CROP International Studies in Poverty Prize 2014

17 Jul

CROP, The Comparative Research Programme on Poverty hosted at the University of Bergen, is looking for original, high-quality, alternative and critical academic manuscripts for the CROP International Studies in Poverty Prize 2014.

Works challenging the dominant thinking and knowledge about poverty and providing sound contributions to the eradication and/or prevention of poverty in our world are especially welcomed. Poverty must be the central focus of the monograph. CROP is especially (but not exclusively) interested in the themes of Poverty and Human Rights, Gender Disparity, Policy Innovation, the MDG process, and Global Justice.

OGP Civil Society Group Seeking Regional Civil Society Coordinator (Africa and Middle East)

2 Jul

A great job opportunity has just opened in the OGP Civil Society Group. If you have plenty of open government/civil society experience in Africa (and the Middle East preferably) you might be the person to join the OGP civil society team.

The Civil Society Engagement team is a nimble, international team that aims to broaden and deepen civil society engagement in OGP, both at the national and international level.

The active and effective participation of civil society organizations in the Open Government Partnership is crucial to its success. Civil society organizations around the world in OGP member and eligible countries need to be informed about the process, opportunities and responsibilities associated with OGP.

Reporting to the global OGP Civil Society Coordinator, the Regional Civil Society Coordinator will lead in building interest and excitement about OGP among civil society organizations in the region.
The goal is to support active and effective engagement by civil society actors to push for and deliver on ambitious open government reforms. The core focus of the position will be on supporting civil
society in Africa.

Social Media Internship Opportunity with FromOverHere

1 Jun

Remuneration at London living wage – variable hours, up to ten hours a week

Exciting opportunity for a highly organised masters IR student with strong communication skills. A unique foreign/development policy consultancy specialising in strategic foresight, national strategy and the future shape of government is seeking an intern to manage the social media and communications for the company. The successful candidate will gain vital experience in the field of international relations, broaden their network, and gain insight into the communications and work of a consultancy firm.

The job scope is to develop and implement a social media and outreach strategy. This probably will include researching and writing blog posts, coordinating twitter activity, designing layout and content for online web pages, and outreach activity including newsletters. The majority of work can be done remotely. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to attend events and meetings related to their area of interest.

Please send your CV and brief covering email to cat@fromoverhere.co.uk by 16 June

Care International Seeking Private Sector Campaign Strategist Consultant

1 May

Care International is seeking a Campaign Strategist Consultant to assist them in promoting their ‘Linking for Change Charter’. Arounf the world, 2.5bn people have no access to a bank account, and Care are working in collaboration with Barclays and Plan UK to address this issue. They have launched a Linking for Change Savings Charter, which sets out international principles that will enable banks to responsibly provide products and services to savers in the developing world, and they now need a campaigns expert to effectively deliver this camapign, which will include implementation of the Linking for Change Savings Charter strategy to deliver 100 signatures for support for linking poor savers to formal institutions by 2015.

Care are looking for a senior consultant with 10-15 years’ experience of working in advocacy with companies and governments at a global level and who ideally possesses a good knowledge of the financial inclusion sector. They need someone who will be able to really build momentum and manage interested supporters around this campaign. It is a part-time position for 6 months.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 6 May. For more information on the job and for details of how to apply, please visist their website here

Chatham House Launch Academy for Leadership in International Affairs

25 Apr

This September, Chatham House is launching its Academy for Leadership in International Affairs. The Academy is offering potential and established leaders from around the world the opportunity to spend up to twelve months as Academy Fellows at Chatham House. The Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their thinking on the most pressing national and international challenges facing their countries and regions and work together to craft innovative responses. It will provide both future leaders and established practitioners with the opportunity to write, speak at events, develop skills and knowledge, expand their personal networks and further support their understanding of critical issues in international affairs.

Chatham House, in partnership with the Asfari Foundation, is now offering places on the Academy Asfari fellowships, which is open to citizens from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. Candidates should be engaged in, or working with, civil society in these countries, whether they come from academia, NGOs, business, government departments, the professions or the media.

New Psychoanalytic Organisational Consulting Services Available for Businesses

7 Mar

Ben Metz, a contact of Cat’s, and a consultant who has been supporting civil society organisations in the UK and internationally for over 20 years, is now offering a new range of Psychoanalytic Organisational Consulting services to social enterprises, charities and not-for-profit organisations across the UK and internationally. Ben has been committed to developing his understanding of psychological processes personally, in groups and across organisations for some years, and has trained at The Tavistock Centre, and is an associate member of APPCIOS, The Association for Psychodynamic Practice and Counselling in Organisational Settings, a membership institution of the British Psychoanalytic Council.

This experience has led Ben to develop his own bespoke courses that aim to advise clients in understanding and addressing a range of challenges so their organisations may become healthier and more productive. Through this approach Ben assists people to improve their understanding of organisational dynamics in order to effect change and instigate new behaviours and innovations. Systems Psychodynamics, the core approach that he uses, draws direct parallels between the psychology of individuals and the psychology of organisations. Accepting this, within the context of one in four people experiencing mental health problems annually, and that these problems increase with social exclusion, it is simply astounding there are no psychological health services in the UK meeting the needs of civil society organisations.

Position on ASAP Board of Directors – Apply Now!

2 Feb

Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) is seeking volunteers for one-year renewable positions on its global Board of Directors. ASAP is an international professional association focused on helping poverty researchers and teachers enhance their positive impact on severe poverty. It has chapters in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Oceania, Spain, the UK, and the United States, with hundreds of members working and studying in universities, research centers and NGOs worldwide.

The currently 8-member Board of Directors is led by ASAP President Thomas Pogge (Yale University) and oversees all aspects of ASAP operation. The Board takes guidance from a 21-member Advisory Board which includes some of the world’s most prominent poverty researchers and development policy and practice experts. ASAP is expanding its Board to match expanding membership and activities. Applications are welcome from academics and practitioners who have a strong interest in helping promote positive academic impact on poverty alleviation. Specifically, the organization seeks applications for one-year, renewable Board positions in the roles of:

Cat Has Joined The ASAP Board

26 Nov

Cat has recently been appointed to the Academics Stand Against Poverty Board of Directors. Alongside a dedicated panel, she seeks to continue the work of ASAP in tackling poverty through academic research and outreach. As the current Co-Chair of ASAP UK, Cat has extensive experience with ASAP, and has been a major contributor to the organisation’s growing global network. Recently, ASAP UK hosted a very successful conference on Illicit Financial Flows and the impact this has had on poverty around the world. They were able to present their research and a proposal for institutional reforms that could become part of the post-MDG agenda.