Monday, August 3, 2015

Aug 19 Italian Cultural Center event welcomes Italian Consul Monti

Cocktail Reception at the Historic Clifton House
Wednesday, August, 19, 2015
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Clifton House, 300 Clifton Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

ICC & MIA Members $45 / Non-members $55
The ICC is happy to extend their member price ($45) to all MIA members. To register and receive this price, please contact the ICC at 612-298-2223.
The Italian Cultural Center is welcoming the Italian Consul in Chicago, Adriano Monti, in his first official visit to the Twin Cities as he meets members and supporters of the Italian Cultural Center and pays homage to Leonardo's genius. 

 The evening will kick off with a few remarks from the Consul, as well as CEMH Director, JB
 ShankParticipants will enjoy passed and stationary hors d'oeuvres and desserts complemented by a selection of high quality Italian wines. 


Arabic Film Series at Univ of Minn

Summer 2015 Arabic Film series sponsored by the University of Minnesota Arabic Program at the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures

Next screening August 6, 6:30pm, Nicholson Hall 155

Last screening August 19, same location, same time

All films subtitled in English.

Entrance free, open to all.

Enjoy some great Arabic cinema this summer!

Aug 12 Global Conversations - U.S. Policy towards Africa

Africa is in the midst of an unprecedented transformation. The continent is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, and it’s become a draw for foreign investors from across the globe. After the “Obamamania” of 2008 subsided, the realization that Obama wasn’t going to overturn, or even prioritize, U.S.-Africa policy kicked in. Still, the U.S. has promised to promote “strong institutions, not strong men,” and to favor good governance and healthy economies over profit. How can U.S. policy live up to its promise and values while securing its interests in the region? On August 12, LaJune Lange, retired State of Minnesota Trial Court Judge and expert in human rights and international development, will lead a conversation on Africa’s unprecedented transformation.

The Minnesota International Center’s Global Conversations is a monthly program series on issues significant to the United States’ role in the global community. Based on the Great Decisions meeting model, Global Conversations feature presentations by a local expert followed by discussion.

About the speaker:

Judge LaJune Lange, a retired State of Minnesota Trial Court Judge, is an internationally-recognized expert in human rights and International Development conducting assessments and programs in Qatar, Tanzania, Rwanda, Brazil, Malawi, Norway, Kenya, the Caribbean, and other parts of the world. She is the founder and President of the LaJune Thomas Lange International Leadership Institute. Currently, she serves as Honorary Consul for South Africa, representing South Africans in Minnesota fostering partnerships and economic development.

NBR Congressional & Media Outreach Internship (Wash DC)

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is recruiting a Congressional & Media Outreach Intern to support congressional and media-related initiatives in our Washington, D.C. office. The intern will help communicate research on critical Asia issues to U.S. policymakers and the media, and have the opportunity to contribute to publications for congressional staff. This unique experience provides intensive exposure to NBR’s research programs and network of scholars.
The Congressional & Media Outreach Internship is an unpaid, volunteer, part-time position (8-16 hours per week). The intern will be a key member of NBR’s Outreach team for 3-6 months, beginning in the summer and fall of 2015. The minimum time commitment is 3 months. This position reports to the Assistant Director of Outreach. The internship, though volunteer, pays a nominal stipend. Students are also encouraged to apply for credit or funding through their home institution.
  • Writing and Research: develop content and contribute to NBR partnerships, including the Senate India Caucus, U.S.-China Working Group, and Senate Chiefs of Staff Foreign Affairs Study Group
  • This involves interviewing Asia-policy experts, writing and editing content, and developing NBR’s congressional newsletters
  • Congressional Outreach Support: provide research, planning, and logistical support for meetings and briefings on Capitol Hill
  • Media Outreach: assist with media outreach, including drafting press releases, placing op-eds, and developing media plans for NBR’s 25th anniversary, NBR’s Pacific Energy Summit, and the annual Strategic Asia book launch
  • Social Media: write social media posts and implement strategies to increase NBR’s visibility
  • Website Management: support creation of NBR’s congressional outreach webpage
  • Current BA/MA student, working toward a relevant degree
  • Strong interest in government relations, U.S.-Asia relations, and social media
  • Excellent written, research, and interpersonal skills are required
  • Motivated self-starter with strong organizational skills who pays acute attention to detail
  • Experience using social media tools in a professional setting preferred, but not necessary
  • Knowledge of web/graphic design is a plus
Application Process
The deadline for applications is Friday, August 14, 2015; however, qualified applications received first will be given priority. Incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply, submit the following to NBR:
  • Brief application form available on our website available in PDF or MS Word
  • Cover letter that details your qualifications and interest in the position
  • Resume
  • Brief writing sample, if possible, related to the position you are applying for
  • Contact information of three references, including, name, title, affiliation, relationship to you, phone number, and email address
Please send applications by email to: Ms. Kailani Cordell, Director of Human Resources,, (206) 632-7370.

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

Oxfam Sr Policy Advisor, Tax & Extractive Industries (Wash, DC)

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 
Click here to view the original listing and apply
Policy and Research Department - Washington, DC 

Senior Policy Manager – Extractive Industries

 Extractive Industries Global Program Team, “Fuelling the Development Investment System” (“Fuelling”) Campaign, Policy and Research, Communications and Community Engagement, Government Affairs, Private Sector, and Regional Programs. Oxfam country program staff and Oxfam International affiliates as well as relevant Oxfam International campaigning and thematic structures (e.g. Inequality / “Even it Up” campaign, Fiscal Justice Team) as necessary.

External: NGO allies, governmental, corporate and international financial institution (IFI) influencing targets. 

The extractive industries generate billions of dollars for resource-dependent countries every year. Too often, though, governments sign deals that do not give them a “fair deal” regarding their resources and often offer unnecessary tax subsidies to attract investment in the sector. In addition, many governments do a poor job of collecting taxes owed by extractive companies. Finally, some extractive companies engage in a variety of practices –use of tax havens and secrecy jurisdictions, transfer mispricing, profit shifting, etc. – to reduce their tax burdens. Consequently, resource-dependent governments are losing billions of dollars that should be captured and spent on priority social services. At the same time, issues of “tax justice” are rising on the international agenda and various initiatives by the OECD, G20, the UN, the African Union and other organizations are seeking to limit the ability of corporations to avoid paying their fair share of taxes and to reduce the billions of dollars in “illicit financial flows” pouring from poor to rich countries every year. 

The Senior Policy Advisor will contribute to Oxfam America’s Extractive Industries Global Program and support implementation of the Oxfam strategic plans, particularly the first pillar of the Oxfam America’s strategic plan on “Fuelling the Development Investment System”. S/he will provide policy analysis, research and advocacy to support Oxfam America’s larger on agenda on tax justice, with particular emphasis as these issues relate to the extractive industries. S/he will work with the Senior Policy Manager – Extractive Industries to provide policy analysis, research, strategic advice in support of the Extractive Industries and “Fuelling” campaigns as well as to design and lead implementation of advocacy strategies, especially in relation to the extractive industries and taxation agenda. S/he will work closely with country and regional programs to support in-country policy analysis, research and campaign efforts. S/he will identify ways to improve the collection and administration of extractive industries taxes; develop strategies to combat corporate strategies to avoid taxes; and identify advocacy opportunities in the US, with International Financial Institutions, extractive industries corporations, and international processes to promote a tax justice agenda. 
Strategy development and implementation:
  • Help develop and implement strategic plans for policy development, research and advocacy on taxation issues, with an emphasis on extractive industries.
  • Monitor and analyze domestic and international policy and practice related to extractive industries taxation
  • Provide policy research analysis on emerging issues in taxation and extractive industries taxation and manage research projects to inform Oxfam, partners and interested parties
  • Develop and present potential advocacy opportunities to Oxfam country programs and partners as they develop country strategies
  • Participate in annual Extractive Industries and “Fuelling” program planning as well as agency strategic planning
  • Contribute to Oxfam International advocacy strategies related to extractive industries, tax justice and inequality
Advocacy and external affairs:
  • Act as an Oxfam America spokesperson and advocate on extractive industries / taxation issues before the Congress, Executive Branch, Government Agencies, international financial institutions, extractive industry companies and the media.
  • Identify advocacy opportunities to advance the extractive industries and tax justice agendas.
  • Develop and maintain key relationships with international financial institutions, corporations and governmental targets relevant to the issues prioritized.  In close coordination with the Private Sector Department, help develop and maintain key corporate and investor relationships
  • Participate in advocacy meetings with target actors.
  • Develop and maintain key relationships with NGO allies and NGO networks; represent Oxfam America in NGO coalitions and events; play a lead role in NGO coalitions and working groups as appropriate to Oxfam’s expertise and program experience.
  • Develop and write policy papers, advocacy issue briefs, and commission research reports on taxation and extractive industry issues in collaboration with relevant Oxfam staff. 
  • Develop “case studies” on extractive industry taxation issues for use in broader tax justice campaigns
  • Collaborate with media and campaign staff to support the development of press and campaigning strategies that support policy change strategies related to taxation and extractive industries.
  • Organize briefings and advocacy events, and represent Oxfam America in these and other public forums as necessary.
  • Organize and coordinate international partner visits to Washington to support advocacy strategies.
Coordination internally with Oxfam America and Oxfam International, including regional and country offices and programs:
  • Share information on relevant IFI, corporate and government policy positions, processes and opportunities for influence with Oxfam country and regional offices and Oxfam International.
  • Provide policy and advocacy perspectives to Oxfam workshops and meetings relevant to extractive industries taxation issues.
  • Provide technical assistance to Oxfam country programs and partners
  • Support the development of country-level strategies to improve extractive industry taxation and reduce lost revenue.
  • Develop and maintain strong collaborative working relationships with relevant Oxfam regional and country offices to take maximum advantage of advocacy opportunities as well as to support regional and country advocacy through policy analysis and help with local strategy development.
  • Participate in relevant Oxfam America and Oxfam International team meetings and retreats.
  • The incumbent will be a capable and visible spokesperson and advocate for Oxfam’s extractive industries and taxation activities and will be the organizational expert on tax issues.
  • Incumbent will be able to effectively engage in dialogue and public debate with tax experts from extractive industries companies, governmental agencies, academia and international financial institutions.
  • S/he will be available to represent Oxfam at public events.
  • S/he will develop positive working relationships with Oxfam’s allies and partners around Oxfam’s goals and priorities.
  • The incumbent will stay abreast of professional standards, trends and issues affecting this set of responsibilities, demonstrating continuous learning of the field.
  • S/he will work effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based culture of work, will perform all duties appropriately for a multilateral and multi-cultural environment, treating all persons with dignity and respect, and will be familiar with Oxfam America’s mission and goals.
  • The incumbent will be available to travel internationally up to 15% of the time.
  • Minimum – Advanced degree in political science, economics, accounting, law or related fields.
Experience and Core Competencies:
  • Seven or more years work experience in international development and/or policy advocacy, human rights, tax/accounting fields.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience dealing with extractive industries, including fiscal regimes and contractual arrangements between companies and host governments.
  • Knowledge of and experience working on fiscal governance and taxation issues.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with international financial institutions.
  • High level policy analysis skills.
  • Strong communication, analytical, research and professional writing skills; writing must be easily adaptable to a variety of audiences.
  • Good public presentation skills and the ability to communicate to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Flexibility, creativity, strategic thinker.
  • Work effectively in a fast-paced and complex work environment.
  • Demonstrated advocacy and network building skills.
  • Diplomatic and tactful in dealing with a variety of actors and influence targets.
  • Ability to communicate cross-culturally.
  • Experience with/academic training in corporate taxation, tax law, accounting and auditing, especially related to extractive industries.
  • Proficiency in at least one foreign language such as Spanish or French.
  • Experience living and working overseas, preferably in developing countries.
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