The North East Intellectual Entrepreneurship Fellowship – NEIEF

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

North East Regional Initiative and the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives (NERI/USAIDOTI) welcomes applications for its NORTH EAST YOUTH LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM 2019.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The North East Regional Initiative (NERI), a USAID-funded program, is seeking young persons between the ages of 21 to 35 years from communities in northern Yobe and Borno States to participate in its fellowship program, the North East Youth Leadership and Community Development Fellowship Program targeting 45 young men and women.
The North East Regional Initiative is a program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Office of Transition Initiatives operating in the North East states of Nigeria to support local community efforts to strengthen stability, resilience, and recovery. Since January 2017, the NERI program has supported two Fellowship programs designed to identify and equip youth leaders from the North East on the use of intellectual entrepreneurship and social innovation to create change in their communities and Nigeria more broadly. The North East Intellectual Entrepreneurship Fellowship (NEIEF) and the North East Social Innovation Fellowship (NESIF) supported two cohorts of 45 youth each with trainings and mentorship on youth activism and creative resistance, the use of social media, free market economics, and female empowerment. Fellows have gone on to publish their original short stories in Parresia Publishers book, “Ordinary Savior”. Ten of the NESIF fellows received up to N 200,000 in in-kind support to deliver their community-level initiatives after dedicating their Fellowship period to designing these initiatives.
In furtherance of NERI’s ongoing efforts to support locally owned community interventions and support local youth leaders and innovators, NERI is launching the North East Youth Leadership and Community Development Fellowship. This Fellowship seeks to harness the enthusiasm, intellect, and connections of community youth leaders to solve specific community challenges in some of our target states.

ABOUT THE NORTH EAST LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The North East Youth Leadership and Community Development Fellowship (“Fellowship”) will comprise one cohort of 45 youths from NERI’s communities of interest in the North East selected via a competitive process. To support the fellows to act as community leaders and implement their proposed activities, fellows would be provided training and mentoring on, but not limited to: 1. Critical thinking 2. Leadership and communication 3. Principles of Free Market Economics, 4. Gender and Social Inclusion in Public Policy, 5. Peace and Security, 6. Public Policy Making Process in Nigeria, 7. Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Fellows will be expected to work in applying their knowledge at solving a community challenge during the fellowship. It is expected that fellows would use the broad and deep body of knowledge related to classical ideas to push boundaries of seeking solution to the issues feeding on or off ongoing conflict in their communities and the North East of Nigeria.
Under this activity, NERI will seek to do the following:

1. Engage 45 youths from communities in Borno and Yobe States and build their capacity on knowledge and skills for solving community-based problems fueling violent extremism in the Lake Chad region.
2. To build a community of youths between the range of 21 to 35 years using knowledge and skills to solve local problems in Communities in the North East.

RESOURCES FOR FELLOWS
In addition to capacity building and mentorship in different leadership and community development themes, each selected participant will receive resource materials and necessary work equipment as may be determined by their trainers, coaches/mentors and approved by NERI in the course of the Fellowship. Fellows would work on Community Development activities individually or in teams as may be agreed with the activity grantee and NERI during the fellowship
The Thematic Focus for this Fellowship is COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM IN NIGERIA

ELIGIBILITY
• Applicant must be a citizen of NIGERIA of between 21 to 35 years from communities affected by violent extremism in northern Borno and Yobe States)
• Applicants must be individuals with at least 2 years of post-secondary school education
• Applicants must have interest in in community work, volunteerism, and policy engagement
• Applicants MUST BE RESIDENT in communities in northern Borno or northern Yobe States
• Applicants must be fluent in both written and spoken English.
Females and persons with disabilities from the catchment areas are particularly encouraged to apply
HOW TO APPLY
Interested applicants should please email a motivation letter and Curriculum vitae as one attachment to NEYLCDFellows@gmail.com with ‘NELCD Fellowship’ as the subject of the email. Completed applications should reach the dedicated email on or before 5pm Wednesday 3rd April 2019. Applications not sent in the required format will not be considered. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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