Invitation for Expression of Interest
Project: Youth Program, Updating Workshop Content
Required services: The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is calling for applications from individual or corporate consultants to update workshop content for the MINDS Regional Training Workshops on Elections and Governance.
Closing date: Thursday, 30 November 2017, 1700 hours South African time
Scope of consultancy
MINDS is inviting a suitably qualified consultant/s to review the current workshop content and update it according to the aims of the MINDS Youth Program on Elections and Governance and the main objectives of the regional training workshops. The consultancy will therefore, comprise three main tasks: 1) Reviewing of current workshop content, 2) Proposing recommended changes, and 3) Updating workshop content.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
• Be an African citizen. (Applicable to individual applicants).
• Be a registered, compliant legal entity within at least one African country. (Applicable to organizations).
• Have at least five (5) years' individual or organizational experience in designing or developing learning content or learning experiences targeted at African youth in relation to civic engagement in general, or elections and governance specifically.< br> • Have a sound understanding of the different electoral systems applied in African countries, the electoral cycle, and a broad understanding of governance processes and youth participation in elections and governance in Africa.
• Have access to the input of a diverse team (including but not limited to age, gender and geographic location/ exposure to the African continent).
• Be flexible to travel, should that be necessary.
• Be able to write and fluently present in English.
The engagement should take no longer than three (3) months.
Submission of interest
Applicants are required to submit an electronic expression of interest with the following documents:
• A detailed CV or organizational profile outlining leadership and ownership structures, values, previous clients and a list of three references.
• A three-month project plan AND budget estimate based on the information provided in the Terms of Reference. Applicants must state clearly any assumptions they make in arriving at a preliminary budget. The consultant's total budget must not exceed USD 20 000 and it must include all expenses directly related to the project, including costs that MINDS may have to cover before the final payment is made to the consultant, for example, travel costs to facilitate meetings.
• Up to three samples of the most recent work done to design and develop learning content/ experiences for African youth in relation to civic engagement in general, or elections and governance specifically.
The documents above must be emailed to email@example.com in PDF version on or before 17:00 hours South African time on Thursday the 30th of November 2017 . Late applications will not be acknowledged or considered.
MINDS will contact shortlisted organizations and may request more information before making the final selection. To all applicants (excluding late applicants), MINDS will communicate the outcome of the selection process by Monday the 11th of December 2017 . MINDS reserves the right not to explain the outcome of the selection process or provide any further detail to the applicant's outcome. MINDS also reserves the right not to make an appointment.
Should you require more information, kindly send your query to firstname.lastname@example.org before the application closing date.
The full Terms of Reference (TORs) are available here.
For more information on MINDS, please visit www.minds-africa.org.
The Government of Rwanda partners with MINDS on the Scholarship Program for Leadership Development
The Government of Rwanda recently became one of the key partners for the MINDS Scholarship Program. Hon. Dr Papias Musafiri Malimba, Minister of Education, signed the agreement on behalf of the Government of Rwanda, together with Dr Nkosana Moyo, the Founder and Executive Chair of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) at an event which was held in Kigali on the 2nd of July 2017.
MINDS' unique scholarship program enables African students to study within the continent, but outside their home country. The program aims to develop Pan-African leaders with a lived understanding and experience of the continent, who can in turn facilitate for economic integration and social cohesion.
The shared vision for developing bridge-building, Pan-African leaders brought the two institutions together on this initiative. Through the MINDS Scholarship Program, this partnership will afford Rwandese nationals opportunities to study elsewhere in Africa while supporting African students who wish to study in Rwanda. MINDS wishes to thank the Government of Rwanda for this investment and their continued support.
Hon. Dr Papias Musafiri Malimba and Dr Nkosana Moyo signing the agreement.
MINDS Board of Trustees Announces Changes in Leadership
The Board of Trustees of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) wishes to announce that Dr Nkosana Moyo will be stepping down as the Executive Chair of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) with effect from the 1st of August 2017. Following his decision to run for the office of the President of Zimbabwe, Dr Moyo tendered his resignation to the Board of Trustees, who duly considered the resignation and released him from his responsibilities as Executive Chair. Dr Moyo, the founder of MINDS, has been at the helm of the organization since its inception in 2010. MINDS currently runs four programs addressing developmental challenges on the African continent related to African identity, economic integration, youth participation in elections and governance and leadership development.
Dr Moyo firmly believes that African youth have the potential to play a significant role in the transformation of the continent. Under his leadership, the organization has built a network of over 400 alumni across 48 countries on the African continent. Through this network of young leaders, MINDS is working to encourage African youth to take responsibility for creating the Africa they envision, by empowering them to meaningfully participate in the governance of their countries. The recently launched MINDS Scholarship Program, which seeks to develop Pan-African leaders who can drive economic integration and social cohesion, is also the brain-child of Dr Moyo. The program funds postgraduate university students to study within the African continent, outside of their home country, so that they can develop an appreciation of the continent and understand the need for cohesion and integration.
Mrs Graça Machel will take over from Dr Moyo as the Chair of the MINDS Board of Trustees. She is a founding trustee of MINDS, having been involved from its conceptualization and inception in 2010. Currently, she serves as the Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees. As of the 1st of August 2017, the MINDS Board of Trustees will comprise Mrs. Machel (Chair), Mr. Ali Mufuruki, Ms. Sara Menker and Dr Jumoke Oduwole, while Dr Moyo will become a member of the Advisory Board. Operationally, Mrs Machel will be supported by the team, led by Ms. Rumbidzai Chisenga who has been working with Dr Moyo and the Board of Trustees for over two years.
Dr Moyo assures all stakeholders that relevant measures have been taken to ensure a smooth transition and continuity at MINDS. He will remain available to support Mrs Machel, Rumbidzai Chisenga and the team, and urges relevant parties to do the same. He expressed confidence in Rumbidzai Chisenga's leadership stating that MINDS stands to benefit from her youthfulness and passion for the continent's development, in addition to her experience and expertise. He affirmed his belief that African youth are ready to take on leadership positions, and are better positioned to drive innovation and the application of technology to accelerate the continent's development efforts.
The Board of Trustees, in its entirety, would like to assure the public that MINDS remains an independent, non-partisan Pan-African think tank. All governance disciplines will remain in place to ensure that this position is maintained, and that MINDS remains a vehicle through which all Africans are encouraged to engage in addressing our continent's development challenges.
The MINDS Board of Trustees and team wish Dr Moyo well in his future endeavours.