Friday, June 29, 2018

Position Vacancy: Country Director - Morocco - Search for Common Ground

Search for Common Ground (Search) is an international non-profit organization that promotes the peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, Search’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict—away from destructive approaches towards cooperative solutions. With more than 600 staff worldwide, Search implements projects in more than 30 countries across the globe.

Position Summary
The Country Director of Search in Morocco has the overall responsibility for the program development, management and successful operations in Morocco. The Country Director will report directly to the Director, Middle East and North Africa. Roles and Responsibilities Roles and responsibilities include:

● Serve as Search’s representative in Morocco
● Oversee the implementation of the Morocco country strategy within the overall vision and goals of the organization
● Oversee the management of Search-Morocco’s projects while managing project priorities, developing plans and long-term strategies
● Raise additional support for the Morocco program through fundraising efforts and other channels, as necessary
● Identify new opportunities for Search involvement in Morocco and explore new innovative ways to ensure the continuation of Search programming in the country
● Represent Search in donors visits and meetings both in Europe and the US
● Take full responsibility for the financial management and health of the Search-Morocco program, including budget management, financial reporting, and budget monitoring
● Oversee the monitoring and evaluation practices to capture the results achieved by the different projects and the program as a whole, supported in part by the Design Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
● Work with public and private actors, local and international non-governmental organizations, the media and communities across the country on promoting a culture of dialogue
● Develop and maintain relationships with international and local trainers, partner organizations, other NGOs, media, donors, clients, key government officials, and others
● Ensure compliance with donor regulations
● Ensure full compliance with all Search Safety & Security Policies and Procedures
● Oversee the management of grants and budgets and report regularly to supervisor
● Work closely with Morocco senior management team to ensure strong office structures and
systems are in place and adapt to new context and programmatic realities
● Ensure that work environment is conducive to staff development and empowerment and
adopt a participatory, inclusive approach to planning and staff management
● Ensure the recruitment, effective supervision and evaluation of Search’s program and
project staff in Morocco
● Ensure ongoing capacity-building efforts of staff members, particularly in specific thematic
areas relevant to the Morocco portfolio as well as for program and budget management
● Stay informed of the international conflict transformation field to ensure that the program’s
work remains innovative and professional
● Maintain local administrative policies and procedures, ensuring that they comply with
Search policies
● Be directly engaged in the continuing development of the organization, its mission and its
staff, through the sharing of experience and knowledge, particularly contributing to its
Institutional Learning efforts
● Contribute to Search growth and development in other countries, as may be appropriate
As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.

● Bachelor’s Degree in a related area required (Master’s degree preferred)
● At least 7 (seven years) of experience in international relations, peace-building, and/or
related fields, including democracy and governance issues and civil society strengthening
● Extensive experience working in and/or knowledge of Morocco
● Strong knowledge of and experience in conflict transformation, dialogue, negotiation, and
mediation approaches
● Significant experience in project management at a high level in a non-profit environment
● Demonstrated experience with budgeting, project development, fundraising, proposal and
report writing, and grants management
● Demonstrated financial management and program administration experience
● Ability to successfully manage and inspire a team in the field of conflict transformation,
international development or related fields
● Excellent managerial skills, interpersonal and networking skills, as well as the ability to
conduct professional working relationships
● Dynamic leader with creative problem-solving skills and negotiation skills
● Knowledge of donor rules and regulations, and ability to manage and prioritize multi donor
● Proven ability in convening and facilitating multi-party meetings and ongoing dialogues
● Demonstrated experience in setting up and managing monitoring systems and initiating
regular evaluations of programs
● Ability to work with people at all levels, ranging from high-level officials to community
● Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
● Written and oral fluency in Arabic, French and English.
● Ability to function as a social entrepreneur
● A team spirit

Deadline for submission of applications is Sunday July 15 at midnight Washington, DC time. To
apply, interested candidates should send a cover letter and current resume to our employment
portal here. We are looking to fill this position with the right candidate. Only applicants invited for
an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website for full
details of our work.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Security & Emergency Management Coordinator Job Opportunity

Please find here a link to the Security & Emergency Management Coordinator job description with the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID), a nonprofit in Washington, DC.  This is a full time, permanent position with an innovative organization and a well respected safety, security & emergency preparedness program.   

A link is also available:

The Golden Triangle BID’s award-winning Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness Program works to foster a safe environment, ensure neighborhood security, and assist businesses and individuals in preparing for emergencies. Through daily communication and coordination, the BID leverages strategic partnerships with numerous local and Federal law enforcement, emergency management, homeland security, and other public safety agencies, in addition to property management companies and businesses within the BID, to mitigate ever-evolving challenges. Furthermore, the BID creates numerous training and educational opportunities that prepare organizations and individuals to take appropriate actions before, during, and after disruptive incidents and emergencies. When significant incidents and emergencies occur, the BID takes a key role in ensuring coordination and information sharing between stakeholders. Working together allows our neighborhood to be better protected and prepared.

The Security and Emergency Management Coordinator will be responsible for supporting a variety of activities related to improving neighborhood safety, security, and emergency preparedness.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Junior Scientists (Forensic/Analytical Chemistry) Job with Survice Engineering Company

  •  29-May-2018 to 01-Aug-2018 (EST)

SURVICE Engineering Company offers a total rewards package to include competitive salaries, comprehensive insurance options, paid time off, 401k retirement and profit sharing, flexible spending, tuition reimbursement and more.

Position Summary
SURVICE is currently seeking Junior Scientists to support a multi-year, multi-million dollar Department of Homeland Security Customs & Border Protection (CBP) program. DHS CBP requires expert analytical chemistry support to aid in a mission to stem the flow of opioids into the United States. This an exciting and fast paced opportunity to have a positive impact on the Nation.
This position is located in Sterling, VA
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
  • The junior scientist will support a 24/7 watch floor operation 
  • This is shift work and work schedules may vary depending on mission requirements
  • Employees may need to remain on call even when not scheduled
  • Performs analysis of FTIR and Raman spectra with reference libraries
  • Identifies FTIR spectral features based on chemical name
  • Reports findings of FTIR and Raman spectra analysis
  • Prepares and gives oral and written reports on findings as directed within given time and mission parameters
  • Prepares monthly reports of activity and chemical identifications
  • Provides troubleshooting and technical support for field chemical screening devices
Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college in a physical science, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience. Experience with laboratory analysis and testing, general spectroscopy, and/or interpretation of spectral data preferred. 
  • Has successfully completed one semester of organic chemistry and one semester of analytical chemistry
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Candidates must be able to pass a technical evaluation and a CBP background investigation to be considered
  • Candidates must be a U.S. citizen due to government contract requirements
SURVICE Engineering Company offers a total rewards package to include competitive salaries, comprehensive insurance options, paid time off, 401k retirement and profit sharing, flexible spending, tuition reimbursement and more.
Recruiting Disclaimer
SURVICE Engineering utilizes our own internal corporate recruiters to fill our employment needs. If you are contacted over the phone or e-mail by a company listing a SURVICE Engineering job and requesting your personal information, allegedly on SURVICE Engineering's behalf, please do not respond.
SURVICE Engineering is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Strategy Bridge Writing Competition

The Strategy Bridge writing competition is back for 2018!
The competition is open to students attending civilian universities and military war or staff colleges at every level, including distance learning, correspondence, and fellowship programs. The competition deadline is 30 June 2018. Winning articles will be announced in August 2018 and published on The Strategy Bridge thereafter.
Original submissions are highly encouraged, though revised and reformatted professional military education papers that meet the standards of a professional journal and our submission guidelines will be considered. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Theory of strategy
  • Strategy development (within the military or between civilian and military actors/organizations)
  • Strategic history
  • Factors influencing strategy (technology, politics, geography, etc.)
  • Educating strategists
  • Strategy and the public
  • The impact of information operations on strategy
  • The future of strategy


A panel of judges gathered by The Strategy Bridge will evaluate entries based on originality, substance of argument, style, and contribution to advancing the understanding and practice of strategy.
First Place – Award of $500, publication in a special series in The Strategy Bridge journal, and consideration for a chapter in an edited volume published by a university press.
Second Place – Award of $300, publication in a special series in The Strategy Bridge journal, and consideration for a chapter in an edited volume published by a university press.

Third Place – Award of $50, publication in a special series in The Strategy Bridge journal, and consideration for a chapter in an edited volume published by a university press.

  • The Strategy Bridge will entertain articles with a tie to strategy that are between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length. Articles should include a short narrative biography of the author or authors. Notes and author biography are not considered in the word count. Submissions in excess of 5000 words will not be considered.
  • Given our broad audience in the national security profession, we ask that submissions be free of jargon, acronyms, and idiosyncratic style; articles should be written for a general audience rather than a service- or national military-specific one. For more guidance, see our submission guidelines.
  • All graphs, charts, and tables should be submitted as separate files in the format they were created; please include appropriate attribution information.
  • Previously published articles are ineligible.
  • Articles pending consideration elsewhere for publication, or articles submitted to other competitions still pending announced decisions are eligible for this competition, but if the article is accepted elsewhere the author must inform The Strategy Bridge immediately.
A panel of judges gathered by The Strategy Bridge will evaluate entries based on originality, substance of argument, style, and contribution to advancing the understanding and practice of strategy.
First Place – Award of $500, publication in a special series in The Strategy Bridge journal, and consideration for a chapter in an edited volume published by a university press.
Second Place – Award of $300, publication in a special series in The Strategy Bridge journal, and consideration for a chapter in an edited volume published by a university press.
Third Place – Award of $50, publication in a special series in The Strategy Bridge journal, and consideration for a chapter in an edited volume published by a university press.
For more info, contact The Strategy Bridge at You can find more info about The Strategy Bridge at

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Fulbright US Student Grant Info Sessions - May 31 and June 6


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers opportunities for research, study and English teaching  in over 140 countries to rising seniors, recent alumni, and graduate students. 

About 2000 Fulbright fully-funded grants are awarded annually. For detailed information please visit the Fulbright US Student Program website at:

The National Scholarships Office at the University of Maryland is offering two early summer info sessions on Fulbright study/research and English teaching opportunities – if you are interested but unable to attend let us know by writing to

FULBRIGHT GRANT INFO SESSIONS: RSVP to indicating which session you plan to attend:

Fulbright Info Session 1:
Thursday, May 31 from 4:05 pm to 5 pmPlant Sciences Building - Room 1130
Fulbright Info Session 2:
Wednesday, June 6 from 4:05 pm to 5 pmPlant Sciences Building - Room 1130
RSVP to 
Eligibility: US Citizens – Current Juniors and Seniors, Recent Alumni, Grad Students – All Fields of Study – Campus Deadline: Thursday, September 1, 2018

UMD Campus Deadline for 2019-20 Fulbright US Student Grants: September 1, 2018 – contact us at for details. 

NSF Graduate Fellowship Info Sessions - May 30 and June 7


Are you planning or pursuing graduate studies toward a Ph.D. in life or physical sciences, math, engineering, or social/behavioral sciences? 

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) is the largest and one of the most prestigious awards available to support graduate studies toward Ph.D.’s in science, math, engineering, and social/behavioral fields. The NSF award provides 3 years of support, with an annual stipend of $34,000. You can learn more about the NSF award at

The National Scholarships Office is offering two early summer NSF GRFP information sessions for students planning to apply this Fall 2018 or in subsequent years.  

Current undergraduates at all levels and recent alumni are welcome to attend, as are those who will be first or second year graduate students in Fall 2018.  

NSF Info Session 1:
Wednesday, May 30 from 4:05 pm to 5 pm
Plant Sciences Building - Room 1130
NSF GRFP Fall 2018 Deadlines:
October 22, 2018: Life Sciences – Geosciences
October 23, 2018: Engineering / Materials Research / Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering
October 25, 2018: Social Sciences – Psychology – STEM Education

October 26, 2018: Mathematical Sciences – Chemistry – Physics/Astronomy

NSF Info Session 2:
Thursday, June 7 from 4:05 to 5 pm
Plant Sciences Building - Room 1130

If you are interested but unable to attend either session please email us at: 

Eligibility: You must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident to apply for the NSF Graduate research fellowship. You must be planning or pursuing graduate studies in an NSF supported field.  IMPORTANT: Students may apply TWICE for the NSF GRFP - once before starting graduate studies, and once during the first two years of graduate study. To enhance your chance of success is it essential to apply at each opportunity.

Read Liberia M&E for Teacher Training Internship

Internship Description

RTI International has a Read Liberia M&E for Teacher Training Internship opening for the upcoming Summer 2018 within the International Education unit in the International Development Group. This internship will provide the successful prospect a mentored learning experience, and the opportunity to expand his/her classroom knowledge and skills within a professional setting.

Read Liberia is a five-year activity funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It seeks to improve early grade reading (EGR) skills of Liberian students in grades one and two (G1 and G2), and to pilot test emergent literacy skills of Liberian students in public kindergarten (KG) schools in six targeted counties: Lofa, Bong, Grand Bassa, Nimba, Margibi, and Montserrado. Read Liberia has four Intermediate Results (IRs): 
  • IR 1: Government commitment to and support of evidence-based reading instruction increased
  • IR 2: Early grade reading classroom instruction improved
  • IR 3: Service delivery systems in early grade reading improved
  • IR 4: Parent, community, and private support for early grade reading increased.
  • The project is focused on building government capacity to implement classroom behavior change to improve EGR in target schools. Driving behavior change and providing continual support requires ongoing monitoring and supervision from within the existing system.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  1. Data entry and data verification for teacher training participant lists
  2. Support the development of project tracking database (offline data entry required, dual offline and online data entry capacity preferred
  3. Develop and process registration and tracking sheets and databases for teacher training and coaching workshops including data verification
  4. Support the development/review of teacher training monitoring instruments (pre- and post-tests)
  5. Work with the M&E team to analyze data
  6. Work with the M&E team during teacher training particularly in the support of participation documentation and training teachers in best practices for documentation
  7. Data tracking and verification for book distribution

  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Experience with monitoring & evaluation
  • Experience with database design, use, and management (MS Access, SQL)
  • Experience with tool/instrument development
  • Understanding/interest in electronic data platforms (Tangerine, Kobo, PowerBI)
  • Knowledge of and experience in using qualitative and quantitative research methods in developing countries
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to travel to field locations
  • Eligible to receive academic credit or fulfill an academic program requirement.

Please contact Dr. Kate Izsak if you would like a reference for this position. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program

  The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is accepting applications NOW for unpaid spring 2019 internships.  The Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) invites students to consider a 10-week internship in our bureau in Washington DC.  Students who are studying conflict resolution, peacekeeping, and related foreign policy issues could be tomorrow’s diplomats - future diplomats whom the Department wants to hire. 

We accept numerous students each semester to work side by side with our staff on projects to address atrocity prevention, countering violent extremism, promoting defections from armed groups, defeating ISIS, preventing election violence, and supporting peace processes.  Interning in CSO provides an opportunity for hands on government work experience, enhancing research and analytic skills, and valuable networking.  Applications for the spring 2019 semester close on Friday, June 1, 2018.

Please see the link below to learn more about the State Department and CSO:

Friday, May 18, 2018

FEMA Corps

An Innovative Partnership
FEMA Corps is a partnership between FEMA and the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) program. FEMA Corps is a unique, team-based service program that gives 18‐24‐year‐old participants the opportunity to serve communities impacted by disaster while gaining professional development experience.
FEMA Corps members live, work, and travel in dedicated teams and serve for 10 months with an option to extend for a second term. They gain training and experience while providing important support to disaster survivors and communities. They also earn a modest living stipend during their service and receive an education award upon completion of the program.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Fulbright International English Teaching Opportunities

Are you interested in pursuing prestigious English teaching opportunities after graduation?
Attend an info session to learn about the Fulbright US Student Grant Program, the nation’s largest and most prestigious global fellowship program!

Fulbright awards are designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates (who are also US citizens) opportunities for international experience, personal enrichment and an open exchange of ideas with citizens of other nations. About 1100 English Teaching Assistantships are available to over 70 nations. For detailed information please visit the Fulbright US Student Program website at:

The National Scholarships Office at the University of Maryland is hosting information several workshops on Fulbright English teaching opportunities – please RSVP using the links below if you plan to attend (and let us know if are interested but unable to attend by writing to

FULBRIGHT GRANT INFO SESSIONS: Please RSVP to and specify which day/time you plan to attend in your response:Monday May 14 at 12 noon – at 2403 Marie Mount HallMonday May 14 at 4 pm – at 2403 Marie Mount Hall Tuesday May 15 at 12 noon  – at 2403 Marie Mount Hall Tuesday May 15 at 4 pm – at 2403 Marie Mount Hall 

Can't attend - let us know at and we'll reach out to you individually.Who Can Apply: US Citizens – Current Juniors and Seniors, Recent Grads, Grad Students – All Majors – GPA of 3.2 or higher recommended – Campus Deadline: Thursday, September 1, 2018