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Friday, September 23, 2016

Africa Early Years Fellowship

The World Bank Group’s Early Learning Partnership (ELP) is launching the Africa Early Years Fellowship to recruit a cadre of young African professionals to support governments and World Bank teams to scale up investments in the early years.  This new initiative is complementary to the WBG Africa Fellowship Program, which is targeting Ph.D. students from Sub-Saharan Africa who are interested in starting careers with the World Bank Group.
The Africa Early Years Fellowship will recruit promising young professional who will work in their home countries to build capacity in countries to ensure Africa’s children reach their full potential.  In Sub-Saharan Africa, 80 percent of children under five years of age are not enrolled in pre-primary programs and malnutrition still prevails. ELP works closely with country governments and World Bank country teams to promote investments in the early years and support early learning and early childhood development (ECD). 

About the Fellowship
Approximately 10 fellows will be selected and hired as short-term consultants for one year beginning early 2017, with the possibility of being renewed for a second year.
Fellows will receive ongoing training and work experience across relevant sectors, including education, health, nutrition and social protection.  The Fellowship will include a brief orientation at the World Bank’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and fellows will also benefit from ongoing professional development and mentoring from WBG staff.  Fellows will be based in select countries in Africa, with the expectation that Fellows continue working in-country after the Fellowship conclusion.
Specific duties may include:
  • Support World Bank teams to design or implement operations in ECD/early learning or a related field
  • Support country and core teams in activities associated with the World Bank’s Investing in the Early Years initiative
  • Support countries’ early learning research agenda associated with the World Bank’s Early Learning Systems Research Program  
  • Contribute to analytical work in ECD/early learning or related fields
  • Coordinate initiatives to strengthen the capacity of local academic institutions in early learning and ECD
Each Fellow will have a work program focused on one or two countries, and will be based in one of the following priority countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.

Who Should Apply
Interested candidates should be based in-country, or willing to relocate with minimum or no compensation.
  • African nationals 25-40 years of age
  • Educational and professional experience in ECD/early learning
    • Graduate degree in a relevant field (including education, economics, statistics, health and nutrition, and social service) AND at least 3 years of professional experience in education, health and nutrition or social protection, with preference for previous work in ECD/early learning; OR
    • Undergraduate degree in a relevant field (including education, economics, statistics, health and nutrition, and social service) AND at least 5 years of professional experience in education, health and nutrition or social protection, with preference for previous work in ECD/early learning
  • Functional experience in economics, evaluation, project design and operations, policy dialogue, or advocacy desired
  • Experience in the public sector, civil society, or multilateral organization preferred
  • Demonstrated interest in ECD/early learning
  • Demonstrated high potential and commitment to ECD and/or human development in Africa
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong written communication skills and ability to work well in teams, including with senior officials
  • Ability to work effectively remotely
  • Fluency in English required of all candidates; fluency in French or Portuguese required of candidates interested in working in francophone/lusophone countries
Selection Process
To apply, please submit a completed application form and resume by October 20, 2016. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Fellows will be selected by December 2016 and will start work in early 2017.

Join the Commonwealth Students Association – Communications Subcommittee

Do you have an interest in student governance issues in the Commonwealth? Are you an experienced and passionate communicator?

Join the Communications Subcommittee of the Commonwealth Students Association, and be part of the leading Commonwealth youth network working to protect the rights of students across the Commonwealth.
How to apply
Send the below documents in one email with the subject line – CSA Communications Committee:
1. Cover letter stating which position you intend to fill (please refer to the Terms of Reference). If you are applying for multiple positions, please indicate this in the cover letter.
2. Copy of your CV (not more than 2 pages)
3. Evidence of your work to support your application (a minimum of 3 and maximum of 5 related pieces/designs/links, etc.). If these include multiple links, please insert them into one document.
4. Confirmation of your studentship. A letter from your university or other academic/vocational institution will suffice.
Please send your applications to youth@commonwealth.int before the deadline. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
The deadline for applications is 2 October 2016 at 23:59 London Time (GMT+1).

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017

The Royal Commonwealth Society is pleased to announce that the theme for The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017 is A Commonwealth for Peace.
Building upon the 2016 theme of an Inclusive Commonwealth, this year’s topics ask for a more active understanding of the role of the Commonwealth as a network of and for democracy, Human Rights and peace. We are asking young writers to explore peace at every level, from the personal to the political to the Pan-Commonwealth.

  1. What is in your Toolbox for Peace? 
  2. My peaceful place.
  3. How can children and young people come together to build a peaceful society?
  4. ‘Peace cannot be learnt from a book or from religion. You have to reach out and touch the nations.’ How does this relate to the Commonwealth?
  1. Peace.
  2. Should you fight for peace?
  3. Kofi Annan said ‘Education is, quite simply, peace-building by another name.’ Do you agree? Answer with reference to your country and/or the Commonwealth.
  4. What is the cost of peace?

The competition is open to all citizens and residents of the Commonwealth aged 18 and under and is open from 21 September until 1 May 2017. All entrants receive a Certificate of Participation and one Winner and Runner-up from the Senior and Junior categories will win a trip to London for a week-long series of educational and cultural events. For more information about the competition, download the flyer and please visit Terms and Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions.

History of the Essay Competition
The RCS has a rich history of nurturing the creative talents of young people around the Commonwealth. They endeavour to promote literacy, expression and creativity among young people by celebrating excellence and imagination. Run by the RCS since 1883, this international schools’ writing contest – the world's oldest – is a highly regarded and popular international education project which we run in partnership with Cambridge University Press.
In 2015, the contest was renamed ‘The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition’, in honour of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s role as both Head of the Commonwealth and Patron of the Royal Commonwealth Society.     
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