Fellowship: Code for America Accelerator Fellowship


Cross-posted from Code for America:  http://codeforamerica.org/fellows/


Through Code for America’s fellowship program, passionate web developers, designers, and entrepreneurs collaborate with municipal leaders to leverage the power of the internet — to make government better, more efficient for us all. In doing so, fellows develop new skills, create a broad network of civic and tech leaders, and most of all, have an impact.



During the 11-month program, fellows not only work together to help cities innovate, but also receive the training and support to be positioned as a leader in business, public service, or both:

  • 1Gov 2.0 Training. You will start with a crash course in municipal government and gain a practical understanding of the vital intersection of politics and technology.
  • 2Professional Development. The biggest names in the web industry and the Gov 2.0 movement will provide you unparalleled networking, mentoring, and support.
  • 3Connections. Working closely with other talented individuals, you will develop lasting relationships in a fast-paced, startup atmosphere.
  • 4A Labor of Love. You’ll not only accomplish a lot and make the world a better place, you’ll have a lot of fun working with other passionate people. To borrow a line from the Peace Corps, it will be the toughest job you’ll ever love.


Anyone with the skills and passion to make cities work better using technology. Some of you will be starting your careers, but others of you will have been working on the web for years and just want a chance to give back. All of you will want to see your work make a difference and change how government works.

To apply, prospective fellows must submit examples of previous relevant work, along with short explanations their interest, goals, and background. The 2014 Fellowship begins in January 2014. The application cycle for 2014 is open now through a July 31, 2013.

The selected fellows kick-off the year at the San Francisco headquarters for a month of training, team building, working on internal tools, and project research. A key element of this portion of the program is the guest speaker series; leaders in both government and the web industry provide information and inspiration.


Negotiation Questionnaire — anyone willing to take 20 minutes to respond?


Dear Blog Readers and PCDN Members,

I am conducting some research on a topic in negotiation and I was hoping that some of you would be willing to participate.  I do not want to state directly what the topics and issues are at the heart of the research because I think that might influence your answers.  I hope that will intrigue you!  🙂  

If you are willing to take 20 minutes to fill out the attached questionnaire and send back to me at jweiss@law.harvard.edu I would be deeply appreciative.  And will be happy to reciprocate in the future.  

Please let me know if you have questions.  I am happy to tell you more after you have filled in the questionnaire.  


Josh Weiss.

PhD Scholarships: Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester, United Kingdom

For more information, please visit: http://www.mediafire.com/view/?9tba0fd2zfeyy9d

HCRI PhD Studentships: 2 Awards Available
Programme Area: Open Call—All HCRI Research Areas
State Date September 2013
Duration of Award 4 years

Nature of Award
£15 000 per annum: For Home/EU students this will cover the payment of Home Tuition Fees annually, with the remainder of the award paid as a maintenance grant annually. For International students this will cover the International Tuition Fees annually, with the remainder of the award paid as a maintenance grant. Please see the HCRI PhD website for details of current fee levels.
International applicants may also apply for the HCRI Overseas Bursary. This is a competitive award which will provide an additional £8 000 maintenance stipend a year.

Applications must be received by Monday March 25th, 2013. All application materials, including references must be received by this date.

Research Areas
This structured PhD is inspired by the need to conduct rigorous, in-depth research and analysis on the impact and outcomes of contemporary and historical crises. It is driven by a desire to inform and support policy and decision makers (inc. World Health Organisation, Foreign Office), to optimise joint working between partner organisations, and to foster increased understanding and debate within the field of humanitarianism. We welcome applications from students wishing to study in one of the following areas:
 The history of humanitarian relief from the 19th century onwards
 Turkey, political violence, conflict theory and state formation
 Performance and artistic responses to war and disaster
 The politics of modern peacebuilding
 Post-conflict governance in the third world
 The history of population displacement from the 19th century onwards
 Emergency humanitarian assistance in conflict and catastrophe
 Theory and empirical research concerning contemporary violent conflict
 Theory and practice of conflict resolution
 Militarism and the use of force in humanitarian interventions
 Critical peace studies
 Response, mitigation and preparedness for natural/man-made disasters

For further information on HCRI’s PhD programme please visit http://www.hcri.ac.uk/study/phd/index.htm

Calling all Conflict/Crisis Mapping Experts- looking for interviewees to inform SMS-based EWS!


Calling all Conflict/Crisis Mapping Experts- looking for interviewees to inform SMS-based EWS!

Dear PCDN Members,


I am conducting some research on the use of SMS and technology (Ushahidi, etc.) in crisis and conflict mapping.  I am looking to interview different people with experience developing geographic conflict maps.  Particularly interested in learning more about:

  • Methodology and coding choices
  • Lessons learned  (particularly what sorts of problems we should try to anticipate and mitigate)
  • Your experience with similar project(s)
  • Best strategies for garnering public participation

This will inform an SMS-based early warning system project in Jos, Nigeria.


I am based in DC, but can do interviews over Skype if you are located elsewhere.  Please contact me at voliphant(at)sfcg.org or over this network if you are interested in being interviewed or have suggestions of other folks who might be, as well as with any relevant documents or resources.

Thanks a lot!


Please let me know if you have questions, and I would be more than happy to tell you more. 


Warm Regards,



Call for Applications: Kennesaw State University Master of Science in Conflict


Call for Applications: Kennesaw State University Master of Science in Conflict Management (MSCM)

Kennesaw State University’s Master of Science in Conflict Management (MSCM) is a 16-month executive-style degree program designed for students seeking knowledge and skill building in a supportive academic environment. Featuring an innovative blend of theory, research, and practice, students gain the knowledge and skills to manage conflicts in today’s challenging environments. The MSCM faculty bring a diverse array of experiences to the classroom including environmental, public policy, international, court-related, workplace, non-profit, and more.complex environments.

More information at http://mscm.hss.kennesaw.edu


The MSCM program is a full-time, 16-month graduate course of study, but caters to professionals’ schedules. Classes are held every-other weekend, Friday from 3-8 pm and Saturday from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.

The Cohort takes one class at a time for a total of 9 credit hours each semester.Each semester students take a series of theory and research courses, complemented by at least one practice-based course.

Classes include: Conflict Theory; Negotiation Theory; Alternative Dispute Resolution Continuum; Basic Mediation Training Clinic; Research Methods; Interpersonal, Intergroup, Community & Workplace; Advanced Skill Clinic; Public Policy, Cross-Cultural, & International Conflicts; Dispute Systems Design; Field Experience (Domestic or International); Field Study (Internship); and Advanced Applied Skills Training.

Through their course assignments, clinic, and field experiences, students have the opportunity to focus on an area of interest such as: court-based conflict management, international conflict management; organizational and conflicts.  

With over 100 hours of practical skills-based training in mediation, conflict coaching, facilitation, ombuds, program evaluation and grantwriting, all students will have ample opportunity to hone their conflict management skills. Students finish their program with a 1-week study abroad course that allows them to see conflict resolution efforts in action in places like Israel/West Bank, Northern Ireland, Egypt, Cuba, Costa Rica, Barbados, etc.


Core Faculty & Areas of Interest

Dr. Sherrill W. Hayes (Ph.D, Newcastle University, UK) – family conflict resolution; community based conflict resolution programs; sports as a conflict intervention tool

Dr. Susan S. Raines (Ph.D., Indiana University) – mediation best practices; conflict management in organizations; public policy; environmental conflict resolution

Dr. Timothy Hedeen (Ph.D., Syracuse University) – community conflict resolution, communication, facilitation, group decision making, public policy, justice policy

Dr. Heather Pincock (Ph.D., Syracuse University) – democracy, citizenship. community conflict resolution,

The MSCM Program also works closely with Kennesaw State University faculty in Political Science & International Affairs, the PhD in International Conflict Management, and across the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.


To be considered for admission to the MSCM program, applicants must complete the electronic Application for Graduate Admission and submit the following supporting documents by March 1, 2012:

1. Transcripts: Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate courses must be submitted. This must include an official transcript for a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

2. Test Score: Applicants must submit an official score report from the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), or the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Test requirements may be waived for applicants who already hold an advanced degree.

3. Letter of Intent: A letter stating your interest in and goals for the MSCM as well as the potential use for the degree is required. The letter should demonstrate why you are a good candidate for the MSCM program.

4. Resume: A current resume is required.

5. Recommendations: Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources are required. Ideally the letters should be from employers, supervisors, or professors familiar with your abilities. The letters should verify your ability to complete graduate level work and your potential for excellence in the field of conflict management.

6. International Students: In addition to the documents listed above, International Students must submit transcript evaluations for all non-US colleges and universities and official TOEFL or IELTS scores. Documents required by US immigration laws, such as the sponsor affidavit, are not required as part of the application process but must be submitted before the student may enroll or attend courses.

For more information, visit

Program Costs & Financial Aid

Tuition for the MSCM pays for more than you would expect to get from most graduate programs in the field. Your tuition includes: 

  • Tuition and Fees to the University

  • Textbooks and Instructional Materials

  • MSCM Orientation

  • Participation in a Professional Conference or Study Abroad Program (including travel, registration, lodging and some meals)

  • Membership Dues for Registration in a Professional Association

  • Subscription to a Professional Journal

  • Meals on Class Days

Upon acceptance into the MSCM program, a $500 non-refundable Application Acceptance Fee is due by a specified date (for Fall 2013 admittance, the deadline is July 1, 2013). Failure to pay this fee will result in your spot in the program being forfeited and offered to another candidate.

The MSCM tuition/fees may be paid in four installments of $6,893 each semester. The majority of MSCM students receive some sort of financial aid, whether through private scholarships, federal student loans, or Graduate Research Assistant positions.

General information and FAQs

Kennesaw State University (KSU) is the third-largest university in Georgia with more than 24,600 undergraduate and graduate students representing 132 countries. KSU is located just northwest of Atlanta in Cobb County near historic Kennesaw Mountain, allowing students to experience the best of Atlanta while enjoying the serenity of a 328-acre, beautifully landscaped pedestrian-friendly campus.
 Students complete the following courses in the MSCM:

1. What is the average student like?
We take great pride in the fact that our Cohorts are quite diverse, which creates a uniquely enriching learning environment. Approximately 20 – 25% of each Cohort is made up of international students; Student ages and experiences range from recent undergraduates to seasoned professionals with 20 or more years of professional experience. Most of our students come to us with some previous career experience upon which they can build with the MSCM degree. While our students range in age between 24-70, our mean average age is typically 37-41.

2. What are your students’ educational/career backgrounds?
As conflict management is an interdisciplinary field, our students come from a variety of backgrounds: Criminal Justice, Psychology/Counseling, Business, Law, Health Care, Education, Fine Arts, Marketing, Public Relations, International Affairs, Public Policy, Finance, Human Resources, and more.

3. What are your graduates doing now? Where do they work?
In court systems, human resources management offices, as private consultants, with international NGOs, domestic non-profit organizations, corporate offices, health care organizations, in academia, etc. Our graduates are very diverse in their interests, and their places of employment are just as varied. Specifically, our graduates are working and interning with the Carter Center, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as a university Ombudsman, the Maryland Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO), the US Secret Service, the United Nations, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Emory Healthcare, The Cobb County District Attorney’s Office, DeKalb County Juvenile Courts, the American Arbitration Association, and many more. Look here for more.

4. Can I work full time and still make progress in the program?
Yes; this is an “executive-style” program. Classes are offered on alternating weekends and the majority of our students are also full-time employees.

5. What are the highlights of this program? Why is it special?
The MSCM is balanced in covering research, theory and practice. With over 100 hours of skills clinics, you will have ample opportunity to work one-on-one with professionals in the field who will help coach you in transferring theory to practice. Additionally, we offer an accelerated 16-month program, classes every other weekend, all books and classroom materials, catered meals on all class weekends, membership in a professional organization, participation in a domestic professional conference or an international study abroad option, and personalized attention from experienced faculty members with “real-world experience.”

6. What kind of financial support is available?
We offer a limited number of Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs). These GRA positions require students to work 10-13 hours per week with a supervising faculty member on a research project in exchange for a stipend and partial tuition remission. Financial aid is also available to qualified students through the Federal Student Aid program.

7. When is your application deadline?
We are now enrolling for Fall 2013, and the application deadline is March 1, 2013.

For more information, visit us at http://mscm.hss.kennesaw.edu or call 770-423-6299. You can also email us at shayes32@kennesaw.edu or awood47@kennesaw.edu

Job: Center for Universal Education, Brookings, Global Scholars Program Research and Recruitment Advisor


Job: Center for Universal Education, Brookings, Global Scholars Program Research and Recruitment Advisor

Job Posting with Center for Universal Education (CUE)

crossposted from INEE
Global Scholars Program Research and Recruitment Advisor
Center for Universal Education (CUE)
Washington D.C.
(1) Oversee recruitment to the Global Scholars Program, including revisiting the current recruitment process and conducting interviews; (2) Work with applicants during their candidacy to further develop their research proposals; (3) Work with each of three selected Global Scholars on their research while in-residence, including developing detailed timelines and guidelines and providing in-depth content editing; (4) Work with Global Scholars Program manager to ensure that each of the Global Scholars makes meaningful connections with Brookings staff and beyond during their stay, and that Scholars are fully leveraging networking opportunities; (5) As appropriate, help scholars to leverage their proposals to gain traction with potential partners; (6) Help build communications with the Global Scholars alumni network, including leveraging the network for future recruitment; (7) and (8) Work as a thought partner with the Global Scholars Program Manager and CUE team to continually improve the program.
As part of the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution, the Center for Universal Education (CUE) develops and disseminates effective solutions to the challenges of achieving universal quality education worldwide. It offers a forum for research, high-level dialogue, and public debate on a range of issues relevant to education in the developing world. Through our Global Scholars Program, CUE hosts guest scholars from developing countries for a four to six month period to pursue research on global education issues, with a specific focus on improving learning opportunities and outcomes for girls. Upon completion of their research, CUE supports the guest scholars in developing and implementing a plan to share their expertise with their home institutions to further build research capacity and expertise.


• Work with the program manager and associate director to review the recruitment process.
• Review the state of girls’ education research in order to set the scope for proposals from developing country contexts that have the potential to inform regional or international conversations.
• Review and update a rigorous and cost-effective recruitment process that leverages Brookings’ ample partnerships.
• During the process of recruitment, ensure that candidates’ proposals improve, and ensure that candidates are able to work in a collegial fashion.
• Ensure that candidates are strong, independent, conceptual thinkers with a proven record of designing and conducting rigorous research.
• Select projects that are important, feasible within the structure of the Global Scholars program, and likely to have policy impact.
• Ensure that candidates possess all of the qualities and values that are essential to the Global Scholars program, including but not limited to: commitment to girls’ education, proven track record of leadership and impact, grit, ability to leverage resources, generosity, and ability to integrate and be a part of a team.
• Convene colleagues and determine final award recipients and alternates.
• Notify candidates of final awards.

• After awards have been made, work with candidates to consider any data or resources that they may need to collect prior to coming to the US and encourage the further development of their proposals before arrival where possible.
• Develop a timeline and method for guiding Global Scholars, including that Global Scholars are generally expected to produce a final paper and presentation, and will be expected to produce detailed outlines at a midpoint during their stay.
• Provide Global Scholars with resources that are relevant to their research areas as appropriate, whether related to methodology or literature.
• Ensure that Global Scholars are effectively meeting with and networking with other Fellows at Brookings and having meaningful conversations about their own research and others research to enrich the development of their ideas and they progress through their time in residence.
• Work with the program manager to ensure that Global Scholars hold brown bag lunches or use other forum that are appropriately tailored to their needs for discussion and feedback on their work.
• Work with Global Scholars to elaborate proposals for seed funding to implement the research or implementation plan that they scope out while they are in residence, and where possible to write any more detailed proposals that they may endeavor to write while in residence.
• Where further professional development is needed in terms of research or other areas that are related, make recommendations to Program Manager.

• Based on understanding of each Global Scholars niche area of research, make introductions to interested parties in the community, where possibly accompanying Global Scholars to meetings and helping them to think through how to leverage new relationships.
• When attending events, represent the Global Scholars program.

• Routinely collect information, both through formal and informal mechanisms, on the Global Scholars’ experiences, and share these findings with the Program Manager for the purpose of continually improving the program.



• Master’s degree required, PhD strongly preferred.
• Strong understanding of a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies required.
• Expertise in international education required, expertise in girls’ education strongly preferred.
• Experience in editing and publishing, especially with ESL authors, preferred.
• Experience in recruiting and hiring for talent (in a fellowship or other professional settings) a plus.

• Patience and openness to different approaches, interest and ability to work with diverse individuals.
• Cooperative attitude and flexibility, with the ability to work as part of a team.
• Tireless drive to advocate for girls’ education issues on behalf of the Global Scholars.
• Solid organizational skills applied to research – The scholars are subject to publishing deadlines and so will benefit greatly from iterative guidelines set forth in advance.
• Desire to learn and continually improve practice, both by shared reflection of this pilot and from studying useful other models.

The Research and Recruitment Advisor will work over the course of two years, beginning in January or as soon as the position is filled: Recruitment will be conducted on a rolling basis with the aim to fill this position as soon as possible.
Please send expressions of interest to Jenny Alexander at jalexander(at)brookings.edu 
1 February 2013


IRC Seeking a Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator based in Lubumbashi, DR Congo


IRC Seeking a Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator based in Lubumbashi, DR Congo

Qualifying Congolese are strongly advised to apply

IRC’s DRC Child & Youth Protection and Development Program (CYPD) is recruiting a Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator, R, M& E Coordinator  to lead the design, review and implementation of all research, monitoring and evaluation activities for a new girls’ education project in DRC. The R, M&E Coordinator will be instrumental in launching and supervising the baseline assessment for the project, setting up an efficient project monitoring system and overseeing the project impact evaluation across all project partners. The Coordinator will also work closely with the Senior M&E Manager currently managing M&E for the Opportunities for Equitable Access to Basic, Quality Primary Education (OPEQ) Project financed by USAID. The Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator will be based in Lubumbashi, Katanga, with frequent travel to Kinshasa and other DRC provinces.


The R, M&E Coordinator will provide direct technical supervision to a team of more than 8 local M&E staff based in different project implementation sites.  The R, M&E Coordinator will play a critical role in increasing the capacity of local staff to effectively monitor project implementation as well as manage qualitative and quantitative data collection for the project’s impact evaluation.  The R, M&E Coordinator will report directly to the project Team Leader, with technical supervision from the Girls’ Education Technical Advisor.



The R, M&E Coordinator will be responsible for the design, review and implementation of all research, monitoring and evaluation activities in DR Congo.  Specific responsibilities include:

  • Ensure adherence to the general research design, sample selection, data management and analysis and overall research project management.
  • Directly supervise monitoring and evaluation staff for both project monitoring and the impact evaluation.
  • Plan and supervise all impact evaluation activities. The impact evaluation includes a mix of quantitative assessments at the individual level and household level (baseline, midline, endline), longitudinal tracking of individuals, as well as a qualitative component.
    • Piloting and implementing survey instruments, including programming questions onto a mobile phone
    • Training and supervising data collection staff in data collection procedures, data quality and quality control procedures, storage procedures, etc.
    • Managing translation of assessments into local language
    • Managing all field logistics, procuring products, getting approvals from local authorities
    • Ensuring all data quality protocols are followed in order to ensure high quality data
    • Managing data collections from the household or individual level to a final, clean dataset delivered to academic partners
    • Managing the research budget
    • Working closely with partners implementing the impact evaluation to ensure study protocols are followed
    • Communicate regularly with the projects academic partners and the IRC’s Research, Evaluation and Learning Unit
    • Plan and supervise all monitoring activities.
      • Develop monitoring tools and systems
      • Ensure the proper collection, filing and archiving of all project monitoring data in all project field sites
      • Train M&E staff in quality control and supervision of monitoring data collection in field sites
      • Manage the project monitoring database, consolidating data from all project field sites, cleaning data and conducting data verification checks on a regular basis
      • Ensure the project monitoring data is up to date and available to project staff, partners and donors; ensure all data included in donor reports is accurate and reflects achievements to date
      • Review and contribute to ongoing improvement of the CYPD monitoring system, in order to respond to new project monitoring needs.
      • Collaborate with the senior project management team to analyze project monitoring and evaluation data and contribute to on-going learning throughout project implementation
      • Develop and ensure the implementation of a project knowledge sharing strategy that ensures that all project stakeholders can learn from the project implementation
      • Contribute to donor reports as it concerns R, M&E activities, lessons learned and challenges
      • Participate in the development of the program implementation strategy, annual work plans and other program implementation and monitoring planning documents.
      • Provide technical supervision to a team of field M&E staff, including recruitment and performance management, developing and implementing trainings and on-going professional development activities, and motivating staff performance
      • Other tasks relevant to fulfilling the objective of the CYPD programs in DR Congo



  • Bachelor’s or Masters degree (social science, public policy, international development, development economics, or a related discipline)
  • 3-6 years experience managing social science field research; experience managing rigorous education research preferred, including supervising data collection, teams of field workers, survey design and implementation
  • Experience with data management and statistical analysis packages, including SPSS and STATA
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks; proven self-initiative, problem solving abilities, and strong organizational and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies
  • Proven experience in supervision and training in M&E and/or applied research, specific experience training for local teams and local partners an asset
  • Experience working in unstable areas and in Africa
  • Written and spoken fluency in French and English


Security Situation/Housing:

The R, M&E Coordinator will be based out of Lubumbashi. Lubumbashi is usually quiet and relatively safe.  Petty crime is present but expatriates can normally move around without harassment or danger.  For expatriates, the R, M&E Coordinator will be provided with individual housing in a shared compound. This position is unaccompanied.


Please apply at: http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=IRC&am…