Sunday, December 11, 2011

Fellowship: NYU

The Department of Russian & Slavic Studies at New York University announces a new funding opportunity for students in the Interdisciplinary Master’s Degree program, a fellowship that will provide significant support for highly qualified MA students. All admitted applicants will automatically be considered for this award. Details about the fellowship and donor will be announced shortly. For now, we hope that you will inform students of this new avenue of financial support for those interested in studying Russia.

NYU’s interdisciplinary MA program provides access to Russia-related courses in departments across the university. In addition to the departmental curriculum’s particular strengths in literature, history, and film, the course of study can encompass a wide range of fields, from music and anthropology to linguistics and performance studies. With its focus on interdisciplinarity and comparative methodologies, the program can serve as excellent preparation for graduate study at the PhD level. It also provides a thorough grounding in the Russia field for terminal MA students who choose to pursue a career in this area.

For more information, please contact:
Anne Lounsbery at (212) 763-3341

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Human and institutional capacity development manager

Organization: Chemonics International

Website: Chemonics

Title:  Human and institutional capacity development manager

Location: Kyrgyzstan 

Compensation: Not Listed

Chemonics seeks a human and institutional capacity development (HICD) manager for the anticipated USAID Economic Policy Reform project in Kyrgyzstan, which aims to improve the macro- and microeconomic environment to support the growth of the economy and increase human and institutional capacity development of selected government agencies and private-sector organizations. The project will build capacity to develop strategic economic policy reforms, analyze approaches to reform, and implement reforms effectively. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world. The HICD manager will assist with project management, including grants and subcontracts, and will work with public- and private-sector organizations to build capacity in financial and information systems management, human resources, and communication systems.  

  • Advanced degree in economics, finance, or other relevant field
  • Eight years experience in institutional capacity development using the HICD or related models
  • Familiarity with the HICD model, including modern financial management, human resources, information systems management, and communications strategies
  • Demonstrated experience managing grants and subcontracts on USAID-funded projects
  • Proven experience assessing, consulting on, and improving the capacity of public- and private-sector organizations in a developing context
  • Demonstrated success in creating and implementing management and capacity building solutions, and achieving measurable results in development projects
  • Central Asia experience preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in English; proficiency in Russian strongly preferred

To Apply:
Send electronic submissions to by August 27, 2011. Please submit a cover letter and CV. Please place "HICD manager" in the subject line. No telephone inquiries, please.

Finalists will be contacted.  

Tajikistan TSEP Agriculture Value Chain Internship

Organization:  Mercy Corps

Website:  Mercy Corps

Title: Agriculture Value Chain Intern

Location: Shaartuz, Tajikistan

Compensation: Not Listed

The intern will be responsible for helping to implement and monitor the agricultural value chain component of the Tajikistan Stability Enhancement Program (TSEP). The program is developing high impact value chains in each of its three operating areas (Garm, Shaartuz and Khujand). The program is building the capacity of farmers, producer groups and other value chain actors through technical support, targeted vouchers or small grants and development of improved market linkages and market based service provision for small hold farmers. The program is improving links within the value chain through agricultural fairs and improved access to financial services. 

  • Master’s Degree preferred (complete or in progress) in an Agriculture or Business-related field
  • Knowledge of agricultural value chain theory and its application
  • Knowledge and experience with surveying and data collection, quantitative and qualitative analysis and related statistical procedures
  • Experience with MIS/GIS systems helpful
  • Experience with the development of agricultural enterprises (preferred)
  • Experience living in a developing country
  • Knowledge of Russian, Tajik, Farsi or Uzbek would be helpful but is not required

To Apply: Apply here

Europe and Eurasia archivist intern

Organization: Chemonics International

Website: Chemonics

Title:  Europe and Eurasia archivist intern

Location: Washington, DC

Compensation: Not Listed

Chemonics seeks an archivist intern to support information management within our Europe and Eurasia division.  The position is part-time and requires 20 hours per week, starting in September 2011. We seek individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world. Responsibilities include: organize and manage all hard copy and electronic project records following project closeout, classify and document project file archives, and support international project management and proposal development activities. 

  • Must be enrolled in an academic program to obtain an undergraduate degree
  • Minimum one year of administrative experience preferred
  • Demonstrated experience with data entry, filing, and record maintenance
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven ability to work both independently and in a team setting
  • Exceptional attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Advanced understanding of Microsoft Office, including Excel and Word
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity

To Apply:
Send electronic submissions to by August 25, 2011. No telephone inquiries, please.

Finalists will be contacted.  

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Analyst, South Caucasus

Organization: International Crisis Group

Website: ICC

Title: Analyst, South Caucasus

Location: South Caucasus, TBD

Compensation: Not Listed

The successful candidate will be responsible to research and produce reports on security, political, governance, human rights and social issues related to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and the wider South Caucasus region.
  • Conducting extensive field research and providing analysis on prevailing security, social, legal, governance and political issues.
  • Proposing policy initiatives for governmental, intergovernmental, political, and nongovernmental stakeholders to address and resolve sources of conflict.
  • Preparing detailed reports and briefing papers setting out relevant research findings and policy recommendations.

  • Deep knowledge of the South Caucasus region and extensive contacts in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia with governmental and non governmental officials, media, and academia;
  • 5+ years of professional experience in conflict analysis, journalism, NGO, IGO, or government work related to Azerbaijan/Armenia.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills, good in summarizing fast amounts of written material.
  • Fluency (including a high standard of English language writing ability) in English, Russian and knowledge of local languages;
  • Masters degree in international relations, human rights, political science, sociology or similar.

To Apply:
Applications should be submitted in English and include a CV, cover letter, and contact details of at least 3 referees. In the cover letter (of no more than two pages in length) the candidate should briefly propose his or her own ideas on themes for one or two future Crisis Group reports or shorter briefing papers on Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the wider Caucasus region issues.  Please refer to Crisis Group's website for previous reports and briefing papers:

Please send applications by email to , including "Analyst, South Caucasus" in the subject line by 15 August 2011.

Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications that we receive we may not be able to respond to each individual candidate.  Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted after the week of 15 August, 2011. No phone calls please.

Apricot Export Board Consultant

Organization: ACDI/VOCA

Website:  ACDI/VOCA

Title: Apricot Export Board Consultant

Location: Tajikistan

Compensation: Not Listed

We are currently seeking an Apricot Export Board Consultant for an ongoing, multiyear, USAID-funded program in Tajikistan. Possible start date for the position is August 2011 and any final candidates will be subject to approval by USAID. The program provides technical assistance, training, equipment and inputs, and will facilitate access to finance and support services to assist the development of the agricultural sector of Tajikistan. The consultant will provide facilitation and strategic planning toward the establishment of an apricot export board by working with a self-selected group of committed apricot exporters. The consultant will, in conjunction with project staff, create an apricot industry board development program.
  • Correspond through project staff with participants to gather needed data in order to prepare for work in-country.
  • Develop a strategic plan, including a supporting budget, for the creation of an industry export association.
  • Meet individually with self-selected processors to show a preliminary export association strategic plan.
  • Facilitate a stakeholder meeting where the issues identified in the individual meetings will be discussed by the group (less than 20 large exporters) and present the association creation plan.
  • Oversee all aspects of the creation of the organization after the strategic plan is discussed/adapted/updated by members.

Additional responsibilities - Prepare a road map/work plan for further activities including:
  • New market development and increases in high quality market share
  • Quality improvement along the whole value chain
  • Advocacy
  • Cooperation/joint activities between exporters, processors, and producers
  • Public relations and advertising

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field required; master's degree strongly preferred.
  • Minimum 8-10 years of relevant experience in the exporting and marketing of commodities, and the development of industry level commodity groups and boards, is required.
  • Demonstrated comfort with large processing businesses with an eye to open new export markets (Europe, Middle East, former Soviet preferably).
  • Fluency in English is required.

To Apply:  Apply here

Friday, July 15, 2011

Gender Based Violence Coordinator

Organization: International Rescue Committee

Website:  IRC

Title: Gender Based Violence Coordinator

Location: Grozny, Russia

Compensation: Not Listed

The position is a key to providing specific and unique technical capacity building to IRC’s two local partners (1 NGO partner and 1 government Center), as well as to IRC staff. The focus of the position will be in providing the training and systems development of the Center to start a referral hotline for the community.
The GBV Coordinator reports to the Country Director.
  • Review GBV proposal and quarterly reports
  • Develop, in consultation with the IRC NC program team, a detailed workplan for the visit
  • Facilitate training for Center staff involved in operating the referral hotline;
  • In collaboration with the Center, review and finalize the hotline operating manual, including referral points, information for survivors and problem mitigation strategies;
  • Provide technical support to local partners in preparing GBV awareness promotion materials according to the developed strategy;
  • The consultant will prepare a final report summarizing a visit and outlining recommendations.

  • 6 years program management experience in the field of gender-based violence in conflict-affected areas or related area of programming
  • MA/S or equivalent in social work, social sciences, public health, community health, or related field
  • Demonstrated experience with capacity building and training
  • Good interpersonal and team building skills
  • Ability to live and work under pressure in an unstable security environment with previous experience in CIS countries, preferably Northern Caucasus or Russian Federation preferred
  • Strong negotiation skills essential with experience in conflict resolution desirable
  • Experience of working with local stakeholders
  • Fluency in English is required; knowledge of Russian is preferred

To Apply:  Apply here