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: https://www.uio.no/english/studies/summerschool/

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 http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/startribune/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=119311647.

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

https://www.wsj.com/articles/for-u-s-grad-students-overseas-schools-beckon-1490278126


Ms. Carmen Iezzi MEZZERA
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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

DESCRIPTION
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.

BACKGROUND
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.

ABOUT THIS NEW ROLE AND HOTLINE
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.

ABOUT REFUNITE’S NEW PROJECT(S) IN PAKISTAN

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.

WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING
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.

REQUIREMENTS

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

BENEFITS
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.

INTERESTED?
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.

PERSONAL INTERVIEWS
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, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 
 

Search for Common Ground Design, Monitoring & Evaluation (Wash DC)

Senior Program Manager – ILT
Design, Monitoring and Evaluation – Washington, District of Columbia

We are Searchers.
We are over 600 strong worldwide. We believe in our mission to end violent conflict.
It’s our purpose- our call to action.

A Searcher understands our vision of a world where:
Differences stimulate social progress, rather than precipitate violence
Respect for and cooperation with those we disagree with is considered the norm
A Searcher is a dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate individual, committed to our values.
Shared Humanity. Empathy. Impartiality. Inclusivity. Courage. Hope. Humility. Audacity.

With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, we implement projects from 55 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. You will be joining other highly motivated Searchers with a good team spirit and through commitment and dedication, have opportunities to grow.

The Institutional Learning Team

The Institutional Learning Team (ILT) sits at the heart of the organization. The Team is headed by the Director of DM&E under the leadership of the Vice President, Programs. It includes a global team of technical specialists working to support Search’s programs across the world, as well as a team of specialists who work on projects which seek to promote best practices in the field of DM&E and peacebuilding in close partnership with other organizations. This includes our DME for Peace learning platform, as well as several other projects collaborating with a dozen other partner and peer organizations. The Institutional Learning Team is global, dynamic, diverse and engaged at multiple levels of the organization internally, as well as externally, to forward the quality of design, monitoring and evaluation in peacebuilding.

We Are Searching For…

The Senior Program Manager for the Institutional Learning Team (ILT) manages and provides technical expertise to the portfolio of externally-focused projects. This includes oversight of multiple levels of personnel, deliverables, contracts management, and financial management. The Sr. Program Manager ensures the successful delivery of high quality and timely products for external partners and audiences, represents Search in thought-leadership through various high-level forums in the DM&E and peacebuilding space, as well as ensures continual internal gains, opportunities, and learnings to enhance Search’s programming. The Sr. Program Manager contributes to determining and revising the strategic approach of the ILT, including initiating and supporting efforts to raise resources or establish new strategic partnerships. This person collaborates extensively with external partners and peers, while seeking maximum relevance in learning and applicability for internal use. The Sr. Program Manager manages approximately five people and reports to the Director of DM&E.

Your contribution

The roles are responsibilities of this role include:
Management and support for ILT External team, currently at 5 direct reports, with additional levels of management (mid-level management, junior staff, and entry level staff) expected during 2017 with continued expansion of portfolio.
Technical expert and manager for all current externally-facing projects in the ILT portfolio (currently 9 projects), as well as future portfolio deliverables.
Oversight of these projects including providing quality assurance, and strategic input to publications, core materials, and service provision on projects. This includes projects whose technical area includes: developmental evaluation, MERL tools and methodologies, sustainability and exit strategies and collective impact.

Management of the DMEforPeace.org, ensuring that the platform remains relevant, visible, adaptive to needs, and accessible to partners across the developed and developing world.
Management of the contractual, financial and compliance requirements of all contracts and agreements in the portfolio of projects, in partnership with the Finance department at HQ.
Collaborate regularly and systematically with Search for Common Ground staff at multiple levels, to connect the internal learnings and practice towards external projects and partnerships.
Demonstrate initiative and leadership in identifying and pursuing new opportunities for ILT that demonstrate a strategic value-add both internally and externally for Search. Expected to maintain or grow the current portfolio in line with ILT strategic direction.
Ensure external visibility and thought leadership of ILT and Search in the DME and peacebuilding space.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.

You are…

Minimum Qualifications
At least 5 years dedicated Monitoring and Evaluation experience, including robust experience internationally (at least one full year abroad); ideally 7+ years
At least 5 years of project management experience with budgeting, personnel management, and donor reporting responsibilities
Passion for peacebuilding and interest in continuing to build the field of DME & peacebuilding
M.A. in International Development, Conflict Management, or related field required
Multi-country and cross-cultural experience related to program or DM&E implementation
Knowledge and experience on M&E in peacebuilding or complex projects
Experience in designing and implementing DM&E data collection methodologies and tools, as well as both quantitative and qualitative data analysis
Ability to coach and train others in M&E principles and best-practices, as well as facilitate reflective discussions and present in front of diverse audiences
Extensive knowledge of logical framework and results framework planning and evaluation methodologies
Self -motivated and self-starter
High standards of integrity, professionalism, and impartiality
Ability to multi-task, work independently, and work to meet tight deadlines

Highly Desirable:
Experience working internationally and specifically in conflict/fragile state environments
Prior experience as a trainer
Knowledge of participatory methods, mix-methods, outcome mapping and/or impact evaluation
Knowledge of case study methodology
Fluency in French or Arabic (verbally and in written form)
Knowledge of NVivo, Dedoose, SQL Server, SPSS, or STATA

Please note: Qualified local, national, and international persons are encouraged to apply

Travel: Ability to travel (25%) Start date: 15 May 2017

Salary: Commensurate with experience and education, with excellent benefits.

Sound good? To apply, interested candidates should:
Send a cover letter and current resume to our employment website here. This position will close on 3 April 2017.

Include the following in your cover letter
minimum salary requirements (or current salary)
projected start date,
where you found this posting.

We are looking to fill this position with the right candidate. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our web site www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.



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

Governance, Peacebuilding & Conflict Sensitivity Advisor (Sri Lanka)

Internews seeks a Governance, Peacebuilding and Conflict Sensitivity (GPCS) Advisor for a USAID-funded media support program in Sri Lanka. The GPCS Advisor will be responsible for mainstreaming conflict and gender sensitive approaches across all project activities, focusing in particular on training journalists, media managers and outlets in conflict-sensitive reporting. The GPCS Advisor will be delegated other management responsibilities by the project Chief of Party (COP) as appropriate, including project management and senior representation roles. The position will be based in Colombo. Please note the position is contingent upon receipt of funding.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Work with media outlets to integrate conflict/gender sensitive principles into reporting, content production and editorial decision-making.
Develop and deliver curricula for conflict/gender-sensitive/peacebuilding media training for journalists and editors.
Work with Sri Lankan government stakeholders to constructively engage with media and civil society on conflict mitigation and peacebuilding issues.
Work with media to produce content on governance, reconciliation and peacebuilding issues that incorporates a variety of perspectives and issues and presents them in an unbiased, objective way.
Work with media and civil society to produce content that highlights the voices and issues of marginalized and underrepresented groups.
Collaborate with media governing bodies and support institutions to develop a code of conduct for media on conflict/gender-sensitive journalism.
Technical support, guidance and mentoring to media partners and beneficiaries.
Develop and maintain understanding of issues affecting both the media community and the media development community in Sri Lanka, particularly security, peacebuilding and political factors.
Build and maintain relationships with national and local media outlets and media development organizations.
Support strategic communications efforts of Internews in coordination with the COP to promote and publicize project activities.
Other duties as assigned.
Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values.



Qualifications
At least 7 years’ experience working in media and civil society programming in post-conflict and reform environments.
Extensive experience applying conflict/gender-sensitive approaches to media programming and the use of media to advance peacebuilding.
Experience working with Sri Lankan media, preferably in-country.
Experience supporting/implementing international NGO programs (preferably USG-funded).
Familiarity with USAID rules, policies and regulations.
Strong critical thinking and writing skills; excellent communication skills.
Significant ability to analyze and interpret media and conflict trends.
Thorough understanding of the technical, political and social issues specific to Sri Lanka.
Proven interpersonal and networking skills with international organizations and donors.
Excellent spoken and written English.

Benefits Information

This position is being offered and hired by Internews Network. Benefits will be consistent with Internews Network’s offerings and will be reviewed during the hiring process. Additional information can be found on our About Working for Internewspage.



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

Training Manager, Spark MicroGrants (Uganda)

Spark MicroGrants

Spark MicroGrants (www.sparkmicrogrants.org) is a young, rapidly scaling organization pioneering a new approach to international aid. Spark proactively reaches out to rural poor villages and helps community members to design, implement and manage their own social impact projects. Since July 2010 we have developed 140 community partnerships across Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi to spark community-driven impact projects which have included schools, community farms, electricity lines and much more.

Who we are

Spark team members are passionate about our vision to help create a world where everyone will live with dignity and define their own positive future. At Spark our values are what define us and shape the work that we do, we are:
Facilitators. We don’t impose; we enable others to generate impact.
Community-driven. We are motivated by what is best for the community.
Process-centered. The how of what we do is just as important as the what.
Our vision and values live in everything we do.
We are deeply committed to our work and love what we do!
Job Description

The Training Manager will support the programmatic implementation of the newest program at Spark, our training program to equip third parties to adopt and deploy the Spark model with quality. A successful candidate will work closely with partners including the government of Rwanda and FVS Amade in Burundi and have the opportunity to shape new partnerships, provide quality control, and build the procedures and systems to support the replication of Spark’s model. This is a tremendous opportunity for the Training Manager to develop a new program that is key to the strategy of Spark as we grow from a startup to mid-stage organization.
Responsibilities
Develop training curriculum, participant evaluation, and quality assessments.
Manage external trainings and partner relationships.
Coordinate programmatic, evaluation, finance, management and technical support for training partners.
Monitor training partners during the roll out of the Spark process and track programmatic fidelity and quality.

Location: Kampala, Uganda (with periodic travel to regional Spark offices and training partners including but not limited to: Gulu, Uganda, Makamba, Burundi, and Musanze, Rwanda)

Preferred Start Date: Flexible

Contract Length: 2 years minimum

Requirements: 1) Minimum bachelors degree, master’s degree in a relevant field preferred 2) 3-5 years of professional experience, ideally in training or education 3) Fluency in French strongly preferred
Qualified applicants must be able to answer ‘yes’ to all of the following questions:
Are you able to learn and work independently without waiting for external motivation?
Are you bored when not being challenged?
Do you thrive when working with a multi-cultural team?
Are you able to remain patient, positive and flexible in a dynamic environment?
Do you easily come up with three solutions to any one challenge?
Are you open to feedback and seek out how to self-improve?
Do you thrive in a passionate and entrepreneurial organization?
Are you excited about community facing poverty designing their own development?

Please email hr@sparkmicrogrants.org with your resume/CV and cover letter. Please cite PCDNetwork as the source of the job posting in your application. In the subject line, please include: Training Manager.



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