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UNDP Invitation for Young African Women Working to Advance the SDGs

Deadline: September 14th, 2021

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is searching for 25 young African women to join the second cohort of the African Young Women Leaders (AfYWL) Fellowship Programme.

The AfYWL Fellowship Programme offers an interesting assignment with UNDP at its HQ in New York or in one of its regional or country offices. The fellow may also be assigned to the UN Secretariat or the AU Commission. For the second cohort (2021-2022), UNDP will work with the AUC and AU member states to enhance women’s leadership and representation in public and private institutions through targeted leadership training and capacity development to promote the participation of young women in decision-making roles.

The fellowship is a partnership between the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Established under the framework of the AUC Chairperson’s 1 Million by 2021 Initiative, the fellowship aims to provide opportunities for African youth in the key areas of education, employment, entrepreneurship and engagement, and mainstream youth and women in key development spaces.

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. The Fellowship Programme will explore different areas of development within the six strategic impact areas of UNDP’s Renewed Strategic Offer in Africa: 1) Natural Resource Governance; 2) Youth and Women’s Employment and Empowerment; 3) Structural Economic Transformation; 4) Sustainable Energy; 5) Climate Change; and 6) Peace and Security.

Why You Should Apply

The 12-month fellowship rests on three pillars:

  • Equipping outstanding young African women leaders with the leadership skills and experience required to advance the SDGs and Agenda 2063 and contribute effectively to decision-making in public, private and multilateral institutions at home and abroad.
  • Creating a diverse pool of talent to enhance UNDP’s organizational efficiency and contribute to more responsive and effective policies and programmes.
  • Developing a network of African young women professionals that engages in promoting innovative, sustainable and inclusive development through South-South development exchange.

Who Can Apply?

  • Female candidates only.
  • National of an African Union member state. Priority will be given to nationals of AU member states that did not benefit from the first cohort of the Fellowship Programme.
  • Aged below 34 years at the date of application.
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Economics, Political Science, Business Administration, International Relations/Development, Law, Communications, Digitalisation or other related development field.
  • Maximum one year (post master) of relevant and paid working experience in research, analysis and programme/project development, implementation and management.
  • Available in late 2021/early 2022 to participate in an induction workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Available in 2021/22 to dedicate 12 months to a fellowship assignment.
  • Willing to live and work outside their country of residence.
  • Understanding of, and interest in, poverty eradication, sustainable structural transformation, the SDGs and Agenda 2063.
  • Capacity to gather comprehensive information on complex problems or situations, and ability to evaluate and analyse information accurately in order to identify key issues and solutions.

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