Opportunity: Apply to be an African Union Youth Volunteer in 2018!

Deadline for submission of applications: Monday, 31st July 2017 at Midnight GMT+3

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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 2018 will be from the 11th – 31st of July 2017.

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 degree or
equivalent)
4. Available in 2018 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 (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

Before clicking the apply now button below, please note the following

1. You will need to fill in a form on the next page. This form will help us assess your suitability for the program. Kindly respect the stated word limit. You are advised to type your answers in a Word Processor (such as Microsoft Word) before pasting in the relevant fields.
2. You will also need to add in a motivation letter with a maximum of 750 words. This should be added under the ‘Cover letter’ text box. Please ensure that your motivation letter answers the following:

  • Why you want to become an African Union Youth Volunteer?
  • Why you believe you are the best candidate to be an African Union Youth Volunteer?
  • What is your experience(s) (formal or informal) in youth civic engagement and participation, youth empowerment and/or promoting Pan-Africanism?
  • How has your previous experience(s) prepared you to work in diverse teams and cultures?
  • What change do you expect to see in yourself, the organization that you will be deployed in, and the community that you will be part of after your year of service?

3. Attach a copy of your CV
4. You will ALSO need to attach the following. Please merge these as one PDF document and attach that document. You might choose to use a service such as http://www.pdfmerge.com to do this.

  • A copy of the identity page in your passport or national identity card
  • Highest post-secondary certified qualification(s)
  • Signed Letter of Recommendation verifying your volunteer experience(s)

5. Deadline for submission of applications is Monday, 31st July 2017 at Midnight GMT+3

Please note:

  1. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered
  2. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified
  3. Candidates who had applied in previous years are and still meet the eligibility criteria are encourage to re-apply

Recruitment Process & Key Dates

  1. 1st August – eligibility Check;
  2. 14th August: Successful applicants will be notified;
  3. September 2017: Pre-deployment training;
  4. 2018: Deployment of trained volunteers.

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Apply Now: https://goo.gl/rm4jnm

Volunteer Entitlements:
For the successful candidates, the African Union Commission and its partners will
cover the full costs of their pre-deployment training.
On deployment, African Union Youth Volunteers receive the following:
1. Economy return air ticket from home town to place of deployment
2. A modest monthly stipend
3. Health insurance cover
4. Separation allowance upon successful completion of twelve months service

More Information:
For more information/queries, please contact Ms Prudence Ngwenya (Head of Human
Resources and Youth Development Division); or Mr Daniel Adugna (AU Youth
Program Officer) on youth@africa-union.org
Visit our website: http://www.africa-youth.org
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/auyvc / www.facebook.com/africa.youth
Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/au_yvc / www.twitter.com/auyouthprogram

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE THEME: MENTORING YOUTH (WOMEN AND MEN) TO BE CHAMPIONS OF GENDER EQUALITY AND WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT

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AU-FLAGPursuant to the African Union Assembly Decision n°: Assembly/AU/Dec.277 (XVI) and EX.CL/Dec.539 (XVI) on the launching of African Women’s Decade (AWD) and the Fund for African Women, the AU is pleased to announce the call for the submission of project proposals under theme n°10 of the African Women Decade namely “mentoring youth (women and men) to be champions of gender equality and women’s empowerment” which content is as follows: “Energizing the African Women’s movement, and mentoring young women and men leaders and professionals, both in Africa and the Diaspora to be champions on Gender Equality and women’s empowerment”.

The implementation of the Decade themes is within the context of the integration of NEPAD into the African Union Structures and in line with Assembly Decision n° Assembly/AU/Dec.333 (XVI) to consolidate gains so far made and to achieve coherence. It also reaffirms African Women’s Decade to be the overall implementation framework for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) and the Fund for African Women’s Decade to be the vehicle for mobilizing resources in line with the Executive Council Decision EX.CL.Dec.539(XVI)(4) and calls for Development Partners support.

By this call, the Commission hereby invites members States and stakeholders to submit their project proposals on the Theme: “mentoring youth (women and men) to be champions of gender equality and women’s empowerment”. This Theme n°10 of the African Women’s Decade is seriously taken into consideration by the African Union Commission and is scheduled to be discussed at the 2017 AU Summit under the theme’ “Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in the Youth”.

Agenda 2063 has also given an important place to young women and men and according to its Aspiration 6, the Africa Union Commission aspires by 2063 to: “an Africa where development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African People, especially its women and youth…” This clearly shows the will and commitment of the African development actors to lay emphasis on Young women and men. This inclusive and people-centered approach can only be reached by empowering, mentoring and championing the young component of the African population. Agenda 2063 is Africa’s vision and roadmap for the fulfilment of Africa endogenous plan of transformation. Therefore, there is a need for African youth to be mentored accordingly.

The Fund will benefit young women and girls through grassroots initiatives, developed by:

  1. African Union member States;
  2. African Civil Society Organizations working on mentoring youth (women and men) to be champions of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  3. Youth groups

Proposals will be funded for one year with a ceiling up to thirty thousand dollars ($30,000).

1-Criteria for the selection of project under the “mentoring youth (women and men) to be champions of gender equality and women’s empowerment” Theme:

The projects should be based on the African Union Agenda 2063. The Agenda works for a Shared Strategic Framework for Inclusive change for a better Sustainable Development, gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The project or programme should contribute to any of the following:

  1. Create environment where the African and Diaspora young women’s movement will find a platform to interact and bring paramount and valuable changes to the women condition in Africa;
  2. Sensitize and train youth about the drawbacks and consequences of exclusion, on the fact that no woman or man will be left behind or excluded, on the basis of gender;
  3. Demonstrate its commitment as People-centred and training youth about gender equality and Women’s empowerment.
  4. Engage and empower youth to be gender-sensitive in their approach for decision making, while targeting sustainable development;
  5. Boost African women’s incentives to create movements and initiatives aiming at fully empowering young women in all spheres, and promoting their social, political and economic rights, including the rights to own and inherit property, sign contracts, register and manage businesses, and accessing leadership positions;
  6. Organize the mentorship and championship activities for young rural women and men and create movements or cooperatives that will raise awareness on their rights; and help them have access to productive assets, including land, credit, inputs and financial services.

2- In addition to the above mentioned criteria, the selected projects should:

a) Set key mentoring and championing priorities at continental level, to accelerate gender equality and women’s empowerment according to Agenda 2063 vision which expects full gender parity, with women occupying at least 50% of elected public offices at all levels and half of managerial positions in the public and the private sector;

b) Promote the adoption of policies that ensure that the youth of Africa is socially, economically and politically empowered with full implementation of the African Youth Charter and subsequent Decade Plan of Action;

c) Work for the elimination of all forms of systemic inequalities, exploitation, marginalization and discrimination of young people and mainstream youth issues in all development agendas;

d) Lobby for the elimination of Youth unemployment in Africa, while guaranteeing their full access to education, training, skills and technology, to health services, jobs and economic opportunities, recreational and cultural activities as well as financial means and all necessary resources to allow them to realize their full potential;

e) Train, monitor and champion Young African women and men to be the path breakers of the African knowledge society and contribute significantly to innovation and entrepreneurship;

f) Guide Africa’s youth and strengthen their knowledge into creativity, energy and innovation for them to become the driving force behind the continent’s political, social, cultural and economic transformation;

g) Be committed to sensitize and advocate to increase access to Sexual Reproductive Health Services and Rights (SRHR) for young people in Africa;

h) Capitalize on regional youth consultations for a better understanding and ownership of Agenda 2063; i) Promote Young People’s Rights, particularly young women’s rights Towards the Attainment of Agenda 2063’,

j) Create a platform for aggregating youth concerns such as migration, employment and mobility, inclusion, diversity management and popular participation;

k) Train Young people to be active actors in governance.

Mode of application

  1. Submission of a brief and schematic Concept Note in line with the application characteristics provided (attached). The Concept Note should be in summary form to facilitate technical evaluation and provisional approval or rejection by the Steering committee. It should not exceed one page;
  1. Submission of a more detailed, well formulated project proposal, in accordance with the format provided (attached), which meets key operational, technical and procedural requirements required for the final evaluation of the proposal.

The application should include the following information:

  1. A one page synthesis of the Concept Note (attached), as follows:
  • Basic data (project name, management details, duration, geographical location, context and rationale of the project);
  • Description of the project (purpose, goals and objectives, expected outcomes, activities, indicators, beneficiaries, entities and partners);
  • A brief presentation of the implementing agency: 1) governance structures, financial management, monitoring and evaluation, and sustainability plans;
  • Names and contact details (telephone numbers, email, etc.) of signatories.
  1. Detailed project proposal: Refer to attached outline
  1. A page containing:
  • The detailed budget in dollars (US$) and equipment (available and required). Distribution: 50% for equipment, and 50% for training and general expenses. The Fund for African Women does not cover salaries.
  • Bank details of the organization;

All applications should include a letter of recommendation from national Coordination Committees or Ministries responsible for Gender and women’s Affairs. NGO’s and CSO’s, should provide a copy of the Letter of Information sent to your Ministry of women Affairs. All hard copies of applications should be sent through the respective Embassies of Member States in Ethiopia, with electronic copies submitted directly to the Commission, addressed to the Director- Women, Gender and Development Directorate, AU commission Fund for African Women, by April 15, 2017.

Kindly note that the commission will only accept proposals that adhere to the indicated theme.

This announcement will be posted on the AUC website http://www.africa-union.org

The detailed format in which concept notes should be submitted is available on the website in English, French, Portuguese and Arabic.

Member States and grassroots organizations with the requisite capacity, experience in networking with women’s groups, community cooperatives, the informal sector, and addressing gender inequality are encouraged to apply.

For further information or clarifications, please contact Mrs. Mahawa Kaba Wheeler, Director- Women, Gender and Development Directorate (WGDD), Tel: +251 11 518 21 12 – email: Kaba-WheelerM@africa-union.org; Mr. Adoumtar Noubatour, Senior Programme Officer, Tel: +251 11 518 21 11- email: adoumtarn@africa-union.org ; Mrs Fiorella De Pede, email : FiorellaP@africa-union.org. Tel.: +251115182115.

CLICK HERE to get all necessary documents: African Union Website

 

APPLY: African Union’s Intercontinental Youth Forum on Violent Extremism

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Preventing/countering violent extremism (PCVE) is an issue that has been addressed nationally, regionally and globally since the turn of the millennium. PCVE is generally pursued through coercive hard power such as military-dominated peace support operations and surveillance to name a few. Although these methods have proven effective to a certain extent, they come at a high cost both financially and in human lives, while still failing to completely eradicate violent extremism.

Objectives: The objective of the trans-continental dialogue programme on PCVE through the soft power of religion is to create a transcontinental platform that will bring together stakeholders from Africa and Europe to deliberate on these issues and produce contemporary recommendations and activities on how to prevent/counter violent extremism. The dialogue further aims to:

  • Strengthen inter- & intra-religious efforts and strategies in preventing/countering violent extremism and promoting conflict prevention, peace building, reconciliation and conflict transformation;
  • Facilitate inter-religious dialogue as a tool to influence policy and advocacy in Africa and Europe;
  • Establish a platform for partnership between African and European stakeholders, particularly faith-based and interfaith organizations to work together in addressing common issues such as promoting a culture of peace and building trust, peace and common values.

Long-term objectives

  • Promote values of tolerance, mutual respect and better understanding centered around intra- and inter-faith, inter-religious and inter-cultural values that are the core principles for integration and peace.
  • Achieve behavioural change of communities and individuals, redefining contemporary human values for tolerance and integration.
  • Reach out, educate and de-radicalize target groups (particular focus on youth) and train respective stakeholders.

This intercontinental forum will provide a platform to discuss different means of preventing/countering violent extremism by drawing on the soft power of religion and dialogue and, accordingly making policies at the local, national and regional levels that are relevant to both Africa and Europe. The forum will bring together a group of experts and practitioners on interfaith dialogue, countering violent extremism, and de-radicalization along with a representative group of youth from Africa and Europe. The forum will focus on the following objectives:

  1. To develop strategic directions for the Interfaith Dialogue on Violent Extremism (IDOVE) project based on principles and methods of interfaith dialogue on countering violent extremism and de-radicalization.
  2. To develop suitable concepts and applications for the IDOVE website that will be launched at the Forum.
  3. To develop concepts and mechanisms to support small scale youth-run projects to be implemented in Africa and Europe within the project objectives.
  4. To design plans for a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system to monitor the implementation of small scale projects, following up on them through annual meetings.

Participation: The forum is primarily geared towards empowering youth to conceptualize and develop projects using the two major approaches of the IDOVE project: Social Media and Small Scale Projects. Therefore, the following criteria will form the basis of the participant selection process:

  1. Aged between 20-35
  2. Citizen or resident of a European or an African country
  3. Fluency in either English or French, in addition to fluency in another language
  4. Proven interest in interfaith, de-radicalization and/or preventing/countering violent extremism, as evident from having:
    • Developed projects related to those topics
    • Participated in projects related to those topics
    • Conducted formal research on those topics
    • Participated in conferences, workshops and forums on those topics

Applications must be completed using the online application system and must be submitted by midnight of Sunday, 15 January 2017.  Notifications of admission to the forum will be sent during the last week of January 2017.  The organizers will cover all travel and accommodation costs associated with the forum.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

#AddYourVoice : Define priorities for Youth Development in Africa, in 1 min!

The African Union’s theme for the year 2017 is ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in the Youth’.

A Demographic Dividend Road Map was developed with the purpose of highlighting the work that needs to be achieved in four pillars:
1. Employment & Entrepreneurship
2. Education & Skills Development
3. Health & Well-being
4. Rights, Governance & Youth Empowerment

In this regard, the African Union Youth Division is kindly requesting that Youth take the lead of this exercice by filling out this short questionnaire in LESS THAN 1 min! Your submissions will enable the African Union Commission to align its activities and programmes around what YOU, the African youth, consider as priorities in 2017 and beyond.

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Call for submissions – Get a chance to attend the African Union’s Heads of States Summit in January 2017!

This year, the continent of Africa will be commemorating the Africa Youth Day on November 1st, under the theme: “Promoting youth mainstreaming as a catalyst towards harnessing the demographic dividend.”

ayd-16Africa Youth Day is a day set aside every year to promote the increased recognition of youth as key agents of social change, economic growth and sustainable development in all areas of African Society. It is an occasion to celebrate the youth on the continent, opportunity to contribute and channel youth motivation, energy and creativity towards the achievement of the African agenda. All young people contribute to shaping society to lead it towards political, social and economic renewal.

The purpose of this day is also, to contribute and channel the youth voices, energy and idealism to reinforce the efforts towards the achievement of sustainable development in Africa. The chosen theme will nest on and magnify the preamble to the African Union 2017 theme of the year on “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through investments in the youth.” This theme seeks to extend reflection, actions and initiatives towards reaping this demographic transition. As part of the continent-wide celebrations, the African Union Commission will be marking this day by launching the Youth Mainstreaming Guideline.

This is a call for submission in the form of an abstract/write-up, artistic impression, video, blog around the following four thematic pillars of the demographic dividend road-map:

  • Pillar 1: Employment and Entrepreneurship
  • Pillar 2: Education and Skills Development
  • Pillar 3: Health and Wellbeing
  • Pillar 4: Rights, Governance and Youth Empowerment.

Selected entries will be invited to partake in the 2017 January Heads of States Summit. Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

What and how to submit: Write-ups should be no more than 1000 words. Support your work by sending further evidence such as pictures and/or videos and nomination/recommendation letters.

Kindly note that only high resolution photos and videos will be accepted. Send links to big files (Videos/photos/blogs etc.). Include the following information as part of your submission: Name of your project or your organisation and country or region your work affect, your age and sex. Send your entries directly to: youth@africa-union.org with the “AU Youth Day 2016” in the subject line.

The deadline for submissions is 25 October, 2015.

The African Union Commission further encourages young people and youth organisation across the continent to host activities in their communities and share these events with us to document and upscale where possible to a continental audience. Such activities may include engaging in dialogues on youth participation in decision making processes, showcasing talents among others. This is in a bid to ensure that African youth are at the forefront and continue to strive for their ownership in Africa’s development agenda.

Download the Concept Note here, send you work to the African Union Youth Division and you could be selected to join the celebration in Addis Ababa for the 28th AU Summit in January 2017! Good Luck!

Source: African Union Youth Division Website

ZAYRAH Africa: Call for PIONEERS!

17747_517165498352116_656722182_nZAYRAH Africa is a volunteer-involving Youth development Agency, created in March 2012 with aim to alleviate poverty amongst young people in Africa by promoting good governance that advance Africa development Agenda. More specifically, ZAYRAH Africa conducts programs based on and advocacy around the provisions enshrined in various regional policies, treaties and protocols that promote Youth rights (and human at large), Youth empowerment and their full participation into the continent development. Headquartered in South Africa, ZAYRAH has expanded its programs and activities to Tunisia, Benin and is currently working towards establishing offices in Kenya and Mozambique as part of its institutional development strategy. Since its inception, ZAYRAH has expanded to Benin and Tunisia where programs have being implemented using youth empowerment tool such as volunteerism and active citizenship to foster governance and youth participation in the countries development.

As part of its 2013-2016 strategic plan, ZAYRAH Africa will, by end of this year 2016 open its last 2 offices: 1 in Nairobi to cover, spearhead and coordinate activities in the 18 African English speaking countries and 1 in Mozambique for the 6 Lusophone countries (Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Angola and Equatorial Guinea). As ZAYRAH is working on its new strategic plan 2017-2020 and in transition to a new leadership, the organisation is calling for few volunteers to join its team.

What?:

  • Two (02) Digital Youth experts Online Youth Volunteer to help in the marketing, branding and web design to (re)built ZAYRAH Africa’s website.
  • Three (03) ZAYRAH Officers (Youth volunteers) to work for ZAYRAH in Nairobi, Kenya Office to spearhead, coordinate and implement programs and advocacy strategies in the constituency.
  • Three (03) ZAYRAH Officers (Youth volunteers) to work for ZAYRAH in Maputo, Mozambique to spearhead, coordinate and implement programs and advocacy strategies in African Lusophone countries.

 For what?: Under the supervision of the Institutional Development Manager and ultimate direction of the Executive Director, The Country Officers (4) of each new office will coordinate activities in their jurisdiction, will participate in the Board of Directors’ meeting and advise on programs to implement annually in their scope of work area. The Head of Offices will lead a team of 3 plus volunteers for their programs, will spearhead the advocacy and programs, and lead everyday activities. The Country Officers, as pioneers will be to (1) ensure that their entities are legally registered in accordance to their home country’s policies, by end of December 2016; (2) conduct a short research on Youth development policy in their country. The online Volunteers (2) are to help ZAYRAH build a new, smart, friendly-usable and interactive website as well as design new branding materials. The online volunteers will work from October 15th to December 15th.

Profile of candidates?

  • Dynamic Students/recent graduates or any young African aged between 24 – 29,
  • No previous experience is mandatory, as ZAYRAH Africa seeks to empower its members on the learning-by-doing basis,
  • Interested in volunteerism and willing to build career in international development with focus on human security and/or human rights;
  • Team player with a global mindset, culturally sensitive with values of integrity, active participation.
  • Creative, Passionate about and willing to create sustainable future for generations to come through a sustainable organization that works for and with young people to help achieve Agenda 2063 vision,
  • Available to work 10 hours per week on ZAYRAH’s programs / activities,
  • Knowledge of African Union policies and previous experience in any youth organization are desirable.
  • Knowledge and ability to work in English is preferable.

When and how?: Interested candidates are to apply by August 28th. Only pre-selected candidates will be contacted for interviews scheduled to take place early September 2016. Final decision will be made by end of September and new team members will be expected to assume duty on October 15th (for everyone), after an e-meeting is convened by the Board of Directors to welcome newbies. Non-selected applicants might be given priority to volunteer on program/project of their interest, sanctioned by a certificate of end of service. TO APPLY CLICK HERE

Contact Information:

Go and like ZAYRAH Africa Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/ZAYRAHAFRICA/ For more queries, please drop and email to Mr. Octavio Diogo, ZAYRAH’s Institutional Development Manager, octavio@zayrah.org , or octavio.diogo@gmail.com

Apply: African Union Regional Youth Consultation

Deadline: Friday July 15th, 2016

downloadThe African Union Department for Political Affairs, under its African Governance Architecture secretariat, is organizing four regional youth consultation forums across the continent under the theme of “African Union’s Year of Human Rights with a specific focus on the Rights of Women.” These forums aim to provide a collaborative, open and inclusive space for young people to offer input into the African Union’s 10 Year Human Rights Strategy.

Young women and men from North, West, Southern, Central and East Africa will come together to discuss various ways to contribute to the promotion of human rights on the continent. Each of the regional consultations will focus on four broad thematic areas, which will be discussed in groups. The themes include:

• Young Women’s Rights
• Governance, Peace, Security and Migration
• Inclusion, Diversity Management and Popular Participation
• Employment and Mobility

In order to be considered for participation the entire application form must be completed by Friday, July 15, 2016. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Click here to Apply

Source: AGA Platform Website