Monday, November 30, 2015

Project Director for CSO Accountability

Position: Project Director, Global Standard for CSO Accountability
Location: Berlin, Germany
Starting Date: As soon as possible
How to Apply: see

Application Deadline: 10 December 2015
About the Global Standard for CSO Accountability

      The Global Standard for CSO Accountability is an initiative of eight well-established civil society organisations’ (CSO) accountability networks from around the world together with the International Civil Society Centre as the Implementing Partner. Funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) over the course of three years, the project will bring together the eight
      Project Partners to systematically cooperate over the course of three years to exchange expertise, improve their codes and agree on what constitutes the core elements of good CSO accountability globally. The result will be a collectively agreed Global Standard for CSO Accountability, functioning as a reference standard across the globe for anyone engaging in CSO accountability.
About the International Civil Society Centre

      The International Civil Society Centre is the Implementing Partner of the project and will host the Project Delivery Team for the Global Standard on behalf of all Project Partners. The Centre helps the world’s leading international civil society organisations (ICSOs) maximise their impact for a sustainable and more equitable world. The Centre works with ICSOs to develop strategies for successfully navigating change. The International Civil Society Centre scan the horizon for exciting opportunities; enable learning and cooperation among ICSOs and their stakeholders; support ICSOs with developing effective leadership and promote robust accountability to strengthen ICSOs’ legitimacy. The Centre is a not-for-profit organisation fully owned by the organisations it serves. The International Civil Society Centre strive to set high standards in management, governance and strategy for ICSOs and the wider sector.

Job Purpose

      The Project Director will play a key role in shaping and driving the Global Standard project to a successful outcome over three years. Being responsible for strategic development and outreach, the Project Director will take active ownership for the project’s progression according to plan and seize further opportunities where they arise to strengthen CSO accountability globally. Fuelling the vision of strengthening CSOs´ effectiveness worldwide, the Project Director will facilitate and support the Project Partners efforts to come to an agreed global framework for CSO accountability. This will require strong intercultural and diplomatic skills as Project Partners differ greatly in regard to size, history and cultural context. Keeping their current determination for collective success alive and regularly invigorating it is important. As the leader of the Project Delivery Team, the Project Director oversees the accurate implementation of all agreed reporting, monitoring and evaluation activities, and monitors all incoming information to potentially adjust the project approach to ensure maximum success in accordance with the funder’s requirements.

Key Responsibilities

Reports to:
  • Deputy Executive Director of the Centre (member of Global Standard Executive Committee).
  • The Global Standard Executive Committee (monthly)
  • Overall project management of the implementation of the Global Standard project.
  • The two other members of the Project Delivery Team: the Senior Accountability Advisor and the Project Coordinator.
Project leadership and coordination:
  • Ensure proper implementation and progress of the Global Standard project including performance and delivery of all actions as per grant agreement.
  • Define operational objectives and develop operational plans for the implementation of the Global Standard project in consultation with the Project Partners and the Executive Committee in coherence with the projects overall objective and strategic priorities; prepare annual plans and budgets to be approved by all Project Partners.
  • Liaise with Project Partners, Consultative Partners and other key stakeholders, build trustful and constructive working relationships.
  • Initiate, support and monitor proper knowledge management and exchange of experiences between the project players.
  • Review the progress reports provided by the Project Partners and support them to achieve the agreed goals.
  • Provide timely and high quality draft reporting for the donor agency.
  • Lead and empower the Project Delivery Team to be of optimal support to the collaborative efforts of the Project Partners.
Internal communication and cooperation:
  • Establish and maintain required communication measures, i.e. corporate identity and website.
  • Support the Project Partners in developing communication strategies, material and formats to support the consultation process with constituencies and stakeholders.
  • Prepare and follow-up all meetings for the Global Standard Executive Committee (monthly conference calls) and Steering Group of all Project Partners (bi-annual face-to-face meetings).
  • Ensure optimal communication between the Project Partners.
External representation, engagement and outreach:
  • Market and seek recognition for the Global Standard at relevant international fora.
  • Identify opportunities for linking the Global Standard to global and regional accountability efforts, events, discourses (i.e. Post 2015, Post Busan, CPDE etc.) and initiate engagement with related stakeholders.

How to Apply

PartnersGlobal Internship

PartnersGlobal is an international non-profit organization, with a network of 19 local Centers located around the world, which provides interns with a hands-on, valuable opportunity to gain exposure to working at the nexus of peacebuilding, democracy and citizen security. The Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) team focuses on projects and issue areas related to organizational development, security sector reform, anti-corruption, community policing and conflict resolution. The SSA team is looking for an outstanding individual to join us as a 2016 Spring Intern to assist with programmatic support, business development efforts and communications and are committed to fostering a vibrant learning and professional development atmosphere, offering mentorship and guidance throughout the internship term.

Description of Responsibilities:
Program Support (35%):
  • Hone your technical language skills by translating key project documents from French to English for submission to donor;
  • Develop logistics and planning skills through assisting with travel arrangements for program team members, under the supervision of Program Associates;
  • Familiarize yourself with event planning processes, such as providing support to event and meeting management, preparing invitation mailing lists, contributing content to event focus, tracking RSVPs, and handling all catering and space logistics; and
  • Expand your knowledge of country specific contexts by editing reports, presentations and other key program documents.
Business Development/Strategic Engagement (35%):
  • Gain a better understanding of the process and nuances to fundraising through conducting background research on new opportunities, and identifying donor priorities and donor engagement;
  • Enhance your networking skills by supporting Program staff on database management tracking engagement with key partners and potential donors with Salesforce, Partners' online relationship management platform; and
  • Attend conferences, trainings and meetings as appropriate to increase visibility and promote Partners work, and capitalize on networking opportunities.
Communications (30%):
  • Learn to communicate with brevity and clarity by tracking trending news and policy topics and updating team on current events in all priority countries (Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Kenya, SAHEL region);
  • Gain strategic social media skills by working with the SSA team's social media strategy, such as supporting its' implementation through scheduling online engagement, helping to identify key online partners and actively participating via Twitter at Partners-related public events; and
  • Build your content management expertise by supporting SSA webpage updates when necessary.
The ideal prospective candidate is a graduate student or recent college graduate with demonstrated interest, work experience, and/or academic study in the SSA region, citizen security, and/or democratic governance; exceptional English language abilities, research, writing and editing skills; full professional proficiency in French (fluency preferred); computer proficiency and a passion for getting organized; excellent interpersonal skills; and an insatiable desire to learn.

To Apply: Send a résumé, cover letter, French writing sample (maximum 500 words) and contact information for three references Please indicate in the email and cover letter that you are applying for the SSA Program Spring Internship. No phone calls please. The deadline for applications is December 10th, 2015. Partners will reach out to exceptional candidates who pass the first round of selections for an interview or to request additional information.

Partners is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on sex, gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, pregnancy, marital status, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Nov 30 Alexander Montgomery on "Atomic Myths: Knowledge Transfer, Nuclear Weapons & Counterproliferation Policy,"

Alexander Montgomery, Associate Professor of Political Science at Reed College, will speak on "Atomic Myths: Knowledge Transfer, Nuclear Weapons, and Counterproliferation Policy," on Monday, November 30, 11:30-1:30 pm, in Room 215 (the Wilkins Room) of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. A light lunch will be served.

Please contact Mary Curtin ( for further information.

Mary T. Curtin, Ph.D.

Diplomat in Residence/Global Policy Area Coordinator
Human Rights Program Advisor
143 Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
phone: 612-624-1065

Dec 3 Networks & Knowledge at the University of Vienna, 1365-1450"

The Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota is pleased to announce
an upcoming event:

Thursday, December 3
4:00 PM        1210 Heller Hall


"Professors and Scholars: Networks and Knowledge at the University of Vienna, 1365-1450"

2015 marks the 650th anniversary of the founding of the University of Vienna. Historian Monica Brinzei (History, University of Vienna) will present Nicholas of Dinkelsbühl, one of the main figures of the first generation of professors from this university, as a guide to this new academic milieu. She will demonstrate how the main philosophical genre of the medieval university, commentaries on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, can help us better understand the production of knowledge inside of the University of Vienna. As she compares Viennese commentaries with the scholarly tradition of the University of Paris, the audience will see what was actually new at the new University of Vienna.

Dec 7 ICGC event: Peace & Social Justice Education Today

12.7.15 ~ 4-5:30p ~ 250 Wulling Hall

Peace and Social Justice Education Today: Going Online to do Deep Community-Based Work Around the World

Presented by: Dr. Andria Wisler, Executive Director at the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service at Georgetown University

Click here for downloadable poster

Sponsored by the Program in Comparative and International Development Education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development

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International Researcher Series: Best Practices in Proposal Development - Dec

Interested in starting a research project abroad but not sure where to begin? The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility is excited to announce this new series with the first session on Dec 9, 12:00 to 1:30pm. This session will cover the key considerations when developing new research proposals that include an international component, particularly when the field work is done abroad. Best practices will be highlighted through a case study, with time at the end for questions and answers. 

 Bring your current project and proposal ideas and biggest challenges - there will be time at the end for questions and discussion. Learn more and RSVP.

Dec 9 Global Conversations: Syria's Refugee Crisis*

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, December 9, 2015
Doty Board Room, Hennepin County Library
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Join the Minnesota International Center at Hennepin County Library on December 9th as it hosts a conversation with former Ambassador to Turkey Ross Wilson on the global impact of the resettlement of Syrian refugees and possible long-term strategies for resolution of the Syrian Refugee Crisis. For more information and to register, click here.

*This is an external event.

cross posted from U of M Human Rights Program
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