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AWOLA 2022 Mentorship Program for Africans

The 3 year leadership program aims to create high level women leadership in agroecology, sustainable agriculture and food systems transformation, who will influence and negotiate for the space of agroecology in policies and programs across African countries. The many years of PELUM work have proved that women are at the forefront of ecological agriculture, and hence need to be at the centre of influence by forming a connected and committed movement of Africa women leadership in agroecology.

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About Africa Women Leaders in Agro-ecology(AWOLA)

AWOLA (Africa Women Leaders in Agro-ecology) is a leadership career development initiative of the PELUM network, with the aim of equipping women working on agroecology, sustainable agriculture and food systems with leadership skills. Through the AWOLA initiative, the PELUM network envisions strengthening leadership capacities and the active participation of women in agro-ecology institutions. PELUM association, the initiative owner, is a regional network of over 250 civil society organizations in 12 countries in East, Central and Southern Africa founded in 1995 and working in the area of ... read more


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AWOLA Mentorship Program


Aim and Benefits of AWOLA Mentorship Program

  • Mentorship: The actual mentorship will entail a process where mentee and mentors who are at different scales and career levels develop supportive relationships around their professional and personal capacities. The process will entail a matchmaking session based on the gaps and skills across mentees and mentors.
  • Training: AWOLA will support mentees in a 1 year program (through virtual and face to face sessions), who will be trained to become leaders and effective negotiators, in influencing policies and programming while building collaborations with different stakeholders for desired outcomes. Through AWOLA mentees and mentors will be supported to participate in structured learning to build up on the agroecology and leadership knowledge base.
  • Development of leadership innovation ideas: The mentees and mentors will be supported to develop networks and work on innovation ideas. The innovation ideas will be shared with PELUM networks for integration across programs, where possible the coalition members will be encouraged to fundraise and further supported through the PELUM network to implement their ideas with the aim of supporting transformation of agriculture and food systems.

Requirements for AWOLA Mentorship Program Qualification

Mentees

  • The fellowship targets women African nationals, current citizens of Kenya, Zimbabwe and Uganda.
  • Applicants need to have at least a degree and 5 years’ experience in agriculture, food systems, land based sectors or working on agro-based livelihoods with farming communities.
  • Applicants need to be affiliated to an institution, with either government organizations, non- government, private sector, development, civil society, regional and sub- regional communities, or academia
  • Applicants will be drawn from the fields of Natural resource management, Climate change, Agri-business, Livelihoods, advocacy on policy work, etc.)

Ideal AWOLA fellows should

  • Show commitment to investing in your personal growth and participation for the full 12 months program.
  • Be able to articulate top leadership challenges in scaling up agroecology and sustainable agriculture practices.
  • Need to show how they play or intend to undertake leadership roles in transforming agriculture, food systems or livelihoods of farming communities using agroecology principles/approaches.
  • Be able to access reliable internet and to commit time to a maximum of 5 hours a week towards the mentorship.

Ideal AWOLA mentors should

  • Show commitment to investing your time in supporting mentees growth for a period of 12 months program, meeting at least twice a month
  • Be able to articulate top leadership challenges in scaling up agroecology and sustainable agriculture practices.
  • Need to show how they play leadership roles in transforming agriculture, food systems or livelihoods of farming communities using agroecology principles/approaches.
  • Be able to access reliable internet and to commit time to a maximum of 5 hours a week towards the mentorship.

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Interview date, Process and Venue for AWOLA Mentorship Program

Selection Process

  • The AWOLA mentees and mentors will be identified through a competitive selection process that will include assessing their experience and leadership potential in agroecology, agriculture, and food systems development.
  • Potential mentees and mentors will respond to an open call for application that will require them to demonstrate their suitability.
  • A selection panel of experts in agroecology, agriculture, food systems and leadership will review the applications. The final selection will be carried out by the AWOLA advisory panel.

Application Deadline

August 20, 2022


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