Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Fourth Summer School on Governance of Extractive Industries to add comments!

The 4th edition of the Summer School on Governance of Extractive Industries will be held at the Ekounou Ayene campus of the Catholic University of Central Africa (UCAC) from 18th to 30th August 2014.
It is organised by UCAC's Centre of Excellence for Extractive Industries Governance in Francophone Africa (CEGIEAF) with the support of the Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Civil society, journalists and parliamentarians interested in participating should submit an application to cegieaf@yahoo.fr by February 15, 2014 comprised of: a one-page cover letter, completed questionnaire of needs, and a recommendation letter by February 15, 2014. Full and partial scholarships available.
Download the call for applications (http://www.cop-mfdr-africa.org/events/call-for-applications-4th-summer-school-on-governance-of-extracti?xg_source=activity) and the questionnaire of needs for full details.
Submitted by AfCoP Member Erika Tchatchouang, Cameroon

Time: August 18, 2014 at 7pm to August 30, 2014 at 7pm
Location: Cameroun
City/Town: Yaounde
Event Type: training
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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Intense Art Magazine - I Am Africa

L'année nouvelle a commencé, vibrante et  porteuse de nouveaux projets et de nouveaux challenges. Connaissant tes affinités et ta sensibilité pour l' art, je me permets de te soumettre ici la création du tout premier magazine d'art africain contemporain dédié aux femmes sur lequel je travaille avec une équipe - basée entre Amsterdam, Paris et Londres. Je voudrais revenir sur ce projet donc je t'ai brièvement parlée lors de notre rencontre l'été dernier.

IAM - The Intense Art Magazine, est une publication semestrielle qui met en lumière la création artistique Africaine contemporaine à travers le prisme de la féminité : femme artiste ou créatrice mais également femme sujet de la création artistique. 

La première édition de IAM, disponible en mai 2014, sera dédiée au Cameroun, suivie du Nigeria (automne 2014), du Sénégal, et de l'Afrique du Sud (2015). L'idée étant de couvrir au final les 54 pays africains. Chaque édition sera pour nous l'occasion de faire rayonner la création artistique locale en privilégiant un contenu éditorial et une expérience visuelle de très haute qualité. Nous nous sommes en ce sens rapprochées de professionnelles du monde de l'art, de la publication et du design graphique. 
IAM aura aussi pour vocation de mettre en lumière des femmes africaines influentes et dont le parcours peut représenter une source d'inspiration et servir de modèle d'identification.   
Par ailleurs, la création d'une version numérique du magazine disponible sur internet nous permettra de doter IAM d'une plateforme d'échange, d'éducation, de communication et de collaboration. Une dimension indispensable pour les jeunes générations. 
J'ai le plaisir de t'envoyer ci-joint une ébauche du magazine papier et t' invite à découvrir notre site (en construction) sur: www.iam-africa.com
La ligne éditoriale de la première édition est en voie de création. L'architecte et designer camerounaise Danielle Diwouta-Kotto a en effet accepté de mener à bien cette première 'mission'. Ensemble, nous identifions durant les 4 semaines a venir, les artistes, stylistes, architectes et designers camerounais qui participeront à la première édition. Une sélection devra être ensuite effectuée et confirmée par un editorial board, qui compte, entre autres, Christine Eyené et Bisi Silva.
Je te remercie infiniment chère lectrice/lecteur et reste à ton entière disposition pour toute question, en espérant que nous travaillerons ensemble autour de ce très beau projet qui met les femmes et l'Afrique en lumière.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

'LADIES'AFTERWORK 3 on the way

 Women continue to make the difference in our continent with brilliant initiatives meant to step up performances, enable ladies to rob minds intellectually and grow in diverse domains of competence.  After the first 2 editions in 2013, 'LADIES'AFTERWORK
champions in new ideas for women working every second to uplift working conditions in our different places of work, shuns the out numerous forms or violence and injustice, but most of all, encourages the dream game.
 We attend parties and occasions all the time and we wonder how the party ground was decorated.  The occasion opens with a speech from the Lady of the day, Me Alice KOM, followed by speed business dates between participants, a MIADI workshop, Human Resource exchange with Nathalie TAGNI who will brief the ladies on tips to keep during interview sessions. Liliane NJAPOUM, the CEO of SMS deco will highlight some decoration tips in  another practical workshop followed by an Irish Cream tasting exercise and a beauty relaxation spa treat.
Interested ladies are invited to pick up invitations currently sold at 10 000 Francs CFA each at any one of these sales points:
- CANDY Lingerie located at  Bonapriso, Monoprix street, Tel: 33 42 05 10
- EXCEL SPA at Bonapriso, Champion Street
- Or call 70475710/ 99628167/ 33420410 for immediate delivery.
The 3rd edition of 'LADIES'AFTERWORK takes place at  RESTAURANT LA MARMITE, situated at  Bonapriso on the 31st JAN 2014 as from 5pm.

Friday, January 17, 2014

The International Year 2014 Advocacy Dates

2014 is the...

International Year of Family Farming (official launch)
International Year of Crystallography
International Year of Small Island Developing States (1-4.09.2014 conference)

The International Decade

This is the...

United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (2014-2024)
Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020)
United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (2011-2020)
United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification (2010-2020)
Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017)
Decade of Recovery and Sustainable Development of the Affected Regions - relating to the Chernobyl disaster (2006-2016)
International Decade for Action: Water for Life (2005-2015)
United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014)
Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (2005-2014)

2013 was the...

International Year of Water Cooperation (media)
International Year of Quinoa

2012 was the...

International Year of Cooperatives
International Year of Sustainable Energy for All (official website)
European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (press and media)
and the end of the...
United Nations Literacy Decade “Literacy as Freedom” (2003 - 2012) - Coordination Unit: Tel:  +33 1 45 68 08 39  literacy@unesco.org

2011 was the...

International Year of Youth (12 August 2010 - 11 August 2011)
International Year of Forests, in recognition of the significant contribution that forests and their sustainable management can make to sustainable development, poverty eradication and the achievement of internationally agreed development goals
International Year for People of African Descent
International Year of Chemistry
European Year of Volunteering
and the beginning of the...
Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020)
United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (2011-2020)

2010 was the...

International Year of Biodiversity, to bring greater international attention to the continued loss of biodiversity.
International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures
European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion (press release); a campaign aims to reaffirm the EU’s commitment to making a decisive impact on the eradication of poverty by 2010
International Year of Youth (12 August 2010 - 11 August 2011)
and the end of the...
Decade to Roll Back Malaria in Developing Countries, Particularly in Africa (2001-2010)
International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010)

* More Details  http://www.worldandmedia.com/dates/This-is-the-international-year-of.html

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

January 16: A Date to Remember

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president. She becomes Africa's first female elected head of state.

2011 Nobel Peace Prize Awardee ( jointly with Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakel Karman of Yemen), 51st Most Powerful woman in the World by Forbes 2006, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf  won the 2005 Presidential Election and took office on 16 January 2006. She has successfully made a tremendous impact on so many that she became a candidate for re-election in 2011. Sirleaf is the first elected female head of state in Africa. * More Details* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Johnson_Sirleaf

 "There currently exists no law referencing homosexuality in Liberia, and as such the President could not be defending a law on homosexuality. The President is on record as saying [...] that any law brought before her regarding homosexuality will be vetoed. This statement also applies to an initial attempt by two members of the Liberian legislature to introduce tougher laws targeting homosexuality."

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 An estimated 41 international workers are taken hostage in an attack in the town of In Aménas, Algeria.

The In Amenas hostage crisis began on 16 January 2013, when al-Qaeda-linked terrorists affiliated with a brigade led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar took over 800 people hostage at the Tigantourine gas facility near In Amenas, Algeria. One of Belmokhtar's senior lieutenants, Abdul al Nigeri, led the attack  and was among the terrorists killed. After four days, the Algerian special forces raided the site, in an effort to free the hostages.
At least 39 foreign hostages were killed along with an Algerian security guard, as were 29 militants.
  A total of 685 Algerian workers and 107 foreigners were freed. Three militants were captured.
It was one of many attacks in the Maghreb carried out by Islamist groups since 2002. More on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Am%C3%A9nas_hostage_crisis

Congolese President Laurent-Désiré Kabila is assassinated by one of his own bodyguards.

 Laurent-Désiré Kabila (November 27, 1939 – January 16, 2001) was President of the Democratic Republic of Congo from May 17, 1997, when he overthrew Mobutu Sese Seko, until his assassination by one of his bodyguards on January 18, 2001. He was succeeded by his son Joseph eight days later.
Kabila was born to a member of the Luba tribe in Baudoinville, Katanga province, (now Moba, Tanganyika District) in the Belgian Congo. His father was a Luba and his mother was a Lunda. He studied political philosophy in France, and in Yugoslavia at the University of Belgrade; later he attended the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.Laurent-Désiré Kabila cropped.jpgThe investigation into Kabila's assassination led to 135 people being tried before a special military tribunal – including 4 children. The alleged ringleader, Colonel Eddy Kapend (one of Kabila's cousins), and 25 others were sentenced to death in January 2003, but not executed. Of the other defendants 64 were jailed, with sentences from six months to life, and 45 were exonerated. Some individuals were also accused of being involved in a plot to overthrow his son. Among them was Kabila's special advisor Emmanuel DUNGIA, former ambassador to South Africa. Many people believe the trial was flawed and the convicted defendants are innocent. More Details * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurent-D%C3%A9sir%C3%A9_Kabila

Internet Engineering Taskforce 28 Tomorrow?

We have been using the Internet for ages since its advent to facilitate information and communication routes with one another. The advent of this new mailing list consensus did not only bridge the gap of distance but as well changed our habits and attitudes. Coming as good news for development and technology seekers, the swift swap in culture formatted some attitudes in job seekers who will do anything to hack and make preys of innocent buddies on this network which reduced the World to a global village. Experts brainstormed on ways to curb ills on this network and devised a strong mechanism to break away old bad habits in stray culprits waiting to make ignorant visitors victims at any given opportunity .
Stakeholders of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)  met for the first time on January 16, 1986 to develop and promote Internet Standards with no formal membership requirements. Cooperating closely with the W3C and ISO/IEC standards bodies and dealing in particular with standards of the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP), all participants and managers are volunteers, though their work is usually funded by their employers or sponsors.

The first IETF meeting was on January 16, 1986, consisting of 21 U.S.-government-funded researchers. It was a continuation of the work of the earlier GADS Task Force.
Initially, it met quarterly, but from 1991, it has been meeting 3 times a year. Representatives from non-governmental entities were invited starting with the fourth IETF meeting, during October of that year. Since that time all IETF meetings have been open to the public. The majority of the IETF's work is done on mailing lists, and meeting attendance is not required for contributors.
The initial meetings were very small, with fewer than 35 people in attendance at each of the first five meetings. The maximum attendance during the first 13 meetings was only 120 attendees. This occurred at the 12th meeting held during January 1989. These meetings have grown in both participation and scope a great deal since the early 1990s; it had a maximum attendance of 2,810 at the December 2000 IETF held in San Diego, CA. Attendance declined with industry restructuring during the early 2000s, and is currently around 1,200.
During the early 1990s the IETF changed institutional form from an activity of the U.S. government to an independent, international activity associated with the Internet Society.

There are statistics available that show who the top contributors have been, by RFC publication. While the IETF only allows for participation by individuals, and not by corporations or governments, sponsorship information is available from those same statistics.

The IETF is organized into a large number of working groups and informal discussion groups (BOF), each dealing with a specific topic. Each group is intended to complete work on that topic and then disband. Each working group has an appointed chairperson (or sometimes several co-chairs), along with a charter that describes its focus, and what and when it is expected to produce. It is open to all who want to participate, and holds discussions on an open mailing list or at IETF meetings, where the entry fee is currently (2013/10/24) USD $650 per person.[3] The mailing list consensus is the primary basis for decision making. There is no voting procedure, as it operates on rough consensus process.
The working groups are organized into areas by subject matter. Current areas include Applications, General, Internet, Operations and Management, Real-time Applications and Infrastructure, Routing, Security, and Transport.[4] Each area is overseen by an area director (AD), with most areas having two co-ADs. The ADs are responsible for appointing working group chairs. The area directors, together with the IETF Chair, form the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG), which is responsible for the overall operation of the IETF. The groups will normally be closed down once the work described in its charter is finished. In some cases, the WG will instead have its charter updated to take on new tasks as appropriate.
The IETF is formally a part of the Internet Society. The IETF is overseen by the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), which oversees its external relationships, and relations with the RFC Editor.[5] The IAB is also jointly responsible for the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC), which oversees the IETF Administrative Support Activity (IASA), which provides logistical, etc. support for the IETF. The IAB also manages the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF), with which the IETF has a number of cross-group relations.
A committee of ten randomly chosen volunteers who participate regularly at meetings is vested with the power to appoint, reappoint, and remove members of the IESG, IAB, IASA, and the IAOC.[6] To date, no one has been removed by a NOMCOM (Nominating Commitee), although several people have resigned their positions, requiring replacements. More Details on  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Engineering_Task_Force

Beginning as a tool for a select group of engineers and scientists associated with academia or government and evolving rapidly into the World Wide Web open to anyone with a computer and a telephone connection, the Internet has transformed the way we conduct research, communicate, and make purchases ranging from groceries and airline tickets to the latest books and music or clothing and furniture. How we got from there to here on the information highway is the story of a host of individuals and breakthrough thinking. 
See Details * http://www.greatachievements.org/?id=3736

Monday, January 13, 2014

Job: Director of Advocacy, the Malala Fund, New York

The Malala Fund is the organization founded and inspired by the Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai. Malala campaigned in Pakistan for the right of all girls to go to school in the face of a ban on female education by the Taliban. She was shot by the Taliban for her campaign at the age of 15 on her way home from school, causing global outrage. Malala survived the attack and went on to become a world-renowned leader for peace and education, the youngest ever Nobel Prize nominee, and the most powerful advocate for girls’ rights of our time.
Malala launched the Malala Fund launched in October 2013, along with co-founder Shiza Shahid and a group of advisors, with the goal of creating a world where every girl has access to an education that empowers her to recognize her potential. The Fund has a two-pronged approach to its mission. First it invests in local entrepreneurs: working in communities to develop education solutions that are grounded in the reality of the girl and teaching her skills that empower her to lift herself out of poverty. Second, it aims to take these solutions to scale by pushing governments and donor organizations to prioritize high quality girls learning programs for girls. Malala and the Fund direct attention to the current state of girls’ education, and the potential of girls as an unparalleled force of change and development. The Fund then spotlights high-impact solutions that can de adopted and scaled by governments and multilateral institutions.
The organization is a start-up in its early stages. It is run by Shiza Shahid, who is the CEO, and advised by a cross-functional group of committed and passionate advisors including a partner at McKisney and a VP at Google. The team and the board will be built over the course of 2014.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
The Advocacy Director will lead the Fund’s advocacy work, with the goal of creating a campaign that brings increasing government and donor attention to girls’ education, and gives visibility to effective solutions.
This includes:
  • Work with CEO to develop advocacy strategy and implementation plan; 
  • Keep informed about and engaged with relevant research, debates, innovations and policy changes in education
  • Help prepare written materials, including policy analyses, innovation briefs, advocacy documents, and op-eds
  • Co-develop papers with partner organizations with key policy recommendations
  • Present policy recommendations to relevant groups, such as high-level government officials, international and regional institutions, media and general public;
  • Develop and maintain core partnerships with NGOs, UN, World Bank, Governments and communities;
  • Represent the Fund along with CEO, and sometimes Malala, at key international meetings at UN, World Bank
  • Be part of the start-up team and willing to contribute to other areas of work as need arises
Required Skills & Qualifications 
  • Experience in designing and implementing advocacy initiatives at the international, national land community level on gender/education/ related areas;
  • Strong relationship building skills with UN/multilateral agencies, government, and civil society/communities
  • Good analytical skills - ability to understand complex issues and present positions to governmental and intergovernmental bodies as well as to media and staff;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Creative thinker – eager to explore out-of-the-box ideas rather than simply fit within the traditional framework
  • Passion for start-ups, willing to play different roles as necessary, work in a small-team and get things done 
for more information on how to apply see http://www.missiontalent.com/en/positions/MF-DA-NY/#.Uqi7t185FOo.tw...

Conflict Resolution internship, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding promotes mutual respect with practical programs that bridge religious difference and combat prejudice in areas of armed conflict, schools, workplaces, and health care settings.

The Program

Tanenbaum’s Conflict Resolution program identifies, studies, and supports the work of religious peacemakers in conflict zones around the world. Our initiatives with and on behalf of these women and men promote religious peacemaking as a legitimate and sometimes necessary component of conflict resolution/transformation, peacebuilding and Track II (citizen) diplomacy.
Job Responsibilities: 
This position is an opportunity for a motivated student or recent graduate to help build the growing field of religious peacemaking. The successful candidate will support all aspects of the Conflict Resolution program and work 15-20 hours weekly. Primary responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
• Researching the Peacemakers and their conflict zones to assist in the creation and editing of case studies about their work and its impact in preparation of forthcoming second volume of Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
• Assisting in conducting interviews and drafting questions for interviews with Peacemakers in Action based on research that will serve as the basis for a range of publications that promote their work.
• Using interview transcripts and additional research, draft and edit profiles and other communication pieces based on the Peacemakers’ experiences and techniques.
• Assisting in bringing the Peacemakers book to publication and in the promotion of the forthcoming Peacemakers book.
• Searching the internet and academic databases to document and distribute media coverage of the Peacemakers in Action. (For more information on the Peacemakers, see: https://www.tanenbaum.org/peacemakers.)
• Conducting research on nominees and prospective candidates for Peacemakers in Action award selection process.
• Facilitating award selection process through administrative support and coordination.
• Supporting event planning in preparation for a Peacemakers conference.
• Assisting in preparing program staff for local, national and/or international events and travel.
• Supporting program capacity by managing files, archives and materials.
• Serving as a member of the program team, participating in weekly meetings.
Qualifications and Expectations: 
• Commitment to the mission and goals of Tanenbaum
• Academic background and/or experience in conflict resolution/transformation
• Academic background and/or experience in religion/religious studies
• Background in writing, editing, publishing or journalism a plus
• Excellent written communication skills
• Computer skills, including Windows, MS Word, Excel and internet research
• Ability to meet deadlines
• Capable of representing Tanenbaum and the Conflict Resolution program in a professional manner at all times
All work produced for Tanenbaum through this internship is the work product of Tanenbaum and may not be used by the Intern outside of Tanenbaum-authorized activities.
Work Product: 
All work produced for Tanenbaum by the employee is the work product of Tanenbaum and may not be used by the employee outside of Tanenbaum-authorized activities.
The Conflict Resolution Intern is an unpaid position. Tanenbaum will work with you and your school so that you can receive academic credit for the internship.
Contact Information: 
Please send a cover letter, résumé, and two brief writing samples (less than five pages) to hr@tanenbaum.org. Be sure to include the name of the position in the subject line of your email and how you learned of the position.
No phone calls, please.

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Call for Nominations, Peace First Prize for Young Peacemakers in the US

The Peace First Prize is your chance to celebrate the powerful contributions of the youth peacemakers. The Prize will recognize 5-10 young people between the ages of 8-22 for their compassion, courage and ability to create collaborative change. Through a two-year $25,000 Peace First Fellowship we will invest in their leadership as peacemakers and share their stories with the nation.

Job: NPR Global Health is hiring for 3 positions: a lead blogger/digital editor in Global Health & Development

For more information or to apply, please follow this link: https://careerconnections-npr.icims.com/jobs/1873/lead-digital-edit...
This full-time Blogger/Editor focuses on global health and development (GH&D) and is the lead host for NPR’s blog on this topic. S/he develops ideas and proposals for news and features, responds to and reports on breaking news; initiates and develops short-term feature stories and series, as well as in-depth enterprise reports; files blog posts; prepares multimedia presentations, and files audio news spots and audio two-ways as assigned.  

The successful candidate will be able to develop leads for investigative stories and reports, and may produce special investigative projects. S/he will also help plan and coordinate NPR’s GH&D blog coverage, including editing and CMS production of reports, audio and online materials submitted by staff and freelance correspondents, reporters and producers. This individual is responsible for the editorial integrity and quality of material posted, as well as providing feedback to supervisors on performance of staff.

Please note: This is a 2 year grant-funded position.
Essential Duties Include:
  • As both Correspondent and Senior Editor, develops ideas/proposals for reports and programs on all aspects of GH&D.
    • Conceives, proposes, plans, and researches ideas for highly original stories and program segments.
    • Develops news sources and keeps associated files.
    • Participates in departmental planning for coverage, with sophisticated ideas about this beat.
    • Explores, in graphic and creative ways, broad and important trends and themes within the beat.
  • As Correspondent, writes and produces original coverage of GH&D related topics for broadcast and for NPR.org.
    • Tracks ongoing flow of GH&D related news and recommends specific stories and supplemental coverage ideas to radio programs and GH&D blog.
    • May prepare audio stories for broadcast and/or online, using recorded audio interviews and other materials, often on short news deadlines.
    • Hosts live chats online and writes blog posts.
    • Creates Q & As, sidebars, timelines, analyses, profiles of newsmakers, and multimedia presentations.
    • Works in partnership with multimedia producers and digital production staff
  • Prepares and presents reports in newsworthy, original, compelling, entertaining and provocative ways.
    • Vocal performance for audio coverage holds attention and communicates information in a compelling way.
    • Uses the digital medium effectively and creatively to present information. Writing skills are exceptional.
  • In Senior Editor role, assigns and edits audio and web material to the highest standard of artistic and production quality.
    • Insures audio and web stories produced by staff and freelance correspondents and reporters are absolutely accurate and grammatically correct, performing copy editing, fact-checking and research, and CMS production as needed.
    • Edits stories so that there is a strong and seamless narrative flow.
    • Maintains highest-quality broadcast, text and multimedia standards.
    • Effectively coaches reporting and production staff.
    • Works with a minimum of supervision, even in complicated situations.
    • Anticipates and responds to most programming needs, breaking news and in-depth features.
  • Leads investigative reporting, including the generation of ideas and development of plans for such reporting for audio and online presentation.
  • Fulfills administrative obligations arising from assignments, such as filing prompt and accurate expense records and program information/summaries; maintaining contact with editors and appropriate producers; keeping editors and appropriate producers informed about assignments.

Required Skills:
  • At least 8 years’ experience as a reporter and/or editor covering GH&D feature and news stories.
  • Ability to break news and aggressively set a coverage agenda.
  • Special expertise in writing and editing content unique to NPR.
  • Experience blogging.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce and present compelling, creative and original stories.
  • Demonstrated dynamic and memorable digital and audio personality.
  • At least 12 years’ experience in a daily or weekly news organization.
  • Expertise in scientific research, medical research, public health, economic and business development, global governance and infrastructure issues, as well as climate, energy and agriculture that includes a thorough familiarity with developments and trends in these fields and with sources and institutions.
  • Familiarity with leading scientific and policy journals in this topic area.
  • Ability to analyze scientific and medical research and explain developments and trends.  
  • Thorough knowledge of news, feature and investigative reporting techniques.
  • Demonstrated excellence in reporting and writing for the web.
  • Expertise in news and feature editing.Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing priorities/conditions.
  • Ability and willingness to work varied shifts.
  • Proven ability to consistently work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system.
  • Ability to relocate. In the future, NPR may choose to transfer employees to other geographic locations.  Severance provisions of the AFTRA collective bargaining agreement may apply should you choose not to accept a transfer.

Preferred Skills:

  • Expertise in all aspects of broadcast journalism – reporting, voicing, editing, and producing full radio pieces.
  • Expertise in photography and graphic reporting.
For more information or to apply, please follow this link: https://careerconnections-npr.icims.com/jobs/1873/lead-digital-edit...

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Jobs: Code for America is hiring for 5 positions- Based in San Francisco, CA

Code for America is a start-up non-profit. Our mission is to help transform local government by bringing them together with the brightest minds of the technology industry. We’re passionate, agile, and growing.
Open positions:
For more information or to apply, please follow this link: http://www.codeforamerica.org/jobs/

Call for Applications, Central European Summer University, Hungary (some scholarships available)

Welcome to Summer University (SUN), a very special postgraduate study-abroad program within Central European University (CEU).

for more info see http://summer.ceu.hu/
CEU is a graduate-level research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, public policy, and management. Located in Budapest, CEU is accredited in both the United States and Hungary. Its mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, and civic engagement in order to contribute to the development of open societies in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and other emerging democracies worldwide.
While CEU's summer program is relatively young, it has evolved dynamically, emerging over the past 16 years as one of the most important programs for young social-science and humanities scholars in the region and beyond. SUN is highly international, with students from over 90 countries and faculty members from over 30 countries. With students from more than 100 countries overall, CEU offers a rare university environment in which no single nationality predominates and both academic and social activities involve a richly dense cross-section of nationalities.
SUN is a meeting place for academics and professionals eager to look beyond their disciplinary boundaries. Students are exposed to an immense diversity of countries, disciplines, and perspectives, and have the opportunity to discuss issues openly in an atmosphere of tolerance and intellectual curiosity.
While most of our participants are PhD students, we attract many others as well. These include postdoctoral fellows, junior researchers and other junior faculty; plus representatives of national and international organizations and ministries.
SUN faculty teams consist of CEU professors and leading scholars and experts from universities worldwide. Our instructors work collaboratively with students on a variety of complex social and scientific themes, applying both traditional and nontraditional methods.

Research-Intensive courses

7 July - 18 July, 2014
The course will examine two sets of questions. Some sessions will focus on various topics in applied philosophy. These will include some of the more well-known issues, e.g. abortion, punishment, neuroethics, population ethics, animal ethics, civil disobedience, ethics of war, and euthanasia, as well as some less well known topics in applied philosophy, e.g. applied epistemology. Other sessions will focus on the meta-question.
23 June - 3 July, 2014
The course fosters new approaches to the study of regionalisms in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Building on, but seeking to go beyond the European experience the course examines the rise of regions after World War II and the resurgence of the idea in and from the 1980s. It considers the different interpretations, values and expectations assigned to ‘region’, from regional free trade agreements to security communities to supra-national integrative projects.
30 June - 11 July, 2014
History has seen several waves of constitution-building in the 20th century with an unparalleled boom starting in the 1990s after the fall of the Berlin wall. And while experts recently announced the end of this boom in new constitutions after the Cold War, the world is witnessing another wave of constitution-building, this time predominately in Africa. This burst of activity has given rise to a range of new ideas about the nature and purpose of constitutions and constitution-making, constitutional solutions to contemporary problems, and the proper role of international actors.
7 July - 12 July, 2014
What is a frontier? Does it serve to separate or to link countries, peoples, classes, ideas?   Frontiers have become increasingly significant in the study of Late Antiquity, the fastest growing historical discipline, as scholars recognized the fundamental importance of shifting barriers in the process of transformation that led from the classical to the post-classical world. People living in the Roman world between the second and the sixth century tore down many walls demarcating cultures, religions, ethnicities.
17 July - 25 July, 2014
Both in philosophy and in everyday life, ethical questions often seem to be particularly difficult to answer: one’s confidence in the truth of one’s own position is often matched by the equal confidence of others with conflicting opinions. In many cases, we eventually seem to have to rely on certain basic intuitions on which we must base our ethical views. But could such basic intuitions be justified, and could we ever resolve disagreements about them?
In this course, we will examine important issues related to these themes.
23 June - 30 June, 2014
What makes humans moral beings? This question can be understood either as a proximate “how” question or as an ultimate “why” question. The “how” question, which is about the mental and social mechanisms that produce moral judgments has been investigated by psychologists and social scientists.
30 June - 6 July, 2014
This eight-day-long summer school is aimed at training graduate students and junior researchers at the outset of their careers to become the next generation of teachers and researchers within the broad field of Romany studies. It will contribute directly to building local and regional Roma Research Networks, aiming to use synergies and complementarities between European countries to raise the quality of research and policy preparation.

Policy and Training courses

6 July - 12 July, 2014
This intensive summer course is designed to help both researchers, activists and policy advocates gain new insights into the role civil society can play in advocating for a free and open internet. Through the course, participants will also learn digital tools for mobilizing and organizing constituencies and for enhancing their own online security and privacy, as well as that of activists and journalists.
The course will be organized with thematic sessions in the mornings and afternoon hands-on trainings and Internet Policy Lab.
7 July - 11 July, 2014
Though the latest outbreak in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) made tons of environmental data and technologies affordable and easily available for wide scientific and managerial communities, utilizing this great potential is still hindered by a number of factors.
14 July - 23 July, 2014
This course aims to explore the often tense intersection between drug policy and human rights. Taking place within the broader context of the UN drug control system, discussion will focus on the identification and understanding of relevant international human rights agreements and on the evaluation and assessment of the gap between rights and practice in the implementation of drug policies in many countries and regions.
23 June - 4 July, 2014
Trends in resource use and energy consumption indicate that current forms of industrial production are not sustainable in the long term. Many industrial production systems continue to be inefficient and wasteful and thereby threaten to overwhelm the assimilative capacity of our planet. In order to reverse these developments, industries need to radically improve their energy efficiency, reduce their resource consumption and curb the release of harmful by-products.
This calls for the development of new approaches towards industrial development.
14 July - 18 July, 2014
The summer school on Innovative Financing for Education will introduce participants to the complex political economy of financing for education. With the funding gap for achieving global targets for education estimated at $26 billion per year, the dynamic between commitment to education for all and reduced financial space from traditional sources needs to be appreciated before moving to any discussion of financing issues specifically.
6 July - 11 July, 2014
Raising integrity standards is increasingly recognised as an effective tool to foster development and strengthen legitimate democratic governance. This course, held for the tenth year, meets a need for critical and strategic approaches to successfully reform institutions to improve levels of governance and integrity.
23 June - 27 June, 2014
This intensive  one-week course facilitates the exchange of ideas and cooperative projects among mediation scholars, practitioners, trainers, and students in the East and West. In addition to offering an introduction to mediation, the program provides a teaching and training template for mediation training for scholars and practitioners from around the world to adapt for use in their home countries.
10 May - 26 June, 2014
This Summer School builds on the outstanding methodological expertise available at CEU (departments of International Relations, Political Science, and Public Policy). The summer school offers a portfolio of courses, under the common rubric of ‘social science research methods’, which would be available either online or in a blended format (online module + face-to-face short course in Budapest). Application is encouraged from all over the world.
21 July - 25 July, 2014
Human rights litigation is one of the methods by which civil society organizations can bring about social change. This course for human rights professionals will develop the skills and knowledge needed to successfully bring cases to the regional human rights systems and the UN Treaty bodies, and to use those cases to achieve practical change. Participants will be invited to provide information on concrete cases that they are involved in which will be discussed during the course.


The tuition fees are listed below by courses. Take advantage of the reduced Early Bird Fee due by April 30, 2014 (see details below for course-specific rates). Please note that no early bird rates apply to the Social Science Research Methods and the Bridging Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the Environment courses.
550 / 500
  • Comparative Regionalisms
  • Constitution-building in Africa
  • Drug Policy and Human Rights
  • Green Industry: Pathways Towards the Industry of the Future
  • Mental Disability Law
300 / 270
  • Advocacy, Activism and the Internet: Communication Policy for Social Change
  • Luminosus Limes
  • Mediation Theory and Skills
  • Morality: Evolutionary Origins and Cognitive Mechanisms
  • Moral Epistemology
  • Social Theory and Romany Studies
  • Strategic Human Rights Litigation
250 / no early bird rate available for this course
  • Bridging ICTs - Making Information Talk 
  • Bridging ICTs - Spatial Planninng 
600 / no early bird rate available for this course
  • Social Science Research Methods (online only)
1000 / no early bird rate available for this course
  • Social Science Research Methods (online and 3-day face-to-face course in Budapest)
1200 / 1080 (If you are an academic (graduate student, faculty or researcher) or employed by a local non-profit organisation, you are eligible to pay a reduced fee of 800 EUR/720 EUR Early Bird fee)
  • SME and Social Enterprises - Doing Business with Integrity in Emerging Markets
  • Mainstreaming Integrity - Exploring the challenges and opportunities for institutionalising and mainstreaming integrity
  • Integrity Education: Teaching Integrity and Improving the Integrity of Higher Education
NA / NA (Due to their special funding scheme, the course below does not charge a tuition fee.)
  • Innovative Financing for Quality Education


The general principles for financial aid are summarized below; please visit the course web pages to see the course-specific financial aid policy which may be different.
Eligibility and guidelines for financial aid
  • Participants from Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and Mongolia, as well as those coming from emerging countries worldwide can apply for financial aid in all categories listed above.
  • Participants from developed countries are expected to pay tuition fee. However, there are a limited number of tuition waivers available on a competitive basis. Those who wish to apply for a tuition waiver should submit a cover letter specifying their reasons via the online application form.
  • Participants are NOT eligible to receive financial aid if they attended two CEU funded Summer University courses within a four-year period.
Financial Aid Packages
Financial aid is available in the following categories:
  • tuition waiver
  • accommodation grant
  • travel grant (full or partial)
All packages include the following:
  • tuition of 24 contact hours per week
  • a certificate of attendance
  • ECTS credit points where applicable
  • access to course E-learning page (with readings, assignments, etc.)
  • access to CEU facilities (Library, IT services, and, if you are housed in CEU’s Residence Center a sports centre including the use of the indoor swimming pool, tennis courts)
  • some social and cultural events (welcome and farewell reception, outings, fieldtrips, film screenings, etc.)
Package Types
  1. Tuition Waiver
    Financial aid: tuition fee waived
    Participant's contribution: health insurance, travel, accommodation and living expenses
  2. Partial SUN Scholarship
    Financial aid: tuition fee waived and free accommodation in a double room
    Participant's contribution: health insurance, travel and living expenses
  3. Full SUN Scholarship
    Financial aid: tuition fee waived; free accommodation in a double room and a full or partial travel grant.
    Participant's contribution: health insurance and living expenses.The Full SUN Scholarship includes a full or partial travel grant which can be applied for on a competitive basis and will be available in a limited number. Visa costs and short domestic trips are not reimbursed. The citizens of the following countries are not eligible to apply for a travel grant: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and the western part of Ukraine and qualify therefore for a Partial SUN Scholarship.

Full Tuition Fee Scholarships Available for MA Peace Studies 2014/15 from Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies at Liverpool Hope University, UK

Liverpool Hope University’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies is pleased to offer up to two fee waivers (full tuition fee scholarships) for applicants to the MA Peace Studies starting September 2014.
We are looking for enthusiastic applicants, from both the UK and overseas, who are willing to make a contribution to the Tutu Centre.
Selection criteria:
  • Academic merit
  • Contribution to a wider community
  • Interest in the Tutu Centre
  • Desire to engage with the Tutu Centre
  • Any other relevant professional experience.
Applications must be received by Monday 3rd March 2014 and decisions will be made by the Steering Committee of the Tutu Centre. There is no need to submit a separate application for the fee waiver. However, please indicate on your application form to Liverpool Hope University whether you would also like to apply for the fee waiver. Your letter of motivation should reflect engagement with the selection criteria listed.
For further information contact Dr Stefanie Kappler, Director of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies at kapples@hope.ac.uk
Why study in Liverpool
Liverpool is a city like no other, friendly, vibrant and multicultural, plus home to more than 50,000 students. Attracting millions of visitors every year, and a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, means there is always something new and exciting to see and take part in, whether cultural, sporting or social.

Why choose Liverpool Hope University
At Liverpool Hope students are educated within a global context, and our University is committed to producing graduates who will really make a difference.

The University is campus based and has nearly 7,000 students, including over 500 international students. We take pride in our academic excellence, and the sense of community and collegiality we passionately uphold.

We also offer a generous range of International Scholarships that are awarded based on merit and can reduce your tuition fees from £1,000 - £5,500.

“These scholarships not only reflect Hope’s ambition to support enthusiastic students, but also create the opportunity to engage with the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies. Through your involvement in the Tutu Centre it enables you to take Peace Studies beyond the classroom,” Dr Stefanie Kappler, Director of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies.
Your Future Starts with Hope:

Register now for Migration & Asylum e-learning courses (February-June 2014)

HREA - the global human rights education and training centre www.hrea.org
HREA is one of the leading organisations worldwide dedicated to education and training in and for human rights. Each year HREA trains thousands of development and humanitarian workers, educators, human rights defenders, staff of (inter)governmental agencies, law enforcement, legal and media professionals around the world.

HREA will offer five e-learning courses on migration and asylum during the first two terms of 2014 (February-April and May-July):


Each e-learning course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction among students and instructor, webinars, quizzes and a writing assignment, and is offered over a 6-week period. The courses will integrate active and participatory learning approaches within activities and assignments, with an emphasis on reflective and collaborative learning. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the courses will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the courses.

Since 2002, over 8,000 human rights defenders, development workers, staff members of international organisations and graduate students have successfully participated in HREA's e-learning courses. Further information about HREA's Distance Learning Programme can be found at: www.hrea.org/courses.

The courses are aimed at practitioners and professionals who want to gain knowledge in the field of migration and asylum such as: government officials dealing with migration and related issues (at local and national levels); policy makers; national authorities dealing with migration and asylum policies; staff of inter-governmental organisations such as the IOM and UNHCR; NGO staff members and service providers and students of law, international relations, politics and social sciences, among others. Participants should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution among the selected participants.

Tuition fee for participants: US$ 575. Tuition for auditors: US$ 215.
Payments can be made online with major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal, bank transfer, and wire transfer (Western Union, MoneyGram). Bulk rates are available.
Unfortunately, HREA is not in a position to provide scholarships or financial support.
Please find information about each course below.

Forced Migration (29 January-11 March 2014)

Forced migration is one of today's major international challenges and lies at the heart of the fundamental concepts of humanity and equality. War, conflict, environmental and human catastrophes, as well as the effects of globalisation and economic polarisation, compels individuals to move in search of safety and stability. This e-learning course introduces participants to the international and regional systems and standards of refugee protection from historical, legal, theoretical and practical perspectives.

For more detailed information and online registration, please visit: www.hrea.org/forced-migration.

Labour Migration in a Globalised World: Obtaining Rights, Development and Governance
(5 March-15 April 2014)

Regulating labour migration, protecting migrants and ensuring that migration saves development in industrialised countries as well as contributes to development in the South are governance issues of the century. This course is intended to better equip all those working on migration with critical knowledge of the evidence base, the normative and policy frameworks, and practical measures to obtain rights protection and governance on labour migration.

For more detailed information and online registration, please visit: www.hrea.org/migrant-workers.

Psychosocial Consequences of Migration
(5 March-15 April 2014)

After leaving the stability of home, country and culture, migrants are exiled into countries where they often feel alienated or isolated. They struggle against discrimination and face violations of their basic human rights. This e-learning course introduces the psychosocial and mental health consequences of migration and the practical issues related to the provision of multidisciplinary culturally sensitive interventions. It will also address the issue of the stress experienced by humanitarian practitioners while working with affected populations.
For more detailed information and online registration, please visit: www.hrea.org/psychosocial-consequences-migration.


EU Migration and Asylum Law and Policies (30 April-10 June 2014)  
The EU is one of the central players in the international community in terms of migration and asylum legislation and policies. This course will focus on the various aspects of EU immigration and asylum law, in particular: institutional aspects; the development of a Common European Asylum System (CEAS); policies on legal migration, including admission of immigrants for labour migration; the rights of third-country nationals in the EU, and their integration in European societies; irregular migration, and measures to combat it; border controls and border security; and the protection of asylum seekers and refugees.

For more information and to register online, please visit: www.hrea.org/eu-asylum-migration-law.

For a list of courses offered in HREA's Migration & Asylum program, please visit www.hrea.org/migration
For further queries, please contact:

Paula Carello, Program Director Migration & Asylum
E-mail: p.carello@hrea.org | Skype ID: paula.carello1
Nathaniel Weisenberg, Training Coordinator
E-mail: dlp@hrea.org | Tel: +1 617 301-4323