CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – NORTH EAST SOCIAL INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP (NESIF) PROGRAM

North East Regional Initiative and the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives (NERI/USAIDOTI) welcomes applications for its NORTH EAST SOCIAL INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM 2018.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted Creative Associates International to implement the North East Regional Initiative (NERI), a four-year project based in Abuja and operating in North East Nigeria. Under NERI, Creative Associates works with civil society groups, communities, and Nigerian government stakeholders to deliver short-term assistance by awarding small grants to local and international partners working in North East Nigeria. Activities, developed in concert with local stakeholders, will improve stability in North Eastern Nigeria by increasing positive engagement between civil society, communities, and the Government of Nigeria (GON), developing and increasing access to sources of credible information, and supporting vulnerable youth.
NERI works in northeastern Nigeria to implement three core objectives:

  • To offer alternatives to extremism action to vulnerable individuals;
  • To increase community resilience to extremist action.

ABOUT THE NORTH EAST SOCIAL INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
As part of USAID/OTI Nigeria’s work to Counter Violent Extremism in North East Nigeria, OTI is embarking upon “Social Innovation” cluster of activities to work with a group of thought leaders, preparing and training them to engage in the arduous task of fighting the toxic philosophies of the insurgents, using social innovation techniques.
This is an off shot of the ongoing North East Intellectual Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program with Forty-five (45) young men and women from the North East Region of Nigeria and other parts of the Country currently being taken through an intellectual entrepreneurship process, exposing them to key ideas of liberal democracy, free markets, tolerance, separation of religion and governance, critical thinking and using social medium as medium for communicating their ideas with the hashtag #NOTANOTHERNIGERIAN They also engage in book clubs, training and mentoring sessions on the relevant subject matters and principles.
Under the present activity, NORTH EAST SOCIAL INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM, fellows would in addition to the above activities also have the opportunity of receiving training, coaching and mentoring, and seed funding on an idea that has the capacity to improve on a social problem that is contributing to insurgency in the North East.

ENTITLEMENTS
Each selected participant will receive a tablet, monthly stipend, and books + other materials as may be determined by their trainers, coaches/mentors in the course of the fellowship. Up to 10 Fellows with outstanding social innovation ideas would receive further support by way of seed funding to work on their respective ideas during the course of the fellowship
The Thematic Focus for this Fellowship is COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM IN NIGERIA

ELIGIBILITY
• Applicants must be individual with NOT BE THAN 3 YEARS POST-NYSC
• Applicants must have and submit a social innovation idea that can contribute to solve an existing social problem in the North East
• Applicants must be a citizen of NIGERIA (with Adamawa, Borno and Yobe as catchment states)
• Applicants must have interest in in community work, volunteerism, and policy engagement
• Applicants must be active in at least 2 Social Media Platforms for up to a year
• Applicants must possess Higher National Diploma or Bachelors’ degree or equivalent
• Applicants must be fluent in both written and spoken English.

HOW TO APPLY
Interested applicants can download the application form via: https://goo.gl/yPYi65 Completed Applications (with supporting documents) should be received no later than 5: 00pm on Friday December 15, 2017. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Due to the volume of applications expected only successful Applicants would be notified by email.

CLOSING DATE

FRIDAY DECEMBER 15, 2017 (BY 5:00 PM)