The Global Water Partnership (GWP)-AIP Youth Leadership Fellowship seeks to entrust young people in propelling the transformation required to enrich the investment outlook for water security and endurable sanitation in Africa. This Fellowship provides youth leaders with a chance to acquire exceptional skills and competencies that will pave a career path and develop leadership potential.
All the selected fellows will be placed in each of the five AIP WACDEP-G pilot countries (Zambia, Uganda, Cameroon, Tunisia, and Benin) and in other countries where the AIP implementation has commenced, and also in GWP regional offices in Southern, East, West and Central Africa, and the Mediterranean.
During their fellowship, the fellows will earn mentorship, technical support and training from the respective supervisors. They will learn by endorsing the activities of the AIP support program under the guidance of GWP personnel. In addition, the fellows will undergo an induction course aimed at increasing their understanding of AIP, GWP operations, and development approaches and frameworks for examining different dimensions of development and management of gender-responsive, climate-resilient development.
OBJECTIVES OF THE FELLOWSHIP
The fellows shall develop skills and improve their knowledge by providing support to the commission of the portfolio of projects under the three AIP support programs and will work under the direction of the team members of the AIP support programs in the GWP regions with coordination from the GWPSA Africa Coordination Unit. Fellows will also give support to AIP and other program areas that require communications and knowledge management to strengthen their communication skills.
Any Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the fellowship:
- Possess A Masters degree, at least, in fields such as climate, water, environment and natural resources, gender and energy studies or in any discipline that is relevant to GWP work. PhDs are advantageous.
- General knowledge and understanding of water resources management.
- A great understanding of international development, water security, gender, environmental management, climate change, and climate change adaptation.
- Must be Fluent in English. Supplementary knowledge of languages such as French and Portuguese are desirable.
- Must be a person living in one of the African Union members states, and aged 35 years or younger on March 31, 2021.
GROWTH OPPORTUNITY OF THE FELLOWSHIP
With explicit oversight of the respective AIP support program personnel, the fellows will have the opportunity to be involved in the following:
-Aid project implementation by contributing to specific deliverables as agreed with the program/project leaders.
-Conduct background studies in the thematic preference areas that will be determined jointly by the certain program/project leader (supervisor) and the fellow.
-Record best practices, lessons learned, and experiences on key thematic areas of AIP and GWP.
-Give monitoring and evaluation backing, for example, to the recording and processing of key project activities or events for weekly reporting, and information collection and sharing.
-Give support to meetings, workshops, conferences and trainings organized, and support youth-related initiatives within their country/region.
-Give aid to the GWP regional and country support functions.
-The fellow will produce a report at the end of the fellowship on the thematic priority areas and an overall report on the experiences attained, challenges encountered, and reflections.
GWP with its uniting partners under the AIP will issue A Certificate of Fellowship, along with an official letter of recommendation at the end of the placement.
DURATION OF THE FELLOWSHIP
The period of the fellowship will be between six and nine months until December 31, 2021. Due to the Covid-19 restraints at present, fellows need to be prepared to live close to a GWP office. GWP will cater for internet access, if the fellow needs to work remotely and execute their tasks online.
There shall be a provision of a small stipend to the fellows by GWP. Accommodation and travel expenses will be paid by GWP if any project-related travel is required. Fellows are totally accountable for their own living costs such as groceries and health insurance. However, they will be provided with operational tools, such as a laptop, for use during the time of the fellowship.
APPLY BY THE 31st MARCH
Applications are accepted only in English and only via the online platform: link
Female candidates meeting the eligibility conditions are particularly admonished to apply.
Applicants must be legally qualified to live in the country of appointment. Applicants must, within the application, state their desired duty station from the list below.
Lusaka, Zambia, Entebbe, Uganda,Yaoundé,
Cameroon,Tunis, Tunisia, Cotonou, Benin
Pretoria, South Africa – GWP Southern Africa
Entebbe, Uganda – GWP Eastern Africa
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – GWP West Africa, Yaoundé, Cameroon – GWP Central Africa, Athens, Greece – GWP Mediterranean
More details and application here