PRACTITIONER EXPERT PROGRAM
The Feinstein International Famine Center
Host Institution: This is a program of the School of Nutrition Science and Policy of Tufts University. The program will be run by the Alan Shawn Feinstein International Famine Center of the School of Nutrition Science and Policy. The key contact person for the program is Dr. John Hammock.
Length of Program: The program would be available from 4 to 8 weeks throughout the academic year, space permitting.
Participants: The program is open to practitioners and experts who work for an organization, agency or institution and who fully expect to return to their agency upon completion of this program. Though primarily aimed at practitioner experts returning from complex emergencies, the program is open to all practitioner experts whose agencies determine will benefit from the program. The program is not open to practitioners and experts between jobs, with no institutional affiliation. Participants will first be chosen by their agencies and final decision on acceptance will be made by the Feinstein International Famine Center.
Office and Computer: The participant will be given a workstation with a computer and full access to the Internet and all computer services available at the Feinstein International Famine Center.
Advisor: The program will assign the expert an advisor for the full period of time the expert is in the program. This advisor will oversee all aspects of the individual's program, provide guidance and advice.
Reading: The participant, with the advisor, will select articles and books of greatest interest and relevance to the expert. A realistic schedule for reading and discussion with the advisor will be determined. The expert will be expected to annotate at least one item read, enabling the Center to add this to its on-going, annotated bibliography.
Writing: The participant will be required to write a paper, most often on lessons learned from the recent field experience. Often a participant will be given a task by the sponsoring agency as to what they want written. The program will encourage a paper of any length (to be determined in consultation with the tutor) discussing field experiences and lessons learned. This is not a formal academic paper; references would not be required. The paper would go on file for use by the Center, including possible use by other experts in residence or for publications. All rights to the paper would be the property of the Feinstein Center.
Courses: The participant will be able to audit one course out of any regular course offered in the School of Nutrition Science and Policy and selected courses at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. There is no required output from this audit.
Lectures and Seminars: The participant would be free to attend any open lecture or seminar held at the School of Nutrition Science and Policy, the Fletcher School and Tufts University. These cover a wide range of topics and are offered almost on a daily basis.
Resource: The participant is an important resource to the Tufts community. As such the practitioner will be asked to be available for the following tasks:
Give a talk open to the general student body at the School of Nutrition Science Policy and the Fletcher School.
Give a seminar, on the complex emergency or country of experience to the broader Boston community possibly at the MIT seminar series on forced migration or the Kennedy School at Harvard.
Mentor one or two graduate students by discussing in depth the nature of the expert's work, identifying areas of study needed by practitioners, ideas for employment, etc.
Decompression: Decompression and healing is part of this program. There will be a structured focus on post traumatic stress, including reading materials and videos. Discussion will range from a) identifying stress in oneself, b) managing stress in colleagues and employees, and c) avoiding "burn-out." If necessary, the program can set up meetings with a specialist in post-traumatic stress for the participant. The Feinstein Center and this program do not have the resources to offer this as part of the program, but can arrange for this to be undertaken independently if required. Any cost for professional assistance would be borne by the participant or insurance coverage.
Interaction: The program will be able to accommodate several practitioner experts at one time. In the event that more than one expert is in the program at one time, the tutor will facilitate group discussions among experts on topics of common interest, providing the opportunity for participants to learn from each other.
Housing: Limited Housing is available for participants in the program. It is conveniently located on the Tufts Medford Campus. All necessary arrangements should be made prior to the participant's arrival.
Cost: The sponsoring agency or participant is responsible for the cost of accommodation and the salary and living expenses of the participant. The cost of the program is $1,250 per week.