Monthly Archives: February 2010

Conference Announcement, Call for Papers: “Shifting Paradigms: How Translation Transforms the Humanities” UIUC, Deadline: April 15

International Conference Announcement and First Call for Papers

“Shifting Paradigms: How Translation Transforms the Humanities”

October 14-16, 2010

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Levis Faculty Center

Organizers:

•The Center for Translation Studies of the University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign
•The Université Denis-Diderot, Paris, France

Summary

This conference will convene scholars and practitioners to present state-of-
the-art research on translation and the humanities. In particular, we seek to
assess if, and how, academic disciplines comprising the humanities consider
translation to be constitutive of their practice.

Translation scholars have called for  a paradigm shift in defining the
relationship between translation and the humanities.  While it is acknowledged
that a large share of our common knowledge is conveyed through translation,
too little has been said about the way knowledge itself is built and circulated,
particularly in the domain of interpretive disciplines.

A focus of this conference will be to assess whether and how this shift is
actually taking place, by reviewing:

a) How the shift of translation theory away from a Eurocentric perspective may
impact the various disciplines in the humanities that work on and with cultural
transfer;

b) The ways in which translation itself  transforms the humanities.

The conference will address these questions by focusing on the nexus of
theory, practice, and institutional settings in which translation takes place. The
gathering aims to foster theoretical frameworks through which to account for
the cultural and linguistic determinants of the various humanistic disciplines,
building upon such concepts as, for instance, the dislocation of culture (H.
Bhabha), the ethnocentric violence of translation (L. Venuti), the experience of
the foreign (A. Berman), and the dissymmetry of cultural transfer.  We are
especially interested in papers that bring theoretical sophistication and
historical research to bear on practical issues of writing, reading, and
publishing translations as well as their uses in academic institutions.

Keynotes and Panel Distribution

Plenary Address:

Catherine Porter, President, Modern Language Association and director of the
2009 MLA Presidential Initiative, « The Tasks of Translation in the Global
Context. »

Keynote presentations will frame the topics for thematic panels.

Keynote — A New Geography : Translation and the Dislocation of a Eurocentric
Perspective
Speaker : Jean-Noël Robert, professeur à l’Ecole pratique des hautes études

Suggested topics :

•              Language Domination and New Experiences of the Foreign
•              Recalling the Leading Role of Translation in the History of Sciences
•              Translation and Popular Culture in an Era of Globalization
•              Translation and the Transfer of New Ideas and Concepts
•              Between Languages :  Anthropological and Psychological Dimensions
of Translation
•              Non-European Contributions to Translation Theory

Keynote — « Genealogies of Theory and Practice : Jerome and the Institutions
of
Translation »
Speaker : Lawrence Venuti, Temple University

Suggested topics:

•              Changing Relations between Translation Theory and Practice
•              Pedagogies of Translation and their Conceptual Bases
•              Reading, Teaching and Publishing Translated Texts
•              The Institutional Sites of Translation
•              Translation as a Transformative Factor of Disciplines
•              The Role of Translation in the Understanding of Cultural Transfers

Preliminary Call for Papers

Proposals are invited from scholars and practitioners of translation, whatever
their discipline and academic affiliation,  for individual papers (30 minutes),
20-minute presentations on panels of three speakers (90 minutes), and
performance events. The conference languages are English and French.
Conference papers will be published online.

Please send proposals to translation@illinois.edu and include:

Name/s and academic or institutional affiliations and titles of participants
Paper or Panel Title
Abstract (maximum 300 words)
Contact information (email)

Dates:

Proposal submissions: April 15, 2010
A final conference announcement and program will be published on June 15,
2010

University of Illinois Organizing Committee:
Elizabeth Lowe, Associate Professor and Director, Center for   Translation
Studies (elowe@illinois.edu)
Patricia Phillips Batoma, Lecturer, Center for Translation Studies
(pphillip@illinois.edu)
Reinhard Mayer, Visiting  Professor, Center for Translation Studies
(rmayer@illinois.edu)

Anastasia Lakhtikova, Lecturer, Center for Translation Studies   (Conference
Coordinator) (alakhtik@illinois.edu)

Scientific Committee:

Nancy Abelmann, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Illinois
Fethi Benslama, Université Paris-Diderot, Professeur, UFR Sciences humaines
cliniques
Prof. Antoine Cazé ,Université Paris-Diderot, Professeur, UFR Etudes
anglophones
Wail Hassan, Associate Professor, Comparative and World Literature , University
of Illinois
Claire Joubert, Professeur, Université Paris 8
Jean-René Ladmiral, Professeur émérite, Université Paris X Nanterre
Dr. Rainier Lanselle ,Université Paris-Diderot, Maître de conferences, UFR Asie
Orientale
Jean-Philippe Mathy, Head, Department of Comparative and World  Literature,
University of Illinois
Frédéric Ogée, Université Paris-Diderot, Professeur, UFR Etudes anglophones
Rajeshwari Pandharipande, Professor, Departments of Linguistics and
Religious Studies, University of Illinois
Emmanuel Poisson, Université Paris-Diderot, Maître de conférences, HDR, UFR
Asie Orientale
Joyce Tolliver, Associate Professor, Spanish, Gender and Womens  Studies,
University of Illinois
Lawrence Venuti, Temple University

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences
Tagged: ,

Lecturer Position in Russian (2010-11), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has announced a vacancy for a lecturer position in Russian for 2010-2011. The online application requires a cover letter detailing qualifications and a CV with names and contact info for three references. In addition, ABD applicants are required to submit certification from their departments and/or advisors that completion of the degree is expected by August 2010.

Please address any questions about the position to Joe Peschio by email (peschio@uwm.edu) or telephone (414-229-4949).
——————–
The Slavic Languages Program at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee invites applications for teaching positions in Russian for the 2010-11 academic year. These are one-year appointments with possibility of renewal. Field of specialization open. Course load is 9-12 credits per semester in Russian language, culture, and/or literature. Salary at Lecturer rank, full benefits.
Minimum qualifications: PhD in Russian or Slavic in hand by August 2010; native or near-native Russian and English; demonstrated excellence in teaching Russian language to undergrads in North America; extensive and recent in-country experience in Russia.

Preferred qualifications: experience teaching literature, film, and/or cultural history; experience teaching heritage/native speakers of Russian; experience in online or hybrid course-development and teaching; expertise and experience in Russian<->English translation and interpretation; experience teaching large lecture sections.

To apply online, please see www.jobs.uwm.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=51258 . Review of applications will begin March 12, 2010, and continue until the position is filled. UWM is an AA/EO Employer.

Posted in: Job Postings
Tagged: ,

New Spring Quarter Course: “History of the Caucasus,” Michael Khodarkovsky

Spring Quarter Course

History of the Caucasus, HIST 25806/35806, INST 25806, NELC 20702/30702

Instructor: Michael Khodarkovsky
Wednesdays,  3:00-5:50 p.m.

Description:

This course examines the history of the region, which for centuries remained a meeting point of several world religions and civilization. We will consider some of the following issues: How did the Caucasus, a quintessential frontier region, become a contested borderland of the Russian, Ottoman and Persian empires? How and why did the region evolve into one of the most politically unstable regions in the world? Who are the peoples behind the news headlines: the Chechens, the Circassians and other peoples of the North Caucasus? Why are the countries of the Southern Caucasus, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, locked in a state of seemingly permanent hostilities with each other or their neighbors? Is there a conceptual framework that binds the peoples of the region together? And finally, how does the history of the region contribute to our understanding of the issues of identity, empire and state-formation?

Posted in: University of Chicago Events
Tagged:

Chopin & Paderewski Year 2010 Kicks Off in Chicago with Unique Chopin Program, February 22

A special program in a special venue on a special date kicks off the Chicago events of the Chopin & Paderewski Year 2010 on Monday, February 22 at 1 p.m. at the Chopin Elementary School Auditorium, 2440 West Rice Street, Chicago, Illinois. This unique event is presented for the students of the Chopin School by The Organizing Committee for Chopin & Paderewski 2010 celebrations and The Paderewski Association, in collaboration with the Paderewski Symphony Orchestra and the Warsaw Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International.

The great composer Fryderyk Chopin was born in Poland on February 22, 1810 (the date is sometimes given as March 1) and this event celebrates the 200th anniversary of his birth.

Young students of the Music Academy of the Chicago-based Paderewski Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Barbara Bilszta, together with actors from the Little Star Children’s Theater Workshop invite the audience to observe a re-creation of the salon in the 19th century Polish home of Chopin and to listen to his music.

Performers will enact Chopin as a boy, a teenager, and then finally as a mature young man, performing his piano compositions. Chopin’s “guests” will sing his songs, dance to his mazurkas, and relate fascinating stories about their host, citing fragments of letters, poetry, and articles penned by the young genius.

Guest speakers include Chopin School Principal Antuanette Mester; a representative of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago; as well as a representative of the City of Chicago.

The Chopin Elementary School, which operates as a magnet school within the Chicago Public Schools system, serves kindergarten through 8th grade students providing academically or socially focused instruction for nearly a century. Erected in 1917, the building houses a beautiful auditorium, which has two WPA era murals completed in 1941 by Florian Durzynski (1902-69)—one lyrical mural depicts Fryderyk Chopin.

This is the first event in a series to be held in Chicago to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ignacy Jan Paderewski (b. 1860)—two of Poland’s renowned composers and musicians.

Chopin is… not a part of Poland, but precisely, the heart of Poland.
—Boris Pokrovsky, founder of the Moscow Chamber Opera Theater.

It is difficult to write of Paderewski without emotion. Statesman, orator, pianist and composer, he is a superlative man, and his genius transcends that of anyone I have ever known. Those of us who love Poland are glad that she can claim him as a son, but let her always remember that Ignacy Jan Paderewski belongs to all mankind.—Charles Phillips, The Story of a Modern Immortal, 1934.

While Chopin performed in public perhaps only 30 times, Paderewski thrilled crowds of thousands internationally with his recitals spanning over 50 years. His renown was worldwide in a time when public solo recitals were a new form of artistic expression. He was above all a masterful interpreter of Chopin and is recognized for the definitive edition of Chopin’s Complete Works.

The Paderewski Association was formed to raise awareness of the accomplishments of Ignacy Jan Paderewski—his contributions to music as well as world events of the 20th century.

The Paderewski Symphony Orchestra, established in 1997 as a chamber ensemble, now numbers over 260 professional musicians and brings Polish music to Illinois audiences in an array of venues.

Chicago Sister Cities International celebrates 50 years of its program, which comprises 28 cities worldwide. Established in 1960 upon the signing of the first cultural exchange agreement with Warsaw, Poland, the Program honors this anniversary in 2010.

Posted in: Chicago Events
Tagged: ,

Summer Russian Language Program in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia; University of Utah, Deadline: March 5

Dates:

June 25 – July 31

Field(s) of Study:

Russian

Language of Instruction:

Russian

Description:

Krasnoyarsk is the third-largest city in Siberia and the administrative center of Krasnoyarsk Krai. The city was founded in 1628 and currently holds a very diverse population of approximately 1 million people. Krasnoyarsk sits on the banks of the Yenesei River and is surrounded to the north and east by agricultural areas and to the south and west by forested hills and the gigantic rock cliffs of the Stolby Nature Reserve, a popular area for outdoor recreation enthusiasts. The city is considered to be a stronghold of rugby union in Siberia; it is the former home of the Rugby Union of Russia (which has since relocated to Moscow) and some of Russia’s international rugby matches are played at Central Stadium in Krasnoyarsk. Krasnoyarsk is also a very prominent scientific and educational center of Siberia, with over 30 higher education facilities. The curriculum consists of five weeks of intensive Russian language study. Students can expect to be in class 20 hours a week and, upon completion of the program, will earn 6 University of Utah credits in Russian. Students will spend two days exploring the historic city of Moscow before traveling to Krasnoyarsk. Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University (KSPU) will provide a variety of extra-curricular activities. Possible excursions include a visit ot the Stolby nature reserve (the center of rock climbing in Russia), a Russian Banya (sauna) the local Coca-Cola plant, the second largest hydro-electric station in Russia, a tour of the city’s many fountains, and an outing on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Course Credit:

RUSS 3600 Russian Abroad

Accommodation:

Students will live with host families, where they will be provided with breakfast and dinner every day.

Excursions:

Students will spend two days exploring the historic city of Moscow before traveling to Krasnoyarsk. Kras-noyarsk State Pedagogical University (KSPU) will pro-vide a variety of extra-curricular activities. An excur-sion to Lake Baikal will be included.
Possible optional excursions include a visit to the Stolby nature reserve (the center of rock climbing in Russia), a Russian Banya (sauna), the local Coca-Cola plant, the second largest hydro-electric station in Rus-sia, a tour of the city¹s many fountains, and an outing on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Tentative Itinerary:

Friday June 25th Departure from the US
Saturday June 26th Arrival in Moscow
Monday June 28th Fly to Krasnoyarsk
Saturday July 31st Depart Krasnoyarsk

Cost:

The program cost will be $3,650 approx.
Includes: Tuition, group flight from Moscow to Krasnoyarsk, lodging, two daily meals, international health insurance, visa costs, excursion to Lake Bai-kal and scheduled social events.
Does Not Include: Airfare to Moscow, passport, books, lunch, personal expenses, local transportation and independent travel.

Financial Aid and Scholarships:

Scholarships are available for U of U students. Students can complete the U of U scholarship application online after completing their program application. For specific information about U of U scholarships and other scholarships available, visit www.studyabroad.utah.edu. Many other forms of financial aid (student loans, grants, etc.) and scholarships can also be applied to the program cost. Visit your Financial Aid Counselor for more information in SSB 105 or call 581-6211.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy:

In the event of withdrawal, $300 plus any unrecoverable costs to the Study Abroad Office are non-refundable. To withdraw, the applicant must formally file a Withdrawal Form with the Study Abroad Office. If an applicant is determined ineligible to participate, the $500 deposit will be refunded.

Program Requirements:

Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
Minimum age of 18.
Two semesters of college level Russian or equivalent is required.

Application Deadline:

5 March 2010

Application Instructions:

Applications are available in the Study Abroad Office (Union 159) and online at:
http://www.studyabroad.utah.edu/?pageId=3644
The application and $500 initial program payment should be presented to the Cashier’s Window, 165 Student Services Building. The cashier will issue a receipt and stamp your application “Paid.” Return the application materials to the Study Abroad Of-fice. All applications will be reviewed by the pro-gram director and the Study Abroad staff to deter-mine eligibility. Applicants will be notified by email of their acceptance into the program. Non U of U applicants should submit their initial pro-gram payment directly to the Study Abroad Of-fice.
Additional pre-departure materials will be emailed to all accepted participants.
U of U students, students at other colleges or universities, alumni and qualified members of our community are wel-come to apply to participate in U of U study abroad pro-grams.

Pre-Departure Orientation:

An orientation session will be held to provide program and cultural information. Participants will be con-tacted when this is arranged. At this meeting you will receive course information and travel details, as well as meet others in the group.

Travel to Host Country:

Students will make their own travel arrangements to arrive in Moscow by the appointed date and time. Stu-dents will travel from Moscow to Krasnoyarsk as a group. You may want to meet others on the program at pre-departure meetings to arrange to travel together.

Program Director:

The program will be overseen by University of Utah professor, Jane Hacking, and University of Toronto professor, Julia Mikhailova.

Contact Info:

Study Abroad Advisor
Casey Poe
Union 159
801-581-5849
jpugh@sa.utah.edu

Program Director
Jane Hacking
LNCO 2100
801-581-6688
j.hacking@utah.edu

Program Director
Julia Mikhailova
julia.mikhailova@utoronto.ca

Posted in: Resources (Funding, Study Abroad, Internships, etc.)
Tagged: ,

Call for Papers: “The Birch” Undergraduate Journal, Deadline: February 24

The Birch: Call for Papers – Spring 2010

The Birch, the nation’s first and only undergraduate journal for Eastern
European and Eurasian studies, is calling for submissions for its Spring
2010 issue. The Birch was founded in 2004 at Columbia University in New York
and originally only included content from Columbia students. Since then, we
have grown to include submissions from over 40 institutions in the U.S., the
UK, and Russia, and we have expanded our area of interest from Russia to the
entire post-Soviet region.

The Birch is entirely student-run and includes only exceptional
undergraduate content. The journal comes out semiannually and consists of
three main sections: Creative Writing, Literary Criticism, and Culture &
Politics. We also accept original photography and illustrations.

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 24, 2010. We gladly accept papers
written for classes. The word limit is 2500. E-mail all submissions to
thebirchjournal@gmail.com, including your name, college or university, and
expected year of graduation.

Please visit our Web site at www.thebirchonline.org to see past issues, and
stop by our new blog (www.thebirchjournal.blogspot.com) to read about events
happening at Columbia and in New York City. Thank you, and we hope to see
your work!

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences
Tagged:

Call for Proposals: Campus Competition for Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning Grants, Deadline: March 26

PROPOSALS DUE Friday, March 26, 2010

The Winter/Spring Quarter deadline for Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning grant proposals is Friday, March 26, 2010. Proposals submitted at this time will compete at the campus level. Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the Center for the Study of Languages web site ( http://languages.uchicago.edu/about/services.htm — Services & Policies>Services for Teachers>Grants and Funding). Please submit completed proposals as MS Word email attachments to mb35@uchicago.edu (Michael Berger); proposals will be reviewed by the Consortium Committee in April, 2010.

The proposed project must pertain to the teaching or the learning of language. We are urging those of you involved with language teaching to consider in particular a project that might explore new ways of making use of already existing technologies and materials, such as commercially available audio and video tapes or computer programs. We also encourage you to formulate projects that are aimed at developing teaching skills–your own and your colleagues–using the hardware presently in use at the University, in the Center for the Study of Languages, and in the various multimedia-equipped classrooms around campus.

Posted in: Resources (Funding, Study Abroad, Internships, etc.), University of Chicago Events
Tagged:

“Creation: Genesis and Other Beginnings in Jewish History and Culture,” Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, February 15

Monday, February 15
The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies presents

Creation: Genesis and Other Beginnings in Jewish History and Culture

4:30 PM in Classics 110 (1010 E. 59th Street)

Three speaker from the University of Chicago and a reception afterward.

James Robinson (Divinity), The Creation of Hebrew Belles Lettres in Medieval ‘Provence’

Paul Mendes-Flohr  (Divinity), The Creation of Modern Jewish Studies

Jan Schwarz (Germanic Studies), Conjugal Fruit: A Shakespearean Sonnet in Yiddish

The Symposium is made possible through the Harriet and Ulrich Meyer Fund of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies.

Please contact Daniel Hantman (hantmand@uchicago.edu | 773-702-7108) with questions or if you need special assistance. These event are free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.

Posted in: University of Chicago Events
Tagged:

Caryl Emerson Lectures at Notre Dame, February 10-12

CARYL EMERSON

Provost’s Distinguished Woman Lecturer

On the campus of the University of Notre Dame, February 10-12, 2010

Wednesday, February 10
1:55-2:45 pm – Brothers Karamazov the Opera: Turning a “polyphonic” novel into redemptive religious art
McKenna Hall (Room 210-214)
4:00 pm – Russian Classics on the Stalinist Stage: The Case of Boris Godunov, 1936 (Pushkin, Meyerhold, Prokofiev)
McKenna Hall (Room 210-214)

Thursday, February 11
12:30 pm – The State of the Humanities: A Discussion
O’Shaughnessy Hall (Room 339)
5:00 pm – Tolstoy and Shakespeare (Centennial comments on a very famous feud, with a sideways glance at Bernard Shaw)
McKenna Hall Auditorium, reception to follow

Friday, February 12
12:50-2:45 pm – Tools for Teaching the Post-Boom Bakhtin: A Workshop and Practicum
O’Shaughnessy Hall (Room 118)

Featuring:

CARYL EMERSON

A. Watson Armour III University Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Princeton University

Caryl Emerson chairs the Slavic Department at Princeton University with a co-appointment in Comparative Literature. A translator and critic of Mikhail Bakhtin, she has also published widely on nineteenth-century Russian literature (Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy), on the history and relevance of literary criticism (here and in the Slavic world), and on Russian opera and vocal music. Recent publications include The Cambridge Introduction to Russian Literature (2008) and, coauthored with Chester Dunning, The Uncensored Boris Godunov (2006). Current research interests center around archival reconstructions of lost theater repertory of the Stalinist era—dramatic productions destined for (but disappeared from) the Moscow stage in the 1930s: Boris Godunov, Evgenii Onegin, and Egyptian Nights, all with Prokofiev’s incidental music. Professor Emerson is the recipient of a 2009-10 Guggenheim fellowship for work on the Russian modernist Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, and is the current president of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL).

Sponsored by The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Art and Letters: Provost’s Distinguished Women’s Lecturer Program with additional generous support from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Ph.D. in Literature Program, and the Departments of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, Film, Television, and Theatre, English, and Romance Languages and Literatures.

Site: http://germanandrussian.nd.edu/russian/calendar/

Posted in: Chicago Events
Tagged: , ,

Program Assistant, Roma Health Project; Budapest, Hungary, Deadline: February 16

Roma Health Project

Program Assistant

POSITION BASED IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Background:

The Open Society Institute (OSI), a private operating and grant making foundation, aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform. On a local level, OSI implements a range of initiatives to support the rule of law, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, OSI works to build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as combating corruption and rights abuses.

The Public Health Program of Open Society Institute (PHP) has been supporting Roma health programs since January 2001 through the Roma Health Project (RHP). The mission of the Roma Health Project is to advance the health and human rights of Roma persons by building the capacity of Roma civil society leaders and organizations, and advocating for accountability and a strong civil society role in the design, implementation and monitoring of policies and practices that most impact on the health of Roma. To advance its mission, the RHP pursues the following goals:

  1. Build the capacity of Roma NGOs that address health and health-related issues
  1. Promote the human rights of Roma and combat discrimination faced by Roma in accessing and receiving health care
  1. Support the development and implementation of health related laws, policies and practices that ensure just and equitable treatment for Roma
  1. Hold authorities accountable for their health and health related responsibilities to Roma under local/ regional/ national/ international laws and policies

RHP pursues these goals and objectives through both grant-making and operational efforts, including fostering activist leadership, capacity building of civil society, advocacy and information sharing activities. Its geographic mandate covers primarily: Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and to a lesser extent, Ukraine.

The RHP Program assistant will provide comprehensive organizational, secretarial and administrative support to the RHP program staff. The Program Assistant is expected to develop extensive knowledge of the organizational structure of OSI including knowledge of the key personnel in support departments and knowledge of OSI’s aims and objectives. The successful applicant will demonstrate high-level organizational and computer skills, and strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written, in English.

The Program Assistant will report directly to the Program Officer of the Roma Health Project and will have the following responsibilities:

Responsibilities:

1.      Provide ongoing financial and legal administrative support to the RHP Budapest office, including the followings:

  • Draft legal contracts for consultants, service providers, and grantees;
  • Take care of administration and tracking of grants; maintain regular communication with grantees and with Public Health staff and other members of the Soros network with regard to project development, implementation and reporting;
  • Process grant, vendor and consultant payments;
  • Maintain and file copies of Budapest-based contracts and payments;
  • Maintain a database of Budapest-based program expenditures (budget update);
  • Support the project staff by facilitating project logistics either locally or abroad: Manage office systems including making travel and related arrangements;
  • Prepare and track pre- and post-conference budget in case of meetings and events organized by RHP; reviews monthly financial reports and produce updated spending reports;
  • Process payments for service providers, and prepare/compile necessary conference documents, including taking minutes of meetings

2.   Serve as RHP’s contact person with OSI’s support departments; Assist with effective information sharing and communication between the various Roma initiatives in the Soros network and other Public Health Program initiatives through participation in relevant meetings and effective information dissemination;

3.   Assist with monitoring of grantees to ensure compliance with grant procedures and program agreement;

4. Assist with maintaining ongoing communication with the partners on the Roma Health Scholarship Program (RHSP) and other tasks related to RHSP as assigned by the program officer in charge;

5.   Assist with developing information for internal OSI documents (reports, program updates, Public Health Program newsletter updates) on the Roma Health Project;

6. Continuously update the RHP website to maintain it as an effective information tool on grantees, initiatives, events, publications, and partners.

7. Other tasks as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Graduate degree in law, social work, sociology, psychology, public health or other relevant field;
  • Excellent English language skills , fluency in spoken and written;
  • Attentive to detail and able to work well under pressure;
  • Excellent computer skills (expertise with Microsoft Office, Excel, Access and databases required).
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills;
  • Demonstrated high level of enthusiasm and commitment to Roma Health issues
  • High level of self-motivation and ability to work independently;
  • Commitment to working as a member of a team, as well as commitment to excellence;
  • Near native fluency in spoken and written Hungarian a strong plus;
  • In depth knowledge of situation of Roma from Central and South Eastern Europe a strong plus.

Person Specifications:

  • Flexible, proactive self-starter with problem solving attitude.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to listen and communicate clearly and effectively with people from diverse cultures;
  • Accuracy and reliability in work
  • Excellent time management skills including ability to effectively manage simultaneous activities in fast-paced environment and to prioritize accordingly.
  • Diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with senior management, co-workers, grantees, partners and other contacts.
  • Demonstrates a focus on outcomes and results. Performs under specific direction and works within agreed priorities.
  • Demonstrates flexibility, adaptability and focus through day-to-day work and shifting priorities.
  • Uses established guidelines and supervisor direction to determine what information is important and should be conveyed to others.
  • Exercises professional judgment, intelligence, and discretion in conducting all tasks, including ability to handle confidential and sensitive information.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience and ability. Excellent benefits package.

TO APPLY: Send curriculum vitae, cover letter with gross, annual salary requirement to applications@admingroup.hu

In the subject line please indicate Roma Health Project – Program Assistant.

Application deadline: February 16, 2010

Further information on the Open Society Roma Health Project is available at

http://www.soros.org/initiatives/health/focus/roma

OSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer which supports diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

Posted in: Job Postings
Tagged: , ,