Deadline: 11 January, 2019

Nineteen of Germany’s leading businesses have committed themselves to a common cause. In 2008, they launched the AFRIKA KOMMT! initiative for economic and capacity development. The programme trains young, future managers from Sub-Saharan Africa on-site with German companies. The main idea behind the initiative is to create a win-win-situation for the programme participants and the partnering companies. Thus, the initiative lays the foundation stone for sustainable economic cooperation with Africa and aims at forming stable cooperative partnerships for the future

After five successful programme years, the results are very positive: Some of the participating companies have decided to host more than one AFRIKA KOMMT! participant since the third year. Former participants continue to pass along their knowledge and experience in their home-countries and more than two thirds of the participants of the previous programme year now work in the branch office of their respective partner company in Africa.

Win-win situation: benefits for both sides
At the heart of the AFRIKA KOMMT! fellowship programme is an eight-months practical training in a leading German enterprise benefiting both, fellows and partner companies-a classic win-win situation:
The programme fellows benefit through;
-gaining first-hand practical experience in a leading German enterprise
-being exposed to leadership concepts and management techniques in practice
-becoming acquainted with working processes and business culture in German enterprises extending their international management competencies
-initiating networks of cooperation partners between Sub-Saharan Africa and German companies
The partner companies benefit through;
-establishing networks of cooperation and trust in promising future markets in Sub-Saharan Africa
-extending their experience with the working and business culture in Sub-Saharan Africa
-improving their knowledge about cultures, markets, countries etc. in Sub-Saharan Africa
After six completed programme years, a significant number of the participants now work in the
branch office of their respective partner company in Africa.

Benefits of the Programme

The AFRIKA KOMMT! fellowship programme includes:
-Language course
-Accommodation and living allowance
-Travelling expenses-Flights, Visa, etc.
-Monthly living allowance during the theoretical phase; Monthly living allowance of € 750,-(August, September and -October 2019; July 2020)
-One-off relocation fee of € 1.000,-for settling back into the home countries
-Monthly salary during the internship in the companies of approx. € 1.500,-gross

Formal eligibility requirements

-Candidates need to fulfil the following formal eligibility requirements:
-University degree in a relevant subject (please see individual company profiles below)
-Postgraduate degree (e.g. MBA) is an advantage
-Two to five years of relevant work experience
-Excellent English language skills
-Basic knowledge of the German language is an advantage
-Not older than 35 years and physically fit
-Female candidates are welcome
Application closes on 11 January, 2019
For more information and to apply, click here,
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