The African Young Women Leaders (AfYWL) Fellowship Programme is looking for 25 young African women to join the second cohort for the AfYWL Fellowship Programme 2021.
The AfYWL Fellowship Program provides an exciting opportunity to work for UNDP, either at its headquarters in New York or in one of its regional or country offices. The fellow may be posted to the United Nations Secretariat or the African Union Commission. UNDP will engage with the AUC and AU member states in the second cohort (2021-2022) to improve women’s leadership and representation in public and private organisations through targeted leadership training and capacity building to encourage young women to participate in decision-making positions.
Three pillars support the 12-month fellowship:
- Providing exceptional young African women leaders with the leadership skills and experience they need to promote the SDGs and Agenda 2063 at home and abroad, as well as contribute effectively to decision-making in public, corporate, and international institutions.
- Increasing UNDP’s organisational efficiency and contributing to more responsive and effective policies and programmes by cultivating a broad pool of talent.
- Creating a network of African young women professionals who engage in South-South development exchange to promote creative, sustainable, and inclusive development.
The African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) collaborated on the fellowship (UNDP). The fellowship seeks to offer opportunities for African youth in the major areas of education, employment, entrepreneurship, and participation, as well as mainstream youth and women in critical development spaces, as part of the AUC Chairperson’s 1 Million by 2021 Initiative. Read also How to Apply for ESPEN Competition & Award 2021
Eligibility and selection criteria:
- Female candidates exclusively.
- A citizen of one of the African Union’s member states. Priority will be given to citizens of African Union member states that did not participate in the Fellowship Program’s initial cohort.
- At the time of application, you must be under the age of 34.
- A master’s degree or equivalent in Economics, Political Science, Business Administration, International Relations/Development, Law, Communications, Digitalization, or any development-related subject is required.
- One year of relevant and paid job experience (after master’s) in research, analysis, program/project creation, implementation, and management is required.
- In late 2021/early 2022, you will be able to attend an introduction session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
- In 2021/22, I will be available to devote 12 months to a fellowship assignment.
- Willing to live and work in a nation other than their own.
- Poverty eradication, sustainable structural change, the SDGs, and Agenda 2063 are all topics that people are interested in.
- Capacity to collect extensive information on complicated problems or circumstances, as well as the capacity to properly assess and analyse data in order to find significant concerns and solutions.
The programme will cover travel and medical insurance costs, and each fellow will be paid a monthly stipend to cover housing and living expenses at their assigned duty station. An allotted learning budget will also be set aside for suitable learning and development initiatives. Physical travel will be limited owing to the COVID-19 epidemic, and applicants should follow each recruitment office’s advised restrictions. Find out How to Apply for ATLAS Citizen Volunteer Program
How to Apply for AfYWL Fellowship Programme
The application date is September 14, 2021. To apply, go to this link.