Junior Fellowship, United Nations Univ (Tokyo)

Junior Fellowship, United Nations University
Closes: Oct 29, 2018
WebsiteUnited Nations University

Description of UNU:

The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars, engaged in research, postgraduate teaching and capacity development, and dissemination of knowledge in furthering the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The mission of the UNU is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States. For more information, please visit http://unu.edu.

Summary of UNU Junior Fellows Programme:

The United Nations University Office of the Rector accepts highly qualified applicants to work as Junior Fellows at the UNU Headquarters in Tokyo. Graduate students interested in the work of the United Nations and in particular the United Nations University are encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

Applications are now being accepted for the spring 2019 term of the Junior Fellows Internship Programme at the Office of the Rector, United Nations University. The spring 2019 term commences on 4 February and lasts until 31 May 2019. The deadline for applications is 31 October 2018.

The underlying principles of the Junior Fellows Internship Programme at the Office of the Rector are centered on creating a dynamic, challenging and rewarding experience for graduate level students and young professionals. Junior Fellows are provided a monthly stipend and work full time during the regular working hours of the University: 9:30–17:30, Monday to Friday. Junior Fellows are provided office space and facilities as appropriate for their work and enjoy free access to UNU Headquarters facilities, including the library and gym.

The programme places a strong emphasis on the training, guidance, and hands-on experience that form the foundation of a successful and beneficial internship. Under guidance of the programme supervisor and through working closely with UN professional staff, Junior Fellows will learn about and provide support to the following ongoing assignments, projects and initiatives within the Office of the Rector:
  • research and writing for institutional development: preparation of executive briefs on priority issues; background research and drafting of topical information briefs in support of internal policy development (i.e. related to the functioning of the University);
  • planning: supporting the development of project management tools and systems;
  • event coordination: supporting the organisation of lectures, conferences, workshops, and other public events;
  • meeting coordination: logistical support and minute taking;
  • editorial support: proof-reading reports and copy editing;
  • communication: preparation and dissemination of newsletters, event summaries, and other communication documents.
Salary Level: Subsistence allowance: JPY 50,000/month; Transportation allowance: JPY 10,000/month

Qualifications: The qualifications which will be considered in the application process include, but are not limited to, the following. The ideal candidate:
  • is currently pursuing or has recently completed postgraduate studies (master’s or doctoral), preferably in a field related to the University’s work;
  • is under 32 years of age at the time of application;
  • must not have more than 5 years of work experience in their related field;
  • has a native or near fluent command of written and spoken English;
  • has excellent research, writing and analytical skills;
  • can establish and maintain effective working relations with people from diverse backgrounds;
  • demonstrates resourcefulness and creativity in problem-solving;
  • has advanced computer skills: sound, hands-on, knowledge of standard office software (word processing, spreadsheets, databases, etc.); and
  • has a demonstrated interest in the work of the United Nations and more specifically, in the work of the United Nations University.
This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 

How to Apply:

Please cite PCDN as the source of the posting in your application.

The application process is conducted in two stages, the first stage requiring the submission of the application form, a cover letter, a résumé or c.v., recommendation forms, and the funding form. Please visit the application page for all required forms and detailed instructions on the application process: http://unu.edu/about/internship/junior-fellows-internship-programme.html#applications_procedure

Nigeria Systems Associate, One Acre Fund

Nigerian candidates strongly encouraged to apply.
Closes: Oct 25, 2018

WebsiteoneacrefundOne Acre Fund

Farmers First

As an organization, we constantly seek to impact more farmers, and we are currently improving on, and scaling our Nigeria program. This role is part of a small team based in rural Western Nigeria that strives to put an end to poverty by transforming the lives of Nigerian farmers. The team purpose is to successfully establish the OAF model in Nigeria, starting small but scaling-up rapidly within the next few years. The Nigeria Systems Associate will report to the Nigeria Pilot Lead.

The Nigeria Systems Associate supports the expansion of the OAF model in Nigeria. More specifically, this role supports all systems related aspects of the our field operations including procurement, warehouse management, inventory tracking, quality control, supply chain management, input delivery, client data management, and processing farmer payments. If successful, the program is scaled to thousands of households and the Systems Associate plays a key role in the scale-up process.

Roles and Responsibilities

On a day-to-day basis, the Nigeria Systems Associate will cover a mix of activities:
  • Procurement: You would be responsible for all purchases that keep our program running for thousands of Nigerian farmers. You would implement standardized processes, execute sustained quality improvements, build a database of strong long-term suppliers, negotiate fair pricing terms and maintain procurement process transparency.
  • Logistics: The primary responsibility here is to ensure that we deliver life-changing inputs and materials to farmers on time and at high quality. You would lead the process of storing, then delivering hundreds of tons of seed and fertilizer to thousands of farmers. This would require planning, troubleshooting, warehouse management, procurement of trucks, route mapping etc.
  • Business Operations: This encompasses managing mission-critical systems such as client data management, field audits, and investigations. This would likely include processing payments from thousands of clients, ensuring high client satisfaction and customer service, as well as building systems for scale.
  • Pilot Finance: This includes keeping track of pilot expenditures, monthly forecasting, fraud control and managing payroll. The goal here would be to build tools, systems and a team that can manage this with minimal supervision over time.
  • Team building and management: Hiring staff using One Acre Fund’s unique “experiential hiring” system, mentoring key deputies, and steadily handing off responsibilities to your team as you build it.
  • Communicate and work with global stakeholders: In all the above, there are dedicated global support teams with systems and processes that need to be adhered to. You will work with them to ensure that the Nigeria pilot is compliant with these and to mobilise their assets as and when required.
One Acre Fund has deep operational experience running rural field programs at a scale of 1,000+ full-time staff per country. Associates benefit from this past experience, quickly building their skill-set through immersion in our operating environment. At the same time, the main role of Systems Associates is to accelerate growth and to constantly stretch and improve our operations. This presents an excellent career opportunity to both learn from One Acre Fund’s accumulated experience and constantly improve and enable 40%+ program growth per year.


We have a strong culture of constant learning and we invest in developing our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your manager, access to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on your performance. We hold career reviews every six months, and set aside time to discuss your aspirations and career goals. You’ll have the opportunity to shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.


We are seeking an exceptional professional with 2 years of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for our mission. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:
  • Work experience in a demanding professional environment, preferably in positions where frequent cross-department communication was required. Examples include a demanding professional work experience, or successful entrepreneurial experience, e.g. starting a field program in a developing country, leading a big conference, or starting a business
  • At least 2 years of people or project management experience at work or outside of work
  • Creativity and strong problem solving skills a must. You don’t take no for an answer and constantly look for alternative solutions to problems
  • Able to independently structure analyses related to procurement, logistics and finance
  • A passion for world class customer service
  • Strong communication skills with suppliers, reports, peers and management
  • Ability to work and make decisions independently
  • Demonstrated experience in managing an execution-focused team is a plus
  • Some experience in procurement/supply chains/finance preferred
  • Strong computer skills in at least Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required, experience using SAP preferred
  • A willingness to live outside of a capital city, close to our customers for at least two years – this is a long-term, career-track role
  • Language. English is required, proficiency in any additional regional languages from Nigeria a plus
As soon as possible

Commensurate with experience

Health insurance, housing, annual flights and other quality of life benefits


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

Humphrey students only: Smaby Fellowship for summer study in Oslo

 HHH students--this Fellowship is only open to students in Humphrey School MA level degree programs.  There are two Fellowships for 2019.  You must apply to both the Fellowship and the Summer School by February 1, 2019.  Please contact Jacob Merrifield (jmerrifi@umn.edu) with any questions.

Graduate courses in:
  • Peace Research; 
  • Human Rights; 
  • Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries; 
  • Energy, Environment & Sustainable Development; 
  • International Community Health; 
  • A Changing Arctic; or 
  • International Development Studies
at the University of Oslo International Summer School, from June 22 to August 2, 2019.

Application instructions for the Oslo International Summer School and the Philip C. Smaby Peace Fellowship, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

International Summer School (ISS) application:

Complete the International Summer School application for self-financed applicants (as you will not know the outcome of the Smaby Fellowship application), and upload required documents at www.uio.no/summerschool by Feb 1, 2019. Include a note in your Statement of Purpose indicating that you have applied for the Philip C. Smaby Peace Fellowship.

You will be informed of the outcome of your Smaby Fellowship application by the Humphrey School within a week of the deadline. [Note: If you are not selected as the Smaby Fellowship recipient, you are still welcome to apply to the ISS with other sources of financing.]

Required supporting documents to be uploaded to the ISS application are:

1. Statement of purpose (same statement used for Smaby Fellowship application)
2. Copy of unofficial graduate transcript (official transcript will be required later)
3. CV or resume

4. Copy of passport pages showing personal data and photo (face page). The passport must be valid for at least six months after your departure from Norway.

5. Note: International students who have completed at least a year in a master degree program in the US are exempt from documenting English proficiency.

If you have questions about ISS, please contact Torild Homstad at iss@stolaf.edu.

Application https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B99ebkG0WZZQWHpRVUZ6OG1NcXg3X1lEWEdQXzIza0JLVE9Z/view?usp=sharing

Philip C. Smaby Peace Fellowship application:

The Smaby family and the University of Minnesota Foundation have established a generous fellowship of $5,000.00 for two students at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs to participate in a graduate course in Peace Research; Human Rights; Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries; Energy, Environment & Sustainable Development; International Community Health; A Changing Arctic; or International Development Studies at the University of Oslo International Summer School, from June 22 to August 2, 2019.

Smaby Fellows are strongly encouraged to attend the Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg College in Minneapolis in September 2019. For more information, go to http://nobelpeaceprizeforum.org

Instructions: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B99ebkG0WZZQYkhFWDQ4NVAzZFBRS24xN1d2NHdMNGRUc3NJ/view?usp=sharing

To apply for this competitive fellowship, complete the Philip C. Smaby Peace Fellowship application form and submit it along with your Statement of Purpose and your unofficial graduate transcript by February 1 to:

Sherlonda Clarke
Director of Admissions
225 Humphrey Center
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Previous Humphrey School Smaby Awardees are:

2018 Erik Helgesen (MSTEP) and Nicholas Kieser (MURP)

2017 Marinda Bland (MPP) and Kelsey Kappler (MSTEP)
2016 Abbie Plouff (MPP)
2015 Meredith Cavin (MPP)
2014 Erin Cowles (MSTEP)
2013 Tenzin Khando (MPP) and Brendan Crosby (MPA)
2012 Harshada Karnik (MPP) and Erik Sande (MPP)
2011 Brandon Baumbach (MPP) and Duane Johnson (MPP)

Oct 23 Gabe Chan on Gender Policies in Climate Finance

A Freeman Global Policy Seminar
Assistant Professor Gabe Chan, Humphrey School

Issue Linkage in the Climate Regime: Gender Policies in Climate Finance

Tuesday, October 23
12:45–2:00 p.m.
Humphrey School Room 35

Professor Chan will discuss the history of gender mainstreaming in international development policy generally and in climate finance. He will address why gender mainstreaming is occurring in climate finance and to what extent the linkage of gender to climate is appropriate and/or useful.

Multiple international agreements, such as the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement, express the norms of respecting and promoting the human rights of women and men and advancing gender equality. Studies show that climate change has disproportionate impacts on women due to socioeconomic status, restrictive gender norms, and lack of access to resources and services, but also that including women as stakeholders in planning and implementation leads to improved project outcomes. 
Refreshments will be served. All are welcome!

The Orville and Jane Freeman Chair and Freeman Center for International Economic Policy were established in the 1990 to honor the achievements of two great social and political leaders. The Center addresses major challenges of an increasingly interdependent global economy and crafts effective policy responses.
Workshops on Global Economic and Other Policy Issues

The Freeman Center has sponsored a bi-weekly workshop on global economic and other policy issues since 1991. These recognized forums provide a place where researchers on international policy issues and Minnesota's business and public sectors can share ideas.

Unless otherwise noted, sessions are held every other Tuesday from 12:45 to 2 p.m. in the Stassen Room (Room 170) of the Humphrey School during the fall and spring semesters. Locate recent workshop and seminar information from the Freeman Center.

HHH seeks Sr Scientist @ STEP

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota seeks a Senior Scientist to join the Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP). The Senior Scientist will be responsible for overseeing multiple research projects in collaboration with Dr. Keeler’s research lab, the Natural Capital Project, and the CREATE Initiative. Research topics include the management of natural resources at varying scales, decision-making around the value of clean water, environmental justice implications of environmental planning in rural and urban communities, and the evaluation of conservation and environmental policies. The Keeler Lab prioritizes research questions and contexts unique to Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, inclusive of urban and rural sustainability challenges, although some work elsewhere in the U.S. or internationally is possible. The Senior Scientist will also oversee the administration and research associated with a new international network of academic institutions working collaboratively to advance interdisciplinary scholarship on sustainability.

The Senior Scientist is expected to play a leadership role in the Center for STEP, including overseeing all aspects of a project, from formulating research goals, to executing research, to recruiting, training, and supervising students and support staff. The Senior Scientist will also play a lead role in developing new projects in collaboration with Center staff, faculty across the University, and external stakeholders. Additional responsibilities include evaluation of research impact, communication and co-development of research questions with end-users and external partners, interaction with agencies and stakeholders to acquire and interpret data, development and testing of new analytical approaches, managing complex and heterogeneous datasets, delivering professional presentations for internal and external stakeholders, and leading reports, public-facing communications products, grant applications, and peer-reviewed manuscripts.

The lab and associated research projects are highly interdisciplinary – often combining multiple research methodologies and theories using systems thinking and socio-ecological research approaches. Experience in spatial analysis, data management, statistics, and environmental modeling are valuable. Also valued are researchers with experience in qualitative analysis of survey data, interviews or stakeholder engagements. Past experience designing and facilitating workshops, especially with partners from outside academia will be considered favorably. Prior work with historically marginalized communities or on issues that address environmental or social justice is highly valued. The Senior Scientist will be expected to learn new qualitative and quantitative skills and integrate these approaches in interdisciplinary contexts working with social and natural scientists.

The ideal candidate will have an enthusiasm for teamwork, applied research, and building relationships with external partners. The Senior Scientist will be expected to work closely with graduate students and junior research staff, serving as a supervisor and mentor. Organization and communication skills are highly valued in this position, especially for coordinating workshops, network events, and research across distributed national and international networks.

The position is externally-funded through November of 2020. The position may be extended depending on funding and candidate performance.

I'm hiring for a senior position in my lab to support multiple projects and I'd appreciate your help spreading the word about this opportunity.  The position description is copied below and the position announcement can be viewed on the HHH employment site here.

Ph.D. preferred, but candidates with a Masters degree and experience will be considered. I'm seeking an interdisciplinary scholar with demonstrated project management experience, excellent public communication skills, and interest in leading collaborative work with students, community partners, agency staff, and an international network of sustainability scholars. 

Anticipated start date: Jan 2019 with guaranteed funding for two years.
Please share broadly and encourage interested applicants to contact me with questions.

Bonnie Keeler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Co-Director of the CREATE Initiative
Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP)
301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455
University of Minnesota | umn.edu

keeler@umn.edu | office 612-625-8905 | mobile 651-353-9294 | skype bkeeler20

Kelly Korean Studies Fellowship

James A. Kelly Korean Studies Fellowship (Resident/Nonresident)

The James A. Kelly Korean Studies Fellowship program aims to build upon the Pacific Forum’s existing Korea-oriented programs. Kelly Fellows focus on issues related to the Korean Peninsula through participation in the Pacific Forum’s Young Leaders program, in-residence research at the Pacific Forum office in Honolulu, and the continuing series of US-ROK and broader tri-/multilateral forums. We are now looking for resident fellows for a term of three to 12 months. The program will cover travel expenses and provide a modest stipend to help defray the cost of living in Honolulu. We are always on the lookout for suitable nonresident fellows, who receive priority consideration for Korea-oriented Young Leaders activities.

For details and instructions on how to apply, go to https://www.pacforum.org/programs/pacific-forum/programs/fellowships/james-kelly-korea-fellowship.

Candidates should meet the following criteria:
  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
  • Have a background and interest in Korea security issues
The deadline date to apply is November 16, 2018, for a start date in January/February 2019.

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