Opportunities This Week: UNESCO International Literacy Prizes 2020 & More


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Welcome to another week of golden opportunities.

This week, there are so many opportunities available across Africa and beyond that, we had to feature more than our usual number of weekly opportunities.

Please feel to browse through and apply for suitable opportunities for you.

Call for applications and nominations for the 2020 UNESCO International Literacy Prizes

Deadline: June 28th

UNESCO has now opened its call for applications and nominations for the 2020 UNESCO International Literacy Prizes.

This year UNESCO will reward five individuals or organizations around the world for their outstanding projects that promote literacy within the theme ‘Teaching and learning literacy: the role of educators and changing pedagogies’.

This year’s thematic focus is highlighting teachers who are at the frontline of delivering literacy learning, and their contribution to promoting youth and adult literacy, linked to target 4.6 of the Sustainable Development Goal on Education (SDG4), where literacy is perceived as a continuum developed throughout life.

Since 1967, the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes have rewarded excellence and innovation in the field of literacy. Over 495 projects and programmes around the world have already received recognition and support for their excellent work.


Governments, non-governmental organizations, and individuals who promote literacy through projects and programmes are welcome to apply.

All applications should be submitted to nominating entities, such as the National Commission for UNESCO in the country of the programme, or an NGO that is in an official partnership with UNESCO.

Candidates can submit their applications through the online platform. Details about the application and nomination process are on the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes’ website.

National Commissions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO are encouraged to nominate individuals, institutions and organizations who are making outstanding contributions to promoting literacy and who request a nomination.

Deadline for candidates to submit applications to nominating entities: 28 June 2020 (midnight, Paris time).

Deadline for nominating entities to submit their nominations to UNESCO: 12 July 2020 (midnight, Paris time).

The nominations will be assessed by an independent International Jury, composed of five experts on the basis of the selection criteria. Based on the recommendations of the International Jury, the Director-General of UNESCO will select the finalists to be awarded at the occasion of International Literacy Day (8 September).

About the Prizes

Through two prestigious literacy Prizes, UNESCO supports effective literacy practices and encourages the promotion of dynamic literate societies to close the literacy gap of approximately 750 million people.A woman writing in her room

UNESCO distinguishes between two Literacy Prizes which are given to five laureates in total:

The UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize (2 awards), was established in 1989 and is supported by the Government of the Republic of Korea. It gives special consideration to programmes that focus on the development and use of mother-tongue literacy education and training.

The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy (3 awards), was established in 2005, and is supported by the Government of the People’s Republic of China. This Prize recognizes programmes that promote literacy amongst adults in rural areas and out-of-school youth, particularly girls and women.

Each prizewinner receives a medal, a diploma and US$20,000.

Deadline for candidates to submit applications to nominating entities: 28 June 2020 (midnight, Paris time).

Deadline for nominating entities to submit their nominations to UNESCO: 12 July 2020 (midnight, Paris time).

Click here to apply

The World Bank Group Vice Presidency Legal Internship Program 2020 for Highly-motivated Law Students

Deadline: May 31

The World Bank Legal Vice Presidency (“LEGVPU”) offers highly-motivated law students an opportunity to be exposed to the mission and work of the World Bank and that of LEGVPU.

The World Bank Legal Internship Program allows individuals to bring new perspectives, innovative ideas, and latest research experiences into the World Bank’s daily operations and improve their legal skills while working in a multicultural environment.

The objective of both programs is to provide you first-hand experiences of the day-to-day operations of the World Bank by closely collaborating with staff in LEGVPU.

As part of our team, working directly with outstanding and inspiring development professionals and senior management, you will get the chance to contribute to the legal services offered by LEGVPU as well as participate in high-profile events and conferences organized during the term of your internship.


Summer Internship Program: Application period will commence on January 1 and end on January 31 (Internship period is for 10-12 weeks, typically between June and August, depending on prevailing needs).

This is an excellent opportunity for students looking to gain full-time professional experiences at the World Bank during the summer months while enrolled in a law program.

Fall Internship Program:  Application period will commence on May 1 and end on May 31 (Proposed internship period is for 10-12 weeks, typically between September and November, depending on prevailing needs).

This is an excellent opportunity for students looking to gain professional experiences at the World Bank in the form of externships during the academic year while enrolled in a full-time law program or for those enrolled in part-time and/or evening law programs.a lady standing

According to U.S. Department of Homeland Security rules, students authorized to participate in pre-completion OPT may work part-time (20 hours or less per week) while school is in session.

See details of and how to apply on their official website here

Lagos Business School Online Training 2020 for Young Senior Executives

Deadline: Ongoing

The program equips participants to deal with strategic and high-level challenges and opportunities in their organisations and community. It is designed as a highly practical and experiential executive leadership course to refine the skillsets of nonprofit leaders.Lady writing in a room

The Certificate in Nonprofit Management for Senior Executives is designed to strengthen the leadership, governance, and management capacity of experienced young executives working in or with nonprofit organisations.

The certificate program also gives participants the opportunity to create a network of local, national, and international nonprofit executives committed to working across organisations, communities, and sectors to address public needs.

Programme Module

The programme modules will include:

Corporate governance and board effectiveness

Strategic fundraising and grant management

Human capital and performance management

Responsible leadership and ethics

Succession planning

Partnerships, Collaboration, and Stakeholder Engagement


Open to young experienced executives who work in the Nonprofit Sector and/or run a Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs);

Applicants should be between the ages of 18 – 35;

To be admitted applicants should have at least 5 years of working experience.


Through the Certificate in Nonprofit Management for Senior Executive  participants will:

  • Develop effective 21st Century Nonprofit Leadership skills and craft strategic goals to improve leadership practices;
  • Refine their board governance, strategy and talent management capacity;
  • Learn strategic practices for leading and managing change in their organisations and society;
  • Develop leadership tools necessary to influence policy decisions, encourage collaboration, and build coalitions;
  • Leverage techniques for fundraising, grant management, and stakeholder engagement;
  • Explore strategies for building and sustaining partnerships.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early. The programme will take place from June 18 to July 24, 2020.

Click here to apply

UNECA/Standard Bank Group 2020 African Women Leadership Fund Initiative

Applications are open for the UNECA/Standard Bank Group African Women Leadership Fund Initiative 2020.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Standard Bank Group is calling on women fund managers across Africa to apply to join the African Women Leadership Fund initiative (AWLF), an innovative impact fund that will provide capital and expertise to successful candidates

The AWLF Initiative has been established with the aim of uplifting female-owned and managed asset management firms and providing a defined economic stimulus to achieve sustainable economic growth in Africa.a girl receive alert on her phone

The fund, the first of its kind, aims to raise up to $1 billion over 10 years (€910 million or R19 billion) for women fund managers, who in turn will invest in high-impact businesses and projects across the continent, thus driving entrepreneurship.

Aim and Benefits of UNECA-Standard Bank Group African Women Leadership Fund Initiative

AWLFI will be rolled out in three fund phases. These are:

Phase 1: AWLFI will invest in established women-owned fund management firms or in fund managers with the capability to take on segregated mandates. These Managers will operate in the listed space.

Phase 2: In the second round of funding, the AWLFI will look to invest in existing Private Equity Funds, thus enabling the fund to hold a combination of listed and private equity investments.saving

Phase 3: An incubation programme to put new women fund managers on the map.

Requirements for UNECA-Standard Bank Group African Women Leadership Fund Initiative Qualification

Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the AWLFI is suitable for:

Established women fund managers in the listed or private market space who own, or partly own, an asset management firm

Women professionals working in existing and established firms with suitable fund management experience (experience can be as a co-fund manager) in the listed or private market space.


Applicants must be female

Reside in Africa or be willing to relocate to Africa

Need to have proven fund- or asset-management experience. They will be subject to an investment and operational due-diligence process that will need to be completed by the end of August 2020, with the first phase of the fund becoming fully operational in the fourth quarter of this year.

Application Deadline

June 30, 2020

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Standard Bank Group on www.standardbank.com to apply

For any queries, applicants can email awlf@standardbank.co.za.

For more details, visit AWLFI website

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