Monday, April 28, 2014

To blog - or not to blog!

I've finally decided I should get back to blogging. Writing is something i've enjoyed thoroughly over the years, but it's also something I havent been regular with either. I hope this four year hiatus is the last (and certainly not longest!) i've ever taken. 

Happy writing - to me!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

New favorite song alert: "How You Like Me Now?" by The Heavy

I've been enjoying a lot of music from the UK recently. "Breakeven" by The Script had me enthralled for days and now along come The Heavy with "How you like me now?" to break that spell. Especially cool was their Letterman performance. I've never seen the guy ask for an encore, but he did with this performance.

Wonder what's next? I hope it's something similar old school, big band-ish music, like the sort Amy Winehouse makes.

Any other recommendations welcome!

Friday, February 05, 2010

Shashi Tharoor's TED video: Why nations should pursue "soft" power

Shashi Tharoor has got to be one of the most prolific leaders India has ever produced. I thought this video was going to show the examples of soft power from several countries, but instead came off too much as an ad for his own country, India - one it really doesnt need! The points he makes, though, are well-suited to the audience: thought leaders and public intellectuals from all over the globe, gathered at a conference on technology, entertainment and design. Pakistan can clearly learn a lot from its neighbor.

Hope you enjoy Tharoor at his best!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Second Notice : Director of Finance in Washington, DC --Deadline extended

Dear colleagues,



We have extended the deadline for this position and therefore, sending this notice again: I am representing Global Rights that seeks a Director of Finance (D of F) to oversee and manage the organization’s financial operations globally, based at its headquarters in Washington, D.C.   Please note that because it is based in the United States, US citizenship or an authorization to work in the US is required.


Position Title: Director of Finance

Location:  Washington, DC

Start Date:  immediate


Founded in 1978, Global Rights is an international human rights capacity-building organization that works side by side with local activists in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to promote and protect the rights of marginalized populations. Through broad-based technical assistance and training, Global Rights strengthens partners to document and expose human rights abuses, conduct community outreach and mobilization, advocate for legal and policy reform, and provide legal and paralegal services. Global Rights headquarters in Washington, D.C. oversees our network of six field offices, located in Afghanistan, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Morocco, Nepal, and Nigeria. Through them, we also run regional programs in the Maghreb, focusing on Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia, and Latin America, with a focus on Brazil and Colombia



Job Description:

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Director of Finance, a senior manager within Global Rights, is the principal official responsible for all of Global Rights’ financial planning, budgeting, procurement and reporting.  The D of F is responsible for leading the organization’s finance staff, developing the finance department’s vision, and overseeing the financial management of Global Rights’ operations worldwide.


S/he serves as a member of the senior Management Team, which provides overall strategic leadership to the organization. By the nature of this position, the D of F works collaboratively with every department head in the Global Rights headquarters and with all Global Rights field office leadership and finance staff.  


Key Duties will Include


Coordinate and direct all financial planning, budgeting and procurement activities, manage financial operations to ensure financial compliance, stability and growth;


Develop and implement internal control policies and procedures for budget administration, cash and credit management and accounting;


Prepare and direct preparation of all financial statements, reports, annual budgets and reports for donors and regulatory agencies;


Prepare and facilitate the annual audit.


Qualifications Include


·        A seasoned professional with a minimum of 10 years experience in financial management including grants management in the not for profit sector;

·        Demonstrated knowledge of accounting principles and practices, and business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation and coordination of people and resources; 

·        Critical thinking and systems evaluation skills;

·        Strong interpersonal and communications skills (oral and written);

·        A strong service orientation toward colleagues;

·        Ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions;

·        Experience with U.S. and/or European government donor agencies and their grants management, reporting and audit requirements;

·        Experience in working interactively with field offices and affiliates;

·        A CPA and a graduate degree in business, finance, accounting or other field related to the work of this position;

·        Fluency in English is required; French and Spanish language skills are highly desirable;

·        Strong skills in the use of Microsoft Excel, QuickBooks, and MIP.

·        US citizenship or authorization to work in the US is required.


Benefits and Salary

Global Rights offers a generous benefits package which includes health and retirement plans, and up to five weeks paid vacation per year. Salary is commensurate with experience.  


How to Apply:  Please send resume/CV that clearly shows you meet the required Skills/Experience of the position by email to   Please include “Director of Finance-DC” in subject line of your email. 


Closing Date of Application:  Open


Thank you for reviewing this position and hope that if this does not match your area of expertise, you will forward to others who may be a good match. 


Many Thanks,


Linda Aines

International Link Recruitment Services

Sudbury, Vermont, USA

Phone:  +802-273-2330


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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Needed: Disaster Management Specialists for Haiti

Hello Everyone,


I am accepting resumes for disaster mitigation experts for Haiti.   This work is on behalf of Pan American Development Foundation and they are in need of applicants that have strong experience in general management and relief operations, distribution, logistics, transport, etc. The deployment may be for six to nine months.


Title: Disaster Management Specialist

Location: Haiti

Start Date and duration:  Must be available for immediate deployment  for approximately 6-9  months duration.



Qualification Requirements:


  • Minimum of 7 years experience in international development  and emergency management/Disaster mitigation in developing countries;


  • Must have multiple country experience;


  • Experience in  general disaster management and relief operations, distribution, logistics, transport;


  • French language ability is required;


  • Must be available for immediate deployment.


How to Apply:  Please send resume/CV that clearly shows you meet the required Skills/Experience of the position by email to   Please include “Disaster Mgmt -Haiti” in subject line of your email. 


Closing date for Applications:   January 22, 2010


Thank you for viewing this position and hope that if it is not in your area of expertise that you will forward to your colleagues who may be interested. 



Linda Aines,   International Link Recruitment Service

Sudbury, Vermont, USA 

Tel: +802-273-2330


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