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IWA Leadership Programme for Young Water Professionals 2024

IWA Leadership Programme for Young Water Professionals 2024

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Country: Africa
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IWA Leadership Programme for Young Water Professionals 2024

This programme will mobilise a cohort of 12 high-potential young water professionals, drawn from diverse regions, genders, and areas of the water sector, to rise to the leadership challenge. The 12-month programme will provide a strong foundation for building professional networks within the global water community. IWA LeaP will offer unique opportunities for participants to deep-dive into their leadership potential and elevate their ability to effect change. Challenging, rewarding and experiential, this will be a learning rather than a teaching programme. The journey will significantly change the clarity, confidence, shared vision and strategic capability of each participant, and enhance their capacity to lead within their organisations and communities. 

Selected candidates are expected to commit an average of 10 hours per month to the programme activities. In addition, IWA LeaP will include an immersive 4-day retreat in a remote setting to allow individuals to reflect as leaders as well as discuss a collaborative project that will be later shared at the end of the programme. Finally, participants will be invited to attend the IWA 2026 World Water Congress & Exhibition (WWCE) in Glasgow, Scotland.

Funding of Young Water Professionals 

The Programme will cover travel expenses for the selected candidates to participate in the immersive retreat and to attend the 2026 IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition, in Glasgow, Scotland, including: 

  • Economy class flights; 
  • Single occupancy accommodation; 
  • Daily subsistence; 
  • Ground transportation to and from the airport and to and from the venue; 
  • Travel insurance; 
  • Visa application fees. 

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Eligibility for Young Water Professionals 

  • Open to those between 18 and 35 years old. Applicants must be at least 18 at the time of application, and no older than 35 at the onclusion of the programme (September 2025).
  • Applicants should possess a proficient working knowledge of the English language.
  • Candidates must have maintained active membership of IWA for at least one year at the time of application. Membership status will be verified by the WA Secretariat.
  • Applicants must showcase their leadership capacity through various avenues such as professional achievements, experiences in leadership roles within the WA or their organisation, volunteering experiences, etc.
  • Candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to driving positive change within the water sector. This commitment should be substantiated by a track record of generating impactful and innovative ideas in the field.

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The application period will be open until 28 June 2024. Applications will be accepted in English.

After completing this readiness questionnaire, candidates must fill out this online form, send the necessary documents, and accept the terms of the selection process. It is recommended that the candidates provide as much detail as possible to support their application. Candidates must provide:

  • Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages);
  • Motivation letter (maximum 1 page);
  • Reference letter from the candidate’s organisation (maximum 1 page);

All documents must be in English.

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Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline28 June,2024
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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