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Mentorship opportunities through Global Potential
Peace Corps Host Families Needed
PhD candidate at Brown University would like to interview some RPCV's for a doctoral dissertation on Peace Corps 
Somerville Peace Corps Volunteer looking for support for library in Cambodia
Looking for volunteer mentors for the youth
Support Scholarships for Afghan students
The Cause, a RPCV-DC Philanthropy Bar and Restaurant, looking for support 
Refugee and Immigrant volunteer opportunity at RISE, Boston 
Non-profit legal aid organization seeks volunteer interpreters and translators for clients seeking asylum
USDA Food and Nutrition Service in Boston has three positions open
Make-a-Wish Foundation is looking for Spanish-speakers to volunteer
Bentley University graduate programs
 

Positions available
For details on BNID postings please visit http://bnid.org/jobs
 
GlobeMed is seeking its next Executive Director
Full-time Children’s HealthWatch Position – Senior Policy Analyst 
Program Coordinator for Students of the World 
Management Sciences for Health is searching for a Project Associate for the Center of Leadership and Management 
Executive Assistant position at J-PAL (http://www.povertyactionlab.org/)
Management Sciences for Health in Cambridge, MA, is searching for a Project Specialist
MSH is seeking candidates for the Communications Specialist: Multimedia & Web position
MSH is seeking candidates for a Senior Project Officer position
Project Manager Position at Efficacy Institute
WorldTeach is hiring a Director of Marketing
WorldTeach is hiring an Admissions Coordinator 


GlobeMed is seeking its next Executive Director. The ED is GlobeMed's visionary, chief strategist, fundraiser, and mobilizer, responsible for guiding the overall growth and development of the organization. We are seeking a leader who is passionate about mobilizing a global community to tackle health disparities and inspire the next generation of global health leaders. If you are a team-builder who can manage an organization, raise funds, forge partnerships, rally supporters, and serve as a role model for thousands of students across the country, click here to learn more. Chicago-based. Apps desired ASAP.


 

Mentorship opportunities through Global Potential

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student seeking meaningful experiences to connect with youth around your College? Now is the time to apply! 

Global Potential provides youth and communities the leadership and entrepreneurial skills to create renewed life perspectives to affect positive change locally and globally. Using a holistic year and a half methodology, GP trains youth to become leaders through international exchange, social entrepreneurship, global awareness, community development, and service learning. 
The Global Potential (GP) Mentoring Program helps to empower youth in our community to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential. The mentoring program works with motivated adult volunteers to commit to supporting, guiding, a GP youth throughout the entire GP program. By becoming part of the social network of adults and community members who care about the GP youth fellows and leaders, the mentor can help youth develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals. For more information: http://global-potential.org/mentor/

 
Full-time Children’s HealthWatch Position – Senior Policy Analyst
 
Position Overview
The Senior Policy Analyst is a key member of the Children’s HealthWatch team -working closely with the Research and Policy Director in her role leading activity on all organizational research projects and dissemination. The Senior Policy Analyst develops pertinent background research and helps to communicate Children’s HealthWatch research to our core audiences in the research and policy worlds, contributing to a greater understanding of conditions, issues and trends impacting a wide range of anti-poverty, health and socioeconomic programs and issues.
 
Research Support: The Senior Policy Analyst provides key support in the academic and public policy research of Children’s HealthWatch. Tasks include conducting database and literature searches for data to be used in reports, briefs, and papers, drafting and editing policy briefs/reports and communication materials tailored towards anti-poverty organizations and legislative staff. S/he edits and contributes to manuscripts developed by principal investigators and senior staff. S/he also responds to inquiries about research and increases public awareness of studies. S/he may also assist with administrative duties related to programs/projects.
 
Dissemination, Policy and Advocacy: The Senior Policy Analyst will stay abreast of policy issues relevant to Children’s HealthWatch work, attend meetings with local and national advocacy groups and policy makers/legislative staff in order to educate others about our research and implications for policy.   S/he will also make connections with partner organizations and report back on their work. The Senior Policy Analyst will assist in scheduling visits and maintaining relationships with policy makers and their staff. S/he will also assist in management of related contact databases.
 
Key Responsibilities:
  • Works closely with Research and Policy Director, providing technical and administrative support as needed.
  • Develops information sources. Reads, analyses, and evaluates data and literature. Prepares preliminary outlines of projects. Synthesizes data for principal investigators and other senior staff. Verifies references and fact-checks.
  • Performs research and analysis, analyzing and organizing technical data and reports and compiling summaries of information.
  • Writes technical papers or summaries. Abstracts information from scientific studies to create tables for review or use in reports and presentations. Drafts, summarizes, and edits findings and provides feedback for scientific manuscripts.
  • Schedules visits with policy makers and legislative staff, assists in preparation of meeting materials, and attends meetings with Research and Policy Director
  • Drafts policy reports and creates communication materials. Manages the website and prepares online content, including content for blogs and social media networks. Plans and executes e-mail marketing communications.
  • Attends research and advocacy meetings to present and participate in discussions informing local and national policy decisions. Prepares meeting summaries.
  • Prepares reports and manuscripts for review and assists with review response. Responds to reviewer comments and ensures edits are included in the report/manuscript. Creates bibliographies, graphics, and tables for reports/manuscripts.
  • Serves as a mentor and/or resource to interns and fellows, May be responsible for training and supervising junior staff.
  • Responds to outside inquiries and communicates with policy/research partners in the community
  • Stays informed of current events that relate to Children’s HealthWatch research and participates in relevant Boston-area advocacy meetings
  • Performs select administrative tasks such as corresponding with research staff, participating in the planning and execution of 3x/year Executive Council meetings, and other tasks associated with preparing for Executive Council meetings and workshops.
 
Qualifications/Requirements
The Senior Policy Analyst must have:
  • A Master’s degree in a related field (e.g. public health, public policy etc.)
  • 2-3 years of directly related research experience
  • Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness
  • A strong interest in public policy, nutrition, social determinants of health, public health, and/or medicine, and working with underserved pediatric populations;
  • Excellent writing, editing, communications and interpersonal skills;
  • Computer skills, such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, WordPress and internet searches.
  The Senior Policy Analyst must be:
  • Self-directed;
  • Able to solve intellectual problems of appreciable variety and complexity using originality and ingenuity
  • Willing to pitch in as needed/be flexible 
  • A team player;
  • Able to work independently and exercise appreciable latitude for independent judgment and action
  Helpful experience includes:
  • Familiarity with the public policies surrounding federal and state assistance programs;
  • Experience with policy, advocacy and research methods, such as literature review 
 

Program Coordinator, Students of the World
Students of the World seeks a high­​energy, passionate coordinator to lead the strategic on​campus activation of all programs related to the Creative Activist Network, and managing student leaders from university campuses across the country. Currently, we are activated on two campuses and will be expanding to at least 15 in the Fall, executing engagement strategies that will take our program to scale while maintaining quality content and experience for students.
The selected candidate will lead such activation activities on campus, collaborating with student leadership to execute across all campuses, and ensure that students are excited, motivated and meet all deadlines. This person will manage programming efforts and creatively integrate new tactics to engage CAN members on campus, draw new membership and contribute to the CAN brand in a way that demonstrates our value for quality programs, events and challenges.
Responsibilities:
General 
Represent CAN programs with students in a way that is professional, organized and motivating Support the campus leadership to make sure that they have the tools and resources to successfully create media on their campus On​site participation in local market events, as needed, and coordinate with CAN members on campus lead events
Master the use of tracking, reading and integrating metrics in order to improve the program and adapt as needed both internally at SOW as well as with students on campus Execute strategy to develop roster of tools for measuring program success and milestones Lead weekly calls with students to ensure they have the support they need and troubleshoot any issues they are having
Manage 5 ​7 student leaders of CAN campus chapters, maintaining constant communication and support
As this role represents both Students of the World and Creative Activist Network brands, candidate must possess the strong public speaking and written communication skills, with ability to convey the CAN vision in an engaging, high ​impact and actionable manner. Proactively maintain a thorough understanding of SOW and CAN’s overall goals and strategic vision. Maintain an understanding of industry trends, current events, and any related information that may impact the business by talking with clients/internal/external partners, reading Candidate must be organized, responsible, passionate with strong leadership skills
Postion location will be in San Francisco SOW headquarters
Salary based upon experience Please submit cover letter and resume or any questions to Courtney at info@studentsoftheworld.org

 

Management Sciences for Health is searching for a Project Associate for the Center of Leadership and Management to be based in Cambridge, MA.
Overall Responsibilities
The Project Associate is responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of technical efforts and/or field activities by coordinating programmatic information and providing logistical support for specific project activities within CLM. She or he works with one or more project teams and is responsible for the day-to-day coordination of project-specific activities. She or he is responsible for working with other staff to coordinate technical assistance and to keep staff informed of the status of specific project activities.
Specific Responsibilities
Finance and Contracts
Act as the key administrative staff person on project activities.
Support the Project Officer (PO) and Senior Project Officer (SPO) in the development of the workplan (annual activities outline) and budget.
Review and preliminarily process invoices from consultants, subcontracts, and purchase orders for a timely submission to MSH Accounting in accordance with Program requirements and MSH procedures.
In collaboration with Project Officer, assist in documenting, collecting, and tracking cost-share opportunities.
In collaboration with Project Officer, provide advance notice to Contracts and Grants Administration staff regarding upcoming sub-contracts, consultants, etc.
Work in collaboration with designated contracts staff to ensure that all contractual agreements are in place for activities for specific countries and/or projects, including preparation of consultant agreements, TraiNet and other contractual requirements. Track related expenditures, deliverables, and level of effort as needed.
Coordinates procurement for the projects, including developing and processing purchase requests and purchase orders.
The Project Associate is aware of, and adheres to, MSH’s Procurement Integrity standards in all activities.

Operations
Schedule, attend and document project team meetings
Together with the Project Officer /Senior Project Officer maintain project tracking sheets for ongoing activities and pending items.
Orient and brief consultants and new staff members working in selected projects regarding MSH/CLM procedures. Coordinate consultant and staff post-travel debriefings immediately upon their return.
In collaboration with project team, coordinate logistics for workshop activities in compliance with donor and MSH regulations. Contribute to the preparation of workshop agenda and any necessary technical materials as well as any follow-up correspondence with participants after completion of workshop. In collaboration with Project Director, collect information for TrainNet as necessary.
Serve as a resource to and operational liaison for MSH field offices and/or headquarters regarding program activities, as necessary.
Information Management
In collaboration with the project teams, Project Associates ensure open, ongoing communication flow between CLM, MSH home office and/or field offices.
Maintain responsibility for file management, dissemination of programmatic and team information and contribute to CLM/MSH knowledge, programs, tools and approaches
Act as liaison to and collaborate with the CLM Communications and BRD staff to produce content and gather information with respect to field and/or sub-project activities.
In collaboration with CLM Communications, contribute content to country/project web pages.
Gather and circulate CLM communications materials (such as tool briefs) as needed for the project team.
Email, place phone calls and draft communications and contracts in a second language as requested. For large translation requests secure a translator according to procurement guidelines.
Ensure timely submission of project reports and documents to the MSH Institutional Memory database and DevEx (as required).
Support collecting information, formatting, producing, and distributing reports. File, fax, and photocopy, as appropriate.

Travel
Coordinates all international/domestic travel and hotel arrangements. Ensure that all travel arrangements are in compliance with donor regulations and CLM procedures.
Process visa requests as necessary, including required visas for long-term expatriate staff moving to post.
Provide travelers with CLM Logistics Letter (containing all travel details) prior to departure.
Provide general support to project team members when traveling.
Qualifications
Bachelor's Degree and/or equivalent relevant experience.
Verbal and written language skills in English required.
Ability to speak and write fluently in French required.
REQUIRED SKILLS:
Ability to work independently and take initiative.
Ability to learn complex program procedures.
Demonstrated competence to assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
Strong office and organizational skills.
Demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member in a complex and fast paced environment.
Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse staff, clients and consultants.
Demonstrated ability in computer skills for word processing, databases, spreadsheets, and presentations (Microsoft Office applications preferred); and ability to learn new software packages.
Please apply online at https://jobs-msh.icims.com/jobs/6744/project-associate/login

Program of Academic Exchange looking for hosts
Be a host for international high school students through the Department of State's Program of Academic Exchange (PAX), a designated nonprofit international high school exchange organization facilitates in the placing of some of the best students from over 70 countries around the world. At PAX, there is the YES (Youth Exchange and Study) program which aims to advance mutual understanding between the United States and countries with significant Muslim populations by bringing students to the US to study at a high school and live with an American host family for up to one year. There is also the FLEX (Future Leaders Exchange) program which is a leadership program that promotes democracy and human rights in the countries of the former Soviet Union. These teens are chosen in an open merit based competition out of thousands that apply based on their leadership potential, maturity level, personality and willingness to be a young ambassador.

Both programs promote international security and peace by teaching American and foreign participants about each other, alleviating misunderstanding, and making for a better informed citizenry able to deal more effectively with international issues. Exchange participants attend classes in an American high schools and gain familiarity with the American education system.
PAX is currently searching for host families for these exceptional YES and FLEX students. All students come fully medically insured and are responsible for all personal expenditures. We ask that host families provide a loving environment, a bed, a quiet place to study and three meals taken at home. Host families can choose to host students for a full academic year/ semester or shorter options for 6-8 weeks. During the year, students attend local high schools- the details in which we at PAX arrange.
Hosting truly is a rewarding experience that builds bridges, creates lasting friendships, and connects the world one family at a time. This is an opportunity to experience a foreign culture right in the comfort of your own home!
For each confirmed family, PAX will donate $150 to your organization.
If anyone is interested in hosting, or learning more about the details to do so, or our program in general, contact Kelsey at Kelseym@pax.org. For additional information, visit www.pax.org

 

 


 

Peace Corps Host Families Needed

My name is Paula Schmid and I am an RPCV from Georgia (09-11). I currently work to support students participating in US State Department Scholarship Exchange Programs with American Councils for International Education.   Students mostly come from current or former Peace Corps countries in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Balkans, Africa, Middle East and Western, Central, and Southeast Asia.  I am asking your help in finding host families for the students when they arrive in August.  From my own experience as an RPCV, I know that RPCV’s networks tend to include people who crave international experiences (even if it’s in their own homes)!
 
Families can host students for a time period ranging from 3 months (upon student’s arrival in August) to a full academic year.  If we find a host family specifically through outreach within BARPCV, American Councils Inbound Placement Department will donate a $150 referral honorarium to either BARPCV, or to the RPCV that helps us find the host family (Please note: due to regulations, we can’t pay someone who refers themselves – in that case we would like to donate to BARPCV, if possible).  I like to think that you may use this to help fund current Peace Corps volunteers’ projects, or to further other great projects that you do!
 
More about US State Department Scholarship Exchange Programs at a glance:
·         All students are arriving in August on the FLEX, YES, and A-SMYLE programs (these are the US State Department Scholarships from various regions – your RPCV members may recognize the programs if their service was within the last 10 years). 
·         Participants on this merit-based scholarship undergo three rigorous rounds of testing and final selection happens outside of students’ home countries to ensure fairness.
·         The programs have goals in line with Peace Corps’ Third Goal.
·         These are specifically cultural exchange programs with a required community service component (which fits in well with an RPCV group like yours—students are required to complete 30 hours of community service, and many complete over 100 hours!).
·         Fazlidin (click here to see his profile) is a student from Tajikistan who we are currently seeking host families for!
·         American Councils has a 2013 Hosting Brochure for more information.
 
We have the referral honorarium because one of the toughest challenges that we face is getting the word out!  Your members as RPCVs uniquely understand the importance of a good host family as a foundation to a great cross-cultural experience (I am thankful for my host family in Georgia and their help to integrate in the village and emotional support my two years there).  I would be happy to talk with you and to prepare some materials (a short blurb, quotes, or excerpts from the attached profile, etc.) that work best for your preferred method to let members know about cultural exchange opportunities.
 
If you would prefer that I not contact you again, please do email me and let me know.  If you are interested in helping me reach your members with this opportunity, I would love to hear from you or set up a time to talk. Please feel free to contact me directly at this email address or by phone (below).
 
All the best,
Paula Schmid
 
Paula G. Schmid
Program Assistant, Inbound Secondary School Programs
American Councils for International Education
1828 L Street N.W., Suite 1200
Washington, D.C. 20036
202-833-7522  Toll free: 1-866-790-2086
 
Please visit the following websites to find out more about the topics mentioned in this email:
·         Who can host? Hosting a studenthttp://inbound.americancouncils.org/?q=content/hosting-student-american-councils   We have host families that are single parents, with children, without children, retired individuals, and married couples.  What links them is a passion for cultural exchange and the ability to provide a supportive English-speaking environment with a bed (students can share a room) and meals.
·         The Inbound Placement department at American Councils http://inbound.americancouncils.org/

·         US State Department Scholarship Programshttp://inbound.americancouncils.org/?q=content/state-department-scholarship-programs.

 

My name is Meghan Kallman, and I am a PhD candidate in sociology at Brown University. I am writing a doctoral dissertation on the Peace Corps, and looking for individuals who are willing to be interviewed. Interviews will last between one and two hours, and can be conducted either over the phone or in person. I am happy to provide more details about the project to those who are interested; this research has been approved by Brown's research protections office. You can reach me at meghan_kallman@brown.edu.

 
MSH is looking for a Senior Project Officer
Management Sciences for Health
Senior Project Officer
Location: Cambridge, MA
Job ID: 13-6236
 
Overall Responsibilities
As a key member of the Technical Management Support Team, the Senior Project
Officer is responsible for the management and coordination of project management support to the Project Director in order to facilitate the smooth implementation of the project. The SPO helps ensure the successful completion of programmatic and administrative deliverables either directly or through coordination and facilitation. The Senior Project Officer (SPO) works closely with the Project Director Supervisor (PDS) in providing support to the Project Director (PD), Regional Portfolio Director (RPD), and senior project staff to implement MSH activities funded by a variety of donors. She/he coordinates the work of the Project Associate and the Project Officer or Project Specialist, assuring that all requests for project management support are being attended to.
The SPO embodies MSH values and is cognizant of, and must adhere to, MSH’s procurement integrity standards.
 
Specific Responsibilities
A. Project Management Support
Manage program support team to include supervision and mentoring of the Project Officer (PO) or Project Specialist (PS), and Project Associate (PA). Ensure that the team adheres to guidelines stated in MSH standard operating procedures.
Plan and facilitate coordination meetings and communications with program support and country teams emphasizing the need for focused and timely management support. Liaise with Corporate Operations Support Teams (OST), as needed.
Understand projects’ technical (including donors’ reporting requirements), contractual and financial requirements and provide strategic approaches to ensure all requirements are met or exceeded. Help identify implementation issues and trends and address them to maximize program impact while supporting compliance. In doing so, liaise with the assigned MSH Contract Officer(s) regarding compliance with donors’ contractual requirements.
Support the PD and PDS in developing systems to monitor and report against project activities, as needed. Such activities may include performance results management and work plan deliverables to include the quality and success of the deliverables.
Coordinate the fielding of consultants, including screening of consultant suitability and availability.
Ensure that staff providing short-term technical assistance (STTA) and outside
consultants comply with MSH project management policies and procedures, and
oversee the support provided for their logistics and travel. Initiate and maintain communications with outside consultants, before, during and after the assignment.
Help in the preparation of quarterly programmatic and financial reviews.
 
B. Support to Technical Project Implementation
Assist the PD and the PDS in the management and coordination of technical assistance to the project.
Assist the PD and the PDS in articulating the STTA needs to successfully implement the project’s works plans; develop and maintain the STTA Plan for the project.
In consultation with PD and PDS articulate scopes of work and assist in the identification of technical resources.
Assist the PD and the PDS in the development and use of a system to monitor the implementation process of project deliverables and the quality and success of the deliverables, including inputs from consultants and other STTA providers.
On an ongoing basis, research, monitor and abstract literature relevant to the
project's activities, including review of professional journals, attendance at
conferences and collection/dissemination of relevant information.
Assist the PDS in identifying possible non-USAID funding sources and assist in the development of proposals.
Provide STTA – virtual or in person – as requested by the PD, senior technical project staff, and/or PDS.

C. Financial and Contractual Support
Assist the PD and the PDS with liaising with the assigned MSH Contract Officer
regarding compliance with donor’s contractual and financial requirements.
Provide support in monitoring contract compliance.
Prepare and/or assist in the preparation of workplan and pipeline budgets.
Review and monitor the project financial reports and communicate any over- or under-expenditure observations with the PD and the PDS.
Ensure that all non-Field Expense project expenditures are properly authorized and codes are correct before submitting to Accounts Payable.
Manage home office coordination and communication with the project’s Subcontractors. Plan and facilitate coordination meetings and technical input, and ensure proper review of Subcontractor’s invoices.
In close collaboration with the PD and PDS, develop the project’s coding
structure.

Qualifications
Master’s degree or equivalent experience in Public Health, Management or related international development field.
Minimum of 3 years’ overseas project management experience either in the headquarters of international organization or in a developing country.
Demonstrated managerial and supervisory skills.
Ability to work independently.
Demonstrated good judgment for decision making.
Strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability in consensus building, and to constructively lead a team.
Fluent English required. Ability to speak second language, especially French or Spanish, preferred.
Strong computer skills; MS Office Suite, MS Project, Power Point preferred.
Ability to travel up to 30% time. 

MSH is seeking candidates for the Communications Specialist: Multimedia & Web position based in Cambridge, MA.  The Communications Specialist will contribute to the development and implementation of MSH's strategic communications and branding strategy from a visualperspective. S/he will assist in strategic decisions for graphics for external online communications and will play a key support role in the development and maintenance of content for MSH’s new website and other digital assets. S/he creates and produces multimedia pieces, including videos, slideshows, and other interactive applications for the MSH website and for tablets.
 
If you or anyone you know would like to be considered for the position, and to see the full job description, please apply via the Web link below.
 
Communications Specialist: Multimedia & Web (Job ID:  13-6309) https://jobs-msh.icims.com/jobs/6309/job       

 
Project Manager Position at Efficacy Institute
The Efficacy Institute, Inc. a Waltham based, national, not-for-profit focused on education reform, is looking for future leaders. This is an opportunity for smart, ambitious individuals to learn the operation, make significant contributions early on and do whatever it takes to get the job done right.
The Institute is poised for significant growth and this individual must be able to handle multiple, projects, all with A priorities, and have a “tell me what you need and I’ll get it done” attitude. Creative - yes. Team player - absolutely. Not really found a fit anywhere else but serious about developing a career into senior management? This holds some interesting possibilities.
Our Vision and Mission is this:
Our Vision is a nation dedicated to producing successive generations of citizens prepared to constructively participate in the society of their time.
Our Mission therefore, is development. We work to release the inherent intellectual capacity of all children, and to affirm their right to learn. We commit ourselves to break the cycle of underdevelopment that afflicts far too many children, especially children of color and the economically disadvantaged.
Visit us at www.efficacy.org. If you are interested, do your homework and contact with a cover letter and resume that tells us about you and your potential.
Contact Doug Peck, douglas.peck@gmail.com
 

 
Management Sciences for Health in Cambridge, MA, is searching for a Project Specialist who will be responsible for the efficient organization and functioning of the Office of Country Presence to ensure prompt and seamless communication and follow-up as needed with Country Representatives, as well as ongoing coordination with the Office of Field Support, the three technical Centers, and the Offices of Human Resources, FISC and Strategic Development and Communications. Major responsibilities include research, systems development, project planning and coordination; metrics development and management; maintaining communication logs and databases; correspondence composition and organization; and office management. Other responsibilities include travel coordination and meeting planning/administration.
Specific Responsibilities
Project management and strategic support
Assist in the development of strategy and management for the Country Presence function.
Manage projects related to the Office of Country Presence including New Business Development, country specific strategic road maps development and approval, and capacity building initiatives.
Coordinate the work planning process and track work assignments.
Manage relationships among various stakeholders.
Leverage the resources of the other Offices and technical Centers to achieve objectives.

Coordination of Information and Communication related to designated integrated country strategy (ICS) countries
Assist Senior Director of Country Presence coordinate activities and ensure information is shared as appropriate between the Offices of Country Presence and Field Support.
Establish and maintain periodic communication between the Offices of Country Presence and Strategic Development and Communications, Human Resources (specifically the Talent Management Group), Results Management & Institutional Learning, FISC, and technical Centers.
Collaborate with Business Systems Analyst and Operations Officers in creation and maintenance of up-to-date information on MSH countries, projects and staff. Through communication with the Senior Director of Country Presence and other senior staff as appropriate, ensure that information is up-to-date regarding Home Office activities affecting ICS countries, and participate in teleconferences with the Senior Director and Country Representatives.
Provide assistance to senior MSH staff preparing for or undertaking activities related to ICS countries, as may be requested by the Senior Director of Country Presence.
Maintain a technical exchange network and library of technical resources. Organize and track communication threads, and bring salient issues to the attention of the Senior Director

Meeting management and coordination
Determine, in conjunction with Senior Director, the key stakeholders for meetings based on awareness of issues to be discussed.
Schedule, organize, and support meetings, calls, and appointments including electronic conferencing and videoconferencing facilities.
Review each week’s meetings in advance and anticipate need for preparation and gathering of background materials.
Gather agenda items and supporting documents, and prepare and distribute agenda.
Maintain calendar and manage meeting requests with respect to objectives, agenda, and participants.
Attend meetings and take minutes of action points; track action points for follow-up.

Office environment and communications
Establish clear lines of communication with staff throughout the organization.
Keep up-to-date with significant developments and events affecting MSH staff.
When requested, screen phone calls, forwarding, handling and/or directing them as appropriate.
Independently draft and format letters and emails as appropriate for general and routine correspondence.
Handle information and correspondence, including confidential information.
Assist in triaging e-mail and hardcopy mail, taking direct action as appropriate.

Administrative support and related functions
Analyze data and summarize reports and documents.
Create presentation materials.
Maintain up-to-date accessible and organized electronic databases, documents and spreadsheets including contacts lists, and country and project information.
Assist in making travel arrangements as necessary.
Prepare and monitor the budgets and work plans.
Book rooms and equipment, order food, and arrange for transportation as necessary.
Provide assistance to the Sr. Executive Assistants in the Office Chief Executive, as needed.
Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
One to three years’ experience in a related position with increasing levels of responsibility including project support and/or management.
Minimum one year experience in an international organization including contact with field personnel.
Demonstrated sound judgment and discretion in dealing with confidential and sensitive matters.
Highly self-motivated with demonstrated ability to be proactive and work independently.
Ability to translate organizational priorities into actionable processes for efficiency and effectiveness.
Tact and ability to work effectively with others at all levels, both internally and externally.
Demonstrated prioritization, organization, planning, time-management, and problem-solving skills.
Strong ability to communicate clearly and concisely in English, both verbally and in writing. Language skills in French, Spanish, or Portuguese helpful but not required.
Ability to work collaboratively in a complex and diverse organization.
Willingness to attend to all aspects of running a smooth and efficient office.
Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Internet research.
Please apply online: https://jobs-msh.icims.com/jobs/5653/senior-project-associate/login

 
Management Sciences for Health in Cambridge, MA, is searching for a Project Associate who can start immediately. The Project Associate is responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of technical efforts and/or field activities by coordinating programmatic information and providing logistical support for specific project activities within the  Center for Leadership and Management.  She or he works with one or more project teams and is responsible for the day-to-day coordination of project-specific activities.  She or he is responsible for working with other staff to coordinate technical assistance and to keep staff informed of the status of specific project activities.
Specific Responsibilities Finance and Contracts
  • Act as the key administrative staff person on project activities.
  • Support the Project Officer (PO) and Senior Project Officer (SPO) in the development of the workplan (annual activities outline) and budget. 
  • Review and preliminarily process invoices from consultants, subcontracts, and purchase orders for a timely submission to MSH Accounting in accordance with Program requirements and MSH procedures.
  • In collaboration with Project Officer, assist in documenting, collecting, and tracking cost-share opportunities.
  • In collaboration with Project Officer, provide advance notice to Contracts and Grants Administration staff regarding upcoming sub-contracts, consultants, etc.  
  • Work in collaboration with designated contracts staff to ensure that all contractual agreements are in place for activities for specific countries and/or projects, including preparation of consultant agreements, TraiNet and other contractual requirements.  Track related expenditures, deliverables, and level of effort as needed.
  • Coordinates procurement for the projects, including developing and processing purchase requests and purchase orders. Collaborate with Corporate Procurement Unit as necessary.
  • The Project Associate is aware of, and adheres to, MSH’s Procurement Integrity standards in all activities.
Operations
  1. Schedule, attend and document project team meetings
  2. Together with the Project Officer /Senior Project Officer maintain project tracking sheets for ongoing activities and pending items.
  3. Orient and brief consultants and new staff members working in selected projects regarding MSH/CLM procedures. Coordinate consultant and staff post-travel debriefings immediately upon their return.
  4. In collaboration with project team, coordinate logistics for workshop activities in compliance with donor and MSH regulations. Contribute to the preparation of workshop agenda and any necessary technical materials as well as any follow-up correspondence with participants after completion of workshop. In collaboration with Project Director, collect information for TrainNet as necessary.
  5. Serve as a resource to and operational liaison for MSH field offices and/or headquarters regarding program activities, as necessary.
  Information Management
  1. In collaboration with the project teams, Project Associates ensure open, ongoing communication flow between CLM, MSH home office and/or field offices.
  2. Maintain responsibility for file management, dissemination of programmatic and team information and contribute to CLM/MSH knowledge, programs, tools and approaches
  3. Act as liaison to and collaborate with the CLM Communications and BRD staff to produce content and gather information with respect to field and/or sub-project activities.
  4. In collaboration with CLM Communications, contribute content to country/project web pages.
  5. Gather and circulate CLM communications materials (such as tool briefs) as needed for the project team.
  6. Ensure that donor branding and marking requirements are met in all project documents, as requested.
  7. Email, place phone calls and draft communications and contracts in a second language as requested. For large translation requests secure a translator according to procurement guidelines.
  8. Ensure timely submission of project reports and documents to the MSH Institutional Memory database and DevEx (as required).
  9. Support collecting information, formatting, producing, and distributing reports. File, fax, and photocopy, as appropriate.
  Travel
  1. Coordinates all international/domestic travel and hotel arrangements.  Ensure that all travel arrangements are in compliance with donor regulations and CLM procedures.
  2. Support Travel Services as they obtain required visas, including required visas for long-term expatriate staff moving to post.
  3. Provide travelers with CLM Logistics Letter (containing all travel details) prior to departure.
  4. Provide general support to project team members when traveling.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree and/or equivalent relevant experience.
  • Verbal and written language skills in English required.
  • Ability to speak and write fluently in French required.
  REQUIRED SKILLS:
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative. 
  • Ability to learn complex program procedures.
  • Demonstrated competence to assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
  • Strong office and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member in a complex and fast paced environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse staff, clients and consultants.
  • Demonstrated ability in computer skills for word processing, databases, spreadsheets, and presentations (Microsoft Office applications preferred); and ability to learn new software packages.
 
 

Cambodia - Peace Corps Partnership: Library Development Project
Emma Krane, from Somerville, is currently serving in Cambodia ('11-'13) with a primary assignment of English Teacher/Teacher Trainer. She is working with her counterpart at site on completely revamping our school's library. This project focuses on moving the library to a new, bigger, brighter room and remaking it into a useable and utilized resource. 
Members of the community - and primarily the students - will be the driving forces behind the project. While 58.1 percent of the funding for this library development project will come from outside sources, the community will contribute an impressive 41.9 percent of the budget. Our village and the surrounding villages are proud of their high school and are committed to improving it and establishing it as a respected institution. 
To donate or see more details > learn more
 

 
Mentors needed in Cambridge 
Cambridge Family and Children’s Service serves young people between the ages 8-22, from various ethnic backgrounds, and who are in need of both social and recreational development, and emotional support. Many of these youth are immigrants or first generation American citizens. The children and adolescents mainly come from Cambridge and Greater Boston, and may also be in CFCS’ Intensive Foster Care, Family Support and Stabilization, or Residential programs. These are good kids who often have not had a stable and consistent adult presence in their lives.  
For many young people, having a positive role model may mean the difference between pursuing their full potential and merely wishing they had done so. The CFCS Mentor Program provides these youth with the one-on-one companionship of an adult to supplement the work of parents, teachers, counselors, social workers, and education professionals. Sadly, we’ve had some children on our waiting list for over a year because we do not have an appropriate mentor them. What I am looking for is someone that has a desire to get to know a child or young adult, is open to cultural differences and the values and opinions of others, and may also speak another language or come from a bilingual or multi-cultural background.
Contact Details:
 
Name
Synda Mahan (Mali RPCV ’01-’03)
Title
Highland Street Corps AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring
Organization
Cambridge Family & Children's Service
Address
60 Gore Street
 
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone
Fax
Email
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Afgan Scholars
We are excited to share the results of ASI's re-branding project. Our new brand -Preparing Transformational Leaders - is the result of a yearlong effort to redefine ASI's mission and vision, ensuring all of ASI's activities flow from that mission.  
We also launched our annual Leadership Campaign with the goal of raising $45,000. It is an ambitious goal. That money ensures that ASI supports fourteen exceptional young men and women as they attend some of the world's best institutions. We have secured over $600,000 in scholarships 
ASI's new brand brings the stories and activities of our Scholars to the forefront. For more information please visit our new site: www.afghanscholars.org. 
 

 
RISE volunteer opportunity
I am currently working with the MA Office of Refugees and Immigrants in Boston on their RISE program (Refugee Independence through Service Enhancement). This initiative is focused on improving the self-sufficiency of recently arrived refugees, who come from Burma, Bhutan, Iraq, Somalia, among other countries. My role is to recruit, organize and train a core of skilled and competent volunteers who would be matched with the refugees, and I am reaching out to local organizations in order to see what might be possible. I am looking for RPCVs to work with this population. Please contact David at (617) 955-4465

 
  • The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP), a non-profit legal  
    aid organization in Portland, Maine seeks volunteer interpreters and/ 
    or translators to assist clients seeking asylum in the United  
    States.  Services needed include: meetings with pro bono attorneys,  
    translation of applications, attendance at interviews with asylum  
    officers and preparation for hearings in Immigration Court. Some work is done in Portland, ME, and some in Boston.
     
    The most requested/needed languages are, roughly, in this order:
    French (Burundi, Rwanda, DRC)
    Kirundi (Burundi)
    Kinyarwanda (Rwanda)
    Swahili (Burundi and DRC, mostly)
    Lingala (DRC)
    Portuguese
     
    If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Noël Young, ILAP's  
    Asylum Coordinator, at (207) 780-1593 x 105 or nyoung@ilapmaine.org

     
    Bentley University graduate school programs: I have been reaching out across the country to Peace Corp offices and clubs in an effort to recruit business students.  Please feel free to email me back at this address:  alarese@bentley.edu 
     

 

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