The Humanitarian Newsletter September 16 - September 30, 2013 Humanitarian Spotlight: Disability and Disasters In disaster settings, people living


The Humanitarian Newsletter

September 16 - September 30, 2013

Humanitarian Spotlight:
Disability and Disasters

Involving people with Disabilities in DRR Drill in Nepal

In disaster settings, people living with disabilities are among the most vulnerable of the affected populations. Yet, in the past, those with disabilities have been widely overlooked in both disaster preparedness and response. Recent advocacy efforts undertaken by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and its partners have aimed to shift both the language and perception of this crucial issue, calling for those with disabilities to be seen not as passive recipients of humanitarian care, but rather, as equal participants in disaster risk reduction.

UNISDR and partners launched the first-ever survey of people living with disabilities and disasters on July 29, 2013, and to date, thousands of people have participated. The survey was organized to mark the 2013 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction which will take place on October 13. The 2013 IDRR will have as its theme "Living with Disability & Disasters" and the day intends to switch on and amplify this critical issue of including the needs of persons living with disabilities now and for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.

The 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, which opens tomorrow, will include a one-day high-level meeting of the General Assembly on Disability (HLMD) on September 23, with the theme “The way forward: a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond." The HLMD, which will take place five years after the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) entered into force, will focus on the participation and active involvement of disabled individuals in disaster risk reduction and disaster response strategies. The meeting will also undoubtedly include continued discussions on incorporating disability-inclusive standards and actions in the post-2015 agendas of both the Hyogo Framework for Action and the Millennium Development Goals.

For more information, please visit the following websites:
International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2013 - UNISDR
Handicap International
Disability Survey: 'We Can Face Any Challenge with Courage" - UNISDR
High-level meeting of the General Assembly on disability and development- UN ENABLE
"Disability, natural disasters and emergency situations" - UN ENABLE
"A Volunteer's Perspective" - UNISDR
"Sirens sound yet deaf people left standing" - UNISDR

New York City Events


Tuesday, September 24, Panel: 5:30 PM,
Reception: 6:30 PM (approximate)

"Reinforcing Momentum to End Acute Malnutrition"

Action Against Hunger and UNICEF invite you to a panel discussion on Reinforcing Momentum to End Acute Malnutrition, followed by a reception to highlight nutrition momentum to bring together those working to improve nutrition to influence the post-2015 process and beyond.

Please RSVP to:

Location: Bohemian National Hall, 321 E. 73rd St. New York, NY 10021

Tuesday, September 24, 6:00 PM EDT / 10:00 PM GMT
Kapuscinski Development Lecture: Effective poverty reduction beyond MDGs

The Effective Poverty Reduction Beyond MDGs lecture and discussion will feature leaders in the development field including Esther Duflo, director of MIT's J-PAL program and co-author of Poor Economics. This gathering, hosted by Columbia University, coincides with the UN General Assembly and focuses on the most important ideas of the post-2015 development agenda. Early registration required, and live online streaming is also available.

Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus, International Affairs Building, Room 1501, Columbia University, 116th and Broadway, New York, NY 10027 and Streamed Live Online

Thursday, October 3, 6:30 PM
The Cost of Conflict Minerals: Human Rights and Corporate Compliance

The New York City Bar’s Committee on International Human Rights will be hosting a debate on the effectiveness of the recent legislation on human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The legislation in question, the Dodd-Frank Act, requires publicly traded companies to disclose whether “conflict minerals” used in their products come from the DRC or surrounding nations.

Location: The House of the Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues), New York, NY 10036

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Wednesday, October 23, 6:30 PM
The 2013 UN Day Humanitarian of the Year Award Gala Dinner - New York

The United Nations Association of New York's Humanitarian Awards Dinner is an opportunity to commemorate United Nations Day while recognizing leading individuals and organizations for their prominent contributions to and support of the ideals and work of the United Nations. The Dinner brings together policymakers, diplomats, United Nations supporters, business leaders, and celebrities to call attention to the vital role the UN plays in helping the global community advance peace, prosperity and justice and to honor individuals and corporations for their global leadership in advancing UN causes.

Location: Marriott Essex House, 160 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

National Events


Wednesday, September 18, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Workshop on Diplomacy & Negotiation for Humanitarian NGOs

This workshop, hosted by InterAction, aims to assist NGOs in defining, balancing, and choosing between conflicting interests by drawing on the expertise and experiences of NGO staffs, governmental diplomats, and officials from other various international organizations, local governments, academia, and industry.

To register for the workshop, please visit

Location: InterAction HQ, 1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 210, Washington, D.C. 20036

Wednesday, October 2, 11:30 AM-6:30 PM
Fall 2013 Society for International Development-Washington Career Fair

The SID-Washington Career Fair is an important opportunity for those wishing to find jobs in the field of humanitarian work. This will provide a forum for international development organizations to recruit top talent. Attendees will be able to meet and network with potential employers, attend a networking reception, and engage in informal discussions with senior recruiters.

To register, please visit:

Location: The George Washington University Marvin Center, 800 21st Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20052

Thursday, October 3, 9:30 AM-5:30 PM
Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms: 20 Years After Vienna

The Center for Women’s Global Leadership is hosting a daylong symposium to discuss human rights 20 years after the UN World Conference on Human Rights. The event seeks to engage stakeholders on challenges and opportunities for the realization of human rights in the 21st century.

During the daylong event, participants will have the opportunity to engage in rich discussions and explore global issues in women’s rights, poverty and inequality, and human rights, democracy, and the right to development.

Location: Multipurpose Room, Rutgers University Student Center, 126 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

International Events

Thursday, September 19, 8:30 AM - Friday, September 20, 5:00 PM
InsideNGO’s Financial Management For US Government Funding

InsideNGO is hosting a seminar that focuses on the consistent and effective financial management needed to receive funding from the U.S. Government. This course, offered to development and relief staff worldwide, teaches the essential fundamentals of financial management with U.S. Government funding.

Location: Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

Tuesday, September 24, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
People In Aid Staff Care workshop: Managing Kidnap and Ransom Situations

On September 24th, People in Aid will offer a new workshop that explores various topics such as kidnap and ransom of humanitarians in the field from the different perspectives of HR and management staff. In addition to this workshop, the popular Debriefing Staff workshop will be offered. This creates the opportunity learn how to effectively debrief staff members who return from relief or development assignments, both short and long-term.

Location: Holloway, London, UK

Asia-Pacific Housing Forum

Wednesday, October 2 - Friday, October 4 Asia-Pacific Housing Forum: "Housing as a Foundation for Breaking the Poverty Cycle"

The Asia-Pacific Housing Forum is a biennial conference organized by Habitat for Humanity. It gathers under one roof, public, private and people sector stakeholders engaged in seeking solutions to poverty housing issues. The Forum is of interest to all stakeholders engaged in providing housing solutions that aim to tackle the poverty cycle. They include policy-makers, urban planners, architects, academics, housing sector developers, NGOs, donor agencies, international organizations, researchers, and private and public sector players. Since inception, the event has brought together over 1,400 stakeholders from 52 countries.

Location:Manila, Philippines

Thursday, October 24 - Sunday, October 27
World Conference on Humanitarian Studies - Human Security: Humanitarian Perspectives and Responses

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

LSE Urban Age

Thursday, October 24 - Friday, October 25
Urban Age City Transformations Conference

Organised by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Deutsche Bank's Alfred Herrhausen Society, the 2013 Urban Age conference will investigate the impact of large scale urban development projects on the social, economic, political and physical make-up of cities.

The conference will be held in the Olympic City of Rio de Janeiro in October 2013 and will act as a platform for exchange and debate amongst over 150 policy-makers, academics, urban designers, architects, and representatives of NGOs and local community groups

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Wednesday, November 13, 9:30 - 5:30 PM and
Thursday, November 14, 9:30 - 5:00 PM

AidEx 2013

AidEx is an international humanitarian and development aid event. Held annually in Brussels, it includes a leading conference, exhibition and programme for practical workshops to help professionals within the community improve the efficiency and sustainability of aid.

Location: Brussels Expo, Belgieplein - 1 - Place de Belgique, B-1020 - Brussels, Belgium

Online Events


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.


Thursday, September 19, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)
Leave #No1Behind Live Spreecast

In this live Spreecast, InterAction will host a global conversation on how to ensure that all people are better included in the fight against poverty. Join them for a worldwide discussion about “forgotten populations,” and the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals Agenda.

To join the conversation, please register here.

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.


International Rescue Committee – Grants & Communications Officer, Bamako, Mali

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to global humanitarian crises by providing care and assistance to refugees in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities. The Grants & Communications Officer will design and take the lead in implementing a communications strategy and reviewing narrative donor reports, whilst reporting to the Grants Coordinator.


Oxfam America - Humanitarian Support Officer, Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods (EFSVL), Boston, MA, USA

Oxfam seeks a Humanitarian Support Officer for emergency food security and vulnerable livelihoods. The Humanitarian Program Officer will ensure that Oxfam responds quickly and appropriately to food security and livelihood emergencies, as well as building preparedness in the areas of emergency food security and vulnerable livelihoods. Their leadership would contribute to ensuring the high quality programming across Oxfam’s organization.

Application deadline: September 20, 2013

People in Aid - Project Coordinator, London, UK

People in Aid is seeking a Project Coordinator for the development of a common humanitarian standard and a coherent overall standards framework. Those interested in applying would have the unique opportunity to help shape the future of humanitarian action by developing a framework and dissemination of a common humanitarian standard. This position would be you at the forefront of change in the sector ensuring that humanitarian work is accountable to the people it serves.

To apply, please visit:

Application Deadline: September 23, 2013


GOAL - Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor

GOAL seeks a global Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor to provide leadership in the area of evaluation management while acting as facilitator for organizational learning. This position will provide the opportunity to move GOAL’s initiatives forward on a national and international scale while enhancing their reputation among donors, civil society and academia best practice standards in the sector.

Application Deadline: September 25, 2013


CARE - Emergency Shelter Team Leader, London, UK

CARE seeks an Emergency Shelter Team Leader. Those applying must be humanitarian program managers with a strong interest in a holistic approach to emergency shelter as well as technical shelter specialists. Leadership in building CARE’s reputation in the sector as well as facilitating and managing high quality and appropriate shelter interventions in humanitarian crises worldwide is desired. Highly dynamic and motivated individuals are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: September 26, 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.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to as soon as possible.


American Red Cross- International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Team Leader

International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is the body of law that places basic limits on how war is waged. It seeks to limit the destruction caused by war and protect the life and human dignity of those out of combat, such as civilians or wounded soldiers. The American Red Cross is seeking IHL Action Campaign Team Leaders to facilitate hands-on, experiential activities among a small group of youth between the ages of 13 and 18 years old. The aim is to teach youth that “Even Wars Have Limits” and to develop them into critical thinkers, problem solvers, and compassionate global citizens.

To apply, please contact:

Application Deadline: October 15, 2013


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

The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) is seeking a dynamic intern to assist the organization in its research projects over Fall Semester 2013. This will be a legal research intern, who will have recently completed, or be in pursuit of a JD or LLM.

Application Deadline:
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. To apply, please a send cover letter and resume to


Council on Foreign Relations – Center for Preventative Action Volunteer Intern, New York

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is looking for interns in a variety of fields, including International Relations, International Law, Human Rights, History, and Public Policy. The volunteer duties of the intern include providing research, analysis, and administrative support on CPA projects related to the UN, conflict prevention, and US national security policy, in addition to other tasks.

The Council on Foreign Relations accepts internship applications on a semester basis.

Workforce Humanity: Humanitarian Internship Program

Workforce Humanity offers an internship program for post-graduate or entry-level aid and development workers who wish to be placed in a local NGO after the internship’s completion. Workforce Humanity aims to improve social and economic conditions in developing countries from a bottom-up approach by empowering grassroots action by partnering with local NGOs.

For more information, please email: or call (347) 706-1513

MADRE - Internships, New York

MADRE is looking to hire several types of interns including a Humanitarian Aid Campaign Intern. The Humanitarian Aid Campaign Intern would be responsible for maintaining donor and inventory databases, engaging in ongoing aid campaigns, and researching women’s human rights issues as background for student outreach and new campaign launches, as well as other tasks. MADRE is accepting applications through rolling admissions on a semester basis.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to:

Application Deadline: November 15, 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.

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