Monthly Archives: March 2014

Call for Nominations:The Global #TeacherPrize Awards 2014

gtaThe Global #TeacherPrize is a one million dollar award that will be given to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.

The Varkey GEMS Foundation established the prize to raise the stature of the teaching profession, so that children will dream of becoming the greatest teacher in the world. We seek to celebrate the best teachers — those who inspire their students and community around them. The Foundation believes that vibrant education awakens and supports the full potential of young people. The status of teachers in our cultures is key to our global future.

The award — the equivalent of a ‘Nobel Prize’ — operates under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai. The prize underlines the importance of the teaching profession and symbolises the fact that teachers throughout the world deserve to be recognised and celebrated. The winner will be chosen by the prominent Global #TeacherPrize Academy made up of head-teachers, educational experts, commentators, journalists, public officials, tech entrepreneurs, company directors and scientists from around the world.

The closing date for applications will be 31 August 2014, and the winner will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum 2015 in Dubai next spring.


Applicants of the prestigious Global #TeacherPrize will be judged based on a rigorous set of criteria aimed to identify an extraordinary teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession. The Academy will look for evidence of:

  •  Having encouraged others to join the teaching profession
  •  Improving access to a quality education for children of all backgrounds.
  •  Having developed and shared innovative thought leadership that has improved access to quality teaching.
  •  Accomplishments beyond the classroom that provide unique and distinguished models of excellence for the teaching profession.
  •  Recognition of a teacher’s achievements in the classroom and beyond from pupils, colleagues, head-teachers or members of the wider community.
  •  Having prepared children to be global citizens in a world where they will encounter people from many different religions, cultures and nationalities.
  •  Having employed innovative and effective instructional practices and achieving demonstrable student learning outcomes in the classroom.
  •  Having contributed to public debates on raising the bar of the teaching profession, whether through writing articles, blogs, media participation, social media campaigns, events or conferences.

For more information,visit: Global Teacher Prize

Call for Applications:Mo Ibrahim Foundation MSc scholarship in Governance and State-building

The International Development Department is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to undertake the MSc in Governance and State-building, followed by a six-month internship at IDD and six months with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in London with a full scholarship. Applicants must have the equivalent of a first class UK bachelors degree and be African nationals domiciled (or permanent residents) in an African country. Preference will be given to scholarship candidates living in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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.


The entry requirements consist of:

  • 1st 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 by the 19 May 2014. In addition to the normal University requirements for supporting documents, candidates must also upload a 500 word statement and CV. This statement should set out why the applicant is the best candidate for the scholarship. Candidates must also send an email to Mrs Debra Beard ( informing IDD of their wish to be considered 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,visit: here

Call for Applications: 2014 Andrew E. Rice Award for Young Professionals in International Development

Andrew E. Rice, a founder and visionary of the Society for International Development (SID), was a tireless advocate of promoting and mentoring youth in development. Mr. Rice built SID into a major global network, established the first newsletter and journal on international development, and helped start a number of development initiatives, including the U.S. Peace Corps. The Andrew E. Rice Award for Leadership and Innovation by a Young Professional in International Development (Rice Award) recognizes the achievements of an exceptional young professional working in the field of international development. Previously named “The Truman Award,” the award was established in 2003 by Andrew E. Rice and Robert Berg to honor leadership, innovation, impact and commitment.  It was renamed The Rice Award in 2011 to honor the memory and contributions of one of its chief architects. The recipient of this award will demonstrate leadership and innovation, as well as tremendous promise for advancement in the field of international development.  The selected winner will also recognize the importance of international development as a means of service to those who are most in need and will work towards sustainable, people-centered development.


The Rice Award will be presented to the awardee at the Society for International Development’s Annual Conference on May 20, 2014 in Washington, D.C. While there will be only one winner, other notable candidates may be mentioned at the award presentation ceremony.  The award consists of an inscribed plaque recognizing the awardee, a prize in the amount of $1,000, a one-year, honorary membership to SID-Washington, and the opportunity to present your work at an upcoming SID-Washington event.

For a list of past winners, please click here.


1. Age from 22 to 32 years old.

2. Availability to accept the Rice Award in person at SID’s 2014 Annual Conference on May 20, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

3. At least two years of experience as a volunteer or paid young professional in international development including demonstrating exceptional commitment to improving the lives of people in developing countries, which may include experience in a developing country.

4. Application and all supporting materials must be received by Monday, March 31st.


Rice Award applicants must submit a one to two page, single-sided personal statement responding to the following:

1. How have you demonstrated creativity and innovation by developing new ideas and/or adapting successful solutions to new problems and challenges in advancing international development?

2. Describe your experience leading people and change.

3. What are some qualitative and/or quantitative measures of the impact of your work in international development?

4. Demonstrate your commitment to upholding the ideals of sustainable, just, equitable and participatory development

5. How have you committed to the profession of international development? (e.g., through knowledge advancement, participation in relevant professional organizations, institutional development, etc.)

Nomination Process

Candidates for the award must complete the application form and may submit up to two one-page letters of recommendation/support describing:
1. Association with the candidate and the length of time associated with the candidate;

2. Those qualities and experiences that make the candidate distinct in the criteria areas;

3. Why the person recommending/supporting his/her nomination believes the candidate should be selected for the Rice Award.

Selection Process

The selection committee is comprised of international development professionals drawn from across the international development community including senior practitioners and young professionals.

Click here to download the application form.

Applications must be submitted electronically to by Monday, March 31st with “Rice Award Application” in the subject line.

If you have further questions, please contact Elizabeth Healy at (202) 331-1317

Call for applications: Melbourne 2014 YouthForce (MYF) Pre-conference

MYFThe Melbourne 2014 Youth Pre-Conference is a joint initiative of the Melbourne Youth Force (MYF) and YEAH, the Australian-based partner supporting the local work of the MYF. Open to all young people attending AIDS2014, the Pre-Conference will focus on information sharing and skills building for young people around the political, scientific, economic and social context of HIV/AIDS.

The Pre-conference will offer a space where young people can network, learn from each other and participate in skill building workshops. It will also provide an orientation to the main conference for effective participation and advocacy. Young people aged up to 29 years are invited to apply to attend and present at the youth pre-conference, however please note that preference will be given to all ‘officially registered youth delegates aged 26 and under attending AIDS 2014’. 

For those that are coming to Melbourne for the first time or would like to meet more people MYF have developed a peer-support program to connect conference delegates. The peer-support program aims to enrich the conference experience by providing a local contact for international guests, facilitate affordable accommodation options and foster global and personal networking opportunities.

Facilitating the participation of young people at AIDS2014 and empowering them to be effective advocates for youth throughout the conference and beyond, the Youth Pre-Conference recognises that while young people are at greatest risk of new HIV infections, they have the aptitude, talent and drive to Step Up the Pace and work towards the end of this disease.

Join over 200 young people from around the world at the Victorian State Library from the 18th-19th July for two days of vibrant discussion and debate about the future of HIV/AIDS advocacy.

Sessions and workshops will include debates on the latest advances in scientific and social research, media training and problem solving. A guest panel of representatives from peak HIV/AIDS organisations will also address some of the most critical and contemporary HIV/AIDS issues, including the Post 2015 Development agenda.

The Youth Pre-Conference will not only serve as an engaging and insightful precursor to AIDS 2014, but will enable young HIV/AIDS activists to establish new and long lasting friendships over common goals. It aims to bridge the gap between different cultures, different experiences, and different organisations; allowing young people to come together as a united youth front at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne this July.

The MYF Pre-Conference sub-committee is proud to be delivering this event with support from the State Library of Victoria.

Applications to join the Youth Pre-Conference close on the 9th of May 2014. Please refer to the FAQs for more details.

Interested? – apply here!

Call for Applications:2014 SEED Awards for Social and Environmental entrepreneurs

Apply now for the 2014 SEED Awards!

Do you have an entrepreneurial and innovative idea that is locally-driven and has potential to contribute significantly to sustainable development in countries with developing or transition economies?

If you meet SEED’s eligibility criteria, you can apply now for the 2014 SEED Awards for entrepreneurship in sustainable development, including the 2014 SEED Gender Equality Awards and the 2014 SEED Low Carbon Awards.

The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurs in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to find the most promising, innovative and locally led start-up social and environmental entrepreneurs in countries with developing and emerging economies. An international jury of experts selects enterprises which have the potential to make real improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability while contributing to a greener economy.Find a concrete example of how SEED supported a Winner here.

In 2014 up to 55 SEED Awards are made available:

  • 30 SEED Africa Awards for enterprises in Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda;
  • 12 SEED South Africa Awards for enterprises in South Africa, four of which to enterprises in the provinces of Free State, Limpopo and KwaZulu Natal;
  • 10 SEED Low Carbon Awards for enterprises in Colombia, India, Tanzania, Uganda and Viet Nam;
  • 3 SEED Gender Equality Awards, for enterprises in other countries (except countries that are OECD or EU members).

Applicants can only apply for a maximum of two SEED Award categories.

Eligibility Criteria How to Apply

 SEED Awards Prize

Unlike most other competitions, the SEED Award does not carry only a money prize. Experience from working with social and environmental entrepreneurs has shown that in many instances such enterprises often require access to knowledge, expertise and networks as much as to financial support. SEED meets this need by offering winners a package of individually tailored support for their enterprises.

While no support package to SEED Winners is the same – each package strongly orients itself on the needs expressed by the enterprise itself – the prize associated with the SEED Awards consists of:

  • assistance and advice on developing and improving the enterprise’s business and financial plan;
  • a three-day in-country business-oriented workshop also covering the key elements and factors which help to build a successful social and environmental enterprise, which is also gender responsive;
  • participation in a high-level international awards ceremony with senior government and UN officials, development institutions, financial institutions and businesses;
  • profiling of the enterprise nationally, regionally and internationally;
  • assistance with access to relevant organisations, businesses, and to other SEED winners and SEED alumni, and SEED Partners, Supporters and Associates;
  • a financial contribution of USD5000 to cover the enterprise’s most pressing needs, as agreed between the winner and SEED.
  • Gender Equality Winners will in addition receive support from the international law firm Hogan Lovells who have an established pro bono practice advising women entrepreneurs across the world.

Find a concrete example of how SEED supported a Winner here.

For more information;visit:

Call for Entries: The Fund for Internet Research and Education (FIRE) Programme Awards 2014


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The African Network Information Center – AFRINIC announces the call for entries for the 2014 FIRE Awards.

The Fund for Internet Research and Education (FIRE) aims at encouraging ICT development innovations that contribute to sustainable development in Africa.  The FIRE programme Awards is granted to initiatives already completed or in their final implementation phase and that are aligned with the three funding categories:

1) Innovation on Access provision: fostering ICT growth in Africa by ensuring that the delivery mechanism is available, reliable and scalable;

2) E-development: the development, deployment and enhancement of content, applications and solutions.

3) Freedom of Expression: initiatives related to freedom of expression, freedom of association, privacy, security, consumer’s rights, new forms of intellectual property in the digital environment, and a wider range of issues related to Internet and human rights.

The FIRE Programme invites African organisations, entrepreneurs and innovators to propose projects under one of three categories.

The registration deadline for the 2014 Awards has been set for 31 March 2014.

For detailed information about competition categories, conditions of entry and submission procedures, please visit or send us an email on:

About FIRE:The FIRE programme seeks out for actors from the African region to provide solutions to such issues by:

  • Supporting the development of affordable and efficient Internet infrastructure;
  • Developing and promoting the adoption of innovative applications and services;
  • Supporting individual rights awareness and strength trust between organizations and individuals in the region.

The FIRE programme will be sharing lessons learned on our collaborative platforms as a way to spread the word about successful projects and experiences from which communities around the region can learn and replicate when facing similar problems. The FIRE programme, which provides small grants and awards, has been set-up to help local and regional projects designed to introducing, improving and applying Internet technology for the benefit of African users and communities.

Call for applications: FUTURE EARTH Engagement Committee

ICSU bannerFuture Earth is a 10-year international research programme that will provide critical knowledge required for societies to face the challenges posed by global environmental change and to identify opportunities for transformations towards global sustainability. Future Earth brings together thousands of scientists of all disciplines, natural and social, as well as engineering, the humanities and law.

The Future Earth Engagement Committee is a strategic advisory group whose primary purpose is to foster in-depth and innovative interactions between science and society to address global environmental change and transform towards global sustainability. The Engagement Committee will provide strategic advice from a user perspective on Future Earth research, engagement and other activities, and will develop high-level engagement with stakeholders including policy-makers, business and civil society.
Members are sought for the inaugural Engagement Committee of Future Earth, the global research platform providing the knowledge to accelerate our transformations to a sustainable world. Future Earth is a 10-year international research programme that will mobilise multi-disciplinary expertise, stakeholders and resources to ensure that scientific knowledge makes a larger contribution to societal debate and decision-making for sustainable development.

The formation of an Engagement Committee for Future Earth takes place at a crucial juncture for global sustainable development. The ongoing definition of Sustainable Development Goals and the prospect of a new global climate agreement at COP21 make this a potentially transformative period, underpinned by an increasing appreciation that the problems of today are global and highly connected calling for an unprecedented collaboration across a wide range of stakeholders.

Future Earth aims to create a step-change in science by co-designing and co-delivering solutions-oriented research for sustainable development with government, business and civil society. Future Earth integrates major international research programmes and projects that have pioneered research on global environmental change over the past decades – DIVERSITAS, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).

The Future Earth Engagement Committee will be a strategic advisory group, comprising thought-leaders from stakeholder groups including business, policy and civil society. Working together with the Future Earth Science Committee and the Secretariat, its primary purpose will be to foster in-depth and innovative interactions between science and society. The Engagement Committee will provide leadership and creative thinking on how to bridge the gap between knowledge and solutions for sustainable development.

The deadline for applications is 14 March 2014.

For more information and to apply, please see our announcement:

Future Earth is sponsored by the members of the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability comprising the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Belmont Forum of funding agencies, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations University (UNU), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) as an observer.

Call for Applications: Aryeh Neier Fellowship Program 2014-2016 Session

The Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) is pleased to invite applications for its 2014-2016 Aryeh Neier Fellowship Program.  The Aryeh Neier Fellowship Program is a two-year program of practical work experience designed to expand a network of lawyers and advocates working internationally on human rights issue. In 2014, four (4) fellowships will be awarded.

During the first year, each Fellow will work with the staff of the Open Society Justice Initiative in the Justice Initiative offices in New York, London or Budapest on selected litigation, research and documentation, advocacy and/or pilot projects designed to enhance accessibility, fairness and effectiveness of justice services.

During the second year of the fellowship, each Fellow will be based full-time with partner organization in Africa, Asia, Europe or Latin America to support our efforts with that organization.

Applicants should indicate their preferred geographic placement. We can generally accommodate placement in London only for those applicants who already are eligible to live and work in the United Kingdom.

All potential applicants meeting the applicable criteria are encouraged to apply.  However, the priority areas contemplated for placement of the 2014-2016 Fellows are:

Accountability, Liberty & Transparency



Systematic grand corruption undermines development, subverts the rule of law and respect for human rights, corrodes trust, and often paves the way for resource-fueled conflict. But more dramatic shifts appear underway. Tolerance for bank secrecy has plummeted with increased economic hardship in Europe and elsewhere. Systematic tax evasion combined with bribery, nepotism, self-dealing and abuse of legal structures are increasingly recognized as common grievances underlying the crisis in both developed and developing societies. Justice Initiative proposes to link its case work more effectively with grassroots efforts to strengthen communities victimized by grand corruption. By identifying and working with other actors already pursuing legal accountability, the core work of the Anticorruption project is to persuade and pressure law enforcement to prosecute such criminality in locally rooted advocacy for legal and policy changes that make it harder to hide the details of corrupt deals and protect stolen assets.

In close collaboration with the staff, a Fellow would undertake some or all of the following responsibilities:

–          Research on a broad range of justice-related issues

–          Writing (reports, memos, blogs, producing training materials, etc.)

–          Monitoring anticorruption proceedings and developments internationally

–          Liaising with other NGOs and justice advocates

–          Editing

–          Organizing meetings and conferences with stakeholders

Criminal Justice

International Justice

The Justice Initiative strives to make criminal justice fairer and more effective at national and international levels by fighting abuses of fundamental rights for the vulnerable and fighting impunity for the most powerful.  Our accountability efforts include discourses and communities  a wide range of advocacy, legal capacity promotion, research, writing, trial monitoring, and occasionally litigation targeting some of the worst offenses – war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, mass rape, and torture. We seek to improve and support the work of the International Criminal Court and the national court systems of the countries in which some of these atrocities took place, including  Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cambodia, Guatemala and Mexico.

In close collaboration with our staff, a Fellow would undertake some or all of the following responsibilities:

–          Research on a broad range of justice-related issues (such as witness protection, gender crimes, assessing national proceedings, etc.)

–          Writing (reports, memos, blogs, producing training materials, etc.)

–          Trial monitoring

–          Liaising with other NGOs and justice advocates, including staff of the UN and international and domestic courts, and government officials

–          Editing

–          Organizing meetings and conferences with stakeholders

Equality & Inclusion:

Discrimination in Europe

Since 2009 the Justice Initiative has worked to magnify the voice of marginalized groups  to seek legal remedies against specific manifestations of discrimination.  To enhance public understanding of discriminatory practices and pioneer efforts to seek judicial enforcement of rights, we and our partners have carried out rigorous field research, developed videos, blogs, reports and photo exhibitions, and convened discussions in communities affected by discrimination, to complement and contextualize our efforts to build groundbreaking lawsuits. The Fellow’s major responsibilities will link to our work in Germany and will include: participating in efforts to re-frame the public policy debates about education and integration in Germany, by working with journalists and community activists; collecting and/or supporting collection of ethnically-disaggregated data that reveals differences in academic performance between pupils of different ethnic backgrounds; supporting community efforts to advocate for a school-level complaints mechanism that will be accessible to parents and students and allow more information about discriminatory practices to come to light, beginning with a pilot project in Berlin.

Rule of Law

  1. Economic Justice

While some of the Justice Initiative’s existing work on resource corruption and access to information touches on issues of economic equity and the human rights consequences of the unequal distribution of wealth, we have never explicitly undertaken economic justice issues –those which deal more directly with marketplace practices, and the impact on individuals of unfair or illegal business practices, the failure of government regulation or enforcement;  as well as inadequate or unfair application of government resources which may underserve and/or over- police the poor.  The Fellow will help to develop and undertake concrete work on one to two new economic justice projects chosen from among six areas we have identified (excessive indebtedness, tax justice, land and resources, informal economics, access to public services, and criminalization of poverty). The scope of work will include desk research; consultations with local partners; help to conceptualize and prepare for meetings and events; drafting of legal and advocacy documents; and coordinating among various other components of the Open Society Foundations as well as outside partners.

  1. Post-2015 Development Agenda

Global deliberations about the future of development following the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the end of 2015 provide a unique opportunity to link and strengthen the rights and development  by influencing the post 2015 development agenda now being debated and developed at the United Nations and among Member States. . Over the past year, the Justice Initiative has engaged in this global process by advocating for the inclusion of the rule of law and effective access to justice as priorities within the new development framework. The Fellow’s responsibilities will include working with staff across the Justice Initiative—from the advocacy, legal empowerment, equality and inclusion, and other teams—to conduct research about the political positions of member states; assist in developing materials that demonstrate the measurability of justice; attend meetings with civil society partners as well as at the UN; gather information from and liaise with other OSF programs and foundations interested in the process; help to organize events and meetings; draft research memos and advocacy documents.


Application and Selection Procedures

All interested applicants are requested to send back the completed application form and supporting materials to indicating “Aryeh Neier Fellow’ in the subject line.

As part of the online application, applicants must submit the following additional documents:

1.       A statement of purpose for applying to the Justice Initiative Fellows program in which the applicant indicates which of the proposed themes s/he is interested in; reasons for his/her interests in that particular area and how he/she intends to contribute to the chosen field.  Applicants are encouraged to propose their ideas for specific approaches that can be applied for the work, preferably in the selected themes.  Applicants may choose to propose work outside of the listed priority areas.

2.       Curriculum Vitae

3.       Copy of relevant Diploma(s).

4.       Proof of English proficiency (i.e. TOEFL score, proficiency exam certificate, etc.)

5.       Two recommendation letters.

6.        It is preferable but not required to have a supporting letter from a CSO where the applicant would like to undertake the second year part of the fellowship on the selected topic.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. The final selection decisions will be made by April, 2014.

Upon selection, Fellows will be required to sign an agreement with the Justice Initiative, committing themselves to the program for a period of two years.

Competencies and Skills:

The applicant must demonstrate:

  • Strong commitment to human rights;
  • Prior work experience in the human rights field;
  • Have a university degree in Law or an LL.M. or M.A. in Human Rights;
  • High degree of proficiency in English;
  • Good research, legal analysis, and drafting skills;
  • Willingness to take initiative with ability to work individually and in teams;
  • Organization and attention to detail;
  • Knowledge of French, Spanish or other languages is an asset;


 The Justice Initiative will provide a generous financial package for the Fellows for the entire duration of the fellowship.

DEADLINE for receiving complete applications is March 28, 2014, 24:00 GMT.

For any additional information about the program itself, please contact: Anna Fischer on

For more information, visit:

#VacancyAlert: Mara Foundation seeks One-on-One Manager in Nigeria

Mara One-on-One Manager Nigeria

Location:Lagos,  Nigeria

Job Type: Full Time

About: Mara Foundation

Mara Foundation is Mara Group’s social enterprise that focuses on emerging African entrepreneurs. It works to create sustainable economic and business development opportunities for young business owners through various initiatives.Mara Foundation was launched in 2009 by Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder of Mara Group. Since its inception, the Foundation has scaled its programmatic focus and is now active in a number of countries across Africa.In 2014, the Foundation continues its strategic growth in Sub-Saharan African countries while simultaneously expanding to other global countries worldwide. Mara Foundation is seed funded and is currently supported by Mara Group.

Mara Foundation’s mission is to provide comprehensive support services including mentorship, funding and business training facilities to African entrepreneurs.
Mara Foundation believes that these support services will play a crucial role in transforming business ideas into reality. These businesses will, in turn, create jobs for other Africans and help build an SME sector that can genuinely contribute to the development of both the local and pan-African economies.

About the position

We are looking for an ambitious and self-motivated individual to manage the Mara One-on-One programme in Nigeria.

Mara One-on-One aims to support the start-up and growth of young businesses in Nigeria by connecting successful businessmen and businesswomen with passionate entrepreneurs for six months. This initiative is designed to help young enterprises survive the cutthroat world of business by creating alliances with strong players who have already succeeded in running successful companies. Through this programme, young entrepreneurs will be able to position their businesses for sustainable growth through one-on-one sessions with a Mentor drawn from the top of the business world.

You will be in charge of the general administration of the programme and ensuring its success and growth.

You will directly interact with senior executives business community stakeholders via email, phone and face-to-face meetings thus professional decorum is of the utmost importance. The successful Representative will write succinct End-of-Month and annual progress reports, conduct thorough Internet research for strategic plans and take copious notes during client and team meetings while balancing critical deadlines and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

You will be reporting to the Country Director.

Summary of job role

– Managing the Mara One-on-One programme in Nigeria, including:

  •  Soliciting and recruitment of mentors and mentees
  •  Co-ordination of matching event
  •  On-going communications and relationship-building with mentors and mentees
  •  Monitoring and evaluation, data collection and collation
  •  Managing Mentee’s Meetup events
  •  Input into programme expansion and managing new programme areas as needed

– Attend local workshops, seminars, and conferences to represent Mara Foundation
– Build and maintain long-lasting relationships with relevant stakeholders in Nigeria’s startup ecosystem
– Generate engaging local and global online content via social media
– Generate community-at-large programming through 
local partnerships
– Timely response to all phone and email communications internally and externally
– Manage and monitor all expenses based on the allocated budget for Mara One-on-One Nigeria.
– General administration duties, and any other duties as assigned by the Country Director

Knowledge, Skills and abilities

– Commitment to Mara Foundation’s aims, objectives and principles
– Able to set challenging personal goals and remain motivated despite obstacles
– Confident in presentation, skilled in negotiation
– Excellent organisational skills and attention to details
– Creative, flexible, able to use own initiative to solve problems
– Graduate
– Preferably 3 years organisational experience
– A track-record of leading an event, project or programme of any scale and evidence of its success
– Possesses a “can-do” infectious positive attitude and an entrepreneurial team player perspective. 
Must be honest, accountable and assertive.
– Must be a team leader and lead-by-example 
– Must have the ability to produce effective and detailed analyses.
– Must be self-directed and reliable in planning and implementation countrywide operations. Must 
possess strong follow-through traits.
– Must have excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills in English. Must be able to 
interact and communicate effectively with celebrities,            executives, corporate administrators, 
department peers, community and public officials, sales representatives, media and the public.
– Must be able to effectively use office equipment, computers and scanner and other resources for 
completion of projects.
– Must have acute time management skills, thereby able to manage one’s own time, establish 
schedules and meet deadlines, including managing multiple projects     simultaneously.

Interested candidates should apply by emailing a CV and a covering letter explaining their interest in the position and what they could bring to it, click to Apply. Only successful applicants will be contacted. The position will be based in Lagos and is to start immediately.

Only complete applications will be considered.

Click here to apply

For more information;visit: The Mara Group

Call for Applications: The Young Aspirants Leadership Fellowship (YALF) – Season 2


Are you a  youth thinking about contesting for elective position? Do you believe you have what it takes to lead and contribute to nation building through politics?

Then YALF Season 2 is for you. Come and understand:

  • What is elective position and public office
  • How youth can effectively run for elective offices
  • How young females can achieve their political aspirations
  • What are the best entry points for youth interested in elective positions
  • Participate in a non partisan support network to encourage youth aspirants
  • What are other resources youth can tap into towards their political aspirations

And much more!

YALF Season 2 shall offer 2 workshops in Abuja and Lagos, a good governance learning visit to a highly performing state in Nigeria, a community leadership experience and certificate of participation.


  • Prof. Pat Utomi – Centre for Values in Leadership
  • Senator Babajide Omoworare – National Assembly
  • Hon Abike Dabire – National Assembly
  • Hon Chris Fotabong – Youth Parliamentarian Cameroon
  • Ayisa Osori – CEO Nigeria Women Trust Fund
  • Hon Zainab Galadima – Councilor, Abuja
  • Nentawe Gomiyar – Young Aspirant
  • Lynus Okorie – CEO GOTNI
  • Hon. Nkoyo Toyo – National Assembly

There shall be other speakers from media houses, development partners, electoral experts etc.

Political Party Interface: There shall also be a special session with political parties.

The first workshop will hold on 24th – 28th March 2014 in Abuja, Nigeria.


Youth between the ages of 18 and 35, interested in running for political office.

To participate

Step 1

Apply using the Online Application System

Application Deadline: March 7, 2014

Step 2

Selected candidates will pay a registration fee of N10,000.

Participants are responsible for their transportation to Abuja. Lunch and accommodation shall be provided.

For more inquiries call +234 703 5535 876 or +234 809 8333 348 or email

The Young Aspirants Leadership Fellowship is an initiative of Youngstars Foundation and  supported by UNDP-DGD

For more information,visit: Youngstars Foundation