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Opportunity to Work with the Special Advisor for International Disability Rights

U.S. Department of State

Franklin Fellows Program

Position Description

 

The Program

The U.S. Department of State is the President’s primary advisor on the conduct of international relations. The Department recommends and implements U.S. foreign policy, managing human and material resources to engage with over 162 countries and numerous international organizations. The Department’s professionals address critical national security challenges across the globe, while working in this country with a broad spectrum of other government agencies, Congress, the non-profit and private sectors and representatives of foreign governments and entities.

Since the end of the Cold War, the range and complexity of issues facing the international community have grown exponentially. In order to strengthen its ability to deal with this plethora of issues and to draw on the expertise of experienced professionals working in disciplines related to them, the Department of State has launched the Franklin Fellows Program. Fellows, serving as unpaid volunteer consultants, provide background and policy recommendations within their host offices in the Department, and undertake other duties as directed, including representing the Department in the interagency context and possibly traveling internationally on Department business.

Talented, imaginative professionals not only enrich the Department’s deliberations on foreign policy formulation but also are of greater value to their sponsoring organizations when they return. The experience gained by Fellows serving within the Department and sharing their knowledge and expertise to strengthen U.S. public diplomacy is invaluable, as is their contribution to the U.S. Government.

The Department accepts nominations from universities, non-governmental organizations and private-sector employers for Franklin Fellows to work one to two years on a vital issue of concern to the Department. The Department also accepts offers of financial support for highly qualified individuals whose organizations may not be able to offer full support during the Fellowship period. The Department accepts self-nominations, but such individuals will need to sponsor themselves as the Franklin Fellows Program is not funded by the U.S. Government. Further information about the Program can be found at: http://careers.state.gov/ff

The following Franklin Fellow position is now open and candidates are being sought. Interested candidates may contact the Special Advisor directly at: HeumannJE@state.gov

 

 

Specialist on International Disability Rights and Inclusion (DRL/SADR)

 

Synopsis: The Fellow will provide advice and guidance on the development of policies and strategies to ensure the inclusion of persons in U.S. public diplomacy efforts and programs. The Fellow will work as part of a Team under the leadership of Ms. Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights located in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor of the Department of State.

 

Experience/Expertise:

  • Leadership experience advancing the inclusion of women, persons with disabilities, or other minorities in programs and services in international development programs, in government service, in an academic institution or in the private sector
  • International professional experience working for an international organization or multi-national corporation
  • Knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities useful
  • Firsthand knowledge of disability, either having a disability or having a family member with a disability especially useful
  • Knowledge of a foreign language(s) useful

Duties/Activities:

 

  • Review and suggest ways to strengthen U.S. public diplomacy in order to ensure the inclusion of disability issues and persons with disabilities
  • Propose ways to strengthen the inclusion of disability issues and persons with disabilities in existing or new programs of the State Department
  • Formulate recommendations on additional ways in which disability rights and the inclusion of persons with disabilities might be promoted by civil society organizations and the private sector
  • Work with the Special Advisor and other officials to strengthen the inclusion of disability rights in the priorities and activities of other Bureaus within the State Department
  • Maintain contact with and involve interested international and national partners, particularly organizations of persons with disabilities, NGOs, universities, private sector companies as well as UN agencies, in the development and implementation of strategies
  • Represent the Special Advisor in meetings of other Offices, Bureaus, Working Groups and other entities internal to the State Department
  • Participate in external meetings, conferences and missions to other countries upon the request of the Special Advisor

 

Mission of the Special Advisor:

 

The Special Advisor for International Disability Rights is charged with “the development of a comprehensive strategy to promote the rights of persons with disabilities internationally; coordinate an interagency process for the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; ensure that foreign assistance incorporates persons with disabilities; ensure that the needs of persons with disabilities are addressed in international situations; and conduct public diplomacy, including with civil society, on disability issues”.

 

Visit the Facebook page of the Special Advisor for more information: http://www.facebook.com/stateDRL#!/SAHeumann

 

 


 

Research Experience for Veterans
Experiential Learning for Veterans in Assistive Technology and Engineering (ELeVATE) Program

ELeVATE is a program designed to re-integrate veterans to college through a three-phased program.
Phase I: participants will complete a ten-week paid research experience, complete a team project, learn 21st century skills in workshops, and prepare to begin classes at a local college. During this time, program participants are offered housing and other family assistance. Participants are also paired with rehabilitation counselors for individual and group counseling sessions to ensure the adequate supports are in place for academic success.
Phase II: participants will continue to refine their academic interests and apply for a formal program at the University of Pittsburgh or an institution of their choice.
Phase III: participants will enroll in a university and prepare to graduate from the ELeVATE program. However the support system doesn’t end here! Participants stay linked to their cohort through study and other support groups. We will encourage past participants to stay linked to the program by serving as a mentor for new ELeVATE participants.

For more information, please visit http://www.qolt.pitt.edu/veterans/
To apply http://www.qolt.pitt.edu/veterans/applications.php

Application Deadline: Rolling Deadline/Open until filled
Program Start Date: May/21/2012
Program End Date: Jul/29/2012

Program Contact:
Mary  Goldberg
Education and Outreach Coordinator
Quality of Life Technology Center
Human Engineering Research Laboratories
University of Pittsburgh
Bakery Square, Suite 400
6425 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
mrh35@pitt.edu
412-822-3693


Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Summer 2012 (10 weeks; May 21 – July 29)

ASPIRE Program:
American Student Placements in Rehabilitation Engineering (ASPIRE) focuses its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program on research in the rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology fields. Rehabilitation engineering employs a systematic approach to the design, modification, customization and/or fabrication of assistive technology for persons with disabilities. Research efforts in rehabilitation engineering are focused on identifying and addressing problems critical to achieving and maintaining the highest possible level of function in areas related to mobility, communications, sensory (e.g., hearing, tactile, vision), and cognition and in activities associated with employment, independent living, and education. The primary objective of the ASPIRE REU program is to provide an exemplary mentoring and resourceful environment that enables undergraduate students to 1) transition from dependent to independent thinkers, 2) develop a sense of excitement about entering an engineering or technical field and 3) be well prepared for their future careers.

QoLT REU Program:
The Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center’s (QoLT ERC) vision is to transform lives of people with reduced functional capabilities due to aging or disability through intelligent devices and systems. The QoLT ERC is a unique partnership between Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the University of Pittsburgh, integrating CMU’s strength in the design, implementation, and technology transfer of intelligent systems, and Pitt’s strength in rehabilitation, health sciences and aging research. The primary objectives of the QoLT REU program are to excite undergraduate students about technology and engineering, engage them in cross-disciplinary research in QoLT to gain understanding of how to relate human functions (physiological, physical, social, and cognitive) to the design of intelligent devices and systems that aid and interact with people, expand their knowledge of emerging technologies in QoLT, and prepare them for graduate studies or professional careers in QoLT.

For more information, please visit www.qolt.pitt.edu.
Apply online at http://www.qolt.pitt.edu/under/applications.php

Contact Us:

Maria Milleville
Education and Outreach Coordinator
Quality of Life Technology Center
Human Engineering Research Laboratories
University of Pittsburgh
Bakery Square, Suite 400
6425 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Email (preferred): millvill@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-822-3668