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Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs

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Weekly Humanitarian Awareness Newsletter

July 9 - July 23, 2012

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Humanitarian Spotlight On: Thailand

Overview: Human Rights Watch recently published “Thailand: Don’t Deport Pregnant Migrant Workers” which outlines the situation surrounding Labor Minister Padermchai Sasomsap’s proposal to deport migrant workers who become pregnant. His argument is that the decision would reduce the number of migrant children, and therefore migrant child labor, in Thailand. The decision is also a response to the US listing Thailand on the “Tier 2 Watch List” making poor efforts to eliminate human trafficking. But Thailand can take action in a variety of other ways if it wants to stop trafficking, such as improvements in education and victim protection. If the government decides to pass the Labor Minister’s proposal, discrimination against women migrant workers will only worsen. Many women from neighboring countries are fearful that they’ll be deported. Furthermore, the women are put in a vulnerable situation because they may seek out unsafe abortions as their only option to stay employed. Human Rights Watch has called upon the UN and foreign embassies in Bangkok to urge the Thai government to revoke the proposal within the next two months.

Learn More: The following sites have more information on current news in Thailand:

The New York Times
The BBC
The Guardian
The Telegraph

Columbia

Columbia University

Thursday, July 12, 2012 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: As part of a public lecture series on The History and Future of Religious Violence and Apocalyptic Movements, The hertog Global Strategy Initiative Presents: Nina Shea, Director, Center for Religious Freedom; Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute. An international human-rights lawyer for over thirty years, Nina Shea joined the Hudson Institute as a Senior Fellow in November 2006, where she directs the center for Religious Freedom. Since 1999, Shea has served as a Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. She has been appointed as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations' main human rights body by both Republican and Democratic administrations. For over a decade, she has worked extensively for the advancement of individual religious freedom and other human rights in U.S. foreign policy as it confronts a resurgent Islamic extremist ideology, as well as nationalist and remnant communist regimes. For seven years ending in 2005, she helped organize and lead a coalition of churches and religious groups that worked to end a religious war against non-Muslims and dissident Muslims in southern Sudan; she regularly writes on the plight of religious minorities around the world; and she authored and/or edited three widely-acclaimed reports, pdate: Saudi Arabia's Curriculum of Intolerance (2008), Saudi Arabia's Curriculum of Intolerance (2006), and Saudi Publications on Hate Ideology Invade American Mosques (2005), all of which translated and analyzed Saudi governmental publications that teach hatred and violence against the religious "other." She is the co-author of Silenced: How Apostasy & Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide(Oxford University Press, 2011). Her 1997 book on anti-Christian persecution, In the Lion's Den, remains a standard in the field. She regularly presents testimony before Congress, delivers public lectures, organizes briefings and conferences, and writes frequently on religious freedom issues. For the ten years prior to joining Hudson, Shea worked at Freedom House, where she directed the Center for Religious Freedom, an entity which she had helped found in 1986 as the Puebla Institute. She is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia. ! She is a graduate of Smith College, and American University's ! Washington College of Law. Nina Shea has written dozens of articles published in the Washington Post, Weekly Standard, National Review Online and the Dallas Morning News.

Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, International Affairs Building, Room 1501
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Friday, July 13, 2012 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: The Earth Institute's International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) presents Recent Southern Ocean Sector Climate Change and Implications for Global Warming, with Mojib Latif, Research Scientist, IFM-GEOMAR, Kiel. The event is open to the public

Location: Columbia University, Lamont Campus, 205 Monell Building
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Thursday, July 19, 2012 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: As part of a public lecture series on The History and Future of Religious Violence and Apocalyptic Movements, The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative Presents: Omar Bartov, John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History and Professor of German Studies, Brown University. Omar Bartov was born and raised in Israel and received his BA degree from Tel Aviv University. He was awarded his D.Phil from Oxford University in 1983, and taught at Tel Aviv University until 1989. Bartov is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy in Berlin, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Davis Center at Princeton, and others. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His books include The Eastern Front, 1941-45 (1985), Hitler's Army (1991), Murder in Our Midst (1996), Mirrors of Destruction (2000), Germany's War and the Holocaust (2003), The "Jew" in Cinema (2005), and Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine (2007). His books have been translated into many languages. Bartov has also written for such m! agazines as The New Republic, The Nation, The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, and other European and Israeli journals. He is now completing a new book, The Voice of Your Brother's Blood: Buczacz, Biography of a Town, to be published with Simon & Schuster in the next couple of years.

Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, International Affairs Building, Room 1501 (Kellogg Center)

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CUNY

CUNY

Monday, July 9, 2012 - Wednesday, July 11, 2012: CUNY is sponsoring the International Learning Styles Conference at Hostos Community college Network with National and International Learning Style Experts: Colombia, Kenya, Qatar, Philippines, Texas, and more.

Location: Hostos Community College, 500 Grand Concourse, Bronx
The event is free and open to the public
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New York City Events

Thursday, July 12, 2012 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM: The Support Center for Nonprofit Management and the New Jersey Grantmakers are hosting Grantmaker Strategy in A Volatile Economy. The event will examine how nonprofit organizations and funders are adjusting to the current economic climate, strategies for the future, and the ways in which grantmakers and nonprofits can partner even if funding is not available. Panelists include: Irene Cooper-Basch, Executive Officer; Craig Drinkard, Program Officer Victoria Foundation; Sidney R. Hargro, Executive Director, Community Foundation of South Jersey; Lois W. Greco, Senior Vice President and Evaluation Officer, Wells Fargo Regional Foundation; Sheila Rostiac, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, PSEG.

Location: PSEG, 80 Park Plaza, Newark, New Jersey, 07102

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Internship/Employment Opportunities

Global Health Fellows Program - Nutrition Technical Advisor: The Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP-II) seeks a Nutritional Technical Advisor (GHFP II-P1-014) to work within the Technical Assistance Group of the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance. Assignment: Two year fellowship. GHFP-II is a five year cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership with CDC Development Solutions and Management Systems International. GHFP-II is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

The Nutrition Technical Advisor will serve as part of the Technical Assistance Group Public Health and Nutrition Team. S/he works with other members of this multidisciplinary team, which includes experts in agriculture, health, vulnerable populations, and shelter and settlements, and provides a multidisciplinary approach to disaster response and risk reduction.

For more information and to apply, Click here

World Affairs Councils of America - Communications Intern: The World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) seeks a Communications Intern for fall 2012. Duties and activities encompass, but are not limited to, the following: assist in developing and carrying out social media outreach strategies; assist in developing traditional media outreach strategies; assist in developing branding strategies; researching potential donors and partners; visit key institutions in Washington and report on hearings/talks; maintaining the website; assist in planning and organizing the 2012 National Conference; develop and edit content for Academic WorldQuest; update and maintain speaker database; perform research projects on international relations and nonprofit management topics; help to prepare best practices operational papers for the council system; work on special projects as needed; assist with preparation for national board meetings.

For more information and to apply, Click here

World Affairs Councils of America - Program Assistant Intern: The World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) seeks a Program Assistant Intern for Fall 2012. Duties and activities encompass, but are not limited to, the following: assist Program Officer in management of all national education programs; assist in planning and organizing the 2012 National Conference; develop and edit content for national Academic WorldQuest competition; update and maintain speaker database; perform research projects on international relations and nonprofit management topics; help to prepare best practices operational papers for the council system; work on special projects as needed; visit key institutions in Washington and report on hearings/talks; assist with preparation for national board meetings.

For more information and to apply, Click here

Asia Society - Grants Writer and Manager Policy & Education: Asia Society, a prestigious, global, educational and cultural non-profit seeks a Grants Writer and Manager Policy & Education. The Grants Writer and Manager Policy & Education is an integral member of the Asia Society’s External Affairs Department and works with the Director of Institutional Relations & Program Support on all fundraising activities regarding grants from foundations and government agencies, especially in the areas of Asia Society’s policy institute and education.

Responsibilities include: work closely with the Director to collaborate with the Society’s program staff in Business and Policy, and Education to research and understand the financial needs of the institution and of individual programs; communicate grant opportunities and develop ideas for grant submissions; work as assigned on proposals in additional areas, such as arts and culture when necessary; write and prepare proposals, budgets and applications for support from foundations and government agencies; research and identify new foundation and government prospects to plan strategies to approach them; track in Raiser’s Edge all grant prospects, contact information, submission deadlines, and awards; write acknowledgement letters to grant makers for the grant payments in a timely manner; consolidate and maintain hard copy file documentation on the grant making history of the institution from various foundations; organize and participate in site visits to the Asia Society by grant makers as necessary; produce, in a timely fashion, the briefing materials and proposals necessary for such visits; provide stewardship of grants received by the Society in close collaboration with other Society departments and staff, particularly with grant program officers and the Finance Department; meet such other responsibilities as may be assigned by the Director of Institutional Relations & Program Support and the Executive Director, Global Corporate and Institutional Relations.

For more information and to apply, Click here

INEE - Minimum Standards Program Assistant (Part-time):The INEE Minimum Standards Program Assistant is responsible for managing and coordinating the activities of the INEE Working Group on Minimum Standards and serving as a technical advisor on the INEE Minimum Standards, promoting the resources, network tools and other materials generated by the Working Group’s activities. The INEE Coordinator for INEE Minimum Standards and Network Tools will also oversee all INEE network tools’ application, technical support and dissemination.

The Program Assistant, who is hired by the International Rescue Committee and based at UNICEF in New York, works as a member of the INEE Secretariat. All core functions (e.g. communications, advocacy, promotion and fundraising) will be coordinated with the Secretariat staff in order to ensure coherence and harmonization across activities. Supervision and management of this post is provided by the INEE Director.

This is a part-time, temporary position, working 4 days/week from 4 September 2012 to mid-January 2012. To be considered, candidates must be legally allowed to work in the US and must be available to travel overseas in mid-November.

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UNICEF - Peacebuilding and Education Consultant: Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Education, Pakistan Country Office and in close collaboration with UNICEF staff and focal points in Islamabad and the provinces, the Consultant’s responsibilities will be to: identify and map out existing conflict/situation analyses that may have been conducted by UNICEF, as part of an inter-agency planning process, by multi-lateral/bi-lateral donors or any other agency or institution; and map out relevant policies, strategies and frameworks in education and at national level; conduct a comprehensive desk study of existing education (e.g. Education sector plan) and conflict/situation analysis documentation and any other relevant documentation, assess relevance and identify gaps; finalize the design of social cohesion and resilience analysis (SCRA) process – in line with the “Conflict Analysis Preparation Guidelines” and the country office analysis proposal; collaborate with the field education programme team in the identification of key stakeholders to be consulted for the analysis in each province; conduct training/orientation for field based national facilitators who will implement the process; provide full leadership and support to all aspects of the implementation of the conflict analysis processes in all project areas: organization, logistical and substantial; support and/or lead consultations, facilitate workshops, focus group discussions, and interviews; document all consultations; draft a comprehensive social cohesion and resilience analysis report based on consultations held and as a basis for the programme design; design and facilitate a workshop on conducting the social cohesion and resilience analysis and holding consultations and FDGs for national staff. Develop support/reference material for the capacity building workshop; draft the final programme proposal/plan document for 2013-2015.

For more information and to apply, Click here

Save the Children - Information Manager Co-Lead for Education Cluster: The Information Manager Co-lead is a core member of Education Sector Working Group/Cluster Coordination team and will support the Working group/Cluster Coordinator to fulfill the Educations Cluster’s mission to: provide leadership in emergency and crisis response and recovery; work in partnership to ensure continued access to equality and relevant education; ensure evidence-based actions, gap-filling and sound coordination; and enhance accountability, predictability and effectiveness of emergency education actions. The Information Manager Co-lead will play a vital role in collecting, analyzing and sharing information that is important for the cluster stakeholders to make informed, evidence-based, strategic decisions on: 1. The needs of affected populations; 2. The prioritization of these needs; 3. What are the key gaps in activities to meet prioritized needs; 4. What capacity (human, material, financial) exists to be used in support of the identified prioritized response needs. The Information Manager Co-lead needs to be able to work with a broad range of people and agencies, under the cluster coordination guidance. Fundamental to the job is the ability to gather, consolidate, and share information in a way that is easily understood by Sector Working group/cluster members and other stakeholders.

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Equality Now - Communications Director: Founded in 1992, Equality Now works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world. With offices in New York, Nairobi and London, and presences in Amman, Jordan and Washington D.C., our areas of focus include Discrimination in Law, Sexual Violence, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Trafficking. Combining grassroots activism with international, regional and national legal advocacy, we envision a world in which women and men have equal rights under the law and full enjoyment of those rights.

Reporting to the Global Director, the Communications Director will oversee the Website/Social Media Manager and work closely with the Equality Action Network (EAN) Director, and the media officers in the various offices as well as any applicable consultants, interns and outside vendors in the development and implementation of Equality Now’s internal and external communications strategy. The Communications Director will be responsible for Equality Now’s broad range of communications strategies that promote and enhance the organization’s mission and strategic direction including: Actions and Alerts, e-newsletters and print publications; web, blogs, videos, and other online communications; media and public relations; and marketing and outreach campaigns. Candidates should have substantial, broad-based communications experience, several years of management experience and be able to master Equality Now’s work.

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ACDI/VOCA - Project Coordinator - Food Security: Since 1963 and in 145 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 90 projects in 40 countries and total revenues of $140 million.

We are seeking a D.C.-based Project Coordinator to provide technical, administrative, logistical, financial and programmatic backstopping to food security projects and programs overseas. Responsibilities are to provide support to overseas offices; review monthly field financial reports and budgets; fulfill procurement requests; ensure donor compliance and participate on proposal development teams.

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Young Professionals in Foreign Policy - Deputy Director, Programming (Volunteer): Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) fosters the next generation of foreign policy leaders by providing its members the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships to tackle critical global challenges over the course of their careers. YPFP is a dynamic, global, non-partisan, nonprofit organization with more than 10,000 selected members around the world who work in all fields of international affairs. It was established in 2004, and is headquartered in Washington, DC, with branches in Brussels, London and New York.
YPFP-New York City seeks a dedicated, energetic volunteer to serve as Deputy Director of the Programming department to oversee and coordinate events. The Deputy Director of the Programming is vital to fulfilling YPFP’s mission of fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders since he/she will ensure that YPFP effectively organizes events that serve the needs of its membership. The Deputy Director of Programming will be a member of the senior leadership team within the Programming Department, which is responsible for organizing the majority of YPFP’s events.

Specific roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: working with the Director of Programming to identify Programming goals and objectives; coordinating with the global branches with support from the Global Operations department; locating and securing event venues; drafting speaking invitations to prospective speakers, and handling pre-and post-event correspondence with speakers; coordinating with communications to publicize events to YPFP’s member, handling logistics on the day of events; completing post-event follow-up tasks.

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Humanitarian Programs at Fordham!

International Humanitarian Affairs Minor: The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs has established the International Humanitarian Affairs Minor, available to undergraduate students at Fordham College Lincoln Center and Rose Hill. This interdisciplinary minor offers students a comprehensive understanding of issues central to contemporary humanitarian affairs. The Minor offers an in-depth analysis of the humanitarian field, enabling students to acquire theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

For more information about the International Humanitarian Affairs Minor, please visit our website

Masters in International Humanitarian Action (MIHA): The IIHA and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) have joined together to offer a comprehensive Master’s program that combines the experience of long-time humanitarian professionals with the academic strength of Fordham faculty. The program combines the experience of seasoned humanitarian professionals with the academic strength of Fordham faculty from the School of Law and the Graduate Schools of Business and Social Service, who provide students with the political, historical, legal and ethical contexts of past, present and future emergencies.

For more information about the Masters in International Humanitarian Action, please visit our website

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