DEVELOPMENT OFFICER Job posted by: Sawa Organization Posted on: September 1, 2015

Development Officer

Job posted by: Sawa Organization

Posted on: September 1, 2015

Job description

Sawa Organization is seeking a candidate for the position of Development Officer at the organization. It is a full-time position, which begins with a trial period. There will also be extensive on-the-job training, support, and handover by the current Development Officer.

The Development Officer’s duties include project planning and proposal writing, seeking new funding possibilities, reporting on projects, communications with partners and supporters, assisting with organizational planning and development, and supporting the implementation staff to monitor their projects’ progress, as well as some additional tasks. S/he works closely with the Sawa management on planning, and with implementation staff to gather information for reporting.

The candidate should have prior experience in fundraising, project planning, report writing, clear communication, and related skills. S/he should be proficient in spoken and written English, and spoken and written Arabic is a significant plus. The Development Officer should be motivated and committed to Sawa Organization’s goals of encouraging public discussion of violence against women and children, supporting victims, and contributing to ending these types of violence in Palestinian society.

This is a wonderful opportunity to work in an open and dynamic environment with colleagues committed to achieving social change, empowering the vulnerable, and breaking taboos and stereotypes, through creative and innovative methods.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter and CV to


Al-Balooa, Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine


Education requirements
Level of language proficiency
Native or near-native fluency.
Employment type
Full time
Professional level
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Joint Statement on Climate Change and the Arctic

Dear FPC Journalists,

Sharing below a Joint Statement on Climate Change and the Arctic.



Washington Foreign Press Center

U.S. Department of State

Tel:  (202) 504-6300


From: State Department Press Office []
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 4:31 PM
To: PA All – FPC
Subject: MEDIA NOTE: Joint Statement on Climate Change and the Arctic




Office of the Spokesperson

For Immediate Release


August 31, 2015 

Joint Statement on Climate Change and the Arctic

The following is the text of a joint statement from the United States and the Ministers and other representatives from France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom, and European Union:

Begin Text:

The rapid warming of the Arctic is profoundly affecting communities both in the Arctic region and beyond.  As Foreign Ministers and other representatives from the Arctic States attending the GLACIER[1] conference in Anchorage, Alaska on August 31, 2015, and recognizing the leadership role of the Arctic States in providing sustainable development and cooperation in the Arctic, we reaffirm our commitment to take urgent action to slow the pace of warming in the Arctic, focusing on actions that impact the global atmosphere as well as the Arctic itself.  The Foreign Ministers and other representatives from France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom, and European Union join us in this commitment. 

We take seriously warnings by scientists:  temperatures in the Arctic are increasing at more than twice the average global rate.  Loss of Arctic snow and ice is accelerating the warming of the planet as a whole by exposing darker surfaces that absorb more sunlight and heat.  Sea ice, the Greenland Ice Sheet, and nearly all glaciers in the Arctic have shrunk over the past 100 years; indeed, glaciers that have endured since the last Ice Age are shrinking, in most cases at a very rapid rate.  Arctic sea ice decline has been faster during the past ten years than in the previous 20 years, with summer sea ice extent reduced by 40% since 1979.  Loss of ice from Arctic glaciers and ice sheets contributes to rising sea levels worldwide, which put coastal communities everywhere at increased risk of coastal erosion and persistent flooding.  And emerging science suggests that rapid warming of the Arctic may disrupt weather patterns across the globe. 

Moreover, as the Arctic continues to warm, significant feedback loops appear to be coming into play.  Warmer, drier weather increases the occurrence, extent, and severity of wildfires that release carbon from vast tracts of burning forests, with about five million acres burned this year in Alaska alone.  Warming also promotes thawing of permafrost, which could release substantial stores of greenhouse gas emissions.  And the relentless loss of Arctic snow and ice exposes yet more land and water, which in turn absorb yet more heat. 

Arctic communities are experiencing first-hand the challenges of dealing with a rapidly changing climate.  Thawing permafrost is triggering the collapse of roads, bridges and other infrastructure, and coastal erosion is requiring entire communities to consider relocation.  Warming-induced changes can also reduce wildlife and fish populations that support subsistence hunting and fishing.  These impacts highlight the need for adaptive management and infrastructure, and illustrate the emerging threat to traditional ways of life.

As change continues at an unprecedented rate in the Arctic – increasing the stresses on communities and ecosystems in already harsh environments – we are committed more than ever to protecting both terrestrial and marine areas in this unique region, and our shared planet, for generations to come. 

In particular, we affirm our strong determination to work together and with others to achieve a successful, ambitious outcome at the international climate negotiations in December in Paris this year.[2] 

In addition, we acknowledge the importance of the Framework for Action on Black Carbon and Methane, adopted at the Arctic Council Ministerial in April 2015, which provides for enhanced opportunities to act together to reduce emissions of black carbon (soot) that impact the Arctic.  Actions to reduce methane – a powerful short-lived greenhouse gas – can slow Arctic warming in the near to medium term.  To address the largest industrial source of methane globally, we encourage all oil and gas firms headquartered or operating within our borders to join the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s Oil and Gas Methane Partnership.

We call for additional research to characterize the response of Arctic permafrost and other carbon reservoirs to warming, and resolve to cooperate on wildland fire management, especially in hotspots that have the potential to release particularly large stores of greenhouse gases.  We further urge the scientific community, in cooperation with northern communities, to continue to provide the information and tools necessary to assist the Arctic’s most vulnerable communities build resilience to climate impacts and to prioritize further research on, and communication of, the links between a changing Arctic and impacts felt across the globe, including on how such changes may affect mid-latitude weather patterns.  We also resolve to work with our Arctic communities to deploy low-carbon solutions that can improve livelihoods, enhance energy security, and promote sustainable economic growth such as renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency measures.

Climate change poses a grave challenge in the Arctic and to the world.  But these challenges also present an imperative for cooperation, innovation, and engagement as we work together to safeguard this vital region and to inform the world why the Arctic matters to us all.

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[1] GLACIER stands for Global Leadership in the Arctic:  Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement, and Resilience. 

[2] 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21).

Egyptian Court Verdict on Al-Jazeera Journalists

Dear FPC Journalists,

Sharing below a statement from the Office of the Spokesperson.



Washington Foreign Press Center

U.S. Department of State

Tel:  (202) 504-6300



From: State Department Press Office []
Sent: Saturday, August 29, 2015 5:00 PM
To: PA All – FPC
Subject: STATEMENT: Egyptian Court Verdict on Al-Jazeera Journalists




Office of the Spokesperson

For Immediate Release


August 29, 2015

Egyptian Court Verdict on Al-Jazeera Journalists

The United States is deeply disappointed and concerned by the verdict handed down by an Egyptian court to the three Al-Jazeera journalists – Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed, and Peter Greste.

The freedom of the press to investigate, report, and comment – even when its perspective is unpopular or disputed – is fundamental to any free society and essential to democratic development.

We urge the Government of Egypt to take all available measures to redress this verdict, which undermines the very freedom of expression necessary for stability and development.

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5 Words to Include in Your Email Subject Lines (and 4 Words to Avoid)

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Sending an email is the easiest and least intrusive method for making requests within teams. But it’s precisely because email is so effortless that it can be a complete waste of time. Firing off a vague email that doesn’t clearly tell recipients what they should do or why your ask is important will only create more work for everyone.

The most effective emails treat the subject line like a caller ID and use words that get to the point immediately.

Here are some dos and don’ts for word choice that will get your message across clearly and keep you from annoying (or confusing) your co-workers:

1. When There Are Tasks to Complete

Don’t Write: Etc.

Do Write: The, This, or These

Your teachers in grammar school were right—be specific!…

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Palestinian boycott activists salute the 1,000+ Black activists, scholars and artists for endorsing BDS for Palestinian rights

Palestinian boycott activists salute the 1,000+ Black activists, scholars and artists for endorsing BDS for Palestinian rights

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” – Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Occupied Palestine, August 25, 2015 — Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists have today welcomed the statement issued by more than 1,000 African American activists, artists and scholars in solidarity with the struggle of the Palestinian people for freedom, justice and equality and in support of BDS.

The statement unequivocally calls for BDS and places an emphasis on the right of Palestinian refugees to “return to their homeland in present-day Israel” as “the most important aspect of justice for Palestinians.”

Mahmoud Nawajaa, the general coordinator of the Palestinian BDS National Committee, the broad Palestinian civil society coalition that leads the BDS movement, welcomed the declaration by saying, “The statement’s support for BDS against Israel’s regime of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid is particularly inspiring as it translates principled positions into morally-consistent actions that are capable of righting injustices.”

“The US civil rights movement has always been a key inspiration for us in the BDS movement. We are deeply moved by this powerful proclamation that evokes the spirit of that heroic civil rights struggle and the inspirational Black Lives Matter movement and epitomises speaking truth to power,” Nawajaa added.

Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the BDS movement, reacted to the statement, “This deeply moving and noble declaration by our Black brothers and sisters in the US and elsewhere is not just a genuine expression of effective, altruistic international solidarity. It is a poignant testament to the organic links that connect the Palestinian struggle for self-determination with the struggle of the oppressed around the world, including ongoing struggles for racial and economic justice by black people in the US and across the world.”

Barghouti added, “Despite the obvious differences, there are compelling similarities between the forms of oppression that both Palestinians and African-Americans live under. Dehumanization, dispossession, racial injustice and discrimination, state violence, criminalization of entire communities and impunity are all key characteristics are of the oppression faced by black Americans and Palestinians.”

The leading Black activists, scholars and artists’ call for boycotts and divestment against the private security company G4S is especially noteworthy. “G4S harms thousands of Palestinian political prisoners illegally held in Israel and hundreds of Black and brown youth held in its privatized juvenile prisons in the US,” their statement said. It profits from “incarceration and deportation from the US and Palestine, to the UKSouth Africa, and Australia,” the statement added, rejecting notions of “security” that “make any of our groups unsafe” and insisting that “no one is free until all of us are.”

In 2012, the BNC was one of several Palestinian human rights and civil society organisations that launched a large international BDS campaign against G4S, the British-Danish private security company that is deeply involved in Israel’s violations of prisoners’ rights and international law.

The boycott campaign has cost G4S many contracts around the world, including in the USIrelandNorwaySouth Africa, among others.

Under this intense pressure from the BDS movement, G4S has announced that it will not renew its contract with the Israeli Prison Service when it lapses in 2017. However, G4S has not yet made any written confirmation of this decision or ended any of its contracts supporting Israeli settlements, prisons, checkpoints and military bases, so Palestinian organisations are calling for the G4S campaign to continue.

BNC secretariat member Rafeef Ziadah said, “The BDS movement joins hands with the 1,000 Black activists that have issued this statement and with communities across the world in calling for the intensification of campaigns against G4S. Let us resist the role the company plays in human rights violations across the world, from Florida to Jerusalem and everywhere in between.”

“The current surge of mass Black activism for justice rekindles the whole world’s hope for a more peaceful, just and dignified world,” Ziadah added.


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Programs Assistant (Arabic) Internship posted by: Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) Posted on: August 21, 2015

Internship description

Programs Assistant

Opportunity overview:

Reporting to the Senior Programs Manager, the Programs Assistant is responsible for supporting proposal development and grant writing, as well as some support on project implementation.

The former includes outreach to partners, development of critical paths and assistance in creation of concept notes and proposal documents, as well as support where needed on project administration.

This position is part-time and will run to the end of October. Compensation will be commensurated with experience.


Background in project management

Experience writing grant proposals

Arabic (non-negotiable)


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Proposal development and Grant Writing

  • Work with programs staff and the Executive Director on proposal development and grant writing for the Middle East program.
  • Work with the fundraising team to continue grant scanning for other grant opportunities to support scaling the Middle East program.

Support on administration

  • Work with programs staff and the Executive Director to support ongoing administration of programs, with a focus on Jordan, including:

– Monitoring financial reporting from field offices

– Drafting narrative reporting for donors

– Handling stories produced from the field (i.e. categorizing, posting online)

– Drafting departmental documents

– Defining and improving M&E tools

– Threading M&E findings into proposal development

How to apply

Deadline: September 4, 2015

To apply, please submit cover letter outlining relevant experience and resume to with the subject line as: Program Assistant – Middle East Program.



147 Spadina Avenue, Suite 206, Toronto, ON, M5V 2L7, Canada

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Start date
September 14, 2015
End date
October 31, 2015
Application deadline
September 4, 2015
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A-level History Teacher (volunteer w/ stipend) Job posted by: Lebanon Evangelical School for Boys & Girls Posted on: August 21, 2015 Share Bookmark

Job description

Passionate about history & world affairs?

Interested in teaching & working with youth?

Want to immerse yourself in a beautiful new environment?

LES Loueizeh is seeking an A-level history instructor. The perfect candidate will be a native English speaker with a 4-year or Master’s degree in the social sciences or humanities. More importantly, you should be an independent worker who thrives on a challenge and cares about high-quality, critical thinking-based education. Your students will be diverse, endearing, and bright. Your home will be the gorgeous mountains overlooking Beirut. Your mission will be to prepare your students for higher education!

The following qualifications are desirable:

– Previous teaching experience OR

– Significant youth programming experience

– Excellent communication skills

– Experience working with non-native English speakers

– Intellectual curiosity

– Experience traveling, studying, or living abroad

– Desire to learn Arabic and/or experience Lebanese culture

– Supportive of the LESBG mission (see our profile)

How to apply

Email with your CV/resume. Have a few references ready!


P.O. Box 108, Hazmieh, Louaize, Baabda, Mohafazat Mont-Liban, Lebanon


Start date
September 1, 2015
Application deadline
August 26, 2015
Education requirements
Languages needed
Level of language proficiency
Native English speaker or equivalent
Employment type
Full time
Professional level
Entry level
Salary details
Volunteer stipend
On-site housing, basic health insurance
Job function
Owner’s areas of focus