JOB POST: Russian- and Ukrainian-Speaking Grants Consultant, Disability Rights Fund, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Posted on 15 January 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Disability Rights Fund seeks Russian- and Ukrainian-Speaking Grants Consultant

Application Deadline: February 1, 2010

About the consultancy
This consultancy position offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with a groundbreaking grantmaking initiative supporting the rights of persons with disabilities. The Grants Consultant will help the Fund build relationships with its target grantee community in Ukraine. The main objectives of the position are to support DRF staff with grantee communications and oversight and to review and evaluate Russian- and Ukrainian-language grant applications. The Fund is looking for a candidate who is able to work in a fast-paced environment, is flexible, takes initiative, and is independent, but team-oriented.

About the Disability Rights Fund
Launched in January of 2008 as a project of the Tides Center, the Disability Rights Fund is a grantmaking collaborative aimed at building community capacity to achieve the rights of all persons with disabilities. The Fund makes modest grants (USD $5000-70,000) to Disabled Persons’ Organizations in the Global South and in Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union for advancing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at country-level.

About the DRF Grants Process
In 2010, the Fund will launch its second year of grantmaking to organizations in Ukraine (as well as in 24 other countries around the world; in Africa, Ghana, Namibia and Uganda; in Latin America, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru; in Asia, Bangladesh and India; and 14 Pacific Island Countries). A request for proposals will be posted February 15; the deadline for applications is in April. Grant applications will be evaluated in a staged process, with the consultant and DRF staff completing a first and second review in April-May and preparing dockets for a third review by the DRF Steering Committee in their meeting June 12-13.

Current Ukrainian grantees (who began projects September 1 2009) will be submitting grant mid-term reports in March 2010. The consultant will aid DRF staff in review of these reports and communications with grantees about their project implementation.

Consultant Responsibilities

  • Interface with DRF staff and current Ukrainian grantees to ensure that projects are progressing smoothly.
  • Support DRF staff in Ukrainian grantee mid-term report review and communications with grantees about reports.
  • Conduct grants review, evaluation and tracking process for Ukrainian applicants, in conjunction with DRF staff.
  • Serve as liaison between DRF and Russian and Ukrainian-speaking prospective grantees to help translate emails, answer questions, complete application paperwork, and build relationships.

Skills and qualifications
The ideal candidate should demonstrate:

  • Grantmaking or grantseeking experience preferred
  • Professional written and verbal translation skills Russian and Ukrainian to English and English to Russian and Ukrainian
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills; the ability to manage time efficiently
  • Computer proficiency (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with diverse populations from around the world
  • Familiarity with the Ukrainian community of DPOs and the CRPD preferred
  • Bachelors degree, or equivalent with minimum 5 years of relevant experience; advanced degree desired

Compensation
Commensurate with experience.

Time Commitment
February-December, 5-40 hours per week

How to apply
Disability Rights Fund, a Project of the Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, and people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities. People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please email or mail a cover letter, resume, three references (with contact information and relationship), writing sample (five page maximum) to:

Disability Rights Fund
Diana Samarasan, Director
Third Sector New England’s NonProfit Center
89 South Street, Suite 203
Boston, MA 02111-2670
dsamarasan@disabilityrightsfund.org (please no phone calls)
Fax: (617) 261-1977

Deadline: Applications must be received by February 1, 2010.

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Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes

Posted on 24 September 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Education and Training Opportunities, Fellowships & Scholarships | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Please note that this opportunity is open only to US citizens. The application deadline is November 14, 2008.

CRITICAL LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INTENSIVE SUMMER INSTITUTES

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program will offer 525 scholarships for intensive summer language institutes overseas in eleven critical need foreign languages for summer 2009. The CLS Program was launched in 2006 to offer intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu. In 2007, Chinese, Korean, Persian, and Russian institutes were added along with increased student capacity in the inaugural language institutes. In 2009, Azerbaijani will be offered at the intermediate and advanced levels.

The CLS Program provides fully-funded seven to ten week group-based intensive language instruction and extensive cultural enrichment experiences held overseas at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels (beginning not offered for Azerbaijani, Chinese, Persian or
Russian) for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students.

2009 program details will be updated by early fall, and 2008 CLS Institute locations and information may be found under Program Details.

The CLS Program is part of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), a U.S. government interagency effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to
apply. Former CLS participants have applied with various academic backgrounds including business, engineering, law, science, medicine, social sciences and humanities. The CLS Program does not have any government service requirement upon completion, however, it is expected
that participants will continue to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their future academic and professional careers.

The 2009 application is now open!

The deadline for submitting your on-line application is Friday, November 14, 2008.
Your letters of reference and transcript(s) need to be postmarked by Friday, November 14, 2008.

Eligibility:

  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level.*
  • Current undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of general college course-work by program start date (one year is defined as two semesters or three quarters).
  • Please see program details for more information on language pre-requisites for individual institutes.
  • Students in all disciplines including business, engineering, science, the social sciences and humanities are encouraged to apply.
  • The U.S. Department of State and CAORC welcome all eligible applications and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or handicap condition.

*Only current graduate students or graduating seniors are eligible to apply to the summer 2009 Persian institute.

Grant benefits: All program costs are covered for participants. This includes travel between the student’s US home city and program location, pre-departure orientation costs, applicable visa fees, room, board, group-based intensive language instruction, program-sponsored travel within country, and all entrance fees for program activities.

Note: U.S. passport fees will not be paid by the scholarship. Selected applicants must have a U.S. passport valid through 2010 with at least two blank visa pages by early March 2009. Please plan in advance to avoid visa delays.

Learn more about the program and how to apply at

http://www.clscholarship.org/home.php

Please note that all inquiries regarding this opportunity, as well as any applications, should please be directed to the CLS program, NOT We Can Do.



Thank you to Amy Wilson for passing along this notice.

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