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LEAD Albania

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.

About

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.

Current Class

The 2016 Class of LEAD Albania Fellows

Erion Fejzulla is currently pursuing a PhD at Europa Institute of Leiden University in the Netherlands. He received a Master of Arts in Democracy and Human Rights in Southeast Europe from the Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies, University of Sarajevo. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Tirana. He started his career in the Ministry of Integration as an Officer in the Internal Market Directorate. Erion has worked as legal expert doe projects funded by various agencies like the European Commission, World Bank, Council of Europe, OSCE etc. His work focused on drafting, reviewing and improving legislation. Erion has also served as the Executive Director of  LIST center (Legal Information and Study Team), a local non-profit organization. He is the co-author of the “Law Drafting Manual: a guide to the legislative process in Albania”. Host institution: Prime Minister’s Office.

Dritan Palnikaj holds a Law degree from the University of Tirana and is currently pursuing a PhD at the same university, where his area of focus is European Union enlargement and issues of community law implementation. Dritan is an attorney and specializes in property rights and has worked for a private law firm in Tirana. He built an important professional experience as inspector and legal representative of the Property Restitution and Compensation Agency in the Ministry of Justice. Dritan has participated in several scientific conferences and published several research papers in Albania. During his university studies he was Chairman of the Student Government and represented the University in the Faculty Council and University Senate. Dritan has volunteered at the Legal Civic Initiatives Center and Motiv Plus. Host Institution: Prime Minister’s Office.

Bruxhilda Kito is an engineer who graduated from the Agriculture University of Tirana. She also earned a Post Master’s degree in International Relations from the Albanian University of Tirana. Bruxhilda has 10 years of experience in public administration. She has worked for the military for 5 years as an Office Administrator to the Chief of Command. Bruxhilda’s experience includes Protocol Specialist for the Ministry of Defense, an expert at the NATO Registry Office, and Protocol Officer to the Chief of General Staff of the Albanian Army. During her service for the Ministry of Defense, she specialized in security issues. Bruxhilda earned the “COSMIC” security certification for administration of NATO classified documents. In award of her outstanding performance, the General Staff of the Albanian Army has awarded Bruxhilda the “Special Services” medal. Host Institution: Ministry of Interior.

Klodiana Beshku has a PhD in Geopolitics from the University of Pisa in Italy. Her research focused on the role of the international community in the dissolution of former Yugoslavia and the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina. She received her BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Siena and her MA in European Studies through a joint program of University of Siena and University Robert Schuman – Strasbourg III. Klodiana lectured for many years at the universities of Tirana and Durrës where she focused primarily on international organizations, geopolitics, political and social movements, regional security, etc. Recently, she chaired the Political Science Department of the Social Science Faculty at the University of Tirana. Since 2008 she is chief editor of “Politikja”, a journal published by the same department. She publishes regularly in scientific journals and writes editorials in local newspapers. She has volunteered for UNICEF during her studies in Siena. Host institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Enton Duro holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Tirana. His research focused on economic growth models, particularly on the convergence and catch-up process of Western Balkan countries transition towards the European Union. He is the author and co-author of many academic papers in national and international conferences. Enton has completed Master of Science in Economic European Studies through a joint program of the University of Tirana and University of Bamberg. From 2009, Enton is full-time lecturer at the University of Tirana, Faculty of Economics, mainly in the macroeconomics and economics of development, addressing topics such as as inequality, poverty and good-governance. Previously, he worked at the National Institute of Statistics and as a local expert in development projects. Enton is active in leading academic student activities, academic debates, etc. Host institution: Ministry of Finance.

Lumturi Hoxha is a chemical engineer. She is currently pursuing a PhD whereby her research work focuses on “Innovavive technologies for treatment of water contaminated in extracting and refining of the oil area in Albania”. She completed a Master of Science from the University of Genova (Italy) on “Innovative Membrane Technologies for Waste and Drinking Water Treatment”. She received another Master in Chemistry from the University of Tirana on “Treatment of Raw and Waste Materials”. Lumturi worked for years at ARMO as a Production Engineer and Project Manager. She worked for various Italian companies operating in areas of water and energy where she held technical and managerial positions. Lumturi volunteers for the Development and Solidarity Association which focuses on study and research of the heavily polluted area of Ballsh-Patos-Marinzë. She has participated in several scientific conferences and published research articles on water treatment issues. Host institution: Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.

Ekflodia Leskaj holds two university degrees from University of Paris II – Panthéon – Assas, one in European Law and one in Business Law. She received her LL.M in International and European Law from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Ekflodia has more than 8 years of professional experience, practicing law in the private sector in Albania. In her early career as assistant attorney in a law firm in Tirana, she participated in the process of drafting the legislation on the National Registration Center. Ekflodia has worked as Senior Associate at Drakopoulos Law Firm in Tirana and Senior Regulatory Lawyer for Vodafone Albania. In the recent years, she was an attorney at law and partner at Drakopoulos Law Firm specializing in corporate, commercial, EU and competition, data protection, labor and tax law. Being an authorized representative of the Albanian Patents and Trademarks Office and European Patents Office, she has a wide expertise in copyright and industrial property law. Ekflodia has also participated in several conferences and is the author of several legal articles and papers in the field of intellectual property and competition law. Host institution: Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship.

Gerion Dhimo holds a Master degree in computer science from University of Tirana. He holds another Masters in information security management from Gjovik University College which is part of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. In his career in the IT sector, he brings a combination of experience in the private sector and government agencies where he held various technical and managerial positions. Gerion has developed his professional interest in designing and implementing technological solutions for improvement of management and performance of public sector in areas of health, education, justice, property registration, public administration. Gerion has worked as contractor in several development projects funded by various agencies like the European Commission, World Health Organization and UNDP. Host institution: State Minister of Innovation and Public Administration.

Jonila Gabrani holds a university degree in finance from University of Tirana, Faculty of Economy. She received her master of science from Our Lady of Good Counsel University in Tirana in “Leadership and organization of healthcare Institutions”. She worked in banking for several years before she started her career as lecturer at the Public Health Faculty of the Medical University of Tirana. Her primary interests for study and research include health management and human resources management. Jonila volunteers for the National Association of Public Health in numerous awareness and promotional campaigns in rural and remote areas. In 2006, during her studies at University of Tirana, she was member of the University Team in the SIFE competition (Students in Free Enterprise). Jonila is actively involved in health issues at EHMA (European Health Management Association) and COST events (Cooperation in Science and Technology). Her current research engagement is connected with Berkeley University of California where she is co-authoring a book on Mental Health Systems in South East Europe. Jonila counts several publications in peer-review journals related to her research projects. Host institution: Ministry of Health.

Marsida Duli is nephrologist in her profession. She is currently completing a PhD at the Medical University of Tirana. Marsida received her master of science in health services management from University of Siena in Italy. For more than six years she lectured health organization at public and private universities. Her areas of expertise include health organization, health management and nephrology services. During her studies, Marsida was student representative for Medical Faculty in the student government. She has volunteered for humanitarian organizations like Red Cross and Malteser Albania. Marsida has published regularly in national and international scientific journals on topics like health policies, Albanian health system and health services management. Host institution: Ministry of Health.

Alumni

Fellows are currently conceptualizing the structure for the Alumni network which will promote LEAD Albania in the years ahead.

Selection

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.

The online application for the LEAD Albania Program are now closed. The applications for the class of 2018 of LEAD Albania will go live on January 15, 2017 on the AADF website and must be submitted by March 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM (CET). It is recommended that submission of the application is a few days earlier than the deadline in case of technical difficulties.

 

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.

 

FAQ

What is the LEAD Albania Program?

The LEAD Albania Program (Leadership Experience And Development) is an initiative of the AADF for leadership development. The concept of the program is derived from the White House Fellows Program in the United States. Its purpose is to provide gifted young Albanian professionals with first-hand experience in the process of governing Albania and a sense of personal involvement in the leadership of society through a one-year Fellowship placement attached to a top-ranking government position.
Fellows also participate in an Education Program where they will meet with a series of individuals including the Prime Minister, Ministers, Constitutional Court Justices, Advisers and other senior central government officials, Members of Parliament, military leaders, journalists, historians, business executives, leaders from non-government organizations, and foreign heads of state or diplomats as opportunities arise. There will also be a series of seminars on European integration, public policy, decision making, foreign policy, security policy, leadership, soft skills, etc.

What is the mission of the program?

Its purpose is to provide gifted young Albanian professionals with first-hand experience in the process of governing Albania and a sense of personal involvement in the leadership of society.

What type of individual is the program seeking to find?

The LEAD Albania program management and the selection commission is looking for individuals who are most likely to fullfill the mission of the program. The following criteria are considered when selecting the 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.

These qualities combined with the strength of one’s character are taken into consideration when selecting a class for the Program.

Who is the Selection Commission of LEAD Albania Program composed of?

The Selection Commission on 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.

What is the program schedule and selection timeline?

Interested candidates can apply online at the application section of our website. All applications must be submitted with supporting documents by March 15.  Please see application section for more details.

What is expected of a LEAD Albania Fellow during the program year?

Being a Fellow in the LEAD Albania Program is an honor, a privilege, and a full-time commitment. Fellows are expected to fully engage in their work placement, which lies at the heart of the Fellowship. Work placements can offer unparalleled experience working with Government officials on challenging issues. The work often requires long hours and, at times, unglamorous duties that require as much perseverance as ability on the Fellows’ part. The work placement may also require travel on behalf of the host institution. The Education component augments and enhances the work experience through seminars, workshops, round-tables, etc.

How do I apply?

The online application will go live on January 15, 2017 on the AADF website and must be submitted by March 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM (CET). It is recommended that submission of the application is a few days earlier than the deadline in case of technical difficulties.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • 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.

Can I be a Fellow if I have dual citizenship?

Applicants must hold Albanian citizenship, dual citizenship is acceptable.

Are there age restrictions?

There are no age restrictions. However, the Fellowship program was created to give selected Albanians the experience of public service early in their careers.

Does a candidate need to be of the same political party as the current principals of the host institutions?

No, fellowships are awarded strictly on a non-partisan basis.

What is the best approach for handling recommendation letters?

Applicants are asked to submit only three references. It is best to have recommendations from individuals who know you well and can fully answer the questions that are asked in the application. For example, a recommendation letter from a prominent person is not helpful if that individual cannot speak about your background and character.

At least one recommendation should be from an individual that can speak to your professional competence and accomplishments in your field. At least one recommendation should come from someone with knowledge of your community and civic activities.

In addition, one recommendation should be from your current supervisor, if applicable. A recommendation from a prior supervisor is acceptable, but a current supervisor is preferred.

If selected, can I continue to participate in organizations in which I currently serve such as corporate and government boards, or on local councils?

LEAD Albania Fellows are considered full-time employees of the host institutions and are subject to the Albanian laws and regulations. These standards prohibit Fellows from receiving any salary or any contribution or supplementation of salary from any source other than the LEAD Albania program. If outside activity that is uncompensated conflicts with your official duties, then you will not be able to continue that outside activity.

Service on advisory boards and other types of committees is evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if Fellows may continue the outside activity based on the precise nature of the activity and the official duties performed while serving as an employee of the host institution in the program.

Are applicants required to submit financial disclosures if selected? What happens if there is a conflict of interest with my investments and my assignment?

Certain placements will require that a financial disclosure form be submitted.

Conflict of interest matters that arise will be handled on a case-by-case basis according to all applicable laws and regulations. If you have questions during the application process about potential conflicts of interest, please contact the LEAD Albania Program office to inquire.

Are applicants required to undergo a security and background investigation?

The winning Finalists recommended to the host institutions are required to submit comprehensive background information, and must be qualified to pass a security clearance. The winning Finalists must submit the following documents: penal certificate, the respective certificates from court and prosecution and the bailiff office certificate. The host institution may conduct further background investigation and certify your security clearance by the Albanian National Security Authority.

If it appears that a security clearance will not be possible, a winning Finalist will be notified by the Program Director and will not be able to become a Fellow.

Please be assured that all of this information is carefully protected and kept confidential. Panelists and Commissioners do not have access to background investigation information. Information provided by candidates who ultimately are not selected will be destroyed.

How is the class of Fellows selected?

The selection process is very competitive. The LEAD Albania Program staff screen the applications to identify the most promising candidates. Approximately 50 of the most qualified applicants are selected to be interviewed in the first round by a panel from the AADF. Based on the results of the interviews from the first round, Program Management selects approximately 30 candidates to proceed for the second round. The Selection Commission, which is comprised of representatives of AADF and prominent personalities from academia, public and private sector then interviews the group and recommends 10-15 outstanding candidates to host institutions for a one-year appointment as Fellows. These candidates interview with the respective principals of host institutions, who make the final decision.

How should I prepare for the interviews?

We recommend that candidates prepare as they would for any other interview. We also recommend the following:

• Knowledge of your application, as each application is carefully studied.
• Study current events. One of the essential qualities of a LEAD Albania Fellow is that they are citizens of the larger world.
• Be current on key issues in your professional field.
• Develop a clear articulation about why you should be selected.

What is required of first round selected candidates?

First round candidates are expected to participate in an interview that determines the selection of the candidates for the second round interviews with the Selection Commission. The interviews are scheduled in July and will take place in Tirana. Interviews are conducted by an interviewing panel created by the AADF. Travel arrangements are the responsibility of each selected candidate.

What is required of second round selected candidates?

The selected candidates from the first round are interviewed by the members of the Selection Commission on the LEAD Albania Program. Travel arrangements are the responsibility of each candidate.

How are interviews with the host institutions conducted and how is placement determined?

Two to three finalists are recommended to every host institution. The individuals who are recommended have to participate in a series of briefings and interviews with the principals of the host institutions to make the final selection and determine their fellowship work placements. Travel arrangements are the responsibility of each Finalist.

Can a Fellow remain in his/her placement after the Fellowship year?

The Fellowship year concludes in fall of the following year, and the program encourages Fellows to return to their communities and professions. The Fellow can be asked to continue at an agency, but not in their capacity as a Fellow.

What is the Education component?

The Education component augments and enhances the work placement experience. Fellows are expected to fully participate in the Education component, which includes seminars, workshops, trips, round-table discussions etc. Each class meets with dozens of individuals including the President of the Republic, Prime Minister, Ministers, members of justice institutions, senior government officials, Members of Parliament, military leaders, journalists, historians, business executives, leaders from non-governmental organizations, diplomats in Tirana and high representatives of other countries visiting Tirana.

Are Fellows provided with compensation and benefits like salary and health insurance during the program year?

The AADF shall provide Fellows with a full salary package, including health and social security, for the entire year. Their remuneration is equivalent in accordance with the pay scale of the government agency where assigned. The Program provides travel allowances for domestic and international travel, equipment for the workstations (if needed), and training allowances.

Does the Fellowship provide housing during the Fellowship year?

No. Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements.

Can Fellows receive outside income from other sources (private or public) during the program year?

LEAD Albania Fellows are considered full-time employees of the host institutions, they are part of the AADF payroll and are subject to the Albanian laws and regulations. These standards prohibit Fellows from receiving salaries or contribution from other sources.

Fellows cannot continue any outside activity that conflicts with official duties. Service on advisory boards and other types of committees are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

How are previously scheduled commitments or vacation handled during the Fellowship year?

The program year is a full-time commitment, with work, education, travel, and fellowship responsibilities. Almost all activities are mandatory. Only under special circumstances, and with approval by the Program Director, are Fellows excused from activities.

If you currently have a multitude of personal commitments, vacations, or issues, we strongly encourage you to reconsider the timing of the application. Each Fellow and the full class benefit most from full participation and engagement.

Where can I direct additional questions?

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.

Apply

Thank you for your interest in LEAD Albania Program. The application period for the class of 2017 is closed. Applications for the class of 2018 of LEAD Albania Program will begin on January 15, 2017 and will end on March 15th, 2017, at 5 pm.

News

  • 04.21.2016

    LEAD Albania Fellows and Alumni meet with Minister of Finance, Mr. Arben Ahmetaj

    LEAD Albania Fellows and Alumni meet with Minister of Finance, Mr. Arben Ahmetaj

    On April 21, 2016, LEAD Albania Fellows 2016 and LEAD Albania Alumni met with Minister of Finance, Mr. Arben Ahmetaj, including Staff from the Minister’s Cabinet and the Ministry of Finance. The meeting focused on matters of public finance, current developments in Albania, and issues of governance and leadership from the perspective and experience of Minister Ahmetaj.

     

  • 03.09.2016

    LEAD Albania Fellows 2016 meet with Ambassador Donald Lu

    LEAD Albania Fellows met with H.E Mr. Donald Lu, Ambassador of the United States of America in Albania. The meeting focused on the recent reforms in the country, the relations and cooperation of the U.S with the Albanian government, and the latest political and economic developments in Albania. The Fellows showed particular interest in the experiences and challenges of leadership from the Ambassador’s personal perspective and the Ambassador’s view on the engagement of women in leadership and strengthening their role in decision-making.

  • 02.19.2016

    LEAD Albania Alumni Program, “Justice System Reform and Social Justice” event

    LEAD Albania Alumni Program, “Justice System Reform and Social Justice” event

    In the framework of the World Day of Social Justice, LEAD Albania Alumni organized the “Justice System Reform and Social Justice” event, which was supported by the Ministry of Justice. Invitees included Minister of Justice, Ylli Manjani; US Deputy Ambassador, Mr. David Muniz, AADF Co-CEO, Mr. Aleksander Sarapuli, LEAD Albania fellows and alumni, supporters of LEAD Albania, as well as other experts from the legal field and academia.

    During his speech, Deputy US Ambassador, Mr. Muniz congratulated the AADF for the creation of the “LEAD Albania” program- a development initiative for leadership experience in Albania and praised the Albania LEAD Alumni participants for this activity, encouraging them to continue to contribute to judicial reform, so that the latter is implemented accordingly. Minister Manjani also thanked the alumni for the initiative and thanked AADF for their in the selection of such professionals, who are making an important contribution to public institutions and Albanian society. Minister Manjani said he was willing to support LEAD Albania in all future endeavors.

    Members of the LEAD Albania alumni moderated the event and spoke about various issues related to judicial reform, as well as the importance of a code for minors, quality and enforcement of legislation to strengthen the rule of law, administration of justice and social justice, the principles of social justice and implementation and read a quote from President George Washington.

    The LEAD Albania program is an AADF initiative for the development of leadership in Albania, which supports the development and strengthening of the Alumni Network.

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  • 02.15.2016

    LEAD Albania Program on Dite e Re, Ora News

    We invite you to watch the LEAD Albania Program Interview featuring Denada Kakeli, LEAD Albania Project Coordinator, Ujvara Ponari, LEAD Alumni Coordinator, Klodiana Beshku, LEAD Albania Class of 2016 on Dite e Re, Ora News.

  • 02.05.2016

    AADF Co-CEO Mr. Martin Mata interview with Endri Xhafo on LEAD Albania program

    The AADF Co-CEO, Mr. Martin Mata interview at ABC News with Endri Xhafo about LEAD Albania program.

  • 01.08.2016

    LEAD Albania 2016: Training on diplomatic protocol, event management and business etiquette – Shkodra, 8 – 10 January 2016

    LEAD Albania 2016: Training on diplomatic protocol, event management and business etiquette – Shkodra, 8 – 10 January 2016

    LEAD Albania Fellows of 2016 participated in trainings on “Diplomatic Protocol and Event Management” and “Business Etiquette” that were organized by the AADF in cooperation with Futuré Center, in Shkodra, on January 8 – 10, 2016. The Fellows acquired knowledge and simulated the signing of a bilateral agreement, a joint press conference, an official reception ceremony and a state dinner. The training also served as a team-building activity for the Fellows.

  • 01.05.2016

    LEAD Albania Class 2014 & 2015 meet with AADF Co-CEOs

    LEAD Albania Class 2014 & 2015 meet with AADF Co-CEOs

    AADF Co-CEOs Mr. Aleksandër Sarapuli and Mr. Martin Mata met with the LEAD Albania Class 2014 & Class 2015 to discuss the establishment and development of a LEAD Albania Alumni Network. Fellows had an open discussion on issues related to the necessary steps and structure/platform required for the establishment and functioning of the Alumni Network. The AADF Co-CEOs expressed their willingness to further discuss the organization and support of the Alumni network.

  • 12.21.2015

    LEAD Albania 2016 meets with Minister of Justice Ylli Manjani

    LEAD Albania 2016 meets with Minister of Justice Ylli Manjani

    LEAD Albania Class 2016 met with Minister of Justice, Ylli Manjani and his cabinet. The meeting was moderated by Mr. Bledar Dervishaj, Advisor to the Minister, a LEAD Albania 2014 Fellow. The agenda focused on justice reform, current developments in Albania, and issues of governance and leadership from the perspective and experience of Minister Manjani.

  • 12.03.2015

    First training sessions for LEAD Albania Fellows 2016

    First training sessions for LEAD Albania Fellows 2016

    LEAD Albania 2016 Fellows attended the training modules on “Introduction to Public Administration and the Role of Advisor” and “Communication and Time Management”. These trainings were provided through Future Center and led by Mr. Arben Shkodra on December 3 – 5, 2015.  These are of the first activities that the AADF organizes for the LEAD Albania 2016 Fellows in the framework of the education component. Training topics included legal framework and organization of public administration, functioning of key institutions, role of advisers in public administration, administrative procedures and processes, as well as communication and time management. The education component is also enriched with other interactive activities such as seminars, trainings, trips, roundtables, etc., where Fellows will have the opportunity to discuss topics related to the European integration, public policy, decision-making, foreign policy, security policy, leadership, social skills, etc.

  • 11.06.2015

    Memorandum of Understanding between the AADF and University of Tirana on LEAD Albania

    Memorandum of Understanding between the AADF and University of Tirana on LEAD Albania

    In the framework of the LEAD Albania –  leadership development program of AADF – a Memorandum of Understanding between the Albanian-American Development Foundation and University of Tirana was signed on November 6, 2015, in the premises of the University of Tirana. The Memorandum facilitates one year leave of University’s faculty to participate in the LEAD Albania Program, if they manage to successfully pass all the selection stages. The Memorandum also paves the way for cooperation in other areas of mutual interest of both institutions. Involvement of experienced faculty from the University of Tirana as Fellows of the LEAD Albania Program, will serve to bridge university and scientific research with the governance and policymaking. The program offers an excellent opportunity also to faculty and researchers to make their contribution to national issues and also develop themselves through direct experience in policymaking, governance and decision-making at the highest levels of the public sector.

Alumni

Fellows are currently conceptualizing the structure for the Alumni network which will promote LEAD Albania in the years ahead.

Calendar

March/April

First round selection
Applicants are notified in March/April if they have been selected for first round interviews. If selected, they will receive a notification explaining the time and location for interviews.

May

First round interviews
First round interviews will be conducted by an AADF panel. The candidates selected for the second round of interviews with the Selection Commission will be notified of the time and location by e-mail.

June

Interviews by the Selection Commission
Candidates will be interviewed by the Selection Commission in the second round of interviews. These interviews will determine which Fellows will be recommended to the host institutions.

July

Interviews with host institutions
The finalists recommended by the Selection Commission will interview with principals at the host institutions.  Host institutions will make the final decision.

September/October

Final design of individual placements.
Fellowship year begins with an October launching ceremony.