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28th January 2013


1. Training, Workshops, Learning
a. Online Course 'TRANSFORMING CIVIL CONFLICT' (Feb/March and March April 2014)
b. Treaties Day School (8 February 2014)
c. Minority Rights Study Day (1 March 2014)
d. Conflict Analysis for Prevention and Peacebuilding—Exploring the roles of NGOs  (Washington, 11-14 March 2014)
e. Development Policy, Planning and Management (26 April-12 July 2014)
f. UNU/INCORE International Summer School (Northern Ireland, 9-14 June 2014)
g. International Summer School in Forced Migration (7–25 July 2014) 
h. Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding in War-Torn Societies (7 - 25 July 2014)
2. Seminars and Conferences
a. The End of Freedom: Does a Civilised Society Need Censorship?" (3 February 2014)
b. The Guardian & The Observer Business and Society CSR Conference - Policy into Practice (6 February 2014)
c. Religious Mobilization and Organized Violence in Contemporary South Asia (Denmark, 3-4 April 2014)
d. International Perspectives on Peace and Reconciliation (Australia , 14-17 July 2014)
3. Consultations and Notices
a. 2014 Human Security Fellowship Competition Announcement (deadline: 15 February 2014)
4. New Resources
a. Women's Roles in Conflict Prevention, Conflict Resolution and Post-conflict Reconstruction: Literature Review and Institutional Analysis
b. The Hybrid Island - Culture Crossings and the Invention of Identity in Sri Lanka
c. Ethiopia since the Derg - A Decade of Democratic Pretension and Performance
d. Tinderbox - US Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism
e. Ethnonationalism in the Contemporary World: Walker Connor and the Study of Nationalism
f. Imagine Coexistence: Peace and Reconciliation Between Opposing Groups After Violent Mass Conflict
g. "Uncertain power: the changing role of official donors in humanitarian action" 
h. Advancing Human Security and Development in Africa: Reflections on NEPAD
i. Conflict Prevention: Path to Peace or Grand Illusion
a. International Crisis Group briefings: Sierra Leone and Yemen
5. Volunteer and Job Vacancies
a. Southern Africa Emergencies Support Assistant
b. Research and evaluation position with UNHCR
c. Africa Program Director and two Deputy Program Directors
d. Southern Africa Emergencies Support Assistant
e. Regional Communications and Information Manager
f. ABColombia Group Lobbying and Liaison Officer
g. Researcher - Assistance to Mine-Affected Communities


1. Training, Workshops, Learning

Feb/March and March/April 2014

In co-operation with the Centre for Conflict Resolution, Bradford University, The European Network University is organising its four-week online certificate course in Conflict Resolution for the seventeenth (February/March 2014) and eighteenth (March/April 2014) time.

The course is designed for professionals  working in conflict areas and students with a special interest in the topic. The aim of the program is to help prepare participants for work in conflict areas, or to make their work more effective by giving them more insight into the processes in conflicts and the roles that different organisations play. This program focuses on developing critical analytical skills in order to ask relevant questions, rather than finding the right solutions and answers to conflicts straight away.

During the course the participants are familiarised with contemporary theories of conflict and conflict resolution. Furthermore, they are acquainted with a wide range of relevant information on conflict on the Internet and introduced to practical issues and debates within the field. Together with people with a professional interest, they will form a 'learning community'. The subjects for the course weeks are: Introduction to Conflict Resolution, Conflict Analysis and Conflict Prevention. The students are coached online, and they will participate through online debates, assignments and exercises. The participant will participate in a collaborative learning experience in an online 'learning community' of professionals.

This is the overview of the course:
1: Introduction to Conflict Resolution: During the first week we will discuss some of the most used concepts in Conflict Resolution. Different phases of a conflict and the peacebuilding efforts associated with it will be discussed, also the difference between Conflict Management, Resolution and Transformation and conflict structures. The assignments include exercises to search for specific information on Peace and Conflict related websites and discussion between participants.
2: Conflict Prevention: During this week you will be familiarised with the debate on Conflict Prevention, Early Warning and Early Action. Many organisations and governments are interested in the questions of: How can conflicts be prevented? What are the tools available? To what parties and organisations? This week aims to help participants identify conflict prevention opportunities in conflicts.
3: Conflict Mapping (conflict analysis): The last two weeks the participants will be provided with the knowledge to create a 'conflict map'. Theory and exercises are aimed to gather relevant information in a structured way,  on a particular 'target conflict' of your choice. This will help you gain an overview of the particular conflict and the role your organisation is playing in it. You are taught where to find and keep track of essential information on your conflict. Theory on 'multi-track diplomacy' will also be discussed in this part of the course. This week makes strongly utilizes the internet as an information resource. You will be pointed towards many websites for different types of information.

The February/March course will start on Monday 24 February and finish on Friday 21 March 2014. There is an optional two weeks of additional time for debates.. The course is designed for people who want to study and work at the same time. Participants will be provided with a certificate of completion/attendance from both the European Network University and the Centre for Conflict Resolution, Department of Peace Studies, Bradford University, after the course is finished. The regular fee for the course is € 750 ($ 750). Students pay a special reduced price of  €495 ($495), participants from the 'South' €395 ($ 395). A limited amount of (partial) scholarships is available for shoestring-budget NGO's, groups and individuals in special circumstances. In that case a CV and/or short letter of intent should be sent to tcc netuni.uva.nl. The fees are due two weeks before the start of the courses.

For more information contact Lambrecht Wessels: tcc netuni.uva.nl visit our website: www.netuni.nl/demos/tcc/   

University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1
8 February 2014

Following the success of last year's Treaties Day School, Abolition 2000 UK and Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament are organising another. Purpose: To educate and inform peace workers, students of government, defence and politics, and particularly those planning on lobbying at the Conference on Disarmament and the Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee (PrepCom). Registration: GBP5 or Euro10 to cover delegate's package and refreshments (can be paid at the door but please try to let us know you are coming). Lunch not included, there are snack bars in ULU. Workshops include: How to run a successful campaign - David Hillman, War on Want; Nuclear weapons-free zones in Central Asia - Janet Bloomfield (Atomic Mirror); Press releases that get noticed not binned - Nigel Chamberlain, BASIC; Effective letter-writing - Jenny Maxwell, West Midlands CND; Getting politicians to listen - Lorna Richardson; We're at the NPT Conference - now what do we do?.

Further information available from ccnd gn.apc.org or http://ccnd.gn.apc.org

Birkbeck College, University of London
Sat 1 Mar 9.30am-5.30pm

The international approach to minority rights is both innovative and diverse. While stressing individual rights, the UN has not remained indifferent to the protection of minorities. The ending of the Cold War saw a renewed commitment to minority rights, not only by the UN, but at the regional level also. This study day examines some of these developments.

Cost: £40 (£20)

Details from Carol Watts: ce.watts cems.bbk.ac.uk or on www.bbk.ac.uk

11 - 14 March 2014
Johns Hopkins SAIS, Benjamin T. Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., in Washington, D.C.
(Tuesday-Thursday 8:15 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., Friday 8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.).

Participants will learn and apply an analytical framework for selecting NGO programming priorities for conflict prevention, transition and/or peacebuilding based on first examining causes and dynamics of conflict in a specific country context.  For a brochure and registration details please view the course web page at http://epdweb.engr.wisc.edu/brochures/E617.html, or contact Charles at: dufresne interworksmadison.com, or call the University of Wisconsin (UW) Registration at: Tel. (608) 262-1299 or (800) 462-0876.

Centre for Development Studies, University of Birmingham, UK
26th April-12th July 2014

This course is specially designed to meet the needs of people working in many kinds of non-government and international aid organisations as well as government departments. The Selly Oak Course in Development Policy, Planning and Management is unique because each course is developed flexibly, according to the particular needs and concerns of participants. Main themes include the following: Understanding poverty, and the processes of underdevelopment and development; Reviewing social and human development and social policy issues in developing countries; Examining possibilities for social, political and economic changes at all levels; Incorporating gender; and environmental issues in development programmes and policies; Considering relationships among globalisation, the state and civil society; Improving practical management skills in planning, budgeting, implementation, and evaluation; Developing institutions and building capacity of organisations including advocacy skills; Analysing the nature, sources, motives and effects of aid, and the role of voluntary agencies; Exploring motivation and communication, and becoming more effective in working with others, handling conflict, problem-solving and leadership. Analysis of experience from within the class is a rich source of learning, and importance is given to participatory learning methods throughout the course. The study methods are intensive and participatory. The course also works with a variety of practical case studies and film materials from developing countries. These methods include discussion in large and small groups, concept presentations and formal lectures, recommended reading, case studies, programmed and structured exercises, role play, simulations, group-work, video films, external visits, and individual and group assignments. Methods are constantly interchanged to provide stimulus, to reinforce learning and to meet individual needs.

Total cost #4000 (#3500 for tuition and use of facilities of both the main and Selly Oak campus of the University of Birmingham, plus #500 for field visits and training materials). Please note: the tuition fee may increase from April 2014. Accommodation costs on campus will differ but range from approximately #1600 to #1900 for accommodation and all meals. Requests for scholarship support should be submitted directly to the donor agencies. However, once we have received a completed application form we might be able to offer advice on possible sources of sponsorship. Application forms are available on request from the Departmental office as given below. Urgent enquiries may be sent by fax or e-mail. Wendy Banner, Course Administrator, Development Studies, The University of Birmingham Selly Oak Campus, Elmfield House, Bristol Road, Birmingham B29 6LQ, UK.Telephone: +44 (0)121 415 2295Telefax: +44 (0)121 415 2296E-mail: w.banner bham.ac.uk Web: www.bham.ac.uk/socsci

Aberfoyle House, Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland
9-14 June 2014

The International Summer School provides an intensive week of training, networking and discussion in the field of conflict resolution. Facilitated by leading experts, the International Summer School is aimed at mid to senior level policymakers, practitioners, academics, members of the media, military and religious organisations.

The School provides an interactive learning environment and attempts to bridge the gap between policy, practice and research. Three courses are on offer for 2014: 1) Managing Peace Processes 2) Track Two Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation 3) Evaluation and Impact Assessment of Peacebuilding Projects.

Further details about the Summer School can be found at:www.incore.ulst.ac.uk/news/events/ss/index.html

UNU/INCORE is a joint research institute of the United Nations University at the University of Ulster. It seeks to address the management and resolution of contemporary conflicts through research, training, practice, policy and theory.

Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, UK
7 – 25 July 2014

This three-week residential course provides a broad understanding of the issues of forced migration and humanitarian assistance. Participants examine, discuss and review theory and practice and develop communication and analysis. Skills useful for the workplace. Designed for managers, administrators, field workers and policy makers in humanitarian fields. Combines lectures and seminars by international experts, small group work, case studies, simulations and individual study. The course is held at Wadham College.Course fees: £2300 (incl. B&B accommodation, weekday lunches, tuition fees, course materials, social activities). For more information email: summer.school qeh.ox.ac.uk

University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
7 - 25 July 2014

The objectives of this course are to answer such questions as `What is peace building and what are its main goals? What means can be used to achieve these goals? Who are the key actors involved in peace building and what is the extent of their contribution?' The course will provide conceptual and theoretical training in conflict resolution to individuals and career professionals who want to upgrade their skills and knowledge or to acquire new skills and perspectives in this area. Upon completion of the course, participants will be in a position to apply their advanced knowledge and understanding in an advisory or policy-making capacity, either in the public or private sectors, in international organisations, development agencies, academic institutions, business corporations, and NGOs.

Course Fee: £3,100 per person (including accommodation)
Course Director: Dr Rajat Ganguly.
Course details and application form on http://www.odg.uea.ac.uk/pages/training.html


2. Seminars and conferences

a. The End of Freedom: Does a Civilised Society Need Censorship?

Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1
3rd February 2014 6.30

Debate between Jonathan Freedland, Michael Grade, Bea Campbell, Rear Admiral Nick Wilkinson

The Orange Index Debates are an exciting new series of high-profile debates to be held in universities around the UK. They will tackle important contemporary questions, with free expression at their centre, to stimulate interest and involvement from the opinion formers and legislators of the future.  The launch debate will provide a backdrop to the series by exploring the following:‘In the absence of a constitution, or an adequate Bill of Rights protecting our rights as citizens, and with a new human rights act threatened by our fear of terrorism, our right to speak our mind, to read, watch and listen to what we choose, is under greater pressure than at any time since WWII. From the priest to the bureaucrat, the censors of art, music, literature and political ideas, even of sexual activity, have always sought to control society. But in the aftermath of 9/11, the new censors are out in force, claiming to wield their blue pencils not just for political control or for the sake of 'decency', but in the name of national security as well. Does a safe society demand censorship?’

This is a FREE event. Early reservations are strongly advised. Call INDEX on 0207 278 2313, fax 0207 278 1878 or email:ruairi indexoncensorship.org
For more details of the series, please see www.orangeindex.co.uk

b. The Guardian & The Observer Business and Society CSR Conference - Policy into Practice
Church House Conference Centre, Westminster London
6th February 2014

Is this a crunch year for corporate social responsibility? Time to put up or shut up? Find out more at The Guardian and The Observer Business and Society conference which will explore the CSR consequences for industry, government and pressure groups. For a full conference programme, visit http://www.societyguardian.co.uk/conferences,contact the Guardian on + 44 (0) 20 7713 4091, or email: conferences guardian.co.uk

Seminar – Religious Mobilization and Organized Violence in Contemporary South Asia
Graduate School of International Development Studies, Roskilde University Center, Denmark
April 3-4, 2014

This two day workshop attempts to cover the issues and questions opened by the recent events in South Asia through comparative or specific studies of religious violence and organizations and their national/transnational linkages both at empirical and conceptual levels. The range of suggested themes is: the mythology of religious violence that limits the scope of enquiry to poor urban fringe sections of the society; organizations and processes of religious mobilization that have produced an intolerant and unapologetic constituency of the middle classes; scale and nature of the new violence (e.g. Gujarat) that significantly departs from the better known forms of religious violence; the role of state and other institutions of law and governance (such as courts, police etc.) that are not only seen as having withdrawn but also as facilitators of violence. The first day will be open to the public, whereas the second day will be reserved for PhD researchers and the invited lecturers. PhD researchers are invited to present papers on theory or empirical work related to the theme of the seminar. It is possible to participate without a paper, but paper presenters will be preferred. Submission deadline: February 15, 2014

CONTACT: Inge Jensen, Roskilde University, PO Box 260, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark.
T: 45-46-742 000, F: 45-46-743 000. Email:inge ruc.dk, Website: www.ruc.dk/ruc_en

d. International Perspectives on Peace and Reconciliation
Sidney Myer Asia Centre, The University of Melbourne, Australia
14-17 July 2014

This conference aims at broadening the discourse of peace and reconciliation by bringing together people from different countries and backgrounds. Specific focus will be placed on the experience of indigenous Australians and on the reconciliation process in Australia, as well as on the issues of peace and reconciliation in the most conflicted zones of the world. The conference will be structured around seven main themes: indigenous perspectives; international cooperation for human security; education and training; peacekeeping, building, and making; culture and healing; discourses on reconciliation; and leadership for reconciliation. Many speakers have already confirmed their attendance, among them, Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize Winner (1996) from East Timor. An extensive cultural program is being incorporated into the conference to emphasize the arts’ ability to have public leadership in the issue of reconciliation. In addition, young people are being encouraged to become involved through a Youth Forum which will be held on Saturday, July 12, 2014.Cost: AU $660 (before March 30); AU $785 (after March 30)

CONTACT: Professor Di Bretherton, Director, International Conflict Resolution Centre, Department of Psychology, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3010 Australia. T: 61-3-8344 7035, F: 61-3-9347 6618. Email: conf2014 psych.unimelb.edu.au, Website: www.conferences.unimelb.edu.au/flagship


3. Consultations and Notices

a. 2014 Human Security Fellowship Competition Announcement

Human Security Fellowships are a key component of the Canadian Consortium on Human Security (CCHS) program. They are intended to foster innovative research and policy development on a range of human security issues. The CCHS, funded by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), directs and administers the Fellowships.

The fellowship program reflects the Canadian government's human security agenda, encompassing projects that address conflict prevention, humanitarian and peace support operations, security-related governance and accountability issues, as well as international norms and institutions that relate to this human security agenda. The central focus of this agenda is the security threats to citizens posed by conflict, involuntary movement of peoples, extremist social movements, transnational crime, andenvironmental change. Three types of Human Security Fellowships will be awarded in 2014: doctoral dissertation fellowships, post-doctoral fellowships, and non-academic fellowships. Up to six fellowships across the three categories will be awarded in the 2014 competition. The CCHS welcomes fellowship proposals for each of these categories that show promise to contribute to the advancement of the human security agenda in national foreign policy in regional and global contexts. Applications are invited from individuals across the humanities and the social, technical, and medical sciences, who seek to explore the relationships among social, economic, political, and cultural forces that impact upon human security conditions.

For the application process and deadlines for all fellowships, see http://www.humansecurity.info/fellowships Applications for all fellowships must be postmarked on or by 14 February 2014. Announcement of awards will be given on or by 15 April 2014.


4.  New Resources


a. Women's Roles in Conflict Prevention, Conflict Resolution and Post-conflict Reconstruction: Literature Review and Institutional Analysis
Clingendael Institute
Tsjeard Bouta and Georg Frerks.

This literature review identifies seven different roles and positions of women in armed conflict. The institutional analysis analyses how 16 (inter)national organisations address these roles and positions of women in armed conflict in their mandates, policies, structures, instruments and activities and budgets. It outlines specific policy options per organization for strengthening the position of women in armed conflict and in conflict-related interventions. The publication can be downloaded from: www.clingendael.nl/cru. Hard copies could be obtained via our secretariat (contact emuntinga clingendael.nl

ALSO: The Annual Report 2013 of the Conflict Research Unit at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ is now available in PDF-format on www.clingendael.nl/cru

b. The Hybrid Island - Culture Crossings and the Invention of Identity in Sri Lanka
EDITOR: Neluka Silva, University of Colombo
ISBN/PRICE: 1 84277 202 3 hbk GBP45.00/US$65.00 or 1 84277 203 1 pbk GBP14.95/US$22.50

This is an original contribution to the complex and conflict-ridden multicultural history of Sri Lankan society, a policy-relevant analysis by some of Sri Lanka's leading intellectuals, containing new theoretical paradigms for understanding ethnicity and identity. This is a tribute to the mixed hybrid and multicultural nature of Sri Lanka's society, composed of Sinhala, Tamil, Muslims and Burghers and including the major faiths, Buddhism, Hindu, Islam and Christianity, challenges assumptions of ethnic purity. It attempts to recover a hidden history of hybridity, and assesses when it is empowering and when it is not. The topics covered range from the personal effects of hybridity to its political ramifications. The contributors look at different notions of hybridity - identity, race and culture - and explore the class, caste, gender, ethnic and religious constituents that determine Sri Lankan forms of intermixing. They develop a theoretical discourse to deal with the real contexts they grapple with, and render a meaning for the term hybridity, which reflects the complexities of Sri Lanka.

For information on your nearest stockist or to order a copy of this by post, contact:Mohammed Umar, Zed Books 7 Cynthia Street, London N1 9JF. Tel +44 (0)20 7837 4014 / Fax +44 (0)20 7833 3960 / Email sales zedbooks.demon.co.uk quoting your full name and address for despatch, and payment details (VISA or Mastercard number, expiry date and registration address, sterling cheque or bank draft). Please add postage and packing: GBP2.00 for one copy plus GBP1.00 per additional copy (in the UK), or GBP2.50/US$4.50per copy overseas. Ordering details and order forms for all Zed titles may be found on our website at http://www.zedbooks.demon.co.uk/

p>c. Ethiopia since the Derg - A Decade of Democratic Pretension and Performance
EDITORS: Siegfried Pausewang, Kjetil Tronvoll & Lovise Aalen
ISBN/PRICE: 1 84277 177 9 hbk GBP55.00/US$75.00 or 1 84277 176 0 pbk GBP16.95/US$29.95

The Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) took over from the much hated army dictatorship of Mengistu's DERG a decade ago. This book is the outcome of an intensive research and monitoring study of the growing gap between democratic aspirations and reality. It focuses on the elections held in 2000 and 2015 but also presents the wider context and issues including gender, urban and rural contrasts, class and caste conflict, and environment. While the EPRDF is a great advance on the previous DERG administration, the authors are critical of how far it has fallen short of its original democratic hopes. They explain why it seems unable to accept any indication of a faltering in its rural support or afford to lose political control even in a small number of localities. They conclude that only when the regime recognises its shortcomings will it create the conditions for substantive democratization.

For information on your nearest stockist or to order a copy of this title by post, contact: Mohammed Umar, Zed Books 7 Cynthia Street, London N1 9JF. Tel +44 (0)20 7837 4014 / Fax +44 (0)20 7833 3960/ Email sales zedbooks.demon.co.uk.

d. Tinderbox - US Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism
Stephen Zunes, University of San Francisco
ISBN/PRICE:1 84277 258 9 hbk GBP36.95 or 1 84277 259 7 pbk GBP12.99

September 11 continues to throw up stark questions for all humanity. What is the Bush administration doing in the world? Is US foreign policy making the planet a safer place for everyone, including Americans, or not? Anthony Zunes examines the reality of what US successive administrations have been doing in Iran, Iraq, Palestine and Saudi Arabia. He argues that the US faces a fundamental choice: continue to impose its Pax Americana, or promote real peace. It is a choice that affects us all.

For information on your nearest stockist or to order a copy of this title by post, contact: Mohammed Umar, Zed Books 7 Cynthia Street, London N1 9JF, Tel +44 (0)20 7837 4014, Fax +44 (0)20 833 3960, Email sales zedbooks.demon.co.uk

e. Ethnonationalism in the Contemporary World: Walker Connor and the Study of Nationalism
Editor: Daniele Conversi.
Routledge ISBN: 0-4152-6373-5
Cost: GB £55.00

Contributors represent a broad array of disciplines: anthropology, comparative politics, geography, history, linguistics, political science, sociology, social psychology, and international relations. The authors are world-renowned authorities both within their respective disciplines and the field of national identity. The contributors address the core issues of identity, including race and identity, race and nation, ethnicity and nation, language and nation, religion and nation, homelands and homeland psychology, dating the creation of nations, the primordial debate, managing ethnic conflict, and the relationship of nationalism to patriotism.

CONTACT: Routledge, 11 New Fetter Lane, London EC4P 4EE United Kingdom. T: 44-20-7842 2384, F: 44-20-7842 2309
Email: info routledge.co.uk, Website: www.routledge.com

f. Imagine Coexistence: Peace and Reconciliation Between Opposing Groups After Violent Mass Conflict
Editors: Antonia Chayes and Martha L. Minow.
Details: ISBN: 0-7879-6577-4
Cost: US $40.00

This volume grew from a joint initiative and conference sponsored by the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees, Harvard University, and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. The last decade has seen a tremendous increase in the numbers and scope of ethnic conflict worldwide. This book shows how to best articulate, test, and promote the conception of post-war coexistence and offers some very surprising and original answers to the complex challenges of coexistence, including the use of sports, the arts, education, and economic development.

CONTACT: Wiley, Corporate Headquarters, 111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030 USA. T: 1-201-748 6000, F: 1-201-748 6088
Email: info wiley.com<, Website: www.wiley.com

g. Uncertain power: the changing role of official donors in humanitarian action HPG Report 12, December 2013 (81 pages)
Joanna Macrae et al

Historically donor governments took a hands off approach to the financing and management of humanitarian aid. Since the 1990s, this relationship has changed fundamentally. Donors are no longer willing to delegate responsibility to their operational partners to determine the shape and scope of humanitarian operations.

This set of publications analyses the ways in which official donor behaviour is changing, bringing them closer to humanitarian operations, and assesses the implications. The overall findings of the study are reported in the following resources that are available through the internet at: www.odi.org.uk/hpg/donorship. Alternatively, you can order the publications free of charge from: publications odi.org.uk.

h. Advancing Human Security and Development in Africa: Reflections on NEPAD
Edited By Sandra J. MacLean, H. John Harker and Timothy M. Shaw

The contributions in this volume by established and junior African and Africanist scholars identify current opportunities as well as impediments to the successful operationalisation of the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD). The chapters explore issues of governance, economic development and post-conflict reconstruction in Africa. They derive from a spring 2013 workshop at Dalhousie University, Halifax. Its backdrop was the Canadian government's preparations for the July meetings in Kananaskis, Alberta, of the G-8. The focus on Africa at those meetings provided a unifying theme for both the workshop and this volume which was to explore ways in which Western actors - state and non-state - should and could engage with African partners to help promote sustainable human security and development throughout that continent. Given unrelenting problems of economy, governance and security, NEPAD's promise is elusive. Yet, there are hopeful signs; as co-authors of one chapter observe, 'in a few countries, companies and sectors have been able to capture new markets' also, new security communities are emerging and, not the least importantly, advances in analysis point the way to new understandings of Africa's pivotal role in the world. This timely volume also includes a comprehensive bibliography on new security issues on the continent.

Available from the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies for $15.00CAD/$10.00US, plus $5.00 for shipping and handling.
ISBN# 1-896440-39-8.

Send order to:Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4H6. Tel: (902) 494-3769 / Fax: (902) 494-3825 or Email: centre is.dal.ca. Website: www.dal.ca/~centre

i.& Conflict Prevention: Path to Peace or Grand Illusion
Edited by David Carment
UNU Press

This book takes asearching look at all aspects of conflict prevention. A diverse group of expert authors evaluate the institutional record of conflict prevent, identify current trends and make recommendations on improving organizational capacity. Contributors reflect on how existing mechanisms and instruments for conflict prevention can be properly evaluated and improved. They focus on several institutions that are at the forefront of conflict prevention policy – the UN, the EU, the OSCE and NATO – and show how informational and analytical needs can be used to enhance the quality of conflict analysis and its policy relevance. Conflict Prevention, part of the UNU series on Foundations of Peace, is edited by David Carment, associate professor in the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs of Carleton University, Ottawa, and Albrecht Schnabel, Academic Programme Officer in the Peace and Governance Programme of the United Nations University, Tokyo.

Available from sales hq.unu.edu


a. International Crisis Group briefings: Sierra Leone and Yemen

Sierra Leone's Truth and Reconciliation Commission: A Fresh Start?
Sierra Leone's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) must start serious work if it is to avoid losing the confidence of civil society and international donors.  There are still considerable problems with management issues, funding and, in particular, the performance of the commissioners and its partner, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Statement takers have been sent out this month to begin collecting stories from all citizens who wish to come forward, but this is just a first step. Civil society also must be brought back into the process to assist with education, to act as a watchdog and to encourage popular participation in the TRC.

Yemen: Coping With Terrorism and Violence in a Fragile State
Yemen is vastly more complex than the headlines it generates. Recent events, especially the killing by U.S. forces of six Islamist radicals in November 2013 and the murder of three American missionaries in late December, reinforce the image of a weak and lawless state that is a sanctuary for al-Qaeda. Although international terrorism presents a significant challenge in Yemen, a narrow approach that ignores the domestic roots of the country's many problems may jeopardise the stability of this fragile state. The Yemeni government urgently needs to deal with the economic and social issues that have intensified since unification in 1990, but the international community also has a responsibility to ensure that its efforts against terrorism are conducted in a manner that promotes long-term stability and the rule of law.

For the full reports please see CrisisWeb  - http://www.crisisweb.org


5. Volunteer and Job Vacancies

Closes 5 February 2014.

CAFOD's Emergency Support Section (ESS) provides specialist support, technical and humanitarian assistance to CAFOD International Division programme staff and partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe during humanitarian crises. The humanitarian crisis in Southern Africa (Angola, Mozambique, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia & Zimbabwe) has created substantial demands on ESS, which existing commitments and levels of staffing are unable to meet. In view of this, CAFOD wishes to recruit an additional member of staff to act as a focal point for information and assisting in co-ordinating CAFOD's continuing response to the emergency.

Ideally, you should have some knowledge of the region, OR experience of working on humanitarian programmes. You should have proven administration and organisational skills; and should have experience of providing and managing information for a range of audiences. In addition to having excellent written English, and sound analytical skills, you should have experience of monitoring expenditure and working with donors. You should have an understanding of, and commitment to, working with local partners, an understanding of the role of the Catholic Church in relief and development work and a commitment to humanitarian principles.

The post is based in Brixton, London with occasional travel to the region.

A full job description can be found on our website at www.cafod.org.uk/jobs/. Send a letter detailing how you meet the job requirements and quoting the ref SAEA to Nikky Smith, by email to nsmith cafod.org.uk, fax 020 7274 9630 or post to the address below. CAFOD, Romero Close, Stockwell Road, London SW9 9TY; tel. 020 7733 7900; fax 020 7274 9630

b. Research and evaluation position with UNHCR
Deadline 1 February 2014

The Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, University of Pennsylvania, wishes to appoint a Research Fellow, who will be placed with the Evaluation and Policy Analysis Unit of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland. Applicants must have a PhD in the social sciences, experience of using both quantitative and qualitative research methods, good writing skills and field experience in at least one developing country. An understanding of refugee issues and humanitarian operations would be a distinct advantage.

The Fellow will be expected to contribute to UNHCR research, evaluation and policy analysis projects, and will also have an opportunity to pursue one personal research project. The Fellow will also be expected to contribute to the development of a new Masters programme at the Asch Center. Fellowship support will be about $40,000 (U.S.) and a second year of support may be possible.

Applications will be accepted until 1 February 2014. An appointment will be made by 15 February 2014, with placement as early as June 2014(negotiable).Please send enquiries and applications to Dr. Clark McCauley, Asch Center, University of Pennsylvnia, St. Leonard's Court, 39th and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (cmccaule psych.upenn.edu).

Amnesty International
Closing date - 7 February 2014.
Interview date – From 10 March
21 March 2014

Amnesty International is seeking a Program Director and two Deputy Program Directors to manage the Africa Program of its International Secretariat, responsible for research and campaigning on human rights issues in Africa. The Africa Program has around 50 staff based in London, Kampala, Dakar, Paris and Pretoria. Each of these positions requires an experienced manager with a proven track record in motivation of staff and in the provision of the direction, support and systems to enable them to perform to their full potential. You should bring astute political judgement, a clear vision of how the human rights agenda can be taken forward in Africa and the ability to communicate this persuasively to individuals and groups at all levels. Fluent written and spoken English and French are essential for all three posts; knowledge of one other main language of the region is desirable.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR – £35,388 - £41,674
Program Director Africa Ref no – AFR/03/1

As Program Director you will be responsible for directing and overseeing provision of political and strategic advice on human rights challenges in Africa; representing the work of the organization to key target audiences; leading the development of regional and country strategies and effectively managing the staff and resources of your program. Your vision, leadership and dedication must be complemented by personal confidence and professional expertise. You will be recognized as a leader in your field; bringing commitment and energy to match the weight of your responsibilities; and offering demonstrated capacity to motivate and empower others. You must be able to work collaboratively, making decisions swiftly, effecting strong delivery whilst meeting the highest standards of professional ethics.

DEPUTY PROGRAM DIRECTORS – £30,836 - £34,812
2 Deputy Program Directors Africa Ref no - AFR/03/2

One Deputy Program Director post will be responsible for managing the teams working on Eastern and Central Africa and will be based in Kampala from April 2004 following an initial period in London. The other Deputy Program Director post will be responsible for managing the team working on West Africa (and for the first year also the team working on Southern Africa) and is currently based in London.

As a deputy program director, you will bring many of the qualities expected of program directors. In particular, you will offer experience in team management, a developed commitment to collaborative work practices and demonstrated success in the creation of effective and supportive work environments. Under the authority of the Africa Program Director, and as a member of the program’s management team, you will also be responsible for development and implementation of specific country strategies, provision of political advice on the human rights concerns in the sub-region, and will share responsibility for the management of the program’s staff and resources.

For further information and to apply online please visit our website at: www.amnesty.org/aboutai/jobs or write to Human Resources Program, Amnesty International, International Secretariat, 1 Easton Street, London WC1X ODW

d. Southern Africa Emergencies Support Assistant
12-month contract
Deadline February 5th
£21,000 to £23,325 p.a.

CAFOD’s Emergency Support Section (ESS) provides specialist support, technical and humanitarian assistance to CAFOD International Division programme staff and partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe during humanitarian crises. The humanitarian crisis in Southern Africa (Angola, Mozambique, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia & Zimbabwe) has created substantial demands on ESS, which existing commitments and levels of staffing are unable to meet. In view of this, CAFOD wishes to recruit an additional member of staff to act as a focal point for information and assisting in co-ordinating CAFOD’s continuing response to the emergency.  Ideally, you should have some knowledge of the region, OR experience of working on humanitarian programmes. You should have proven administration and organisational skills; and should have experience of providing and managing information for a range of audiences. In addition to having excellent written English, and sound analytical skills, you should have experience of monitoring expenditure and working with donors. You should have an understanding of, and commitment to, working with local partners, an understanding of the role of the Catholic Church in relief and development work and a commitment to humanitarian principles. The post is based in Brixton, London with occasional travel to the region.

A full job description can be found on our website at www.cafod.org.uk/jobs/. To apply, please send a CV and covering letter detailing how you meet the job requirements to Nikky Smith, quoting the ref SAEA, by email to nsmith cafod.org.uk, or fax 020 7274 9630 or post to Romero Close, Stockwell, London SW9 9TY.

Regional Communications and Information Manager
Christian Aid
Deadline date: 05 Feb 2014
£26,109 pa pro rata (Maternity Cover for up to 51 weeks) You will communicate and inform colleagues in the organisation of Christian Aid’s International development work in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, facilitating the flow of information between country teams and those involved in communicating with our target audiences in the UK and Ireland.

You will have a minimum of three years’ experience in one of the following fields: campaigning; education/training; fundraising or journalism and have previous experience in development/human rights work, preferably in the region. A skilled communicator, you will be able to convey complex information and motivate people to respond. Knowledge/experience of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is essential.

Contact Lucy Evans: levans christian-aid.org T: 020 7523 2372 or visit www.christian-aid.org

f. ABColombia Group Lobbying and Liaison Officer
Based within Christian Aid
To whom responsible: ABColombia Group Management Committee.

The ABColombia Group is a coalition of six development agencies. The Group has two members of staff, the Lobbying and Liaison Officer, and an Administrator and Information Worker. This post has overall responsibility for developing and co-ordinating the work of the Group. The post-holder shapes, manages, and implements joint lobbying and advocacy strategies towards policy makers responsible for Colombia in the UK, Ireland, European Union and the United Nations; writes up-to-date analyses, and joint policy positions; works in a variety of networks with colleagues in Colombia, Europe and the United States; supports the member agencies and other interested partners by providing expertise on Colombia.

You should be able:
· To lead on developing joint analysis and applied policy and advocacy positions
· To represent the Group’s position to various audiences, including senior policymakers.
· To plan and strategise, optimising influencing opportunities
· To research, analyse and listen; to process and synthesise
· To negotiate, communicate and persuade
· Excellent verbal and written communications skills, especially the ability to communicate complex issues in English and Spanish
· To work to deadlines and to prioritise work effectively under pressure
· To delegate effectively and manage the work of others
· To build constructive working relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders
· To deal effectively with logistical and security issues when travelling in Colombia

You should have:
· Five years experience of lobbying and advocacy, preferably in an NGO, public policy or similar environment
· Proven experience in writing policy briefs and reports and in lobbying decision-makers
· Research and/or work experience in Colombia
· Experience of working in, and leading, networks
· Experience of managing a small team, including general financial management
· Computer literacy, including use of internet

The ABColombia Group was formed as a response to the deteriorating situation in Colombia in which forced internal displacement has become a humanitarian and human rights emergency. The majority of victims are unarmed civilians, largely the rural poor, who are targeted by paramilitary forces, guerrilla groups, and at times government troops, in an armed conflict that has lasted four decades. They are threatened, tortured, killed or violently evicted from their homes. Many of those who flee swell the belts of poverty around the big cities. Others cross international borders into Ecuador, Panamá, and Venezuela.

Our position:
· We believe that the civilian population has the right not to be involved in the armed conflict.
· We believe that full implementation of recommendations made by the UN system with regard to internal displacement and human rights will help to improve conditions for the majority of Colombians
· We support lasting solutions to the humanitarian crisis - dignified and voluntary returns to places of origin, or voluntary resettlement with guarantees
· We support the work of human rights defenders and organisations working with those forcibly displaced
· We support a negotiated end to the armed conflict, one that includes the voice of Colombian civil society

Although this post is fixed term until 30th May 2004, it is likely that this contract will be renewed.

Contact: ABColombia Group, PO Box 100, London SE1 7RT.  Tel: +44-(0)20-7523-2374 / Fax: +44-(0)20-7620-0719. Email: abcgroup christian-aid.org

g. Researcher - Assistance to Mine-Affected Communities
PRIO, Norway
Deadline: 14 February 2014 PRIO is looking for a researcher to work within the Assistance to Mine-Affected Communities (AMAC) project for a period of two years. The AMAC project is part of the institute’s Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding programme. It focuses both on the problem of landmines and on local and international responses to that problem, drawing links and parallels with the broader fields of post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding. AMAC aims at strengthening policy and practice in humanitarian mine action, and works closely with agencies in the field. The researcher’s primary responsibilities will include: research, including field research, desk study, write-up and publications; capacity-building, from curriculum development to teaching/facilitation; dissemination of research findings, including conference presentations, popular lectures and publications

Candidates should hold a postgraduate degree (MA or PhD level) in the social sciences or a related subject, and should have a track record of publishing and training. Competence in peacebuilding or postwar reconstruction and development is a requirement. Knowledge of mine action is an advantage, though not a requirement.

PRIO offers salary according to competence and experience, as well as membership in Statens pensjonskasse. For further information, contact PRIO Administrative Director Lene Kristin Borg on (+47) 22 54 77 00. See also: www.prio.no. Written applications (including CV, testimonials and a maximum of five publications) should be sent by 14 February 2014 to: PRIO, Fuglehauggt. 11, NO-0260 Oslo

Founded in 1959, the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) is an independent, scholarly research institute. It edits two international peer-reviewed journals – Journal of Peace Research and Security Dialogue – and has recently launched a new Centre for the Study of Civil War. PRIO is also involved in conflict resolution and capacity-building activities internationally. The institute has a staff of about 60 people, and its working language is English

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