Monthly Archives: July 2014

Call for Applications: Ignite Ideas Business Competition for Entrepreneurs


Then you stand a chance to be one of the 100 great business ideas to win a seed capital of N100,000 and one year of business mentorship  from distinguished entrepreneurs.

The Chair Centre Group is 25!!! To celebrate 25 years of successfully charting the course in the business space in Nigeria and beyond, the Founder, a celebrated and outstandingly successful entrepreneur, Mrs Ibukun  Awosika, is giving 100 great business ideas a seed capital of 100,000 naira, one-year Business Mentorship from successful entrepreneurs and business men/women, exposure to additional CREDIT Facility from one of the biggest banks in Africa, all  in the IGNITE BUSINESS IDEAS CONTEST.

Each of the 100 winners will receive a sum of N100, 000 (One hundred thousand naira only) as seed capital to progress their business idea and also benefit from 1 year business management mentoring by some members of the screening & selection committee.

Terms and Conditions

Applicants must be of Nigeria nationality between the Age bracket of 18-35. Failure to verify age will result in the application being declined.

Applications must articulate a specific business problem to solve or opportunity to address. The ideas must be original, address a clear market gap. Applicants must be clear on the benefits from the prize money and the viability of idea must be established Employees of The Chair Centre Group, Digital Jewels Limited, AGDC etc and their families are not eligible to apply.

The Judges’ decisions are final.

How to Apply

The following steps are required to participate in the contest

REGISTER: Register your profile on the website

LOGIN: Login with user credentials to access the application form

APPLY: Complete the application form. Once done, review again and submit

Click here to apply

For more information,visit: IGNITE IDEAS

Call for Applications: First Global Forum on Youth Policies

website_banner_applications_open_narrowThe Global Forum on Youth Policy emerges from the need to provide a physical platform for youth policy stakeholders around the globe to discuss and respond to the key questions outlined above. The Forum will be a true global expert gathering of around 700 youth policy practitioners to give a new impetus to evidence-based, inclusive, participatory and effective youth policies.

The Forum seeks to address these five key objectives:

  • To advance a current overview of the state of youth policy and a reflection on the social and developmental role of youth policies, particularly in view of the post-2015 period;
  • To develop a common understanding of the needs for and rationales of systemic and cross-sectoral approaches to youth policy;
  • To share experiences and examples of participatory and evidence-based youth policies, their ration-ales and realities, their successes and shortcomings;
  • To build a common understanding of guiding principles for integrated youth policy development and of the dynamics between concerned stakeholders at different levels;
  • To share plans for follow-up and to develop a shared commitment to take youth policy forward.
  • Eligible candidates for these 200 ‘open spots’ include:
  • • Youth policy practitioners;
    • Youth activists and members of youth movements working on youth policy;
    • Representatives/experts of youth-led organizations, civil society organizations, and networks
    working on youth policy;
    • Research experts from institutes, universities and think tanks with a focus on youth policy;
    • Development experts from organizations, agencies and institutions in the youth sector;
    • Programming experts from donors active in supporting policy change in the youth field.
    Applicants should:
    • Preferably be aged 18-35;
    • Be able to communicate professionally in English;
    • Be experienced in formulation, implementation and/or monitoring of youth policy at the
    national, regional or global level.

The call further specifies eligibility and selection criteria.

For inquiries,email:

To apply, submit your online application by August 27, 2014.

For more information,visit;

#VacancyAlert: VSO Nigeria seeks Project Officers

VSOVoluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.

Position: Project Officer

VSO Nigeria is looking to recruit 4 young experienced, skilled and efficient Project Officers to provide programmatic and administrative support to the ICS Programme. This position will be based in Lagos, Kwara, Osun and Abuja. Each PO will report to the Youth Programmes Officer in-charge of each location.

The persons will be responsible for volunteer support, facilitation, relationship management and partnership working, programme development support, reporting, monitoring and evaluation, and budget management specific to the ICS programme.

With considerable experience of working with young people in an international development context, the Project Officer will be responsible for supporting a pair of volunteer Team Leaders (TL) to provide pastoral support to a team of UK & In-Country volunteers, and facilitate learning for TL and volunteers during their placements.

Basic Duties
• Budget Management
Experience of managing budgets and undertaking accounting procedures.
• Volunteering
Experience of working with volunteers to understand the key factors which make volunteer placements viable, effective and rewarding.
• Programme Design and Evaluation
Experience of designing and evaluating youth programmes in an international context. Experience of using monitoring and evaluation tools and processes.

Skills, qualifications and experience required
• Youth Work
Proven experience of working with and providing support to 18-25 year olds from a wide range of backgrounds with proven ability to facilitate learning in a non-formal environment.
• Cross-Cultural Working
Direct and substantial experience of working cross-culturally and able to communicate to a range of audiences and promote sharing and learning between cultures.
• International Development
Knowledge of issues which are common to communities in developing countries, possibly achieved through working or living in a developing country. Experience of promoting learning about development issues.
• Communication
Possession of strong verbal communication to work effectively and inclusively with an overseas colleague. Strong written communication skills needed for writing reports.
• Supervision
Significant experience of working in a supervisory role. Proven ability to promote self-awareness, learning and development among individuals.
• Planning and Organising
Able to develop clear and realistic plans to deliver agreed objectives within deadlines, involving key individuals in the planning process.

Click here to Apply



Apply! ITU Telecom World 2014 Young Innovators Competition

ituThe International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology, seeks the most promising tech start-ups making use of open source technologies for disaster management. This could include disaster preparedness, early warning, emergency communication and response, and recovery from natural disasters.

We are looking for communication technologies, teaching tools, new equipment to save lives during a disaster, and new tools to help clean up, recover and rebuild after the event. Examples of open source technologies used in disaster management may include 3D printing, UAVs, Raspberry Pi and Arduino – we invite you to surprise us with your innovative approach.

We are looking for gifted young entrepreneurs with ideas for innovative social enterprises. The winners receive up to USD 10, 000 in seed funding, as well as business workshops, networking, showcasing and pitching opportunities with potential investors at ITU Telecom World in Doha followed by a mentorship programme throughout the development year to help their businesses to thrive.

Are you an entrepreneur under the age of 30 and interested in winning up to USD 10,000 in funding plus mentorship, networking, and high-level exposure?

Do you want to be part of the select group of 10 young innovators from all over the world present at ITU Telecom World 2014 in Doha, Qatar?

Apply now at:

Deadline: Thursday, July 31 2014

For further inquiries;E-mail:

Call for Nominations: Young Men for Gender Equality (YM4GE) seeks African Ambassadors

ym4geDo you care about GENDER EQUALITY?

Are you a Young Leader?

Do you have what it takes to influence others to take action in your country?

Young Men for Gender Equality (YM4GE) is looking for Ambassadors from 54 African countries. Young leaders with a strong a record of accomplishment in areas related to gender equality and women’s empowerment are encouraged to apply.

YM4GE addresses how to empower women most effectively in the areas mentioned above. Given the global connectivity made possible by Twitter, Facebook, and other online social networking sites, the answer is obvious: use digital social media to spread the word and reach a lot of people. That is exactly how YM4GE is growing each and every day. With Ambassadors in South America, North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, YM4GE is poised to garner one billion impressions (equal to the number of young men worldwide) in one year through media campaigns on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. To reach the goal of gender equality and equality in general, you need offer young people proper access to education.

 Send your nomination with a short biography of not more than 250 words to:

For more information,visit;

Call for Applications: The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme 2014

queensAre you making a difference in your community?

Apply for the Queen’s Young Leaders Pogramme. Over the next five years,this life changing Programme has been established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and runs in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in honour of The Queen’s 60-year contribution to the Commonwealth.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme will support thousands of young people (18-29) to make their visions of a better society a reality. Comprising two parts, it will create a lasting legacy for the Queen through:

  • An Awards scheme to recognise the achievements of 240 inspirational young people and provide support enabling them to take up leadership roles and inspire future leaders
  • Grants to support organisations in selected countries across the Commonwealth that work with young people to transform their lives

Young people from all across the Commonwealth can apply or be nominated to win an award and become a Queen’s Young Leader.



Young people who have already achieved something extraordinary for themselves and others are also taking part in the event

Each application/nomination must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants/nominees need to have proven experience of working to improve their communities locally, regionally or at a national level and be able to show evidence of their achievements.
  2. Applicants/nominees must be aged between 18 and 29 for the year of the award and be citizens of a Commonwealth country.
  3. Applicants/nominees need to demonstrate evidence of their leadership qualities.
  4. Priority will be given to individuals who have overcome challenges to achieve their goals.
  5. All applicants/nominees need to be supported by a suitable referee. All applications/nominations will be considered based on the young person’s achievements to date as well as their potential and their future ambition

Award details

Each year from 2014 to 2018, 60 inspirational young people will be selected to receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award and become ‘Queen’s Young Leaders’ – one for every year that The Queen had served as Head of the Commonwealth at the time of her Diamond Jubilee. At least one young person from every Commonwealth country will receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

Deadline: October 11th 2014

Click here to apply

Visit Queen Young Leaders for more information. #TheSearchIsOn




Call for applications: Online certificate course on Gender and Development

genderThe Global Human Rights Leadership Training Institute (GHRLTI) is now accepting applications for the 10th edition of its Online Certificate Course on Gender and Development Training, 25th July – 29th August, 2014. 
Course Description:
This course is designed to prompt an exploration of common behaviours and attitudes towards gender differences. It will present facts and figures about the situation of women and men in our society today – and references from key documents that highlight policies formulated to address gender concerns. Recent events have shown that if governments are serious about achieving the Millennium Development Goals, MDG’s, it is essential that gender be taken into account for all the goals.
The course also features a number of exercises and reflective activities designed to explore basic gender concepts and enhance gender analysis skills, which can be applied in the formulation of policies, the design of programmes, and the exercise of evaluation.
The overall purpose of the training programme is to enhance the gender-responsive planning of key institutions and the management skills of their employees, so that they can more effectively play their part in implementing gender-sensitive development policies as well as mainstreaming gender in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, MDG’s.
Course Content:
This 5-weeks part-time course comprises 7 modules. To view the full course outline visit our website at
Target Audience
The course is aimed at gender focal points, women organisations, programs and project managers, researchers, policy-makers, activists, women advocates and feminists, students, staff of NGOs and CBOs, staff of UN specialized agencies, donor agency field workers, volunteers, development actors, trainers, students, government officials etc. Candidates should have a good written command of English language and high competence and comfort with computer and internet use.
Entry Requirement:
Students must have a current e-mail account, regular access to and general familiarity with the internet and mobile phones.
Successful students will receive the GHRLTI Certificate in Gender Development Training.
Course Fee: The course tuition fee is US$300. Course fees include access to all course materials, expert support, assignments as well as postage and packaging of a certificate. There is a limited amount of partial scholarships available for applicants from developing countries, based on financial need.
 Location: Online (GHRLTI master platform –
Total Duration: 5 Weeks
Application Procedure
The deadline for application is 23rd July, 2014. While full tuition payment is due on 24th July, 2014. However, applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered. You can also download application form here
Should you have any queries, please contact:
Catherine Onyemjoro – Program Officer:

Call for Applications: GDN Next Horizons Essay Contest 2014

essayThe Global Development Network (GDN) in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announces an international essay contest. The contest invites essays on the future of development assistance. The primary objective of the contest is to invite fresh thinking related to the future of aid that can inform the ongoing discourse on development assistance and to make this thinking available to policymakers and key stakeholders.

Up to 20 winning entries will be chosen, and receive $20,000 each. An independent panel will make the final selectionsof the best and most potentially consequential submissions, based on criteria defined. Select winning ideas may be promoted by GDN and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The competition is open in three languages. Guidelines are currently posted in English. The French and Spanish versions of the guidelines will be available as of 17 July, 2014.

Essays in English, French and Spanish can be submitted as of now on this platform. However, dedicated platforms for submissions in French and Spanish will also be available as of 17 July, 2014. The closing date for submisison is 15 September, 2014 (14:00 hrs GMT)


  • Age: Entry is open to all adult individuals over 21 years of age.
  • Staff: Current employees, contractors and agents of the Global Development Network and, as primary funder for this round, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, together with members of their immediate families (parent, child, sibling and spouse of each) and those living in their same household are ineligible to participate in the contest.
  • Countries: Residents of Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Myanmar and Sudan are ineligible to apply. This program is void in these countries and where prohibited or restricted by law. The verification of the citizenship and residency of short listed and qualifying authors will be verified wherein authors will be requested to submit proof of residency and citizenship. The identification proof will be treated as strictly confidential by GDN and will be used for purposes of the contest only.
  • Restricted individuals: Individuals included on the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List, available at maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control are not eligible to participate in the contest.
  • Reviewers and Translators: Reviewers, selection committee members and translators for this contest are not eligible to  participate.

For more information,visit: GDN Website


Call for Nominations:Youth representives for UN WOMEN Advisory Group

UN_WomenUN Women is issuing a global call for nominations to enlist two new members as youth representatives on its Global Civil Society Advisory Group (GCSAG). “(Youth) answers, vision and actions will determine the future of our communities, our nations and our world,” highlights UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

The Global Civil Society Advisory Group is constituted from among eminent civil society professionals,
whose expertise the Executive Director will consult as necessary. The Executive Director of UN Women
is now calling for nominations to expand the Global Civil Society Advisory Group by two youth

The overall objectives of the Global Civil Society Advisory Group are:
 To foster dialogue and engagement with a view to advance global goals of gender equality and
women’s empowerment.
 To enable the Executive Director to consult with civil society and draw upon the rich and diverse
expertise, experience, outreach and networks, perspective and knowledge that civil society can
 To serve as a consultative forum of ideas and strategies for UN women’s programme.
 To serve as an advocacy coalition for UN Women
Selection process for two youth representatives:

The UN Women Executive Director is calling for nominations to include two new members to the Global
Civil Society Advisory Group (GCSAG) as youth representatives. The candidate must fulfill the following
 GCSAG membership criteria (in Annex II);
 be a youth representative with a record of accomplishment in areas related to gender equality
and women’s empowerment;
 Aged between 18 and 25.

Click here to read more about the call for nominations and terms of reference. Nominations should be sent to civil.society[at] by 31 July 2014, 5 p.m. EST (DST).

For more information,visit: UN Women

Call for Applications: Andela Software Development Fellowship

Andela logo
Are you looking for a job that is exciting, respectable, stable, has opportunities for growth and pays well? Jobs like that don’t come easily. But, if you are smart, hardworking and would love to learn how to build software that has a huge global impact (like Facebook, or Twitter), then you need to learn about Andela.

Andela is a new kind of company. In partnership with some of the best engineers and technology entrepreneurs in Nigeria, the United States and Canada, we hire and train Africa’s brightest and most driven young people so that in just a few years, they can go from never having written a line of code to being world-class software engineers.

As part of our entirely merit-based selection process, we offer a free two week Boot Camp where instructors with years of software development experience will teach you the basics of front end web programming and help you collaboratively build your first web development project.

Our ideal candidate must be extremely driven, hard-working, detail oriented, curious, and deeply interested in building software or websites, but might not have any formal training in it. While we respect degrees and prior experience in software development, it is not necessary for the purposes of this role.

Application Deadline : July 18, 2014

Location: Lagos

2 week Boot Camp : July 28 – August 8, 2014
This is a FREE Unpaid 2-week training that will give you valuable entry-level programming skills. Boot camp serves as a two-week long interview from which Top candidates will be employed by Andela.

2 month Immersion Training: August 11 – October 3, 2014
For those selected after Boot Camp there will be a subsequent  two-month immersion training program. A stipend of N81,500/month will be given to participants for the duration of the program. After two months of training you will be qualified to work on global projects with top technology companies and financial institution in Canada and the United States as part of our team.

Long Term Employment:  
At the end of the two month paid training period, employees will be eligible for high-paid continued training and employment with Andela.

For more information,visit: Andela