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IWA Leadership Programme for Young Water Professionals 2024: Empowering the Next Generation of Water Leaders

The International Water Association (IWA) is excited to announce the launch of its prestigious Leadership Programme for Young Water Professionals (IWA LeaP) in 2024. This transformative 12-month program aims to mobilize a cohort of 12 high-potential young water professionals from diverse regions, genders, and areas of the water sector, empowering them to rise to the leadership challenge and drive positive change in the global water community.

A Unique Opportunity for Professional Growth and Networking

IWA LeaP offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young water professionals to deep-dive into their leadership potential and elevate their ability to effect change. Through a challenging, rewarding, and experiential learning journey, participants will significantly enhance their clarity, confidence, shared vision, and strategic capability, strengthening their capacity to lead within their organizations and communities.

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The program provides a strong foundation for building professional networks within the global water community. Participants will have the chance to connect with peers from around the world, contribute to the water sector, and gain international exposure. By joining IWA LeaP, young water professionals can accelerate their career growth and make a lasting impact in the field.

Program Highlights and Commitment

IWA LeaP is designed to be an immersive and transformative experience. Selected candidates are expected to commit an average of 10 hours per month to program activities.

Key highlights of the program include:

  • A 4-day immersive retreat in a remote setting, allowing participants to reflect as leaders and collaborate on a project to be shared at the end of the program
  • Invitation to attend the prestigious IWA 2026 World Water Congress & Exhibition (WWCE) in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Opportunities to showcase leadership capacity through professional achievements, experiences in leadership roles within IWA or their organization, and volunteering experiences
  • Demonstrating a strong commitment to driving positive change in the water sector, backed by a track record of generating impactful and innovative ideas

Eligibility Criteria and Application Process

To be considered for IWA LeaP, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Age requirement: Between 18 and 35 years old at the time of application, and no older than 35 at the conclusion of the program in September 2025
  • Proficiency in English: Possess a proficient working knowledge of the English language
  • Active IWA membership: Maintain active membership of IWA for at least one year at the time of application (membership status will be verified by the IWA Secretariat)

The application period is open until June 28, 2024, and applications are accepted in English. Interested candidates must complete a readiness questionnaire, fill out an online form, send the necessary documents (including a CV, motivation letter, and reference letter from their organization), and accept the terms of the selection process.

Click here to apply for the IWA Leadership Programme for Young Water Professionals 2024.

Fully Funded Opportunity

IWA LeaP is a fully funded program, covering travel expenses for selected candidates to participate in the immersive retreat and attend the 2026 IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition in Glasgow, Scotland.

Covered expenses include:

  • Economy class flights
  • Single occupancy accommodation
  • Daily subsistence
  • Ground transportation to and from the airport and venue
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa application fees

Selected candidates will be responsible for applying for their visas in their respective countries. While IWA cannot guarantee visa application success, they will provide necessary support and information during the process.

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Empowering the Next Generation of Water Leaders

IWA recognizes the critical importance of investing in young water professionals and empowering them to lead the charge in addressing global water challenges.

By putting young professionals at the forefront of design, development, and implementation of current change processes, IWA is ensuring a sustainable and innovative future for the water sector.

Through initiatives like IWA LeaP, young water professionals can build their careers, connect with peers internationally, develop professionally, and gain profile within the water community.

By joining this global network and contributing to IWA’s water-wise vision for the future, participants can make a lasting impact and help shape the course of the water sector.

Get Involved and Make a Difference

If you are a passionate and driven young water professional looking to take your leadership skills to the next level, IWA LeaP is the perfect opportunity for you. By joining this transformative program, you can:

  • Enhance your leadership potential and strategic capability
  • Build a strong professional network within the global water community
  • Gain international exposure and contribute to the water sector
  • Drive positive change and generate impactful ideas
  • Accelerate your career growth and make a lasting difference

Apply now for the IWA Leadership Programme for Young Water Professionals 2024 and embark on a life-changing journey of leadership, growth, and impact. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a cohort of high-potential young water professionals shaping the future of the water sector.

For more information about the program, eligibility criteria, and application process, visit the IWA LeaP Leadership Programme website. If you have any questions or need further assistance, contact the IWA Secretariat at [email protected].

Not an IWA member yet? Join IWA today and unlock a world of opportunities while boosting your global connections in the water sector.

Together, let’s empower the next generation of water leaders and drive positive change in the global water community.

Apply for IWA LeaP 2024 and be part of the transformation.

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