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FELLOWSHIPS

In the context of the International Year for People of African Descent, the Anti-Discrimination Section of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is launching a Fellowship Program for People of African Descent from 10 October to 4 November 2011.
The Fellowship Programme will provide participants with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the United Nations Human Rights system and its mechanisms, with a focus on issues of particular relevance to people of African descent.
This will allow the fellows to better contribute to the protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of Afro-descendants in their respective countries and communities.
Who can apply?

  • The candidate must be an African descendant.
  • The candidate must have a minimum of 4 years experience dealing with afro-descendant or minority issues.
  • The candidate must be fluent in English.
  • A letter of support from an afro-descendant organization or community.
    The selected candidate is entitled to a stipend to cover accommodation, basic living expenses in Geneva, basic health insurance as well as a return economy class plane ticket.
    Application
    Interested candidates are requested to submit their application by email to: africandescent@ohchr.org or by fax to 004122-928 9050 with a cover letter clearly indicating “Application to the 2011 Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent” with the following documents:
  • An application form
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of motivation (maximum 1 page) in which the candidate will explain his/her motivation for applying, what he/she hopes to achieve through this fellowship and how he/she will use what they learn to promote the interests and rights of afro-descendants
  • A letter of support from an organization/entity they are affiliated with.
    The deadline to receive applications is 15 June 2011. Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Common Cause/New York
Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest. Today, Common Cause is one of the most active, and respected nonprofit organizations working for political change in America. Since its inception, Common Cause/New York has been one of the most effective state chapters in the country. We have a record of hard-fought legislative campaigns and bold actions that have achieved lasting victories at the state and local levels. Common Cause/New York is seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to government reform and social justice, strong research and writing skills, and the initiative to take on innovative assignments. The position is open to law students who have completed at least their second year of law school. The legal intern will participate in developing and executing projects relating to corporate accountability, ethics, election, redistricting, or campaign finance reform through legal research and advocacy, policy initiatives, drafting proposed legislation, coalition participation, and public education. please email COVER LETTER, RESUME and WRITING SAMPLE to slerner@commoncause.org with “Law Fellow Application” in the subject line. Please, no phone calls. Common Cause/NY encourages students with non-traditional experiences and from historically underrepresented groups to apply. $1,000 monthly stipend. This is a full-time 3 month position, supervised by Common Cause/NY’s Executive Director, who is an attorney.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Associate
(administrative position)
Children’s Rights Division
(New York Office)
Deadline for applications: June 1, 2011
Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Associate in its Children’s Rights Division.
Description: The Associate will provide administrative and clerical assistance including, but not limited to, maintaining extensive files, contact lists and databases; maintaining communication among HRW’s domestic and international offices and providing substantive, logistical and administrative assistance to field offices; retrieving and responding to requests for information; preparing, formatting and distributing documents such as press releases, reports, tables, charts, briefing papers, op-eds, publications and web content; assisting with research, electronic clipping, wires, and translations; liaising with donors and sending donor mailings; preparing for and taking minutes at meetings; assisting with advisory committee matters; assisting with special events, hiring, and training; drafting and editing correspondence and other documents; assisting with travel arrangements and follow-up; recruiting and coordinating interns; recording departmental finances; word processing; photocopying; filing; faxing; answering phones; processing incoming mail; and other assigned tasks. HRW anticipates that the successful candidate will take up this position in August 2011.
Qualifications: Candidates must be self-motivated, extremely well-organized, collegial, and able to function under pressure and handle numerous tasks simultaneously. He or she must be willing to take initiative, prioritize with minimal supervision, and work independently as well as function as a member of a team. Strong interest in international human rights and children’s rights, relevant study or experience, and fluency in a language in addition to English are highly desirable. The candidate must have solid office/administration experience, demonstrated organizational skills, and excellent computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Outlook, Excel and Word). Applicants for this position must possess current U.S. work authorization valid for a minimum of two years from start date.
Salary and Benefits: Salary range starts at US$37,996. Human Rights Watch offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, an outstanding retirement savings plan, and 20 days vacation per year.
PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY (no calls or email inquiries, please) by emailing together a letter of interest, resume, references, and a brief, unedited writing sample no later than June 1, 2011 to crd@hrw.org. Please use “CRD Associate Ref CRD-11-1017-C” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email. If emailing is not possible, send materials (please do not split a submission between email and regular post) to:
Human Rights Watch
Attn: Search Committee (CRD Associate Ref CRD-11-1017-C)
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
Fax: (212) 736-1300

Full-Time Position Available:
ASSOCIATE
(administrative – not legal – position)
Development & Outreach Department
(San Francisco Office)
Apply Immediately
Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Associate for its San Francisco office. The San Francisco office is the base for Human Rights Watch’s development, fundraising and outreach activities in Northern California.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, extremely well-organized, collegial, and able to function under pressure and handle numerous tasks simultaneously. S/he must be able to take initiative, prioritize with minimal supervision, and work independently as well as function as a member of a team. An undergraduate degree as well as relevant work experience is highly desirable. Experience and/or familiarity with Raiser’s Edge and HTML skills are advantageous. Strong oral and written English language skills are required. The candidate must have a commitment to international human rights, solid office/administrative experience, demonstrated organizational skills, and strong computer skills. Applicants for this position must possess current U.S. work authorization valid for a minimum of two years from start date.
Salary and Benefits: Salary range starts at US$37,996. Human Rights Watch offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, an outstanding pension plan and twenty (20) days vacation per year.
PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY (no calls or email inquiries, please) by emailing in a single submission: a letter of interest, your resume, names or letters of reference, and a brief, unedited writing sample to devjobs@hrw.org. Please use “SF Development Associate Ref DEV-11-1019-C” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email. If emailing is not possible, send materials (please do not split a submission between email and regular post) to:
Human Rights Watch
Attn: Search Committee (SF Development Associate Ref DEV-11-1019-C)
100 Bush Street, Suite 925
San Francisco, CA 94104
Fax: (415) 362-3255

ADVOCACY COUNSEL
Human Rights First
Human Rights First seeks an Advocacy Counsel for the Law and Security Program. The Law and Security Program Advocacy Counsel is responsible for devising, planning, coordinating, and executing strategies for influencing U.S. human rights policy on the range of issues covered by Human Rights First’s Law and Security Program. He/She will work as part of the Law and Security team, reporting to the Director of Law & Security, and working in close collaboration with the program’s team members in Washington, D.C. and New York, the International Legal Director, as well as colleagues in the Communications Department.
The Law and Security Program works to promote a greater understanding of and respect for human rights in national security and counterterrorism policies. Our work and reputation are defined by rigorous original research and reporting, strategic advocacy and litigation, and a commitment to communicating sophisticated and pragmatic legal and policy analysis to high-level decision makers and the general public alike.
START DATE: September 2011
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 13, 2011
This position is based in our Washington DC office. For more information or to apply, please visit: http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/Jobs/apply_staff.aspx?qs=EO

DIRECTORAFRICAN LEGAL SUPPORT FACILITY ( ALSF)
The African Legal Support Facility (“ALSF” or the “Facility”) is an international organization established by Treaty on December 15, 2008. The Facility is temporarily housed at the African Development Bank (“AfDB”) in Tunis, Tunisia. Its membership is open to (a) all AfDB member states; (b) other states; © AfDB; and (d) other international organizations or institutions. ALSF’s main objectives include: (i) assisting AfDB’s Regional Member Countries (RMCs) address litigation brought against them by vulture funds (and other such entities); (ii) creating an avenue for AfDB’s RMCs to access technical advice when negotiating complex commercial transactions (especially in the area of infrastructure and natural resources); and (iii) investing in and organizing the training of legal counsel from participating RMCs to equip them with legal expertise necessary to better represent their countries
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience
• A Minimum of a Master’s degree or its university equivalent in Law, Economics, Management or relevant social sciences or related disciplines.
• A minimum of ten (10) years (or five (5) years of experience for PhD holders) demonstrated track record of extensive and progressive experience in international law with a particular focus on complex sovereign litigation, enforcement of judgments and sovereign natural resource contracting and related issues, five (5) years of which must be at a managerial level. Specific African experience dealing with (i) mining, oil and gas concessions; (ii) vulture fund litigation and, (iii) cross-border litigation, will be an added advantage.
• In-depth experience in high level resource mobilization and fund raising amongst governments, supranational organizations, bilateral and multilateral bodies amongst others.
• A good understanding of the legal practices in Africa.
• Demonstrable diplomatic skills and experience working in complex and politically-sensitive contexts with excellent political judgment.
• Demonstrated effective coordination, management and leadership skills and an ability to work under pressure in a multicultural environment to complete multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
• Excellent written and oral skills in English and/or French and working knowledge of the other. Fluency in one other language such as Arabic and Portuguese will be an added advantage.

Full-Time, Temporary Position Available:
EVENT PLANNER
Development and Outreach Department
(Los Angeles Office)
Deadline for applications: May 27, 2011
Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Event Planner with the Los Angeles office. Human Rights Watch’s signature annual event is the Voices for Justice Dinner. The Dinners are held in cities around the world and honor individuals who have put their lives and safety at risk in the name of defending human rights. In 2011 HRW will honor two human rights Defenders for their bravery and dedication to protecting the dignity, freedom, and rights of others in their home countries.
Description: The Event Planner will coordinate the Human Rights Watch Annual Dinners in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara and provide assistance to HRW’s Los Angeles office, including but not limited to: creating detailed logistical plans for HRW’s Annual Dinners and the Human Rights Defender visits to Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, including travel and accommodation; setting up meetings and speaking events with community members, media, activists, students and potential donors; preparing the master schedule for the Human Rights Defenders and volunteers; overseeing vendors; soliciting donations for gift baskets; organizing the design and production of Dinner materials; organizing meetings with special events staff and the Dinner Planning Committee; arranging and participating in the Annual Dinner Committee meetings in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, including producing meeting minutes; managing sponsorship, save-the-date and invite mailings; recruiting, organizing and coordinating volunteers for the Annual Dinner tour; managing the Annual Dinner expense tracking process; handling all gift processing for the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Dinners, including acknowledgment and tax letters; producing the Annual Dinner programs for Los Angeles and Santa Barbara; assisting the Los Angeles office to coordinate local events; and other tasks as may be required. A June 2011 start date is anticipated through to December 2011.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, extremely well-organized, collegial, and able to function under pressure and handle numerous tasks simultaneously. S/he must be able to take initiative, prioritize with minimal supervision, and work independently as well as function as a member of a team. An undergraduate degree is required. Experience with Raiser’s Edge is advantageous. Strong oral and written English language skills are required. The candidate must have solid related experience, demonstrated organizational skills, and strong computer skills. Applicants for this position must possess current U.S. work authorization.
Salary and Benefits: Human Rights Watch seeks exceptional candidates and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance and 20 days vacation per year.
PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY (no calls or email inquiries, please) by emailing in a single submission: a letter of interest, your resume, names or letters of reference, salary requirements, and a brief, unedited writing sample no later than May 27, 2011 to lajobs@hrw.org. Please use “Event Planner DEV-11-1018-C” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email. If emailing is not possible, send materials (please do not split a submission between email and regular post) to:
Human Rights Watch
Attn: Search Committee (Event Planner Ref DEV-11-1018-C)
11500 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 441
Los Angeles, CA 90064 USA
Fax: +1-310-477-4622

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES, COURSES, SUMMER SCHOOLS

THE FLETCHER SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR THE ADVANCED STUDY OF NONVIOLENT CONFLICT
Tufts University / Medford, Massachusetts
June 19-25, 2011

The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict is pleased to announce a call for applications to participate in an advanced, interdisciplinary program on nonviolent conflict taught by leading scholars and practitioners of strategic nonviolent action and authorities from related fields.
We also invite you to pass along this announcement to others who share our passion for achieving human rights and justice through nonviolent strategies.
If you have any questions, or would like for us to send you an application directly, please do not hesitate to contact us at fsi@nonviolent-conflict.org or visit our website at www.nonviolent-conflict.org.

JUSTICE SECTOR REFORM: APPLYING HUMAN RIGHTS BASED APPROACHES
IHRN
Announcing details of the International Human Rights Network 2011 justice sector training programme Justice Sector Reform: Applying Human Rights Based Approaches (OJIR11)
Dates: Monday 20th – Friday 24th June 2011 Venue: National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland
This annual IHRN training programme aims at enhancing the skills of justice sector personnel, consultants, managers etc, in applying Human Rights Based Approaches to Justice Sector Reform. The programme is designed for people working in the justice sector (with state or non state institutions) or undertaking Rule of law/Governance assignments as well as justice sector personnel wishing to adapt their expertise for international consultancy work (eg for bi-lateral donors, EC Framework Contract Lot 7 – Governance and Home Affairs etc).
Knowledge and skills enhanced include:
*The legal principles, policies & practice underpinning human rights based approaches to justice sector reform
*The inter-linkages between justice sector roles (law enforcement, judiciary, corrections/rehabilitation, etc)
*The relationship between the justice sector and related terms; ‘security sector’, ‘rule of law’, ‘good governance’
*Human Rights Based needs assessment, programme design, implementation, as well as monitoring & evaluation
*Programming tools & checklists (including benchmarks & indicators of human rights change)
*Case studies from national contexts as well as international field missions (including conflict and post-conflict)
*Teamwork, advocacy, strategic partnerships and consulting opportunities
Past participant testimonials, Application forms and further details available at
http://www.ihrnetwork.org/justice-sector-reform_202.htm

The graduate program in Education at the Universidade Catolica de Brasilia (Brazil) would like to invite you to participate in the Internacional seminar in educational policy and governance for citizenship, diversity, human rights and environment. It will take place in Brasilia (the Capital of Brazil) from August 2 to 6, 2011.
To summit a poster or paper, please see the Call for Proposals.
http://www.hrea.org/seminar-brasilia-aug2011.pdf

2012 Call for Applications for the Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has issued a call for applications for the United Nations Trust Fund that allocates project grants for programmes of humanitarian, legal and financial assistance to individuals whose human rights have been severely violated as a result of contemporary forms of slavery.
Contemporary forms of slavery include chattel slavery, serfdom, forced labour, debt bondage, the worst forms of child labour, forced and early marriage and the sale of wives, trafficking of persons and human organs, sexual slavery, sale of children and children in armed conflicts, etc.
Projects undertaken with the Fund’s grants include medical, psychological, education and housing assistance aid for women and girls who are victims of forced marriages, vocational training to victims of human trafficking for sexual and economic exploitation; support to rehabilitation centers for sexually and physically abused street children and projects to identify and release bonded labourers in the agriculture, carpet and construction industries. Other projects have provided victims with the means to generate sustainable sources of income, such as sewing machines, hairdressing equipment, or farming tools.
The Fund is administrated by the Secretary General, who is advised by a Board of Trustees. The Board is composed of five persons with relevant experience in the field of human rights, and contemporary forms of slavery in particular, serving in their personal capacity. The members of the Board are appointed by the Secretary-General with due regard to equitable geographical distribution, for three-year, once renewable terms.
The deadline to submit applications for this project grant opportunity is 31 May 2011. For more information, visit http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Slavery/Pages/SlaveryFundMain.aspx.

EVENTS
Colombia´s Transitional Justice system will hold e a national conference on legal anthropology. We are seeking experts on exhumations/ mass graves who can come to Bogota, Colombia in August/September to share experiences and country cases. We would like to learn about best practices, latest developments, and the most advanced technology available.
We will cover plane tickets, food and accommodation. We will have English-Spanish interpreters.
If you are interested please let me know by sending me your CV.
Best from Bogotá
Hernando CACERES.
Reconciliation and DDR Officer
National Commission on Reparations and Reconciliation
www.cnrr.org.co
Central Regional Office
Cr 17 No 39A -30
Bogotá, Colombia
+57-1-2453699
+ 57-301-2532577
Hernando.caceres@gmail.com
Hernando.caceres@cnrr.org.co

Oxford international symposium on 12 and 13 May 2011, analysing the ramifications of last year’s Kampala review conference of the International Criminal Court, particularly debates over the crime of aggression. The event is organised by Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR), the Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression, and St. Anne’s College. .
Full details are contained in the attached programme, which features presentations by both the President and Vice-President of the ICC.
Places at the symposium are extremely limited and are likely to be filled by the end of this week. To register for the symposium or either of the two dinners, please email beyondkampala2011@gmail.com. The symposium is free of charge and the dinners are £45 each evening or £25 student discount (to be paid in cash at the dinners).
Speakers include:
Judge Sang-Hyun Song (President, ICC), Judge Hans-Peter Kaul (Vice President, ICC), Stefan Barriga (Legal Advisor to President of the ASP), Prof. William Schabas (National University of Ireland), Prof. Darryl Robinson (Queens University, Ontario), Dapo Akande (University of Oxford), Astrid Reisinger Coracini (University of Graz), Dr. Phil Clark (SOAS and OTJR), Jackson Maogoto (University of Manchester), Benjamin Ferencz (Prosecutor, Einsatzgruppen case, Nuremberg)

The New York City Bar Council on International Affairs and the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice cordially invite you to a presentation by Lt. General (Ret.) ROMÉO DALLAIRE, Former commander of the U.N. Assistance Mission for Rwanda and author of the award-winning book, Shake Hands with the Devil.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 7:00 P.M.
At Fordham University, Lowenstein Building, 12th Floor Lounge
113 West 60th St., New York, NY (at Columbus Ave.)
Roméo Dallaire was the Force Commander of the U.N. Mission for Rwanda during the 1994 genocide and urgently requested support from the U.N. that, if heeded, could have halted the genocide. Now a Senator in the Canadian Parliament, Dallaire founded a project called the Child Soldiers Initiative and its youth advocacy campaign – Zero Force – which work to end the use of child soldiers.
General Dallaire will discuss child soldiers, including during his time in Rwanda, and will offer solutions to eradicate their use. His new book on child soldiers will be available for purchase.
Ishmael Beah, a former child soldier and author of A Long Way Gone, will introduce Dallaire.
Sponsored by the NY City Bar Council on International Affairs (Chair, Mark R. Shulman) and the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School (Executive Director, Elisabeth Wickeri) and co-sponsored by the City Bar’s Committees on International Human Rights (Chair, Stephen Kass) and African Affairs (Chair, Megan Maloney)
The program is open to the public. Please R.S.V.P. to elizabethbarad@gmail.com

by teru kuwayama at 2011-05-10 02:57:53 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

I was born in South Africa, from parents whose ancestors came there in the 1700s. I wonder what would happen if I as a white person, yet undeniably “of African descent”, were to apply for the Fellowship Program for People of African Descent?
Tobie

by BignoseTW | 10 May 2011 03:05 | Taipei, Taiwan | | Report spam→
Thanks for posting!

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