Deadline in two weeks!
This two-phase exchange program, starting in Kenya, will bring a group of four young journalists from selected news organizations to the United States for a four-week program. They will first attend an orientation in Washington, D.C., and then spend the remaining time working out of U.S. newsrooms.
The program will provide participating journalists with the necessary skills to do enterprise news reporting of relevant social issues, as well as how to use the latest digital tools for their work. Through their time working with U.S. journalists, the visiting journalists will gain valuable insight into the American media and will build long-lasting ties with their American colleagues.
After this first phase, three U.S. leading journalists will then visit Kenya to build on the mentoring relationship with the participating African journalists that started in the U.S. phase of the program. The American journalists will hold a series of conferences and small meetings at news organizations and journalism schools in Kenya.
Timeline for the program:
Jan. 1, 2014: Applications due
Mar. 24 – 28, 2014: Orientation phase in Washington, D.C.
Mar. 29 – Apr. 18, 2014: Attachment phase at U.S. news outlet
June 22 – 28, 2014: Americans travel to Africa
Applications for American journalists will open in March
East Africa Fellows Program Manager
Acumen is looking for an exceptional individual to run our East Africa Fellows Program. This program, which is entering its third year, is finding and developing the next generation of East African social change leaders.
Acumen started as an idea. Twelve years later we have a proven model that combines the best of charity and investing to change the way the world tackles poverty. Acumen is a non-profit venture fund with a vision to help build a world beyond poverty through investing in companies that deliver critical goods and services in water, health, housing, energy, agriculture, and education to the poor; leaders who are paving the way for new approaches to fighting poverty; and the spread of ideas that will give the world the knowledge and the understanding to change how the world tackles poverty.
Passion, entrepreneurial spirit, and rejecting the status quo are just a few of the things that Acumen team members have in common. What we aim to accomplish with our work is not easy, and we need dedicated, high-caliber people to reach our goals.
About Our Fellows Programs:
Acumen believes that the future depends on a new breed of leader who is able to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems in new ways. Our Fellows Programs aim to identify, train, and connect these leaders – across geographies, across sectors, and across lines of difference – to become the next generation of architects for the social impact sector. Our programs aim to cultivate the capacity and flexibility to bring together financial skills, operational expertise and what we call moral imagination – the humility to see the world for what it is, and the audacity to imagine the world for what it could be – to address the problems of poverty.
Our Fellows Programs provide emerging leaders the opportunity to connect and collaborate with like-minded individuals, participate in world-class training seminars, and develop new skills to accelerate their own growth and the trajectory of their work and the work of their organizations. The program brings together the best of global and local trainers, who, together with our Fellows Managers, guide and support Fellows through the fellowship year. The East Africa Fellows Program is one of three Regional Fellows Programs offered by Acumen. These programs, together with our Global Fellows Program and +acumen online courses, represent Acumen’s global suite of leadership development offerings.
The East Africa Fellows Manager’s primary responsibility will be to run the East Africa Fellows Program, managing a cohort of 20 Fellows per year, specifically serving in four critical roles for the Fellows:
- Select – Supervise a rigorous recruitment process and ultimately select 20 Fellows
- Train – Lead and facilitate training sessions
- Coach – Guide and mentor Fellows along their leadership journeys
- Build – A robust community of alumni of the Fellows Programs
The East Africa Fellows Program Manager position is a full-time role, based out of the Nairobi Office. S/he must be eligible to work in Kenya, and must have a long-term commitment to the development of the East African region. S/he will have ownership over all aspects of the East Africa Fellows Program, and will be supported by the East Africa Fellows Program Associate to execute against the program goals. The East Africa Fellows Program Manager will work in close collaboration with the India and Pakistan Fellows Program Managers. S/he will report to the Acumen East Africa Country Director, in close coordination with the global leadership team in New York. Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
- Oversee the development of a recruitment strategy – In conjunction with the East Africa Fellows Program Associate and the Regional Fellows Senior Associate, support in the design and execution of a recruitment strategy, including outreach to Alumni, peer organizations, social media, and the press and revision of all recruitment materials
- Build pipeline – Support the cultivating and managing of external recruitment relationships and build candidate pipeline for the program
- Evaluate candidates – Conduct application reviews, phone interviews, and manage a 1-day in-person group interview event called a ‘Selection Conference’
- Facilitate training sessions – Own the overall program curriculum for the fellowship year, including the development – and in some cases delivery – of training sessions, collaborating with external trainers/speakers
- Improve curriculum – Improve curriculum on an ongoing basis, consulting external resources as necessary
- Reinforce content – Guide Fellows to develop mastery of curriculum content, spending additional time outside of training sessions to help all Fellows understand difficult concepts
- Monitor completion of assignments – Ensure that all Fellows are completing their assigned course work correctly and on time in between program seminars
- Manage training seminars – Oversee all logistics associated with execution of training seminars
- Give feedback – Continuously provide verbal feedback, periodically conduct 1-on-1’s with Fellows, and provide written evaluations over the course of the year
- Be a connector – Develop a robust and active Fellows community, and connect Fellows to new individuals, networks, or opportunities that contribute to their leadership development and/or their social impact work
- Manage program operations – Working closely with the East Africa Fellows Program Associate, supervise the day-to-day operations and logistics of running the program, including monitoring the program budget and all executing seminar/event logistics
- Enforce program policies – Monitor Fellows closely to ensure they are complying with policies around attendance and participation, enforcing these policies accordingly
Business Development & Communications
- Sustain current partnerships – Serve as the primary point of contact for a small number of local existing funding partners for the East Africa Fellows Program
- Support new partnerships – Assist the Business Development team to identify/engage new funders
- Supervise report/proposal writing – Provide oversight for writing proposals and reports to funders
- Raise awareness – Build the brand of the Fellows program locally, working with Acumen’s Communications team to promote the program
- Support the Global Fellows Program locally – Provide in-country support to Global Fellows who are placed in East Africa, and support with annual recruitment and selection activities
- Support +acumen locally – Provide in-country support to promote/develop +acumen online courses
Candidates interested in the East Africa Fellows Program Manager position should have a deep motivation to Acumen’s mission of solving the toughest problems of poverty, and a passion for leadership development.
Your background probably looks something like this:
- At least 7-10 years’ work experience in a related field (preferably in education, training, fellowships and/or leadership development)
- A graduate/master’s degree in a related field (for example: education, psychology, leadership, etc.)
- Significant experience in group facilitation/training or classroom teaching
- Prior work experience in a fast-paced environment, ability to work efficiently against tight deadlines
- Familiarity and exposure to the field of social enterprise and poverty alleviation preferred
- Strong verbal & written communications skills, and comfort representing the East Africa Program externally
Additional qualifications include:
- Excellent interpersonal skills, strong emotional intelligence, and ability to communicate effectively
- Ability to give constructive feedback effectively and willingness to have difficult, tough, even courageous conversations in the service of helping others grow and reach the next level
- Self-awareness, strong listening skills, and empathy
- Grit, resilience, and the ability to persevere amidst challenges and ambiguity
- Ability to contribute to high-level, strategic discussions around curriculum and program operations
- Exceptional organizational skills and ability to hit achieve targets independently and under pressure
- Alignment with Acumen’s core values: leadership/listening, generosity/accountability, audacity/humility, grounded in a foundation of integrity and respect.
Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Acumen East Africa Office – Nairobi, Kenya
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply immediately. Applications will no longer be accepted after 1 December 2013. Interested candidates should submit their application as soon as possible. You will be asked to submit the following via our online applicant tracking system:
- An updated resume/CV
- Your responses to 3 short-answer questions (200 words each)
* Required fields
What are the 1-2 aspects of this role that you are most excited about? Why?*
Give an example of a time when you had to lead a team to achieve a difficult goal. Describe the situation, the challenges you faced, what you said or did to motivate the team, and what was the end result.*
Give an example of a time when you helped someone grow or transform. What was the process of this transformation, and what role did you play in it?*
Please indicate which of the seven countries in which Acumen currently has operations, that you have authorization to work. **
- United States
Our Nairobi is a project to record oral histories of people who were caught up or affected by the terrible attack on Westgate Shopping Centre. The interviews will be used to create a video tribute to the event.
We believe that this is an important project, especially as international and local media attention moves away from this event, as it will create a permanent memorial to this tragedy. It will also act as a symbol of the solidarity it inspired in the people of Nairobi. Inspiration has been taken from the Voices of Resilience platform that was created by Time Magazine after 9/11 http://content.time.com/time/beyond911/
Our plan is to create a website with a graphic of the city of Nairobi (on which we will recognise those who have supported our project). We will use this website to display individual interviews we record and, once we have completed the interviews we will compile them into one film which will also be available on the website. The film will include the interviews, a selection of photographs and poetry commemorating the event; this film will be the product of our project. The interviews will also be donated to the Kenyan Archives in Nairobi for future historians and members of the public to consult.
Everyone will be asked one question: “What were you doing the morning of the attack?”
We will then record their story of the events that unfolded through their eyes; their thoughts and feelings one month later. Each interview will be between 20-40 minutes in a calm, serene environment in the studio in Brookside, where the person logging can also work.
1. Logging interviews
2. Transcribing Interviews
3. Making Interviewees feel comfortable on arrival in the studio – tea making etc
4. Assisting Camerman with lights
5. Working with Arete Stories Production Assistant and giving daily updates.
1. Advantage if you own a laptop with Quick Time viewer to watch films
2. Typing skills – 40 words per minute minimum
Duration: 1 month
Working Times: 9 – 6 Monday through to Saturday
Pay: Ksh. 20,000
1. Finding people from all backgrounds: Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Ex-Pats, men, women and children who we in some way involved in Westgate
3. Kenyan Red Cross Workers
1. Experience of being an investigative journalist
2. Good networking skills
3. Existing network of journalists/ contacts involved in Westgate
4. Ability to travel around Nairobi and meet potential people to be interviewed
Pay: Ksh. 20,000
arjun (at) productionafrica.com
Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.
Strathmore University iLab
Launch a Startup in 54 Hours
Startup Weekend Nairobi is back bringing together programmers, developers, marketers, designers, startup enthusiasts among other diverse groups, to form groups and develop viable business ideas in 54 hours.This weekend-long, hands-on experience where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if their startup ideas are viable.
Still have questions? Read the FAQ to get more information or talk to us at email@example.com
Join in the conversation on Google plus, Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #SWNairobi.
Startup Weekend Nairobi is coming to you at a very exciting time this year. The event will be hosted during Global Entrepreneurship Week and the teams will be competing in the Global Startup Battle where over 150 cities across the world will also be participating at the same time. The winners will get a chance to win the grand prize which is a trip to Google HQ, 20,000 USD and mentorship opportunities with A-List entrepreneurs!
URBAN DECODERS WANTED FOR YouthfulCities
November 17, 2012 at 11:32pm
Are you ready to inspire youth to make Cities better places to live + work + play?
Cities are definitely full of youth (we make up 50 per cent of their population and growing), BUT are they “youthful”? – that’s a whole other question – one that we’re revving up to find out. We have our minds set on ranking the world’s top 100 cities from a youthful perspective. Ambitious? Crazy, perhaps? But so are most things that have never been done before. Are you just as curious as we are to discover the best (and worst) places around the globe to live, work and play? If the answer is yes, send us a application for the opportunity to join a global network of on-the-ground Urban Decoders as we embark on this exciting, dynamic – and no doubt, challenging– pursuit of uncovering Youthful Cities. Feel feel free to forward to your networks!
YOUTHFULCITIES is a huge, complicated, exciting, global, social venture. We’re seeking Urban Decoders across the globe to help launch the initiative. As the local on-the-ground point person and lead representative for your city, you will be responsible for:
๏ Building, Managing, Developing relationships on the local level
๏ Liaising with a global network of 24 other Urban Decoders
๏ Providing valuable insight in framing, forming and directing the initiative
๏ Participating in finalizing the YouthfulCities Indicators that measure a city’s youthfulness
๏ Managing the coordination and collection of Youthful City data
๏ Documenting the process & collecting stories of what youth want in their cities (there’s room to get creative)
๏ Hosting local events
๏ Finding organizations, businesses, agencies that are youth friendly
๏ Participating in a global summit of your finding
URBAN DECODER ATTRIBUTES
We are looking for a youthful person who can really get things done:
๏ Connected, Dynamic and Extroverted – You will need to find and meet lots of people so you better love being socially connected
๏ Tech savvy – fear of technology won’t cut it because there will be lots at the centre of the venture
๏ Curious, Resourceful and Resilient – someone with tricks up their sleeve to meet the challenge of collecting the data for the indicators
๏ Creative flexible problem solver – always critical in start-ups to be able to find new and better directions
๏ Thoughtful – Not all information is created equally. We need a great analyst and cultural translator
๏ Culturally Empathetic – It’s a global project and we need to act like it all the time
๏ Super Organized – archiving knowledge, sorting contacts…you name it
WHY JOIN US?
This is an exciting opportunity to get truly hands-on and do something that’s never been done before. Join us in ranking the worlds top cities from a youthful perspective and capture what youth really want from their cities. Be apart of the start-up team that launches this global initiative, cultivate awesome personal professional contacts around the world and make change where you live, work and play.
We are looking to recruit 25 Urban Decoders, one from each of the following cities:
New York City
Candidate must live in the metropolitan borders of the city
Real fluency in English/written and verbal + city’s language a must
Daily reliable access to internet & a reliable power source
Daily access to a computer
Required software Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, PPT, Word.
Post-Secondary requirements preferred, but exceptional experience accepted
Great connections to your city and beyond
– 6 month commitment @ 3 days a week
– All applications should include a recent copy of your CV & letter that answers the following questions. Please stick to the word limit, short and sweet.
1. Propose 3 measurable indicators that you think make a city youthful and propose how you would go about collecting the data (Maximum100 words)
2. A pivotal part of this position is making partnerships and spreading the word about YouthfulCities. Which three organizations, people or companies would you reach out to first and why? (Maximum 100 words)
3. Based on the job description, why are you the best candidate for the position? And what relevant experience do you have to make the launch a success in your city? (Maximum 100 words)
4. What excites you most about the potential of the YouthfulCities initiative from your city’s perspective? (Maximum100 words)
November 30th 2012 (Applications will be reviewed on a roll-in basis.The sooner the better.)
Submissions should be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org Please write URBAN DECODER – Your Name, City in the subject line.
Only successful candidates will be contacted for Round II. But let’s stay connected, there are many ways to get involved and we’re gonna need all the help we can get. Keep an eye on our facebook page as we announce the successful candidates for the first 25 cities!
Click here to download the pdf of the Urban Decoder posting:http://www.youthfulcities.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/YouthfulCities_UrbanDecoder_Posting_FINAL.pdf
Someone who is not just a creative but can also give direction, understand the full idea of the campaign and be able to pitch creative ideas that deliver that.
Someone confident, not just in their work, but in defending their work, defending the campaign incase you have to pitch it to client or to them as a team.
Said person should have atleast 2 years (4 years would be great)
experience. Though willingness to learn on the job is also as appealing. This would mean creating artwork and direction for experential or events type work so dust off your portfolio, and also get ready to share on “what else you contributed” aside from the visual creative work.
- Confidence here does not necessarily mean talking loud or fast.. it means being able to understand, as well as talk through your points or win someone to your corner.
THREE DAYS LEFT.
The Obama Administration’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. Nearly one in three Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60 percent of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35. 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.
For all the info, read below or visit http://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 12:00 MIDNIGHT EASTERN STANDARD TIME MONDAY JANUARY 27, 2014
Committing Resources to Developing Young Talent
Through YALI, the United States has invested significant resources to enhance leadership skills, spur entrepreneurship, and connect young African leaders with one another and with Americans. Since 2010, the State Department has held fifteen exchanges specifically for young African leaders and sponsored 1,283 sub-Saharan scholars through its educational and cultural affairs programs. U.S. Embassies have awarded small grants totaling $750,000 to YALI alumni groups supporting youth development in Africa. Other State Department-led efforts, such as LIONS @FRICA and Apps4Africa, have focused on building an entrepreneurial ecosystem to encourage broad-based economic growth and opportunity for young entrepreneurs – partnering with the private sector to run startup competitions, grow incubators, and develop innovative new products to address local and business and development needs.
USAID has worked with local governments and institutions to strengthen access to education, workforce training, and skills development to help young Africans have the skills needed to enter the labor force. Since YALI’s inception, USAID has invested more than $100 million in over 76 partnerships with African universities to help train a new generation of African leaders in health, agriculture, education, environmental science, technology, and other sectors. Currently USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network—a $25 million per year program—partners with African and U.S. higher education institutions, using science, technology and engineering to educate future leaders and research solutions for the greatest challenges in development. To further expand YALI, USAID will establish regional hubs to enhance leadership and training opportunities in Africa and better leverage over $200 million in ongoing youth programs and initiatives, such as university partnerships and vocational training, on the continent.
Other Departments and Agencies have reoriented their programs and strategies to contribute to the goal of empowering and providing opportunities for youth in Africa. The Department of Labor, for example, is investing in efforts to promote safe youth employment and business opportunities as alternatives to child labor, including a new $3 million program in Uganda to educate and train youth for quality jobs. The U.S. African Development Foundation is investing $5 million in training and placing thousands of Somali youth in paid internships and jobs, in addition to supporting small business start-ups.
YALI participants have leveraged this support and gone on to start youth-driven organizations and networks, advise their governments, and establish new and vibrant businesses – all showcasing the extraordinary talent and promise of the young leaders who are transforming the African continent and their communities.
Who is eligible to apply?
All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Competition for the Washington Fellowship is merit-based and open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:
- Are between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application submission, although exceptional applicants younger than 25 will be considered;
- Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S;
- Are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa;
- Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English; and
- Are citizens and residents of one of the following 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.
Individuals residing in the Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Sudan, and Zimbabwe may not apply to the public management track. Residents of Sudan may only apply for the Civic Leadership track.
The U.S. Department of State and IREX reserve the right to verify all of the information included in the application. In the event that there is a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible.
Applications not meeting the above technical eligibility requirements will not be forwarded to the selection committee. If you do not meet the technical eligibility requirements for this program, we invite you to visit http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us for information on other U.S. Department of State exchange opportunities.
What are the criteria for selection?
The Washington Fellowship is conducted as a merit-based open competition. After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel. Chosen semi-finalists will be interviewed by the U.S. embassies or consulates in their home country. If advanced to the semi-finalist round, applicants must provide a copy of their international passport (if available) or other government-issued photo identification at the time of the interview.
Selection panels will use the following criteria to evaluate applications (not in order of importance):
- A proven record of leadership and accomplishment in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement;
- A demonstrated commitment to public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship;
- The ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and respect the opinions of others;
- Strong social and communication skills;
- An energetic, positive attitude;
- A demonstrated knowledge, interest, and professional experience in the sector/track selected; and
- A commitment to return to Africa and apply leadership skills and training to benefit the applicant’s country and/or community after they return home.
There is no cost associated with applying for the Washington Fellowship.
The application will collect basic information and will include questions regarding applicants’ professional and academic experience including educational background; honors and awards received; extracurricular and volunteer activities; and English language proficiency. We will also request a résumé (with dated educational and professional background), personal information (name, address, phone, email, country of citizenship). Additional elements, such as letters of recommendation or university transcripts, are OPTIONAL and may supplement your application. Apply now by visiting the application site.
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