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Call for applications - Professional Fellowship Program for economic empowerment (USA)

Deadline : 18/03/2022

Credit : Legacy International

The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) for economic empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa is a two-way exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, and build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders committed to strengthening their communities through social entrepreneurship and workforce development. Our program takes place in Virginia and Washington D.C. with Fellowship placements in either Austin Texas or Washington DC.

This program is designed for people with strong leadership skills who are early- to mid-career professionals and who are committed to making a lasting positive impact in their communities.

Eligibility criteria :

  • Entrepreneurs and Social Innovators.

  • Small & medium business Owners and Managers who are investing in innovative socially conscious products and programs.

  • Individuals working in Civil Society/NGOs working on youth workforce training and development, increasing the role of marginalized populations in the economy, building financial literacy, training in technology use and IT development, and other efforts around economic empowerment.

  • Individuals working in University incubators, accelerators, and job-readiness programs, and programs focusing on business development, financial literacy, sustainable tourism, or economic development.

  • Individuals working in Government Agencies/Ministries, national policy offices, think-tanks, and offices working to increase the presence of underrepresented citizens in the economy.

  • Legacy International conducts broad outreach to ensure a wide diversity of ethnicity, race, gender, religion, geographic location, and socio-economic status among participants. Legacy has an established record of including individuals with disabilities and has an open and inclusive application process. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Eligible candidates must be:

  • 25-40 years old at the start of the program (Fall 2022 or Spring 2023)

  • A current citizen and resident of: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, or Tunisia

  • Speak fluent English (enough to work full-time in a US fellowship)

  • Have at least two years‘ work experience in their field

  • Currently employed

  • Interested in hosting reciprocal program for Americans in your country

  • Have demonstrated strong leadership skills and commitment to community

  • Demonstrates initiative, teamwork, and openness

  • Preference will be given to those who have not previously traveled on a U.S. government funded program.

  • Fellows are selected through an open, merit-based application process.

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