Monthly Archives: January 2013

Call for Applications:WHO Disability internship for students in Africa

whoTo mark Tom Shakespeare’s departure from WHO, colleagues and I have raised CHF1500 to part-fund a one-off internship for a student with a disability from a developing country, to come to WHO to do an internship with the WHO Disability and Rehabilitation team.  This would be a wonderful opportunity for a hard-working and ambitious disabled professional to build their understanding of the UN system.


You originate from a low or middle income country (World Bank definitions)

Essential: you have a disability

Desirable: you have experience of working in the disability rights field

You have an undergraduate degree, and you are currently enrolled in a post-graduate course (could be any health-related subject, or any relevant social science subject, or any relevant international development, international relatiions type subject)

You have fluency in written and spoken English.

You are available to come to Geneva for at least six weeks, maximum three months, and are able to meet all remaining costs of the internship, sometime between June 1 – December 31 2013.


Please apply online at WHO for a standard internship

Please also contact Rachel Mcleod-Mackenzie ( including a covering letter, a CV and an example of your written work, specifying that you are applying for the bursary.

Please inform Rachel if you require any reasonable accommodation at WHO or if you face any barriers on the online e-recruit system.



The cost of living in Geneva is approximately CHF1500 per month.  Cost of a six week internship would therefore be CHF2250 plus flights, of which this bursary will cover CHF1500.

WHO buildings are generally accessible, and an access guide to Geneva is available on request from Rachel.

In the event that more than one suitable person applies, the person who has the best application in the opinion of WHO Disability and Rehabilitation team and myself will be awarded the bursary.

Winner of the bursary will be informed by 31 May 2013.

(This is a one-off opportunity.  However, internships continue to be available at DAR, which welcomes students with disabilities and students from low and middle income countries.  Please apply in the usual way, if you are able to meet all your own costs.)


Call for Applications: National Tourism Photo Competition

ibom govThe National Tourism Photo Competition / Training Programme is a youth empowerment initiative of the Federal Ministry of Culture and Tourism, in partnership with the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Information and Communications. It is open to youths of Akwa Ibom State origin.

All that is needed to apply is to send an email to with your qualifications (minimum SSCE) to register. A selection will be made and the best 250 will be invited for the training workshop. The event will hold from February 6-9, 2012.


For more details: Photo Competition and Training Programme

Entrepreneurship Tips: 5 Tips for Buying a Franchise

coffee-franchiseBy Nellie Akalp

For those entrepreneurs itching to start their own business, purchasing a franchise can be a good alternative.

Franchising can be less risky than starting a business from scratch. The franchisor has done a lot of the work for you. The business plan is ready made; there’s already strong brand name recognition, and the franchisor is often responsible for the marketing and advertising.

However, any new business is risky, even a franchise. You may get an established name and business plan, but your success is ultimately up to you.

If you are considering taking the leap to become a franchisee this year, here are five tips:

Do Your Research

Whether you identify a potential franchise opportunity from a franchise broker or franchise exposition, you alone are solely responsible for the due diligence before you invest. Start by reading the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) to find out important details about the franchise company, litigation and bankruptcy history, as well as your initial fees, investment, and obligations.

According to franchise expert and consultant Joel Libava, potential franchisees should:

“Make sure they find out exactly what their role will be as the Owner. Don’t base it on what you see in a beautiful franchise brochure. Ask the existing franchisees what their day is like…what they do as the owner.”

For Libava, it’s critical to speak with other franchisees before signing on the dotted line.Ask existing franchisees about the total investment:

  • Was their investment in line with what was stated in the FDD?
  • Ask how they went about getting a loan for their franchise. Was it pretty easy, or was it challenging?

Maybe they can introduce you to their lender and you can get a similar small business loan from them. Lastly, Libava says:

“Ask every franchisee this question: Would they do it again?”

Think About Your Location

Successful restaurant and store owners will tell you it all comes down to location, location, location. One of the toughest, and most important, decisions a franchisee will make is choosing a location for their new business. Many franchisors will work closely with you to pick the perfect site, sharing insights about what particular site characteristics lead to success with their organization.

However, at the end of the day, the decision is ultimately yours. You’ll need to understand your target demographic and what drives customers to this particular franchise. Then evaluate each location accordingly. Consider details like traffic patterns, parking, nearby stores, and check with the franchisor if you’ll be guaranteed protected territory (i.e. no other franchise can open within a certain radius).

Focus on Service

Buying a franchise gives you a proven model and a clear-cut marketing plan to bring in new customers. However, it’s up to you to define the customer experience. Employee-customer interactions can make or break any business.

Hire customer-centric staff who will go the extra mile to leave an extraordinary impression on your customers. In addition, you need to be realistic about your management experience. If you have never managed a team before, you’ll need training on how to manage people effectively.

Consult a Specialist

The tax rules and contracts surrounding franchises can get quite complex. You should consult an attorney, preferably one who specializes in franchise law, to review your franchise agreement documents and identify any potential red flags.

In addition, an accountant can help you understand the full costs of purchasing and operating the business, as well as evaluate tax considerations. Given the size of the investment you’ll be making, it’s prudent to pay a little upfront for a professional consult.

Don’t Forget About a Formal Business Structure

For franchisees, a formal business structure (like a corporation or LLC) is critical to separate your personal assets from the business. While the exact business structure you choose will ultimately depend on the specifics of your situation, many franchisees choose to become an LLC or S Corporation for more favorable tax treatment. These two entities give you the option to choose pass-through tax treatment. In this case, your business doesn’t file its own taxes; any profits or losses of the business are passed through to your personal taxes.

Many franchisors prefer to sign contracts with established companies (LLC or corporation) rather than sole proprietors, so you may want to incorporate or form an LLC before you sign the franchise agreement. In most cases, you’ll want to incorporate or form an LLC in the state where your business will be located (and not the state where the franchise is headquartered). While you may want an attorney to review your franchise contract and paperwork, you don’t necessarily need an attorney to incorporate.

Other Resources

If you’re interested in exploring a franchise opportunity, there are plenty of resources to help you get started:

Bureau of Consumer Protection: “Buying a Franchise: A Consumer Guide

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

International Franchise Association

World Franchising

Browse for opportunities and do your homework. Maybe this will be the year you take the reigns and become a business owner.

Franchise Concept Photo via Shutterstock


UN establishes trust fund to support Youth volunteerism






New York and Bonn – A dedicated trust fund has been set up by the United Nations to boost youth volunteerism and harness the energy of young people around the world to contribute to achieving development goals while enhancing their own lives.

Announced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, the new youth trust fund is an important milestone in developing the inspirational UN Youth Volunteers Programme.

The announcement comes on the first anniversary of the launch by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of his Five-Year Action Agenda which includes a specific measure to “create a UN youth volunteers programme under the umbrella of UN Volunteers.”

Long-supported by the UN system, volunteerism is widely recognized as a powerful means of transforming the pace and nature of development and draws upon the inherent core values of self-help, solidarity and social cohesion.

“Through volunteering, young people gain a strong sense of civic engagement to bring about transformational change in their communities,” UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said.

“Youth participation and volunteering are critical for achieving sustainable human development and UNDP will continue to attach high importance to the youth agenda, including through the UN Youth Volunteers Programme,” Helen Clark said.

The trust fund will provide the financial basis for the further design and implementation of the youth volunteering modality, which is expected to be launched later this year and will ultimately each year involve thousands of young people supporting peace and development activities worldwide.

It will also enable UNV to support youth volunteering initiatives which directly enhance the engagement of youth in voluntary activities and strengthen the capacity of governments to develop their own national and regional youth volunteer schemes.

“We are looking for an initial contribution of at least five million dollars for the design and roll out of the programme including the youth volunteer modality. In this regard, we welcome the commitment of 1.5 million dollars from the Government of Germany as the first to support youth volunteering through the trust fund. We look forward to building on further support from other development partners as the programme expands and will require more financial resources. This will enable us to reach as many youth around the world as possible”, said UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus.

As part of its ongoing support to youth volunteering, UNV is currently deploying 87 international youth volunteers to 50 developing countries. This initiative is supported by the governments of Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Switzerland and with foundations or universities in the Republic of Korea, Japan and Spain and it calls on other donors to join the trust fund.

On this occasion, UNDP and UNV have also congratulated the Secretary-General’s newly appointed Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhindawi of Jordan. UNV and UNDP look forward to engaging with Mr Alhindawi in his new capacity to advance the youth agenda globally.

Contact Information

Jennifer Stapper, Chief, Communications Section, UNV, +49 15201522181 or for more information.


Julie Marks, UNDP News and Media, +1 212 906 6860,


Apply! WITIN Mobile Apps Challenge for Girls in Nigeria

Women In Technology In Nigeria (WITIN) has introduced the Mobile Apps (Technovation) Challenge. It is open for secondary school girl (ages 13-18). This challenge is part of the ITU’s Girls in ICT project & Tech Needs Girls campaign.

These young girls would work in teams of 5s to develop mobile apps, conduct market research, write business plans, and create a “pitch” for funding. Each team works with both a classroom teacher at their school and a female mentor/role model from the technology industry. WITIN will lead mentors in Nigeria who would guide teachers to train teams from now till April on how to build the apps. The training culminates in a global competition where teams compete for funding to launch their company and take their app to market.

The goal of the program is to promote women in technology by inspiring girls to see themselves not just as users of technology, but as inventors, designers, builders, and entrepreneurs in the technology industry.


The girls are taught life skills such as how to identify a problem, design and test a solution, collaborate with a team, and communicate to different audiences. It reinforces the following academic concepts: digital representation of information, algorithmic thinking and programming, and the societal impact of information and information technology.


The winning team will be celebrated in Nigeria on April 25th(Girls in ICT Day) and will travel to the Silicon Valley California to compete globally on May 1st, 2013. The overall winner will receive $10,000 in funding and support to complete their app development and release it on the market.

In the end, Girls learn about collaboration and teamwork, important skills in the technology industry.

How to Contest

To sign up- all you need is a team of 5 girls, a computer, an android phone, and a teacher or adult to support the team.

On February 2nd, Mrs Martha Omoekpen Alade, Chairperson of Women in Technology in Nigeria will formally welcome all teams in Lagos on the “hackday” to brainstorm on starting off. Teams outside the state will participate remotely via skype or adobe connect.


Women Mentors in Tech (Nigeria) are also urgently needed!!! Contact ITU if you are interested!!! For enquiries, call +2348139399635, +2348083262168 or mail

For more information, click here.

Call for Entries:The World Bank Social Media Internship

worldbank-logo-enTo help us do more to reduce poverty and create opportunity for the people of Africa, the World Bank’s Africa team is looking for two social media interns who are creative, smart, and committed to excellence.

These paid interns will join the World Bank’s Africa Communications unit, a team of hardworking professionals, who love Africa and want to see it thrive and grow.

If you love Africa and are willing to work hard, come join our team! The World Bank Group is an international development bank that works for a world free of poverty, with opportunity for all.

We work in 48 nations on the continent, putting our expertise, know-how, and financing behind the development plans of African countries and the communities themselves. Modern strategic communications are vital to the World Bank’s development mission in Africa.

Get Started

  • Follow @WorldBankAfrica or @BM_Afrique and tweet your response to this phrase: #iwant2work4africa because…
  • Based on your response and if you make it to round 2, you will be sent a Direct Message with additional instructions

What You’ll Receive

  • An internship at World Bank headquarters in Washington DC
  • A monthly stipend

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Conceptualizing new ways for the World Bank Africa to engage in social networks
  • Adding a more “social layer” to the World Bank Africa’s corporate websites
  • Helping manage blogs
  • Writing social media press releases
  • Tweeting from @WorldBankAfrica and @BM_Afrique
  • Engaging with fans on the World Bank Africa Facebook pages and Livestream channel
  • Sharing World Bank-produced multimedia, blogs, and other material on social networks

You Should Apply If…

  • You’re a student currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree university program, or the equivalent
  • You have a deep knowledge and understanding of social media tools – including bookmarking, tagging, tweeting, blogging, etc. – and you use them regularly
  • You’re an excellent writer
  • You speak English or French fluently

For more information, contact


Call for Applications: GYCA Regional Focal Point Positions

gyca logoThe Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) is glad to announce that applications are open for Regional Focal Points for 2012-2014 term. Selected RFPs would serve a two year term. The second year of the first term would be based on a performance review by staff of GYCA.
We are taking applications for the following regions:

1. Eastern Europe and Central Asia

2. Middle East and North Africa

3. West Africa

4. Central Africa

5. East Africa

6. Southern Africa

7. South Asia

8. Asia Pacific

9. Latin America

10.North America

11. Western Europe

Completed applications should be sent to no later than *Thursday 31st January 2012 5pm ET (New York Time). *Due to the numbers of application, we are unable to respond to all enquiries.

GYCA is a program of the Public Health Institute (PHI). GYCA is a youth-led network of more than 7,000 young leaders and adult allies working on youth and HIV/AIDS in over 170 countries worldwide. Its North Secretariat is based in New York, and its South Secretariat is based in Accra, Ghana. GYCA recognizes the potential of young leaders as the best force to address HIV and AIDS in their own communities, and empowers them with the knowledge, skills, resources and opportunities they need to scale up their initiatives.  Three main areas of focus guide GYCA’s work: networking and sharing of best practices; technical assistance and capacity building; and political advocacy.

GYCA seeks to improve HIV and AIDS policies and programming geared toward young people by facilitating the inclusion of skilled young leaders in decision-making that affects our lives. For example, GYCA has coordinated the inclusion of young leaders on government delegations through which they have addressed the UN General Assembly and dialogued directly with Ministers of Health and Education. GYCA has secured prominent advocacy opportunities for powerful young leaders affected and infected with HIV, such as the opening ceremony and plenary sessions at International AIDS Conferences. GYCA also connects young people to positions in their countries from which they can affect great change, such as employment with National AIDS Control Organizations, heading NGOs and designing effective prevention and outreach programs.

For more information: 

Call for Applications: 2013 MS Foundation for Women Fellowship

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Deadline: February 15, 2013

The Ms. Foundation for Women Fellowship provides the opportunity for dynamic leaders to leverage our resources and support to develop promising strategies to shift policies and cultural conditions that enable inequality to thrive. Recognizing a particular urgency within marginalized communities, we fight for equal pay, reproductive justice, an end to violence and child sexual abuse, and countless other issues that impact women.

For the second consecutive year, we are pleased to announce the Ms. Foundation Fellowship. This one-year fellowship (Sept. 2013 to Aug. 2014), housed in the Ms. Foundation’s newly established Advocacy and Policy department, will fund a talented early to mid-career individual to pursue a project in support of the foundation’s ongoing work. If successful, the project may be eligible for continued funding.

We seek fellowship proposals that apply creative, relevant tactics to improve conditions for women regarding the following critical issues:

Child sexual abuse
Economic justice
Reproductive justice
Sexualization of girls

The Fellow selected will be a full-time, paid employee of the Ms. Foundation for Women and receive:

Financial compensation up to $85,000 for one year (dependent upon project terms and experience)

Health benefits
The opportunity to apply for a continuation grant of up to $50,000
Office space and equipment at the Ms. Foundation (for NYC-based applicants only)
Professional development, networking, and mentoring opportunities

For more information:

Call for Applications:CENTRELSD 5th set of Leadership School

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 LSD Leadership School. The school will run for a period of one year (May, 2013-April, 2014) for the fifth  set of students. The first set of students  graduated on 17th April, 2010. The second set graduated on 14th May, 2011. The third set will be graduated on 28th April 2012. The fourth set of students will graduate on 21st April, 2013.

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 at least ten 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 Ms. Ngozi Izuora, Programme Associate, Centre LSD ( and to reach her on or before 1st March, 2013.



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 andvisionary leadership committed 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 andPan-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 immediate past Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs. She is presently a special advisor to the UN Secretary General on Post-2015 development agenda.

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 promotingcorporate 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 J. S.  Marierie St,

After Apo Legislative Quarters,

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

Niger Delta Office: No 1, Ralph Uwechue Way, Off Okpanam road, Opposite Legislative Quarters, Asaba, Delta State.



+234 98703178


Call for Entries: Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) Internships 2013


The Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) is a non-partisan, non-profit capacity building organization that works to strengthen democratic governance and citizens’ participation in Nigeria. Through broad-based technical assistance and training, PLAC works to promote citizens’ engagement with government institutions and to advocate for legal and policy reforms and promote transparency and accountability in policy and decision-making processes. At the core of PLAC’s programming is a deep commitment to increase legislative advocacy, promote transparency and good governance, support and promote electoral reforms, enhance citizen’s access to public policies and advance anti-corruption campaigns. Over its 3 years of history, PLAC has worked and evolved into a foremost and leading institution with capacity to deliver cutting-edge research, policy analysis and advocacy.

Job Description

Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) is organizing a six weeks internship programme for young Nigerians to gain knowledge of legislative practices and processes, and provide administrative support to Legislators and Legislative Committees.

Internship Details
Dates: February to March 2012
Location: Abuja
Logistics: PLAC will support interns with stipends to cover transportation within Abuja and lunch for the period. Other logistics costs will be borne by the intern. Prospective interns must be resident in Abuja as PLAC will not provide accommodation.

Job Requirements

At least a first degree in any discipline

To Apply:
Send a two-page resume and a 300-word statement of purpose indicating the importance of your participation in this programme on MS Word format to:
Application Deadline:
All Applications must be received by Thursday, 24 January 2013