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Moynihan NGO Fellow Spring 2012: 
 
Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary, World Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) 
 
Announcement of exciting student volunteer research opportunity 
 
The Transnational NGO Initiative host one senior transnational NGO leaders each year through our Moynihan NGO Fellows program: these leaders spend approx. 2 weeks of ‘intellectual rest and recreation”-- time for reflection -- at the Moynihan Institute, researching a topic which poses a challenge to them as NGO leaders and which is aligned with our research interest in governance, leadership and effectiveness of transnational NGOs. We have hosted Ramesh Singh, CEO of ActionAid International, Meredith Long, Sr. Vice President of World Relief, Ezra Mbogori, Founder and former Executive Director of MWENGO, Ahuma Adodoadji, former CEO of Plan USA; Ingrid Srinath, Secretary General of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation; Colm O’Cuanachain, Senior Director for Campaigns at Amnesty International; and Ignacio Saiz, Executive Director of the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) over the last five years. Many students have volunteered to do preparatory research for our Fellows and found that experience very rewarding.  
 
This Spring semester, Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary of the World Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) will be our NGO Fellow. Nyaradzayi will be here March 26-April 6, 2012. World YWCA is a global membership-based network of women and girls leading social and economic change in 125 countries worldwide. It advocates for peace, justice, health, human dignity, freedom and care of the environment, and has been at the forefront of raising the status of women since it was founded in 1894. The World YWCA develops women’s leadership to find local solutions to the global inequalities women face. Each year, it reaches more than 25 million women and girls through work in 22,000 communities. This grassroots development experience shapes the organization’s global advocacy agenda. YWCA work is inspired by Christian principles and a commitment to women’s full and equal participation in society. It is a volunteer membership movement, inclusive of women from many faiths, backgrounds and cultures.  
 
Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda is Zimbabwean. She is a trained human rights lawyer with extensive experience in conflict resolution and mediation. For some twenty five years, she has been working on issues of women and children's human rights, with a special focus on crisis countries.  
 
While at the Moynihan Institute, Nyaradzayi will research the issue of Shared, Inter-generational and Transformative Leadership: Dimensions, Competencies, Approaches, Tools, and Measurement. Shared, intergenerational and transformative leadership qualities are what World YWCA wants to represent as values as well as offer to its members, through coaching, mentoring, leadership training and material development. Nyaradzayi hopes to leave Moynihan with a good understanding of the literature on these types of leadership, and how they can be encouraged in multi-generational, networked, gender-focused and faith inspired organizations such as her own.  
 
We are seeking students who are interested, on a voluntary basis, to do preparatory literature research and -- possibly -- primary data gathering for Nyaradzayi from mid-February till late March, before her arrival. These students will also be expected to interact with her about their research findings during her stay at Moynihan March 26 till April 6, which will represent an exciting opportunity to work closely with a significant leader. We are hoping to count on approx. 5 hours a week of your time to devote to this assignment, for at least 4 weeks during the period indicated above. 
 
If you are interested and available, please send your indication of interest, CV and time frame for availability to Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, Director for Education and Practitioner Engagement, Transnational NGO Initiative, Moynihan Institute (tmbruno@maxwell.syr.edu; phone 443-5073). We hope to hear from you by January 31st, please. Thank you for your consideration! 
 
You can find more information about the TNGO Initiative at: http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/moynihan_tngo.aspx. 

 

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