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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

#VacancyAlert: Mara Foundation seeks One-on-One Manager in Nigeria

Mara One-on-One Manager Nigeria

Location:Lagos,  Nigeria

Job Type: Full Time

About: Mara Foundation

Mara Foundation is Mara Group’s social enterprise that focuses on emerging African entrepreneurs. It works to create sustainable economic and business development opportunities for young business owners through various initiatives.Mara Foundation was launched in 2009 by Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder of Mara Group. Since its inception, the Foundation has scaled its programmatic focus and is now active in a number of countries across Africa.In 2014, the Foundation continues its strategic growth in Sub-Saharan African countries while simultaneously expanding to other global countries worldwide. Mara Foundation is seed funded and is currently supported by Mara Group.

Mara Foundation’s mission is to provide comprehensive support services including mentorship, funding and business training facilities to African entrepreneurs.
Mara Foundation believes that these support services will play a crucial role in transforming business ideas into reality. These businesses will, in turn, create jobs for other Africans and help build an SME sector that can genuinely contribute to the development of both the local and pan-African economies.

About the position

We are looking for an ambitious and self-motivated individual to manage the Mara One-on-One programme in Nigeria.

Mara One-on-One aims to support the start-up and growth of young businesses in Nigeria by connecting successful businessmen and businesswomen with passionate entrepreneurs for six months. This initiative is designed to help young enterprises survive the cutthroat world of business by creating alliances with strong players who have already succeeded in running successful companies. Through this programme, young entrepreneurs will be able to position their businesses for sustainable growth through one-on-one sessions with a Mentor drawn from the top of the business world.

You will be in charge of the general administration of the programme and ensuring its success and growth.

You will directly interact with senior executives business community stakeholders via email, phone and face-to-face meetings thus professional decorum is of the utmost importance. The successful Representative will write succinct End-of-Month and annual progress reports, conduct thorough Internet research for strategic plans and take copious notes during client and team meetings while balancing critical deadlines and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

You will be reporting to the Country Director.

Summary of job role

– Managing the Mara One-on-One programme in Nigeria, including:

  •  Soliciting and recruitment of mentors and mentees
  •  Co-ordination of matching event
  •  On-going communications and relationship-building with mentors and mentees
  •  Monitoring and evaluation, data collection and collation
  •  Managing Mentee’s Meetup events
  •  Input into programme expansion and managing new programme areas as needed

– Attend local workshops, seminars, and conferences to represent Mara Foundation
– Build and maintain long-lasting relationships with relevant stakeholders in Nigeria’s startup ecosystem
– Generate engaging local and global online content via social media
– Generate community-at-large programming through 
local partnerships
– Timely response to all phone and email communications internally and externally
– Manage and monitor all expenses based on the allocated budget for Mara One-on-One Nigeria.
– General administration duties, and any other duties as assigned by the Country Director

Knowledge, Skills and abilities

– Commitment to Mara Foundation’s aims, objectives and principles
– Able to set challenging personal goals and remain motivated despite obstacles
– Confident in presentation, skilled in negotiation
– Excellent organisational skills and attention to details
– Creative, flexible, able to use own initiative to solve problems
– Graduate
– Preferably 3 years organisational experience
– A track-record of leading an event, project or programme of any scale and evidence of its success
– Possesses a “can-do” infectious positive attitude and an entrepreneurial team player perspective. 
Must be honest, accountable and assertive.
– Must be a team leader and lead-by-example 
– Must have the ability to produce effective and detailed analyses.
– Must be self-directed and reliable in planning and implementation countrywide operations. Must 
possess strong follow-through traits.
– Must have excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills in English. Must be able to 
interact and communicate effectively with celebrities,            executives, corporate administrators, 
department peers, community and public officials, sales representatives, media and the public.
– Must be able to effectively use office equipment, computers and scanner and other resources for 
completion of projects.
– Must have acute time management skills, thereby able to manage one’s own time, establish 
schedules and meet deadlines, including managing multiple projects     simultaneously.

Interested candidates should apply by emailing a CV and a covering letter explaining their interest in the position and what they could bring to it, click to Apply. Only successful applicants will be contacted. The position will be based in Lagos and is to start immediately.

Only complete applications will be considered.

Click here to apply

For more information;visit: The Mara Group

UN launches web portal to help young women pursue technology careers

The United Nations launched a new web portal today focusing on helping girls and women access job opportunities, training and career advice in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.

The website – – was designed to inspire and help young women between the ages of 11 and 25 prepare for and pursue careers in technology by providing them with useful resources such as links to scholarships, internships, ICT contests and awards, tech camps and online networks where they can interact with other women working in an industry that is largely male-dominated.

“It’s a little-known fact that women were the original programmers of ENIAC, the US Government’s first ever computer. But while teenage girls now use computers and the Internet at rates similar to boys, they are five times less likely to consider a technology-related career,” the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said in a news release.

“Research consistently shows that girls tend to choose careers where they feel they can ‘make a difference’ – healthcare, education, medicine. With this new portal, we’re trying to show them that there’s much more to ICTs than writing computer code,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré.

“As we move towards an ICT-based knowledge society, the rise of apps and the explosion in telemedicine, remote learning systems and research and development make the ICT industry the most exciting choice any young person can make,” Mr. Touré said.

“I hope our new portal will serve as a showcase to attract the many talented girls and young women in countries worldwide to this booming sector,” he added.

ITU stressed the need for a change in attitudes towards ICT jobs, which according to experts, girls usually see as unfeminine, too challenging or just plain boring. However, the demand for these jobs worldwide is steadily increasing with not enough qualified individuals to fill the gap in the job market.

The European Union, for example, calculates that in 10 years there will be 700,000 more ICT jobs than there are professionals to fill them. Globally, that shortfall is estimated to be closer to two million.

The website seeks to inspire women to consider ICT as a career option by offering them information on the range of options available in the sector as well as provide them with real life examples of how women are already changing the industry.

“We hope our new Girls in ICT portal with its profiles and videos of women in ICTs will be a major catalyst in creating exciting and rewarding new choices for women worldwide,” said Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. “Encouraging girls into the technology industry will create a positive feedback loop, in turn creating inspiring role models for the next generation.”