Monthly Archives: June 2012


  • The Commonwealth Youth Programme Regional Centre for Africa (CYP RCA) is pleased to announce the upcoming Regional Consultation on Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) organized by the Commonwealth Secretariat.  The Meeting is scheduled for 30th July – 3rd August, 2012 in Kampala, Uganda.

    The overall objective of the meeting is to build consensus towards the establishment of a Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as mandated by Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2011 in Perth, Australia.  The meeting will also build youth leadership capacity and facilitate experience sharing on the work of NYCs.  The conference will also create a platform for discussions on and development of strategies for promotion of NYCs in the Commonwealth.

    The meeting participants will be drawn from Commonwealth member countries, representatives of the National Youth Councils, Ministries responsible for Youth Affairs, YOUNG PEOPLE, UN agencies and key development partners. The three days meeting is expected to bring together a total of about 60 international participants.

    CYP therefore is seeking applications from two (2) young people on our Facebook group page, for the first time, via If picked, CYP will support the nominated participants with a return ticket to Uganda, accommodation, meals and local transport during the period of the meeting in Kampala, Uganda.


    Applicants MUST satisfy the following criteria:

    • Be between the ages of 18-29 (Not older than 29 on their last birthday)
    • Be a Legal citizen of one of the Commonwealth member countries under the Africa region (Botswana, Cameroon, Cyprus, , Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda, United Kingdom and Zambia)
    • Have more than Six (6) months left on his/her International Passport and must be amember of ‘CYP Africa’ group on Facebook.
    • Engaged with youth or civil society organization(s)/ a Commonwealth Association and able to show evidence of example of leadership or potential for leadership
    • Available to visit Uganda for the period of 30th July – 3rd August, 2012


    Apply with a 2-page article on ‘What is your idea of a Commonwealth Youth Council? Highlight how your experience in youth work will contribute to this debate’ via email to indicating in the Subject line “CYC Debate”


    Deadline for Applications: Monday 25th June, 2012 by 2pm GMT.

Call for Applications: Above the Fray Fellowship

THE JOHN ALEXANDER PROJECT is dedicated to funding the next generation of journalists; to finding untold stories.

The Project enables independent thinkers to tell stories that inspire action through our keynote program, the Above the Fray fellowship, which operates in conjunction with NPR.

We, the Project directors, can speak to a handful of mentors who opened doors and helped to launch our respective careers. In all of our cases, that list includes John Alexander. We’d love nothing more than to follow John’s lead, turn the tables, and give young, talented journalists a leg up in their burgeoning careers.


Above the Fray, a fellowship in conjunction with NPR, is the keynote program of THE JOHN ALEXANDER PROJECT.

The Above the Fray fellowship is designed to give a promising journalist the opportunity to cover important but under-reported stories from a location abroad. One fellow will be selected each year based on a winning proposal to report from a region lacking significant mainstream media attention. The selected individual will spend three months filing on-air and online stories for NPR.

Above the Fray supports curious, truth-seeking, spirited individuals who wish to cover under-reported regions, but who do not have the financial means or professional support to pursue these stories. The fellowship is not about finding the most experienced candidate; it is about discovering the next generation of international journalists. The fellowship strives to discover journalists who are at pivotal moments in their careers: those who are armed with the skills to independently tell stories and who possess the ability to take audiences off the beaten path.

Applicants should have at least three but no more than five years’ professional experience. Above all, the applicant must express sincere interest in innovative foreign reporting, a curiosity about global cultures and a demonstrated record of journalistic potential.


2012 Online Application — Available Now!


2012 Application Posted: May 1, 2012
2012 Application Deadline: July 1, 2012, 11:59 PM
2012 Selection Notification: July 31, 2012


The Above the Fray application is accessible online only and consists of the following items:

1. Basic personal details and work experience.

2. A pitch to report from a far-flung or otherwise under-reported foreign region.

3. Two (2) on-air clips, either audio or video that may either be uploaded as attachments or sent as links.

4. Three (3) essays to be uploaded as attachments. Essay topics are specified in the online application form.

5. Two (2) letters of recommendation (requested online via our application system). These are due the same day as the rest of the application materials—July 1—so be sure to request them with ample time to meet the deadline. Once your application has been saved as a draft, a link to request your recommendations will be activated.

Optional: You may also upload up to two (2) additional work samples.


Apply now:

US State Department Request for Applications: Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewable (wPOWER)

The U.S. Department of State’s (the Department) Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change (S/SECC) and Office of Global Change (OES/EGC) announce a Request for Applications (RFA). This RFA for a program is in connection with an initiative currently called the Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER).

The wPOWER initiative when established is intended to advance the Department’s objectives of unlocking women’s potential to combat climate change particularly through promoting women’sleadership in increasing sustainable energy access and related sustainable natural resources management.

This program seeks to meet the following goals:

Build and strengthen markets for small scale clean technologies through linking women toeconomic opportunities and capacity building related to energy access. Directly integrate women into the energy access value chain particularly through entrepreneurship opportunities related to ‘last mile’ distribution; Raise public awareness on the critical role of women in increasing energy access and driving green growth at the local level and Improve data collection and build the evidence base on the economic and environmental benefits of integrating women into the energy access value chain.

This RFA is emphasized on directly integrating women into the energy access value chain (particularly through ‘last mile’ sales and distribution), building and strengthening markets for small-scale clean technologies and increasing energy access in East Africa (includes Kenya,TanzaniaRwanda, and Uganda) and/or Nigeria.

This RFA complements a separate but parallel wPOWER program that is under development inIndia.

With FY 2011 funding, the Department will fund a program that will:

  • Directly integrate women into the energy access value chain, particularly through entrepreneurship opportunities related to ‘last mile’ distribution
  • Provide business and technical training on energy access and related sustainable forest and natural resources management issues
  • Raise public awareness on the critical role of women in increasing energy access and driving green growth at the local level
  • Improve data collection and build the evidence base on the economic and environmental benefits of integrating women into the energy access value chain

Funding Opportunity Number: OES-OCC-12-002

Opportunity Category: Discretionary

Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement

Expected Number of Awards: 1

Estimated Total Program Funding:

Award Ceiling: $1,000,000

Award Floor: $0

CFDA Number(s): 19.017 — Environmental and Scientific Partnerships and Programs

Eligibility requirement:

Eligibility is limited to non-profit/nongovernmental organizations subject to section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code, or similar entities, foreign non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and public international organizations.

Original Closing Date for Applications: Jul 09, 2012

Current Closing Date for Applications: Jul 09, 2012

For more details: Visit

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Program – Apply now!

Business owners need to build deeper understanding, skills and knowledge in the environment where they operate to be able to successfully sustain their businesses. Hence, the need for capacity building is an integral part of business development.

Increasing numbers of women are becoming leaders/managers of their own businesses and many are actually still struggling to achieve success. Evidence has shown that when a woman is empowered, she reinvests into her family, her environment and the world at large.

In Nigeria, opportunity has been thrown open to female entrepreneurs to build their capacity through the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Scholarship Initiative in collaboration with the Pan-African University and over 200 female entrepreneurs have tapped into this great opportunity. Why not join the league of successful female entrepreneurs today? This is a chance to take your business to the next level!

Are you a female Entrepreneur?  Do you seek to tap into this opportunity to take your business to a greater level? Have you been in business for at least 6 months?   Then apply for the scholarship now!

Download the 2012 Application Form

Download The 2012 Flyer

Deadline for submission of the application form is June 25, 2012.

For more information send an email to or

Call for Applications:2012 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop

Farafina Trust will be holding a creative writing workshop in Lagos, organized by award-winning writer and creative director of Farafina Trust, Chimamanda Adichie, from August 14 to August 24 2012. The workshop is sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc. Guest writers, including the Caine Prize-winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina, and Jeffery Allen, will co-teach the workshop alongside Adichie.

The workshop will take the form of a class. Participants will be assigned a wide range of reading exercises, as well as daily writing exercises. The aim of the workshop is to improve the craft of Nigerian writers and to encourage published and unpublished writers by bringing different perspectives to the art of storytelling. Participation is limited only to those who apply and are accepted.

Submission details:
All material must be pasted or written in the body of the e-mail. Please DO NOT include any attachments in your e-mail. Applications with attachments will be automatically disqualified. The deadline for submissions is June 25 2012. Only those accepted to the workshop will be notified by July 31 2012. Accommodation in Lagos will be provided for all accepted applicants who are able to attend for the ten-day duration of the workshop. A literary evening of readings, open to the public, will be held at the end of the workshop on August 24, 2012.

To apply, send an e-mail to Your e-mail subject should read: ‘Workshop Application.’

The body of the e-mail should contain the following:
1. Your name
2. Your address
3. A few sentences about yourself
4. A writing sample of between 200 and 800 words. The sample can be either fiction or non-fiction.

The Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop is now open to writers from all nationalities. Please do not hesitate to send in your entries. The deadline for submission remains June 25 2012.

VACANCIES:UNICEF Nigeria announces available positions

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Nigeria announces the following generic vacancy announcements:

1. Finance Officer NOB, Abuja – VN-NGR-26-2012

Post Title: Finance Officer, NOB.
Vacancy number: VN-NGR-26-2012
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Duration: Two years
Location: Abuja
Deadline for application: 07 June 2012

UNICEF Nigeria seeks the services of experienced Finance Officer who will under the supervision of the Finance Specialist in the country office, supervise the finance and accounts functions including the area of finance and accounting, control, recording, reporting of assets, liabilities and income. Monitors the appropriate disbursement of funds and payments of accounts in accordance with rules, regulations and established budgetary limits.

The successful candidate will be expected to carry out the following duties

1. Controls and operates bank accounts in accordance with UN/UNICEF financial rules and regulations and local banking practices. Provides up-to-date information on the cash position or status of such accounts. Reconciles bank statements, keeps abreast of all procedures and regulations regarding the maintenance of bank accounts, exchange and interest rates, etc. Support the Section Chief in the orderly closure of year-end and monthly accounts.

2. Certifies the appropriate, accurate and timely processing and recording of disbursements and payments, e.g. travel claims, pension fund, insurance, Direct Cash Transfers (DCT), etc., in accordance with established rules, regulations and systems and within budgetary limits. Also ensures recovery and settlements of advances and accounts receivable. Co-ordinate the implementation of the Harmonised Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT)

3. Manages and reviews Personal Advances and Recovery (PAR) and follow-up on outstanding items. Reconciles quarterly accounts including GL accounts. Responds quickly to queries from HQ, Regional Office and Field Offices.

4.Manages SAP (business side) relating to payments, receipts and liquidation of Direct cash transfers to Government; provides training and orientation to staff on its use and coordinate with Information Technology Department (ITD) on technical adjustments or irregularities to meet local conditions. Supervises timely processing of the financial transactions in SAP.

5. Reviews SAP and other closure reports and reconcile data inconsistencies. Assists in strengthening better understanding of SAP, financial accounting and review of systems and procedures for compliance with the rules and regulations through orientation and field visits to offices and partners as necessary.

6. Controls and monitors the establishment and the use of the Petty cash (PC), cash and bank accounts in the Country as well as field Offices. Ensure their disbursements, recording, accounting and reconciliation.

7. Ensures regular updating of the signatory panels.

8. Briefs staff and partners on the application and interpretation of UN/UNICEF accounting and financial rules, regulations, procedures and policies and International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). Monitor Direct Cash Transfers (DCT) to counterparts and process their retirements.

9. Monitors budget expenditures against approved budget allotments; prepare periodic budget reports and reconciliation of expenditures.

10. Prepares and analyses financial data for budget estimates and financial planning. Responsible for the safe custody of used and unused cheques and other negotiable instruments.

11. Perform any other duties assigned by supervisor or head of section.

Minimum qualification & competencies:

• University First Degree or its equivalent in Accountancy, Finance or related fields. Advanced University degree in appropriate field or professional accounting qualification (e.g. ICAN), an asset. Knowledge of International Public Sector Accounting Standards is desirable.

• Minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in Finance and Accounts at managerial level; experience in electronic data processing and sound knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles is required. Practical experience in SAP is desirable.

• Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of another UN working language and local working language of the duty station an asset.

• Good judgment, initiative, high sense of responsibility, organization and analytical skills

. • Integrity, honesty and trustworthiness

• Ability to negotiate, manage resources, train staff and partners in financial standard operating procedures

• Good communication, time management and interpersonal skills

• Good management and supervisory skills

• Good knowledge of computer application. Knowledge of spreadsheet and word processing and other presentation software required.

• Ability to work effectively and harmoniously in an international and multicultural environment.

• Passion and commitment to UNICEF’s mission and professional values.

If you are interested in the position and meet the requirements, please send cover letter (one-page summary statement that describes how your experience and qualification relate to the job description) and a scanned/PDF copy of the completed and signed UN Personal f History Form (which can be downloaded here) to by close of business on Thursday, 07 June 2012.

Please put the position title you are applying for on the subject line of your email.


2. Training Officer NOB, Abuja – VN-NGR-27-2012


Post Title: Training Officer, NOB.
Vacancy number: VN-NGR-27-2012
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Duration: Two years
Location: Abuja
Deadline for application: 07 June 2012

UNICEF Nigeria seeks the services of experienced Training Officer who will under the supervision of the Chief Human Resources, be responsible for participating in the formulation and periodic review of the organizations’ training and staff development policies, systematically identifying the staff and organizational training and development needs.

The successful candidate will be expected to carry out the following duties

1. Based on identified training needs, assists in designing and implementing innovative, focused training and development strategies capable of delivering real performance gains to UNICEF – Nigeria within available budgets. Develop appropriate relationship for staff development between country office and sub-offices that promotes training initiatives that would shape an integrated process for UNICEF Nigeria.

2. Systematically and objectively assess staff and organizational training needs based on annual performance review and office priorities in line with the training Policy thrust of UNICEF.

3. Implements cost-effectively the approved range of courses by mobilizing internal resources for their execution with the thrust coming from the incumbent and thereby reducing dependence on external consultants. In tandem with the Chief Human Resources, leads and manages the interface between external training providers and UNICEF in Nigeria, ensuring that the training given by them meets staff needs and satisfies necessary skills required.

4. In consultation with the Chief, HR, develop best practice in all aspects of staff development, performance management and constantly evaluate the effectiveness of training programmes to determine areas of improvement, challenges and opportunities for growth in training functions. Assists in securing specialist advice, guidance to line management on training and development and to ensure that training becomes an integral part of the of staff development.

5. Prepare induction/orientation programmes for all new staff and facilitate the implementation and monitoring of such programmes. Develop workshops for existing employees to ensure that all staff receives some level of job training and that all staff have the tools they need to succeed.

6. Identify and establish Training infrastructure through consultation with Management and Training Staff Development Section, DHR/ UNHQ appropriate to the delivery of a range of quality services.

7. Provide guidance and counseling services to staff in work related areas, career development, interpersonal relations and other issues that could be of real interest and concern to staff in a non-threatening atmosphere.

8. Keeps and maintains up-to-date staff personal training history and record for career planning purposes and administration. Provide on-going updates to established training programs already in place.

9. Reviews at the end of each year the organization’s achievement with regard to the annual training plan and activities, highlighting success, weaknesses and challenges for consideration in the preparation of the training plan for the Annual Management Plan.

Minimum qualification & competencies:

• University Degree in Human Resources Management, Psychology or related fields. Masters in Human Resources Management or and organizational development preferred.

• Five (5) years progressively responsible work experience in developing and managing Training programmes within complex organisations, experience in working as a Training Manager within a Human Resources Department, some of which at international level.

• Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of another UN working language and local working language of the duty station an asset.

• Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute ideas as well as to transfer knowledge and skills.

• Ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form.

• Proven skills in management and administration.

• Good analytical and negotiating skills.

• Ability to work in an international or multicultural environment.

• Knowledge of computer management and applications.

• Ability to organize and implement training

• Ability to established harmonious working relationship in an international and multicultural environment.

If you are interested in the position and meet the requirements, please send cover letter (one-page summary statement that describes how your experience and qualification relate to the job description) and a scanned/PDF copy of the completed and signed UN Personal f History Form (which can be downloaded here) to by close of business on Thursday, 07 June 2012.

Please put the position title you are applying for on the subject line of your email.

3. Education – GEP Consultants (3rd party), Northern States – VN-NGR-28-2012


UNICEF Nigeria seeks the services of  experienced Education -Girl’s Edcation Programme (GEP) consultants to work alongside staff of Government Ministries of Eduation and relate agencies.

If you are interested in the position and meet the requirements, please send cover letter (one-page summary statement that describes how your experience and qualification relate to the job description) and a scanned/PDF copy of the completed and signed UN Personal  History Form (which can be downloaded here) to by close of business on Thursday, 07 June 2012.

Please put the position title you are applying for on the subject line of your email.

Click on the link below to see the full job description of the consultancy you intend to apply for

GEP Advisor – FME (3rd Party Consultant) VN-NGR-28-1-2012

GEP State Project Co- coordinators (3rd Party Consultant) VN-NGR-28-2-2012 

GEP Specialists- Planning & EMIS (3rd Party Consultant) VN-NGR-28 – 3- A- 2012 

GEP Specialists- SBMC and Capacity Building (3rd Party Consultant)VN-NGR-28 – 3- B- 2012 

GEP Specialists- Learning (3rd Party Consultant).VN-NGR-28 – 3- C- 2012 

GEP Specialists- Non Formal Education (3rd Party Consultant) VN-NGR-28 – 3- D- 2012 

GEP Specialists- LGEA (3rd Party Consultant) VN-NGR-28 – 3- E- 2012 



To access the online application and full job description, please visit UNICEF Nigeria’s job site at and submit your application.


Closing date for all applications is 7 June 2012.


UNICEF, a smoke-free environment, is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff. Well qualified candidates, particularly women are strongly encouraged to apply.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



Call for Application: Global Forum on Migration and Development

 Application for participation by civil society representatives in the Civil Society Days of this year’s Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) opened today.

The Civil Society Days of the 6th Global Forum on Migration and Development will take place on 19 and 20 November 2012 in Mauritius. A shared session with government and civil society representatives is scheduled for the morning of the 21st of November, followed by the government Summit through the rest of 21 and 22 November.

Application to the Civil Society Days 2012 is open to all sectors of civil society, including diaspora and migrant organizations, human rights and development groups, labour unions and representatives from academia and the private sector. 150 – 200 delegates will be selected from the applications with a maximum of one per organization. An International Advisory Committee of civil society representatives will organize selection on the basis of sectoral, geographic, and gender diversity, and relevant experience and knowledge on migration and development issues. Applicants will be notified by the second week of August whether they are selected to participate.

Being selected does not mean there will be funding available to support the participant! Unfortunately only very limited funding is expected to be available to support the participation of civil society delegates. Selected delegates are encouraged to look for funding opportunities to support their participation!

The online application form can now be accessed here:

The deadline for application is 15 June 2012

Call for Applications:U.S Internship program for international journalists

Journalists from around the world interested in individual liberty and free markets can apply for a fall internship in the U.S.

The IHS Journalism Internship Program, sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS), places talented writers and communicators — who support individual liberty, free markets and peace — at media companies and non-profit investigative newsrooms.Past interns have worked at 20/20, the The Orange County Register, Reason.TV, Fox News, and many other organizations. Internships occur during the spring, summer, and fall.

 Comprehensive Program

  • Eight-week internship at a newspaper, radio station, new media company, or non-profit, investigative newsroom
  • $3,200 stipend and an allowance for travel to internship and program seminar
  • Mentoring and job placement assistance from the program director, a former journalist
  • Journalism seminar featuring journalists and professors, and many networking opportunities

Four Tracks



New Media


Newspaper Sections TV Reporter ON AIR News website on smartphone Person working on laptop within view of state capitol
Intern at a daily newspaper. Write features, report hard news, contribute opinion commentary. Work at a major media network or news production house. Schedule interviews, research stories, and edit videos. Intern at a web-only media firm or a media company with an aggressive new


  • Most accepted applicants have attended an IHS Summer Seminar, either Journalism & a Free Society or another seminar.
  • Previous journalism experience is a plus but not required. Skilled writers and communicators passionate about liberty are encouraged to apply.
  • A journalism major is not necessary. Students from all disciplines, including political science and economics, are eligible.
  • The program is open to undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates.
  • Due to visa and travel costs, most interns live in the United States. Almost all internship hosts require English fluency, written and spoken.
  • You must be able to work full-time, for forty hours per week. You cannot take classes during the internship. You may apply to obtain course credit from your academic institution.

The program includes an eight-week reporting internship, a six-day journalism workshop, mentoring, a USD$3,200 stipend and an allowance for travel.

Interns in the past have been placed at a variety of news outlets, from CNN in Atlanta to The Orange County Register. There are placements available for print, broadcast, online and investigative journalists.

Almost all of the internship placements are in the U.S. Fluency in English is required.

The deadline is July 1.

For more information, click here.