Global Youth Innovation Network: Youth Agribusiness, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation, 2016

Deadline: 31 January 2016

Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) is seeking applications for its second Global Youth Summit called the 2016 Youth Agribusiness, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation (YALESI 2016) that will be held in Dakar, Senegal from March 29-31, 2016.

The summit will prioritise young people’s needs, considering their developmental needs including under-served populations, such as girls, to an effective and inclusive employment strategy.

The summit, representing over 100 countries, will give its participants the tools to learn and share how young women and men, especially in rural areas, are increasingly acquiring new capacities and developing innovative solutions to transform themselves as Hunger Fighters, Job Creators, Innovators, and Change Agents. Youth participants and partner organizations will present proven innovative agribusiness and entrepreneurship practices by sharing their knowledge, expertise, challenges and success stories.

GYIN is a fully youth-inspired and led network for youth entrepreneurs and rural micro-enterprises who are committed to act as hunger fighters, change agents, and innovators, driven by the passion to see generational transformations and changes from the grassroots to the global level. The network creates an environment to support youth in development and empowerment programs.

Values

GYIN operates within the follow six core values referred to as ANTERS:

  • Accountability: By telling the truth at all times, everyone becomes responsible for his/her actions or decisions.
  • Network: We are all interconnected in a way that transcends any form of barrier in space and time.
  • Trust: Our words and actions will be consistent and coherent with what we stand for and do at all times
  • Empowerment: Reinforcing the strengths and eliminating the weaknesses of everyone thereby cascading into collective interests of all.
  • Respect: Recognize and value the diversity a person by focusing on different strengths, ideas, talents, creativity, experiences and energy to achieve our mission.
  • Self-reliant: Acknowledge and count everyone’s strengths as first order assets.

Objectives

  • Leadership: To build sustainable poor rural youth businesses that are more resilient to climate change, environmental degradation, and market transformation.
  • Agribusiness: To contribute directly to the reduction of poverty through raising incomes of smallholder farmers in rural areas.
  • Entrepreneurship: To give poor, rural youth the skills to manage profitable, sustainable, and resilient farm and non-farm enterprises.
  • Education: To research the characteristics of enabling environments and empowering poor, rural youth to articulate these needs to institutions and policy makers.
  • Community learning and Partnership: To develop public/private partnership building activities and support of rural youth advocates allowing poor rural youth and organizations to influence policies and institutions that affect their livelihoods.

For information regarding application procedure and more, please visit Global Youth Innovation Network.

Interreg BalkanMed Programme: Promoting Cooperation in Participating Countries!

Deadline: 15 April 2016

Interreg is inviting applicants to submit their project proposals for Balkan-Mediterranean program which is co-financed by European Union and National Funds of the participating countries.

The BalkanMed program a new transnational cooperation programme (hereinafter BalkanMed Programme or BMP), deriving from both, the split of the ‘South East 2007–2013’ and the strong will of the ‘Balkan‐Mediterranean’ participating countries to promote cooperation in the area.

 The Programme brings together five countries, three EU member states (Bulgaria, Cyprus and Greece) and two candidate countries, Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Objectives

  • to build on shared territorial assets
  • promote integrated territorial development and cooperation for a more competitive and sustainable Balkan – Mediterranean area.

Priorities and their Specific Objectives

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    • Competitive territories: stimulating business performance and extroversion through transnational linkages, clusters and networks
    • Innovative territories: unleashing territorial potential to improve the transnational innovation capacity    of the business sector
    • Territories of knowledge: entrepreneurial learning and knowledge transfer for more competitive SMEs
  • Environment
    • Biodiversity: promoting ecological connectivity and transnational ecosystems’ integration
    • Sustainable territories: fostering transnational cooperation for resource efficiency and climate change resilience
    • Delivery on environmental legal framework: improving transnational governance capacities

Project Selection Criteria

The selection process consists of three different phases:

  • Administrative Criteria: Projects will be checked for their administrative compliance, in order to confirm that a proposal has arrived within the set deadline and that the Application Form is complete and conforms to the requirements.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Projects will be checked for their compliance with the eligibility criteria, in order to confirm that the minimum requirements are met. These criteria examine whether the proposal fulfills the minimum requirements on e.g. the structure of the transnational partnership, the general compatibility with the Programme objectives and principles, the funds requested etc.
  • Quality Assessment: It is an in‐depth assessment of the project. Only projects that demonstrate administrative compliance and satisfy the eligibility criteria will be subjected to quality assessment. Quality criteria are supplementary grouped into two categories:
    1. Quality of the content
    2. Quality of the implementation potential.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can download the application form through the address given on the website

For more information, please visit Interreg BalkanMed Programme.

Vodafone Americas Foundation: Funding the best Innovations using Wireless Technology to Address Critical Social Issues around the World

Deadline: 22 February 2016

The Vodafone Americas Foundation is currently inviting applications for its competition- ‘designing the Wireless Innovation Project’ to promote innovation and increase implementation of wireless related technology for a better world. Total awards up to $600,000 will be available to support projects .

The Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project (the “competition”) seeks to identify and fund the best innovations using wireless related technology to address critical social issues around the world. Project proposals must demonstrate significant advancement in the field of wireless-related technology applied to social benefit use. The competition is open to projects from universities and nonprofit organizations based in the United States. Although organizations must be based in the United States, projects may operate and help people outside of the United States.

Social & Technical Issue Areas

Applicants must demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach that uses an innovation in wireless-related technology to address a critical global issue in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Access to communication
  2. Education
  3. Economic development
  4. Environment
  5. Health
  6. Connectivity
  7. Energy
  8. Language or Literacy hurdles

Awards

Winners will be selected for awards of $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000 which will be paid in equal installments over three years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants should be either (a) U.S. nonprofit corporation or trust that is tax-exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3) and that is a public charity (not a private foundation) or
  • a U.S. University, including a university department, university-based research center, university-based entrepreneurship or technology innovation center that is legally part of the university.
  • Project team participants may not be an employee of the Vodafone Americas Foundation, Vodafone Group Plc or any entity in which Vodafone Group Plc holds, directly or indirectly, a shareholding or interest of 20% or more or has the right to exercise, directly or indirectly, 20% or more of the voting rights (collectively, the “Vodafone Entities”).
  • The applicant should propose an innovation in wireless-related technology to address a critical global issue in one or more of the following issue areas: education, health, access to communication, the environment or economic development.
  • The project should demonstrate a significant advancement in wireless-related technology. (We define innovation as something that hasn’t been done before, building upon existing technology, or a unique combination of technologies.)
  • The project should be at a stage of research where an advanced prototype or field/market test can occur during the award period.
  • Early-stage research, or ready to launch products, will not be considered.
  • Projects should involve an established multi-disciplinary team that demonstrates the expertise needed for a comprehensive solution to the targeted problem. For example, a team may consist of members from two or more of the following disciplines: engineering, design, business, international development, or other relevant disciplines. A team may also consist of university-based researchers and non-profit organizations working such areas as international development, health or environment.
  • Projects should demonstrate potential for replication and large scale impact.
  • Proposals should include a business plan or demonstration of financial sustainability.

How to Submit a Proposal

To submit a proposal, Applicants must first successfully complete the Eligibility Questionnaire. Eligible Applicants will then receive the URL for the online application via e-mail and be asked to create a username and password which will enable them to work on their proposal online. The application consists of multiple narrative questions and a project budget spreadsheet that Applicants must complete and submit. All information must be submitted through the on-line application. Finalists will be notified on or about March 25, 2016. The winners will be publicly announced and recognized at a public forum in June, 2016.

For more information, please visit Vodafone Call.

2016 Hult Prize Challenge: Win $1,000,000 in start up funding

Deadline: 18 December 2015

The Hult Prize is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship which brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues.

Hult [email protected] gives participants an opportunity to bypass the traditional Hult Prize application process and fast tracks your team and idea through to one of five regional final rounds of competition. The program allows more students to compete around the world, leading to more ideas and ultimately more start-ups. Annual Hult Prize winners can make their ideas reality with the help of USD1 million in seed funding.

2016 Hult Prize Challenge Topic

The 2016 Hult Prize Challenge as selected by President Bill Clinton is Crowded Urban Spaces.

The Crowded Urban Spaces topic will focus on economic inclusion, more specifically, doubling the incomes of the residents who live in some of the toughest conditions in the world through improved mobility and increased connectivity to people, products, services and capital by 2022.

Benefits

  1. USD 1 Million Seed Capital
  2. Mentorship
  3. Advice from International Business Community

Participation

  • University students should team up to create a start-up aimed at solving an issue faced by billions in need; and submit the project.
  • The short listed teams will participate at one of the regional final locations and pitch their project.
  • A regional champion will be announced and the champion team will receive one year membership into the Clinton Global Initiative and an opportunity to spend the summer at the Hult Prize Accelerator – an innovative incubator for social enterprise.
  • These regional champions will pitch their idea in the Global Finals. Global leaders will be selected and awarded the startup capital to implement project.
  • The Global Champion will launch the start-up. They will also receive mentoring and advice to work on the social enterprise.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students past or present from any college or university in the world are invited to form teams of 3-4. There are only two conditions:
    • All participants must have a connection with the same school
    • A maximum of one alumnus who cannot also be a faculty member of the school
  • You are considered a student if at the time of application submission, you have not yet graduated.
  • While only teams may compete, individuals who cannot form a team but are interested in competing should join the Facebook community to find others individuals who are looking to form teams.

How to Apply

Applicants can upload resumes of the team members and one team statement of purpose into the online application system.

For more information and to apply online, please visit The Hult Prize Competition.

2015 Africa Youth Peace Winter Camp Essay Competition in Ghana

 Deadline: 15 November 2015

Africa Youth Peace Call (AYPC) is currently inviting essay entries from African students for its Liberty & Entrepreneurship Camp 2016 (Winter Session).

This Essay Competition is to encourage students to prepare ahead of the Winter Liberty & Entrepreneurship Camp 2016, scheduled at Keta in the Volta Region of Ghana from 3-8 January, 2016.

Competition Topic

“Five Barriers to Prosperity in Africa: Unchaining the Economy through Economic Freedom”

Prizes Offered

  • 1st Prize: Full Scholarship to L&E Camp + 6 Classical Liberal Books
  • 2nd Prize: Full Scholarship to L&E Camp + 5 Classical Liberal Books
  • 3rd Prize: Full Scholarship to L&E Camp + 4 Classical Liberal Books
  • 4th Prize: Full Scholarship to L&E Camp + 3 Classical Liberal Books
  • 5th Prize: Full Scholarship to L&E Camp + 2 Classical Liberal

Eligibility Criteria

  • Application is open to every African student, out of school youth, entrepreneurs & who cares to discover new ideas.
  • All writers must be under the age of 35.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit an essay with details and send it via email available on the website.

For more information, please visit Winter Camp competition.

Personal Assistant at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, UK

Deadline: 4 November 2015

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Personal Assistant, based in London, UK.

The Personal Assistant provides secretarial and administrative support to the ExCom member; in addition to ad-hoc and personal assistance that may be required.

EBRD helps businesses flourish through financial investments, business services and involvement in high-level policy dialogue, promoting entrepreneurship and changing lives.

Key Job Responsibilities

The Personal Assistant will perform the following functions-

  • Pro-active diary management for all ExCom member related activity, including all logistics for international travels (i.e. visas, meetings etc.)
  • Organise briefing papers for all meetings and travel to ensure the ExCom member is fully briefed and prepared for all meetings
  • Produce and maintain detailed expense reports for the ExCom member’s expenditure so all expenses can be tracked and accounted for
  • Monitor and control of e-mail, screening and prioritising messages and replying on ExCom members behalf where appropriate to minimise the impact of email traffic on the ExCom member. Manage incoming phone calls, prioritising communications for the ExCom member’s attention or rerouting as necessary
  • Ensure quality management, proof reading and checking documents requiring the ExCom members sign off
  • Draft correspondence on behalf of the ExCom member as required
  • Follow up on the ExCom member’s activities including delegation of tasks, monitoring deadlines, implementation and execution
  • Maintain comprehensive filing in various electronic systems and hard copy archiving to ensure instant retrieval of documents
  • Liaising with the Board of Directors, senior management and other departments regarding meetings and general Bank matters (for example Executive Committee, Operations Committee, Board & Institutional Affairs, Annual Meetings & Events Management)
  • Travel with ExCom member where appropriate (e.g. to Annual Meetings) to ensure efficiency of all trip logistics
  • Coaching, mentoring & guidance on procedure & processes to colleagues
  • Advise on protocol in dealing with requests from Board members & external agencies
  • Maintain confidentiality of information in and out of the ExCom member’s office & highly sensitive documents, meetings etc.
  • Manage, co-ordinate and execute all administrative tasks (e.g. travel arrangements, filing, photocopying, drafting minutes, producing presentations etc.) to ensure the smooth & effective running of the office. React and respond to Ad hoc duties to assist with the general running of the ExCom members office as a whole
  • Space/premises management within ExCom members area – high level involvement with project coordination
  • Active involvement in hiring (interviewing and mentoring) other secretarial staff in the department;
  • Apply & support the business continuity/disaster recovery when required.
  • Event management, hiring of premises, coordination of departmental events.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

  • Degree and/or equivalent business experience
  • A recognised secretarial qualification would be useful, but is not essential
  • Fluent English, with excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Knowledge of another language (e.g. Russian, German, French or Arabic) both written and spoken would be useful, but is not essential
  • Proven track record in a senior level secretarial and/or administrative role is essential
  • Good organisation skills, together with a proactive and flexible attitude to work is essential
  • Excellent interpersonal manner; including tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to build effective working relationships across departments and outside the organisation
  • Conscientious and reliable with a professional helpful attitude
  • Ability to exercise judgement on and deal discretely with confidential/sensitive information and data
  • Willingness to take on additional responsibility
  • Ability to prioritise own work and to work to deadlines
  • Attention to detail and eye for accuracy
  • Ability to multi task and remain calm under pressure
  • Excellent time keeper
  • At least 55 wpm typing
  • Intermediate/advanced computer literacy (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) as well as the ability to format large documents, charts and tables to publication quality is essential

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through online process.

For more information, please visit EBRD.

Manager, Nostro Control at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, UK

Deadline: 8 November 2015

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Manager, Nostro Control, based in London, UK.

The Manager, Nostro Control interacts with a wide cross section of departments within the Bank and additionally with the Resident Offices.

EBRD helps businesses flourish through financial investments, business services and involvement in high-level policy dialogue, promoting entrepreneurship and changing lives.

Key Job Responsibilities

The Manager, Nostro Control, will perform the following functions-

  • Work closely with our Legal Counsel to ensure that Terms and Conditions are in place for new and existing accounts.
  • Reconciliation and management of the Bank’s nostro and securities accounts ensuring funding requirements are met in an accurate and timely manner by reviewing account positions, creating fund transfers and liaising with Operations-Treasury to ensure transfers are effected
  • Management of the Bank’s credit needs with its custodians, ensuring adequate cover is provided at all times through positioning of collateral
  • Proactive investigation of failed trades to ensure minimum settlement disruption and effective cost management
  • Liaise closely with Treasury providing accurate and timely cash flow positions to allow the optimization of Bank funds
  • Monitor the Bank’s correspondent accounts to ensure validity of accounts and balances
  • Liaise closely with other departments and Operations units to ensure accurate and timely resolution of fail trades and processing breaks
  • Liaise closely with internal and external clients on Nostro Control matters ensuring all processes are completed in an accurate and timely manner minimising the Bank’s exposure to operational and settlement risk
  • Maintain Static data within Summit to ensure the correct entries are posting to correct accounts.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

  • University Degree
  • Fluent English language skills, both verbal and written
  • Previous relevant bank reconciliation and account opening experience
  • Organized individual with good attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills in the English language, both written and spoken
  • Strong computer skills with emphasis on Excel
  • Experience with Summit, SWIFT, SAP R3 and Accurate

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through online process.

For more information, please visit EBRD.

Applications Open for 2016 Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow Award!

Deadline: 2 December 2015

Are you an entrepreneurial student? Are you recent graduate and have a business idea to work on? If yes, then apply for the Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow Award.

The Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow Award aims to identify, foster and recognise leadership potential and innovative thinking amongst aspiring entrepreneurs in Ireland, with the aim of making Ireland’s Future.

Entrants take part in a number of development days on the themes of leadership, digital innovation and entrepreneurship. Guest speakers and one-to-one mentoring will nurture participant’s idea and skills.

The Award is structured as a competition of three rounds where participants:

  • Submit an idea or concept which will be developed through the competition into a viable business plan
  • Explore the central topics of leadership, entrepreneurship and digital innovation
  • Network with likeminded participants
  • Identify and develop attributes in leadership, entrepreneurship and digital innovation through development days, which will include guest speakers and one-to-one mentoring
  • Present their developed idea to a panel of Irish business leaders

Benefits

  • The overall winner(s) will visit one of Accenture’s Global Innovation Centres as part of the Leadership and Innovation Tour prize.
  • Winners will secure a space on NDRC Launchpad programme, a three month accelerator programme for digital startup ventures. They will receive expert mentorship, weekly workshops and more to make their idea their future and become a Leader of Tomorrow.
  • They’ll also have the option of a six month Accenture Internship following completion of LaunchPad.

Eligibility Criteria

This competition is open to all third-level students across Ireland as well as those who have graduated in the last year.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit 2016 Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow Award.

Skills Development Advisor II at FHI 360, USA

Deadline: Ongoing

The FHI 360 is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Skills Development Advisor II based in Washington DC, USA.

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions.

Key Job Responsibilities

The Skills Development Advisor will perform the following functions-

  • Develop strategies to increase learning and skills building for employment, citizenship, leadership and healthy behaviors to prepare young people for transition into adulthood including
  • Ensure that skills development and leadership activities are accessible to young women.
  • Promote age-appropriate learning opportunities based on developmental phases of different age groups.
  • Provide technical leadership in community engagement and leadership opportunities for youth.
  • Provide technical leadership in design, development, planning, and implementation; and capacity-building in quality technical, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship skills training.
  • Ensure that project strategies and activities addressing youth are evidence-based and in line with state-of-the-art, globally recognized best practices; including Youth in Development Policy.
  • Develop and maintains collaborative relationships with donor/client organizations, relevant government agencies, youth-serving organizations, and other NGOs.
  • Assist with business development efforts including participating in capture efforts and writing proposal sections.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

  • Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent in education, business, or other relevant field.
  • 8+ years of experience in workforce development with an emphasis on youth development activities.
  • Excellent track record of achieving results in similar types of skill development activities.
  • Demonstrated high-level technical, analytical, and interpersonal skills.
  • Expertise in delivering training to diverse audiences with varying levels of education.
  • Strong critical thinking and technical writing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and multi-cultural skills coupled with strong public speaking abilities.
  • Experience in projects promoting livelihood interventions and youth employment with a focus on food-based economies highly desired.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of vocational training opportunities in various developing country contexts.
  • Understanding of child labor issues, including youth employment.
  • Experience with USAID or other USG funding highly desired.
  • Experience working with relevant government agencies, civil society organizations, employers, and unions.
  • Must have strong English written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of adolescent development and best practices to promote positive youth development.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through online process.

For more information, please visit FHI 360.

Be a Part of Business Women’s Training & Mentorship Programme in Entrepreneurship Skills!

Deadline: 30 October 2015

PROWEB Forum is inviting applicants to participate in Business Women’s Training & Mentorship Programme in Entrepreneurship Skills for the Northern and Southern Region of Zimbabwe.

PROWEB (Professional Women, Women Executives and Business Women’s Forum), is a women’s economic empowerment forum as a non-partisan civil forum, the vision of PROWEB is to contribute towards economic empowerment of women through society, change which addresses the current social and economic challenges facing the women.

The Business Women’s Training will provide internationally benchmarked training in:

  • Business Proposal Development
  • Business Compliance, Governance and Ethics
  • Business innovation, strategic Planning and Strategy Implementation
  • Brand building, Marketing and Value Proposition
  • Operations and Logistics Management
  • Social Media, Business Communication and Stakeholder Management

Benefits

  • Experience Structured Mentoring by leading entrepreneurs.
  • Participate in national and regional Business Expos and Trade Fairs.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 18 + Zimbabwean women are eligible for this training program
  • all the applicant must be Zimbabwe residents.

How to Apply

Interested Zimbabwean women can apply online or send application forms at the mail address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Business Women’s Training & Mentorship