The Humanitarian Newsletter September 30 - October 14, 2013 Humanitarian Spotlight: Earthquakes strike Pakistan On Tuesday, September 24th, a 7.7 m


The Humanitarian Newsletter

September 30 - October 14, 2013

Humanitarian Spotlight:
Earthquakes strike Pakistan

Devastation in Anawar.

On Tuesday, September 24th, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck the southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan, killing 515 people and affecting more than 300,000 over a total of six districts. Only 4 days later, another quake measuring 6.8 magnitude hit the same region, destroying most of the town of Nokjo in the western province of Balochistan and claiming the lives of 15 more people.

The 7.7 magnitude earthquake registers as the second largest earthquake to hit Pakistan since the 2005 disaster, leaving in its wake a new island which emerged off Pakistan's Gwadar coastline in the Arabian Sea.

Alongside challenges imposed by the mountainous terrain and collapsed communications infrastructure, aid and relief efforts face a serious threat of attacks by separatist insurgents operating in the region. The unpredictable security situation has slowed the work of humanitarian agencies, as concern continues for the safety of operations.

For more information, please visit:
* Spotlight: Earthquakes – Reuters,
* “Pakistan hit by second major earthquake in a week” – The Guardian
* “New earthquake strikes hard-hit Pakistan” – CNN
* Video: Medical concerns early on in the response – Reuters
* Video: Pakistan aftershock victims hospitalized – Reuters

Special Feature: 2013 International
Day for Disaster Reduction

2013 IDRR

October 13th marks the 2013 International Day for Disaster Reduction, which will focus on "Living with Disability & Disasters". The day intends to switch on and amplify this critical issue of including the needs of persons living with disabilities now and for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. In anticipation of the 2013 IDDR, UNISDR and partners launched the first-ever survey of people living with disabilities and disasters on July 29, 2013, and to date, thousands of people have participated.

For more information, please visit the following websites:
* International Day for Disaster Reduction 2013 - UNISDR
* "Disability, natural disasters and emergency situations" - UN ENABLE
* "Beyond the Death Toll in Disaster Data Collection" - UNISDR

New York City Events


Tuesday, October 1, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
"The Changing Business and Human Rights Landscape: Moving From Mitigating Risk to Driving Impact"

During recent field trips to a remote gold mining community in Papua New Guinea and apparel factories in Bangladesh, Sarah Dolton-Zborowski, Director of Human Rights at PVH Corp., was struck by the ways that corporate thinking on human rights is changing. Not only are companies starting to realize that risk mitigation is not enough, but they are embracing initiatives such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and working toward driving positive impacts for those touched by their global operations. Join Sarah for a discussion of the changing corporate sustainability landscape as well as insights as to how students can pursue a career in this area.

Location: Room 302, Fordham Law School, 140 W. 62nd St. New York, NY 10023

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Tuesday, October 1, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
"Understanding & Addressing Violence Against Women in Fragile Transitions from Conflict to Peace"

The Conflict, Security, and Development Series is co-presented by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law School, the Center for Global Affairs at NYU’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies, NYU's Global Institute for Public Health, and the Office of International Programs at NYU Wagner. This discussion will be led by Aisling Swaine, a Hauser Global Human Rights Fellow.

Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Floor, 295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604


Thursday, October 3, 6:00 PM
"The Cost of Conflict Minerals: Human Rights & Corporate Compliance"

The New York City Bar’s Committee on International Human Rights will be hosting a debate on the effectiveness of the recent legislation on human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The legislation in question, the Dodd-Frank Act, requires publicly traded companies to disclose whether “conflict minerals” used in their products come from the DRC or surrounding nations.

Please RSVP to:

Location: House of the Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036


Monday, October 7, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Panel Discussion: "Syrian Higher Education in Crisis: The Road Forward"

This panel discussion, co-sponsored by the Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund and the Center for Public Scholarship at the New School, will examine the current state of higher education in Syria and among Syrian refugees. The discussion will explore what programmatic interventions the international higher education sector and donor communities might pursue urgently to support Syrian academics and students. This event is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP to:

Location: The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10011


Tuesday, October 8 - Monday, October 14
MoMa Presents: Juan Manuel Echavarria's Requiem NN

Since 2006, Colombia artist Juan Manuel Echavarria has traveled to the cemetery of Puerto Berrio, Colombia to document, first in photographs and now in film, how local townspeople reclaim unidentified victims of the country’s half-century-long drug wars. The locals give these anonymous victims new names, decorate and visit their graves, and honor their memory as one would a lost family member – all because, according to their faith, this care and attention to the unidentified corpses, called No Names (NNs), guarantees divine protection and special favors. The film documents these rituals, unique in all of Colombia, in which a community defies the culture of violence by keeping the memory of the disappeared alive.

Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY, 10019

Gold Fever

Thursday, October 17, 6:00 PM
Gold Fever Screening at Fordham University

The screening of this award-winning documentary will be followed by a discussion featuring filmmaker Andrew Sherburne, Oxfam America’s Sofia Vergara, and Boston University Professor Renata Keller. Visit the movie page at: and the Facebook page at: Sponsored by the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Institute, the History Department, and the Institute for International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University.

Location: Fordham University, Lincoln Center, 113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023


Wednesday, October 23, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
See The Change: A MADRE Photo Exhibit

MADRE, an international women’s rights organization, is hosting this photo exhibit with Laura Flanders, a groundbreaking journalist and MADRE board member, to celebrate 30 years of activism for women and families. Tickets are $100, though there are a number of tickets available for $50 on first-come, first-serve basis. All proceeds will go towards MADREs work demanding rights, resources, and results for women worldwide.

Location: White Space Chelsea, 530 West 25th Street, Suite 301, New York, NY 10001

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Wednesday, October 23, 6:30 PM
The 2013 UN Day Humanitarian of the Year Award Gala Dinner - New York

The United Nations Association of New York's Humanitarian Awards Dinner is an opportunity to commemorate United Nations Day while recognizing leading individuals and organizations for their prominent contributions to and support of the ideals and work of the United Nations. The Dinner brings together policymakers, diplomats, United Nations supporters, business leaders, and celebrities to call attention to the vital role the UN plays in helping the global community advance peace, prosperity and justice and to honor individuals and corporations for their global leadership in advancing UN causes.

Location: Marriott Essex House, 160 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

National Events

Wednesday, October 2, 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Fall 2013 Society for International Development-Washington Career Fair

The SID-Washington Career Fair is an important opportunity for those wishing to find jobs in the field of humanitarian work. This will provide a forum for international development organizations to recruit top talent. Attendees will be able to meet and network with potential employers, attend a networking reception, and engage in informal discussions with senior recruiters.

To register, please visit:

Location: The George Washington University Marvin Center, 800 21st Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20052

Thursday, October 3, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms: 20 Years After Vienna

The Center for Women’s Global Leadership is hosting a daylong symposium to discuss human rights 20 years after the UN World Conference on Human Rights. The event seeks to engage stakeholders on challenges and opportunities for the realization of human rights in the 21st century.

During the daylong event, participants will have the opportunity to engage in rich discussions and explore global issues in women’s rights, poverty and inequality, and human rights, democracy, and the right to development.

Location: Multipurpose Room, Rutgers University Student Center, 126 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

International Events

Wednesday, October 2, 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Women Empowerment: International Debate & Screening of “The Threshold of the Desert” at European Parliament

The Threshold of the Desert, directed by Ramon Vila, shows great examples of women empowerment stories in the Arab world. This 18-minute documentary, selected at the Cannes Film Festival, raises awareness about the capacity of women as engines of development and social change in rural areas of the Arab world. Ramon Vila, Aziz Najat, and representatives from UN Women, OECD, World Bank, and the Anna Lindh Foundation will be attending to exchange views and proposals on women as actors of change and economic empowerment.

To register, please email: with your name, surname, email, and I.D. number/passport (will be required to enter the premises).

Location: European Parliament Room 3G3, Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Brussels, Belgium

Asia-Pacific Housing Forum

Wednesday, October 2 - Friday, October 4 Asia-Pacific Housing Forum: "Housing as a Foundation for Breaking the Poverty Cycle"

The Asia-Pacific Housing Forum is a biennial conference organized by Habitat for Humanity. It gathers under one roof, public, private and people sector stakeholders engaged in seeking solutions to poverty housing issues. The Forum is of interest to all stakeholders engaged in providing housing solutions that aim to tackle the poverty cycle. They include policy-makers, urban planners, architects, academics, housing sector developers, NGOs, donor agencies, international organizations, researchers, and private and public sector players. Since inception, the event has brought together over 1,400 stakeholders from 52 countries.

Location: Manila, Philippines


Friday, October 11 - Saturday, October 12, Time TBD
International Symposium “The Urgency of Reading”

Organized by Libraries Without Borders, “The Urgency of Reading” aims to bring together professionals from humanitarian, library, and ICT sectors to work on better understanding the intellectual dimension of human beings in crisis situations.

Location: Maison De L’Amerique Latine, 217 BD Saint-Germain, 75007 Paris, France


Thursday, October 24 - Sunday, October 27
World Conference on Humanitarian Studies - Human Security: Humanitarian Perspectives and Responses

The "Human Security: Humanitarian Perspectives and Responses" conference brings together two annual events, the Istanbul Human Security Conference and the World Conference on Humanitarian Studies. As a close collaboration between the International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA), the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies (CPRS) at Coventry University and Kadir Has University in Istanbul, the conference will be hosted by Kadir Has in Istanbul.

The panel sessions address our four conference themes in innovative and interactive formats to engage both the academic and practitioner communities. We warmly invite paper proposals for the panel sessions. Find the complete list of accepted panels on our website under Proposed Panels.

Location: Kadir Has Campus (Cibali) - Kadir Has Universitesi Kultur Merkezi, Cibali Mh., Fatih, 34083 - Istanbul, Turkey

LSE Urban Age

Thursday, October 24 - Friday, October 25
Urban Age City Transformations Conference

Organised by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Deutsche Bank's Alfred Herrhausen Society, the 2013 Urban Age conference will investigate the impact of large scale urban development projects on the social, economic, political and physical make-up of cities.

The conference will be held in the Olympic City of Rio de Janeiro in October 2013 and will act as a platform for exchange and debate amongst over 150 policy-makers, academics, urban designers, architects, and representatives of NGOs and local community groups

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Friday, October 25 - Sunday, October 27
The XV Humanitarian Congress Berlin Conference

Each year the Humanitarian Congress Berlin brings together experts and students from all different subject areas to exchange information, experiences, and ideas involving humanitarian aid. The Congress offers a “unique mix of medical and political keynote speeches and debates. Besides that, a number of workshops inform about the most recent (medical and logistical) developments in humanitarian assistance.” The conference will be held in English, and will focus on the role of photography in the representation of humanitarian crises. If you have any questions, please email

To register: Please complete this form.

Location: Charité Campus Virchow-Klinikum (CVK), Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353 Berlin, Germany


Wednesday, November 13, 9:30 - 5:30 PM and
Thursday, November 14, 9:30 - 5:00 PM

AidEx 2013

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.

Location: Brussels Expo, Belgieplein - 1 - Place de Belgique, B-1020 - Brussels, Belgium

Online Events


Thursday, October 3, Time TBD
Disaster Risk Reduction Webinar Series: Private-Public Partnerships

This webinar is part of a series for raising awareness in the area of disaster risk reduction, leading up to InterAction’s DRR Day on October 16 in Washington, DC.

Learn more about the innovative programming and successful partnerships focused on reducing communities’ vulnerability to natural disasters. The series will feature perspectives from NGOs, the United Nations, and the business community. For more information, please contact Danielle Heiberg at


Thursday, October 10, 2:00 - 3:30 PM (GMT+01 (BST))
Humanitarian negotiations: engagement with armed groups in Sudan and South Sudan

This event will examine the role humanitarian negotiations with state and non-state armed groups in Southern Kordofan, Darfur and Jonglei State have played in facilitating humanitarian access to people in need. Speakers will draw from interviews with armed groups, including rebel movements such as the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) as well as the state-led Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), field research and practical experience in humanitarian engagement with armed groups. They will highlight the challenges and compromises involved in negotiations and how and why negotiations succeeded or failed to improve conditions for a stronger and more effective humanitarian response in these areas of Sudan and South Sudan.

Location: Overseas Development Institute (203 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NJ) and streamed live online


Wednesday, October 16, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
Education in Emergencies Webinar: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

The INEE Minimum Standards for Education express a commitment that all individuals have the right to education, even in the midst of crises. These standards are the only global tool to articulate the minimum level of education quality and access in emergencies through to recovery. Attendees of the webinar will learn how to apply these standards in the field, lessons learned from their implementation, and how the INEE Minimum Standards can be used to advocate for greater attention to educational services at both the national and international levels.

To join the conversation, please register here.

Job Opportunities


Human Rights Watch - Human Resources Officer, New York

Human Rights Watch is seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of Human Resources (HR) Officer to help support the HR activities for HRW’s operations in over 60 locations around the world. This position requires work in immigration and recruitment.

Application deadline: October 3, 2013


Action Against Hunger - Consultant, New York

ACF is seeking a consultant who will support the preparation for cash-based interventions with a specific focus on facilitating a shift from paper-based to electronic cash transfers in 1-2 ACF International pilot countries. The start of this evaluation is intended for mid-October and will last through to early December consisting of 40 days paid work.

Application deadline: October 4, 2013


Save the Children - Consultancy: Pilot Research on Mobile Cash Transfers for Urban Refugees, Niger

Save the Children is currently seeking a consultant to investigate the effectiveness of mobile cash transfer mechanism in the urban Niamey context as compared to MFI transfer modalities while preventing urban refugee households in difficult socio-economic situation to use coping strategies that are harmful for their integrity.

Application Deadline: October 8, 2013


ACF-UK - WASH (Cholera) Programme Evaluator for DRC

ACF-UK is looking for a French speaking WASH consultant with experience in cholera prevention for the external evaluation of ACF’s ‘Programme d’intervention pour limiter et prévenir la propagation de l’épidémie du choléra en République Démocratique du Congo’.

The start date of the evaluation is intended for early November and it will finish early December, with approximately 25 days of work.

Application Deadline: October 10, 2013


UNHCR - Evaluation Consultancy: Strengthening Capacity of National and local NGOs for Sustainable Emergency Response and Partnership, Budapest

The UNHCR Global Learning Centre (GLC), Budapest (Hungary), is seeking applications from interested and qualified consultants for the conduct of an evaluation of a capacity development project “Strengthening Capacity of National and local NGOs for Sustainable Emergency Response and Partnership”.

Full TORs available at:

Application Deadline: October 11, 2013


CARE International UK (CIUK) - Programme Funding Executive, London

CARE International UK (CIUK) is looking for a motivated and results-oriented individual to join our Programme Funding Unit and support the development of their five year organisational fundraising strategy.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2013


International Rescue Committee - Markets in Emergencies Community of Practice Facilitator, New York

The IRC is seeking to hire a Markets in Emergencies Community of Practice Facilitator to engage with the broader humanitarian community in stimulating dialogue and discussion around market analysis in emergencies, as well as encouraging discussion of specific topics relevant to market-based programming and the Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis (EMMA) community of practice. Applicant must be proficient with social media, website development and maintenance, and knowledgeable in the theory and practice of market analysis in emergencies, in addition to having 5 years of humanitarian experience.

Application Deadline: November 19, 2013


International Rescue Committee – Political Analyst, New York

The IRC is looking to hire a Political Analyst, who would contribute to IRC’s preparation for emergency response by monitoring and reporting on countries which IRC management has deemed at high risk for a crisis. The analyst would collect, collate, and disseminate open source information about the political, security, economic, social, and geographic situations in countries on IRC’s Watchlist. The applicant must have a post-graduate degree, with 2 years experience in a similar position. This position will remain open until filled.

Internship Opportunities

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Foreign Policy Association - Program Outreach Intern

The Foreign Policy Association is known for raising awareness of, understanding of, and providing informed opinions on global issues. The Foreign Policy Association is currently seeking a program outreach intern for its Great Decisions discussion group program. The name is shared by a national civic-education program, briefing book, and television series administered and produced by the Foreign Policy Association. The Great Decisions Program highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year.

Application Deadline: October 8, 2013


American Red Cross - International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Team Leader

International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is the body of law that places basic limits on how war is waged. It seeks to limit the destruction caused by war and protect the life and human dignity of those out of combat, such as civilians or wounded soldiers. The American Red Cross is seeking IHL Action Campaign Team Leaders to facilitate hands-on, experiential activities among a small group of youth between the ages of 13 and 18 years old. The aim is to teach youth that “Even Wars Have Limits” and to develop them into critical thinkers, problem solvers, and compassionate global citizens.

To apply, please contact:

Application Deadline: October 15, 2013


International Rescue Committee - Training Administration Intern, New York

The International Rescue Committee seeks a part-time intern who will play an important role in supporting US Programs’ training and learning initiatives by assisting with various training-related tasks including – evaluation, development of learning materials, and general administrative support. All applicants must be a current or recently matriculated graduate student in Social Work, Administration, Instructional Design, Educational Technology, or a related field.


Global Humanitaria USA - Fall Internships, New York

1) Global Humanitaria USA seeks an Outreach and Events Coordinator Intern for the Fall semester to support the office with outreach and grant proposal writing, as well as actively seeking opportunities to create relationships with potential funders and other non-profit organizations involved in community development, women’s empowerment and child protection.

2) Global Humanitaria USA is also looking for a Communications & Social Media Intern for the Fall semester to support the office with online communications, assistance of public events, public relations and partnerships with other non-profit organizations involved in community development, women’s empowerment and child protection. In addition, the intern will work to build Global Humanitaria’s online presence with social media outlets, and build and maintain new and unique content for the website and social media platforms, updating statuses, etc.

Internships are unpaid; course credit available. To apply, please a send cover letter and resume to


Council on Foreign Relations – Center for Preventative Action Volunteer Intern, New York

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is looking for interns in a variety of fields, including International Relations, International Law, Human Rights, History, and Public Policy. The volunteer duties of the intern include providing research, analysis, and administrative support on CPA projects related to the UN, conflict prevention, and US national security policy, in addition to other tasks.

The Council on Foreign Relations accepts internship applications on a semester basis.

Workforce Humanity: Humanitarian Internship Program

Workforce Humanity offers an internship program for post-graduate or entry-level aid and development workers who wish to be placed in a local NGO after the internship’s completion. Workforce Humanity aims to improve social and economic conditions in developing countries from a bottom-up approach by empowering grassroots action by partnering with local NGOs.

For more information, please email: or call (347) 706-1513

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:

Application Deadline: November 15, 2013

Call for Papers

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) - SECOND CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Research Areas 2 and 5

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is issuing a Second Call for Abstracts as part of the development of the 2015 Global Assessment Report (GAR15). The GAR15 will be published prior to the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015, in which governments will adopt a successor framework to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).

The purpose of this Call for Abstracts is to encourage more research investigating the degree to which the HFA has been fit-for-purpose in affecting change in the management of disaster risk, and in so doing, contribute to both the formulation of the successor framework to the HFA (the HFA2), as well as the development of indicators for effectively measuring the impact of the forthcoming framework.

For more information, please visit:

Submission Deadline: October 17, 2013


InterAction's Monthly Developments Magazine - CALL FOR ARTICLES

Currently seeking submissions on the following topics:
-The year in review: Highlights of what affected the aid community in 2013 and what we can expect in 2014.
-Is cash really best? Giving cash directly to beneficiaries rather than spending it on programs is a hotly debated topic. What are the implications of such a tactic? Is it sustainable? Is it empowering people to make the best choices for their situation, or is it simply creating financial dependency?
-Making the best of your rural posting: Working in remote areas requires a special set of coping mechanisms. Staying in touch, health care, supplies, and entertainment are a whole different ballgame compared to your urban counterparts.
What tips & tricks have you've learned that others could benefit from?
-Other topics as suggested by you!

Articles should be between 1200-2000 words in length. Prior to submission, interested contributors must obtain approval from the managing editor by sending a brief summary to Chad Brobst at Writer guidelines can be found here.

December Issue Deadline (for FINAL draft submissions of approved articles): October 21, 2013

IIHA Humanitarian Programs

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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

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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