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Selection process

The Selection Process for Members of the Female Expertise Pool
Bamako, Ouagadougou, Niamey
January-February 2020

The selection of members of the female pool of expertise took place in an inclusive and transparent process which included five steps:

First step: The call for candidates

At the end of the symposia of women’s civil society organizations in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, recommendations were made on the criteria for selecting future members of the pool of female expertise in matters of security. These criteria inspired the call for candidates. It was with this call that the process of identifying the direct beneficiaries of the project began.

The call for applications was open from October 25, 2019 to November 25, 2019. It was extended in Niger and Burkina Faso until December 20, 2019 due to the lack of representativeness of certain regions of these countries among the applications collected.

This call for applications made it possible to collect 389 applications in Mali, 79 in Niger and 105 in Burkina Faso, for a total of 573 women who expressed their interest in joining the pool across the three countries. These applications came from all regions of these three countries.

Second step: Preselection of candidates

The preselection of the candidacies was made by a selection committee constituting de facto. This committee, made up each time by representatives of civil society organizations and the project implementation team (WANEP and DDG), had the main obligation to ensure the transparency of the selection process for members of the pool of feminine expertise.

Thus, after receipt of the application files in each country, a screening session of the applications received was held by the selection committee.

After the candidates were counted in December 2019 by the selection committee, 30 candidates per country were selected to pass a written assessment.

Third step: Written assessment of candidates

The purpose of this step was to assess the candidates on their capacities for analysis and understanding of the security context of their regions and to understand the role they attribute to women in the consolidation of peace and security in their communities. .

After correcting the responses received by each member of the selection committee, a compilation of the ratings made it possible to classify the candidates.

The assessment resulted in the selection of fifteen candidates from each country for the final step of the selection process.

Fourth step: The individual interview of candidates for the pool

The individual interviews with the members of the pool were an opportunity for the candidates and the members of the selection committee to meet. This meeting allowed the members of the committee to hear the candidates about their motivations, their expectations regarding this project and their experiences on the theme Women, Peace and Security. The interviews were held from January 28 to 29 in Niger and Burkina Faso, and from February 3 to 4, 2020 in Mali. Each individual interview was recorded with the consent of the candidates.

At the end of the individual interviews, nine candidates were selected to be part of the future pool of female expertise.

Fifth step: The constitution of the pool of female expertise

At the end of the selection process, nine candidates per country were selected by collective decision of a selection committee representative of civil society in each country. These 27 women are thus members of the pool of female expertise. To this number was added the WIPNET Officers from Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, for a total of 30 women benefiting from the support offered by the project, at the rate of 10 women per country.

The pool thus created met for an official launch from February 24 to 26, 2020 in Bamako, Mali.


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