Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Acad & Prof Experts needed to score Mandela Fellowship applications

Title: IREX Seeks Academic and Professional Experts IREX is seeking qualified experts to read and score applications for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Over the course of the first three years we received over 120,000 applications for 2,000 slots, so your talents and expertise in scoring applications is greatly appreciated! The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), and is designed 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 2017, the Mandela Washington Fellowship will bring up to 1,000 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 more information on the Fellowship and to meet last year's Fellows, please visit mandelawashingtonfellowship.state.gov Readers will be responsible for evaluating program applicants based on set guidelines and a scoring rubric for the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

We are seeking experts to review applications starting in early November. Readers will read 40 applications and may receive a $100 honorarium for their service (please note that US government employees and contractors will be assigned 30 applications, but are not eligible to receive an honorarium). Please note that for readers who do not have a U.S. mailing address, we are unable to give you an honorarium due to the high cost of international money transfers. Ideal readers are academics and/or professionals with expertise in one of the program’s thematic areas (business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, or public management) or those who have experience working in Africa.

In 2017, it is anticipated that one Public Management Institute will focus on energy policy, so readers with expertise in this sector are also encouraged. If you are interested in participating as a reader for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, please complete the form (link below) no later than October 24, 2016. 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 form: https://form.jotform.com/62515835129155 

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