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September 27, 2010

Fellowship: Social Sectors Governance Specialist, DC

Democracy Fellowship – Governance Division
Social Sectors Governance Specialist
Washington DC

In an effort to improve and strengthen linkages within global social services and governance programs, World Learning’s Democracy Fellows Program (DFP), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), in partnership with the Bureau for Global Health (GH) and the Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade (EGAT) will recruit a Social Services Governance Fellow. The Fellow will provide the Office of Democracy and Governance (DG) with programmatic and technical expertise focused on identifying, developing and strengthening governance and social services linkages in USAID programs.

Duties and Responsibilities
Provide guidance, leadership, and training in the development, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based approaches that incorporate a governance perspective into social services programs and provide similar guidance and leadership with respect to incorporating good social services governance practices into USAID democracy and governance programs, where relevant. It is anticipated that a major emphasis of the position will be focused on identifying, developing and strengthen these evidence-based, cross-cutting approaches to governance improvement;
Work as an active member of the USAID Governance Team, in cooperation with GH/HIDN/HS and EGAT/ED, as well with other relevant working groups in the Agency;
Establish and maintain cooperative relationships and liaison with relevant USAID/W bureaus and offices, with USAID Field Missions, with relevant USG agencies (e.g. OGAC, State, HHS), and with the broader development community (e.g. WHO, PAHO, UNDP, the World Bank), as required;
In full coordination with GH/HIDN/HS and EGAT/ED, where and when evidence is convincing, prepare relevant policy documents, handbooks, guidance, and other publications for Agency and/or USG consideration;
Participate in, prepare papers for, and make presentations at internal and external professional meetings and policy forums addressing social sectors governance issues;
Contribute to preparation of procurement plans, scopes of work, budgets, program reviews and other documents related to relevant USAID program activities, as consistent with fellowship guidelines and requirements;
Priority governance focus areas for this work will include transparent policy planning and budgeting; effective, transparent and accountable financial management; public administration and management; program implementation and monitoring; and information creation, management and use in social sectors service systems.

The incumbent will serve as a member of both the DCHA/DG Governance Division and the GH working group on Health Systems Strengthening. The incumbent will also participate in relevant working groups in other parts of the Agency as relevant. S/he will be supervised by the DCHA/DG Governance Division Chief. The incumbent is expected to exercise the highest degree of individual initiative, resourcefulness, responsibility, and authority consonant with the overall policy and procedural framework of USAID.

Initial appointment is for one year, with possibility of renewal. Applications are available from our website at: http://wlid.usaid.gov/apply.html

Interested candidates should send a complete application to: Democracy Fellowship – Governance; Social Sectors Governance Specialist; World Learning; 1015 15th Street, NW; 7th Floor; Washington, DC 20005; Fax: (202) 408-5397; Email: dfp.info@worldlearning.org

Qualifications and Skills
US citizenship is required.
A doctoral degree in a relevant social, policy or administrative science; international development; or a related field is desired.
A minimum of 3 years experience in international development programs, including experience in designing, implementing and/or evaluating governance, health and/or education systems strengthening programs.
Demonstrated knowledge of the principles, concepts and methodologies of health and/or education systems governance, management, analysis, change and/or evaluation.
Excellent English writing skills are required.
Experience in developing/transitional country cultures, i.e., living and working in a developing country, either through a minimum of several short-term assignments or long-term residential postings.
Previous publications on health and/or education systems governance in relevant peer-reviewed professional journals are desirable.

The incumbent will be based at USAID headquarters in Washington

Web Site: http://wlid.usaid.gov/

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Additional information:
Experience around the world has demonstrated that effective governance is important to the ability of government social service systems to provide essential services and effective policies. Governance of social service systems such as health and education concerns the institutions and linkages that affect the interactions among citizens/service users, government officials and health and education service providers. There is general agreement that the effective management and governance of health or education systems is characterized by responsiveness and accountability; an open and transparent policy process; participatory engagement of citizens; and operational capacity of government to plan, manage, monitor and regulate policy and service delivery. Yet, linkages between democracy and governance programs and social services governance programs have been neglected in USAID’s practice. Therefore, it is important for USAID to develop and build its knowledge and expertise around how to effectively incorporate and support governance and social services linkages within USAID programs.

In the near future, USAID is expected to adopt implementation reforms that could significantly change how USAID delivers assistance. These reforms could result in USAID increasing its utilization of partner country systems and institutions to implement assistance programs. This will require USAID to work much more directly with government ministries, departments, agencies and representative bodies to build the capacity of those institutions to effectively plan, implement, manage and monitor government programs and services. This will place an additional emphasis on governance programs directed at building the institutions of the state including, but not limited to, policy reform and implementation; civil service reform and capacity building; public financial management; public administration and management; program implementation; accounting and auditing; procurement; and program monitoring and evaluation.

This new approach will require that governance strategies and programs be integrated much more directly into social service sector programs. Improving the capacity and ability of partner countries to deliver essential public social services in areas such as health and education will be a key component to long-term sustainable development.

The Fellow will provide guidance in the development, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of innovative approaches that incorporate a governance perspective into social services focused programs with an emphasis on social services systems strengthening. S/he will act as the main point of contact (lead DCHA/DG technical resource) on all issues relating to governance and social services programs and activities.

This position will be administratively assigned to DCHA, but will work directly and cooperatively with the Global Health Bureau (specifically the Health Systems Division, Office of Health, Infectious Disease and Nutrition (GH/HIDN/HS)), EGAT/ED), and other offices in the DCHA Bureau.

Posted by agripley at 10:20 AM

Fellowship: Governance Programs Evaluation and Monitoring Specialist, DC

Democracy Fellowship – Governance Division
Governance Programs Evaluation and Monitoring Specialist
Washington DC

World Learning’s Democracy Fellows Program (DFP), funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Democracy and Governance in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA/DG), seeks a Democracy Fellow to serve as an evaluation, assessment and indicator specialist for USAID governance programs.

Immediate Availability – Fellowship duration is one year, with possibilities of extension for an additional year. Applications are available from our website at: http://wlid.usaid.gov/apply.html

Interested candidates should send a complete application to:
Democracy Fellowship – Governance; Governance Programs Evaluation and Monitoring Specialist; World Learning; 1015 15th Street, NW; 7th Floor; Washington, DC 20005 Fax: (202) 408-5397
Email: dfp.info@worldlearning.org

Requirements:
The Fellow will assist to refine DCHA/DG’s methodology of evaluating, assessing and reporting on the results of programs implemented in the governance area. The Fellow may be asked to undertake the following illustrative tasks:
- Work with USAID colleagues to design new theory-driven governance projects and appropriate impact evaluation systems in the five sub-sectors of USAID governance activities: legislative functions and processes, public sector executive functions, local government and decentralization, anticorruption reforms, and governance of the security sector.
- Design a methodology to reliably evaluate and assess the results and impact of similar USAID governance programs cross nationally.
- Assist in the development of qualitative and/or quantitative theory-based measures of achievement for governance programs.
- Pilot the methodology and conduct governance-related evaluations and assessments in several countries.
- Liaise closely with the USAID’s governance-related implementers and the DG Office’s EDGE Working Group, and help develop better DG outcome indicators.
- Perform country backstopping duties as assigned.
- The Fellow will be a member of the Governance Division and will take part in Division-wide assignments related to democracy and governance.
- The Fellow may be called upon to undertake various other duties, such as coordinating activities and attending meetings with other parts of USAID and other government agencies, attending staff meetings, briefing senior staff, attending seminars and meetings related to democracy programming, assisting with in-house training, as well as field support and other travel.

Education Requirements:
- U.S. Citizenship is required.
- Ph.D. in Political Science or other relevant social science;
Well-qualified Ph.D. candidates who are ABD will be considered;
- Concentrations in comparative, international and/or development studies (within a relevant core social science discipline) are preferred;
- Interests in governance, good governance and/or democratic governance (within a relevant core social science discipline) are preferred;
- Publications on relevant subjects in refereed journals are preferred;
- Deep knowledge of the literature of democratic governance in developing countries is assumed.
- At least 2 years of experience and/or specialized training in evaluation and/or comparative research design is required.
- Familiarity with experimental and non-experimental design including statistical skills needed to design and analyze the results of experiments;
- Knowledge of survey design and sampling is desirable.
- Experience, training or research on international development or democracy and/or good governance promotion is preferred.
- Language/Regional experience or field experience strongly preferred, but not required.
- The incumbent is expected to exercise the highest degree of individual initiative, resourcefulness, responsibility, and authority consonant with the overall policy and procedural framework of USAID.

Web Site: http://wlid.usaid.gov/

Additional information
DCHA/DG has long recognized the need to continually refine its assessment methodologies and improve its indicators to report on results in the field of democracy promotion. Work has begun in the Office on designing and promoting impact evaluation methodologies for DG programs to better measure impact and now more DG sub-sector-specific analysis is required, e.g., for legislative strengthening, local governance, security sector, and anticorruption programs. A Fellow with research and evaluation skills is being sought to assist DCHA/DG in refining its methods of evaluating, assessing and reporting on the results of governance programs.

The Governance Division of the Office of Democracy and Governance (DCHA/DG/G) is responsible for technical leadership, field support and cadre development in governance-related areas of USAID’s democracy and governance programs. Governance issues pertain to the ability of governments to provide services efficiently and effectively and to put in place transparent and accountable mechanisms for public administration and the management of public institutions. Programmatic areas include legislative functions and processes, public sector executive functions, local government and decentralization, anticorruption reforms, and governance of the security sector.

These diverse governance activities and programs are being implemented in a wide range of country contexts. In order to better assess the results of these programs, DCHA/DG seeks a Fellow to develop evaluation and assessment methodologies that will improve USAID’s ability to compare results cross-nationally and over time.

The Governance Division wishes to bring on board a Democracy Fellow to coordinate its Research Agenda, the governance component of the new Evaluating Democracy and Governance Effectively (EDGE) initiative, and to be the Division’s main liaison with the Strategies Division, which leads the Office-wide effort to improve evaluation and measure impact. As such, the Fellow will play an important role in shaping the EDGE research and evaluation agenda. The position allows for extensive exposure to USAID DG promotion strategies and opportunities to shape unique data collection efforts that could lead to future publications.

Posted by agripley at 10:10 AM

September 21, 2010

Announcement: CV based academic portal

CoolCite is a CV based academic portal. It aims to support researchers and allow the sharing of ideas while supporting collaborations with peers. Users can access updated and relevant information for conducting innovative research. The portal supplies links to scientific associations, departments, disciplines and various forms of publications. The portal allows scholars to update their CV online; to manage forums with invited peers; to run public blogs – and to respond to posts of other scholars. Users can “follow” scholars whose work interests them and get a notice once they update their CV. CoolCite is the academic portal for the future.

Gad Yair
Chair, Dept of Sociology & Anthropology
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Email: msyairg@gmail.com
Visit the website at http://www.coolcite.com/user/1227

Posted by agripley at 04:21 PM

Job: International Relations/Politics, PA

Deadline: Review of candidates will begin in mid-August and continue until the position is filled.

Philadelphia University
International Relations
Assistant Professor of International Relations/Politics

The School of Liberal Arts is seeking applications for a full time, tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August of 2011. PhD (or expected completion of PhD by spring 2011) in political science, international relations, or related fields is required. The successful candidate will be a promising scholar and a dynamic teacher with experience in using active student learning methods in the classroom. Primary teaching responsibilities include leadership of the University's innovative senior capstone seminar (which focuses on current global issues) and other international politics courses in the general education core curriculum. Salary is competitive.

While all relevant fields will be considered, preference will be given to candidates with scholarship that focuses on global politics, global environmental politics, international issues, international law, or globalization in general. Regional specialization in Europe or South Asia will be especially welcome.

Candidates should submit a letter of application detailing experiences and areas of academic interest, curriculum vitae, 3-5 reference letters, and a sample of scholarly research. Additional materials may be requested at a later date. Review of candidates will begin in mid-August and continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews may be conducted at the APSA conference in September or by phone afterwards. Applications should be submitted to Dean Marion Roydhouse, School of Liberal Arts, Philadelphia University, School House Lane and Henry Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144 or to LiberalArts@philau.edu.

The university is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. We seek and encourage applications from individuals from all backgrounds, experience and perspectives. Further information on the School of Liberal Arts, the College Studies general education core curriculum, and the University's strategic plan is available at www.philau.edu.

Contact Info:
Dean Marion Roydhouse
School of Liberal Arts
Philadelphia University
School House Lane & Henry Ave
Philadelphia PA 19144
LiberalArts@philau.edu
Phone: 215.951.2600
Fax: 215.951.6888

Posted by agripley at 02:34 PM

September 20, 2010

Fellowship: Humanities

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities for 2011-2012

Johns Hopkins University

This years topic is Concepts of Diaspora

The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences is currently accepting applications for the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities for three fellows, who will be appointed to a one-year term, renewable for a second, beginning July 1, 2011.

Each fellowship carries a departmental affiliation and the responsibility of teaching one course per semester. The initial stipend is $49,680, with an additional $1,000 available for research and travel expenses. Health insurance and a one-time moving allowance of $1,500 are also provided. Appointments are for one year, renewable for a second year.

Requirements: Applicants should have completed the Ph.D. in one of the following fields: History, English, History of Art, Musicology, Classics, Anthropology, German and Romance Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literature, History of Science and Technology, Near Eastern Studies, no earlier than June 30, 2006 and no later than June 30, 2011.

For info on how to apply please visit: http://krieger.jhu.edu/research/mellon

Women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The Johns Hopkins University is an Affirmative Acting/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Contact Info:
Please visit: http://krieger.jhu.edu/research/mellon/index.html

Posted by agripley at 10:48 AM

September 13, 2010

Job: Modern European History and Western Humanities

Assistant Professor, Modern European History and , Reed College

The History Department of Reed College invites applications for a tenure-track position in Modern European History (19th-20th century excluding Germany) and Western Humanities. In addition to courses in one's own area, the appointee will also teach team-taught interdisciplinary humanities courses. Teaching responsibilities include teaching three history courses per year, advising theses and initial assignment in Modern European Humanities. For more information, go to www.reed.edu.

Posted by agripley at 10:37 AM

September 07, 2010

New Link: Nationalities Blog

The Association for the Study of Nationalities and Nationalities Papers have recently established the Nationalities Blog. The blog provides a space for commentary, analysis and debate on nationalism , ethnicity and national identity around the world. In addition to contributions on current events (there are comments up on the ethnic violence in Osh, Kyrgyzstan by Julia George, Harris Mylonas, Scott Radnitz and Asel Doolotkeldieva, elections in Belgium by Peter Vermeersch and the Hungarian citizenship law Stephen Deets), readers can comment and discuss articles published in Nationalities Papers. To read the blog go to http://nationalities.wordpress.com/

Email: f.bieber@kent.ac.uk
http://fbieber.wordpress.com/

If you are interested in contributing posts, contact Florian Bieber (bieberf@gmx.net) or Peter Vermeersch (Peter.Vermeersch@soc.kuleuven.be)

Comments and contributions to the debate are always welcome.

Dr. Florian Bieber
Editor in Chief
Nationalities Papers
http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/cnap

Posted by agripley at 03:03 PM