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DPMI to launch training in Kisumu, Kenya June 9-20; Fellowship options post-training

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Call for Applications for DPMI Kenya Program*

*Please note that that this program is still pending final approval by MIIS/MIDD Global Operations Committee.

-Learn side-by-side Kenyan development practitioners on a USAID Forward initiative.

-Complete a client project for improving access to quality education.

-Stay in Kisumu and work on client project after the training through a summer internship or DPMI Plus.

What:  DPMI and the Omega Foundation (OF) will partner in the offering of the pilot 12-day intensive DPMI Kenya training focused on strengthening local NGOs’ capacity for improving access to quality education.

Where: The majority of the program (10 days) will be held at a training center in Kisumu, Kenya with 1 day of orientation visits and tours in Kisumu and 1 day spent at a noteworthy tourist/cultural site.

Who: Attendees will include 5 OF staffers, 5 OF affiliates/grantees working in education, 10 Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) graduate students, and up to five additional qualified applicants interested in a career in international development or social change.

When: June 9-20, 2014 followed by optional summer or summer-fall fellowship with Omega Foundation or its grantees/affiliates

Cost: $1,400 for MIIS students inclusive of training cost, triple-occupancy lodging, local transportation, and 1 meal per day (Note: participants should budget for international airfare to Kisumu as well as two meals per day, visa fees, and other miscellaneous costs). Regular tuition rates also apply.

Academic Credit: Students can register for 4 or 6 units of credit for the training and 6 units for the DPMI Plus field practicum– if also completing an internship in Kenya or elsewhere.  Total Credits Possible: 12

Apply: Complete this short registration form by Friday, April 25.

Field Component

Omega Foundation  will work with up to five MIIS DPMI Kenya trainees to place them in 2-6 month unpaid or paid internships/fellowship with OF, OF affiliates or partner CSOs—preferably affiliates involved in the training who would be interested in having students help implement the capacity-development concept presented at the end of the training. Affiliates or OF to cover housing costs for fellows. Students to cover food costs.

Background on Training Content

Ten days of instruction and related fieldwork that will prepare participants to design and contribute to projects addressing NGO capacity development and access to quality education issues. Learners will engage in simulations and practica with collaborating organizations that will enable them to apply tools and frameworks that draw on design thinking, facilitation “best practice,” organizational development and partnering. The overall program will be rooted in Kenyan realities and the work of Omega Foundation and its affiliates. The culminating component of the training will be a “real-life” client project for Kenyan-based partners (to be selected by Omega Foundation). Participant teams will be made up of at least one staff member from the affiliate and OF. MIIS students attending the training will remain in Kenya for 2-6 months (varies by student) after the training to work with their Kenyan colleagues to refine and implement the deliverable concept.


More about the Omega Foundation:

Omega Foundation is a local non-governmental organization started in 2001 with a national focus on promoting health and building livelihood support systems in Nyanza, Western and parts of Rift Valley provinces.

OF Education objective: Their objective is to empower children and youth through quality education , life-skills development  and training support. Current activities include school feeding programs, provision of scholastic materials, payment of school fees and psychosocial support to HIV/AIDS affected/infection children. All these are geared towards promoting well-being of children  and helping  orphans and vulnerable children  to be resilient to social challenges posed by lack of fulfillment of basic needs and or parental care.

Interested in other DPMI Trainings? Applications are still being accepted for several openings in the DPMI DC and DPMI Monterey trainings this summer. Apply at by April 18.

Questions? Contact me at or call 831-647-6417831-647-6417.

Carolyn Taylor Meyer

Director of Immersive Professional Learning and Special Programs

Graduate School of International Policy and Management

Monterey Institute of International Studies

A Graduate School of Middlebury College

P: 831-647-6417831-647-6417

F: 831-647-6693


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