Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs Weekly Humanitarian Newsletter May 27, 2013 – June 10, 2013 Humanitarian Spo


Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs

Weekly Humanitarian Newsletter

May 27, 2013 – June 10, 2013

Humanitarian Spotlight: Women's Rights in Afghanistan

To what extent has the international community been influential in reducing the incidences of gendered violence in Afghanistan? Despite the implementation of regulations against sexual violence, the number of women imprisoned for "moral crimes"--running away from home or having sex outside of marriage--has increased from 400 in January, 2012, to 600 in May, 2013. The "criminals" often comprise of victims of sexual and domestic violence who have sought new shelters from the government, only to be treated as violators of customs and morals. The opponents of Laws on the Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW laws), ranging from religious leaders to nationalist patriots, have referred to the disintegration of religious and cultural values that result from securing women's rights. The result of this attitude has been the reduction of governmental attention to issues of domestic violence and the consequent decrease in funding and support.

For more information on Afghanistan's attitude towards the protection of women's rights, please refer to:
Human Rights Watch
New York Times
The Atlantic
Los Angeles Times

Fordham University

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The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs is proud to announce its new book, History and Hope: The International Humanitarian Reader.

History and Hope: The International Humanitarian Reader provides a growing audience --both within and outside academia--with a better understanding of the multi-faceted demands posed by humanitarian assistance programs. Contributors include many of the leading figures in international diplomacy, relief and refugee operations, conflict resolution and reconciliation, and transition from disaster to stability and development, from the chaos of war to peace.

Order your copy today!

Columbia University


Thursday, May 30, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM:
Teaching Human Rights in a Business School: A View from the Inside - Michael Posner will speak on “Teaching Human Rights in a Business School: A View from the Inside.” After more than 30 years at Human Rights First (formerly Lawyers Committee for Human Rights) as founding Executive Director and then President, in 2009 Posner was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State. In March this year he stepped down from this post to lead the new Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU Stern School of Business.
Posner’s talk, open to all faculty, staff and students, is part of the third annual workshop of the Columbia Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum, an initiative cosponsored by Columbia’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the Human Rights Institute of Columbia Law School.

Location: Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia Law School, room 105.

New York University

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Monday, May 29, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Superstorm Sandy: Are We Ready for the Next One? - Experts from the City University of New York, public and nonprofit sectors, and city government will discuss lessons learned from the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy.


1) Science, Climate, and Storm Prediction

2) New York City Natural Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response

3) Public Health & Health Care Services Post-Sandy

Dr. William J. Fritz
Dr. William Solecki
Dr. Frank Buonaiuto
Dr. Allan Frei

Andrew Boyarsky
Donald A. Winters
Brian Hartig
Dr. Michael Kress
Laura Popa
Dr. Stephen Brier, moderator

Kate McKenzie
Jack Carvanos
Dr. Irwin Redlener
Dr. Nicholas Freudenberg, moderator

For more information, please call 212-817-8215.

Location: ELEBASH RECITAL HALL. 365 Fifth Ave, Midtown East, New York.

Community Events

Monday, July 1, 2013 and Tuesday, July 2, 2013: University College Dublin will hold a symposium entitled Progressing Reconciliation: The Role of Peace Agreements in Societal Reconciliation. A two day symposium that will interrogate the adequacy of international post-conflict peace agreements in facilitating societal reconciliation. Speakers will include Prof. Monica McWilliams (University of Ulster), Prof. Paul Williams (American University), Prof. Kjell-Åke Nordquist (Human Rights and Peace Building Research Program, Stockholm School of Theology), Prof. Pedro Enrique Valenzuela Gruesso (Universidad de Javeriana), Prof. Duncan Morrow (University of Ulster), Rev.Harold Good (The Methodist Church in Ireland), Prof. Brandon Hamber (University of Ulster), Dr. Caitlin Donnelly (Queen’s University Belfast), and representatives from the Corrymeela Community and the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation.

Location: William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium, Belfield Campus, University College Dublin

Monday, July 1 to Wednesday, July 10, 2013: A ten day summer school entitled "Understanding Reconciliation: Lessons for humanitarian interventions from the reconciliation process in Northern Ireland" will provide participants with an understanding of the lessons to be learned for principled humanitarian interventions in reconciliation processes from the Northern Ireland context. The first two days of the summer school will be at the Progressing Reconciliation symposium.

Location: University College Dublin and trip to Northern Ireland.

(A discounted ticket price for the two day symposium of €80 is available until 18th May. Applications for the summer school are open until 17th May. For more information, applications and registration, please click here.)

Job and Internship Opportunities

The Tandana Foundation - Volunteer Coordinator Internship in Ecuador: The Tandana Foundation is seeking an intern to work in the Otavalo canton of Ecuador. The internship will involve coordinating service projects and leading volunteer programs for people from the United States who travel to Ecuador to learn about the local culture, make friends, and contribute to community well-being, as well as individual volunteer service. The intern contributes to leading all aspects of the programs in a safe and engaging manner and supports the Coordinator in implementing Tandana values. • The Intern works independently while living with a host family in between programs. • The Intern demonstrates a desire to develop relationships in the community and an interest in continuing to work for Tandana.

For more information and to apply, click here

Due Date: May 31, 2013

Humanitarian Accountability Partnership - Independent Auditors for the HAP Accountability & Quality Management Standard: Each audit takes place at both the Head Office and selected Field sites (the number of which depends on the size and structure of the organisation). The length of an audit including preparation, document review, on-site audit and reporting will vary from 15 to 19 days. The auditor will be guided by an established and tested audit guideline. The audit findings will be submitted in the form of a report to the Certification and Accreditation Review Board for review and recommendation for certification.

Selected applicants will be expected to satisfactorily complete a 5-day HAP auditors training course with a registration cost of CHF 300 per applicant. All travel and accommodation expenses will be met by HAP. Thereafter, each applicant will be expected to take part in two training audits (first one unpaid and second with minimum remuneration) under the supervision of a Lead Auditor. An applicant that successfully completes the two training audits will then qualify as a HAP registered Auditor.

For more information and to apply, click here

Humanitarian Service Project - Grant Writing Intern: HSP is a not-for-profit organization serving low-income seniors, children and families in DuPage and Kane Counties. Our 15, is located in Carol Stream. Responsibilities of the Grant Writer Intern include: 1) research new grants and funding possibilities, 2) manage and organize ongoing and completed grant applications, and 3) develop contacts for future grants.
Preferred qualifications include the following: knowledge of Microsoft Office Excel, Word, and database management, strong writing and communication skills, attention to detail, and willingness to work in a team environment.

For more information and to apply, click here

AmeriCares – Country Director, AmeriCares Haiti: AmeriCares has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Global Health Program professional to lead and manage AmeriCares program activities on the ground in Haiti, including medical assistance distribution, health system strengthening projects, and other post-emergency programs. The Country Director will conduct on-going partner assessment; identify immediate, mid- and long-term needs; carry forward and develop appropriate programming in line with AmeriCares mission, program objectives and resources; hire and supervise staff of up to twenty; and coordinate with other NGO partners and recovery efforts to best leverage and oversee AmeriCares efforts/expenditures in Haiti. As AmeriCares most senior representative in Haiti, the Country Director will also continue to have responsibility for safety and security, regulatory affairs, and financial management.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Catholic Relief Services - Business Development Specialist: The Business Development Specialist will support the identification and pursuit of public funding opportunities. He or she will also provide field and HQ staff with information and training to improve their skills in donor and partner intelligence-gathering, proposal development, representation to donor and partner organizations, and marketing of CRS' results to enhance our competitiveness.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Freedom House – Human Resources Intern: Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, effective advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, Nations in Transit, and Countries at the Crossroads. With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we support the right of every individual to be free. The HR Intern will assist with the administration of the day-to-day operations of the human resources functions, duties and responsibilities. This position based in Washington DC and reports to the Human Resources Director. This is a paid, part-time internship position for up to 20 hours per week.

For more information and to apply, click here.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) – Technical Advisor, Governance: The IRC has embarked on a new phase of investment in its governance and rights-related work and is looking to bring new skills and expertise into its Governance & Rights technical unit. This unit is charged with providing intellectual leadership and vision around these programming areas, quality technical support to field staff and partner agencies (often delivered in conjunction with colleagues from other technical units given the cross-cutting nature of governance themes), targeted support on program design and fundraising, developing innovative research and learning opportunities and public representation on governance and rights-related policy and programming issues.

For more information and to apply, click here.

The International Center for Transitional Justice – Regional Grants and Finance Officer: The International Center for Transitional Justice works to redress and prevent the most severe violations of human rights by confronting legacies of mass abuse. ICTJ seeks holistic solutions to promote accountability and create just and peaceful societies. ICTJ seeks to persuade governments, civil society, the media and the general public of the need for justice and accountability for victims. Regional Grants and Finance Officer provides grants and finance supervision, coordination, assistance and support to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) country programs.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Moroccan American Center – Director of Media: The Director of Media works with the Communications team at the Moroccan American Center to conduct outreach to media outlets that are interested in the US-Morocco bilateral relationship. The position is based in Washington, D.C. The Moroccan American Center is made up of three non-governmental, non-profit organizations that promote US-Morocco Relations, the Moroccan American Center for Policy (MACP), the Moroccan American Cultural Center (MACC), and the Moroccan American Trade and Investment Center (MATIC). Its principal mission is to inform opinion makers, government officials, and interested publics in the United States about political, social, and economic developments in Morocco and the role being played by the Kingdom of Morocco in broader strategic developments in North Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. Chief among the Center’s objectives is to assist the Kingdom of Morocco in its efforts to obtain American support to construct a stable, progressive, democratic, and economically dynamic region in North Africa.

For more information and to apply, click here.

International Rescue Committee – Protection Manager: The International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) Protection Manager will oversee a refugee protection program in Adjoung camp, Unity State. In this capacity, the Protection Manager will be responsible for day-to-day supervision and oversight of the protection officers and various protection activities, budget management, administration, and implementation of the requirements of the programs. The Protection Manager will work closely with UNHCR and the other protection actors in the camp as well as the camp leadership structures.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Humanitarian Programs at Fordham

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International Humanitarian Affairs Minor: The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs 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 IIHA 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 MIHA, please visit our website.