Join the selection committee for the Community Solutions Program

Join the selection committee for the Community Solutions Program

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IREX seeks experienced professionals to read and evaluate applications for the 2022 Community Solutions Program.

The Community Solutions Program (CSP) is a year-long professional development program for people who are working to improve their communities by addressing issues related to the environment, peace and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, and women and gender. For 2022–2023, community activists will be selected to participate in the program, which includes:

  • Fellowship in the United States: Fellows are matched to host organizations throughout the U.S. where they complete a four-month, hands-on professional experience.
  • Community Leadership Institute: Fellows participate in the Community Leadership Institute, a leadership training program designed to strengthen their leadership and management skills. The Institute includes virtual live discussions, online courses, professional coaching, and networking.
  • Community Action Project: To conclude the program, fellows carry out a community development initiative or project in their home community. While in the U.S., fellows design and plan this project with the support of their host organization and the Community Leadership Institute facilitators. Once the fellows depart the U.S., they put these projects into action.

Expectations of readers

Application readers will be responsible for evaluating applications and assessing each applicant’s ability to participate and succeed in the Community Solutions Program. IREX will provide readers with several resources to guide them through the evaluation process.

Between November 3 and 17, 2021, readers will review up to 30 applications, each of which should take no more than 15 minutes to evaluate. The Reading Committee will help IREX identify semifinalists who will then complete an online interview in December 2021. In appreciation of their time and energy, readers will receive an honorarium of $100 once they have completed all assigned applications.

Select members will be invited to participate in the Interview Committee. Members of the Interview Committee are only eligible for participation if they also participated in this year’s Reading Committee and successfully submitted all scores by the deadline. These members will be responsible for reviewing and scoring 20 prerecorded interviews. If you express interest in participating on the Interview Committee, we will invite you to join the committee by November 24, 2021.

Timeline of the Selection Committee application and review process

  • October 17, 2021: Applications to participate in the Reading Committee are due
  • October 21, 2021: Applicants are notified if they have been selected to join the Reading Committee
  • October 27, 2021: Reading Committee members application reviewing instructions and training resources
  • November 3, 2021: Reading Committee members receive applications and reviewing instructions
  • November 3–17, 2021: Reading Committee review period
  • November 17, 2021: Deadline for reviewing CSP fellow applications
  • November 24, 2021: Applicants are notified if they have been invited to join the Interview Committee
  • December 14, 2021January 10, 2022: Interview Committee review period
  • January 10, 2022: Deadline for reviewing CSP fellow interviews

Eligibility

Ideal readers are professionals with expertise in one or more of the program’s thematic areas, which include environmental issues, peace and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, and women and gender issues.

If you are interested in participating as a reader, please complete the application form by Sunday, October 17, 2021. Prior to completing your application, please review the Selection Committee Terms and Agreement. We will confirm with you by October 21, 2021, whether you have been selected as a reader.

How to apply

Read the Selection Committee Terms and Conditions (PDF, 221 KB).

Begin Your Application

Questions?

E-mail: csp@irex.org