Do Good Abroad: A Panel Discussion on Jobs in Humanitarian Aid and Relief

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Foreign Policy Association

Event Details

Monday, October 15, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM 
The New School - Wollman Hall
65 West 11th St.
5th floor
New York, NY
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Event Description

Working in humanitarian or philanthropic organizations abroad can be one of the most rewarding and thrilling experiences. But how do you find work in such a field, and what can you do to ensure it is a legitimate opportunity?

In this panel discussion you will learn:

·  Of the different positions working as a humanitarian worker overseas: What kind of work can I find in  relief efforts?

·   About organizations hiring workers to go abroad: How do I know it is a legitimate organization working towards truly altruistic goals?

· How to find opportunities working abroad: What resources do I have at my disposal to find such jobs?

· How to position yourself as the best candidate: How can I properly highlight my professional and academic experience to increase my chances of being hired?

· Of the experience overseas: What can I expect working in humanitarian aid and relief efforts? What kind of conditions will I live in?


All attendees receive:

• Enrollment in the Foreign Policy Association Global Jobs email alerts

• Light food and drink during networking/Q&A session

• Complementary six-month subscription to Foreign Affairs Magazine 


Who should attend this seminar?

• Undergraduate and Graduate Students considering or preparing for overseas in a humanitarian role.

• Young Professionals interested in beginning a career overseas in a humanitarian role.

• Mid-Career Professionals transitioning to a career in overseas humanitarian efforts.


This Global Career Boot Camp is sponsored by The New School

City Limits is a Media Partner of this Global Career Boot Camp.

Event Speakers

    • Paul von Zielbauer - Moderator
      Founder, Roadmonkey

      Paul von Zielbauer launched Roadmonkey in 2008 to give motivated people the chance to dive deep into a foreign culture and work hard for people in need. From 1999 through 2009, he was a staff correspondent for The New York Times, covering state government, private security firms, the military justice system and the war in Iraq. He has traveled in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America by train, boat, motorcycle, tram, bicycle, chicken bus and occasionally by car. He completed a Fulbright Scholarship for Young Journalists in 1997 while living in Berlin.

      In 2005, The Times nominated Paul’s investigative series on privatized prison healthcare for a Pulitzer Prize. Paul graduated with honors from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He received a B.A. from Iowa State University. He speaks German, Spanish and Vietnamese. He was born & raised in Aurora, Illinois.

    • Paul von Zielbauer
    • Matthew Rullo - Panelist
      Human Rights Watch - Associate of Women's Rights Division


      Matthew Rullo is the associate of the women’s rights division at Human Rights Watch. He supports ten women’s rights researchers across the globe through advocacy, research, publication, and editorial assistance. Matthew has specialized interests in migrant domestic workers, women’s access to reproductive health, and peace and reconciliation in South East Asia.

      A graduate of Trinity University, Matthew majored in Political Science and Music with a minor in Business Administration. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cambodia from 2008-2010 where he worked in education, youth, and gender development. He partnered with the Documentation Center of Cambodia to encourage dialogue and bring educational resources on the Khmer Rouge Genocide to his rural community.

      Matthew also worked as a cross-cultural and security trainer for Peace Corps Cambodia. He started at HRW as an intern in the Asia division assisting researchers analyze testimony from Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Matthew likes to run, read, and sing.        

    • Matthew Rullo
    • Tory Watts - Panelist
      The Hunger Project - Africa Program Officer

      Tory Watts joined The Hunger Project (THP) in 2010 as Program Officer after completing her Master of Public Administration at NYU's Wagner School of Public Service.

      Ms. Watt's career in international development began at Doctors without Borders where she worked alongside the CEO and Board of Directors of the New York office. Watching the comings and goings of so many volunteers, she was inspired to move to Malawi for the summer in order to expand an NGO's HIV/AIDS educational curriculum. Following her return to New York, Ms. Watts simultaneously enrolled in a Master's program and began a position at Malaria No More, where she worked with partners committed to meeting the Millennium Development Goal of reducing the incidence rate of malaria in sevaral sub-Saharan African countries.

      Working with African superstars such as Youssou N'Dour, she collaborated with a team of writers to develop innovative proposals that would sustain the organization's anti-malaria work. After graduation, Ms. Watts joined THP out of her admiration and support of its locally-led integrated model of development. Working in and alongside THP's epicenter project sites has reinforced for her the fundamental role of community leadership in bringing about meaningful change. As Program Officer, she enjoys working with colleagues both in New York and in Africa, spend a lot of time on Skype, and remains devoted to empowering communities to end poverty and hunger. 


    • Tory Watts
    • Tanya Accone - Panelist
      UNICEF: Chief of Planning and Operations - Division of Human Resources


      Tanya Accone found her job with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) by responding to an employment advertisement in a local newspaper. A strategic planning and new media specialist, today Tanya leads the strategic planning of the organization's human capital and is involved in innovation. She has also worked in UNICEF's external relations and operations functions. During her career she has nurtured various innovation and technology for development initiatives, spearheaded the development of Internet businesses and content portals throughout the African continent, was the Internet Editor of southern Africa's largest newspaper and worked at the Washington Post. Tanya has a Journalism degree from Rhodes University, completed her MA in Public Communication at American University on a Fulbright Scholarship, and holds an MS in Studies of the Future, long-range strategic planning, from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She also serves as a trustee on the Rhodes Charitable Trust. Also known as the ‘Six Continent Chick’, Tanya has worked and travelled in all but one continent. (Clue: the missing continent is not Antarctica.)

    • Tanya Accone
    • Adam Keehn - Panelist
      Director of International Human Resources - Save the Children

      Adam Keehn is Director of International Human Resources at Save the Children, where he has worked for nearly 20 years in both the U.S. headquarters and the field. Adam’s first experience with Save the Children was opening their office in Mali, West Africa, where he served for three years as the Country Representative. He filled similar roles in Burkina Faso and Ethiopia, and has worked on international human resource issues since 2006.

      Adam earned a Bachelor of Arts in French and English from Beloit College and a MPS degree in Adult Education and Community Development from Cornell University. He has taught in a Brooklyn middle school, served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer, and worked on an independent documentary film series featuring stories in Zimbabwe, Nepal and Arkansas. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children, and enjoys running, biking, and reading. And traveling, sort of.

      Save the Children is an international development and relief organization working in more than 120 countries.

    • Adam Keehn
    • Connie Robson - Panelist
      Senior Director of Global Recruitment - International Rescue Committee

      Connie Robson is the Sr. Director, Global Recruiting at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in New York City.  IRC is a widely respected international NGO that responds to some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives.   Connie leads a team of 8 global recruiters and is responsible for the sourcing and hiring of international staff in over 24 countries where IRC works.   Connie joined IRC in July, 2010 and has over 25 years not-for-profit and NGO human resources management and international recruiting experience.   Prior to joining IRC, Connie worked for 11 years with Save the Children in Westport, Connecticut, where she was responsible for global recruiting in over 40 countries overseas.  Connie received her Master’s Degree in Communications from Michigan State University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. 

    • Connie Robson
    • Barrett Prinz - Panelist
      Director of Global HR and Legal - One Acre Fund

      Barrett Prinz is One Acre Fund’s Director of Global HR and Legal.  He graduated from the University of Vermont and received his law degree from Tulane Law School.  Prior to joining One Acre Fund, Barrett spent more than 10 years as a litigation attorney for Manhattan and Boston firms specializing in corporate, white collar defense and employment litigation matters.  Barrett has also volunteered his time with the African Medical and Research Foundation and the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance.

    • Barrett Prinz