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Apply! The Saville Foundation Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education


Deadline: December 12th 2014

All Africa based organizations working in education (primary, secondary, tertiary education; non-formal and adult education) and combating poverty in an innovative, sustainable and effective way are invited to participate in Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education. Teach a Man to Fish is seeking for organizations or projects making great changes in their community. Entries can be made by a non-African NGO on behalf of their local partner/office (in Africa) in a condition that the prize money and conference travel bursaries are claimed by and used for the benefit of Africa-based organization.

Teach a Man to Fish partners with the Saville Foundation to award this prize.


  1. US$10,000 – Best entry award
  2. US$5,000 each – Two runner ups
  3. US$1,000 each – 55 best entries from each African country
  4. Top three award winners will be offered a sponsored trip to the international conference and peer-learning workshop of Teach a man to fish.
  5. Media publicity and enhanced sponsorship and donation opportunities are other benefits.

Eligibility Criteria

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For more information, please visit The Saville Foundation Pan-African Awards.

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Call for Applications: The 2014 Washington Fellowship for young African leaders

obamaThe Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. President Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. The Washington Fellowship, which begins in 2014, will bring 500 young leaders to the United States each year for academic coursework and leadership training and will create unique opportunities in Africa for Fellows to put new skills to practical use in leading organizations, communities, and countries.

The Washington Fellowship includes:

 A 6-week Academic and Leadership Institute: Fellows are placed at U.S. colleges and universities for
academic institutes. Institutes will focus on skills development in one of three areas: Business and
Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, or Public Management. Institutes will take place from mid-June
to late July 2014.

 A Summit with President Obama in Washington, DC: At the conclusion of the academic and
leadership institute, all Fellows will participate in a Presidential Summit. The Summit will take place
in late July 2014.

 An optional 8-week U.S. Internship: As part of the Fellowship application, individuals may apply to
receive practical training at a U.S. business, civil society organization, or public agency in the United
States. Approximately 100 Washington Fellows will be selected for U.S.-based internships. The U.S.
internships will take place in August and September 2014.

 Activities in Africa: Fellows will have the opportunity for continued networking opportunities,
ongoing professional development, access to seed funding, and community service activities upon
their return home after the Fellowship.
The online application for the Washington Fellowship is currently available. Completed applications, including all supporting documents, are due by 12:00 midnight Eastern Standard Time, January 27, 2014. All applications must be submitted via the online application system. The application instructions provide detailed information regarding the financial provisions of the fellowship, eligibility and selection criteria for the program, and details on applying. Please read the application instructions carefully prior to beginning the application. We recommend printing these instructions and referring to them while completing the application.

If you have questions about the application, please email

Participating countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

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Apply: Google Student Ambassador Program for Africa

Are you thrilled by new technology? Do you love Google products? Do you want to bring new opportunities to your school and peers? Do your friends say you’re a natural leader? If so, the Google Student Ambassador Program may be perfect for you!

Through the Student Ambassador Program, you become a liaison between Google and your University. Ambassadors plan and host several events during the school year, introduce students to new Google products and features and act as a campus contact for Google teams.

Google Student Ambassadors may:

  • Work closely with local Google teams
  • Host and organize events to bring awareness to Google’s products and brand
  • Spread the word about competitions, training opportunities, scholarships and other events
  • Attend Google events as a Google representative
  • Help Google to better understand their campus’ culture
  • Build relationships on campus with faculty and student groups
  • Test products and features
  • Promote product use and new product launches to students
  • Be a source of knowledge for your university about Google products

What are the qualifications?
This opportunity is open to university students at level 2 or above and postgraduate students. Google Student Ambassadors must be:

  • Currently enrolled in a college or university in Europe, Middle East or Africa
  • Pursuing a BA/BS or MS degree
  • Passionate about technology
  • Able to plan events and manage a budget
  • Actively involved in student life on campus

What is the time commitment?

  • One academic school year
  • Approximately ten hours per month
  • Four or more events per year

As a Google Student Ambassador, you will:

  • Receive regular updates about exciting new Google products / features, programs and announcements
  • Enhance your professional development, leadership, technical and communication skills
  • Be eligible to participate in special Google events, product training and be considered for local internships
  • Exchange best practices with Ambassadors from other schools and disciplines
  • Add the Google Student Ambassador Program experience to your resume
  • Get your own Google SWAG

Sounds great, how do I apply?

To apply, you should:

1. Write 2 Essays as specified in the application form.

2. Submit your application online at by Thursday, 1st March 2012 (for students in Sub-Saharan Africa). Shortlisted students will be contacted by the end of March 2012.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, eligible countries are Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Cote d’Ivoire.




LEAD Fellowship for Young Africans!

LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development) is a non-profit organisation that was created in the wake of the 1992 Rio Conference on Environment and Development. LEAD has got 13 Member Programmes in most regions around the world, including LEAD Francophone Africa, which is hosted by ENDA (Environment and Development in the Third-World). LEAD Africa (joint programme of the three African Member Programmes: LEAD Francophone Africa, LEAD Anglophone West Africa; and LEAD Southern and Eastern Africa) aims to promote a leadership for environment and sustainable development, through high-level training activities in Africa.

LEAD Africa, LEAD International and the Shell Foundation have entered into a partnership in order to set up and implement the LEAD Africa Fellowship Programme which aims to train, each year, close to 500 African leaders by 2015. For 2012, candidates will be selected in Chad, Malawi, Senegal and The Gambia.


The programme targets mid-career professionals (25 to 43 years) from Francophone or Anglophone African countries and living in Chad, Malawi, Senegal and The Gambia. They should hold a university degree with 2 years’ working experience, or 5 for non-University graduates and be working in the private (banks, industry, etc) or public (Civil and related services) sectors, civil society (NGOs, local authorities, socio-professional organisations etc), universities and research centres; intergovernmental bodies, and the media. They should furthermore have written and oral English language skills which allow them to fully participate in sessions, a good knowledge of social media, and a capacity to work with a multidisciplinary and multicultural team. They should be ready to help promote sustainable development within young Leaders’ associations and last and just as important, have a leadership potential and aspire to become an agent of change.


LEAD Africa gives you the opportunity to enhance your capacities and knowledge in terms of leadership and sustainable development, and of analysing and sorting out complex issues connected to the choice of environment and development alternatives. You will have the opportunity to build your skills around negotiation, communication, networking, social entrepreneurship and ethics to mention a few. Also important is the fact that you will have the chance to join a large international network of fellow young leaders.

Training will take place in situ (2 national sessions and one pan-African session of one week each, or 18 days) and by virtual means (online distance learning, teleconferencing, forums, etc.).The pan-African Session where associates are graduating will be held in Malawi for 2012.

An optional one week International Session follows the Pan African session is organized each year by LEAD International. This session is not included in the LAFP fees and will be charged separately.

The application form, which should be completed online, can be found on the website:, along with further details about the programme and testimonials.

The list of required documents (CV, Letter of agreement of the Employer, Motivation letter, copies of diploma and 3 letters of Reference) is also available online. The documents should be scanned, uploaded and sent to

Grants covering a percentage of the total training costs will be available for the 40 best candidates (Senegal) and 20 best candidates (The Gambia). The remainder will paid by personal means or by the candidate’s institution.

Female candidates and professionals from the private sector are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications for Senegal and The Gambia should be submitted no later than January 16 2012 at midnight.

For further details, contact us by mail at: 

Please note: only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews

Youth Program Officer Vacancy at OSIWA!


OSIWA/Youth Initiative Program Officer

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, we build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. The Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

Investor and philanthropist George Soros established the Open Society Foundations, starting in 1984, to help countries make the transition from communism. Our activities have grown to encompass the United States and more than 70 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Each Foundation relies on the expertise of boards composed of eminent citizens who determine individual agendas based on local priorities.

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is an advocacy and grant making foundation that forms part of the global Open Society Foundations Network. OSIWA is based in Dakar, Senegal and works to support the creation of open societies in West Africa marked by functioning democracy, good governance, the rule of law, basic freedoms, and widespread civic participation. It has offices in Abuja, Monrovia, Freetown and Conakry.

The Open Society Youth Initiative (OSYI) supports young people in their efforts to be agents of positive change and advocates for the full and effective participation of all young people in the political, social and cultural life of their communities. The Youth Initiative operates globally to identify opportunities and threats to open society values that are particularly relevant to young people making the transition from childhood to adulthood. While primarily focused on empowering youth directly through its operating and grant-making programs, the Youth Initiative is also exploring how it might develop a role in advocating for the adoption of sound national and international youth policies on behalf of youth.

The Youth Initiative grew out of the OSF Network Debate Program (NDP), which operates in over 40 countries. To ensure the continued success of the Debate Program and support its work in closed societies, OSF has helped establish the International Debate Education Associations, which promotes discussion and dialogue around the world. Both associations work to sustain the network created by OSF. For more information on these organizations, see In 2011, the Youth Initiative will be launching a Debate and Global Civics Initiative, aimed at ensuring that undergraduates become committed to consider global issues from points of view other than their own and debate the rights and responsibilities they have to others.

While efforts to promote debate continue, the Open Society Youth Initiative also operates more broadly. It encourages members of the network of organizations associated to the Open Society Foundations to include youth as partners in their work and assists them in doing so. It sponsors an annual conference for staff of the Open Society Foundations and young activists to share skills and project ideas. The Open Society Youth Initiative’s Youth Action Fund (YAF) is a small grants program that supports projects proposed by individual young people who are interested in contributing to their communities and engaging their peers on open society issues. It is currently running in the Baltics, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Uganda, Moldova, Thailand and Serbia. For more on the Open Society Youth Initiative, visit

The Open Society Foundations Scholarship Programs mobilize students and scholars by providing support for fellowships, scholarships, and related activities that empower individuals throughout the world to improve the social, political, and intellectual environments of their home communities. In summer 2012, the Scholarship Programs will launch the Undergraduate Mobility Initiative within Sub-Saharan Africa to offer short-term scholarships (one semester to one academic year) at 2-3 host universities for up to 20 students annually. This initiative aims to foster intra-continental mobility, strengthen African identity and promote respect for diversity among young generations. This Initiative is administered by a Program Director out of New York

OSIWA and the Open Society Youth Initiative seeks a dynamic individual as a Program Officer based in Dakar, Senegal to help it expand its youth programme in West Africa and ensure that issues relating to youth are integrated in all the programs of OSIWA. Additionally, the Program Officer will dedicate a percentage of his/ her time working in partnership with the NY Program Director to help coordinate Scholarship Programs’ Undergraduate Mobility Initiative.


Program Support:

 Work closely with OSIWA thematic and country programs and the Youth Initiative to develop and implement regional youth strategy and implement the same;

 Support the work of the Open Society Scholarships and Higher Education Support programs, and other programs as needed;

 Establish relationships with tertiary education institutions, particularly colleges and universities with undergraduate students;

 Assist in tailoring Youth Initiative programming specifically for francophone countries;

 Assist in the implementation of the Youth Initiative Global Debates;

 Identify synergies and build relationships with partner organizations in west Africa;

 Attend meetings and events relevant to the program and share insights with colleagues;

 Maintain a flow of information with OSF network colleagues;

 Assist with special research projects, on-going programmatic needs and grant-making portfolio;

 Represent OSIWA, Youth Initiative and Scholarship Programs to outside entities as needed;

 Represent the YI in regional donor forums, other international meetings as needed as well as OSF internal meetings;

Administrative work

Perform all administrative tasks related to the program, including but not limited to:

 Organize OSIWA, YI, and Scholarship Programs’events such as meetings, workshops and orientation programs;

 Assist with the logistics and preparation of presentations for conferences and meetings, particularly those that gather fellows of the Undergraduate Mobility Initiative;

 Initiate and develop publications by OSIWA and YI;

 Provide support for dissemination of Program activities and outcomes;

 Provide regular updates on program implementation for inclusion on the OSIWA and YI web sites;

 Integrate the OSIWA and OSF organizational values into the performance of duties and tasks on a daily basis and participate in in-house working groups designed to uphold the values and foster healthy inter-office communication;

Grants Management:

 Perform site visits, monitor and evaluate grantee activities;

 Work closely with OSIWA’s grants management and financial Units;


 As assigned by the OSIWA Executive Director and Director Youth Initiative.

Qualifications and Experience:

 Graduate degree in relevant field;

 Minimum of five years relevant work experience in program development and management;

 Knowledge of the major discourses in Africa, especially the West African sub-region;

 Excellent written and oral French and English required;

 Exceptional analytic capacity; Flexibility and willingness to work as a team member and independently, with a high level of self-motivation;

 Ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced working environment;

 Ability to maintain strict confidentiality;

 Attentiveness to detail and ability to work well under pressure;

 Ability to travel locally and internationally;

 Computer skills including the ability to operate spreadsheets and word processing programs at a highly proficient level;

 Extensive computer skills and high comfort level with computer research, database management;

 Excellent oral and written communication and analytic skills;

 Excellent coordination, networking and facilitation skills;

 High level of self-motivation and ability to work both independently and with others;

 Ability to operate in a difficult working environment;

 Sensitivity to diversity.

Salary: Commensurate with experience with full benefits.

Start Date: 1st February 2012

To Apply: send resume (in English), cover letter, brief writing sample and salary requirements, by 4th January 2012 to:

Note: Due to the number of applications we receive, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted by OSIWA.

No phone calls, please. The Open Society Foundations are an Equal Opportunity Employer.