Monthly Archives: October 2014

Apply! Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) Steering Committee

Young-People Y+ is transitioning from an Advisory Group of the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) to a global network of young people living with HIV. As part of the new governance structure, a Steering Committee (SC) will be created to govern the network.

The current Y+ Advisory Group is supporting this transition process, including an open and transparent process to select the SC. The former Y+ Advisory Group will eventually transition into an informal mentorship body and will not have any decision-making power.

Y+ seeks young people living with HIV who are passionate about making a difference in their community, country, region and globally to apply to be part of the inaugural Y+ SC.

Steering Committee role and responsibilities

The role of the Y+ Steering Committee (SC) is to guide the development of the Y+ network, determine programmatic priorities, make decisions through a transparent process and ensure different communities of YPLHIV from all regions are represented in Y+ decision-making. The SC

is composed of young people (under the age of 30) living with HIV. The Steering Committee’s mandate includes, but is not limited to:

 Make decisions on behalf of the Y+ network;

  • Provide strategic guidance and oversight to the Y+ network;
  • Elect an Advisory Board Member to GNP+ on behalf of YPLHIV;
  • Ensure meaningful engagement of YPLHIV in strategic areas of the HIV response, such as knowledge management, advocacy, leadership and the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents and young people living with HIV.

Membership terms will be for one year with a possibility of a second year based on a peer-led performance review. Y+ seeks individual and organization representatives from the following regions – two people will be selected per region:


Ø  African Region

Ø  Latin America Region

Ø  Asia Pacific Region

Ø  Caribbean Region

Ø  European Region

Ø  North America Region

Organization representatives should be from national or regional networks of young people living with HIV. For additional information, please see the enclosed Y+ Steering Committee Terms of Reference.

Qualifications of applicants:


  1. Documented leadership abilities and commitment to advance the health and rights of YPLHIV;
  2. Experience working with adolescents and/or young people at the country or regional level on health issues;
  3. Solid communication skills, including ease using e-communication platforms, Skype, etc.
  4. Expertise in the four Y+ advocacy priority areas (see the 4 priority areas in the TOR);
  5. English proficiency required, additional language fluencies a plus.
  6. Skills in medicine, research, advocacy and policy, service delivery, and/or communications desired.

How to apply:

Please send a letter of interest, CV and two references to The letter of interest should provide details about your background and experience in the HIV response, motivation for participating on the SC and what added value your participation can bring to the Y+ network. Please also include whether you are applying as an individual or as a representative of an organization (such as a regional network of YPLHIV). A working group of Y+ members will review applications and contact short-listed candidates for interviews.

Young women living with HIV, young key populations (men who have sex with men, people who use drug and those engaged in selling sex) living with HIV as well as adolescents livingwith HIV (11 – 19 years old) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline:13 November 2014!

UNESCO Education for All Global Monitoring Report Photography Competition

Weare launching a photo competition for 18-30 year olds, with a USD$500 prize for the winner. The winner will also have the chance of seeing their photo printed in the next Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report (GMR) and promoted globally to media and at our numerous launch events.

The next edition of the EFA Report is due out in April 2015 and will review how well the EFA movement has contributed to ensuring all children, young people and adults enjoy their right to a quality education. Find out more about the next report.

 What we are looking for:

As the next Report will look at progress in education from 2000 to today, your photo should illustrate ideas linked to youth, education, literacy, skills and/or the world of work among members of your community over the past fifteen years.

The Prize:

First prize = $500

Second prize = $250

Third prize = $100

Who can submit:

How to submit your photo(s)

Please send your photo(s) in electronic format by following the instructions below:

1. go to

2. enter your name and email

3. upload your file

4. enter recipient email:

5. enter message to recipient: “2014 Photo Competition”. If you are submitting more than one

photo (no more than 4 can be submitted in total), please format your submissions as follows:

“2014 Photo Competition 1/4”, followed by “2014 Photo Competition 2/4” etc. Please also

include your description text (see above) for each photo. Note you can only upload one photo at

a time and photos will not be accepted without the description text.

6. click [Send] button

7. Please make sure you also upload a completed entry form (see below) after you have uploaded

your photo(s) and put “2014 Photo Competition entry form”.

Deadline:November 9th 2014

For more information,visit UNESCO Website

Apply! 10th AFRICA-EUROPE Training Course for Youth Organisations

coeThe North South Centre of the Council of Europe is pleased to announce its 10th AFRICA-EUROPE Training Course for Youth Organisations  will also provide an excellent space for strategic networking, finding partners  and promoting intercultural dialogue and learning; these dimensions will be encouraged  by the team of trainers.
The week-long course can accommodate up to 20 participants. Active participation and in-depth reflection are key features of the course. Participants will compare their approaches to youth work and youth participation, engaging in the implementation and  evaluation of the programme with the team of trainers. This Training Course is an opportunity given to youth leaders from Africa and Europe to share,  better understand and integrate the objectives set at the international level in their work and  contribute to their achievement. Some of these objectives (mentioned above) inscribed in the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership, help enable youth to take an active part in these strategies at  the national and regional level and be further equipped to participate.

All candidates fulfilling the criteria and wanting to participate should send the enclosed  application form to by the 5th of November 23.59pm (GMT+1) 2014.


Concerning participants and their profile:
 should be a key multiplier playing an active role within a youth organisation, network
or service at national or regional level, and plan to continue this work in the near
 seeking gender balance;
 diverse social and geographical background (including disadvantaged and minority
 aged between 18 and 30;
 have already some qualification or experience in terms of international youth
 be committed to attend the full duration of the course and be supported by a
youth organisation or service;
 be able to present the context of their work, their way of tackling problems, the
challenges they meet;
 be able to work and communicate in English/French.

Support for Travel Expenses and Board and Lodging

The North-South Centre will do its best to issue a pre-paid ticket. In exceptional cases,  participants might advance the booking of the  international flight and reimbursement will be  done fully or in an agreed amount. Please do not proceed with any booking until  confirmation of selection and agreement regarding travel arrangements. Transfers from and to the airport in Nairobi will be assured by organisers.

It is expected that participants/background organisation support the expenses  related with local transport in the home country, as well as visa and necessary vaccination costs.A recommendation letter from the organisation clearly stating the added value and possible follow-up of the participation of the applicant in the training course should be sent  (scan version) in the same email of the application form. This letter should be signed and  stamped.

The application form and recommendation letter are necessary to consider the application eligible. The selection results will be announced by 24th November 2014

Application Deadline: November 5th 2014

Click here to download the application form

For more information,visit: Council of Europe

PARTICIPATE:Guardian Development #YouthEngage tweetathon on 24 October



Young people, who understands them?

When David Cameron delivered a speech in 2006 calling for people to “hug a hoodie”, the British Prime Minister was trying to say that he got young people; that he saw them as loveable adolescents and not an urban menace.

“We – the people in suits – often see hoodies as aggressive, the uniform of a rebel army of young gangsters,” he said.

Whether it’s about crime or immigration, education or identity it seems that people in suits the world over are increasingly preoccupied by youth. And they have good reason to be.

Africa has the youngest population in the world with 200 million young people between the ages of 15 and 24. Though better educated than ever, and living in countries that are stronger economically than ever,many young people are “left behind” and “frustrated”. That frustration is also shared by young people in the developed world. In a 2013 study from the International Labour Organisation, youth unemployment stood at 54% in Greece. And so the suits continue to gather, trying to figure out what to do about joblessness and the ‘youth bulge’, publishing interminable reports and recommendations, but what do young people have to say for themselves?

On Friday 24 October, in an event that will span 24 countries in 24 hours, we intend to find out. The Guardian Global Development Professionalsand the Guardian Public Leaders networks will be organising a global tweetathon. This is an opportunity for young people and their advocates to give their own answers to the question: “How do we better engage young people socially, economically and politically?”

Starting in Fiji at noon local time and finishing on the west coast of the USA (4pm there), each leg of our worldwide relay will have a national or regional host. Their details will be added soon.

To participate, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Locate your part of the world in the map above
  2. Make a note of the time of the conversation you intend to join
  3. Start tweeting to tell us and the world that you are taking part. Here is one tweet you could use: I’m joining @GuardianGDP’s #youthengage tweetathon in [insert nearest country] on 24 October 2014. To me engaging young people means […]
  4. On the day, as your chat is about to start, take a picture of yourself and tweet it to @GuardianGDP
  5. Still not sure how it works or what time the #YouthEngage discussion will be happening where you are, send an email to

For more information,visit Guardian Development Professionals Network


Apply! Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship

payne-logoUSAID is pleased to announce the 2015 USAID Donald Payne Fellowship Program, an initiative is designed to promote excellence and diversity in the USAID Foreign Service.

The Payne Program is designed to attract outstanding young people to careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers.  The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master’s degree, arranges internships in Washington D.C. and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities.  Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers.  Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master’s program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international development, international relations, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program.  At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service.
Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply, have GPAs of at least 3.2 and be U.S. citizens.  The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need. 
 The application deadline is January 20, 2015

Quick Facts – 2015 Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship

  • Number of Fellowships Offered:  5

  • Eligibility Requirements:  U.S. citizenship; GPA of 3.2/4.0; seeking to start two-year relevant grad program in fall 2015

  • Online Application Opens:  October 14, 2014

  • Application Deadline:  January 20, 2015 – Finalists selected by the end of February – Fellows selected by mid-March

For more information and how to apply, visit Payne Fellowship Website

Call for Applications:Open Society Public Health Grants programme

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The Mental Health Initiative—part of the Open Society Public Health Program—provides grants to projects that stimulate the reform of national health, social welfare, education, and employment policies. The initiative also provides technical assistance and training in substantive areas to its grantees. Many grantees provide high-quality, community-based services which demonstrate that people with intellectual disabilities can live in their communities when they receive appropriate support.

The initiative’s funding strategy is geared toward the sustainable development of quality community-based alternatives to institutionalization for people with intellectual disabilities or mental health problems and toward the development of government policies that promote the social inclusion of people with disabilities. Accordingly, the initiative provides funding to organizations that focus on community-living, deinstitutionalization, and prevention of institutionalization.

The Mental Health Initiative supports projects that include community-based housing, early intervention, inclusive education, and supported employment for people with intellectual disabilities. The initiative also provides support for organizations working on policy-based advocacy at local or national levels with the aim of promoting community living for people with intellectual disabilities.

Eligibility Criteria

The Mental Health Initiative provides funding to nongovernmental organizations in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, or to organizations based in other countries that focus their activities in this region.

Ineligibility Criteria

The Mental Health Initiative does not fund projects which are in any way connected to increasing the capacity of, or to improving, residential institutions for people with disabilities. This includes renovations or any other upgrades, equipment, charitable contributions or humanitarian aid, events organized within an institution, and any other form of core support to residential institutions.


The Mental Health Initiative has an open pre-application process. If your organization’s work falls clearly within the funding guidelines above and you would like to be considered for an invitation to submit a full proposal, please write a one-page letter of intent which contains the following information:

  • The organization’s purpose and goals
  • The project for which funding is requested
  • The amount of funding requested
  • The organization’s total income in the last financial year
  • Some biographical details of the organization’s leadership

Please send your letter of inquiry via email to Please put your organization name in the email subject line.

For more information,visit here

Apply! Community Solutions Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs

IREX is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Community Solutions Program. Please see theapplication instructions for more information on how to apply. All application are due by 11:59 AM EDT on Monday, October 27, 2014.

The Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for the best and brightest global community leaders working in Transparency & Accountability, Tolerance & Conflict Resolution, Environmental Issues, and Women & Gender Issues. Selected candidates will participate in: a four month U.S. fellowship with a local nonprofit organization or government agency; structured virtual learning and networking via the Online Community Leadership Institute; and, the design and implementation of follow-on projects in their home countries.

• J-1 visa support
• Round-trip travel from participant’s home city to the U.S.
• Accident and sickness insurance
• Living Allowance to cover housing, meals and incidentals


Candidates will be considered without respect to race, color, religion, national origin, or gender. Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Competition for the Community Solutions Program is merit-based and open to community leaders, ages 25-38 at the time of application, who meet the following criteria:

• From a participating country (U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., and individuals who have applied for U.S. permanent residency in the past three years are not eligible for this program)

• Currently living and working in his/her home country (Individuals participating in academic, training or research programs in the United States at the time of application and individuals residing or working outside their home countries at the time of application are not eligible for this program)

• Currently working on a community project or initiative in his/her home country; and, has at least 2 years of professional experience in this capacity at the time of application

• Able to begin the program in the United States in 2015, and is committed to returning to his/her home country after completion of the program

• Able to receive a U.S. J-1 visa (Individuals who have participated in an exchange visitor program sponsored or funded by the U.S. Government who have not fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement by the time of application are not eligible for this program)

• Proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application

Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

East Asia and the Pacific: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam

Europe: Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia, and Turkey

South and Central Asia: Bangladesh, Burma, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan

Near East & North Africa: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and West Bank/Gaza

Western Hemisphere: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Paraguay, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago

To register,click here

Apply! Microsoft Imagine Cup Innovation Competition 2015

The Imagine Cup Innovation Competition is a global contest for the best new innovative software and the winning team will take home $50,000 (US). Create a desktop or tablet project using Windows, or a mobile project using Windows Phone, or a browser project using Windows Azure and you could win big at the Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle 2015.
If you’ve got a great idea, assemble a great team and work hard to bring that idea to life. Your project could be on devices all over the world, changing lives and giving people the thrill of seeing the future come to life right in front of them.


Round 1:

Each National Final competition may offer prizes at the discretion of the local Microsoft subsidiary operating that competition. The existence, nature, and conditions of such prizes are subject to the rules of each National Final.

Round 2:

Every World Semifinalist team who advances to round 3 will receive a trip to the Imagine Cup 2015 Worldwide Finals in Seattle, Washington, USA, in July, 2015, to compete at the World Finals.

Trip includes round trip coach airfare from a major airport closest to each competitor’s home, standard hotel accommodations, and select meals and activities.

Associates to the team are not eligible for this travel prize.

Round 3:

At the World Finals, the top three teams in the Innovation Competition will receive the following cash prizes. (Associates will not be awarded any portion of the monetary prize winnings.)

First Place: $50,000 USD, to be divided equally among each officially registered member of the Team

Second Place: $10,000 USD, to be divided equally among each officially registered member of the Team

Third Place: $5,000 USD, to be divided equally among each officially registered member of the Team

For more information,visit Imagine Cup

Apply! 2015 ASHDEN Awards for Sustainable Energy

Be recognised as an international sustainable energy trailblazer of 2015 by a globally renowned award scheme

Why enter?

  • Prize money of £20,000; one International Gold Award of £40,000
  • National and international media exposure
  • Tailored support to help you expand your work
  • Access to new networks and investors

What are we looking for?

We are looking for pioneering enterprises and programmes demonstrating achievement in any of the following areas:

  • Increasing energy access for homes or businesses
  • Creating low-energy buildings in urban areas
  • Developing innovative financial mechanisms or business models for delivering sustainable energy
  • Using sustainable energy for agricultural purposes
  • Improving the lives of women and girls through sustainable energy

Click here to apply

For more information,please visit ASHDEN Awards

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 4 November 2014

PIND Foundation Vacancy:Capacity Building Coordinator, Integrated Peace and Development Unit

pindPartnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) is established to provide support for socio- economic development and peacebuilding programs in the Niger Delta. The foundation will be planning, developing, and funding programs in partnership with other donors and implementing organizations from the public and private sector. PIND seeks to create a dynamic, multi-stakeholder partnership that takes full advantage of the synergies involving diverse organizations and interests.

The foundation is seeking for qualified candidates to fill the vacant position below:

Job Location – Port Harcourt

Capacity Building Coordinator, Integrated Peace and Development Unit
Job Duties 

• Guide the development and implementation of the IPDU Training and Capacity Building component based on needs, opportunities and best practice

• Provide oversight, technical assistance and mentoring to key partners to become more effective in their own capacity development, enabling a more efficient delivery of conflict mitigation and peacebuilding initiatives

• Support the implementation of the comprehensive response programming with bias on prepositioning of capacity and assets, agility and quality of delivery by using a menu of tools and follow-up activities appropriate for the States, LGAs and CSO partners

• Consistently conduct assessments, methods, materials, and measurement across identified relevant content areas to enhance effectiveness and best practices of partners’ peacebuilding and conflict mitigation initiatives.

• Maintain lines of communication for effective Knowledge Management within PIND to promote maximum synergy across all peacebuilding programs/projects/activities and the organization as a whole.
Knowledge, skills and abilities

• A degree in a related field of study.

• 8 – 10 years relevant experience in developing ToT systems in partner institutions and private enterprises and implementing ToT programs in African countries, preferably Nigeria

• Experience in delivering conflict mitigation and peace building training curriculum to CSOs, NGOs, Government partners and other essential entities.

• Excellent facilitation, negotiations and team management skills

• Proven skills and sensitivity in cross-cultural living and understanding  • Proven skills in critical thinking, program design and analysis and articulation of program issues in team meetings

• Ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing

• Knowledge of the Niger Delta and an understanding of the Niger Delta environment would be an advantage

Method of Application Application and CV’s with the job title clearly indicated as the subject of the mail should be sent to:  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  
Applicants from any of the 9 states in the Niger Delta will be given a priority over other applicants. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, October 24th, 2014.