The Africa Youth for Migration Programme (AYMP) is a flagship initiative by the IOM Special Liaison Office to the African Union (AU) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), in partnership with the AU Office of the Youth Envoy (OYE), and the African Union Commission (AUC) Women, Gender and Youth Directorate (WGYD).
This initiative seeks to place young people within ongoing migration conversations, as well as enhance the active role and capacity of young people to respond to migration challenges on the continent. Under the AYMP, Migration Youth Ambassadors will be appointed to support and spearhead initiatives on migration in Africa.
The role of the Youth Ambassadors will be:
- To enhance knowledge building and promote understanding among young people on migration issues, global and continental frameworks, policies, programs, and cross-sectional thematic interlinkages.
- To assist in providing platforms for participation and engagement of young people on migration issues to incorporate their valuable perspective and insight into the policy-making process.
- To amplify the voices of youth across the continent through dialogue, advocacy, and representation, underscoring migration, and human mobility as accelerators for regional integration and sustainable development.
- To contribute to the knowledge base including through innovative research, development of policy papers, and creative content on migration and human mobility issues in Africa.
About African Union
The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999). The main objectives of the OAU were to rid the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonisation and apartheid; to promote unity and solidarity amongst African States; to coordinate and intensify cooperation for development; to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Member States and to promote international cooperation.
- Recognition as a positive change champion and influencer, particularly in promoting and protecting the rights of young migrants.
- Training and capacity development in migration issues, that will equip You for future career paths.
- Opportunities to participate or speak in regional and global consultations.
- Recognition and listing as a contributor to publications on youth and migration in Africa.
- Letter of commendation from IOM SLO Addis and AUC and certificates for various training.
- Young people from Africa, aged between 18 and 35, with advocacy, research, or creative content development experience are invited to apply.
- Demonstrate strong motivation and interest in African development and migration and human mobility issues.
- Be a member of a vibrant youth organization and be able to impact young people across communities.
- Willing to commit to the duties of a Youth Ambassador for 12 months.
- Fluent in any of the African Union’s working languages.
Interview Date, Process and Venue
Selection is based on a competitive application process, considering experience, skills, and motivation to contribute to the program’s objectives. Ensuring gender balance and diversity in terms of geographic representation and areas of expertise.
How To Apply
For more details, visit AU website on https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc31ng_FU9PeAjbWlNPGZD-SmWbS6-ZIoCsaYAiQDNsIaCLpw/viewform