Call for Applications

A Course For Leaders In Civil Society, The Public And Private Sectors Organised By The Open Society Initiative For Southern Africa (Osisa) In Collaboration With The Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance (IPLG) in the College of Business, Peace, Leadership and Governance at Africa University.


This course in public policy, governance and civil society is designed to provide basic fundamentals of public policy analysis to practitioners working in civil society organisations, public service and the private sector. To face the challenges of the new millennium, Africa needs leaders who can inspire those they lead; work and learn collaboratively; transform mind-sets; act with integrity; facilitate constructive dialogue, think strategically; and formulate and implement public policy with skill and resolve. Recognising that public policy is best formed and implemented by informed leaders, the course seeks to enhance these leadership skills. The emphasis of the course is on how public policy maybe viewed as a governance tool essential for political and institutional development.

Why is this course necessary?

Quite often there is inadequate attention to the problems and issues in policy formulation, implementation and evaluation and strategies that constantly challenge stakeholders to reach the ‘analytical level’ in public policy making process. In that context, this course will provide a conceptual understanding of the key issues and complexities related to the processes of public policy planning and analysis.
The course is designed to empower emerging leaders in civil society, private and public sector organisations in their roles as service providers, analysts and policy makers. An understanding of the structures and mechanisms of policy making will enhance the potential for civil society, public and private sector actors to be involved in the decision making processes and to view it with an informed analytical eye. Participants in the course will examine processes of public policy formulation and implementation from a public, private and civil society organisational perspective. Content coverage will focus on facilitating the creation of new knowledge and skills with a view to developing informed policy for effective implementation by public, private and civil society organisations. The course will also look at how civil society organisations can effectively influence policy change strategies that take into account policy making, organisational structures, political systems, leadership and cultural dynamics of society. The course is designed to integrate an understanding of theoretical concepts and their practical application in public, private and non-governmental contexts.

This innovative course is designed for practitioners who are motivated to play diverse leadership roles through informed policy design and analysis, policy implementation and evaluation aimed at achieving desired policy outcomes. The aim of the course is to provide participants with knowledge and skills in public policy design, analysis, and implementation processes to assist them to develop relevant programmes. The specific objectives of the course are to assist participants to:
  • Improve knowledge on how public policies are designed and implemented at government and civil society/non-governmental levels;
  • Critically analyse global themes and dynamics influencing public policy at national level;
  • Develop skills in managing and evaluating public policy implementation processes by both the public sector and civil society non-profit organisations;
  • Develop networking across the civil society, public and private sector divide for influencing public policy decision making.

The course consists of eleven modules facilitated over a three week period. Areas covered include:

  1. Introducing and Conceptualising Public Policy
  2. Public Policy Analysis and Decision Making
  3. Public Policy Research and Writing Skills
  4. The Law and Public Policy
  5. Governance and Public Policy
  6. The Developmental State
  7. Leadership in Public Policy
  8. Environmental Law & Public Policy
  9. Conflict Management and Public Policy
  10. Conceptualising Peace Building for Public Policy
  11. Communicating Public Policy
  12. Strategies for Policy Advocacy

The course will be offered over a three week period. The course will be held in, Johannesburg, South Africa from July the 3rd to 21st 2017 (excluding travel days). Participants should note that the course consists of evening sessions and depending on the availability of facilitators some weekends.

Participants who successfully complete the course and fulfil the coursework requirements will receive a Certificate of Competence from Africa University. Individuals who are unable to meet the requirements of a certificate in Public Policy and Development Discourses for Africa may qualify for a Certificate of Attendance if the necessary requirements- including attendance and adequate participation are met.

The course organisers will sponsor participants for the following workshop costs; all reading material; Bed and Breakfast over the 15 days; and teas and lunch on workshop days. We are only able to support 45 participants from the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Sponsored Participants are expected to:

  1. Make their own way to the venue (both air and ground);
  2. Allow for a daily subsistence allowance (DSA) of approximately USD 20.00 (+/- ZAR 200.00) per day to cover weekend and evening meals and other incidentals;
  3. Take out adequate personal and health insurance as the organisers cannot take liabilities in this regard;

Self-sponsored participants from outside the Southern Africa region are welcome. The cost of the 3-week programme is USD 4 500.00 which includes accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, lunch and teas on the training days, all materials for the course. It excludes travel costs and dinner.

Participants are expected to arrive at the venue in Johannesburg on Sunday, 2 July 2017

Prospective participants are expected to meet the following criteria:

  1. Possess an undergraduate degree;
  2. At least 3 years work experience in a civil society, or public sectors;
  3. Currently be employed in an area where public policy advocacy is important;
  4. Middle management ranking or higher;
  5. English proficiency (as the course will be delivered in English);
  6. Be from the SADC region.

Persons who wish to apply for the course are required to submit the following:

  1. Completed application form. Download Application Form
  2. A motivation letter of no more than two pages stating:
    • How s/he will bring benefit to the course and
    • How s/he envisions using the training afterwards.
  3. Letter of endorsement from employing organisation to release the participant for the duration of the course (2 – 22 July 2017).
  4. Signed Commitment Form completed by employer. Download Employer Commitment Form

Please submit the completed application form, motivation letter and endorsement letter to;
Mr. Chupicai Shollah Manuel
Research Fellow
College of Business, Peace, Leadership and Governance
Africa University
Email: and
Deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday,15 June 2017.

  1. Applications need to be completed electronically, saved as a word document and sent to the email addresses indicated above;
  2. Incomplete applications will not be assessed;
  3. This training requires full commitment of time during the course period and that you come to the course with an open mind and be prepared to listen to different opinions without being judgmental irrespective of your personal beliefs;
  4. Acceptance into the course requires financial commitment as specified as the organisers are unable to support any other costs other than what has been detailed.