African Beat

January 25, 2019


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In This Issue:

  • MOAA Frontpage
  • What's New with Your Mayor?
  • Rolling in Resources 
  • You Should Go
  • Get Hired 


Emery Senior Day Spa


Mayor Bowser invites all ages 50 and over to Senior Spa Day at Fort Stanton Recreation Center. The event includes free haircuts, manicures, makeovers and so much more.

When: Friday, January, 25, 2019 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Emery Recreation | 5701 Georgia Ave., NW | Washington DC | 20011

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#FITDC Friday Night Lights


Join the #FITDC for the latest installment of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS! Kick off your new year the right way with an upbeat workout. Fun, fitness & community all wrapped in one!

When: Friday, January, 25, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Blind Whino SW Arts Club | 700 Delaware Ave SW |  Washington, DC |  20024

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Multilingual Education Fair of DC


Co-sponsored by the key education institutions of the District, the third edition of the fair features 100 exhibitors and a full program covering 17 languages to allow language learners of all ages to explore and deepen linguistic and cultural skills, and learn about careers where languages are crucial. The fair is free to all participants.

When: Saturday, January, 26, 2019 | 10:00 am  - 2:00 pm 

Where: Gallaudet University, I. King Jordan Student | 800 Florida Avenue, NE | 
Washington, DC |  20002

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Free Lunch Saturdays


Thanks to the Mayor Muriel Bowser Administration, Child Care Resources, Inc and OSSE, kids and teens eat free on Saturdays until the end of the government shutdown! As long as he/she is 18 & under, they can find a location to get nutritious meals free!

When: January 13 - Every Saturday Until Government Shutdown Ends | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Where: Various DPR Locations

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AfropolitanDC (February) - The Black Heritage Experience (2019 Premiere)


The event typically features exciting networking activities, African and Caribbean cultural expressions including artist performances, fashion shows, top AfroCaribbean DJs, dance performances, retail & food vendors and food vendors to spice up the experience with authentic and delicious AfroCaribbean bites

When: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 6:00 pm-11:00 pm

Where: Saint Yves | 1220 Connecticut Ave NW | Washington DC | 20036

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The 4th Annual Georgetown Africa Business Conference “Transforming Africa”


The conference is hosted by Georgetown's McDonough School of Business in conjunction with the Walsh School of Foreign Service’s African Studies Program. The purpose of this event is to showcase the growth and impact of the private sector across the African continent and facilitate a discussion on opportunities to continue this success.

When: Saturday, February, 2, 2019 | 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Where: Georgetown University, Rafik B. Hariri Building | Washington, DC | 20007

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Read Africa Week Festival

Read Africa

Join us to celebrate Read Africa Week, a literary initiative to showcase juvenile literature with realistic depictions of African life. Enjoy authentic African foods and vetted books for check out.

When: Saturday, February, 2, 2019 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where: Francis A. Gregory Library | 3660 Alabama Ave. SE | Washington DC | 20020

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job opp

Doctors without borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Duties & Responsibilities:

Candidates who are committed to a long-term career in humanitarian aid will be prioritized. With MSF many fieldworkers enjoy the flexibility of being able to undertake missions during different periods in their careers or as personal circumstances permit.

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Interim Senior Program Officer, Official Development Assistance & Development Assistance for Health

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Interim SPO will report directly to the Deputy Director, International Development Finance, in the Development Policy & Financing Team (DPAF). He will be responsible for a spectrum of program activities, including grant management, research and analytics, strategic planning, communication, and relationship management. This position will work closely with our Africa and donor government relations, program advocacy and communications, as well as our health and delivery program strategy teams.

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Global Technology Support Associate - French Required

Chemonics International

Chemonics seeks an associate to join the Global Technology Support team within the Global Technology and Infrastructure division. The associate will provide technical support to an assigned division in our home office in addition to providing remote support to field offices located around the world.

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Family Support Worker - Bilingual Spanish/English or Amharic/English required

Mary’s Center

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Collaborates with the Parent Resource Visitor or other referring providers to review questions concerning the Intake Summary. Identifies and articulates critical issues confronting the family and uses as a basis in creating the Family Goal Plan (FGP). Builds on family strengths to meet participant needs and/or respond to crisis and stress. Collaborates with Program Manager to determine level of family functioning and growth as it relates to the service levels.

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2019 Summer Teacher - Bilingual speakers, especially in Spanish or Amharic, encouraged to apply

Higher Achievement

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

• Prepare and execute engaging daily lesson plans and activities for scholars using the curricula provided by Higher Achievement
• Adapt lesson plans to suit diverse scholar needs while assessing and supporting scholar strengths
• Implement Higher Achievement's high standards of a Learning Community in the classroom by maintaining high expectations for scholars, praising their hard work, and issuing incentives and consequences when necessary

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Compliance Specialist

Summer Global Health Internship

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Global Affairs

The Office of Global Affairs (OGA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently recruiting applicants for our summer 2019 Internship program. OGA fosters critical global relationships, coordinates international engagement across HHS and the U.S. government, and provides leadership and expertise in global health diplomacy and policy to contribute to a safer, healthier world. This is an unpaid internship.

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Senior Program Associate - Africa (East Africa)

International Republican Institute (IRI)

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

Supports the Program Officer (and/or Program Manager or Senior Program Manager/Officer) to implement grant(s) and ensure grant compliance, including logistical support for program activities andevents. Maintains an understanding of funder and IRI policies and procedures related to grant compliance and oversight.racks and follows-up on pending procurement requests, approvals and monitoring once approved.

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Mayor's Office on African Affairs 2019 Kickoff Happy Hour


On Thursday, January 17, 2019, the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs partnered with Your Ethiopian Professionals and Young African Professionals to kick off 2019 with a networking happy hour at Bukom Café located at 2442 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC 20009. The Happy Hour was attended by over 150 people from various cultures. This event served as a platform to encourage attendees to contribute to the District's public life and participate in Mayor Bowser’s effort of making Washington DC a welcoming city where people from all backgrounds can thrive.

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Join Mayor Muriel Bowser at the 2019 Wilson Building Open House


As Mayor Bowser starts her second term join her and members of her administration for an Open House at the historic John A. Wilson Building.

Nearest metro station: Federal Triangle Station

For reasonable accommodations or additional information please contact 202-442-8150 or e-mail Twitter: @MayorBowser  | Instagram: @Mayor_Bowser | Facebook: MayorMurielBowser


When: Monday, February 4, 2019 | 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm

Where: Wilson Building | 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW | Washington, DC | 20004

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Mayor Bowser and DC Housing Finance Agency Announce New Mortgage Assistance Program for Furloughed Federal Employees


On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, as the partial federal government shutdown extends into its second month, Mayor Bowser and the DC Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) have announced a new program to provide mortgage assistance to District homeowners who are furloughed federal government employees. Through the District of Columbia Mortgage Assistance Program (DC MAP), financial assistance will be made available to qualified homeowners in the form of a zero-interest, recourse loan. DCHFA has allocated $9,000,000 for DC MAP and qualified homeowners will be able to receive up to $5,000 a month.

Many people – myself included – who make a monthly mortgage payment depend on having a steady paycheck to be able to do so,” said Mayor Bowser. “Unfortunately, this unprecedented shutdown has created a tremendous amount of economic uncertainty for federal employees and their families, and so we are doing everything we can to ease the burden and alleviate stress. It is very unfortunate that this is what it has come to and I join millions of Americans in urging the President to work with Congress to end this shutdown and get our federal employees back to work.

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Mayor Bowser Participates in Annual Point in Time Count


On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, Mayor Bowser joined volunteers at the Point in Time (PIT) Count, the annual census of persons experiencing homelessness. Each winter, the PIT Count is conducted by The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness. In May, a final report will be released by the Council of Governments, alongside numbers for other jurisdictions in the region.

“ We’ve made progress in making homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring, but we have more work to do,” said Mayor Bowser. “This annual census helps ensure we have the information we need to continue building on our progress and getting more Washingtonians connected to safe and affordable housing.”

In 2018, Mayor Bowser kept her promise to close the DC General Family Shelter and replace it with smaller, more dignified programs. In the fall, the Mayor cut the ribbon on three new short-term family housing programs in Wards 4, 7, and 8. 

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Mayor Bowser Announces Emergency Legislation, Giving DC Government the Ability to Provide More Federal Employees with Much-Needed Unemployment Insurance Benefits


On Tuesday January 22nd, 2019, which marked the beginning of the second month of the partial federal government shutdown, Mayor Bowser announced that she is sending emergency legislation to the Council of the District of Columbia that will give DC Government the ability to provide more federal employees with much-needed unemployment insurance benefits. Additionally, the Mayor also committed $2 million in additional support from DC’s local contingency fund to the Department of Human Services (DHS) for disbursement to new and recertifying DC Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries starting in February. This commitment ensures that despite the lapse in federal funding for SNAP due to the persisting federal government shutdown, vital food assistance to tens of thousands of DC households and families will continue. SNAP is a nationwide program that offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.

As we enter the second month of this aimless and unsustainable government shutdown, millions of Americans, including hundreds of thousands of District workers and families, are feeling the full impact of lost income and the anxiety that comes with not knowing when you’ll receive a steady paycheck,” said Mayor Bowser. “We know that what Americans need is a resolution to this shutdown, but until that happens, we’re going to keep doing what we can to make sure our residents have their basic needs taken care of – and that includes stepping up to fund SNAP and provide unemployment insurance benefits."

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Frances Tiafoe: The janitor's son who became an Australian Open hope


Tiafoe is an outsider for the Australian Open, but his story - and that of his family - is of greater odds overcome and slim chances seized. It begins, two years before he was born, with his mother Alphina. Back in 1996, she was one of the fortunate few from the global millions to enter the United States' green card lottery. The scheme - formally known as the diversity visa program - randomly allocates 55,000 visas to applicants from countries with low immigration rates to the United States.With civil war deepening in her native Sierra Leone, Alphina tried her luck and was handed a route to a new life in the USA.

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NIH's new fellowship program will support the next generation of African scientific leaders


Ten African scientists have been selected for training at the National Institutes of Health as part of a new fellowship program to build research capacity in African countries and develop ongoing scientific partnerships. NIH, the African Academy of Sciences, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are collaborating to establish the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative.

The inaugural cohort will assume their positions in NIH host labs in early 2019. NIH will provide two years of training under principal investigators who share the fellows’ research interests. The African scientists will then return to their home institutions and receive two years of support to continue the research and establish themselves as independent investigators. NIH and the Gates Foundation are together providing about $4 million for the program.

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The Office of Risk Management is hosting a Small and Minority Business training


The Office of Risk Management, Insurance Team, is hosting a Small and Minority Business training session designed to educate contractors and vendors on the importance of implementing a comprehensive insurance program for their individual businesses. The topics include: *Construction risks and exposures *Why insurance protection is imperative *Financial implications to businesses *How we are interconnected *Explanation of various insurance coverages *Cyber Liability *Professional Liability *Sexual Abuse/Molestation *Employment Practices Liability *How to identify exposures and partner them with the appropriate insurance *Claim examples

When: January, 28, 2019 | 10:00 am  - 11:00 am 

Where: DSLBD Business Center | 441 4th Street NW | Room 846N | Washington DC |  20001

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2019 Multilingual Education Fair of DC


A drop-in group for adult speakers of other languages to improve their oral skills in American English and gain more confidence in speaking. Participants should already have a working knowledge of English.

When: Every Monday and Wednesday 

Where: Mt Pleasant Library | 3160 16th NW | Washington, DC |  20010

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My School DC Application for Grades 9-12


My School DC is the common application and common lottery for the District’s public school options.

If you are new to DC or are seeking a transfer for your child to attend a new public school for this school year (school year 2018-2019), please call the My School DC Hotline at (202) 888-6336, Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to learn more about schools with short waitlists and in-boundary schools.

When: High School Application Deadline is Friday, February 1, 2019

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DC Health Link: Free Health Insurance by January 31st


Little time remains for individuals and families to enroll in quality health insurance coverage. If you do not have coverage, call our contact center at (855) 532-5465 or visit Please RT and share this post. #GetCoveredDC #StayCoveredDC

Open enrollment for Individuals and Families ends on Thursday, January 31, 2019

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2019 TASSC International Open House


You are invited to the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) annual celebration that will be held on February 9, 2019, at 4121 Harewood Rd NE, Washington DC 20017 from 1 pm to 4 pm. TASSC  is a nonprofit organization based in the United States that works to end the practice of torture internationally and to support the survivors of torture and their families. TASSC is concerned not only with the prevention of torture but also addresses its aftermath, the individual survivor, family, community, and society.

There will be food, music, and stories. Feel free to invite family and friends.

When: February 9, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm  

Where: 4121 Harewood Rd NE | Washington, DC |  20017. 

Please RSVP by February 4, 2019, by emailing or replying directly to this email.

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Grants Available through Office of Partnerships and Grants


Office of Partnerships and Grant Services the clearing house for the Government of the District of Columbia’s grant programs. There are over 21 available grants.

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