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27TH MAY 2013


1. Training, Workshops, Learning
a. Culture, Communication and Health (30 May - 2 June 2013)
b. Advanced Conflict Transformation Course (14 October - 15 November 2013)
c. MA / Postgraduate Diploma in Poverty, Conflict and Reconstruction
2. Seminars and Conferences
a. What use is International Humanitarian Law? (30 May 2013)
b. PRSP Processes in Honduras and Nicaragua (26 June 2013)
3. Consultations and Notices
a. Web Debate: Towards a service-providers' network? Africans with experience of truth, justice and reconciliation issues?
4. New Resources
a. Pakistan - Nationalism Without a Nation
b. Training For Peace And Humanitarian Relief Operations, Advancing Best Practices
a. ILO Study on Child Labour
b. Somalia: Countering Terrorism in a Failed State
5. Volunteer and Job Vacancies
a. OCHA: Evaluation Specialist (Short-term)
b. Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue: Consultant (Indonesia)(closing date: 28 May 2013)
c. ALNAP: Consultant (Strengthening Humanitarian Programme Monitoring Systems) (closing date: 5 June 2013)
d. Conciliation Resources: Editor/Researcher (closing date: 7 June 2013)
e. Forum on Early Warning and Early Response (FEWER): Communications Coordinator / Coordination Officer (Africa) (closing date: 7 June 2013)
f. Creative Exchange: Information Services Editor (closing date: 7 June 2013)
g. Oxfam GB, Kenya: Consultant to evaluate the scenario development aspects of the emergency preparedness and response (EP&R) programme (closing date: 7 June 2013)
h. Applied Conflict Resolution Organizations Network (ACRON): Executive Director (closing date: 17 June 2013)
i. FilmAid International: Technical Manager - East Africa Programme
g. International Health Exchange: Volunteer


1. Training, Workshops, Learning

30th May - 2nd June 2013
London, UK

International Health Exchange has a few places left on their 'Culture, Communication and Health' course that will run in central London (Swiss Cottage) from the evening of May 30th until 17.00 hrs on June 2nd 2013.

This course aims to help you improve your communication skills and understanding of local cultures, and gain a deeper understanding of the role of culture in health practice, behaviour and beliefs. It is designed to enhance community and staff participation in project planning and implementation, and improve awareness and sensitivity to local cultures while operating in difficult situations.

For more information, please see the IHE website at: www.ihe.org.uk, send a message to email: tanith ihe.org.uk or phone (020) 7620 3333.

14 October - 15 November 2013
Johannesburg, South Africa

The course covers diverse aspects of conflict transformation and peace building, and is aimed at building the capacity of participants mostly on the African continent, working in related fields. The last continental course was held from 4th February to 8th March 2013. The next course is scheduled to take place from 14th October to 15th November 2013 and will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The purpose of this course is to assist men and women working for development, human rights, peace and justice to:
- Identify the origins and causes of new and ongoing conflicts in various parts of Africa and to look specifically at the current conflicts and its impact on the continent and internationally.
- Examine the causes of these conflicts in order to understand more clearly the dynamics of the various factors and forces. The relationship between peace and development will also be debated.
- Support and strengthen skills for facilitating dialogue, including communication and facilitation skills, negotiation, mediation and arbitration.
- Explore ways of providing support between practitioners and policy makers active in the field of Conflict Transformation.
- Address the need to train other people working for development, human rights and reconciliation in methods of transforming and preventing violence.
- Explore further strategies for violence reduction and peace building.

For further information on COPA, membership details and the Continental Course please contact: COPA Coordinator, P.O Box 13265, 00100, Nairobi GPO, Kenya. Tel: 254-2-577557/8; Fax: 254-2-577577; Mobile: 0733 769 840; Email: copa hotvoice.com; Contact Person: Michael E. Muragu
COPA Course Coordinator, C/o ACTION Support Centre, 85th Ave. 1 Melville, Johannesburg 2090, South Africa. Tel: 0027 (0) 114 826983; Fax: 0027 (0) 118 828805; E-mail: copasouthern hotmail.com; Contact Person: Richard Smith

Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, UK
MA 12 months' duration commencing annually in September (part-time 24 months)
Post Graduate Diploma 9 months' duration commencing annually in September (part-time 21 months)

This programme examines the relevance of new analytical frameworks relating to conflict management and to the policies and practices by which individuals, communities and organisations seek to reduce poverty and foster social reconciliation in conflict-affected societies.

The programme is intended for those involved in policy-making, planning or managing activities relating to poverty reduction, conflict resolution, reconstruction and refugee rehabilitation. This will include personnel from international organisations, government departments, non-governmental organisations and civil society.

Further information and application forms can be obtained online from: www.man.ac.uk/idpm or by writing to: Miss Catherine Austin, MA PCR Programme Administrator, Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, Crawford House, Precinct Centre, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9GH, UK. Tel: +41 (0)161 275 2800/2804; Fax: +44 (0)161 273 8829.


2. Seminars and conferences

Thursday 30th May 2013, 5.30-7.00pm
Conference Room, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), 111 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1

It is 53 years since the Geneva Conventions established rules in international law on what can and can't be done to civilians and forces who are hors de combat in armed conflicts. ICRC's website lists 96 treaties and documents formulated over the last 148 years that make up International Humanitarian Law (IHL). Nevertheless, events such as those in the last seven months in Afghanistan, and more recently in the West Bank, raise difficult questions about the role of IHL. Does it really work as a normative framework, influencing the behaviour of belligerents and international actors? Can it be used as a practical instrument to try to ensure respect for humanity and humanitarian values? Is it still relevant?

The debate will be led by a panel of three speakers, who will discuss the role of IHL today from different perspectives:

- Francoise Bouchet-Saulnier, legal counsel for the MSF Foundation, Paris
- Philip Spoerri, Coordinator of Legal Advisers to Operations, ICRC
- Stephen Pattison, Head of the UN Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The meeting will be chaired by ODI Research Fellow James Darcy.

Accommodation is limited. If you would like to attend, please book by emailing: meetings odi.org.uk

Wednesday 26th June 2013, 2-5.30pm
Jubilee Room, House of Commons, St Stephen's Entrance, London SW1P 0AA (nearest tube: Westminster)
A CIIR Seminar

1. Mauricio Diaz: Fosdeh, Honduras. 'Civil Society Participation in the PRSPs: The Challenges for Implementation'
2. Brian Linneker: Middlesex University Dept of Economics. 'Analysis of Social Indicators of Poverty: Experiences of the Social Audit Process in Nicaragua'
3. Sarah Bradshaw: Middlesex University Dept of Economics. 'A Gender Critique of the PRSP Process in Nicaragua'
4. Ana Quiroz: Out-going President of the Coordinadora Civil para la Emergencia y la Reconstruccion (CCER) Nicaragua. 'Political Aspects of the PRSP Process: the Limits of Participation'

Please confirm your attendance with Vanessa Kurz (Email: vanessa ciir.org; Tel: 020 7288 8610), as places are limited and those attending will need entry clearance.


3. Consultations and Notices

A web debate is underway on whether the time has come to create an African service provider's network on truth, justice and reconciliation issues.

Richard Carver, Brandon Hamber and Jon Lunn, three human rights activists with experience of these issues in southern and West Africa, have joined together to produce a discussion piece that first appeared in Pambazuka News in May 2013. The discussion piece, along with the initial responses to it, are now available on the following website: http://www.liquid2k.com/africa.


4.  New Resources


Editor: Christophe Jaffrelot, Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI), Paris

This up-to-date account of Pakistan's complicated political tapestry focuses on two related sets of questions. The first concerns the ethnic tensions within Pakistan, including the Mohajir movement, Pashtun and Baloch nationalisms, and the 'Punjabization' of the country. The second focus is the country's complex position within the South Asian region. Kashmir has been for years the main bone of contention between India and Pakistan. Since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan twenty years ago, Pakistan has been also one of the main players in the Afghan war; especially after it supported the Taliban. The book examines Pakistan's foreign policy, including the dialectic between domestic and foreign policy and the role of the army. The many questions raised include the definition of identity, the intersection of religious and ethnic factors, a deeply flawed institutionalization of democracy, control of the state, and the potentially explosive interaction of regional and domestic politics.

1 84277 116 7 hbk  GBP50.00/US$75.00 
1 84277 117 5 pbk  GBP14.95/US$29.95

For further information or to order, contact: Mohammed Umar, Zed Books, 7 Cynthia Street, London N1 9JF, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7837 4014;  Fax:  +44 (0)20 7833 3960; Email: sales zedbooks.demon.co.uk or visit the Zed Bookswebsite at: <http://www.zedbooks.demon.co.uk/>

Report published by USIP, April 2013

The 41-page report has been issued as Peaceworks No. 43 and comes from a two-day event on best practices in conflict management training, organised by the USIP June 25-26 2013 in Washington DC.

Peaceworks 43 can be obtained free of charge from the USIP through email: usip_requests usip.org or tel: +1 202 457 1700; fax: +1 202 429 6063 or it can be downloaded from the USIP website at: www.usip.org


About 246 million children - one child in six - are working, most of them involved in dangerous jobs, the UN's International Labour Organisation (ILO) revealed in a study released at the beginning of May 2013. The greatest number of working children aged between five and 17 live in Asia and Africa, according to the study by the ILO. About 8.4 million children are caught in "unconditional" forms of labour, including slavery, trafficking, debt bondage and other forms of forced labour, forced recruitment for armed conflict, prostitution, pornography and other illicit activities. The ILO said natural disasters, economic downturns, wars and the HIV/AIDS pandemic drew the young into work, including prostitution, drug trafficking and pornography.

The full report can be found at: www.ilo.org/public/english/standards/ipec/simpoc/others/globalest.pdf

International Crisis Group (ICG)

Somalia is one of the world's chief examples of a failed state. Indigenous, problematic Islamic organisations with radical agendas and histories of some suspect connections to foreign groups including al-Qaeda, and above all a highly fragmented internal security situation have raised concerns that it may again become a base for international terrorism. Competing agendas of its neighbours have frustrated efforts to negotiate peace and reconciliation. Renewed diplomatic and political engagement, especially by the EU, U.S. and UN, working closely with the key regional actors, is urgently needed to bring internal peace and state reconstruction. This is the only way to realise long-term counter-terrorism objectives.

For the full report, CrisisWeb at: www.crisisweb.org


5. Volunteer and Job Vacancies

The evaluation unit of the Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is seeking an evaluation specialist to work in New York for a short-term assignment of two to three months starting asap.

- Plan, organize and co-ordinate upcoming evaluation missions (includes drafting and negotiating the TOR, basic background research, identifying the team,  methodological guidance etc.)
- Assist in the development of a concept and guidelines for lesson exercises to be held by field offices
- Extract and synthesize lessons from evaluation, reviews, lesson exercises and policy reports and ensure their dissemination internally and externally
- Prepare succinct summary papers on evaluation findings and recommendations for OCHA staff, the IASC membership and the Working Group on OCHA;
- Follow up on the implementation of evaluation recommendations; evaluate the responses and actions taken by management and provide advice or clarification to managers and staff on evaluated issues;
- Undertake research on relevant issues and prepare short research or lessons papers

- At least 10 years experience, mostly in evaluation
- Experience with evaluating humanitarian assistance
- Familiarity with key evaluation concepts, criteria and methods
- Field experience in humanitarian emergency responses

If interested, please send your resume, preferably by email, to:  Susanne Frueh, Chief, Evaluation and Studies Unit, OCHA. Email: frueh un.org; Fax: +1 212-963-1040.

Closing date for applications: 28th May 2013

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue is an independent and impartial organization, based in Geneva, Switzerland, dedicated to the promotion of humanitarian principles, the prevention of conflict and the alleviation of its effects through dialogue.  In Indonesia, HDC facilitates dialogue between representatives of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement. HDC is seeking a replacement for a consultancy post in Aceh, Indonesia. The consultant will be responsible for facilitating the development of mechanisms for addressing social, economic, development, and human rights issues among representatives from multiple sectors and levels of society. This includes facilitating discussions and building consensus on issues of concern between representatives of the Government and the Free Aceh Movement, liaising with representatives of civil society in Aceh and Jakarta, and ensuring coherence with local NGO initiatives.

Ideal qualifications are: extensive experience in governance and democracy issues; management of humanitarian and development programs; experience in the facilitation of meetings between parties in conflict; experience in the strengthening of civil society; experience and knowledge of Indonesia; and understanding of the principles of confidentiality, impartiality, and political sensitivities.

To apply, please submit applications by email, indicating availability and telephone number.  Appropriate candidates will be contacted for a telephone interview. If a candidate does not receive a response within four weeks of the closing date, her/his application has not been selected. For further information, or to submit an application, contact: The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, 114 Rue de Lausanne, ch 1202 Geneva, Switzerland. Tel: +41-22-908 1130; Fax: +41-22-908 1140; Email: info hdcentre.org; Website: www.hdcentre.org

Closing date for applications: 5th June 2013

ALNAP, the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action is looking for a consultant to undertake a 45-day study between June 2013 and December 2013. A primary objective of the study is to ensure that monitoring systems facilitate necessary modifications during the course of an intervention and that lessons learned are captured to improve future humanitarian action. The study will include:
- a preliminary mapping of current monitoring mechanisms and collective monitoring initiatives within the humanitarian system;
- an analysis of strengths and weaknesses in relation to particular objectives and issues arising for individual agencies and the sector as a whole, including the scope of monitoring as a lesson-learning tool for improved performance;
- recommendations for new approaches and for strengthening/adapting current practices.

Applicants must have at least 5 years experience of managing/monitoring humanitarian aid programmes; experience designing monitoring systems; a demonstrable understanding of the international humanitarian sector; previous publications (ideally on monitoring); and, good written English. Further details are available at www.alnap.org.

Applications, including CV, list of previous publications, and a covering letter outlining suitability and availability should be addressed to Colin Hadkiss, ODI, 111 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JD or alnap odi.org.uk .

Closing date for applications: Friday 7th June 2013
Salary: £22,500 + pension

Reporting to and working closely with the Accord Programme Manager/Series Editor and team, s/he will contribute to the collaborative development of its print and on-line publication series, Accord - an international review of peace initiatives (www.c-r.org/accord).

Tasks: the Accord Editor/Researcher will play a lead role in researching future projects, working with each Issue Editor to improve draft articles and develop non-commissioned text and overseeing all major aspects of the production and design process. S/he will also provide assistance to partner organisations and others who develop local language editions of Accord, as well as on other publications and articles produced as part of the Accord programme.

Requirements: Previous experience and strong track record of editorial work, a proven ability to undertake effective research in the field of international relations/politics, experience and knowledge of publishing processes, including design, layout and printing, and interest in the dynamics of armed conflict and peacebuilding processes.

How to apply: More information about CR and the position, including a job description, a person specification and an application form, can be found on CR's website (http://www.c-r.org). Please print the application form and send the fully completed and signed form either by post or fax to: Conciliation Resources, 173 Upper Street, London N1 1RG, UK. Fax: +44-20-7359 4081. If you cannot access the web or download the information, you may request the information and application form by E-mail from j.williams c-r.org. Closing date is Friday 7 June 2013 and interviews are scheduled for the week of June 17th.

Please note: Only candidates who are legally allowed to work in the UK need apply. Applicants who do not fulfill this criterion will not be considered. CR regrets that it cannot provide a relocation package.

Conciliation Resources was established in 1994 to provide an international service to local organisations pursuing peacebuilding or conflict transformation initiatives. CR currently supports activities of partner organisations in Angola, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Fiji, Uganda and West Africa. It also produces the print and on-line publication series, Accord: an international review of peace initiatives (www.c-r.org) as part of the Accord programme.

Closing date for applications: 7th June 2013

FEWER is an independent global network committed to peace-building and conflict prevention.

The Secretariat is offering the following positions:

Communications Co-ordinator (full-time)
£24,000-£25,000 + benefits
Responsible for the development and implementation of the communications strategy.

Co-ordination Officer, Africa (full-time)
£20,000 + benefits
Co-ordinate the Africa programme.

For details and application forms visit www.fewer.org or send large self-addressed envelope to: The Scretariat, FEWER, the Old Truman Brewery, 91-95 Brick Lane, London E1 6QN, UK or email: secretariat fewer.org. Previous applicants need not apply. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Closing date for applications: Friday 7th June 2013

Creative Exchange is looking for a freelance part-time Information Service Editor who can take over responsibility for the management and development of its information services and publications.

Information services are critical to the successful functioning of the charity. They have an impact on the way the it is perceived, and on the development of knowledge and understanding about Culture and Development, which is a key part of Creative Exchange's charitable remit.

The Information Services Editor will be responsible for collating and distributing Electronic Forum bulletins, editing the bi-annual newsletter and developing the editorial strategy and style guide. They will consider how Creative Exchange can improve and develop its information services and explore how they can create a better flow of information to their website.

The post will start in June and will initially involve 4 days per month increasing to 6 days from September 2013. It is likely to be an expanding role as the organisation grows. Candidates will be expected to work in close partnership with the Creative Exchange Coordinator, who is based in London.

Further details and a job description are available from Helen Gould. Please email (rather than telephone): hgould creativexchange.org

Closing date for applications: 7th June 2013
Oxfam GB, HECA Regional Office, Nairobi, Kenya

A consultant is required to undertake a two month assignment to evaluate the scenario development aspects of the emergency preparedness and response (EP&R) programme co-ordinated by Oxfam GB for the Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS) consortium.

Terms of reference can be obtained from: Mary Davies, OLS EP&R Co-ordinator, PO Box 40680, Nairobi, Kenya or by email to madavies unicef.org. Applications, consisting of a CV (including contact details for 2 referees) plus a cover letter explaining why you consider yourself the right person for this consultancy, should also be submitted to Mary Davies.

If you wish to discuss the details of the consultancy prior to application, please call: Nairobi 622870 or mobile Nairobi 0722 856 781.

Closing date for applications: 17th June 2013

The Applied Conflict Resolution Organizations Network (ACRON), a newly established network of 20+ international conflict resolution and peace-building organizations seeks to fill the position of Executive Director. Working from ACRON's Washington, DC office, the Executive Director will serve as ACRON's: chief administrative and operating officer. The director's responsibilities also include:

- Spokesperson for the organization
- Focal point for outreach efforts
- Architect of initial fundraising strategy and chief fundraiser prior to the anticipated hiring of a development director
- Oversight of website strategy and operations
- Outreach to public and private sources of potential funding for ACRON member initiated projects 
- Coalition building among ACRON member organizations, suggesting opportunities for productive cooperation or consolidation
- Leader of ACRON's environmental scanning efforts: tracking policy and personnel changes at major foundations, government agencies and other organizations of interest to the ACRON membership. 

Salary and benefits will be competitive and based on employment history, with clear opportunities for future increases and performance-based bonuses. Please submit cover letter and CV to email: mkitaw iwa.org by 17 June 2013.

For further information about ACRON, please see www.acron.iwa.org.

(from Creative Exchange listserve)
Location: Kakuma, Kenya and Kibondo, Tanzania
Duration: 7-9 months

FilmAid International (FAI) is seeking for a Technical Manager for its programs in East Africa.  FAI is a project of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in association with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). FAI uses film and video to educate, inform and entertain refugees and displaced people throughout the world.

FAI operates out of a mobile cinema unit, which screens educational and entertaining films in different open-air locations in the camp, in the evening. FAI also screens during the day, in in-doors facilities.  A third component of FAI programs is a Participatory Video project, where refugees are trained in filming techniques.

The FAI Technical Manager is responsible for providing support to the FAI Program Director and for the overall technical and operational management of the FAI field programs. The FAI Technical Manager reports directly to the FAI Program Director. The FAI program Director approves all program development, content and execution, and the Technical Manager implements the program as specifically directed by the FAI Program Director. The FAI Technical Manager directly supervises 2 national and 8 refugee staff, and indirectly supervises 30 national staff, refugees and volunteers.  This position requires considerable physical work. Additionally, the Technical Manager teaches the participatory video classes.

The FAI Technical Manager's specific responsibilities include:
Oversee and coordinate day-to-day operations and logistics of FAI screenings and activities;
Supervision of usage and protocol of all project equipment and supplies;
Direct supervision of equipment maintenance;
Management and control of FAI assets;
Training of staff in operation and maintenance of equipment;
Supervise staff attendance and performance, in coordination with Program Director;
Training of local educators and refugees in video making and projection techniques;
Provide progress reports;
Assist with any other duties as requested by supervisor.

Demonstrated experience of at least 5 years in film and/or video production;
Demonstrated teaching experience, preferably participatory video;
Preferred experience in development communications;
At least three years of overseas working experience, preferably in Africa;
Demonstrated experience in logistics and operations;
Significant supervisory experience;
Familiar with a humanitarian aid and/or development environment;
Ability to work and be flexible under difficult circumstances in an isolated and stressful environment with security risks;
Fluency in written and spoken English is essential; French and Kiswahili desirable;
Microsoft Office; Computer film editing.

For applications, please send cover letter and CV to: Carrie Schildroth at email: Carrie theIRC.org

Volunteer required for International Health Exchange, a small international health recruitment charity. Must be reliable and have the ability to commit to a minimum of 2 days a week, to assist with essential administrative tasks in a small, friendly team environment.

Position would possibly suit retired person with excellent keyboard skills and an eye for detail.

Travel and lunch expenses covered.

Please contact Tanith by telephone on (020) 7620 3333 (Mon-Fri 9:30am to 5pm) or by email at: Tanith ihe.org.uk

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