Thursday, December 8, 2016

Dec 9:WorldQuest International Trivia Competition!


Pull out your copy of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego – it’s time for WorldQuest International Trivia Competition! To celebrate another outstanding year for MINN and our community of international practitioners and supporters, MINN is sponsoring two tables at this week's WorldQuest International Trivia Night. The event, sponsored by our friends at Global Minnesota, is THIS Friday (12/9) at McNamara Center at the University of Minnesota at 7:00pm. Brush up on your knowledge of flags, capitals, geography, people in the news, current events, and Global Minnesota’s 2016 Great Decisions topics. Space is limited - RSVP ASAP!

The Humphrey School will be proudly represented by Camila Fonseca, Isabel Posada, Adriana Arce, Julia Fair, Sergio Ocampo, Dominic Smith, Elmohanad Elsayad, Amal Warsame, and Moses Waiswa! Break a leg, guys!

Program Assistant with the Quaker UN Office

Summary of Principal Responsibilities

“QUNO’s mission is to help the United Nations fully carry out its responsibility to prevent violent conflict and build sustainable peace around the world. We work with diplomats, UN officials and civil society groups to change the way the UN community thinks and acts at a policy level in New York, which then impacts the actions of the UN and others on the ground.” – QUNO New York Mission Statement

QUNO – New York is set up as a partnership between AFSC and the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC), acting together as trustees of the Quaker witness and the Quaker presence at the United Nations in New York. The Quaker UN Committee (QUNC) for New York is responsible for setting program priorities, recommending program plans and budgets to the AFSC Board of Directors, and monitoring and evaluating the work of QUNO-New York.

QUNO staff members facilitate dialogue among UN stakeholders, help bring new ideas and perspectives from the ground to the international policy agenda, offer expert input into UN processes and represent the insights and concerns of Friends in the UN context.

QUNO-New York has a collegial relationship with the Quaker United Nations Office – Geneva (QUNO-Geneva).

Essential Functions/Responsibilities: The key responsibilities of the Program Assistant at the Quaker United Nations include the following:
Participate in the Administrative functioning of the office, including phone answering, mail opening and distribution, email distribution, greeting of visitors; when Office Coordinator is out of office, provide coverage for office.
Attend and participate in all QUNO staff-related meetings where appropriate.
Specialize in one or several of QUNO’s priority issues within the areas of peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict, and help provide coverage of the work of the UN inter-governmental bodies and the Secretariat. Attend relevant UN meetings to promote and communicate Quaker perspectives and concerns regarding matters before the UN. Maintain contacts with appropriate individuals in the UN community regarding issues and support them in areas where their aims correspond to Quaker concerns.
Work with permanent program staff to plan, arrange and conduct lunch meetings and longer conferences, bringing together UN diplomats and Secretariat with outside experts and others as appropriate, to discuss issues within the scope of QUNO priorities. Develop and post summaries of these meetings.
Keep generally informed about issues currently before the UN. Be alert for opportunities to support Quaker perspectives in international work. Provide advice and access for the work of Friends at the UN.
Help interpret QUNO activities and concerns to Friends, AFSC and other groups. This includes attending appropriate gatherings, writing articles and periodic reports and addressing meetings. Encourage interest in international matters.
In consultation with FWCC and AFSC, represent Quakers through QUNO.
Participate in the planning of the QUNO Committee Meetings.
Assist the staff in the recruitment and selection of future Program Assistants.
Develop articles as needed for “In and Around the UN”, the Annual Review and website.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: University degree or equivalent in experience.

Experience: Experience with analysis and interpretation of international social, economic, political developments.

Other Required Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of and experience with Friends’ meetings and/or organizations very helpful.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in English, orally and in writing; other languages useful esp. Spanish and/or French.
Ability to carry out assignments independently, but remain in close consultation with supervisor and colleagues.
Demonstrated ability to work with people of differing backgrounds and ideologies, especially those of the third world. Facility in meeting people and conversing easily; sensitivity to cultural, religious, gender and class differences among people.
Ability to respond to the rapidly changing situations in the UN community and resultant shifting emphasis in Quaker UN programs.
Computer literacy, including word processing, spreadsheet, database, and communications software.
Availability to attend occasional evening and weekend meetings, and to travel very occasionally.
Commitment to Quaker values and testimonies. Understanding of and compatibility with the principles and philosophy of the American Friends Service Committee including non-violence and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual.
Understanding of and commitment to the principles, concerns, and considerations, of AFSC with regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse staff.

How to apply:

Please visit: http://quno.org/programme-assistants to apply.

The deadline to apply for positions in 2017 is Friday, January 27th, 2017
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Manager, Global Field Initiatives, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict

The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) seeks a Manager of Global Field Initiatives who is passionate about our mission of spreading knowledge about how people can nonviolently struggle and win human rights, freedom, and justice.

Location: Washington, DC

Anticipated start date: February 15, 2017

Application instructions: Please submit a cover letter, CV, one or more writing samples totaling 5-10 pages, and at least four references. Apply at the following link: http://bit.ly/2fXgLso

Application deadline: January 2, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

About The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict:

We are an independent educational foundation that develops and disseminates knowledge about how people can organize themselves and engage in nonviolent civil resistance to win rights, freedom, and justice. We communicate this knowledge to organizers, activists, scholars, civil society organizations, journalists, members of the policy community and others throughout the world.

Since our founding in 2002, we have pursued our mission by organizing two annual summer institutes (for international professionals and for activists in North America), educational seminars, workshops for people from 139 countries, and many other educational and civic programs. We also support groundbreaking research, translations of critical educational resources, and the development of new written and audiovisual materials about civil resistance. Find out more about our work at: www.nonviolent-conflict.org

Description:

ICNC is looking for a Manager of Global Field Initiatives who is passionate about our mission; knowledgeable about nonviolent civil resistance, human rights and international affairs; and who can support our expanding work with activists, organizers, and dissidents around the world. Core aspects of our field work include making grants to grassroots organizers and individuals around the world; developing new educational resources for activists; translating existing resources into a wide variety of languages; leading in-person and online educational programs and workshops; field visits to various parts of the world; and collaboration with other foundations.

This position involves providing significant operational support, but it also provides extensive opportunities to learn and deepen knowledge of civil resistance, which will enable this staff person to take on increasingly substantive responsibilities over time.

The Manager of Global Field Initiatives works closely with ICNC’s Associate Director for Global Field Initiatives. ICNC’s field initiatives also intersect with and inform ICNC’s academic initiatives, communications, and work with other NGOs. As such, this staff person will also get to work and interact with all ICNC staff across all program areas, and will be supported by a field initiatives intern.

Scope of Work:

The position supports the following aspects of ICNC field initiatives:

Program support for field initiatives
Work with the Associate Director of Global Field Initiatives to review quarterly grant applications and applications for our Local Learning Initiatives Network program
Define scope of work, deliverables, and timelines for inclusion in ICNC grant agreements and independent contractor agreements
Assist with budget creation and tracking for various field initiative programs
Manage correspondence with grantees and contractors; track project timelines and deliverables

Translations
Create budgets, set goals, and oversee progress of translations and evaluations
Expand the number of translators and evaluators working with ICNC in various languages
Manage communications with translators and evaluators
Assist in promoting completed translations

Field workshops and site visits
Manage logistics for, and potentially travel to and present at, ICNC field workshops

Development of educational resources
As directed by ICNC’s Associate Director for Global Field Initiatives, provide editorial support for any draft publications submitted to ICNC as a result of ICNC field initiative grants

Development and running of field initiative online courses
Work with ICNC’s President and Associate Director for Global Field Initiatives to plan and develop content for new online field initiative courses
Build online field initiative courses on ICNC’s e-learning platform
Moderate online courses for activists and organizers

Research and writing
Assist ICNC’s President and Associate Director for Global Field Initiatives in research, writing, and editing, as requested.

Required Qualifications:

MA degree in a relevant field plus a minimum of 3 years (5 years preferred) of relevant work experience in the field of nonviolent civil resistance, social movements, human rights, or issue advocacy

or
BA plus a minimum of 5 years (8 years preferred) of relevant work experience in the field of nonviolent civil resistance, social movements, human rights, or issue advocacy
Strong writing and editing skills (5-10 page writing sample required)
Experience with curriculum development
Experience developing content for and updating websites
Highly organized and detail-oriented
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate and work as part of a team
Strong cross-cultural communication skills
English language fluency, both written and spoken
Must have permission to work in the US and be located in (or be able to relocate to) the Washington, DC area

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience living or working abroad, and/or working knowledge of a foreign language
Experience working with developing and moderating online courses
Teaching and presenting experience
Experience with monitoring and evaluation of NGO programs
Competency in Adobe InDesign

The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to diversity in the workplace. It does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law.



Tagged as: activism, administration, advocacy, civil resistance, communications, curriculum development, field initiatives, finance, international relations, international studies, nonviolent conflict, online course management, online learning, online learning management, peace, peace and conflict studies, presentation, project management, Research, social justice, training, translations management, workshops, writing and editing

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Director of Communications, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict

The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) seeks a Director of Communications who is passionate about our mission of spreading knowledge about how people can nonviolently struggle and win human rights, freedom, and justice.

Location: Washington, DC
Anticipated start date: February 1, 2017
Application instructions: Please submit a cover letter, CV, one or more writing samples totaling 5-10 pages, and at least four references. Apply at the following link: http://bit.ly/2gzMK1E

Application deadline: December 21, 2016.

About The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict:

We are an independent educational foundation that develops and disseminates knowledge about how people can organize themselves and engage in nonviolent civil resistance to win rights, freedom, and justice. We communicate this knowledge to organizers, activists, scholars, civil society organizations, journalists, members of the policy community and others throughout the world.

Since our founding in 2002, we have pursued our mission by organizing two annual summer institutes (for international professionals and for activists in North America), educational seminars (both in person and online), workshops for people from 139 countries, and many other educational and civic programs. We also support groundbreaking research, translations of critical educational resources, the development of new written and audiovisual materials about civil resistance and the sharing of new about ongoing nonviolent movements worldwide. Find out more about our work at: www.nonviolent-conflict.org

Description:

As demand for ICNC’s work grows rapidly, we seek an experienced communications professional with a demonstrated interest in human rights, international affairs, and/or social movements. This position will systematize ICNC’s communications, marketing, and media relations. The Director of Communications will organize and execute strategies in all of these areas, collaborating with members of ICNC’s staff in the process. This position is directly supported by ICNC’s Manager for Editorial Initiatives and an intern.

ICNC is a go-to resource globally on nonviolent civil resistance and our key audiences include:
Activists and organizers struggling for human rights around the world
Scholars researching social movements, civil resistance, and related fields
Members of NGOs
Journalists
Members of the policy community

Scope of Work:

Primary responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to:

Communications
Develop and implement a cross-organizational communications plan, in consultation with ICNC’s President and other staff, to elevate stories about civil resistance and get commentary and research about civil resistance into the news
Track global developments and strategize how to insert a civil resistance perspective into the media stream. Activities will include:
Identifying and cultivating news outlets and receptive journalists for placement of articles and timely radio, print, social media, and television interviews
Writing and publishing articles and op-eds on timely themes
Soliciting written articles and commentary from ICNC staff and members of ICNC’s network
In collaboration with the Manager of Editorial Initiatives, direct ICNC’s blog (forthcoming, and tentatively titled “The Knowledge Exchange”), which aims to be a go-to source internationally for developments in the field of civil resistance, and ensure the blog’s alignment with ICNC’s broader communications strategy
In collaboration with the Manager of Editorial Initiatives, direct the Nonviolent Conflict News (NVCNews.org) website and implement editorial guidelines about what kinds of stories we publish
Ensure ICNC’s website, biennial reports, and other communication platforms are consistent with ICNC’s communications plan
Identify and track key metrics to measure communications strategy impact

Marketing
In consultation with program directors, develop and implement a marketing and promotion strategy for all ICNC program areas
Identify and track key metrics to measure marketing strategy impact

Media Relations
Serve as the main point of contact for media inquiries
Speak with press as needed and be available for interviews
Drawing on ICNC’s extensive network, set up a speaker’s bureau on civil resistance and provide media training to relevant speakers
Potentially create educational resources and lead seminars for journalists on reporting on and covering civil resistance movements
Identify and track key metrics to measure impact of media relations initiatives

Organizational Capacity Development
Train and mentor staff in effective external communications, consistent with the communications plan

Required Qualifications:
MA degree and 7+ years of previous experience working in political communications, journalism, advocacy or marketing

or

BA degree and 10+ years of previous experience working in political communications, journalism, advocacy or marketing
Demonstrated experience working in international affairs and commitment to human rights
Outstanding writing and editing skills (writing sample required) and the ability to tailor messages to different audiences
Strong oral presentation skills
Experience with online advocacy or marketing campaigns, with a particular emphasis on effective use of social media
Strong skills working in teams and in a collaborative environment
Strong cross-cultural communication skills
Flexible, detail-oriented, and able to deliver results in a fast-paced environment
English language fluency, both written and spoken
Must have permission to work in the US and be located in (or be able to relocate to) the Washington, DC area

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience speaking to journalists and being interviewed on camera (include any relevant links to with your application)
Experience living or working abroad, and/or working knowledge of a foreign language
Graphic design skills
Experience in creating professional digital content for YouTube or Vimeo

The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to diversity in the workplace. It does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Tagged as: advocacy, Blog, civil resistance, communications, communications and media, communications plan, communications strategy, conflict resolution, email marketing, international relations, Journalism, marketing, media relations, nonviolent conflict, peace and conflict studies, social justice, social media, writing and editing

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Director, Communications – Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, United Nations Foundation

All times are in Western European Time.
Job Location

US-DC-Washington
Posting Close Date

1/4/2017

Type

Regular Full-Time
Category

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More Information About This Job:
Overview:


The Director of Communications leads the communications strategy of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, a global multi-stakeholder initiative to improve the production, analysis and use of data for sustainable development, housed at the United Nations Foundation.


The Director, working closely with the Executive Director and other colleagues will be responsible for developing a communications strategy, annual planning, execution and oversight of all communications efforts around local, national and international activities that further the GPSDD’s overall strategy and mission to connect and convene different stakeholders and drive collaborations to improve the production, analysis and use of data worldwide.


The GPSDD is a fast-growing, dynamic international partnership bringing together over 180 different organizations including governments, UN agencies, private companies, civil society organizations, and many others. We convene, connect and catalyze action to address the problems of poor data use, access, quality and production, and to work with stakeholders to fully harness the new opportunities of the data revolution in the service of sustainable development. We aim to link and align action, capacities and resources across geographies, sectors and data communities.


We are looking for a dynamic new Director of Communications to increase the visibility of the Partnership and its activities, to collaborate closely with partners to develop strategies and products around major events and areas of work, to improve communication between the GPSDD and its members and to reach new audiences to increase the political impact of the Partnership.

Responsibilities:

Translate GPSDD’s mission, strategy, goals, current operating plan, event calendar and unique partnership base into a strong communications strategy and plan with clear, achievable deliverables.
Build a policy communications & engagement plan to successfully influence key decision-makers within governments, private sector, civil society and international organizations.
In coordination with partners, build communications plans for different work streams within the GPSDD, with a focus on compelling articulation on the policy relevance of the work and achievements of the partnerships, and ensuring alignment with our overall messaging.
Produce diverse written products, from major speeches to blog posts, from press releases to newsletter content.
Oversee and lead GPSDD website and social media channels.
Edit public-facing documents (e.g. reports, correspondence with VIPs, grant proposals, etc.).
Develop and oversee a plan for internal communications, including regular updates to Partners.
Liaise with the UN Foundation’s Public Affairs team to promote GPSDD’s messages within the UN Foundation, and coordinate with broader UNF priorities.
Represent GPSDD as needed, at public events.
Build and maintain relationships with U.S. and international journalists, producers and bloggers.
Oversee contracts and projects with communications vendors such as designers and photographer/videographers, as well as media consultants.
Other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria:

Master’s degree required in public policy, data science, communications, economics, journalism, or international affairs, plus 7-10 years of relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience with policy influence and communications in data science, statistics, or international affairs preferred.
Experience working with high level decision-makers and their teams, demonstrated experience in building an influence plan (including communications strategies, events engagement, timelines) on a given issue.
Excellent writing, editing, interpersonal, and oral communications skills.
Creativity and a strong knowledge of new ways to communicate about data – including visualizations, infographics, and social media outlets.
Attention to detail and adherence to deadlines.
Strong skills working in teams and across many types of organizations – collaborator; problem solver; relationship-builder; with a knack for convening stakeholders across varied sectors.
Sense of humor; highly organized; demonstrates grace under pressure; and delivers results in a fast-paced environment.
A willingness to travel, domestically and internationally (around 25-35%, depending on needs) and the ability to interact with people from diverse, multi-cultural backgrounds.
Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.
Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.


Tagged as: communications, United Nations Foundation


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Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow

Job Description

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship provides full-time six to nine month fellowships for recent college and graduate school alumni to work on international peace and security issues with one of more than two dozen participating public-interest organizations in Washington, DC. Scoville Fellows have the opportunity to work with senior-level staff and to conduct research, write articles and reports, organize talks and conferences sponsored by their host organization, and do public education and advocacy on a range of issues including arms control and nonproliferation, conflict prevention and resolution, conventional arms trade, environmental and energy security, defense budget, and peacekeeping. They may also attend coalition meetings, Congressional hearings, and policy briefings, as well as meetings with policy experts arranged by the program. Many former Scoville Fellows have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in international relations and related fields and taken prominent positions in the field of peace and security with public-interest organizations, the Federal Government, academia, and media.

Qualifications

Candidates are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree by the time the fellowship commences; those with a graduate degree are also eligible to apply. They must have an excellent academic record and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. Graduate study, a college major, course work, or substantial independent reading that reflects the substantive focus of the fellowship is also a plus. Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is highly desirable. It is preferred, but not required, that such activities be focused on peace and security issues. The program is open to all U.S. citizens and to non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. eligible for employment. Non-U.S. citizens living outside the United States are not eligible to apply. Preference will be given to individuals who have not had substantial prior public-interest or government experience in the Washington, DC area.

Salary and Benefits
Scoville Fellows are paid at an annual rate of $36,000 ($3,000 per month), and receive health insurance, mentoring, a small stipend to attend conferences or courses, and travel costs to DC to begin the fellowship.

See our new video describing how the Scoville Fellowship helps launch careers in international peace and security at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CuQ08o-1po

See www.scoville.org for complete information and application requirements.

Send an email to the recruiter: info@scoville.org 

Closes: Dec 27 2016

Full Scholarships Available For Intensive Language Study At The Middlebury Summer Language Schools

Full Scholarships Available for Intensive Language Study at the Middlebury Summer Language Schools – The Kathryn Davis Fellows for Peace will cover the full cost of one summer of language study (tuition, room, and board)—from the beginner to graduate level—in any of the eleven languages offered: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian. The deadline is December 15, 2016. See the website for application details.

The Middlebury Language Schools celebrated its Centennial in 2015. Our website has more information on all eleven Language Schools, the Language Pledge®, activities and the online application. Middlebury’s Arabic, Italian, and Korean programs take place exclusively at our West Coast Site at Mills College in Oakland, California. All other programs take place at the Middlebury College campus in Vermont. To receive more information by email, please fill out this form.

Need-based Financial Aid Available to All Students – Nearly half of 2016 Language Schools students received financial aid. Learn more about financial aid and other scholarships and fellowships.

Contact Info:

Lesley Huston
Davis Fellows for Peace coordinator
802.443.5821
kdfellowships@middlebury.edu

Middlebury Language Schools
Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury, VT 05753
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