The Humanitarian Newsletter
November 11 - 25, 2013
NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images - Devastation in Tacloban - Leyte, Philippines on Monday, November 11, 2013
As many as 10,000 people are feared dead in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines on Friday. The storm, reported as the strongest typhoon in the world this year and possibly the most powerful ever to hit land, brought sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph) and gusts as strong as 235 mph (380 kph).
Despite disaster preparedness measures undertaken by the government including the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people, the scale of devastation is massive. 9.8 million people have been affected and 660,000 people have been displaced.
As of Sunday evening, the government confirmed 1563 deaths in the hardest-hit region of the Philippines and the death toll is expected to rise significantly as rescue workers reach isolated communities on the coast.
The President of the Philippines, Benigno S. Aquino III, has declared a state of national calamity to speed relief efforts for victims and survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Countries around the world and international aid agencies are offering their solidarity and support, in the form of personnel, supplies, and funding. Earlier today, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, released $25 million for aid relief from the U.N. Central Emergency Response Fund. As funding is mobilized and relief efforts continue, aid workers face significant logistical challenges due to crippled communication systems and damaged transportation infrastructure.
▪ Philippines storm kills estimated 10,000, destruction hampers rescue efforts – Reuters
▪ Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines Destruction is ‘absolute bedlam’ – BBC
▪ Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines battles to bring storm aid – BBC
▪ Factbox: World offers aid for typhoon-ravaged Philippines – Reuters
▪ Philippines: UN humanitarian wing announces $25 million for typhoon relief efforts – UN News Centre
▪ How to help Typhoon Haiyan survivors - CNN
▪ Spotlight: Hurricanes and Cyclones – AlertNet
As of last week, the United Nations reported that around 9.3 million people in Syria, roughly 40 percent of the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance. Of these people, 6.5 million are internally displaced within the country.
Although the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) delivered rations to a record 3.3 million people in Syria in October, access to besieged areas remains limited, as it does for all other international agencies operating within the county. It is reported that WFP has been unable to deliver food supplies to 38 locations.
The recent outbreak of polio in the northeast, the first in Syria since 1999, poses a risk to hundreds of thousands of children. The outbreak has called attention to the growing malnutrition rates in areas under military siege. On Friday, the United Nations agencies launched the largest ever consolidated immunization response in the Middle East to vaccinate 20 million children in order to stop the spread of the disease.
The conflict continues to have a regional impact, as refugees flee across borders into the neighboring countries of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. Around 50,000 Palestinians have fled from Syria to Lebanon since the start of the war, facing extremely difficult conditions and limited resources.
Additional updates and news:
▪ Dispute over meeting thwarts polio vaccinations in Sudan (UN) - Reuters
▪ World must help Lebanon handle Syrian refugee flood (UNICEF) – Reuters
▪ Zaatari, Syrian Refugee Camp In Jordan, Slowly Becomes City – Huffington Post
▪ Starvation in Syria: a war tactic - Reuters
Wednesday, November 13, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Iran: Silenced, Expelled, and Imprisoned Panel Discussion
Organized by the Center for Public Scholarship at the New School and Amnesty International, this panel discussion will focus on the ongoing imprisonment and persecution of students and scholars in Iran. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.
To RSVP: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: The New School, Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College Building, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor, New York, NY 1011
Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Put Your Ideals Into Practice: Doctors Without Borders Info Session
Every day, Doctors Without Borders aid workers provide assistance to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe – treating those in need regardless of political, religious, or economic interest. Whether an emergency involves armed conflicts or epidemics, malnutrition or natural disasters, Doctors Without Borders is committed to bringing quality medical care to people caught in crisis. This events provides an opportunity for medical and non-medical professional to learn about being a member of Doctors Without Borders through hearing firsthand stories of “life in the field.”
To register for this event: Please click here.
Location: 3rd Floor Conference Room, 333 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001
Friday, November 15, 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
"Global Rights & Local Challenges: Disability, Inclusive Education, and Rural Environments"
Global Rights & Local Challenges aims to connect scholars, stakeholders, and advocates in the field of disability rights, and to create fruitful discussion about the unique obstacles that confront people with disabilities in Rwanda and worldwide. This symposium will feature two interdisciplinary panels, exploring the connections between disability and poverty. Panelists will use case studies from the US and around the world to describe how rural environments and the need for overall educational development can hinder inclusive education for people with disabilities. This event will also feature a student photography exhibit that illustrate the social and economic obstacles that define disability in Rwanda and internationally, as well as a screening of the award-winning documentary “In The Shadow of the Sun.”
To RSVP for this event: Please contact David James Harvey at email@example.com
Location: McNally Auditorium, Fordham Law School, 140 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023
Tuesday, November 19, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
FAILfaire "Fail to Scale"
UNICEF Innovation Unit in collaboration with U.S. Fund for UNICEF presents Failfaire, a series of events for organizations to discuss failed work and lessons learned. This event will focus on “failure to scale” because this is one of the biggest challenges in development right now. Real change will only be possible when solutions are in the same magnitude as the problems addressed.
Please register here.
Location: U.S. Fund for UNICEF, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038
Wednesday, November 13, 9:30 - 5:30 PM and
Thursday, November 14, 9:30 - 5:00 PM
AidEx is an international humanitarian and development aid event. Held annually in Brussels, it includes a leading conference, exhibition and programme for practical workshops to help professionals within the community improve the efficiency and sustainability of aid. AidEx is completely free to attend and will offer thousands of professionals the opportunity to learn from and engage with other aid professionals and leaders in the humanitarian sector.
Location: Brussels Expo, Belgieplein - 1 - Place de Belgique, B-1020 - Brussels, Belgium
Friday, November 15 - Saturday, November 16
Haiti: Post-Disaster Reconstruction — Sustainability and Development Conference
The interdisciplinary conference, "Haiti: Post-Disaster Reconstruction — Sustainability and Development," will explore how universities can engage with the development community in an effective way to promote sustainability with a case study of Haiti. The conference will include sessions about sustainability, environment, and women's roles in shaping sustainable reconstruction as well as break-out working groups on environmental sustainability, microcredit/microfinance, education, creative responses to disaster, food security, and health.
Registration for the Gannon Lecture on Friday is now closed, but there are still seats available for Saturday!
*Please register here.*
* Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service (GSS)
* United Nations Development Project (UNDP)
* Social Tap, Inc. / The Haiti Initiative
* The Institute for Women and Girls (GSS)
* Fordham University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS)
* Fordham Graduate Program in International Political Economy & Development (IPED)
* Fordham University Institute for International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA)
* Fordham University Campus Ministry
* International Health Awareness Network (IHAN)
Tuesday, November 19 - Wednesday, November 20, 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Integrating Environmental Issues Into Humanitarian Action
This training course in Switzerland is aimed to help humanitarian workers build their capacity to integrate an environmentally-friendly approach into their programs. By the end of the course, participants will be able to identify links between conflict, disasters, humanitarian action, and the environment. Participants will analyze the environmental context to assess potential impacts and opportunities.
To RSVP for the event: Please email Anna Lear at firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Bocage Annex 2, Room 14 (19 November) and Room 2 (20 November), Palais des Nations, United Nations Office in Geneva, Avenue de la Paix 14, 1211 Genève 10, Switzerland
Thursday, November 21, 6:00 PM
Chasing Chaos Book Signing
Please join us to celebrate the publication of "Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid", a memoir by IIHA Humanitarian Consultant, Jessica Alexander. At this event, Jessica will read excerpts from her memoir, prompting discussion and Q&A from the audience. Jessica will also sign copies of her book, which will be for sale at the event.
Please RSVP to: Laskowski@fordham.edu
Location: Cafeteria Atrium, Fordham College Lincoln Center, 113 W. 60th Street, New York, NY 10023
Friday, November 22, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (GMT)
Launch: The Contribution to Change Guide
How to measure an agency's contribution to changing people's lives through humanitarian programmes? The Overseas Development Institute (ODI), in conjunction with ALNAP and Oxfam, is holding this panel discussion to discuss the difficulties faced by most agencies in assessing the impact of post-disaster intervention, the partnership between an academic institution and an international NGO, and how The Contribution to Change Guide was conceived and field-tested.
A must for evaluators and those commissioning evaluations.
To register for this event: Please follow this link.
Location: This event can be attended in person or online. The event will be held at 203 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NJ, United Kingdom.
CRS Webinar: Water and Sanitation Project in Haiti
CRS and their supporting communities in the United States have a strong bond with the people of Haiti; one that is build on partnership and an on-going commitment to walk in solidarity with our sisters and brothers. This pre-recorded webinar details best practices on development and implementing water projects in different locations in Haiti.
Click here to start webinar.
Thursday, November 21, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (GMT)
WEBINAR: Cash programming in urban areas: What's new?
Food distributions to rural areas may have been the standard modus operandi in past decades, but today humanitarians are increasingly acting in urban areas and using a variety of distribution mechanisms. Humanitarians are using new technologies to implement cash and voucher programming and turning their expertise in these areas into advocacy and lessons sharing.
Join ALNAP/ CaLP for a joint webinar which will present learnings from Oxfam and Concern's experiences using cash and voucher programming in urban contexts.
Click here to register.
Thursday, November 28 - Monday, December 16
Learning From Shared Experience in Humanitarian Assistance Online Learning Project
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is offering this online course, open to all humanitarian staff and volunteers who have deployed in at least one emergency operation. This course will offer a unique opportunity for humanitarian workers from all over the world to share their stories, experiences, and insights. In this course, you will write a brief case study sharing your experiences and insights from an emergency operation, work with others to analyze how you developed your knowledge, skills, and competencies, and reflect on/discuss the experiences of your peers.
To register, please fill out this form.
Registration Deadline: November 17, 2013
UN Association of the USA - Communications & UN Relations Officer, New York
The Communications & UN Relations Officer for UNA-USA will develop and implement UNA-USA’s strategic communications plan to support the Association’s membership development, fundraising, media relations, and advocacy objectives, as well as coordinating the interface of communications functions with other divisions for the Foundation and UNA-USA. The Communications Officer plays a critical role in meeting strategic business goals through brand development, media relations, member communications, marketing, events, and outreach.
Shot@Life - Senior Communications Officer, Washington, D.C.
Shot@Life is seeking qualified applicants to fill their Senior Communications Officer position. This position is responsible for strategic communications planning and implementation for the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign – an ititiative to raise awareness and resources to support global childhood vaccines. On occasion as needed, he/she will also support other global health-related public affairs activities. Applicants should have at least 6 years of relevant experience as well as a Bachelor’s degree (preference for applicants with a Master’s degree in communications, international relations, or public health).
Concern Worldwide - Program Education Manager, Akkar, Lebanon
The Education Program Manager is responsible for the design and implementation of a new education program targeting Syrian refugee children in Akkar, North Lebanon. Applicants should have a degree in Education and a minimum of five years post qualification teaching experience, among other qualifications.
For more information and to apply: Follow this link.
Application Deadline: November 13, 2013
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) - Education Project Manager, Iraq
Since November 2012, the NRC has been operating in the Kurdistan region of Iraq in response to the influx of Syrian refugees resulting from the civil war in Syria. As part of intensified efforts, the NRC is seeking to employ an Education Project Manager that is able and willing to manage and develop NRC’s education programs in close cooperation and partnership with the Kurdish regional authorities, UN agencies, and national/international NGOs currently present in the region.
To apply: Please click here.
Application Deadline: November 17, 2013
United Nations Children's Fund - Policy Specialist, New York
UNICEF is looking for a qualified candidate to become their Policy Specialist. The Policy Specialist’s work will be informed by the broad goals of the Humanitarian Policy Section (HPS) which involves timely, effective, and reliable humanitarian action in accordance with the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCCs), the UNICEF Strategic Plan, and inter-agency commitments. The scope of this work involves the following areas: UN integration and coherence, capacity development for the CCCs, and humanitarian assistance in urban environments, in addition to other tasks as required by the Section Chief and/or the Division/Deputy Directors.
To apply: Please email your P-11, CV, and cover letter to email@example.com
Application Deadline: November 18, 2013
Catholic Relief Services - MEAL Director, Baltimore, Maryland
The MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) Director will provide leadership and direction to MEAL throughout CRS. The Director will also manage the MEAL Unit, which exists to provide CRS with continued improvement and excellence in the areas of program monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning. Qualified candidates hold a Masters degree (Ph.D. preferred) in development or a related social science discipline, eight to ten years minimum of progressive international working experience in a technical and management role in overseas programs (with ability to lead a high performing team), a minimum of 5 years in an emergency and/or development context and of international experience in developing and implementing M&E systems, (including development of indicators, data collection tools and methodologies, data analysis, and data presentation).
To apply: Please follow this link.
Application Deadline: November 29, 2013
British Red Cross - Hygiene Promotion/Public Health Team Member, Various Locations
The British Red Cross is responsible for the deployment of Mass Sanitation Module (MSM) Emergency Response Units (ERUs) teams for up to six months following an emergency. Each of these teams consists of four specialists that can be deployed in an emergency for a period of one month. The British Red Cross is currently looking for hygiene promoters with experience in managing international humanitarian operations in the water, sanitation, hygiene, and/or public health sectors for their MSM ERU roster.
For more information and to apply: Please follow this link.
Application Deadline: December 1, 2013
Catholic Relief Services - Emergency MEAL Technical Advisor, Baltimore, Maryland
CRS is seeking a Technical Advisor (TA) for Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) to provide technical leadership and field level support for CRS’ emergency response and recovery programming. The Technical Advisor will be responsible for ensuring the implementation of the MEAL focused strategic initiatives and providing field level and distance support for MEAL during CRS’ emergency response activities. Qualified candidates hold a degree and equivalent experience in a field relevant to a MEAL position in an international NGO, with three to five years of progressive responsibility in relief or development programs, including significant time in an MEAL capacity. Applicants should have thorough familiarity with the principles of, and field experience in, current approaches to MEAL for emergency relief programs, including both qualitative and quantitative methods.
To apply: Please visit this link.
Application Deadline: November 29, 2013
International Rescue Committee - Syria Crisis Response Program Manager, New York
The International Rescue Committee is looking for candidates to this Program Manager position. The Program Manager would support and work closely with the current Syria Crisis Response Program Manager. They will take on responsibilities for grants management for a portfolio of small, new, or sole project interventions, as well as other tasks. Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, with a minimum of 1-2 years related non-profit and/or administrative work experience.
To apply: Please fill out this form.
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) - Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officer, New York
OCHA is seeking qualified applicants to work in consultation with the senior Humanitarian Affairs Officer in designing and preparing studies on humanitarian, disaster, emergency relief, and related issues. The Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officer will also do research, prepare documents, assist in the production of appeals for international assistance, and maintain awareness of current humanitarian affairs and related issues, in addition to other tasks.
Application Deadline: December 16, 2013
International Rescue Committee - Technical Research Advisor, New York
This position provides technical support to research on women’s empowerment and violence against women and girls in countries in conflict, crisis, post-conflict and post-crisis settings. The Technical Advisor will lead the design and implementation of research in collaboration with technical advisors, field programs, and research partners, present and publish research findings in academic journals and practitioner-focused outlets, and contribute/lead the development of concepts notes and proposals for research projects.
For more information and to apply: Follow this link.
Application Deadline: December 16, 2013
MADRE - Internships, New York
MADRE is looking to hire several types of interns including a Humanitarian Aid Campaign Intern. The Humanitarian Aid Campaign Intern would be responsible for maintaining donor and inventory databases, engaging in ongoing aid campaigns, and researching women’s human rights issues as background for student outreach and new campaign launches, as well as other tasks. MADRE is accepting applications through rolling admissions on a semester basis.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to: HHInternship@madre.org
Application Deadline: November 15, 2013
National Coalition of Syrian Revolution & Opposition Forces - Spring Internship, Washington D.C.
The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution & Opposition Forces has openings for 2 interns at its United States Representative Office in Washington, D.C. This office serves as their official liaison the United States government and foreign policy community on matters relating to the pro-democracy movement, including coordination and delivery of much-needed humanitarian aid to Syria. Candidates should have an excellent academic record, superb writing skills, and strong communication skills (verbal and written). Reading and writing fluency in Arabic is preferred. This is a paid internship.
Application Deadline: November 29, 2013
International Justice Project - Communications/Social Media Internship, New Jersey
The International Justice Project is a non-profit organization focused on advancing human rights through law. They are currently looking for interns to assist with the growth and development of their social media, website, and other communications. Interns will work with senior and other staff to develop priorities for communications, social media, and website strategy.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2014
Guatemala Human Rights Commission - Spring 2014 Internship, Washington, D.C.
The Guatemala Human Rights Commission (GHRC), founded in 1982, monitors, documents, and reports on the human rights situation in Guatemala, advocates for survivors of human rights abuses in Guatemala, and works toward positive, systemic change. The GHRC is currently looking for Spring 2014 interns who would work in the following areas: publications, outreach, development, and asylum documentation.
Application Deadline: November 15, 2013
Center for Strategic and International Studies - Freeman Chair in China Studies Internship, Washington, D.C.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is looking to hire a security intern to support their China Studies program during the spring semester. The Freeman Chair in China Studies is dedicated to delivering informed public policy debate, expert briefings, and strategic policy recommendations on greater China and East Asia. This position is only open to candidates who are currently enrolled in, or have recently completed a Master’s degree program or higher.
In order to apply: Please follow this link.
American Civil Liberties Union - Women's Rights Project Summer 2014 Legal Internship, New York
The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking legal interns for the Women’s Rights Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City. This is a full-time internship that offers interns the opportunity to work on all aspects of litigation. Interns will conduct legal and policy research, draft memoranda, affidavits, and briefs, and support the preparation of expert and fact witnesses for courtroom testimony, in addition to other tasks.
Application Deadline: February 8, 2014
Unite For Sight - Volunteer Abroad Opportunity, Various Locations
Unite For Sight offers several opportunities to participate in their Volunteer Abroad Program, an immersive global health experience for students and professionals who are interested in public health, international development, medicine, or social entrepreneurship. Volunteers participate in and learn from Unite for Sight’s talented local partner doctors who have provided care to more than 1.6 million patients living in poverty, including 70,000 sight-restoring surgeries. The local doctors are social entrepreneurs who are addressing complex public health issues, and volunteers gain a comprehensive understanding of the complexities and realities of global health.
For application instructions: Please visit this page.
Monthly Developments Magazine - Call for Articles on Various Topics
Monthly Developments Magazine is seeking submissions for their January/February 2014 Issue on a variety of topics.
Two suggested topics are:
- Arab Spring Update: It's been three years since protests swept across the Arab world, promising change and hope for millions. Where do things currently stand? From human rights to democratization to civil society, which promises have been fulfilled or forgotten? How have NGOs been affected? How have they changed their approaches to work in these countries?
- 1984 vs. 2014: This year marks the 30th anniversary of InterAction. How does the aid world of 1984 compare to today? Do NGOs and governments approach issues differently now? From pre-Live Aid to social media, how has public engagement changed? How have we evolved? Is it for better or worse?
Submission Deadline: December 16, 2013
Humanitarian Innovation Conference - Call for Papers/Panels
The Humanitarian Innovation Conference, held at Keble College next July, aims to provide a platform for discussion and debate between UN agencies, NGOs, academia, and both the public and private centers to further define the agenda for humanitarian innovation.
The Conference welcomes individual paper proposals, full panel proposals, and suggestions for alternative format (e.g. film, debate, demonstration) sessions from academics, policy-makers, and practitioners from across sectors.
For more information and submission instructions: Please click here.
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2014
American University Academy on Human Rights & Humanitarian Law - Human Rights Essay Award
Hosted by American University, this annual competition seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. Awardees receive a full scholarship to attend the Program of Advanced Studies of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.
Please visit their website for information regarding eligibility and submission.
Submission Deadline: February 1, 2014
International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA 40)
New York, June 2013
International Humanitarian Affairs Minor: The IIHA 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
The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University, working with external humanitarian partners, offers programs throughout the world at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Through these programs, IIHA trains students for careers in the humanitarian field by combining an academic approach with the shared practical experience of faculty, external speakers and students.
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