Melissa's Peacebuilding Graduate Consultancy in Jordan
Organized by: Melissa Salyk-Virk
Less than one month to go!
May 18, 2016
EVENT DATE Jul 31, 2017
Thank you so much for visiting my fundraising page for my summer graduate consultancy with the United Nations Development Programme in Amman, Jordan. As you know, I’m in my second semester of my graduate program, which focuses on peacebuilding, conflict mitigation and transnational security. I applied and was accepted to an amazing class that allows me to create a peacebuilding project and implement it as a student consultant with an NGO. Over the semester I have been creating a working draft project that will be approved by the organization that will allow me to put my learning into practice on site.
I’ll be traveling to Amman for nearly two months this summer, working on a team that supports the Initiative on Inclusive Political Transformation in the Arab States and a Refugee Resilience Program. While I’m there, I’ll be tasked with specific deliverables to help support the goals and mission of UNDP in Jordan. This will include analysis on how the international community can support non-violent political transformations, needs-based conflict assessment of the region, and how Jordan’s neighboring countries are managing the Syrian refugee crisis from the civil war and the threat of regional terrorist and militant groups. The conditions on the Syrian borders are something that this region has not seen before, and that is why this opportunity to assist in programs, policies, research and fieldwork is so critical.
A bit about the program I'm supporting: Beginning in 2016, the Governance and Peacebuilding team at the UNDP regional hub for Arab States began to develop a Sub-Regional Municipal Resilience Programme for Syria Crisis Response that covers Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt.
The objective is to support host countries to cope with the effects of the influx of Syrian refugees, and to further enhance their capacities to respond to short-term needs and the current and future longer-term development needs of their local populations. I'll have the opportunity to aid in the identification and selection of UNDP’s best practices in supporting local authorities within the host communities, thus developing a toolkit and guidance note for the country offices and partners in order to deepen the resilience response.
As UNDP is a non-profit and has limited funding, my graduate student consultancy, although valued, is unfortunately on a volunteer basis. This makes any support you might be able to give that much more significant, and extremely appreciated. Everyone in this program is encouraged to fundraise for his/her respective consultancy. My personal goal is to raise $6,000, which will be used to cover the cost of my travel to and from Amman, rent and living expenses for two months, visa costs and immunizations, and transportation within the country. On a humorous note, I've been told that fundraising is an essential part of working in this field, so I basically need to get used to it.
A bit about UNDP: Established in 1976; the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is one of the United Nations Agencies working in Jordan and is the main convener of sustainable development. As part of the global development system; UNDP Jordan upholds a vision focusing on the achievements of Sustainable Human Development in Jordan, ending poverty and reducing inequalities. UNDP is at the heart of the UN’s work on sustainable development and a leader for the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals. UNDP Jordan partners with government and people at all levels focusing on three main areas which are sustainable development pathways, inclusiving and effective democratic governance, and resilience-building.