The Humanitarian Newsletter August 26, 2013 – September 2, 2013 Please note that this edition covers the upcoming week in Humanitarian News, Events,


The Humanitarian Newsletter

August 26, 2013 – September 2, 2013

Please note that this edition covers the upcoming week in Humanitarian News, Events, and Opportunities. The Humanitarian Newsletter will resume a regular schedule on September 2, 2013.

Humanitarian Spotlight: Syrian Refugees


According to a joint statement released by UNHCR and UNICEF on Friday, one million children have been forced to flee Syria since the start of the conflict in March 2011 and an additional two million children are displaced within the country. The U.N. says children now make up half of all refugees fleeing Syria. About three-quarters of those children are under 11. The U.N. says the conflict in Syria has caused the world's worst refugee crisis for 20 years, with numbers not seen since the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

The situation in Syria continues to worsen following Wednesday's suspected chemical attacks, which affected five regions near Damascus and killed hundreds of people. Earlier today, the convoy carrying the 20-member U.N. inspection team tasked with investigating the alleged chemical attacks around Damascus, came under fire by unidentified snipers.

According to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, more than 100,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict.

For more information regarding the ongoing conflict in Syria, please refer to:
Syria crisis: Child refugees reach 'one million' - BBC
Syria Regional Refugee Response - UNHCR
How is Syria's civil war impacting the region? - Thomson Reuters

Special Feature: World Humanitarian Day 2013


World Humanitarian Day 2013 Campaign
August 19, 2013 marked the tenth anniversary of the bombing at the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, which took the lives of 22 U.N. and aid agency workers. Each year, August 19 remains a day to commemorate all people who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and to celebrate the spirit of people helping people that motivates this work. It also seeks to draw attention to humanitarian needs worldwide and to explain what humanitarian aid work entails. This year the World Humanitarian Day project is a month-long campaign of events around the world to raise much-needed funds to continue the effort to help others.

As part of the month-long WHD project, OCHA launched a social media campaign using Twitter to request that entertainers and corporations sponsor words to complete the phrase "The World Needs More..." For each retweet of a word throughout the month, the sponsoring corporation or entertainer will donate $1 to a U.N. humanitarian fund.

Links to Additional Resources:
UN Secretary-General's Address for WHD 2013

World Humanitarian Day 2013 Message

World Humanitarian Day - Facebook

A Humanitarian Reflection

New York City Events


Tuesday, August 27, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Intro to International Human Rights at Fordham Law School

The Leitner Center will be holding their first Brown Bag Lunch event of the fall semester. Learn about the various human rights programs and opportunities at the Leitner Center at the Law School.

Location: Room 302, Fordham Law School, 140 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023


Thursday, August 6 - Sunday, September 1
The 12x12 Project at First Park

Fourth Arts Block, in partnership with the World Policy Institute, NYC Parks, and First Street Green, presents WPI's installation of The 12x12 Project at First Park in Manhattan's East Village. This exhibition, based on the book Twelve by Twelve: A One Room Cabin, Off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream, is meant to create a dialogue on smarter consumption and the impact it can have on the world. The installation is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 12 PM to 7 PM.

Location: First Park in Manhattan's East Village, 33 East 1st Street, New York, NY 10003

International Events

Thursday, August 29 - Saturday, August 31
RC21 Conference 2013 - "Resourceful Cities" in Berlin, Germany

Research Committee 21 (RC21) on Sociology of Urban and Regional Development of the International Sociological Association was established in 1970 to promote theory and research in the sociology of urban and regional development, and - in so doing - create an international community of scholars who will advance the field. RC21 will hold its annual conference for 2013 at Humboldt-University Berlin on the topic of "Resourceful Cities."

Location: Humboldt University, Unter den Linden 6 (UL 6) / Dorotheenstraße 24 (DOR 24) - Berlin, Germany

Thursday, October 24 - Sunday, October 27
Human Security: Humanitarian Perspectives and Responses - Istanbul, Turkey

The "Human Security: Humanitarian Perspectives and Responses" conference brings together two annual events, the Istanbul Human Security Conference and the World Conference on Humanitarian Studies. As a close collaboration between the International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA), the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies (CPRS) at Coventry University and Kadir Has University in Istanbul, the conference will be hosted by Kadir Has in Istanbul.

The panel sessions address our four conference themes in innovative and interactive formats to engage both the academic and practitioner communities. We warmly invite paper proposals for the panel sessions. Find the complete list of accepted panels on our website under Proposed Panels.

Location: Kadir Has Campus (Cibali) - Kadir Has Universitesi Kultur Merkezi, Cibali Mh., Fatih, 34083 - Istanbul, Turkey

Online Events


Thursday, September 5, 2013 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (GMT+01 (BST)) - Streamed live online
Humanitarian Negotiations: Talking to the Other Side

This event launches the 58th issue of the Humanitarian Exchange on humanitarian negotiations. Drawing on research and their own field experience of undertaking humanitarian negotiations, panellists will discuss the challenges and compromises involved and the resources and tools that have been developed to support more effective engagement.

Location: Overseas Development Institute (203 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NJ) and streamed live online


Thursday, September 12 - 11:00 AM to Wednesday, October 16 - 3:00 PM (EST)
Disaster Risk Reduction Webinar Series

InterAction announces a series of webinars raising awareness in the area of disaster risk reduction and preparedness which will lead up to InterAction’s DRR Day on October 16 in Washington, DC.

Learn more about the innovative programming and successful partnerships focused on reducing communities’ vulnerability to natural disasters. The series will feature perspectives from NGOs, the United Nations, and the business community.

Job Opportunities


Freedom House - Administrative Assistant for East and Horn of Africa Programs, Nairobi

Freedom House is looking for an Administrative Assistant who will provide logistical support for East and Horn of Africa programs, assist with financial management for the office, and coordinate travel arrangements for staff and partner organizations. The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for monitoring the efficiency of programs, providing research assistance, and reporting to the Project Director.


World Vision International - Emergency Food and Cash Based Programming Advisor, open to all Global locations

World Vision seeks an Emergency Food and Cash Based Programming Advisor to provide leadership in the provision of technical support for the design, implementation and monitoring of cash based programming in WV emergency and recovery programmes. The support is provided towards both conditional and unconditional cash grants, vouchers programming for food assistance. This positions will build the capacity of WV staff to effectively implement Cash Based programming and support in leading feasibility/targeting analysis for implementing different types of cash programmes by ensuring a scientific assessment and robust program design.

Application deadline: August 30, 2013


GOAL - Global Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, Location Flexible (Nairobi, Kampala, Dublin)

GOAL seeks a Global Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor to provide leadership within the organization in the area of knowledge management while acting as a facilitator of organisational learning. This position will provide an opportunity to drive the organisation forward in the areas of new technology, stakeholder accountability strengthening and humanitarian M&E and a further increase GOAL's reputation with donors, civil society and academia best practice and standards in the sector.

Application deadline: August 30, 2013


Save the Children - Emergency Response Personnel Education Adviser, Internationally Mobile

Save the Children is currently looking for professionals with experience in Education in emergencies to join our global Response Team. The position requires experience in first phase emergencies and the ability to be innovative, effective and consistent in challenging environments. The role holders will be deployed on 4 - 12 week assignments continually over the duration of the contract to wherever their skills are needed the most.

Application deadline: September 8, 2013

Internship Opportunities

Project Istwa - Communications and Event Planning Intern, New York

Project Istwa is seeking an intern for the Fall 2013 semester to assist staff in planning and coordinating a photography exhibit in NYC and 2014 workshops in Haiti . The intern will also assist with the organization's communications and outreach, including social media and web campaigns.

Interested individuals should email a cover letter and CV to as soon as possible.


International Rescue Committee - Training Administration Intern, New York

The International Rescue Committee seeks a part-time intern who will play an important role in supporting US Programs’ training and learning initiatives by assisting with various training-related tasks including – evaluation, development of learning materials, and general administrative support. All applicants must be a current or recently matriculated graduate student in Social Work, Administration, Instructional Design, Educational Technology, or a related field.


The NGO Committee on the Status of Women NY - Academic Year Internship, New York

The NGO Committee on the Status of Women NY seeks an intern for the 2013-2014 Academic Year to assist the Committee in the preparation of various events and provide support to the NGO CSW/NY office for the upcoming NGO CSW Forum 2014 and UN Commission on the Status of Women session. This is an unpaid internship and applicants must have at least two years of work experience and/or practical experience in international settings.

Application Deadline: September 1, 2013


The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) - Research Internships

The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) is now seeking two dynamic interns to assist the organization in its research projects over Fall Semester 2013. These will be graduate-level interns, who will have recently completed, or be in pursuit of a law or graduate degree in a related field, especially human rights and/or international development, and a legal research intern, who will have recently completed, or be in pursuit of a JD or LLM.

Application Deadlines:
Graduate Research Internship: September 6, 2013
Legal Research Internship: September 22, 2013.


Global Humanitaria USA - Fall Internships, New York

1) Global Humanitaria USA seeks an Outreach and Events Coordinator Intern for the Fall semester to support the office with outreach and grant proposal writing, as well as actively seeking opportunities to create relationships with potential funders and other non-profit organizations involved in community development, women’s empowerment and child protection.

2) Global Humanitaria USA is also looking for a Communications & Social Media Intern for the Fall semester to support the office with online communications, assistance of public events, public relations and partnerships with other non-profit organizations involved in community development, women’s empowerment and child protection. In addition, the intern will work to build Global Humanitaria’s online presence with social media outlets, and build and maintain new and unique content for the website and social media platforms, updating statuses, etc.

Internships are unpaid; course credit available. Please a send cover letter and resume to


Human Rights Watch - Communications Division Internship, New York

The Communications division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is currently seeking a student with experience and an interest in media and communications to intern in its New York office for the Fall 2013 semester. The internship is unpaid, but academic credit may be available.

Application deadline: September 9, 2013

IIHA Humanitarian Programs

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International Humanitarian Affairs Minor: The IIHA has established the International Humanitarian Affairs Minor, available to undergraduate students at Fordham College Lincoln Center and Rose Hill. This interdisciplinary minor offers students a comprehensive understanding of issues central to contemporary humanitarian affairs. The Minor offers an in-depth analysis of the humanitarian field, enabling students to acquire theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

For more information about the International Humanitarian Affairs Minor, please visit our website

Masters in International Humanitarian Action (MIHA): The IIHA and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) have joined together to offer a comprehensive Master’s program that combines the experience of long-time humanitarian professionals with the academic strength of Fordham faculty. The program combines the experience of seasoned humanitarian professionals with the academic strength of Fordham faculty from the School of Law and the Graduate Schools of Business and Social Service, who provide students with the political, historical, legal and ethical contexts of past, present and future emergencies.

For more information about the Masters in International Humanitarian Action, please visit our website

Upcoming IIHA Training Courses

The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University, working with external humanitarian partners, offers programs throughout the world at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Through these programs, IIHA trains students for careers in the humanitarian field by combining an academic approach with the shared practical experience of faculty, external speakers and students.