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Call for applications: Project Officer for The Network of the Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA)

In order to support REFELA in the management of the Network and the implementation of its 2016/2018 action plan, UCLG-A recruits an REFELA Project Manager within the General Secretariat team at the headquarters of the organization in Rabat.

Under the supervision of the Chief of Staff and Operations, the REFELA Project Manager will be responsible for assisting and supporting the network in the implementation of its 2016/2018 strategic plan.

The functional responsibilities of the REFELA Project Officer are:

  1. Carrying out the function of secretary of the network for the preparation, organization and reporting about the Network meetings as well as technical and logistical support to the activities and tasks of the Presidency and the Executive Board of REFELA.
  2. Preparing the draft budgets and annual accounts of activities to submit for approval by the REFELA bodies and
  3. Supporting the establishment of national REFELA chapters and the definition of their intervention programs.
  4. Supporting the organization, launch and implementation of the campaigns planned under the REFELA action plan for the 2016/2018 period and developing indicators to monitor the performance of the said campaigns.
  5. Proposing the content, format, and the contest organizational arrangements for the awarding of the Excellence Award.
  6. Identifying and recommending to the competent bodies of REFELA the institutional, technical and financial partnerships likely to contribute to the achievement of REFELA’s missions and its 2016/2018 action plan, and report on the implementation of such partnerships.
  7. Participating in the general development of UCLG-A and its missions.


The REFELA Project Officer must demonstrate:

  • •The ability to animate networks of relationships and employees across the continent
  • •The ability to work in teams in a multicultural universe.
  • •The ability to prepare cases for the search for financing and management of the corresponding projects.
  • •Good strategic vision, creativity, organizational skills.
  • •Good organizational skills.
  • •Good negotiating capacity.

The position is open to African candidates holding a business high school degree or a post-graduate University in specialties related to the mandates and tasks of local communities and gender issues and with a 10-year minimum proven relevant experience.

Interested candidates must send their application file including a cover letter; a detailed CV, certified copies of diplomas, work certificates, professional references and a photo ID to the addresses mentioned in the Terms of Reference attached here.

Submission deadline is March 25, 2015 at 17:00GMT. 


Africities 2015: Election of Africa’s Network of Locally Elected Women (REFELA) New President

Africa’s Network of Locally Elected Women (REFELA) held its general elective assembly on 1st December 2015 which marks the third day of Africities 7 Summit taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The session (SU-15) titled “Locally Elected Women-A New Vision” was marked by the participation of important number of elected women from different parts of Africa. The session was organized following two main lines: 1) the renewal of REFELA bodies and 2) the presentation of a new vision for the network at almost 5 years of its inception on the 8th of March 2011 in Tangiers, Morocco.

The panel comprised Mme. Fatimetou Mint Abdel Malick who chaired the session, Mme. Célestine Ketcha Courtès of REFELA Central Africa, Mme. Maria Helena Jose Correira Langa of REFELA Southern Africa, Mme. Fatna Khiel and Mme. Milouda Hazeb of REFELA North Africa. The session was facilitated by Mme. Malicka Ghefrane.

In the first part of the session, the outgoing president, Mme. Fatimetou Mint Abdel Malick, presented the moral report of her presidency as well as the activities report of the outgoing office. A presentation that inspired the admiration of all the elected women present in the room. They seized the occasion to congratulate the outgoing president for her remarkable work as president of the REFELA network.

The new vision for REFELA, according to Mme. Fatimetou, must be oriented towards an approach which is more concrete translated into actions on the ground in order to assist all women of Africa. She also stressed the importance of going into partnerships with national and international partners to make the voice of women heard inside the different spheres of governance.

Following her presentation, the outgoing president announced the election of Mme. Célestine Ketcha Courtès of REFELA Central Africa as the new president of the Locally Elected Women of Africa Network. Mme. Célestine Ketcha Courtès has committed to continue the work of Mme. Fatimetou Mint Abdel Malick who knew how to lift the network up internationally.

The new president seized the occasion to present her profound thanks to Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, UCLG Africa Secretary General for his support to elected women. She also thanked UCLG Africa Secretariat for all their efforts.

You can watch the entire session recorded here.



Implementation of the Locally Elected Women Network (REFELA) in Gabon

From 2 to 5 September, a delegation of women mayors of the Network of the Locally Elected Women of Africa, section of Cameroon (REFELA-CAM) went to Libreville, Gabon, upon invitation of the city mayor, Mrs. OSSOUKA RAPONDA Rose Christiane.

The delegation was conducted by Mrs. KETCHA COURTES Célestine, mayor of Bangangte Municipality, Vice-president of REFELA/Central Africa and President of REFELA-Cameroon. The delegation included Mrs. AMOUGOU NOMA Régine, Vice-president of REFELA-CAM and mayor of Yaoundé 4e and Mrs. Bi-BONGWA Caroline, mayor of Bamenda 1er.

The official establishment of the REFELA-Gabon bureau was completed by Mrs. KETCHA COURTES Célestine in the presence of the Interior Minister of Gabon, the world President of women mayors and mayor of Paris, Mrs. Anne HIDALGO, members of International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF) as well as members of the European Union.

The REFELA-Gabon Bureau is composed of five Vice-presidents representing each a region of Africa and who elect the President of Network on the continental level. Besides, each Vice-president is in charge of the implementation of the network in her country and other countries of the region.

The network bureau established in Gabon comprises:

  • •Assistant Statutory Auditor: Mrs. Bousiengui Elisabeth, Mayor of Mimongo;
  • •Statutory Auditor: Mrs. Waveladjina Malali Séraphine, Mayor of Malinga;
  • •Assistant Treasurer: Mrs. Itso Pault Mouwandji Stéphanie, Mayor of Koulamoutou;
  • •Treasurer: Mrs. Mapangou Moucani Maïté, Mayor of Ndendé;
  • •Assistant Secretary General: Mrs. Ankoubou Marie Sylvie, Mayor of Okondja;
  • •Secretary General: Mrs. Boumba Louev Clotilde Chantal, Mayor of Gamba;
  • •2nd Vice-president: Mrs. Mbagou Jeanne, Mayor Owendo;
  • •1st Vice-president: Mrs. Biviga Boussougou Viviane, Mayor of Tchibanga;
  • •President: Mrs. Ossouka Raponda Rose Christiane, Mayor of Libreville.


Meeting of the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA)

The meeting of the Network of the Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA, in its French acronym) was held in Rabat, on 12-14 April 2015. This meeting was in line with the strategic partnership developed in Morocco between the REFELA, UN-Women Multi-Country Office for the Maghreb (Morocco) and the Direction des cadres administratifs et techniques du Ministère de l’Intérieur, the Moroccan body responsible for administrative and technical officers.

The meeting was also consistent with the partnership project developed in 2013 between the UN-Women Multi-Country Office for the Maghreb (Morocco) and the Direction générale des collectivités locales du Ministère de l’Intérieur, the official Moroccan body responsible for local authorities, in order to promote the participation of women in local matters management and to strengthen gender-responsive territorial governance.

The meeting aimed to encourage exchanges based on sharing fundamental concepts and best practices, related to the networking, planning and budgeting responsive to gender and to recreate a space for dialogue and advocacy for the strengthening of women leadership on the regional and local levels.

Several personalities and officials participated in the opening session of the meeting, namely Mr. Abdellatif Bencherifa, Wali Directeur Général des Collectivités Locales, Mr. Abdelouahhab El Jabri, Gouverneur Directeur de la formation des cadres administratifs et techniques du Ministère de l’Intérieur of Morocco, Mr. Souleymane Idrissa Maiga, UCLG Africa Operations Director, Mrs. Fatimattou Mint Abdel Malick, REFELA President and Mrs. Leila Rhiwi, UN-Women Maghreb Representative.

The opening session was then followed by the meeting of the Executive Bureau of the REFELA where many questions were addressed by the members present. The working groups followed and continued for the second day where the participants discussed gender-responsive budgeting and presented some of their experiences and best practices.



Mrs. Joana Ntaja is no more

Mayor for Zomba City (Malawi), MALGA Association and REFELA member Mrs. Joana Ntaja is no more.

Ntaja, who hit headlines as a strong woman to take to the administration at Zomba City Council as a Mayor, died in the early hours of March 8, 2015 at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital in Blantyre. Ntaja was only 30 years old.


May her soul rest in peace.


REFELA President appointed « Global Champion » at the World Disaster Risk Reduction Conference

On March 15, 2015, the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, paid tribute to a group of officials striving to reduce risks of natural disasters.

Among these champions, Mrs. Fatimetou Abdel Malick, President of the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA) and Mayor of Tevragh-Zeina in Mauritania represented Africa and the REFELA.

This meeting took place in the framework of the World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction happening now in Sendai in Japan and focusing on the vital question of reducing and preventing risks related to natural disasters, which destroy millions of lives annually across the world.

Therefore, the UN Secretary General insisted on the important job done by these officials given their personal and professional capacity.

For more information on this meeting and the Conference in general, you can visit the website here.