Call for African Researchers
The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is calling for applications from distinguished African researchers to conduct research on the subject of institutional development in Africa examining one of these three (3) aspects:
- Nation building in Africa. This paper will examine case studies of post-independence-era attempts at nation building in Africa, interrogating the ideals, objectives and methodologies by which the objectives were pursued. The successes and weaknesses of these approaches will be investigated. This paper will draw comparisons between the approaches taken by countries that gained independence relatively early and the more recently independent states.
- The challenges of institutional reform in Africa. This paper will analyze case studies of institutional reform efforts in Africa and extract lessons from the successes and failures of these reforms. The paper will discuss processes of embedding and adopting societal change, highlighting the experiences of African reformers/leaders. The paper must provide recommendations on how African youth can actively and practically participate in building or strengthening key institutions.
- The efficacy of presidential term limits. This paper will interrogate the efficacy of presidential term limits in African countries. The paper will compare the advantages and disadvantages of presidential term limits by analyzing the impact thereof in developing countries.
Aim of research
The research papers will inform forward looking discussions on the participation of African youth in nation building.
The researcher is expected to be contracted for at least three (3) months.
- Have at least a Master's degree in relevant fields of study.
- Have published work in academic journals.
- Be able to write and present, fluently, in English. The ability to collect data, write and present in other African languages especially French and/ or Arabic will be an advantage.
- Have a demonstrated research interest in governance in Africa, African youth or African economies.
- Have an extensive, accessible research network in at least two of the five regions of the African continent.
- Have a demonstrated track record of applying both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
- Be available to commence work immediately.
- Have the flexibility to travel, should that be necessary.
How to apply
To apply, applicants are required to send the following set of documents via email:
- The applicant's detailed CV highlighting their research experience, including a list of published research.
- One reference letter from an academic supervisor or an equivalent thereof with the contact details of the referee.
- A research proposal outlining how the researcher would approach research on one of the three aspects listed above, the research methodology to be applied and up to five (5) key research questions to be explored. The proposal should not be longer than five (5) pages including references.
- A preliminary timeline AND budget estimate based on the information provided above. The preliminary timeline must not exceed three (3) months for the delivery of a final research report. The budget estimate must not exceed four thousand five hundred US dollars ($4 500).
The documents above must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org in PDF version with the subject 'MINDS/01/2016' on or before 1700 hours South African time on Friday the 15th of April 2016. Late applications will not be acknowledged or considered.
MINDS will acknowledge receipt of complete, timeous submissions. Thereafter, MINDS will contact only the shortlisted candidates by Friday the 29th of April 2016. Shortlisted individuals may be requested to provide more information before final selection of the successful candidates. MINDS reserves the right not to explain the outcome of the selection process or provide any further detail to the applicant's outcome.
For more information on MINDS, please visit www.minds-africa.org. Should you require more information, kindly send your query to email@example.com before the application closing date.
MINDS Trustee, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole's appointment to Nigerian government
MINDS Trustee, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole has been appointed as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade & Investment, Office of the Vice President in Nigeria.
Jumoke is a lecturer in the Department of Jurisprudence & International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Nigeria. Her research interests include International Economic Law and Development, Public International Law and Human Rights.
Invitation for Expression of Interest from Research Organisations - CLOSED
Expression of Interest no.: MINDS/02/2015
Project name: Youth Participation in 2015 Elections in Africa
Required services: To conduct multi-disciplinary research on youth participation in elections in Africa based on an analysis of the parliamentary, national or general elections conducted in several African countries in 2015.
Country: Various countries in Africa
Advert posted on: 12 November 2015
Closing date: 14 December 2015, 0800 hours South African time
African youth constitute an important group whose demographic superiority, if leveraged, could determine the outcome of elections and quality of leadership and governance across the continent. The Mandela Institute for Development Studies' (MINDS) Youth Programme in Elections and Governance (YPE&G) is one of the three core programmes implemented by the organization. The programme targets young people between the age of 18 and 45years in Africa. Under the YPE&G, two main activities are currently implemented namely; the annual youth dialogue and civic education training workshops in elections and governance. These are platforms created by MINDS to enable young people in Africa, especially those who have shown potential or interest in leadership, to meet and debate governance and leadership related issues with a view to developing authentic African solutions to African problems. The activities also aim to increase the number of young people peacefully and actively participating in African elections and governance processes based on an appreciation of the significance of their demographic superiority. Youth active participation in governance processes, and ongoing engagement with leadership and governance processes can potentially hasten the transformation of the continent to realize the socio-economic and political progress needed to improve conditions and living standards of the African society.
2.0. Objectives of the assignment
Over a dozen African countries were scheduled to go for parliamentary, national or general elections in 2015. The main objective of the study is to provide an understanding of youth participation in elections in these countries and to establish a set of baseline variables on which youth participation in elections can be measured and compared across different jurisdictions in Africa.
The research aims to draw comparisons and conclusions on, amongst other things, the:
·Attitudes and perceptions of youth about these elections.
·Demographic superiority of youth vs. their ability to influence election outcomes.
·Voter education/ literacy among African youth and its impact on election outcomes.
·The nature and effectiveness of youth participation in the full electoral cycle in these particular elections, noting the contextual and/ or historical nuances that affect youth participation in the electoral cycle.
·Youth ownership of the outcome of these elections.
3.0 Request for Expression of Interest
The Mandela Institute for Development Studies invites eligible and qualified Research Organisations to indicate their interest in providing the services required by electronically submitting the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org:
·A research proposal outlining how the organization would approach such research, the research methodology to be applied and up to five (5) key research questions to be explored. The proposal should not be longer than ten (10) pages including annexures, appendices and references.
·A preliminary timeline AND budget estimate based on the information provided above. Applicants must state clearly any assumptions they make in arriving at a preliminary timeline and budget. The engagement should take no longer than six (6) months.
·A detailed organizational profile outlining leadership and ownership structures, values, research related awards/ achievements, any other work the organization is involved in, and contact details.
·A list of published research since January 2010 citing the title of the published work, the name of the publication, the date of publication and any partners that worked on and/ or sponsored the publication.
·Interested organisations must provide ALL of the required information listed above. Incomplete submissions will not be acknowledged or considered.
·The subject (the subject line/ field in the email body) of the email must be the Expression of Interest number which is MINDS/02/2015.
4.0 Qualifying criteria
Applicants must meet the following criteria. The organization must:
· Be a registered, compliant legal entity within at least one African country.
· Have at least five (5) years' organizational experience conducting and publishing academically acclaimed research on African youth, African elections and/or related fields.
· Have a diverse team, or proven access to a team, with demonstrated research-related working experience in at least two of the five regions of the African continent.
· Be able to write and fluently present in English. The ability to collect data, write and present in other African languages especially French, Portuguese and/ or Arabic will be an advantage.
· Have a demonstrated track record of applying both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
· A demonstrated research track record or interest in governance in Africa, African youth or African economies will be an advantage.
· Be flexible to travel, should that be necessary. An extensive, accessible network across Africa e.g. offices in different African countries will be an advantage.
5.0 Terms for the receipt of submissions
· Complete submissions must be emailed to email@example.com in PDF version on or before 0800 hours South African time on Monday the 14th of December 2015. Late applications will not be acknowledged or considered.
· Before the closing date, interested parties may request clarification on the project information already provided in writing by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
· MINDS will provide these clarifications in writing within five (5) working days. If these five (5) working days fall outside of the closing date, NO extensions will be granted.
· No amendments to the proposal shall be accepted after the closing date, although amended proposals may be submitted before the deadline.
· MINDS will acknowledge receipt of complete submissions within five (5) working days of receipt and thereafter, contact ONLY the shortlisted organizations by Monday the 29th of February 2016.
· MINDS reserves the right not to explain the outcome of the selection process or provide any further detail to the applicant's outcome.
6.0 Further information and contact details
Complete Terms of Reference (TORs) for this project can be downloaded here.
Our contact details:
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