Category Archives: Skills development

Red Cross Volunteering Opportunities

The International Family Tracing Department of the British Red Cross are seeking Volunteer Caseworkers for their Canterbury office.

A commitment of at least 12 months is required, training is provided and you must be available for at least a half day every week (with flexibility around other commitments, holidays etc).

If you are interested please follow the link below for the online application:

IFT Volunteer Caseworker 

In addition, the British Red Cross is also seeking  volunteer interpreters, particularly those literate in Sorani, Arabic, Pashto, Dari and Vietnamese. These roles are more ad hoc than the Caseworker role. Details are in the link below.

IFT Interpreter Volunteer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:

Ben Rands
International Family Tracing Service Coordinator – Canterbury British Red Cross, 2 Lower Chantry Lane, Canterbury, CT1 1UF
Mobile: 07525 233898
www.redcross.org.uk/trace

Peacebuilding in Colombia 2020 Scholarships

Peacebuilding in Colombia 2020
Universidad de Los Andes Academic Summer Course
Red Tree Study Scholarship Funding

These scholarships will offer recipients the chance to learn first-hand about the recent history of the Colombian conflict and the challenges of implementing the current peace deal. Students will be enrolled at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, for three weeks, during which time they will combine lectures and seminars on campus with site visits that deliver practical knowledge of the political and social situation in Colombia. They will visit the UN, JEP, Congress, and the Reparation of Victims Unit, for example. They will hear directly from people involved in the conflict, including ex-combatants, social leaders, victims, politicians and negotiators.

To mark the 5th Anniversary of this hugely successful course, there are  two full scholarship places, to the value of $3,900 USD each.

Who can apply?

We are looking for applicants who are enthusiastic, hardworking, and keen to learn more about peace and conflict in Colombia. Candidates do not need prior knowledge of Colombian or Latin American politics, but should demonstrate an eagerness to engage in lively debate during the course tutorials and site visits.  The program is open to students from a range of arts, humanities and social science subjects, and is aimed particularly at those with an interest in conflict resolution and international relations in Latin America. Applicants must be enrolled on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree program for the academic year 2019/20.

What is included?

The 2020 Peacebuilding in Colombia 5th Anniversary Scholarships cover full participation in the course which runs at Universidad de Los Andes from Monday 8 to Friday 26 June 2020. This includes supervised bed and breakfast accommodation (a private room in a modern student residence with kitchen facilities), an airport pickup upon arrival in Bogota, a schedule of site visits and excursions as part of the academic provision, as well as a supplementary calendar of social and cultural activities, all of which are covered by the scholarship. Participants will need to arrange their own flights to and from Colombia, and to cover the costs of some lunchtime and evening meals.

Previous Participants

The scholarship recipients will be joining students from prestigious universities throughout the world. Our students have come from Duke, Brown, Yale the University of Southern California, Vassar College, SFSU, The University of Maryland, Ohio State, Emory University, Boston University and NYU in the USA; Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Cambridge, the University of Bristol, Durham University, the University of Sussex, Cardiff University, Aberystwyth University, Sheffield, QMUL and York in the UK, Queen’s Ontario and the University of British Columbia, in Canada, Uppsala and Lund in Sweden, and many more. You can read reviews of the course from many of these students online here and here.

We have provided numerous students with scholarship funding to study in Colombia in recent years, many of whom have continued to study the region and its political and social developments long after their time in Bogota. To hear directly from some of our 2019 scholarship recipients, please click here.

Scholarship application process

Applications for the 2020 Peacebuilding in Colombia 5th Anniversary Scholarships are open until Friday 13 December 2019. Applicants must submit a scholarship application form, accompanying academic reference, and a general program application form by this date in order to apply for the funding. The final selection will be made by the Director of the Masters in Peacebuilding course at Universidad de Los Andes. Red Tree Study will announce the scholarship recipients on or before Friday 24 January 2020. All applicants will be contacted via email to let them know the outcome of their application.

Please email apps@redtreestudy.com to request an application.

You can read more about the program here on our website.

Alfa Fellowship Program – Deadline 15 November

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished international initiative that each year offers up to 18 accomplished young Americans, Britons, and Germans the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Russia. Over the course of the program, fellows complete work placements at leading institutions, attend professional seminars, and receive intensive language training.

The fellowship provides a monthly stipend, accommodation, insurance, all program-related travel costs, language training in Russia, and private tutoring in the U.S., U.K., or Germany.

Key goals of the Alfa Fellowship Program are to expand networks of American, British, German, and Russian professionals, develop greater intercultural understanding, and advance knowledge of Russian affairs in the West.

Participant Profile

Fellows have a demonstrated interest in Russian and European and Eurasian affairs, exceptional academic and professional credentials, proven personal initiative, and clear goals and expectations for their professional assignments.

Fellows are between the ages of 25 and 35 with graduate degrees and professional experience in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or related fields.

Fellows possess leadership potential and are active in community or public service.

While Russian language skills vary, most fellows have studied Russian for at least two years at the post-secondary level.

Eligibility Requirements

U.S., U.K., or German citizen between the ages of 25 and 35 (Russian citizens are ineligible to apply, including individuals who are also citizens of the United States, United Kingdom, or Germany)
Bachelor’s degree and 2-3 years of relevant professional experience in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or a related field

Desired Qualifications

  • Outstanding professional achievement and academic qualifications
  • Active involvement in community or public service
  • Russian language experience is preferred, however not required, at the time of application. If an applicant does not speak Russian, he or she will need to demonstrate proficiency in another foreign language to qualify for the program
  • Graduate degree in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, international relations, or a related field
  • Evidence of leadership potential

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a professional-level initiative focused on the fellows’ assignments in Russia. The Alfa Fellowship Program will not sponsor independent or academic research.

The Alfa Fellowship Program includes the following benefits:

  • Round-trip transportation to New York City or London and accommodation (if needed) for selection interviews
  • Orientation seminar in Washington, D.C., including speakers, activities, travel, and accommodation
  • Program-related transportation between U.S./U.K./Germany and Russia
  • Pre-departure and Russia-based language training
  • Moscow Seminar Program, including briefings, assignment planning, and excursions
  • A generous monthly stipend during the program in Russia
  • All program-related travel within Russia
  • Accommodation in Moscow
  • Limited international health, accident, and liability insurance during the program in Russia

Application Deadline:

The deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 program year is:

November 15, 2019

For details regarding the application process and to access the online application, please visit the How to Apply section.

Selection Interviews 2020:

Interviews for candidates based in the U.S. take place in late January in NYC, and interviews for candidates based in Europe take place in mid-February in London.

Please note: if selected to interview, you will be required to attend the interview in person on the day it is scheduled in order to be considered for the fellowship.

If you are offered and choose to accept the fellowship, the program begins in March. For more information and to apply please visit:

https://culturalvistas.org/programs/abroad/alfa-fellowship-program

 

Careers in the Public Sector: Panel Q&A

Wednesday 6th November, 2pm – 4pm in Grimond LT3

Interested in a career that’s rewarding and makes a difference? This is your chance to hear from leading public sector employers, including Kent alumni, who work / have worked within Government, public bodies and local government. They’ll share their career backgrounds, experiences of working within the public sector and career tips, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Book your place here: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=4855&service=Careers+Service

Earn 15 Employability Points!

Panellists:

Amy Perkins, Assistant Parliamentary Counsel, Cabinet Office
Amy’s role as an APC is to assist in drafting and handling Government bills and provide legal and procedural advice to Government departments. This is a training role, which can lead to the role of Parliamentary Counsel (who take the lead on drafting and handling bills, and providing the necessary advice).


Martin Parr, Principal Consultant, The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
Martin’s work focuses on identifying where major public projects are working well, and where they are not, in their journey from feasibility though to full maturity; and to help the key stakeholders of these projects to understand how complexity impacts on their project. To assess complex projects and transformation activities so that the key issues and decisions can be dealt with in an evidence-based way. To assess technology in our major projects and consider how changes in technology or environment might impact on a system in the future.

Perry Holmes, Chief Legal Officer, Medway Council
Perry is an experienced local government leader, with particular expertise in local government law and elections. He has practiced as a solicitor for 25 years, moving to local government in 2001 and has worked at County, District and Unitary Councils. He has over 10 years’ experience as a Monitoring Officer ensuring that Councils and Councillors work within the law. He joined Medway Council in 2012 and is very proud to lead a set of excellent teams; the Capital projects, Category Management, Democratic Services, Elections & Member Services, Legal & Licensing and Property teams. He has developed close strategic links with the University of Kent, and in 2016 was delighted to receive their “External Innovation Champion” award.

Daniel Pollitt, Project Manager, Network Rail
Daniel is currently responsible for developing the ‘On Network Sections’ (everything at surface level/not in a tunnel) of Crossrail 2. This involves managing a team of design consultants, and working very closely with TfL and the DfT to develop a business case, and prepare a hybrid Bill to submit to parliament. He is a Kent alumni, who graduated from Kent Law School.

Paul Smart, Former Senior Government Policy Maker, Scottish Government
Paul retired from the Scottish Government in December 2018 with twenty years’ service, his last post being Deputy Director of the Colleges, Young Workforce and Scottish Funding Council Sponsorship Division. Prior to this Paul spent time helping deliver over £300m of CAP investment in Scottish farming, three years as programme director for establishing Historic Environment Scotland, and several years working in the Justice Directorate of the Scottish Government.  During his time with Justice he was Head of Operations at the Scottish Tribunals Service during which time he led the merger of five tribunal administrations into a single administrative unit.  Still with Justice, Paul started as Head of the Victims and Witnesses Unit before becoming Deputy Director for Victims, Witnesses, Parole and Life Sentencing. Previously he headed-up the Scottish Executive’s Race Equality Team, following a secondment as Chief Press Officer for Environment and Rural Development and, before that, was Head of Rail Policy.  Before joining the then Scottish Office in 1998 Paul held a number of posts with Scottish Homes, the then national housing agency, after spending several years as an academic, finishing up as a lecturer in the Politics Department at Edinburgh University during which time he gained his PhD. He graduated from UKC (Eliot) in 1979 with a BA Hons in Politics and Government.

Exciting Opportunity to be a part of Model NATO – APPLY NOW!

The School of Politics and International Relations has been invited to send six student delegates to represent the University at a Model NATO conference being run by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Fifteen UK universities will be taking part in the Model and each university will represent two NATO members.

Model NATO will take place at the main Foreign Office building in central London on Monday, 2nd December 2019. The event will conclude with a reception hosted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the early evening.

All travel expenses will be covered.

APPLICATIONS

Students in their second year and above, including post-graduate are invited to apply.

To be considered for this exciting opportunity please email no more than 100 words explaining why you would like to attend to:

N.V.Lanfray@kent.ac.uk and R.Whitman@kent.ac.uk

By midnight on the Monday 28th October.

Successful applicants will be informed on Tuesday 30th October and will be required to attend a briefing meeting with the FCO in Rutherford College on Friday 1st November. 

MODEL NATO IN ACTION

The business of the Model NATO committees and their working methods will be explained to the selected participating students in a separate document to be sent in the coming weeks.

In brief, the Model will be principally concerned with reacting to a crisis scenario. That crisis will be presented at the beginning of the working day and elaborated upon by means of news and intelligence injects as the day proceeds. The committees will replicate NATO’s working methods – including, importantly, the requirement that decisions are reached by consensus.

Each NATO member delegation at the Model will be split between three committees: the North Atlantic Council (the NAC), the Military Committee, and an ad hoc Crisis Response Committee. Each university will have two people on each of these three committees – representing two separate NATO members.

The task of the Model is to respond to the crisis by mobilising NATO’s political and military resources. In undertaking that response, delegations will need to act in accordance with known national policy positions.

To assist the students in this endeavour, you will be sent:

  • Model NATO Handbook (containing Rules of Procedure, draft Agenda for the three committees and other important information);
  • Crisis Briefing 1 (outlining the crisis your students will need to prepare for – a second Briefing will be given at the commencement of the Model);
  • A guide to NATO policies and processes (‘NATO 101’);
  • Briefings on the two NATO member countries your university is representing, and a
  • Document on Model NATO’s working methods.

On the day of the Model, academics, staff from the FCO and NATO officials will be on hand to offer specific advice.

To arrive at an agreed response will be the test the students will face on the day – debate and negotiations in committee will be the means by which that test is met.

Each student will also receive a certificate of participation. There will be a small number of awards given separately to outstanding delegates/delegations. The day will conclude with a reception in the Foreign Office building.

Model NATO is intended to have experiential learning benefits for the participating students.

The Model will raise students’ awareness of NATO and give them direct exposure to an activity that replicates inter-governmental negotiation and policy making.

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY: NATO ENGAGES

Two of the selected participating students will be invited in advance to attend ‘NATO Engages’ on the following day, 3rd December 2019 immediately prior to the NATO leaders’ meeting in London at Westminster Central Hall.

The consortium running NATO Engages includes Kings College London, the Atlantic Council, the Munich Security Conference, RUSI and Globsec.

For more information about NATO Engages please visit:
https://nato-engages.org

The two students will have accommodation provided for them in central London on the night of the 2nd December at the Travelodge Covent Garden.

These students will have the opportunity to further analyse the outcome of the Model held the previous day, and potentially meet heads of state/government at the event.

The NATO Public Diplomacy Division are providing a grant which will meet all the students accommodation and travel costs.

Please note: that once a student receives an email invitation from our partner Globsec to attend the event, the registration process will take around 45-60 minutes and includes a questionnaire and uploading a photograph for the conference ID. Given the likely presence of heads of state/government at the event, the process also entails some background security checks. Notification on the success of a registration comes within a couple of days usually. If your registration is declined on security grounds and any such outcome will be outside of our control. 

International Development Volunteer Opportunities

NGOabroad is proud to be able to offer human rights placements to work on civic education, training people about their rights; electoral and democracy building; criminal justice and anti- corruption in areas such as:

AFRICA: Human Rights
MONGOLIA: Democracy Building, Policy Research & Anti-Corruption Mongolia a young democracy.
NEPAL: Conflict Transformation, Law
ISRAEL/PALESTINE: Peace building
MOROCCO: Sub-Sahara African Refugees
JORDAN: Women’s Rights & Women’s Political Participation
SRI LANKA: Pushing for Good Governance elections.

Please read NGOabroad website: http://ngoabroad.com/ and then briefly answer the questionnaire and send with your resume to:

info@NGOabroad.com

These are all volunteer opportunities. Seasoned professionals and students both needed. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

  • People are already beginning to apply to volunteer in June, July & August.
  • We send this first announcement in Oct or Nov for those that like to get a leap on their summer plans.
  • We will send a 2nd, sometimes slightly revised, announcement in Jan or Feb.
  • It is smart to finish application process by March so you have time to prepare to go to another country.
  • Our volunteer programs do not just run in June, July & August – that is simply when the most people can go.
  • Except primary & secondary schools that have school schedules to adhere to, most of our programs run year round.

GEC Internship – Deadline Extended

PLEASE NOTE:

The deadline for this post has been extended till midday on Thursday 7th November. Interviews will be held in the afternoon on Wednesday 13th November. 

The School of Politics and IR is pleased to announce a vacancy for a student intern within its Global Europe Centre. The Global Europe Centre (GEC) is a research centre focusing on Europe, its member states, and its place in a changing world. It brings together leading international academics from politics and international relations, economics, law, business, and European culture in order to explore the contemporary policy challenges to Europe and its nation states.

School Research Centre internships are an initiative to support the development of student skills and employability, as well as helping to build capacity within and raise the profile of the School’s Research Centres. The internships are funded by the School and are available exclusively to SPIR students.

The successful student intern will:

  • Support the administrative and other work of the Research Centre, under the guidance of the Centre’s Director and other staff
  • Develop or work on a Research Centre blog, writing and commissioning content of interest to students, staff and other stakeholders and raising the profile of the Centre
  • Use social media (including Twitter and Facebook) to promote the work of the Centre and to raise its profile, and work within the School to engage students in the Centre’s work
  • Support the running of Centre events, and propose events and activities to further promote the Centre’s work particularly on campus and amongst students
  • Support individual researchers within the Centre on research projects and activities where such work is available
  • Undertake any other duties to support the work of the School of Politics and IR, including employability and recruitment / marketing tasks

The successful student intern should:

  • Be an undergraduate or postgraduate student from the School of Politics and IR, at Stage 2 or above (including Bi-Diplôme and Joint Honours students)
  • Have a strong academic and attendance record. Priority will be given to students with a grade average of a 2:1 (60%) or above, and an attendance average of 70% or above
  • Be able to demonstrate an interest in the area of the research centre, either through module choice / academic record or extra-curricular activities
  • Be able to work independently on given tasks, and to show initiative and creativity
  • Have experience of using social media and writing blog articles or other online content

Applications

This is a paid internship (six hours per week at the relevant student intern rate) and will last until the Spring Term initially, with the possibility of an extension to the end of the academic year. Students should be available to commit six hours per week on average including during some vacations.

Interested students should apply by emailing a CV and cover letter to Ngaio Lanfray at n.v.lanfray@kent.ac.uk

The application deadline is midday on the Thursday 7th November 2019. Interviews will  be held in the afternoon on the 13th November 2019.

Interview feedback can be provided on request.

For more information please contact Ngaio Lanfray on the above email address.

The University’s Careers and Employability Service can provide CV and cover letter advice (www.kent.ac.uk/ces)

 

POLIR STUDENT INTERN FOR WOMANSTATS PROJECT

The School of Politics and International Relations is delighted to offer an internship opportunity within the School assisting Dr Andrea Den Boer in her role as Co-PI of the WomanStats Project.

WomanStats (http://www.womanstats.org/) is the largest database (with 350 variables for 176 countries) on the situation of women worldwide. One of the primary goals of WomanStats is to develop innovative indices and measures to describe the situation and status of women, which will allow for empirical analysis, assessment, monitoring, and evaluation activities.

The successful intern will collect cross-national data (numerical and laws/policies) regarding violence against women, under the direction of Dr den Boer. The candidate must have good internet search skills and be able to use an excel spreadsheet. The successful intern will ideally be an undergraduate student in the School of Politics and International Relations (or the Faculty of Social Sciences). They will also have an understanding and interest in gender issues in society and politics.

The ‘WomanStats’ data Collection Intern will:

  • Gather data from demographic and health surveys, state legislation, policy websites and similar sources
  • Create and maintain datasets
  • Assist with descriptive analysis of data
  • Work as part of a team to code qualitative data
  • Meet with Dr. den Boer on a weekly basis to discuss findings

The ‘WomanStats’ Intern should:

  • Be an undergraduate student at the University of Kent in Politics and International Relations
  • Be able to work over the Autumn and Spring terms during term time
  • Have a strong academic and attendance record– preference will be given to students with a grade average of 60% and above
  • Have experience/skills in using Microsoft Excel or similar packages
  • Have the ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Have experience of analysing research (desirable)
  • Be detail oriented and meticulous in recording bibliographic information
  • Have an understanding of gender in politics and society

This is a paid internship for up to 8 hours per week, at the relevant student intern salary. Hours are to be agreed between the successful applicant and the Project Lead – and the work will be undertaken on campus and remotely. This internship is spread across Autumn and Spring terms and will run for approximately 21 weeks.

TO APPLY

Interested students email a CV and covering letter outlining their suitability and how they meet the above criteria to n.v.lanfray@kent.ac.uk.

The deadline for applications is midday on the 30th October 2019.

Interviews for successful candidates will be held on 4th November between 1pm – 4pm. 

All applications will be acknowledged, with interview feedback available on request.

For further information, please email Ngaio Lanfray on the email address above.

Upcoming Careers Events for POLIR Students

As part of EMPFEST 2019 there are a number of careers & employabilty events for POLIR students.

Civil Service Fast Stream: Meet the Fast Streamers
Wednesday 9th October, 3pm
Three current Fast Streamers on the Civil Service Fast Stream graduate programme will be coming to the University of Kent to give a talk about their experiences both applying for and being on the Fast Stream.

How to Get a Job in International Development
Thursday 10 October, 10am, room tbc
Webinar on how to get a job in international development. I’ll discuss the following: 1) What skills / background are required 2) How to know where you have a chance and where you don’t 3) How to get informational interviews / network 4) Where to focus your attention in your job search 5) The basic application. Plus Q&A

Careers in Law for non-Law Students
Thursday 10 October, 17.00 in CW SE LT2
For any students considering a law conversion, our team will talk them through the practicalities of the courses but also highlight the career options ahead and how to achieve this.

Fast Stream Skills Session
Tuesday 15 October, 11.15 and 1.45 time slots
This will be a taster of a half-day assessment centre that selects graduates with the calibre and potential to join the Fast Stream. Research shows that assessment centres make more accurate predictions about how you will perform at work than other recruitment methods. Fast Stream standards are high and to have reached the assessment centre is a significant achievement. You now have the chance to show that you have the skills and personal qualities to be a successful Fast Streamer.

POLIR Alumni Careers Panels for EMPFEST
Listen to POLIR Alumni talk about their careers since graduation followed by a Q&A and networking
Wednesday 16th October 2019, 2pm – 4pm, Location: TBC

Crown Prosecution Service Careers
Wednesday 16th October, 1pm in KLT6
Find out what it is like to work for Crown Prosecution Service, career paths and the range of opportunities available for graduates.

Unlocked Graduates – Leading Change on the Inside
Wednesday 16th October, 2pm

Please visit the careers service website to sign up.