NYTimes – How Not to Get a Job

What do a fragrance designer, New York City cop, bed-and-breakfast manager and youth hockey coach have in common?

Each of them recently applied for an account director position at my public relations firm, along with 500 others whose experience and skill sets ranged from vaguely on-point to off-the-charts irrelevant. Auto collections manager? Home health aide? Visual merchandiser? Count them all in.

It’s not that my postings on Indeed, LinkedIn and other career sites weren’t explicit in outlining desired qualifications. I added instructions urging candidates to contact us only if they had backgrounds in journalism, P.R. or law. There was nothing to suggest I was looking for a fiscal benefits analyst, emergency medical technician or brand ambassador, but they showed up anyway.

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TagesAnzeiger – Schweizerin in der Nähe ihrer Wohnung im Sudan entführt

In der westsudanesischen Krisenregion Darfur ist eine Schweizerin entführt worden. Dies teilten das Schweizer Aussenministerium und eine UN-Verantwortliche im Sudan am Sonntag mit. Es soll sich um eine Entwicklungshelferin handeln.

Die Schweizerin habe seit vielen Jahren im Sudan gelebt und sei am Samstagabend in der Nähe ihrer Wohnung im Norden Darfurs entführt worden, sagte die UN-Koordinatorin für humanitäre Angelegenheiten, Marta Ruedas. Die Frau arbeite nicht direkt für die Vereinten Nationen, aber bei vielen Gelegenheiten mit ihnen zusammen.

Die Regierung in Khartum machte keine Angaben zu dem Fall. Laut Berichten in sozialen Medien arbeitet die Frau für eine Schweizer Nichtregierungsorganisation, die sich um Kinder in Darfur kümmert.

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Die Stiftung – Impact-Investing ist keine „Do-it-yourself“-Anlage

Stiftungen suchen vermehrt nach Möglichkeiten, Kosten einzusparen oder Ressourcen nachhaltiger zu nutzen, beispielsweise über Impact-Investing. Das diesjährige „Stiftungsforum Rhein-Ruhr“ widmete sich daher Formen des innovativen Investierens.

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devex – Why more groups are calling on comedy to counter violent extremism

Comedy has long been the medium of choice for people to broach otherwise taboo or polarizing topics. Saudi Arabia’s Hatoon Kadi has become known for her satirical videos about women’s and family issues in the country, and Indonesia’s Sakdiyah Ma’ruf, one of the world’s first female Muslim stand-ups, regularly takes on domestic violence and arranged marriage on stage. Both have amassed major social media followings as a result.

East India Comedy, too, has emerged as a social media influencer with the kind of young audience that an increasing number of groups, including governments, want to reach with alternative narratives as a means to counter violent extremism.

But it wasn’t until Priyank Mathur, a former counterterrorism officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, founded Mythos Labs that the idea to “fight terror with comedy” took off.

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devex – How the UN is attracting and retaining millennials

“Jobseekers today are looking to work for an employer that aligns with their values and vision. In a recent Devex survey, 60 percent of jobseekers said it was important to find a work culture that fits their preferred working style. The same survey showed that an employer’s “mission, culture, and values” was the second most important thing for a candidate to know before applying to a job. Having a strong employer brand is therefore important in competing for talent and this is something that continues to attract applicants to the U.N.”

“The organization is also deliberate in who it hires, explains Huckerby, and the brand — which promotes the organization as a place where you can have a real impact — helps attract “like-minded people who want to contribute and make a difference,” she adds. Huckerby believes that young people, millennials in particular, are looking for purpose in their work and want to be able to contribute to society. “They also want to work for an organization which has values that aligns with theirs,” she adds. “That’s great, and we have absolutely those.”

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swisspeace – Training Newsletter

swisspeace is excited to present our upcoming training opportunities 2017/18 and invites you to have a look at the annual course schedule.

Would you like to train your mediation skills, learn more about religion & conflict or analyse the role of gender in peacebuilding? Contact them, they are happy to provide counseling which course or program suits you best.

All the best,
The swisspeace training team

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80,000 hours – Career reviews : Working at effective non-profits

Working at non-profits is widely seen as one of the best options for making a difference with your career.

According to a list put out by salary website PayScale, non-profit executive director is the fifth-best job for people who want to make a positive change in the world, and 95% of non-profit leaders say they are confident their work makes the world a better place.

But we think this path is often overrated.

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Worldbank / SECO – Switzerland and the World Bank Group Partner to Make Cities Safer

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In the wake of natural disasters that have threatened millions of people and destroyed thousands of buildings and dwellings over the past few months, the future resilience of urban environments is receiving a boost of support today, as the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) became the first donor in the World Bank’s City Resilience Program (CRP). SECO’s US$9 million investment will anchor a ten-year, multi-donor trust fund that will finance programs to advance urban resilience and safer infrastructure in the built environment throughout the developing world.

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The Economist – The Rohingya refugee crisis is the worst in decades

The weekly outflow from Myanmar is the highest since the Rwandan genocide

ON AUGUST 25th a group of militant Rohingya Muslims attacked police bases in northern Myanmar. The army retaliated with untrammelled fury, burning villages, killing civilians and raping women. More than 420,000 terrified Rohingyas have crossed the border into Bangladesh. The UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has proclaimed the exodus “unprecedented in terms of volume and speed”, and Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the UN’s human-rights chief, called it a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.

Myanmar’s leaders deny they are conducting a campaign of repression against the Rohingyas. Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of the government and a winner of the Nobel peace prize, has repeatedly failed to condemn the attacks. Speaking on September 19th, she again avoided mentioning the Rohingyas by name, and flatly claimed that no violence or village clearances had occurred since September 5th. Amnesty International, a human-rights group, branded the speech “a mix of untruths and victim-blaming”.

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