Video: A Panther in Africa - Tanzania

One man reinterprets his revolutionary history and applies his life lessons in a new country -

Pete O'Neal founded the Kansas City (Missouri) chapter of the Black Panthers. On October 30, 1969, he was arrested for transporting a gun across state lines. One year later, O'Neal fled the charge and left America for Africa. He lived in Algeria for one year before moving to Tanzania where he has lived in exile ever since (more than 30 years dating today when I publish this post). He is one of the last American exiles from an era when activists considered themselves at war with the U.S. government. As he struggles to reconcile his future and the past, O'Neal has committed his life to global activism and community service.

Today, this community organizer confronts very different challenges and finds himself living between two worlds - America and Africa, his radical past and his uncertain future. He is "continuing to do the work of the Black Panther Party -- but without guns." He serves the African-American community back in the USA, sponsoring an international exchange program between underprivileged American teenagers and Tanzanian youths. He coordinates study-abroad programs for several U.S. universities, bringing college students to Tanzania to work alongside local youth, teaching English, computer skills and HIV/AIDS awareness. More of his work at - United African Alliance Community Center (UAACC).

A PANTHER IN AFRICA is a 90min documentary film produced and directed by Aaron Matthews. It explores the life of a violent 1960s radical long after the moment for revolution has passed.


Job Opp. - Chief, Payments Unit, UN - ICTR, Arusha, Tanzania

Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. More Info...

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

  • Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Finance Section the incumbent is responsible for the management of the day to day operations of the Payments Unit by ensuring that appropriate policies and procedures are implemented in adherence to the United Nations Financial Rules and Regulations and any other applicable guidelines for timely settlement of the Tribunal’s obligations vis-à- vis the vendors and other third parties, and the staff members for all non-payroll claims. He or she will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Budget preparation’s review and analysis and its administration with regard to payment processing in the Payment Unit;
  • Keeps up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to payment processing, budgeting preparation and administration;
  • Sets up on a need be basis and monitors the infrastructure of the Payments Unit, including internal guidelines and formats for the submission of claims and instructions for processing thereof (applicable to both Arusha and Kigali);
  • Establishes a comprehensive flow of documents within the Unit in harmonization with established accounting flow within the Finance Section;
  • Interprets and implements guidelines, administrative instructions and any authoritative circulars in the areas of responsibility.
  • Studies records of complaints and conducts investigations to determine the patterns or problems associated with different payment processing options, reviews the findings with the responsible officers and coordinates implementation of revised payment procedures to ensure that the pre-determined payment cycles are maintained and to see chances of improvement in the payment cycle to achieve greater results.
  • Exerts supervision and control over all activities pertaining to timely settlement of the Tribunal’s obligations within the allotted authority.
  • Assigns duties to staff, reviews upon completion by verifying and cross-checking, provides guidance to the processing staff as a result of the review of the processed payments and monitors Unit Staff performance regularly;
  • Liaise closely with other related Sections/Units to resolve issues and bring about a harmonious atmosphere and work ethics.
  • Closely coordinate with Chief of the Section in matters of importance and interpretational areas that need guidance/direction and concerted effort to resolve issues and achieve set goals.
  • Approves the recording and settlement of obligations on behalf of the Comptroller.
  • Analyzes the Allocation Report generated by the General Accounts Unit for recovery and adjustment entries.
  • Strives towards achievement of the goals of Completion Strategy of ICTR in general and of the Finance Section in particular.
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned.
Professionalism: Knowledge of the Organization’s Financial Regulations and Rules, practices as well as accounting polices, SOPs, administrative instructions. Ability to independently conduct research and analysis, formulate options and present conclusions and recommendations; is conscious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results, shows persistence when faced with difficult problems and challenges, remain calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively, listen to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately, asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication, tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience, demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed; ability to write in a clear and concise and accurate manner and to communicate effectively orally.

Teamwork: Work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals, solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise, is willing to learn from others, places team agenda before persona agenda, supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position, shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings; good interpersonal skills; ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Panning and Organization: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identify priority activities and assignments, adjusts priorities as required, allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work, foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning, monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; very effective organization skills and ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and that of the staff in the Unit, ability to work under pressure and determination to meet tight deadlines.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Commitment to continuous learning: Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession, actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally, contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates, shows willingness to learn from others, seeks feedback to learn and improve.
Technological awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology, understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office, actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks, shows willingness to learn new technology.

Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, finance, or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.

Work Experience:
A minimum of 5 years progressive experience in accounting and financial matters, administration, budget, business administration or related area, preferably within the UN Common system or in a large scale International Organization.

English and French are the Working Languages of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Good working knowledge of French is desirable.

Other Skills:
Knowledge of accounting principles, auditing, and computerized accounting operations. Ability to analyze documents related to payments processing and resolve discrepancies and irregularities expediently. Capable to handle complaints from clients and to find out amicable solutions without compromising UN standards. Ability to use computers skillfully and to work with a computerized accounting system is necessary. strong familiarity with UN computer based accounting system (SUN System) and expert use of Microsoft Office Package including spreadsheets.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) is a non-smoking environment.

How to apply:
Please send your application to the address, email or fax number indicated below before the deadline.
International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda Chief of Human Resources and Planning Section, ICTR P.O. Box 6016. Arusha, Tanzania Fax: 255-212-963-2848, 1-27-250 4000, 255-27-250 4373, E-mail: [email protected]

Closing Date: Friday, 07 August 2009

Applications must be submitted using the United Nations Personal History form (P-11). (Click here to download P-11 form). The applications should indicate the vacancy announcement number on the application and on the envelope, email or fax. Applicants may wish to retain copies of their completed P-11 form for use for future applications. Due to the volume of applications received, receipt of offline paper applications cannot be acknowledged individually. UN staff members must attach copies of their last two Performance Appraisal System evaluations to their applications.

Application invited for Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Management

The University of Dar es Salaam Business School (UDBS/ UDEC) in partnership with the Columbia Business School (USA) ANNOUNCE a one year Advanced CertificateProgramme in Entrepreneurship and Business Management.

The main objective of the course/programme is to develop critical competencies (knowledge, skills, attitudes and habits)for Entrepreneurs to grow. This is an invaluable programme where each course is run by the team
of highly expirienced Facilitators from UDSM Business School and Columbia Business School-USA.

The Programme is highly practical and action oriented drawing its uniqueness from UDBS and Columbia Business School which is one of the most reputable business schools in the world.

Attached, kindly find the ADVERT for the Programme.

Interested candidates are invited to collect applications forms from the UDBS Dean's Office or UDEC Room 310/312.

The deadline is on 30thJune, 2009.

Forms can also be downloaded from our website (
Contact: Dr. Donath R.Olomi [email protected]

Thank you very much and you are welcome.

PhD scholarships in Sociology, University of Copenhagen - Denmark

The scholarships are part of the Graduate School for Integration, Production and Welfare.

PhD scholarships in Sociology
Applications are invited for two PhD scholarships at the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen and The Danish National Centre for Social Research (SFI) for appointment in October 2009, or in accordance with further agreement.

The PhD programme provides PhD students with a strong research based degree which opens for a variety of careers. The programme includes the drafting of a PhD thesis, active participation in research networks, PhD courses, teaching and other forms of public research dissemination. The PhD programme can be undertaken as a three year full-time study within the framework of the 5+3 programme or as a four year full time study within the framework of the 4+4 programme.

The scholarships are part of a research initiative focusing on citizens' meetings with different parts of the welfare system in a time of structural, organisational and ideological changes. The aim of the research initiative is to study the development in different sectors of the Danish welfare state with a specific focus on the position, rights and duties of the citizens meeting "the system". The PhD projects should focus on one of the following themes, analysed in a sociological perspective:
  • vulnerable families and the lowest social welfare benefits;
  • welfare services and marginalised groups (alcohol and drug addicts, homeless persons, troubled youth, problem families etc.);
  • employment policy and people with mental health problems;
  • strategies of active labour market policy;
  • the health sector and the question of "free choice".

Research projects based on quantitative methods or a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods will be preferred. Applicants are invited to write a research proposal (max. 10 pages) within one of the mentioned fields, describing the aim and focus of the planned PhD project, a theoretical framework and the methods and data to be used.

Further information

Information about the scholarships can be obtained from professor Margaretha Järvinen, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen, [email protected], tel. + 45 35 32 32 74, or from executive director of research Ole Gregersen, The Danish National Centre for Social Research (SFI), [email protected], tel. + 45 33 48 08 70



Applications are welcome from all qualified applicants regardless of age, gender, race, religion, ethnic background and citizenship.

In order to be awarded a PhD scholarship the applicant has to enrol as a PhD student at The Faculty of Social Sciences, cf. the rules in the "Ministerial Order" No 18 of 14. January, 2008.

An assessment committee will evaluate the applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee. When the assessment committee has finished the evaluation each applicant will receive the part of the evaluation concerning her or him.

PhD scholarships within the 5+3 and the 4+4 programme

The 5+3 PhD study programme
In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD programme the applicants must have successfully completed a master's degree when starting his or her employment. PhD students are paid salary according to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The PhD student has a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3 year period without additional pay. The work obligation can include for instance teaching.

The 4+4 PhD study programme

Students who have completed a BSc and 60 ECTS of a master's programme can enrol as PhD students simultaneously with their enrolment in the master's programme. Until a master's degree is obtained, the grant is paid partly in the form of up to 48 state education grant portions (SU-klip) with two portions per month, partly as salary for work (teaching, presentations, etc.) corresponding to at least 280 hours of work. Payment and conditions of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Then the student has completed the master's degree he or she is transferred to a salary-earning PhD scholarship.


Application form and the "Ministerial Order on the PhD programme at the Universities" are available on the graduate school of Social Science's homepage together with information about the rules and guidelines for the PhD programme:

The application form contains information about the required enclosures. Four hard copies of the application should be submitted to the below adress. Master's dissertations need only be submitted in three copies.

Applications should be forwarded to:

University of Copenhagen

The Faculty of Social Sciences, The Faculty Administration

Centre for Health and Society

Oester Farimagsgade 5

1353 Copenhagen K


and must arrive at the faculty office no later than 24. August at 12:00.

Reference number should be written on the application Ref. no 211-0027/09-2500

Documents received after the deadline will not be taken into account. 

Please note: Electronic applications are not accepted. The application must be sent by regular mail and include a reply e-mail address.


Job opp.: Independent Expert on Cultural Rights

The UN has created recently a Special Procedure Mandate position of Independent Expert on Cultural Rights.

The person in this three year position will be responsible for:
  • Identifying the best practices in the promotion of cultural rights at the local, national, regional, and international levels
  • Identifying possible obstacles to the promotion and protection of cultural rights and to submit proposals and/or recommendations to the Human Rights Council on possible actions in that regard
  • Working in cooperation with States in order to foster the adoption of measures at the local, regional, and international levels aimed at the promotion and protection of cultural rights through concrete proposals enhancing sub regional, regional, and international cooperation in that regard
  • Studying the relation between cultural rights and cultural diversity, in close collaboration with States and other relevant actors, including in particular UNESCO, with the aim of further promotion cultural rights
  • Integrating a gender and disabilities perspective into his/her work
  • Working in close coordination, while avoiding unnecessary duplication, with intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, other special procedures of the Human Rights Council, the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, as well as with all other relevant actors representing the broadest possible range of interests and experiences, within their respective mandates, including by attending and following up on relevant international conferences and events.
A standardized form for Special Procedure Mandate candidates to fill is available here:

Nominations should be sent to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: [email protected]

Nominations of candidates are accepted until 24 July 2009!