Call for Applications, 2023 to 2024, first Cohort of Fellows


Puntland Minority Women Development Organization (PMWDO) is a legally registered Community Service Organization (CSO) established in 2001 in Galkayo District of Mudug Region, Puntland State, Somalia. PMWDO was established by a group of women professionals from Minority groups as a response to the need for the provision of essential social services for these marginalized people and as a platform to champion their fundamental rights as bonafide citizens of Somalia. PMWDO aims at improving social welfare and building the capacity of marginalized minority women and children through the provision of Primary Education, Health Care Services, and Capacity Building Training in Environmental Management and Income Generation for the long-term sustainability of Development. PMWDO visions a society where all minority persons access basic services in health, education, and livelihoods without discrimination in a peaceful environment


About the program

In partnership with United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), Puntland Minority Women Development Organisation on the proposed project plans to place young professional fellows who are from minority communities as workers in local government offices and similar decision-making structures.  Minority fellows will act as a bridge across the trust divide. They will earn the respect of civil servants as a result of their work and contribution. They will share their knowledge of how local government functions and how to best influence decisions with their communities.  Minority clan members are disproportionately excluded from local decision-making across Somalia and they do not have trust in mechanisms to include and listen to them. The project plans to recruit suitable fellows who are committed, hardworking, diplomatic, assertive, and rights aware and support them to complete placements in relevant offices, build a track record to enable them to compete for posts which will aid diversity and inclusion of staffing which will contribute to improved and increasingly inclusive decisions. 

The project plans to recruit in the first cohort 10 fellows from Somaliland and Jubaland, Hirshabelle, and Puntland for a 9 months job placement.

The project plans to ensure media coverage of the fellows and their journeys, with both decision-makers and minority communities informed about the benefits of diversity.  Fellows will gain from training, experience, and on the job learning as well as mentoring and funded grants to support additional learning to become highly valued team members


  • Computer literate i.e. word, excel, PowerPoint
  • Proficiency in English
  • 19-30 years old with at least one year of university education from Somalia Bantu, Gabooye, Tumaal, Yibir minority groups, Awer and Eyle, Bajuni, Bravanese, Benadiri any other minority clan as under the 4.5 formula.
  • 30- 60 years old, low-middle income/ high school education from Somalia Bantu, Gabooye, Tumaal, Yibir minority groups, Awer and Eyle, Bajuni, Bravanese, Benadiri any other minority clan as under the 4.5 formula.
  • The applicants must be a resident of Hirshabelle, Jubaland, Puntland, and Somaliland minority clans
  •  Able to commit to the Fellowship duration (9 months)
  •  Proactive and possess strong interpersonal skills


Professionalism: In-depth knowledge and understanding of socio-economic and political development issues; conceptual and strategic ability to analyze and evaluate critical matters pertaining to socio-economic and political issues.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Ability to present

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal

Conditions of Fellowship

The following conditions will apply:

  1. The candidate applying for this fellowship programme must be of the indicated age brackets at the time of the application;
  2. The candidate must be a Somali national;
  3. They must be able to travel for training
  4. The candidate should be able to document his or her process during the fellowship
  5. The candidate should be able to participate in online forums and debates
  6. The applicant should submit a letter proving he or she is from a minority community. The letter should be from the clan elder and detailed (can be written in Somali) Additional questions on this point may be asked and additional checks may be needed
  7. The candidates should provide reference names and contacts of elders to ascertain himself/herself is from the minority community

Interested applicants should

  • Applicants should submit an application letter of not more than one page stating their professional goals and why they are applying for the fellowship
  • Applicants should either send a 2 minutes video in English identifying issues affecting your community which you feel you could have solved it differently for a better outcome
  • No late applications will be accepted.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Attach certified copies of your academic certificates


To apply please click the link to proceed before applying please prepare the required documents as stated on the link

For any inquiry email subject line Inclusion Fellowships for Minority Youth   first cohort 2023/2024