Monthly Archives: January 2012

UN launches web portal to help young women pursue technology careers

The United Nations launched a new web portal today focusing on helping girls and women access job opportunities, training and career advice in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.

The website – – was designed to inspire and help young women between the ages of 11 and 25 prepare for and pursue careers in technology by providing them with useful resources such as links to scholarships, internships, ICT contests and awards, tech camps and online networks where they can interact with other women working in an industry that is largely male-dominated.

“It’s a little-known fact that women were the original programmers of ENIAC, the US Government’s first ever computer. But while teenage girls now use computers and the Internet at rates similar to boys, they are five times less likely to consider a technology-related career,” the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said in a news release.

“Research consistently shows that girls tend to choose careers where they feel they can ‘make a difference’ – healthcare, education, medicine. With this new portal, we’re trying to show them that there’s much more to ICTs than writing computer code,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré.

“As we move towards an ICT-based knowledge society, the rise of apps and the explosion in telemedicine, remote learning systems and research and development make the ICT industry the most exciting choice any young person can make,” Mr. Touré said.

“I hope our new portal will serve as a showcase to attract the many talented girls and young women in countries worldwide to this booming sector,” he added.

ITU stressed the need for a change in attitudes towards ICT jobs, which according to experts, girls usually see as unfeminine, too challenging or just plain boring. However, the demand for these jobs worldwide is steadily increasing with not enough qualified individuals to fill the gap in the job market.

The European Union, for example, calculates that in 10 years there will be 700,000 more ICT jobs than there are professionals to fill them. Globally, that shortfall is estimated to be closer to two million.

The website seeks to inspire women to consider ICT as a career option by offering them information on the range of options available in the sector as well as provide them with real life examples of how women are already changing the industry.

“We hope our new Girls in ICT portal with its profiles and videos of women in ICTs will be a major catalyst in creating exciting and rewarding new choices for women worldwide,” said Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. “Encouraging girls into the technology industry will create a positive feedback loop, in turn creating inspiring role models for the next generation.”



Vacancies @ The Tony Elumelu Foundation

Blair-Elumelu Fellowship Programme, Liberia – Fellow
Location: Monrovia, LIBERIA

The Tony Elumelu Foundation is an Africa-based and African-funded not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion and celebration of excellence in business leadership and entrepreneurship across Africa. As a 21st century catalytic philanthropy, the Foundation is committed to the economic transformation of Africa by enhancing the competitiveness and growth of the African private sector. For more information, visit

The Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative is working for a future in which Africa’s development is led by Africans, with governments that are capable of setting and achieving priorities that reflect the rising aspirations and expectations of their citizens. For more information, visit

The Blair-Elumelu Fellowship is an innovative joint programme between The Tony Elumelu Foundation and the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative (AGI). The programme places international experts in key government institutions in a number of post-conflict and fragile African states to strengthen their capacity to attract and nurture private investment and enterprise.

-We are looking to recruit a Fellow to support the National Investment Commission in Liberia.
-The Fellow will be a member of the AGI Liberia team. We are looking for outstanding individuals with a proven track record of leadership and delivery. AGI team members generally have 5-15 years relevant professional experience.

-A background in strategy consultancy, private equity and finance, or international financial institutions. We are looking for a minimum 2-year commitment. Remuneration will be competitive within the international development sector.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV (no more than 2 pages) to – stating “BEFP” in the subject line

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 10, 2012.

TEF Public Sector Competitiveness Fellow – Senior Investment Advisor to the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Location: Abuja, NIGERIA

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) is an Africa-based and African-funded not-for-profit institution dedicated to the promotion and celebration of excellence in business leadership and entrepreneurship across Africa. As a 21st century catalytic philanthropy, the Foundation is committed to the economic transformation of Africa by enhancing the competitiveness and growth of the African private sector.

Led by the Honourable Minister, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has developed a new agricultural transformation plan for Nigeria as part of the transformation agenda of the President.

-In line with its intent to provide strategic support to key private sector-facing ministries through the TEF Public Sector Competitiveness Programme, The Tony Elumelu Foundation is seeking to engage the services of a suitably qualified candidate for the role of Senior Investment Advisor attached to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

-The Senior Investment Advisor will be primarily focused on attracting domestic and foreign investment into Nigeria’s agricultural sector.  The position is based in Abuja, Nigeria with extensive domestic and international travel and will report directly to the Senior Technical Advisor (Investments and Agribusiness).

Remuneration will be competitive within the international development sector.

For a more comprehensive job description and details on how to apply, visit

The deadline for applications is February 3, 2012.

Call for Applications:MOREMI Initiative Fellowship for Young Women in Africa!

Who is the most outstanding young African woman leader you know? Help us find her!
Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa (Moremi Initiative) is pleased to announce its call for applications for the 2012 Moremi Leadership Empowerment and Development (MILEAD) Fellows Program- to identify Africa’s most promising young women leaders.
The MILEAD Fellows Program is a one-year leadership development program designed to identify, develop and promote emerging young African Women leaders to attain and succeed in leadership in their community and Africa as a whole.
The program targets dynamic young women interested in developing transformational leadership skills that help them tackle issues affecting women in their communities and society as a whole- by equipping them with the world class knowledge, skills, values and networks they need to succeed as 21st century women leaders. Applications are welcome from young African women living in Africa and the Diaspora.
The MILEAD Fellowship will be awarded to 25 outstanding young women with exceptional qualities who have exhibited leadership potential in their community, organization, and/or profession. To be eligible for the one-year program, an applicant must be African, living on the continent or in the Diaspora; agree to participate in all required activities related to MILEAD- including a three-week residential Summer Institute in Ghana; and commit to a community change project. Applicant must be between 19 – 25 years of age. Specific requirements of the program and related dates are outlined in the application package. Please review program and application guidelines carefully, before completing your application.
Please note that this is not a full-time fellowship. Selected candidates may remain full time students or work full time for the program duration, except during the 3–week summer institute. The 3-week summer institute is an intensive and full-time residential program and all fellows will be required to attend. The rest of the program involves community-based, online and other distance activities.
We invite you to share this application information with the most promising young African women leaders you know- who have the potential to help transform Africa.
How to Apply: Application forms are available online at or by request via email. Completed application form must be submitted with two letters of recommendation and CV. All applications and supporting documents must be submitted by email.
Application Deadline: March 15, 2012.
The deadline for completed MILEAD Fellows applications to be submitted for review is March 15, 2012.
Interested in applying? Download the 2012 MILEAD Application Form
For additional information go or contact:
MILEAD Program Coordinator
Tel: +233 302 770 736 or +233 242 901222
Tel: +1 404 826 2942       

Call for participation:Youth CSO Code of Conduct Project

IRI is supporting a process to help actualize a Youth CSO Code of Conduct to serve as a strong youth made regulatory tool with mutually accepted standards and redress mechanisms recognized by government for the  improved operations, professionalism and cooperation of youth groups in promotion of youth development, peace, good governance, development and democratic sustainability in Nigeria.

You may also recall that I had earlier forwarded the report of a strategy meeting held in Enugu on the subject matter to you. Please find a questionnaire on the subject attached for your feedback. Since the committee set up at the Enugu meeting had already started circulating the questionnaires you don’t need to fill another one if you have already done that, otherwise, please fill it and submit to or if you haven’t done so. Furthermore, feel free to circulate as widely as possible to other young people and youth organizations. The questionnaire is pretty straightforward, so we will be expecting feedback between now and Wednesday from those who haven’t filled it. Groups who have widely circulated the questionnaire should also try to collect filled ones for return to the forwarded e-mail addresses.

Expected Outcome:


The outcomes expected from this process include


·         Strengthening internal democracy within Youth CSOs

·         Reducing the possibility of fractionalization within youth CSOs

·         Improving the reputations and levels of acceptance by other stakeholders towards youth CSOs

·         Increasing networking and collaboration amongst youth CSOs

·         Curtailing the duplication of efforts of youth CSO’s

·         The Code of conduct will help limit misconduct in the running of youth CSO’s

·         Laying the foundation for  youth groups to formally register and attain legal status  for easier identification and increased privileges


Ratification Workshop


The collation of the inputs of youth organizations which has been on-going for some time now is expected to culminate in a Ratification Workshop where a critical mass of youth organizations across the country will sit over the collated views sent in to come out with a final document after a clause by clause consideration of inputs.


Public Presentation

The document will be presented to the public shortly after the ratification workshop.

Feel free to call Emmanuel Acha on 08033751328 or Bem Aga on 08032484508 for questions or comments

To participate in this process;download the YOUTH CSO CODE OF CONDUCT QUESTIONNAIRE now!




Do you want to become a leader and be  equipped with leadership skills for transformation of organisations and society? Do you want to get the tools to become a better leader? Do you want to be a leader of leaders?  Do you have a vision for leadership?

If your answer to the above questions is in the affirmative, then you are a candidate for the Centre LSDLeadership School. The school will run for a period of one year (May, 2012-April, 2013) for the fourth set of students. The first set of students  graduated on 17th April, 2010. The second set graduated  on 14th May, 2011and the third set will be graduating on 28th April 2012.  At the school, there are a lot of presentations, group work, interactive sessions, coaching, mentoring and assignments to be supervised by the Faculty but physical meeting  takes  place every third Saturday of the month from 10.00am-2.00pm. A maximun of forty students will be admited for this session. Participation in the school is free but students are expected to buy textbooks on Leadership(not supplied by the Centre). Certificate of participation will be given to students who complete the necessary attendance (at least 70 percent) and assignments.


Interested candidates should send a write up on  why they want to participate in the Centre LSD Leadership School and send to Mr. Monday Osasah, Programme Officer, Centre LSD ( to reach him on or before 1st March, 2012.


The importance of leadership for the success of organizations and nations cannot be overemphasized. Some scholars have pointed out that everything rises and falls on leadership.

[i] Despite this recognition, there is scarcity of leaders all over the world. According to Myles Munroe, the world is filled with followers, supervisors and Managers but very few leaders.

[ii]  However, it is possible to train leaders. It has been proven that leaders can be trained to become top strategists who will be able to envision the future and help to map out strategies on how to get there.

[iii] Additionally, leaders can be trained to manage for success through people, policies, programmes and principles.

The Centre LSD Leadership School is set up to train leaders by attempting to unravel the complexity of leadership and offering a framework that will help people to become great leaders.

[iv] The school focuses on both leader development (expanding the capacity of individuals for effective leadership roles and processes) and leadership development (expansion of organisations’ capacity to enact basic leadership tasks including setting direction, creating alignment and maintaining commitment).[v]

At the end, we hope to produce leaders who will know how to mobilise others to get extra-ordinary things done in organisations and nations. They should now be able to transform values into actions; visions into realities; obstacles into innovations; separateness into solidarity and risks into rewards.

[vi] The school is meant for people who are motivated to become  leaders and want tools to become dynamic, strategic and visionary leaders that will transform organisations and nations.


The African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation established under Nigerian laws to build strategic leadership for sustainable development in Africa.  The vision of Centre LSD is an African society where there is dynamic, strategic and visionary leadershipcommitted to sustainable development. The Centre’s mission is to work with forces of positive change to transform society through appropriate leadership, strategy and development approaches. The centre is guided by the values of transparency and accountability; integrity; transformative change; feminism; diversity; dignity of the human person and Pan-Africanism.

The major focus of work is in the giant of Africa –Nigeria but the centre works across Africa with a Pan-African perspective with partners in all the sub-regions in Africa. The Centres’ strategy, programme and actions focuses on Africa with the operations being run from Nigeria partnering with organisations across Africa.


The Faculty is made up of persons who have distinguished themselves as leaders and are willing to share their life and experiences backed with theory and practice of leadership. They include:

Dr. Kole A. Shettima who hold a PhD in Political Science and currently Africa Director of MacArthur Foundation. He is an expert on human rights, reproductive health, higher education and philantropy.

Mrs. Eugenia Abu is a well known broadcaster with a Masters degree in Communication Policy Studies. She is an author and poet. She was the winner of the Flora Nwapa price for best writing in 2008.

Dr. Otive Igbuzor is a human rights activist, social entrepreneur, pharmacist and holds a PhD in Public Administration. He is an expert on developmnet issues. He is a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Strategic Management.

Hajia Amina az-Zubair OFR, straddles civil society, private sector and government and has accumulated considerable experience in leading people and managing resources. She is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs.

Mr. Johnson Ikube is the Group Managing Director of Future Now Plc. He is a result oriented Entrepreneur with experiences in Manufacturing, Banking and Consulting.

Dr(Mrs). Ejiro J. Otive Igbuzor holds a PhD in Microbiology. She is an Expert on gender issues, reproductive health and monitoring and evaluation.

Mr. Soji Apampa is a business  consultant and Executive Director of an NGO, Integrity. He has expansive experience in the private sector and in promoting corporate social responsibility. He is an author of several books.

Mrs. Maryam Uwais is a lawyer and Women and Child rights activist. She is currently a a member of the African Committee of Experts on the rights and welfare of the child.

Mr. Jimi Agbaje is a pharmacist, politician and manufacturer. He is very passionate about ethics, habits, professionalism and excellence.

Ms. Amina Salihu is a Political Scientist, Gender Activist and Feminist. She has extensive experience in teaching, development work, government, advocacy and capacity building.

Dr. Hussaini Abdu holds a PhD in political science. He is an expert in political economy with extensive experience in teaching and international development work.

Dr. Jummai Umar-Ajijola holds a PhD in Public Administration and Policy Analysis. She has career experience with government, NGO, international development agency and private sector.


The school runs for one year for each batch of students from May-April. Classes are held every third Saturday of the month at the Centre from 10.00am-2.00pm.

Contact Address:

African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development (Centre LSD),

Suite 27, 2nd Floor, Tolse Plaza,

4, Franca Afegbua Crescent,

Formerly Lawan Gwadabe Crescent,

Off Jonathan Marierie St,

After Apo Legislative Quarters,

Apo, P.O. Box 9661, Garki,  Abuja, Nigeria.


+234 98703178

Call for Internship Applications at CISLAC!

 The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), a non-governmental civil society organisation with focus on policy and legislative engagement based in Abuja, Nigeria, is seeking recent Masters’ graduates in African Studies, Development Studies or Public Policy who are interested in hands-on learning about governance and policymaking in West Africa.

CISLAC ( was founded to forge links between civil society and parliamentary policymakers in Nigeria’s transitional democracy, and to strengthen the legislative oversight process in Nigeria’s Legislature both at National and State level. CISLAC has taken a lead in such activities as monitoring the budget process, scrutinising the implementation of the Nigeria Executive Industries Transparency Initiative ACT, Fiscal Responsibility Act, Freedom of Information Act and examining National rules on Public Procurement Act 2007, advocating for the mainstreaming of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nigeria as well as many other areas of policy and legislation at a National and State level.

The intern role will involve assisting in administering programmes with partner institutions at National and State level, developing project proposals, preparing reports and information materials and helping to represent CISLAC in policy-related civil society networks. The internship will allow extensive and unique exposure to legislative and governance institutions, as well as interaction with wider civil society in Nigeria.

As part of CISLAC’s ongoing programme of providing opportunities for early-career professionals to have exposure to governance and development issues, the internship programme is open to both international and domestic candidates. Internships, which can be between three and six months, or longer if part-time, are expected to be self-funded, although a small daily allowance will be made for transport/food expenses.

To apply, please email your credentials and CV to and stating INTERNSHIP as the subject line within seven (7) days of this notice.

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) is a non-governmental, non-profit legislative advocacy, lobbying, information sharing and research organization. (CISLAC) works towards bridging the gap between the legislature and the electorate; by enhancing lobbying strategies; engagement of bills before their passage into law; manpower development for lawmakers, legislative aides, politicians and the civil society, as well as civic education on the tenets of democracy and Human Rights.

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)
No. 7 Mahathma Gandhi Street,
Off Shehu Shagari Way,
By Bullet Garden, Area 11 Junction,
Asokoro, Abuja – Nigeria
GSM: +234-8033844646, 08052370333, 07034118266

Call for Applications:Youth Workshop on MDGs 5!

Women Deliver and Partners in Population and Development will hold a targeted consultation in 2012, to gather regional perspectives on MDG 5 and the post-2015 development framework. At this invitation-only consultation, to be held Kampala, Uganda, participants will discuss regional progress and the challenges at hand in achieving MDG 5. It will also call for action in prioritizing maternal and newborn health and sexual and reproductive health among the global development goals.

Youth Workshop on MDG 5 and post-2015 Development Frameworks

March 25th – 28th, Kampala, Uganda


The consultations will include a youth workshop comprised of 15 to 20 young advocates, which will center on three activities: advocacy, messaging, and media training. These workshops will inform youth advocates about key issues in maternal health and sexual and reproductive health, including a discussion of the future development framework after the expiration of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The outcomes of these workshops will be incorporated into youth activities at the Women Deliver 2013 global conference.

Women Deliver is committed to making our Regional Consultations accessible to young leaders. To do so, we will offer full conference scholarships, including travel and accommodations, to selected candidates that meet the following criteria:



  • Under the age of 30
  • Able to speak & understand English
  • A citizen of a sub-Saharan African country
  • Willing and able to share lessons upon return
  • Motivated & committed to contributing to meetings
  • Able to travel from March 25th to March 29th, 2012
  • Available for the duration of consultation
  • Access internet regularly
  • Able to engage in post-consultation activities including:
    • o Writing guest blog posts for the Women Deliver website
    • o Joining the WD2013 Youth Working Group, if invited
    • o Disseminating knowledge gained from the consultation

Scholarship recipients will be notified via email no later than February 15, 2012. If a scholarship recipient cannot accept the award, they are required to notify the consultation planner as soon as possible. Scholarships are NOT transferable. Applicant must be present during the entire period of the consultation.

Scholarships will cover: Consultation registration, round-trip travel, visa fees, hotel stay, and a stipend for incidentals and meals. (For travel reimbursement, please maintain actual and valid receipts of all transactions including visa fees, taxi rides, etc.).

The primary language of the consultation is Spanish for the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Consultation, and English for the Africa and Asia Consultations. Translation (English for LAC Consultation, French for Africa Consultation) will be available for the plenary sessions. 



  • Be under the age of 30
  • Work in the health and development field, with a focus on Maternal Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, HIV/AIDS and/or Gender Equality, professionally, scholastically, or on a volunteer basis.
  • Possess a basic understanding of international frameworks such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and/or the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).

PLEASE NOTE: To be eligible for this scholarship, Women Deliver must receive your completed application online on or before the deadline of January 25, 2012. Applications are to be submitted to

Download  form>>> Women Deliver Application Form

Call for Applications: DAWN GRANTS for Story Tellers!

DAWNS is committed to lowering the barriers associated with humanitarian journalism and story telling. With revenue collected through the sales of DAWNS Digest, we will issue grants to writers, bloggers, citizen-journalists, photographers, documentary film makers or any other manner of storyteller.  Nominations are open until January 25. We will announce the recipients of our first grants on February 8.

About the Grants: Each grant will not exceed $500. Do you need a new lens for your camera? Do you need help covering the cost of a plane ticket? If you are a humanitarian storyteller and can demonstrate how $500 will help your project, you should consider applying. We realize that $500 will probably not cover the entire cost of your project, but we hope it can help. As DAWNS grows, we will begin to issue larger grants.
The Application: Go here to apply. In your application, explain what humanitarian goals you seek to accomplish through your project. Explain the stories you seek to tell and how this small grant can help you meet your storytelling goals. Please also describe how you will help spread the word about DAWNS Digest–our ability to issue future grants depends on attracting more paying subscribers.  Your project description, name and affiliation (if any) will be made public. So please only apply if you are willing to go public with your project.
Selection process. On January 26, we will open up the nominations to our community who will be given the opportunity to vote on their favorites. We have two tiers of subscribers: paying subscribers and those still in their free month-trial. Paying subscribers get 3 votes; non-paying subscribers get 1 vote.  If you not a subscriber but would like to vote you must sign up for a free trial of DAWNS Digest. 
The voting will help inform our decision about what the community believes is a worthy project worth supporting, but we reserve the right to make the final decisions. Our goal is to support high quality storytelling about people, places or things that are not typically well represented. So, when voting, please keep in mind the project itself rather than your relationship with the individual or group.
Input from our community is important to us. After all, we are only able to issue these grants because we have a community of subscribers who have signed up for DAWNS Digest.  If you have ideas and suggestions, feel free to contact us.
Go here to fill out an application

Call for Applications:Flour Mills Nigeria Graduate Trainee Scheme

Flour Mills is recruiting fresh graduates for its 2012 Graduate Trainee Programme.


Job Reference:    GT 12
Department:    Manpower Development

Graduate Trainee Scheme

The programme is a twenty-month packaged intensive training and development initiative that support the trainees in hands-on roles and responsibilities.  Training is broad based within our core businesses and functions and delivered through class work, special projects, web learning, executive mentoring and exposure to business units operations and functional areas.

Successful Trainees will be quickly integrated into the business and equipped with business, managerial and professional competencies to pursue a rewarding career and position themselves for leadership roles in the business.


You must be result oriented, relish responsibility with an enthusiastic approach to learning and self improvement.  You must be a good team player with high energy levels and good appetite for fast paced challenging assignments.  You must possess good communication and organisation skills, have good initiative and be capable of independent thoughts.

The programme is a twenty-month packaged intensive training and development initiative that support the trainees in hands-on roles and responsibilities.  Training is broad based within our core businesses and functions and delivered through class work, special projects, web learning, executive mentoring and exposure to business units operations and functional areas.

Successful Trainees will be quickly integrated into the business and equipped with business, managerial and professional competencies to pursue a rewarding career and position themselves for leadership roles in the business


  • 1st degree (minimum 2nd class lower division) obtained full time from a recognised University not earlier than 2009.
  • 5 O’ level credits at one sitting including English Language and Mathematics. Copied from:
  • Applicants should have completed NYSC by March end 2012.
  • Must not be above 28 years by December end 2011.

Application Deadline 

24th January, 2012

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should visit:

Nigerian Fuel Subsidy Policy:Implications for Sustainable Development

The government of Nigeria’s removal of fuel subsidy on petroleum products (Premium Motor Spirit) – through her regulatory agency, Petroleum Product and Regulatory Agency (PPRA) on January 1, 2012 – increased the unit cost from 65.00 NGN (0.40 USD) to 143.00 NGN (0.90 USD). This development came on the heels of a declaration of State of Emergency in some parts of the Northern Region on December 31 after weeks of terrorism and sporadic bomb blasts mainly in churches and other public spaces.

In the official release which read, ‘Following extensive consultation with stakeholders across the nation, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) wishes to inform all stakeholders of the commencement of formal removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), in accordance with the powers conferred on the agency by the law establishing it, in compliance with Section 7 of PPPRA Act, 2004’. Whilst the proposed policy promises sustainable development across all sectors of the economy, observers criticize the capacity and political will of the government to meet this promise after many decades of bad leadership and institutionalized corruption.

ThistlePraxis Research examines the effects of this policy on Nigeria’s economy beyond the sudden inflation that already plagues the system, and the implications for Sustainable Development in a report, Subsidizing Sustainable Development: The Nigerian Case Study to be published in two (2) weeks.

We invite you to contribute to this report by answering the following questions:

1. What is your opinion about the fuel subsidy removal in Nigeria?

2. What will be the short term effects of the policy on your work?

3. How do you envisage the long term effects of the policy on your company and your employment?

4. What are your expectations from: government and your employer(s)?

5. What measures, if any will you take in cushioning the effects of the policy for your social and professional life?

Want to contribute?

Send your inputs to and