Thursday, June 25, 2015

Grassroots Advocacy Assistant Position with the Mortgage Bankers Association

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and its Mortgage Action Alliance, Inc. (MAA) are seeking a Grassroots Advocacy Assistant to assist with the daily activities related to the grassroots advocacy and member engagement initiatives for the organization. The candidate must be detail-oriented, well-organized, possess strong time management skills and have an understanding of Congress and the political process. 

  • Maintain the integrity of the MAA grassroots database and process all new MAA enrollments.
  • Revitalize and maintain a key contact/“grasstops” database as it relates to the 114th Congress and beyond. 
  • Work with LPA lobbyists and SLGA staff to distribute grassroots “Calls to Action” communications and cull post-Call metrics.
  • Work with SLGA staff to develop and implement state-level enrollment practices and maintain relationships with MBA State Ambassadors.
  • MBA’s National Advocacy Conference (NAC): assist MBA’s External Relations Group in the recruitment of attendees, schedule meetings with Congressional offices (while acting as the primary “day-of” NAC contact), and help assemble materials for all NAC issue briefs.
  • Gather internal materials to create and send weekly MAA newsletters and other relevant communications to database members.
  • Subject to general oversight, work with IT department to identify, process, document and implement all MAA renewal/sunsetting campaigns.
  • Manage and update website and social media content on an as needed basis.
  • Assist Associate Director of Political Affairs with MAA steering committee roster management, preparation of MAA meetings, events, and conference calls, and prepare minutes for each meeting.
  • Assist with the annual election of three “at-large” members to MAA’s Steering Committee.
  • Provide assistance to LPA, residential, and commercial/multifamily policy teams with respect to assigned projects on an as-needed basis.
This position description should not be construed to contain every function and/or responsibility that may be required to be performed by an incumbent in this job.  Incumbents are required to perform other functions as assigned.  

Undergraduate degree in political science, communications or public policy highly desired with a minimum of one year of political experience, and/or grassroots administration.  Advanced skills utilizing Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) and knowledge of DDC Advocacy and database management software considered a strong plus.  Candidate must possess strong verbal communication and writing skills, both creative and journalistic. Candidate must also be comfortable in a fast-paced environment with multiple deadlines and deliverables that can change within the same week or even the same day.

Click here to read more and apply.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Staff Assistant Position with Valbin Corporation

Valbin achieves its mission by providing foreign language and cultural training services in over 60 languages to government agencies and the private sector.

Title: Staff Assistant

Supervisor: Program Manager

Starting salary: $40,000/yr with excellent benefits.

Position Summary: This position is available immediately and supports the Valbin staff with coordination and administration of government contracting opportunities for foreign language services and cultural training. This position is for an entry level candidate looking to grow with an expanding company.

  • Fulfill administrative tasks including data entry, answering phones, photocopying, faxing, filing, etc.Recruit linguists and subject matter experts for various government contracts as needed
  • Maintain a data base of linguists
  • Keep careful record of all foreign language assignments in order to assist in the preparation of accurate invoices.
  • Update calendar of service for government contracts.
  • Keep inventory of company furnished equipment on various assigned projects
  • Perform other functions as needed
  • Travel may be required
  • Commitment to cross cultural communication.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong research, analytical, writing and editing skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast pace, deadline driven environment.
  • BA in business, international relations, linguistics or related field.
  • Foreign Language skills are a plus.
  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel (experience with MS Access is a plus).
Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Required experience:
  • Business, international relations, linguistics or related field: 1 year

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Want to Learn More About the Palestine-Israel Conflict this August? This Course is for You!

This groundbreaking, interactive course provides an in depth understanding of this conflict using simulations that explore competing historical narratives and the search for common ground. Topics include: Jerusalem, refugees, settlements, water rights, border disputes, and security concerns.

Edy Kaufman is a Senior Fellow and Former Director of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM), and is the former Director of the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Manuel Hassassian has been the Executive Vice President of Bethlehem University, and is currently the Ambassador of the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the United Kingdom.

See more on YouTube.  For more information, please email Professor Kaufman at

Program Assistant Position with American International Health Alliance

POSITION SUMMARY: Reporting to the Senior Program Associate, the Program Assistant is an entry level position. S/he is responsible for editing reports, facilitating partnership travel, updating budgets, and providing essential support to programs.

Program/Partnership Management:
  • Coordinate all aspects of AIHA’s Volunteer Healthcare Corps (VHC) initiative, including outreach, recruitment, selection, travel, and management of international volunteers
  • Assist in the review of project/partnership work plans and budgets; support development and submission of quarterly and annual reporting to USG donor agencies and other audiences
  • Assist in planning and implementation of special initiatives and other projects, including activities to update and inform staff, such as developing country-specific analyses, literature reviews, and technical briefs; researching and presenting on global health topics, planning brown bag seminars, and attending global health events in the DC Metro area, reporting on these to staff
  • Maintain communication and coordination with regional and country offices and partners
Administration and Program Support:
  • Schedule, attend, and document program team meetings and larger workshops and conferences
  • Prepare procurement requests and coordinate with Administration Department
  • Coordinate travel logistics for partners and other program travel
  • Review and preliminarily process purchase order requests, travel vouchers, invoices from consultants, and subcontracts in a timely manner
  • Assist M&E Officer by updating AIHA database, editing reports, and conducting data quality checks
  • Collaborate with Communications and Program Staff to produce content and gather information with respect to field and/or partnership activities, including developing content for social media
Education and Experience:
  • BA or BS in relevant field (e.g. international studies, health-related)
  • Work or internship experience with international or health-related organization
  • Strong proficiency with computers and software (MS Office).
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment and set priorities,
  • Strong attention to detail, organized, and ability to problem-solve
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive situations effectively
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to communicate with individuals at all levels with tact, diplomacy, and cultural sensitivity
  • Self-motivated and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Strong customer orientation
  • Regular attendance required

Want to Earn Elective Credit for your Summer Internship?

BSOS internship courses are offered in the summer and are open to all majors. You may qualify if:

  • You have completed at least 30 credits at the end of the semester
  • Your internship is onsite and not in a home office
  • You will be spending at least 45 hours at your internship
  • You will be conducting para or pre- professional work
  • You will be receiving regular and frequent supervision from an experienced professional 

Paid internships and internships in other states may qualify.

Tuition and fees apply for all summer courses, so this doesn't make sense for most students.  If you think it will work for you, review the schedule for summer tuition and fees.

To learn more, visit or emal Kathryn Hopps at

Apply by Tuesday for Partnership and Philanthropic Policy Research & Development Internship!

The National Park Service (NPS) Office of Partnerships and Philanthropic Stewardship (Partnership Office) is searching for a University of Maryland undergraduate or graduate student who is interested in an opportunity to participate in partnership and philanthropy policy research, re-visioning, and outreach while gaining hands on learning and leadership experience.        

The NPS strives to fulfill its mission and encourage greater citizen engagement in national park programs and activities by collaborating with educational institutions, organizations, businesses, and federal, state, tribal and local agencies.   The Partnership Office helps the NPS and its partners create, enhance, and recognize their collaborative work through training, communication, and policy leadership.   

Responsibilities Include:
  • Provide research, administrative, and analytical support for employees engaged in the re-visioning and rewriting of National Park Service policy documents related to fundraising, donations, and intellectual property.  
  • Strategize and outline a plan and methods to communicate policy changes to a wide range of stakeholders, including governmental and non-governmental employees and partners.   Duties may include creating visual products to communicate the progress, goals, and outcomes of policy re-visioning work, including PowerPoint presentations and posters.
  • Conduct research on applicable laws, regulations and policies related to partnerships and philanthropy.     
  • Conduct research and provide assistance in the development of new programmatic practices and policies to align with NPS goals pertaining to cause related marketing, co-branding, and brand alignment between the NPS and corporate and non-profit entities.   
  • Document findings and recommendations in written summaries, briefings and/or white papers.  Communicate findings and share recommendations with fellow employees. 


This internship is designed for current undergraduate or graduate students who have a strong interest in, or are seeking a degree in, government and politics, public policy, policy research and development, public-private partnerships, or related areas.

This position requires:
  • Knowledge or experience in marketing and partnership and philanthropic policy.
  • Strong communication skills; oral and written.
  • Skills in policy research, analysis, and formulation.
  • Ability to express findings in well researched documents, white papers, and briefings. 

Candidates should possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills; have strong attention to detail, and an ability to prioritize and complete multiple assignments.

Work Location:

The Partnership Office is located in the NPS Washington Support Office at 1201 I Street NW, Washington DC 20005.  The two closest metro stations are Metro Center and McPherson.  Bus transportation is also conveniently located in close proximity to the office.

Application Procedures:

To apply, please submit an electronic cover letter, resume, and professional and/or educational references, and a one-page writing sample to Kathryn Hopps, Program Director for Experiential Learning, at

For additional information about this position, please phone or email Jackie Dostourian, NPS Washington Partnership Office, at 202-354-2182or  

Apply by June 30.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Michelle Humanick and Joseph M. Mitchell Memorial Scholarships

The Joseph M. Mitchell Memorial Scholarship Award provides one-time awards of up to $1,000 to undergraduate or graduate students whose ability to succeed at our institution may be challenged by some personal or family circumstance. This fall, a one-time $250 award honoring Michelle Humanick will also be available. Online applications and nominations for Fall 2015 award are being accepted through July 15, 2015.

To apply or nominate an individual click here.

Tufts University Prospective Graduate Student Days

Tufts University Prospective Graduate Student Days seek to connect Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors from other universities with graduate programs and is free to attend (including room and board). The only cost is getting to and from Boston.

Get a chance to visit all 8 graduate schools and meet faculty, staff and current graduate students to learn about Tufts University graduate programs. Preference will be given to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. Allied Health Science Majors! Medical School! Dental School Veterinarian Medicine! Arts, Sciences and Engineering, International Diplomacy! Urban and Environmental Planning. Most disciplines will be represented.

Interested students may contact Ms. Yvette Dalton, for more information. She can be reached by phone at (617) 627-3152 and email at .

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Entry-Level Coordinator Position with the Advisory Board Web Team

The Role in Brief: 
The coordinator will be part of the fast-paced, growing Web Team, which manages the Advisory Board and Education Advisory Board enterprise websites. The role will include consistent immediate and long-term tasks, as well as one-off projects -- all in support of Web Team editors, managers, and executives.

Specific Responsibilities:
Although tasks are likely to vary day to day, responsibilities will include a combination of the following:
-    Handling general team admin tasks—managing executive calendars, submitting invoices, etc.
-    Planning and organizing team meetings and events
-    Coordinating meetings with external vendors
-    Sending and reporting on weekly member emails via Eloqua
-    Web content uploading and editing in Sitecore

Basic Qualifications:
-    Bachelor’s degree
-    Excellent academic record
-    Proven ability to communicate effectively through both oral and written formats
-    Must possess at least 2 of the following:
  • Leadership experience
  • Customer service experience
  • Experience working in a team environment
  • Experience working in an office

Ideal Qualifications:
-    Experience in web writing/editing
-    Experience analyzing utilization data
-    Proven ability to communicate effectively with senior executives, in both oral and written formats

About The Advisory Board Company:  
The Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ: ABCO) is a global research, consulting, and technology firm helping hospital and university executives to better serve patients and students.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Iranian Public Opinion on the Nuclear Negotiations CISSM Event in DC Tuesday, June 23

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 09:30

CISSM and the University of Tehran's Center for Public Opinion Research

This event will be held at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Root Room (2nd floor), 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20036.

As negotiators from Iran and the P5+1 draw up a final agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program prior to the June 30 deadline, a number of key questions remain unanswered: Will the Iranian public support a final agreement within the outlines provided by the framework of understandings negotiated earlier this year? What expectations does the Iranian public have about the deal? How might these expectations pose challenges for the Rouhani government in selling a deal and sustaining support going into the next election?  How popular is Rouhani and his supporters in the Parliament?

A new study of Iranian public opinion conducted by the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), the University of Tehran’s Center for Public Opinion Research, and (an independent Toronto-based polling group) in May 2015 explores Iranian public opinion on the nuclear negotiations.

Please join us for a presentation and discussion about the study’s findings.

Ebrahim Mohseni, Senior Analyst, University of Tehran’s Center for Public Opinion Research, and Research Associate, Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Steven Kull, Director, Program for Public Consultation, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Suzanne Maloney, Senior Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution

Trita Parsi, President, National Iranian American Council

HIAS Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President Position in Silver Spring

HIAS seeks a Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President (SVP), to be based in the Silver Spring office. The Special Assistant will provide direct administrative support to the SVP, and assistance to the HIAS Global Programs team through research, writing and editing documents, coordination with overseas offices, and administrative duties. This is an entry-level opportunity for young professionals interested in refugee protection and international development issues.

Essential Functions:
  • Support the daily activities of the SVP including assistance with scheduling, correspondence, travel and expense reports.
  • Provide administrative support for Global Programs, including processing monthly expatriate staff and other invoices, bookkeeping, inter-office communications, maintaining filing systems, scheduling, coordinating travel and logistics, and other related duties as they arise.
  • Support projects relevant to HIAS mission and core competencies (legal/advocacy, livelihoods, psychosocial, resettlement) by carrying out duties relating to program development and proposals, accounting, research, writing, editing, and formatting, for international and domestic programs.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Extremely organized, professional, and articulate; high degree of attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as web-based research
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task between projects, and manage time effectively in a fast-paced environment to meet tight deadlines
  • Strong research, analytical, oral and written communications skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and cultural competency
  • Ability to work well both independently and in teams, think creatively, and solve problems.
  • Ability to travel on occasion
  • Knowledge of international affairs and refugee issues preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish or other languages (especially French, Russian, Farsi or Arabic) a strong plus.

Bachelor's degree required.

Ability to master office administrative duties, including office communications, meeting and event planning, and bookkeeping required.

Full status to work in the United States and willingness to provide employment verification as required.

HIAS is the global Jewish nonprofit organization working in 14 countries across five continents to ensure that refugees and displaced persons are protected. Throughout the United States, we help refugees reunite with families, resettle and become self-sufficient.

Click here to apply. 

Program Assistant--Energy & Climate Program with the Carnegie

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, is seeking a program assistant to work with scholars in our Washington, DC-based Energy and Climate program.  Position will provide administrative support, prepare expense reports, assist with grant reports, make travel arrangements, perform database work, handle web postings, coordinate and plan meetings and events, and interface with the international public policy community.  Entry level opportunity to work with senior scholars on current energy and environmental challenges. 
The ideal candidate will have excellent communications and computer skills, strong time management skills, and attention to detail. An administrative background with either fundraising and grants management or financial oversight is a plus. Located in Dupont Circle.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Event and Communications Planner Position with the Korea Economic Institute of America

The Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) is a not-for-profit policy and educational outreach organization focused on promoting dialogue and understanding between the United States and Korea. Established in 1982, KEI began by concentrating on economic issues, but over its 30 year history, has become the premier U.S.-Korea policy institute in Washington, D.C. covering all aspects of the alliance, including national security, broader regional affairs, and Korean American issues.
KEI seeks a qualified individual to join its staff to become involved in all aspects of the institute, from running the logistics of all of KEI’s programs to maintaining KEI’s website, videos, podcasts, and audio-visual equipment.
• Manage detailed logistical arrangements and details for all KEI programs
• Maintain and create partnerships with vendors and related companies for KEI staff and KEI guests
• Oversee all audio/visual equipment, including simultaneous translation devices
• Production of PowerPoints, event live-streams, and video and podcast editing
• Website design and management (Drupal and Wordpress preferred)
• Market and promote programs through e-mail and other methods
• Sensitivity to cultural difference and ability to professionally work with distinguished individuals
• Work with staff to manage KEI’s schedule of programs
• Coordinate with Office Manager on the maintenance of KEI facilities 


• Must hold Bachelor’s Degree or higher
• Background or experience with Asia
• Experience in program/event management
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Excellent organizational skills and ability to work independently
• Ability to be proactive in a fast-paced environment
• Excellent interpersonal and consensus building skills required to work collaboratively and to lead through decision-making
• Experience with audio/video production and management
• Experience with web design and maintenance
• Experience with mass mailing software
• Experience with graphic design
• Comfortable working in a team environment
• Ability to maintain and coordinate program budgets
• Ability to function both independently as well as part of a team in a small, congenial office environment.
• Some travel required 
• Must be a U.S. Citizen
Apply by Tuesday, June 23. Click here for instructions.

East Africa Research Analyst Position Appropriate for Recent Grad

C4ADS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to data-driven analysis and evidence-based reporting of conflict and security issues worldwide. We utilize cutting-edge emerging technologies to manage, integrate, and analyze disparate data from diverse languages, regions, and sources, including our own field research in conflict zones and fragile states. Beyond pure data collection and analysis, we seek to produce and disseminate compelling content to engage both international and local audiences on issues of conflict and security. In doing so, we fill a critical gap left by traditional public sector institutions and profit-driven contractors. 
We are currently seeking applications for positions of EAST AFRICA RESEARCH ANALYST to assist in the research of security issues in the region, namely in Somalia and South Sudan. The position offers analysts a unique opportunity to conduct actionable research in support of real-world 
This position is research heavy. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to:
  • Learn and apply investigative and research methodologies
  • Conduct detailed and structured research on trafficking dynamics in East Africa, especially in South Sudan and/or Somalia
  • Maintain native or professional-level fluency and research experience in another language, preferrably one spoken in East Africa
  • Utilize Palantir, GIS, and other tools on a near-daily basis
  • Work independently and with a strong work ethic
  • Meet competing deadlines across short, medium, and long term timetables 


We do not adhere to strict application criteria, but applicants should have an undergraduate degree at a minimum; however, applicants with a masters’ degree are strongly preferred. As an organization, we value:
  • Overseas work and/or research experience, especially in East Africa. Preferred: experience overseeing and implementing independent research project
  • Demonstrated interest in critically examining illicit networks and/or East African conflict dynamics
  • Strong GPA
  • Impeccable oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with (or natural aptitude for) and willingness to engage frequently with a range of technological platforms
  • Genuine intellectual ambition
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to multitask
  • Willingness to collaborate
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Fall Internship with Tomorrow's Youth Organization

Tomorrow's Youth Organization (TYO), an American nonprofit working with disadvantaged children and women in the Middle East, is recruiting Fall 2015 interns! The application deadline is Friday, July 17th.

Interns should have experience and interest in:
        Community development, social work and psychology
        Women's empowerment through education and economic development
        Early childhood and youth programming

They will work at our flagship center in Nablus (West Bank, Palestine) for our Fall 2015 session (September-December--dates are subject to change).

TYO interns will work full-time in cooperation with TYO local and international staff. Interns will create programs for female entrepreneurs, university students and youth from refugee camps and other marginalized areas of the Nablus community. Each intern will develop and implement their own creative lesson plans through the session as well as informally acting as a liaison between TYO and the local community.

Programs may include workshops and classes on professional competency for university students, English and IT classes for female entrepreneurs, sports, drama and art for youth and children, community English classes and weekend recreational activities. Also, there are opportunities to collaborate with other organizations in Nablus as well as on grant-funded projects, at the TYO Center, in the areas of photography/painting and micro-finance projects for women.

Full description and application instructions can be found online for our International Internship Fall 2015 program

Apply for Fall 2015 Research Assistant Internships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars!

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWICS) announces its Fall 2015 Research Assistant internship openings.  

The priority deadline to apply is July 5, 2015.  The internship application form and detailed instructions can be found at:

We will start matching scholars and interns, but will accept intern applications after this date. Internship positions are open until filled so applying early is strongly recommended.

Margarita Balmaceda, Professor, Seton Hall University. “Chains of Value, Chains of Power: Russian Energy, Value Chains and the Remaking of Social Relations from Vladivostok to Brussels.” (Russian, Polish, or Ukrainian)

Thomas Berger, Associate Professor, Boston University. “A Sea of Troubles: US Grand Strategy in East Asia and Japan's Disputes over History and Territory.” (Japanese)

Alan Cullison, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal. “Rational Roots of Extremism.” (Russian or Arabic)

Zdenek David, Former Librarian, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC. . “The Philosophical and Religious Background of T.G. Masaryk’s Politics.” (German or Czech)

Kent Eaton, Professor of Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz. “Right Reactions to the Left Turn in Latin America.” (Spanish)

Michelle Egan, Associate Professor, American University. “TTIP as Transatlantic Pivot: Strategic and Domestic sources of Legitimacy, Credibility, and Compliance.”

Renaud Egreteau, Visiting Fellow, Institute of South East Asian Studies of Singapore. “Legislatures and Political Change: The Case of Myanmar (Burma) A Study in the Resurgence of Parliament and its Role in Democratization in a Post-junta Era (2010-2015).”

Igor Fedyukin, Director, Center for History Sources, Higher School of Economics. “Technocrats and the "Vertical of Power": Reforming Education and science in Russia in 2000-2014.” (Chinese)

Nancy Gertner, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Law School. “Judging in a Complex World.”

Robert Hathaway. Former Director, Asia Program. “Leverage: Turning Power into Clout.”

Farhat Haq, Professor, Monmouth College. “Sacralizing the State: Islam and Democracy in Pakistan.” (Urdu)

James Hollifield, Professor of Political Science and Director of Tower Center of Political Studies, Southern Methodist University. “The Political Economy of International Migration.” (any European language).

Jamie Horsley, Executive Director, Senior Research Scholar, China Law Center, Yale Law School. “Rule of Law and Open Governance Reforms in China: Implications for China, U.S.-China Relations and International Relations.” (Mandarin Chinese)

Kent Hughes, Former Director, Program on America and the Global Economy. “Economic Statecraft in the 21st Century.”

Jan Kalicki, Counselor for International Strategy, Chevron; Chairman, Eurasia Foundation. “Global and Regional Energy Security.”

Michael Kofman, Program Manager and Research Fellow, Center for Strategic Research, Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS), National Defense University. “Russian Foreign Policy: The New Normal in Russian-Western Relations.” (Russian)

William Krist, Former Senior Vice- President, American Electronics Association, Washington, DC. “Globalization and America's Trade Agreements.”

Mark Landler, White House Correspondent for the New York Times. Working on a book project on the Foreign Policies of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Steve Lagerfeld, Former Editor, The Wilson Quarterly. “The Contrarian’s Art.”

Adrienne LeBas, Professor, American University. “The Organizational Roots of Electoral Violence in Africa.” (French)

Kristie Macrakis, Professor, Georgia Tech/School of History. “Technology and the Rise of the U. S. Global Security State: How Can History Inform Policy?”

Abdelfattah Mady, Associate Professor, Alexandria University. “Strategies of Civilian Control of the Armed Forces: A Comparative Study.”

Richard McGregor, Former Beijing and Washington Bureau Chief, Financial Times. “Three Tigers, One Mountain: China, Japan and America in the Asian Century.” (Mandarin Chinese or Japanese)

Dinny McMahon, Banking & Finance Correspondent, Beijing, The Wall Street Journal. “Cracks in the Facade – the Mounting Risk and Complexity of China's Financial System.” (Mandarin Chinese)

William B. Milam, Former Senior US Diplomat and US Ambassador in both West Africa and South Asia. “Liberia: Back from Failure—Justice vs. Reconciliation.” Second research topic on “Post-Musharraf Pakistan; Back to Square One in Bangladesh.” (French)

Daniel Neep, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University. “Transformations of Space and State: The Making of Modern Syria.” (Arabic or French)

Diana Negroponte, Non-resident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution. “Reviewing the History of the End of the Cold War.” (German or Russian)

David Ottaway, Former Washington Post Correspondent. “A Reporter’s Rediscovery of Stories Covered and Countries Lived in Over a 35 Year Career at the Washington Post.” (Arabic)

Marina Ottaway, Carnegie Foundation. “Arab Countries in Transition.” (Arabic or French)

Marvin Ott, Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University. “Malaysian Foreign and Security Policy” and “Issues in Southeast Asian Security.”

Viridiana Rios, Senior Security Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Mexico. “Economic Policy for Crime Deterrence in Mexico.” (Spanish)

Elisabeth Röhrlich, Researcher and Lecturer, University of Vienna. “Global Nuclear Governance: Perspectives from the pre-NPT History of the IAEA.”

Fatima Sadiqi, Senior Professor of Linguistics & Gender Studies, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez, Morocco. “Jihadism and the Escalation of Violence Against Women and Girls. Towards a Formulation of Policies Combating Gender-based Violence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region.”

Edward Schumacher-Matos, Ombudsman, NPR. “From Ellis Island to Silicon Valley: The Impact of Mass Migration on Entrepreneurialism, Innovation, Inequality, and American Economic Power.”

John W. Sewell, Former President of the Overseas Development Council (ODC). Working on a policy paper, “Development Without Aid.”

Philippa Strum, Former Director, Division of United States Studies, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC. “Why Americans Get to Talk so Much: Speech Jurisprudence in the United States.”
Elizabeth Thompson, Professor of History, University of Virginia. “After Lawrence: Woodrow Wilson and the Broken Promise of Arab Liberalism after World War I.” (Arabic, German, or French)

Samuel Wells, Former Associate Director, Woodrow Wilson Center; Former Director, West European Studies Program, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C. “The Worst Case: Korea and U.S. Escalation of the Cold War.” (Russian, Mandarin Chinese, or Korean)

Robin Wright, Former Washington Post Journalist. "The Middle East at a Crossroads—from North Africa to the Persian Gulf.” (Persian or Arabic)

Yue Zhang, Associate Professor, University of Illinois, Chicago. “Informal Urbanization: The
Making and Governance of Megacities in China, India, and Brazil.” (Portuguese or Chinese)

Vladislav Zubok, Professor of International History, London School of Economics. “1991, Russia destroys the Soviet Union.” (Russian)

The following reading and writing foreign language skills are useful and applicants should indicate their level of proficiency on the application form: Arabic, Czech, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, or Urdu

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Program Associate Position with InsideNGO

InsideNGO is a professional association that assists the staff of international development and relief organizations in improving their capacity to deal with the specific operational challenges involved in working internationally. Our 300+ member organizations share practical approaches to problems faced by finance, human resource, grants/contracts, technology, legal and other staff. We help the NGO community tap into the experience of peers and operational experts managing activities in the most challenging places in the world.
The Program Associate will work directly with our Program Directors implementing our programs for our members.
The anticipated hire date for this role is September 7, 2015 and we will begin reviewing applications in late July.
Primary Areas of Responsibilities:
Program Administration
  • Workshop and Webinars: collaborate with Events team to ensure workshops and webinars, US and non-U.S, in-person and online, are planned and delivered according to existing standards. Coordinate collection of materials and resources for creation of workshop manuals and other supplemental materials, as well as maintain existing training materials and master templates; prepare materials for printing by Events team; manage trainer logistics; provide on-site event support as needed; coordinate post-event follow up to attendees. For webinars, this position will serve as one of the technical coordinators, working with presenters pre-event and coordinating the technical execution during the event.
  • Roundtables: manage all domestic Program Roundtable logistics both in-person and virtual which includes: assisting with announcement/promotion, location logistics and coordination with host member, and materials preparation. May assist on-site. Provide follow-up to attendees as needed. Ensures participant list goes to Events for input. For virtual Roundtables, the incumbent will serve as the technical coordinator.
  • Provide assistance to Director in convening Board Advisory Council meetings and other special Working Groups including: managing the technical requirements and taking/ distributing minutes.
  • Assist program staff in the development and execution of ongoing and one-time projects that support needs of the membership; researching special program-area issues; identifying, collecting and disseminating pertinent area-specific resources; drafting various updates; assisting with the updating of InsideNGO's Member Community, and support other program areas as requested;
Benchmarking and Custom Services
  • This position manages the promotion, registration, execution, data collection, and distribution of InsideNGO's annual HQ & Expat/TCN Salary and Benefits surveys and IT Software Survey. This includes launching of registration, editing of survey questions on a bi-annual basis, ensuring format and portals are working appropriately, following up with participants on purchasing and coordinating with operations team on sales. Also serves as a survey report proofreader.
  • Responds to inquiries regarding surveys.
  • Creates, executes, and summarizes "spot polls" as requested.
  • Creates custom data reports for Director and InsideNGO compensation and benefits consultants
Annual Member Conference Preparatory/Implementation Support
  • Participate in and assist the annual conference planning and follow up process;
  • Provide logistical support for speakers and sessions before and during the Annual Conference (gathering/editing bios; receiving, clarifying, formatting presentations; monitoring timelines, etc);
  • Produce Annual Conference materials as needed: provide logistical information to presenters, format/proof materials; assist various teams as needed;
  • Coordinate with Program Staff and Events Team to meet internal programmatic and marketing milestones prior to the Annual Conference; and
  • Assist in conference programmatic close out logistics: Ensure compilation and distribution to program staff of conference session statistics: provide presenters with evaluation feedback, compile requests and requested follow-up for Program Directors.
Member Support and Communication
  • Monitor online member discussion forums, respond as appropriate including guidance to useful information already available;
  • Post timely content on the Member Community or add resources to the InsideNGO website.
  • Field member concerns and requests for assistance, flagging them for Program Director attention when appropriate.
  • Participate in organizational meetings and other special staff initiatives;
  • Maintain filing systems (electronic and paper) for the Program area(s) and assist with the maintenance of organization-wide systems;
  • Other duties as assigned consistent with the spirit and intent of the position.

Qualifications and Desired Experience

  • Bachelor's degree and one year of progressive administrative/programmatic support at an international development and relief organization, including independent project management, with accountability to senior management;
  • Experience in international operations within the non-profit highly desirable;
  • Experience helping to lead internal teams towards on-time project delivery strongly desired; and
  • Experience in facilitation or coordination of webinars/virtual events and live meetings.

Study Human Trafficking in Thailand Winter 2016

Human trafficking, while not widely understood, ranks among the most severe and lucrative of criminal enterprises around the world. During this course, you will be exposed to the consequences of and reactions to human trafficking in an international context, specifically in Thailand. You will spend your time in the Northern region of the country, visiting both Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. Highlights of the two-week trip will include cultural excursions, speaking engagements with knowledgeable people on the state of human trafficking in Thailand, and volunteer work at the Development and Education Programme for Daughters and Communities Centre, an NGO that works primarily to prevent and to protect children and youth from being trafficked into exploitative labour conditions. Through these activities, you will gain exposure to and an understanding of human trafficking in a way that is not possible in the United States.

Dr. Wendy Stickle(link sends e-mail) is the administrator of the CCJS undergraduate program at Shady Grove. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2009. She teaches courses related to research methods, criminological theory, juvenile delinquency, and human trafficking. Dr. Stickle is the previous chair and current committee member for the Montgomery County Criminal Justice Commission. 

Christine White(link sends e-mail) is a faculty member in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland, College Park. White earned her bachelor degree in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law. White has taught in College Park since 2003 and in 2011 proposed and began teaching the first class at the University of Maryland completely devoted to the topic of human trafficking. 

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Administrative Assistant Position with United Nations Foundation

Position description

The UN Foundation's Shot@Life campaign educates, connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries. A national call to action for this global cause, the campaign rallies the American public, members of Congress, and civil society partners around the fact that together, we can save a child's life every 20 seconds by expanding access to vaccines. By encouraging Americans to learn about, advocate for, and donate vaccines, the United Nations Foundation's Shot@Life campaign will decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give children a shot at a healthy life.
The Administrative Assistant provides administrative, operational, and research support to the Shot@Life Campaign.

Provide administrative support to assigned members of the Shot@Life Campaign team:
    • Schedule and organize meetings and conference calls, including preparing meeting materials and taking minutes as needed.Coordinate travel arrangements and logistics.
    • Process expense reports for Senior Director and Deputy Director.
    • Prepare, finalize, and distribute briefing notes, memos, and internal and external correspondence as directed.
    • Manage electronic and paper files.
  • Assist in managing contracts and grants portfolio, payments, and budget:
    • Work with Business Services/Budget Department to draft and execute contract and grant approval forms, agreements, and amendments.
    • Work with Finance and Business Services/Budget Departments to process bills, invoices, and reimbursements. Tracking disbursements and troubleshooting as needed.
    • Keep track of budget items and join monthly budget meetings with itemized updates.
    • Other activities required to effectively manage grants and contracts.
  • Assist with planning and logistics of grassroots and advocacy events, including annual Champion Summit, regional trainings, Champion Leader meeting and hill briefings.
  • Maintain inventory of campaign promotional materials for events and conferences. Work with graphic designer to create and update these materials.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
  • Previous experience developing written materials (analyses, reports, talking points, etc.) for senior leaders and external audiences. Strong communications, research, and professional writing skills.
  • Familiarity with global health, international development, and/or the United Nations desired.
  • Previous grant and contractual experience preferred.
  • Personal commitment to UNF's vision and the ability to articulate it to others in a manner that compels them to action.