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Invitation for applications for The Professional Fellows Program between Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and the U.S

Hands Along the Nile Development Services (HANDS) in cooperation with Ennakhil Association

is pleased to announce an invitation for applications for

The Professional Fellows Program between Egypt,

Tunisia, Morocco, and the U.S.

This program is funded by

The US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Exchanges

Funded by the US Department of State, this program seeks applicants for a two-way exchange program that will focus on NGO development for organizations that support and foster the participation and inclusion of women in allareas of society.

Selected participants will take part in a US-based exchange program from October 12 to November 12, 2015 in either Chicago, Illinois or Seattle, Washington. They will also attend the three-day Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, DC, where they will be able to meet fellow participants from around the world. After the completionof the US-based program, participants will continue their involvement with an exchange program in Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia in winter of 2015/2016, when they and their organizations will work with American exchange participants to build on activities conducted and continue collaborating on initiatives begun during the Chicago and Seattle programs.

HANDS invitesapplications from qualified professionals from Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia currently working with non-governmental organizations that work to improve the lives of women.

During the US-based exchange, selected applicants will participate in:

  1. Fellowship posts with a counterpart organization in either Chicago or Seattle in order to collaborate with American colleagues and learn about their areas of activity;
  2. Seminars and training to strengthen participants’ leadership capacity and to develop their understanding of American NGOs and how they have been used to improve the lives of women;
  3. Visits and networking opportunities with relevant organizations and institutions;
  4. Participation in the Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, DC at the end of the fellowship, which will provide opportunities to meet other professional exchange program participants sponsored by the Department of State and network with potential partners and counterpart institutions and individuals;
  5. Cultural experiences that will build positive relationships between Egyptians, Moroccans,

Tunisians, and Americans, including opportunities for sightseeing and touring.

All travel, accommodation and food costs for participants will be covered by the program, as well as local transportation costs and fees for educational and cultural visits.

The program will also provide participants with health insurance and a J-1 visa to travel

to the US.

Program Schedule

October 12-November 8, 2015: Exchange program in Chicago or Seattle.

November 9-12, 2015: Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, DC.

Winter 2015/2016: Exchange programs in Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia. (exact dates to be determined)

Eligibility Criteria

This program aims to strengthen the leadership capacity and skills of mid-level professionals from Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt who are working to improve the lives of women in their societies. As such, we seek candidates who are currently working with NGOs advancing the inclusion of women, and who would benefit in a professional capacity from an extended fellowship with a relevant American nonprofit organization working on similar issues.

The program encourages prospective participants between the ages of 25 and 40 to apply. Applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  1. Education: Candidates should have completed university level education.
  2. English language: English proficiency is mandatory. Participants should have very strong English reading, writing, and speaking skills. The application and interview will be in English and applicants’ language ability will be assessed accordingly.
  3. Professional experience: Prospective participants should have at least three years of demonstrated involvement with activity promoting the full inclusion and participation of women in their societies, as well as an interest in strengthening NGOs to advance such work.
  4. Dedication to and soundness of plans for the future:Candidates must demonstrate long-term thoughtfulness about theempowerment of women in their societies. The application will ask candidates to submit an essayshowing their understanding of the importance of NGO activity in improving the lives of women, their own plans for addressing this issue after the exchange, and an awareness of the current challenges facing women in their societies, as well as the replicable successes already achieved either in their home country.
  5. Long-term commitment to the program that extends beyond the official end-date.
  6. Recommendations: Applicants must be able to supply two letters of recommendation.


The deadline to apply is May 1, 2015.

Interested candidates can download the application form from HANDS’ website at

HANDS is a US-based non-governmental organization dedicated to building bridges of partnership and cooperation between America and the Middle East. For more information about HANDS, please visit our website at

Please attach a detailed resume, a scanned copy of your passport, and two letters of recommendation to your application form.

Applications should be completed in English and submitted by email to:

Professional Fellows Program: and

For further information on program specifics, please visit the HANDS website at

For any further questions or concerns, please contact:

In the U.S: Laura Carroll, HANDS Program Manager, at

In Morocco: Zakia chramo, email