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International Learning Opportunities

Applications are now open for the challenge of a lifetime – closing date, 30th August 2016.

Did you know that PONT CS runs a Welsh Government initiative called International Learning Opportunities (ILO)? We work with Mbale Coalition Against Poverty to find placements for professionals from Wales to visit Mbale for 8 weeks. During these 8 week placements, participants support Ugandan NGO’s and groups to build their capacity in a range of areas.

We also work in partnership with Dolen Cymru on ILO – Dolen also have placements in Lesotho. Together we have formed the Bridges and Links Consortium.

Watch this video to see Mbale CAP Executive Director, Apollo Mwenyi, discuss the benefits of ILO to our partners in Uganda and MbaleCAP.

For more information, contact PONT via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 02920 497392 and ask for Cath Moulogo.

Would you like to be involved?

The International Learning Opportunities (ILO) programme provides a unique opportunity to spend eight weeks in sub-Saharan Africa working on development projects that are designed to enhance your leadership skills and contribute to your continued professional development. Aimed at experienced managers and leaders who are permanently employed within public and voluntary sectors in Wales, ILO is designed to stretch and challenge your capabilities - Developing Leadership, Developing World, Developing Wales.

The ILO programme offers an immersive experience that involves working with African organisations, leading on specific projects.  By taking you out of your comfort zone, it tasks you to work more creatively, increases levels of self-awareness and gives insight into your own personal resilience. The skills and understanding that the programme provides can be invaluable, not only to you as a participant but to your organisation and to Wales.

Lead by Dolen Cymru and PONT and fully funded by the Welsh Government, ILO provides a practical way to support Wales in contributing towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. This programme forms part of your professional development and although fully funded by the Welsh Government your salary costs while on placement will need to be supported by your employer.

In addition to the tailored placements we are currently advertising for, we also encourage general applications from all leaders who are committed to their personal and professional development and who have skills and experience they feel could benefit the programme.

Key skills for an ILO participant include:

  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to manage and motivate a diverse group of people.
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to influence and negotiate by actively listening and questioning.
  • Acting with integrity.
  • Strategic thinker providing purpose and vision.
  • Commitment to learning, strong self-awareness and keen to make a difference.

Placements will be in either Lesotho or Uganda, specific roles can be found online, applicants who feel they have transferable skills that could be applied to the roles will be considered.

Submit your CV and a covering letter to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by the 30th of August 2016. For guidance, visit www.academiwales.org.uk

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