Women’s Leadership Program: Call for Applications

2017-08-01

About the Zorig Foundation


August 1, 2017

Summary

Women’s Leadership Program (WLP) will provide professional development and networking opportunities for Australia Awards alumni, especially women, to build skills to access leadership positions across all industries and sectors. The WLP targets Australia Awards alumni to enhance their ability to compete equally in the workplace, regardless of gender, as the next generation of Mongolian leaders.

Program Description

The Australia Awards Mongolia Program commenced on 1 July 2013, with the goal to improve human resource capacity in Mongolia. The WLP is a sub-component of this program and is designed to provide professional development to improve leadership skills of Australia Awards alumni to enable them to compete successfully for leadership positions.

The Australia Awards Mongolia Program has contracted Zorig Foundation to manage the WLP. The program is an important part of the Australian Government’s development support to Mongolia delivered by its Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The WLP will provide a comprehensive leadership and development program for 20 alumni - men and women - over an 8-month period from September 2017 to May 2018. Alumni will engage in a variety of activities to develop their personal leadership capacity. Alumni will also have an opportunity to participate in two week intensive leadership training in Australia.

Candidate Description and Qualifications

Zorig Foundation will manage the selection of men and women participants who:

  • Desire to strengthen their leadership skills
  • Want to expand their understanding of gender issues in Mongolia
  • Want to expand their network with Mongolian and Australian businesses, public sector and civil society representation
  • Support women’s leadership.

The program is seeking a diverse mix of applicants from wide-ranging professional sectors. Selection of participants will be based on their enthusiasm and potential for leadership, their potential for future impact on development in Mongolia and their plans for tangible outcomes from the program. Participants must display commitment to engaging in weekly program activities and meet the attendance requirement of at least 80%.

WLP participants must:

  • Willingness to deepen their understanding of gender issues in Mongolia and commit to supporting women’s leadership
  • Be Australia Awards graduates
  • Be currently employed, including self-employed and voluntary work. (Women on maternity leave are eligible to apply)
  • Willing to commit to the 8-months’ participation (attendance and performance will be monitored by the Zorig Foundation)
  • Willing to participate in follow-up monitoring for at least 2 years after completion of the Program
  • Demonstrated willingness to deepen their networks and linkages with Australia
  • Demonstrate a supportive working and family environment to participate.

Required supporting documents

Persons interested in participating in the WLP need to lodge an application form. It is available on-line at:

https://form.jotform.me/72109253509454

The following documents also need to be uploaded with the application form:

  1. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  2. The Letter of Recommendation (preferably from the Employer)
  3. Statement of Purpose

This statement of 500 - 1000 words should explain your reasons for applying to the WLP - personal expectations from the program, previous leadership achievements and your future career plans after completion of the program. The statement should also discuss key community issues that you are willing to address when implementing a community development project.

Zorig foundation will manage the selection process for the WLP, with final recommended participants approved by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

All completed applications must be submitted NO LATER THAN 31 AUGUST 2017 at 18:00.


2018 Application Process

Key Dates:

Applications open                                   1 August

Applications close                                   31 August (18:00 PM)

Shortlist notification                                4 September

Interviews                                                   7 September

Orientation Retreat                                 15 – 17 September

Selection guideline

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to participate in the WLP, participants must demonstrate:

  • Willingness to deepen their understanding of gender issues in Mongolia and commit to supporting women’s leadership
  • Be Australia Awards graduates
  • Be currently employed, including self-employed and voluntary work. (Women on maternity leave are eligible to apply)
  • Willing to commit to the 8-months’ participation (attendance and performance will be monitored by the Zorig Foundation)
  • Willing to participate in follow-up monitoring for at least 2 years after completion of the Program
  • Demonstrated willingness to deepen their networks and linkages with Australia
  • Demonstrate a supportive working and family environment to participate.

Before applying applicants should assess themselves against these eligibility criteria and should only apply if they meet them.

Application Requirements:

To apply, alumni will submit:

Short essay in English outlining:

  • Why did you choose to participate in WLP?
  • How will WLP support your personal and professional development?
  • What is your past leadership experience?  
  • What are the key community issues/topics you would like to resolve implementing community development project?

Selection Process:

Applicants submitted all required documents will be considered eligible. All eligible applicants’ essays will be scored and ranked by Zorig Foundation (ZF) and AAM against the essay outline questions. Based on the essay ranking, ZF and AAM finalise a shortlist of candidates (based on a ratio of 1.5 persons to be interviewed for each WLP position available). All shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. The interview panel will comprise a gender specialist, leadership specialist and representatives from DFAT and AAM. Representatives of ZF will observe and record the interviews.


Further information

Questions about the program and the application process should be submitted to:

Tsolmon Bayaraa,

Zorig Foundation, Peace Avenue 17, Sukhbaatar District, Ulaanbaatar, 14210

Tel: +976-11-315444, +976-99103069

tsolmon@zorigfoundation.org

Maral Gankhuyag,

Zorig Foundation, Peace Avenue 17, Sukhbaatar District, Ulaanbaatar, 14210

Tel: +976-11-315444, +976-98001318

maral@zorigfoundation.org