MINDS Youth Programme 2017 for African Researchers/ Research Institutions.

Application Deadline: February 3rd 2017

The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is calling for applications from distinguished African researchers/ research institutions to conduct a baseline study on advocacy and engagement strategies to enhance youth participation in elections and governance in Africa.

The main objective of the baseline study is to provide an understanding of youth participation in elections and governance in Africa with the aim of clarifying the gaps to be filled or opportunities to be harnessed by MINDS in order to increase, both quantitatively and qualitatively, the meaningful participation of African youth in elections and governance. The findings of this study will provide information that can be used to re-design the MINDS Youth Program in Elections and Governance.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a registered, compliant legal entity within at least one African country. (Applicable to organizations only not individual applicants).
  • Have at least five (5) years’ individual or organizational experience conducting similar studies and/ or publishing academically acclaimed research on African youth, African elections and/or related fields.
  • Have access to a diverse team (including but not limited to age, gender and geographic location/ exposure to 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 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.

The all-inclusive budget for this study is thirty six thousand US dollars (USD 36 000).

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 research proposal outlining how the applicant would approach such research and the research methodology to be applied. 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.
  • A detailed CV or organizational profile outlining leadership and ownership structures, values, research related awards/ achievements, any other work the individual/ organization is involved in, and contact details.
  • A list of African youth-related published research 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.

The documents above must be emailed to [email protected] in PDF version on or before 1700 hours South African time on Friday the 3rd of February 2017. Late applications will not be acknowledged or considered.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the MINDS Youth Programme in Elections and Governance


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