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Background

The Mastercard Foundation seeks a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. Through its Young Africa Works strategy, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, and Canadian EleV program, the Foundation works with partners to ensure that millions of young people, especially young women, access quality education, financial services, and dignified work. Working with young women and men in Africa represents a unique opportunity to develop, implement, and learn from programming and influencing activities using approaches that value African and Indigenous knowledge and ways of being and knowing.

The Nigeria-based Preston Associate for International Development (PAID) led consortium that includes Cloneshouse Nigeria, Itad, and Global Integrity is providing technical support as an Impact Partner Organization to the Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works Young Impact Associate(YIA) Program. 

What the YIA is About

The Young Impact Associates(YIA) program offers a robust curriculum of Result based Monitoring and Evaluation training, networking activities and mentorship to help YIAs gain real-world skills, tools, and experiences needed to amplify impact and lead the next generation of African evaluators.

YIA program activities will include a blended  training and field practical experiential learning, a 4 hours per month mentorship program, boot camps, exchange programs, stand-ups and brown bag meetings, hangouts, connections to other MEL networks, and support to Evaluation conferences.

These experiences will allow YIAs to gain insights from the wealth of knowledge of Cloneshouse Nigeria’s training program while planning the way they would like to re-apply their new skills, networks, and knowledge after they graduate from the program.

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What YIA’s Will Do

Key components of the program that YIAs will engage include:

  • An orientation program to welcome the cohort to the YIA program and a concluding graduation program to celebrate the cohort’s achievements and present their action plans. 
  • A 6 weeks Result Based M&E training course exploring topics in tandem with international best practices, methodologies, theories and concepts.
  • YIA boot camp designed to strengthen practical skills and reinforce learning of participants.
  • Write blog posts monthly to share experience in incorporating African and Indigenous knowledge and/or youth-focused lenses to MEL work. 
  • YIA exchange program that embeds associates with NGOs and other MEL programs delivered by Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works consortium members to gain practical experience, expand their networks and perspectives to help advance their work in the M&E field.
  • An opportunity to attend and present a paper at the forthcoming AFREA conference

 

Expected Timelines

February 2022 YIAs Announced

March 2022 YIA onboarding

March 2022 YIAs admitted to online platform

April 2022 Exchange program begins

September 2022 YIA Program ends

 

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Application Process Overview

Please note that application for admission to the YIA program is entirely an online process.

There are no paper forms for applicants to complete, there is no application fee or any cost to apply.

Applicants are required to submit a Curriculum Vitae (maximum 3 pages), two letters of recommendation, a personal statement (word document of 500 words maximum), where you have the opportunity to demonstrate what you have accomplished and what your goals are for the future after you complete the YIA program.

Requirements

Individuals with an interest or experience in the fields of evaluation, data collection and analysis, and Indigenous ways of knowing.

 

Eligibility

  • Interested Candidates must have interest or experience in the fields of evaluation, data collection and analysis, and Indigenous ways of knowing
  • Must be a Nigerian citizen based in Nigeria due to the terms and funding of this program.
  • YIA applicants must be 25 years or older by December 1, 2021 and be no older than 35 years of age.
  • Be available to fully participate in programming and support offerings, you must be able to communicate in English proficiently as the Program is offered in English.
  • Applicants must have proficiency in MS applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • If successful, YIA may hold other professional responsibilities, but you must work full time, defined here as 40 hours a week, on the work outlined in your YIA application, and it must remain as your main professional priority.
  • Must have at least 2-3 years of full-time professional experience with demonstrated leadership potential working to address critical social and society development issues.
  • Must bring trustworthiness and diplomacy to all interactions​.
  • Applicants must be respectful, direct and culturally sensitive. 
  • Individuals from all gender, academic and professional backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply.
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Benefits

  • Contribute to youth economic empowerment in Nigeria: Connect and collaborate with young men and women, communities and global partners to help grow the evaluation community of practice in Nigeria, with focus on the fields of evaluation, data collection and analysis, and Indigenous ways of knowing.
  • You will receive coaching and mentorship via blended learning approaches including online and offline trainings, on-the-job-learning, and structured tutorials
  • Amplify your personal and professional growth: Whether you’re a recent grad, mid-career or experienced professional, you’ll receive unique opportunities to boost your CV and build transferable skills, such as  cross-cultural communication, methods of evaluation, data collection and analysis, and Indigenous ways of knowing.
  • Access high-quality training and resources: You’ll receive specialized training and resources from our global partners who are highly acclaimed in the field of Monitoring and Evaluation and International Development, Data Analysis, and Indigenous ways of Knowing
  • Participate in regular partner meetings to share learning. These are opportunities to share and learn from one another and in some instances, the happenings in other related programs as well.
  • Be part of an international network: You’ll connect with like-minded, passionate Nigerians, partner organizations and youth around the nation. Joining this network will include first access to future African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) opportunities, domestically and internationally.
  • Connection to leading MEL platforms, youth-led MEL networks, and assist in their active participation and engagement in these networks/forums
  • Note: YIAs will receive a monthly stipend to cover basic costs
  • Air travel to and from any YIA program-related activities

 

How to Apply

The application for the 2021-2022 Young Impact Associates Program will open and sent February 4, 2022. Applications are due by Friday February 18, 2022 at 5pm GMT +1. You can apply here!

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