CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Nigerian National Accreditation System (NiNAS) is commencing National Quality Infrastructure Graduate Fellowship Program (NQI-GF) to reduce the manpower gap in the NQI system. NiNAS recognize the huge business value qualified young professionals can bring to Nigerian business sector and need to grow future leaders for the QI Systems. Nigeria needs a workforce with new skills to manage innovations and developing technical change and technical support to agencies of standards, metrology, accreditation, and conformity assessment that is not readily available from the academic institutions.
The recently approved Federal Executive Council (FEC) policy, Nigeria National Quality Policy provides huge job opportunities to Quality Infrastructure professionals due to demand for personnel to be created during the implementation of this important policy both in the private and public sector.
Furthermore, as Africa begins to trade amongst themselves under African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) since January 2021, experts have expressed optimism that AfCFTA presents potential to African youth as they are tipped to work beyond their individual countries. The young people have been urged to look at which opportunities they want to pursue and demonstrate the stamina to stick with it. The AfCFTA promises to boost small and medium sized enterprises by 80% in Africa’s growth by using regional markets as stepping stones for expanding into overseas markets outside Africa.
The opportunities for trade and business in AfCFTA, call for supporting infrastructure and human resource development in the industrial sector. In response to the need for the huge lack of manpower and experts gap to run the nation’s Quality Infrastructure (NQI) now and for the future, NiNAS is working with Partners and sister agencies to address this gap.
This commitment to support young people through the NQI-GF will provide opportunity for beneficiaries to be easily integrated into the NQI that will in turn complement the various ongoing initiatives conceived and designed to fight and reduce unemployment among Nigerian youth. The NQI-GF is designed to develop a pool of young workforce to be utilised by the QI institutions such as Standards, Accreditation, Food and Drug Agency, Consumer protection, metrology, conformity assessment, etc.
The Fellowship program will expose participants in the followings areas of Quality Infrastructure:
Based on the need assessment, a mapping and selection of relevant professions will be done to identify potential target beneficiaries. They are fresh graduates with Second Class Honours in the below disciplines who are interested to grow their careers in the NQI.
(Physical sciences, Biological sciences, Medical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Accounting, Communications, Information Technology, Law, Engineering, and architecture).
Duration of the Fellowship is 4 Weeks, 1 week in Abuja (Physical) and 3 Weeks online. For those Selected, Feeding and accommodation will be provided for during their one-week class in Abuja only. Selected candidates must prove that they have a computer and internet connectivity throughout the Fellowship Programme. Application Closes on March 10, 2021. NiNAS is an equal opportunity employer.
We are committed to ensuring that the successful graduates become gainfully employed in the quality institutions or industries through our collaborative efforts. It is however not a guarantee that every Fellow shall secure employment. NiNAS and her partners are NOT by this gesture undertaking to employ the Fellows.
National Quality Infrastructure Graduate Fellowship Program is designed and developed by Nigeria National Accreditation System and funded by United Kingdom Global Trade Program through the Foreign Commonwealth Development Office and Implemented by British Standards Institute BSI and Nigeria National Accreditation System, NiNAS.