Monday, November 30, 2015

Dec 8 – Eric Schwartz on U.S. Policy towards Syrian Refugees

The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy sponsors the Global Policy Seminar/Workshop series. The sessions are held from 12:45 to 2:00 pm on Tuesdays. The next presentation is:

December 8 – Eric Schwartz on U.S. Policy towards Syrian Refugees


The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, presents a Workshop on Global Policy

Dean Eric Schwartz
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Refugees
will speak on The Syria Refugee Crisis: What to do?
12:45 - 2:00 pm
Tuesday, December 8

Humphrey 215 – the Wilkins Room
Humphrey School, West Bank Campus

Syria is in crisis, with half of its population forcibly displaced, including more than four million refugees in neighboring countries, and hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in Europe. Meanwhile, more than half of the governors in the United States have said they do not want the United States to admit the 10,000 Syrian refugees to which the Obama administration has committed. Dean Schwartz, who testified on this issue before the Senate Homeland Security Committee on November 19, will discuss options for U.S. policy

All are welcome! Refreshments will be served

Acumen Global Fellows Program

Gain world-class leadership training. Serve in the field with a social enterprise. Join a cohort of emerging leaders who will change the world. Applications for the next cohort of Global Fellows are open now!

Program Overview
      Now in its 11th year, the Global Fellows Program is a 12-month fellowship for individuals dedicated to changing the way the world tackles poverty. We are looking for potential social sector leaders who embody service above self. Leaders who take a systems change approach to the world’s biggest problems and have the moral imagination to effect long term change. Leaders who are strong collaborators, are self-aware and adaptive. Leaders who are dedicated to addressing the problems of poverty and bring a blend of leadership capabilities and strong business skills to the table. Acumen            Fellows are a different kind of leader. And one day, they’re going to change the world.
The fellowship begins with eight weeks of training in the Acumen New York office, where Fellows build their understanding of the problems of poverty, the current tensions in the sector as we explore solutions and understand the role we have to play. The 2 months are also an exploration and reflection on Self, Other, and System, requiring deep introspection, and a willingness to change our own values, beliefs, behaviors, before we can affect change in the world.
       After training, each Fellow is placed with a company within Acumen’s ecosystem where they work on a key business challenge. In the past Fellows have worked on projects ranging from leading operations of a new business unit at a cotton ginnery in Uganda, to leading operations at a coffee processing company in Rwanda, to building partnerships for a vocational skills training company in India.
      Since 2006, we have received more than 5,000 applications from 110 countries and trained 97 Fellows from over 25 countries. After the Fellowship year, Fellows continue to create social change, with 85% of the Fellows currently in leadership positions at socially progressive organizations such as, Endeavor, Bamboo Finance, New Island Capital, Omidyar Network, MercyCorp, Gates Foundation, Andela and Silatech.

The Application Process – Applications Are Now Open!

Applications are open from November 10 – December 8, 2015.

There are five parts of the initial application:
Background Information
Your Resume/CV
Applicant Summary and Overview
Essay Questions
Two Professional References

For application instructions, click here.

For frequently asked questions, click here.

The Selection Process
November: Applications open
January: Phone interviews
February- March: In person interviews
April- May: Final candidates selected and offers made

for more info see

East-West Center Asia Pacific Leadership Program

The East-West Center is pleased to invite applications for the 2016 - 2017 Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellowship (APLP). The APLP is the center of excellence for leadership education in the Asia Pacific region and a signature program of the East West Center.

Currently celebrating its 15thanniversary, the APLP has created a network of 553 dynamic leaders in 53 countries who are helping to build a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community.

Program Description:
      The APLP seeks outstanding individuals from all walks of life (government, business, NGOs, health sciences, media, monastic orders, and education) to participate in an innovative leadership development program at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The average age of an APLP Fellow is 32, with an average of 5 - 8 years of professional experience.
      All fellows live on the East-West Center's campus in Honolulu, Hawaii from August through December 2016 for the residential portion of the program. From January – April 2017, the program is run virtually [online] and fellows have the option to return to their home countries or apply for extended fieldwork in Southeast Asia, internships, self-designed projects and employment experiences.

Application and Scholarship Instructions:
      Upon acceptance, all participants receive a fellowship valued at approximately $13,000 USD to cover a majority of the program costs. Substantial scholarship funding is available for the remainder of the costs of participation, though timing is critical. The earlier an application is submitted, the greater the chance that scholarship funds will be available to support participant costs beyond the fellowship provisions. Early decision applications are due by December 1, 2015; all other APLP Fellowship applications are due by March 1, 2016.

For more information, please visit:

crossposted from PCDN

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

Crossposted from PCDN

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.
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