WACSI Civil Society Leadership Institute (CSLI) 2017 for Mid-Management Officers in Africa

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The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) with support from the Ford Foundation is seeking applications from qualified candidates to the 2017 Civil Society Leadership Institute (CSLI) for West Africans.

Application Deadline: Tuesday 28th February 2017

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Benin, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Togo, Niger, Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde.

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To be taken at (country):  Ghana

About the Award: This programme is designed in response to the need to consciously and consistently groom the next generation of civil society leaders in the region.

The Institute seeks to empower middle-level practitioners within civil society in West Africa with competencies to occupy leadership positions within the sector. The CSLI programme has two components—training and mentoring, both of which are designed to facilitate transformational leadership through an approach that focuses on

1) Individual Development; 2)Institutional Strengthening, and 3) Societal Transformation

Type: Training

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following criteria:
-Must be at the middle management level (Project Officer, Project Coordinator, Programme Officer, Programme
Manager, Programme Coordinator etc. – a level lower than the executive director position) working within the civil society/non-profit sector;
-Must be a national from and working in the 15 ECOWAS countries;
-Must have a minimum of two years of work experience in their current organisation;
-Must have demonstrated leadership or critical problem-solving skills in their current or previous job;
-Must be willing to return to their current organisations and stay for at least one year;
-Must be available to attend a two-week full residential course in Accra — Ghana from May 08 – 19, 2017;
-Must be willing to undertake a four-month mentoring programme from July – October, 2017; and
-Must have an excellent understanding of the English language.

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Program: Fully-funded

Duration of Program:

  • Residential course dates are from May 8 – 19, 2017.
  • Four-month mentoring programme from July – October, 2017

How to Apply: Applicants must submit the following by Tuesday 28 February 2017 to [email protected]
-Detailed curriculum vitae;
-Filled and signed application form submitted in word or pdf format;
-A letter of motivation stating why you should be considered for this programme and how it will add value to your current role and prepare you for the next level.
-Applicants should indicate how the skills gained would enhance their leadership skills. This must be written in not more than 500 words.
-A letter of endorsement from the head of your current organisation stating how your participation in this programme would benefit the organisation. This letter should be sent directly by the head of the organisation to the email address provided

Visit Program Webpage for details

Award Provider: Ford Foundation, West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI)

Important Notes: The language of instruction is English, only applicants who have proficiency in the English language will be selected.


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