Monday, January 21, 2008

3D is seeking an intern in the area of trade and human rights, starting February 2008

Internship position
3D is seeking an intern in the area of trade and human rights, starting February 2008.
What we are looking for
We are looking for someone who can demonstrate good knowledge or easy familiarity with human
rights (particularly Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) and trade policy (particularly WTO)
issues. In particular, candidates should know how to navigate the websites of the Office of the
High Commissioner for Human Rights ( and of the World Trade Organization
Excellent English-language writing skills are essential.
We request a minimum commitment of 5 months (full-time) or 6 months (part-time).
What we offer
The intern will be part of a small professional team working on cutting-edge issues. S/he will have
opportunities to attend meetings in the areas of trade and human rights and develop first-hand
experience of how trade and human rights issues are being dealt with in practice. S/he will publish
in the area of trade and human rights, thus being able to demonstrate professional experience and
results to future employers.
Internships with 3D are unpaid but 3D can make a contribution to expenses (transport or meals).
To apply
Please send your curriculum vitae, a short letter explaining why you are interested in the post, and a
brief sample of your writing, to or the postal address above, before 31 January

Job Description Program Associate, EarthRights School- Mekong

Job Description

Position: Program Associate, EarthRights School- Mekong

Date Prepared: December, 2007

Reports to: Mekong Program Coordinator

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Purpose: The purpose of this position is to provide 1) logistical, 2) administrative and 3) program support to ERI’s Mekong School Program

Duration/Type: Ongoing, immediate start

Job Responsibilities:

Academic Support
- Assist Program Coordinator in reviewing program applications and interviewing applicants
- Provide academic support to students, helping them with homework assignments and reviewing material covered in class
- Teach introductory course on regional human rights/environmental issues with the assistance of the Program Coordinator
- Advise students on the design and implementation of their field work projects
- Work with local and regional NGOs to coordinate field trips to communities adversely affected by large development projects
- Provide translation from Thai to English during field trips and presentations by local activists
- Assist in maintaining a positive learning community (may include evening and weekend duties)

Administrative Support
- Coordinate students’ travel to and from Chiang Mai, purchase airplane tickets
- Assist students with visa arrangements, coordinate with Chiang Mai immigration and Thai embassies in the Mekong region
- Coordinate visits from visiting lecturers, arrange for their travel, accommodation and sightseeing while in Chiang Mai
- Help with student health care needs (visit doctors and clinics)
- Maintain library resources and keep reading areas tidy
- Arrange or buy office supplies when necessary
- Arrange photocopying when necessary
- Collate and distribute classroom materials as necessary
- Assist in arranging social events
- Keep receipts and enter receipts into Excel spreadsheets to be checked by the Program Coordinator before sending to ERI’s accountants in the United States

Maintaining building and grounds (cleanliness, maintenance, safety)
- Arrange for regular cleaning of the grounds, including cutting grass
- Arrange for repairs when necessary, including water, plumbing, painting, etc.
- Arrange for regular computer maintenance and repairs when necessary
- Communicate with landlord, others (plumber, gardener, electricians, etc.)
- Arrange for phones (student phone, staff phone, phone line); keep phone list

- Knowledge of human rights and environmental issues in the Mekong region
- Fluent in Thai (spoken and written), Northern or North Eastern dialect preferred
- Knowledge of at least one other Mekong region language preferred
- Good spoken and written English
- Experience providing translation from Thai to English and English to Thai
- Experience working with grassroots communities on environmental and human rights issues
- Experience conducting participatory field-based research
- Basic computer and bookkeeping skills
- Excellent time management and ability to prioritize multiple tasks
- Experience working in a multi-cultural environment

About EarthRights International
EarthRights International (ERI) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization (NGO) combining the power of law and the power of people to protect earth rights. Earth rights affirm the strong connection between human well-being and a sound environment, and include the right to a healthy environment, the right to speak out and act to protect the environment, and the right to participate in development decisions. On the grassroots level, ERI focuses on campaigns in Southeast Asia, but also works internationally to expose abuses and devise strategies for their eradication. Specifically, ERI investigates, monitors, and exposes abuses occurring in the name of development; works to increase the transparency and accountability of governments, trans-national corporations, and international institutions; and protects human rights and environmental defenders. ERI does so through a multifaceted program of investigations, publications, litigation and other legal work; grassroots organizing, education, and training; and local, national, regional, and international advocacy. ERI has offices in northern Thailand and Washington, D.C. ERI was incorporated in the U.S. and has non-profit status pursuant to U.S. Tax Code 501(c)(3). The staff is ethnically diverse (evenly divided between people from the Global North and South), and is composed of lawyers, human rights and environmental activists, and experienced NGO workers.

About the Mekong School
The EarthRights School (ERS) - Mekong is a unique training program for activists from the Mekong Region (Yunnan/China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam) whose work focuses on environmental issues and human rights. The seven month-long training program uses experiential learning methods to equip participants from the region with skills required to conduct research, gather data, and effectively campaign around environmental issues affecting the region. The program provides students with research, writing, and intercultural skills, and substantive knowledge and experience to voice their individual and collective concerns about large-scale development projects and related transparency and participation issues within the Mekong basin. Graduates of the program will form a strong network of environmental advocates who, acting together, can provide support to affected communities who are currently underrepresented.

Application Guidelines:
EarthRights International offers competitive Thai salaries and benefits. The application deadline is 11th February 2008, but we prefer to receive applications as soon as possible. An application consists of a resume and cover letter that directly addresses the selection criteria detailed above. Please post or e-mail applications (e-mail strongly preferred) to:

Contact: Mekong School Program Coordinator
Mail: P.O. Box 123
Chiang Mai University
Chiang Mai 50202 THAILAND
EarthRights International is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, political belief, age, gender, or sexual orientation. Applications from women are particularly encouraged. For more information about EarthRights International programs, visit

ICBO CM vacancy announcement

Dear Friends, Please see the vacancy announcement below. If you know someone who is eligible for this position, please forward it to them. Best Nilar Institutional Capacity Building Officer
The International Rescue Committee serves refugees and communities victimized by oppression or violent conflict worldwide. Founded in 1933, the IRC is committed to freedom, human dignity, and self-reliance. This commitment is expressed in emergency relief, protection of human rights, post conflict development, resettlement assistance, and advocacy.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) Thailand program, seeks qualified and motivated Thai national staff to fill a vacancy in its main office in Bangkok, for the position of
Institutional Capacity Building Officer
Location: ICB Resource Center, Chiang Mai
Report to:North Region Sub-grant Manager
Responsibilities:The ICB Program Officer works with Northern Region Sub-grant Manager to ensure successful implementation of CBO activities supported by ICB through trainings, sub-grants, coordination and networking in Chiang Mai Province.
• Responsible for the identification, development and implementation of all project partner training and technical assistance programs• Assists to develop the internal control procedures, procurement and financial manuals as part of their development program.• Assist to develop training curriculum for selected CBOs• Work closely with local groups to ensure that proper training systems are in place to address particular needs• Act as a trainer when necessary to increase capacity building skills of CBOs.• Represent transparently and professionally the IRC, and Institutional Capacity Building Program to the international and local communities of Thailand• Work closely with IRC media and documentation unit to share IRC’s lessons learned, reach out to a wider public and in general better advocate and support ICB program and activities• Develop plans for better inclusion of local stakeholders, i.e. government (local and ministries), business, etc.
Qualifications:• University Degree in Community Development or equivalent• 3 years experience working with NGOs in community development• Training development and implementation experience• Proven experience in developing and implementing needs assessments• Strong computer and internet skills• Strong relationship building skills• Ability to multi-task• Ability to communicate in Burmese and other ethic languages from Burma• Ability and willingness to travel to remote areas.
Application letter together with a copy of the most recent C.V stating, qualifications and experiences should be submitted to the following address.
Human Resources DepartmentInternational Rescue Committee –IRC1028/5 Pong-Amorn Building, 2nd floor, Rama IV road,Thungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120
All applications will be treated confidentially and not returned,
The International Rescue Committee considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, national origin, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, age, marital status or physical or mental disability. The IRC is an equal opportunity employer.

Internship post available in Geneva - trade and human rights

Dear friends and colleagues,
3D is seeking an intern in the area of trade and human rights, starting February 2008. Please feel free to forward this announcement to anyone you think might be interested.
What we are looking for
We are looking for someone who can demonstrate familiarity with human rights and trade policy issues. In particular, candidates should know how to navigate the websites of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights ( and of the World Trade Organization (
Excellent English-language writing skills are essential.
We request a minimum commitment of 5 months (full-time) or 6 months (part-time).
The deadline for applications is 31 January 2008.
For more information, please see the attached announcement.
3D à Trade - Human Rights - Equitable Economy
15, rue des Savoises
1205 Genève
T +4122 320 21 21
F +4122 320 69 48

6 PhD fellowships at the University of Roma La Sapienza

6 PhD fellowships at the University of Roma La Sapienza
The Università di Roma "La Sapienza" offers n. 6 PhD fellowships for attaining the degree of "Dottore di Ricerca" (Ph. D.) in the Doctoral Schools listed in Appendix 1.Each fellowship amounts to 16,590 € per year (net of government taxes).The Ph.D. programme lasts for three years and may be extended to a fourth year (without grant), subject to approval by the School authorities. At the end of the first and of the second year of attendance, students have to be evaluated as proficient according to the rules of the Schools.
Applications are opened from candidates who:
are not Italian citizens;are not residents of Italy;have obtained abroad an academic qualification by a non-Italian institution equivalent tothe Italian "laurea specialistica" . The equivalence of each qualification to the relevant Italian degree will be ascertained (for the sole purpose of this competition) by the Academic Board of the Schools.
Selection and admissionsApplications will be evaluated on the basis of academic qualification by means of the documents.The evaluation will be made by a selection Board consisting of the Committee for Ph.D. courses of the Università "La Sapienza" and the representatives of the Ph.D. Schools Coordinators. Each selected candidate will be assigned to a Doctorate School. Each Doctorate School will decide in which Programme (within those belonging to the School, see Appendix 1) to enrol the candidate on the basis of both his/her preferences and interests.
Attainment of PhDStudents must attend the courses and the seminars offered by the Programme, pass the connected examinations, and prepare a PhD dissertation, that must have original results. The PhD title is obtained at the end of the third year after the candidate dissertation and its positive evaluation made by an independent Jury appointed by the Rector. The discussion may be delayed with the approval of the School authorities, but not for more than one year. Read more:

Scholarships from the Belgian government

Scholarships from the Belgian government*
Belgian development cooperation works according to three distinct systems: direct (bilateral), multilateral and indirect development cooperation. Direct development cooperation is implemented by the Belgian government through the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC), in close cooperation with the governments of 18 countries in the South. Multilateral development cooperation goes through international organisations and agencies like the UN. Indirect development cooperation goes through DGDC-funded organisations like VLIR.
There are mainly two sources of scholarships: direct funding (Belgian Bilateral Scholarships) through the Belgian embassies and BTC on the one hand, and indirect funding via those organizations like VLIR.
VLIR offers a number of scholarships every year, so that students from developing countries can access these programmes.
Please note that the VLIR scholarship programme is aimed at individuals from a particular context who meet specific requirements. VLIR provides scholarships to people from developing countries with a minimum of professional experience who occupy key or strategic positions at an institution in their native country. The opportunities for knowledge transfer and knowledge application and transfer after the scholar returns home, is an important scholarship selection criterion.
*Eligible Country:*
- *ASIA*: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Palestinian Administered Areas, Philippines and Vietnam.
- *AFRICA*: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, ( Congo, Democratic Republic) Ethiopia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
- *Latin America*: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru and Surinam.
*Read more:*
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