Monday, August 31, 2015

Job, Peace and Development Advisor, UNDP, Bangladesh

Peace and Development Advisor (RC Office)

Location :Dhaka, BANGLADESH
Application Deadline :05-Sep-15
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-5
Languages Required :English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :Initially one year
Expected Duration of Assignment :One year initially, renewal on an annual basis upon satisfactory performance & availability of funds

Bangladesh has made significant progress in achieving development, growth and industrial targets, with a gross domestic product growth rate of 6 per cent in 2013 and a steady decline in the poverty headcount ratio. Despite this progress, there remain challenges in consolidating the democratic gains made since independence. Engagement between actors in formal or informal settings is essential to support a democratic culture and to ensure sustainable development. There is an assumption that there are spaces for engagement and dialogue, but the interest of stakeholders to be engaged and build on momentum to initiate the process of discussions and cooperation should be strengthened.
Under the overall guidance of the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC), the Peace and Development Advisor (PDA) will provide analysis and strategic advice to the UNRC and UN Country team (UNCT) in relations with high-level government officials, academia, civil society, and with the wider political and civic leadership. The PDA will also provide advice on political developments and on options to address challenges and seize emerging opportunities. The PDA will establish and maintain relationships with key players at an appropriate level, both at national and local level.
The Peace and Development Advisor will work closely with relevant UNCT colleagues, the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) and UNDP, and in particular with the Senior Human Rights Advisor to the RC and the UNDP Human Rights and Justice Team, as well as relevant Government institutions, donors, private sector and civil society organizations to promote dialogue and ensure a successful conflict-sensitive UN Agency programming in Bangladesh. S/he will support and provide guidance to UN Agencies in the context of current and future UNDAF and joint programming in close coordination with UNDP because of its focus on Governance to promote a conflict-sensitive approach in different programme interventions with key institutions i.e. Police, Judiciary, Elections Commission, as well as with political parties and CSOs.
The UNDP component aims to enhance national and local level capacity and create a platform for engagement on national issues by different parties. The PDA will provide advice on possible conflict resolution activities and identify key entry points for existing projects within UNDP’s Governance portfolio in creating a momentum among parties on broader national issues, i.e. dialogue between political parties, constitutional reform, and electoral reform and also identify opportunities for UNDP to integrate confidence building measures in existing projects.
Working alongside national counterparts at different levels, the PDA is expected to bring international expertise and networks, and as necessary build capacity among national counterparts, with a view to the sustainability and conflict sensitivity of interventions. The PDA is also expected to maintain linkages with broader work and initiatives of the global UN system, UNDP and DPA at Headquarters, as well as key international players in the country and region.
The work of the RC and the PDA would complement the efforts in the political domain undertaken by UNHQ. The PDA will be an integral part of the Office of the Resident Coordinator and will link up with relevant activities of other Agencies, Programmes and Funds.  The RC and the UNCT currently have a Senior Human Rights Advisor (HRA) deployed under a UNDG modality. The HRA supports the RC and the UNCT in strengthening the normative and operational linkages and the capacities of the UN system in Bangladesh to implement a human rights based approach (HRBA) to development programing and to respond to potential violations of human rights. In this regard the PDA and the HRA will work closely together. The RC and the UNCT is currently exploring having an Advisor coordinating humanitarian action and supporting the UN preparedness, response and recovery efforts. While the focus is on humanitarian disasters, interaction between the PDA and the Humanitarian Advisor in this area is still required. While reporting directly to the RC, the PDA will closely liaise with the Head of the RC Office, and the Communications Officer in the Office of the RC in order to ensure coherence and consistency of the work.

Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of key functions:
  • Provide strategic and analytical support to the Resident Coordinator in his/her relations with high-level government, academia, civil society, and with the wider political and civic leadership. On some occasions, meet with such stakeholders on behalf of the RC/RR;
  • Through the RC, provide support to UNHQ, mainly in the form of analysis on political development;
  • Provide strategic advice and guidance to UNCT members in areas of programmatic engagement with national stakeholders in close coordination with UNDP governance programme interventions;
  • Provide strategic direction and support UNCT members including UNDP in enhancing partnerships with high-level national actors and development partners in the context of the above;
  • Strengthen capacity of UNCT to undertake conflict analysis, and mainstream conflict sensitivity in regular programming in close coordination with UNDP;
  • Working in close collaboration with UNDP’s Programme section, support the design and implementation of UNDP’s initiatives related to social cohesion, democratic reform, sustainable development;
  • Provide advisory and technical support to UNDP’s ongoing initiatives in particular in the area of governance (e.g. ARENA, Youth, Human Rights) to strengthen the integration of relevant dialogue and confidence building measures.
Under the direct supervision of the Resident Coordinator  and in close collaboration with the relevant members of the UNCT, the PDA will:
Provide strategic and analytical support to the Resident Coordinator  in his/her relations with high-level government officials, academia, civil society, and with the wider political and civic leadership, including through:
  • Participating, on behalf of the Resident Coordinator , in relevant national fora;
  • Engaging national counterparts and development partners, as appropriate, in the context of UNCT’s governance programmes.
  • Engaging with other national and international institutions and initiatives in order to ensure coordination and mutual alignment in the context of the above;
  • Provide continuous analysis to Resident Coordinator, UNCT, UNDP and DPA, on political developments and conflict dynamics, with a view to identifying appropriate ‘entry points’ for continued support by the UN for the Bangladesh’s long-term stability.
Support UNCT members including UNDP in areas of programmatic engagement with high-level national stakeholders in close coordination with UNDP governance programme interventions:
  • Provide strategic advice and guidance to the Resident Coordinator and UNCT to develop and implement conflict-sensitive development programming;
  • Support activities in training and knowledge networking, for creation of a critical mass of UN and partners with the necessary skills in peace building, conflict analysis and conflict sensitive programming;
  • Work with existing UNDP initiatives to develop and support implementation of peace-promoting activities such as: facilitating skills building with CSOs and other local actors for negotiation and mediation; support capacities of networks of dialogue facilitators within the community;
  • Provide technical guidance to UNDP to support national counterparts in identifying and implementing plans through ongoing programmes for building capacities of senior leaders across relevant sectors for constructive dialogue, consensus-building, and effective leadership. In some circumstances, these interactions may be on behalf of the RC/RR with high-level officials.
  • Identify and engage civil society actors in the peace, development and governance agenda supported by UNDP.
Establish and support partnerships with key high-level national, regional and international actors and development partners:
  • Lead and guide efforts to establish and maintain networks and strategic partnerships with both national counterparts and international partners for conflict prevention strategies and initiatives; As required, meet with the above mentioned actors on behalf of the UNRC;
  • Maintain close liaison with relevant donors and other actors supporting UNDP and UNCT’s efforts;
  • Provide strategic advice and guidance to the Resident Coordinator in mobilizing resources for UNCT support to conflict prevention initiatives;
  • Participate, on behalf of the RC/RR, in relevant national fora and representing the UN system, where necessary;
  • Maintain close contact with relevant staff in UN Headquarters including relevant focal points at UNDP and UN/DPA.
  • Undertake necessary activities within UNDP to build/strengthen/apply capacities to prevent crisis and mainstream conflict prevention interventions throughout UNDP’s work, including as is related to local governance.
Strengthen capacity of UNCT to undertake conflict analysis and mainstream conflict sensitivity in regular programming, ensuring focus on gender in close coordination with UNDP:
  • Define/implement a strategy for identifying entry points for mainstreaming of conflict prevention and conflict sensitivity in the UNCT, including within the framework of common country planning processes (UNDAF, CPD, etc.); For example, in the context of current UNDAF pillars - 1 (Democratic Governance and Human Rights); 3 (Social Services for Human Development) and; 7 (Gender Equality and Women’s Advancement) strategically guide conflict prevention- and conflict-sensitive programming, including dialogues and confidence building etc.;
  • Provide analytical and strategic support to UNDP and UNCT such as in the implementation of the UN programmatic framework for support to the CHT.
Impact of Results
The results of the work of the Peace and Development Adviser impact the formulation of a successful conflict-sensitive UN Agency programming in Bangladesh, reaching UNDAF goals, creating strategic partnerships and mobilizing resources.
  • Enhanced capacity for reconciliation and socio-political analysis;
  • Expanded partnership with national counterparts in government, civil society, academia, and think-tanks/ research institutions (including high-level government and civic officials*);
  • Relevant international experiences with regard to social cohesion and peace building governance reforms adopted and implemented by national stakeholders;
  • Enhanced strategic capacity of UNCT and RC to contribute effectively to the prevention of conflict and the sustained development and application of national capacities for conflict prevention;
  • Strengthened capacities for dialogue, social cohesion, mediation, reconciliation, conflict prevention, confidence building, etc.

Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the United Nations;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Functional Competencies:
  • Strong political acumen and extensive experience of providing policy advice;
  • Well-developed skills and demonstrated experience in facilitation, consensus-building, multi-stakeholder processes and negotiation;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Proven high-level facilitation, training, networking, coordination, team-building, consensus-building and organizational skills;
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Possesses specialist knowledge in the area of conflict prevention, social cohesion, dialogue and governance reform or related areas, as well as in-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues;
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships with internal and external parties in a multi-cultural environment;
  • In-depth knowledge of human development situation in (region/country) and recent history/events/transitions.
  • Ability to advise and oversee formulation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of projects and programmes;
  • Sound understanding and capability to empower and develop the capacity of national counterparts;
  • Proven ability to incorporate into his/her work relevant international practices.
Management Competencies:
  • Leads strategic planning, resource-based management and reporting;
  • Pursues innovative approaches and translates them into viable program interventions;
  • Formulates and manages budgets, contributions, transactions, and conducts financial analysis;
  • Mobilizes resources and advises on cost recovery;
  • Monitors and evaluates development projects and programs.
Behavioral Competencies:
  • Nurtures team spirit and supports staff in developing their potentials;
  • Builds strong relationships with partners, focusing on impact and results;
  • Demonstrates creativity, openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Possesses positive and constructive attitudes to work.

Required Skills and Experience
  • Master Degree in social sciences, international relations, political science (with focus on conflict and peace studies), development studies, or other related domain.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible professional international experience in the fields of conflict prevention, peace-building and conflict- sensitive development, and other related area;
  • Proven experience in advising senior management, interacting with senior Government officials and donors;
  • Demonstrated experience to provide project and program support with a conflict sensitive perspective;
  • Experience in facilitating peace processes and dialogue activities;
  • Experience working in an international organization, preferably the United Nations, and familiarity with political analysis, as well as crisis prevention and recovery issues;
  • Knowledge of UN regulations, rules and policies, procedures and practices.
  • Excellent knowledge of and extensive experience in (country/region), including in dialogue and conflict prevention initiatives, is an advantage;
  • Experience and specialist knowledge in building national capacities in peace processes and national reconciliation.
  • Fluent written and spoken English.
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Job, Echoing Green - Coordinator, Fellowship Programs - New York, NY


Echoing Green is a non-profit organization whose mission is to unleash next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems.Since our founding in 1987 by the leadership and investment of the leading global growth equity firm, General Atlantic, Echoing Green has provided more than 600 promising social entrepreneurs working in sixty countries with $36 million in start-up funding, customized support services, and access to our global network of champions. These social innovators have gone on to launch and lead some of today’s most important social enterprises throughout the world. Others have gone on to become leaders in a variety of sectors, having been profoundly shaped by their experiences launching social enterprises.
Echoing Green seeks a coordinator to provide administrative support for the Fellowship Team and our Fellows as a whole.
Fellowship Program Support
This will include supporting team members in their day to day work to support the Echoing Green Fellows and supporting the Echoing Green Fellows directly. The coordinator will need to be receptive to spontaneous projects and balance many tasks at once, so the ideal candidate is detail oriented and flexible.
Fellow Community Support
The coordinator will provide support for Echoing Green Community. The Echoing Green Community includes currently funded Fellows, Fellows at Large (alumni), and other stakeholders. Community projects include events, Award Relationships, and small Fellow working groups. The coordinator will need to be receptive to be comfortable communicating with various stakeholders, so the ideal candidate will have strong in-person and written communication skills.
Search and Selection of Fellows
The coordinator will support the annual search and selection process of Fellows. This begins with a global call for applications, continues through a rigorous six-month screening and diligence process, and culminates in the selection of our newest class of Fellows. The coordinator will play a large part in the day-to-day running of this process, so the ideal candidate is a systems thinker that demonstrates strong critical thinking abilities.
  • Communications: develop internal and external written communications for the Fellowship program. This includes communications intended for external partners, applicants, and others.
  • Systems, Data, and Contact Management: Collect, track, and manage data for the Search & Selection process. This includes using Salesforce, Excel, Surveygizmo, Convio and other platforms.
  • Research: Perform and build upon existing research relevant to our annual selection process. This includes research on recruitment and selection strategies, partners, conferences, and other.
  • Partnerships: Assist with developing and managing partnerships with institutions and other stakeholders.


  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant work experience
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and committed to meeting deadlines and improving processes
  • Results-driven and systems-minded with an inclination toward data analysis
  • A ‘can-do’ attitude and strong work ethic; a willingness to take initiative
  • Interest in cross-sector partnerships and collaboration
  • Passion for Echoing Green’s mission, with a commitment to social entrepreneurship and harnessing next generation talent
  • High level of experience with MS Office; Salesforce CRM, Convio or CVENT preferred


The Coordinator salary range is $35,000 - $54,000 based on level of experience. Echoing Green offers highly competitive benefits including but not limited to, 403(b) plan, 100% employee insurance coverage for Medical, Dental, Vision and 70% premium coverage for dependents, employer contributed HRA plan, FSA plan, generous PTO, sick and parental leave policies, extensive and extended holiday leave, transportation subsidy, dependent care subsidy, employer paid life insurance, LTD, STD, tuition reimbursement, professional development subsidy, wireless subsidy and voluntary insurance plans.
To apply, submit a resume and cover letter that very specifically describes why you would be a good fit for this particular position.

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Awesome Amy launches an online campaign #TARGETPEACE

Raising peace awareness and promoting friendship, personal growth and diversity has been my mission. It is a false perception that if we live in peace then our security will not be challenged. The world is going through intensive changes, which come together with serious challenges.

 If we take a look at the neighbourhood of Europe & Africa, we can see conflicts and wars almost everywhere: in Ukraine, in the Middle East, in North-Africa. And we can make peace to shawn attempts plunging people into devastating warfares which only cost the economy more leaving many fragile. Money is essential to address these challenges properly. Education is an investment which produces more income but how can it be useful to a dieing population? Making Peace a Target since Peace is Priceless is my mission, my vision and my World. How do I intend to go about it with no funding? How can I give peace and love in a very hostile environment? How can I be peaceful in hunger, disease and poverty? How can I get my people to make peace their mission as well in these hard times? Should austerity-strapped countries rather invest more in education? Should defence budgets be cut even more to wipe out the chances of fabricating and distributing war arms, instead of creating jobs for the unemployed, usually vulnerable to certain acts of terrorism? Or does this attitude gravely underestimate the threats and challenges Africa and Europe faces in the 21st Century? I however choose to TARGET PEACE and peace I will get for myself, my community, my Country and my Continent. Join me with a pose bearing the‪#‎TARGETPEACE‬ message. 

Augustin NULLA, Blogger of Pressfoot and Sports Editor of the LTM TV is carried  by the flame of peace.

 Lydia AKO Arrey, intern on the English News desk of the LTM

 JCI Member and entrepreneur does not resist the TARGET PEACE campaign in Cameroon.

Anne Moussinga, Presenter of 'A L'ombre on RTM FM 106 every weekday from Midday is carried by the peace wave.

 Amy on her live show targets peace on the LTM TV.

 Jean Germain YETNA, Chef d'Edition de la LTM TV cible la paix.

Farrel Bounya working at Ltm Transmissions joins the peace wave in Cameroon. Join him as well on Twitter

Awilo, Host of Flagship Satirical program "Town Cryer" joins the peace campaign.

Anpis Atangana Station Manager of RTM FM 106 joining the online peace campaign.

This comes ahead of a VVV peace tour she is organising in cameroon, days after she launches the 1st ever online campaign #RAISINGSTANDARDS in her Country. You can join Amy on Twitter @Amybandatv or her facebook handle with a pose of yourself bearing same messages to promote ingenuity and peace, all factors of development and emergence.
Amy & CAMASEJ - D Members on the #RAISINGSTANDARDS campaign at CRTV Littoral 

 Amy on the #RAISINGSTANDARDS' campaign marking the Marcus Garvey Day on August 16, 2015 at the CRTV premises with English speaking Journalists, all members of the Cameroon English Speaking Journalists' Association, Douala Branch.
Amy launches Campaign on August 12, 2015 at NDEMS communications at Bali Douala.

Amy caught up with the station Manager of Suellaba FM 105 Beyhia Leonard Bruce who doesn't resists the idea because he himsel resonates STANDARDS in all he does.

CRTV Journalist Berthe MBALLA buys the idea and raises standards with a pose in no distant time.

The CANAL English Crew identify with the idea of raising standards.

Constance ZE of the CRTV raises standards.

Ambe NKANWI initiator of the slogan 'RAISING STANDARDS' buys Amy's awesome idea of launching an online campaign.

IT Technie Nde Donald on the road identifies with the campaign.

 Halle of the Street 237 group immediately raises standards with a pose.
Gladys NJOLA of NDEMS Communications.

Veteran Journalist of Canal 2 International Ananie Rabier BINDZI supports Amy with a pose.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Job, Dalberg Global Development Advisors - Africa Director of Operations

Dalberg is committed to global development and innovation, and offers a variety of advisory services across the international development sector.  Comprised of Dalberg Global Development Advisors, D. Capital, Dalberg Research and Dalberg Global Development Incubator, our platform provides high-level strategic, policy and investment advice to the leadership of key institutions, corporations and governments that are shaping international development. We focus on emerging and frontier markets, tackling topics such as economic development, global health, access to finance, agriculture, energy and the environment, among others. We offer outstanding individuals the opportunity to apply private sector skills to global challenges within an entrepreneurial working environment.
Established in 2001 by experienced private sector consultants, Dalberg operates from 14 worldwide locations and has successfully completed over 1000 engagements for more than 400 clients. For more information, please visit

Position Description
The Director of Operations in Africa position is an opportunity to help Dalberg Global Development Advisors to advance to new levels of impact and influence in global development. The Director is responsible for running the internal operations for Dalberg’s Africa regional business and managing a professional team of 3 members. Current and prior project leaders/managers/principals from management consulting firms who are obsessed with data-driven decision making, have direct experience overseeing accounting and finance functions, thrive in fast-paced environments, and have a track record of  mobilizing teams to achieve wildly ambitious goals will find this role very rewarding.  The position is full-time, though we are open to proposals to making it a ~80% role for someone who is highly productive and efficient and is looking for a flexible work arrangement.  The position reports to the Partner and Regional Director for Africa. The position is based in any of our Africa offices (Dakar, Johannesburg, Lagos or Nairobi) and requires infrequent travel among Dalberg’s Africa offices. 
Key Responsibilities: 
  • Oversee the firm’s Africa operational roles
  • Rigorously help the Dalberg leadership team set operational goals, manage implementation efforts and report progress
  • Make Dalberg Global Development Advisors the best place to work for the operations team by overseeing and driving improvements in operational practice, process, and policies
  • Enable our firm to bring out the best in our operations team by supporting and tracking professional development needs of our operations team
  • Play the key role of facilitating information flow between partners and functional operations
  • Lead a team of 3 people to carry out financial, HR and Strategy & Communications roles within Africa
  • Serve as the main liaison with other Dalberg regional offices and Global Shared Services on operational topics
  • Handle all the operational challenges that invariably arise in a global fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and growing organization
    • Manage unforeseen events with grace (and a good sense of humor) under pressure
    • Work well with a diverse set of global colleagues
    • Establish systems, procedures and resources that anticipate and mitigate business risks
Note: Employment in all the Dalberg offices is conditional on the candidate having or obtaining the requisite authorization to live and work in that country.
  • A deep commitment to realizing social impact, and a track record of translating that commitment into tangible results
  • At least 5 years of work experience preferably in management consulting, finance and/or a very related professional services firm in the social sector 
  • Direct experience in an operational, financial, or managerial role within an established professional services firm is a plus
  • Business acumen, including rigorous problem-solving and direct experience in accounting and financial management
  • Knowledge of Human Resources best practices
  • Strong and an articulate communicator preferably with experience  managing senior stakeholders within the company
  • Sensitivity to interpersonal dynamics and ability to work collaboratively, build trust, facilitate decision-making within a management team, and work well across a wide range of cultures and global contexts
  • Understanding of the challenges as well as opportunities an entrepreneurial organization faces
About Our Clients
Our clients come to us with some of the most difficult global problems, seeking solutions where the obvious ones have failed. We supply new ideas, drawing from a deep base of knowledge that cuts across sectors and geographies and is growing every day. We create value for clients focused on social impact by using on-the-ground research and rigorous business analysis to help governments, foundations, international agencies, NGOs, and corporations develop strategies and assess programs in areas such as access to finance, inclusive growth, global health, and energy and the environment. Some of our recent clients include foundations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, corporations such as Pepsi and Vodafone, multilateral institutions such as the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, UN Agencies such as UNICEF and the UNEP, and government agencies such as DFID and the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency.