INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS ( ) Weekly Humanitarian Newsletter June 10, 2013 –


Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs

Weekly Humanitarian Newsletter

June 10, 2013 – June 24, 2013

Humanitarian Spotlight: UN Releases Report on Syrian Civil War

On June 4, United Nations investigators reported that chemical weapons and large-scale bombing were being used in the Syrian civil war. In addition to isolated use of chemical weapons in Aleppo and Damascus, the UN also called attention to President Assad regime’s usage of thermobaric bombs, which are thought to have caused mass causalities. At this point in the conflict, around 90,000 people died, many in battle, and many through executions and attacks. The United Nations has urged nations to avoid trading and donating weapons to either side, in an effort to stem the bloodshed.

Thousands of Syrians are continuing to attempt to leave Syria every day, and are placing further burden on international relief agencies stationed in countries such as Lebanon and Jordan. Additionally, many are seeking refuge within Syria, seeking to avoid the violence as best they can.

For more information on the crisis in Syria, please refer to:
The New York Times
Human Rights Watch
National Public Radio

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!

Community Events

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June 13–23
2013 Human Rights Watch Film Festival

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival bears witness to human rights violations and creates a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.
Time and location varies
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Monday, June 17, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tackling Poverty: The History of Poverty and Homelessness in New York City

Conditions that perpetuate homelessness and poverty today have deep roots in America's past.​ This Tackling Poverty conversation, hosted by City Limits, will explore the themes of the book, "The Poor Among Us: A History of Family Poverty and Homelessness in New York City". The discussion will examine the successes and failures of past attempts to reduce poverty and the lessons we can learn for today's efforts to aid impoverished families.

Location: 105 East 22nd Street

To RSVP and for more information click here

Job and Internship Opportunities

International Rescue Committee – Women’s Refugee Commission Communications Internship

The Women's Refugee Commission works to improve the lives and protect the rights of women, children and youth displaced by conflict and crisis. We research their needs, identify solutions and advocate for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice.

The intern will provide overall support to the Women's Refugee Commission's communications department. The internship is a great opportunity to work closely with professional communications staff, develop strategic communications skills and learn about the humanitarian field.

For more information and to apply, click here

Goal USA Student Outreach Internship

Goal is an international humanitarian agency dedicated to the alleviation of suffering amongst the poorest of the poor. GOAL works towards ensuring that the poorest and most vulnerable in our world and those affected by humanitarian crises have access to the fundamental needs and rights of life such as food, water, shelter, medical attention and primary education.

The Student Outreach Intern will support GOAL USA's efforts to build its presence amongst the student population (18 -21 years of age) in the tri-state area by establishing and/or partnering with active student groups. The intern will research and develop a plan for outreach specific to this age range, which will focus heavily on universities and campus life. The aim of this outreach project is to promote GOAL's humanitarian work in the developing world while encouraging students to get involved through, for example, the establishment of GOAL USA Student Chapters.

For more information and to apply, click here

International Rescue Committee – Program Officer

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

The Program Officer for the Horn and East Africa Region will manage program support for seven countries in the region (Somalia, Southern Sudan, Chad, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia) and will oversee the regional Program Assistants and Volunteer. The Program Officer will be responsible for grants management, as well as providing representation of the region in IRC’s NY headquarters and Washington.

For more information and to apply, click here

United Methodist Committee on Relief – Program Manager

The primary purpose of the UMCOR Program Manager (PM) position is to support, guide and oversee UMCOR field office(s) ("Mission(s)") in their program development, monitoring and reporting of activities, strategic development and exit/transition planning. The position entails significant program development as well as field office grant and donor management. It will be expected that the PM will travel to the field to gain first-hand knowledge of programs and issues and be a liaison with donors in the US and internationally. The PM will act as a link between project ideas being generated in the field and representing those ideas to US and internationally based donors. The Program Manager will be responsible for grant management, as well as providing representation of assigned Missions at UMCOR's NY headquarters and with external partners. Under the guidance of the Director, International Programs, the Program Manager will ensure that each assigned Mission operates based on a sound humanitarian and development strategy and follows UMCOR's standards of operations.

For more information and to apply, click here

Senior Specialist, Programs, MCHIP

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. Save The Children aims to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities.

The Senior Specialist, Program will manage day-to-day operations of and technical assistance to program activities for Save the Children MCHIP programs worldwide. Working closely with the MCHIP Deputy Director, the Newborn Health Team, and other technical staff in headquarters and country offices, the Senior Specialist will provide strategic, technical and programmatic oversight for the design, development, and implementation of SC's MCHIP programs. The Senior Specialist will also ensure regular communication and strong collaboration between SC and MCHIP partners, with donor representatives, as well as with SNL, DHN and SC support functions, including finance and grants management.

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.