U.S. Department of State 2019 International Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Disability Employment for east Africans (Fully Funded to USA)

Fecha límite de solicitud: noviembre 19th 2018

Patrocinado por la Departamento de Asuntos Educativos y Culturales del Departamento de Estado de EE. UU. el, Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Disability Employment (PFP-IDE) supports 20 mid-career professionals (Fellows) from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, who are committed to advancing inclusive employment for individuals with disabilities. Fellows will participate in an intensive five-week program at a university-based research and education center for disabilities in the U.S. They will learn innovative strategies to promote economic empowerment of individuals with disabilities through the growth of inclusive employment opportunities.

Criterios de Elegibilidad

  1. Estar entre las edades de 25 y 40;
  1. Be currently living and working in Kenya, Uganda or Tanzania;
  1. Be eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa;
  1. Be proficient in spoken and written English;
  • Speaking proficiency means that you are able to participate effectively in most formal and informal conversations on practical, social, and professional topics. Communication in spoken English as interpreted by a sign language interpreter (which will be provided by the Fellowship program) through use of American, Kenyan or Ugandan Sign Language qualifies you for speaking proficiency.
  • Reading proficiency means you are able to read standard newspaper items, routine correspondence, reports, and technical materials in your special field.
  1. Have at least two (2) or more years of relevant work experience with or for non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government offices, universities, schools or community-based organizations;
  1. Have professional interest and/or experience in inclusive employment and disabilities;
  1. Be self-directed and able to work effectively in a cross-cultural setting;
  1. Have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills;
  1. Be able to participate in the Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Disability Employment in the US either in the spring (April 27- May 27, 2019)
  1. Be committed to returning to your home country for a period of two (2) years after completion of the program; and
  1. Be committed to implementing an individual project that will benefit young people with disabilities and promote greater inclusive employment in your region, country, or community following completion of the program.

beneficios:

Los becarios reciben fondos para sus viajes de becas hacia y dentro de los EE. UU.,
alojamiento en los EE. UU., y más, que incluye:
• Visa
• Viaje de ida y vuelta entre el país de origen y los EE. UU.
• Seguro de accidentes y salud durante la duración de la beca en los EE. UU.
• Living allowance (or equivalent supports) to cover costs of meals, housing, and
incidental expenses
• Disposiciones relacionadas con la discapacidad, si es necesario

Actividades clave del programa:
Los becarios participarán en:
1. Una orientación sobre el programa y la vida de los Becarios de EE. UU. Aprenderá sobre los EE. UU.
movimiento por discapacidad y derechos de discapacidad, con un enfoque en empleo inclusivo.
2. Un Congreso profesional de becarios que brindará la oportunidad de reunirse con cientos
de otros Profesionales Profesionales de muchos países que están participando en otro intercambio
programs. During the Congress, Fellows will engage in discussions and professional trainings to support the development of projects at home.
3. Una estadía con una familia estadounidense al menos una semana (o cuatro fines de semana) en duración.
4. A Fellowship at a host site in the U.S., likely a university-based research andeducation
centro o organización comunitaria en la que Fellows trabajará junto con expertos, y
study policies and practices in inclusive employment. Fellows will be placed with a host whose expertise matches their individual professional goals.
5. Seminarios grupales semanales en los que los becarios analizarán sus ubicaciones de sitios host, compartan
experiences, and learn about leadership and inclusive employment with mentors andpeers.
6. Un proyecto de empleo inclusivo e individualizado que se desarrolla con el apoyo del anfitrión
mentores e implementados a su regreso a casa. La implementación del proyecto puede incluir un viaje de asistencia técnica por un mentor del sitio anfitrión al país de origen del Compañero.
7. Acceso continuo a ex alumnos de otros programas patrocinados por el Departamento de
State, which will provide opportunities to share information and experiences, and to seek peer support and mentoring.

Proceso de selección:

Applicant Screening. PFP- IDE staff will review all applications and select those individuals whose applications best meet the program objectives. Successful applicants will be invited to participate in an interview.

Candidatos Entrevistas. Selected candidates will be invited to participate in a 45-minute individual interview with a program staff member and a Cultural Affairs Officer from the U.S. Embassy in their home country. The interview will:

  • Explore the candidate’s ideas for a proposed project that addresses a policy or practice-related issue concerning inclusive employment and disability in his or her home country;
  • Assess candidate’s English language proficiency through conversation about the project in question, prior experience and other matters.

The interview will take place either in person or remotely via an online communication platform such as Skype.

Candidate Selection and Next Steps: The interview panel and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will select Fellows after interviewing all potential candidates. Both successful and unsuccessful candidates will be notified of the final selection decisions.

Successful candidates will be matched with a university center in the U.S. that will serve as their Fellowship host site. They will be connected with a mentor from the university faculty who shares their specialized interest in inclusive employment and will guide their individual Fellowship training.

Para más información:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2019 International Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Disability Employment

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