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Apply! Job opening: CAN International Mobilization Coordinator

CANThe CAN ( Climate Action Network) International Secretariat is looking for a Mobilization Coordinator to join the Global Campaign Coordination Department and  play a leading role coordinating key mobilization moments across different movements.

Deadline for Application: 10th December 2014

Date of Interview: 17th December 2014
This to ensure the new person would be able to join us as soon as possible.
Title: Mobilization Coordinator
Location: Flexible
Hours and Duration: Full-time, 1 year
Position summary:
The Climate Action Network – International (CAN) is seeking a Mobilization Coordinator to support CAN’s growing Global Campaign Coordination Department. The Campaign Coordination Department aims at coordinating members’ work around key campaign opportunities and through specific projects that support the shift to a low-carbon and climate resilient development at the international, national and regional level.In 2015 CAN will focus on building an inclusive and diverse movement that will mobilize together at key global moments to exert pressure for a phase out of fossil fuel pollution and a just transition to 100% RE globally by at least 2050.
The Mobilization Coordinator will play a leading role in this effort coordinating key mobilization moments across different movements.The Coordinator will closely work with all other departments and report directly to the Head of Global Campaign Coordination. Physical location for this position is flexible although ideally it would be from within the offices of an existing CAN member group or regional office.


Specifically, the Mobilization Coordinator will:
• Lead the development and coordinate the implementation of the network’s mobilization strategy around key global moments in the climate and development calendar in 2015;
• Coordinate members’ and national or regional node/partner’s campaign work around key mobilization opportunities and ensure they are in line with the network strategy and support international efforts;
• Provide campaign and mobilization expertise to CAN node coordinators and members and enhance collaboration and joint strategic campaign development;
• Plan workshops, conference calls, and other means for effective and intensive collaboration around key mobilization moments;
• Establish regular reporting and inter-group communication on mobilization activities;
• Support fundraising efforts by the CAN Director as they relate to Campaign Coordination efforts; and
• Support the CAN Secretariat whenever required to ensure strong mobilization on identified key opportunities.


Specific Qualifications:
• Graduate-level university degree in relevant field (social, economic, environment);
• Excellent facilitation and coordination skills ideally in a network environment;
• Experience working in a relevant field, preferably including at an NGO working on climate, development and/or energy issues;
• Experience developing and implementing successful campaign strategies with mobilization components with diverse stakeholders
• Experience leading projects with multicultural and cross departmental project teams
• Ability and experience working in a remote office;
• Organizational skills and willingness to work under time restraints and pressure;
• English language required, excellent French and/or Spanish skills are a strong asset;
• Ability to travel on demand (and up to 50% of time) is required;
• Experience working and living in developing countries, with a keen understanding of the challenges in communication, resource restraints, and other unique circumstances preferred.

Salary will depend on experience and location.

Send a cover letter and resume to, with subject: “Mobilization Coordinator”. Applications are requested as soon as possible, and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis until the right candidate has been found.

Please, no telephone inquiries. Based on the expected large interest in this position and limited capacity, only candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted. CAN is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We especially encourage people with experience of working and living in developing countries.

If you have any questions, please contact Mareike Britten

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! 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

Call for Applications: ACUMEN’s Making Sense of Social Impact e-course

acumenWhat does social impact mean?
How does Acumen assess social impact when considering potential investments?
How can you apply the same concepts elsewhere?

One of the most common questions we get is how we measure our impact. Is it just the number of lives impacted? How do we know if the goods and services our companies provide are improving lives? When do social and financial goals coincide, and when do they deviate? These questions are core to our work to create a world beyond poverty.

Together with Acumen’s Impact Team, we’ve developed this introductory course to help you understand how we analyze impact in our portfolio and how you can apply the same building blocks to any socially-focused company or organization that you are personally excited about.

We believe this course will be especially insightful for those interested in impact investing, but it is by no means limited to that audience. Whether you are a philanthropist, an individual working at a non-profit, an impact investor or an social entrepreneur, or if you just want to understand what it might take for you to “do good” more effectively, this course is for you.

The world needs you to lead.


NOVEMBER 11, 2014


DECEMBER 15, 2014


3 TO 5


4 TO 5

For more information and how to apply;click here

Apply! The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) competition for entrepreneurs & innovators

ipa_banner_english1 The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) is calling on all African innovators to submit their entries for the fourth edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) competition. The IPA is presented annually, enabling and encouraging African pioneers to develop creative ideas and techniques to overcome some of the challenges faced by the continent and support sustainable development.

“At the African Innovation Foundation we are passionate about Africa and its potential, that we firmly believe will be led by empowering a new generation of African innovators and entrepreneurs.  But we also recognise that this new generation needs the resources and the opportunities to realise their ambition,” said AIF and IPA founder Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais.  “ IPA provides a platform to encourage and harness these entrepreneurial skills in order to help improve the lives of Africans and to help realise untapped potential. The prize is also a great way of unleashing creativity and promoting growth within the African continent.”

The IPA is becoming integral to facilitating ground-breaking thinking, creativity and driving awareness to the outstanding work being done in Africa by Africans. IPA 2013 winner, AgriProtein went on to raise $11 million to build its first two commercial farms in Cape Town.

All innovations are evaluated based on the following criteria: originality, marketability, scalability, social impact and Scientific/technical aspects. The best submission will be awarded a grand prize of USD 100 000.  The second prize of USD 25 000 will be awarded to an innovator with an innovation which has the best commercial and business potential. An additional award is a special prize granted to the innovator whose innovation has the best social impact in the community.

The IPA encourages entries in five key categories: Agriculture and Agribusiness, Environment, Energy and Water, Health and Wellbeing, ICT applications, and Manufacturing and Services Industries.

Recognising home grown innovative ingenuity, the prize contributes to increased funding of start-ups, adoption of new and emerging technologies and accelerated growth of the private sector.   With ever changing economic and social environments, it is critical that proposed solutions tackle issues affecting African lives, and that they are effective and are different from the existing ones.

The IPA also beckons all investors, governments and other stakeholders interested in evaluating, investing and maximising the continent’s resources to participate in this innovative and empowering initiative and make a significant change through generous contributions that will accelerate the Africa’s economic growth.

The deadline for submitting applications for IPA 2015 is 31 October 2014 at 24h00 GMT.

For more information, please visit Innovation Prize for Africa

Apply! Cherie Blair Foundation Mentoring Programme for Female Entrepreneurs

CBFW_LogoWebThe Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s Mentoring Women in Business Programme, fostering women led businesses in Africa, Asia and the Middle East through an on-line platform developed in collaboration with Google.

Many women in developing and emerging markets have the ideas and ambition to become successful entrepreneurs but are held back by barriers such as lack of access to business skills, technology, networks and finance.  In response, the Foundation has developed an innovative solution that combines mentoring with technology to offer cross-border support to women entrepreneurs.  
The programmes matches women in developing and emerging countries with male and female mentors around the world.  Using our online platform, they spend 12 months working one-on-one to achieve key business goals.  Participants build their business skills and digital literacy through our trainings, and become part of a global community of committed, ambitious entrepreneurs who are invested in each other’s success.  
The programme boosts confidence, improves business performance and ultimately creates wealth for the entrepreneurs we support.
For more information and how to apply.visit Cherie Blair Foundation for Women 


Apply! 2015 Kofi Annan Fellowships for students in developing countries

kofi AnnanThe Kofi Annan Foundation is offering Fellowships for Developing countries’ Students in Germany , and applications are submitted till September 30, annually. European School of Management Technology in cooperation with the Kofi Annan Business School Foundation offers fellowships to obtain a university degree in Europe at one of the academic partners of the Kofi Annan Business School Foundation. The fellowship is open to the talented students from developing countries. Value of the Fellowship is €58,000. Fellows will have a full scholarship from ESMT plus fair compensation for travel and accommodation costs and program related fees. The fellowship is offered for one-year full-time MBA education.

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

Award No: Up to three fellowships are offered.

Scholarship Duration: The fellowship is offered for one-year full-time MBA education.

Scholarship covers:  Value of the Fellowship is €58,000. Fellows will have a full scholarship from ESMT plus fair compensation for travel and accommodation costs, and program related fee

School(Institutions/ Country): | Germany

Level: Master Degree

Field(s): MBA courses

Deadline: September 30, annually.

Funded By: ESMT in cooperation with the Kofi Annan Business School Foundation

Beneficiaries(Target Groups):  2015 Kofi Annan Fellowships are targeted for students of Least developed countries: (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Rep. of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Rep., Myanmar, Nepal, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Yemen and  Haiti ).


In order to be considered for 2015 Kofi Annan Fellowships you must meet all the following criteria:

‣ Applicants must be resident in one of the UN’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) or Palestine.

‣ Fellows are expected to commit to returning to their home country or region to participate in the development of the local or regional economy.
‣ Applicants need to hold at least a bachelor’s degree and have to demonstrate three years of post-graduate professional experience.

‣ Moreover, they are required to take the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) before gaining admission to the ESMT Full-time MBA program.

For more information,click here to apply

Apply! The Andela Fellowship for young app developers

Andela logoAre you a world-class developer or do you have what it takes to become one? If so, consider applying. The Andela Fellowship is a highly-selective, 4-year, paid professional opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading technology companies.

Two percent of applicants are invited to participate in a free, two-week-long Boot Camp led by senior developers educated at some of the world’s top engineering schools. Andela Boot Camps are some of the most rigorous training experiences in the world. At the end of each Boot Camp, top performers – typically, fewer than one percent of applicants – are extended job offers as full-time Andela Fellows.

The Andela Fellowship is a new kind of academic experience. It’s sort of like a university, except instead of paying tuition, you’re earning an income. The initial months of an Andela Fellowship involve immersion training in full-stack (front-end and back-end) development skills. After 1,000 hours of instruction, we’ll place you on client projects as you continue training to ensure you are equipped to meet the evolving needs of the industry.

Simply put, the Andela Fellowship is an unparallel opportunity. But don’t take our word for it. “I’ve been in school for 24 years,” says “Solo” Solomon, the youngest Andela Fellow about our Boot Camp. “This was the most valuable and interactive two weeks of my life.”


Boot Camp (2 weeks):
Group 1 Oct. 6-17, 2014 (Application deadline: Sept 26)
Group 2 Oct 20-31, 2014 (Application deadline: Oct 6)

This is a free two-week-long training where you will gain valuable programming skills. When it’s over, the highest-performing participants will receive job offers to join Andela full-time as Andela Fellows.

Immersion Training (3 months): Nov 3, 2014 – Feb 3, 2015During a three-month-long immersion training program, Andela Fellows will receive a monthly stipend. After three months of training, you’ll be qualified to work on client projects with top technology companies.

Full-Time Employment:  At the end of Immersion Training, employees will be eligible for continued training and employment with Andela.

Click here to apply

Apply! 2015 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work

Youth Award Winners 2013

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Youth Development Work. The annual awards recognise the invaluable contribution of young people to development, in community, national and global contexts. Part of the Commonwealth Youth Programme, the awards provide a platform to showcase and expand the work of outstanding young people across the 53-nation Commonwealth community.

Past winners have brought their talents and commitment to powerful ventures such as environmental waste management, solar energy in remote villages, online education communities, and youth leadership.

Nominations for 2015 should demonstrate how a young person’s work, whether professional or voluntary, has helped to promote a development goal, such as empowerment of marginalised groups, education for all, peace, democracy, human rights, health, sport and culture, or protection of the environment.   Four finalists from each region (Asia, Africa & Europe, Caribbean & Americas, and Pacific) will be selected, and from these sixteen finalists, one from each region will receive a regional Commonwealth Youth Award.

Each finalist and winner will receive a cash prize, and the regional winners will also travel to London in Commonwealth Week in March 2015, where the overall pan-Commonwealth Commonwealth Youth Award winner will be announced.

Deadline: 30 October 2014.

Click to download the application form.

For more information,visit: Your Commonwealth