APPLY to join the African Union Youth Envoy Volunteers Network


The Office of the Youth Envoy (OYE) is looking for volunteers with various skills to work with its Office throughout its current two-year mandate. Young, passionate and creative people from across Africa and in the diaspora are welcome to apply.

It doesn’t matter your professional and/or educational background, as long as (1) you are 18 – 30 years old, (2) have time and (3) can access the internet to collaborate, your application might be considered. As the OYE has a virtual office, so most the work will be online.

The OYW is also looking for volunteers who can assist OYE during missions in the field. 

Benefits of volunteering with OYE

  1. You will be able to do potential change-making work through the OYE
  2. You will improve your current skills and grow professionally by helping find solutions to specific areas you are involved in
  3. You will become part of and connect with an amazing network of like-minded young people from across Africa  from various backgrounds with various skill sets
  4. Upon the successful completion of your full commitment, you will get a letter of recommendation form the OYE for your professional, self-development or educational use

Due to a limited number of volunteer slots each time, those successfully selected will be contacted and added to our volunteer network on our online internal platform and they will be called upon when a new slot is open.

Please note that this is a rolling application, meaning the OYE will always continue to receive applications.

You can apply and also share with your networks.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Regional Consultations on the Roles & Contributions of Youth to Peace & Security in Africa

Deadline to Apply: 23rd March 2019download

The African Union Commission, through its Youth for Peace (Y4P) Africa Program of the Peace and Security Department will convene Five Regional Consultations on the ‘Roles and Contributions of Youth to Peace and Security in Africa.’ This is in line with the decision of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) via the communiqué of its 807th meeting of 8th November 2018 on Youth, Peace and Security, in which the Council requested the Commission to undertake a study on the role and contributions of youth in the promotion of peace and security in Africa and to submit the findings for consideration and appropriate action.

The overall goal of the proposed regional youth consultations is to provide a collaborative, open and inclusive space for young peace builders to contribute towards the creation of a prosperous and peaceful Africa in line with Aspirations 4 and 6 of the AU Agenda 2063. The consultations will consider the roles and contributions of youth to peace and security in Africa via Conflict Prevention; Crisis/Conflict Management and Resolution; Peace Support Operations; Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development; Security Sector Reform and Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration as well as critical crosscutting issues such as gender, humanitarian action, climate change, transnational organized crime; piracy and maritime security, violent extremism, amongst others. It is expected that the consultations will also provide the platform to interrogate factors inhibiting meaningful youth participation in peace and security as well as propose actionable recommendations to address them.

Applications are hereby invited from interested youth – individuals and organizations – working in the broad areas of peace and security to take part in the proposed regional consultations to be held between March and May 2019, in each of Africa’s five regions.

Eligibility Criteria:

In order to participate in the Regional Consultations, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be an African citizen between 15 and 35 years old;
  • Must belong to a youth-led group or initiative that is actively involved in any of the thematic issues in the area of peace and security in Africa, as identified above; and,
  • Verifiable Documentation (narrative or video) of interventions in any of the aforementioned areas of peace and security.

Please carefully review the eligibility criteria before applying.

Successful applicants will be notified by email. The African Union Commission will cover all expenses of successful applicants, including travel and accommodation, to participate in the regional consultations.

Further Information: The African Union Commission is committed to ensuring an equitable and inclusive process that actively engages with youth from rural and urban communities, different socio-economic backgrounds, youth living with disabilities, young refugees and displaced persons and young women.

Applications containing the under listed required documentation should be sent to: and on or before 12:00am (Addis Ababa time) on 23rd March 2019.

Required Documentation:

Official Identification Passport with a minimum validity of 6 months
Contact Details First and Last Name; Country; Name of Organization; Telephone numbers and email; Website and Social Media profile details
Type of Participation The applicant must provide an official letter of introduction from the represented



Organization Profile


Summary   of   activities   aimed   at   enhancing   either   Conflict   Prevention; Crisis/Conflict  Management  and  Resolution;  Peace  Support  Operations;  Post Conflict  Reconstruction  and  Development;  Security  Sector  Reform  and Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration as well as critical crosscutting issues  such  as  gender  mainstreaming,  humanitarian  action,  climate  change, transnational organized crime; piracy and maritime security, or violent extremism, amongst others..

Statement of Motivation Explanation of motivation and interest in participating in this consultation and why your youth initiative should be selected to participate. This can be done through various formats:


1.       Letter (maximum length: 2 pages) or


2.       Video (Maximum duration: 5 mins). If producing Video: Video must address challenges for peaceful co-existence in your community as well as opportunities for generating lasting peace. The video can be recorded in any of the AU languages i.e. English, French, Arabic, Portuguese and Swahili). Videos in your local language can also be accepted. If candidates do not have a camera they can use their phones. The video proposal is the responsibility of the author and must not have been previously published. Failure to comply with this will result in the disqualification of the candidate.


APPLY TODAY to participate in the AU/GIZ Youth Exchange Ideation Dialogue Forum

As part of the strategies to facilitate partner engagement within the framework of the African German Youth Initiative (AGYI), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ) will convene an Ideation Dialogue Forum on youth exchanges and volunteerism which will explore innovative approaches towards skills promoting youth exchange programs. The dialogue will provide a platform to share experiences, discuss key strategies towards strengthening existing processes as well as identify opportunities for expansion of currently available services. The dialogue seeks to engage key stakeholders including youth led exchange organizations, participants as well as alumni of exchanges and volunteerism.

The forum will take place in Gaborone, Botswana from the 2-4 September 2018 and transportation and accommodation costs will be covered.

PARTICIPATION CRITERIA: Participants in the Forum will be pre-selected on the following criteria:

  •  Be between the age of 18 and 35
  • Proficiency in at least English or French
  • Have a valid passport
  • Have a relevant experience in youth exchange and/ or youth voluntary programs
  • Be African or be an African descent

SELECTION CRITERIA: The Ideation Dialogue Forum is designed for a maximum of 100 participants.

The selection criteria will be based on geographical representation, balanced gender distribution, diversity of backgrounds, and the quality of the applications. Successful applicants will be notified by no later than 14 August 2018.

Click here to fill the online APPLICATION FORM

Apply to attend the Annual African Governance Architecture (AGA) Regional Youth Consultations

Deadline for applications: May 30, 2018


The African Governance Platform through its Secretariat based at the Department of Political Affairs, African Union Commission will convene Regional Youth Consultations under the theme ‘Leveraging Youth Capacities for the fight against corruption in Africa’.This is line with the AU theme of the Year: Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A sustainable path to Africa’s Transformation.

The overall goal of the regional youth consultations is to provide a collaborative, open and inclusive space to leverage and foster meaningful participation of young people in the fight against corruption in Africa.  It is expected that the consultations will provide actionable recommendations on meaningful youth engagement in the prevention and fight against corruption amongst others.

Applications are open for interested participants to take part in the three regional consultations scheduled for July and August 2018 in Tunis, Tunisia;  Dakar, Senegal; and Gaborone, Botswana.

Participant Criteria
In an effort to make these consultations as inclusive and diverse as possible, the African Union will select youth leaders engaged in State and non-State institutions who have made significant and demonstrable contribution (work experience and educational background) in the areas of anti-corruption, transparency and accountability, open governance systems as well as Freedom & Access to information. Participants will be selected on the basis of their submission from an open call using the following selection criteria:

  • Youth-led and oriented organisations implementing activities that are related to anti-corruption, transparency and accountability, open governance systems, as well as freedom and access to information programmes and activities in the Member States at all levels taking into consideration the diversity of young people;

  • Representatives of national anti-corruption agencies, parliaments, security institutions as well as the judiciary amongst others;

  • Think tanks and academic research institutions with experience in promoting youth participation in anti-corruption initiatives;

  • Media practitioners;

  • Youth participants should be between 18-35 years of age; and,

  • Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Selection Process:
Participants will be selected on the basis of motivation and experience. The AU will ensure balance in terms of age, gender, language, geography and diversity among selected participants.
As part of the regional consultation activities, youth organizations will be afforded an opportunity to share their ideas and initiatives with participants on the AfricaTalks DGTrends Platform using a TED-Talk style approach. Kindly fill the section on the registration form indicating your willingness to present your initiatives at any of the regional forums.

Scholarships for travel & participation:  the travel, visa and accommodation of selected youth participants will be covered by the African Union and its Partners. No additional application is needed for sponsorship. Self sponsored participants are also encouraged to apply.

Deadline for the receipt of application is May 30, 2018.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.



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The African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC), established in 2010, is a continental development program that promotes youth volunteerism in Africa. The program aims to deepen the status of young people as key actors in Africa’s development targets and goals, enhancing their participation in policy development as well as design and implementation of relevant interventions towards the Africa Union’s Agenda 2063, ‘The Africa we want’. It brings people together to share skills, knowledge, creativity and learning to build a more integrated, prosperous and peaceful Continent driven by its citizens. The volunteering opportunities are intended to build professionalism and a sense of responsibility among the participants, thus enhancing their employability.

Young African professionals are recruited to serve for a period of 12 months as AU Volunteers in an AU Member State other than their own. The next intake of volunteers for deployment in 2019 will be from the 15 May – 15 June 2018.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: Applicants have to meet the following criteria:

  1. Citizen of an AU Member State living on the continent or the Diaspora;
  2. Aged between 18 – 35 years;
  3. Have a post-secondary certified qualification(s) (TVET, Bachelor’s, Master’s etc.)
  4. Available in 2018/19 to dedicate 12 (twelve) months for volunteer work;
  5. Willing to live and work in another AU Member State;
  6. Is proficient in at least one AU working language (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese);
  7. Has at least one year verifiable volunteering experience and one year professional work experience.

APPLICATION PROCESS: To submit your application:

  1. Create an account on the portal (instructions and video tutorial available)
  2. Fill out your personal information and the application form
  3. Attach the following documents:
  • Your updated professional CV (no longer than 3 pages)
  • Bio page of your passport (or national ID)
  • Copy of your highest completed qualification (no transcripts)
  • Attach a letter of recommendation (not older than 2 years) attesting to your leadership qualities
  1. Attach your cover letter. In your cover letter please respond to the following questions:
  • Why do you want to become an African Union Youth Volunteer?
  • What makes you the best candidate for AU-YVC?
  • What skills are you bringing to the AU-YVC and your host organization?
  1. Review and submit your application before: Friday, 15th June 2018 midnight (Addis Abeba time)
  • Incomplete and late applications will not be considered
  • Providing incomplete or incorrect information is ground for immediate termination


  • 15 June – eligibility check;
  • 31 July – successful applicants will be notified;
  • September/October: Pre-deployment orientation training;
  • 2018/19: Deployment of trained volunteers.


For the successful candidates, the African Union Commission and partners will cover the full costs of their pre-deployment training and cost of their deployment. On deployment, the African Union Youth Volunteers receive the following:

  • Economy return air ticket from home town to place of deployment
  • A modest monthly stipend
  • Health insurance cover
  • AU Service Passport
  • Separation allowance on successful completion of twelve months service


African Union Commission

Department of HRST

Division for HR & Youth Development

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Apply to become the African Union Youth Envoy

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African Heads of State and Government in their Decision Assembly/AU/Dec. 591(XXVI) declared 2017 as the year for “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in the Youth” and called for the development of a comprehensive roadmap with clear deliverables and milestones to guide Member States and Regional Economic Communities on key steps to take, beyond 2017, towards harnessing the demographic dividend in Africa.

This decision was based on the realization that in order to achieve sustainable development and meet the aspirations of Agenda 2063 that envisions the “Africa We Want”, Africa must accelerate and increase strategic investments in its young people who constitute the majority of its population.

It is against this backdrop that AUC developed its youth engagement strategy which recognizes the centrality of young people in driving continental development; the major objective of this strategy being breaking barriers to direct communication with African youth.

Within the framework of the implementation of this strategy, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, during the 30th Ordinary Session of AU Heads of State and Government Assembly, in his speech at the opening session announced the upcoming appointment of an AU Youth Envoy.


The Youth Envoy shall be the spokesperson of African youths before continental decision-making bodies. He/she shall encourage AU Member States to define and implement youth-related policies at national, regional and continental levels. He/she shall also advocate for better youth mainstreaming in decision-making and will promote African core values across the continent and beyond. The AU Youth Envoy will also have the critical task to reconcile AU efforts on youth development with the aspirations of African youths, help in enhancing AU response to youth needs, and break communication barriers between the African Union and African youths.

To this end, his/her mission shall focus on 4 priority are including: Participation, Advocacy, Partnerships and Harmonisation.

It is within this context that the African Union Commission is hereby launching a call for nominations for the position of AU Youth Envoy who will be assigned to the Chairperson’s office and will directly report to him, while working in close collaboration with HRST Department. This call is open to all qualified young Africans. The scope and focus of the work of AU Youth Envoy will reflect AU vision and especially Aspiration 6 of Agenda 2063 “An Africa whose development is people driven, relying on the potential of its people, especially its women and youth and caring for children…” which focuses on youth engagement and empowerment.

The scope and focus of the work of AU Youth Envoy will also reflect that of the Specialized Technical Committee on Youth Culture and Sports (STC-YCS 2) and specifically decision 25 thereof which “CALLS for the appointment of an AU Youth Envoy to assist in championing youth development issues in Africa and REQUESTS the AUC to develop terms of reference for the same.”

Deadline for applications: Monday 15th May 2018, 11PM (Addis-Ababa time)

Before applying, download the Terms of reference of the mission of the Youth Envoy 

Click here to Download the full call for application, the criteria and the form to fill 


The Reform of the African Union requires a paradigm shift from Member States

The AU of the Heads of States vs the AU of the People


Mandate to Reform the African Union

The 27th African Union Summit in Kigali closed with a commitment to fast track initiatives designed to make the African Union Commission (AUC) financially independent.

African Heads of State also tasked President Paul Kagame to lead a new effort to reform the AU Commission and the Union to make them more efficient.

Welcoming the task, President Kagame said: “I think this is a clear-cut task that has been handed to us and as foot soldiers of our continent we can’t run away from responsibilities, we will be able to do that within our abilities and based on consultations with the Heads of State and Government.” However, the task that President Kagame has committed to is all but an easy one.

Predecessor of the AU, the OAU was expected to serve as an instrument or mechanism for forging unity and solidarity among African states. It was also expected to advance cooperation among countries in order to enhance and promote economic development, improve the quality of life of all Africans, encourage and make possible the peaceful settlement of disputes whilst advancing democracy. Unable to overcome numerous challenges, the OAU, otherwise commonly nicknamed “The Club” was dissolved in 2002 and replaced by the African Union, with a charter supposed to address the weaknesses of the OAU, whilst carrying on its major goals. Mwangi S. Kimeny (2016) reported, “Unfortunately, the AU seems to have inherited the OAU’s approach to the performance of its functions as evidenced by the failure of the organization to effectively and timely spearhead the peaceful resolution of destructive conflicts in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Mali”.[1]

For a number of years now, the AU has been subjected to wide criticism for its inertia, lack of inspiration, authority and weak leadership. The Ebola crisis in West Africa in 2015 and more recently the situation where, in several countries, outgoing Heads of States have manipulated national constitutions in order to extend their stay in power, causing political regression and throwing their countries into near chaos, came to comfort the public distrust towards the continental body’s ability to deliver on its mandates. To make the matter worse the AU has been debilitated by the deep financial crisis caused by the lack of financial contribution by Members States to an Organization surviving on the generosity of foreign Partners. This is compounded by an inadequate management and accountability of resources.

The call for a Reform

Reforming the AU had been an obvious conclusion that Member States had arrived at a decade ago. However, the task is all but a pleasure trip as successive Chairpersons found out. Former President Alpha Oumar Konare of Mali (2003 – 2008) attempting to assert himself in his role only managed to anger his previous fellows. Rumor even has it that he was called to order by his host reminding him that he was no longer a Head of State but an employee. Konare’s successor Jean Ping of Gabon (2008-2012) learning his lesson, did little on the Reform Agenda.

The results of a commissioned consultancy on the AUC reform remained locked in the drawers amidst rumors that drastic proposals would have risen the ire of Members States.

More recently, the current incumbent, South-African Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, elected on the expectation and the promises to deliver the long awaited reform of the Commission, has not been able to lead a similar process any far, as her initiative remained stalled by the AU oversight bodies.

Questions that President Kagame would no doubt have asked himself before committing his precious time to a Reform of the AU are the following: ……

–>> Click here to Read the full article written by Mr Bonaventure M Sodonon, International Management Consultant & Peace & Security Expert.