Monthly Archives: July 2013

Call for Applications: ECOWAS Young Professional Internship Programme 2014

ecowasThe West African Health Organisation (WAHO), the Health Agency of ECOWAS, and its partners announce its Young Professional Internship Programme (YPIP) 2014 which will commence in January 2014 and hereby invite applications from citizens of member countries of ECOWAS. The goal of the programme is to equip young professionals with knowledge, skills and experience for effective management of health problems in West Africa.

Goal: The goal of the programme is to equip young professionals with knowledge, skills and experience for effective management of health problems in West Africa.

Structure: The 12 month programme is divided into 6 stages (I – VI). Stages I and IV will take place at the headquarters of WAHO in Burkina Faso, during which the Interns will acquire knowledge and competence in basic principles of public health, a second official language of ECOWAS, computer and new information technology as well as basic principles of management and leadership. During stages II and V, the Interns would be posted to host Institutions in different countries in West Africa to acquire practical skills and competences in their technical areas of interest or professional specialisation. The technical areas should respond to the health needs of the sub-region and the priority domains of WAHO.

Eligibility requirements

All applicants must be citizens of ECOWAS member countries, must be available throughout the 12 month period and should have:

(1) obtained a university degree or equivalent within the past five years.

(2) fluency in reading and writing of at least one official ECOWAS language (English, French, Portuguese). Knowledge of a second language would be an advantage.

(3) basic competence in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

(4) Not be more 35 (thirty five) years old by 31st December 2012.

For more information: click  here

#CAREER:7 Ways Women Can achieve Happiness & Satisfaction in their Careers

women and careerBy Dr. Laureen

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” -Dalai Lama

Studies have shown that people who derive meaning from their profession or feel commitment towards their organization’s mission are people who are much more resilient and satisfied in their economic environment.

Average career professionals will work approximately 90,000 hours in their lifetime; so finding happiness and satisfaction is critical.

The good news is that life doesn’t have to be perfect for you to find happiness at work.

Below are seven ways to achieve happiness and satisfaction:

1. Discover The Five Cs

You must maintain high levels of confidence, commitment, conviction, contribution, and choose a culture fit.  With the five Cs, you will have a feeling of recognition, pride and trust in your company.

2. Find Purpose In Your Work

To frequently, we get caught up in the day-to-day grind of our jobs and forget to look at the big picture—the “why” or the reason that motivates us to work.

Tapping back into the true purpose of your job will make your daily tasks and accomplishments more meaningful. Discover ways that your work can improve the lives of other people.

3. Challenge Yourself

Challenging yourself is one way to intensify your joy-factor. Why not offer to step in where you normally would not be accountable? Why not ask your boss if you can shadow a colleague in another department to learn how various aspects of the company work?

This will create variety in your work (making it inherently more interesting) and you will score points for being a proactive employee who’s ready to take on new challenges.

4. Look Beyond The Corporate Ladder

Studies indicate that eight out of the 10 jobs that make people happiest in America are not on the corporate ladder. Instead, they were positions with perks like unusual or flexible hours or those positions that offered high levels of independence.

These facts suggest that choosing work that aligns with your values – even if those values take you farther off the beaten path – is a good foundation for career satisfaction.

5. Working Toward Your Goals

San Francisco State University’s Ryan Howell co-authored a study last year and found that working hard to improve a skill or ability may induce greater stress in the moment but also guarantees greater happiness on a daily basis and in the long-term. “No pain, no gain,” he says. If tasks aren’t enjoyable in the moment, the sense of accomplishment when the task is over changes that perspective.

Howell found that reaching the goal isn’t even necessary to increase happiness – the process of trying and stretching yourself is enough. Learning new skills may make you happier, but it also makes you more valuable to your current and future employers.

6. Develop A Social Circle

Having a strong social network is key. It’s easy to hate your job when you don’t know your co-workers and it is even easier if you continue to avoid them. If you hate your co-workers, the situation isn’t going to change.

Don’t let another day go by without learning about your co-workers. Reach out to them and be curious about their lives. Two people can’t become friends without one of them starting the conversation.

7. Look For Opportunities For Growth Instead Of Failure

If you feel like you’re always on the defensive in your job, then take a deep breath and look for an opportunity instead. Take joy in the fact that there is always a new project to start in the workplace. It doesn’t matter what you do or where you work, there is always something new that could be done.

Instead of punching the clock and settling into the same routine, take some time to search for new opportunities. Constantly defending yourself is draining for everyone involved. You’ll find it much easier – and much more pleasant – to look for opportunities to grow instead of making excuses.

Most of us are happy when people say good things about us. When you do good things for other people, you create happiness for them and set the stage to receive it in return.

For example, compliments are so simple to give that we often forget about them, but they are so powerful that we should always find ways to recognize others.

Try spending a day giving compliments instead of criticizing. Gaining respect and happiness in the workplace is easy to accomplish when good will is abundant.

Finding happiness is as much about the decisions and actions you take as it is about having good things happen to you.

Try some of the above strategies and put yourself in a better position to achieve happiness.

Remember, if you are not enjoying your life… change it! Doing the same thing today will create the same results tomorrow.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Culled from:

Call for applications: The International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellowship

                                    Deadline– 2 August 2013

journalistsThe International Reporting Project (IRP) has announced fellowship program for Reporting Trip on Poverty, Hunger and Food Security. The mission of this program is to discuss issues related to hunger, poverty, and food security and contribute to the international debate in the lead-up to World Food Day 2013.

Thematic areas-


  • The IRP will purchase the Fellows’ round-trip air tickets to Tanzania, pay for hotel costs, meals and local transportation.
  • The works produced as a result of the trip would be made available for posting on the social media channels of the IRP’s funders. The IRP new media reporting trips are supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Eligibility & Criteria-

Priority will be given to applicants from the United States, but new media journalists from all nations are eligible. New media journalists include media professionals, bloggers, influential social media practitioners, and freelance contributors.

For more information, visit this link

Call for Entries: Urban Photographer of the Year Contest

photogParticipants around the world are invited to participate in Urban Photographer of the Year contest sponsored by CBRE. The theme for this contest will be “Cities At Work”. The Urban Photographer of the Year will be the person who, in the eyes of the judges, has best captured the brief to portray the life of a town or city at a given time of day.


  • Travel/Transport
  • Workplace
  • Architecture
  • Urban
  • regeneration
  • Cityscape
  • Environment

Eligibility & Criteria-

  • Anyone over 16 years of age can enter the competition with the exception of employees of CBRE, their associated companies and employees of any company chosen to sponsor prizes for the competition
  • The competition is open to professional and amateur photographers; however the entrant must be the sole author and owner of the copyright and all other rights in all images, which they enter.

Theme : ‘Cities At Work’

The Urban Photographer of the Year will be the person who, in the eyes of the judges, has best captured the brief to portray the life of a town or city at a given time of day. Whilst the photograph does not necessarily have to be taken at that specific time of day, it does need to look as though it was.

You can choose to photograph any town or city at work worldwide.  For example, a photograph could capture London at 4am, Lisbon at 2pm, Dubai at 9pm and so on.

When you submit your photographs you will be asked to select which hour of the day each represents – this will place each in an hourly prize category. Please note, you can only submit one photograph for each hour of the day.

You will also be given the option to enter each under one of six new categories based around urban themes. If you do not feel your photograph is represented by any these, please choose ‘none of the above’ 

You cannot change your entry one you have submitted it. Therefore, we advise that you take great care when selecting the hour and category for each image that you wish to submit.

Student competition

This year sees the introduction of a student competition which will run alongside the main competition. When submitting your entries, please indicate that you are a student and please use your university email address as your main contact.

Contact Us

You can find us on facebook and twitter –@CBREPhotos or simply email us with any queries. You will also find that many of your questions will be answered in the full Terms and Conditions  page.

The new categories are as follows:


Travel is a vital part of any urban landscape; the Travel/Transport category will house your pictures of modes of transport, journeys and movement.


This category will showcase the very best of the competition’s images of people at, or places of, work.


Architecture and the built environment is an integral part of urban society. Here we ask you to submit imaginative shots that capture the history, atmosphere and character of a city’s buildings.



Urban regeneration is seen as essential to revitalising impoverished urban areas, developing communities and improving the infrastructure of society. We are seeking the most thought provoking images depicting how these projects are transforming our urban environment.


By day or night, many city’s have distinctive skyline’s. Can you capture the life and stature of an urban landscape in one photograph?


Integrating environmental thinking into urban development has resulted in much creativity as cities seek to breathe fresh air into the hustle and bustle of daily life. We’re looking for images that have demonstrated green thinking.

What size does the image have to be?

Images should be no smaller than 2MB and no larger than 3MB. Images should be in JPEG format. All images must be saved in the RGB colour model and be at a minimum of @300 dpi. (8 X 10). Please note that we will contact you by email for the higher resolution image should we require your image for our coffee table book.

Images that are taken on camera phones can be entered into the competition. These images should still be no smaller than 2MB in order to enter them – we may need to contact you for a higher resolution image.

The entrant must be the sole author and owner of the copyright and all other rights in all images, which they enter. Images that have won prizes in other competitions are not eligible for this competition.

If you experience problems with uploading images…

Please ensure that they are above 2MB and are no greater than 3 MB. If you are using the multi upload function, it may be best to upload images that are 2 MB in size. It may be the case that the images are too large for your local internet connection. If you continue to have problems, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Important Dates

All images must be received between 7th May 2013 to midnight on the 31st August 2013.The website will open for entries at 00:01 on the 7th May 2013 and will no longer accept any entries after it has closed at midnight (00:00) on the 31st August 2013. Entries can only be made via the website.

 Deadline– 31 August 2013

Register! DAFTECH’s Skills4Life Programme

ictSkills4Life is a program being put together by DAFTECH (Digital Access Foundation for Technology Development), a not-for-profit organization with a mission to simplify technology, empower educators and inspire students. The program’s main target is to provide basic and advanced courses in Android, iOS, Windows app development, digital effects, classical character animation, film and video editing, graphic designs, web and mobile publishing.

In a bid to tackle the scourge of unemployment and to further equip and empower Nigerians, DAFTECH was floated with a concrete objective: providing free technology educational services, digital learning and new media services to developmental organizations, civil society groups, educational institutions, students and also individuals.

With the immense potential of the digital media industry in Nigeria, the main challenge is to fix the problem owing to lacking depth of technology skills necessary to fully harness the potential.

Skills4Life has been developed to bridge the widening skill-gap in a bid to further create employment opportunities. Speaking at the launch of the foundation, the Program Manager for West Africa, Adebisi Bakinson said, “We will provide a technology hub where learning and skills development thrives with the overall goal of reducing unemployment and creating technology entrepreneurs in Nigeria and Africa.”

The program, which has been scheduled to begin this month, would involve a selection of ninety participants every quarter. Each participant would be subjected to an intensive six- week training program for free in a well equipped classroom and digital studio. At the end of each quarterly session, certificates will be handed out to trainees, with the best student getting a MacBook Pro.

Source: Vanguard

Register! 2013 Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit

Global-Youth-Entrepreneurship-SummitYouth Business International (YBI) has announced that London will host the 2013 Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit between 9-12 September.

The Summit, with lead sponsorship from Accenture and Barclays, will bring together 300 people from 50 countries across the world. Attendees include leaders from private sector, governments and non-profit organizations which are active in the youth entrepreneurship sector. The event is also supported by Goldman Sachs.

Under the theme of Business as Unusual, the Summit aims to demonstrate how to take advantage of the talents young entrepreneurs have to offer, and to catalyze a series of major partnerships that enable more young people to start their own business.

High-profile speakers on the event’s first day include:

  • Pierre Nanterme, Chairman & CEO, Accenture
  • Sir David Walker, Chairman, Barclays
  • Arup Banerji, Global Director for Social Protection and Labor, World Bank
  • Julie Meyer MBE, Founder & CEO, Ariadne Capital
  • Mike Herrington, Executive Director, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor
  • JP Rangaswami, Chief Scientist, Salesforce
  • Jacques Attali, President, Planet Finance

The event will then break out into working and specialist sessions in the days that follow.

The Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit will culminate in Youth Business International’s Young Entrepreneur Awards on 12 September, which is a prestigious event recognizing the achievements of young entrepreneurs around the world who have been supported by YBI and its network members. This awards ceremony will be supported by Barclays.

Andrew Devenport, Chief Executive of Youth Business International, said of the event:

“Youth unemployment is a hugely pressing global problem. Yet we know that entrepreneurship not only has the power to create jobs, but also to solve many of the issues currently faced by communities. To give these entrepreneurs the support they deserve, we need to be doing things differently – and that’s what the Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit is all about. Over four days we’ll be showing why youth entrepreneurship matters, how young people are being helped to reach their goals and what could happen if we worked together, and we’ll leave with a tangible plan of action. It’s going to be a fantastic event that will have a real impact for years to come.”

“Participating in this important event underscores our commitment to helping young entrepreneurs develop skills,” said Pierre Nanterme, Chairman & CEO, Accenture.

“With YBI, we are providing the improved tools, mentoring and training that create greater economic empowerment for these young people. Our goal is to advance innovation, competitiveness and rising standards of living, ultimately helping to strengthen communities around the world.”

Sir David Walker, Chairman, Barclays, said:

 “Empowering young people means fully equipping them for the world of work and business. With today’s globalized economy so competitive, fast moving and at times complex, it is not enough to rely solely on the education system to produce future entrepreneurs; the private sector has a major role to play. This Summit helps to bridge the gap between education, business and entrepreneurship, and comes at a time of real need in this area.”

This is the sixth Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit, with the last event being held in Mexico City in 2010. Youth Business International, one of HRH The Prince of Wales’ charities, has organized the Summit since its inception in 2000.

Participants for the Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit will be selected by the Youth Business International Partners in the select 50 Countries:

Click for More Information on the YBI Partners

For further information,

Visit the Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit Webpage

contact Lizi Porter or Claire Thomas:
020 7010 0851/ 020 7010 0834

Call for Applications: ICPD Africa Youth Pre-Conference






As part of the on-going review of the ICPD Programme of Action for 2014 and
beyond, the Regional Population Conference is being planned by the United
Nations Economic Commission for Africa together with other partners in
September 2013 in Addis Ababa – Ethiopia.

Following the success of the Global Youth Forum and the resounding outcome
of that process, it is important that young people from across Africa have
an opportunity to discuss in greater details the issues and recommendations
that are most relevant to them in relation to the ICPD and Post 2015
development agenda.

As part of the review process, there will be a Youth Pre-Conference to the
African Population Conference which is an official part of the main
conference and its outcome will be presented to both the Experts Meeting
and the Ministerial Meeting.  A number of young people have been selected
through national consultations with relevant stakeholders to participate in
the Youth Pre-Conference to the African Population Conference.  In addition
to this, the Africa ICPD Youth Steering Committee is sending this call out
for self-funded youth-led and youth focused organizations to express their
interest. There will be about 30 spots allocated to self-funded

We expect participants in the Youth Pre-Conference to be:

– A leader, or emerging leader, currently working at national, regional
or global level in an area that contributes to the ICPD Programme of Action;
– Working in a paid or voluntary capacity for a civil society
organisation engaged in policy development at national and local levels;
– Working in a paid or voluntary capacity for organizations that have a
demonstrable national and/or international reach and mandate;
– Able to demonstrate outstanding youth advocacy and networking
capabilities with concrete examples of achievements in these areas in
different contexts;
– Below the age of 35 with special emphasis on youth under 25 years and
youth from vulnerable groups

When considering candidates for the youth pre-conference, the Youth
Steering Committee will take into account the following key knowledge,
skills, awareness and values:

– A commitment to the values of ICPD
– Leadership experience
– Innovation in the arena of policy development and application
– Desire to contribute to and improve the leadership potential for the
civil society sector
– Willingness to learn and share
– Eagerness to lead debate and discussions during the youth
– Commitment to follow up activities
– Track record of achievement/work in ICPD and the Post 2015 development
– Proof of availability of funding for youth pre-conference participation

We therefore invite interested organizations and individuals (young people)
to submit Letters of Interests to participate in the Youth preconference to
the Africa Population Conference.

Selected self-funded participants will have to cater for their flights,
accommodation and living costs. Snacks, lunch and conference materials will
be provided by the organizers. Please send your expression of interest to
be considered for one of the 30 spots for self funded participants to the
Youth Steering Committee by sending us your:

1. *Name of Sponsoring Organisation*
2. *Name of Participating Organisation(if different from 1 above)*
3. *Name of Representative and short biography.*

Please send this information to no later than *2nd
August, 2013*.

Meet IYF’s 2013 Laureate Global Fellows!

iyf logoThe 2013 Laureate Global Fellows are catalysts of change, transforming visionary ideas into lasting results that benefit their communities and nations. These 20 outstanding young social entrepreneurs from 18 countries are reinventing how their societies address critical issues from air pollution to education, transportation to healthcare delivery.

 Among their innovations, the 2013 Laureate Global Fellows are developing rooftop aeroponic gardens in urban areas, empowering women through the martial arts, and harnessing technology to facilitate ride-sharing, disease prevention, and policy advocacy.

 “I am honored to welcome the 2013 Laureate Global Fellows into IYF’s Youth Action Net community of more than 740 young change-makers in 70-plus countries,” said William S. Reese, President and CEO of the International Youth Foundation (IYF). “We are thrilled to be working in partnership with the Sylvan/Laureate Foundation to support the innovative efforts of these young founders and CEOs, who have much to learn and share with their peers leading change across the globe.”“Congratulations to the 2013 Laureate Global Fellows, who are pioneering solutions to critical challenges facing their local and global communities,” said Douglas L. Becker, Chairman and CEO of Laureate Education, Inc. “Distinguished by their commitment to excellence and civic leadership, these young leaders are here for good and we are proud to support them.”

As part of the yearlong Fellowship experience, the Laureate Global Fellows benefit from leadership training, advocacy, and networking opportunities. From October 4-11, each willparticipate in a retreat in São Paulo, Brazil, where they will be honored at an awards ceremony and interact with students and faculty at Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, a member of the Laureate International Universities network and YouthActionNet’s partner in Brazil.

Other Laureate Universities that have established local YouthActionNet institutes include:Universidade Potiguar (Brazil), Universidad Andrés Bello (Chile), Universidad Peruana deCiencias Aplicadas (Peru), Universidad Latina (Costa Rica), Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana (Honduras), Universidad del Valle de México (Mexico), Istanbul BilgiUniversity (Turkey) and Universidad Europea (Spain).

By 2015, YouthActionNet expects to support more than 1,500 youth-led initiatives whose work will benefit more than two million people annually.

Meet the fellows here

Call for Applications: Fellowship Opportunity with The DO School

do schoolThe DO School offers a unique one-year program for emerging social entrepreneurs who look for training, mentoring and empowerment to start their own ventures. Selected Fellows receive a full scholarship covering the tuition fee for the year.

From June 28th to September 15th 2013 the DO School invites applications from motivated individuals aged 21 to 28 from around the world to participate in the DO School Sustainable Cup Challenge. Successful applicants will show exceptional motivation to contribute to solving the Challenge and developing and starting their own social venture and come from fields including: sustainable product design, campaigning and branding, environmental activism, recycling and waste management.

Selected Fellows will spend the first ten weeks of their one-year program on the DO School pop-up campus in New York City from February to May 2014, and the following ten months in their home countries implementing their own ventures.

The goal of the Sustainable Cup Challenge is for the selected Fellows to create an innovative and sustainable to-go cup, as well as a related infrastructure and campaign for New York City. To help with answering to the Sustainable Cup Challenge, Fellows will learn from leading experts about a variety of topics including the environmental impact of materials and packaging as well as recycling systems.

By solving the Challenge Fellows will have learned hands-on how to turn an idea into action. At the same time, Fellows work on developing their own venture idea into a viable social venture plan that is ready for implementation during the following ten months in their home countries.

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Call for Internship applications: Linking Social Protection and Human Rights

unrisd 2Closing date: 31 Jul 2013
Vacancy number: INT 069

The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) is an autonomous research institute within the UN system that undertakes multidisciplinary research and policy analysis on the social dimensions of contemporary development issues. Through our work, we aim to ensure that social equity, inclusion and justice are central to development thinking, policy and practice. 

UNRISD is now accepting applications for a three-month internship position, starting in August/September 2013, to assist with an inquiry into the linkages between social protection and human rights.

Eligible candidates must be currently enrolled in a Master’s or PhD degree programme (as per UN Secretariat rules regarding interns) in law, sociology, anthropology, political science or a related field at an accredited university, and have academic and professional experience in issues related to social protection and/or human rights .The right candidate will have excellent written and analytical skills with proven ability in interdisciplinary work; ability to deliver high-quality research under tight deadlines; ability to work both independently and within a small team; networking skills; and strong attention to detail. Written and spoken fluency in English are essential; strong communications skills applied to online platforms, such as blogs and other internet channels, are a plus. We are especially interested in candidates with expertise in applying a rights-based approach to social policy.

While at UNRISD, the intern will be asked to:

  • provide research assistance for the inquiry into the linkages between social protection and human rights;
  • conduct library and internet searches for a literature review on the subject, and compile key documents;
  • develop a network of experts from all geographical regions examining issues of social protection and human rights;
  • support communications activities in order to achieve effective outreach and dissemination of the results of the inquiry;
  • assist with managing, revising and editing posts for a multi-author blog on the topic for the UNRISD website, and uploading new content.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 31 July 2013 (Midnight, Central European Time), with the start date as soon as possible thereafter. The duration of the internship is three months, with the possibility of a one-month extension.

If you have the required qualifications and are interested in this position, please apply online by clicking the button below. Please use the “motivation” section to submit a cover letter specifying your interests and qualifications. Kindly note that, due to limited staff resources, only those candidates who are short-listed will be contacted.

In accordance with the rules and regulations of the UN Internship Programme, this internship is not financially remunerated. UNRISD is not responsible for interns’ travel expenses to and from Geneva, or for their medical insurance for the period of assignment.

UNRISD vacancies are posted at We encourage you to subscribe to our free email alerts service to be informed promptly of any openings.