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MSc Inclusive Education at the University of Edinburgh

Monday 23rd May 2016

 

MSc Inclusive Education at the University of Edinburgh

The MSc Inclusive Education has been designed for graduates who want to make a difference to the lives of children and young people. Our distinctive approach presents a re-imagined future for learners and teachers, where responding to human diversity is recognised as the point, not the problem, of education.

Who is this programme for?

You may already be working in the field and would like to take your skills to an advanced level. Alternatively, you could be looking to enter this rewarding area through further study.

If you are a graduate in education, psychology and related social science backgrounds you will find that the programme builds on your previous study. The study of these subjects is not a course requirement.

You might be working as a teacher, or in an alternative educational setting. Many of you will have a professional qualification to teach, but this is not a requirement.

The programme has been designed to enhance your opportunities for employment in areas of education, particularly those concerned with educational and social disadvantage, additional support for learning and other specialist areas.

There are specialist (part-time) routes explicitly aligned to professional qualifications in teaching deaf learners and visually impaired learners.

Advance your career

Our graduates go on to a range of careers in teaching, policy development, non-governmental organisations and third sector organisations, using the skills and knowledge gained on the programme to influence education policy and make classrooms more inclusive places.

Join a world-leading university

The University of Edinburgh is consistently ranked among the world’s top 50 universities. The MSc is taught at the University’s Moray House School of Education which has been an international leader in inclusive education for over 40 years.

Apply now to join us in September 2016!

Tel +44 (0)131 651 3122

Email - inclusiveeducation@ed.ac.uk

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Can Accounting really change the lives of some of the worlds most vulnerable people?

Thursday 13th August 2015

AFID

Charities, NGOs and Social Enterprises across the developing world do amazing work in the most difficult of circumstances, with limited resources and a dire lack of financial expertise.

Many desperately need the skills of qualified accountants to make them more sustainable and ultimately to enable them to continue changing people lives for the better.

Since their inception in 2009, Accounting for International Development (AfID) has provided ongoing support to over 350 charities and grassroots organisations in more than 50 countries. Almost 1,000 accountants from across the world have used their unique skills and expertise to make a real difference through an assignment arranged by AfID.

Having taken a brief career break, Judith Hartley recently completed a 3 week placement in Burundi with long established UK based charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). AOAV help individuals affected by armed violence to rebuild their lives. Judith said, "Before I left I was anxious about meeting their expectations, but I received such a warm welcome, and they were so grateful that it was quite humbling. One of them said that just by being there, and showing an interest in their work, I had helped to give them a renewed sense of purpose."

The Pastoral Women’s Council (PWC) in Tanzania received the support of two volunteer accountants, Amy and Victoria, for two months and three months respectively. PWC work to improve the lives of vulnerable Pastoralist women and children who are often marginalised.
Upon completion of Victoria’s assignment, PWC Programmes Manager Jill Nicholson commented, "The volunteers we received made a profound and positive impact on our organisation. We were struggling. I knew to some extent some of the challenges we were facing, but more were uncovered through their expertise. Systems that were introduced by Amy and Victoria are still in place and the local staff are building on them.

''Now the organisation has a structured basis. Good systems are in place and the staff are more confident. To pay for the extensive support we needed would have been absolutely unfeasible for us."

AfID’s experienced and dedicated programmes team work on assignments, which typically last between 2 weeks to 12 months, tailored around volunteer’s individual preferences, skills and circumstances. This ensures that the volunteer and partner organisation have a rewarding, productive and highly impactful experience which really does help change the lives of those most in need of help.

For more information about AfID and their opportunities to volunteer overseas please visit their website www.afid.org.uk or email info@afid.org.uk

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Trends in International Development Jobs

Wednesday 22nd July 2015

TPP

 

 

INTernational development There are currently over 5,096 charities classed as international within the UK, giving great potential to create a flourishing career in international development. However getting your first job in international development and moving up in this extremely competitive sector can prove to be a challenge.

TPP Not for Profit handles all kinds of charity job, at all levels from Assistant to Director. We recruit for temporary, contract and permanent international development jobs. This article will cover current trends for different kinds of role in NGOs.

Senior Appointments

While funding for NGOs has dropped, there is an assumption that not for profit organisations can work much more effectively in partnership with businesses. This means that international development organisations are becoming increasingly eager to work with the private sector. Businesses can offer experience, skills and distribution networks which can help NGOs increase the impact of their work, as well as possibly funding specific projects.

This means there is now an increasing demand for charity leaders who can build and develop relationships with these private sector companies, as well as with other civil society organisations. These senior charity jobs require a proven track record of finding and developing opportunities for collaboration and putting together the right incentive package for relationship building.

There is also more pressure on NGOs to accurately monitor and evaluate the impact that their projects has, to justify their share of the shrinking pool of funding from both government and private sector organisations. This has made senior professionals who have a demonstrably strong grasp of M&E increasingly in demand.

There is also an expectation that senior NGO staff will have at least a good understanding, if not direct experience, of both the fundraising and service delivery sides of an organisation. This is essential to make sure both areas are working in partnership to deliver the NGO’s aims. Employees working in international development seeking to move up the career ladder should ensure that they have enough diversity in their career portfolio to demonstrate this essential ability to straddle different divisions.

Projects and Programmes

Programmes and project jobs have proved consistently popular, making competition for them extremely fierce. Employers are able to be picky and will usually insist that shortlisted candidates have exactly the right experience AND qualifications for a role. A master’s degree and long periods of unpaid volunteering in the field are now a common requirement for international development first timers.

If candidates want to make themselves stand out from other jobseekers, they need to put heavy emphasis on any specialist skills when applying for jobs, whether in a particular sector (eg politics, child nutrition, micro-finance) or regional specialisation (language skills, regional work experience, or area studies). Evidence to support administration, budgeting and analysis skills is also vital as you will need to be able to manage both people and paperwork.

Projects and programmes roles are increasingly field based – at least 30-40% of your time is likely to be spent abroad. Even when looking for your first job, it’s worth considering how working in this type of role will affect your personal life, especially if you stay there for the long term.

Fundraising

There has been a dramatic overall decline in statutory funding from big international donors like the EC or DFID, which has had a huge impact on the sector, particularly in smaller organisations which are often the most heavily reliant on grants. Only 24% of the income for NGOs in the UK now comes from statutory sources. This means that organisations with good access to unrestricted funds (like the Red Cross) and more sources of potential income can be much more flexible and are better able to weather changes in funding.

These changes have led to an increased demand for fundraisers who are able to tap into private sector sources (eg corporate, major donor or individual giving specialists). Competition for the best fundraisers in these fields has become much fiercer and those with a proven record of success can expect increasingly attractive compensation packages, as organisations vie with each other to recruit them.

Another continuing trend within international development fundraising jobs is for organisations to decentralise resources, as the largest donors delegate responsibility for decision making on funding to the regions directly affected. International development organisations have increased their local fundraising activity, both with staff relocated from the UK and local employees. Staff recruited locally is always the preferred option, but they do not always have the high level of specific skills required, particularly for the more senior roles.

Local fundraisers are also better situated to take advantage of the developing world’s growing markets, particularly in areas like India or South Africa. NGOs are increasingly looking to raise funds from within these markets, as they have a better understanding of the organisations’ aims and ultimately a vested interest in helping to support them. A good example of a local fundraising campaign is Kenyans for Kenya from the Kenyan Red Cross.

Increasing collaboration between NGOs is also having an effect on recruitment. The largest donors like to fund comprehensive projects that can make a bigger impact, so two or more organisations with complimentary missions are often encouraged to team up on projects. A silo mentality is increasingly unproductive and willingness to collaborate is usually a big advantage when applying for funding. Experience of working directly on a collaborative project is therefore extremely desirable at the moment, and candidates with this experience can command better packages.

Administration

For most administration or office support jobs within international development, the skill set of a candidate is more important than their experience in the sector. For example, a Fundraising Assistant might need experience of using the relevant database and dealing with supporters, but not necessarily of working within an NGO. However, having relevant volunteering experience on your CV is always a good ways to demonstrate your understanding of an organisation’s aims and could definitely make you stand out.

As NGOs seek to build a more diverse range of income streams to cope with cuts in statutory funding, they may decide to explore supporting their charitable activity with a profit-making trading arm. This can create new job opportunities, eg in logistics, and could be a way for jobseekers to enter the international development sector, particularly if they have transferable skills from the commercial world.

Finance

The previously mentioned trend for NGOs to employ locally-based staff also affects finance jobs, as most accountants and junior finance staff are now recruited from the relevant region. However, Finance Managers and other senior staff usually continue to be based in the organisation’s headquarters in the UK.

Finance Manager roles in international development organisations are not significantly different from those in other national charities, but previous experience of working in an NGO is definitely an advantage and expertise in dealing with multiple currencies is an essential requirement.

Communications

Competition for marketing and communications jobs within NGOs is very strong, particularly within the best-known organisations. Jobseekers need to find ways to make themselves stand out from the crowd. Although work experience within an international development organisation is always an advantage, what most organisations require is a specific skill set with evidence of proven previous success.

In the charity sector as a whole, specialist roles working with social media and new technologies are becoming increasingly common, and having successful previous experience in these areas can make you much more attractive to employers, especially in international development as social media is experiencing a surge of growth in emerging markets.

Education

In order to carry out their educational objectives, NGOs are always on the lookout for qualified teachers with experience of working overseas. The most preferred qualification is an International Baccalaureate Diploma, but candidates looking for education jobs also need to be able to demonstrate competence in delivering teaching in developing countries.

Junior teachers are most often recruited from the local region, but head teachers are still often sent over from the UK. They usually work for a year or two entirely overseas, during which time they are encouraged to train up local employees to take over once their term is up.

Healthcare

Healthcare is one of the largest sources of jobs within the international development sector. Most NGOs are on the constantly search for Health Officers or Country Health Directors who are able to travel abroad, and have a medical or clinical background. Ideally they should also have previous experience of working for in healthcare jobs in international development abroad.

Over the last couple of years, there has been a huge increase in the demand for qualified healthcare professionals to go to countries that have experienced natural disasters. Lack of local supplies and skills has hindered emergency relief, and staff have had to be recruited from the UK.

TPP is a specialist recruiter for the charity sector. All of TPP’s consultants have expert knowledge of how recruitment in international development is changing and a proven track record of recruiting to NGOs. Whether you are looking to employ highly skilled and experienced staff, or to make your next move within international development, we can help.

You can contact us on 020 7198 6000 or info@tpp.co.uk or visit our website to search our currently available roles.

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Volunteers Needed !!

Wednesday 8th July 2015

kithandkids







kithandkidsKith and Kids - Summer Camp

Volunteering with Kith and Kids is great way to make a big difference to the lives of disabled people.

Our Summer camp is a residenital trip away helping disabled people to be active and have fun!

This summer Kith and Kids are running our residential Summer Camp, it is a great way to meet amazing people and share fantastic experiences!

During our camp we ask our volunteers to help disabled people to get involved with lots of different activities.!

We work hard to ensure that our projects are a fun and safe environment for everyone to enjoy.

Before the project, so that our volunteers feel confident and ready to have a great time working with disabled people, we provide training that covers a wide range of topics.

 

Cost
Accomodation is provided, free of charge.

We pay our volunteers travel expenses for within London.

Lunch and refreshments are also provided, free of charge.

This activity is organised and run by Kith and Kids.

http://www.kithandkids.org.uk/volunteering/

Telephone
02088017432

Email
projects@kithandkids.org.uk

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Resilience, Development and Recovery:The UNDP in Syria.

Monday 16th February 2015

 

Bashar al-Assad is defying everyone's expectations of clinging onto power; so much so, that John Kerry along with the rest of the U.S Senate have long since abandoned the call for him to resign.The opposition rebels, headed by the Islamic front, have strongholds (at the time of writing) around Aleppo and Jasim. Kurdish fighters have emerged in the north along the Turkish border both in Afrin and Ayin Al Arab. Now since their emergence in the east, the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), have made substantial gains and are currently in control of almost an entire half of the country.

Meanwhile, the latest figures indicate civilian casualties are numbering close to 200,000 in addition to 7 million refugees.

Key towns and cities have bore witness to intense fighting between the different factions. The humanitarian situation within a town under siege steadily declines due to the shortage of food and medical supplies along with a break down of social cohesion. Mass refugees have sought shelter across the borders into neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey. However, a great number remain within Syrian towns and cities.

The UNDP Recovery, Resilience and Livlihood programme has been designed to engage with these critical areas. The United Nations Development Programme was created to help communities such as these, who have survived conflict and crisis. The focus being to not only recover from hardship; but improve the liklihood of continual development within the future. It has long been known as a key identified indicator in the prospect of sustainable peace and includes improved sanitation, healthcare and employment.

This programme is directly encompassed by the Syrian Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan aka SHARP; an agreement between Bashar al-Assad's government and the United Nations. UNDP officials link with faith leaders and community heads at various levels all over the country in order to facilitate a project in a given area. The priority is then given to supporting the rebuilding of these communities as well as providing aid to local businesses in recovering lost assets. As a direct result, local markets and workshops are able to remain fully operational. Emergency employment opportunities have helped a great number of population centres such as Aleppo, Damascus, Al Hasakeh and Hama. The majority of these came in the form of solid waste removal and clearing debris whereby dependant family members within the community such as children and the elderly benefit from cleaner environmental conditions.

In neighbouring countries, the programme aids communities to manage the influx of displaced people crossing the border. In Lebanon, the presence of over a million refugees is causing concern among sectarian political parties as the small nation struggles to cope. Again, just like in Syria, the UNDP improves infrastructure, along with local economic and employment opportunities. The target being vulnerable groups such as young people, those with disabilities and women. An example of this can be found in Jordan whereby entrepreneurial skills are being taught to help both men and women generate more income and sustain livlihood. One lady in particular has since made a business out of repairing diapers!

Since it's implementation, more and more people are receiving the benefits of improved hygiene and living conditions. Trade on a local level has continued through the small and local businesses as a result of the area based programmes. These people number close to 1.5 million.

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