Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mandela Washington Fellowships

Office of Origin: ECA-IIP/EX

Announcement Number: 2014_10_048
Date of Announcement: October 7, 2014   

Volunteer to read applications for the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellows (YALI)

The Department of State and IREX are seeking qualified experts to read and score applications for the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (http://yali.state.gov).  Last year we received nearly 50,000 applications, so your talents and expertise in scoring applications is greatly needed!

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and 2014 was its inaugural year. 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.  In the summer of 2015, the Mandela Washington Fellowship will once again bring 500 young leaders to the United States for academic coursework and leadership training, and will create unique opportunities in Africa for Fellows to put new skills to practical use in leading organizations, communities, and countries.  Last year's Fellowship was a huge success, and we look forward to another great year!  For some success stories and to meet last year's Fellows, please visit the IREX website (http://www.irex.org).

Readers will be responsible for evaluating program applicants based on set guidelines for the Mandela Washington Fellowship.  We are seeking experts to review applications over a four week period from mid-November to mid-December.  Readers will read 30-40 applications (with an estimated time commitment of 10-15 hours).  Ideal readers are academics and/or professionals with expertise in one of the program’s three thematic areas (business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, or public management) or those who have a background or experience in Africa.

If you are interested in participating as a reader for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, please complete this form (link below) by October 31, 2014.  You will be asked to upload your resume and we will confirm with you via email whether you are selected to be a reader.  We thank you in advance!

Reader application link: https://secure.jotform.us/form/42584080164150

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a program of the U.S. government and supported in its implementation by IREX.

Please feel free to share this opportunity with your networks outside of the Department of State! If you have additional questions regarding the application, do not hesitate to email wfellowshipreaders@irex.org.

Contact: Samuel Gordon, ECA/A/E/USS, x2-9433, gordonsa@state.gov

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