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Would you ever consider living abroad?

Would you ever consider living abroad?

I have lived abroad. It’s always great to see how other people live. It’s the best way to experience culture, history, food and language.

Most of the place I’ve lived, I’ve lived there because i was taking a class, doing a semester abroad or doing research.

And here goes the list:

Amman

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Geneva

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Oxford

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Haifa

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West Bank

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Exeter

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And I can only hope to add to this list… Send me some positive travel vibes my Pistachios!

 

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

xoxo

 

 

[announce_onepalestine] FW: [Free_Amer] Amer Jubran: Statement on GID Detention: Torturers Named; Threats of Retaliation

**Please Forward Widely***

Amer Jubran Statement on Detention Under Jordan’s General Intelligence Directorate.

Torturers Named. Threats of Retaliation by Prison Officials.

On October 1st, Amer Jubran made another statement with a more complete commentary on his case and the conditions he is now facing in prison. In this statement he named two of the GID interrogators who tortured him.

We received word on Oct. 10th that Amer is now being threatened by prison officials, who are  limiting contact with his family and pushing for him to be placed in solitary confinement. We urge people to continue to write Jordan’s Minister of Justice. New sample letter here: https://freeamer.wordpress.com/2015/10/12/sample-letter-101215/

We are releasing Amer’s statement below, along with some further details from court papers concerning his trial:

“This case is made of two parts: one of targeting US soldiers stationed in Jordan back in 2006, and the other, of joining Hezbollah to carry out terrorist acts. As far as the part about US soldiers is concerned, how can a plot go on for 8 years without execution unless it was not true at all? Besides, there are no American troops in Jordan, as confirmed by the king himself and the Jordanian Prime Minister through their official statements published in the local media and presented to the court as evidence. Furthermore, there was a similar case that was ruled in favor of the defendants based on the same official statements. And also, there is one big question here:  who is  to be believed and who is lying? Is it the king, or is it some confessions extracted by force by the GID?

The GID has exaggerated this case for the following reasons, apart from its vindictiveness against me: first, they wanted to enlarge the achievement for themselves and for the officers involved, for promotional reasons; also, accordingly, to reflect maximum punishment and revenge against me in person; and thirdly, to use their false achievement to collect anti-terrorism funds from the foolish US government. No proofs were presented in this case except for the confessions made by forceful process. If this case is as serious as they claim, how come all the co-defendants have received 2-3 year sentences and I have received a 15 year sentence? Lastly, please note that I was declared innocent on the charge relating to carrying out terrorist acts and this constitutes a screaming contradiction between the verdict and the sentence.

As for the part about Hezbollah, apart from the political argument over this issue and my denial of this charge–and despite my respect and admiration for Hezbollah–here is the big fact: the Jordanian government has not classified Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. The judges denied us our requests numerous times where we have requested both in writing and verbally to make the prosecutors spell out Jordan’s official position on Hezbollah’s classification or have us get an official statement from the Prime Minister or the GID and the Ministry of Interior, or the Ministry and the Ministry of Defense. The Court ruled on this based on its opinion and not based on the legal official stance of Jordan  on Hezbollah. Again, in this part, no proofs were submitted except for a false confession and a laptop–that had an encoding and decoding software–seized from the defendant  number 7. Defendant number 7 had this laptop  in his possession, and surprisingly he was cleared of any charges including also codefendant number 5.  Which puts a question mark on, Why? 

During the interrogation there were numerous sessions during which I was asked questions about friends and activists from the States. Including [list of names]. They claimed, when I asked why, that this was for their own use of information and for their friends in the States. [He provides some additional details about statements that the GID claimed were made by his co-defendants concerning people from the US.] These are total lies, made up to pressure me into cooperating […]

My dear friends, I admit that I was not a hero during the encounter with the GID. Except for refusing to be a sell-out. I was broken down by the amount of threats against my faith and my family, and the one I love. But one would ask, Why I would believe these threats? Because the GID is credible in its evil and criminal history. I, until this moment, still fear the vindictive reaction against myself and my loved ones. I have signed all documents that they have presented to me. And wrote all sorts of confessing narratives including admitting to full responsibility of an attack that was carried against the Israeli Ambassador convoy back in January 2010. Also plotting to attack the Israeli embassy in Amman. At the end, it got so funny with the confessions and the rearrangement of the confessions, that they had to rewrite them and to rearrange them–the whole full set of the confessions by all the co-defendants for over five times. And each time they changed–they made sure that it is directed toward my full responsibility. And along with these changes and amendments and total turn around of events in each different confession that they had assigned, the Prosecutor went on and made the changes accordingly in order to match and fit the confessions made by the interrogators, or before the interrogators.

The abuses and torture were carried out by a colonel whose name–you have his name in the papers. His name is Habes Rizk. He was the man in charge. And also, he is Officer Number 1 in the table list which you have. Also, there are many others. The first five witnesses presented by the prosecutor. … The first 5 of them were the actual interrogators and officers in charge of the whole show. The first witness is what you know as Officer Number 2. And he’s the one who took charge, from the moment of raiding my house, threatening me and my family inside my house, taking me and doing all sorts of torture and threats and abuse.

Last item I have, I’m kept now in a group solitary confinement with the other six co-defendants, of which 5 of them have made my life hell as they have been instructed by the GID if they were to get off the hook.

[… ] Now I will be in lock-up for perhaps some retaliatory measures to be carried out against me while in prison like perhaps by denying my rights to make phone-calls and visitation, or even by moving me to another prison where individuals who are charged with Al-Qaeda and its sisters do not take lightly people who are charged with being with Hezbollah or members of that party. And this is the least I would say.

Please note, I don’t know if you have realized in the documents which you have received that the court of military judges has said that they did not need to look even at our facts of defense or our evidence of defense and they have thrown all of that out and ruled from their own heads what was designed or predesigned before even the trial went on.”

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Amer refers in his statement to a table list with officers who conducted the interrogations against him. This list of interrogation methods was provided as part of his trial testimony, but with numbers in the place of the names of officers. Since Amer has now provided the names of two of the individuals who tortured him, we are supplying the names of the actual officers in brackets from the narrative provided by Amer’s lawyers:

1.    Officer 1 [Colonel Habes Rizk] threatened to “hide  [the defendant] behind the sun” and expressed his racism that all the Palestinians are traitors because they want to free their country.

2.    Officers 1 [Colonel Habes Rizk] and 2 [Captain Motaz Ahmad Abdurrahman] deceived the defendant by claiming that his father [name] , his brother [name] and ten of his company’s employees had been arrested.

3.    Torturing other arrested persons in the same case before him like [defendant name] and [defendant name].

4. Successive interrogation sessions lasting 72 hours, with an interrogation team alternating every 8 hours. Sometime these sessions extended for 120 hours. During such sessions, the defendant sometimes suffered from fainting and in three such instances was taken to an internal clinic, a large quantity of acetone was poured into his nose to revive him, and the doctor would say that the fainting has nothing to do with cardiac disease, but is a psychological effect of the severity of the interrogation. When the interrogation was resumed, if the defendant lost consciousness he was given a cold shower with his clothes on to wake him up and the interrogation continued.

5.     On the third day after each interrogation tour, Officer 2 [Captain Motaz Ahmad Abdurrahman] would pour water on the defendant and treat him as if he had urinated on himself. He would then be punished by ordering him to stand in the corner of the room and then by insulting him, e.g. ‘Is not it shameful for a 45 year old man to urinate on himself?’ This would be repeated every three or four days.

6.     During the interrogation, Officer 2 [Captain Motaz Ahmad Abdurrahman] threatened to bring the wife of the defendant, and to insult and assault her in a way that would guarantee cooperation on part of the defendant. This occurred in the presence of Officer 3.

7.     Officer 2 [Captain Motaz Ahmad Abdurrahman] would use the method of applying pressure to the point where the defendant’s neck meets his shoulder while he is seated. He would do this by using a conscript called ‘Abu Zeid’ who was heavily built. Abu Zeid would put his elbow on the aforementioned area while pushing the head in the opposite direction for several hours. In addition, the method of slapping the defendant on the face was used when he was not responsive.

8.     Officer 2 [Captain Motaz Ahmad Abdurrahman] would order the defendant to sit in the prayer position and would place both feet on the leg of the defendant in case of his failure to respond.

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At the conclusion of his statement, Amer refers to the Court’s refusal even to consider the testimony and evidence of the defense. The court relied entirely on the confessions obtained through torture, although the defendants testified that in some cases they had not even been allowed to read these “confessions” before signing them. Here is the statement of the court:

“… The court was assured of the evidence presented by the prosecution, and relies on it for proof, including the fact that the confessions of the defendants during the investigations were given clearly, correctly, with no ambiguity, and were given freely and by choice.  … Upon the preceding and upon the prosecution’s evidence, this court finds that it is not obliged to discuss Defense’s evidence presented by defense attorneys since accepting prosecution’s evidence automatically implies rejection of defense’s evidence, as this was the interpretation settled upon by the respected Court of Cassation in many of its rulings, among them decision number 757/2002 chapter 21/10/2002, from which is quoted: ‘…the State Security Court has done well to set aside defense’s evidence without discussing it.'”

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Amer’s case is still on appeal before Jordan’s Court of Cassation. We urge supporters to share information publicly about his case to create as much visibility as possible while it is still in appeal.

Amer’s case underlines the fact that the primary purpose of torture has never been to gather intelligence. Its purpose instead is to terrorize people into silence and inaction and to force them to implicate themselves and others in false crimes, which in turn props up whatever narrative the state wishes to promote about terrorism.

As friends of Amer from his time in the US–some of us apparently named in the the GID’s interrogation sessions–we express our full solidarity with Amer in his pursuit of justice, and condemn the use of torture against him and his co-defendants.

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TRANSCRIPT: Foreign Press Center Briefing with Anne Richard, Assitant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

FOREIGN PRESS CENTER BRIEFING WITH ANNE RICHARD, ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR THE BUREAU OF POPULATION, REFUGEES, AND MIGRATION

TOPIC:  GLOBAL REFUGEE AND MIGRATION CRISES

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2015, 9:30 A.M. EDT

NEW YORK FOREIGN PRESS CENTER, 799 UNITED NATIONS PLAZA, 10TH FLOOR

MODERATOR:  Hello.  So yeah, we’ll get started.  I know several of you have been here for a few minutes, but we’re really pleased to have Assistant Secretary Richard here at such a time as this, and this is such a topical issue and she comes with a lot of insight specifically on what the U.S. is doing.  So with that brief intro, the assistant secretary will make some comments, and then we’ll open it up for questions, for dialogue, and conversation.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  So as my colleague says, I’m the Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, and I’ve been doing the job for about three and a half years.  And sometimes I facetiously say I have produced more refugees on my watch than any of my predecessors, which is not a good thing.  But the interest in refugees from the media and the public has grown in recent days, and I think that the photo that went viral of the poor Syrian child who drowned on the beach accounts for some of this, and the fact that an existing refugee situation that has been very much a feature of the countries that neighbor Syria has now expanded, so that it’s a very visible stream of people coming to Europe. 

But for those of us who work on migration and refugee issues, their plight is nothing new; and in fact, it’s not the only place in the world where we see large numbers of refugees and migrants.  And at the State Department, we pride ourselves on being the top humanitarian donor to the UN and the best NGOs for humanitarian operations in response to these conflict situations, these very complex situations. 

And we also resettle refugees in the United States.  That’s part of my bureau’s responsibilities is to run a program to bring – to work with UNHCR, the International Organization for Migration, with some of – a very good network of nongovernmental organizations, including a network across the United States.  And at the end of this fiscal year, which is imminent – September 30th is the end of our fiscal year – we will have brought 70,000 refugees to the United States for the third year in a row. 

And you will have heard that the Secretary of State in Berlin – was it just the weekend before last? – announced that we will increase those numbers.  So the fiscal year that starts October 1st, we’ll bring 85,000 refugees, and then the following year we intend to bring 100,000 refugees.

Now, these numbers are refugees from all around the world.  The top places that we bring refugees from is Iraq, Burma, and Somalia.  And – but the number of nationalities in our program is quite high; it’s like 60 different nationalities but smaller numbers of the rest.  And we also encourage other countries to do this as well.  And our outreach to other countries about that is picking up as we see world leaders and witnessing what’s happening in Europe.  As the Syria crisis goes from being a country in crisis to a region in crisis to now a global situation, we see that other countries too are trying to figure out what role they can play in trying to help the refugees.

In a situation like we see in Europe, we are providing assistance through UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration to ensure that there is humane treatment of the migrants, humane techniques of border management, so that – and but – and this is mostly at the periphery of Europe.  These are programs that are being carried in Macedonia, in Serbia, in Greece.  But obviously, the kind of relationships we have with Germany, France, Great Britain – we’re not going to assume that they don’t know the first thing about border management.  They obviously have a lot of capable people.  What we see there is that we need to work in partnership with them and support them in ways that they believe are helpful.

In looking at the roots of what’s happening in Europe, we know that a large number of the migrants are Syrians; and so if you hear my boss, Secretary Kerry, talk about the European situation, he will quickly pivot to talk about Syria, which I think is right.  And so we have been working now for years to support programs in – here, I’ll move this – in Lebanon, in Jordan, to help UNHCR get – to facilitate the Turkish Government’s refugee response, which has been quite strong.  But also there were Syrians who fled to northern Iraq, and then since then there has been major displacement inside Iraq, so some of the people in the flow to Europe are Iraqis.  We are very interested in making sure that we roll back ISIL in Iraq, but my role as the humanitarian office in the State Department is to try to get those displaced people home again inside Iraq.  And then some of the Syrians have gone as far afield as Egypt.

So in all of these places, we are supporting UNHCR, the International Organization for Migration, and UNRWA, the UN Relief Works Agency that works with the Palestinian refugees, to try to bring help, bring the basics – food, medical care, water and sanitation – but also protection, a sense that people will not be abused or exploited, which is unfortunately one ugly aspect of these big movements of people. 

We’ve seen the growth of highly organized smuggling networks.  There is a great deal of agreement among world leaders that we have to crack down on smuggling and trafficking networks, but of course, that agreement has to be translated into taking steps on the ground.  And so I look to colleagues who work on law enforcement, who work on tracking these groups, to actually do the action against them, but I do care about the people who get trapped and caught up in these smuggling networks. 

Specifically on the Syria crisis, since the start of the crisis, the U.S. has provided over $4.5 billion in humanitarian assistance.  We say that’s more than any other single donor, although, of course, you have to realize that Turkey has done quite a bit in its own country.  So we’re not saying more than anyone else related to the crisis, but certainly in terms of the traditional donors we have a leading spot.  And then also we recently provided additional assistance to the Iraq situation, so that’s $478 million.

Last May, I was in Southeast Asia meeting with ASEAN countries in Bangladesh to talk about the situation there – a mixed flow of economic migrants from Bangladesh but also refugees from Burma who had been exploited and taken advantage of and terrible things had happened to them.  Again, sort of the same conversations about how do we save lives, first and foremost; how do we crack down on the smugglers and the criminal networks and the traffickers; and then how do we ensure that whether people are economic migrants or bona fide refugees, that they get treated in a humane manner, that they are treated as we’d want to be treated – treated well?

We’re very concerned that the UN appeals for humanitarian aid across the board for all crises are so underfunded.  The U.S. is fortunate that we have gotten support from our Congress for this humanitarian budget, but we’re very concerned that other governments, even if they’re providing more assistance than they have in the past, they’re not keeping pace with this series of serious crises around the world.  And so we see how UN humanitarian agencies are really grappling with the problem of what to do about this.  Do they do as the World Food Program has done, which is cut back on rations and target truly the most vulnerable?  But that still leaves a lot of people who weren’t getting help and felt that they needed the help out now, and that’s very concerning. 

Our bureau is the top funder of the UN High Commission for Refugees.  Our counterparts at the U.S. Agency for International Development are the top funders of the World Food Program.  So the U.S. takes pride in these programs that help displaced people, but we are very alarmed that the rest of the world seems to not be able to marshal the budgets to respond.

So what are the solutions?  Well, the real solution, of course, is that peace breaks out all over the world and everyone who works on these issues knows that the truly right number of refugees is zero, that people don’t have to leave their homes, that they can go home again; but until that happens, what we would like to see is more contributions from other governments.  We’re very happy that some of the Gulf countries are stepping forward in recent days, and it seemed to be more prominent this year at the UN General Assembly in attending meetings about these humanitarian issues and talking about them, and so that is most welcome.  And my hope for the Gulf countries is that they become sort of routine donors, every – on an annual basis to these UN agencies, because in the past, while Gulf countries can be quite involved in charitable giving, they often do it sort of as a one-off, unique giving to a different cause every year.  And so we would like them to truly be part of the sort of roundtable of donors that do this year in and year out.

We also would like to see more private sector involvement, and I think this may be happening, that seeing just this past week with Mark Zuckerberg talking about the internet for refugees, and I just came from this morning a – the Global Business Coalition for Education.  And they listened to the Lebanese education minister and the Jordanian minister of planning and industry, and they listened to the Turkish head of their emergency response group.  So this is different and very much needed, and also to get the public to do more, as the President actually is interested in having happen.

So more foundation, private giving; more public involvement, businesses involved; more governments that haven’t been involved before would be most welcome.  And I think also we need to break down the silos between the humanitarian relief world and the development assistance world.  And this is something that a lot of senior people agree on, but it’s very hard to move the bureaucracies.  Within my own government but also at the UN and other governments, money tends to flow in silos.  The relief humanitarian world operated in conflict zones; the development experts would try to get in and help countries that were poor, and clearly, this kind of a significant crisis, a very complex crisis like we’re seeing right now, is – requires sort of an all-hands-on-deck.  It requires the energies of all of us if we’re going to make any kind of headway. 

So why don’t I stop there and listen to your questions.

MODERATOR:  Any questions from the table?

QUESTION:  Well, I’d like to hear a little bit more about what the U.S. is hoping to do more in Syria.  There have been some calls that the U.S. isn’t doing enough.  I know there’s a lot of talk that the U.S. —

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  Who said that?  Just kidding.  (Laughter.)

QUESTION:  A lot of talk that the U.S. is the largest humanitarian – single humanitarian donor.  But could we be taking in more refugees?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  Well, the President has said – let me give you the numbers so you know.  By the end of this year, so in a couple days, we’ll have brought 1,700 refugees from Syria to the United States.  And then next year our goal is 10,000, and the year after that we really want a steep ramp-up.  And the reason we can’t bring hundreds of thousands overnight is because we have a very slow and deliberate process that does several things.  It makes sure that the people who are – have applied are bona fide refugees; they’re fleeing persecution or war, and their case holds up to scrutiny.  Then we have to make sure that we’re not bringing people who are – have bad intentions. 

And we have brought 3 million – more than 3 million refugees to the United States since the Vietnam era, since the mid-1970s, and most of those people have been law-abiding people who have actually contributed more to the United States than they have taken from it.  I mean, they’re taxpayers.  They’re hard-working.  They’re incredibly motivated.  Many of them, after five years, take the U.S. citizenship exam and become American citizens.  So most of them end up staying in the United States and are committed to their adopted country.

But we have had instances of people slipping through – not many, but a handful of instances where people have planned to do something, send weaponry and whatnot back to their home countries.  So what we have done since that is we have tightened our security process, and one of the things that we screen for is to make sure we screen out people who are lying to us, people who are criminals, or people who are would-be terrorists.  And like I say, the odds of a refugee falling into that category are slim, but I am charged by the members of Congress and by members of our national security community to ensure that our process includes this screening.  So that’s partly what slows down our process of bringing refugees to the United States. 

But I think that we don’t have to prove to anyone that we’re a friendly – a country that’s friendly to refugees, given that we’ve taken so many over the years.  So I suspect that our numbers that we’re bringing from Syria will climb in the next few years.

QUESTION:  Hi.  My name is Daisuke Nakai with Asahi Shimbun.  Thank you very much for taking the time.  For a sort of follow-up, on the phone conference you did the other day, I think you mentioned that the 70,000 resettlement number is more than other – all the other countries —

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  All other countries combined.  That’s right.

QUESTION:  At the same time —

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  The UNHCR resettles about 100,000 per year, so that’s 70 percent.

QUESTION:  At the same time, there’s many, many more people showing up in Europe.  And as you mentioned, it’s a slow and deliberate process, but I think there’s also more focus on what can be done right now to alleviate what is happening.  And is there anything that the U.S. can do or to – right now?  And also, how long does it take to resettle a person?  You said slow and deliberate but —

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  Eighteen to twenty-four months.  And we’re looking to see if we can accelerate that without cutting corners on security.  And so we’re going to take a very cool-eyed look at that whole process, and we have to because we’re under so much pressure from senior leadership in the State Department and in the White House to do more. 

Now, I mentioned that the Secretary was in Berlin and had announced these new targets for our refugee resettlement program.  The next day we announced more money for – it was $419 million for aid to the Syria – to respond to the Syria crisis.  And that’s where we got to $4.5 billion, so that’s only a week old – that figure.  So we are determined to support those countries that have been bearing the brunt of the refugee situation. 

The other thing we’re going to do is to continue to try to get as much aid as possible inside Syria because there are so many displaced people inside Syria – Syrians who were living, minding their own business, innocent civilians who then were bombed out of their own homes or fled their own homes because of the conflict.  And amazingly, they have tried to remain inside Syria.  So that’s 7.6 million people who are trying to stay in their own home country and with a little bit of help might be able to do that.  So it’s very hard to deliver aid inside Syria.  We – once again, we support those organizations that are trying to get the aid in through whatever channels work, to whatever parts of Syria.

I mean, aid gets to all of the governorates of Syria, but all of the parties to the conflict – to a one, they all manage to harass and endanger and threaten aid workers and aid deliveries.  And so it’s a truly difficult place to operate.  I’ve been to all the neighboring countries.  I haven’t been to Syria since 2008, so I – this is – but I ask every single person who’s been inside to – that I meet, to tell me how it’s going, do they see the aid showing up, are they getting through the roadblocks.  And they are, but it’s just really difficult.

QUESTION:  During the ’70s – so the high mark was, what, 50,000 people per year?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  No, higher.  I don’t have the numbers with me.  We can get them to you, but during the Vietnam era, we brought like 150,000 Vietnamese, I believe, in one year.  I have the number 200,000 in my head – maybe that was a couple years, or something.  But it was really quite substantial.  But of course, that was pre-9/11.  And so at that time, for example, we would bring Vietnamese to Guam to process them.  Or in the ’90s, we flew people from Kosovo to Fort Dix, New Jersey.  We brought Iraqis into New Jersey.  So people who are advocates on behalf of refugees, like I used to be – so my friends – will call me and say “Anne, why aren’t you flying in hundreds of thousands of people like we did in the old days?”  And I said, “Well, we can’t.  It’s post-September 11th and we must take every possible step to ensure that we have as tight as humanly possible a vetting system.”

So we will try to accelerate that, but I can’t say, “Oh, security doesn’t matter.”  It really matters to many Americans.

QUESTION:  So you can’t see the numbers approaching what they did in the ’70s or ’80s in the near future?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  Yeah, well, not under our current system in the short term.  I think we can – what I’m convinced about is that the U.S. can be a home to that many refugees because I’ve seen us – think about it: in the last three years we’ll have brought 210,000 refugees to the United States.  I know we can receive and host and appreciate many more.  That kind of shocked some Americans, because I think they don’t know a lot about the program and they haven’t noticed that the neighbors down the street are actually people from – refugees. 

I was in Spartanburg, South Carolina and they just weren’t sure that it would – the program would work, not realizing that the biggest glass salesman – Kapasi Glassware – was a refugee.  (Laughter.)  So he was living amongst them for years, and so I think part of it is realizing that refugees are not a horde of scary-looking men headed your way.  They are families with hardworking parents, caring grandparents, adorable children who will soak up the English language in school like this, and that – they will actually strengthen this country, as they have in the past – more diversity, more vitality, more energy.  So I won’t give you my whole patriotic speech on this.  (Laughter.)  I’ll curb myself at that moment.

QUESTION:  Vasco De Jesus.  Vasco Press Brazil.  I’m curious to know about the processing centers, the mechanism.  Because you mentioned that it takes from 18-24 months for refugees to be resettled here.  And —

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  Right.  So would you like me to walk through the process a little bit?

QUESTION:  I’m just curious because I was in Central America during the Central American crisis in the early ’80s.  We had a Mariel boatlift and –

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  Mm-hmm.  Cubans coming to the United States?  Right.

QUESTION:  Cubans.  Yes.  But then one of the processing centers became Costa Rica.  And then I was in Costa Rica and all of a sudden 2,000 and 2,500 Cubans arrived in the city and the city was not prepared.  And psychopaths and hardened criminals —

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  Yeah, because they emptied the prisons, too, yeah.

QUESTION:  And the – Costa Rica used to be a paradise then.  And then all of a sudden became scary place overnight and then we were working on processing them, and it was very, very difficult thing.  So where does —

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  So we need to get you to Hungary on the next plane.  (Laughter.) 

QUESTION:  Oh – so the American processing is in —

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  No, no, no.  I was teasing.  I was saying you’re the experienced person.

QUESTION:  Oh, okay.  All right.  (Laughter.) 

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  We need to get you to Europe.

QUESTION:  Sorry.  So —

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  So we have resettlement support centers around the world in places where there are high concentrations of refugees.  And several are run by the International Organization for Migration and some are run by other not-for-profits who have competed to have that job.  And so for example, we have them in Istanbul and Amman and Nairobi, in Southeast Asia, I believe it used to be in Bangkok – I think it’s Malaysia right now.  And what we do is – there’s one in Vienna that was working with people coming out of the former Soviet Union and also from Iran. 

So these organizations take a referral from UNHCR, from the UN refugee agency, and then puts together a case, the story of that refugee family or that refugee individual.  And then the case – they put together all of the material.  Sometimes refugees don’t have any documentation because they fled horrible things.  But usually, especially in the Middle East, people will have some kind of identity card or family ration booklet or something.  And so they will try to tell the story.  That’s presented then to a Department of Homeland Security interviewer. 

And one of the ways – there’s a couple ways we can bring more refugees.  One is we have – if we fund UNHCR to do more referrals, because that part of UNHCR could be strengthened.  One is if we get more Department of Homeland Security interviewers out more frequently, because they travel out every few months, say.  And in the Middle East, some of the places they’re going are somewhat dangerous or can be dangerous, can go through periods of uncertain security.  And in Africa, the trick is the logistics of getting out to the places where the refugees are because sometimes they’re – like in the Kakuma Camp, for example, in Kenya – you – that’s not in Nairobi; you’ve got to get out to the camp.

So we have to invest in our own abilities to have more people go and do that.  And then in our budget we have to determine the trade-offs between providing assistance overseas for refugees in their countries of first asylum versus strengthening this program to bring refugees here.  I think we can do both, and I think we can get support from the Congress to do both, and I know my bosses want us to do both.  So – but like I say, our fiscal year’s about to start.  We’re going to probably be under a continuing resolution, which means that we don’t know what our budget is.  But I’m optimistic on this.

QUESTION:  Quick tangent.

QUESTION:  Thank you.

QUESTION:  Does the 70,000 number you said include Cubans under the wet foot/dry foot?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  Yeah.  We do include Cubans under that, but I don’t have the numbers for you with me today.  But we can get you more on that.  That’s a very smart question.

QUESTION:  Just a question on where the Syrian refugees are primarily, I guess, clumped in the U.S. once they have been resettled.  And I guess some communities in the U.S. would say that they don’t want refugees.  What do you say to them?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  That’s a very important question.  I was just thinking about the Cubans.  There’s two ways Cubans get to the U.S.  One is that we have a program for Cubans to apply inside Cuba.  It’s very rare for us to have programs where people can apply inside the country.  And – we do it in Iraq, for example, for people who’ve worked with U.S. troops and things like that, or worked with the media.  And then in Cuba they can apply and come.  So they’re in the program.  Cubans who make their own way to the United States and then seek asylum, they don’t get resettled under this program.  But they do get benefits down the line that the Health and Human Services Department provides. 

Your question was very important.  So would you say it one more time, and then —

QUESTION:  So the first question was:  Where in the U.S. are the communities of Syrian refugees?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  Right.  Right, right.

QUESTION:  And then —

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  So if I showed you a map, you would see that there are over 180 places, cities and towns across the U.S., where refugees are resettled.  And then within that, some of them have more than one organization working.  So in terms of sort of the storefront or the visibility, it’s more like 300 and – more than 300.  And it’s east coast, west coast – Texas is very big; the Midwest is big in terms of the Twin Cities.  Now, we resettle refugees all across the U.S., and we don’t pick a city to be the new capital of – Little Damascus or something.  Instead, we believe most parts of the United States can be a – offer a home to refugees.  Sometimes refugees through their own networks will hear that a particular city has got jobs, or has got something on offer that is particularly useful. 

In Spartanburg, South Carolina, where I was, they have a lot of Ukrainian churches.  So that is a – something that might appeal to refugees who are fleeing the current conflict in Ukraine.  So you’ll see secondary migration.  So we’ve seen concentrations, then, of people from the Middle East in the Detroit, Dearborn area.  There’s a very strong Chaldean, which is a type of Christian community from Iraq, but if you’re from anywhere in the Middle East, maybe you’d want to use their supermarkets, because you get a taste of home.  (Laughter.)  And then also I’ve been to – for example, in San Diego there also are Chaldeans there, but then I’ve been to – I had lunch once in a restaurant in a part of town called Little Mogadishu.  And as an American, I had no idea there was a Little Mogadishu in San Diego, California. 

So you will see this sort of secondary migration, which is normal and – but it’s not by design.  It’s by – once people come to the United States, they’re free to move.  They have to stay – if they want the three months of assistance we provide to them for reception and placement in the U.S., they have to stay in one place.  But after that, they’re just like Americans; they can go anywhere.

QUESTION:  And the second question was:  What do you say to communities that do not want refugees in their —

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  Well, I try to educate them about the program and who the refugees are and what they’re fleeing.  And I find that when people see that there’s a human face on these families, if they see a photograph of the family, if they hear about the family’s story, all of a sudden Americans are very generous.  They’ll open up their hearts.  They’ll say, oh, well, my great-grandfather came from country X, so I would like to help as well.  But when they hear as just sort of refugees, as if it’s just a horde people – a swarm, a threat, a problem – then that sort of gives them the impression that they’re being invaded.  That’s not at all what’s happening here.  It’s families that have had terrible things happen to them, who have somehow miraculously survived, who are very resilient, and would make great residents in this country.

Can we do a time check?  What are my – what are my —

MODERATOR:  You have 10 more minutes.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD: Okay.

QUESTION:  Just mentioned Little Mogadishu and also the Twin Cities – I know the FBI has been having a lot of interest in Minneapolis and the Somali population there.  Obviously they weren’t just refugees; there was a number of factors going in there.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  They weren’t the best refugees, you said?

QUESTION:  No, they weren’t just refugees.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  Oh, just refugees.  Okay.

QUESTION:  There’s also – and I —

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  We don’t have a competition.  We love all our refugees.  (Laughter.)

QUESTION:  I know.  With the situation in Minneapolis and the Somali population, there has been talk about a lot of people – well, not a lot, but some returning to various organizations or going back to the Middle East.  What are the lessons you think can be brought out of that?  Is there anything that could have been done better or could be done right now?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  Well, this is a perplexing thing as to why young people find some of these terrorist groups attractive.  And not many do, but a small proportion do, and some are the children of immigrants and refugees and some are homegrown Americans.  So this is a much broader issue than – I don’t think there’s anything that makes – in fact, I know there’s no evidence that refugees are more inclined to radicalization than the general population, either the one they’re coming from or this one in the U.S.  I mean, I think we have to take this very seriously.  I defer to others who are experts on why a teenaged youth, either the children of Somali refugees or the children of my children – who, thankfully, don’t seem to be prone to radicalization just yet in this area – (laughter) – that what sparks that interest and then what feeds that interest, and how do we prevent that from happening.  Those are very important questions. 

But I really think that the refugees we bring to the United States, including the parents of these youth, are people who want to live here; live here in peace.  They’ve sought stability, they’ve sought education for their children, they’ve sought a new, fresh start in life.  And that piece of the program is so, so valuable.  So there are – I think there is an issue there, but I don’t think it’s a significant part of our program.

QUESTION:  The United States obviously – Ilie Fugaru from Mediafax, Romania.  The United States obviously has a great experience in dealing with refugees over the years.  However, Europeans – it appears they just face the problem as big as it is right now with a wave of refugees from Syria and still coming and pouring.  And obviously they don’t have the management and the expertise to deal with this kind of situation, so how – I mean, you mentioned the UNHCR and the international organizations as primary points, first points of referrals and of check for refugees. 

The main worry of population in Europe – and part of the media amplifies this – is that many of these refugees don’t have any IDs, don’t have any way – there’s no way to tell if they’re true refugees or just economic refugees or even terrorists.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  Well, we respect the rights of governments to control their borders and to decide who comes across and who doesn’t.  And certainly we do that in the United States.

QUESTION:  Yes.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  So – but there are ways when there’s doubt if someone shows up without documents to do an interview and find out.  “So you say you’re from Somalia; now, can you tell me about your hometown?  And where did you grow up, where did you walk?  And here we have a Somali, so would you please talk to him in your native language.” 

So I think that the – some of the economic migrants in this stream – who, like I say, are entrepreneurial, brave – sometimes these are the most capable people in the society.  This is what the U.S. tradition has been.  But they do not get the same protections as people fleeing persecution and war under refugee conventions.

So there – it is perfectly all right to return those people to their homes under international law, but what we are asking is that countries do a careful job in screening, that they use humane techniques and practices, that they receive people well.  There’s been some wonderful stories coming – I mean, even as Europe grapples with this, there have been some wonderful stories about European citizens just spontaneously helping people going along this route or arriving in Germany.  And that is to be admired, I think; that is to be celebrated.  And we can build on that, those impulses – those humanitarian impulses among ordinary people to try to do a better job on this, I think.

QUESTION:  Okay.  My – I guess my question was if the United States is willing to provide expertise and to provide this kind of support in – to the Europeans in —

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  Yes, but I don’t think we just parachute in.  I think we sort of have to be invited.  And my sense is that working through these premier international organizations is a very good way to do it.  We’re going to have later today – the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is convening a G7+ meeting to talk about doing more for the UN agencies that help the refugees.  That is a very smart thing to do. 

My point is the U.S. has been, year in and year out, a top funder of those organizations, and so for us that’s not a radical idea; that’s something that we take very seriously, is our responsibility.

MODERATOR:  We’re going to have to end it here, actually.  Thank you so much for your time and attention.  Thank you for your time as well, ma’am.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RICHARD:  Of course.

MODERATOR:  We will offer a transcript as soon as it becomes available.

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Planning MEAL Manager Job posted by: Oxfam GB Posted on: September 9, 2015

Job description

The Role

The PMEAL Manager will provide technical support / expertise and tools to Oxfam Jordan’s programmes (Oxfam and partner teams) that lead to strong programme and project design and effective and coordinated Monitoring Evaluation Accountability & Learning (MEAL) systems in accordance with Oxfam standards and that inform decision-making and programme quality.. The PMEAL Manager will ensure that Jordan programme teams adopt a systematic approach to MEAL, are able to effectively track outputs and outcomes (at a project and programme level) and manage data effectively, ensuring that monitoring data is available for reporting purposes. In addition, the PMEAL Manager will build the capacity of Oxfam and partners teams, providing specialist advice and support to strengthen programme/project design & planning and MEAL mechanisms. The PMEAL Manager will also ensure that Oxfam and partners maintain robust beneficiary accountability mechanisms.

About the MECIS Region

The Middle East and Commonwealth of Independent States (MECIS) region implements and manages programmes in Yemen, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Russia, Tajikistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Programmes within the MECIS region reflect Oxfam’s approach to work across the globe. We support self-reliance, not dependency, and to complement our work on the ground we strive to secure lasting change through our campaigning.

We also put women at the heart of all we do. The majority of people living in poverty are women and girls, and so this focus helps us to achieve our mission to overcome poverty and suffering.

Useful Information

Contract Length: 12 Months

Benefits: Oxfam offers staff a comprehensive benefits package including annual leave entitlements, sick pay provision, medical cover plus opportunities for learning and development.

How to apply

For more information and to apply please visit:https:jobs.oxfam.org.uk quoting reference INT1816

Location

Amman, Muḩāfaz̧at `Ammān, Jordan

Details

Application deadline
September 29, 2015
Education requirements
Employment type
Full time
Contract
Professional level
None specified
Salary details
Competitive
Job function
Owner’s areas of focus

Conflict Analyst Job posted by: International Rescue Committee Posted on: August 18, 2015

Job description

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.

CONTEXTUAL BACKGROUND

The Syria crisis is often described as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the end of the Cold War. Inside Syria, 7.6 million people are internally displaced and 12.2 million are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 4.8 million in hard-to-reach areas. There are 4 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. This is no short-term humanitarian episode. The devastating human consequences to huge numbers of people will endure for decades. The destruction of relationships, communities, livelihoods, homes and infrastructure will take years to repair.

IRC is offering a robust humanitarian response to the Syria crisis. With an annual budget in excess of $140 million and a rapidly expanding portfolio, supported by more than 1,250 staff in the region, IRC is undertaking programs in Syria and the neighboring countries of Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan in the fields of health, child protection, education, women’s protection and empowerment, NFI and food distribution, cash assistance, water and sanitation, and livelihood programming. Our work in these challenging settings gives rise to some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary humanitarian action, including questions of access, security, funding and coordination.

POSITION SUMMARY

Based in Amman as a member of the Public Affairs team, the Conflict Analyst will provide comprehensive analytical support and advice to IRC in the Syria Response Region (SRR). Reporting to the Director of Public Affairs, the role will examine the impact of political, security and military developments on Syria’s displaced and conflict-affected populations and on programmatic, operational and strategic decision-making by IRC. By producing analysis, briefing notes, policy options and presentations to decision-makers within IRC, this position will enhance the effectiveness of IRC’s programs, advocacy and operations undertaken to assist Syrians affected by the conflict in their country.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Monitor and assess prevailing trends in the political, security and socio-economic situation in Syria and surrounding region, identify and evaluate implications for IRC’s programs, operational posture and risk management strategies, and produce actionable policy briefs for IRC leadership.
  • Integrate qualitative and quantitative methodologies to produce comprehensive analyses to guide IRC decision-making.
  • Coordinate with the Regional Director, Syria Response Director, SRR Country Directors and Whole of Syria Health Co-Lead to ensure analysis is guided by programmatic demands and therefore value-added and impactful.
  • Prepare briefing notes and customized presentations to inform and advise IRC decision-makers in navigating the complex environments within which they work.
  • Assist country programs to map and understand shifting operating contexts for the purpose of adapting programs to keep them optimally responsive.
  • Contribute to new initiatives, including expanding regional programs and exploring regional fundraising avenues, devised to enhance IRC’s strategy, position and effectiveness in the region.
  • Identify, consolidate and maintain a network of contacts from other INGOs, INSO, ICRC and Red Cross/Crescent movement, UN agencies (including WoS coordination mechanisms, OCHA’s Information Management unit, Needs, Response and Gaps (NRG) and other coordination infrastructure), think-tanks, analytical networks inside and outside the Middle East, as well as Syrian analysts and community-based organizations.
  • Gather and collate existing “4Ws” data on the broad range of humanitarian actors in Syria, including those listed above.
  • Cross-check, update and expand IRC’s context knowledge base through key informant interviews and participant observation (e.g. in coordination meetings). Track and analyze instances of program contraction, relocation, withdrawal, or expansion, depending on security changes or other external access factors, and identify trends and anticipate triggers of follow-on events.
  • Gather information and perspectives on humanitarian presence, coverage and effectiveness from recently-arrived refugees, representatives of diaspora organizations, and remote interviews with people inside Syria.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None.

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

IRC and IRC staff 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

  • Graduate degree in Government, Political Science, International Relations, Strategic Studies, or related discipline.
  • At least 5 years of directly relevant professional experience, at least two of which overseas.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse range of colleagues in IRC and externally to build trust that sensitive information will be handled with discretion.
  • Superb English-language oral and written reporting skills. Demonstrated ability to write and edit documents on deadline and of highest quality.
  • A demonstrated keen understanding of political complexities in the Middle East.
  • Excellent networking, interpersonal, communication, relationship-building and negotiation skills.
  • Proven ability to persuade and influence colleagues not under supervisory authority.
  • Ability to respond to multiple priorities in a timely manner, delivering high-quality products.
  • Culturally sensitive – able and interested in working with a multi-ethnic team.
  • Strong commitment to the IRC’s mission, purpose and values.
  • Fluency in English is essential; Arabic language preferred.
  • Must be willing and able to travel frequently within the region.

Other Information: Amman is currently not assessed as a high-risk environment and remains generally a safe city as long as IRC security protocols are observed. The post is fully accompanied and housing will be provided according to IRC housing policy. Travel at approximately 30% is anticipated.

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How to apply

Please follow this link to apply: Click Here

Location

Amman, Muḩāfaz̧at `Ammān, Jordan

Details

Start date
August 18, 2015
Application deadline
October 17, 2015
Education requirements
Languages needed
Employment type
Full time
Professional level
Professional
Salary details
Negotiable
Job function
Owner’s areas of focus

HRS SURVEYS AND REPORTING INTERN: Humanitarian Research Services


HRS Surveys and

Reporting Intern

Humanitarian Research Services

Posted on: March 22, 2015

Internship description

Humanitarian Research Services (HRS) is a consultancy that undertakes research in conflict zones. Our model of remote data collection allows us to develop credible information in areas where traditional methods of on-the-ground information collection are limited. HRS provides information, analysis, and data synthesis to the non-profit community and private sector entities. HRS currently focuses on gathering information for humanitarian organizations operating in Syria.

HRS seeks one survey and reporting intern for summer 2015. This intern will assist with a remotely conducted mobile commodity pricing survey for multiple Syrian governorates and with collating information into reports for clients. The intern will be trained in a number of software systems and data analysis tools, basic survey administration, and humanitarian report writing. This position is based in Amman, Jordan.

Required Qualifications

• Intermediate proficiency in Arabic

• Previous experience living, studying and/or working in the Middle East or abroad

• Ability to spend the summer in Amman, Jordan

• Strong writing skills and analysis skills

Desired Qualifications

• Prior experience conducting independent research projects

• Prior experience with humanitarian aid and/or NGOs operating in emergencies

• Prior knowledge of Syria and the Syrian conflict

• Basic knowledge of survey methodologies

How to apply

If interested in this position, please address your cover letter and CV to info@hrs-i.org with the subject “intern” by April 10th. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please note that HRS does not provide compensation for summer internships.

Teach in Amman, Jordan – Stipend Included! IDEAS

Volunteer Opportunity description

Join a thriving educational community! Teach in Amman, Jordan and use your skills to help students grow in their character and knowledge.

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Our partner school in Amman is dedicated to teaching Biblical principles that prepare students for a life of character, integrity and excellence. They serve the expatriate community of Amman, working with students from over 21 countries. Teachers come from Jordan, the UK, Egypt, South Korea and the US. The average class size is 15, offering classes for 1st through 12th grade. All classes are taught in English and Arabic and the curriculum is American SAT and Advanced Placement.

Small class sizes and an open atmosphere inspire teachers to be able to interact in a meaningful way with students. Whether you are a teacher, administrator or counselor, you will be challenged to grow in your profession, dig deeper in your faith and leverage your skills and compassion to impact the lives of students and their families.

How to apply

For more information and to apply today, please click here.

Teach in Amman, Jordan

http://www.idealist.org/view/volop/pZmJp6JshDFP

Location

7852 S Elati St, Ste 202, Littleton, CO, 80120, US
This volunteer opportunity can be performed from a remote location.

Time Commitment

Duration
3 months or longer
Time commitment
Full time (30-40 hours/week)
Times of day
Mornings
Afternoons
Days of week
Weekdays
Schedule
Fixed schedule
Start and end dates
August 2015-June 2016

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