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الخارجيّة الأمريكيّة تطلق برنامجا تكوينيّا للشباب التونسي

أطلقت مبادرة الشراكة الأمريكية الشرق أوسطية في وزارة الخارجية الأميركية برنامجا تكوينيا لفائدة الشباب التونسي يمكّنهم من الحصول على المهارات الأكاديمية والخبرة العملية في مجال الديمقراطية في لبنان أو الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية.

وفي تصريح أوضحت منسّقة للمساعدات الخارجيّة في سفارة الولايات المتحدة ستيفاني كوتاكي- بونوم أنّ هذا البرنامج سينطلق من 20 فيفري إلى غاية 20 ماي 2017، مشيرة إلى أنّ آخر اجل للمشاركة هو يوم 31 أكتوبر الجاري.

DEADLINE October 31, 2016 at 23:59:59 for the Arabic and the English program
The Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Office of Assistance Coordination (NEA/AC) is pleased to announce the eleventh year of its Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Leaders for Democracy Fellowship (LDF). This program advances leadership capacities in the Middle East and North Africa by providing emerging civic leaders the opportunity to spend over three months in the United States (for high-proficiency English speakers) or Lebanon (for high-proficiency Arabic speakers) to gain academic skills and practical experience as well as networking opportunities with like-minded peers and professionals. The Arabic Language program and the English Language program will take place in Lebanon and the United States from February 20 to May 20, 2017. Fellows chosen to participate in the English language program will travel to the United States to first attend a five-week academic component at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, Virginia while the Fellows chosen to participate in the Arabic Language program will travel to Lebanon to first attend their academic component at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Program participants will subsequently be placed in host organizations aligned with their professional interests for a eight-week practicum experience in Washington, D.C. for the U.S. participants and Beirut for the Lebanon participants. The fellowship will cover the cost of international and domestic travel, health and accident coverage, housing, and a moderate living stipend to cover meals and incidental expenses in either the United States or Lebanon for all Fellows. All Fellows will travel to and from the United States or Lebanon in unaccompanied status. This program is an exciting, selective thirteen-week program for early- to mid-career civic activists and democratic reform leaders from the Middle East and North Africa. The LDF begins with five weeks of an intensive group academic training focusing on a variety of topics falling under the five primary themes of leadership, democracy and governance, peace and conflict transformation, civic engagement, and communication and advocacy. Fellows are expected to be full-time, active participants in all seminars, workshops and activities including theoretical debates, site visits and active skills-building sessions. Fellows are also expected to participate in group work, lead discussions and make presentations to the other Fellows in their cohort and to the broader UVA/AUB communities. After completing the academic portion of the program, each participant will engage in a eight-week practicum placement within a relevant political, non-governmental or public policy organization in Washington, D.C. or Beirut. Through this component, participants will gain practical work experience and learn about the ways that such organizations interact with government and civil society. Fellows will also gain valuable knowledge, experience, skills and further professional contacts to benefit their respective professional pursuits back home. For each Fellow, the internship component will culminate in the development and finalization of a project or deliverable of benefit to both the Fellow and the organization. These will be presented and shared with the rest of the cohort at the end of the component. Detailed information on both the LDF English and Arabic Language programs can be found at https://mepi.state.gov/opportunitie… well as at http://leadersfordemocracy.org/. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? The program is open to applicants between the ages of 25 and 35 with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and high-proficiency in English or Arabic language to successfully function in a U.S. or Arabic-language university and in a professional working environment. Strong Arabic fluency is required for the Lebanon program and strong English fluency is required for the U.S. program. Applicants also should have at least five years of professional work experience in a field related to one of the program’s primary themes (leadership, democracy and governance, civic engagement, communication and advocacy, or peace and conflict transformation) Applicants should also demonstrate the capacity, motivation and desire to remain working in this field for the foreseeable future and an equal commitment to being a leader of positive change within Tunisia Applicants should exhibit leadership skills over time and the capacity to apply the experiences and opportunities presented in this program in a project that will benefit an organization, sector, or specific community upon her/his return For the US program, s/he has not already completed a similar academic degree or internship in the United States, and is not subject to any J-visa restrictions. To promote program sustainability and create a multiplier effect, participants will create and implement follow-on Civic Action Plan (CAP) projects in their home communities. CAPs for the follow-on projects will be developed and finalized throughout the course of the program. Preference will be given to applicants with relevant professional achievements who have not previously visited the United States. HOW CAN YOU APPLY? For English program applicants: Please visit this link and submit your application online.
For Arabic program applicants:
Please visit this link and submit your application online.
2017 – Programmatic Timeline
— February 20 – Start of Lebanon and US academic components
— March 27 – Start of Lebanon and US professional practicum component
— May 20 – Lebanon and U.S program completion
Deadline for Tunisia applicants for the Arabic program: October 31, 2016 at 23:59:59
Deadline for Tunisia applicants for the English program: October 31, 2016 at 23:59:59
For more information about the program and for submission of application materials,
please e-mail [email protected]
Please note that due to the volume of applications, we will only contact shortlisted applicants. We appreciate your interest in this program.

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