British Council: Future Leaders Connect Programme

British Council is seeking applications for its Future Leaders Connect Programme with an aim to provide future leaders with skills and international networks which will improve their ability to make or influence policy changes, leading to long term impact on the social and economic development in their countries and beyond.

The project is being undertaken to support the development of future policy makers in key countries, aiming to help them become exceptional leaders. The Programme is run by the British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BN, United Kingdom.

As a part of the programme, those who are selected will be required to travel to the UK from 22 October – 1 November 2018.


The costs of travel, accommodation and meals are covered by the British Council and the programme is fully accessible. For those who do not gain one of the exclusive places on the programme, applicants will be invited to be part of the Future Leaders Connect Community where applicant can access a range of free online professional development policy and leadership resources.

Eligibility Criteria

The Programme is open to individuals of the participating countries who meet all the criteria listed below. The participating countries are: Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, UK and the USA.To meet the Eligibility Criteria, listed below, Participants must;Be aged between 18 and 35 years old on the 13 May 2018.Be able to speak English at IELTS level 6 or equivalent (Generally applicant have an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. Applicant can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.)Hold a passport valid for at least 6 months from November 2018.Be based in one of the participating countries. In this case, being ‘based in’ means that applicant currently live in this country at the time of applying and applicant have a long term commitment to that country. their policy vision for change needs to match the country applicants are applying from.Be available to travel to the UK for 11 days around the time of 22 October and 1 November 2018.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit

Country Sales Lead – Aspire Power Solutions

The Company
Every day at Aspire, we wake up with one goal in mind: eliminating the barriers that limit the adoption of renewable energy on the African continent; ensuring everyone enjoys clean, reliable and affordable access to energy. Aspire Power Solutions (APS) is developing a technology-driven network of pooled Solar Customers, Installers, Developers, Vendors, and Financing that will enable Africans to enjoy clean, affordable, reliable energy solutions and management services
The Country Sales Lead Nigeria plays a critical role in achieving the company’s objectives around finding the right customers, guiding them towards a purchase and putting together the most optimal solution together.

Possess (and acquire current) comprehensive knowledge about solar energy, functional solar system specifications, its marketing/field activities, business competitions, business opportunities, prospective clients and the trends in the renewable energy sector; Harness this knowledge to:
– Create and implement effective short-term and long-term sales strategy, processes and identify best practices that help with exceeding assigned monthly, quarterly and annual targets
-Manage, coach and maintain a happy and highly effective sales team across the country
– Maximize sales growth within existing and new customer segments
– Drive effective utilization of adopted CRM as a growth engine and knowledge database. Timely deliver an up-to-date sales pipeline and associated documentation; leverage CRM reports to assess progress, glean insights, create a feedback loop and coach team members
o Coach team members on leading practices to apply selling techniques, identify and close out sales opportunities while monitoring and managing their goals and performance
o Be involved in the hiring of team members, recommending them for trainings, promotions and implementing a succession plan
– Develop and implement an effective after sales process, leading to a “better energy experience” for all clients post installation and for a long time after
– Prepare and manage annual departmental budget. Track budget performance periodically
– Work effectively with other teams to attain the organizational goals by collaborating proactively
– Provide timely and effective pre-sales solutions aligned with needs of key customer segments
– Drive a process; working with relevant departments to ensure timely receipt of receivables from clients
– Participate in networking forums relating to renewable energy; and act as an ambassador of the company
– Provide routine feedback/report to the CEO by analysing and interpreting data and metrics

– Great Team Leader and Team Player
– Coaching, Mentoring and People Management
– Communication
– Business Acumen
– Customer Centricity
– Establishing Relationships
– Leveraging Opportunities
– Negotiation
– Analytical thinking

– Minimum of a degree
– Successful previous experience as a Sales Executive or Sales Manager, consistently meeting or exceeding target with at least 5 to 7 years’ experience. 2-3 years must have been spent in a sales management role
– In depth knowledge of Renewable Energy Sector especially Solar Energy
– Proven ability to drive sales process from start to close
– Committed to continuous education and personal growth via different platforms
– Clear understanding of the dynamics within a start-up entity

Job Location
Lagos State

Attractive – Good salary, commission and potential for stock ownership based onperformance

How to Apply
Do you meet our criteria?
Send your cover letter and resume to this email address; using Country Sales Lead as the subject of the email.
All documents should be in pdf format.

Date: Monday, 19th of February 2018.
Time: 3pm

Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) Internship Programme

Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) is implementing a 5-week long internship programme for young Nigerians who wish to gain knowledge of legislative practices and processes.

Internship Requirements:


(i) At least, a bachelor’s degree in any discipline
(ii) Good writing and speaking skills
(iii) Good computer skills (Microsoft office packages)

Location: Abuja, FCT
Duration of Internship: January – March 2018
Logistics: PLAC will support interns with weekly stipends to cover transportation costs within Abuja and lunch for the duration. Other logistics expenses will be borne by the intern. It is advised that prospective interns be able
to reside within Abuja or bear the cost of residing in Abuja throughout the duration of the internship as PLAC will not provide accommodation for interns.

To Apply
Send a two-page resume or Curriculum Vitae on MS – Word format, saved in your name and a 300-word, “Statement of Interest” indicating the importance of your participation in this programme to
The Statement of Purpose should be sent as an in-line text on the body of the email and NOT sent as an attachment

Application Deadline
All applications must be received by January 19, 2018. Applications sent after this date shall not be entertained

University of Oxford Postgraduate Scholarships 2018/19 (Apply for Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme)

Applications are now open for the Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme for Full-time graduate degrees at the University of Oxford. This scholarship is part of the Oxford Graduate Scholarships, which were established through a ground-breaking new matched funding initiative to enable the creation of fully-funded scholarships for graduate students of the highest calibre from across the world.

The University contributes 40% of the funds for these scholarships, together with 60% from generous donations provided by supporters of the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust, including Fondation Hoffmann. Fondation Hoffmann is a Swiss-based grant making institution supporting the emergence and expansion of concrete projects which address global problems in today’s societies. The programme was established in 2015 thanks to generous donations from multiple donors to mark the 95th birthday of Lord Weidenfeld. Up to 20 awards would be granted.

The Leadership Programme

The Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Leadership Programme is a unique programme designed to train future leaders. All Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholars are required to participate fully in the programme, which consists of around 160 hours of bespoke training.

The Leadership Programme includes:

  • an annual Induction and Robin Hambro Moral Philosophy Seminar – including moderated discussions and workshops on political philosophy and leadership development;
  • practical skills training, including presentation and interview skills, examination and revision techniques, essay and op-ed (‘opposite the editorial page’) writing;
  • a Leadership Forum at the end of the academic year with high profile professionals from business, politics and the non-profit sector;
  • alumni mentoring and numerous networking opportunities throughout the year; and
  • a pro bono project, in which scholars perform public service in a manner of their choosing.

The Scholarship

The scholarship will cover 100% of University and college fees and a grant for living costs (of at least £14,553). Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.



You must be applying to start a new graduate course at Oxford.

Please review the information below to see the complete list of eligible courses.  You must also be ordinarily resident in one of the eligible countries listed.

  • You should be intending to return to your country of ordinary residence once your course is completed. Students currently at Oxford are not eligible to apply unless they are already Weidenfeld-Hoffmann scholars.
  • You should be able to demonstrate a connection between your subject of study and your longer-term career objectives, explaining how you see your professional work contributing to the improvement of public life in your country of origin or at a wider regional or international level.
  • The above qualities will be assessed during the selection process, including using your graduate application form, your Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships Questionnaire and (if relevant) your interview.
  • This scholarship is not open to applications from candidates who hold deferred offers to start in 2018-19.


In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must select the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme in the University of Oxford Scholarships section of the University’s graduate application form and submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline for your course. See the Courses page for the deadline applicable to your course.

You must also complete a Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships Statement  and upload it, together with your graduate application form, by the deadline.

Deadline: January 8 or 19, 2018

For more information, visit, Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarships.

Apply for “Youth engagement in agribusiness and rural economic activities in Africa” Fellowship Program!

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is seeking applications for “Enhancing capacity to apply research evidence in policy for youth engagement in agribusiness and rural economic activities in Africa”.


They seek research project fellows for the study of Youth Engagement in Agribusiness and Rural Economic Activities in Africa. This is not a one-time invitation for applications, but rather a continuing call for research on this topic in 2018, 2019, and 2020.


  • Social dynamics: Needs, priorities, aspirations, perceptions, attitudes, perspectives, challenges, social differentiation and characterization, and mapping of youth employment patterns
  • Economic opportunities and youth engagement: Availability and distribution of opportunities, youth occupational choice, and patterns ofengagemenent; effects of differential access to resources on ability to take advantage of available economic opportunities
  • Contexts: National and local contexts affecting economic opportunities and livelihood strategies
  • Rural labor dynamics: Typology of farm and off-farm employment patterns for youth and adults; technology adoption effect of land and other constraints on labor market decisions
  • Youth migration: Rural–urban migration associated with urbanization, migration to green pasture areas such as Europe, South Africa, factors associated with migration decisions, and productivity and welfare effects on migrating youth and originating households
  • Entrepreneurial development: Enterprise choice, engagement in agribusineess and income effects, land and land access, credit and investments, access to inputs, and effectiveness of youth training programs
  • Youth and institution: Policy, economic, and social policies, infrastructure, information and communication technologies, social structures, individual characteristics, farmer organizations, women entrepreneurship and employment, public–private partnerships, effects of educational system, and public sectorial and private foreign direct investments on youth employment

Award Information

  • Awards for Research Grants are up to $10,000 (Proposals with a reasonable higher budget can also be selected depending on the quality of the research proposal).
  • Grantees will be supervised by one IITA scientist in close collaboration with their national/university supervisor.
  • Grantees will be offered training on research methodology, data management, and scientific writing;
  • Grantees will be offered training on production of research evidence for policy-making.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The fellowships cover the following countries: Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Senegal, and Zambia.
  • Applicants must not be more than 40 years old at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be an employee of a research institute or university in Africa (applicable to young academics and professionals only); and/or a student registered in a PhD or Master’s program in recognized universities, majoring in agricultural economics, agribusiness, or economics or a related social science, and must have finished their university course work (applicable to students only).
  • The duration of the research should not exceed 6 months.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted electronically in English or French, via email at the address given on the website.

Eligible Countries: Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Senegal, and Zambia

Deadline: 28 February 2018

For more information, please visit Youth engagement in agribusiness and rural economic activities in Africa.

Social Media / Communication Assistant – Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH offers customised solutions to complex challenges. We are an experienced service provider and assist the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation. We offer demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development.

  • The Global Programme „Programme Migration for Development“ is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is being implemented by the Centre for Migration and Development (CIM) – a joint operation of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) and the International Placement Services (ZAV) of the Federal Employment Agency.
  • The overarching objective of the programme is to strengthen the development-relevant contributions of migrants in their countries of origin and improve the framework conditions for legal migration in selected partner countries.
  • The operational focus of the component “Migration Advice” is to provide counselling services pertaining to legal routes of migration to Germany to people interested in emigrating as well as to returning migrants. Additionally, counselling services and information on vocational and educational perspectives and employment opportunities in the country of question will be given.
  • For this purpose, counselling services are tailored to each migrant individually and kept open-ended. Apart from assessing each case individually and subsequent referencing and counselling services, the programme intends to also provide tailored support and qualification measures. Its offers therefore include qualification workshops (e.g. job placement trainings). The services are established to ensure that the country’s target groups are reached, which are comprised of returning migrants as well as citizens who are interested in emigrating and/or career advice. To this end, the intention is to build upon the structure of the “Migrationsberatungszentrum” (Migration Advice and Reintegration Centre) and to extend its operation.
  • The position holder will work under the overall guidance and general supervision of the National Coordinator, Nigeria-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Working closely with the Senior Migration and Reintegration Advisors and under the supervision of the National Coordinator, the social media/ communication Assistant will perform the following duties:
  • Manages the Centre’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and other relevant platforms
  • Engages in social media presence creation on new and emerging social media platforms.
  • Manages social media communications for the Center
  • Creates dynamic written, graphic, and video content on Migration related information
  • Creates content that promotes audience interaction, increases audience presence on company sites, and encourages audience participation ( especially the youth and target group for the program)
  • Works as part of the team to develop large social media campaigns across Nigeria
  • Analyses and reports audience information and demographics, and success of existing social media projects on similar programs
  • Proposes new ideas and concepts for social media content
  • Uses timelines and scheduled content to create a consistent stream of new content for audience interaction while analyzing, managing, and altering schedules where necessary to optimize visits
  • Work closely with the National Coordinator on all content on the Social media platform for the Center
  • Work with the team to develop online migration advisory portal
  • Schedule online appointments
  • Any other assigned duties.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or Mass Communication or any other relevant discipline
  • Conversant with the use of Microsoft Office Packages
  • Conversant with diverse social media platforms
  • Content Writing and graphic Design (Desirable)
  • Team player, Self-Motivated, Strong Customer-Service skills and enthusiastic.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent editing skills (Desirable)
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multitask and work independently

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should forward their CV’s and Cover letter to: and using the job title example: “Social Media/Communications Assistant” as subject of the mail.


  • This position is only opened to NYSC just starting their youth service year.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews

Application Deadline : 15th December, 2017.

Venture in Management Program (ViMP) 2018

Junior Achievement Nigerian (JAN) in partnership with African Capital Alliance Foundation (ACA Foundation) introduces the Venture in Management Program (ViMP), a free one-week intensive session to introduce 50 selected members to the rigors of management education.


  • Applicant must be a serving Youth corper, or just finished (November 2017)
  • Must be 27 years or younger (Born 1989 or later)
  • Must have excellent academic records (1st Class or 2:1)
  • Possess proven interest in general management
  • Have a track record of leadership
  • Participation in JAN E-learning course will be added advantage t be shortlisted for the program.

For more information, please visit:


February 19-23, 2018

Complete Application Kit

  • Completed application form
  • CV
  • Proof of service

Application Deadline

January 12th 2018

Click here to Apply








Reporting Rural Poverty and Agricultural Development

In order to ensure the daily issues faced by rural poor people and their communities are acknowledged, it is important that their stories are heard and their voices are amplified.  With funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the specialised UN agency, we will bring together journalists from around the world in Rome to attend IFAD’s event on innovative approaches to inclusive financing for rural transformation.

The 2030 Global Agenda requires the development of innovative approaches incentivizing sustainable and inclusive investments. Such approaches are about aligning private and public investors around shared sustainable development objectives and mobilizing diverse sources of development finance (including climate finance and private finance), channeling it towards rural investors, including smallholder farmers and rural small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Being at the conference will allow journalists access to high profile delegates, leading experts in the issues, including IFAD and UN technical experts, as well as a number of small holder farmers who will be invited.

IFAD works with those most affected by poverty, food security, gender inequality, environment and climate change.

This should not be seen as a one-off workshop; indeed, we would expect all journalists who are selected to attend to pursue stories along these issues in their home countries after the workshop.


Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors to a media organisation.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism in their country, and should have at least two years’ professional experience and have a good level in spoken and written English.

Journalists who cover finance are particularly encouraged to apply.

We would also like to see professional evidence of your interest in the field of rural peoples’ issues and development.


Thomson Reuters Foundation, through IFAD funding and support, offers full bursaries for journalists from developing world countries working for established media organisations. Bursaries would include air travel expenses (economy class), accommodation, local transfers and meals. Please note that you need to check visa requirements and ensure you have the necessary documentation required.  The cost of your visa and any other related costs will be the responsibility of the participant. This arrangement is subject to variation.


Please provide the following:  Statement explaining your motivation to attend; your CV or biography; and two examples of your work.


31 December 2017


Click here to apply