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Current opportunities

  • CLGF scholarship for distance learning Masters in Public Administration. Deadline 15 June 2017
  • Vacancy for Urban Development Research Consultant. Deadline 24 May 2017

CLGF scholarship for distance learning Masters in Public Administration 

CLGF is pleased to invite applications for a special bursary launched in partnership with the Institute of Local Government (INLOGOV), University of Birmingham for 75% of course fees for the new distance learning Masters in Public Administration. This year the competition is open to any woman working in the local government sector in a Commonwealth country. The deadline to apply is 15 June 2017.  

The programme
Earn your Masters in Public Administration and make a lasting impact on society with a practical understanding of public leadership and a global perspective. Further your career with theory and applicable strategies gained through the University of Birmingham’s advanced online platform: a modern solution for today's globally minded postgraduate, offering informed insights and flexibility to meet the demands of your schedule.

The online MPA course is taught through the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) and led by course director Catherine Staite. INLOGOV sets the standard for progressive thinking in the public sector, and helps give students access to an international network of leaders and experts. Advance your public service career and drive meaningful change globally with an online MPA. Add to your current skill sets with knowledge and practical tools rooted in proven strategies and the experience of our international body of module leaders. To offer proactive support during your studies, this course also provides a personal tutor who will help you to further your understanding and your professional goals. Conclude your MPA with a dissertation that brings immediate benefits to your organisation,  by using the theories you’ve learned and the understanding you've gained. 

The scholarship provides for 75% of the fees which are £11,000 - the balance (£2,750) to be provided by the student or her employer over the course of the programme. Selection is by essay and Skype interview.

To apply
You need to meet all the following criteria:
•    Be a woman 
•    From a Commonwealth country
•    With a first degree or similar level professional qualification from a recognised institution
•    Working for local government, a national association of local governments or in a central government ministry which relates to local government which is a member of CLGF 

You must submit an essay of no more than 3,000 words (not including references) on the following question: 

From a public administration perspective, what do you think is the most significant 
challenge currently being faced by local government in your country and why?

If you were the advising the local government association &/or minister responsible for local government, which three key actions would you advise them to take to meet that challenge and why?

Deadline: 15 June 2017
For more information, please contact Helen Hurford-Dawson on H.Hurford-Dawson@bham.ac.uk

Urban Development Research Consultant 

Deadline 24 April 2017

The UN is looking for a Research Consultant to support the independent panel that will make recommendations on how to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency, accountability and oversight of UN-Habitat. For further information see the UNOPS jobs site


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