Monthly Archives: May 2012

Call for Applications:The Hurbert Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Humphrey Fellowship Program is for experienced professionals interested in strengthening their leadership skills through a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the U.S. and Fellows’ home countries. As a non-degree program, the Fellowship offers valuable opportunities for professional development through selected university courses, attending conferences, networking, and practical work experiences. During the year, Fellows pursue both their individual program goals and work closely with their Humphrey colleagues in workshops and seminars. Unlike a typical graduate school experience, the Program encourages Fellows to travel away from their host campus to learn more about American culture and to network with their American peers. If you are interested in broadening your perspectives and becoming a global leader, the Humphrey Fellowship is for you.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides ten months of non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the United States. Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or the private sector. The Humphrey Program fosters a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the United States and the Fellows’ home countries. The Program offers Fellows valuable opportunities for leadership development and professional engagement with Americans and their counterparts from many nations. More than 4,000 men and women have been honored as Humphrey Fellows since the program began in 1978. Approximately 200 Fellowships are awarded annually. Eighteen major universities in the United States host Humphrey Fellows. These host universities are chosen for their excellence in the Program’s designated fields of study and for the resources and support they offer Humphrey Fellows.

Humphrey Fellowships are awarded competitively to candidates who are mid-career professionals in many fields. To read more about the professional fields, please go to the “Program Fields“ section.

Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree, a minimum of five years of substantial, full-time, professional experience, limited or no prior experience in the United States, demonstrated leadership qualities, a record of public service in the community, and strong English skills.

The Humphrey Program is a Fulbright exchange activity. Its primary funding is provided by the U.S. Congress through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Co-sponsors include other governmental agencies, multinational organizations, and private donors. The Institute of International Education (IIE) assists the U.S. Department of State in administering the Humphrey Fellowship Program.

Eligibility Criteria

  an undergraduate (first university or Bachelor’s) degree

  a minimum of five years of full-time, professional experience

  limited or no prior experience in the United States

  demonstrated leadership qualities

  a record of public service in the community

  English language ability

 

Programme Fields

 

Humphrey Fellowships are awarded competitively to candidates who are mid-career professionals in the fields listed below. Please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy or Binational Fulbright Commission in your country to see which of the following fields candidates are being recruited in.

  Agricultural and Rural Development

  Communications/Journalism

  Economic Development

  Educational Administration, Planning and Policy

  Finance and Banking

  Higher Education Administration

  HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention

  Human Resource Management

  Law and Human Rights

  Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change

  Public Health Policy and Management

  Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration

  Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention

  Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

  Technology Policy and Management

  Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention

  Urban and Regional Planning

How To Apply

Please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy or Binational Fulbright Commission in your country for more information about application procedures and deadlines. Click here for a list of eligible countries and in-country contact information.

Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education office in Washington, DC by October 1. The deadlines for applicants vary by country.

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Apply:Commonwealth Foundation Leadership Exchange 2012

The Commonwealth Foundation Leadership Exchange is a five day learning exchange which brings together leaders and emerging leaders from across the Commonwealth. The 2012 Leadership Exchange will centre on ‘Stakeholder Engagement for Influencing Policy’.

The Exchange will take place from the 16–20 July 2012. 

Applications are now open. Deadline for applications is 20 May. 

Recognising the need to engage, understand and incorporate a wealth of knowledge, opinions and approaches, governments are increasingly looking to civil society to present new, alternative and progressive views for the future. The Exchange aims to shape civil society leaders to meet this demand and have an impact on policy.

Participants will take an active role on the Exchange, bringing their own knowledge, experiences and expertise to train and educate their peers. They will have as much to give as to learn and the Exchange will provide an opportunity to meet other leading thinkers and actors who are challenging traditional views and methods. The programme is thus structured around a combination of action learning, peer support and structured discussion and training.

The Exchange is open to civil society leaders and emerging leaders, who are currently engaged in national and international policy development and implementation activities, and who are current working in Commonwealth member states in the Asia, Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific regions. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding capabilities and experience from a wide variety of backgrounds and high level of professional achievement.

For more information on the application process please contact:

Guy Holloway
g.holloway@commonwealth.int
+44 (0) 207 747 6576

Apply:Climate Change Media Partnership journalist fellowship to report on COP18

The Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP) is proud to announce the launch of a Fellowship program that will send journalists to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha (COP18) in late 2012. The Fellowships are open predominantly to journalists from developing countries, but journalists from the US and Russia are also welcome to apply.

The application process is now open until closing on 29 May at 2359 GMT.

Formed in 2007 by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN), Panos London and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the CCMP has brought developing country journalists to the annual UN climate summits for the past five years. This has enabled them to cover the summit for their home media organizations, work with experienced and knowledgeable journalists from around the world, and gain a multifaceted understanding of climate change’s global impact. Numerous regional organizations also play a supporting role in the partnership.

As part of the fellowships, the CCMP will cover travel, lodging and daily subsistence expenses, arrange press accreditation at COP18, and provide other support services. The Fellows will benefit from a series of specially designed activities, including an orientation session, breakfast briefings, a field trip and a media clinic.

To be eligible for this  fellowship applicants must be:

  • A journalist from the developing world, USA or Russia
  • Able to illustrate passion and commitment to reporting on climate change issues
  • Able to travel to Doha, Qatar to arrive no later than 29th November 2012 and leave no later than 8th December 2012
  • Have proven support from an editor, producer or supervisor

The CCMP fully respects the editorial independence of all journalists. Throughout the conference, Fellows are free to report as they see fit. As well as the requirements above we ask that journalists agree to provide copies or summaries of all the stories they file during COP18 for posting on our websites and that they show collegial attitude towards other Fellows. One of the main benefits of this program will be the opportunity for Fellows to exchange views and information with their journalistic peers from around the world.

Criteria for evaluating applicants will include the prospective Fellow’s demonstrated interest in climate change issues; their audience; and the ability of the Fellowship to provide an opportunity for those journalists who might not otherwise have a chance to cover such events.  Fellows represent a diverse range of experience and regions, though a primary goal of this program is to reach audiences – particularly marginalized communities – who are currently underserved when it when it comes to climate information.

At the moment, the CCMP has funding to bring a small number of Fellows, but is actively working to increase support in order to increase those numbers. In addition to selecting the initial slate of Fellows, targeted to be announced in September a waitlist will also be created to select additional journalists if more funding becomes available.

Applicants are required to submit an application before the May 29, 2012 deadline. We expect to announce the winners of the Fellowships in September.

To apply for a fellowship please click here.

Contact: 

International Institute for Environment & Development:
Mike Shanahan, Press Officer
mike.shanahan@iied.org

Earth Journalism Network, Internews:
Morgan Williams, Project Manager
mwilliams@internews.eu

Panos:
Tia Jeewa, Senior Press & Communication Officer
tia.jeewa@panos.org.uk

 

 

 

 

Notes to editors: 

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is an independent, non-profit research institute. Set up in 1971 and based in London, IIED provides expertise and leadership in researching and achieving sustainable development (see: www.iied.org).

 

Call for Applications:ADDAX Petroleum/NNPC Tertiary Institutions Scholarships Scheme

ADDAX PETROLEUM/ NNPC TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS SCHEME  2012/2013

Addax Petroleum Development (Nig) Limited invites qualified candidates for its 2011/2012 National Merit Tertiary Institution Scholarship Awards Scheme

 

 A) GENERAL ELIGIBILITY

i. Must be Nigerian

ii. Must be a registered, full till 100 level undergraduate in any Nigerian Tertiary Institution

III) Must have 5 ‘O’ level credit passes in one sitting including Language and Mathematics

NOTE:

Any candidate currently a beneficiary of a Scholarship of any kind is not eligible to apply. Dependants of employees of Addax are not eligible to apply

 B) APTITUDE TEST

An aptitude test for all applicants will be conducted at the following centres on a later dates that shall be communicated to successful applicants through their email addresses. Applicant should therefore indicate their preferred centre for the test of their applications:

1. Abuja

2. Lagos

3. Owerri

4. Port Harcourt

5. Calabar

C) MODE OF APPLICATION

i. To qualify for consideration, applicants MUST submit an application with the following information:

a. Surname

b. Other Names

c. Sex

d. Functional e-mail address and phone number

Attach scanned copies of original:

i. Admission letter into institution with information on course of study, years of entry and graduation

ii. SCSSE/GCE O’ level Certificate

iii. Evidence of state of Origin/Local Government

iv. School ID card or National ID or Driver’s License or International passport

Applications without all these credentials will be rejected

D) SUBMISSION

All applications should be submitted with scanned copies of credentials through the following e-mail addresses not later thanTuesday, May 29, 2012.

 

Applications from North East geographical zone – email address: CRL1@addaxpetroleum.com

Applications from North West geographical zone – email address: CRL2@addaxpetroleum.com

Applications from North Central zone and Abuja – email address: CRL3@addaxpetroleum.com

Applications from South West geographical zone – email address: CRL4@addaxpetroleum.com

Applications from South East geographical zone – email address: CRL5@addaxpetroleum.com

Applications from South South geographical zone – email address:CRL6@addaxpetroleum.com

 

What’s Working in Youth Employment? An International Competition

The Youth Employment Network (YEN) and the ILO’s Youth Employment Programme (YEP) have come together to create the “What’s Working?” competition to find out what strategies and approaches are working and share them among the youth employment community.

The competition highlights success stories. Organizations who have had positive results from their youth employment projects can submit a Smart Note about their project, including why they think it worked and what lessons they learned. The winners are selected through online voting, comments, and a judges panel. The winning projects will have their Smart Note published on the website and receive a monetary award.

The result of the competition will be a series of Smart Notes published on the YEN Marketplace website.

How Does the Competition Work?

  • Entries are submitted under a chosen theme for the competition
  • YEN screens the entries and qualifying entries are posted on the Marketplace
  • The competition starts and Marketplace members can discuss the projects and vote on their favourites
  • The voting and comments are closed and the judges panel makes their review and final selection
  • The winning applicants are informed and the final Smart Notes are submitted
  • The winning Smart Notes are published and the awards are presented

Eligibility

  • The project described in the Smart Note must be targeted at young people
  • The applicant must be personally involved in the project and have the consent of the project manager
  • The competition is open to all countries
  • YEN and YEP reserve the right to visit the project either themselves or through their partners to verify the authenticity of the project before awarding a prize.

The winners will have their Smart Note published on the YEN Marketplace website, and there will also be a monetary award for the top three. The competition may also award Special Mentions to projects that did not win, but showed exceptional merit.

The deadline to enter is May 20, 2012 at midnight and the deadline to vote is May 24, 2012 at noon. Results will be announced on May 25, 2012. For more information, visit this link.

Call for Applications:M100 Youth Media Workshop In Germany

“After the Web 2.0 Revolutions: New Media as an Instrument for Change and Democracy?”

19 to 24 August, Potsdam/Germany

 

In 2011, regime change was for the first time initiated by social networks. Beginning in Tunisia, bloggers and activists called for demonstrations against their authoritarian ruling regime on Facebook and Twitter etc. Then in 2010/2011, thousands and thousands of people in several countries in North Africa and the Middle East took to the streets and – as in Tunisia und Egypt – brought about the overthrow of their rulers. In other Arab countries too, such as Libya, Syria and Bahrain, they have played and are playing a major role in rebellion and political change. All over the world young people are becoming politically active on the Internet and in social networks, twittering, posting and blogging opinions, reports and news out into the world, directly and without delay.

Call for applications is invited for the Youth Media Workshop 2012 on the topic, “After the Web 2.0 Revolutions: New Media as an Instrument for Change and Democracy?” from 19 to 24 August, Potsdam/Germany.

Youth Media workshop is being organized with young journalists from Europe and from countries in transformation in the Arab world. The major objective of this workshop is to offer aspiring young journalists from #Egypt, #Tunisia,# Libya, and #Algeria with an opportunity to engage in an intensive exchange of views and ideas and build networks in dialogue with young journalists from Western and Eastern Europe. Well-known media figures will lead the workshop. New ideas will be developed and open debates initiated.

The following are just some of the questions the workshop will focus on:

·   What does the Web 2.0 revolution mean for politics, the media and society? What can we learn from it?

·   Can the experiences of the Arab Spring be transferred to other situations?

·   Do the ‘network revolutionaries’ still have an influence on society and politics, even after the overthrow of regimes?

·   How do social networks influence developments in politics, culture and society; what can new media achieve as political infrastructure?

·   Could new media help stabilise political transformation processes and promote democratic structures and more participation?

·   What role can both the conventional and new media and their cross-media interaction play in these transformation processes?

·   What similarities and differences are there in the various countries?

·   How can sustainable use be made of social networks?

·   How does the local media, which is so crucial in democratisation processes, function in the various countries; does it even exist?

·    Mnn m mm How great is the risk that new media could lead not to more freedom but to more control and censorship?

Young journalists between 18 and 26 years old from all over Europe and countries of transformation in the Arab region can apply by submitting a short text in English (three pages max.) on the topic, “The Web Revolution – what influence do Facebook, Twitter etc. have on society, politics and journalism in my country?”

The organizers of the M100 Youth Media Workshop will cover accommodation and board during the workshop. A travel allowance is also offered. The workshop will be held in English.

Deadline: 25 June, 2012

For further information, visit the Link

Call for applications is invited for the Youth Media Workshop 2012 on the topic, “After the Web 2.0 Revolutions: New Media as an Instrument for Change and Democracy?” from 19 to 24 August, Potsdam/Germany.

Youth Media workshop is being organized with young journalists from Europe and from countries in transformation in the Arab world. The major objective of this workshop is to offer aspiring young journalists from Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Algeria with an opportunity to engage in an intensive exchange of views and ideas and build networks in dialogue with young journalists from Western and Eastern Europe. Well-known media figures will lead the workshop. New ideas will be developed and open debates initiated.

The following are just some of the questions the workshop will focus on:

  • What does the Web 2.0 revolution mean for politics, the media and society? What can we learn from it?
  • Can the experiences of the Arab Spring be transferred to other situations?
  • Do the ‘network revolutionaries’ still have an influence on society and politics, even after the overthrow of regimes?
  • How do social networks influence developments in politics, culture and society; what can new media achieve as political infrastructure?
  • Could new media help stabilise political transformation processes and promote democratic structures and more participation?
  • What role can both the conventional and new media and their cross-media interaction play in these transformation processes?
  • What similarities and differences are there in the various countries?
  • How can sustainable use be made of social networks?
  • How does the local media, which is so crucial in democratisation processes, function in the various countries; does it even exist?
  •  Mnn m mm How great is the risk that new media could lead not to more freedom but to more control and censorship?

Young journalists between 18 and 26 years old from all over Europe and countries of transformation in the Arab region can apply by submitting a short text in English (three pages max.) on the topic, “The Web Revolution – what influence do Facebook, Twitter etc. have on society, politics and journalism in my country?”

The organizers of the M100 Youth Media Workshop will cover accommodation and board during the workshop. A travel allowance is also offered. The workshop will be held in English.

Deadline: 25 June, 2012

For further information, visit the link.

ANNOUNCED:African Social Entrepreneurs 2012!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five social entrepreneurs were presented the award of Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 for Africa by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship yesterday in Addis Ababa at the World Economic Forum on Africa.

They were presented their awards in the context of Africa`s Leadership plenary, to underscore their importance in the economic, political and social future of the continent. We were also honoured to have with us at the awards ceremony President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of Nigeria, President Jakaya M. Kikwete of Tanzania and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia.

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, Sole Rebels, Ethiopia Sole Rebels taps into Ethiopia`s rich artisan heritage to create durable, stylish and eco-friendly footwear for international markets. Sole Rebels offers training and employment to hundreds of underprivileged workers in Ethiopia, creating a new employment model for local companies. It is committed to a zero carbon footprint, through practices such as use of recycled automobile tires for the rubber soles.

Sameer Hajee, Nuru Energy Group, Rwanda Electricity grids do not reach many homes in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nuru Energy works with micro-entrepreneurs to disseminate its Nuru LED Light, which can be recharged using an off-grid, pedal-powered platform. The Nuru Light provides up to 26 hours of light with a full charge and costs one-sixth of kerosene to recharge. To date, Nuru Energy has set up 230 Village Level Entrepreneurs, who have sold 20,000 Nuru Lights.

Paul Scott Matthew, North Star Alliance, South Africa In the 1990s, Paul Matthew observed the alarming impact of HIV/AIDS on truck drivers and other mobile workers. The North Star Alliance provides these communities with sustainable access to high quality health and safety services through a network of interlinked clinics known as “Roadside Wellness Centres”. Since opening its first Centre in 2005 in Malawi, the North Star network has grown to 24 Centres in 10 countries.

Andrew Muir, Wilderness Foundation, South Africa An environmental activist, conservationist and community leader, Andrew Muir dedicates his life to conservation and social development. The Wilderness Foundation has protected over 200,000 hectares of wilderness and more than 100,000 disadvantaged youth have benefited from its educational and job programmes. In addition, the Wilderness Foundation pioneered the Green Leaf Environmental Accreditation Standard, which certifies and monitors the environmental sustainability business practices of companies across Africa.

Seri Youlou and Thomas Granier, Association la Voûte Nubienne, Burkina Faso More than a decade ago, Seri Youlou, a farmer from Burkina Faso, and Thomas Granier, a French mason, built a Nubian vault home in Burkina Faso that inspired them to establish Association la Voûte Nubienne. By training farmers in the construction of homes with vaulted earth-brick roofs they are providing a source of income to farmers during the off-season, and creating a market for affordable, ecologically sustainable housing. Today, more than 200 masons have built over 1300 Nubian Vault homes in West Africa.

In the midst of great challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa, I am inspired by the achievements of these dynamic individuals and their social impact. I am filled with immense hope for the future of the continent. It is with deep pride and honour that I welcome these social entrepreneurs into the Schwab Foundation family.

Call for Applications:MSc Scholarships by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

The International Development Department, University of Birmingham, is pleased to announce that the Mo Ibrahim Foundation is providing one scholarship for our MSc in Governance and State-building, to start in September 2012. The scholarship will be for a two-year programme, with the successful candidate undertaking the full MSc programme and then six months within the Foundation as an intern, based in London.

The programme

The Governance and Statebuilding programme is one of the specialised streams within international development, and takes an interdisciplinary standpoint, combining the theoretical rigour of political economy and the practical experience of development. The good governance agenda occurs now increasingly alongside debate on state-building, which encompasses issues such as accountability and transparency, corruption, conflict, political settlement, human rights, participation, access to justice and democratisation. Governance and state-building are of particular interest to governments, non-governmental organisations and development agencies, as well as to a growing and vibrant academic community.

The pathway for the Foundation scholarship comprises the following modules:

  • Critical Approaches to Development (20 credits)
  • Governance and State Building in Developing Countries (20 credits)
  • Econometrics and Development Applications (30 credits)
  • One of the following four modules (20 credits):
    o Development Politics
    o Development Management
    o Conflict in Developing Countries
    o Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development
  • Choice of optional modules (40 credits) – choose from over 25 IDD modules plus others from across the University
  • Dissertation (60 credits) – in depth focus on a topic of particular interest, with support from a supervisor. This may involve overseas fieldwork in a country chosen by the candidate.

Eligibility

The entry requirements consist of:

  • At least an upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university.
  • Adequate capacity in written and spoken English. For those whose first language is not English, evidence of this capacity is required. Applicants should reach at least level 6.5 in the IELTS or 580 /93 for TOEFL. Please check the University website for more information on English language requirements.
  • Experience in economics and statistics, demonstrated through a good mark received for at least one course at undergraduate level.
  • Applicants must be African nationals domiciled (or permanent residents) in an African country. Preference will be given to scholarship candidates living in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Application process

Applications must be received through the University online application system, accessed via www.birmingham.ac.uk by the 11th June, with a 500 word statement and CV sent by email to Mrs Debra Beard (d.l.beard@bham.ac.uk). This statement should set out why the applicant is the best candidate for the scholarship. Please include ‘Mo Ibrahim Scholarship’ in the subject line of the email.

The scholarship

The scholarship includes:

  1. Full tuition fee
  2. Air fare to and from the United Kingdom and visa
  3. Monthly stipend of £920 for 18 months
  4. Arrival allowance of £920

The remaining six months for the internship will be funded directly to the successful candidate by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

For more information: International Development (Governance and Statebuilding) MSc/GDip