Agakhan Foundation Graduate Program

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The Aga Khan Foundation, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, is a private, non-denominational development agency promoting creative and effective solutions to problems that impede social development.

AKF is inviting applications from qualified young East African graduates for its Young Development Professionals (YDP) programme. This is a seven months programme that provides practical experience to prepare young professionals for leadership and management roles in development, media, arts and culture organisations.

Specific components of the programme include:

  • Training in the leadership and management of civil society organisations resulting in an Aga Khan Foundation Certificate
  • On-the-job experience through work placements and mentorship in credible civil society organisations in Tanzania, Uganda or Kenya

    The YDP programme is accepting applications for both streams: the development management stream and the arts, media and culture management stream.

    Eligible applicants must possess the following qualities:

  • Be 28 years or below;
  • Be holders of University Degree with an Upper Second Class Division, in fields related to social and development studies, media, arts or culture. Other relevant qualifications may be considered for professionals from the media, arts and culture sectors;
  • Have demonstrated talent and outstanding performance or service to society;
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills in English and any one of the national or widely utilised languages of East Africa;
  • Have good interpersonal skills and ability to work as a team player;
  • Have practical experience in computer applications (Word, Excel, and Access);
  • Have demonstrated potential for leadership and management.

    If you meet the above criteria, please submit the following documents by 5th August to The Executive Officer at the relevant address provided below, clearly indicating for which stream you are applying:

  • Your CV, identifying full educational and any employment or volunteer experience
  • A statement of how your involvement in the YDP program would benefit society and enhance your career plans in the civil society sector.

    AKF, Kenya

    P.O. Box 40898 - 00100


    ydp.kenya [at]

    AKF, Uganda

    P.O. Box 5522


    akf.uganda [at]

    AKF, Tanzania

    P.O. Box 125

    Dar es Salaam [at]

    Qualified young women and employed young professionals are especially encouraged to apply. Successful candidates are expected to contribute USD 500 to partially cover programme costs.

    For more information, see: Agakhan Foundation Graduate Program Website

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