Monday, July 27, 2015

St. Lucia MDP Field Experience team will present at ICSD conference in NY, Sept 2015

Congratulations to MDP St. Lucia Field Experience team of Trupti Sarode, Yodit Tesfaye and Evans Yamoah for being accepted to present at the Third Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) September 23-24, 2015, at Columbia University, New York, a conference sponsored by the Global Association of Master's in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

The team's summer field experience project focuses on assessing the impact of short-term volunteers in early childhood development (ECD) interventions. The project is being implemented in Anse la Raye, Saint Lucia, in partnership with Global Volunteers – a non-profit organization headquartered in St Paul, Minnesota. Global Volunteers took over the operation of Reaching Children’s Potential – an ECD intervention program – following endorsement by the Government of Saint Lucia in April 2014. 
The goal of the project is to conduct an evaluation of RCP which will serve both formative and summative purpose: (formative) to supervise program implementation and maximize organizational learning; and (summative) to assess the program model in engaging short term volunteers in early childhood development context. The evaluation framework for RCP was developed over the course of the Spring semester so the field experience will focus on data collection and conducting a preliminary analysis. The methodology chosen for this evaluation is the Mixed-Method design wherein the qualitative aspect will be completed using the Most Significant Change approach. 

Professor Randi Nelson, Lecturer, College of Education and Human Development is overseeing the design of the evaluation framework as well as the data collection. The MDP team is also working closely with Kari Foley, a Masters student at the College of Education and Human Development, who is tasked with finalizing the evaluation plan and the data collection instruments.

Former Humphrey Fellow Mlilo detained in Zimbabwe, released today

Security, Peace, Rights & Equality: at Humphrey, Monday, Aug 3, 10 a.m.

Security, Peace, Rights & Equality with Manal Omar

Monday, August 3
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Cowles Auditorium

All welcome.  No registration required.

Manal Omar is the acting vice president for the Middle East and Africa Center at the United States Institute for Peace. Previously, she was the Regional Program Manager for the Middle East for Oxfam – Great Britain, where she responded to humanitarian crises in Palestine and Lebenon, and supported work in Yemen, Iraq, and Egypt. She also previously served as the Regional Coordinator for Afghanistan, Iraq, and Sudan with Women for Women International.

She was named among Top 500 World’s Most Influential Arabs by Arabia
Business Power in 2011 and 2012, and among the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World by Georgetown University and The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in 2009. In 2007, Islamic Magazine named her one of the ten young visionaries shaping Islam in America.

A program of Forward Global Women.  Global Forward Women fosters and
nurtures the development and growth of women leaders to become active
peacemakers promoting co-existence. They envision a world where women
are actively engaged in conflict resolution and peacemaking.

Co-sponsored by the Center on Women and Public Policy, World without Genocide, the Minnesota International Center, Shir Tikvah, Minnesota Senate President Sandy Pappas, and the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center.

Consultant required – Projects Manager – Borders for All (Tunisia)

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. 
Location:          Tunis, Tunisia
 Duration:          7 Months (August 2015-March 2016) with the possibility for extension
Start date:        ASAP, August 2015

Alert is requesting ‘Expressions of Interest’ from qualified and experienced project managers with expertise in security and peacebuilding in conflict-affected countries or countries undergoing transition, in particular Tunisia, North Africa and/or the Middle East. The assignment is for 7 months, beginning August 2015 – with the possibility of an extension thereafter.

The main purpose of the role is to manage and expand our Borders for All Project in Tunisia. This project seeks to support inclusive and collaborative security governance, by increasing Tunisian government ownership and implementation of community engagement approaches to border security.

The Consultant would be responsible for the management of the project and the support of the expansion of Alert’s work on security sector reform and community engagement in border security.

These tasks would include:
  • Strategic development
  • Project and Grants management
  • Project design, monitoring and evaluation
  • Advocacy, policy influencing and communications
  • Stakeholder management and liaison
The consultant would also provide other programme development support as necessary.

For further details please see the Terms of Reference, available on our website at

As the assignment will be based in Tunisia, with travel within the region and in Europe.

If you wish to be considered for this position, please send an ‘Expression of Interest’ indicating your current rate and details of your referees, along with an up to date CV to

Closing date: 7th August 2015, 5 pm (UK Time)

While International Alert will endeavour to acknowledge all submissions within a reasonable time, this may not always be possible due to limited resources.  International Alert is an equal opportunities employer. All submissions will be judged strictly on the basis of merit.

Counterpart International Innovation Competition open to grad students

This material is cross-posted from Counterpart International and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only.

Hey, grad students! What are you going to do with that BIG idea?
You've got something percolating. It could be a game changer in global development...don't keep it to yourself!

We want to hear from graduate students – our emerging leaders in the field of development.
Enter by September 14, 2015 for the chance to win a paid internship with Counterpart International at our headquarters in Arlington, VA.

Kristen Voorhees
Outreach Coordinator
Counterpart International
Skype: kristen.voorhees58

Volunteers needed for Sept 11-13 Crisis Simulation

2015 Humanitarian Crisis Simulation

·       Interested volunteers please contact Ann O'Fallon at
Date: Friday, September 11, 2015 - 5pm to Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 1:00pm
MINN is partnering with the University of Minnesota on an exciting professional development opportunity for practitioners and those interested in getting into international development and humanitarian assistance work. From September 11 - 13, 2015, MINN will support the University of MN in putting on a Humanitarian Simulation.   The Humanitarian Crisis Simulation is a 48-hour experience that is designed to immerse participants in an environment typical of humanitarian crises. The exercise begins with interactive sessions that cover important concepts, core standards, and best practices in humanitarian aid. The simulation will equip participants with knowledge, experience and skills that will assist them in working in any humanitarian crisis.
Participants are then divided into interdisciplinary teams representing multiple emergency response (ER) teams. ER teams must apply their skills and knowledge to assess a fictional area experiencing a humanitarian crisis. They will be expected to develop a plan to address the many problems of the region, including malnutrition, poor infrastructure, insecurity and violations of human rights. ER teams will experience living conditions that are common for professionals working in these conditions.
The exercise is developed and administered by professionals with extensive experience in humanitarian crisis management. The framework for the simulation is based on the Sphere standards for best practices in Humanitarian Aid with a special emphasis on the management of medical issues.

At Humphrey School, please contact Sherry Gray (

Aug 12 U.S. Policy towards Africa

Global Conversations:
U.S. Policy towards Africa
Wednesday, August 12; 5:30 pm

Come hear retired State of Minnesota Trial Court Judge LaJune Lange speak about U.S. policy towards Africa. As Africa's GDP rises and its poverty levels decline, the question of U.S. foreign policy rhetoric versus reality is becoming increasingly relevant. 

Lange, an internationally-recognized expert in human rights and international development and the Honorary Consul for South Africa, will provide insight on the future of U.S. policy towards Africa.
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