CIVICUS: Fellow Programme

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 22 March, 2019
Opportunity type: 
Fellowships and Scholarships

CIVICUS exists to defend people power. As a growing global alliance of over 7000 members in 175 countries, we work together to monitor violations of basic civic freedoms, call out the perpetrators of violations and strengthen the power of people to organise by supporting a more accountable, effective and innovative civil society. The Organisation strive to promote excluded voices, especially from the Global South.

Voluntary Action Network India (VANI) is an apex body of Indian NGOs. It is a network comprised of 403 organisations, 39 individuals, and 73 associate members in India. It has a strong base of 10000 non-governmental organisations, spread out in 29 states of India.

VANI strives to be a platform for: national level advocacy on issues and policies confronting the development sector; coordination and action to support and promote voluntary action in the country.
VANI has been working as a catalyst between central and state governments and their machineries on the one hand and Indian NGOs on the other. It represents NGOs' concerns and issues through policy advocacy, networking and sensitising the government and other stakeholders.

About the Role

CIVICUS’ Fellows Programme is an exciting new venture in which professionals are placed with CIVICUS national/regional member organisations. During this round, one fellow will be placed with Voluntary Action Network India (VANI), based in New Delhi, India.

The primary aim of the programme is to promote knowledge exchange and learning, and build the capacity of both the host organisation and their members.


  • At least three to five years of work experience in research in social and economic studies focusing on the civil society sector
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil society and citizen action
  • Demonstrated or proven experience with data management, digital communication, and/or resources mobilisation
  • Demonstrated work experience within Asia; applicants from Asia are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Written and verbal fluency in English, working knowledge of another UN language is an asset

Please click here for a full Job Description

How to Apply

The closing deadline for applications is Close of Business on the 22nd March 2019. Interested candidates should email their application to

Your application should comprise of (in English):

  • A motivational letter answering the below questions (200 words max for each question)
    • Please describe your experience working or living in a developing country or marginalized community, including where you were and what you did (professionally, academically or personally).
    • You just arrived after a 12-hour bus trip to a rural setting to meet with community leaders. However, the person you are to meet at the bus station is not there. What do you do?
    • How will you cope with working and living for more than 1 year with limited visits to your friends and family?
  • A detailed CV
  • Contact details of three current references

Short listed candidates will be contacted to schedule interviews.

Due to high volumes of applications received, should you not have received feedback on your application within three weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.
CIVICUS reserve the right to withdraw any of our vacancies at any time.

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