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Call for Application: DOT Community Leadership Program 2021-2022

DOT is a youth-led movement of daring social innovators and digital ambassadors who have the tools, knowledge, and networks to create opportunities and transform their own communities. We work with youth, the private sector, governments, and community-based organizations towards a collaborative vision of communities around the world shaped by daring social innovators. 

Overview of the Daring to Shift Project (2020-2023)

DOT Tanzania has recently launched its new project “Daring to Shift Project” which is set to be implemented between 2020 and 2023 in various regions in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.   

Daring to Shift is a four-year project that places young women and men at the center of inclusive community development and empowers them with the digital and human skills, knowledge, and networks they need to create opportunities and transform their own communities. Supported by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada, Daring to Shift is aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals and contributes to Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy. 

The project will see 285 youth between the ages of 18 and 35 leading development initiatives in their own communities across four thematic pillars: digital jobs, digital business, social entrepreneurship, and community leadership. 

Here is how 285 Youth, 200 of them being women, will lead their communities into digital literacy and ultimately financial freedom.

  • 110 youth will be trained to become Community Leaders and they will train  9,000 young women and men in digital skills that will help improve their businesses. 
  • 150  young Social Innovators start impactful businesses that will solve community problems and lead to self-employment. 
  • 10 Digital Ambassadors will train 500 other youth in digital skills that will increase their employment chances in the job market. 

The project will welcome youth from all over Tanzania with key regions being Dar es Salaam, Morogoro, Dodoma, Mwanza, Tabora, Kigoma, Iringa, Arusha, Tanga, and Zanzibar. 70% of all beneficiaries will be women, this means 6,000 women will benefit from this project by 2023. 

The introduction of D2S comes during a time when digital skills are crucial for any business and job seeker. We must equip our youth with digital, leadership, entrepreneurship, and 21st-century skills to build their resilience in the Post Covid-19 era.  

About the DOT Tanzania Community Leadership Programme 

Through the Community Leadership pillar of Daring to Shift, DOT supports young women and men to become leaders in their communities through real-world placements where they run skills development programs in their own communities. During the 12-month placement with DOT Tanzania, Community Leaders will support the implementation of the Digital Business pillar of DOT’s Daring to Shift project.

The Digital Business programme supports youth business owners with small and informal businesses to identify and leverage relevant technology to improve their business outcomes. The Digital Business Programme participants trained by Community Leaders develop competencies in ICT literacy, gender equality, entrepreneurship, and 21st-century skills with practical application to their business and their goals as business owners. They also develop connections to networks of peers, mentors, and business support organizations. 

Specifically, the selected Community Leader will be responsible for the following:

  • Training young community members who own small and informal businesses with digital skills to improve their business outcomes and achieve sustainable livelihoods.
  • Leading the coordination of events to connect programme participants in their communities with business support organizations.
  • Supporting in programme beneficiaries impact measurement efforts through data collection and case study development.
  • Engaging community members and other #DOTYouth to access digital learning platforms, including social media, for skills development and creating a safe space for young people to discuss pressing issues in their communities, such as gender equality.
  • Advocating for acknowledgment of the needs of young people, especially women in addressing the digital divide.

Young women and men in the community leadership programme will build competencies in facilitation, coaching and mentoring, digital literacy, gender equality, and 21st-century skills; they will also be equipped with the tools to take control of their livelihoods. When they complete the program, youth leverage their leadership skills and real-world experience to access meaningful jobs and opportunities.

In addition, the Community Leaders will advocate for equal access to digital skills in their communities and participate in national and international events to present the voices of young women and men on addressing the digital divide among youth, especially for women. The Community Leaders will also support research efforts to obtain data to support DOT programmes and case studies to showcase the digital inclusion impact being made to other youth in communities. 

For the year 2021-2022  DOT Tanzania will recruit and select 50 Community Leaders, who will collectively train 6,250 community members. After being selected, Community Leaders will undertake a  comprehensive 6-Week Training of Trainers (ToT) programme, which will hone their training skills required for the Digital Business programme and execute other responsibilities.  

Following the ToT, Community Leaders will recruit and onboard the Digital Business programme participants/learners from their communities and/or youth from DOT Tanzania partner programmes. During the learners’ engagement phase, Community Leaders, under the supervision of the Project Officer, will:

  • Conduct needs assessment to understand the needs of their learners.
  • Mobilize learners to enroll in the DOT Tanzania Digital Business programme, fully participate in the training sessions and complete their training curriculum.
  • Transfer the learning content to PowerPoint presentations for facilitation.
  • Facilitate all training sessions for the learners in their cohorts.
  • Assess progress, completion, and impact of the program’s modules.
  • Support the learners in completing the final project.
  • Support the programme participants in achieving their business objectives through coaching and mentoring approaches.
  • Support the programme participants to network and learn from peers.
  • Generate reports on the learner’s activities, progress, and general feedback.

The Community Leaders placement is for 12 months, commencing 1st October 2021. DOT Tanzania will support the Community Leaders with a monthly stipend, communication, and transport allowances throughout their placement period.

Based on what they learn throughout the duration of their placement and individual aspirations, DOT Tanzania will support Community Leaders in transitioning post-placement.

Timeline for recruitment, selection, and deployment of Community Leaders:

  • Call for Applications: 9th July to 31st July 2021
  • Selection Conference: 18th August to 19 August 2021.
  • Training of Trainers: 23rd August to 30th September  2021.
  • Placement start date: 1st October 2021.
  • Placement end date: 30th September 2022.

Key requirements for the Community Leaders applicants:

  • Applicants must be Tanzanian nationals, aged 21-34 years.
  • Applicants must be fully available for the duration of the placement period: 1st October 2021 to 30th September 2022.
  • Applicants must be academically trained and graduated at Certificate, Diploma or Bachelors’ level with the ability to use basic computer applications, competency in Digital Marketing, E-Commerce, Business, and Financial Management.
  • Applicants must be excellent communicators in English and Kiswahili, self-directed, analytical, motivated, and team players.
  • Applicants must own/have access to a fully functioning smartphone and laptop.
  • Applicants must have a Tanzanian Shillings bank account. 
  • Applicants must have a National ID (NIDA) or a NIDA Number.

Please note that non-graduates, those still in academic training and currently full-time employed will not be considered. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Click HERE to fill out the application form.

But before you do that, record a 1-minute video stating why you should be selected to become a DOT Tanzania Community Leader 2021/2022. Be creative. You will need to upload this video in the form. 

If you face any challenges please send an email to:  [email protected]

Selection Process

Selection will include the following stages:

STAGE 1: 70 youth will be selected to attend the selection conference in Dar es Salaam. (by 11th August 2021). Only those who have been successfully selected will be contacted. 

STAGE 2: 60 Youth will be selected to join the program (by 19th August 2021). 

STAGE 3: Final selection of 50 Community Leaders will be made (by 30th September 2021).

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