If you are a Nigerian between the ages of 25 and 35, and curious to know more about the practice of monitoring and evaluation, then you should apply for the Mastercard Foundation Young Impact Associates (YIA) Program by clicking on this link – https://www.cloneshouse.com/yia/ . In this resource, I will share with you what we are looking for, and what to expect in the one year program in Nigeria.

What’s the Goal?

The overall aim of the program is to create opportunities for associates to access dignified and fulfilling work opportunities while shaping the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) debate to promote a practice that puts at the center the communities we intend to serve with our work.

The objectives of the YIA is to strengthen the relevant skills of YIAs to start on their MEL leadership journey; increase their understanding of the job market trends and requirements necessary to thrive in their desired career; while establishing, with the YIAs, a solid understanding and appreciation of the value brought by a responsible and context-sensitive approach to MEL.

Who are we looking for?

We are not looking for experienced MEL practitioners, or employed practitioners. We are looking for 12 young people between the ages of 25 and 35, who are considering monitoring and evaluation as a career, or might have little knowledge around MEL skills such as data analysis, research, stakeholder engagement, or community mobilization. Especially young people from underserved communities – people with disabilities; young women; young people from rural communities where development work in the country is prominent. At the same time, these young people need to show some level of leadership traits in their school, communities, and the society at large.

How do we select Associates?

A selection committee will be responsible for selecting the 12 Associates. Applicants will be subjected to a thorough, multi-level verification, and interview process. Only applicants that are considered to proceed to the multi-level interview process will be contacted within 2 weeks of the close of application. Because associates will be leading a new way of conducting context-specific evaluations, the selected applicants will be subjected through unusual, and multi-level ways of ascertaining their suitability for this program.

What will the Young Impact Associates Program look like?

It’s a 12-month, intensive, fully paid, full-time program. Activities will be co-created with the associates, nevertheless, it will include two 4-day bootcamps in a location in Nigeria; 7 weeks self paced online courses; internship within host organizations to gain practical experience; ongoing mentorship with partner organizations; attending knowledge sharing and learning events in country, and outside of the country.

Which organizations are implementing the Mastercard Foundation Young Impact Associates Program?

The Mastercard Foundation Young Impact Associates (YIA) program is implemented in Nigeria by a consortium of four organizations, led by Preston Associates for International Development (PAID), including Cloneshouse Nigeria, Itad, and Global Integrity.

Application Page

Please visit www.cloneshouse.com/yia for application information, and to apply.

24 Comments

  1. Victoria Omenihu April 4, 2022 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    This is really great and a good opportunity to learn from qualified professionals.

  2. Augustine Samuel Enyinna April 4, 2022 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    I am interested

  3. Iorsue Paul Aondona April 5, 2022 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    The age criterion is 35 but I am 37 and would want to apply. I have always wanted to acquire M&E skills relevant to my career in the development sector. Please, do I have a chance?

    • Noelle Uloko April 12, 2022 at 8:21 am - Reply

      Unfortunately, we cannot admit you into the programme if you are above 35 years of age.

  4. Chris irogue April 6, 2022 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    I am interested

  5. Oluwadamilola Jinadu April 14, 2022 at 9:14 am - Reply

    I missed this opportunity! I am really interested in Monitoring and Evaluation activities. Is there another opportunity like this coming up soon?

  6. Sorbari Igbiri May 6, 2022 at 10:55 am - Reply

    HI Noelle Uloko, When are we expecting feedback regarding those enrolled in the internship.

    • Noelle Uloko June 3, 2022 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      Hello and thank you for your question. If you are referring to the Mastercard Foundation application, please note that we have already given feedback on that. If your question refers to the Cloneshouse Internship Program, please expect feedback on or before the 1st of July, 2022. Hope this helps.

  7. Solomon May 21, 2022 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Please will YIA be employed after the training

    • Noelle Uloko June 3, 2022 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      Hello, and thank you for your question. The YIAs will be engaged over a 10-month period after the bootcamp (training).

  8. Eric June 9, 2022 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Hello, I wasn’t eligible this year due to the age limit.
    Will the YIA program happen next year too?

    • Noelle Uloko July 1, 2022 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Yes, it will.

  9. Olabode June 13, 2022 at 2:36 am - Reply

    Great initiative.

    Pls when will the next application to this program be opened again

    • Noelle Uloko July 1, 2022 at 9:27 am - Reply

      Hello, it will be communicated via our newsletter. Please subscribe on our website.

  10. Caren.muhonja July 21, 2022 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Hello what happens next after the YIA program. Is there a chance of being employed by the host organisation?

    • Noelle Uloko August 1, 2022 at 10:34 am - Reply

      Hello Caren,

      Yes, there is a chance of being employed, but not necessarily by/at the host organization; and only if the Young Impact Associate is found suitable, based on their performance in the YIA program. Hope this helps.

  11. Amalachukwu August 5, 2022 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Hi, I would want to know when clone house internship will be coming up. I am interested in being a M&E specialist

    • Noelle Uloko September 1, 2022 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Hello please visit http://www.cloneshouse.com home page and subscribe to our newsletter. You will get updates about the internship program and when next there’s a call for interns.

      Hope this helps.

  12. Ogenyi Oganya Deborah August 24, 2022 at 11:41 am - Reply

    Hello Noella,

    Is it possible to be trained remotely?

    Thanks in advance of your response

    • Noelle Uloko September 1, 2022 at 9:19 am - Reply

      Hello, there are remote training activities within the program and some will require your physical presence and involvement. Eg the opening and closing bootcamps which last a week long for each.

  13. Jarrett August 31, 2022 at 9:52 am - Reply

    What should be the job title if ex employer will prepare the recommendation letter?

    • Noelle Uloko September 1, 2022 at 9:17 am - Reply

      MCF Young Impact Associate

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