Friday, October 2, 2015

2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship

The 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship application is now open! Adepeju Jaiyeoba, a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow, has put together the following tips for YALI Network members on preparing a great application.
Story of change
What’s your driving force? What motivates you to do the work you do? What’s your story? Do not spend a paragraph on this. Trust me, a line is more than sufficient.
Don’t be too quick to provide answers to the questions. Understand the questions asked, as every question is aimed at discovering certain things about you as an individual and leader.
Demonstrate practical knowledge of the needs of your community
Let your writing show you understand the problem of your community. Connect the problem to real-life stories and situations to drive home your point and let your solution not be in doubt.
Emphasize that you are a leader who takes initiative
Communities across Africa have varying challenges. In your own little corner of the world, before the opportunity to apply for this fellowship, tell about how you have been helping your community solve pressing problems.
Proofread your application
Every year, thousands of applicants apply for the Mandela Washington Fellowship. The applications are not scored by robots or machines — they are scored by human beings, which is why you should really proofread your application and rid it of errors so you do not turn off the markers.
Don’t confuse the marker
A lot of times we are involved in a series of businesses as well as running different NGOs, which in many cases are unrelated. For example, you could be selling fabrics, be into waste management, run an NGO on climate change and still want to keep girls in school. Completing the application may be a real challenge to you as you may want to put all of your various aspects into the application. This may only end up confusing the marker. Let there be a sequential flow in your thoughts and writings so you don’t get the marker scrolling up to check your name and be sure he’s still scoring the same application he started out with.
Visit yali.state.gov/apply for more tips and information on preparing a great application.


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Pension Consultant25/09/201512/10/2015
Advisor to the chief economist and vice president, ECON22/09/201513/10/2015
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UNHCR is leading the humanitarian response in refugee crisis globally. Over the last few years we have witnessed a dramatic increase in populations of concern. To continuously respond to the demand of millions of people in need, we are looking for new talent, willing to serve mainly in deep field and hardship locations.
UNHCR seeks applications to a range of generic functional profiles to beef up its pool of “ready-to-hire” candidates. Shortlisted, cleared candidates will be kept in the pool for one year. They may be considered for upcoming vacancies, when staffing needs arise.
Being part of the pool does not guarantee shortlisted candidates a job.
Generic functional profiles
Applicants are invited to apply to generic functional profiles. The location of duty will be determined by UNHCR. The positions will be at the P-2, P-3 and P-4 level respectively (to be determined by UNHCR).

As the positions may be at the P2, P3 or P4 levels the eligibility requirements vary and are explained in detail in the actual profiles. However, the essential minimum requirements for applicants to the profiles are as follows:
  • University degree, at least a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution;
  • Relevant working experience in the respective functional area;
  • Excellent knowledge of English and at least one other UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) with proficiency at the B2 level or above under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Additional languages are an asset;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural team;
  • Ability to be deployed within four to six weeks of being offered a position with UNHCR;
  • Willingness to serve in conflict zones and deep field locations;
  • Willingness to serve in different countries.
The majority of positions filled through the generic functional profiles are expected to be in non-family or hardship locations.
Offer of employment
External applicants recruited to a position through the generic functional profiles will be offered an initial temporary appointment, usually for six months, or a one-year fixed term contract, with no expectation of renewal.
Appointment will be subjected to satisfactory medical examination; verification of references; and certification of valid diplomas.
Applicants with questions regarding their eligibility may write to hqcbi@unhcr.org
For problems accessing the links or other technical issues, applicants may contact the Global Service Desk at HQUSSD@unhcr.org

Deputy Programme Manager: DFID Liberia

Deputy Programme Manager: DFID Liberia

DFID Liberia is seeking an experienced, highly motivated and enthusiastic Deputy Programme Manager (DPM) who has solid experience in policy, financial and programme management. The DPM will play a key role in helping drive forward high profile and dynamic programmes, and will work closely with DFID and British Embassy colleagues, as well as a range of sector partners including multilaterals, NGOs, and Development Partners.
Closing time and date for receipt of application: 4:00pm on Monday 12 October 2015.

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