Thursday, January 19, 2017

Former Humphrey Fellow Alan Kyerematen New Trade Minister, Ghana

Former Humphrey Fellow (1987 alumnus), Alan Kyerematen, has been appointed Minister of Trade in Ghana. Mr. Kyerematen is an experienced Ghanaian politician who has served in many roles such as Ambassador to the United States and later Minister of Trade, Industry, Private Sector Development (PSD) and the Presidential Special Initiatives (PSI), among others. He also worked with the UNDP as the first Regional Director of Enterprise Africa, which was an Africa-wide, flagship initiative for the development and promotion of small and medium enterprises, establishing enterprise support institutions and programs in 13 Sub-Saharan Africa countries.

Congratulations, Mr. Kyerematen!

Feb 22: An Examination of Latin America With Inter-American Dialogue's Michael Shifter

For more than three decades, the Inter-American Dialogue has engaged a network of global leaders to foster democratic governance, prosperity, and social equity in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 1994, current Dialogue President Michael Shifter has played a major role in shaping the organization's agenda and program strategy. In fact, he coauthored this year's Great Decisions article, "Latin America's political pendulum."

This February, we welcome Michael to Minnesota to discuss a number of challenges facing Latin America - including trade and economic development, security and drug policy, and international migration - and discuss the ways governments, organizations, and individuals throughout the region are working together to meet these pressing issues. Join us for an in-depth conversation on the rapidly changing news out of Latin American.
Wednesday, February 22  |  7:00 pm
Register here.

IPID Events updates

Greetings from IPID 

We hope your semester is getting off to a good start! This is a quick update about our upcoming events location and time.

IPID Student Society workshops

We are honored to have the guidance of Dr. Glenn Pederson, Professor Emeritus, Applied Economics department in our first workshop.

When: 02/01/1703/01/1704/05/1705/03/17 from 02:00pm to 5:00pm
Where: Appleby Hall room 302
RSVP here

International Travel Grant Presentation and 2017 Grant Launch

When: January 31st 2017 from 4:30-5:45 pm
Where: Humphrey room 25
RSVP here 

Attendance is strongly recommended if you are planning to apply for a Travel Grant. Applications will be accepted from January 31 – March 1. More information about the 2017 Travel Grant is available on IPID’s webpage.



USAID/OTI Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist – Washington, D.C. (Multiple Positions)

Request for Personal Services Contract

USAID Office of Transition Initiatives

Position Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist – Washington, D.C. (Multiple Positions)
Solicitation Number: SOL-OTI-17-000018
Salary Level: GS-12 Equivalent: $79,720 – $103,639
GS-13 Equivalent: $94,796 – $123,234
Issuance Date: January 13, 2017
Closing Date: February 8, 2017
Closing Time: 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Dear Prospective Applicants:

The United States Government (USG), represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking applications from qualified U.S. citizens to provide personal services as Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists under a personal services contract, as described in the attached solicitation.

Submittals must be in accordance with the attached information at the place and time specified. Applicants interested in applying for this position MUST submit the following materials:

Complete resume. In order to fully evaluate your application, your resume must include:

(a) Paid and non-paid experience, job title, location(s), dates held (month/year), and hours worked per week for each position. Dates (month/year) and locations for all overseas field experience must also be detailed. Any experience that does not include dates (month/year), locations, and hours per week will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements.
(b) Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work.
(c) Names and contact information (phone and email) of your current and/or previous supervisor(s).
(d) Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards or accomplishments.
(e) U.S. Citizenship.

Your resume should contain explicit information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. If you do not specify which grade level(s), your application will be considered at the lower grade level. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide explicit information to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration.

Supplemental document specifically addressing:

Each of the two (2) Evaluation Factors shown in the solicitation. Responses must be limited to 500 words per factor. Any additional words above the limit will neither be read nor scored.

NOTE: The Evaluation Factors are worth 60 out of 100 points. Applicants are required to address each of the Evaluation Factors in a separate document describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education and/or awards they have received that are relevant to each factor.

USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete and sign the form. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.

NOTE ABOUT THE DATA UNIVERSAL NUMBERING SYSTEM/SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS All USPSCs with a place of performance in the United States are required to have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database prior to receiving an offer. You will be disqualified if you either fail to comply with this requirement or if your name appears on the excluded parties list. The selectee will be provided with guidance regarding this registration.

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Your complete resume and the supplemental document addressing the EFs must be mailed or emailed to:

Office of Transition Initiatives
529 14th Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20045
E-Mail Address:

Applicants can expect to receive a confirmation email when application materials have been received. Applicants should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications. Applicant resources are available at!guidance-for-applying/c1ggu. Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to:

OTI Recruitment Team
Telephone Number: (202) 836-7455
E-Mail Address:


Cristina Sylvia
Contracting Officer

For more information, please visit this webpage.

Programme Officer for Mali, Interpeace

Interpeace, an international non-profit organisation, works in close partnership with national partner organizations and the United Nations, with the aim of building lasting peace. Interpeace tailors its approach to each society and ensures that the work is locally driven. Believing that every society has what it needs to build peace, Interpeace supports the active involvement of local, national, and international actors in ongoing inclusive dialogue, collective action and participatory policy research that allows societies facing a risk of violent conflict to overcome its internal divisions. Together with local teams and partners, Interpeace jointly develops peacebuilding programmes and helps establish processes of change that connect local communities, civil society, government and the international community through our Track 6 approach
Headquartered in Geneva with regional offices in Abidjan, Guatemala City and Nairobi, Interpeace is supported by bilateral and multilateral donors. The organization is currently active in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.
Detailed information on Interpeace’s work and existing programmes can be found on the Interpeace website.

General duties and responsibilities:
The Programme Officer for Mali will manage all programmes in Mali in horizontal partnership with Interpeace’s national partner IMRAP (Institut Malien de Recherche Action pour la Paix). The main tasks include, budget management, programme design, fundraising, management of political space, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, and communications. The Programme Officer for Mali is responsible to the Director of the Regional Office for West Africa and collaborates closely with other colleagues in the Regional Office (Abidjan).
The applicant must fulfill the following requirements:
  • Master degree in international relations, peace and conflict studies, security studies, human rights, diplomacy, international cooperation, humanitarian aid, communication or related fields
  • Full professional proficiency in French or native-speaker (CEFR: C2)
  • Professional working proficiency in English (CEFR: C1)
Work experience
  • Record of managing programme budgets of at least 100.000 USD
  • 1 – 5 years of professional experience in providing flexible, adapted support to daily tasks of local partners
  • 1 – 5 years of professional experience in writing reports for donors and internal audiences
  • 1 – 5 years of professional experience in developing project proposals and concept notes
  • Professional experience of managing relationships with political, financial and technical partners is considered a strong asset.
  • Demonstrated work experience of at least 1 year in any of these two regions considered a strong asset
Other qualities
  • Demonstrated interest and experience (e.g. policy brief, analytical publication, academic dissertation, work experience, volunteer engagement) in peacebuilding dynamics in West Africa and/or the Sahel region in particular (social cohesion, reconciliation, trust building, dialogue, radicalization, violent extremism, dynamics of violence etc.)
  • Aptitude to adapt to a different context regarding security, culture, climate or health issue, demonstrated by at least 6 months experience outside of country of origin
  • Willingness to travel up to 25% of your time
A successful candidate will:
  • identify with Interpeace’s core objectives
  • enjoy integrating into a dedicated, dynamic and international team
  • be motivated to closely collaborate with our national partner/ team in each country programme
  • be eager to learn more about peacebuilding and conflict prevention
  • be a critical thinker

Please note: Interpeace values diversity among its staff and aims at achieving greater gender parity and diversity in all levels of its work. We welcome applications from women and men. Nationals from countries in West Africa and the Sahel region are strongly encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
Qualified candidates may submit a complete curriculum vitae and a letter of interest in French to copying
The following words MUST BE included in the subject line of the application email in order to be considered: PO Mali+your name

Please be sure to answer the following questions in your cover letter:
  • Why did you chose to apply specifically to Interpeace?
  • Why are you interested in peacebuilding?
  • Why are you interested in Mali, West Africa and/or the Sahel region?
  • What do you want to learn through working with Interpeace?
  • What is your availability?
Please note that due to high volume of applications, ONLY candidates short-listed for interviews will be notified. This call will remain open until January 30, 2017. Early applications are encouraged.

Send an email to the recruiter



Summer Peacebuilding Program(SPP)
(in Monterey, California)

Dates: July 24 to August 11, 2017

This three-week long intensive training program is designed to bridge the theory and practice of building peace in societies that are emerging from conflict, violence or war. SPP provides an opportunity for participants to learn from the experiences and approaches of scholars and practitioners who work on some of the most difficult challenges our world faces today, including: resolving conflict, ending all forms of violence, providing social justice, and creating more secure and developed societies by transforming the conditions and relationships of conflict.

We welcome students and practitioners in the field of conflict, peace, development and security studies.

For more information and to apply, visit our website
Questions? Email

International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy 2017

The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) will be hosting its seventh annual Summer Academy from 30 June -7 July 2017 at the IACA campus in Laxenburg, Austria.

The IACA Summer Academy is an intensive, interdisciplinary programme for working professionals looking to consolidate their experiences and enlarge their competencies to better counter corruption.

Interdisciplinary in nature, the programme addresses trends and practices on the global anti-corruption and compliance agenda and promotes a culture of the reflective practitioner. It equips participants with:
A deeper understanding of the intracacies of corruption
Tools to evaluate anti-corruption policies and initiatives
Enhanced skill sets to assess best practices and cross-sectoral challenges
Know-how to help bridge the gap between anti-corruption theory and practice
Frameworks for devising sustainable anti-corruption strategies
Exposure to the latest research and case studies from world leading experts
The opprotunity to exchange experiences and develop a strong network

Anti-Corruption experts, business, government and civil society leaders and researchers with a minimum of five years experience are encouranged to apply.

The tuition fee is 2,780.00 Euro (with accommodation & shuttle services). A limited number of scholarships are offered to participants from Least Developed Countries on a competitive basis.

Applications are now open until 20 March 2017.
More information on the training can be found on the website link; or alternatively email us at
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