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2017 USAID/North East Intellectual Entrepreneurship Fellowship (NEIEF) Program

Jan 2, 2017, 11:22 AM

North East Regional Initiative and the USAID Office of Transition
Initiatives (NERI/USAIDOTI) welcomes applications for the position

Job Title: North East Intellectual Entrepreneurship Fellowship (NEIEF) Program
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 northeast 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 northeast Nigeria.
  • Activities, developed in concert with local stakeholders, will
    improve stability in Northeastern Nigeria by increasing positive
    engagement between civil society, communities, and the Gov’t of Nigeria
    (GON), developing and increasing access to sources of credible
    information, and supporting vulnerable youth.
  • NERI works in Northeastern Nigeria to implement two core
    objectives; 1.) reduce percepetions of marginalizaton and 2.) challenge
    extremist ideas and narratives.

About the North East Intellectual Entrepreneurship Fellowship (NEIEF) Program
  • As part of USAID/OTI Nigeria’s work to Counter Violent Extremism
    in Northeast Nigeria OTI is embarking upon an “Intellectual
    Entrepreneurship” duster of activities to work with a group of thought
    leaders, preparing and training them to engage in the difficult task of
    lighting the toxic philosophies of the insurgents.
  • This cluster of activities will be selecting Forty-five (45)
    young men and women from the Northeast region of Nigeria (with Adamawa,
    Borno and Yobe as catchment states as well as applicants from other
    states across the Country) who will be taken through an entrepreneurship
    process exposing them to key ideas of liberal democracy, free markets,
    tolerance, separation of religion and governance and others. This will
    be done through book clubs, training and mentoring sessions on the
    relevant subject matters and principles.

  • Each selected participant will receive a monthly stipend, a
    laptop and an e-reader uploaded with books and training/support
  • Outstanding Fellows MAY BE sponsored to participate in the
    Istanbul Network for liberty Annual Conference or the Oslo Freedom Forum

Thematic Focus for this Fellowship Round
Applicants are free to focus on one of the following themes during their fellowship period:
  • Countering Violent Extremism in the North East
  • Promoting Dialogue and Reintegration in the North East
  • Promoting Religious Tolerance in the North East
  • Promoting Support for Gender and Social Inclusion in the North East

North East Intellectual Entrepreneurship Fellowship Guidelines
  • Applicants must be between 25 and 40 years of age (up to 45 years for Women).
  • Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree and have experience in policy-oriented activities.
  • Applicants mast be fluent in both written and spoken English.
  • Applicants must be a citizen of Nigeria (with Adamawa, Borno and Yobe as catchment states)
  • Applicants must have a background in community work, volunteerism, and policy engagement
  • Applicants must be active in at least 3 Social Media Platforms
    for up to a year (Preference will be given to those active in more
    platforms over a longer period)

Participation Requirements:

  • The Fellowship requires a full commitment to the training and
    mentoring activities, book clubs and to maintaining active presence on
    social media - including maintaining blog and not less than 3 social
    media accounts throughout the currency of the fellowship.
  • Fellows are required to commit to being available to attend all
    fellowship activities especially the training programs and Book Clubs
    review meetings and, any other meetings or travels that might arise
    during the fellowship period.
  • NERI will cover all costs for travel and fellows would receive a
    stipend of up to #50k a month to cover the cost of local transport and
    internet access.
  • Fellows will be provided with laptop computers and Book Readers
    with approved book club materials preloaded at the beginning of the
    fellowship and updated, if the need arises, from time to time.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should download and complete the
"Application Form" and send their application package by regular
e-mail to:

Subject of email should be: “NEIEF-2017’’


  • Incomplete or late application will not be considered. Successful applicants will be notified by email.
  • Candidates are advised to read carefully the information of the "Application Form" before submitting their application.

Application Deadline  25th January, 2017.

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