Sunday, July 23, 2017

Johns Hopkins SAIS Admissions Dir (Wash DC)

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Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Global Enrollment and Recruitment, the Director of Admissions provides strategic leadership and effective management of the Office of Admissions and its three full-time staff members, as well as graduate student employees. Key responsibilities include: design and implementation of data-driven marketing and recruitment strategies designed to enroll a highly talented, diverse class of graduate students; coordination and collaboration with admissions procedures for Washington, DC, Bologna, Italy and Nanjing, China campuses; oversight of admissions processing; management and optimization of available technology; direct assessment of admissions applications; representation of Johns Hopkins SAIS programs to domestic and international academic institutions, alumni, professional development partners, and prospective students; conduct staff development; and management of the $300,000 operational budget. The Director works with a high degree of autonomy, yet also collaborates closely with internal administrative and academic stakeholders, as well as numerous external constituents to support a comprehensive approach to enrollment management.

Leadership & Management
Design and implement marketing and recruitment strategies for SAIS early career, mid-career and PhD programs (e.g. MA, MIEF, GPP, MIPP, PhD)
Promote SAIS programs through formal and informal interactions with prospective students, parents and peer institutions
Oversee the processing of all admissions applications (including on-line applications) and directly evaluate a significant portion of all admissions applications, as well as oversee all application decisions
Oversee the development and management of admissions systems and databases
Collaborate with the Office of Marketing and Communications on the design and production of marketing publications including general and degree specific brochures
Oversee the design and implementation of on-campus and virtual information sessions and the annual Open House for admitted candidates
Represent the admissions office within the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA)
Plan and travel for recruitment functions, including prospective student receptions, graduate recruitment fairs, and group travel with APSIA schools
Develop strategies to engage prospects via social media, and provide online and offline content that will help generate applications and subsequently increase yield on admissions offers.
Mentor and develop staff, advocating for needed resources that will enhance individual’s ability to contribute to their full potential
Cultivate relationships with Johns Hopkins SAIS alumni and engage them in the ongoing work of the School through active participation in recruitment and yield activities;
Provide the deans, other administrators, and faculty with detailed admissions data and reports
Assist the Associate Dean of Student Services on student issues, student life, and academic administrative policy as appropriate or required
Maintain regular and close contact with faculty, administrators, and deans to keep them informed of admissions issues
Counsel prospective and admitted students
Organize Admission Committee meetings
Manage the Admissions Office budget
Review and edit all content related to online applications and admissions web sites
Participate in the process of awarding fellowships to students

Opportunities for the Position:

With the support of Johns Hopkins SAIS senior leadership, the admissions team is focused on updating the admissions process to strengthen individual and team contributions, harness available technology, improve efficiency, and enhance overall professionalism. Setting the strategic course for the department will also require appropriate delegation of duties, coupled with careful attention to follow up and outcomes assessment. Working with the Assistant Dean of Global Enrollment and Recruitment the director will create a predictive model to guide recruitment goals and enrollment planning that balances use of institutional resources, assures sustained commitment to educational excellence, and meets student recruitment goals central to the success of the next admissions leader.

Additional priorities include:

Maintain and expand Johns Hopkins SAIS participation in outreach to Historically Black Colleges, Hispanic American Colleges and Universities and other minority serving institutions
Commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse population
Participate in the ongoing institutional strategic planning process
Actively solicit input from stakeholders, evaluate recommendations, implement changes as appropriate, and provide timely feedback on admissions policy, procedures, and/or practice
Recruit a talented student body demonstrating strong quantitative ability
Devise strategies for improving the balance between high demand academic programs (e.g., international policy programs) and those with current growth potential (e.g., regional programs).
Automate and/or streamline routine manual processes
Improve admissions data collection, report generation, and data dissemination among institutional stakeholders
Document process changes and maintain an updated operations manual
Evaluate the organizational structure and space requirements for the office and determine optimal configuration for achieving departmental goals and priorities;
Collaborate with the chief information officer to ensure technology needs of the department are met and that available resources are fully utilized

Networking and Travel
Participate in the coordination of student recruitment activities and community outreach
Represent SAIS to international, national, local and university audiences and speak on behalf of admissions, financial aid and/or the registrar
Create institutional buy in while serving as an agent of change, demonstrating sensitivity to the wide range of experiences and perspectives that both admissions staff and stakeholders bring to their respective roles
Develop and maintain relationships with internal and external constituents
May travel locally, nationally and internationally for networking and other SAIS related activities (admissions, seminars, meet with alumni and companies/organizations etc.)

Foster and support the ongoing development of staff by providing orientation, training, performance coaching, continuing education, and professional development opportunities
Conduct independent research on matters related to Admissions and Recruitment
Assist in counseling students as needed
Perform other duties as required/assigned


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Superior interpersonal, analytical, and problem solving skills
Excellent communication skills both oral and written
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Strong planning and organizational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities
Have exceptional initiative and judgment
Strong customer-service orientation
Ability to work effectively with faculty, administrators, students, alumni and external constituents
Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally
Proficiency in basic data management systems and basic computer applications (MS Office suite); willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed

Experience and Education
Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s or similar degree required
A minimum of ten years of relevant experience required, including five plus years of experience working in an academic enrollment management leadership role with responsibility for multiple programs.
Eight or more years of experience in admissions, preferably in higher education
Experience in an academic environment committed to the highest level of academic standards of integrity and quality preferred.
Experience managing multiple direct reports and working within a matrixed organization required.
Must consistently exercise sound judgment, demonstrate ethical conduct, and have the ability to work independently and in a team setting. Must have ability to work under pressure in a demanding academic environment. Ideal candidates will be flexible, creative, and energetic. Ability to establish effective working procedures and systems is essential.
Experience in establishing successful partnerships with other campuses, academic units and other constituencies

NOTE: The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at 443-997-5100. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

Ms. Carmen Iezzi MEZZERA
Executive Director
Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs

UNDP Dir of Human Resources (New York, NY)

For more information and to apply:

Director, Office of Human Resources
UN Development Programme
Application Deadline :02-Aug-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :D-2
Languages Required : English

With the Secretary-General’s reform efforts underway and the beginning of a new administration at UNDP, there has never been a more exciting time to be at the forefront of organizational change. Human resources management will be an important driver in achieving the kind of dynamic, transformational change that is called for to support the 2030 Agenda and the achievement of the SDGs.

UNDP is a unique working environment will play a forward looking, effective and central role in delivering on the SG's agenda and strategy. Our staff provide services to some of the world’s most vulnerable people, investing in development programmes across the globe, “working as one” with our UN sister agencies, to achieve our vision of “Empowered Lives and Resilient Nations”. This working environment presents special challenges for people management. UNDP works in over 150 country settings around the world and has a global workforce of over 17,000 people including staff, UNVs, long term consultants and senior managers. We work in development, humanitarian, post disaster and multi country programme contexts. UNDP’s national and international staff and long term experts contribute to on the ground solutions around the world working as part of a larger UN system.

The role of the Office of Human Resources (OHR) is to provide UNDP and its leadership with the best strategic HR advice. Leading the provision of HR business focused services, the office delivers best practice HR services and interventions that deliver results.

The Office is accountable for the strategies, policies, systems and frameworks that enable UNDP to attract, develop, retain and motivate a highly skilled and diverse workforce. It shapes and cultivates a workplace that enables the organization’s staff to be productive, valued and rewarded. Based in HQ in New York, and with its presence in regional hubs, OHR offers high quality business focused HR services across the globe.

OHR ensures the availability of a highly skilled, aligned and engaged workforce to deliver today and tomorrow. Services include workforce planning, change management, recruitment, talent development including leadership development, engagement, performance management and succession management. It provides advisory and oversight services for human resources management of its global workforce. It provides the learning and knowledge management systems to ensure that staff skills and competencies remain highly competitive for advisory and development services. It ensures that the Human Resources architecture is aligned to support the organization’s direction and the UN Reform.

OHR administers the global workforce through its systems support and advisory services. Key functions of OHR include:
Thought leadership
Integrated talent management
Policy development, including compensation
Business partnering

The Office of Human Resources is one of the pillars of the Bureau for Management Services (BMS) under the supervision of the Assistant Administrator and Director of BMS. Staff administrative services are provided through a separately managed BMS Global Shared Services Unit.

Duties and Responsibilities

HR strategic Contribution
Defines the global vision and strategic direction of the organization’s human-resources-management practice consistent with evolving business needs and best practice, and leads and drives change to achieve the identified vision.
Exercises thought leadership, introduces and originates methods and systems to align talent to give effect to UNDP’s strategic plan.
Ensures the provision of critical business reporting, information and insight to senior management on workforce trends, profile, and emerging issues to position the organization and proactively anticipate, plan and meet future workforce needs.
Identifies risks and ensures quality assurance for all people processes and systems, liaising with independent evaluation, ethics and other oversight bodies.

HR technical Leadership
Establishes the parameters, and provides strategic direction to the work programmes and strategies of the accountable areas of the Office of Human Resources (OHR) to achieve results.

Learning/Career Development
On behalf of the UN system, oversees the administration of the Resident Coordinator/Resident Representative assessment, selection and placement processes including UN-system governance arrangements
Provides technical leadership to the HR community including HR expertise in country offices.
Provides crisis response as appropriate for people matters in sudden and unexpected emergency situations.

Oversees and directs the planning, resources provision, management, operations, activities and change priorities of the specialized team leaders in diverse disciplines for consistently high levels of performance, efficiency and engagement.
Approves the Office’s annual work plans. Collaboratively sets objectives, performance measurements, standards and expected results and delivers within agreed budgets and timeframes.
Inspires the team, cultivates engagement and ensures alignment
Guides and shapes the development and implementation of updated HR systems, processes, and tools, with an emphasis on e-HR and simplification. Redesign systems to improve the experience of managers and staff in using HR tools and increase productivity and efficiency for all HR activities at HQs, in regional hubs and in Country Offices.
Builds capability for HR expertise, within the OHR office and also across the wider HR community.
Role models excellence in management and leadership practice.

Partnerships and Representation
Defines the vision and establishes methods for building and maintaining strategic partnerships to support the achievement of the organization’s HR objectives and enhance the reputation of UNDP.
Positions UNDP as a leader in UN Human Resources reform ensuring the evolution of a modern and dynamic international civil service, actively partnering with the United Nations Common System with particular attention to the demands of field-based programmes and the challenges of staff mobility.
Works with HR colleagues in UN sister agencies of the whole system on people matters to ensure joined up thinking and a “one UN” approach.
Serves as UNDP's principal representative with the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), the HR Directors Forum and other policy making bodies.
Supports the management of the strategic partnership with the Staff Association to advance harmonious and effective staff-management relations.
Supports the Bureau for external relations to contribute to their agenda in developing partnerships with key stakeholders.
Develops new partnerships for strategic alignments to advance the talent development agenda to ensure a diverse workforce in the future.

Leader within the Bureau for Management Services and UNDP
As a Senior Manager of the Bureau for Management Services, contributes to the design and delivery of a vision for management services aligned with evolving business needs
As a senior leader within the Bureau for Management Services, work collaboratively with peers and colleagues to provide joined up services to clients. This includes joined up reporting, developing whole of business solutions and participating in the management committee for the Business Transactions unit.
Provides leadership across UNDP through participation in appropriate forums and senior management meetings.
Acts as a confidential and trusted advisor to the Administrator and Senior Executives surfacing the hard issues and reflecting the truth on people matters. Provides a safe haven for challenging ideas.


Provides authoritative, forward-looking advice concerning management strategies, services and systems design and implementation
In line with organizational directions, identifies areas for change and supports the transformation process
Demonstrates a commitment to the provision of quality services to clients, both internal and external, promoting a mindset of valuing clients
Provides leadership to support innovation, learning and knowledge sharing towards capacity development
Identifies and manages risk, including at the corporate level
Works collaboratively with UN System and external partners as required on management systems and tools
Creates and promotes an enabling environment for open communication
Develops regional/global strategic partnerships and networks with UN agencies and other international partners in support of UNDP’s agenda

Required Skills and Experience
Advanced university degree (Masters) in Human Resources, Business or Public Administration or Management or equivalent.

At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in Human Resources Management, including managing teams in a diverse workforce in private or public international organizations
Demonstrated professional expertise in Strategic Human Resources Management developed through significant experience at a senior level in large and complex organizations.

Language Requirements:
Excellent knowledge of English, as well as writing, presentation and communication skills.
Fluency in other UN languages is an asset

Ms. Carmen Iezzi MEZZERA
Executive Director
Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

MPP Aoki internship at National Democratic Institute

Update from Chuck Aoki, Master's of Public Policy Candidate 2018, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities: 

I've been interning this summer at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), based in Washington, D.C. I received this internship as part of the United States International Council on Disability (USICD) internship program, who placed me at NDI. I am part of the Citizen Participation team, which serves as a functional team within NDI, supporting our regional teams across the world. We work to ensure and support the inclusion of marginalized groups, which includes persons with disabilities, LGBTI populations, ethnic and religious minorities, and youth. My work has primary focused on assisting in the creation of several different resources on disability and youth inclusion. I have also conducted considerable research on countering violent extremism (CVE) programs, including what drives people towards violent extremism, how CVE programs are created and evaluated, and understanding the methodology behind CVE programming. I am incredibly grateful to NDI and USICD for the opportunity to work here this summer, but I look forward to returning to Minnesota this fall.

MPP Shrestha new Prog Eval Advisor, Center for Victims of Torture

Razeena Shrestha graduated from Humphrey in 2015 with a Master in Public Policy with concentrations in Program Evaluation and Nonprofit Management. She recently joined the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) as Program Evaluation Advisor in June 2017. She is responsible for coordinating and implementing research and monitoring and evaluation initiatives related to the effectiveness of CVT international programs for survivors of torture in Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya and Uganda. She supports and collaborates with field-based monitoring and evaluation officers in the collection, storage, analysis and reporting of client and program data. She also assists in using knowledge gained through evaluation and research for program design and disseminating results to advance knowledge in the field.

Razeena has held program and research roles in several nonprofits in the United States and in her home country of Nepal. Throughout her academic and professional career, she has been dedicated to issues to social justice and equity. While working with grassroots women’s groups in rural Nepal and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, she developed a passion for gender equity and international development. Prior to CVT, she worked at Rainbow Research, where she led and worked with nonprofit and state organizations in designing and implementing applied research, utilization focused evaluation studies and capacity building programs.

Razeena received her bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College, where she studied sociology and mathematics. Throughout her graduate studies, she worked on the Historical Census Projects at the Minnesota Population Center. Before returning to Nepal to aid organizational and policy decision-making in the public and the nonprofit sectors, Razeena plans to acquire her doctorate and looks forward to experiencing the vibrant and eclectic cultures in the United States.

Senior Administrative Assistant, Kerry Initiative, Yale University

Reporting to the Chief of Staff, with limited direct supervision and a high level of discretion, confidentiality, and independent decision-making, plan, direct, and manage the administrative functions of the Kerry Initiative. Serve as the primary liaison for the Distinguished Fellow, the Chief of Staff and the Kerry Fellows in contact with other Yale schools, departments, offices, faculty, staff, students, and with other universities, businesses, foreign government officials and heads of state. The role requires a high level of attention to detail, tact, and independent judgment and will be responsible for arranging complex travel, and managing high-profile domestic and international conferences.

To apply, go to and search for job 44333BR

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

Ms. Carmen Iezzi MEZZERA
Executive Director
Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs
1615 L Street, NW, 8th Floor
Washington DC 20036-5622 USA

El-Hibri Peace Education Prize

The El-Hibri Foundation awards an annual prize to individuals who have dedicated their lives to making outstanding contributions and demonstrating long-term leadership in building inclusive and socially just communities in the United States.

The Foundation defines peace education broadly, it encompasses a range of activities undertaken in a variety of settings designed to build thriving, engaged, inclusive and collaborative communities:
- In community settings, peace educators lead appropriate interventions to conflict by promoting inclusion, equity, reconciliation, and social justice. Peace educators strive to make inclusion and the appreciation of difference and diversity widely embraced civic values and cultural norms.
- In academic settings, peace educators teach and develop curricula or learning programs which promote and model inclusion. They provide knowledge and leadership skills to build collaboration across difference and lead conflict resolution and transformation. They promote respect for human dignity, human differences and human rights.

The Peace Education Prize is intended to celebrate and encourage individuals who embody the principles of peace, justice, and inclusion such as:

- Social change activists or nonprofit leaders who have developed effective partnerships across sectors or implemented collaborative community-building initiatives that have demonstrably reduced discrimination against marginalized communities and affirmed human dignity using innovative programs and methods, such as social media, to reach and affect larger audiences;
- Thought leaders who have produced influential works on inclusion, social justice and community-building that have significantly transformed cultural frameworks or narratives, or who have demonstrated by their own example significant social and moral courage and exemplary leadership in standing up for the rights and wellbeing of marginalized and vulnerable communities;
- Policymakers who have successfully implemented significant inclusion, diversity and social justice initiatives across sectors or provided exceptional leadership in championing inclusiveness in community and educational settings;
- Institution builders who have led and implemented significant inclusive community- building or collaborative social justice and ally-building institutional initiatives in academic (school or university) or practice (community or nonprofit) settings. 

2018 Korea Fdn Support for Policy-Oriented Research Program

2018 KF Support for Policy-Oriented Research Program
Application Period 2017-07-01 00:00:00 ~ 2017-08-31 23:59:59
Attached File : 계획서 Proposal.docx , 이력서 Curriculum Vitae.docx
2018 Support for Policy-Oriented Research Program 

Program Outline
The KF’s Support for Policy-Oriented Research Program provides grant support for research projects and programs for next-generation policy experts, contributing to in-depth analyses of global issues and policy recommendations on political, social, economic and security issues related to Korea and East Asia as a whole.

Overseas Public Policy Institutes

Supported Fields
1. Policy research on Korean and East Asian issues
2. Training programs for next-generation policy experts specializing in South Korea and East Asia

* May include workshops, discussion groups, study tours and field research

3. Establishment of a Korea (policy) chair or center focusing on Korea-related research

Costs Supported Under Program
The KF supports costs directly related to research activities.
The KF will further support indirect costs amounting to 10% or less of the total grant amount

Grant Period
The KF normally considers projects with a grant period of one year. However, multi-year projects will be considered on a case-by-case basis, if the overall budget and schedule are justified by the work plan and content. The KF will support projects with a maximum grant period of three years, during which assistance for subsequent years will be subject to project outcomes and performance from the previous year.

Program Schedule
1. Application period: July 1 to August 31, 2017
2. Notification of results: December 2017 (Result notification will be conducted on an individual basis)

Required Documents

1. Online Application
2. Supplementary materials (to be uploaded with the online application)

- Proposal
- Introductory materials on the applying institute (for newly applying institutions only)
- Recent annual report
- CVs of project director and major project participants

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted through the KF Application Portal (

Evaluation Criteria
1. Excellence of proposal
2. Eligibility of applicants
3. Soundness of budget planning
4. Expected outcomes

Grant-end Report
The recipient institution is required to submit the following reports within one month of the completion of the project:

1. Summarized final report (KF form)
2. Final report
3. Financial report (endorsed by institution's highest financial officer, KF form)

Important Reminders
1. The application is required to be submitted under the name of the overseas institution by the specified due date.

* The overseas institution may partner with a Korean research institute or researcher for the project.

2. The institution applying for the program should notify the KF of any change to the information contained in the original plan after its submission.

3. The KF, in the process of screening applications, may require an application institution to submit additional information or adjust its project plan.

4. After notifying applicants of the results, the KF will discuss the details and budget of each project with the respective recipient institution and sign the grant agreement. The KF will remit the grant to the institution in pursuant to the grant agreement.

5. The project should be carried out in accordance with the schedule and plan specified in the application. If the project must be postponed or canceled for unavoidable reasons, the institution should consult with the KF.

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