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Call for Curriculum Developer and Writer

Summary

The curriculum developer and writer shall be required to develop and write a curriculum to be used for the training of young people participating in a democracy, politics and leadership themed program in Nigeria. The curriculum content is expected to be youth friendly in its language, well researched and accurate.

In the course of developing the curriculum, the writer will be required to meet physically and regularly with the project team, as well as conduct interviews with stakeholders across selected states of Nigeria to widen the scope of the curriculum content. This project is scheduled to last for 120 days with a possible no-cost extension of not more than 30 days.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop the scope, syllabus, chapters and structure of the curriculum.
  • Conduct research, interview and interact with relevant resource persons on the subject matter.
  • Research a wide variety of topics across multiple platforms (website, blogs, articles, social updates, case studies, guides, white papers, etc.) for content development.
  • Collaborate with the team lead and members on content creation and development.
  • Harmonize reviews and feedbacks on the first draft by stakeholders.
  • Work with proofreader to ensure a typo/error free document.
  • Work with graphics designers to ensure satisfactory delivery.
  • Deliver final draft to the satisfaction of client.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in different styles/tones
  • Great research, organizational, and intuitive skills.
  • Excellent grasp of English language
  • Creative and innovative thinking and planning
  • Confident of producing content across multiple platforms
  • Impeccable spelling and grammar
  • Good interpersonal skills and communication across all levels of management
  • Ideal candidate must have a positive attitude and be a problem-solver
  • Must be open to travelling around the country
  • OND/HND/BA in Creative writing, Journalism, English, or any closely related field
  • Three years’ experience in content writing and development
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel) and Google Docs

 

To apply, submit your CV, picture and sample of prior related work to jobs@youngstarsfoundation.org

Deadline: October 25th, 2017.

Shortlisted candidates shall be invited to Abuja for an interview

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Youngstars Foundation is an exciting high performing nonprofit youth organization based in Abuja Nigeria and Accra Ghana. We work with youth in the areas of leadership capacity, democratic governance and entrepreneurship/ innovations. We are constantly thinking outside the box and creating high value youth projects. Do you want to gain world class experience?

Job Title: Communications / Social Media Associate (preferred candidate – FEMALE)

Youngstars Foundation, a nonprofit youth based organization in Abuja is seeking who will be responsible for leading the Corporate Communications team in the execution of communications and media relations strategies, tactics and initiatives of the organization. Interested candidates must able to work as assigned for 5 days a week and weekends (when necessary).

Qualification /requirement:

  • Are a minimum of 18 years old.
  • Have a Diploma or a Degree in communications or related disciplines.
  • Display sound knowledge of the structure of English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar, as well as good writing and speaking skills.
  • Have a strong ability to tell stories from basic life experiences and narratives.
  • Have demonstrated skills in composing, editing and proofreading the written language as a means for effectively communicating to a variety of audiences; often requiring creativity or objectivity and impartial reporting.
  • Are able to maintain confidentiality, work with sensitive or proprietary information and exercise discretion.
  • Are knowledgeable of basic computing equipment and software typical in a modern office environment. Knowledge in practical application of Windows OS, MS Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint preferred.
  • Experience in media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods will be an advantage.
  • Possess knowledge and experience in the social media and traditional media marketing.
  • Experience sourcing and managing content development and publishing.
  • Display in-depth knowledge and understanding of social media platforms, (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest etc.) and how each platform can be deployed in different scenarios.
  • Enjoy a working knowledge of the blogging ecosystem relevant to the organization’s field.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of principles of SEO including keyword research and Google Analytics. Highly knowledgeable in the principles of “Search and Social.”

Office Location

Abuja – Nigeria.

Method of Application

Interested candidates should send an Application Letter, CV and recent passport photograph to: jobs@youngstarsfoundation.org

Application Deadline

20th  October, 2017.

 


Job Title: Democracy and Good Governance Program Officer (preferred candidate – FEMALE)

Youngstars Foundation seeks qualified candidates to fill this role :

Shall perform the tasks of general planning, coordination and management of a democracy and good governance youth project. Interested candidates must able to work as assigned for 5 days a week and weekends (when necessary).

Job Requirement/Qualification

  • A Degree/HND in political science, law, development studies or any other related social science discipline.
  • At least 1- 2years of experience in democracy, governance and political-related work with an NGO, or other development organizations is a definite asset.
  • Between 23 and 32 years of age.
  • In-depth knowledge of political and economic issues and trends in especially Nigeria, Africa and surrounding continents.
  • Solid understanding of civil society issues and familiarity with civil society networks, media outlets, political actors, and individual activists, democratic governance and thematic areas e.g public administration, rule of law, elections, legislative process, local government, civil society, gender and youth.
  • Creative ways to strengthen advocacy initiatives related to democracy, governance, electoral processes and reforms
  • Excellent written and oral English, exceptional analytic capacity and skills and the ability to speak and understand French will be of advantage.
  • Flexibility and willingness to work as a team member and independently, with a high level of self-motivation.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced working environment.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and discretion.
  • Attentiveness to detail and ability to work well under pressure.
  • Excellent and extensive computer skills and high comfort level with computer research, database management, proficient in Microsoft Office;
  • Excellent coordination, networking and facilitation skills.

Method of Application

Interested candidates should send an Application Letter, CV and recent passport photograph to: jobs@youngstarsfoundation.org

Application Deadline

20th October, 2017.

 


Job Title – Videographer – Filming & Editing

The Videographer is responsible for filming, editing and delivering outstanding video content for the Organization. S/he must be a multi-skilled, highly competent person who is flexible and knowledgeable enough to play different roles as circumstances requires. The role is hands-on, and he/she must have creative capacity and technical skills.

Job Requirement/Qualification

  • Producing, filming and editing video content.
  • Experience in camera operation, 4k Cinema, DSLR & digital video cameras, sound equipment and the overall production process is essential.
  • Setup and capture great shots to fulfill the brief. (Includes basic lighting and optimal audio capture)
  • Editing video projects using Adobe Premiere Pro (Dialogue cutting, editing consultant and trouble-shooter)
  • Working with a team of presenters, content creators, project lead or solo
  • Visualize production scripts, briefs, understand production requirements to produce great results
  • Work well under pressure to meet deadlines, including working out of office hours and occasionally on weekends
  • Flexible with good initiative able to deal with ambiguity (asking the right questions, anticipating needs, being resourceful and preparing for a number of outcomes.)
  • Responsible and able to deliver outstanding service levels
  • Experience of using HTML & Flash, Photoshop, Motion, After Effects and any other animation software will be an added advantage.
  • Data wrangling
  • Encoding & delivering for web/DVD/broadcast
  • Media management and archiving of completed jobs
  • A Degree/HND in political science, law, development studies or any other related social science discipline

Method of Application

Interested candidates should send an Application Letter, CV and recent passport photograph to: jobs@youngstarsfoundation.org

Application Deadline

20th October, 2017.


Job Title – Webmaster

Location – Abuja

Qualifications

  • BSc/HND in Computer Science Or any other qualification in computing
  • An experienced Webmaster of at least 2 years’ experience with proof of achievement
  • Between 21 and 30 years of age.

Job Requirement

  • Applicant must have experience in WordPress Content Management System (CMS) Development, HTML5, CSS, and PHP, JavaScript and intermediate to ­advanced skill level in at least one OO programming language.
  • Applicant will need to be competent in graphic design using Photoshop, Fireworks and Corel Draw with a constant desire to push boundaries.
  • Applicant will also be required to demonstrate outstanding organizational abilities coupled with a confident approach to communicating at varied levels.
  • Applicant will need to be an enthusiastic worker passionate about growing skills and driving new ideas and initiatives forward.

Skills Set

WordPress, HTML, CSS, PHP, MYSQL, Photoshop, Fireworks, Corel Draw and at least one OO programming language.

NB: Applicant with knowledge of Illustrator have added advantage.

Method of Application

Interested candidates should send an Application Letter, CV and recent passport photograph to: jobs@youngstarsfoundation.org

Application Deadline

20th October, 2017.

The CANVASSITY Pan African Youth Democracy Fellowship Institutional Learning Visit to the African Union

Having demonstrated commitment and reasonable advancement in their post-semester one activities, CANVASSITY Pan African fellows from 6 different African countries arrived in Addis Ababa with a lot of expectation for a one-week institutional learning visit to the Headquarters of the African Union in Ethiopia. This is done in partnership with the African Governance Architecture (AGA) Secretariat, Department of Political Affairs, African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During the learning visit, fellows will meet with the different units of the AU and other regional institutions to learn about their roles in advancing democracy and good governance.

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FEMALE AND MORE

Are you a confident young female?

Do you want to mentor and guide other young females to overcome low self-esteem?

Do you want to see more of emboldened young females in our society?

If yes, here is your chance to join 150 emboldened females who will mentor 3,000 young females to complete a 30 days self esteem challenge.

Do you know that:-

  • 75 percent of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative activities, compared to 25 percent of girls with high self-esteem.
  • 85% of women and 79% of girls say they would opt out of important life activities when they don’t feel good about the way they look.

Source – National Report on the State of Self-Esteem by Dove Self Esteem Fund.

Meanwhile has it occurred to you that no meaningful development is possible without women? Nigeria needs more emboldened young women, who can aspire greatly, unleash their potentials and contribute massively to national development.

So if you like to join our effort to raise more emboldened young women in Nigeria, sign up today to participate in our 2 days Female And More Mentors Bootcamp.

Date August 31st to September 1st, 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria. Accommodation and road transport support is provided for participants from outside Abuja.

Moreso, one female mentor stands a chance to win an all expense paid trip to an African Country in 2018!

Application closes August 19th, 2017.

For Partnership and other details, click www.youngstarsfoundation.org/fem

Or call call +234 7035535876 or email gender@youngstarsfoundation.org 

Female And More is a female is a self esteem program of Youngstars Foundation in partnership with the World Movement for Democracy, USA and Divine Mercy School Abuja.

Unveiling Faculty for CANVASSITY PAN AFRICAN Fellowship Season 2, Semester 1

Youngstars Foundation unveils Faculty team for CANVASSITY Pan African Youth Democracy Fellowship Season 2, Semester 1.

Date: 20 – 24 February, 2017

Location: Lagos.

Unveiling of CANVASSITY PAN AFRICAN Youth Democracy Fellowship Season 2, Semester 1 participants

Youngstars Foundation unveils CANVASSITY Pan African Youth Democracy Fellowship Season 2, Semester 1 Participants.

41 delegates from 11 African countries.

Date: 20 – 24 February, 2017

Location: Lagos.

CANVASSITY PAN AFRICAN Youth Democracy Fellowship Season 2 Calls for FACILITATORS

CANVASSITY Pan African Youth Democracy Fellowship Season 2 is seeking for youth friendly facilitators to join its faculty and serve as facilitators at the academy. CANVASSITY is a program designed for youth and youth CSOs in Africa to better engage government institutions to improve quality of governance, raise accountability and boost citizen-government collaborations.

In 2017, the program shall admit 50 youth from 15 African countries from a competitive selection process to participate in the following activities:-

  • 2 hands-on workshops in Nigeria of 5 days each
  • 6 months engagement challenge
  • A 10-day learning visit to an African country
  • The CANVASSITY Governance Exhibition among others

During the 6 months engagement challenge, each person is to focus their engagement on any of the 6 focal areas namely

  • Public service and administration
  • Electoral Process
  • Tracking Campaign promises/party manifestos
  • Tackling corruption
  • Tackling Youth Priority Issues in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
  • Improving security and safety

To ensure our participants gain high value knowledge and skills, we are seeking for experienced facilitators who have vast practical experiences in any of the 6 focal areas listed above to join our training faculty.

To apply, please send to jobs@youngstarsfoundation.org the following items

  • Letter indicating your interest and area of focus you have competence to facilitate,
  • CV,
  • Passport photograph and
  • One page essay explaining why you are most qualified to be accepted as a facilitator.

For more details: Read more about Canvassity

Deadline – December 31st, 2016.

CANVASSITY is an innovative youth democracy and leadership program initiated by Youngstars Foundation with support from National Endowment for Democracy (NED) USA.

WORLD YOUTH DAY FOR DEMOCRACY: AMPLIFY!

October 18th 2016 marks the World Youth Day for Democracy under the theme ‘AMPLIFY’. Youth, by definition, has been a subject of debate by many a scholar many a time with little or no consensus. The United Nations (UN) defines youth as individuals aged between 15 to 24 years old while The African Union in the African Youth Charter defines youth as individuals aged between 15 to 35 years old. According to Furlong Andy (2013), youth does not necessarily refer to a specific age range as it is a socially constructed category and refers to a state of mind.Whichever definition one chooses to associate with, the most important component is that the strength, agility and capabilities that lie within the youth are incomparable to any other stage of the human life. It is the contributing agent to the wisdom of the old age that is informed by the experiences acquired in youth.

According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the number of youth aged 15-24 in Africa in 2015 stood at 226 million accounting for 19 per cent of the global youth population. By 2030, it is projected that the number of youth in Africa will have increased by 42 per cent with the population expected to continue to grow throughout the remainder of the 21st century, more than doubling from current levels by 2055.The youth in Africa wield incredible power in terms of the capability to turn the narrative of the continent around. The large number of the youth population, the incredible technological advances being made today and the vast amount of resources within the continent present the youth with an upper edge and a basis for the creation of a more prosperous Africa.

In terms of democracy, The African Charter on Democracy, Governance and Elections, and the African Youth Charter as well as Agenda 2063 remain the primary frameworks to ensure the constructive involvement of youth and their effective participation in the debates and decisions making processes in the development agenda of the continent.Opportunities for youth to engage in governance and participate in political and decision-making processes depend largely on the political, socioeconomic, and cultural contexts.

The youth, as other members of society, have an important role to play in the democratic processesas attested in the North Africa and Middle East revolution,the fight against the apartheid regime in South Africa, the “Y’en a marre” (Enough is Enough) movement in Senegal, the “Communication for Development” in Cape Verde and the “Young Acting for Change” program in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Togo. The spread of democracy in Africa has increased chances for young people to participate in political life and civil society. Most African countries have government ministers or departments with the explicit mandate to address youth issues, and many have national youth policies and councils in line with their obligation under the African Youth Charter.

In many African countries, however, youth have either remained marginalized and/or have not played a significant role in the political processes largely due to institutional and policy constraints of the state and society.This is compounded by other factors such as disappointment with the political norms portraying politics as the preserve of the “old elite”, the mistrust towards political parties, disillusionment and manipulation as a result of increasing unemployment rates, age restrictions for voting/eligibility to vie for leadership positions, cultural restrictions and the complexity of democratic decision making processes.

The solutions to these challenges are not uniform in nature thus cannot be applied across the region in a similar manner. There is need therefore for custom-made solutions that are responsive to the diverse challenges on the ground. The leaders have an obligation to create platforms and involve the youth in the decision making processes at local and national levels. These platforms should serve as avenues for the youth to have their voices heard and also to be informed on the government programs, the implementation process and the effect on their livelihoods.

The youth also have a responsibility to seek out opportunities within which they can participate effectively in the development of their countries and the region as a whole. They should endeavour to stay informed by utilizing all sources of information available to them especially as a result of the advancements in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) which gives youth an added advantage whereby they can access information from wherever they are. The youth should also make good use of the platforms that have already been created in the youth ministerial dockets and other youth-led initiatives by coming up with proposals and initiatives which they can receive assistance to implement.

There is also need for the youth to apply the knowledge gained in education institutions to come up with home grown solutions to the challenges facing their individual societies and also hold discussion forums with peers from diverse backgrounds to share ideas and brainstorm on ways in which they can work together to have a greater impact.Through concerted and purposeful efforts the youth will be able to occupy their rightful place in society and contribute effectively to the growth and development of their countries and the region as a whole.

Source: africademocracyforum.org