Monthly Archives: August 2011

The MUD Academy One Month Make-Up Course!

Make-Up Designory (MUD)is an international make-up company that has been creating genuine make-up products and providing quality education over the past decade. In the international community, MUD has been the expert choice for make-up professionals, as its renowned make-up schools have produced renowned make-up artists on the global scene.

We are pleased to announce that the MUD Academy will be holding a one month make-Up course for both beginners and professional make-up artists. Students will have a choice of weekday and weekend classes

Weekday Classes

The weekday classes start on the 29th of August 2011 and run till the 29th of September 2011. Classes will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am-3pm.

Weekend Classes

The weekend classes start on September 3rd 2011 and run till September 25th 2011. Classes will take place every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-5pm.


Upon graduation, students will be issued the official MUD Certificate to begin their career as professional make-up artists.

Generate Revenue

In addition to becoming MUD certified artists, students will also have an opportunity to become MUD distributors, as additional discounts will be given upon full registration.

This One-Month Course will cover:

• Foundation Principle
• Skin Preparation Techniques
• Face breakdowns using face chart
• Bridal/Fashion/Runway Make-Up
• Corrective Make Up
• Photographic Make-up
• Color Analysis
• Threading and Waxing Eyebrows
• Eyelash Application
• Gele Teing
• Marketing Yourself as an Make-Up Artists
• And much more

Students will be provided with practice kits during the course.

Tuition Fee: N30,000
Tuition Fee & Makeup Kit: N80,000

Location: MUD Studio, 12b Fatai Idowu Arobieke, off Admiralty Road, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos

Registration Details
Payments can be made at any GTBank
Make-up Designories Nig Ltd
Acct no. 247 223 727 110.

Or at MUD Studio:

Lekki Outlet
12B Fatai Idowu Arobieke, Off Admiralty Road, Lekki Phase 1

Please call 07082978030 for registration and further enquiries.

The MUD Academy invites you to join the elite group in the world of makeup artistry.

The MUD Academy….an educated approach to make-up

Source: Bella Naija

Vacancy -UNFPA ICPD Beyond 2014 Secretariat

VACANCY NO.:                         Job ID 1843

CLOSING DATE:                       19 September 2011 (5.00 p.m. New York time)

POST TITLE:                             Data Analyst 

CATEGORY:                             ICS-9 (equivalent to P-2)


POST NUMBER:                       New


DUTY STATION:                        New York

POST TYPE:                             Non-Rotational 

DURATION:                               One year (renewable)

ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:           International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) beyond 2014 Secretariat

In 1994, the 20-year Programme of Action (PoA) of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) was adopted in Cairo to address the critical challenges and interrelationships between population and sustained economic growth in the context of sustainable development and human rights.  General Assembly Resolution 65/234 on the follow-up to the ICPD beyond 2014 mandates UNFPA, in cooperation with all relevant organizations to “undertake an operational review of the implementation of the Programme of Action on the basis of the highest-quality data and analysis of the state of population and development, taking into account the need for a systematic, comprehensive and integrated approach to population and development issues”.  The post described therein, will be part of the technical team of the secretariat put in place by UNFPA to carry out the 20-year Operational Review (OR) with the objective of assessing progress and achievements of ICPD PoA implementation since Cairo .

Organizational Setting:


The Data Analyst post is located in the ICPD Beyond 2014 Secretariat and reports to the Technical Adviser, who provides overall direction and guidance. S/He is part of the ICPD beyond 2014 technical team responsible for the implementation of the ICPD Beyond 2014 Operational Review (OR). The Data Analyst supports the ICPD beyond 2014 technical team in the implementation of all activities of the Operational Review particularly in the consolidation of good practices and lessons learned through bibliographic research, compilation and organization of relevant documentation, preparation of tables, and report writing. 

Major Activities/Expected Results: 

          Provides support to the ICPD Beyond 2014 Senior Technical Advisor in all activities of the Operational Review.

          Acts as focal point for the compilation of lessons learned and good practices in the context of the Operational Review.

          Provides substantive inputs and suggestions on all aspects related to the Operational Review particularly the implementation of the Lessons learned and Good Practices initiative.

          Maintains a web-based observatory of experiences and lessons learned at the different stages throughout the operational review process in general and the Global Survey in particular.

          Contributes to capacity development activities

          Assists in the development and maintenance of a database of consultants and experts in the different thematic areas covered by ICPD.

          Supports the swift and timely collaboration with regional partners in the implementation of the ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Survey.

-          Assist in the provision of data for analysis, for draft statements, talking points, correspondence, and briefing notes on OR; 
-          Assists the ICPD beyond 2014 team in all activities related to Operational Review.

          Supports the preparation of all documentation pertaining to the implementation of the Global survey. 

          Assists in the preparation of seminars and workshops and attends and participates as a technical resource person;

          Performs any other tasks to be assigned by the O-I-C of the ICPD beyond 2014 Secretariat review and the Technical Adviser for ICPD Beyond 2014.


Core Competencies:

  • Values/Guiding Principles;
  • Performance Management;
  • Developing People/Coaching and Mentoring & Fostering Innovation and Empowerment;
    Working in Teams;
  • Self-Management/Emotional Intelligence;
  • Communication;
  • Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making;
  • Analytical and Strategic Thinking and Results Orientation/Commitment to Excellence;
  • Knowledge Sharing/Continuous Learning 

Functional Competencies:

  • Organizational awareness
  • Conceptual innovation in the provision of technical expertise
  • Building strategic alliances and partnerships
  • Job knowledge/technical expertise

Job Requirements:

          Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, Demography, Statistics, Population Studies, or other related subjects;

          2 years of progressively responsible experience at national and/or international level in the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of statistical data is required.

          Working knowledge in the development, maintenance of databases and statistical packages for surveys are required;

          Strong analytical writing skills;

          Field experience is an asset.

          Familiarity with UN procedures and working methods, particularly with UNFPA’s mandate, policies and procedures, is an asset.

          Fluency and full working knowledge in English is required; knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender quality, teamwork, respect for diversity, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life.  We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. 

We offer an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the position. The package includes a competitive salary plus housing allowance, home leave, health insurance and other benefits.

How to Apply: 

UNFPA has established an electronic application management system. This allows applicants to create a candidate profile, which can be updated regularly and submitted for more than one vacancy.

Download the Step by Step Guide to Applying in the E-Recruit System of UNFPA at

Please print out the Guide for your reference during the registration and application process.

Notice: There is no application, processing or other fee at any stage of the application process.  UNFPA does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

2012 Innovation Prize for Africa:Call for Applications

Call for applications

Applications invited for the 2012 Innovation Prize for Africa from initiatives contributing towards developing new products, increasing efficiency or saving cost

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in partnership with African Innovation Foundation (AIF) are now accepting applications for the first 2012 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) aimed at honouring and encouraging innovative achievements of innovators and entrepreneurs in their endeavours that contribute toward developing new products, increasing efficiency or saving cost in Africa.

Purpose of the prize is to promote among young African men and women the pursuit of science, technology and engineering careers and business applications.


* Create platform for identification of innovative concepts and projects submitted by applicants that could be supported by IPA;
* Promote innovation across Africa in key sectors of interest through the competition;
* Promote science, technology and engineering as rewarding, exciting and noble career options among the youth in Africa by profiling successful applicants; and
* Encourage entrepreneurs, innovators, funding bodies and business development service providers to exchange ideas and explore innovative business opportunities.

Thematic Areas

Entries can be made in the following three thematic areas:

Health & Food Security

Addressing Africa’s health and food security challenge requires renewed emphasis on technological innovation. This award recognizes innovations in areas of responding effectively to health challenges and/or food security issues (including agriculture). The innovative projects can be in areas of development of new tools (e.g. R&D), or access and delivery of services effectively.


Increasingly various forms of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) applications are being used extensively for social and economic development. Consequently, ICT applications can support all aspects of sustainable development, in public administration, business/finance, education and training, health, employment, environment, agriculture and science.

Green Technologies

Green Technology requires the application of environmental science and green chemistry to conserve the natural environment and resources to mitigate the negative impacts for human beings. This award recognizes technological breakthroughs in clean/green technologies by individuals who have developed and/or implemented proven innovative strategies to mitigate or abate environmental pollution/pollutants. Innovations/inventions that are still at laboratory results, in testing stage or proof of concept will not be considered as their eventual social impact is unknown.

Last date for submission of application is September 30, 2011



Call for Interns: The Bridge Leadership Foundation


Job Title:                     Intern

Reports to:                 Programmes Officer

Location:                    Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria

Stipend:                      Excellent

Period:                                    Six – Twelve months


Summary of Position:

The Programmes intern will be responsible for helping with programme coordination, distribution of materials, event planning, database maintenance, internet searches, office needs and general office and field projects.


  1. Assist with development of programmes and projects including the TBLF Annual Career Day
    1. Be involved in the plan and development of programmes, events, and meetings (internal & external) that support TBLF objectives.
    2. Perform tasks assigned for conducting research.
    3. Conduct research on activities and issues using the internet, library and other information sources.
    4. Write and edit articles, materials, press releases, concept notes for publication in newsletters and online bulletins.
    5. Assist with publication and distribution of newsletters and online bulletins.
    6. Scan materials and collate information for updating the organisation’s websites.
    7. Updating the resource library by indexing and filing all publications received, and circulating the publications received.
    8. Assist with the coordination and development of donors, partners and contacts list and databases and update the information regularly.
    9. Actively participate in all staff operational/programme meeting.


  1. Perform administrative duties as assigned by Programmes Officer and Finance/Administrative Officer
    1. Manage the office filing system.
    2. Attend to visitors and coordinate appointments and schedules.
    3. Manage the communication network by answering telephones and sorting.
    4. Ensure circulation and file all materials received via post and fax.
    5. Preparing letters and other documents e.g. minutes and reports.
    6. Download, save electronically, print, ensure circulation and file all materials received via e-mail.
    7. Update TBLF Database with respect to mailing list.
    8. Maintain register of suppliers and service providers. Book appointments where necessary for sorting office facilities.
    9. Work within and support TBLF policies and procedures.
    10. Perform any other duties that may be requested.




  • This program will build the intern’s capacity in the following areas:


–                      Proposal and report writing;

–                      Office Management and leadership skills;

–                      Program and Project administration;


Interns will also be exposed to research on youth leadership, mentoring with regional implications as well as the basics of Corporate Governance.


Person Specification (Fresh graduates only)


  • Essential:
  1. Bachelor’s Degree;
  2. Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  3. Excellent interpersonal skills and team working skills;
  4. Excellent organizational skills and the ability to classify and manage information from different sources;
  5. Proficiency in the latest Microsoft office applications and internet tools;
  6. Honesty and open-mindedness;
  7. Willingness to work with good work ethic;
  8. Willingness to travel on assignments;
  9. Willingness to help with a variety of programs and tasks;
  10. Willingness to learn new things and use innovative procedures.


  • Desirable:
  1. Self-motivating and ability to use initiative where necessary;
  2. Good editorial skills;
  3. Interest in Youth and Leadership development issues;


Interested candidates should send in their applications with a detailed resume and a one-page write-up on why/how this program will be beneficial to their course of study and what added value it will bring to them.  Please state the dates of your internship in your applications noting that the minimum shall be 6 months.


All applications should be sent to on or before 31st August, 2011 as successful candidates must resume September 1, 2011.




Programme Manager Vacancy:The Bridge Leadership Foundation

Programme Manager : Job Description

The Manager will be responsible for the overall direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control and completion of the Foundation’s programme areas, ensuring consistency with organizational strategy, values, commitments and goals.


The Manager will work closely with the Executive Director and serve on the management team. The Manager will be expected to advice the Executive and Board of Trustees on developments, progress and challenges with programme areas.



  • Lead the planning and implementation of programs & projects;
  • Facilitate the definition of project scope, goals and deliverables;
  • Define project tasks and resource requirements;
  • Develop and monitor full-scale programme plans;
  • Assemble, direct, coordinate, supervise and appraise programme staff;
  • Supervise the proper implementation of approved programme budgets;
  • Plan and schedule project timelines and track project deliverables using appropriate tools;
  • Edit and present reports defining programmes/projects’ progress, problems and solutions;
  • Implement and manage programmes changes and interventions to achieve outputs;
  • Report to Board of Trustees periodically;
  • Serve on Management team and Finance Committee.


Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Applicants must be resident in Calabar, Cross River State.
  • Minimum Masters Degree in social sciences or related fields;
  • At least 3 years senior management experience with a non-profit organization;
  • Excellent writing and editorial skills;
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills;
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills;
  • Proven track record in a management position;


  • Knowledge of both theoretical and practical aspect of programme management;
  • Proven track record of managing diverse teams;
  • Ability to work with limited supervision;
  • Proven competence and experience in strategic planning of development programmes;
  • Experience in leading administrative and financial processes; budgets, reporting, resource management etc;
  • Excellent proposal and report writing skills and good networking and negotiation skills;
  • Excellent spoken and written English;
  • Good knowledge of computer application packages and the internet;
  • Ability to work under pressure;
  • Ability and willingness to travel at short notices.


All applications to be sent to: Applications close on August 31st , 2011 by 12noon.

Happy International Youth Day: It is time to Reflect on the International Year of Youth!

All too soon the UN’s proclaimed International Year of Youth will be phased out. This will happen after the 12th of August 2011. For most youth development activists, I think the 12th of August 2011 which marks International Youth Day and the few days after should mark another time of stock-taking.


As a young person myself, I will be interested in knowing how much various institutions, governments, and local communities increased their level of commitment and investment in youth. Did we witness any increased youth participation and partnerships? Last but not least, were we able to increase the level of intercultural understanding among youth?

I think that the International Year of Youth was a laudable idea by the United Nations towards highlighting the challenges and opportunities surrounding youth development through “dialogue and mutual understanding”.

The recent Arab Spring and Norway attacks against the civilian population all indicate “cracks” – failure to listen and invest in youth development and also failure in promoting multiculturalism – in our constructed world. In fact, I think I am not in the same “boat” about the fact that the people who matter in youth development have done little to meet the needs of young people following the recent UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Youth. When Mr. Ban asked: “Are we doing enough for you?  Can we do more?” the answers from the audience were a big “No” and “Yes” respectively.

In the absence of a concrete notion that something substantial has been done for young people, here are my recommendations for the future of promoting youth development:

1. Moving past tokenism and recognizing youth as partners in development:  Often when youth are invited to meetings, conferences, or to give input on policies and programmes their ideas are usually not considered central to the final outcomes of the event, simply because it is gradually becoming phenomenal and politically right to have a youth representative. As my colleague David Woollcombe of Peace Child International tells me in the lead up to Rio +20, if we want to achieve anything meaningful development, there is the need to harness the idealism of youth through co-management and “put youth at the heart of development.”

Development agencies and government institutions can integrate young people into their organization’s work through staffing, board membership and other institutional leadership opportunities which can promote youth leadership and sustainable actions. Youth Advisory Panels and Special Youth Program fellowship like that of the UNFPA are worth mentioning. However, it is important to ensure that this is not only at the global level but also at the country level of such organizations.

From my previous experience as a youth leader, I have come to realize that no one can explain the needs of young people better than young people themselves.

2. Bridge the digital divide and ensure full inclusion:  Though the world has become more connected than ever through ICT and the almost ubiquitous Facebook and Twitter society, we must not forget that millions of people still remain disconnected.  There is a need to ensure the full inclusion of young people who are located in hard – to-reach locations in development dialogue. This will bridge the gap between the real needs of young people in rural areas and also in urban areas. As a former National Focal Person of the UNICEF Rural Voices of Youth , I found this initiative interesting.

3. Provide core funding:  youth-led organizations face extreme difficulty securing funds to meet their operating costs, including the funds necessary to run an office, compensate staff, and cover other overhead expenses. Sustainable youth leadership requires having young people in paid staff positions or volunteers to manage projects and for internal capacity building of youth organizations. Providing long term funding can produce sustainable and meaningful results too.


Well- today is International Youth Day (IYD) and though the International Year of Youth (IYY) will end after today, the daily challenges of young people are yet to end. The theme for this year’s IYD is “Change Your World.” What are you doing to change your world? I could not agree more with John Legend in his song, Wake Up Everybody.The world will not get any better if we allow it to be as it is:


In retrospect of the IYY, do you think your community or country increased its level of commitment and investment in youth? Did we witness any increased youth participation and partnerships? Have we been able to increase the level of intercultural understanding among youth?


2011 Mentoring Programme: Call for Applications!

2011 Mentoring Programme – Call for Applications

The Bridge Leadership Foundation is currently accepting applications for a three-month mentoring programme, which provides young people with access to business leaders across different fields of enterprise. This opportunity is available ONLY to undergraduates, graduates and young entrepreneurs residing in Cross River State aged 25-35 years.



To apply:

•    Download and complete the registration form on our website

•    Send a 150-word essay stating your need for mentorship

•    Attach a CV and passport photograph

•    Send completed application pack clearly marked ‘2011 TBLF

Mentoring Programme’ to: 15, Murtala Mohammed Highway, (First Floor: Foto Studio Building), Calabar.

Please note that only selected individuals will be contacted.

Deadline for submission of applications is August 31, 2011

….raising a generation of transformational leaders

Call for Applications: Industrial Training for Artisans

The Bridge Leadership Foundation is pleased to facilitate industrial training opportunities for interested artisans in partnership with Desicon Group of Companies. Forty (40) positions are available for WELDERS and FITTERS to be trained by Desicon Group – a reputable firm which provides detailed engineering design and installation services for leading organisations in the Nigerian Oil & Gas Sector.

This opportunity is available ONLY to young individuals with requisite qualifications who are indigenes of Cross River State. (Two applicants per Local Government and Four outstanding applicants at the discretion of the Foundation)

How to apply:

–          Download and complete the registration form on our website

–          Attach a CV and passport photograph

–          Show proof of State and Local Government of  Origin

–          Send completed application pack clearly marked, ‘OPPORTUNITY FACILITATION – INDUSTRIAL TRAINING’ to: 15, Murtala Mohammed Highway, (First Floor; Foto Studio Building), Calabar.

Please note that only selected individuals will be contacted for interviews.

Deadline for submission of applications is August 31, 2011.

….raising a generation of transformational leaders!

The Social Development Fund:Call for Applications!


Set up by the French Co-operation, the Social Development Fund (SDF) aims at giving direct support to destitute communities, located in urban and rural areas, through the implementation of income and employment generating activities and/or the delivery of basic services.

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Guidelines for applicants
Guidelines for applicants

A call for applications is open until September, 16th 2011

Applicants to this Fund must be Non Governmental Organisations, Community Based Organisations or Local Committees. These organisations must be already existing, registered by the Nigerian authorities and able to provide at least 30% of the total amount of the project. A former experience in the sector of intervention will be valued.

Type of projects supported :

-  From 6 months to 2 years.
-  Targeted at supporting the most vulnerable and building the capacities of the civil society.
-  Between 4 million and 13 million naira.

Sectors of intervention :

-  This call for proposals targets projects that create incomes in the agricultural sector, or improve agricultural techniques.

Other sectors may also be funded, such as :

-  Income-generating activities : all business-type activities that can help the poor obtaining a basic income.

-  Water and Sanitation : activities that improve water availability and quality (example : well or drilling construction), hygiene promotion activities, sensitisation on waterborne diseases or latrines construction.

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Call for proposals
Call for proposals

How to apply ?

The first step is to send a concept note with a brief description of your organisation and the project you promote (beneficiaries, problem faced, activities proposed, outcomes expected). If your project is considered eligible, a complete application form will be sent to you.

Concept notes are to be sent before August 17th 2011 to :

Applicants will find more information on this call for applications in the documents attached. A guide is available to applicants in order to help them write project proposals.


Source: Embassy of France Website

“Youth In Prosperity of Cities” – African Youths Speak!

For three days the Shehu Musa Yaradua  Centre played host to over 300 youth leaders from Across the African continent in the 1st African Urban Youth Assembly. The event with the theme “Youth and Prosperity of Cities” was convened by the UNHabitat in order to engage young Africans in preparation for the World Urban Forum billed to take place in Naples, Italy in 2012.

Sharing shocking statistics from their recent research, the Direct or Global Monitoring and Research Division of UN Habitat, Prof. Oyebanji Oyeyinka stated “”the global economic crises has deepened the already dire unemployment situation of young people in Africa; so much so that cities which should be the bed for urbanization become burdened; stretching their elastic limits as a result of this”

The event featured different panel sessions with young people playing lead roles as panel speakers and moderators.  Esther Eshiet, Founder Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project, was one of the panel speakers on “Youth in Decision Making in Africa “ along with Mensah Kamara from Sierra Leone, Milka Muthoni – Kenya, Immaculate Gita – Uganda, Philomena Modu-  Kenya and  Musa Ansumana – Sierra Leone as well as Samuel Kawuma who was represented by Ewajesu Asala – Commonwealth Youth Deputy Chairperson.

Highlights of their presentations include;

“The Young people in the UNHABITAT governing board are mere lobbyists; not decision makers” – Mensah Kamara

“Decision making begins in taking a step to participation in policy process; you will never be given a chance until you impose yourself positively in the process “ – Esther Eshiet

“They are different platforms for engagements; at local, continental and international, find out what works and plug in!” –Philomena Modu  

“The Commonwealth has the best model of youth engagement; having youth representatives at decision making levels even at the Eminent People’s Group”