APPLY – AFRIKA KOMMT! FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM 2016 – 2018


Content:

PART A: About AFRIKA KOMMT!

A.1         Aims and structure of the program

A.2         Preliminary program schedule 2016-2018

A.3         Fellowship benefits – what the program includes

PART B: Application Guide

B.1         Who can apply? Candidate requirements

B.2         Placements and profiles of AFRIKA KOMMT! 2016-2018

B.3         Four steps to apply for AFRIKA KOMMT! 2016-2018

B.4         After the program

Partner Companies / Foundation       

Cooperation Partners

AFRIKA KOMMT! is implemented and coordinated by:

Part A – About AFRIKA KOMMT! 

A.1 Aims and structure of the program

Business-driven capacity development

19 leading German enterprises founded the initiative AFRIKA KOMMT! in the year 2008 – the very first joint-initiative for capacity building by German industry.

After the success of the first five program cycles, the sixth AFRIKA KOMMT! intake will follow on seamlessly with the application phase starting 12 December 2016.

Win-win situation: benefits for both sides

At the heart of the AFRIKA KOMMT! fellowship program is an eight-months practical training in a leading German enterprise benefiting both, fellows and partner companies – a classic win-win situation:

The program 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 four completed program years a significant number of the participants now work in the branch office of their respective partner company in Africa.

Key elements of AFRIKA KOMMT!

Financed by the German partner companies, the capacity development program AFRIKA KOMMT! is conducted in German and consists of the following key components:

  1. One-month home-based intensive German language preparation course
  2. One-year stay in Germany comprising of:

Three-months intensive German language course

Eight-months internship in a German partner company

Three one-week training modules on international management and leadership competencies

One-week study tour in Germany on relevant subjects, e.g. “Regional Economic Development”

Weekend seminars on cultural and social subjects organised by the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Stuttgart and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius in Hamburg

Cultural weekend activities organised by GIZ

  1. Six-months transfer phase after the stay in Germany via GIZ’s online platform Global Campus 21
  2. Refresher course in Africa, approx. 6-12 months after the stay in Germany, offering the former fellows to extend their networks with other alumni and to mutually benefit from their experiences.

A.2 Preliminary Program Schedule 2016-2018

 

A.3 Fellowship benefits – what the program includes

The AFRIKA KOMMT! fellowship program includes:

Language course

An individual German language course before departure to Germany

An intensive German language course in Germany of three months including fees, accommodation and living allowance

Travelling expenses – Flights, Visa, etc.

 Visa for Germany for one year

Roundtrip airfare from your home town to Germany and back

Travel to refresher course and back

Program-related travelling expenses in Germany

Monthly living allowance during the theoretical phase

Monthly living allowance of € 750,- (August, September and October 2017; July 2018)

 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

Important note:

The monthly allowance of € 750,- and the salary ensures an adequate standard of living in Germany. However, the amount is not sufficient to provide financial support for families or relatives and for this reason they cannot accompany the fellow to Germany. Additionally, the participants have to make arrangements to ensure the subsistence of their families in their home countries during their participation in the program.

Accommodation

Accommodation during all stages of the program in Germany (including internet allowance, electricity, water and other charges)

Insurance

Health, accident and liability insurance

Trainings

 International management training courses Study tour and weekend seminars in Germany

Alumni activities

Refresher course in Africa, including management training

Alumni networking activities

Certificate

AFRIKA KOMMT! is a practice-oriented fellowship program. Fellows will receive two certificates. One official certificate by the Academy for International Cooperation of GIZ GmbH uponsuccessful completion of the program with a detailed description of the specific contents and components of the training and one official certificate by the partner company upon successful completion of the internship.

Part B – Application Guide

B.1 Who can apply? Candidate requirements

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

Candidate profiles

The AFRIKA KOMMT! fellowship program aims at highly qualified, self-driven young professionals and junior executives from Sub-Saharan Africa with several years of hands-on work experience, strong leadership qualities and a very high level of commitment and dedication.

 

Besides the specific technical expertise relevant to the partner company, the program requires candidates to have the following set of general skills and attributes:

Language and communication skills:

  • Excellent English skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • High willingness to learn German

Professional skills:

  • High leadership potential
  • Strong self-motivation and self-starter mentality
  • High level of dedication, commitment and target-orientation
  • Strong capacity for teamwork

Personal attributes:

  • High level of enthusiasm, flexibility and resilience
  • Outstanding intercultural competencies
  • Ability to adapt to new environments quickly

B.2 Placements and Profiles of AFRIKA KOMMT! 2016-2018

The following fellowship placements are available as part of AFRIKA KOMMT! 2016-2018. The third column shows the general background required for each placement. The button on the right side leads to further information on the specific profile needed. Please read it thoroughly before applying.

Please note: You will have to apply for the whole program and not for a certain company or placement. There is no guarantee that the practical training in a specific company is possible.

 

Company

 

 

Placement & Required Background

Boehringer Ingelheim

GmbH & Co. KG

 

 

Profile 1 (Human Pharma Emerging Markets)

Degree in Business Administration, Pharmacy or Medicine

è OPEN PROFILE

 

Profile 2 (Global HR – Diversity / Communication) Profile will follow soon.   

 

Robert Bosch GmbH  

Profile 1 (Robert Bosch AA)

è  OPEN PROFILE

 

Profile 2 (Robert Bosch PT Sales)

Degree in Economics, Marketing, Sales, Business

Development, Business Strategy or Technical Degree

è  OPEN PROFILE

 

Profile 3 (Robert Bosch PT Sales)

Degree in Economics, Marketing, Sales, Business

Development, Business Strategy or Technical Degree

è  OPEN PROFILE

 

Profile 4 (Robert Bosch PT Sales)

Degree in Economics, Marketing, Sales, Business

Development, Business Strategy or Technical Degree

è  OPEN PROFILE

 

Robert Bosch Stiftung

GmbH

 

Degree in Humanities, Social Sciences or Economic Sciences

è OPEN PROFILE

 

B. Braun     Melsungen

AG

Profile 1 (Finance)

Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration

è  OPEN PROFILE

.   

Profile 2 (Sales)

Degree in Economics, Specialization in Marketing and Sales

è  OPEN PROFILE

 

 

 

Continental AG  

Profile 1 (Finance)

Degree in Business Adminstration with major in Finance and Controlling

è  OPEN PROFILE

 

Profile 2 (Operations)

Degree in Business Administration, Commerce, Logistics

è  OPEN PROFILE

 

 

 

Merck KGaA  

Profile 1 (Finance and Accounting)

Degree in Business Administration or Economics

è  OPEN PROFILE

 

Profile 2 (Innovation Center)

Degree in Natural Sciences or Engineering

è  OPEN PROFILE

 

Profile 3 (Information Services)

Degree in Information Technology, Economics, Business

Administration

è  OPEN PROFILE

 

Profile 4 (Performance Materials)

Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy

è  OPEN PROFILE

 

Profile 5 (Life Science Distribution)

Degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain

Management, Logistics

è  OPEN PROFILE

 

Profile 6 (Life Science Commercial)

Degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry or Pharmacy 

è  OPEN PROFILE

 

Profile 7 (Biopharma, Global Drug Safety – Operations)

Degree in Pharmacy/Life Science/Biochemistry/Chemistry

è  OPEN PROFILE

 

Profile 8 (Biopharma, Global Drug Safety – Regions)

Degree in Pharmacy/Life Science/Biochemistry/Chemistry

è  OPEN PROFILE

 

Profile 9 (Biopharma, Global Drug Safety – Strategy and

Business Operations)

Degree in Pharmacy/Life Science/Biochemistry/Chemistry

è  OPEN PROFILE

 

 

 

 

SAP SE  

Profile will follow soon.

 

ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG  

Degree in Economics / Business Administration

è OPEN PROFILE

 

thyssenkrupp AG  

Degree in Economics, Business Development, Marketing,

Business Strategy

è OPEN PROFILE

 

Volkswagen AG  

Degree in Economics, Engineering, Sales and Marketing

è OPEN PROFILE

 

 

B.3 Four steps to apply for AFRIKA KOMMT!

Recommendation: Please apply as soon as possible and not at the very end of the application period as the expected high number of applications might cause technical delays.

Four steps to apply

If you want to apply for the sixth AFRIKA KOMMT! intake from 2016-2018, please make sure you follow the four steps listed below:

Step 1: Check the general candidate requirements – do you fit the criteria?

Step 2: Check the available placements and required profiles of the sixth intake of AFRIKA KOMMT! 2016-2018 – Please remember you are applying for the program in general, not for a specific placement

 Step 3: Visit www.afrikakommt.deand fill in the application form

 Step 4: Submit your application BEFORE 03.02.2017, 23.59h CET – applications submitted after this date cannot be considered

Application submitted – what happens next?  

Once you have applied within the application period, you will be informed within approx. 8 weeks if your application has been successful. If so, you will receive an invitation to a 2-day assessment center in Nairobi, Kenya, which will take place from 24.04.2017- 05.05.2017.

The assessment center includes a number of tasks, group activities and presentations and serves as a basis for the final decision. The results of the assessment center will be communicated in May and June 2017 – successful candidates will then receive the invitation to Germany for one year!

Leave of Absence

We recommend applicants to consider well in time how a one year stay in Germany could be arranged with their current work situation. Candidates might want to ask their employers for a leave of absence, either before applying or before the assessment center.

Closing date for the application period: 03.02.2017, 23:59h CET

 

B.4 After the program

After the one-year stay in Germany, all candidates have to return to their home countries. Alumni activities will continue and allow former fellows to extend their networks with other alumni and to mutually benefit from their experiences on an on-going basis.

In case a company is interested in extending the cooperation with a candidate beyond the one-year stay in Germany, this has to be arranged bilaterally between the company and the candidate.

 

Thank you very much for applying!

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