I’m embarrassed, but I need your help #please… I have a possible tumor and my insurance isn’t helping

I don’t do this often and the few times I have asked for help, I’ve never gotten very far. But I need to try because I don’t know what else to do.

I suppose this is a long rant about what’s going on with me and my life these days. I try to keep it quiet and distract myself with pretty things, but sometimes I need to let it out. And maybe you can find it in your heart to get through this and help me in some way. Anyway.

There are too many things going on. Too many things.  No one I know has money they can lend or just gift me. I have no money. My family of 3 lives off of $17k a year. I honestly don’t know how we make it.

Health insurance is denying my claims. I can’t pay my medical bills. I need a ct scan bc I have a tumour that may need chemotherapy (according to a resident at John Hopkins) and I can’t afford any of it. It may not need chemo or radiation. It could be nothing. It could be outright removed (even though we’ve removed it twice already) but I’ll never know until it’s too late, if I can’t get this ct scan.

I practically live on my asthma inhaler and I often wonder if I can even afford to “waste” another huff of it. My asthma isn’t bad enough to kill me or anything like that, just bad enough to torture me every day and send me to urgent care with the occasional asthma attack that requires being hooked up to a breathing machine.

I got put on prednisone. The side effects are weight gain, fatigue, foggy thoughts, pain, nausea and just about everything I don’t need right now, or ever.

My phone is dying a little more every day. I can’t make or receive phone calls or texts and data anything doesn’t work. I can only use it when I’m home and connected to wifi. It turns off randomly. Freezes. Even when at home, it can take forever for it to do anything. Battery life is an hour at rest if I’m lucky.

My mom’s car is busted. That was our only source of transportation and now that’s gone. We can’t afford to fix it. The closest bus stop is 5 miles away on the highway with no sidewalks. I can’t walk there bc I have nerve damage so severe that I’m on meds galore and still can’t walk longer than 15 minutes. And sometimes the pain is so bad that I can’t walk at all.

I have nothing in my name other than debt. What are these bill collectors going to take away from me? I don’t have wages to garnish. What do they want? I have nothing to give them. If I could dissect this tumour myself, I would maybe sell it to science or some weirdo on Craigslist. That could make some money, maybe.

Nothing is right or even close to it. Even if after 4 years of unemployment someone does want to hire me or even interview me, how would I get there? How do they call me? Even that doesn’t work out right.

I’m stuck and I need help getting unstuck. I’m so embarrassed to even be asking, but I really don’t know what else to do.

If you can find it in your heart to maybe throw a few bucks my way, I’d be so insanely and forever grateful. Maybe you can pass this along to a friend?

Thank you.

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

xoxo

 

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An entirely flawed system

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.

JOINT STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENTS OF EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, AND HONDURAS, AND THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA REGARDING: THE PLAN FOR THE ALLIANCE FOR PROSPERITY OF THE NORTHERN TRIANGLE

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Office of the Spokesperson

For Immediate Release

 MEDIA NOTE

March 3, 2015

JOINT STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENTS OF EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, AND HONDURAS, AND THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA REGARDING:

THE PLAN FOR THE ALLIANCE FOR PROSPERITY OF THE NORTHERN TRIANGLE

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The Presidents of El Salvador, Salvador Sánchez Cerén; Guatemala, Otto Pérez Molina; Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández; and, the Vice President of the United States, Joseph Biden, met in Guatemala City on March 2-3, 2015, with the President of the Inter-American Development Bank, Luis Alberto Moreno, to discuss the important commitments which will accelerate the implementation of the Plan for the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle of Central America.  The senior representatives also agreed to conduct joint high-level dialogues on security issues with relevant authorities, to discuss social issues with civil society, and to review trade and investment issues through meetings between the U.S. private sector and the private sectors of the Northern Triangle of Central America.  All these meetings will be held in the first half of this year.

The leaders stressed that their governments agreed to continue the development of the Plan for the Alliance for Prosperity of the North Triangle in an expedited and comprehensive manner, through coordinated efforts among the three countries of the Northern Triangle and with the technical support of the Inter-American Development Bank. They will continue this work throughout 2015.  The draft implementation plan and roadmap for each of the above-mentioned topics will be presented in Washington on March 16.  For its part, the Government of the United States reiterated its commitment to support these efforts.

The leaders agreed that the joint regional plan and its continued implementation represent significant milestones for the collaboration among the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

The leaders reviewed recent progress in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, including the following examples:

  • El Salvador has passed an Investment Stability Law, giving investors assurances that tax and customs regulations will not change over the course of an investment.  It has also begun the process of restoring one-stop business registration for foreign investors.
  • The Government of El Salvador has created the National Council for Public Security and Coexistence to promote consensus on a public security strategy and a forum for dialogue between the government and multiple social actors; it has also established an Anti-Extortion Task Force.
  • El Salvador has passed the Development and Social Protection Law, which establishes a legal framework to support development, citizen protections, and social inclusion. Likewise, El Salvador conducted ambitious reforms in the area of health, laying the groundwork for a new, integrated health system.  El Salvador also has implemented important educational programs, such as “Full-Time School,” which allows for a holistic approach to expanding the educational system’s intervention model.
  • Guatemala has inducted new police officers through regional academies throughout the country that will be assigned to police stations for those geographic areas, continuing the policy of regionalization with a goal of deploying 35,000 agents nationwide.  This has already reduced murder rates from 46 to 31 persons per every 100,000 inhabitants.
  • Under its plan to implement the National Policy on Integrated Rural Development, the Government of Guatemala has reached agreement with 33 communities on reparations for communities where human rights were violated by the construction of the Chixoy dam, through Government Agreement 378-2014 of the Cabinet Council.
  • Guatemala has achieved a diversified energy grid incorporating new technologies such as natural gas, wind, and solar power, allowing for 60% of its energy generation to be based on renewable sources of energy, which contributes to reducing greenhouse gas effects and fulfills the objectives of Guatemala’s Climate Change Law of 2013.
  • The Government of the Republic of Honduras, in its renewed commitment to transparency in public administration, has become the first country to sign a Cooperation Agreement with Transparency International for the Promotion of Transparency, Combating Corruption, and Strengthening International Transparency Systems, which includes plans to make human resources and government procurement information publicly available.
  • Honduras developed mechanisms aimed at restoring peaceful coexistence, highlighting the following efforts and results: i) air, sea, and ground shields to prevent the entry of drugs into the country; ii) counternarcotics actions to combat the drugs that enter the country; iii) development of effective judicial authorities; iv) strengthening of democratic institutions; v) anti-corruption measures; vi) emphasis on the protection of human rights; vii) actions against poverty; and, viii) a security tax.  These actions resulted in a significant decrease in homicide rates from 86.5 in 2012 to 66.4 in 2014 for every 100,000 inhabitants.  Based on the same commitment, Honduras has extradited 7 Honduran and 8 foreign high-profile drug traffickers involved in Latin American drug networks.
  • In the area of fiscal management, Honduras reduced its fiscal deficit by more than 3 percentage points of GDP, closing at 4.5 in 2014.  Honduras increased tax revenue by 21% in 2014, and took specific actions to control public spending to include specific measures strengthening transparency in its public finances.

These examples of progress are the results of the commitments that the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras are making to Central America’s success.  In this context, and well aware of the continued challenges, the leaders expressed their commitments on the following points:

1. The presidents of the Northern Triangle of Central America and the Vice President of the United States of America expressed a shared commitment to promote the strategic areas of the Alliance for Prosperity, such as: energizing the productive sectors of the economy; creating economic opportunities; developing human capital, citizen security, and social inclusion; improving public safety and enhancing access to the legal system; and strengthening institutions to increase trust in the state.

To that end, we, the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, recognizing the importance of promoting the productive sector of the economy in our countries, will:

1.1 Advance economic integration based on the legal frameworks of the Central American integration process, CAFTA-DR, and other existing trade agreements.

1.2 Welcome the signing by Honduras and Guatemala of the General Framework for the Establishment of the Customs Union, which includes, inter alia, the elimination of border crossings between both countries and the establishment of a unified customs area.  The details of this agreement will be defined and supported through negotiations to occur before December 2015.

1.3 Take steps to promote an integrated, efficient energy market among the countries of the Regional Electricity Market (MER), and the markets of neighboring countries.  Review existing regulations and gradually standardize them so that commercial transactions between countries may be conducted in an equitable, competitive, transparent manner, to ensure legal certainty and allow for the promotion and development of markets with reduced costs.  This will be addressed in subsequent forums in 2015, to be completed before the end of 2016.

1.4 During 2015, continue to promote the conditions for increased investment in the diversification of the energy grid, specifically to support measures resulting in the operation of the natural gas pipeline between Mexico and Central America, for which an agreement between the member countries of the Alliance will be required.  By March 13, Guatemala and Honduras will sign an additional protocol to the Mexico-Guatemala agreement, which will permit this interconnection work to go forward.

1.5 Promote a public-private dialogue regarding the implementation and monitoring of the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle governments by mid-2015, through existing public-private partnerships.

1.6 Continue efforts to establish and run one-stop business registration windows for foreign investors before the end of 2015.

2. The Government of the United States will support the governments of the Northern Triangle to promote their productive sections with a view toward greater inclusion, by:

2.1 Facilitating trade with the support of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) authorities, who can share proven risk management strategies and provide other types of training to make the transfer of goods across borders more secure and efficient.

2.2 Helping to implement actions to improve trade between the countries of the Northern Triangle, within the Central American Integration System.

2.3 Providing support for the integration of energy markets in Central America, Panama and Mexico, including by supporting the review of existing regulation to promote long-term contracts.

2.4 Providing technical assistance to develop laws that will incentivize the adoption of technologies and best practices for energy-efficiency.

2.5 Supporting rural development of the countries of the Northern Triangle.

2.6 Providing potential investors and project developers the financial and risk mitigation tools to make investments in the Northern Triangle more attractive, with the support of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

3. We, the countries of the Northern Triangle, will strengthen our strategies for social and economic development to achieve the following:

3.1 In line with national plans, identify the geographic areas of greatest need to focus development and investment by April 2015.

3.2 Establish a plan to strengthen and streamline investment in education, especially at the pre-school, secondary, and vocational levels by 2016.

3.3 Create the conditions to facilitate access to credit for micro, small, and medium enterprises through financial education programs, improvements to legal frameworks, and development of specific financial products beginning in 2015.

3.4 Expand existing programs to improve health services, nutrition, and child development.

3.5 Strengthen equal opportunities policies, especially for the economic empowerment of women, ethnic groups, and at-risk youth by 2016.  During the same year, each country will double the number of women and youth served and provided training by specialized community centers.

4. The United States government will support the Northern Triangle governments in meeting commitments for the development of economic and social opportunities for its citizens, giving special attention to the following:

4.1 Advancing economic prosperity with programs and training that accelerate business development in urban and rural areas.

4.2 Helping to create a better climate for micro, small, and medium businesses to create conditions to expand their access to credit and strengthen proven results throughout specialized business centers in the hemisphere, thus strengthening value chains.

4.3 Continuing efforts to boost family farming and food security through various programs, such as “Feed the Future.”

4.4 Implementing plans to improve access to education and educational quality for underserved populations, including indigenous and afro-descendant children in rural schools, as well as the expansion of educational and vocational training opportunities for at-risk youth.

4.5 Supporting populations along Central American border areas in order to bolster a surge in new economic activity in these communities.

4.6 Backing the efforts of the Northern Triangle countries to redouble their assistance to women and youth in specialized community centers.

5. We recognize the need to improve public security and access to justice; therefore, the leaders of the Northern Triangle agree to:

5.1 Expand security policies and programs, especially those that dismantle gangs and prevent gang violence, as well as by combating common crime, extortion, money laundering, human trafficking, illegal trafficking, and drug trafficking.   We will strengthen justice institutions, among others, using international best practices, depending on the specific context of the priority areas.

5.2 Promote approaches to strengthening the justice sector, emphasizing efficiency, transparency, and accountability, as well as decreasing case backlogs and promoting alternative dispute and domestic violence resolution techniques.

5.3 Improve prison systems, including infrastructure based on prisoner risk profiles, the capacity of prison staffs, and rehabilitation programs, including those focused on juvenile offenders and their prison conditions.

5.4 Deepen police reforms, including reforms focused on money laundering and human trafficking throughout 2015.  During the first half of 2015, Honduras will announce a proposal for the comprehensive reform of its educational system and its police training initiative, as well as its plan to train and contract 6,000 new police officers over the next three years.  Guatemala announced that it is in the process of reforming its immigration law in order to criminalize the trafficking of Guatemalans, especially children and adolescents.

5.5 Approve and strengthen laws against money laundering.  El Salvador has established an Anti-Extortion Task Force, and will begin in mid-2015 a legal reform to criminalize bulk cash smuggling.

5.6 Guatemala will promote reforms in its civil and commercial procedure codes to establish and streamline oral hearings and make more efficient its judicial proceedings during 2015. In addition it will create new specialized criminal investigative anti-money laundering units, asset forfeiture units, and cyber-crime units, in the first half of 2015.

6. The Government of the United States, along with the governments of the Northern Triangle, will back efforts to improve public safety and access to justice by supporting:

6.1 Police reforms, to including police training in the areas of internal affairs, vetting, and oversight and transparency mechanisms, as well as through the provision of equipment and information systems.

6.2  The work of governments to strengthen local mechanisms for the prevention of crime and violence.

6.3 The work of religious and civil organizations within the framework of government strategies to provide at-risk youth with life skills, job training, and recreational activities, and supporting civic groups to recover public spaces controlled by gangs and improve basic infrastructure.

6.4 The expansion and strengthening of centers against domestic violence and violence against women.

6.5 The strengthening of juvenile justice and alternatives to incarceration and detention.

6.6 The efforts of States to improve criminal investigations, especially through improved forensic laboratories.

6.7. The work of the security agencies to effectively dismantle transnational organized crime networks that carry drugs and money in coastal waters and across land borders.

7.  With the goal of promoting strengthened institutions, Northern Triangle countries will continue to promote transparency and engender confidence in our citizens.  In this regard we will:

7.1. Promote independent monitoring mechanisms, using best practices to ensure governmental transparency throughout 2015.

7.2. Increase and strengthen tax revenues through greater efficiency and effectiveness in tax collection, strengthening tax authorities, simplifying tax codes, and professionalizing tax collection authorities.

7.3. Join forces to improve the professionalization of the civil service, starting in 2015.

8  The Government of the United States will support governments of the Northern Triangle in strengthening its institutions, by:

8.1. Working with Central American governments to provide expert advisors, such as those from the Department of the Treasury, and including assistance to governments to leverage additional resources through more efficient tax administration and public-private partnerships.

Finally, with regards to implementing this plan, we agreed to take into account existing best practices in the region, such as the model implemented by the Millennium Challenge Corporation, to maximize the impact of our initiatives and actions that seek to be effective and transparent, and which recognize the leading role of the state and its public institutions.

Agreed to in Guatemala City on March 3, 2015.

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WPE ERT Program Manager- The International Rescue Committee (IRC) – New York, NY

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The IRCs EPRU

The IRCs Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit (EPRU) leads or oversees IRCs global emergency preparedness and response activities. The mission of the EPRU is to help meet the immediate survival needs and reduce suffering in conflict or disaster affected populations during the acute phase of an emergency. The EPRU also works in protracted emergencies, where the risk to life may be reduced but the population is still subjected to rights abuses and a lack of basic services. Members of the Emergency Response Team are deployed to either support existing country programs in their emergency response, or to initiate a new program in the crisis zone. The overall responsibility of the team is to rapidly and effectively design, develop and manage the IRC’s on-site humanitarian response to meet the immediate needs of the affected population. The ERT is responsible for supporting the transfer of responsibilities and knowledge to the long-term staff to ensure the continuity of IRC programming and operations. The EPRU is also charged with enhancing the IRCs global and country level emergency preparedness capacity. The EPRU works closely with Technical Units at the IRC including the Women’s Protection and Empowerment Unit (WPE).

As an ERT Program Manager, s/he is a member of the Women’s Protection & Empowerment (WPE) Unit and the Emergency Response and Preparedness Unit (EPRU). During emergency deployments ERT staff will work under the direction of IRC’s Emergency Field Director and/or the WPE ERT Coordinator with whom s/he deploysdesignated country emergency lead. During times with no acute emergency deployment the Coordinator will report to the Emergency Response and Preparedness Technical Advisor of the Women’s Protection & Empowerment Technical Unit.

SCOPE OF WORK

  • Support the management, including reporting and financial management, of WPE emergency-focused grants.
  • Coordinate WPE internal and external emergency roster presence and outreach, with the aim of ensuring robust WPE deployment capacity.
  • Contribute to WPE emergency response and preparedness capacity reinforcement efforts targeting IRC staff and external partners.
  • Deploy as necessary to lead GBV emergency response in the field.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Emergency Response

  • Be prepared to deploy within 72 hours;
  • Assist with assessments of the needs of women and girls in large scale, complex emergencies and provide prioritized recommendations for program interventions to the ERT Field Director/emergency lead;
  • Assist with the design of WPE program responses including geographic areas of intervention, in coordination with internal and external actors;
  • Provide day-to-day management of the WPE program, including project implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Regularly represent the IRC in coordination meetings and ensure women and girls’ priorities are represented;
  • Coordinate with other IRC sectors (i.e., health, water and sanitation, protection programs) to provide relevant input and support enhancing the protection and empowerment of women and girls;
  • Assist with the development of technical proposals and budgets for international donors, work in close collaboration with IRC grants and finance staff to finalize proposals and respond to any requests for additional information;
  • Prepare high quality and timely donor and management reports on grants and sector activities;
  • Ensure compliance with IRC policy and procedures throughout the program team and activities;
  • Provide a comprehensive handover to successor, including ensuring transfer of all related documentation, program monitoring data and staff performance information.

Non-Emergency Response

  • Support logistics and administration for TU-led GBV emergency response and preparedness trainings;
  • Coordinate WPE internal and external emergency roster lists and support outreach to new members;
  • Participate in the development and management of global funding proposals to support GBV emergency preparedness and response;
  • Liaise with EPRU, WPE and other TU colleagues, RUs, and others to assure implementation of WPE-led grants is on track;
  • Contribute to strategic discussions on WPE-led research, learning and evaluation.

REQUIREMENTS

  • University degree and technical accreditation or equivalent;
  • 2+ year experience developing and managing GBV technical projects, including time spent in emergency contexts;
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully and with attention to detail in a fast paced environment;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to develop positive relationships with local and remote team members and partners;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills (English) required, French and/or Arabic language skills would be an asset.
  • Fluency in all standard PC office software such as Word, Outlook, Excel.
  • Up to 40% travel may be required.


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July 28 – August 1, 2014 DC Events

Washington PressPass: July 28 – August 1, 2014
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The Foreign Press Center is pleased to share with you our weekly announcement of events in the Washington, D.C. area. The Washington Foreign Press Center provides this information as a convenience, and the inclusion of an organization or activity does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation. Please note that this information is subject to change.

NOTE: For the latest information on events, please check our online PressPass at: http://www.fpc.state.gov/events/index.htm

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Monday, July 28, 2014

WHEN: 3:00 – 5:15 pm
WHAT: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) Discussion on “Nuclear Politics on the Korean Peninsula.” Complete agenda and list of speakers.
WHERE: 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
CONTACT: 202-483-7600; web site: http://www.carnegieendowment.org
SOURCE: CEIP – event announcement

WHEN: 4:00 – 5:30 pm
WHAT: National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Discussion on “Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova: How Corruption Threatens the Eastern Partnership.” Speakers: Oliver Bullough, Journalist and Author; Peter Pomerantsev, Journalist, Author and Documentary Producer; Vladimir Soloviev, Editor-in-chief, Kommersant, Moldova; Olga Khvostunova, Editor-in-chief, Institute of Modern Russia; moderated by Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum, Legatum Institute; with introductory remarks by Christopher Walker, International Forum for Democratic Studies.
WHERE: 1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800
CONTACT: 202-378-9675; web site: http://www.ned.org
SOURCE: NED – event announcement

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

WHEN: 9:00 – 11:00 am
WHAT: Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Discussion on “Crafting Economic Policy at State.” Featured speaker: Catherine A. Novelli, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, U.S. Department of State. Complete agenda and other speakers.
WHERE: CSIS, 1616 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W.
CONTACT: 202-887-0200; web site: http://www.csis.org
SOURCE: CSIS – event announcement

WHEN: 10:00 am
WHAT: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on “Iran: Status of the P-5+1.” Witnesses: Panel One: The Honorable Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary For Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable David S. Cohen, Under Secretary For Terrorism And Financial Intelligence, U.S. Department of Treasury; Panel Two: Dr. Gary Samore, Executive Director For Research At The Belfer Center For Science And International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Dr. Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow For Research At The Belfer Center For Science And International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Mr. Michael Singh, Lane-Swig Senior Fellow And Managing Director,
The Washington Institute.
WHERE: Senate Dirksen Building, Room 419
CONTACT: 202-224-4651; web site: http://www.foreign.senate.gov
SOURCE: Senate Foreign Relations Committee – hearing announcement

WHEN: 10:00 – 11:00 am
WHAT: Brookings Institution – Growing the Development Dividend: A Conversation with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman. Speakers: Event Agenda: Kemal Dervis, Vice President and Director, Global Economy and Development, The Edward M. Bernstein Scholar; Keynote Address by Ambassador Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative; Moderated by Amadou Sy, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Africa Growth Initiative.
WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14th Street, N.W.
CONTACT: 202-797-6105 or events@brookings.edu ; web site: http://www.brookings.edu
SOURCE: Brookings – event announcement

WHEN: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
WHAT: U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) – Colombia Peace Forum: Peace Proposals from Victims of Colombia’s Armed Conflict. Speakers: Clara Rojas González (To Be Confirmed, Colombian National Congress Representative; Luis Fernando Arias, Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca (CRIC); Deyis Margarita Carmona Tejada, Spokeswoman, Peasants’ Assembly of Cesar for Land Restitution and Good Living; and José Antequera Guzmán, Co-Founder, Sons and Daughters of Memory and Against Impunity.
WHERE: 2301 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
CONTACT: 202-457-1700; web site: http://www.usip.org
SOURCE: USIP – event announcement

WHEN: 10:15 am – 1:15 pm
WHAT: House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on “The Shootdown of Malaysian Flight 17 and the Escalating Crisis in Ukraine.” Witnesses: Mr. Ian Brzezinski, Resident Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council; Mr. Anthony Salvia, Executive Director, American Institute in Ukraine; and The Honorable William B. Taylor, Vice President for Middle East and Africa, United States Institute of Peace (Former United States Ambassador to Ukraine).
WHERE: House Rayburn Building, Room 2172
CONTACT: 202-225-5021; web site: http://foreignaffairs.house.gov
SOURCE: House Foreign Affairs Committee – hearing announcement

WHEN: 12:00 pm
WHAT: Cato Institute Book Discussion on “The Republican Party’s Civil War: Will Freedom Win?” Speakers: Author Edward Hudgins, Director of Advocacy, and Senior Scholar, The Atlas Society; with comments by Henry Olsen, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center; moderated by John Samples, Vice President and Publisher, Cato Institute.
WHERE: Cato, 1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
CONTACT: 202-842-0200; web site: http://www.cato.org
SOURCE: Cato – event announcement

WHEN: 1:30 – 3:00 pm
WHAT: Stimson Center Discussion on “US-Japan-India Relations: Prospects And Challenges.” Speakers: Takaaki Asano, research fellow with the Tokyo Foundation whose general area of expertise is Japanese foreign/national security policy and international trade policy; Dr. Satu Limaye, Director of the East-West Center in Washington; and Yuki Tatsumi (moderator), senior associate of the East Asia program at the Stimson Center.
WHERE: 1111 19th Street, N.W., 12th Floor
CONTACT: 202-223-5956; web site: http://www.stimson.org
SOURCE: Stimson – even announcement

WHEN: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
WHAT: Woodrow Wilson Center (WWC) Discussion on “National Security and Climate Change: What Do We Need to Know?” Speakers: Alice Hill, White House Senior Advisor for Preparedness and Resilience; Ian Kraucunas, Deputy Director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division; Commander John Marburger, Climate Change Affairs Officer of the U.S. Navy’s Task Force Climate Change; Larry Phillips, Chair of the King County Council; Henry M. Jackson Foundation Vice President Craig Gannett, a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine and co-chair of the firm’s Energy and Environmental practice group, will moderate the discussion; Roger-Mark De Souza, Director of the Wilson Center’s Program will open the briefing and provide concluding remarks.
WHERE: 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
CONTACT: 202-691-4000; web site: http://www.wilsoncenter.org
SOURCE: WWC – event announcement

WHEN: 10:00 am
WHAT: Senate Finance Committee Hearing on “The U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement: Lessons Learned Two Years Later.” Witnesses: TBA
WHERE: Senate Dirksen Building, Room # – TBA
CONTACT: 202-224-4515; web site: http://www.finance.senate.gov
SOURCE: Senate Finance Committee – hearing announcement

WHEN: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
WHAT: Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) – The Value of Higher Education in Development: A Conversation with 2014 YALI Washington Fellows on Education & Youth Entrepreneurs. Complete agenda and list of speakers.
WHERE: CSIS, 1616 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W.
CONTACT: 202-887-0200; web site: http://www.csis.org
SOURCE: CSIS – event announcement

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WHEN: 10:00 am
WHAT: Senate Finance Committee Hearing on “The African Growth and Opportunity Act at 14: The Road Ahead.” Witnesses: TBA
WHERE: Senate Dirksen Building, Room 215
CONTACT: 202-224-4515; web site: http://www.finance.senate.gov
SOURCE: Senate Finance Committee – hearing announcement

WHEN: 10:00 am
WHAT: Bipartisan Policy Center Discussion on “Children and the Crisis at the Border.” Complete agenda and list of speakers.
WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14th Street, N.W., 13th Floor, the Holeman Lounge
CONTACT: 202-204-2400; web site: http://bipartisanpolicy.org
SOURCE: Bipartisan Policy Center – event announcement

WHEN: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
WHAT: Woodrow Wilson Center (WWC) Discussion on “Data Journalism and Policymaking: A Changing Landscape.” Speakers: Kalev H. Leetaru, Yahoo! Fellow at Georgetown University; Alexander B Howard, Writer and Editor; and Louise Lief, / Public Policy Scholar, Independent Journalist.
WHERE: 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
CONTACT: 202-691-4000; web site: http://www.wilsoncenter.org
SOURCE: WWC – event announcement

WHEN: 10:30 – 11:30 am
WHAT: Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Discussion on “Credible Maritime Partners in the 21st Century.” Speakers: Admiral Sir George Zambellas, KCB DSC ADC DL, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, Royal Navy; Moderated by Franklin Miller, Senior Adviser (non-resident), International Security Program, CSIS; Introductory remarks by Dr. John Hamre, President, CEO, and Pritzker Chair, CSIS.
WHERE: CSIS, 1616 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W.
CONTACT: 202-887-0200; web site: http://www.csis.org
SOURCE: CSIS – event announcement

WHEN: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
WHAT: Atlantic Council Discussion on “Tunisia’s Political Prospects.” Speakers: Duncan Pickard, Nonresident Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council;
Fatima Hadji, Program Officer for the Maghreb, National Endowment for Democracy;
Moderated by Karim Mezran, Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council.
WHERE: 1030 15th Street, N.W., 12th Floor
CONTACT: 202-463-7226; web site: http://www.atlanticcouncil.org
SOURCE: Atlantic Council – event announcement

WHEN: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
WHAT: Heritage Foundation Discussion on “The Iraq Meltdown: What Next?” Speakers: Keynote remarks by The Honorable Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Member, United States House of Representatives; Followed by a Discussion with Jessica Lewis, Research Director, Institute for the Study of War; Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D., Director, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy, The Heritage Foundation; and James Phillips, Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, The Heritage Foundation.
WHERE: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.
CONTACT: 202-546-4400; web site: http://www.heritage.org
SOURCE: Heritage – event announcement

WHEN: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
WHAT: Middle East Institute (MEI) Discussion of the recently released World Bank report, “More Jobs, Better Jobs: A Priority for Egypt.” Speakers: Inger Andersen (MENA Vice President, The World Bank), lead author Tara Vishwanath (Poverty Global Practice, The World Bank) will present the main findings of the report, focusing on its implications for policy; Discussants: Hisham Fahmy, American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt; Hafez Ghanem, Global Economy and Development Program, The Brookings Institution; and Ana Revenga, Poverty Global Practice, The World Bank; journalist Paul Danahar (BBC) will moderate the event.
WHERE: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW
CONTACT: 202-785-1141; web site: http://www.mei.edu
SOURCE: MEI – event announcement

WHEN: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
WHAT: Atlantic Council Discussion on “Shifting Political Alliances: Are Gains from Yemen’s National Dialogue Slipping.” Speakers: Mohammed Almaitami, Chairman, Khobara Center for Development and Consulting Services; Moderated by Danya Greenfield, Acting Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council.
WHERE: 1030 15th Street, N.W., 12th Floor
CONTACT: 202-463-7226; web site: http://www.atlanticcouncil.org
SOURCE: Atlantic Council – event announcement

WHEN: 2:00 – 5:00 pm
WHAT: House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on “Twenty-Years of U.S. Policy on North Korea: From Agreed Framework to Strategic Patience.” Witnesses: The Honorable Glyn Davies, Special Representative for North Korea Policy, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State; and The Honorable Robert King, Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights, Office of the Special Envoy for Human Rights in North Korea, U.S. Department of State.
WHERE: House Rayburn Building, Room 2172
CONTACT: 202-225-5021; web site: http://foreignaffairs.house.gov
SOURCE: House Foreign Affairs Committee – hearing announcement

WHEN: 2:00 – 5:00 pm
WHAT: House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on “Building Prosperity in Latin America: Investor Confidence in the Rule of Law.” Witness: The Honorable James K. Glassman, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute (Former Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State).
WHERE: House Rayburn Building, Room 2200
CONTACT: 202-225-5021; web site: http://foreignaffairs.house.gov
SOURCE: House Foreign Affairs Committee – hearing announcement

WHEN: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
WHAT: Middle East Institute (MEI) – A Conversation with Taysir Batniji, Acclaimed Gaza-born Artist. Speakers: Gaza-born multi-media artist Taysir Batniji in a conversation with Jerusalem Fund curator Dagmar Painter.
WHERE: MEI, 1761 N Street, N.W.
CONTACT: 202-785-1141; web site: http://www.mei.edu
SOURCE: MEI – event announcement

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

WHEN: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
WHAT: Atlantic Council Discussion on “The U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit: A Preview.” Speakers: The Hon. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary for African Affairs,
U.S. Department of State; Moderated by J. Peter Pham, Director, Africa Center, Atlantic Council.
WHERE: 1030 15th Street, N.W., 12th Floor
CONTACT: 202-463-7226; web site: http://www.atlanticcouncil.org
SOURCE: Atlantic Council – event announcement

WHEN: 12:00 pm
WHAT: Cato Institute Discussion on the “Federal Budget Outlook: It’s Worse Than You Think.” Speakers: Sen. Ron Johnson, (R-WI) and Member, Senate Budget Committee; and Chris Edwards, Editor, DownsizingGovernment.Org, Cato Institute; Moderated by Daniel J. Mitchell, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.
WHERE: 121 Cannon House Office Building
CONTACT: 202-842-0200; web site: http://www.cato.org
SOURCE: Cato – event announcement

WHEN: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
WHAT: Atlantic Council – Gaza: Breaking the Vicious Cycle, A Conversation with Dr. Salam Fayyad. Speakers: Dr. Salam Fayyad, Distinguished Statesman, Atlantic Council;
Welcome remarks by Gen. James L. Jones Jr., USMC (Ret.), President, Jones Group International, Chairman, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council; Moderated by Frederick Kempe, President and CEO, Atlantic Council.
WHERE: 1030 15th Street, N.W., 12th Floor
CONTACT: 202-463-7226; web site: http://www.atlanticcouncil.org
SOURCE: Atlantic Council – event announcement

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Friday, August 1, 2014

WHEN: 1:00 pm
WHAT: National Press Club (NPC) Luncheon with Denis Sassou-Nguesso, President of the Republic of the Congo.
WHERE: NPC, National Press Building, 529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor
CONTACT: 202-662-7501; web site: http://press.org
SOURCE: NPC – event announcement

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Useful Calendars:

http://fpc.state.gov/events/c42190.htm – New York Foreign Press Center PressPass

http://fpc.state.gov/events/c42191.htm – West Coast PressPass

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/appt/ — US State Department daily appointments schedule

http://www.defenselink.mil/today/index.aspx?showdate=03/30/2007 — Today in Department of Defense (DoD)

http://www.capitolhearings.org/ — C-SPAN’s schedule of Congressional Hearings

http://npc.press.org/ — National Press Club

http://www.si.edu/events/ — Smithsonian Events

http://www.loc.gov/loc/events/ — Library of Congress

Fair Trade Intern Volunteer Opportunity posted by: Peace & Justice Center

Fair Trade Intern
Volunteer Opportunity posted by: Peace & Justice Center
Posted on: July 26, 2014
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Volunteer Opportunity description
Title: Fair Trade Intern
Job Status: Internship
Reports to: Carmen Solari
Work Schedule: 15 hrs. Flexible
Applications Due: August 4th, 2014, 12:00 am

Organization and Position Overview:
The Peace & Justice Store is a unique, socially responsible non-profit, that strives for economic justice both in our community and globally. Formed in 1979, the PJC provides resources, training, and grassroots organizing supporting each other’s efforts by helping to increase visibility and effectiveness. Our retail store, located on the Burlington, VT waterfront, features Fair Trade products from small artisan producers in more than 35 countries across Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. We are also a buy-local retailer that functions as an educational and fund raising arm of the Peace & Justice Center.
We are actively seeking the right candidate to join our team as a Fair Trade Intern, which would include working both in the store to promote our local and fair trade artisans, as well as on our fair trade campaigns, which are mainly focused on education about fair trade.

Job Duties:
● Conduct research & write articles on findings regarding topics such as: the abuses occurring within the garment industry; which organizations are working to stop it/partnerships we can make with other groups nationally and internationally; legislation against the abuses; VT Fair Trade Companies
● Create surveys and Fair Trade educational materials
● Give presentations to classrooms, businesses, organizations, universities
● Assist in organizing events, tabling, recruiting volunteers, and more
● Office Management
● Vendor Project Support
● Visual Merchandising
● Internet Marketing Support
● Updating Social Media Outlets
● Book and Staff Offsite Sales
 Learn Point of Sale System

A Successful Candidate will Possess and Demonstrate:
● Ability to collaborate, communicate and work in a team is essential
● Excellent writing, research and communication skills
● Strong organizational skills and great attention to detail
● Self-motivated and enthusiastic
● Ability to set and work within deadlines and manage time effectively
● Willingness to accept challenges to complete tasks
● Experience working or planning large events is a plus
● Interpersonal/professional skills
● An excellent sense of humor

How to apply
If this sounds interesting we want to hear from you!
The position begins September 8th and ends December 13th. This is an unpaid internship and you are expected to work 15 hours a week.
To apply please send a cover letter and resume to the PJC via email at volunteer@pjcvt.org or by mail to:
Fair Trade Education Intern
Peace & Justice Center
60 Lake Street 1C
Burlington VT 05401
Specify desired internship title when applying; no phone call or faxes please.

Location
60 Lake Street, Suite 1C, Burlington, VT, 05401, US
Details
Extra details
Training provided
Owner’s areas of focus
Education, Volunteering, Economic development, Human rights and civil liberties, Community development, Library or resource center, Conflict resolution, Social enterprise, Race and ethnicity, Women
Time Commitment
Duration
Less than 3 months
Schedule
Flexible schedule

Fair Trade Intern Volunteer Opportunity posted by: Peace & Justice Center

Fair Trade Intern
Volunteer Opportunity posted by: Peace & Justice Center
Posted on: July 26, 2014
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Volunteer Opportunity description
Title: Fair Trade Intern
Job Status: Internship
Reports to: Carmen Solari
Work Schedule: 15 hrs. Flexible
Applications Due: August 4th, 2014, 12:00 am

Organization and Position Overview:
The Peace & Justice Store is a unique, socially responsible non-profit, that strives for economic justice both in our community and globally. Formed in 1979, the PJC provides resources, training, and grassroots organizing supporting each other’s efforts by helping to increase visibility and effectiveness. Our retail store, located on the Burlington, VT waterfront, features Fair Trade products from small artisan producers in more than 35 countries across Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. We are also a buy-local retailer that functions as an educational and fund raising arm of the Peace & Justice Center.
We are actively seeking the right candidate to join our team as a Fair Trade Intern, which would include working both in the store to promote our local and fair trade artisans, as well as on our fair trade campaigns, which are mainly focused on education about fair trade.

Job Duties:
● Conduct research & write articles on findings regarding topics such as: the abuses occurring within the garment industry; which organizations are working to stop it/partnerships we can make with other groups nationally and internationally; legislation against the abuses; VT Fair Trade Companies
● Create surveys and Fair Trade educational materials
● Give presentations to classrooms, businesses, organizations, universities
● Assist in organizing events, tabling, recruiting volunteers, and more
● Office Management
● Vendor Project Support
● Visual Merchandising
● Internet Marketing Support
● Updating Social Media Outlets
● Book and Staff Offsite Sales
 Learn Point of Sale System

A Successful Candidate will Possess and Demonstrate:
● Ability to collaborate, communicate and work in a team is essential
● Excellent writing, research and communication skills
● Strong organizational skills and great attention to detail
● Self-motivated and enthusiastic
● Ability to set and work within deadlines and manage time effectively
● Willingness to accept challenges to complete tasks
● Experience working or planning large events is a plus
● Interpersonal/professional skills
● An excellent sense of humor

How to apply
If this sounds interesting we want to hear from you!
The position begins September 8th and ends December 13th. This is an unpaid internship and you are expected to work 15 hours a week.
To apply please send a cover letter and resume to the PJC via email at volunteer@pjcvt.org or by mail to:
Fair Trade Education Intern
Peace & Justice Center
60 Lake Street 1C
Burlington VT 05401
Specify desired internship title when applying; no phone call or faxes please.

Location
60 Lake Street, Suite 1C, Burlington, VT, 05401, US
Details
Extra details
Training provided
Owner’s areas of focus
Education, Volunteering, Economic development, Human rights and civil liberties, Community development, Library or resource center, Conflict resolution, Social enterprise, Race and ethnicity, Women
Time Commitment
Duration
Less than 3 months
Schedule
Flexible schedule

VOA Premieres AIDS Documentary at World AIDS Conference

VOA Premieres AIDS Documentary at World AIDS Conference

A stirring new VOA documentary, AIDS: Living in the Shadows, is making its world premiere today at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, with some help from the star power of Sir Elton John.

The 30-minute long documentary – introduced by the British music legend and longtime AIDS activist – takes a global look at one of the most daunting side effects of AIDS: the stigma that makes its victims outcasts even within their own families.

This stigma, which Elton John has described as the disease’s “most deadly symptom” is the focus of Living in the Shadows, as it takes audiences on a journey to Nigeria, Cambodia, Haiti, Uganda, Canada, and the United States to meet those living with HIV and AIDS.

VOA Director David Ensor says the documentary is another forum for VOA to serve its audience.

“AIDS has cut short thousands of lives in many parts of the world,” said Ensor, “but nowhere more than in sub-Saharan Africa, where VOA has millions of listeners. It is for them, and millions of others like them elsewhere, that VOA has produced Living in the Shadows.”

In each of the places the documentary stops, one message comes through: Though the scientific community has made great medical advances, the wisest scientists are incapable of curing the way AIDS stigmatizes its victims. Curing that will require a change beyond the scope of medicine, a change that permits people to see AIDS victims as fellow human beings.

Following its world premiere in Melbourne, AIDS: Living in the Shadows will be available online. A panel discussion, moderated by the documentary’s senior executive producer Beth Mendelson​, will immediately follow the showing. VOA is live-streaming the entire 90-minute session.

Health Coordinator (South Jordan and Syria) Job posted by: International Rescue Committee

Health Coordinator (South Jordan and Syria)
Job posted by: International Rescue Committee
Posted on: July 18, 2014
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Job description
Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a leading international organization working in relief, rehabilitation, protection, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those affected by the world’s worst humanitarian crises. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.

Working in coordination with the humanitarian community and the Government of Jordan, the IRC’s assistance programs for Syrian refugees in Jordan include both camp-based and urban-based refugee assistance. IRC is currently addressing the needs of war-affected Syrians from several operational bases in the region. The IRC’ activities in the region focus primarily on the supply of vital medications and medical supplies, non-food items, water and sanitation and child protection and form part of an over-arching humanitarian response in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq to assist refugees, IDPs and conflict-affected Syrians survive conflict and displacement.

SCOPE OF WORK:
South Jordan & Syria Health Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the efforts reflecting the health programming needs of Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians in the South of Jordan in addition to assisting the IRC’s emergency medical programming in support of conflict-affected Syrian population. Under the supervision of the Deputy Director of Programs (DDP), the Health Coordinator will liaise with other technical leads to ensure coordination and complementarily of programming, as well as appropriate technical rigor in project design and implementation. The Health Coordinator will directly manage two heath program managers, providing any and all support necessary to ensure successful implementation of health programs in the South of Jordan and will provide the technical support on health activities to [Musa’ada] program management staff.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Program Oversight in the South of Jordan (PRM Project)

Oversee the health programming activities including technical support, supervision and guidance to health activities implemented in the South of Jordan.
Oversee the management of donor grant ensuring the health program is implemented with conformity with IRC program framework.
Ensure internal and reports to donors, document results are produced and delivered in a timely and quality manner.
Provide an overall leadership in developing and strengthening of formal and informal community-based health networks in the South.
Lead efforts liaising with the government, national and international organizations to reduce gaps in health and protection systems to ensure the sustainability of project impact in the South.
Ensure effective and high quality reporting, monitoring and evaluation systems for both internal and external use, capturing best practice to support program decision making.
Musa’ada Health-Sector Support

Work in close collaboration with the IRC Musa’ada program management staff, providing the technical support on health activity monitoring and interpretation of field data and reports.
Technical review and approval for purchase of medical products for program.
Provide technical support and guidance to IRC’s health activities that assist Syrian affected population.
Work closely with program managers in the development of health-related activities and corresponding M&E indicators in program proposals, ensuring adherence to national and international standards.
Review assessments, reports, field data from health partnerships and Syrian health facilities and other health service in order to determine existing capacity and priority needs.
Program Development and Quality

Assist development of IRC health programming, as needs are identified and funding opportunities arise.
Ensure the development of detailed yet realistic program log frames, work plans, and monitoring tools and support their implementation in coordination with the Grants unit, the Musa’ada team, and IRC’s technical health units.
Ensure that the IRC’s health program activities demonstrate adherence to international and national standards, including Sphere, WHO and donor guidelines.
Provide technical review of IRC’s health proposals, monitoring forms and reports submitted by partners.
Review pharmaceutical, medical supplies and medical equipment procurement plans, and support measures to ensure compliance with donor regulations governing the procurement and distribution of pharmaceuticals and other health-related supplies and/or equipment.
Contribute to the development and monitoring of relevant health program indicators; contextualized with within the remote programming activity.
Coordinate, provide technical support and ensure quality of technical training activities provided by IRC partners.
Work closely with the Musa’ada team to plan and organize program activity trainings for implementing partnerships.
Provide technical assistance, feedback and recommendations to support implementation of program activities and staff capacity development around health program interventions.
Represent IRC in the different UN, national and international NGO and MoH coordination health forums in Jordan including the monthly health sector meeting and health working groups relevant for the IRC health.
Staff Management

Recruit health technical staff as per program requirements.
Provide direction and monitor staff in their implementation of work plans and delivery of quality health services.
Provide technical support, on the job training and supervision to the health staff as required making sure that interventions are high quality and that the program is driven by data and learning.
Discuss job expectations, set objectives and provide appropriate and timely feedback regarding performance, including timely implementation of the annual staff performance management system.
Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions including staff development plans.
Provide leadership support for the successful implementation of and adherence to the IRC Global HR Operating Policies and Procedures
Lead with commitment, integrity and accountability to the “IRC Way” – Global Standards for Professional Conduct
Professional Standards
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

REQUIREMENTS:

Experienced Health professional with Masters in Public Health
At least 4-6 years relevant experience managing (designing and implementing) Health programs; preferably in an emergency/complex humanitarian context
Knowledge and experience in Primary Health Care (PHC) at a clinic and community level, provision of psychosocial support (PSS), hospital care programs with a strong focus on trauma management,
Experience in working with local NGO’s and Community Based Organizations
Experience in effectively dealing with international and headquarters staff, as well as donor agencies, government officials, and other NGO’s; the ability to work with a broad spectrum of people
Strong writing and analytical skills, including ability to communicate technical matters to a range of audiences
Competent in Windows, MS office programs, emails and relevant health database (HMIS, DHMIS etc.).
Fluent in spoken and written English
Preferred Skills:

Experience in monitoring and evaluation of health projects; experience applying remote management tools in high-risk areas
Experience working in the Middle East region, specifically in response to the Syria crisis.
Fluent in spoken Arabic desirable
Working Environment: The standard office work environment in Amman office with an individual housing available. The position is expected to spend up to 50% of time in the field (Karak, Madaba, Tafilah).

How to apply
Please follow this link to apply:

http://www.aplitrak.com/?adid=c3RldmVueS4wOTg1NC40MzU4QGlyYy5hcGxpdHJhay5jb20

Location
122 E. 42nd Street, 12th Floor, Amman, Irbid, 10168, Jordan
Details
Application deadline
September 17, 2014
Education requirements
No requirement, English
Employment type
Full time
Professional level
None specified
Job function
Health and medical
Owner’s areas of focus
Volunteering, Immigration, Youth, Disaster relief, Education, Women