Innocent Chukwuma African NGO Leadership Transition Fellowship Program

Innocent Chukwuma African NGO Leadership Transition Fellowship Program

Deadline: 15-Nov-21

The Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa (AROCSA) in partnership with the Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI) is pleased to announce this call for applications to the Innocent Chukwuma African NGO Leadership Transition Fellowship Program (ICLTFP), formerly known as the African NGO Leadership Transition Fellowship Program (LTFP).

The Fellowship is funded by the Ford Foundation.

The program’s chief purpose is to help sector leaders prepare and position their NGOs to be sustainable, vibrant, and continue to thrive after their exit from the organization. The program enables both the leaders and organizations to successfully make the shift, and in so doing create spaces for a new generation of leaders in the social sector to not only emerge but also have platforms to apply their creative and youthful energies. Transitioning leaders would develop succession plans within their own organizations, contemplate their personal transition plans, and document their knowledge and experience.



The objectives of the ICLTFP are to:

Contribute to the process of establishing a supportive infrastructure for leadership transition within the NGO/CSO movement in Africa.
Promote the creation of leadership spaces for the next generation of leaders in African civil society to grow and strive.
Increase the documentation of leadership experiences/reflections and renewal processes within civil society in Africa.
Program Support

Stipend: $3,000 covering living support and associated expenses for one month in South Africa.
Accommodation: one single furnished bedroom either in a studio/one bedroom, or shared apartment with other fellows for one month in South Africa.
Economy class returns ticket from home country to South Africa for in-person placements at CAPS
Visa application fees.
Travel Health Insurance

Pre-Fellowship Interviews: As part of the candidate prequalification process, AROCSA, together with CAPSI will undertake a series of interviews with shortlisted candidates in December 2021 to enable better understanding of the following: 1) each fellow’s transition needs; 2) what stage they and their organizations are, in thinking and planning for their transition; and 3) agreement on the outputs of the fellowship.
1-month in-person fellowship placements with CAPSI, Wits Business School at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, which will serve as the host institution followed by 2- months remote facilitated career transition planning and chapter writing. The facilitation will continuously be provided by the Wits staff. Fellows will work with faculty mentors at the host university to provide guidance on fellows’ book chapters, documentation of leadership experience, and networking. The engagement of the fellows while on the ICLTFP would include:
Reflections on leadership experiences and what they plan to do after the fellowship
Writing of a book chapter on a topic of their choice – giving their perspectives on topical issues in the sector; developing a personal career transition plan, and leadership succession plan for their NGOs
Organizing of seminars where necessary, on a topic of their choice with students and faculties of the host institution, where they would share their experience amongst others
Participation in certifiable masterclasses offered by the host university.
The one-month retreat in South Africa would also enable creation of a peer learning and mentoring community within each ICLTFP cohort that will enable them to support one another through challenging times in the development and implementation of their transition plans.
Presentation of the book chapters: Fellows will be invited to present their learning experiences in panels and take questions from an intergenerational and cross-sector audience in Africa comprising leaders, researchers and scholars in the social sector. The presentations would highlight their perspectives captured in their book chapters and will take place in the final week of the fellowship. The panel sessions and publication of their written pieces would mark the end of each cycle of the fellowship program.
Regional report-back seminar: At the end of the fellowship program and after returning to their countries, each fellow will organize a feedback and experience-sharing seminar, involving the fellow’s organization, other CSOs leaders, and institutions. This will create awareness of the Fellowship program and serve as a medium to give back.
Mentorship: For a year after the fellowship, the Fellow will commit to adopting a mentee, or serve a CSO in an advisory capacity so that there is transference of knowledge and provision of support. This structured mentorship program can be applied to an existing mentorship relationship or CSO advisory role.
Required Deliverables

Written Personal Transition Plan
Written Leadership Succession Plan for the NGO
A book chapter on a topic of choice reflecting topical issues in the nonprofit sector in Africa; the chapter must be between 5,000 – 7,500 words including references
Eligibility Criteria

Founder/Executive Director of an NGO in Africa, and from Africa, ‘actively’ seeking to transition away from their NGO/CSO.
Approval from the board to take a sabbatical from work from March – May 2022
Candidate must be above forty (40) years of age
Candidate must have been in the executive leadership position for at least ten (10) years
Candidate must be a full-time paid staff of the NGO VI. Medical fitness certified by qualified medical doctor
For more information, visit https://arocsa.org/2022-icltfp-application-form-page-1/

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