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CHC places fellows with organizations that are effective both on the ground and at the policy level. These can be international and local NGOs, U.S. government agencies, multi-lateral organizations or private sector entities. We look for organizations that:
- are effective in the fight to end hunger and poverty;
- take a participatory, holistic approach to food security;
- build local capacity and leadership, strengthen community participation, and foster gender equity, in line with aid effectiveness principles.
- enable the fellow to make substantive contributions to both program and policy initiatives; and
- provide active supervision.
Past host organizations have included the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Mercy Corps, Helen Keller International, Land O’Lakes, Inc. International Development, Concern Worldwide, ONE, World Cocoa Foundation, FHI 360, ACDI/VOCA, and the UN World Food Program. Click here to see a complete list of past and current Leland Host Organizations.
Leland Fellows are highly qualified and motivated individuals who can add great value to the organization where they are placed. The Leland Fellows come with advanced degrees, international experience, and an array of skills and expertise. Each fellowship placement aims to be a mutually beneficial one in which the fellow gains experience and expertise while the host organization benefits from the fellow’s skills and hard work.
Fellows usually spend their two-year fellowship with a single organization, first in a field office in Asia, Africa, or Latin America and then at headquarters during the second year. In this way, fellows obtain substantive experience in both programmatic as well as policy work and can apply what they learned in the field to help inform the development of sound organizational and governmental food security policies.
Working in Partnership
Partnerships with committed host organizations are critical to the success of the Leland Program. It is the fellow’s experience at the host organization that will ultimately determine whether the Program meets its stated objectives. Once a fellow has been placed, we depend on open and meaningful communication with field and policy supervisors to help ensure a positive fellowship experience for both the fellow and the organization.
Linking Field and Policy
The defining component of the Leland Program is its emphasis on giving fellows experience in both the field and policy components of development work. Accordingly, you will also be asked to indicate how the field and policy placements will build upon each other. We seek organizations that emphasize and support the fellow’s opportunity to address this critical link. We prefer that fellows be based in Washington, DC during their policy year.
Facilitating Effectiveness and Innovation in the Field
The Leland Program has a commitment to developing the professional capacities of our fellows, but also to fostering innovation in international food and nutrition security programming. We look for placements in projects that allow organizations to experiment or explore expanding into new areas that will increase the impact of current activities. We also prioritize placements that build local capacity and leadership, strengthen community participation, and foster gender equity, in line with aid effectiveness principles.
Host Organization Requirements
Participating host organizations are responsible for providing:
- Work plan: The work plan should provide the fellow with substantive experience and the opportunity to fully integrate him/herself into the organization and to be part of a program/project team. Through experience, CHC has learned that the best work plans are those that are developed collaboratively with the fellow. Fellowship placements are most useful to both the fellow and to the host organization when the fellow is given a concrete role, deliverables, well-defined objectives, and thoughtful, active supervision.
- Supervision: Field and policy supervisors manage the fellow’s work, provide oversight and guidance, and give regular constructive feedback. Supervisors should be readily accessible to Leland staff and the fellow and meet regularly with the fellow to assess progress, review work quality, and address any difficulties that arise. We recommend that the supervisor be the person who will most closely manage the fellow’s work day-to-day.
- Office Space/Equipment and Work Related Travel: Host organizations must provide an appropriate workspace and all supplies and equipment necessary for the fellow to carry out their work plan. Host organizations are responsible for paying all work related travel in line with organizational protocols for employee travel.
- Travel to and from Field Site: Host organizations are responsible for the fellow’s travel to and from the field site. If the policy site location is also overseas, host organizations will be required to cover the cost of their fellow’s roundtrip airfare during the second year of the fellowship as well.
- Visa/Work Permit: Host organizations are required to assist fellows in the visa process by providing necessary documentation and support to ensure that fellows are authorized to work in their respective countries. Host organizations are also required to cover all costs associated with obtaining the fellow’s visa and/or work permit.
- Cost Share: Host organizations are responsible for a cost share of $8500 per year to help cover the costs of running the Leland Program.
- Overseas Emergency Insurance: Host organizations are required to include the fellow on their overseas emergency insurance plan in the unlikely event of a political, security, or medical emergency.
- Housing: Host organizations are asked to provide the fellow assistance in finding suitable and secure housing.
During their service, CHC provides the fellows:
- Financial support: Each fellow receives a financial package that includes a stipend, public market health insurance premium support, and additional subsidies toward housing and relocation costs.
- Leadership development training: CHC provides the fellows two extended training sessions, one at the start of each fellowship year, that focus on developing leadership skills. Other training events and opportunities that fellows can access remotely are scheduled throughout the fellowship.
- Advising: Throughout the fellowship, each fellow receives intensive professional development advising from a member of the Leland Program staff.
- Professional Development Funds: Fellows may apply for additional funds in order to access courses, conferences or skills trainings to complement the work they are doing at their placements.
- Membership in a dynamic learning cohort of fellows: Each fellowship class comprises a valuable learning community. Accordingly, we select placements and fellows in order to ensure a diversity of subject matter, type of work, experience and background.
- Connection to an extensive network of alumni, partners and experts.
The Leland Program is funded primarily through a federal grant; fellows may not participate in any lobbying activities.