OSISA and Africa University is calling for applications for the Guy Mhone Scholarship in Public Policy.  This is an 18 month full time Masters Programme in Public Policy based at African University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Deadline for applications is the 25 July 2014Please click on the following documents for further details GUY MHONE SCHOLARSHIP AND MPPG Info Note Full time



OSISA 2   Akina Mama

Akina Mama wa Afrika in partnership with the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA) invites applications to the 2nd Feminist Facilitation Workshop scheduled to take place from the 22nd -26th of April in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The training aims to strengthen the capacity of young women leaders in Southern Africa who already have a firm grasp of the principles and ethos of feminist leadership, to equip them with the practical skills to train others at national levels. The training will also enhance the skills of the trainees in organisational development, as a strategy to enhance agency in women’s movements in the southern Africa region.


Applicants who meet the following criteria will be considered:

  1. Must be a young woman of between 25 and 40 years of age;
  2. Must have undertaken the OSISA and IPLG Young Women’s Feminist Leadership Course
  3. Be a citizen and resident of the following three SADC countries: Angola, DRC, Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana Malawi
  4. Must have attained or is studying towards a qualification from a recognized tertiary institution
  5. Have at least 2 year work experience working in an organization or program related to gender equality or women’s rights;
  6. Currently employed, or working in an area where feminist or gender policy advocacy and lobbying is important;
  7. English proficiency is critical (the course will be delivered in English only)
  8. Demonstrate commitment to participate for the duration of the full course.


Young women who wish to apply for the training course are required to submit the following:

  1. A concept note not more than three pages (single-spaced) addressing the following:
    1. Describing the problem you seek to solve through training other young women in feminist leadership
    2. How you plan to implement the stated Action Plan above
    3. The expected outcome of the Action Plan  and how it will benefit other young women from Southern Africa
  2. Completed application form (attached at the end of this document);
  3. Commitment form to be completed by employer (attached at the end of this document).

Attached is the full call for applications Call for Applications – Young Women’s Feminist Facilitation Workshop

***Deadline for receipt of applications is 22nd February 2014***


WSILA2013 Preconference Session 08 September 2013

Powering Africa

Young Women’s Session facilitated by Akili Dada

This introductory session was a great opportunity to meet conference participants and manage the expectations of the participants. The session facilitated by Wanjiru from Akili Dada started off with a networking session in the form of a ‘speed dating’ activity. The room full of women from across Africa both young and seasoned leaders got to introduce themselves and share on what one hopes to get out of the conference.

The participants were grateful to have this platform to learn, share and build long lasting friendships that will help promote women’s leadership in governance participation, conflict management and justice processes.

In group work tips on how one could best thrive i.e. learns, connect and enjoy participating in an international conference of this magnitude were discussed. The following are tips an individual attending an international conference should pay attention to in order to ensure maximum benefit;

  • Know what you want to achieve when attending an international conference, what is your purpose of attending the conference;
  • Study the programme before hand. Do prior research on the topics to be discussed and definitely the speakers/ facilitators.
  • Active participation, be involved- body, mind and soul in the conference. Take part in discussions and do not be hesitant to ask any questions should the need arise.
  • Bring in fresh ideas; do not be skeptical to say something new no matter how ridiculous it may sound.
  • Don’t be shy; we are all here to learn from each other. Feel free to share your opinion.
  • Do not judge, be open-minded and respectful of others.
  • Be ready to learn. Take time to also listen to others.
  • Use social media to disseminate information gathered at the conference.
  • Exchange contacts with others and keep in touch after the conference to facilitate for future project collaborations.

Thank you to the following partners for making this conference possible; Urgent Action Fund Africa, Akili Dada, OSISA, Fordfoundation, Women Empowerment Link, UN Women, African Women’s Development Fund, UNFPA, Young Women’s Christian Association Malawi, Africa Development Altenatives, FAS, The African Capacity Building Foundation, JASS, YWCA, Akina Mama Wa Afrika



Women Steering Innovative Leadership in Africa Conference

Powering Africa

Re: Invitation to Attend the “Women Steering Innovative Leadership in Africa Conference,” Lilongwe, Malawi, 9-11 September 2013

Warm greetings from Urgent Action Fund-Africa (UAF-Africa)! Urgent Action Fund- Africa is a women’s human rights Pan-African Fund with offices based in Nairobi, Kenya and in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Since its inception, UAF-Africa has focused on supporting women activists’ work to advance in women’s rights in Africa particularly in governance and supporting women in accessing leadership and decision-making forums especially in contexts where the guarantee of women’s rights is precarious.

Our Advocacy and Alliance Building Programme focuses on enhancing women’s participation in leading transformation through collaboration, building alliances and advocacy for women’s human rights. UAF-Africa recognizes the importance of spaces for women’s human rights and development actors to get together, brainstorm on problems and solutions, strategize on actions, gain new knowledge and be reinvigorated in their activism. It is within this context that UAF-Africa is convening an International Conference to discuss leadership in Africa from an often-overlooked gender perspective.

This Conference will be a joint effort of UAF-Africa, her partners and the Government of Malawi. The President of Malawi, Her Excellency Joyce Banda will inaugurate the Conference. This conference will draw on the African Union vision of an ‘integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its citizens and representing a dynamic force of the global arena’ and will seek to contribute to the strategies towards achieving the AU vision through the launch of the Women Steering Innovating Leadership in Africa.

In appreciation of your leadership and contribution in your sector and following your nomination by OSISA, we are pleased to invite you to the Women Steering Innovative Leadership in Africa International Conference scheduled from 9th- 11th September 2013 taking place in Lilongwe, Malawi.

The conference will deliberate on selected topics that will be researched by suitably qualified institutions and presented in plenary, closed sessions and side events. These will include:

1. ‘The African Moment’: a critical and feminist analysis of the social, economic, and political state of Africa including progress and opportunities and its challenges;
2. The African Union vision for Africa;
3. Leadership redefined in the context of Africa’s development needs to determine the type of leadership Africa needs for its transformation. Under this theme, other topics will be discussed including: Leadership role in the management of Africa’s natural and human resources, Women’s leadership, Youth leadership, Lessons from Private Sector leadership, Leadership in the Women’s Movement, the role of media in support of Africa’s transformation;

4. African values with a focus on ethics in leadership; the place of African cultures and traditions in governance and management.


Call For Applications: OSISA Journalism Summer School


Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa Journalism Summer School will bring together 25 mid-career journalists from across Southern Africa for a period of two weeks and focuses on five modules covering investigative reporting, online journalism, media management, journalism ethics and gender in the news and in the newsroom.

DATE: 4th- 15th November 2013

COUNTRY: Namibia

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11th September 2013

For more info, click here Journalism Summer School Call for Applications 2013

Call for Applications: Leadership and Society Course


17th- 27th October 2013, Lusaka, Zambia

The African Leadership Centre (ALC) invites applications from scholars and practitioners from the Southern African Region to attend a 10-day training course on Leadership and Society. This course is convened by the African Leadership Centre in partnership with King’s College London, with funding provided by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)

For more info, click here Call for Applications Leadership and Society

Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) Programme – Call for Applications

Temporary Consultancy for ECDE Programme

Terms of Reference

  1. Background

In 2010, following a regional situation analysis comprising a regional study plus supporting country studies, the OSISA Education Programme, in collaboration with OSF’s Early Childhood programme (ECP), developed a three year (2011 – 2013) Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) strategy for the region.

The ‘Getting It Right’ strategy has the following objectives:

  1. To promote the implementation of effective ECDE policies and high quality programmes through support to improve collaboration between different ministries and departments within the state, different tiers of government and the state and civil society;
  2. To increase the awareness of the general public of the importance of ECDE, by building the capacity of civil society actors to engage with policy, law and practice related to ECDE at the local and national levels;
  3. To increase the overall capacity of the ECDE sector (including professional and community based groups) to develop, implement and evaluate quality early childhood services;
  4. To improve the research capacity within the ECDE sector in order to produce and disseminate strategic information to inform policy and practice related to ECDE; and,
  5. To improve the levels of collaboration and coordination between state and non-state actors, through fostering regional networks and linkages for civil society and state actors, researchers and community actors, etc.

Following approval of the strategy total annual budgets of $2.6 (2011); $2M (2012); $2M (2013) were committed by OSISA and ECP, equally split between the two entities. The strategy has subsequently been implemented through an active operational programme of grant making, advocacy, research and capacity building in seven target countries: Angola, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The last review of the strategy took place in September 2012.

When the strategy was first conceived, three members of staff were proposed, (Programme Manager, Assistant Programme Manager, Programme Assistant), to be based with OSISA, working collaboratively with one ECP staff member in London. Eventually, given a limited pool of qualified and experienced applicants, only the post of Assistant Program Manager was filled, 10 months into the strategy period. Since then, the Assistant Programme Manager (APM), supported by the Education Programme Manager, ECP staff and consultants, has made enormous efforts to implement a solid programme of activities to realise the aims of the original strategy. As the final months of the 3 year strategy draw close, it is evident that there is a need for additional staff capacity to deliver planned activities and to assist with the need to capture learning generated over the two and a half years of the current strategy, in order to inform the 2014 – 2017 strategy.

These terms of reference therefore propose that a temporary consultant is hired to carry out a selected range of the tasks that need to be completed from now until the end of 2013. The tasks will in the main be distinctive from those to be carried out by the APM, who will focus on engagement with grantees and delivery of key activities including workshops and other events.

  1. 2.     Objectives for the Assignment

The consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks:

  1. Support the planning, production of papers, administration, budget management, delivery and recording of an OSISA hosted regional early childhood development conference, to be held in November 2013. The conference, with an anticipated audience of 150 regional and international participants, will be on the theme of The Challenge for Governments: Early Childhood Development on the post MDG agenda. An active technical conference planning group has recently been constituted, led by an existing ECDE consultant. The role of the new consultant will be to operationalize the aims and objectives of the conference in collaboration with OSISA/ECP staff, consultants and in co-operation with an external events planning organisation;
  2. Contribute to development of a TOR, identification of consultants and management of an initial scoping exercise on financing of early childhood services in the region, which will inform the financing strand of the 2014 – 2017 ECDE strategy;
  3. In collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, ECDE APM, and ECP staff, to review grant reports, document best practice and collate examples of learning  from ECDE grantees both for the OSISA web-site and also to document the outcomes/impacts of the strategy;
  4. To support the APM to produce written documentation to support processing of grants and other information required to further the objectives of the strategy;
  5. Other tasks as required to progress OSISA’s ECDE portfolio, including the development of new initiatives and projects over the course of the consultancy.
  1. 3.     Scope of Work

The assignment will be until the end of December 2013, with a minimum time commitment of three days a week. The successful candidate will be expected to operate from the OSISA office in Johannesburg for the duration of the assignment where he/she will be expected to work closely with OSISA Education Programme and ECDE staff. The consultant will also be expected to liaise closely with ECP staff.

  1. 4.     Fees

Fees will be negotiated with the selected candidate.

  1. Accountability and Reporting Arrangements

The Consultant reports to the Education Programme Manager, Ms Wongani Grace Nkhoma who will report to the OSISA directorate and ECP.

  1. Desired Candidate

The successful candidate must have a Master’s degree or its equivalent in early childhood development, education, psychology, sociology, public health, international development or a relevant field. He or she must also have extensive knowledge of ECDE and familiarity with ECDE programming and practice in the region as well as experience in writing for a wide range of audiences and project management. Experience of writing and managing grant proposals is an added advantage.

Interested candidates must send their CV and short note indicating their interest and availability for the duration of the assignment to not later than 12th July, 2013.