Global Citizen Skills Training Program

Global Citizen is committed to support building the skills of young South Africans and future generations as part of its ongoing efforts to achieve a world free from extreme poverty by 2030. Unemployment among South Africa’s youth is at crisis levels, standing at over 50%. Young people often have an education and skills but they can’t get jobs because they don’t have work experience and they can’t get work experience if they don’t have previous work experience.  

Global Citizen will support developing youth skills through a number of efforts:

  1. Global Citizen Fellowship Program: Global Citizen is offering year-long paid fellowships to young South Africans to gain valuable work experience. The Global Citizen Fellowship Program will begin in late 2018 across the four key areas of the Global Citizen model: content, campaigns, marketing, and events.

    • This fellowship program will be for approximately 5-10 people depending upon the size of Global Citizen’s Johannesburg office. 

  2. Vendor priority for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100. A criteria for vendor selection for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 will be the vendor’s commitment to and investment in skills training. Other factors that will inform vendor selection includes experience, capabilities, quality, and value.

    • As a direct result of this vendor selection criteria, we estimate approximately 50 young people will receive training and/or work experience.

    • As far as possible, this will include stadium vendors, along with vendors working with sponsors and partners.

  3. The Gauteng Provincial Government’s Tshepo 1Million and Global Citizen Volunteer Programme:
    • This volunteer program is a partnership between Global Citizen, and Tshepo 1 Million powered by Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, to work with approximately 75 unemployed youth in the Gauteng area in support of Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in December.

    • This program is being funded by Tshepo 1 Million, a youth skills empowerment initiative by the Gauteng Provincial Government provides young people with pathways into demand-led learning, short-term jobs , long-term jobs and self-employment.

    • Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator is a not-for-profit social enterprise with extensive experience building solutions and innovations that can solve the global youth unemployment challenge. Harambee partners with business, government, young people and many others who are committed to results that can work at scale. Harambee will help identify the partners and provide leadership training.

  4. Short-Term Training Program at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100. Global Citizen is seeking a skills training partner to help us provide meaningful short-term placements in the lead-up to and on the day of Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100. 

    • The skills training opportunities will last between one week and two months in the following areas:

      1. Written and video content 

      2. Media and marketing 

      3. Event management and production

      4. Campaigning

    • This short-term training program will be for approximately 25-50 people, working alongside Global Citizen’s professional staff from South Africa and around the world.

Global Citizen is looking for an organization that will support our short-term training program at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 by providing the following services:

  1. Finalisation of scope, curriculum, timeline, and approach, including number and duration of placements 

  2. Oversight of recruitment and selection process for trainees

  3. Actively leading, collaborating, and supervising implementation and execution of the programs

  4. Briefing for Global Citizen staff on how to create the best possible experience for trainees

  5. Project management of the traineeships — including offering support to both trainees and Global Citizen staff throughout the process

  6. Final report on success of the placements, informed by both quantitative and qualitative data

Request for Proposals

Global Citizen seeks written proposals of no more than three (3) pages from qualified organisations to lead the Global Citizen Short-Term Training Program by Monday, September 3, 2018. After review of the proposals by a selection panel, shortlisted organizations will be asked to interview in mid-September and the final selection will occur by the end of September.  

Proposals should contain the following:

  1. Summary of relevant experience and qualifications 

  2. Proposed approach to select applicants

  3. Activities to be undertaken for the programs

  4. Detailed budget

To submit to become Global Citizen’s program lead for the Short-Term Training Program described above, please email the above information to