Swedish Institute Management Programme (SIMP) Africa 2017 -APPLY

 Swedish Institute Management Programme (SIMP) Africa 2017

Swedish Institute Management Programme (SIMP) Africa  is offering opportunities to potential,  promising, enthusiastic and passion leaders. Do youhave all it takes to be a part of an international network of emerging leaders focused on responsible leadership and sustainable business practices? then this is a great opportunity.

Application Deadline: 19th February, 2017

Eligible Countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia or Zambia

To be taken at (country): Sweden and selected countries in Africa

About the Award: Sweden is considered to be one of the leading countries in sustainable business practice. Swedish companies play a prominent role in finding new, innovative ways to integrate social, environmental and ethical concerns into their core business models. But the challenges are global and we have a common need for sustainable development.

SIMP Africa is partly funded by the Swedish Government and aims at emerging leaders from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Zambia. The programme curriculum revolves around advanced business-related problem solving, seminars and meetings with front figures in the commercial, political and cultural fields, as well as on-site company visits. By providing the platform for knowledge sharing, experience exchange and quality networking, the programme aims to challenge traditional approaches, reinforce professional skills, deepen cross-cultural perspectives and unite the participants in a long-lasting and active global network.

The programme, spread over seven months, comprises three weeks of intensive training divided into an introductory kick-off at the Swedish Embassy in each country, a two week module in Sweden and a concluding five day module in Africa.

Type: Training

Eligibility: To apply to SIMP Africa you have to:

  • Be in a senior position within trade, industry or the public sector with a minimum of five years of managerial experience
  • Be in a position to drive decisions and have a mandate to influence the business strategies of your organisation
  • Be interested in learning more about Corporate Responsibility as a tool for good management
  • Be between 25-45 years old
  • Have a good working knowledge of both written and spoken English
  • Be a citizen of Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia or Zambia and a resident of one of the selected countries

Selection: The applications will be evaluated according to the following selection criteria:

  • The relevance and quality of personal motivation and commitment, and the applicant’s answers in the application form.
  • An assessment of the CV
  • The general qualifications of the applicant

The Swedish Institute will make its decision taking into account the recommendations of the selection committee as well as the candidates’ general suitability for the programme. We are striving for as much diversity as possible in the group in order to maximise the exchange of experience between the participants, which means the distribution of candidates from each country will differ.

Out of all applicants, a number of shortlisted candidates will be called for interviews as a second step in the selection process. The interviews will be conducted by Business Sweden. The 25 selected applicants will be contacted by e-mail and offered a place in SIMP Africa 2017.

Number of Awards: 25

Value of Program: 

The programme is free of charge and costs related to accommodation, food and transport while in Sweden is covered by the Swedish Institute. For module 1, flight tickets to and from Sweden is also covered by the Swedish Institute.

Kindly note that each participant is responsible for arranging and paying for their own air travel to and from the kick-off and for module 2, both which will take place in one of the selected countries in Africa. Participants are also responsible for costs related to transport within their own countries.

During the programme in Sweden all participants will be insured against acute illness and accident through the Swedish State Group Insurance and personal insurance by The Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Service Agency (Kammarkollegiet). For the second module, which will take place in one of the selected countries in Africa. All participants are kindly requested to purchase travel insurance in their respective countries.

Duration of Program: 3 weeks

How to Apply: A complete application consists of:

  • A complete application form in PDF format, in English,  which is electronically filled out here.
  • An updated CV in English

Please ensure that the application form in PDF format and CV reaches us by e-mail by February 19, 2017. Write your name and country in the e-mail’s subject line.

Visit Program Webpage for details

Award Provider: Swedish Institute