Who are the DCDJ Fellows?
Our Fellows program is for Ivorian young people, men and women, who go through an application process to be part of the DCDJ program. Together, Fellows make up our program's mainstay.
What is the Fellows Program?
Each group of Fellows is trained in data science over a period of 8 weeks.
They are trained by the SEJEN team, our partner group of data science consultants and trainers. Fellows are based at l’Ecole Nationale de la Statiques et d’Economie Appliquée (ENSEA) Fellows receive scholarships during the training, an accreditation and graduation certificate afterwards, and leave the program ready to apply their learnings to further data science and data use for decision making in health.
After the training, technical fellows are placed in 7-month full time internships key to DCLI objectives, using what they have learned during training to improve data quality within their organizations.
The 120 young people involved in the DCDJ program will be trained by 30 different Fellows, grouped into the following 3 types:
The Technical fellows are students 20-30 years old, highly qualified in skills like computer science, statistics, and mathematics. After training, they will be placed in governmental organizations, private structures, and national and subnational institutions, to help the GoCI (Government of Cote d'Ivoire) implement their development plans using data science. Additionally, they are utilizing the Open Data Readiness Assessment (ODRA) to help open key data sets, promote interoperability efforts, and help build capacity and collaboration across institutions.
The Community Fellows are the young men and women from the target communities of the project. They will be trained in data science, as well as on HIV/AIDS and gender considerations in order to support them in getting involved in organizations working to solve problems faced by their peers and in their communities. Throughout, Community Fellows are also gaining valuable data and professional skills as young men and women from the communities.
The Staff Fellows are working professionals such as Program Managers and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) specialists currently working in NGOs in HIV. After the Fellows program, they remain in their existing roles and return to their home organizations to meet their specific data needs, particularly by applying parameters based on data. They also demonstrate the value of data to improve programming and service delivery.