The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the University of Ibadan are pleased to announce the availability of a BNET Commonwealth Fellowship for 2014.
The Fellowship is supported by the Britain-Nigeria Education Trust, as part of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) Endowment Fund; set up to mark the 50th anniversary of Commonwealth Scholarships in 2009 and managed by the ACU.
The BNET Commonwealth Fellowship will enable an experienced academic, working in areas of strategic importance to the University of Ibadan, to undertake a programme of teaching and research at the University for a period of up to three months during the 2014 calendar year.
The Fellowship is available to citizens of any Commonwealth country, other than Nigeria. It is expected that the recipient will be at a senior level, and will contribute extensively to teaching, supervision and/or research at the University. Applications are welcome from all subject areas, but particular priority will be given to work in the field of Agriculture and Food security, Health and renewable Energy and Health.
The Fellow will receive an appropriate monthly stipend, accommodation at the University, return fare from her/his home country to Ibadan, and an agreed allowance for research or other costs during the award. The maximum value of the Fellowship will not exceed £10,000. The Fellowship will last for a maximum period of three months, and must be completed by the end of the 2014 calendar year.
Applications should be submitted, on the application form provided, to Professor Idowu Olayinka, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan no later than 28 February 2014. Further information on the Fellowship can be obtained from Tubosun Afolabi, Senior Assistant Registrar at the University.
Successful candidate will be notified by mid-April 2014.
For more information: Visit: http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk
WHAT IS THE PROGRAM?
The program will support a global network of emerging and established women leaders who provide unusual and sustainable solutions to pressing problems that have impeded women and girls’ progress to participate fully in society and the economy.
Recognizing that in order to advance the causes of women, women themselves must connect with, empower, equip and inspire one another at all levels of society, Vital Voices — with funding support provided by the UK government’s Department for International Development — is committed to helping create a unified response, not just from women’s rights activists and sectoral experts, but also from a wide range of professionals and practitioners across fields and methodologies.
The VVLead Fellowship Program is a critical step in this response, offering participantsunique opportunities to exchange information, obtain resources and tools, mentor and be mentored and receive vital training over the course of three years through offerings tailored to meet their needs, goals and objectives. Download the PDF.
Vital Voices is seeking applications for the VVLead Fellowship Program from women leaders who are committed to tackling issues related to economic disparities, violence against women and harmful cultural practices — with particular focus on forced/early marriage — in order to create a more prosperous and secure world. Knowing that this work will take many forms, leaders may be engaged in this change through work in a variety of fields including business, non-profit/non-governmental organization, public office/government (elected or appointed), advocacy initiative or community-based organization.
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS MUST BE :18 YEARS OR OLDER;LIVING AND WORKING FOR CHANGE IN A DEVELOPING COUNTRY;DEMONSTRATING HIGH-IMPACT;AND ACTIVELY COMMITTED TO THE PROGRESS OF THEIR CAUSE ON A FULL-TIME BASIS.
To apply for the VVLead Fellowship Program, please fill out the online application. The application process should take between 45-60 minutes to complete. All applications must be submitted electronically by Monday, January 14, 2013.
The Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent provides participants with an intensive learning opportunity to deepen their understanding of the United Nations human rights system, instruments and mechanisms, with a focus on issues of particular relevance to people of African descent. The Programme will allow the participants to better contribute to the protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of Afro-descendants in their respective countries.
The first Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent was launched by the Anti-Discrimination Section of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2011 in the context of the International Year for People of African Descent. This year the Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent will be held from 12 to 30 March 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. The programme will coincide with the 11th session of the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent enabling the fellows to attend and observe the Working Group’s session and gain a better understanding of its mandate and work.
Who can apply?
The candidate must be an African descendant living in the Diaspora. The candidate must have a minimum of 4 years of experience related to the human rights of People of African Descent. The candidate must be fluent in the English language to be able to participate fully in the programme. The candidate is nominated by an organization working on issues related to People of African Descent or minority rights.
How to Apply?
Applicants are requested to submit the following documents in a single e-mail to africandescent[at]ohchr.org or by fax to +41 22 928 90 50: A Curriculum Vita. A completed Application Form baring original signature of both the candidate and nomination organization. A Personal Statement (maximum 500) in which the candidate will explain his/her motivation for applying, and how he/she will use what they learn to advocate for the protection and promotion of the human rights of people of African descent. An Official Letter of Support from the nominating organization or community A copy of the applicant’s passport. Important: For applications via email kindly place in the subject header of the e-mail: “Application for the 2012 Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent.” Name any attached document as follows: LAST NAME First name – Type of document Example: SMITH Jacqueline – Application form.doc SMITH Jacqueline – A Personal Statement.doc SMITH Jacqueline – Letter of Support.pdf SMITH Jacqueline – Passport.pdf Deadline for Applications: 15 January 2012 Participant’s entitlement Each fellow is entitled to a return ticket (economy class) from the country of residence to Geneva, basic health insurance, and a stipend to cover modest accommodation and other living expenses for the duration of the Programme.
The selection of the fellows will reflect gender and regional balance. The human rights situation of People of African Descent in the respective countries will also be taken into consideration. Please note, that due to the volume, applications will not be acknowledged. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Any questions pertaining to the Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent can be directed to: africandescent[at]ohchr.org
Deadline for Applications: 15 January 2012
Position Title: Research/Senior Research Fellow, Nigeria Strategy Support Program
Client: International Food Policy Research Institute (www.ifpri.org)
Position Location: Abuja, Nigeria
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow and Leader of its country strategy support program in Nigeria for a two year, fixed-term, renewable appointment. The position will be based in Abuja, Nigeria and reports to the Director of the Development Strategy and Governance Division. Grade level will be determined by demonstrated expertise and experience.
The Nigeria country strategy support program aims to enhance Nigerian capacity for evidence-based policymaking in the areas of agriculture and rural development and poverty reduction. It supports research and capacity strengthening for the implementation of Nigeria’s national and state development strategies. It addresses policy effectiveness and coherence within the agricultural sector as well as between the agricultural sector and other sectors key to economic growth and poverty reduction in that country. Key research and capacity strengthening activities will be carried out with a broad array of agricultural sector stakeholders, including Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, other concerned federal and state government departments, key Nigerian research institutes and universities, the National Assembly, and selected private sector and nongovernmental organizations.
The Fellow will be responsible for a) conducting research, policy advice, capacity strengthening and policy communications in Nigeria and b) leading IFPRI’s country strategy support program in that country. It is anticipated that the Fellow will allocate about 50% time to program management and 50% of time to research and capacity-building activities related to the country program. The Fellow will be responsible for the timely completion of research projects, actively publishing papers/books, and participating in various conferences, policy advisory forums, and capacity strengthening training programs. The leadership role includes the following responsibilities:
Program management: The Fellow recruits and manages local office staff, manage program resources, oversees the updating of annual work programs, reports against annual performance target, and maintains regular communication with IFPRI-Washington. In addition, s/he will recruit national collaborators and manage and monitor national collaborator and IFPRI researcher activities.
Research/Capacity Building: Based on identified program of work, the Fellow leads or participates in specific empirical research, supports targeted training programs, and oversees Washington-based and in-country staff on specific research and training activities that fall within the country program.
Policy Communication and Liaison: The Fellow maintains active policy communication with national counterparts through a face-to-face meetings, regular research seminar series, policy briefs and working paper series; establishing active links with various national research institutions, universities, and government agencies; reports program outputs and results; and liaises with donors on a regular basis.
Fundraising/Resource Mobilization: Through an active in-country presence, the Fellow identifies additional research funding opportunities, responds to in-country needs, channels donor resources to available skills and expertise in IFPRI, and liaises between non-country program IFPRI activities and local donors, if needed (and requested).
· PhD in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Public Policy, Public Finance or closely related field.
· Five or more years of post-PhD research and outreach experience in agricultural policy issues,with internationally recognized publications.
· Experience in policymaking or advisory position, and strong team-building and networking skills.
· Knowledge and experience working on gender issues.
· Knowledge and experience working in Africa, preferably Nigeria.
· Ability to work across disciplines and cultures.
· Excellent written and spoken English.
Applicants should email a detailed letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.