The Humanitarian Newsletter September 2 - September 16, 2013 Humanitarian Spotlight: Funding Shortfall for Syrian Crisis As of August 26, 2013, UN


The Humanitarian Newsletter

September 2 - September 16, 2013

Humanitarian Spotlight: Funding Shortfall for Syrian Crisis

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As of August 26, 2013, UNHCR reports that there are now almost 2 million Syrian refugees throughout Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, and countries in North Africa. As the Syrian conflict continues to worsen, it is estimated that by the end of 2013 there will be up to 3.5 million Syrian refugees in the region.

In June 2013, the U.N. issued the largest financing appeal in its history, asking for more than US$5 billion to address the critical needs of populations affected by the Syrian conflict. Part of this request in effect revised upwards the U.N.'s two main appeals, the Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP) for people inside the country, and the Syria Regional Response Plan (RRP), for refugees in the region.

To date, the SHARP has received US$603 million of the requested US$1.4 billion appeal to aid the 6.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance within Syria. The RRP, launched in Beirut on March 21, 2013 through the combined efforts of over 100 local and international partners, has received US$1.1 billion of the requested US$3 billion dollar appeal to address the acute needs of refugees until December of this year. With the total funding to both U.N. appeals currently at 41%, the humanitarian funding shortfall presents serious constraints to humanitarian organizations.

Pooled funding mechanisms such as the Syria Emergency Response Fund (ERF) and the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), have proved critical to funding the humanitarian response in Syria by providing flexible and coordinated funding to relief efforts. These funds fill sectoral and geographical gaps through collaborative approval processes at the country level and allow humanitarian actors to quickly address the most urgent humanitarian needs on the ground. Yet even with these additional contributions to relief efforts, overall funding to humanitarian efforts in Syria remains a dire situation only likely to worsen as the conflict intensifies.

For more information on the Syrian Conflict and Humanitarian Funding please visit the following websites:
Syria Regional Refugee Response - UNHCR
How is Syria's civil war impacting the region? - Thomson Reuters
Humanitarian Response - OCHA
Syria Crisis Relief Funding - OCHA

New York City Events


Tuesday, September 3, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
The Leitner Center's Brown Bag Lunch Series: "Preventing Parties to Armed Conflicts from Using Schools and Universities for Military Purposes"

Although schools and universities are protected under both international humanitarian law and international human rights law, parties to armed conflict will sometimes use them for military purposes (e.g., for bases or barracks). This imperils the welfare of teachers and students, leads to the destruction of important infrastructure, and violates the children’s right to education. Bede Sheppard, the deputy director of the Children's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, will discuss the global campaign that Human Rights Watch is launching to end this practice. He will also discuss the development of the new Lucens Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict.

Location: Room 302, Fordham Law School, 140 W. 62nd St. New York, NY 10023

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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

International Events

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


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

AidEx - Brussels, Belgium

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 5, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (GMT+01 (BST))
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 5, 8:00 PM-9:30 PM (EDT) Live Webcast – Crisis Update: The Fight for Affordable Treatment

In the late 1990s and 2000s, millions of people infected with HIV were denied access to the drugs that they needed due to various industry and government obstacles. This webcast will feature a short preview and discussion of the award-winning documentary Fire in the Blood, which provides an in-depth look at how the production and availability of generic versions of various medications have made it possible to treat millions of people. This webcast is presented by Doctors Without Borders, and is free to the public and streamed live online.

Location: 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


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 their 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


Danish Refugee Council - Head of base (HoB) for DR Congo and CAR, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic

Under the supervision of the country director (CD), the HoB will be responsible for security, logistics, administration and Finance in a field office. The HoB will also supervise the implementation of DRC projects in the area of operation. This will be done in close coordination with national programme and country office staff. The HoB will serve as part of the senior management team (SMT) and play a central role in strategic planning, building relationships with key humanitarian partners and donors and securing funding to expand DRC’s program in DR Congo/CAR.

Application Deadline: September 10, 2013


Save the Children International – Humanitarian Advocacy Advisor, Geneva, Switzerland

Save the Children is currently seeking a Humanitarian Advocacy Advisor, who would be responsible for the organization’s external engagements with the UN, donors, and NGOs. The Humanitarian Advocacy Advisor would also build and maintain relationships with Geneva based institutions and UN Missions, including the UN High Commission for Refugees, OCHA, and UNICEF.

Application Deadline: September 10, 2013


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.

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.


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 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. 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


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

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.