LEAD Albania Program

LEAD Albania, a fellowship program similar to the White House Fellows Program, aims to provide gifted young Albanian professionals with first-hand experience in the process of governing Albania.  Fellows are assigned to senior positions within the Prime Ministry, Office of the President, Ministries, and Municipality of Tirana. The Fellowship experience is supported by an educational component where Fellows participate in seminars on: European integration, public policy, decision making, foreign policy, security policy, leadership, and soft skills development.  The program envisions that Fellows will not only learn in their positions but that they will also contribute significantly to the productivity, efficiency and innovativeness of the host institutions. 


Engagement in the work of the central government agencies is at the heart of the LEAD Albania program. Fellows will spend a year as full-time, paid advisers or assistants to the top officials of the Prime Ministry, Ministries, the Office of the President, and the Municipality of Tirana. Fellows may also be required to work on issues outside of their area of expertise. Responsibilities can be wide ranging and will be defined in the job description developed by the AADF and each host institution prior to placement of the Fellow. Fellows may be required to undertake domestic and international travel as part of their assignment and for learning purposes.
The list of positions for Fellows may vary from year to year. The number of Fellows selected will also depend on the quality of applications. The year-long Fellowship begins in the fall of each year.
The LEAD Albania Program will pay each Fellow a salary and benefits based on the pay scale of the agency where they are placed. Fellows will not be permitted to have additional employment during their year of government service. In return for the privilege of participating in the Program, Fellows will be expected to apply what they have learned by contributing to the nation as leaders in their respective communities, professions, and in public service. Fellows will be expected to return to their former occupations or undertake new career paths with the attained experience in public policy. Participants will be better prepared to contribute to national affairs, thereby fulfilling the mission of the program.

Host Institutions

Prime Minister’s Office, Ministries, Office of the President and Tirana Municipality offer positions for the fellows. The Albanian-American Development Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with each of these institutions.
During the application process, Fellows are asked to choose the institution where they prefer to be placed. If selected as a finalist, the fellow will be recommended as an adviser to the top ranking official of the respective institution.


The LEAD Albania program management and the selection commission will look into the following criteria when selecting Fellows:
·         A record of remarkable professional achievement early in one’s career.
·         Evidence of leadership skills and the potential for further growth.
·         A demonstrated commitment to public service.
·         The skills to succeed at the highest levels of the government, and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.
Other qualities include:
·         Exceptional writing ability
·         Foreign language skills
·         Positive attitude
·         Strong management skills
·         Very good interpersonal skills
·         Level of expertise in the proposed focus area

Eligibility criteria

·         Applicants must be Albanian citizens (dual citizenship is also acceptable).
·         Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education. Completion of graduate and postgraduate studies may be of significant advantage.
·         Preferably, applicants will have a minimum of 5 years of post-graduate work experience. In case of a completed PhD, the preferred minimum is 3 years.
·         Employees of the central government and the President Office are not eligible.
·         There are no age restrictions. However, the Fellowship Program was created to give selected applicants the experience of government service early in their careers.
Applications for the 2018 Class of LEAD Albania Program are now open. Please visit the “Apply” section below for more information.

Selection Commission

The Selection Commission for the LEAD Albania Program is composed of two AADF representatives and three outstanding citizens who represent a different range of backgrounds, interests, and professions. The Commission interviews selected candidates from the first round and then recommends those individuals it finds most qualified to host institutions for appointment as Fellows.

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Class of LEAD Albania Program. The application deadline is on Wednesday, 15 March 2016, at 5:00 PM. This application is for the Program that will begin in fall 2017.
The application is submitted only online and is composed of the following sections:
1.      a) General personal information;
2.      b) Education background;
3.      c) Employment history;
4.      d) Voluntary and civic activities;
5.      e) Contact details of minimum three recommenders (reference/recommendation letters will be requested and collected by the program management);
6.      f) Declarations regarding security and justice clearance (i.e. whether the person has not been convicted of criminal offense or felonies, etc.);
7.      g) Essays;
8.      h) Explanation about the motivation to become a Fellow.
For reference and planning purposes see this sample application To start the application process click here  (Only in Albanian)
The program staff is available to provide assistance and answer questions. The staff can be reached Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM via email at leadalbania@aadf.org.

Linku origjinal i njoftimit: http://www.aadf.org/project/lead-albania/

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