Applying to the Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program (WPLP)

Thank you for your interest in applying to WPLP. We are not currently accepting applications.

Who should apply to WPLP?

WPLP is designed to meet the needs of Kenyan women whose work is cross-border or impacts the East Africa region and who hold positions of leadership in conflict-affected communities. Those admitted to this program will study for a graduate certificate in peacebuilding leadership from EMU.

Courses in this program will teach peacebuilding and leadership theory alongside practical skills. The program includes a strong mentoring component to assist students in enhancing their peacebuilding efforts within the East Africa region. The program involves intensive academic coursework and assignments and a nine-month period of intervention implementation. The program is targeting women peacebuilding practitioners who are recognized as possessing leadership potential and whose work has an impact not only in Kenya but also in the East Africa region.

What are the requirements for admission?

Interested candidates must possess the following qualifications:

  • Must be a Kenyan citizen from a conflict-affected community whose work has a cross-border or regional impact.
  • A 4-year undergraduate degree, preferably in the social sciences. Candidates who do not meet this criteria but have undergraduate work of at least two years and have extensive peacebuilding experience may be considered.
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 (based on a four-point scale).
  • Proficient written and spoken English language skills.
  • At least two years of experience in peacebuilding or related work (related work may be in the fields of conciliation, mediation, trauma healing, advocacy, restorative justice, community development, relief work, etc).
  • Demonstrated leadership or leadership potential.
  • Recommendations and support from a local organization and other peacebuilding actors.

What documents do I need in order to apply?

  • Three letters of recommendation:
    1. a professional recommendation attesting to your peacebuilding or related work;
    2. an academic recommendation attesting to your academic qualifications and writing skills;
    3. a recommendation from your employing organization, stating their support for you to participate fully in WPLP and their assessment of your peacebuilding work
  • Official university transcripts. Please note that you must submit transcripts for each year of secondary study (not just your final transcript) and from all advanced degrees received
  • A current resume or CV
  • A copy of your passport (valid through December 2018)
  • A four-page double-spaced essay responding to the following questions:
    1. What are you doing now, and what cross-border or East Africa impact is it having?
    2. What are the current conflicts that you are addressing in your work? How do they affect people’s everyday lives?
    3. What have been your life experiences related to the conflicts in your country and community?
    4. What is your understanding of the role of a peacebuilding leader? What type of work would that person be doing in the conflict situations you listed in #2, and what peacebuilding leadership roles can you or are you playing in those conflict situations?
    5. In some cases, participants from different sides of a conflict will participate in the program together. How will you work and study with people from the “other side”?

Please note that any applicant invited for an interview will be required to bring with them proof (receipt and fingerprint page) that they have requested a police clearance certificate from the Nairobi headquarters. All applicants are encouraged to begin this process immediately after submitting their application.

What are the time commitments necessary to participate?

The program will include three courses in the US in May and June, two in-country courses the following January, and one course in country the following May. Both academic and practical peacebuilding work are required in the time between the courses. An online course will occur from February – November, during which time participants will also implement an intervention plan. The coursework will be completed in December, 19 months after participants begin the program, at which time participants who have completed all requirements graduate with a graduate certificate in peacebuilding leadership.

Students accepted into this program must be available for five weeks during May and June, for two weeks the following January, for one week the following May, and for three days in December. Participants must also be able to commit time to intensive coursework from July – December and intensive intervention implementation from the following February – November.

Why participate in WPLP?

The Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program (WPLP) is a program of EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP). CJP equips and sustains individuals, groups and communities to work for justice and peace through education, training, practice, and research in order to creatively work for long-term sustained, structural change, whether in an organization, community, or on a large-scale level. Through WPLP, participants will become more effective peacebuilding leaders and carry out positive change processes in their organizations, communities, and/or countries.

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