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African Union Young Women Leadership Fellowship Programme

You are invited to apply for the African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme – a partnership between the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

This exciting partnership aims to build a new generation of young African women leaders and experts to serve Africa and the world in designing and implementing development programmes in the context of the SDGs and Agenda 2063.

Duties and Responsibilities

The African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme offers an interesting assignment with UNDP at Headquarters in New York or in a regional or country office.

Following a joint induction by AUC and UNDP, Fellows will work under the supervision and coaching of an experienced UNDP people manager and will participate in a mentorship and transformative leadership development training programme jointly developed by AUC and UNDP.

Key areas of work relate to supporting:

  • Collection and analysis of information on SDGs and Agenda 2063
  • SDG implementation and experimentation
  • promising areas of innovation, South-South and Tri-lateral collaboration, partnerships and resource mobilisation that accelerate UNDP’s programme implementation

The Fellowship Programme will cover expenses related to travel and medical insurance. In addition, each Fellow will be paid a stipend to cover accommodation and living costs at the respective duty station.

Competencies

To be considered for the African Young Women Leaders Fellowship Programme, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • National of an AU Member State
  • Aged below 34 years at the date of application
  • Hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in Economics, Political Science, Business Administration, International Relations/Development, or other relevant fields
  • Maximum 1 year of working experience in research, analysis and programme/project development, implementation and management
  • Available in 2019/20 to dedicate 12 months for a fellowship programme and available to participate in an induction workshop in Addis Ababa from October 2019.
  • Willing to live and work outside their country of residence
  • Proficiency in at least one AU working language (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese) and working knowledge of English
  • Understanding of, and interest in, poverty eradication, sustainable structural transformation, the SDGs and Africa’s Agenda 2063
  • Capacity to gather comprehensive information on complex problems or situations, evaluating information accurately, analysing and identifying key issues and solutions

Desirable experience:

  1. initiative, client-orientation, and working in teams, and complex and time-pressured contexts, field experience in an African country
  2. experience in developing technical proposals
  3. leadership, innovation and technology and setting up networks/hubs/hangouts

Application process and Deadline

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2019.

Your application must be in English and must include the following (to be scanned and uploaded as one document):

  1. A detailed CV
  2. A one page motivation letter highlighting why you would be an outstanding candidate, your strengths and how your participation in the Programme would contribute to your future career
  3. A short essay of not more than 1,500 words (3 pages single spaced) detailing your innovative solution to a complex development problem – youth unemployment.  Describe the nature of the problem, what are the underlying causes, who is responsible for solving this problem, what your innovative solution is and how you would implement it.
  4. Copies of your academic degrees
  5. 2 professional references

Applications which do not include the above documents will not be taken into consideration.

Please note that only longlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted by 1 September, your application has not been included into the long-list of candidates.

Long listed candidates will be invited to a video-interview and if successful will be included into a roster. Short-listed candidates will be invited for a follow-up interview with the hosting UNDP headquarters or regional office.

UNDP will make an offer to the 20 most successful and talented candidates to join the African Women Leaders Fellowship Programme.

Apply here

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