Monday, November 30, 2015

150 Leaders decide Nature's Future at Paris' UN Climate Change Conference

The future of tyhe climate reposes on the leadership and engagement of these 150 heads of states attending the UN climate change conference COP 21 - CMP 11. With one voice, one objective and one vision, these leaders meet in Paris to deliberate Climate Change stakes and challenges. Deliberations on the 13 day life changing summit will make decisive points on gas emissions each Country must emit per annum.
Any 2° temperature increase will have huge impacts on the globe, should immediate action be ignored.
Durable and Sustainable decisions that benefit world citizens are imperative goals these leaders must meet by December 11, yo save the planet from the worst.

French President Francois Hollande in his open address called on the close to 200 heads of states to be hopeful because terror and climate change are crucial quandaries this age must address. This will conteract the high sea levels, floods, natural disasters to name these, claiming lives and causing huge material damage.COP 21 - CMP 11 in the name of Justice and  Peace attempts the climate threat plunging many to conflict, suffering, poverty, thus terror and war robbing the peaceful earth of its priceless assets.
The heads of states are bound to make an agreement that will guarantee adaptation and ambition in solidarity and peace towards reduction targets by 2020.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Job, Head of Programs, Search for Common Ground, Myanmar

Head of Programs

Asia - Yangon, Myanmar

Head of Programs

The Organization
Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With over 600 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects across 35 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.  The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff passionate about their work. 

SFCG is growing in Myanmar with a diverse team of ethnically and religiously diverse national peacebuilders implementing innovative work together with nine local partners, supported by the European Union, UNDP and the Kan Let program, using media, information management and training and capacity building to support societal contributions to the national peace process and social cohesion country-wide.

Summary of Position
The Head of Programs plays a vital role in growing SFCG’s newly established country program in Myanmar. The position works closely with the Country Director by leading the implementation of multi-pronged peacebuilding and media programs, hiring, training and mentoring staff to become Myanmar’s leading peace-builders, and developing strong collaboration with implementing partners and donors.  In addition, this position will play a lead role in developing strategies, designing new projects, writing proposals, and contributing to the vision of the organisation. The position is located in Yangon but will require some travel to remote regions. The Head of Programs will report to the Country Director and will manage a current team of six program staff.  S/he will serve on the Leadership Management Team of SFCG|Myanmar.

  • Manage implementation of SFCG’s programs.
  • Ensure excellent program cycle management.
  • Ensure detailed and effective program planning, including developing and executing detailed work plans, and budget projections.
  • Conceptualize and write new projects and proposals, and project budgets.
  • Support the consolidation of reporting procedures
  • Oversee monitoring and evaluation work to effectively capture results and contribute to internal institutional learning/reflection and external dissemination.
  • Lead donor reporting.
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with all stakeholders including government, donors, media, local civil society and partners to further SFCG’s mission in country.
  • Train and manage a strong, healthy and inspired program team.
  • Provide capacity building and support to staff and partners.
  • Provide oversight and coordination of partners’ project implementation.
  • Ensure high-caliber program methodology across all areas of work.
  • Keep abreast of and navigate the conflict dynamics in country.
  • Contribute to the development of SFCG’s country strategy in Myanmar and ensure SFCG’s programs are relevant.
  • Develop and design new projects to support the peace/transition process.
As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position-holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Strong familiarity/experience of the conflict context and key players in Myanmar.
  • 4 to 7 years project management experience working with persons from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated experience in peacebuilding/conflict resolution.
  • Excellent program/grant management skills.
  • Common grounder – able to build relationships across dividing lines.
  • Outstanding writing, presentation and communication skills.
  • Excellent management, interpersonal, networking and facilitation skills.
  • Natural coach, mentor and trainer, able to bring out the best in team players.
  • Proactive, detail oriented and highly organized with ability to multi-task.
  • Financial management skills, including budget management.
  • Solution-orientated positive personality.
  • Computer literacy proficiency, including solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.

  • Advanced Degree in relevant subject.
  • Demonstrated experience in media production, particularly through radio and television.
  • Experience working in Myanmar
  • Proficiency in Myanmar Language
Salary:  Commensurate with education and experience.

Please send a cover letter / letter of application, resume, salary requirements (or current salary), projected start date, through our application system at:  No phone calls please. Deadline for applications is 15 December 2015. See our web site for full details of our work globally.

Job, Digital Marketing Manager, 1776, DC

Digital Marketing Manager
Washington, DC
1776, a global incubator and seed fund, is seeking a full-time Digital Marketing Manager to join its marketing team. If you want to build your career in a fast-paced environment where you can collaborate with the some of the most inspiring startups changing industries that matter, then we are a good match. We’re looking for a Digital Marketing Manager with the experience, energy and creativity to achieve our marketing goals. The Digital Marketing Manager will develop, experiment, test and optimize digital marketing channels. These channels include social media, SEM, SEO, email, display and website to meet and exceed lead generation and audience growth goals. The ideal candidate is a goal-oriented, strategic and collaborative thinker who can seamlessly execute tactics and juggle multiple projects while meeting deadlines. This individual must be a self-starter with previous experience in digital marketing or sales and an understanding of an integrated marketing and communications approach. Candidates should possess a proven track record of: Developing marketing materials Implementation of digital marketing campaigns Online marketing strategies and programs leading to sales conversions Experience and understanding of website management and social medial platforms This position is on the digital marketing team and reports into the Editor.


  • Ideation, execution and optimization of our digital marketing efforts, including paid search (SEM) and social media, display advertising, email marketing, marketing automation, and mobile marketing.
  • Work with our content and PR team members to develop effective integrated cross-channel campaigns.
  • Design and create effective online ads and landing pages.Drive acquisition KPIs, including CPA, CTR, conversions, and ROI.
  • Deliver reporting and insights that accurately measures channel performance on a daily through annual basis.
  • Manage our list acquisition strategy and segmentation.
  • Keep up-to-date on digital marketing best practices.
  • Manage our suite of marketing and reporting tools.
  • Support and execute marketing campaigns geared toward internal stakeholders such as member companies and strategic partners. 
  • Demonstrate strong project management skills including: conceptualization; analysis; driving alignment; planning resources; managing milestones and objectives

Skills & Experience

  • 2 years experience minimum
  • BA / BS required (Marketing major a plus)
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills
  • High competency in Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Illustrator, HTML and Photoshop
  • Google Analytics experience strongly preferred
  • Excellent understanding of digital marketing, search engine optimization and social media
  • Strong track record of leveraging data driven research/analysis to drive strategic direction and optimize marketing programs
  • Social media experience
  • Ability to pay attention to detail, multi task and work independently
  • Very strong organizational skills
  • A desire to work with disruptive and world-changing startups around the globe
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment while juggling multiple initiatives
  • Deep commitment to the mission of 1776
  • Can-do, team oriented attitude
Salary commensurate with qualifications & experience
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Job, Sr. Program Officer, Researching Solutions to Violent Extremism, USIP, DC

Sr. Program Officer

Department: Rule of Law
Requisition ID: 314325
Employment Status: FTT - Full-Time Term
FLSA Status: Exempt
City, State and/or Region Washington, DC
The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is an independent, non-partisan, federally funded organization established and funded by the U.S. Congress to increase the nation’s capacity to manage international conflict without violence. USIP was founded in 1984 to:
  • Prevent, mitigate and resolve violent international conflict;
  • Provide analysis on the root causes of conflict;
  • Increase peacebuilding capacity, education, tools, and intellectual capital among practitioners and the American public.
The Senior Program Officer (SPO) will serve as the Director for the USIP hosted RESOLVE Network (Researching Solutions to Violent Extremism), a global community of researchers, practitioners and policy makers focused on advancing new approaches to preventing and countering violent extremism. The SPO will directly oversee and manage the overall project to include: a Steering Committee composed of international and regional institutions; a Resource Group composed of 8-12 international researchers and evaluators with experience working on topics related to countering violent extremism (CVE); and, an online knowledge platform that houses research products and tools and a forum for the network. The Senior Program Officer should have direct experience with the field associated with countering violent extremism and a proven record of launching and leading new and innovative initiatives.   The Senior Program Officer will report to the Director of CVE at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
 Development and Planning:    
  • Develop a strategic plan and an operating plan for the Network in coordination with the Steering Committee, composed of leading international organizations working on CVE;
  • Work with the Network’s Steering Committee to adopt terms of reference for the Steering Committee to include specific responsibilities and contributions of members ;
  • Oversee and manage budget and staff for the Network’s Secretariat;
  • Oversee the Research Coordinator and the work of the Resource Group in development and implementation of a mentoring and capacity building plan for local researchers; the development of research methodologies and protocols; and the synthesis, aggregation and presentation of findings for policymakers and practitioners;
  • Oversee the Network Manager in the development and operation of the online knowledge platform for the Network; a repository for research and tools and a forum to link researchers, institutions, practitioners and policymakers;
  • Prepare documents and reports on the network for policy makers and quarterly reports to USG funders of this initiative;
  • Lead representation for the Network host (USIP) at monthly meetings with the Department of State’s Bureau of Stabilization Operations;
  • Lead financial management efforts as contracting officer for procurement and finance related components of the program.
Communications and Representation:  
  • Represent RESOLVE at internal and external events and disseminate information about RESOLVE;
  • Oversee analytic quality and production of RESOLVE policy summaries and briefs.
Performs other duties as assigned.
  • A Master’s degree and commensurate/relevant experience required.
  • A minimum of five years of management and supervisory experience; knowledge of Board relations preferred.
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in one or more of the following areas: CVE/CT, International Development, Peacebuilding/Conflict Resolution, Democracy and Governance, and Human Rights.
  • Experience in supervising research projects is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated expertise in overseeing or conducting programming in countries affected by violent extremism, and a minimum of three years of experience working in and/or on countries affected by violent extremism.
  • Excellent representation and communication skills (oral and written), including cross-cultural skills and media skills;
  • Strong analytic capacity and policy experience.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals of countries listed in a U.S. Collective Defense Arrangement per the Department of State. To see a list of those countries, go to
All USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the favorable completion of a suitability background investigation.
Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
How to Apply
To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:
1.  Cover letter
2.  Resume

If a link does not appear on your screen to "Complete your Application", please go to to submit your cover letter and resume.
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Only those applicants that are selected for further discussions will be contacted. 
No Phone Calls. Interviews will be scheduled by appointment only. 
USIP is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of USIP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Job, Chief Executive Officer, Toniic, a global network of action-oriented impact investors

Chief Executive Officer

About Toniic

Toniic is a global network of action-oriented impact investors: (ultra) high net worth individuals, family offices, foundations, and endowments. Toniic increases the velocity of money and services into impact investing to address global challenges. Toniic’s members commit to discover, evaluate, nurture and invest in enterprises, funds, and other financial products that are changing the world for the better. Toniic members are active impact investors, investing in early stage direct deals, in one or more asset classes and/or take an impact portfolio approach. Toniic is in the process of expanding its global presence significantly, while also going deeper with its current members to enhance their investment practice, and by extension, their potential for impact. The core mission of Toniic is to empower impact investors.
Toniic’s values are core to how we work and engage in the world with its members and business partners:
  • entrepreneurial
  • action-oriented
  • global & local
  • open & collaborative
  • optimistic

General Information

Location: Preference for San Francisco or New York City
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Reports to: Board of Directors
Timing: Applications accepted until December 31, 2015. Interviews will be held during January and February, with an expected start date of March 1, 2016

Duties and Responsibilities

Toniic’s CEO is responsible for managing the global organization together with Toniic’s Regional Managing Directors as well as expanding the leadership team in Asia, South America, and Africa. This position requires leadership in impact investing, strategy, financial management, member services, partnerships, business development, senior manager management, movement and community building.
The CEO is responsible for leading a lively community of impact investors, and guiding the activities of the organization, moving forward globally in partnership with the executive leadership of Toniic. The CEO develops all aspects of strategy to be approved by the board; manages global operations and the global team to serve and lead our members; identifies and seeks out fundraising and sponsorship opportunities; and leads the strategy for program and service development for member engagement.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
•  Strategy Development
•  Member education and relationship management
•  Operations and Finance
•  Marketing
•  Board Management
•  General Management
•  Fundraising
•  Represent Toniic Globally

Skills / Experience

Candidate must have:
•  Proven leadership skills cultivated through 5+ years experience as a business executive or General Manager
•  International investment experience and/or demonstrated passion, deep understanding, and a strong vision for the impact investment sector
•  Developing world / frontier market experience
•  Experience working with high net worth individuals or family offices
•  Management experience of multi-cultural teams
•  Sales or business development experience
•  Strong interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with high net worth individuals and investors, partners, and the broader impact community
•  Ability to broker partnerships with many different types of stakeholders
•  Ability to work cross-culturally as demonstrated through international experience in the impact sector
•  Ability to travel regionally and internationally
•  Ability to develop existing and new revenue opportunities leveraging Toniic’s value proposition with members, partners and the impact sector
•  Able to bring the level of entrepreneurship, creativity, commitment, time, patience, and humor it takes to work with an evolving and growing organization

To Apply

Deadline  December 31st, 2015. For more info see

Job, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University invites applications for a Term Assistant Professor

Term Assistant Professor
The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University invites applications for a Term Assistant Professor beginning in August 2016.  The position is non-tenure-track with an initial term of one year, with the possibility of renewal and promotion.  We seek applicants with a commitment to innovative undergraduate teaching and a substantive focus in contemporary conflict resolution who will contribute to the continued development of our growing undergraduate program. 
Qualifications.  We invite applicants who have completed their terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D.) by August 2016, with a strong preference for candidates with a degree in a field relevant to conflict analysis and resolution or peace and conflict studies.
The ideal candidate will have a strong teaching record, preferably through experience in experiential learning, online learning, field-based courses, and/or the development of innovative classroom pedagogy.  An ability to teach courses on facilitation, negotiation, and/or multi-party engagement would be welcome.  We are open to candidates with diverse scholarly approaches to inter-group relations, community conflict, and/or organizational development.  We welcome candidates who engage directly with contemporary conflicts through intervention, education, consultation and other forms of practice. 
Responsibilities.  Responsibilities for this position include teaching three courses per semester (one of which may be in the graduate program), developing curricula to meet the needs of a diverse student body, and standard University service.  The Term Faculty will have an opportunity to fully participate in the intellectual life of the school and enjoy potential for promotion and advancement based on demonstrated excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship.
To Apply.  For full consideration, applicants must apply online at for position number F8186z, complete the faculty application, and upload a statement of interest, teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching excellence, curriculum vitae, a writing sample (25-30 pages), and the names of three references.
We will begin reviewing applications on December 9; the search will remain open until the position is filled. Compensation is competitive. For additional information, please contact Barbara Breckenridge at bbrecken(at)  
About S-CAR. The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution develops the understanding of deeply rooted conflicts between individuals, groups, organizations, and communities in the United States and the world through research, teaching, practice, and outreach.  The School is built on more than 25 years of advancing theory and research and working for change.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to diversity within its community.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. Enrollment is over 34,000, with students studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince

Job, Conflict Management Advisor, London-Based, Mercy Corps

Conflict Management Advisor
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Job Description

Mercy Corps alleviates poverty, suffering, and oppression and works to build secure, productive, and just communities in over 40 countries around the world. Our Program Department supports field-led work that delivers measurable impact. Mercy Corps’ Technical Support Unit (TSU) is a key part of the Program Department. TSU subject-matter experts help set agency strategy and provide consultation – from assessment and design through project implementation and results measurement – to field offices worldwide, in some of the world’s toughest places. TSU team members lead research, foster organizational learning, represent Mercy Corps to external audiences, and develop partnerships. The TSU is also integral to global business development and revenue.


The Conflict Management Advisor position focuses on providing technical support to Mercy Corps field teams in the advisor’s area of expertise. The support includes program design and development, network and partnership development, representation at key sector forums and events, helping to monitor and improve program quality and relevance, staying current on industry innovation and best practices, writing competitive proposals for submission to donors, delivering training, and disseminating information to internal and external partners. The advisor will also participate in matrixed teams, share and build the capacity of others, and help integrate their technical areas with others.  The advisor position is assigned to the Conflict Management TSU team, and is focused on a particular service specialty. Other teams are: Economic and Market Development; Agriculture; Financial Inclusion; Governance and Partnerships; Youth, Gender and Girls; Public Health; Ecosystems, Energy and Climate; New Initiatives; and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning. Each unit has established goals and strategies that guides and directs the advisor’s work.


Program and Proposal Development
  • Write/review proposals and concept notes for funding from donors including foundations, corporations, and US, European, and UN agencies.
  • Gather/analyze data and complete assessments to determine program needs and priorities and Mercy Corps’ competitive advantage for funding.
  • Work with programs, country/regional teams, and technical support units on prepositioning and development of program strategies.
  • Work with other TSU members on the design and support of multi-sectoral programs that encompass elements of broader agency goals such as resilience, food security, and youth development.
  • Keep up to date on relevant strategies being developed or applied by significant governmental, academic, and non-profit groups. Work with Mercy Corps to determine how the agency can best work with and/or influence such materials.

Program Quality
  • Participate as an active, integrated member of the team providing technical support to a portfolio of field programs including those in complex crisis environments.
  • Support effective interventions in the areas of the assigned team’s focus, using integrated approaches and applying systems thinking.
  • Help maintain standards of program delivery that apply agency priorities and comply with relevant regulations and requirements.
  • Assist the team gather, refine, and disseminate tools such as training presentations and manuals, teaching notes, best practices,lessons learned, program examples, and monitoring and evaluation tools.
  • Build capacity with Mercy Corps staff to better design and implement programs.

Learning and Impact
  • Work with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) team and the field to ensure that monitoring and evaluation is practical and reflects best practices.
  • Contribute to agency-wide initiatives such as the Thought Leadership priorities.
  • Provide in-country and remote training and support for Mercy Corps staff, partners, and others.
  • Develop a deep understanding of the shared incentives and values that will entice partners to connect and work across sectors, both internally and within field projects.
  • Support new and ongoing programs with best practice advice and assistance on assessment, implementation, research, and evaluation needs.
  • Conduct assessments; write case studies, learning documents, short articles, and blogs; and develop internal and external disseminate plan for all products.

Policy, Advocacy, Representation
  • Represent Mercy Corps at academic events, conferences, media forums, and other events; contribute to thought leadership in area of expertise.
  • Identify and nurture strategic partnerships with other organizations and institutions.
  • Contribute to a strong and regularly updated network of technical experts and consultants that can serve as an additional resource to be deployed for program support.

Organizational Learning:  As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient, and relevant to the communities they serve - we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring, and evaluation of our field projects.


REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Director of Conflict Management TSU Sector team
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH:  all other TSU teams, HQ, and field teams


  • Bachelor’s degree required. M.A, M.S., M.Sc., or equivalent in a field related to Conflict Management and relevant technical certifications are preferred.
  • 3 to 5 years of experience providing technical support in Conflict Management-related field of expertise that including strong theoretical and applied knowledge of Conflict Management and familiarity using integrated approaches and applying systems thinking
  • Demonstrated success in writing and analysis on proposal development and producing and publishing influential articles and blogs.
  • 3 - 5 years of practical field experience that includes short term field assignments or working in the field location or emergency response assignment that demonstrates the ability to successfully adapt support and assistance methodologies to real-world complexities.
  • Experience building capacity building of international and national team members.
  • Familiarity with major donors such as USAID, DFID, the EC and relevant foundations and corporations.
  • Fluency in English is required; fluency in a foreign language preferred.


The advisor will demonstrate a winning track record in program development, and bring flexibility, creativity, and enthusiasm to every project they undertake. The individual must have exceptional writing skills and the ability to multi-task, set priorities, pay attention to detail, and work under tight deadlines within complex team environments. The advisor must take an active role in building and maintaining external relationships as well as demonstrating the drive and initiative to contribute to internal team efforts. The individual must learn quickly how to provide technical data and support in the most efficient and effective form possible for each unique field team and environment. All TSU positions require strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, and a level of emotional intelligence proficiency that quickly builds and maintains productive relationships across teams. Being aware and sensitive to international development issues and diverse cultures is critical.


This position is located in London, UK. The position requires travel at least 30% time to the field where living conditions may be exceptionally rugged or be in volatile environments where security protocols will need to be followed. Team members must be ready to deploy to field environments on short notice in response to any emergency or crisis. When in the field the team member must able to work in remote settings, over weekends and/or evening as required by the schedule, and in settings with limited infrastructure, food options, and living conditions.

Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/temporary assignment to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws and customs, and adhere to MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
Job Location
London, London, City of, United Kingdom
Position Type
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Job, New Initiatives and Conflict Program Manager, Colombia, Mercy Corps

New Initiatives and Conflict Program Manager
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Job Description
Mercy Corps has been present in Colombia since 2005, focusing its interventions on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), land mine victims, land conflict mediation, sustainable resource management, child soldier prevention and reintegration, youth, and emergency responses. With funding from the governments of the United States, Canada, and Colombia as well as Starbucks coffee Company and Keurig Green Mountain, Mercy Corps has been able to work together with communities in Colombia to respond to these needs, bringing benefit to more than 500,000 beneficiaries.
Our strategic goal is to strengthen the capacity of civil society to address the causes and consequences of the Colombian conflict: the lack of access to land and natural resources, justice, social services and the predominance of poverty.  Working mostly in close partnership with local NGOs, Community based organizations (CBOs), and civil society networks to build their capacity, our current programming supports nearly 30 staff, including three expatriate staff, and focuses on responding to natural disasters, working with marginalize populations, strengthening civil society capacity, economic development, and land mediation. In addition, new relationships with the Government of Colombia and the private sector are resulting in new funding opportunities that the NICPM will foster.

The New Initiatives and Conflict Program Manager is a strong team leader, able to develop and mentor team members in both Bogota and the field locations (Putumayo, Choco, and others as they come on board). They are an effective communicator, able to work with internal and external stakeholders to achieve common objectives.  S/he is responsible for managing relationships with local partners, beneficiaries and donor representatives. This person will contribute to the achievement of country goals through innovative program development and by displaying expertise in conflict and peacebuilding sectors as well as regional experience for the team on the ground.

Strategy and Vision
  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative view points are welcomed.
  • Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to country-wide strategy development.
  • Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.

Personal Leadership
  • Demonstrate flexibility, resilience and ability to maintain positive relationships and composure.
  • Maintain high ethical standards and treat people with respect and dignity.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of his/her own strengths and development needs.

  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.

Team Management
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
  • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance & reach objectives.

Program Management
  • Collaborate with program, finance and administrative staff.
  • Ensure program implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective M&E systems to reach desired impacts.
  • Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely and informative reporting in line with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.
  • Implement and model Mercy Corps’ philosophy of social entrepreneurship and leverage Mercy Corps’ best practices.

  • Work closely with the country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems and training that ensure the safety and security of the team.

Organizational Learning 
  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve - we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries
  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: This position will have one report

REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Colombia Country Director
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: The Operations team, M&E Manager, Finance team and HQ desk officers in Portland and Edinburgh for the region and various other HQ specialized technical support personnel.

  • BA/BS (or equivalent) in International Development, Peace Building, Latin American Studies or related field; MA/S is preferred.
  • 3-5 years of international relief and developmental program management experience, in positions of increasing responsibility, with demonstrated success in managing multi-sectorial and multi-donor development programs preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and communicate effectively with team members of varied work styles and backgrounds.
  • Experience with the development, implementation & compliance of BPRM, DFATD, ECHO & private funded programs.
  • Ability to effectively represent Mercy Corps and its interests to key stakeholders.
  • Experience working with host governments, national and international NGOs.
  • Excellent oral and written English and Spanish skills r
  • Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment.
  • Internationally recognized qualification in project or program management or a commitment to obtain the qualification in the early months of work.

The successful candidate will combine exceptional management skills and experience in maintaining donor and partner relationships.  S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. S/he will also have proven experience with cross-cultural team and capacity building, individual staff development and strong mentoring skills. Prioritizing, problem solving, ability to seize opportunities, attention to detail and strategic vision are essential. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.

The New Initiatives and Conflict Program Manager is based in Bogota, Colombia. This location is accompanied and secure. Housing is individual accommodation with unlimited freedom of movement beyond the house/office. There are International schools in Bogota. Staff will have access to services – including medical, electricity, water, etc. This position requires 40% of time of travel by airplane to field offices in rural and sometimes insecure environments.

Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
Job Location
Bogota, , Colombia
Position Type

Job, Director of Communications, Global Green Growth Institute, South Korea

Head of Communications

Organization: Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Post Date: 17 November 2015
Location: Seoul HQ
Assignment: Fulltime
Grade: C3
Position Number: GGGI-HR_15-405
Closing Date: 08 December 2015
The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is a new international organization committed to strong, inclusive green growth. We assist developing and emerging countries with integrating their ambitions for strong economic performance and environmental sustainability with the goal of bringing about poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Headquartered in Seoul, GGGI was established by treaty in June 2012 at the United Nations Rio+20 Conference by an initial group of eighteen nations who share the organization's vision. To date, there are a total of 24 Member Countries who joined the organization.
GGGI has a diverse portfolio of programs in developing countries around the world. These in-country programs, together with global products and services, focus on delivering results through an integrated approach of evidence-based green growth planning and implementation aligned to countries' development priorities. The organization also focuses on knowledge development and management activities which build a strong theoretical and empirical basis for green growth, while providing concrete options and guidance for policymakers; as well as building the conditions for public and private green infrastructure investments.
The Head of Communications will lead the development and implementation of a communications strategy - aligned with the objectives of the overarching GGGI Strategic Plan 2015-2020 - to deliver tangible results in:
  • Driving high-profile engagement and inspiring communications vis-à-vis the delivery of GGGI's country strategy (Country Planning Framework), knowledge products (Integrated Knowledge Management strategy under development), and thematic service offerings (four thematic strategies under development), and resource mobilization efforts (Partnership and Resource Mobilization strategy/Outreach Strategy);
  • Enhancing partnerships with key internal (country- and headquarters-based programs) and external constituencies (GGGI Members, donors, and partners) to enhance GGGI's global relevance and financial sustainability;
  • Providing strategic communications support to GGGI's knowledge sharing, capacity building, and south-south cooperation initiatives; and
  • Stimulating effective internal communications to better deliver as a knowledge organization
  1. Developing, Updating and Implementing Communications Strategy
  • Developing and updating an organization-wide communications strategy and plan, helping to strengthen GGGI's capacity to communicate GGGI's achievements and thought leadership to the public at large and to donors, governments, and influential audiences;
  • Converting knowledge products (developed, managed, and shared by KSD) into key insights and compelling narratives that build recognition and understanding of GGGI's impact among: (i) GGGI's current and potential donors to mobilize corporate resources; (ii) developing country partners of the value of GGGI's contributions to their green growth strategies and implementation activities; and (iii) existing and new international and regional partnerships of the value of cooperation with GGGI; and
  • Translating GGGI's thematic service offerings into effective communications materials that strengthen GGGI's value proposition with external stakeholders
  1. Leveraging GGGI's leadership through the media
  • Maintaining strong networks with top editors and environmental reporters at leading international and domestic media outlets to leverage media opportunities with media outlets to deliver high-level media results for GGGI
  • Utilizing the high profile nature of GGGI's leadership to pitch interviews with leading media outlets, including major international print, television and online media outlets
  • Developing and placing articles by GGGI's leadership in a wide variety of relevant newspapers and outlets to promote the organization's vision, mission and country programs to a wider audience
  • Utilizing high-level events (i.e. Global Green Growth Summit 2016, World Economic Forum, COP conferences) engaging GGGI's leadership to expose the organization to the media
  • Organizing and coordinating press conferences, briefing sessions and media briefings for journalists prior to major conferences organized by GGGI
  • Managing the overall PR and media outreach activities of major international conferences, events and summits organized by GGGI
  1. Managing the development and implementation of media/outreach/branding projects and campaigns
  • Building and sustaining a global brand image of GGGI;
  • Contributing GGGI marketing and outreach campaigns and the management, and deployment of Goodwill Ambassadors, and high-profile supporters;
  • Ensuring media relations and media outreach are of high-quality and are focused on priority media markets and outlets;
  • Overseeing cross-team collaboration on major advocacy and outreach campaigns in key policy and thematic areas such as public speeches, conferences, workshops, roundtables, panel discussions, and joint events with strategic partners;
  • Overseeing quality control of all corporate communications materials produced in HQ, regional hubs and country offices, including consistent use of GGGI marking, branding, and formatted document templates;
  • Marketing initiatives with a special focus on coordinating support for Resource Mobilization and donor-related communications products and support;
  • Initiating, developing, coordinating, and distributing print and electronic communication materials, online resources, videos (including "Stories of Change"), program fact sheets and related promotional materials, newsletters, announcements, press releases, and other materials; and
  • Advising senior management on media relations and handle media inquiries.
  1. Supporting external and internal communications and outreach vehicles
  • Ensuring all corporate communications and outreach products are of high professional quality, well-written, visually compelling, and, as appropriate, reach as broad an audience as possible;
  • Promoting innovative approaches to enhance the impact and effectiveness of communications and outreach activities;
  • Overseeing design (based on corporate requirements), maintenance, and regularly updates to the external GGGI website;
  • Optimizing content for online use and create graphics for visually appealing web pages and other outreach activities (such as use of infographics);
  • Collaborating to develop new, high-quality written and visual content from colleagues in HQ and country offices, and reviewing, polishing, editing, formatting, and posting/dissemination via the GGGI external website, through social media, and various other communications and outreach platforms;
  • Advising on usability and innovation in communications and outreach tools for other GGGI units to improve information sharing and peer-to-peer learning;
  • Packaging content - in coordination with relevant programmatic workstreams - for publication, including opinion pieces, research reports, blogs, and key documents; and
  • Designing and maintaining an outreach list to remain in contact with key audiences.
  • Master's degree or equivalent in communications, journalism, international relations, or a related field;
  • Minimum of ten (10) years progressively responsible professional work experience in strategic communications, journalism, public administration, or related field with at least five years of management experience;
  • A track record in managing the production of thought leadership material, analytical material, and organizational marketing materials;
  • Proven experience in advising senior management on strategic communications and in initiating and driving global campaigns that build momentum and shape perceptions through traditional and digital media;
  • Self-starter who takes initiative and is able to work independently;
  • Experience in the international development or related sector and demonstrated affinity for developing countries is desirable; knowledge of or expertise in green growth-related issues is an asset;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and demonstrated ability to influence and lead for results with the attitude of a team player;
  • Strong networking ability and an entrepreneurial flair; and
  • Exceptional language skills in both its spoken and written form is of paramount importance; native fluency in spoken and written English is required, and knowledge of other relevant languages, particularly those spoken in the member countries of the GGGI, is an asset.
Please submit CV and Cover Letter in English (Merged into one PDF file)
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Job, Chief, Financing for Peacebuilding Branch, Peacebuilding Support Office, UN, NY

Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief, Financing for Peacebuilding Branch, Peacebuilding Support Office
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 24 November 2015 - 05 December 2015
Job Opening Number: 50527
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Special Notice
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Duration: Six (6) months.

•A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

•Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

•Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

•While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

•The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

•Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

•For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

•The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at:
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Financing for Peacebuilding Branch of the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO/FPB). Based on the founding resolutions (A/RES/60/180 and S/RES/1645(2005)) establishing the Peacebuilding Commission, the Secretary-General created PBSO which comprises of the Peacebuilding Commission Support Branch, the Policy, Planning and Application Branch and the Financing for Peacebuilding Branch. This position falls under the direct supervision of the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support.
Within delegated authority, the Chief of Branch will be responsible for the following:
a.Oversee all activities related to the management of the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), including the programmatic and overhead management of the PBF. Key tasks include, inter alia, the following: Outreach to Member States to solicit additional contributions to PBF, monitor current contribution level, activate pledges, actively seek out replenishment and brief Member States on the activities of the PBF. Provide advice to the Assistant Secretary-General on PBF processes, identification of priority countries, priority plan and project review. Oversee the delivery of PBF programme and provide targeted outreach and briefing on PBF procedures and guidelines to senior UN Representatives at the country level. Provide high level support to the work of the PBF Advisory Group, including organization and preparation of the Group's meetings and reports. Serve as the PBSO lead liaison with the UNDP Multi-Partners Trust Fund Office (MPTFO) on matters pertaining to overall PBF fund allocations, administration and delivery, including facilitation for the transfer/release of approved project funds, overseeing the administration of PBF overhead budget, and tracking donor contributions to the PBF. Oversee the development and implementation of a monitoring and evaluation system, in collaboration with UN recipient agencies, to track the impact of investments and identify activities with the best peacebuilding results for promotion and replication. Oversee the development and implementation of PBF guidelines and tools, including through the facilitation of inter-UN processes, in line with emerging lessons and experiences and present them for periodic review by the Assistant Secretary-General. Oversee the preparation and distribution of PBF progress briefings to the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), donors and other stakeholders. Oversee the preparation of the Annual Report of the Secretary-General on the PBF.

b.Design initiatives within PBSO and in collaboration with the UN system to provide support to increase the quality of programmes submitted for PBF funding, including through collaboration with existing initiatives to promote UN integration and coherence.

c.Advise the Assistant Secretary-General on financing strategies for peacebuilding and organize collection of critical data on financial contributions through bilateral and multilateral development channels.

d.Responsible for forging partnerships with International Financial Institutions, Regional Development Banks, the EU and other key multilateral or regional institutions in scaling up PBF-funded projects (catalytic effect).

e.Manage senior level liaison with counterparts in development organizations, financial institutions, and regional, multilateral and bilateral agencies in the field of peacebuilding e. Formulate and implement the substantive work programme of the Branch and supervise the staff assigned to the Branch, ensuring that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and work is coordinated within the PBSO and with other areas of the UN system, as appropriate.

f. Oversee the programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Branch, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), selection of candidates for job openings, and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.
Core Competencies:
Expert knowledge in the fields of programme and fund management. Proven ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues. Ability to review and edit the work of others. Demonstrated ability to manage relations with Member States. Comprehensive knowledge of UN policies, procedures and operations and knowledge of the mandates and policies of PBSO's various UN partners. Shows pride in work and in achievements . Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations

Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning & Organizing:
Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently

Managerial Competencies:
Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas

Judgement/ Decision-making:
Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, finance, accounting, law, international development, international affairs, social sciences or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of international development, financial management or a related field is required. International experience in positions of management and leadership is required, preferably with a diversity of organizational types. Experience dealing with crisis prevention, post-conflict recovery and/or peacebuilding work is required. Experience in designing and managing funding mechanisms, and leading inter-agency programming and financing processes is required. At least five years of field experience is desirable. Experience in leading change initiatives is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and spoken English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of other official UN language(s) is an advantage.
Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
United Nations Considerations
Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of inspira account-holder homepage.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Amy An Anti-Violence Ambassador on A Day Fighting Violence against Women in the World

Take a look around you, you will find that woman who knows her sex mate is her daughter/house help but cannot utter a word for fear of being ex pulsed from her home, you will find that woman who stays a little longer at her home for the sake of her kids, you will find that woman who knows that the man with whom she is having an affair is married but still finds reason to date him and keep his wife for a friend, you will find that woman who envies her neighbour so badly because she does things the right way, you will find that woman who hates another woman because she is good (if not excellent) at what she does, you will find that woman who could kill another woman because she dresses properly, and in my profession I find educated women who decorate my path with stumbling blocks because they can't do it my way. In all of these and more... The violence that disfigures a woman's pretty face is not as bad as the worst form of violence, which is unseen.
One that breaks your spirit and destroys you day after day.

While international bodies Situate the link between sexual violence, gender and food insecurity via interesting initiatives like the Zero Hunger Challenge united for a sustainable world presenting some women devoted to women's empowerment and gender equality, I am interested in the mind, the character, the trends deforming the heart of the woman as the second ticks. It is true I am not a perfect individual because I strife, like every other, for perfection. This process I must confess, is the most challenging in a setting where mother and child get pregnant for the same man, or hungry lad decides to bring in a bastard baby to a family barely struggling to feed.

Deep and Heartless you may say, but believe me, an empty stomach cannot defend the course of  a suffering generation like ours. And every time a girl refuses the education given her to preserve herself for a bright and promising future, the planet is exposed to violence. In her fragile state, she is vulnerable and ready to do anything for survival. The reason why you will find girls sleeping with men for few kilograms of rice and fish to take back home to feed babies they had out of wedlock.

It is no time for judgement. It is a time for reflection and in truth and honesty, we all know how much violence a woman suffers from her fellow mate. Things are evolving at a slow pace, I must confess and a lot more has to be done. By who? By you and I.  Have we identified the problems? Do we agree that wrong planning results to poverty and hunger which makes siblings vulnerable and exposed to trends that promote injustice, violence and conflict? Do we agree that if we accept to live according to our status, without yet forgetting to have realistic dreams, we can banish violence from the earth's surface? It is a bitter pill to swallow but truth being bitter must be said to challenge us to action. Women are powerful peace promoters and peace is essential in every home. But peace is threatened by choices we make in our homes today. What choices are we making that affect the peace of the other? Are we obliged to make those choices? Can we resort to alternatives? What about us connecting in ideas (without omitting the fact that we are bound to accept difference through tolerance) and creating a safer and better world? Can we? Was Barack Hussein Obama right to say 'YES WE CAN'? Was Nelson Rolihlahla MANDELA right to say that 'IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TILL IT IS DONE' ? Was India's Ghandi right to say 'There is no path to peace. Peace is the Path'?

Connecting minds and creating the highly expected violence and conflict free Future should be our focus then. We all know right is not wrong, two wrongs can't make a right and we can make it happen, provided we believe and work hard to achieve.

As anti violence actors and stakeholders of peace, let us engage ourselves in well defined activities today (this should be our way of Life as from today) so together, we can crush the vice robbing our globe of the priceless asset PEACE.

Marking the 24th year of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, let us mend our bleeding World with peace thoughts and acts in our  homes.
If peace is found in our homes, it is obvious that the community will suffer less violence.
But how do we end a vice that has become a source of lifelihood for some? How do we transfer peace from the home to the society? Prevention is key and efficient to ending violence and on this day set aside by the UN to knock out violence against the woman (Mother of humanity still exposed to violent and harsh treatments), I invite us to be peace ambassadors in our thoughts and acts.
It is important we know Peace does not suggest absolute calm because in our peace moves, we may be misunderstood. Are we going to fold our arms and watch our globe's infectious rate of the virus violence, conflict and war grow? We could empower the women and fight domestic violence from outside and leave the inside filthy, we would have done NOTHING. We cannot afford the expansion of the global pandemic (Violence seen in the growing acts of terror today)  and ending violence (one of the UN's key priorities) warrants unified efforts.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, the UN agency dedicated to women, said that, although there have been advances in national policies to reduce violence against women, there is much left to do: today aims to be a time to reflect and to raise awareness on this issue. To date, over one hundred countries have no specific legislation against domestic violence and more than 70 percent of women in the world have in the course of their lives been victims of physical or sexual violence from men.

What if we knew the data? What if we made it our duty to help the women who are slowly dieing alone within four walls to free themselves from the psychological bondage and recognize that certain manipulation types are not expressions of love but acts of abuse, which are hitherto deep rooted causes of violence? What if we end Violence on the UN Day for the elimination of Violence against women in the World?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Making a Difference for Men and Boys on November 19, International Men's Day

Expanding Reproductive Options for Men
In 2015, Coordinators for International Men’s Day are inviting people all over the world to use International Men’s Day—Thursday, 19 November 2015—as an opportunity to work together to improve the lives of men and boys all over the globe.
This year’s International Men’s Day theme — “Working To Expand Reproductive Options for Men” —is designed to encourage cooperation in addressing reproductive issues that affect men and boys around the world, such as family planning, men’s limited number reproductive choices, sexual health, and safe sexual practices. We ask if consent to sex is also a consent to fatherhood, or alternatively of how we might improve men’s freedom to choose parenthood through cultural, legal, technological and educational avenues.
On International Men’s Day—Thursday, 19 November 2015—we are inviting people all over the world to host events and initiatives that include:
■ People from diverse backgrounds discussing male reproductive issues.
■ People discussing male reproductive issues unique to a culture or place.
■ Exploration of greater reproductive choices for men, such as;
– Better availability of birth control methods
– Research into new birth-control methods
– Paternity testing
– Family planning

■ Discussion of sexual health and safe sexual practices.
We look forward to people all over the world finding ways to work together that reflect the Six Pillars of International Men’s Day, which means:
– Working together to promote positive male role models
– Working together to celebrate Men’s positive contributions
– Working together to focus on Men’s health and well-being
– Working together to highlight discrimination against males
– Working together to improve gender relations and improve gender equality
– Working together to create a safer, better world.
Founded by men’s rights advocate Professor Thomas Oaster in 1992, and further popularized in 1999 by Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D., of the University of West Indies, International Men’s Day celebrates men and boys, and the unique issues they face. Observed in over 70 nations throughout our global village on 19th November of each year, International Men’s Day is the leading platform for highlighting men’s issues and their relevance for the wider culture.
For further information about International Men’s Day, visit the website at


Our Theme for 2015

Make a Difference for Men and Boys

Objectives of International Men's Day include a focus on men's and boy's health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care while highlighting the discrimination against them.
The November IMD is a significant date as it interfaces the popular 'Movember' charity event and also with Universal Children's Day on Nov 20 with which IMD forms a 48 hour celebration of men and children respectively, and of the special relationships they share.
imd-web-poster-wrestle-v2bThe ability to sacrifice your needs on behalf of others is fundamental to manhood, as is honour. Manhood rites of passage the world over recognise the importance of sacrifice in the development of Manhood.
Men make sacrifices everyday in their place of work, in their role as husbands and fathers, for their families, for their friends, for their communities and for their nation. International Men's Day is an opportunity for people everywhere of goodwill to appreciate and celebrate the men in their lives and the contribution they make to society for the greater good of all.
Methods of commemorating International Men's Day have included public seminars, conferences, festivals and fundraisers, classroom activities at schools, radio and television programs, Church observances, and peaceful displays and marches. The manner of observing this annual day is optional; any organizations are welcome to host their own events and any appropriate forums can be used.   
International Men's Day is celebrated in over 60 countries of the world. Too many to list. Join us on November 19 in celebrating the contribution men and boys make to those around them, to their family and friends, their work place and the community, the nations and the world.
Dads4Kids is honoured to host the Men's Day website and we invite you to join the global celebrations. Anyone is welcome to quote material from this website (attribution to this website is required), as well as free and open use of our logo and access to new posters in the Resource Section.
Please also feel free to download and use our logos.