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

iCOMOS 2016

What is the science behind health and economic consequences of air pollution? This question is asked and answered at the International Conference on One Medicine One Science (iCOMOS),April 24–27, 2016, at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis.

The experts weigh in:
  • Paolo Boffetta, Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai Medical Center, on environmental pollutant impacts on cancer.
  • Julian Marshall, University of Washington, on air pollution impacts on health related to urban transportation.
  • Sumi Mehta, United Nations Foundation, on health consequences of outdoor air pollution resulting from cooking with open fires.
  • C. Arden Pope III, Brigham Young University, on economic and health consequences of industrial air pollution, research that changed US air quality policies.
  • Jonathan Samet, University of Southern California, on the cancer and respiratory disease consequences of inhaled pollutants.

There is more! iCOMOS is a global forum to communicate the importance of science in solving pressing health issues at the interface of humans, animals, and the environment.

Besides air and health, iCOMOS 2016 addresses the complexities of precision medicine versus public health, health impacts of water quality, and the role of science in making local and global health policies.

NIH-, FAO-, and UMN-led workshops feature physician-scientist training; team science benefits; risk and global food security; and big data use for health advancement.


Academic Health Center, University of Minnesota, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Food and Agriculture Organization, Institute on the Environment, Minnesota’s Discovery, Research and Innovation Economy, and Office of the Vice President for Research

For More Information:

Marie Villano
University of Minnesota

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Friday noon ICGC Brown Bag "'No basta rezar!' (Praying is not enough)"

Friday February 5th, 2016   Noon-1pm   537 Heller Hall

'No basta rezar!' (Praying is not enough) The historical development of human rights from the bottom up in Latin America: The Salvadoran Civil War (1980-1991) and The Committee of Mothers, Co-Madres   Presented by: Heider Tun, Department of History

Abstract: The Salvadoran civil war was an armed conflict that started in 1980 and finished in 1992. During the years of the civil war El Salvador held one of the worst human rights records; it is estimated that over 75,000 people were assassinated during the war and 7,000 disappeared; around 50,000 of the victims were unarmed civilians including women and children. One consequence of this violence, however, was the emergence of a human rights movement in El Salvador. In 1977 an organization of woman called the Committee of Mother of Political Prisoners and the Disappeared: Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero (Co-Madres) was founded in the city of San Salvador, El Salvador. This group became one of the most effective human rights organizations in this war-torn country. The historical analysis of Co-Madres as a human rights organization will show how the human rights movement in El Salvador has different branches in which civil society in general but women in particular used the human rights rhetoric to continue their goal: denounce impunity and claim justice.

For a full list of ICGC Events go to


Short term opportunity at Land O'Lakes International Development

We have an unique employment opportunity. It is both short term in nature and requires some prior experience. Although the link below indicates the position is part time, it is actually full time. Of paramount importance is work planning (organization, time management & communications skills).

Sent by HHH alum:
Kelly M. Thompson / Grants Specialist
Contracts and Compliance Department
Land O'Lakes International Development : Main: 202 370-1700 / Fax: 202 370-1666
1725 DeSales Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC, 20036 USA

Summer Internship, European Parliament (Wash DC)

The European Parliament Liaison Office (EPLO) is pleased to announce the launch of its Summer round of internships designed for US citizens who have completed their bachelor degree which will take place Monday May 2nd – Friday July 29th, 2016 in its Washington D.C. Office with an extension in Brussels and Strasbourg.

We are also pleased to inform you that our internship program is expanding: from January on we are hosting 6 interns as opposed to 4 in the past.

Please note that the deadline to submit applications is March 1st, 2016 at midnight (Eastern time). Two letters of recommendation directly sent by a faculty member are also required.

The candidate should also indicate which of the portfolio assignments they seek:
research,  international relations and trade/TTIP, economics and finance, migration, counter-terrorism/data privacy, energy/environment/health.

For more information, see;jsessionid=54239E7A5273CD81B116454C0011AC13

This material is sent by Carmen Iezzi Mezzera, APSIA, and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 

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