Fully funded professional fellows program announced

The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (ICCEW) at the University of Oklahoma is partnering with the U.S. Department of State and stakeholders in Pakistan, India, Nepal and Kazakhstan to host a five-week professional exchange in the United States that includes a professional fellowship placement at an American small business organization. The Professional Fellows Exchange program is scheduled for October 19 to November 16, 2019.
This program, funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Professional Fellows Program, will inject Pakistani, Indian, Nepali and Kazakh mid-level emerging leaders in small or start-up business ventures, business administration, NGOs, business education, incubation hubs, community training programs or social entrepreneurship into working small businesses in Oklahoma and associate them with one of America’s leading universities. The program aims to provide professional experience and training that will nurture participants’ talent and prepare them for more responsible leadership positions in their businesses, communities and society in general as they return to their countries. In addition, the program will provide U.S.-based small business stakeholders an opportunity to collaborate with their Pakistani, Indian, Nepali and Kazakh counterparts as they participate in a two-week outbound exchange to the respective countries in Winter, 2019.

Successful applicants will be placed in professional fellowship placements with Oklahoman small businesses. Placements will be in October-November, 2019 and participants will spend four weeks with these businesses.

Interested applicants must adhere to the following requirements to be eligible to apply:
  • Be emerging leaders in either civil society or the private sector in Pakistan/India/Nepal/Kazakhstan who have demonstrated expertise in economic empowerment and entrepreneurial/small business development in the respective countries;
  • Have relevant experience and expertise in the small business/entrepreneurship/economic empowerment profession;
  • Be either a Pakistani, Indian, Nepali or Kazakh citizen;
  • Be interested in experiencing hands-on the activities in a U.S. business or economic empowerment organization;
  • Be committed to the importance of a sustainable and empowering business sector in a democracy;
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English as the entire exchange program and professional placements will be conducted in English;
  • Be computer-literate;
  • Be between the ages of 25 and 40

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Grant for Civil Society and heritage under US Embassy announced

The cultural Affairs Office in the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Islamabad of the Department of State is pleased to announce an open competition for assistance awards through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), contingent on funding availability, through the Public Diplomacy Grants Program.

CAO Islamabad’s purpose in funding projects under this opportunity is to enable civil society groups to implement projects utilizing cultural heritage to mobilize and improve their communities and/or stimulate economic empowerment while protecting their heritage. Programs should have a component for youth and/or school age children, a well-defined social media component, and an education component that broadens community awareness of cultural preservation.
Since 2010, U.S. Embassy Islamabad has supported dozens of cultural heritage projects. Cultural preservation increases public awareness of Pakistan’s rich and diverse heritage; contributes to a more resilient, prosperous nation; and strengthens national unity and pride. Cultural preservation projects therefore have the ability to mobilize and improve communities as well as enhance local economic stability and youth employment prospects.
CAO Islamabad is looking for applicants to present innovative and effective ways to integrate cultural preservation into programs that develop and improve conditions for local communities in Pakistan. For purposes of this NOFO, cultural heritage includes both tangible (i.e. objects, buildings or structures that have been in existence for a period of not less than seventy-five (75) years) and intangible, traditional forms of expression, including, but not limited to: traditional performing arts, visual arts, language, and literature. Applicants should propose project ideas that focus on preserving Pakistani communities’ cultural heritage while strengthening and mobilizing the communities in the process.

SPO’s silver jubilee celebrations: President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi graced the occasion as Chief Guest

SPO (Strengthening Participatory Organization), a leading Pakistani NGO, marked its 25th anniversary celebrations at the National Library Auditorium, Islamabad on 21st February 2019. President Dr. Arif Alvi, as the chief guest of this silver jubilee event, appreciated the contribution by SPO in reaching out to poor and disadvantaged people living in remote areas of 75 districts in all 4 provinces over the past quarter century . He urged SPO to also explore the scope for its activism in critical sectors such as balanced population growth, climate change and improved healthcare.

The simple but colorful event was attended by parliamentarians, provincial legislators, government officials, senior diplomats, civil society activists, grassroots community women representatives, academics and media specialists. President Alvi said he was happy to learn of SPO’s efforts to improve governance, equity, social justice and peace.

Chairperson SPO, Senator (r) Javed Jabbar presented an overview of SPO’s vision and its evolution. These were gleaned from 25 years of SPO’s work serving the people while working with them on diverse social development themes in all the four provinces of Pakistan. Co-Vice Chairperson SPO Ms. Arifa Mazhar also shared her views with participants, with particular reference to the empowerment of women residing in rural areas.

President Dr. Arif Alvi gave away a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ to Member SPO Board of Directors Syed Abid Rizvi in recognition of his dedicated work and longstanding commitment to SPO ideals. Chief Executive SPO Mr. Saleem Malik thanked the guests for gracing the occasion. Earlier, three village women community representatives and one male Christian from the four provinces shared their respective inspiring stories on their work in partnership with SPO under different initiatives over the years.

IRM to hire suitable candidates for its Civil Society Project

The mission of Institute of Rural Management (IRM) is to eradicate poverty, reduce inequality and improve the quality of life of the rural communities by empowering them to harness their true human, social and economic potential.

Through its various projects it works to:

  • Enhance human productivity
  • Reduce poverty
  • Conservation of environment
  • Upgrading the technical and managerial skill of rural poor
  • Efficient use of local resources and reduce dependency on external resources
  • Innovate and develop courses to meet evolving community and staff needs
  • Strengthen village infrastructure to support economic growth

For its Civil Society Stregnthening project, IRM is looking for suitable candidates for the following positions:

  • Project Manager
  • CSO Liasion Officer
  • M&E Officer
  • Training Coordinator

The deadline for receiving the application is December 16, 2018. Interested candidates can send theirr CVs to cso@irm.edu.pk .