The Huduma (Swahili for Service) Fellowship is an initiative by the LéO Africa Institute and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, to provide thought leadership training for emerging civic & public sector champions in Uganda. Every year, the programme will enroll 15 outstanding champions, who already work in civic & public service or aspire to do so. These champions from multidisciplinary backgrounds will undertake a year-long training on various aspects of leadership, public affairs management, and policy making.
The programme will offer the fellows an opportunity to learn ideals of “servant” leadership, offer networking opportunities, and a deeper understanding of the public sector in Uganda to aid fellows’ growth as conscious civic & public sector champions.
The Huduma Fellowship is modelled on the Institute’s other successful fellowship programme, the Young and Emerging Leaders’ Project (YELP), which annually inducts outstanding young and emerging leaders who are committed to achieving success and living high-impact lives. Huduma Fellows will undertake some of the previously designed modules and seminars on personal leadership and critical thinking from the YELP programme.
What you will learn
Focused on leadership, change, and innovation, the Huduma Fellowship is built around highly integrated modules modelled along the LéO Africa Institute strategic objectives and vision for leadership in Africa.
At the fellowship, which will be delivered through a combination of different approaches that include face to face presentations and online studies, you will engage in faculty presentations, case studies, personal assessments, individual and group exercises, and special projects. Through a customized case and professional Faculty coaching, you will develop a personal action plan to tap into your leadership and influencing skills that will be used during the fellowship and in your post fellowship career development plan.
The Huduma fellowship is structured along a series of 2 seminars and 2 workshops in between which Fellows will spend time at their work places with occasional interface with the members of the faculty as they continue to learn and apply the knowledge and skills acquired.
Fellows from outside Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies will be placed at any of the said departments for their practical sessions and learning the working of public service. Feedback from these placements and time spent at work will be brought back to the online sessions, workshops and seminars to enhance learning and experience sharing.
1. Seminar One | July 30 – Aug 1 2021 |
2. Workshop One | September 17 – 19 2021 |
3. Seminar Two | October 15 – 17 2021 |
4. Workshop Two | February 2022 |
Fellowship Delivery Approach
The fellowship will be delivered through a combination of means: face to face sessions, online facilitated sessions and self-study which will include reading materials recommended by members of the faculty under each module. Fellows will be involved in research, discussions and debates which will be used by members of the faculty to mentor and coach participants in selected leadership practice areas.
The candidates for the Fellowship will be individuals between the ages of 25-35 who have demonstrable interest in volunteerism and civic & public service. The fellows will be early stage professionals working in the civic & public sectors in Uganda who are intellectually curious and are interested in public affairs. The fellowship is also open to individuals with a demonstrable interest in public affairs.
The assessment of potential Fellows will be carried out at two levels:
1. Each individual application will be assessed against a selected set of indicators. You will be required to be honest in your application in order to give members of the Selection Committee a fair understanding of who you are.
2. The second stage of this assessment will be through a conversation with a member of the Institute faculty. At this stage, shortlisted candidates will have an opportunity to discuss in detail their career plans and experience in the public sector. The assessment will provide additional information that may have not been availed during the application stage. At this stage, the candidate will discuss with a faculty member their expectations from the Fellowship which will be assessed at the end of the programme.
The Huduma Fellowship is an initiative by the LéO Africa Institute and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung