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ANNOUNCING THE 2015 SENIOR MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE (SMI)

The Institutional Development Program of the World Blind Union in collaboration with the University of Pretoria and the South African National Council for the Blind are pleased to announce the 2015 Senior Management Institute (SMI), a management course on disability and social development. Deadline to apply is February 28, 2015.  Application is attached at the bottom of this article.

Dates, Duration and Venue
The 2015 SMI will be an eight-week residential course to be offered from 4th May to 26th June 2015 at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Aim Of The Course   
The overall aim of the SMI is to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and operational capacity to improve and optimize their organizational practice in the field of disability and development.
Learning Objectives
  1. ​   To guide participants to explore the complexities of the management of non-profit organizations in a changing world.
  2.    To induct participants into critical thinking and the philosophical debates surrounding the various approaches and models in the provision of services to persons with disabilities.
  3.    To expose participants to a range of services for people with disabilities​ while providing them with skills and opportunities to review and evaluate their efficacy.
  4.   To expose participants to the role of technology in management and in the social and economic development of persons with disabilities.
  5.   To engage participants in analytical reasoning to achieve effectiveness in long term planning and strategic leadership.
Course Delivery Methods    
The course pedagogy is geared towards intensive interaction between participants and trainers who will learn from one another’s experience via a series of seminars and discussions on lessons derived from practice.
A third of the learning experience shall be though a series of classroom seminars and discussions while two-thirds shall be via research, assignments, critical reviews, self-study, internet and field placement.  
General areas of study are based on four modules of management and social development, namely. non-governmental organizational management and leadership; disability policy and social transformation; disability services design and delivery; and monitoring and evaluation of services for people with disabilities.
Course Completion Requirements
The SMI is an intensive eight-week course consisting of six weeks of coursework, one week of field assignment and one week of final paper preparation and presentation. The successful completion of the course requires participants to participate in all the sessions and undertake all assignments of the course.
Criteria For Assessment
1.         Pre-course assignments 5%
2.         Discussions and Class Participation: 10%
3.         Weekly Assignments (Five assignments at 5% each): 25%
4.         Modular Assignments (Three Assignments at 10% each): 30%
5.         Field Evaluation Report:  15%
6.         Final Project Report: 15%
A minimum of 50% is required for the final mark in order to successfully complete the course.
Eligible Applicants    
This course is aimed at managers/directors, senior personnel and other practitioners and providers of services for persons with visual impairments in Africa. The course requires individuals who are highly motivated and who can work with tight timelines in a fast-paced situation.
Eligibility Requirements       
Applicants must have a minimum of three years working experience in a leadership or management role in the field of disability; possess post-secondary education, demonstrate proficiency in English within a learning environment and be computer literate.  
In addition, applicants  are expected to be familiar with financial statements and accounting procedures.
Financial Information
Applicants who are accepted into the course will be required to meet the cost of the course. The total fees for the course, including tuition, accommodation and meals is USD 3,500 payable to the IDP. The IDP may subsidise some of these costs; however, this is not guaranteed.
In addition, successful applicants will need to arrange for their own travel, including airfare, visas, travel and medical insurance, etc., purchase of equipment, personal expenses, and pocket money. 
Application Procedure
The admission process for the SMI is very competitive as the course can only admit up to a maximum of 20 participants. Applicants are therefore advised to adhere to the application requirements. Any incomplete application shall not be considered.
All applicants must submit the following documents as part of their application dossier:
  1. The Course Application Form duly completed
  2. A detailed CV with information on education and employment history; including dates, qualifications, job titles, responsibilities, etc.
  3. Copies of highest Academic or professional testimonials
  4. A signed recommendation letter from the employer
  5. A short essay of not more than 1,200 words detailing the applicant’s personal and professional goals and how the applicant intends to achieve them through this course.
  6. A short essay of not more than 750 words describing how the SMI will benefit the goals of the applicant’s organization/agency upon return to his/her country.
Applications must be sent to Martin.Kieti@Perkins.Org to be received by 28th February 2015.