The Humanitarian Newsletter December 9 - December 23, 2013 Fact: Local disaster management saves lives By Andy McElroy* Amid the widespread horror


The Humanitarian Newsletter

December 9 - December 23, 2013

Fact: Local disaster
management saves lives

By Andy McElroy*

Tulang Diyot

Tulang Diyot

Amid the widespread horror of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines compelling examples emerged of how good local disaster risk management saves lives.

On the tiny island of Tulang Diyot, local leaders decided a day ahead of the typhoon to evacuate the 1,000 residents to the nearby ‘mainland’ of San Francisco.

It was an inspired move: a storm surge destroyed virtually all of the 500 homes on the islet. Yet for the leaders and people of this part of the Camotes Islands it was a logical and unexceptional thing to do after years of practice.

Mr. Alfredo Arquillano, the former mayor of San Francisco, Cebu Province, launched the evacuation and said years of work to strengthen community preparedness and reduce disaster risk prevented a catastrophe.

One hundred kilometers to the north-west of the Camotes, Mayor Ian Christopher Escario of Bantayan municipality, oversaw a mass evacuation that limited the number of deaths to 15 people out of 90,000 in the face of one of the strongest storms on record.

A month earlier, the evacuation of 1 million people in the Indian state of Odisha ahead of Typhoon Phailin helped keep fatalities to 21 deaths, remarkably low considering the circumstances. The state had clearly learned many lessons from the typhoon of 1999, which killed 10,000 people.

The Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-15 on disaster risk reduction, agreed in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, had two main goals: first to reduce the loss of life; and second to reduce the loss of assets when hazards strike.

There has been some success under the first goal, although there is no room for complacency. However, when it comes to cutting social, economic and environmental losses from disasters, the record is dismal.
At the launch of the UN’s Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction in May 2013, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon focused on economic losses from disasters and said that they are “out of control”. So far this century, direct losses from disasters are in the range of USD2.5 trillion; that is the equivalent of the total annual GDP of the United Kingdom, the world’s sixth largest economy.

Just as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami transformed how affected countries committed themselves to disaster risk reduction, Typhoon Haiyan should prompt further action on environmental degradation, poor land use and urban planning, population growth and poverty, the so-called ‘underlying drivers’ of disaster risk.

The lessons from the Philippines should be incorporated into the post-2015 global agreement on disaster risk reduction that will be agreed in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015, to succeed the Hyogo Framework for Action.

The scale of the ambitions and final decisions made in Sendai will have a major bearing on further progress to reduce deaths from disasters as well as to halt rising losses in terms of social, economic and environmental assets.

*Andy McElroy is a Public Information Officer for UNISDR and an Alumnus of IDHA 16.

For more information, please visit:
Latest digest of Haiyan news - PreventionWeb

InfoGraphic: Typhoon Haiyan - UNISDR

Former Mayor Evacuates Citizens - BBC

National Events


Tuesday, December 10, 6:30 PM
INEE Global Meet-Up

This event is an informal networking event for any and all INEE members, as well as friends of education in emergencies. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet other humanitarians, share experiences, and discuss relevant topics. For more information, please contact or visit the INEE Global Meet-Up Facebook page.

To RSVP: Please email Jennifer Lauren at, Carly Orleach at, or Oriana Seastone Stern at Or, you can call (646) 491-2285 and (646) 922-5163.

Location: Flatiron Lounge, 37 West 19th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue), Flatiron District, New York, NY 10011


Tuesday, December 10, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Celebrating the Growing "Healthcare is a Human Right" Movement

This event, on Human Rights Day, features a dialogue with Laura Flanders, Founder and Host, about innovative campaigns to go beyond Obamacare. The event will also honor Peg Franzen, former president of the Vermont Workers’ Center, who exemplifies the power of people to effect change. The program includes a roundtable discussion moderated by Laura Flanders, music, tribute videos, and more.

To RSVP: Please click here.

For further information: Please contact Laura Gosa at

Location: Church Center for the United Nations, 777 United Nations Plaza, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10017

Thursday, December 12, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Humanitarian Symposium 2013

On 12 December 2013, OCHA will hold the inaugural session of its Humanitarian Symposium. The event will convene experts from across the field to answer the question: “Where will the international humanitarian system stand in 2025?”

In little over a decade, humanitarian response is expected to look radically different. New actors and ways of doing business will transform the delivery of aid, potentially resulting in a less central role for the formal international humanitarian system. This event will explore what the future of emergency response might look like and what challenges humanitarian actors should prepare to face. The symposium will include a moderated high-level panel debate featuring:

Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Almeraikhi, Director-General, Qatar Development Fund
Ambassador Bruno Figueroa, Director-General for Technical and Scientific Cooperation, Mexican Agency for International Development Corporation
Mr. David Miliband, President and CEO, International Rescue Committee
Mr. Claus Sørensen, Director-General, European Community Humanitarian Office
Mr. Misikir Tilahun, Head of Programmes, Africa Humanitarian Action
Moderator: Hannah Pool, Journalist and Curator Talks & Debates, Southbank Centre

To RSVP: Email Please note that access to the ECOSOC chamber is restricted. If do not have a UNHQ ID, please RSVP by 9 December, so alternate security entrance arrangements can be made.

Location: UN Headquarters ECOSOC Chamber (location of entrance will be determined by type of access granted) and webcast online. Interested parties are encouraged to join the discussion on Twitter (#aid2025).


Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) -
Human Security and Humanitarian Response, June 2014

In June 2014, Brown University's International Advance Research Institutes (BIARI) are offering a course entitled Human Security and Humanitarian Response. Topics for the course include the effectiveness of existing welfare systems in different regions; best practices in humanitarian assistance; and the politics of compassion in disaster and conflict zone. Discussions will focus in particular on the
ethical issues that arise at the intersection of human security and humanitarian assistance; rights-based approaches to humanitarian relief; and the potential of new technologies to transform humanitarian response.

To apply: Please visit

For more information: Please view this brochure.

If you have questions: Please contact

International Events


Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Launch of the EFA Global Monitoring Report 2013/4 - Teaching & Learning: Achieving Quality for All

The 2013/4 Education for All Global Monitoring Report shows that a lack of attention to education quality and a failure to reach the marginalized have contributed to a learning crisis that needs urgent attention. Worldwide, 250 million children – many of them from disadvantaged backgrounds – are not learning the basics. This event aims to describe how policy-makers can support and sustain a quality education system for all children, regardless of background, by providing the best teachers. The report also documents global progress in achieving education goals and identifies hindering factors to advances in education.

For more information & to RSVP: Please contact Salma Zulfiqar at Please note that space is limited for this event.

Location: Africa Hall in UNECA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Online Events

Bellevue. NYU Program for SoT

Wednesday, December 11, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
Strengthening the Congolese Community: Background, Resettlement, and Treatment

The ongoing refugee crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the result of almost 16 years of violent conflict and unrest. This webinar sponsored by the National Partnership for Community Training, featuring Hawthrone Smith, clinical director of Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture (PSOT); Dr. Thomas Turner, Amnesty International DRC country expert; and Sandra Vines Associate Director for Resettlement and Integration at Church World Service, will offer valuable background on the country and the conflict, up to date resettlement information, and useful mental health treatments.

For more information on how to participate in this webinar: Please RSVP to


Thursday, December 12, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (GMT)
Preventing violent conflict in Africa: Inequalities, Perceptions, and Institutions

This event, based on recent research funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will explore the results of 3000 original surveys in African cities and towns, as well as analysis of historical experiences of conflict and reconciliation in Rwanda, Burundi, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, and Nigeria to ask why neighboring countries – which share common historical traits – have sometimes taken contrasting pathways of peace and violent conflict.

For more information & to register: Please click here.

Location: This event can be attended in person or streamed online. The event will be held at 203 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NJ, United Kingdom.


Friday, December 13, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (GMT)
What are we learning from responding to Syria?

The Disaster Emergency Committee’s Syria Response Review focuses on the response to the situation of Syrian refugees and displaced people outside camps, scattered among host communities in a variety of living conditions. The Review considers agency strategy, needs assessment and approach, implementation and monitoring, coordination and accountability. At this report launch, key findings and challenges from this Review will be presented. The focus of the event will be on how those working in Syria can use these emerging lessons to improve their ongoing response to the Syria crisis, as well as prepare for future responses.

For more information and to register: Please click here.

Location: This event can be attended in person or be streamed online. The event will be held at 203 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NJ, United Kingdom.

Job Opportunities

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USAID/OFDA - Senior Program Officer, Sudan

The USAID/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is seeking application for a Senior Program Officer in Khartoum, Sudan under a Personal Services Contract (PSC). The Senior Program Officer will primarily provide full time in-country coordination and management of OFDA programming for humanitarian emergency and disaster risk reduction activities throughout Sudan. They may also be involved in humanitarian assistance activities elsewhere in the region as needed.

To apply: Please email documents to or fax (202) 315-3803. You may also mail documents to GlobalCorps, 529 14th Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20045

Application Deadline: December 10, 2013

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The Sphere Project - Project Manager, Geneva

The Sphere Project Manager is responsible for the fulfillment of Project objectives, the use of funds, all Project activities and the management of personnel. The incumbent will lead the development and implementation of the Sphere vision for improved quality and accountability in the delivery of humanitarian assistance, bring experience, ideas, and energy to the Project’s day-to-day work. S/he will lead and implement a strategic process and plan in consultation with the Sphere Board.

For more information: Please view click here.

To apply: Applications (including cover letter, CV, work & study certificates) should be sent to ICV Recruitment at Please title your email “Sphere Project Manager”.

Application Deadline: December 16, 2013


Action Against Hunger - Slum Survey Program Manager, Bangladesh

Action Against Hunger seeks a Slum Survey Program Manager to identify potential slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh. They will conduct field assessment, while identifying one slum to conduct further sectorial surveys dependent on final report. The Slum Survey Program Manager will design a proposal for multi-sector programs in the selected slums, and will contribute to capitalization and technical development for the survey. Qualified candidates will have a post-graduate degree, with three years of experience in conducting survey and field assessment.

To apply: Please fill out this form.

Application Deadline: December 27, 2013


SolidarMed - Country Coordinator & Hospital Development Project Manager, Lesotho

The SolidarMed Lesotho Program, in the districts of Butha Buthe and Thaba Tseka consists of the following complementary projects: decentralized quality care for national health priorities (HIV, TB, maternal/child health) and hospital support. SolidarMed is in the process of developing the next program phase for 2015, with possible new projects. This position comprises both the overall coordination of the country program and management/direct implementation of the Hospital Development Project.

For more information and to apply: Please email

Application Deadline: December 29, 2013


British Red Cross - Country Representative (Philippines Emergency Response), Philippines

This position works with the British Red Cross’ International Division to manage the organization’s response to Typhoon Haiyan. This role requires a senior manager with strategic vision, excellent operational management skills, and significant experience of humanitarian diplomacy. The ideal candidate will have proven experience in the development and management of humanitarian assistance programs. The post will coordinate with the Disaster Management and Partnership Development departments of the International Division to develop and oversee the evolving emergency response operation, working closely with the Philippines Red Cross, Federation, and other Movement partners on the ground.

To apply: Please visit the British Red Cross website. If unable to apply online, or for more information, please contact Nanxy Kordouli at, quoting reference number PH CR 2014.

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Innovations for Poverty Action – Director of Development, Various Locations

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is looking for a dynamic and experienced candidate with a track record of success to take over this position. The Director of Development will be involved with the development and implementation of IPA’s fundraising, communications, marketing, and public relations strategies. They will also be liaison to the Board of Directors.

For more information and to apply: Please visit their website.

Application Deadline: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.


CARE USA – Technical Advisor for Emergency Food & Nutrition Security, Atlanta, Georgia

CARE seeks a highly experience candidate for this position, who will enable CARE to have strong technical support and advisory back-up for Country Offices to ensure timely, appropriate and impactful responses to food security crisis and to support linking emergency to longer-term program interventions. Candidates must have expertise in food security and nutrition in chronic and transitory food insecure environments, as well as it links with long-term food security programs. Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree and 5-8 years humanitarian work experience.

To apply: Please fill out this form.


Robin Hood - Education Program Officer, New York

Robin Hood is New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization, and since 1988 has focused on finding, funding, and creating programs and schools that generate meaningful results for families in New York’s poorest neighborhoods. The responsibilities of the Education Program Officer include identifying, evaluating, and funding new game-changing organizations in the education space, working to support the scaling of the most effective organizations, and effectively managing 15-20 of the organizations in the portfolio. Applicants who hold a Master's degree are strongly preferred.

For more information and to apply: Please visit the job listing.


American Red Cross - Regional Disaster Functions Support Manager, California

The American Red Cross is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Regional Disaster Functions Support Manager. This position is responsible for leading and managing a team of volunteer functional support managers who are responsible for the seven support functions in disaster (Mass Care; Logistics; Workforce Engagement; Individual and Community Preparedness; Planning, Readiness and Situational Awareness; Partner and EMA Relationships; and Recovery Support) in an assigned region. The Regional Disaster Functions Support Manager plans, schedules, directs and implements overall strategic goals and objectives.

For more information and to apply: Please click here.


Global Nomads Group - Producer/Production Coordinator, New York

Global Nomads Group (GNG) is seeking a Producer/Production Coordinator to offer vision and strategy on how to most effectively distribute media content to their target audience, produce, from concept to final edit, educational videos tied to GNG's programs, and support GNG's media literacy and participatory filmmaking programs for youth. This position will also include managing support staff and interns, and designing branded content for the web, video, and print.

For more information: Please visit the posting on their website.

To apply: Please email cover letter, resume, production reel and salary history with “Producer/Production Coordinator” in the subject line to:

Internship Opportunities


Center for Constitutional Rights – International Human Rights Program Intern, New York

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is seeking a third or fourth year undergraduate student, recent graduate, or graduate student with a strong commitment to social justice to help with several legal and advocacy-related projects. The intern will assist legal workers and attorneys in CCR’s IHR docket on several on-going projects and case development. Responsibilities include assisting in factual research, review and writing, reviewing and indexing documents, performing literature and press reviews, identifying vendors and experts, and gathering information as part of outreach strategy; and general administrative tasks.

To apply: Please click here.

Application Deadline: December 13, 2013


Global Conscience Initiative -
Prisoner's Rights Project Intern, Cameroon

The Global Conscience Initiative (GCI) is seeking an enthusiastic self-starter with experience in law, criminal justice, or prisoners rights to lead their Prisoner’s Rights Project (PRP). The GCI’s overall mission is to address and improve Cameroon’s most pressing human rights issues: chiefly, corruption, abuse of prisoner’s rights, gender inequality, civil liberty deficiencies, and lack of access to efficient and effective justice. Interns should have strong written and oral communication skills, cross-cultural experience and sensitivity, and a willingness to learn a new language.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume/CV to

Application Deadline: December 27, 2013


United Nations Department of Communication - Multimedia Intern Spring 2014, New York

The United Nations Department of Communication is looking for Spring 2014 Interns. Media Interns will be assigned to one of the News and Media Divisions content producing units (TV/Video, Photo, Webcast or News Centre) and will be supervised by the Chief of the assigned Unit. The multimedia intern provides editorial and technical assistance to content producers working in radio, video, photo and the web. The intern will assist in the production of news stories for various platforms, and may also collaborate with staff on social media. Qualified candidates are those that have completed an undergraduate degree and are currently enrolled in a graduate program.

For more information and to apply: Please visit the job posting.

Application Deadline: January 1, 2014


UNAIDS - Spring 2014 Internship, Various Locations

UNAIDS is looking for new Spring 2014 interns. Candidates must hold an undergraduate degree and be enrolled in graduate studies. Qualified applicants will have excellent communication skills, be able to work in teams, and be willing to become an enthusiastic member of the organization.

For more information and to apply: Please visit the job posting.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2014


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


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


Council for American Students in International Negotiations (CASIN) - Social Media & Database Internship, Various Locations

CASIN is looking to recruit a new Social Media and Database intern. This internship cam be conducted completely with online communication and can be done from home. Candidates should have Photoshop and HTML skills, proven success with social media strategy, a commitment to CASIN’s mission, interest in international justice, and experience with student organizations.

To apply: Please send a resumé and cover letter to Anna Sandor at

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Refugees International – Peacekeeping Spring 2014 Internship, Washington, D.C.

Refugees International looks for interns on a semester basis in a variety of departments, one of which is Peacekeeping. The Peacekeeping Intern provides support to the RI Peacekeeping program and helps conduct research and facilitates communication between RI and the PEP (Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping) community. Responsibilities may include updating and maintaining the PEP website; sending out announcements of events; compiling weekly PEP news clips; monitoring security conditions in focus countries; and posting monthly reports to the PEP website.

To apply: Please first complete this questionnaire and then forward your resume, cover letter, brief writing sample (2-5 pages), and list of 3 references to Your cover letter should clearly indicate the semester you are available and your internship of interest.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2014


United Nations Department of Management - Design & Marketing Intern, New York

The UN Department of Management is looking for Spring 2014 Design & Marketing Interns. The Intern will support the development and implementation of a communications plan and approach for Unite Connections, a social collaboration platform, as well as, community management. He/she will be responsible for supporting the drafting or producing of specific type or types (e.g. print, broadcast, etc.) of information communications products for target audiences, to include promotional products, brochures, online content (e.g. blog posts and wikis), graphics, and video clips. Candidates must be familiar with social media, web-based tools, and graphic design tools.

For more information and to apply: Please visit the job posting.


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.

Call for Papers and Applications


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


Academic Council on the United Nations System - 2014 Dissertation Fellowship Award Call for Applications

The ACUNS Dissertation Fellowship Award recognizes emerging students of extraordinary potential who have reached the stage of writing an advanced graduate-level dissertation on a topic of direct and demonstrable relevance to the United Nations and/or the UN system.

To apply & submit: Please fill out this form.

Submission Deadline: January 17, 2014


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

IIHA Humanitarian Programs

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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.

Upcoming IIHA Training Courses

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Leadership & Management in Humanitarian Action
New York, July 2013

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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