Eleven months have passed since the third cohort of our Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership programme embarked on a one-year journey of enhancing leadership competencies, but seems like only yesterday.
With a composition 35 senior leaders from public, private and civil society organisations within Tanzania, the third cohort began its first module on 9 April, 2019.
So far, eight out of ten modules have been covered, namely Financial Skills, Leading for results, Design Thinking for Organisational Development, Sustainable Development, Ethical Leadership, and Strategic Communication.
The remaining modules, Strategic Human Resource Management and Leading Change, have been scheduled in February and March 2020, respectively.
The programme, undertaken in collaboration with Aalto University Executive Education of Finland aims to equip senior leaders in Tanzania with the necessary skills and competencies to achieve sustainable development through competent leadership.
The Graduation ceremony will be held on March 31, this year. Participants from the fourth cohort to be in attendance.
15th May 2017, Bagamoyo – The Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (UONGOZI Institute) has launched a regional negotiation skills training programme on oil and gas targeting senior officials from Africa – with the aim of equipping them with the necessary skills and techniques to bargain and secure lucrative deals that will benefit their respective countries.
The regional training which was launched in Bagamoyo last week consisted of a team of 30 participants from 8 different potential and producing oil and gas nations from Sub-Saharan Africa, namely; Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria, Namibia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar. Participants came from different backgrounds including Economists, Geologists, Lawyers, Environmentalists; Land, Water and Trade experts.
“The objective of this programme is to strengthen the participants’ negotiation capacities and competencies in oil and natural gas commercial contracts and investments deals,” said Prof. Joseph Semboja, Chief Executive Officer of UONGOZI Institute.
He added, “Our ultimate goal is to prepare each official of the negotiation team for actual negotiations, focusing on strategy and skills required for successful negotiations with international oil companies.”
This training programme will also equip the participants with requisite negotiation skills and techniques to enable them to define and achieve strategic national objectives during complex negotiations for sustainable development.
According to the Head of Capacity Building at UONGOZI Institute, Mr. Singo Kadari, the course is being delivered in collaboration with international experts from Columbia University, Center for Sustainable Investment (CCSI) in New York, and the International Senior Lawyers’ Project (ISLP). The delivery of the programme will employ a blended approach involving lectures, presentations, discussion, sharing of practical experiences, role play simulations and case studies.
The programme will have two sessions; negotiation skills for natural resources with focus to oil and natural gas sectors’ commercial contracts which took place from 8th to 12th May, 2017, and a second session to take place from the 19th to 21st June 2017.
Commenting on the training programme, one of the participants, Mr. Ali Bakar, who is the Deputy Managing Director of the Zanzibar Petroleum Regulatory Authority (ZPRA) said, “This is very critical for Zanzibar..as we are in the early stages of exploring oil and gas. We have just started to hold talks with International Oil Companies..and therefore need this kind of expertise to make sure that we negotiate appropriately and seal contracts that are profitable for the people and government of Zanzibar.”
Another participant, Ms. Maggy Shino, Petroleum Commissioner from Ministry of Energy and Mines in Namibia said that the training programme created an excellent platform for participants from Namibia to engage with fellow oil and gas experts from different countries in Africa which have already started producing and have gained more experience in the field already.
“The training enabled us to learn first-hand from our colleagues, to learn what they have done so far, to study their pitfalls and what they hope to achieve,” said Ms. Shino, adding, “I really liked the delivery of the training, it was well tailored and structured, thought provoking and realistic to the current industry trend.”
Courses include Fundamentals of Oil and Gas, Legal framework for Oil and Gas, Fiscal Framework, Primary Methods for Granting the Right to Develop Oil and Gas, Planning and Revenue Management, Local Content and Economic Diversification, and Key issues arising from an analysis of African Production Sharing Agreement.
UONGOZI Institute is implementing its strategic plan 2016/17 – 2020/21 within which “advancing knowledge and practice of good leadership” is one of its goals. The purpose of this goal is to generate and disseminate new knowledge on leadership. With this, the institute believes it will inspire and engage the research and academic community, think tanks, leaders, and the wider public and hence contribute to advancing the practice of good leadership.
While leadership is important everywhere in the world, the way that it is practiced differs by region and by context. Many studies have examined the practice of leadership in western cultures, but leadership in most of Africa has not been explored in much depth, and there are so many impressionistic assertions about leadership in the continent.
The Institute is seeking to appoint a Senior Research Associate to provide intellectual guidance to its Research Programme on Leadership in Africa. The three-year Programme aims to explore and understand the many dimensions of leadership development and practice in postcolonial Africa. The Programme will contribute towards building a body of knowledge on leadership development and practice in Africa; leadership related policy-discussions across the continent; the design of leadership development initiatives; and strengthened research networks in the area of leadership.
Duties and Responsibilities
The main duties of the post are:
To contribute to the development of the Research Programme on Leadership in Africa;
To contribute to preparing proposals and other activities to secure funding;
To undertake research that contributes to the programme outputs and outcomes;
To contribute towards capacity building of researchers at the Institute;
To participate and present work at seminars, workshops and conferences; and
To participate in round-tables or events open to policy-makers;
Other duties may be assigned from time to time by the Executive Director.
Modality of Engagement
This role is a part-time position and its award is not a contract of employment. The successful applicant can be engaged as a resident or non-resident fellow and for the latter, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated. For resident fellows, it will be the responsibility of UONGOZI Institute to arrange for travel, accommodation, transport, office space and make any other living arrangements for the duration of their stay (a maximum of one year).
The successful applicant will hold a Research Degree (Master’s based on research, MPhil) or PhD. S/he will be a scholar with advanced knowledge of at least 10 years on the subject of leadership. The Programme requires considerable organizational and intellectual skills including a practical understanding of spoken and written English language. It is expected that the successful candidate will already have held a postdoctoral fellowship or the equivalent.
UONGOZI Institute exists to support African leaders to attain sustainable development for their nation and for Africa. We seek to inspire leaders and promote the recognition of the important role of leadership in sustainable development through research, capacity development and public dialogues.
On July 1st, 2017 UONGOZI Institute formally began its new five-year strategy (2016/17 – 2020/2021). One of the new features of the strategy is the implementation of a new Sustainable Development Programme (SDP) that has been in preparation since March, 2016. The Programme is geared towards addressing the implementation challenges of sustainable development in Africa, with particular attention paid to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (the Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs). The Programme builds on the Institute’s previous efforts such as the Natural Resources Management Programme (NRM), the In Focus TV interview series, and the Green Growth Platform.
The overall aim and purpose of the SDP is a multi-year programme to develop leadership in Tanzania (and Africa more broadly) to appreciate and implement sustainable development and to support implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Programme also aims to strengthen the Institute as a national, regional, and international hub providing a multi-stakeholder forum for dialogue on sustainable development issues facing both the continent, and the world more generally. The SDP will be anchored by the African Sustainable Development Forum, of which H.E. Dr. Jakaya M. Kikwete, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania serves as Chair and Patron.
At the end of the strategic plan period, the Institute envisions leaders who understand and appreciate sustainable development in both conceptual and practical terms; who are able to translate this understanding into tangible benefits to Africa’s citizenry by addressing policy gaps to enable sustainable development; and most importantly for them to understand their role in and duty to advance and deliver sustainable solutions to African citizens. The programme will include the following components:
Providing a platform for dialogue, bringing together different agents involved in the implementation of the SDGs so as to build the necessary social capital to enable implementation;
Undertaking research on Sustainable Development related and NRM themes and issues;
Ensuring that SD-related and NRM-related information is available, accessible, and reliable to African citizens as well as policy-makers and decision-makers;
Facilitating capacity building on sustainable development to senior leaders in Government as well as to emerging leaders;
Continuously monitoring progress towards the SDG targets.
In particular, the Programme will focus on Goal 17 of the SDGs (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development) by enabling and enhancing financing for sustainable development, overcoming systemic issues such as policy and institutional incoherence, promoting multi-stakeholder partnerships (including Private-Public Partnerships – PPPs), and building capacity to support national and regional sustainable development plans.
One new focus area for the Institute, under the SDP, is Climate Security – the incorporation of environmental and climate (change) concerns into local, national, international, and global security agendas, and the challenges of transforming security practices and provisions accordingly. This issue has only emerged recently in the international political arena (it first appeared before the United Nations Security Council in April, 2007).
The Sustainable Development Programme will be overseen by Dr. Gwamaka Kifukwe (Programme Coordinator – Sustainable Development) and Mrs. Namwaka Omari (Programme Coordinator – Natural Resources Management).
Vice-President Hon. Samia Suluhu Hassan gives the key-note address during the Women in Leadership Conference held at Julius Nyerere International Convention Center that gathered 100 women leaders in business, government, the private sector, civil society and politics on 12th April 2016.
Vice-President H.E Samia Suluhu Hassan gives the key-note address during the Women in Leadership Conference held at Julius Nyerere International Convention Center that gathered 100 women leaders in business, government, the private sector, civil society and politics on 12th April, 2016.
CEO of UONGOZI Institute, Prof. Joseph Semboja gives his welcoming remarks on behalf of the Institute.
Researcher at UONGOZI Institute, Caroline Israel presents the findings of the research study on Women in Leadership completed this year.
Executive Director of Women Fund Tanzania and co-researcher of the research study on Women in Leadership, Mrs. Mary Rusimbi makes a point during the forum.
Former Speaker of the Tanzanian National Assembly, Hon. Anna Makinda shares her experience on being a woman leader in Africa.
Participants follow the discussion at the conference.
Vice-President Hon. Samia Suluhu Hassan (center) in a group photo with some of the participants. From Left: Veteran politician and panelist at the forum, Hon. Zakhia Meghji; CEO of UONGOZI Institute, Prof. Joseph Semboja; former Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Anna Makinda; and District Commissioner of Mtwara, Hon. Fatma Ally.
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