Monday, February 8, 2016

February 9 – Audrey Dorélien on Sub-Saharan Population Dynamics

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:

February 9 – Audrey Dorélien on Sub-Saharan Population Dynamics
February 23 – Ed Goetz on Exclusion and Citizenship in French Urban Housing Policy
Freeman Center for International Economic Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, presents a Workshop on Global Policy

Professor Audrey Dorélien   Humphrey School
Sub-Saharan Population Dynamics

12:45 - 2:00 pm Tuesday, February 9

The Stassen Room (Room 170) Humphrey School, West Bank Campus

Many ecological factors such as rainfall and plant productivity are seasonal; and because human lives are based on a calendar, many social and behavioral factors are also seasonal. But while seasonality has many direct and indirect effects on human life, it is often understudied. Professor Dorélien will present findings from two related pieces of her research. In the initial piece, Professor Dorélien provides the first contemporary documentation of birth seasonality for sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), a region that has some of the largest seasonal fluctuations in births worldwide. The second study examines the relationship between birth month and early health outcomes in SSA. She finds that month of birth is strongly predictive of child health and survival. She also tests whether birth month is a proxy for differing social and ecological events that occur at conception, in utero, or during infancy, or whether the effect associated with birth month is due to confounding.

All are welcome! Refreshments will be served

Summer internship w/stipend opportunities - Feb 26 app deadline

Two great opportunities for funded summer 2016 internships. There are opportunities at every level (undergraduate, graduate and professional).

1. Children of Incarcerated Caregivers (CIC), a Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization dedicated to researching and advocating for policies and programs that improve the lives of children whose primary caregivers are involved with the criminal justice system in the U.S. and abroad, is seeking a team of interdisciplinary students from the University of Minnesota and Macalester College for a paid, two-month summer internship. The team will work under the auspices of the University of Minnesota's Human Rights Program. Graduate/professional students and upper level undergraduates in human rights, public policy, law, psychology, sociology, or other programs related to the issue of children and parental incarceration will be considered. Stipends of $5,500 (graduate/professional student) and $4,000 (undergraduate student) are offered for a 40-week commitment from May 30 - July 29, 2016. Applicants should email a CV and cover letter by February 26, 2016 to Rochelle Hammer, For additional details about CIC, the internship opportunity, and application process, please see attached document.

2. The Human Rights Program in the Institute for Global Studies will award two undergraduate students with a stipend of up to $4,000 to complete a summer internship in human rights. Students should have a summer internship site confirmed and a proposed budget/schedule by the application deadline of February 26, 2016. Form with additional details on info/materials needed to apply is attached.

If you have any questions about either of these opportunities, please contact Rochelle Hammer in the Human Rights Program, University of Minnesota. or 612-626-7947

Rochelle Hammer
Coordinator | Human Rights Program |
214 Social Sciences, 267 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455University of Minnesota |
|<> | (612)626-7947

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UMN China Center--Happy New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

The Year of the Monkey predicts curiosity, creativity, and positivity.

The University of Minnesota China Center wishes you great success and achievement during this coming year!

The China Center's renewed energy is driven by motivation, innovation, and teamwork, which are just a few characteristics that are said to peak in the Year of the Monkey. We appreciate your support and look forward to collaborating with you in the year ahead to build U.S. - China bridges.


Feb 12: Korea Connection with Ambassador Ahn

The Korea Connection with Ambassador Ahn
Friday, February 12; 11:30 am - 1:30 pm; Windows on Minnesota
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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Global Conversations: The Koreas

Global Conversations: The Koreas
Wednesday, February 10; 5:30 - 7:30 pm; Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central
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WFP Training Specialist

Training Specialist
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are seeking to fill a consultancy position of Training Specialist, based at our Headquarters in Rome, Italy for an initial 11 months.


The Function and Support Training for Emergency Response (FASTER) is WFP’s emergency flagship training, aiming to develop a comprehensive and integrative approach to emergency response among WFP’s functional areas. The goal is to improve WFP’s emergency response during sudden onset emergencies.

FASTER has been developed in 2013 by the Logistics Development Unit, under the guidance of OSE building on pre-existing simulation trainings (Emergency Response Training, TFOT, etc.). Since 2015, FASTER has been housed and implemented by OSE directly.

With the contextual changes and in view of maintaining a high-quality standard of training there is an ongoing need to revise the training package to:

(i) Integrate recent elements of the changing humanitarian environment

(ii) Ensure the most recent internal and external tools and procedures are tested/practiced

(iii) Ensure activities are linked to key deliverables and learning outcomes pre-defined by each functional area

(iv) Ensure the link between pre-simulation and simulation phases

(v) Redefine a clear strategy between the training and subsequent deployments

(vi) Ensure cost-effectiveness of the training (including possible revision of venue and format)

Under the general supervision and guidance of the Head of Capacity Building Unit, the Training Specialist will be responsible for the following key duties:
  • Review of the FASTER materials (concept note, scenario overview, etc.);
  • Update as needed the FASTER learning objectives by day and functional area (FA);
  • Liaise with each FA to review specific learning objectives and design the injects and deliverables to achieve them;
  • Design and structure the training around specific learning objectives and include recommendations from previous editions;
  • Review the learning components to ensure learning and coaching are better integrated, as well as feedback and debriefing modalities;
  • Ensure more integration of the role of external partners (UN agencies, NGOs and government) and of the clusters;
  • Review the training delivery modalities and location to ensure cost-efficiency while maintaining high quality;
  • Develop/revise the training content (pre-simulation and simulation) ensuring alignment with learning objectives and that the participants are provided with relevant theory and tools beforehand to succeed during the simulation exercise;
  • Organize the roll-outs of the trainings in May and July and the first inter-agency pilot with UNICEF in October 2016;
  • Develop a methodology for measuring the impact of FASTER on staff deployment;
  • Revised FASTER training package and roll-out of the training;
  • Methodology developed to measure impact of FASTER on staff deployment, linked to Emergency Response Roster;
  • Site review for cost-efficiency;
  • Perform any other tasks as required.
Qualifications & Experience Required

  • Master’s degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Emergency Management, Human Resource Management or related field. An appropriate mix of vocational training and professional experience may be an acceptable alternative.
  • At least six years of professional work experience in a development, emergency, training, teaching and/or coordination setting;
  • Experience in UN emergency response, ideally with WFP;
  • Experience in assessing and analyzing training needs;
  • Extensive experience in developing and implementing training products;
  • Experience in developing, leading and delivering simulations and simulation trainings;
  • Familiarity with the international humanitarian system and emergency response.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Fluency in oral and written English with an intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages) is desirable.
Terms and Conditions:

WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations. Learn more about countries where the UN operates.

Application Procedures:

Go to:
Step 1: Register and create your online CV.
Step 2: Click on “Description” to read the position requirements and “Apply” to submit your application.

NOTE: You must complete Step 1 and 2 in order for your application to be considered for this vacancy.

Deadline for applications: 4 February 2016

Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.

Crossposted from PCDN

Development Associate - Washington, DC

The Organization

Search for Common Ground (Search) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, Search’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. Search seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 600 staff worldwide, Search implements projects from 56 offices in 35 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with dedicated and enthusiastic staff who love their work. You will be joining a highly motivated staff with a good team spirit and there will be opportunities to grow in the role.

Summary of Position

The Development Coordinator's main responsibilities are to research, write, and at times manage unrestricted grants supporting core operating expenses. The Development Coordinator will also ensure timely and accurate reporting to donors of such grants when required.

The Development Coordinator will report to the Strategic Development Manager. The Strategic Development team is responsible for fundraising from individuals, foundations, and corporations to support Search’s core and unrestricted funding needs. It is an exciting time of opportunity, growth, and new challenges for the department as we dramatically expand Search’s core revenue to provide the infrastructure needed to implement and manage a global organization.

  • Understand institutional history, programs, and funding needs.
  • Communicate need for core operating expenses in a compelling way that reflects the vitality and efficacy of the organization as more than the sum of its component programs.
  • In coordination with Executive Team, Strategic Development Director, and Global Affairs and Partnerships Team, create relationships with foundation and corporate prospects. When appropriate, make appointments for Senior Management with foundation officers and other prospects.
  • Conduct the full range of activities required to identify, research, prepare, submit, and manage letters of inquiry, concept notes, and grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources.
  • Maintain a calendar of all proposal and grant-related deadlines, such as RFP and report due dates.
  • Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants.
  • Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors.
  • Work with Finance to gather information necessary to report to corporate/foundation funders on grants when needed.
  • Provide stewardship to current donors, including work with Strategic Development Director to provide regular written program updates (success stories, etc.) to corporate and foundation donors.
  • Maintain current records concerning foundation and corporate grants in database and joint files, including grant tracking and reporting. Report progress to team regularly.
  • Track statistics relevant to development and provide department with written materials necessary for donor stewardship and reports to Board and its Development Committee.
  • Provide Search colleagues with input related to foundation and corporate funding for the organization’s reports, audits, program grant applications and communications materials such as the website and annual report.
  • Achieve a minimum 30% win-rate by year 2 of position.
  • Assist with other Strategic Development projects as requested.
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 responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject.
  • Familiarity with fundraising information sources, basic fundraising techniques and strategies, and research techniques for donor prospect research.
  • Able to monitor and meet revenue goals.
  • Able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.
  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals. Native-speaker level fluency in English.
  • Strong editing skills.
  • Strong contributor in team environments, with positive personality and can-do attitude.
  • Highly organized with excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills.
  • Proactive, initiative-taking, and able to work independently.
  • Able to identify and solve problems on an immediate basis.
  • Computer literacy proficiency, including solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google applications (Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Hangouts) and Internet research skills.
  • Interest and knowledge of conflict resolution, passion for the mission.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience with grant writing, including unrestricted operating expenses.
  • Experience working in a conflict resolution setting.
  • Experience working in a non-profit or similar environment.
  • Previous experience with non-profit fundraising other than grant writing.

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience, with excellent benefits

To Apply:

Application Deadline: February 15, 2016
. Please send a cover letter, resume, and grant proposal writing sample in one document through our application system at No phone calls please. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. Please see our web site for full details of our work.

Crossposted from PCDN
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