So I just found out that NJ is cutting off my food stamps because I’m considered able-bodied. Food stamps has literally been the only thing feeding my family right now and the only way for me to continue getting food stamps is if I go to a 20 hour a week work program. I tried to go to the program and had to make an appointment for orientation months ago and they were so mean and dismissive of me. They wanted me to miss my doctor appointment to go to their orientation and I told them I couldn’t miss it. I was sick, I needed to see a doctor. So they wouldn’t schedule me for another day and that was that.
I can get out of the requirement if I’m caring for someone in my family, which I am, my mother who has been unwell. But why is she unwell, because without warning her health insurance was terminated because she was deemed to make too much money. My mom makes $800 a month from alimony payments. That’s it! How is that too much money? Because she doesn’t have health insurance, she can’t afford her meds and hence has not been the greatest lately. The only way to prove that I’m caring for my mother is if she gets evaluated by a doctor and deemed disabled. Again, something we cannot afford. And if she never had her insurance terminated to begin with, she’d have her meds and she wouldn’t need someone to look after her. It’s a flawed system and I’m so embarrassed and sad and scared. I don’t know how to feed my family.
I’ve been trying to get a job for a year and a half now with no luck. I have a BA and two MAs. I’m clearly educated and should be capable of getting a job but no one wants to give me a chance despite my 10 years of experience. I really don’t know what to do. I really hate to ask, but I need help. I haven’t paid my credit cards off, we’re charging everything on credit and I’ve reached my credit limit. We’re not using the heat even though it’s so cold, bc we can’t afford to make the payment. I don’t have a cell phone line because we can’t afford it. How is my family going to eat? What am I supposed to do? Like we can’t even afford to pay rent this month. Literally, I have no idea what to do or how to keep us from being hungry and homeless. And I could kick myself for ending up in this situation.
I keep trying to crawl us out of this hole, but I keep failing.
This is so embarrassing, but I need help and I don’t know where to turn. I’m so embarrassed to ask and hate myself for getting to this point. If you could spare anything, even just $1, I would appreciate it so much. https://www.paypal.me/hebavsreason I swear, I’ll never forget your generosity and 100% promise to pay it forward. I’m just so scared and so unsure of how to make ends meet. I’m so embarrassed and I’m so sorry for asking. Maybe you could pass this around, reblog it. Any help would be so important and I’d be so thankful.
Deputy Country Director, Egypt
Job posted by: American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative
Posted on: September 4, 2015
ABA ROLI is a non-profit program that implements legal reform programs in roughly 60 countries around the world. ABA ROLI has nearly 700 professional staff working abroad and in its Washington, D.C. office. ABA ROLI’s host country partners include judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools, court administrators, legislatures, ministries of justice and a wide array of civil society organizations, including human rights groups.
In the absence of the Country Director provides overall field responsibility for in-country programs, provides overall field responsibility for in-country programs, with an strong emphasis on judicial education, including grant-funded programs implemented overseas; assists with the management of international and local staff; works with the Country Director to identify program methodologies and will be involved in working meetings and presentations with key stakeholders to introduce, create and implement new training modules developed and established for judges. Will support the development of a curriculum, individual courses, and may also serve as a trainer. Training modules may include giving and/or coordinating trainings on judicial skills, substantive legal knowledge and skills relating to courtroom and case management. This will also involve a train-the-trainer component. Provide secondary responsibility for financial oversight of all programs and donor relations in-country. Works with the Country Director in cooperation with headquarters-based program staff to draft grant proposals and undertake fundraising in-country.
- Design and adapt training modules for judges on skills (e.g. opinion writing) and substantive areas of law (e.g. criminal law, criminal procedure);
- Assist to identify and address strategic priorities for judicial education;
- Design and adapt resource materials for judicial training such as bench books and training manuals;
- Conduct portions of training workshops on the skills-based and substantive legal issues;
- Coordinate international and national experts’ input into training modules and resource materials;
- Assist the Country Director with the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of rule of law program activities;
- Assist Country Director to manage international and local staff;
- Assist Country Director with financial oversight of program and donor relations in-country; and
- Identify program methodologies and develops long-term and short-term strategies and work plans to improve the rule of law.
- Must have a Juris Doctorate degree and at least 5 years of relevant experience; or
- Must have a Master’s Degree and 7 years relevant experience;
- A minimum of 5 years of legal practice.
- Experience in international development or international legal development and/or project management experience;
- Familiarity with the assigned country’s legal system;
- Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills;
- Demonstrated planning, management, analytical, and writing skills;
- Fluency in English
- At least 1 year of experience in working with USG funded programs;
- Previous experience building the capacity of judicial actors through the development of training curricula and evaluation of training effectiveness;
- Strong preference for Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party experience;
- Strong preference for proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of similar size and complex USG-funded programs with skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, budgeting;
- Strong preference for experience with liaising and negotiating with host country governments, USG donors, and contractors as well as budget management, staff oversight, and the provision of legal services and technical advice;
- Strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written, to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the Program and to effectively coordinate with a wide range of regional stakeholders;
- Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse public partners and the ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams;
- Excellent written and spoken English;
- Knowledge of Arabic a plus.
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Due to the high volume of applications received, we are only able to follow up with candidates who are selected for interviews. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and this position may be filled prior to the close date.
How to apply
- Cairo, Muḩāfaz̧at al Qāhirah, Egypt