Call for Applications: CONFINTEA Fellowship Programme 2017

  • Submit application by 15 June 2017

--- UIL strongly encourages applications from francophone countries ---

In November 2017, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) will offer 10 CONFINTEA Fellowships to government officials and representatives of civil society organizations working in key positions within the field of adult learning and education (ALE). The fellowships are of one month’s duration and are open to applicants from any UNESCO Member State.

UIL is an international non-profit research, training, information, documentation and publishing centre. It promotes lifelong learning with a focus on adult and continuing education, literacy and non-formal basic education. Since the CONFINTEA Fellowship Programme was launched in 2011, 32 fellows from 28 Member States have taken part. UIL seeks to ensure geographical (i.e. regional and national) and gender balance in awarding the fellowships, and particularly welcomes applicants from the Global South.

The Fellowship Programme aims to strengthen the capacities of Member States in implementing major elements of the Belém Framework for Action (BFA). Fellows are, therefore, selected on the basis of their potential to develop national strategies in support of ALE in their respective countries. A draft proposal for a national strategy is the key expected output of the programme.

This year, Professor Paul Belanger (formerly professor at the University of Québec in Montréal and President of the International Council for Adult Education) will act as advisor to the fellows as they develop and follow up on their national educational strategies.

UIL will provide each fellow with a workstation and access to UIL’s resources, in particular its library’s unique collection. In addition, fellows will have the opportunity to exchange knowledge with other fellows, UIL staff and external partners. The CONFINTEA fellows will receive input and assistance from UIL, but should also be prepared to work on their own initiative.

UIL will arrange and pay for health insurance, a return economy ticket to Hamburg, and accommodation close to the Institute. A lump sum to cover living and miscellaneous expenses will be paid.

Applicants for a CONFINTEA Fellowship should:

  • have extensive experience – whether in government or civil society or as a researcher – in ALE;
  • be involved in formulating policies or planning and implementing programmes at national level (involvement in national activities related to the follow-up of CONFINTEA VI would be an asset);
  • have a good command of Microsoft Office;
  • be fluent in spoken and written French, and have a working knowledge of English.

Fellows will be expected to:

  • draft a national strategy on ALE which will be presented to the responsible government minister on the fellow’s return;
  • present the draft strategy to UIL staff for comment;
  • participate in presentations and workshops during the first half of the programme;
  • maintain a presence in the institute during normal working hours (i.e. Monday to Friday, 9a.m. to 5.30p.m.) for the duration of the fellowship; and
  • after the fellowship, provide regular reports on the implementation of the strategy and other follow-up activities.

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  1. A written proposal for a national ALE strategy in line with the Belém Framework for Action (max. 3 pages).
  2. An up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  3. A covering letter.

Please submit your application by email by 15 June 2017 to the CONFINTEA Fellowship focal point, Ms Angela Owusu-Boampong, at: uil-ale@unesco.org

  • Language of event: English, French

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