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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Sudanese and South Sudanese Youth Leaders Program

The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) launched its Sudanese & South Sudanese Youth Leaders program in 2013. The program brings Sudanese and South Sudanese peace builders between ages 18 and 35 to Washington, DC to be in residence at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) for four months. The goal of the project is to support youth to gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to further their peace building work and position themselves as stronger peace building agents in their communities. USIP will bring one Sudanese and one South Sudanese leader in the spring of 2016 and another two leaders in the fall of 2016.

Previous youth leaders have done projects related to religious peace building, the role of women in conflict and peace, and analyses of the roots of local conflict. Youth leaders spend the majority of their fellowships doing individual research, attending meetings with USIP staff, and participating in events in the D.C. area.
The application for the 2016 youth leaders program is now open. Please read the application instructions before starting your application.
USIP will consider both internet-based and Word-based application submissions, but prefers internet-based applications when possible. The internet-based version of the application can be found here and the Word version of the application can be accessed herePlease only submit one application.
For program and eligibility requirements, please refer to the application instructions.
Application and Program Timeline
December 4, 2015 - Application opens
January 1, 2016 - Application deadline; no submissions will be accepted after 12:00 noon EST
January 15, 2016 - Semi-finalists notified via email by 17:00 (5:00pm) EST
January 18 - 25, 2016 - Semi-finalists interviewed by phone
January 29, 2016 - Finalists notified
April 1, 2016 - Spring cohort of youth leaders arrive in Washington, D.C.
July 1, 2016 - Fall cohort of youth leaders arrive in Washington, D.C.
August 8, 2016 - Spring cohort of youth leaders return home
November 10, 2016 - Fall cohort of youth leaders return home
Meet the Most Recent Youth Leaders
Silvio William Deng, South Sudan
Project: Root Causes of Ethnic Conflict in Upper Nile State
Ikhlas Mohammed, Sudan
Project: Women’s Role in Conflict Resolution in Darfur
Arif Omer, Sudan
Project: The Peace Lens Project (Media and Conflict in Sudan)
Othow Okoti Onger, South Sudan
Project: The Role of the Church in Peace building in Jonglei State

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Akili Dada Gap Year Intern

Applications for the 2016 Gap Year Intake Now Open 
Complete applications must be sent via e-mail to apply@akilidada.org.

About Akili Dada
Akili Dada is an international award-winning leadership incubator nurturing a generation of young African women from underprivileged backgrounds whose commitment to the underserved will transform their communities.  Our leadership development curriculum creates the foundation on which young women ages 13-35 build their skills and earn the essential qualifications they need to access key decision-making roles and leadership positions.  By selecting from and building the capacity of some of Africa’s most innovative young women change makers, we are meeting the urgent need for both more African women in leadership as well as the overall need for transformative leadership across the continent. For more information visit our website
About the Gap Year Program
Akili Dada Gap Year recruits high school graduates to take part in a 9 month program that targets girls aged 17-20. The program is an opportunity for these girls to learn essential skills that would prepare them for the transition to university and beyond. Through intensive skills development training, internship placement and community service engagement, the Gap Year provides a space for these girls to build their capacity as young women leaders. First priority will be given to girls from the following Akili Dada partner schools: The Kenya High School, Precious Blood Girls High School Riruta, Mary Hill Girls High School and Loreto Limuru Girls High School.
Program cost per student is 7,000 Kenya Shillings per month.
If you identify yourself as a self-determined student interested in making most of your gap year , complete and submit the application http://www.akilidada.org/blog/2015/11/9/apply-to-be-a-2016-akili-dada-gap-year-intern?utm_content=buffer43bfa&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Call for Applications, Global Challenges Fellowship

The School of Public Policy (SPP) and the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University (CEU IAS) in Budapest, and the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin are collaborating on a unique fellowship program that seeks to bridge policy theory and practice to generate mutually beneficial and groundbreaking exchanges between the two areas. The goal is to encourage fresh perspectives on some of the most pressing global public policy challenges by forging closer ties between policy practitioners and academics from Europe and outside the “established West”
·         Fellows receive an allowance for accommodation in Budapest and Berlin as well as a monthly stipend. Fellows are expected to reside in Budapest and Berlin during their fellowship, pursue their research agendas and participate in the intellectual life of SPP and CEU IAS.
·         Senior fellows will receive a net monthly stipend of 2,500 Euros for the duration of the program to help support their stay in Budapest and Berlin. Junior fellows will receive a net monthly stipend of 1,500 Euros. In addition, all fellows will receive a housing allowance for their stays in Budapest and Berlin. Fellows also receive limited funds (up to 2,000 Euros) for travel to and from their home country and between Budapest and Berlin, as well as health insurance coverage.
·         Be from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, or Turkey; and be residents of these countries at the time of application.
·         Hold an academic degree in the social sciences, humanities, and/or law.
·         Have at least three years of demonstrated professional experience at the time of application. Those with at least 15 years of demonstrated policy-making experience or seven years of experience since earning their PhDs will be considered for the senior fellowship.
·         Be able to communicate fluently in English, the working language of the program.
·         Have a demonstrated record of policy engagement and submit an innovative research proposal
Deadline: November 23, 2015 
To apply and for more information visit here

Monday, October 5, 2015

2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship Application


Selection Process

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is conducted as a merit-based open competition. After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel. Chosen semifinalists will be interviewed by the U.S. embassies or consulates in their home countries. If selected for an interview, applicants must provide a copy of their passport (if available) or other government-issued photo identification to verify eligibility.

Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:
·         Are between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application submission, although exceptional applicants younger than 25 will be considered.
·         Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
·         Are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa.
·         Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.
·         Are citizens and residents of one of the following countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Individuals residing in Eritrea and Zimbabwe may not apply to the Public Management track. Residents of Sudan may only apply for the Civic Leadership track.
The U.S. Department of State and IREX reserve the right to verify all of the information included in the application. In the event that there is a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible.
Applications not meeting the above technical eligibility requirements will not be forwarded to the selection committee. If you do not meet the technical eligibility requirements for this program, we invite you to visit exchanges.state.gov for information on other U.S. Department of State exchange opportunities.

What are the criteria for selection?
Selection panels will use the following criteria to evaluate applications (not in order of importance):
·         A proven record of leadership and accomplishment in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement.
·         A demonstrated commitment to public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship.
·         The ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and respect the opinions of others.
·         Strong social and communication skills.
·         An energetic, positive attitude.
·         Demonstrated knowledge, interest and professional experience in the sector/track selected.
·         A commitment to return to Africa and apply leadership skills and training to benefit the applicant’s country and/or community after they return home.

Application Information:

The application will collect basic information and will include questions regarding the applicant’s professional and academic experience, including educational background; honors and awards received; extracurricular and volunteer activities; and English language proficiency. We will also request a résumé (with dated educational and professional background), and personal information (name, address, phone, email, country of citizenship). Additional elements, such as letters of recommendation or university transcripts, are OPTIONAL and may supplement your application.

Application Timeline:
  October 1, 2015:
   Application opens
  November 11, 2015:
   Application closes
 January-February 2016:
   Semifinalists interviewed by local U.S. Embassies and Consulates
  March 2016:
   Applicants are notified of their status
  April-May 2016:
   Visa processing for finalists
   Mid-June 2016:
   Fellowship starts in the United States


Friday, September 25, 2015


AFRICAN UNION                                                         UNION AFRICAINE


Reference: HRST/ED/8/1.09.15
Date: 10 September 2015

The African  Union Youth  Volunteer  Corps (AU-YVC),  established  in 2010,  is a continental development  program that promotes volunteering among young professionals  in all Member States of the African Union. The program aims to deepen the status of young people in Africa as key actors in Africa's development targets and goals, enhancing their participation in policy development as well as design and implementation  of relevant interventions towards the AU Vision of the Africa we want’. It brings people together to share skills, knowledge, creativity and  learning  to build  a more  integrated,  prosperous  and  peaceful  Continent  driven  by its citizens. The volunteering opportunities are intended to build professionalism  and a sense of responsibility among the participants, thus enhancing their employability.

Young  African  Professionals  are  recruited  to  serve  for  a  period  of  12  months  as  AU Volunteers in an AU Member States other than their own. The next intake of volunteers for deployment in 2016 will be 10th 25th September 2015.

Applicants have to meet the following criteria:
1)  Citizen of AU Member State or African Diaspora;
2)  Aged between 18 and 33 years;
3)  Have at least a post-secondary education certified training and qualifications, from the equivalent of a Bachelors degree
4)  Available to dedicate 12 (twelve) months for volunteer work;
5)  Willing to live and work in another AU Member State;
6)  B proficient   in   a least   one   official   A language   (Arabic,   English,   French, Portuguese);

7)  Have at least one year verifiable experience as a volunteer and or one year of regular work experience

For the next intake of AU Youth Volunteers, the following fields of qualification and experience are required
Communication Studies
Computer Science
Conflict studies
Diverse Natural Science Fields
Environmental Management
Gender Studies

 Human Resources Management
 Human rights
 International Law
  International relations
  Political Science
  Space Science

Application Process:
Applicants are requested to submit the following
1.   Filled out application form (Download:  www.africa-youth.org/auyvc)
2.   Scanned copy of University degree certificate
3.   Letter of recommendation from place of volunteer/work experience
4.   Scanned copy of identity page on your passport
5.   Curriculum Vitae

The listed documents should reach before 25th September 2015 to:  youth@africa-union.org
*Late applications and applications that do not contain all requested documents will not be considered

Recruitment Process:
1)  30th September: Shortlisting
2)  15th October: Successful applicants will be notified
3)  7th 21st November: Successful candidates will undergo pre-deployment training;
4)  2016: Successful applicants will be deployed to relevant organizations.

Volunteer Entitlements:
For the successful candidates, the African Union Commission will cover the full costs of their pre-deployment training, at a venue to be communicated.

On deployment, the African Union Youth Volunteers receive the following:
1)  Economy return air ticket from home town to place of deployment
2)  A modest monthly stipend
3)  Health insurance cover
4)  Separation allowance on successful completion of twelve months

More Information:
For more information, please contact Dr Beatrice Njenga (Head of Youth Division); Mr Daniel
Adugna (AU-YVC program manager)

youth@africa-union.org www.africa-youth.org/auyvc www.facebook.org/auyvc