Monthly Archives: October 2011
UNAIDS will use crowdsourcing technologies and social media platforms to engage young people in developing AIDS policy
GENEVA, 25 October 2011—The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is launching CrowdOutAIDS.org, an online collaborative project to crowdsource its new strategy on youth and HIV—a first in the UN system.
Crowdsourcing is a technique used to rapidly engage large numbers of interested people to develop strategies, solve problems or propose relevant and fresh ideas. With around 3000 young people aged 15-24 becoming infected with HIV daily, leveraging new modes of communication and online collaboration with young people is essential for an effective response to HIV.
“We’re asking youth around the world to debate, draft and work with UNAIDS to implement this new strategy,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “It is absolutely critical that we engage young people—not as recipients of our messages but as the actors and creators of change.”
CrowdOutAIDS.org is a completely new way for UNAIDS to develop policy on HIV. It will use crowdsourcing technologies and familiar online tools such as Facebook, Twitter and Renren to ensure youth engagement and action in the AIDS response.
CrowdOutAIDS.org follows a four-step model and is open to anyone aged 15-29. Young people will be able to shape the new strategy from conceptualization to final drafting via a wiki-platform.
“It is important to involve young people in policy development in order for our views, expectations and aspirations to be fully represented,” said Jennifer Ehidiamen, a blogger and journalist from Nigeria, and online content curator for CrowdOutAIDS.org. “CrowdOutAIDS.org is an innovative way to build a strong community, interested in sharing solution-based ideas and actions on AIDS.”
The project will run over a period of two months with the final crowdsourced strategy being produced in January, 2012. To find out more, visit www.CrowdOutAIDS.org, and follow @UNAIDS and #CrowdOutAIDS on Twitter.
The Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (You WiN!) Programme is a collaboration of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Communication Technology (CT), and the Ministry of Youth Development that will launch an annual Business Plan Competition (BPC) for aspiring young entrepreneurs in Nigeria, in line with the Federal Government’s drive to create more jobs for Nigerians. The programme will be implemented in partnership with Nigeria’s private sector, who will be requested to provide funding support.
Objectives of the programme
The main objective of the Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (You WiN!) Programme is to generate jobs by encouraging and supporting aspiring entrepreneurial youth in Nigeria to develop and execute business ideas that will lead to job creation. The programme will provide aspiring youth with a platform to show case their business acumen, skills and aspirations to business leaders, investors and mentors in Nigeria.
Specific Objectives of the Programme include to:
- Attract ideas and innovations from young entrepreneurial aspirants from Universities, Polytechnics, Technical colleges, and other post-Secondary institutions in Nigeria;
- Provide a one time Equity grant for 1,200 selected aspiring entrepreneurs to start or expand their business concepts and mitigate start up risks;
- Generate 40,000 to 50,000 new jobs for currently unemployed Nigerian youth over the three years during which the three cycles will be implemented;
- Provide business training for up to 6,000 aspiring youth entrepreneurs spread across all geo-political zones in Nigeria;
- Encourage expansion, specialization and spin-offs of existing businesses in Nigeria; and,
- Enable young entrepreneurs to access a wide business professional network and improve their visibility.
- YouWiN is an equity contribution to your business. It is therefore NOT A LOAN but a grant.
- Award recipients will be paid according to the needs of the business and specific mile-stones stated in the business plan.
- Award recipients must be registered before disbursment of funds even though they do not need registeration to apply. You/wiN will support the registeration process.
- Award recipients will opperate accounts using their registered companies, with any of the participating commercial banks prior to disbursment.
- Award recipients must sign a grant agreement with the managers of YouWin before disbursment of funds.
For more information,visit: http://www.youwin.org.ng
Position Title: Research/Senior Research Fellow, Nigeria Strategy Support Program
Client: International Food Policy Research Institute (www.ifpri.org)
Position Location: Abuja, Nigeria
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow and Leader of its country strategy support program in Nigeria for a two year, fixed-term, renewable appointment. The position will be based in Abuja, Nigeria and reports to the Director of the Development Strategy and Governance Division. Grade level will be determined by demonstrated expertise and experience.
The Nigeria country strategy support program aims to enhance Nigerian capacity for evidence-based policymaking in the areas of agriculture and rural development and poverty reduction. It supports research and capacity strengthening for the implementation of Nigeria’s national and state development strategies. It addresses policy effectiveness and coherence within the agricultural sector as well as between the agricultural sector and other sectors key to economic growth and poverty reduction in that country. Key research and capacity strengthening activities will be carried out with a broad array of agricultural sector stakeholders, including Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, other concerned federal and state government departments, key Nigerian research institutes and universities, the National Assembly, and selected private sector and nongovernmental organizations.
The Fellow will be responsible for a) conducting research, policy advice, capacity strengthening and policy communications in Nigeria and b) leading IFPRI’s country strategy support program in that country. It is anticipated that the Fellow will allocate about 50% time to program management and 50% of time to research and capacity-building activities related to the country program. The Fellow will be responsible for the timely completion of research projects, actively publishing papers/books, and participating in various conferences, policy advisory forums, and capacity strengthening training programs. The leadership role includes the following responsibilities:
Program management: The Fellow recruits and manages local office staff, manage program resources, oversees the updating of annual work programs, reports against annual performance target, and maintains regular communication with IFPRI-Washington. In addition, s/he will recruit national collaborators and manage and monitor national collaborator and IFPRI researcher activities.
Research/Capacity Building: Based on identified program of work, the Fellow leads or participates in specific empirical research, supports targeted training programs, and oversees Washington-based and in-country staff on specific research and training activities that fall within the country program.
Policy Communication and Liaison: The Fellow maintains active policy communication with national counterparts through a face-to-face meetings, regular research seminar series, policy briefs and working paper series; establishing active links with various national research institutions, universities, and government agencies; reports program outputs and results; and liaises with donors on a regular basis.
Fundraising/Resource Mobilization: Through an active in-country presence, the Fellow identifies additional research funding opportunities, responds to in-country needs, channels donor resources to available skills and expertise in IFPRI, and liaises between non-country program IFPRI activities and local donors, if needed (and requested).
· PhD in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Public Policy, Public Finance or closely related field.
· Five or more years of post-PhD research and outreach experience in agricultural policy issues,with internationally recognized publications.
· Experience in policymaking or advisory position, and strong team-building and networking skills.
· Knowledge and experience working on gender issues.
· Knowledge and experience working in Africa, preferably Nigeria.
· Ability to work across disciplines and cultures.
· Excellent written and spoken English.
Applicants should email a detailed letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic Requirements: Undergraduate Degree. Minimum GPA 3.0
Maximum Age for Applicants: 26
Deadline for Applications: 11th October 2011
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