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WomenAdvance: Chemical Security



‭** ‬الموعد‭ ‬النهائي‭ ‬للتقديم‭: ‬7‭ ‬نيسان *‭ ‬2019

سيقوم‭ ‬برنامج‭ ‬عام‭ ‬2019‭ ‬لتعزيز‭ ‬القيادة‭ ‬النسائية‭ ‬في‭ ‬الأمن‭ ‬الكيميائي‭ (‬WomenAdvance‭: ‬الأمن‭ ‬الكيميائي‭) ‬بتزويد‭ ‬النساء‭ ‬في‭ ‬العراق‭ ‬بالمعرفة،‭ ‬والأدوات،‭ ‬والخبرات‭ ‬التي‭ ‬يحتجن‭ ‬إليها‭ ‬لتحقيق‭ ‬النجاح‭ ‬في‭ ‬قيادة‭ ‬مبادرات‭ ‬الأمن‭ ‬الكيميائي‭ ‬ومنع‭ ‬انتشار‭ ‬المواد‭ ‬الكيمياوية‭  ‬ضمن‭ ‬مجالات‭ ‬تخصصهن‭. ‬من‭ ‬خلال‭ ‬خيارات‭ ‬البرنامج،‭ ‬بما‭ ‬في‭ ‬ذلك‭ ‬الزمالات‭ ‬الإقليمية،‭ ‬والتطوير‭ ‬المهني،‭ ‬والإرشاد،‭ ‬ستحصل‭ ‬النساء‭ ‬المختارات‭ ‬على‭ ‬فرصة‭ ‬للعمل‭ ‬مع‭ ‬مجموعة‭ ‬من‭ ‬الخبراء‭ ‬العالميين‭ ‬المؤثرين‭ ‬للتعلم‭ ‬منهم‭ ‬في‭ ‬قطاعهن‭ ‬الذي‭ ‬ساهمن‭ ‬في‭ ‬تعزيز‭ ‬الأمن‭ ‬الكيميائي‭ ‬فيه‭. ‬

يمكنكم‭ ‬الحصول‭ ‬على‭ ‬طلبات‭ ‬التقديم‭ ‬في‭ ‬نهاية‭ ‬هذه‭ ‬الصفحة‭ .‬


**Deadline: April 7, 2019 **
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The 2019 Program to Advance Women’s Leadership in Chemical Security (WomenAdvance: Chemical Security) will equip women in Iraq with knowledge, tools, and experience they need to be successful leading chemical security and nonproliferation efforts within their respective fields. Through program options including regional fellowships, professional development, and mentorship, selected women will receive the opportunity to work with and learn from influential global experts in their sector who have contributed to advancing chemical security.

General Information and Eligibility

The program is open to early-career, mid-career, or senior-level professional women from Iraq from policy or technical backgrounds, including but not limited to the following:





  • Government ministries (various)
  • Emergency medicine
  • Environment, Health, Safety, Security (EHSS)
  • Think tanks and research institutions
  • International organizations
  • First responders
  • Chemical, petrochemical, or agricultural industry
  • University chemistry/ engineering departments
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Toxicology
  • Private sector
  • Analytical laboratories

Successful candidates will have a demonstrated interest in furthering chemical security in Iraq, and commitment to advancing their careers within policy and/or technical areas of chemical security and nonproliferation.

The program will cover all eligible participant costs related to domestic and international travel, registration/course fees, lodging, ground transportation, and visa application fees.

Important Notes: This program is open only to current female residents of Iraq. It is not a degree-granting program but rather it is a program aimed to advance leadership skills of Iraqi women in chemical security. 

Program Options

This program offers three separate participation options. Applicants may indicate interest in one or more option:

  • Regional Fellowship: Tailored month-long fellowship placement at an institution in the Middle East/North Africa to gain applied, practical experience with chemical security or nonproliferation technical or policy topics while working side-by-side highly-qualified fellowship hosts.
  • Professional Development: One- to two-week-long opportunities to gain exposure to contemporary chemical security and nonproliferation issues, challenges, and solutions around the world. Provides support for selected candidates to attend trainings and conferences, deliver presentations, learn about best practices, and build their professional networks around the world.
  • Professional Mentorship: Opportunities to receive personalized mentorship from chemical security global experts and nonproliferation advocates to advance women’s leadership on matters of chemical security. Supports participation in meetings, site visits, networking opportunities, and remote mentorship.

Institutional Sponsor

The program requires each applicant to have an institutional sponsor (either the applicant’s immediate supervisor or upper management) to commit their support to the candidate’s professional development following the program. The sponsor will need to provide a letter of support for the applicant (described in the Institutional Sponsor Form).

Program Background 

This program is supported by Global Affairs Canada and is implemented jointly by the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security (MESIS) and CRDF Global. The program aims to promote and support the leadership of women in chemical security and nonproliferation while contributing to the Republic of Iraq’s ability to prevent and respond to threats caused by the misuse of chemicals.*

Application Materials

All application materials must be submitted electronically to no later than April 7, 2019.  Applications will be accepted (and reviewed) on a rolling basis.To be considered for the program, applicants must submit the following (in English, Arabic, or Kurdish): 

  • A completed WomenAdvance application form
  • A detailed curriculum vitae (CV);
  • A color copy of the information page of your passport; and
  • An Institutional Sponsor form (Sponsor forms may not be written by relatives or personal friends). 

English- Program Announcement, Application Form, Institutional Sponsor Form

Arabic- Program Announcement, Application Form, Institutional Sponsor Form

Kurdish- Program Announcement, Application Form, Institutional Sponsor Form

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Arabic Application Video: How to fill out the form (Arabic)

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Applicants will be assessed on the basis of their academic and professional qualifications, their demonstrated commitment to chemical security, sponsor’s letter of support, and their statement of purpose.