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The IRD-Peace Corps Fellowship Program
The IRD-Peace coRPs (IRD-Pc) FellowshIP PRogRam will help to build a community of development professionals who have the desire to expand their knowledge of sustainable, communitybased development. Consisting of a three-month fellowship appointment open to third-year Peace Corps Volunteers at IRD headquarters in Arlington, VA, the program is structured as follows: • Writing support to help strengthen field programming. • Preparation of a professional white paper co-authored by the IRD-PC Fellow and IRD Sector Director. • Best practices and lessons learned through their Peace Corps experience and new IRD program assignments.
June 1, 2011: The IRD-PC Fellowship begins accepting applications october 1, 2011: The initial application period closes December 1, 2011: Fellowship Inaugural Year appointments are announced January 1, 2012: Inaugural IRD-PC Fellows start on or about this date
The primary goal of the IRD-PC Fellowship Program is to strengthen the relationship between the Peace Corps and IRD by establishing a forum for the study of best practices in relief, stabilization, and development. In addition, the Peace Corps and IRD hope to create an incentive to encourage current Peace Corps Volunteers to extend for a third year of public service overseas in the Peace Corps.
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The IRD-PC Fellowship provides participants with the opportunity to strengthen their foundational knowledge of international development through practical, hands-on experience. Fellows will: • Apply development theory through practical work experience in key program sectors. • Strengthen their understanding of sustainable development. • Expand contacts with development practitioners and employers through networking events and engagements via IRD social media vehicles. • Receive recognition of these contributions through publication of the aforementioned IRD-PC Fellow white paper on the IRD website and via other IRD social media vehicles.
IRD-PC Fellows will receive an unprecedented opportunity to work with international relief, stabilization, and development practitioners of the highest caliber. Through research and writing support, fellows will not only contribute to improved thought leadership within the organization, but will strengthen the overall capacity of IRD program sectors by providing: • Research assistance on targeted relief, stabilization, and development issues. • Research interviews and developing “thought leadership” contacts within key development industry, US government, and international networks.
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Each IRD Fellow will be on a contractual agreement with IRD for a period of three months. Each fellow will work at IRD headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, four days each week and will be paid a monthly stipend. Each IRD-PC Fellow will
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e) global health hygiene & Nutrition; and f) Infrastructure Development. Additional information on each sector is available on IRD’s website at: www.ird.org. • essay: a maximum 1000-word essay about a current development issue and at least one proposed community-based development approach to help mitigate the problem. Be sure to include your best practices from your Peace Corps field experience, if appropriate, to your topic. • Resume: Two pages or less, including an objective and relevant activities and accomplishments. • References: Three references from past employers (one must be your Peace Corps Country Director), professors, or international development thought leaders. Each reference should include the person’s title, affiliation, and contact information. Please submit all applications electronically to email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed and IRD will notify winning applicant(s) via email and telephonic contact. The IRD-PC Fellowship will be open for applications beginning June 1, 2011. The initial application period will close on october 1, 2011. The IRD-PC Fellowship Inaugural Year appointment(s) will be announced by December 1, 2011 with Inaugural Fellows starting on or about January 1, 2012.
The IRD-PC Fellowship provides participants an opportunity to strengthen their foundational knowledge of international development through practical, hands-on experience.
be assigned a program mentor (e.g., IRD Sector Director) who will provide guidance and oversee their fellowship activities. Each IRD-PC Fellowship Mentor will develop a concise work plan illustrating specific performance objectives to be accomplished by the Fellow on a weekly or monthly basis. IRD-PC Fellow will be encouraged to explore a variety of career choices, including employment with other organizations or, as appropriate, further employment with IRD. Although day-to-day contact with the IRD-PC Fellows will be through their IRD mentor, any contractual or performance issues will be managed by the IRD human Resources Department, including but not limited to hiring, orientation, and termination.
IRD-Peace coRPs FellowshIP aPPlIcaTIon PRocess & PRe-QualIFIcaTIons
Pre-Qualifications: Applicants are required to have a minimum of a four-year undergraduate degree and must complete a third year commitment as a Peace Corps volunteer overseas. aPPlIcaTIon PRocess: Each fellow will be chosen by an IRD selection committee, consisting of the IRD Chief of Program operations, relevant IRD Sector Directors, as well as select IRD Senior Management Team members. The IRD-PC Fellowship application consists of the following required materials: • cover letter: a statement that describes your interest in the IRD-PC Fellowship with a defined area of study or sector of interest. IRD sectors of interest include: a) Democracy, governance & Community Development; b) Community Stabilization; c) Sustainable Food and Agriculture; d) Relief and humanitarian Assistance;
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Each IRD-PC Fellow will receive a stipend of $3,000 per month for a three-month period. Each fellow is required to work four days per work week in support of this fellowship appointment and will be required to submit IRD time sheets to verify fellowship work has been performed. Note: IRD reserves the right to withhold stipend payments for any fellow who does not fulfill their fellowship obligations. IRD is currently planning to appoint two IRD-PC Fellows for the inaugural 2012 calendar year.