on energy policy, so readers with expertise in this sector are also encouraged. If you are interested in participating as a reader for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, please complete the form (link below) no later than October 24, 2016. You will be asked to upload your resume, and we will confirm with you via email whether you are selected to be a reader. We thank you in advance!

Reader application form: https://form.jotform.com/62515835129155 

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a program of the U.S. government and supported in its implementation by IREX.

Oct 13 The Somali Diaspora in Norway & Minnesota: Conversation with 2 Ambassadors

The Somali Diaspora in Norway and Minnesota: A Conversation with Two Ambassadors

Ahmed Isse Awad, Ambassador to the U.S., Somalia 
Kåre R. Aas, Ambassador to the U.S., Norway

Thursday, October 13  5:30–6:45 p.m.
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue S., Minneapolis

 This event is co-hosted by American Refugee Committee

 Eric Schwartz, dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, cordially invites you to a conversation featuring Ahmed Isse Awad, Somalia's Ambassador to the United States, and Kåre R. Aas, Norway's Ambassador to the United States. The two ambassadors are visiting Minnesota to meet with members of the community and to discuss challenges and opportunities surrounding diaspora engagement in Norway and the United States, as well as issues related to Somalia and ways for the diaspora to support the development process there.
Register: https://events.umn.edu/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=event_b&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=96D66517-08C4-4BAB-9E67-2C6CFAAD4EEC

Oct 7 China's Chicago Consul Gen Hong Lei speaking at HHH

China's Consul General to Chicago, Hong Lei, will speak on US China relations and education at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on Oct 7, 4:30 to 6pm.

Consul Gen Hong was previously the spokesperson for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing.

Oct 18 China Town Hall to feature Mark Sidel, discussion of China's NGO sector

China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of just about everyone in the United States. CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, is a national day of programming designed to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss issues in the relationship with leading experts. The tenth annual CHINA Town Hall will take place on October 18, 2016 and will feature Dr. Henry A. Kissinger as the national webcast speaker and Prof. Mark Sidel as the University of Minnesota event speaker.


Mark Sidel is Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also currently serving as the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Visiting Chair in Community Foundations at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

In addition to his academic work, Sidel has served as president of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), the international academic association working to strengthen research on civil society, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. He currently serves as consultant on Asia (focusing on China, Vietnam, and India) to the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), including its MacArthur Foundation-funded work to assist in the development of nonprofit law in China; on the Council on Foundations Community Foundations National Standards Board, the national accrediting and standard setting body for American community foundations and trusts; and on the boards of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT).

Other recent advising and consulting assignments include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (on philanthropic law and policy in China); the Ford Foundation (legal reform programs in China); Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (human rights and legal reform programming in China and Vietnam); DANIDA (Danish Development Cooperation, human rights and legal reform programs in Vietnam); Indevelop/SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, human rights programs in China); and other international and donor organizations.

Professor Sidel has served as Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Melbourne Law School, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po, in the "chaire Asie"), Victoria, Vermont and Miami law schools and other institutions, and as W. G. Hart Lecturer in Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the University of London. In 2008 he won the ICNL-Cordaid Civil Liberties Prize for his work on the impact of anti-terrorism law on civil society in comparative perspective, and in 2012 he was named to the Outstanding Academic Award by the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section. He is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B. in history, 1979), Yale University (M.A. in history, 1982), and Columbia Law School (J.D., 1985).

Professor Sidel's research and writing focus on the nonprofit sector and philanthropy (with a focus on Asia and the United States); law and development; comparative law; and human trafficking.

In addition to scholarly and policy articles, his books include:
Regulatory Waves: Comparative Perspectives on State Regulation and
Self-Regulation in the Nonprofit Sector
(Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016, ed. with Oonagh Breen and Alison Dunn)
Central-Local Relations in Asian Constitutional Systems
(Hart Publishing, 2015, ed. with Andrew Harding)
State, Society and the Market in Contemporary Vietnam: Property, Power and Values
(Routledge 2012; paper ed. 2015, ed. with Hue-Tam Ho Tai)
Regulation of the Voluntary Sector: Freedom and Security in an Age of Uncertainty
(Routledge 2010)
The Constitution of Vietnam: A Contextual Analysis
(Hart 2009)
Law and Society in Vietnam
(Cambridge University Press 2008)
Cinema, Law, and the State in Asia
(Palgrave MacMillan 2007, ed. with Corey Creekmur)
Vietnam's New Order: International Perspectives on the State and Reform
(Palgrave Macmillan 2006, ed. with Stephanie Balme)
More Secure, Less Free? Antiterrorism Policy and Civil Liberties after September 11
(University of Michigan Press 2004, updated 2nd ed. 2007)
Philanthropy and Law in South Asia
(APPC 2004, ed. with Iftekhar Zaman, updated ed. 2007)
Old Hanoi
(Oxford University Press, 1998)

Sidel's work has also appeared in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Michigan Law Review, Voluntas, Michigan Journal of International Law, Pittsburgh Law Review, Texas International Law Journal, Tulane Law Review, Charity Law and Practice Review, UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal, UC Davis Law Review, Chicago-Kent Law Review, China Quarterly, Asian Survey, SAIS Review, Signs, and other academic and professional journals, as well as in edited volumes. He also serves as editor for the Routledge book series on Civil Society in Asia.

Sidel has extensive and senior experience in international philanthropic and funding communities. He first served on the Ford Foundation team that established the Foundation's office in China and as the Foundation's first program officer for law, legal reform, and nonprofit organizations based in China (Beijing). Then, in the early and mid-1990s, he developed and managed all of Ford's programs in Vietnam. Later he developed and managed the regional program on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector for the Ford Foundation in South Asia (New Delhi). Sidel also served on the Ford Foundation's Endowment Working Group and as a drafter of the Foundation's endowment handbook.

Before coming to Wisconsin, Sidel served as Professor of Law, Lauridsen Family Fellow, and Faculty Scholar at the University of Iowa. Sidel also serves on the board of directors of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT). He serves or has recently served on the advisory boards of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL); Human Rights Watch Asia advisory board; the Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) Ciyuan Philanthropy Initiative in China; the University of Wisconsin Press; Maxwell School Transnational NGO Initiative at Syracuse University; Bridge to Asia; and YMCA Camp Wapsie (Coggon, Iowa). Sidel is a member of the editorial boards of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly; Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations; and the Australian Journal of Asian Law (Melbourne).

Professor Sidel has also served as litigative consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice in the largest prosecution of slavery, human trafficking and involuntary servitude since the Civil War, a criminal case involving the servitude of several hundred Vietnamese and Chinese women garment workers (U.S. v. Kil Soo Lee et al), and has served as a consultant to the U.S. State Department on human trafficking and labor law issues. He serves frequently as an expert for British courts in human trafficking cases.

Sidel practiced law with Baker & McKenzie in New York, Beijing and Hong Kong and is a non-active member of the New York bar. He speaks and reads Chinese and reads Vietnamese.

Monday, September 26, 2016

MPP Chowdhury completes Stimson Center Internship on managing riverflow in Asia

Ashfaqul Chowdhury, a Master of Public Policy candidate at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, has spent most of his summer as an intern with the Stimson Center in Washington D.C. He has been focusing on hydropower issues in southeast Asia for Stimson's Southeast Asia program.

While hydropower is being developed as a climate-friendly alternative to fossil fuels, it also has serious environmental and human costs that aren't often considered. The Southeast Asia program is working to better inform policy makers and the public about its negative effects.

Chowdhury wrote the article below for South Asian Voices, an online platform for strategic analysis and debate hosted by the Stimson Center.

Managing the Brahmaputra: Water Politics in South Asia

The Brahmaputra River is an enormous transnational river spanning more than 2,900 kilometers across China, India, and Bangladesh. While not as famous as the Ganges or the Mekong, management of the Brahmaputra has important implications for water, food, and energy security in the region. However, this is complex because China, India, and Bangladesh all have different priorities with respect to the river.

China primarily wants to extract hydro-energy, whereas India deeply values its water supply and storage capacity. Bangladesh, the most downstream of the three countries, could use the Brahmaputra’s waters to manage the increasing salinity in its rivers because of climate change. Unsurprisingly, these goals sometimes conflict with each other. Mutual distrust among all three governments further complicates cooperation.
Water Dilemmas

China’s location, upstream from both India and Bangladesh, gives it an advantage in terms of controlling the management of the Brahmaputra’s flows. Importantly, China intends to exploit the hydroelectric potential of the Brahmaputra to supply electricity to Tibet, a region economically and politically marginalized from the rest of China. Although Chinese policy documents reveal a plan of building four hydroelectric dams on the river, it has only built the Zangmu Dam so far.

Indian objections highlight some important concerns about potential Chinese ambitions to build additional dams. Some Indian policy analysts believe that China could use future hydroelectric dams to threaten part of India’s water supply during dry seasons or during a future Sino-Indian conflict. There is also concern that China could, in the long run, divert water from the Brahmaputra to the Yellow River through Sichuan Province. Although Chinese officials have repeatedly assured India that it does not have any intention of diverting water from the Brahmaputra, continuing border tensions and China’s aggression in other parts of the Asia-Pacific have given India cause for concern.

Interestingly, China has its own share of concerns. China fears that India will use its activity on the Brahmaputra to solidify its hold over Arunachal Pradesh, an area that India administers but China stakes claim to. Recently, India increased its development activities in Arunachal Pradesh, and plans to build a series of dams in the region for energy production. Seeking control of Arunachal Pradesh, China is concerned that Indian development there will strengthen New Delhi’s presence in the area.

While China cannot force India to stop building dams in its sovereign territory, this could create potential for Chinese retaliation upstream, in the form of diverting water flow or withholding water level data. Either of these moves could have disastrous consequences. For example, it is alleged that if China would have shared hydrological data with India ahead of major flooding in June 2000, India could have taken more action to limit damages from the floods that ultimately killed more than 30 and left about 50,000 homeless.
The Teesta Dispute

As far as India and Bangladesh are concerned, the more prominent dispute centers on managing the Teesta River, which is a tributary of the Brahmaputra. The Teesta flood plain covers 14 percent of the total cropped area in Bangladesh, and an estimated 7.3 percent of its population is dependent upon the river. Reductions in water available from the Teesta River have challenged farmers and others in Bangladesh who rely upon the river’s flows for their livelihood.

India’s management of the river has contributed to this reduction in the water supply, as it regularly diverts water from the Teesta for agricultural reasons during the dry season (particularly since building the Gazaldoba dam in the 1980s). In part because of India’s interference in the Teesta’s flow, in 2015, Bangladesh received only around 300 cusecs of water in the dry season. In contrast, the flow was at least 4,000 cusecs before the building of the dam.

India’s central government has tried to resolve the management of the Teesta with Bangladesh in an “equitable and reasonable manner,” in accordance with the United Nations Watercourses Convention. In fact, in 2011, former Indian Premier Manmohan Singh and Bangladeshi Premier Sheikh Hasina were on the verge of an agreement to share the water flow of the Teesta equally. However, this agreement never came to be because Mamta Banerjee, the state-level chief minister of West Bengal, refused to agree to the deal. She feared that such a deal would negatively impact the northern part of West Bengal, especially during the dry season. Her rejection of the deal was enough to derail the process because states, rather than the central government, dominate the water regulation process in India.

Bangladesh, in return, denied ratifying a transit agreement with India, which would have given India land route access to its northeastern states through Bangladesh. This was a significant loss for India, because transit access would have facilitated the Indian government’s pledge to end decades of underdevelopment for these states that are secluded from India. In 2015, Bangladesh ultimately granted transit access for food grains and power equipment in a quid pro quo for India’s ratification of a land boundary agreement originally negotiated in 1974, suggesting that resolving the Teesta dispute may require similar diplomatic give and take.
The Way Forward

Clearly, river management issues between China and India and, in turn, India and Bangladesh, remain contentious. National security implications inhibit compromise between China and India, while state level politics in India undermine cooperation between India and Bangladesh. However, there are some small encouraging signs as well.

China now provides water level and rainfall data to both India and Bangladesh, which helps those countries to anticipate floods earlier. However, the dominance of China’s negotiating position because of its upper riparian position continues to have disturbing implications. Importantly, China mostly deals with issues bilaterally, rather than multilaterally, which gives it more flexibility to shape the negotiations in its interests and to divide India and Bangladesh. As the two lower riparian countries, India and Bangladesh have an interest in resolving their river disputes in order to approach China with a common negotiating position.

Bangladesh and India ought to jointly invite China to the negotiating table and seek long-term agreements regarding data sharing and permissible levels of water flow diversion. Bangladesh and India should not delay to aim toward these goals, because China currently views diverting the Brahmaputra as cost inefficient; this could easily change in the future. Thus, India and Bangladesh have an interest to reach an agreement with China that might regulate its behavior before a potential water crisis or future energy demand convinces China that diverting the Brahmaputra further is in its best interests.

(A version of this piece originally appeared on the South Asian Voices website)
About Ashfaqul Chowdhury

Chowdhury earned a bachelor's degree in business from Dhaka University in Bangladesh. At the Humphrey School, his focus is on data analysis. His interests are food security and energy, particularly how expansion of renewable energy and distribution grids may impact the livelihood of small farmers in South Asia.

Chowdhury described his internship at the Stimson Center as "a tremendous opportunity." He met policy makers from the United States, Europe, Asia and other regions. Even better, he said, was the chance to contribute toward "building policies which are going to shape a region’s future."

Chowdhury is one of several students to gain real-world experience by working with the
Stimson Center since the Humphrey School announced a partnership with the Washington, DC-based think tank in November 2015. The partnership provides opportunities for internships, and other research and capstone projects involving students and faculty.

This information was cross-posted from Humphrey School News

Sept 27 12:45pm Gender, Race, Class & Women’s Substantive Rep in Bolivia

Freeman Center for International Economic Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, presents a Workshop on Global Policy
Professor Christina Ewig, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Legislating Intersectionally: Gender, Race, Class and Women’s Substantive Representation in Bolivia

12:45 - 2:00 pm Tuesday, September 27
The Stassen Room (Room 170), Humphrey School, West Bank Campus

How much are “women’s interests” represented in a specific policy realm? Answering this question first requires identifying what women’s interests might be, a task complicated by enormous differences among women. In this presentation, Professor Ewig will share current work in progress that uses research from Bolivia to develop an approach to identifying women’s interests with an intersectional lens as well as an analysis of intersectional relations in the political process.

All are welcome! Refreshments will be served
The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy sponsors the Global Policy Seminar/Workshop series every other Tuesday. The sessions are held from 12:45 to 2:00 pm in the Stassen Room (Room 170) of the Humphrey School. The next two presentations are:

September 27 – Christina Ewig on Women’s Interests in the Political Process
October 11 – Mario Solis on the Shadow Economy

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