The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) has commenced acceptance of applications to join a network of community facilitators in Nigeria, which USIP established in 2018. This initiative seeks to expand the group of individuals who manage and respond to emerging threats in their communities by piloting dialogue-based approaches and providing recommendations and lessons learned to state-level policymakers.

In an email to the Kaduna State Peace Commission signed by Oge Onubogu, Senior Program Officer, Africa Programs, the agency said it will provide the training and mentorship to support the facilitators to convene inter- and intra-group dialogues related to election security, growing local violent conflict such as those between pastoralists and farmers, and community-oriented policing.

The statement says “the application form for the program can be found on our website. If you or someone you know are interested in applying, please read the instructions carefully and send the completed, signed application and your CV to africa@usip.org no later than 12:00/noon EST on July 28, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and semi-finalists will be notified by August 14, 2020.

Those who apply and are accepted into the program will be expected to participate in an online course during the month of September, followed by two in-person trainings in Nigeria between November and February. After the training, the facilitators will be asked to submit proposals for small grants to implement dialogue projects focused on addressing a conflict in their community. USIP staff will provide training and mentorship to facilitators as they draft their proposal and implement their dialogue projects.

If you have further questions, please email africa@usip.org. We look forward to receiving your applications. We also invite you to share this opportunity with others who might be interested.”