FIRE Africa Awards (on innovative initiatives in information and communications technologies)

n Award is a prize for a job well done. The FIRE Africa Awards seek to acknowledge innovative initiatives in Africa that have made concrete contributions through the use of information and communications technologies and have had a proven impact on the region’s social and economic development.

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Final deadline for submitting project proposals: 1 August 2017

Apply to become a VV GROW Fellow

The VV GROW Fellowship is a highly competitive one-year accelerator program for women owners of small and medium businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa. The program includes customized business skills training, technical assistance, leadership development, and access to networks to grow their businesses and increase their leadership impact. Through global and regional online and in-person interventions, fellows focus on strategy and long-term business value paired with action-oriented plans. They amplify their role as leaders in their businesses and their communities to create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth and produce wider social benefits.

The program would not be possible without the support of our donor partners, the Global Founding Partner of the VV GROW Fellowship, the ExxonMobil Foundation and Platinum Sponsor of the VV GROW Fellowship, FedEx.

The one-year program includes:
  1. Global Virtual Learning: Over 4 months, fellows complete a series of weekly webinars, assignments, online courses, assessments, and one-on-one calls with peers, Vital Voices staff, and trainers. Fellows begin to build their knowledge about marketing, networking, business planning, financial management and leadership, the core topics of the program. Fellows assess the current state of their business and leadership in order to determine where they are; analyze their business to identify opportunities for growth; and define specific business growth goals to identify where they want to go.
  2. Regional In-Person Training: Each year, fellows from each region gather in one country in their region to participate in a four-day, in-person training workshop that will guide them in creating an action plan outlining how they will accomplish their business growth goals. Fellows also get the opportunity to meet, network with, and learn from other fellows from their region, Vital Voices staff and trainers.
  3. Growth Services and Support: Following the in-person training, fellows carry out their action plans, revise them, and evaluate their progress towards their growth goals. Throughout the last 6 months of the fellowship, Vital Voices staff connects fellows to individualized growth services and support based on the goals and action items in their action plan

Who can apply?
  • Women business owners in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa, who:
  • Own a business that has been in operation for at least 3 years,
  • Employ at least 3 full time staff, and
  • Generate at least USD $40,000 in annual sales
  • Reside in the same country as your business for at least 7 months out of the year
  • Are proficient in spoken and written English
Applications due August 31, 2017

Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships

The Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships at Harvard offer short-term research opportunities to individuals interested in working on special projects designed to advance journalism in some new way. Candidates need not be practicing journalists, but must demonstrate the ways in which their work at Harvard and the Nieman Foundation may improve the prospects for journalism’s future. This may be related to research, programming, design, financial strategies or another topic. Both U.S. and international applicants are invited to apply.

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The application deadline for the 2018 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships is Sept. 29, 2017.

Call: 2017 Gender Just Climate Solutions Awards!

The Women & Gender Constituency invites you to participate in the 2017 Gender Just Climate Solutions Awards!

Winning initiatives are showcased across three categories, please review our 2015 & 2016 award winners for examples:
  1. Technical climate solutions with a women or gender perspective (e.g. in area of renewables, energy or adaptation technologies etc.) 
  2. Non-technical climate solutions with a women or gender perspective (e.g. in area of efficiency, consumption changes, resilience and capacity building etc.) 
  3. Transformational climate initiatives with a women or gender perspective (e.g. addressing governance, institutional / societal change etc.) 
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Applications Close: Monday, 4 September

Call for applications: 8th Batch African Union Youth Volunteer Corps(AU-YVC) - Multiple Locations Across Africa

The African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC), established in 2010, is a continental development program that promotes youth volunteerism in Africa. The program aims to deepen the status of young people as key actors in Africa's development targets and goals, enhancing their participation in policy development as well as design and implementation of relevant interventions towards the Africa Union’s Agenda 2063, ‘The Africa we want’. It brings people together to share skills, knowledge, creativity and learning to build a more integrated, prosperous and peaceful Continent driven by its citizens. The volunteering opportunities are intended to build professionalism and a sense of responsibility among the participants, thus enhancing their employability.

Young African professionals are recruited to serve for a period of 12 months as AU Volunteers in an AU Member State other than their own. The next intake of volunteers for deployment in 2018 will be from the 11th – 31st of July 2017.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants have to meet the following criteria:
  • Citizen of an AU Member State living on the continent or the Diaspora;
  • Aged between 18 – 35 years;
  • Have a post-secondary certified qualification(s) (TVET, Bachelor’s degree or equivalent)
  • Available in 2018 to dedicate 12 (twelve) months for volunteer work;
  • Willing to live and work in another AU Member State;
  • Is proficient in at least one AU working language (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese);
  • Has at least one year verifiable volunteering experience and one year professional work experience.
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Fellow programme 2018: HIIG Fellowship 2018 – Internet and Society

Applicants must fulfil the following requirements:-

- international students must be enrolled as full -time students or double-degree students (not possible for exchange students) at the Hochschule Hof for the respective semester (summer semester 201
7 or winter semester 2017 /18).
- international students must be academically (previous examination performance) and personally qualified. Foreign students enrolled in Bachelor courses must have achieved a minimum of 90 ECTS to be eligible. Please attach proof.
- international students in financial need. Hochschule Hof may at any time ask for proof of given information

Rest and Refuge Scholarship

Rest and Refuge Scholarship is a project run by Reporters without Borders Germany and taz Panter Foundation, a non-profit organization linked to die tageszeitung (taz), a daily newspaper in Berlin.

We invite two journalists from countries in crisis or war to stay in Berlin. We offer them a time of refuge and rest up to three months. The first journalist will be invited from September to November 2017, the second from March to May 2018.
Who can apply?
  • Journalists who need a time out from their difficult working conditions. This might be the case after covering stories in an oppressive environment or after covering stories in war or unrest.
  • Journalists who feel the need to lie low awhile and get out of the view of state security because of their journalistic work.
What we offer

We offer travel expenses, a decent apartment, pocket money and free transportation in Berlin for up to three months. Participants may completely withdraw from public life, use the time for writing or thinking, or they may want to explore political life in Berlin. Off course we would be of help in that.


Participants have to be able to communicate in basic English or in German. Participants should have a relevant working-experience as journalists. They must have the intention to return to their country after three months.

How to apply

Please use the application form and send the other requested documents to: [email protected]. The deadline for applications is 31 July 2017.


Study UK Alumni Awards 2017-18: apply now

The Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of alumni and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education. Award winners and finalists are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, professions and countries.

If you, or someone you know, studied in the UK and have gone on to achieve exceptional success, click on this link to find out mre:

Call for applications: BMW Group DOathon

The DOathon is an intense three-day, standalone program for people who act as champions of innovation: for entrepreneurs as well as intrapreneurs. This short program format aims to equip participants with the skills they need to harness diversity within teams and to use co-creation as an effective ideation tool.

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Call for applications: Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Awards

Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders are the global awards for local peacebuilding. Awarded annually, they offer international recognition for grassroots peace activists in conflict-affected countries worldwide. These are inspiring individuals who are building a better tomorrow for their communities, in the world’s most fragile and needy places.

Deadline: 06 September 2017

Call for participants: 7th Global Education and Youth Training Course for Youth Multipliers

Are you a young key multiplier playing an active role in a youth organisation, willing to gain skills to promote and disseminate principles of Global Development Education (GDE) to other young people?

Do you want to develop intercultural competences to facilitate peer-learning processes with other young people?

The North-South Centre (NSC) of the Council of Europe is organising the 7th Global Education and Youth Training Course for Youth Multipliers from 18th until 23rd September 2017, in the framework of the 18th University on Youth and Development, in Mollina, Spain.

The training course aims to empower representatives of youth organisations to further support the practice of GDE based on the NSC’s Global Education methodology, contributing to develop a better understanding of intercultural education, intercultural learning and intercultural competences.

This activity is part of the iLegend project: Intercultural Learning Exchange through Global Education, Networking and Dialogue co-funded by the Council of Europe and the Civil Society and Local Authorities Programme of the European Union.

Applications for the course are open until 28th July 2017, through the submission of the online application form and a recommendation letter from the sending organisation to youth and globalisation.

For more information, please read carefully the call for participants.


Job: Assistant Communications Officer x2 - Commonwealth Secretariat

£28,500 pa gross

Based in Pall Mall, London SW1

2 year fixed-term contract.

The Commonwealth Secretariat is proud to be supporting youth empowerment through our Young Professionals Programme (YPP). The YPP creates multiple opportunities for talented and qualified young people from across the Commonwealth to contribute to our core work through the transference of technical expertise, innovative ideas, specialist knowledge and fresh perspectives.

The Assistant Communications Officer role sits within the Communications Division and is focused on providing it with technical and administrative support.

To be considered for this opportunity, you must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional journalistic, media or political experience. A master’s degree is desirable but not essential. You will have worked in a recognised national broadcast, print or digital newsroom for a minimum of two years

We are the inter-governmental body of the Commonwealth, comprising 52 independent sovereign states. Our aim is to provide sustainable and people-centred development through professional advice, transfer of best practice and the enhancement of skills and knowledge. Here you will be making a valued contribution to the wellbeing of 2.4 billion citizens, 60% of whom are under 30 years of age.

If you are keen to gain excellent experience with us, and can thrive in our multi-cultural environment, we look forward to hearing from you.

To be considered for this role you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country aged 27 years or younger at the time applications close.

The closing date is 1 August 201

Africa Climate Change Fund launches second call for proposals

The Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF), housed in the Climate Change and Green Growth Department of the African Development Bank (AfDB), is launching a call for proposals.

The funding envelope available for this call is US $5 million in the form of grants. The Fund is seeking concept notes for projects and programmes in the range of US $250,000 – US $ 1 million.

Focus Areas and themes:

The ACCF is seeking innovative and impactful proposals that will support African countries to transition to climate resilient, low carbon development, and scale-up access to climate finance. Priority will be given to proposals focused on the thematic areas: supporting direct access to climate finance; and supporting small–scale or pilot adaptation initiatives to build resilience of vulnerable communities.

Proposals should be aligned with the priorities of the Bank, including the 10-year strategy (which aims for inclusive growth and a transition to green growth) and the High-Five priorities (which aim to light up and power Africa, feed Africa, industrialize Africa, integrate Africa, and improve the quality of life for the people of Africa), as well as with the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) or related adaptation strategies of the beneficiary countries.

Eligible beneficiaries:
This call for proposals is open to all eligible beneficiaries of the ACCF, including African governments, regional organizations, funds, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and research institutions, as well as Bank departments. Proposals from consortia are allowed, as long as all members of the consortium are eligible beneficiaries.

Apply for a grant:

For more information on this call for proposals, please consult the information for applicants. Eligible beneficiaries are invited to submit a concept note using this template to [email protected] before midnight GMT on 13 August 2017, with the subject “ACCF concept note: short project title”.

About the ACCF:

The African Climate Change Fund (ACCF) was created by the African Development Bank in April 2014 with an initial contribution of € 4.725 million from the government of Germany to support African countries in building their resilience to the negative impacts of climate change and in transitioning to sustainable low-carbon growth.

The ACCF secured an additional funding commitment of € 4.7 million from the government of Italy at the end of 2015 and a commitment of € 2 million from the government of Flanders, Belgium in 2016, bringing the total contributions to the ACCF since its inception to over € 11.4 million. These commitments have allowed the ACCF to scale-up to a multi-donor trust fund.

To date, the ACCF has approved 8 small grant projects for a total of US $3.3 million. The approved projects are supporting six countries (Mali, Kenya, Swaziland, Cabo Verde, Zanzibar (Tanzania) and Cote d’Ivoire) to strengthen their capacities to access international climate finance, as well as two multi-national projects.



Humanities Call: Meaning-making Research Initiatives (MRI)

Humanities Call: Meaning-making Research Initiatives (MRI)

Application deadline: September 15, 2017 (La version fran├žaise est en bas)

Application deadline: September 15, 2017

Established in 1973, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) promotes research by African and Diaspora scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities that can contribute to a better understanding of Africa and its place in the world. This is done in the belief that sound knowledge of the continent is invaluable to efforts to make Africa a better place for its peoples and societies.
Within the framework of its 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, CODESRIA introduces Meaning-Making Research Initiative (MRI) as the principal tool for supporting research. Like previous tools, MRI will focus on supporting research that contributes to agendas for imagining, planning and creating African futures. MRI replaces five tools that CODESRIA had deployed in previous years to support research, vis. National Working Groups (NWG), Multinational Working Groups (MWG), Comparative Research Networks (CRN), Transnational Working Groups (TWG) and Postdoctoral grants. One goal of this move is to increase the legibility and visibility of the research supported by the Council by collapsing previous tools into a single and therefore reducing the number of tools deployed to support research.

The adoption of MRI marks a recommitment to the tasks of interpretation and explanation that saw CODESRIA produce ground-breaking work on thematic issues such as democratization and economic reform in Africa. MRI will more aggressively push scholars to build on the close observation of African social realities to grapple with the tasks of explanation, interpretation and efforts to come to terms with and surpass challenges in Africa. The initiative will be marked by reinforced support to researchers and their better integration into the Council’s work. It will also systematically give scholars more varied ways to present their work, including through books, journal articles and policy interventions.

A special Humanities call

Projects under this special Humanities call will be funded from a grant extended to CODESRIA by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to strengthen teaching and research of the Humanities in African universities. CODESRIA receives generous core support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida. Scholars in the Humanities can submit proposals in response to other CODESRIA calls and CODESRIA is already producing significant work in the Humanities through its current activities. The Council is issuing this special call for proposals because of the peculiar challenges that teaching and research in the Humanities are encountering in African universities today. It is also motivated by the important contributions that scholarship in the Humanities can make to our understanding of Africa and efforts to construct African futures. CODESRIA seeks projects that broach new and interesting questions and employs innovative methods to address these issues. Projects that address important social challenges on the continent and that are rooted in conversations between the Humanities and other fields of knowledge like the social and natural sciences are strongly encouraged. Work that examines on the status and importance of the Humanities in society and reflects on how to develop humanities teaching and research in universities are also encouraged.

Key selection criteria:

Proposals funded under this initiative will meet many of the following criteria:
• Propose research on important aspects of African social realities that fall under CODESRIA’s priority themes as outlined in the Strategic Plan;
• Be guided by clear questions that explore puzzling aspects of the social realities of Africa and its position in the world;
• Be grounded in the thorough exploration of the continent’s social realities and history;
• Engage constructively and rigorously with African futures;
• Be theoretically ambitious with a clear goal of providing new and innovative ways of understanding and making sense of African social realities;
• Explore multiple spatial, temporal and sectoral settings where this contributes to the process of meaning-making
• Demonstrate familiarity with knowledge already produced by CODESRIA

Group initiatives: MRIs under this special call should be groups of researchers from one country or multiple countries. Each group should have between 3 and 5 members and should take into account CODESRIA’s core principles of gender, linguistic, intergenerational, interdisciplinary diversity. All members of a group should have a demonstrated ability to contribute meaningfully to the work of the group. The Council offers up to USD 35,000 for each winning project.

Thematic priorities:

All applications must engage with CODESRIA’s 2017-2021 thematic priorities and cross-cutting issues:
1. Democratic processes, governance, citizenship and security in Africa: Security challenges and ways of grappling with them, transitional justice, democratization, citizenship and migration, the rule of law and human rights, governance processes and mechanisms at local, national and international levels, language, the changing boundaries and configurations of states and communities
2. Ecologies, economies and societies in Africa: Land, natural resource management, climate change, demographic change, urbanization, food security and poverty in Africa and technological innovation as well as the interaction of human populations with the rest of the environment in Africa, the forms it takes, its histories and trajectories and its impact on a broad set of sectors including the continent’s burgeoning economies
3. Higher education dynamics in a changing Africa: The role of higher education in economic and political transformation in Africa, the rapid transformation in the African higher education landscape, the reform of African higher education and innovations in higher education leadership

Cross-cutting themes: Gender, generations, inequality, rurality and urbanity, memory and history, as well as futures and alternatives

How to apply

Interested applicants should submit application packages containing the following required materials as Word documents. Please note that applications that lack any of these elements will be discarded.

• A proposal with the following clearly titled sections: an introduction; statement and contextualization of research question; brief review of literature and/or competing hypotheses; study design and research methodology; theoretical and practical significance of the study; research plan and a brief summary of budget. Proposals must be submitted as Word documents and should not exceed 10 pages long (font type: Times New Roman; font size: 12; line spacing: double). Brief budgets should be incorporated into proposals and should take into consideration the fact that these grants have strict 18-month lifespans. CODESRIA will directly fund launch and completion workshops.

The budget should cover expenses for the following:
♣ Field and/or archival research to be undertaken
♣ Books and other scholarly materials purchased for the project
♣ Honorariums paid to researchers during field and/or archival research

• Annotated plan of deliverables: One-page annotated table of contents for book or annotated plan for three scholarly articles to be produced as deliverables of the project.
• A cover letter listing full details- names, email and physical addresses and telephone number- of the members and coordinator of the project
• CVs of the members of the project, including full contact details
• Institutional affiliation: A letter indicating institutional affiliation of each member
• Identification sheet: A completed version of the identification sheet attached to this call.

Please leave the document as an Excel file.

The deadline for submission of applications for both individual and group grants is September 15, 2017. Notification of the result of the selection process will be done by October 15, 2017 and applicants who will not hear from us by then should consider their applications unsuccessful. All applications should be sent by email to 2017 Research Initiatives Program, CODESRIA at [email protected]. When sending your email kindly use the subject line ‘MRI Hum 2017’ to facilitate the processing of your application.

Research Program
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Canada: Project Officer for Tanzania - Global Program

Job Summary

The Project Officer will coordinate the implementation, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of CAM’s role in two (2) projects in Tanzania. 1) More and Better Midwives in Rural Tanzania (2016-20) and 2) Improved Service Delivery for Safe Motherhood (2017-18). The Project Officer will also assist in identifying new opportunities for partnerships in Tanzania under the direction of the Director Global Program.

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Closing date: 21 Jul 2017

Job for a Radiologist (Voluntary Service Overseas)

Organization: Voluntary Service Overseas
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 31 Aug 2017

The volunteer will design and lead coaching and mentoring of midwives and assistant medical officers working in reproductive and child health clinics on use of the portable ultrasound (Vscan). The volunteer will be responsible for on the job training of midwives in 7 district hospitals in Lindi and Mtwara region.

The Volunteer Radiologist will; train health workers on the coordination of radiology services with other medical services, develop and monitor procedures to ensure adequate quality control of images, train health workers on the documentation of performance, interpretation or outcome of the procedures performed.

The role requires:
  • Qualified medical professional, specialized in radiology.
  • At least 3 years experience in the field.
  • Facilitation and training skills
If you have the right training and experience and can volunteer with us for a period of four (4) months from October 2017, we are eager to hear from you.

How to apply:

Please follow this link to apply:

Consultant - Diagnostics Financing Structure and Fiscal Sustainability of Social Protection in Tanzania - Zanzibar component

Component 1. 

The consultant will carry out analytical work to undertake diagnostics of the structure and fiscal sustainability of the SPL system, which will be summarized into a single report for Zanzibar. A social protection programs dataset is available for the diagnostic, which will further build on existing reports. The consultant will coordinate closely with the team carrying out the SPL diagnostics for Tanzania mainland. The diagnostics will include:

A context and literature review of socioeconomic conditions of poor and vulnerable households in Zanzibar. The review will draw from existing resources and analytical work and where needed, will be complemented by household survey analyses.
A review of main SPL interventions in Zanzibar, with a focus on financing and assessment of fiscal sustainability. The review will draw from the available data set that contains design, coverage and budget/expenditure information for social protection programs in Zanzibar and Tanzania Mainland. Programs are classified using the ASPIRE classification of Social Assistance; Social Insurance; Labour Market Programs; Subsidies; and Social Care Services. Apart from the analytical work, the consultant will work with authorities in Zanzibar to develop sound recommendations to improve the efficiency and sustainability of SPL systems and financing.

Component 2. 

The consultant will identify counterparts in the Zanzibar Government (including TASAF, ZSSF, OCGS, and MOF) with whom to collaborate closely, to enhance ownership of the final product and to build capacity to perform diagnostics of SPL systems. The analysis will be conducted in close consultation with the selected counterparts and other stakeholders, who will be asked to review and comment on intermediate and final outputs. The process will be tailored to ensure capacity building for core government agencies and will promote government ownership and lead role.

Prior to finalizing the diagnostics document, a technical workshop will be organized to review chapters, gather feedback, and go over the methodology and taxonomy that has been used. The consultant will then incorporate comments received and finalize the document to be formally delivered to Government.

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Closing date: 29 Jul 2017

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